I say babies, really my two our bona fide toddlers now, but babies that lunch has a nice ring to it, don’t ya think? I am writing this at the end of a particularly wet and grey day. I can hear the rain outside still. It has been constant all day and we are in May, MAY.
Readers will know, I am not a fan of being confined to the indoors with two toddlers, in fact I hate it. I find they are much better behaved, ahem easier, when we are out and about. It is a nice way to keep my sanity and iPad guilt levels in check. However days like today limit our outings, so whilst we did brave the spring time elements, we were inside a bit more than usual too.
Not to be defeated, I rolled up my mummy sleeves, put my best foot forward and tried to make the most of it… I decided I would try and make lunch time fun, we would have an indoor picnic, no sitting at the table wailing for iPads, we would sit on the floor, no we would sit on our new Minene Activity blanket, and eat together. Just as well really as we have wooden floors and we would certainly need the extra padding afforded to us by said blanket.
Not content with the headache that is forcing my children to sit nicely together, share food and not be independently absorbed in technology I also
added the extra burden went the extra mile to ensure healthy food was consumed. Bit of a bold statement, it’s probably more accurate to say, went the extra mile to try and get something remotely nutritious into my chocolate fiends.
On the menu was,
- Vegetable Quesadilla – made with, two wholemeal tortilla wraps tomato puree, yellow pepper, sweetcorn, spring onion and cheese.
- Wotsits – for good measure.
The vegetable quesadilla inspo came curtesy of Eats Amazing. It really is very simple, add some oil to a pan, place one wrap into the pan and start to add ingredients. Spread the puree on first followed by sprinkling the veg and cheese on top. Simply add the second tortilla on on top and allow it to cook for a few minutes. When the bottom tortilla has cooked enough to be able to flip, turn the tortillas over and allow the top one to cook on the pan. I added a little bit of that 1 calorie oil spray malarky to the tortilla just to encourage it a little. Allow it to cook for a few minutes, so that the tortilla is crispy and voila.
The thing I liked most about this however was that I could tell my dough eyed toddlers who believe every silly thing I say that this was a pizza sandwich and for two fussy beggars who love pizza this seemed like a winning plan.
So out I laid out picnic of the living room floor, eagerly awaiting the excited twosome to toddler in a lap up their hidden veg.
Well in they stomped, narrowly avoiding the carefully placed bowls, sending the plastic plates and cutlery flying under the sofa in the process. First thing was first, wotsits, gone, strawberries, gone, ‘lolives’ demolished. Well no, my girl ate hers, my boy puts them in his mouth, sucks them, chews a little and spits them back out frowning saying ‘don’t like’, then repeats. My lovingly prepared pizza sandwich, ignored left on it’s plate.
‘ Toby do you want some of this, it’s nice, it’s a pizza sandwich’
‘No, don’t like’
‘Zara do you want some?’
‘No more l’olives please mummy’.
So several attempts later it remained sat there sad, on the plate. So I ate it and let me tell you it was bloody lovely. The picnic lasted all of 4 minutes before they started taking food off each others plates and hitting in retaliation. They were then separated to opposite corners, fortunately it is a pretty spacious blanket and neither was in reaching distance of the other. A further 4 minutes later they had ditched the picnic and were fighting over the toy till they have been fighting over all morning.
Feeling somewhat rejected at my failed supermum attempt I put the increasingly irritable boy down for his nap. Following which I came back downstairs to my girl, sat back on the picnic blanket tucking into what was left of the pizza sandwich. I then sat with her and we had the picnic I had intended, just later than intended. She also bossed me around telling me how to play with her till, whilst she watched, obviously a personal highlight for me.
So despite the rocky start, the pizza sandwich did come into fruition and me and my girl had a lovely indoor picnic, fruit and veg included. She later asked to have her dinner on the blanket, I declined. I remain hopeful that me and my new blanket will be able to leave the house one day soon for an al fresco dining experience. Where there are no toy tills to fight over. A quick note on the blanket, I have had many a picnic blanket over the years, none of which have outlived a summer. I suspect however we may have a winner here and this is by far my favourite. Not only is it so very pretty, it is surprisingly thick (and therefore comfy) and well made. The quality far exceeds any blanket I have had in the past. The underside is made from a water resistant polyuethene and the top 100% cotton. It is ideal for softening your indoor floors or keeping you off the grass should the weather permit. It also comes complete with a handy bag that it folds into making it easy to take out and about with you. Most importantly however, when eating or doing anything with small ones, it is machine washable! If you’re in the market for a new picnic blanket or activity mat then you couldn’t go far wrong with this one.
*We were kindly sent this activity mat form Minene, in exchange for our honest opinion of the product. As always all words, thoughts and opinions are my own.