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Cake pop bears

I have had such little time recently because of my teacher training, that I literally haven’t made anything. However, on Friday I took a little me time and went to a Trefoil Guild meeting for the first time in two months.

This month we were decorating cake pops and, as well as eating far too many, I made these for my girls:

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They wouldn’t have won any beauty contests, but they didn’t last long enough to be entered – shortly after these photos they were devoured.:)



Birthday cake time again

I truly have had no time at all for blogging in the last 6 weeks of term – instead I have expended energy on being a better teacher. However, Oldest Daughter’s birthday rolled around again and with it her demands for a particular shaped / decorated cake.

I am beginning to feel that my daughter’s expectations are outstripping my expertise, but I gave it my best shot and, honestly, I am pretty chuffed with the outcome – even if she did say ‘Eeugh that icing looks gross’ as I was rolling it out, having spent time colouring and arranging it to blend in a tortie kind of way…

cat cake

Last minute pressie

While the shops are still open (in the UK) I thought I would post this gift my girls put together for their Uncle who likes to watch a movie or two – incase you have forgotten someone or need to throw a small giftette together for after Christmas…

popcorn pressie

They put together little seasoning bags using recipes gleaned from the internet: Tex Mex, Hot Cocoa, Lemon Poppy and Sesame Salt, then wrote out the recipes before putting it all in a ziploc bag and wrapping it.

We saved some seasoning for ourselves, obviously. Roll on movie night!


hot chocolate pops – Happy Christmas!

I found the recipe for these in my local Morrison’s magazine and swapped the lolly stick for a peppermint candy cane

They took an hour or so to do but I got enough out of less than £15 spend to give one to each of my 25 Guides plus 7 Senior Section as a Christmas token and still have one left over for me 😀

warm the pot in warm water for a short while, pop them out and put into hot milk for a delicious hot minty marshmallowey chocolate drink.


How to carry a watermelon

How do you carry a watermelon?

Why, in a watermelon bag of course.


Inspired by a watermelon t-shirt seen online while we were planning craft activities for Guide camp, we bought calico bags, red and green fabric dye and seed shaped beads.

The girls dip dyed their bags and, when they were happy with the colour, we rinsed and dried them before decorating them. Most girls opted out of sewing on the beads, preferring to write slogans on with fabric pen, but this is Oldest Daughter’s – and I did the sewing…



In this picture, the darker bag is mine. Dip dyeing whilst being in charge meant it got left in significantly longer each time and, as usual for the woman who can’t see a straight line, the pattern is wonky. However I will salvage this with strategically placed ‘seeds’ so the finished bag looks more purposefully arranged!


Playing with your food

Sometime ago a friend gave me a book with googly eyes attached in a sachet and some ideas of what to do with them. It sat in my cupboard for a while and then I came across peppers with eyes online – I honestly can’t remember how or why.

Obviously I wanted to try this at home

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Now I just can’t stop playing with my food..

…..and today I saw this!!


Piece of Pie

I finished paid work a little over a week ago, but that first week of my ‘holiday’ was just as busy as ever with meeting friends I haven’t seen for a while, Brownie Pack Holiday planning and helping out on a school trip alongside my usual activities.

I’m looking forward now to the next phase of my life, but today, this morning, I wanted pie.

One of my recent emails was entitled ‘Rustic Peach Raspberry Slab Pie’ and that got me thinking about all the soft fruit we (by which I mean my lovely husband…) have been growing. As always the children get a bit over strawberries after a week or two and I have to think of something to do with them – often jam – but this recipe gave me an idea.

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I took all the slightly over ripe nectarines from the fruit bowl and neglected strawberries and raspberries from the fridge and piled them, turned with a little cornflour and sugar, onto a board. I then used Delia’s pastry recipe (never fails) and made my version of that slab pie.


It looks gorgeous and I can’t wait to have it after tea with cream (naturally). And I had enough pastry left over for jam tarts.



Back in the swing

Pattern and sickness have floored me this last four weeks, but a second course of antibiotics is helping with the latter…

Oldest daughter had another birthday in the month of pattern and here is her cake:

loveheart cake

straight lines are not my forte, but both Oldest Daughter and I was pleased with the outcome. It tasted great – though the textures of cake, jam, fondant and fizzy sweet all together were interesting 😀


Playing with Playdough-a recipe

I was having a tidy up today and I came across the book I referred to in my post  what to do with all this free time that I wrote in July.

This made me remember that I was going to write up the playdough recipe for you to have a go at and this reminded me that the playdough I made in July still lives in the fridge ready to play with, having already survived numerous uses by my gorgeous girls and their friends.

Now, this week’s photo challenge is ‘window’ and, convoluted as you can see my thinking is, I decided to get said playdough out and have a play.

Here is my offering for the photo challenge: window :


For those of you who would like to play too, this is the recipe from ‘501 TV Free Activities for Kids’ by Di Hodges:

put 1 cup of plain flour, 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup cooking salt and 1 tablespoon cream of tartar in a saucepan over a medium heat, stirring until thick. when it has cooled, add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil and knead well on a floured board.  Now you can divide the mixture into six balls and add a different colour to each ball – you can use food colouring as I did or powder paint.

We make sure we separate the colours at the end of play and put them into a plastic lidded box in the fridge. So far they’ve lasted six months.

Back to School Baking

My girls are absolutely thrilled to be returning to school on Monday…

In celebration I decided to bake biscuits for their lunchboxes (don’t worry, there will be healthy stuff too :))

I found this recipe on and it bakes up a treat. Now I have to find somewhere to hide them so they don’t get eaten before I need them!


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