Welcome to the summer issue of The Sunday Sitdown. This week my three boys are off for two whole months! And while one part of me is thinking "Great, I don't have to run to the clock every day" the entire rest of me is thinking "What am I going to do with them for the next 61 days?"! Designing your summer ahead of time is a great idea, especially with lots more time to fill. In our family section this month, we’ve listed 10 of our favourite summer activities, giving you a little inspiration to help keep the activities flowing.
Like lots of people over the past year and a half we’ve been doing some home improvements - it started with a new living room floor and grew from there! It turns out there’s a term for what people are doing during the pandemic; it’s something interior designers and psychologists call ‘comfort decorating’. We’ve linked a great podcast from NPR’s ‘Life Kit’ on the topic. With comfort decorating people try to create a sanctuary away from the difficult realities of their current world. In other words, it’s more than just a makeover. The feel of a space becomes even more important than the look. A project like this can not only transform a room aesthetically, it can also provide people with a place that ‘wraps them up’ and comforts them during challenging times.
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Right now, it’s time to sit down, get comfortable and be inspired to make family life that little bit more wonderful.
Enjoy the issue,
10 Fun Things to Keep Kids Occupied this Summer
School’s out! So why not head over to our Journal and discover 10 of our favourite summer activities.
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We adore the daily dose of calm we schedule from this wonderful app. And we’ve just discovered the masterclass series with Dr. Chatterjee, the medical doctor and bestselling author who simplifies how to live your best life. Listen to his informative and helpful podcast series on the calm app here.
The helpful podcast series on life! We’re loving this episode on ‘Comfort decorating’ - giving us tips on the best ways to decorate your home during challenging times. Listen here
The Summer Solstice
Summer has officially started!
Blueberry & Ginger Ice Cream Bars
Fed up of s’mores? Why not try this delicious summer treat from Donal Skehan’s Eat Live Go.
The Best Belgian Waffles
These light crispy squares have already become a firm weekend favourite.
This delightful recipe is from the Babyccino blog which I absolutely love. Along with great family recipes, it's also full of helpful tips and great products for mums and kids - and their online shop now features Wonder Labels!
When we make these for lunch they're a delicious weekend treat, and as a dessert the boys absolutely love them topped with berries.
You'll need a waffle iron which you may think will end up becoming an extra piece of needless kitchen equipment but trust me, it won't. It's one of the the best things I've bought.
All of us sitting around the table on a lazy weekend day eating warm, just cooked waffles… definitely one of my favourite things.
What you'll need:
2 cups flour, sifted
4 level teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup of sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup of coconut oil, melted but not hot
2 cups milk, warmed slightly
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
How to make them:
Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together into a large mixing bowl.
Add the sugar and stir to combine.
Separate the egg whites and beat them until they form stiff peaks. I use my kMix mixer, but you can use an electric hand whisk either.
In another bowl mix the egg yolks, coconut oil, milk, and vanilla extract. If everything is at the correct temperature it will combine, if it begins to curdle heat gently in the microwave on a defrost setting for a minute or two and mix again. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.
Lastly gently fold in the egg whites, remember not to over mix.
Heat your waffle iron and cook for 4-5 minutes depending on the setting.
For a savory brunch, serve with streaky bacon and maple syrup. For a sweet weekend treat top with berries and syrup. We love lemon juice, icing sugar, and blueberries too. Pop your favourite topping on, and enjoy the best Belgian waffles you'll ever taste.