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The Moonraker Hotel

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, we were kind enough to be invited to the Moonraker hotel in Bradford on Avon. It's just a 15 minute drive from Bath city centre and is set in the most beautiful countryside. We were greeted with a lovely open fire burning away in an eclectically decorate reception and shown to our room, a converted cow shed. With the long beams across the celling, large four poster bed and view overlooking the pigs outside, we knew we wouldn't want to leave any time soon!

The bathroom was complete with Neil's Yard products to use with the option of purchasing a bottle yourself from the shop in reception. The full sized bottles are re-filled, an act that highlights their commitment to reducing their waste and being environmentally friendly. We were given a travel cot for Thomas and a single bed for Alice, which was perfect for jumping on!

That evening we were treated to a taster menu. Chef Matthew Briddon explained how the hotel is moving towards being completely self sufficient for food. We were treated to a home grown beetroot starter, salmon that had been smoked on site, tender beef and a chocolate pudding for dessert. Alice had her very own shepherds pie and chocolate ice-cream. I can honestly say, the food was incredible and we were completely stuffed by bedtime!

In the morning we took the children over to see the piggies and took a walk around the beautiful grounds. The hotel even has it's own bee hives on site, with honey you can purchase form the shop! The function room is perfect for weddings and the entire place is just so charming and pretty.  The staff were so accommodating and welcoming and we wanted to stay for longer!

We had such a fantastic time exploring Bath before heading home. The children really enjoyed their adventure and we realised that it's not so bad travelling with a toddler and a baby together! In fact, we have vowed to do more weekend trips this year.


Life Lately...

Monday, February 23, 2015

Why is time going so quickly?! SLOW DOWN!!
After this weekend I will have a 3 year old little girl and a 6 month old baby boy... Oh my goodness! They are growing so quickly.



Friday, February 13, 2015

You see that messy haired, little rascal of a girl to the right of the picture, trying to blow out the candles before the photo was taken... that's my daughter. And that little monkey to my left trying to bite my hand because he's teething? That's my son.

And that's me in the middle. 27 years old and sitting inbetween the two people who make each day of my life so amazingly brilliant and who make me feel like the luckiest women in the world.

Happy Birthday to me! Now lets eat cake... oh wait. my toddler already did. Oops!!


Cooking with Toddlers: Carrot Cake

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I've been meaning to post this for a little while now! It's my super easy carrot cake to cook with toddlers! I found the recipe HERE. But I replaced the oil with a little golden syrup and it was amazing!

It's the sort of cake that is just so fun to cook with a toddler as it's literally a case of throwing it all in a bowl, mixing it together and bunging it in the oven. Though I think Alice's favourite bit was eating it!! It's also really quick to make so is perfect if you have a little baby (ticking time bomb) to contend with too.

I am looking for more fun, healthy meals and snacks to make with Alice. We are going through a bit of a fussy eating stage, but I think that if she was involved with the making she might eat a little more!


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