You know what the best time of the day is for our family? It’s in the afternoon, somewhere around four o’clock. I love everything about that time of the day. The light is golden. Angus is home from preschool, and Rick is almost always around. The boys are usually in a good mood. There is nothing to stress about, because we don’t have to be anywhere or do anything; we’re simply spending time together before nighttime begins (along with the whole dinner/bath/bedtime ordeal). We’re usually all in the mood for afternoon tea, so I try to prepare (somewhat healthy) snacks for everyone. In fact, I love doing afternoon tea because it’s easy. It’s relaxed. It doesn’t involve cooking. It can be as simple as I want it to be. Or it can be fancy, if I feel like being creative. And the look on everybody’s faces – along with the little shouts of delight – when they see the tray of food and drink that I’ve prepared is just utterly precious. It’s one of those rare moments of the day when I actually feel like a great mum. (Silly, I know.)
And so begins our golden hour story: a series of posts featuring the food and moments from our golden hour. I hope you enjoy this small glimpse into our every day life.
I prepared this particular ‘bento’ over the weekend, on our day off, while the boys and Rick were all enjoying their naps. Our pantry was rather empty, so I decided to just bring out some Fruity Bites and Cheerios from our cereal selection. I also grabbed the leftover fruit buns from earlier in the day, and hid them in the metal teapot as a little surprise. Our boys also love their fruit so bananas and oranges were added to the mix. Sadly, we’d run out of milk but we still had a carton of So Good left so as an extra treat, I decanted the remaining soy milk into the little glass bottles from Jamie’s birthday. I was slightly hesitant about the possibility of breakage but then I remembered how careful they’d all been – including Jamie – so I decided to risk it. Turns out, there was nothing to worry about at all – they all held their bottles perfectly and they absolutely loved the novelty of it! I’m guessing I’ll be using those glass bottles a lot more from here on.
p.s. Part 2 of the Snap Me Happy series will go live tomorrow! (Finally.)
- The golden hour, chapter 2 Spending time outdoors during the golden hour has been so much easier since Jamie started to walk. He’s just like one of the big boys now: strolling around, inspecting leaves on the ground, drawing on the driveway with chalk, shovelling...