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🎃 🍞 Pumpkin shape granary bread and home made butter. 🧈 Autumn for me is officially the start of soup season. Comforting, warming and easy to throw together. Soup has become a Monday thing in our home for a while and we often use up all the previous weeks vegetables and leftovers from a Sunday for a great meal to ease us into the week. Mondays are also our days to bake in our home rhythm and although largely I have fallen off the wagon over summer with this I am determined to pick it back up. Well we are on a pumpkin theme this month amongst other autumnal things and so I thought it would be great if the little one and I bake some bread in a pumpkin shape and make some homemade butter. I used granary flour for a really filling bread which looks really textured! To make your bread pumpkin shape, simply follow your favourite bread recipe, this is mine then take 4 long pieces of bakers twine. Cross them over a centre point in a star shape, when you have knocked back your dough and before it’s second prove place the ball on top of this star of twine, loosely tie the twine around it on top to form segments and then cut off the tails. Place a pecan or walnut in the top just to the side of the string and then leave to prove again. Bake as normal and then carefully remove the string. To make butter, fill a jam jar half full with double cream (add a pinch of salt if you wish), place a marble in the jar, close the lid tightly and shake continuously for around 10 minutes. The marble will stop moving and slow down for a while when the cream thickens then all of a sudden will move again and you will be left with a lump of butter and buttermilk. Tip away the buttermilk and then fill the jar with cold water. Slosh around the butter and discard the cloudy water, keep going until the water runs clear. Remove from the jar and press with clean hands to remove any more buttermilk (the butter will spoil if there is any left in) finally roll into a log and roll into grease proof paper and place in the fridge. Remove 30 mins before serving! Fresh bread and butter! Autumn joy! #homebaking #bakingwithchildren #autumnjoy #freshbread #pumpkin

🌹Sleeping Beauty🌹 themed Fairytale Week! 🏰 One of my childhood faves not just in book, in film, but ballet too, couldn’t resist making this sweet doll that children can tell the story with! I hope you like her! I was hoping to get a PDF up for her but that will be a job for another day! I will be saving all this weeks posts to my highlights - and they have been amazing - please do Use the hashtag #fairytaleweeks to join our themed week with your own Sleeping Beauty inspired creations, crafts, recipes, etc. Feel free to re-create what our wonderful hosts are sharing and be sure to follow hashtag #fairytaleweeks to keep an eye out for their fabulous creations this week. 🏰 🌹it’s been wonderful creating with these wonderful hosts! And I cannot wait to share more fairytale magic again soon! 🌹 @my_seasonal_treasury @the_little_oak_learning @mustloveherbs @sterntalerdesign @mrsmollyp @acorns.and.aprons @lindamydlak @thisgardenofgrace @gunnaydri @peacewithnaturehandwork @frontierdreams @wanderandwoven

Happy Michaelmas Day! A little history for you on the roots of the feast this morning…

Today is the day we celebrate the feast of St Michael the Archangel. The feast day was considered so important in the early church it was a Holy Day of Obligation

At home we tell the story of St Michael defeating the dragon - the great good taking on the great evil. We make dragon bread for our dinner, to bring the story to life for little hearts and minds. The story we tell is an adaptation from scenes described by Saint John in the book of Revelation …but we were given a prayer for this day which we still say after every mass it’s origin lies with Pope Leo XIII…

After celebrating Mass, the aged Pope Leo XIII was in conference with the Cardinals when suddenly he sank to the floor in a deep swoon. Physicians who hastened to his side could find no trace of his pulse and feared that he had expired. However, after a short interval the Holy Father regained consciousness and exclaimed with great emotion: "Oh, what a horrible picture I have been permitted to see!"

St. Michael appeared and cast Satan and his legions into the abyss of hell. Soon afterwards Pope Leo XIII composed a prayer to St. Michael, imploring his protection for the Church.

“Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil.May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.


The scenes in the Book of Revelation of St Michael defending the dragon are quite harrowing to read…but I do love how as human beings we are so intuitive in our story telling, how this very disturbing scene, we have managed to turn into something of wonder, awe, magic. A heroic tale of Good vs Evil. In a way that children can listen to, and take great moral lessons from. I love how also in this action …faith is very much ‘living’ it moves through the ages, and regional and cultural celebrations keep it alive.