Monday, June 13, 2011
This past week has been a long one, again. We are entering into round two of the dreaded cold, in just under two weeks. After a relatively sickness-free summer it was so easy to forget how damn hard life can get with kids in the winter months. We’ve been hiding indoors for most of the week out of the chilly wind,
’s been off kindy and Si’s out of town for work. *Sigh* Ada
In a bid to knock the kids colds on the head I have been making them freshly squeezed fruit juices, topped up with sparkling mineral water. We love them.
So far this is our favourite. Naturally sweet pear and apple juice with a good dose of fresh lemon and ginger. The lemon adds a welcome zing, not to mention vitamin C and anti bacterial properties. It also has the added bonus of stopping the juice from discolouring, like it wants to naturally. I tend to go mad on the ginger in fresh juices, and while the kids do like a little, they get mad if I put too much. In steps sparkling mineral water. I use it to water down their juice, making them not so sweet and less gingery. And I have to say, the bubbles are always an added bonus when kids are involved are they not?
Remember from my recent “favourites list” those cool homemade fabric roads? Made from cut up jeans? Well, we made them. The kids helped to paint the centre lines ‘yellow and white mama, because that’s what real roads have’, insisted
. So funny how observant kids can be, and how everything has to be exact. Ada
It didn’t take long for them to turn the tracks into a whole town set-up. Old toilet paper rolls became trees (with a little help from mum); cardboard boxes destined for the recycling bin became shops, while one of Ada’s little wooden tables turned out to be perfect for a café. For three days now, they have played. Each day setting up the roads in different patterns. The little bits of cotton that pulls off are rather annoying on the carpet, but I’ll happily get over that if it means not buying plastic tracks that brake in two seconds, ending up in the bin. And for mums that can actually sew (sadly not me), I'm sure you could hem them to stop fraying.
Thankfully there are two pockets on jeans, and two legs. See, we have two kids. And two kids that don’t always like to share. Heck, who am I kidding? They very rarely share. That photo up there, of the two of them playing? It didn't last long. No worries, they got one leg each, complete with their own handy pocket for storage. Problem solved.
sparkling apple, pear & ginger juice
This really isn't a recipe as such. More of an idea. Below is how I make my juice, but feel free to adjust to your tastes. I love ginger, so I'm pretty heavy handed when it comes to it in juice. Use less if you are more cautious than I. You can adjust the proportions of juice to sparkling mineral water to suit your tastes, I usually go half/half or about 3/4 juice:1/4 mineral water (although this does mean less fizz).
Serves 1-2 (makes approx 500ml of juice).
- 2 apples, cored and chopped small enough to fit into your juicer
- 2 pears, cored and chopped small enough to fit into your juicer
- 2 lemons, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 thick slices of fresh ginger (or to taste)
- chilled sparkling mineral water to serve
Juice the apples, pears, lemons and ginger in a juicing machine. Pour into glasses and top up with sparkling mineral water to taste. Serve.
I have shared this recipe as part of "Go ahead honey, it's gluten-free & sugar-free Sunday". Over at flipcookbook.com
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