Croque Monsieurs



Why not bring a little français to the table ce soir with the French ‘version’ of the plain old grilled ham and

cheese sandwich, they may taste the same, but the French name makes you feel that much more



What You Will Need:

- Bread (sour dough bread tastes best but whole wheat will do too)


- Gruyere cheese


-1 egg

-200 ml milk

-1 tablespoon of flour

-20 g butter


What To Do:


  1. Melt the butter in a pan and add in the flour.
  2. Gradually add the milk, stirring constantly to avoid lumps.
  3. When the sauce starts to thicken cook for a few more minutes and then let it cool down.  



  1. Beat the egg and mix together with the shredded cheese
  2. Butter the bread
  3. Place the bread butter side down on a grill or pan
  4. Add one slice of ham and cheese on top then close the sandwich with another peice of bread.
  5. Spread some béchamel sauce on top of the sandwich
  6. Finish off with cheese
  7. Grill until the cheese is melted
  8. Serve with salad or fresh veggies and enjoy!

Beautiful Bohemian Wear from Antik Batik


Inspired by her world travels, Gabriella Cortese’s diverse, unique and beautiful line of bohemian adult and

children’s clothing entitled Antik Batik, has attracted fans from all over the world, including celebrity

clients like Vanessa Paradis, Lenny Kravitz, Monica Bellucci and the king of bohemia himself, Johnny Depp.


With the utilization of craftsmanship skills from around the world, the diversity and distinctive beauty of the line stems

from the various artistic skills used in production including printing by hand, Batik, dying by hand, handmade fabrics,

Bandhani knot dying, surplus dying, embroidery, appliqués and hand stitched garments.


These diverse construction skills make the line of exotic prints and lavish colours much more than a fashion

label, instead, they are and emblem of ethnic-chic lifestyle.


Antik Batik now sets the benchmark for cool, comfortable summerwear, and gorgeous winter knitwear. Their

beautiful prints and intricate embroideries make wearing their clothes deliciously addictive. And your little one

is sure to look like an absolute dream in any one of their items.


We have chosen some of our favourite Antik Batik looks for the season from


Antik Batik: Bohemian Silk Pattern Dress, £100.002894-0


Antik Batik: Conga Kid Mini Dress, £112.503096-0


Antik Batik: Beige ‘Rome Kid’ Jacket, £115.003545-0


Antik Batik: Ginko Kid Gillet, £165.503098-0


Antik Batik: Tracy Kid Dress, £105.003095-0

Chirstmas Book Advent Calendar


Advent calendars can be a bit tiresome, especially if you don’t love the sugar rush that comes after your

children sneak an extra day of chocolate from the pop out window of their High School Musical 3

countdown calendar.


There are a lot of choices for advent calendars that don’t include milk chocolate, one of the best we have seen so far

is from with their Christmas Book Advent Calendar.


The idea is that you wrap a book for each day leading up to Christmas. It is a great way to grow your child’s

personal library and it means that story time will be a little bit more interesting for both of you as you get

into the Christmas spirit together!

Feather Headband



Every fashionista knows that one of the best things to come out of Project Runway was the feather-headband

movement insipred by Kenley Collins.


Though they can be found on the high street, these festive headpeices can easily be made right at home and

are a great little gift to any little lady’s stocking.


This is a great craft to do with your children over 5 but will require parental supervision!


What You Will Need:


Headband (fabric ones are best!)


Hot Glue Gun

Glue Sticks

Vintage Button


What To Do:

  1.  Heat up your glue gun.
  2. Glue the feathers onto the fabric by placing a small drop of hot glue on the backside of the feather and press into place.
  3. Allow the glue to harden.
  4. Place a vintage button over the end of the base of the feathers to cover the stem.

Out and About Week 50



What: Saturday Film Club

Where: V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Rd., E2 9PA, 020 8983 5200,

When: Saturday, 11:00am

Price: FREE

About: Child friendly screenings of classic movies like this week’s holiday friendly Miracle on 34th Street.





What: Christmas Themed Crafts

Where: Contemporary Applied Arts, 2 Percy St, London, W1T 1DD, 020 7436 2344, 

When: Saturday, December 13, 10:30am-12:30pm

Price: FREE

About: Fun day for the family based on the gallery’s Christmas exhibition, ‘Mystery, Magic and Merriment’. Families

can make keepsakes, cards and decorations from a variety of materials. Ages 4-12, booking required!





What: Air Craft Circus

Where: Hangar Arts Trust, Unit 7a Harrington Way, London, SW18 5NR, 07976 618 163, 

When: Friday: 7:00pm; Saturday and Sunday 3:00pm & 7:00pm

Price: £9.50, children £6.50, (Free for Five and Under!)

About: Traditional family circus with slapstick clowns, juggling cavemen, dinosaurs on bouncing stilts, a giant

puppet lion-taming act, graceful aerial silks, and space-age bungee toddlers.






What: Christmas Fair at the 02 

Where: The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX, 08444 775 775,

When: December 3 – January 3, 12:00-11:00pm

Price: Prices all day ride pass £20, children £17.50

About: Winter theme park with winter themed rides like the Reindeer Express Rollercoaster, Santa’s grotto, carol

singing and a vintage funfair.





What: The Snowman

Where: Peacock Theatre, Portugal St, London, WC2A 2HT, 0844 412 4322,

When: December 5 – January 10, 11:00am, 2:30pm & 7:00pm

Price: £12.00-£30.00, Family: £90

About: The classic and wordless tale of boy who builds a snowman which magically comes alive. The play is great for

2+ that will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit!

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