Monday, 31 March 2014

Kids in the Kitchen - Easter Biscuits

This week on Kids in the Kitchen we made Easter Biscuits. A really simple recipe where the kids had lots of fun. We made our own icing bags to decorate the biscuits and later I'll give you a little tutrial on how to make an icing bag.

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I'd like to say thank you to the Brilliant Chef for joining in last week with his scrumptious Spring Cookies.
I'd love some more of you to join in this week, so please link up any posts you have of your children's cooking activities. I can't wait to read them.

Easter Biscuits


250g butter
140g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp of vanilla extract
300g plain flour


We mixed the butter and sugar together in a large bowl
We then added the egg yolk and vanilla extract
Finally we added the flour.

Mum divided the dough into three pieces and all three littlies had a piece to roll out to a thickness of about 1cm. We had lots of fun getting the dough stuck to the rolling pin, work top and our fingers. Eventually we managed to get the dough into a nice shape good enough to start cutting out.
We used Easter shaped cookie cutters, different shaped rabbits, chicks and easter eggs.
When we had cut out lots of shapes, mummy cooked them in the oven for about 12-15 minutes at gas mark 4 or 180C

When the biscuits were cooked we decorated them with the icing bags that mummy had made. When the icing bags split and leaked all over the place we used new, unused paint brushes to paint the icing on the biscuits.

making the biscuits

decorating the biscuits

Our Easter Biscuits

Icing Bag Tutorial

Personally, I think it's much better to buy ready made icing bags, but when you don't have any in and you've promised the kids they can decorate their biscuits, then making bags from greaseproof paper is the way to go. They are a little tricky for little hands, but the kids had fun while they lasted. 
Here is how I made the icing bags.

  • Fold the sheet of greaseproof paper diagonally and cut to make a triangle.
  • place the triangle upside down with the point nearest you and the flat side furthest away.
  • Take one corner of the flat side and roll it up to the point of the triangle, holding with your fingers.
  • Take the other corner and roll it up and around so it joins up with the first corner at the tip of the triangle.
  • Fold over the ends to secure.
  • Snip the end of the cone to make a tiny hole for the icing to come out.

When you fill the bag with icing, don't fill more than half way up, then fold in the two edges before folding it down again. The end of the bag has to be tightly closed to stop the icing coming out of the top. You need to squeeze the icing out from the top down to the tip.

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Blue Water Baby and Toddler Show Competition

My days of baby and toddler shows are over :( I always loved them though and went to as many as I could from when I was first pregnant with Star until the Little Man was two. He's approaching his fourth birthday now and the baby days are over for me.

So, what's so good about a Baby Show?

Well, basically it's your chance to try, compare and buy everything you need. There is also the chance to speak to experts on every aspect of pregnancy, birth and parenting.

I used to love wandering around, seeing what was new. Testing out pushchairs was one of my favourite things to do and when I had Star and was expecting Boo I purchased a double pushchair at a baby show at a bargain price.

That's another good galore. When you have a baby the expense is huge so it's best to save money whenever you can and you can get some huge deals at baby shows.

Bluewater Baby and Toddler Show 2104

The show takes place on 25-27 april at Glow, Bluewater in Kent and is accessible from London, Essex, Surrey, Sussex and Kent. 
There will be more than 150 brands there including, Bugaboo, Quinny, Mamas and Papas, Cossato, UPPABaby, Britax, Boori...just to name a few.

Bluewater Baby and Toddler Show Website can be found here.


Raisiebay has been offered a pair of tickets to the Baby Show to give away. Just use the Rafflecopter entry form to enter.

If you would like to buy your tickets I also have a discount code for you. Just use Code BWB31 for a massive 33% discount 

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Disclaimer: I have been offered a pair of Babyshow Tickets to give away. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Something For The Weekend - Review of the Weekend Box

We were lucky enough to be sent a Weekend Box to review.

This is an amazing little box that fits through your letterbox yet is full to the brim of fun for the weekend.
The box is split into four coloured categories. Yellow - Something to Explore, Green - Something Green, Blue - Something to Make and Red -Something to Cook 

We started with Green.
This was a little game to make because it was St Patricks Day. We were given some gold coins and some pipe cleaners and an instruction sheet. The instructions were simple and I did this with the Little Man (3yrs)
We made a rainbow with the pipe cleaners, found a cup to put our rainbow and used the coins to throw into the pot.

The Little Man loved this. I mean, really really loved it! He spent over an hour playing on his own and with his sister Boo.

Next up was the Blue.
We started early on sunday morning, so early I'd not even dressed the Little Man. We had to make a little bird and were provided with card, glue, feathers, wobbly eyes,  paper and paint. First we cut out the circle and painted it. Then we had to decorate the bird with feathers and a tail, beak and eyes. Boo wanted to join in too and I found that the inner circle of a paper plate was perfect for making her bird. they had to share the decorations provided but I think the end results were pretty good and they both had fun.

Then we tried Red.
Boo helped me with the cooking. We were provided with an instruction sheet and two little bags of secret spices. I will put full details on this weeks Kids In the Kitchen, but we made Green Pancakes.


Last up was Yellow.
Boo, read and answered the questions on the yellow card all about sounds. She also felt her vocal chords wobble and we experimented how far we could hear each other around the house, both with the door open and with it closed. We then watched a video of how to make a Robot Voice. Star found this really interesting and we were keen to get started but silly Daddy had found the balloon, blown it up and tied it. We are definitely going to give it a try though and I'll let you know how we get on. It looks like fun.


The weekend box was full of fun activities. They are aimed at 4-6 year olds but I believe the Little Man, aged 3, had the most fun. However, it was Boo, aged 6, who enjoyed the cooking and even Star, aged 8, enjoyed the exploring the robot voice box.
There is loads packed in to such a small box. There are things that you are required to provide sometimes, particularly in the recipes.

It's handy to have a box full of resources to hand without having to find them yourself. Each weekend I have an activity session with the littlies on one day and a cooking activity the next. I find myself spending more and more time resourcing the ideas, materials, ingredients etc. My printer takes a bashing as I collect ideas and printables. For once it was nice to just reach inside a box and find, almost, everything I needed.

On the downside, I do have three children and it would work out pretty expensive to buy them a box each. Although, there were some activities that could be shared between sibling, Little Man and Boo enjoyed the rainbow pot of gold, and there was enough green pancakes to be shared around. Also, by just provided the card, Boo was able to make a bird with the Little Man. Maybe a bigger box for bigger families would be an idea for the future. Also, one of my children is out of the age range so it would be nice if there was something available for slightly older children too.

On joining the Weekend Box club you will recieve a box a fortnight, arriving just in time for the weekend. You can cancel at any time if you no longer require them or are not happy. They have a strong green philosophy and believe in recycling and upcycling as well as using sustainable resources.

If you would like to try out a Weekend Box you can get your first box for free using the code: ANNE58

Disclaimer: we were sent a Weekend Box to review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Kids In the Kitchen - Green Pancakes

Welcome back to Kids in the Kitchen.
We've had a lot of sickness over the weekend, it's not been a happy house, and poor mummy has not had much sleep. Luckily, we did our recipes last week before the illness struck. 

Last week our linkers were The Beesley buzz with, three yummy recipes, including a very lovely looking Minion Cake. Honey from Giraffe in the Bath (I just love that Blog Name) has made a yummy parsnip and cinnamon cake. And thanks to Lisa from Life Away From the Office Chair for submitting her Cilantro limeRice 

This week we cooked Green Pancakes, the recipe was included in our Weekend Box. 

We would so love to hear about your recipes and what you have cooked with your kids. So please link up your posts old and new and I'll give you a mention next week.

If you would like to know more about Kids in the Kitchen and why I started this linky, please read our Kids in the Kitchen page.

Green Pancakes.


160g spinach, fresh or frozen
40g grated cheese
2tbs plain flour
1tbs olive oil
1 egg
pinch salt and pepper
Weekend box special spices. (which I believe were paprika and cumin)


My helper this week was Boo, she started by reading the instructions.

She added the flour to the egg and mixed them together, then she added the spinach and we had a gooey sticky mixture.

She then added the spices to the mix and gave it another stir.

Then it was mummy's turn, and I put the olive oil in the pan and heated it up. I put a ladlefull of the mixture into the pan and after a few seconds I allowed Boo to carefully squash the mixture down with a fish slice. We cooked it on one side for about 1 minute then turned it over and cooked the other side. Boo squished it down again. When it was cooked on both sides we removed it from the pan and continued with the same process for the rest of the mixture.

Then Boo sprinkled cheese on the pancakes.

Boo was incredibly pleased with her work and gave the pancakes a thumbs up. I also enjoyed them as I love spinach. They were not well received by my fussy eater star though, and the Little Man was too poorly to try one.

Now it's your turn, what will your kids be cooking, do come and let us know.
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Friday, 21 March 2014

The Beginning of Spring

I love Spring, it's full of beginnings. Things start to wake up and come alive in spring. Animals have their babies, trees start sprouting blossom and leaves and flowers start to bloom. The days get a little longer and the sun starts to make an appearance. (This time last year we had SNOW!)

This week I've been thinking about spring a lot. It's actually been quite refreshing to get out and about, for three months we have been restricted on going out because of Star's halo. She couldn't go out in the cold or rain and when we did go out she'd get tired really quickly, well, she was carrying scaffolding around on her head. Now the halo is gone and Star has been feeling a little better (well, that's a lie, but she's been ok about going outside on sunny days for short bursts.)

So, what makes me and the littlies think about spring?

Well, there is going down to the canal to feed the ducks. We can't wait to meet their chicks.

There is nothing that says spring is here more than blooming flowers. We didn't venture far but we managed to find daffodils and daisies.

Then there is the growing leaves and blossom on the trees.

Also, it's great to finally get the washing out on the line to dry in the sun and wind.

Spring is also the time to celebrate Easter, my favourite holiday with chocolate, and Mother's Day.

I love Spring and I love being able to go out again.

The Reading Residence
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

My Television Moments

My television habits have changed so much over the years. I used to be a complete addict, I would turn down outings and nights out if it clashed with my favourite tv program. There was always the option of making a recording if absolutely necessary. That's if I felt confident enough to set the VCR (remember them?)

I would leave my job at lunch time and rush home to catch my favourite soaps, while rushing a quick snack and running back to work. Good job I lived in the same street as the place I worked. 

In the evening I would rush the kids off to bed and then make a quick cuppa and settle down to watch tv until bedtime. I'd be annoyed if anyone turned up to visit or called me on the phone.

The kids tv was only on at set times, there were no all day channels. I would let them watch videos at the weekend if they wanted to. 

 I've just done a quiz on Talk Talk about Tv Tribes and the tribe I now belong to is:
T h e    C o m p l i a n t
I tend to watch whatever my other half or housemates watch. I don’t really mind what’s on, and even if it's something I don’t want to watch, I don’t get much say in the matter. I will often be doing other things in the same room while they have the TV on. I will either be browsing the internet while the TV is on, doing housework, or pursuing one of my hobbies.
9% of people belong to this TV Tribe
This is accurate of me now, see what I mean about changing habits. I barely watch any tv at all. I have long lost my addiction to soaps and when I was once glued to all reality tv shows, now I just don't bother. I don't know where the tv remote is half the time. I let the others watch whatever they want, with my other half it's usually football (or snooker, or tennis, or cricket, or get the idea, right?) I let the kids have their channels on if they want, I'm only slightly sick of Peppa Pig after 8 years.

There are times, however, that I do like to chill out and watch some television. Mostly, it's at the weekend, after the kids have gone to bed.  I like a good drama, or a film, or even a documentary.

Every Friday evening I spend some time with Eldest Daughter watching tv. She usually spends most of her time at home up in her room, so we use this time to catch up and spend time together without her little siblings around. Our current favourite program is The Walking Dead.

Then on Saturday, I like to watch a film or something with the Other Half. I'll let you into a little (not so secret) secret though. He is awful to watch tv with, he talks constantly, trying to figure out what is going to happen next, or solving the crime, or guessing a relationship..anything really, so long as he's talking. He drives me bonkers!

Perfect TV Moments of the Past

There have been a few perfect tv moments in my past.

My Dad passed away when I was only eight but I remember watching his favourite program with him, Doctor Who. I was really scared, but Daddy was always there to protect me from the Daleks and Cybermen and other aliens that might invade our home.

When Prince Charles and Lady Diana got married back in 1981, I was staying at my older brother's house and we all watched the wedding on tv before going outside to celebrate with a BBQ. It was magical watching Diana become a beautiful princess.

We all sat down as a family to watch the opening of the London Olympics in 2012. What a fantastic moment, how I wished we could have been there. Watching on TV was the next best thing, at least you always get a good view of these events on TV.

Now I'm not a huge sports fan but who could have missed Andy Murray winning  wimbledon and being the first mens champion for 77 years. A truly momentous TV moment.

Our perfect TV moment now is on New Years Eve, one of the rare occasions when we all sit and watch tv together, yes, all seven of us. We bring out the nibbles and the grown-ups crack open a bottle (or two) of Baileys and we settle down to watch a family movie. We don't like to party on New Years Eve, we keep the evening as a family only time, saying goodbye to the year that was and welcoming the new. After the movie we may watch a interactive quiz show and the fun continues with more grown-up movies after the little ones have gone to bed. (last New Years Eve it was Hot Fuzz!) We always welcome in the New Year watching Jools Holland's Hootananny.

It would make our TV moments even more special if we had a bigger TV. Last year we moved from a tiny house to a large one and our old TV looks lost sitting in the corner. This is why I'm writing this as my entry to Tots100 and Talk Talk TV Moments competition. Why don't you enter too?

Monday, 17 March 2014

Kids In The Kitchen - Frushi

Welcome to Kids in the Kitchen.
This week we tried something I'd not heard of before but was itching to try, Frushi! Now, I'm a big lover of sushi but the kids are not over keen, so I thought I'd try sushi with fruit, you can see how we got on later.

First of all I'd like to say thank you to those who linked up last week. I love reading all about what your kids are getting up to in the kitchen, and your recipes give me loads of inspiration. Over on The Beesley Buzz we see Miss T helping mum make a rather delicious looking Cauliflower and Broccoli Cheese. I really have to try this, I love Cauliflower Cheese but I've never tried it with a crunchy topping. Then over on Eats Amazing, Small Child shows us how to make yummy Homemade Burgers. I'm sure my littlies would love to have a go at making their own burgers.

I'd love for you to join in, it couldn't be simpler, just share your posts, old or new, about your kids cooking. You don't have to give detailed recipes, just tell us what you've been up to. The other day, my kids made cupcakes using a packet mix!! Well, I was busy and they wanted to cook, so why not?


  • 250g sushi rice
  • 1 tbs rice vinegar
  • soft fruits for filling


Sushi rice generally has the cooking instructions on the packet and may vary from brand to brand.
Usually the method is;
  • rince the rice thouroughly
  • put in a large pan of cold water and then bring it to the boil
  • put on lid and simmer for around 25 mins until all the water is absorbed.
  • leave to cool
  • add vinegar and stir
  • chop fruit into small slices
  • spread rice onto a sheet of cling film. We also used a sushi mat to aid rolling, but it is possible to roll with just the cling film.
  • place fruit in a line about one inch from edge of rice
  • roll up the rice
  • place in fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes
  • unwrap and cut into slices.
Boo helped me to rinse the rice and fill the pan with water. Then it was quite a long wait until the next stage so we went off to make some paper birds which I will be posting about later in the week.

When the rice was cooled and I'd added the vinegar Star came and chopped up the fruit. We chose strawberries and kiwi, but you could use most soft fruits that you can slice. I wouldn't use banana because there is nothing to stop it from going brown.


Then Boo spread out the rice and put the fruit filling on.


I did the tricky rolling bit. It's not too difficult, it just takes a while to get it nice and tight. I think maybe I could have rolled it a little tighter because quite a few of the rolls came loose at the end. Or maybe I just didn't chill them for long enough?


We all enjoyed the frushi, the rice and fruit worked together really well. With normal sushi you can dip them in Soy Sauce, I think these would have been nice dipped in Strawberry Sauce, or even chocolate...mmm something to think about next time. 

Now it's your turn to tell us what you've been up to.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Making Me Proud

I spend a lot of time giving updates about Star and how brave she is, and I will admit, she does take up a lot of my time and attention. However, I do make time for my other littlies, Boo and Little Man too and this post I'd like to dedicate to Boo.

In her old school Boo was a little slow in comparison to the other children. Being one of the youngest in the class (late July baby) means she was a little behind in her learning. She was put on an Individual Education Plan and given extra help to try and catch up with the others. That was last year.

This morning I was watching Boo finish off her homework and I was really surprised at how far she had progressed. Her reading is really good, but not only that, she has methods of working out how to read words she has not seen before or words that are difficult to read. When I read her a bedtime story, she loves to take over the reading for a while and if it's a difficult book to read then she loves to read the chapter titles.

Her hand writing is so much neater and you can she is really concentrating to do her best. The best thing is, she really wants to learn and tries so hard. So even is she is still not the brightest in the class she has caught up loads and no longer needs her IEP. I'm sure if she continues with her enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge that she will do well in her education.

Her class has a reward system in place for behaviour. Each day, each child starts on Green, then depending on their behaviour they can move down to Amber or Red if they misbehave, or move up to Gold if they are good. Every day Boo ends up on Gold, then yesterday she told me she had reached Sparkly Gold which means she had been exceptionally good and worked really hard, she was also rewarded with a special sparkly pencil which is imprinted with Special Award.

Also, since starting her new school in October last year, she has had only one day off through sickness. Her attendance record is really good and she loves to go, despite still finding it difficult to fit in being a late addition to the class. I know she still misses her old friends, but nothing stands in her way of learning.

So I'd like to say a big Well Done to Boo, she really makes me proud.

Ethans Escapades

The Reading Residence

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Breastfeeding Then and Now

I saw the feature on the news about the young mum being labelled a 'tramp' for breastfeeding in public and to be honest I was quite flabbergasted that this occurs even now. I guess there will always be those that oppose and think breastfeeding is something that should be done in private.

When I had my first child twenty six years ago, he was born by an emergency Caesarian Section and I was in hospital for ten days post birth. I wanted to breast feed and I tried really hard, but it just didn't work for me and shortly after arriving home, without the constant help of the midwives, I gave up and he was given formula.

My next child was born just seventeen months later, this time a normal birth and I was home within 24 hours. I gave breastfeeding another try and this time managed to keep it up for six months. The whole time I felt I was practically confined to my home. Breastfeeding in public was frowned upon by so many, but also I didn't feel confident enough in myself to feed my baby in public. Even when visiting friends and family I would resign to the privacy of a bedroom to feed my baby. I was caught out a couple of times while on trips out and ended up feeding her public toilets, actually sitting on the loo. (oh the shame of admitting that now!) 

Times have changed though, and I felt a lot more comfortable when baby number three arrived some sixteen years later. I did feed her in public a few times, but not blatently. I was discreet, using the right sort of clothing for quick and easy access, and covering up without making it obvious. It wasn't difficult, and providing she was being a good girl and feeding well then we 'got away with it' mostly. I mean, no-one around knew I was doing anything other than cuddle my baby. Is that wrong? Not for me, I'm quite a shy person, and just felt more comfortable being discreet. Of course, I would prefer to seek out proper breastfeeding places, comfy semi-private rooms set up specifically for baby feeding, just like being at home. 
I can admit to feeding a baby on the train, in the car, in cafe's, even in the park. I didn't receive any comments or stares and felt totally comfortable doing it my own discreet way.

The same went for baby number four, in fact we got so comfortable that I extended breastfeeding until she was just over two years old and she made the decision to stop. After the first few months, though, it becomes less necessary to feed out of the home. So, I was not nursing a toddler in public at any time. I did start to get some opposition from my own family though...isn't she too old for that now, isn't it about time you gave up?

So, as a mum I've seen and experienced the changes in acceptance of breastfeeding in public. I've done both breast and bottle feeding, public and private feeding. In the earlier days I felt like I was abiding by some silent rules. Hiding myself away to nurse my baby. Then I had the opportunity to feel more freedom in my choice of where and when I nursed my baby. 

Then along came baby number five and a whole different dilemma in my mind. Was I too old to breastfeed? I know it sounds daft, but at 44 years old I didn't expect to be pregnant, and I just believed that people would think I was the baby's grandmother. My two older children were both old enough to be parents of all three of my younger children. It was just all getting a bit too weird, even for me.

I made my decision. I made it because of how I felt within myself. Yes, I was thinking about what other's would think. You may say, it doesn't matter what other people think, but what if it does matter, it mattered to me. I don't mind what other people do, breast feed, bottle feed, nurse in public, I really don't mind at all, it's their decision. I don't normally care what other people think about me and what I do. But, this time, I felt vulnerable, sensitive, self-conscious. I made my decision. I fed my little boy at home for six weeks then I switched to bottle feeding. During those first few weeks, most of my contact with the outside world was family and friends. We did go out, and I did nurse him when I was required to, but it was only for six weeks, and the time flew by. I didn't beat myself up about it, it was my decision, and the Little Man is just fine. 

Monday, 10 March 2014

Kids in The Kitchen - Star's Pizza

It's been an eventful week here with Star finally getting her halo off. She hasn't been feeling too well all week, but she loves pizza so it was her choice to make it. More about that in minute.

First, as usual, I'd like to thank those that linked up last week.
We had some lovely Cheesy Root Muffins from the adorable Miss T at The Beesey Buzz.
Then there was some yummy Banana Oat Cookies from the Small Child at EatsAmazing.
And who can resist Vanilla Heart Shaped Biscuits With Pink Icing from the lovely Honey at Giraffe in the Bath?
Thank you all so much for joining in xx

If you would like to link up then please do, just share your posts of your kids cooking up a storm in your kitchen, they can be old or new, I don't mind.

Star's Pizza


150g strong bread flour
100ml warm water
1/2 tsp fast acting yeast
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp olive oil


The fabulous thing about pizza is you can put anything you fancy on top, even baked beans and pineapple if you fancy.
We went for a traditional cheesey pizza;
1 tbs passatta
handful of grated chedder cheese
handful of grated red leicester cheese
125g packet of mozzerella


Star was still not feeling good so I split the pizza making into two halfs. For the first half my two helpers, Boo and The Little Man, made the dough.

We put the dry ingredients into a big bowl, then we made a well into middle into which we added the oil and half of the water. We mixed it up into a dough, slowly adding the rest of the water until it all came together.
We turned the dough out onto the surface and began kneeding.

Then we gently rolled the dough into a large round and left it to rise.

kids in the kitchen

For the next stage I had help from Star and Boo.
Star covered the pizza by spreading the passata over it with the back of the spoon.
Then I let them sprinkle on the two hard cheeses.
finally they ripped up the mozzerella and placed it on top.

I baked the pizza in the oven at 240 C or gas mark 8 for 10 minutes.

kids in the kitchen

Now it's your turn, what will your kids be cooking, do come and let us know.
I'd love it if you included my badge in your post so others can see and join in.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Have You Nominated Yet?

The MAD Blog Awards
click to nominate!

Did you do yours yet? I took my time, made my lists, whittled down my lists, hoped and prayed they'd add a few more categories because I had too many blogs I wanted to nominate, but in the end I think I was fairly happy with my nominations. Job Done!

Then the results start coming in and I find I've been nominated in so many categories! The blogs with the most nominations in each categories are the ones that get through to the finals, so there is a long way to go yet!

 Thank you to anyone who has taken time to nominate Raisie Bay, I really do appreciate it. I won't be going through to the Best Baby category because my baby is now three years old. I know, time flies (he'll always be my baby, but don't tell him because he'll just say "I'm not a baby, I'm a big boy")

I also believe that I don't deserve places in the craft, travel or innovation categories. All three are part of our lives but they are not things I often share here on Raisie Bay, there are so many other blogs that are much better at it. I loved being nominated in the Best Writer category, I've always loved writing and do loads of it, not just here either. However, I know I'm not the best, nowhere near, I read so many blogs and think, wow, if only I could put things so eloquently, or witty, or funny, or just emotionally. The words in my head don't translate to the page so well. And as for the Blog of the Year... well, again I could think of so many that actually deserve this award. I think I might have had my blog put down by someone who doesn't read blogs but wanted to put a nomination for me, makes sense :)

So, I'm left with Family Fun and School Days, I'd love to be in the finals for either of these categories although Star has told me it has to be Family Fun (sponsored by Pokemon) because she's the BIGGEST POKEMON FAN IN THE WORLD! so if you haven't nominated yet, and could spare a minute or two, I would appreciate a little nomination in this category. Thank you so much.

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Here's a little photo from last year!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

My Angel Has Lost Her Halo

Yesterday, Star went into theatre at 9am and came out just half hour later minus her dreaded halo.
Just in case you don't know what a halo is;

All the gritty details of our day can be found on my blog of Stars journey, Zebra Hooves, but here I just wanted to let you know how thrilled I am to be hugging my little girl again. We have not had a proper cuddle for thirteen weeks. Have you ever cuddled scaffolding?

So I'm not saying much for now, just sharing my love in photos.

out of the theatre minus the halo

cuddle for mummy

cuddle for daddy

Monday, 3 March 2014

Kids In The Kitchen - Apple and Blackberry Shortcake

Hello and welcome to Kids in the Kitchen for this week.
We have a very special edition this week because it's World Book Day.
Generally on World book day the kids dress up as a character from their favourite book. Last year we had the Gruffalo's Child and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. This year, Boo is going to be Little Red Riding Hood.

Before I get on to this weeks recipe I'd like to say thank you to those who joined up in my linky last week.
J helped his mum on Rambling Through Parenthood to make a delicious nutella layered banana cake.
What could be nicer than chocolate covered fruit? See how D and Miss T get one with the chocolate fondeu on the Beesley Buzz.
There is also lots of yummy fruit over on Mummy Zen when the little ones get to work making fruit kebabs and Mummy Zen gives a delicious Strawberry, Apple and Almond Crumble.
Who could resist Vanilla Shortbread covered in chocolate loving prepared by Potato and Baked Potato Mummy?

Apple And Blackberry Shortcake.

One of our favourite books is called Ivy Can't Wait. It's all about Ivy the impatient iguana who is invited to her friends house for Strawberry Shortcake. Now, poor Ivy can't wait to eat the strawberries and gobbles them up before the shortcake is cooked. Then she can't wait for the cake to finish cooking so she takes it from the oven too early and it breaks into pieces. Then she is too quick to add the cream and ends up with a sticky gooey mess. 

It's not a bad ending though, because her friend makes her some more, but she has to wait patiently until she gets all the way home before opening the package that contains her cake.

Now, we decided against strawberry shortcake because the Little Man really doesn't like strawberries. Also, I had a can of apple and blackberry fruit filling that I need to use up. 

My Littlies had to exhibit a lot of patience while making the shortcake because after mixing it we had to put it in the fridge for half an hour. Well, actually, we left it a little longer while we watched Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs on tv. Sadly, my patience wasn't so brilliant as, like Ivy, I took it out of the oven too early. It was still edible, just a little gooey on the bottom. Another five minutes would have probably sorted that. 


  • 185 g unsalted butter
  • 185g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 275g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Can of apple and blackberry fruit filling


The Little Man measured out the butter and put it in a large bowl
Star measured out the sugar and added it to the butter
Then everyone had a turn at mixing until it was smooth and creamy
Star broke the egg into a bowl and the Little man mixed it up
We added the egg to the butter and sugar mixture and mixed it in.
Boo measured out the flour and the Little Man added the baking powder.
Everyone had a turn at sifting the flour and baking powder into the big bowl
We folded it all together, gently

Then we turned out the mixture, which was very soft and sticky and split it in half.
We wrapped each half in cling film and left to chill in the fridge.

We took the chilled dough out of the fridge and lightly rolled one half and placed it in the bottom of an 8inch cake tin.
We then spread the fruit filling over the first layer leaving a little gap around the edge.
Then we lightly rolled the other half of the dough and put it on top of the fruit.
Finally we brushed the top of the shortcake with a little water and sprinkled on some sugar before putting into the oven gas mark 4/ 180C for 35 minutes.

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