Monday, 3 August 2015

Kids in the Kitchen - Bee Berries Sprinkle Cookies

Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen and it's a brand new month so time for a new linky.
I do hope you will join us this month and link up your recipes and adventures in the kitchen with your kids. All posts are pinned to the Kids in the Kitchen Pinterest Board and I try to share them as much as I can. This is a linky for sharing your recipes and ideas and I love it when you join in, it wouldn't be the same without you.

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This week I have something special for you because I took my little chef Boo to London to a cookery class. We had a really exciting day and I will be writing all about that very soon, but I wanted to share with you a cookie recipe that we made there. We brought the cookie dough home with us to put in the freezer and now we have our own supply to chop up and cook whenever we wish. We've already made one batch at home.

Bee's Vanilla Cookie Dough

Ingredients:


700g plain flour
350g cold butter
350g caster sugar
3 Happy Eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence

sprinkles for decorating

Method:

In a large bowl, crush the butter into the flour with your hands, until you have something resembling breadcrumbs.
Add in your sugar and mix
Then pour in your essence and eggs and bring together to form a dough with a wooden spoon.
Roll into a sausage and wrap in cling film
Put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes
Roll and cut and shape your cookies as you like, then bake on a lined baking tray at 175C for around 8-10 minutes depending on the size.


Here are some photos of Boo at her cookery class making the cookie dough.








































Here is some of the cookie dough we brought home, it has been rolled in sprinkles and this is straight from the fridge. We cut it into slices and baked for 10 minutes.

















And the finished cookies.





















So now it's over to you, get in the kitchen with your kids and come and share what you've cooked,
I'd also be mighty grateful if you included my badge in your post so others can see it and come along and join in. (although adding the badge is not compulsory to joining in)








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Saturday, 1 August 2015

My Sunday Photo - August 2nd 2015






































Wow, it's August already!
I took this photo yesterday while out at a fun day. The girls were walking through this flower tunnel slurping their slushies, deep in thought. They are not just sisters, they are best friends.


OneDad3Girls

Five Quite Interesting Bathroom Facts.

Quite Interesting Bathroom Fact no1 

My bathroom is incredibly boring! It was like this when we moved in twenty months ago, and I've still not got around to doing anything with it.
The walls are magnolia. The floor is blue. The bath, toilet, shower, tiles and radiator are white. The shower curtain was white, but it got grubby so I bought a new one, white with butterflies.
I have no storage space at all, well, apart from that manky bathroom cabinet with the broken mirror. (did I hear you gasp 7 years bad luck!)
My bathroom needs a makeover and that is a fact!

Boring Bathroom


Quite Interesting Bathroom Fact no2

The average person spends three years of their life on the toilet!

Now, don't you think if you are going to spend that much time in this little room then it should be a pleasant place to be? I would like my bathroom to be clean and bright and welcoming. A little colour would be nice instead of all the boring white. How about some gorgeous brightly coloured wall tiles.


Vivid bathroom tiles from Tile Mountain.co.uk



Quite Interesting Bathroom Fact no3

One theory for what causes wrinkly skin after a bath is that the outermost layer of skin, the stratum corneum, (literally "horned layer") contains dead keratin cells which absorb water. This makes the surface of the skin swell but not the lower layers, so the surface is forced to pucker as a result.

So, don't spend too much time in the water! I love having a shower, but it's also really nice to have a relaxing bath. A nice bathroom would encourage me to spend more time in the bath and to be honest, I don't really care about wrinkles that fade away...if only all wrinkles would do that! 

My kids prefer to bathe too and won't get out until they get wrinkly.

My dream bathtub would be free standing in a lovely light and airy room.



Milano Freestanding bath from Big Bathroom Shop.co.uk


Quite Interesting Bathroom Fact no4

The toilet seat is not the dirties thing in the bathroom! The floor is dirtier, and there are more germs in the sink and on the taps and door handles than on the toilet seat. Makes you think doesn't it! 

Although, I'd have to argue about my toilet floor. It's really not a nice surface and it shows every little mark and stain so I'm always mopping it. I'd love some really nice floor tiles instead.

When I see wood in a bathroom it makes me think of a spa, just give me a sauna and a jacuzzi as well, bliss.


Sandalo Wood effect floor tiles from Tile Mountain.co.uk



Quite Interesting Bathroom Fact no5

You can save 2190 gallons of water per person a year by only flushing the toilet once a day!

But imagine how much air freshener you would have to use!!





And Finally, here's another interesting bathroom fact. The Big Bathroom Shop and Tile Mountain are holding a competition with £5000 worth of bathroom prizes up for grabs. It could be just what my boring bathroom is looking for! So I've set up a Pinterest Board showing my top picks from the two sites which would make up my Dream Bathroom and this post is my entry into the competition. Fingers crossed x


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Monday, 27 July 2015

Kids in the Kitchen - Boo's Birthday

Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen, which is a little different as it was Boo's Birthday and we had a cookery party.

Last year I held a Frozen Party in the garden for her, it was a lovely sunny day and we had loads of games and even some snow! This year, however, I decided to do something different. She invited just a few of her school friends and along with her siblings we cooked the party food together.

I'd recently been sent a lovely party pack from Party Bags and Supplies. Boo had asked for an Animal Jam Cake which I made myself, so I figured that the Safari Adventure Party pack would be ideal. I received:
8 cups and plates, 16 napkins, 1 table cover and 8 filled party bags each containing - 1 soft wild animal mask, 1 clockwork insect, 1 wild animal sticker sheet and 1 wild animal tatto.
The pack is £26.99 to purchase.

I was really pleased with the pack, delivery was quick and the price was in line with other party supply companies. I love the convenience of buying everything together in a matching pack.

I am saving the party bags to give away at the Little Man's birthday in a couple of weeks, but the table looked lovely for Boo's party today.



To start the party we made Rocky Road. The kids enjoyed breaking up the chocolate and biscuits while I melted the chocolate, golden syrup and butter on the hob. I poured a third of the chocolate mixture into a bowl and the kids added the biscuits to the pan, followed by some mini marshmallows. They put the mixture into a tin and poured the remaining chocolate over the top. We then put it in the fridge to set.



We then had a little art activity but I'll tell you all about that later.



Then it was time for pizza! And guess, what? We had so much fun making it I forgot to take any photos! We had a little production line going with one child putting on the tomato base, the next child sprinkling on the cheddar, the next crumbling on the mozzarella and finally adding the pepperoni. We made four altogether with the children all taking turns. I did manage to get a snap of two uncooked pizzas! (don't worry, I didn't cook them on the hob!)



Finally, the thing they had all been waiting for...dessert! I left them with ice cream, fresh fruit, sprinkles and sauce and they each made their own knickerbocker glory!



Before they went home we sang Happy Birthday to the Birthday girl and she blew out her number 8 candle on her Animal Jam Cake.



Then I gave them all a little bag with a couple of pieces of Rocky Road inside to take home.


We had a lovely time and it was great fun having so many kids in the kitchen.

Sending out a big thank you to ET Speaks From Home and her amazing Carrot Cupcake Ice Cream Cones for linking up last week.
Also, thank you to The Giggles Family for their Easy Sweet Green Smoothie Recipe.



So now it's over to you, get in the kitchen with your kids and come and share what you've cooked,
I'd also be mighty grateful if you included my badge in your post so others can see it and come along and join in. (although adding the badge is not compulsory to joining in)





Disclosure: I received the party pack in return for writing about it in my post. All thoughts and opinions are my own




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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Treasure Island

The summer holidays are upon us and it's raining of course. This week we are going to set to and do a little art activity in the hope of winning a lovely prize from The Old Rep Theatre Birmingham. Even if we don't win our art may be shown in their gallery, the kids would be really excited about that.

I'll be writing more about the competition soon and how we get on with our entries, in the meantime here is some information from The Old Rep in case you fancy a way of keeping the kids occupied during the summer holidays.

To celebrate The Old Rep’s upcoming Christmas production, we would like to invite you to design your very own Treasure Island! Whether you dream of pirates, sailing ships, mermaids, buried gold, or something completely different, we want to see what your fantasy island would look like. Let your imagination run wild with colours, paint, glue, glitter – you can use anything you like to create your artistic masterpiece. Make sure it’s bright and eye-catching so it will really stand out!

We are offering a fantastic prize for the winning entry. Your artwork will be featured on the front cover of our Treasure Island programme, which will be available at The Old Rep from Friday 20th November to Sunday 3rd January. The winner will also receive five free tickets for Treasure Island, as well as the opportunity to meet our pirate cast.

However, even if you are not the lucky winner, your picture may still be displayed in the theatre. We are going to create a gallery of as many entries as possible. When you come to see the show you can have fun searching for your drawing, and marvelling at what everyone else has produced.

To enter the Treasure Island art competition, you need to submit a picture of your fantasy Treasure Island to The Old Rep by Saturday 10th October 2015. This can be done in two different ways: either post your artwork to Treasure Island Art Competition, The Old Rep, Station Street, Birmingham, B5 4DY, or scan your picture and email it to treasureislandart@oldreptheatre.co.uk.

This competition is open to children of up to 12 years. Please make sure that you include your full name, age and a contact telephone number with your entry. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that we will be able to return your picture.

The winner will be chosen by a celebrity judge in November, so keep an eye on The Old Rep’s website  and Facebook page.

What are you waiting for? Get creative and design your very own Treasure Island to be in with a chance of winning!

To enter, you need to submit a picture of your fantasy Treasure Island to The Old Rep by Saturday 10th October 2015. This can be done in two different ways: either post your artwork to Treasure Island Art Competition, The Old Rep, Station Street, Birmingham, B5 4DY, or scan your picture and email it to treasureislandart@oldreptheatre.co.uk.

 For more information about the Treasure Island, or to book tickets, visit www.oldreptheatre.co.uk or call 0121 359 9444.

Do let me know if you enter, and Good Luck!