Christmas is coming!

Christmas dates!!

I am extremely excited about the upcoming festive markets – this cold weather means it must be time for a mulled wine or two!

Here are the details of the Christmas markets that Little Blue House will be attending. As usual, I would love to see you there if you can make it! As well as the usual range of delicious snacks I will be bringing along some special festive treats so hopefully there will be something for everyone!

Sunday 26 November – Court House Farm Christmas Market, Portishead

Sunday 3rd December – Tobacco Factory Market, Bristol

Sunday 10 December  – Court House Farm Christmas Market, Portishead

Sunday 16 December 10 – 3pm  Family Xmas Fest, Komedia Bath

I will be posting information about each of these events on Facebook and Instagram so put these dates in your diary and keep an eye out for more info! IMG_1888

 

 

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Post it notes

Everyone loves to receive a parcel through the post, especially if it contains a delicious selection of healthy snacks, right? So Little Blue House has decided to make it possible for you to order a selection of our yummy snacks to be delivered straight to your door, anywhere in the UK.

The snacks will be delivered by our trusty postal service, posted first class so you should receive them 1 or 2 days after ordering.

There will be 3 different snacks in the box: our cheesy dinosaurs; chocolate hog nobs and banana and coconut oaty bites. We will also be offering a dairy free box very soon – follow our social media for updates.

We wanted to make the boxes as eco-friendly as we could so we will be packaging them in recyclable cardboard boxes, the snacks will be sent in biodegradable cellophane bags and we will be using popcorn (much better than polystyrene!) to keep the snacks nice and snug to avoid breakages along the way.

So please do go to our shop page and place an order! If you have any dietary requests do let us know – we will be happy to work with your requirements.

Click here to SHOP NOW!

First dates 


I avoided giving my daughter refined sugar in her first year but sometimes found it difficult when out and about to find good snack options for her, which was one of the reasons that led me to starting Little Blue House.

Although I wanted to avoid refined sugar in her diet I wanted her to be able to enjoy a range of tastes and textures. I also knew that she was likely to enjoy a tasty sweet snack from time to time (Just like me!)

So when decided on what would be included in my recipes I thought about a range of alternatives to refined sugar.

Anyone who has even had a rudimentary look into the discussion about the effect of sugar in our diets will know that there is a minefield of information out there! It can get rather confusing. There are also all sorts of alternatives available, from natural products like agave syrup and honey to artificial sweeteners like Stevia.

I decided that I wanted to keep things simple and avoid artificial products entirely. It was also important that the ingredients that I used to sweeten my products would add nutritional value to the snacks. One of the problems with refined sugar is that apart from being sweet it really doesn’t have any additional dietary benefit.

So I turned to fruit! Naturally sweet and with the addition of plenty of other health benefits. Apples and bananas feature highly in my recipes but delicious sweet, sticky dates are often the special ‘secret’ ingredient that can make all the difference.

Dates are high in fructose so should not be consumed in excess. However, the benefits of dates are that they are natural, unrefined, full of fibre and contain a great range of vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin K, amongst other things. So eaten in moderation they are a great alternative to refined sugar.

Dates are used to sweeten Little Blue House’s flapjacks, which are vegan and also contain peanut butter, banana and coconut oil amongst other things!

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Dates also feature in our delicious carrot and apple muffins which are a favourite with two year old! And I can’t argue with her (literally).

Enjoy!

 

 

Spring, Sprang, Sprung

Spring is in the air! Breath deep, open your eyes and get ready for action. And, not to enter too deeply into cliche territory, but… there are also signs of growth and new beginnings in Little Blue House HQ.
We’re once again supplying snacks to the lovely Mrs Brown’s cafe in Victoria Park, Bristol as they’ve just opened again after a well deserved winter rest. We’ve also secured a slot at Clevedon Sunday Market which really looks like it’s going to be worth a visit, every first Sunday of the month during the summer months (if I wasn’t trading I would definitely be there anyway!). Another exciting market slot will be announced soon… shhh. And there will be news of a very lovely new cafe stockist in the near future. Craftisan on Well’s road continue to stock our snacks along with lots of lovely craft and gift items so if you’re in the area pop in and have a look.

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This flurry of activity, early in the year, prompted some deep and meaningful thoughts about the direction of Little Blue House and the conclusion has been to make some pretty drastic decisions. Including: renting a commercial kitchen and leaving work to focus full time on making snacks for small people (!!!).

So, farewell workplace pension, holiday pay and job security and hello world of business. You’d better get buying some snacks, people! Eek!

We’re really excited about what the future holds for the business and we’ve got a very busy few months ahead! So, as usual, watch this space!

Happy New Year!

Happy new year to you all. I’m not sure about you, but after the excess and craziness of the Christmas period we are strangely happy to be settling back into our normal routines. I’ve stocked our cupboards with healing Pukka teas and we’re working our way back to enjoying simple food, early nights and bracing walks, followed by the worship of our new log burner which we are very lucky to have!

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As a family we had a lovely, if rather tiring, Christmas. Plenty of food for all of us, plenty of wine for the grown ups and plenty of presents for everyone! The excess was tempered nicely with some much needed forays into nature and a snatched lie in here and there for those of us that needed it. But now we’re ready to leave some of those excesses behind for a little while and embrace the start of a new year and think about the potential ahead.

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There are some plans afoot for Little Blue House and I hope that I will have some exciting announcements for you in the coming months. In the meantime I plan to do some research into my current and potential new ingredients for snacks and share what I learn about them with you. Keep reading!

Wishing you all the best for a healthy, happy 2017 – I hope it’s a good one for all of you.

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November’s news 

The first extremely exciting news is that I will very soon (next week in fact) be supplying the lovely Mrs Brown’s cafe in Victoria Park, Bristol with a range of healthy children’s snacks.

I am particularly excited about this because Mrs Brown’s has long been a favourite of mine. It’s a great little outdoor cafe just by the children’s play park in Victoria Park – an ideal position for Little Blue House’s healthy snack range. They already sell a fantastic range of drinks and snacks as well as delicious toasties and bacon butties. The cafe fits right in with the sense of community in the park, with dog walkers, families and all sorts of local people meeting up to sit under the giant pine tree and enjoy a chat and something tasty to eat and drink. 

If you’d like to keep informed with what’s going on at Mrs Brown’s follow them on Twitter @MrsBrownsCafe or on their Facebook page. 

The second (slightly less momentous) news is that I’ve set up a Twitter account @BlueHouseSnacks so please give me a follow if you’re a fan of the tweet! 

The snacks are still also available at Craftisan on Wells Road which is such a great place to take part in some crafting activities or just enjoy a coffee on a big sofa and watch the world go by. There are daytime and after school craft activities for children of all ages and great workshops for adults like ‘massage and mindful craft’. For more info have a look at their Facebook page: Craftisan Shop.

Please keep an eye out for more updates from Little Blue House! 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving forward in the business of baking…

It has been a very busy few months for Little Blue House!

I’m now lucky enough to be regularly supplying Craftisan – our great local craft shop and cafe on Wells Road in Bristol, just round the corner from our house. It’s been a perfect place to start supplying, lots of parents and carers pop in for arts and crafts or to take part in some of the great workshops that they run, including things like Lino printing and skirt making (If I didn’t spend all my time baking I’d be attending all of them!!).

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Together, over the last couple of months, Craftisan and I have been able to work out which products are popular and I have developed some new goodies that I’ll be showing on the website soon. I’ve kept everything free of refined sugar and added salt so all of the products are suitable for small children and most for babies from as young as 6 months (though I’ve been told plenty of parents have been sampling the products as well!). I can tell you now that the spelt and wholemeal cheese straws have been going down a treat.

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As well as my regular deliveries to Craftisan, in September I attended a brilliant new market outside Hart’s Bakery  by Temple Meads – hopefully the first of many! (To keep an eye on developments follow @sundayprojectbr on twitter and Sunday Project Bristol on instagram.) The market took place on a crisp sunny day, one of the last of the summer, and was a roaring success with a very exciting range of new and established traders. It was so great to be invited and I was incredibly pleased to sell out of everything… (Next time I will bake a lot more!).

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There’s no denying now that autumn is in the air and twinkling on the horizon are the much anticipated fairy lights of Christmas! Watch this space for some new seasonal and festive children’s snacks and possibly a market or two during the festive season.

If you’ve sampled any of my snacks at the market or at Craftisan – thank you so much for your custom! It’s been great to get feedback in order to help develop my range and of course all of your support has been very welcome. I value any feedback so please let me know if you have any to share with me, my email address is on the contact page.

Antonia x

 

 

One nibble at a time

It is my great pleasure to introduce Little Blue House snacks while we take our first wobbly steps into the real world!

Little Blue House is a fledgling business, producing home made snacks for small children and babies from weaning age upwards. We are based in Totterdown in Bristol, in a little blue house perched high up on a hill, hence the name for the business.

Our aim is to provide local businesses with really delicious, healthy and wholesome snacks that parents can buy for their children, knowing they are eating something that is good for them. But more importantly, snacks that children will enjoy eating! We don’t use added salt or refined sugar and because they are home-made they don’t contain any worrying additives or sneaky ingredients.

Our current menu includes fig rolls, banana and date flapjacks, cheddar and courgette muffins and cranberry and orange oat biscuits and there are plenty more delicious ideas on the horizon.

At the moment we’re busy working on recipes, finalising our marketing materials and thinking about how to take things forward. It’s a busy and interesting time and we are looking forward to an exciting future ahead – watch this space!