Monday, 28 April 2014

Kids in the Kitchen - Parmesan and Garlic Baked Potatoes

Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen linky.
This week we cooked Parmesan and Garlic Baked Potatoes and I'll give you recipe in a little while.
I started Kids in the Kitchen because I wanted to spend more time teaching my children the basics of cooking as well as spending more time with them. I do try to do the arts and crafts stuff with them but to be honest, it's not what I'm good at. So each weekend we have one day either playing games or doing arts and crafts and one day doing some cooking together. I started this regular spot because I wanted to share what we cooked, but I also made it a linky so that others that stopped by and share what they have cooked with their children too. So please do join in if you can.

I'd like to thank last weeks linkers for joining in. Over on ET Speaks From Home we see the lovely Miss C baking bread with her mum. Learning how to bake bread is a fantastic skill for children to learn and it also makes the house smell really yummy!
If you pop on over to The Beesley Buzz you can see all the recipes they have been getting up to on their nectar savvy blog challenge including their fabulous frozen banana penguins!

Parmesan and Garlic Baked Potatoes.

I know I haven't mentioned this before but Star is a fussy eater, in fact she doesn't try many different foods at all and this is one of the reasons why I wanted to do more cooking with her. It's well known that kids that cook their own food are more likely to eat it. This doesn't necessarily work with Star unless it's something she likes already. So this week I was a little crafty and picked one of the foods she loves and added a little twist. Star loves baked potatoes, usually with baked beans or grated cheese. In this recipe the potatoes are baked in garlic and parmesan so I was taking a little risk.

Ingredients:
potatoes
grated parmesan
chopped garlic

Method:
Boo washed the potatoes for me and I cut them in half.
Then Boo sprinkled the chopped garlic into a large roasting tin and Star sprinkled in the grated cheese.



They placed the halved potatoes cut sides down into the cheese and garlic.


I then roasted them in a hot oven for about 45-50 minutes.

When they come out the cheese and garlic has created a crispy topping on the potato.



Well, Star ate her potato, but only after I scraped off the topping and gave her a portion of baked beans! The rest of us really liked them though.




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It's Not All About the Numbers - Blog Camp no3

This weekend I went to my third Blog Camp, the first one I went to I had not even started this blog but it did give me the inspiration I needed and helped me in my direction. I've always learnt loads at Blog Camp and enjoy meeting up with other bloggers that I read and communicate with on Social Media platforms.

So this year I decided to learn something different and went to the talks 'Making Awesome Videos' and 'Fundraising Fun' The first one, obviously, because I would love start doing more videos for my blog. It's not something I feel entirely comfortable with, but then if I'm not in front of the camera then I may give it a try. I don't really want to publish videos of the Littlies either, cute as they are to me. I have however, seen some awesome videos that my kids love to watch and I've thought I'd love to try that. So watch this space, now I know a few technical tips there may be something coming up in the near future. I'll share a few tips with you, curtesy of Ruth from www.geekmummy.com

1. Make sure you have good lighting, just  like a photograph, videos look better when well lit.
2. Make sure you have good sound. If you have background noise or the sound is not so good then invest in a directional microphone. 
3. Have something, like a tripod or stand, to keep the camera still while you film. 
4. Edit your videos to get the best shots and sound, and don't make them too long, people just don't have the time to watch long videos.




I went to the fund raising talk because this is also something I am considering but not on this blog. My daughter has a rare condition and we are realising just how difficult it can be to get the right treatment when needed. So I feel really inspired to raise awareness for rare conditions and fund raise if I can. It's not something I feel entirely comfortable with but sometimes when you feel passionately about something then you need to step out of your comfort zone. I don't ever aspire to be as awesome as Team Honk, but if I can do something that helps to make a small difference I will be happy.



I also went to the talk on 'How to be a Freelancer' as this is something I'd like to do. Well, it's something that I've done before. Many moons ago when the older kids were still babies I used to write for magazines like Mother and Baby and Practical Parenting. I would put the kids to bed and sit with my typewriter and tippex and write to my hearts content. Then I would post my articles off with a covering letter and wait for ever and a day to hear whether they had been accepted for publication. It was always a thrill when they were, and then I'd have to wait a few days for my cheque to arrive, then a few days more for my bank to clear the cheque and then I'd go on a spending spree.

Times have changed, oh yes indeed. Now you don't even have to submit your article or even write anything before typing off a pitch by e-mail to your chosen publisher. Then if they bite you write and then they pay.

Todays talk was presented by Molly from Mother's Always Right, Alison from Not Another Mummy Blog and Fi Star-Stone from Childcare is Fun.


Some tips I learnt.

1. Get to know the publication and pitch to them accordingly.
2. Sell yourself wisely.
3. Build a portfolio of your work.
4. Make yourself stand out but keep it brief.
5 Outline your idea in the first sentence of your pitch.

Writing articles is not like writing blog posts, but you will have brushed up your writing skills by keeping a blog.



The other talk I went to was 'Working With Brands'
If I'm honest, I didn't really think I had much to learn here, but Becky from Baby Budgeting.co.uk gave a  really interesting talk and I did pick up some tips. I don't really contact brands myself, I wait to be contacted, but it's nice to know that it is something that is OK to do so long as you do it right. If there is a brand you really want to work with then find a contact and let them know why you would like to work with them and what you can offer them. Be detailed, they like to know that you will promote on Social Media platforms as well as through your blog. Tell them what your blog is about and why it would suit the brand. Sell yourself well.

I also learnt that it's not all about numbers, how many blog visitors you have, how many Twitter Followers, or Facebook Likers. These seem to be the things I'm always striving for and become envious of those who have thousands. However, I may not have a huge following, but I do get lots of feedback. Quite a few times now I've had people tell me how one of my reviews has encouraged them to go and buy the product. That's amazing, that's what brands would like to see. Silly me, I don't have a copy of the messages! Next time I'll take screen shots and keep them in a folder so I can show them off. It shows that even though I don't have thousands following me, those that do are paying attention to what I have to say, and that is much more important.

Interesting fact: Sally from Tots 100 said that only the very top blogs in the Tots100 charts have a humongous number of page views, the average for most blogs is 7 to 10, 000 per month. (If I remember correctly, she was talking about the top 100 blogs)

Personally, I find the stats are so difficult to track you are at risk of driving yourself nuts if you take it all too seriously. I use four different trackers and they all give me different results. Which is right? I don't know and it used to bother me quite a lot. When I quote my stats I do an average of all four results and use that. See, O level math came in useful for something after all!

It really isn't all about the numbers though, and from now on it's not going to bother me too much. If brands only want to work with blogs with huge stats then that's their loss. I'd rather have fewer followers that I know are actually reading my blog and interacting with me, maybe one day the brands will catch on to this?



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Friday, 25 April 2014

Finally an Answer (well sort of!)






This week I have been waiting.
I have been waiting for three weeks, but this week it's hit harder because before I was just trying to have a little holiday fun and not think about things.
I have still been chasing up answers though, even though I've not had much success until today.

Today our Limbo was ended, well sort of. Yesterday, after calling the hospital and getting a much less than satisfactory reply from the ward secretary, I decided to call the hospital patient liason team PALS. They promised they would find out what was happening for me.

Now, those that know me, know that I am a patient person. I'm good at waiting. However, this involved my little girl and she is in pain. I was told three weeks ago that she would need an operation to fix her neck. I was told that I would contacted by the end of the week and told what the next steps would be. I wasn't contacted and haven't been contacted since. So we have been in limbo. Is my daughter having an operation, when will she be seen again, are there any other options, is it going to get worse, can it be fixed???? So many questions and no-one to answer them.

Today, PALS called back. I wasn't home, I'd popped out for just half hour when the call came. OH took it and informed me when I got home that our daughter was going to have an operation and that they would call next week to discuss it.

I can't say I'm happy with that, it's all very vague and of course, "we'll call you" has been heard so many times now and they rarely do call.

Still, the fear has returned to my soul. The fear I have felt so many times since my girl woke up with a twisted neck almost nine months ago. I am scared, very scared. Of course I want her fixed, but how I wish it could have been done that first week she spent in hospital, why has it dragged on so long, why is it no better? Can it be fixed?

I will always be in limbo until I know the answers.


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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Hetty Feather - The Play

I cried, I laughed, I trembled, I clapped, I watched in awe, I used my imagination to it's fullest and then I cried again. If there is one piece of advice I could give to anyone watching the Stage Play Hetty Feather, it's take a box of hankies. It will awaken every emotion.



Hetty Feather

Hetty Feather is a book by Jaqueline Wilson. Hetty is baby who is taken to the Foundling Hospital because her mother cannot look after her. She is then fostered out to a family in the country side and has a nice life until it's time for her to return to the Foundling Hospital to be prepared for her future as a servant girl. She hates the hospital and vows to run away and find her real mother, who she believes to be a bare horseback rider she saw in a circus while living with her foster family. She finds her opportunity to escape when they have a very rare day out and she finds the Circus. Does she find her real mother? Is she really the circus lady? I won't spoil the rest of the story for you but there are some scary moments ahead while Hetty searches for her mother. 


The Stage Play

Sticking quite close to the book the play begins with Hetty as a baby being brought to the Foundling Hospital by her mother. There are no scene changes as such but the whole stage is set up a little like a circus ring. The floating ribbons and ropes are manouvered around to create different scenes such as the hospital, the trees in the countryside and the circus. 
Apart from Hetty all the actors have several parts to play and they do it so good you barely notice that it's the same actor playing her brother, a circus performer or even another girl in her hospital dorm.
There is a lot of action climbing the ladders and swinging from the ropes and ribbons. It's very circus like and totally entertaining. We were all mesmerised from beginning to end.
The music complimented the play rather than taking it over. It was a vital element, but overall it didn't really feel like a musical.
The play is aimed at children seven years or older. I took my almost seven year old and eight year old daughters along with my niece (22 yrs) We all really enjoyed the play although the youngest, Boo, was a little scared at times and Star (8) spent a lot of the show in floods of tears, the final tears were happy ones she said. I wouldn't really recommend the show to younger children although there was a younger child in front of us who appeared to enjoy the show despite asking his mother lots of questions. 



The Foundling Hospital

The Foundling Hospital was not actually a hospital but the first ever purposely built children's home for babies born into poverty or social exclusion. It was established by Thomas Coram in London in 1739. The babies were sent away to wet nurses until they were five years old and then were brought back to the instution to recieve a basic education until they were old enough to leave for employment.


Play Information:
Adapted for the stage by Emma Reeves and directed by Sally Cookson
Pheobe Thomas (Holby City) stars as Hetty Feather
The Play will be shown at Birmingham Town Hall from April 22nd to April 29th then will be touring Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Sheffield and Dubai.



Disclaimer: I was given four tickets to see the show for the purpose of this show. Photographs were provided for me to use on my blog. All thoughts and opions are entirely my own. 


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Monday, 21 April 2014

Kids In the Kitchen - Chocolate Bark

Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen. I hope you've all had a lovely Easter, we have another week off school, yay!
I'm cheating a little this week, because even though the kids have been helping me cook loads, I haven't actually prepared a complete post. So I'm going to tell you how to make easy peasy Chocolate Bark with the Little Man. One of the big favourites in this house at the moment is home made sausage rolls after being inspired by the Brilliant Chef. The kids love rolling out the ready made puff pastry and filling it with sausage meat. They think they taste much better than the ones you can buy in the supermarket, and even better than Greggs. They work out cheaper too, so if your kids love sausage rolls, give it a try. All this chocolate and fat is not really good on a regular basis, so I'm going to find something more healthier for them to cook or make in the kitchen this week.

Before I carry on with our recipe I like to thank those that joined in last weeks linky. Remember, it's really easy to join in, just link up a post of something you and your kids have been doing in the kitchen. The posts can be old or new.
Last week we had Easter Nest Cake Pops from Let Kids be Kids. I'm so jealous because my cake pops have never worked out, but I think I may have been a little impatient. Karen and her little ones make it look like childsplay, literally!
The Beesley Family have been busy working on their Necter Savvy Blog and would love you to take a look at what they have been up to, and get some tips. They still managed enough time to link up with Kids in the Kitchen with their lovely decorated Easter Eggs, now why have I never thought of that?
Next up we have some real cute Easter Bunny cakes from new blogger MancFamilyRobinson. Do go and give them some new blogger love.
Last but not least is Anna and her boys from In The Playroom and totally delicious looking Apple Biscuits. These we really have to try!

Thank you everyone for joining in x

Chocolate Bark.


Making chocolate bark is easy and fun and the kids just love making their own chocolate flavours.
You can put anything at all in the chocolate, I've heard that chillies are good, but not for me!

In our chocolate bark we used;
200g chocolate, we chose milk, but you can use any chocolate.
two handfuls of mini candy coated chocolate beans
two handfuls of mini marshmallows.

Method:

The Little Man broke up the chocolate into chunks without eating any. Oh the restraint, I can't do that!
Then I put the bowl on top of a saucpan of hot water and stirred until the chocolate had melted. You can melt chocolate in the microwave but I have burnt chocolate this way and burnt chocolate makes me want to cry.


I put the melted chocolate into a large plastic bowl and let the Little Man add his ingredients a handful at a time and give it all a big stir.
We put the chocolate on a baking tray covered with greaseproof paper and put it in the fridge until it had set hard, (about 1 hour)
Then we took it out and left it for 5 mintues before using a pastry cutter to cut out shapes in the chocolate.
The adults get to eat the scraps!




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Friday, 18 April 2014

A Trip to The Nature Reserve

We made the most of the midweek sunshine and treated ourselves to a trip to our local nature center, or The Nature Reserve as it is now known. It's had a bit of a revamp (and a huge price increase) Since we moved house we are actually closer now and we pass it all the time so the kids have been driving us bonkers to go there for a visit.

We were so lucky with the weather, it really was a beautiful sunny and warm day. Star was feeling good too. We set off in the morning and took our own picnic for lunch.


As always the littlies always love looking at the animals.




Favourite animals where the spider monkeys. They were so funny playing with their sticks. They also liked the meerkats, snakes and the giant tortoise. In fact they liked most of the animals and had lots of fun watching them.



Here are a couple of strange looking ring tailed lemurs.



We had time to play in the playground but it was very busy so we didn't stay long and Star was entertained a little more quietly.



Then Boo and the Little Man decided they wanted their faces painted. We had to wait for about half an hour for their turn. Daddy took Star off to look around the shop while we waited. It was the first time the Little Man had had his face painted and he sat so still, he barely moved a muscle, it was hard to believe it was the same little boy, he doesn't normally stay that still, not even while sleeping!
The end result was two beautiful cats.



This door always creates a lot of interest. Situated on the side of a large shed, it is bolted but not locked.
Do you know what is behind it?

Worlds Most Dangerous Animal

Star was a little nervous but I went with her and she pulled back the bolt and opened the door.
Behind the door is a mirror!
Ingenious, the World Most Dangerous Animal is of course a human being.

We had a lovely day, it was so nice just to get out of the house and this week we've been out twice. Once to the Nature Reserve and then into town to the Skribbies store. Next week we have another treat lined up as we are off the the Town Hall to see a performance of Jaqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather!


Linking up with the fabulous Coombe Mill Blog and Country Kids, go see what every was has been up to gettin out and about this week.


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Shoes You Can Draw On - A Skribbies Review

I was delighted to be invited along with the girls to the Skribbies Pop-Up store in Birmingham. They are there until the 21st April in the Bull Ring.


The girls were really excited to see what Skribbies were like and they were not disappointed.
Skribbies high top trainers come with a set of pens, stickers and a wristband which also works as an eraser. Then you let your kids creativity loose as they design how they would like their Skribbies to look.
Not happy?
Then wipe it all off and start all over again.
Or you can have a new look every day. In fact, they are quite addictive, I've already tried out a few designs of my own since coming home, and yesterday we had family visiting and they all had a go a doing a little doodle on the shoes.

Currently Skribbies high tops come with either a pink, blue or black trim. They invite your children to express themselves as they create their own designs. They are well made and the girls claimed them to be very comfy. I hear that regular trainers will soon be added to the repertoire.

Here are my girls showing off their new Skribbies.


The shoes retail at £39.99 and if you can't make it to Birmingham you can order online at the Skribbies Shop. I think they are great value, not only do you get a decent pair of well made shoes, but you get something unique and fun and your kids will love them.

Here are my girls having some fun decorating their Skribbies at the shop.



Skribbies is a UK company founded by Jennifer Duthrie. We met Jennifer on the day and she really is lovely, that's why I was thrilled to hear that she is a semi-finalist in Virgin Media's Pitch to Rich competition. It would be lovely if you could take a moment to vote for her by clicking through to the site Pitch to Rich. If Jennifer wins her category she will get the opportunity to meet Sir Richard Branson and pitch to him for help in her business venture. The voting closes on April 23rd at midday.

Good Luck Jennifer!


Disclosure: We were invited to the Skribbies pop up stall in Birmingham where the girls were given a pair of Skribbies each. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. All artistic creativity and imagination was provided by my girls.
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Kids In the Kitchen - Hot Cross Buns

Still keeping with the Easter theme here, this week we made Hot Cross buns. I've not made them before and I really wish they were a little easier and quicker to make. The end result was very yummy though, more in a little while.

Kids in the Kitchen is a weekly linky, if you would like to know more about it then please visit the Kids in the Kitchen page. It couldn't be simpler though, just cook with your kids, blog about it and then link up your post. Old posts or new, I really don't mind.

I'd like to say thank you to last weeks linkers.
Baked Potato Mummy and little Potato gave us these delicious Easter Muffins, fruit cakes with marzipan and mini eggs, they sound like a winner to me.
Blogger Mummy Lauren gave us a double delight with these yummy Easter Empire/German biscuits, two biscuits layered with jam, truly mouthwatering.
The lovely Beesley family gave us adorable Iced Buns and amazing Banana Splits, Little Miss T is a great helper and the boys are brilliant at improvisation.
Finally, the Single Parent Pessimist and little Chunk show us a whole host of summer activities and how to make slushies and ice lollies. I can't wait for summer now.

Hot Cross Buns.


Ingredients:

200ml warm milk
50g butter
500g strong bread flour
1tsp salt
75g caster sugar
1 7gm packet of fast action yeast
2 eggs
125g mixed fruit for cakes 
1 tsp mixed spice

for the crosses; 2 tbs plain flour, 1 tbs water
for the glaze; 2tbs milk, 1 tbs caster sugar


Method:


Boo was my helper today, although the Little Man had a turn at kneeding the dough too.
First up we put all the dry ingredients in a bowl, flour, sugar, yeast, salt and Boo gave it a good mix.

Next we added the butter and Boo set to rubbing it in.


Then she added the fruit.
Then she added the beaten eggs and the milk.


The dough was really sticky so we did use a little extra flour to be able to kneed it properly.
Adding too much flour can make the end result a little heavy, but we added just enough for it to be a little less sticky and the buns turned out light and fluffy.

Then comes the boring bit....you leave the dough in a bowl covered with a damp tea towel for at least an hour, until it has doubled in size.

The dough is then diveded into balls, the recipe said 12 but we only managed 10.
Then the balls are put on a greased baking tray, covered loosely with a plastic bag, making sure that the bag doesn't touch the dough, and left for another 45 minutes to rise again.

Just before cooking we made a mixture of flour and water and put it into a piping bag. Then we piped crosses on the top of each bun.

The buns were cooked on Gas mark 5 for 15 minutes.
While cooking I made a glaze of milk and sugar by warming the milk and dissolving the sugar in it, which I used to coat the buns as soon as they came out of the oven.



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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Something for the Weekend - docrafts Creativity Review

I was sent a copy of Aprils docrafts Creativity magazine to review.

Now, let me start by explaining that I'm not very good at crafts, but it doesn't stop me trying, and I love having a go. My motto is, you don't have to be good so long as you are enjoying what you are doing.

I've had a go at loads...upcycling furniture, making cards, crochet, sewing, and many more, with little success. I still keep trying though because I find it fun.

The docrafts Creativity magazine is aimed at 'real' crafters rather than 'have a go' ones like me. However, I did find it really intriguing and I'm determined to try some of the crafts in this issue.

The magazine came with some lovely free gifts, two sheets of stickers, a sheet of 3D stickers for Father's Day an a lovely pair of glass crosses for jewellery making....oh, I've tried jewellery making before!




There is one thing I'm reasonably good at and that is decorating cakes, so imagine my joy on finding a section on making these gorgeous plant pot cakes. I'm most certainly going to give these a go. I'll post about my efforts later.







I will also use the free stickes provided to make Father's Day cards. There is a really nice guide in the magazine. I could also use the stickers to make a card for my nieces birthday next month. The main problem I've had in the past with card making is I never know where to put things. I  start off with a selection of lovely papers, stickers and embellishements and end up with...well, a bit of mess actually. I've never thought of using a template before. The magazine has a section on using templates to make your cards look pretty.



Now, this magazine is aimed at adults, and in particular adults who have some clue as to what they are doing. Atlhough the tutorials are pretty clear and easy to follow. I have bought magazines in the past that assume you know what you are doing and really don't give much detail in their instructions, so it was refreshing to find that Docrafts Creativity doesn't expect you to know everything.
There are some really good technique sections too which are really helfpul.



There is a section for children's crafts too, and I love these window kites. We'll have to have a go at these. In fact I already have a lot of tissue paper left over from the Easter Bonnet crafting we did recently.



I am not a dedicated crafter, most of my current crafting activities involve PVA glue, safety scissors and glitter as I keep the littlies entertained. However, I have always enjoyed crafting and I'm willing to give most things a go. So, I've browsed many a magazine in the newsagents dreaming of what I could make if I only had the skill. I find that most of them are really expensive, have lots of advertisements and assume you already know what to do. I have really enjoyed docrafts Creativity because it offers page after page of wonderful projects, many of them within the reach of someone with just a little knowledge and flair. It covers simple, quick projects as well as complicated ones and has all sorts of interests from card making to jewellery making and even upcycling furniture. At £4.99 I think it's really great value, and I probably will buy it again. If I keep practising maybe one day I will improve.
If I was skilled enough I'd love to make this box, I do love pretty boxes.


Don't forget to check out the docrafts Facebook page for more ideas and sharing.


I was sent a copy of docrafts Creativity April 2014 to review for the purpose of this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Stay tuned for my attempts at Father's Day cards and plant pot cakes.



Friday, 11 April 2014

Happy Easter 2014



I love Easter, it's my favourite time of year. It's cheaper than Christmas and I've never suffered any major tragedies at Easter, also it's a good time to reflect on Faith and life, finally, don't forget all the CHOCOLATE!!

This week we have been preparing for Easter, possibly a little early but it does't matter because we can do it all again next week :)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Kids In The Kitchen - Easter Chicks

Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen.
Last week we made Easter Biscuits and this week we made Easter Chicks. We have loads more Easter recipes we'll be trying out, well, it is my favourite time of year. Keep reading to see how we got on and our recipe. These chicks are so easy to make, really cute and taste yummy.

If you would like to find out more about Kids in the Kitchen you can read my dedicated page. Simply, it's a linky where we share what our kids have cooked and it's open all week starting from Tuesday.

A big thank you to last weeks linkers. North East Family Fun showed us how to make the best Lemon Drizzle Cake ever. A big big favourite of mine, but not a recipe I've let my chidlren loose on yet.
Also, the amazing Brilliant Chef from The Beesley Buzz showed us how to make sausage rolls and gave an important lesson of how the best chefs are the ones that experiment. He's a lovely lad and his food blog is simply brilliant, so if you want to put a smile on an eight year old talented chefs face do please pay a visit to The Brilliant Chef and maybe leave a comment.

Please do come and join us this week, just link up any post, old or new.

Easter Chicks

Ingredients:

125g self raising flour
125g caster sugar
125g unsalted butter or margarine
2 eggs
1tsp lemon juice

for decoration:

85g unsalted butter or margarine
170g icing sugar
few drops of lemon juice
few drops of yellow food colouring

100g dessicated coconut
few drops of yellow food colouring
some small pieces of carrot
chocolate drops

Method:

Before we made the cakes Boo and Star blew the eggs out of the shells. I made two small holes, one at the top of the egg and one at the bottom, then the girls blew through one hole until all the egg had come out. This is not necessary for the recipe, but we wanted to keep the egg shells to paint later.

blowing eggs


We started by putting the dessicated coconut in a food bag and added a few drops of food colouring. Then Star shook the bag until all the coconut was coloured.
Boo and the Little Man helped with the mixing.
First we mixed the butter with the sugar until it was creamy.
Then we added the eggs and mixed them in.
The flour went in next and I am teaching the children how to fold it in gently.
Finally we added the lemon juice.

We put the mixture into the cake cases and I baked them in the oven at 190C or gas mark 5 for 12-15 minutes.




When the cooked cakes had cooled we decorated them.
We made the buttercream by creaming together the butter and icing sugar. We added the lemon juice and food colouring and mixed well.
The kids then coated the cakes with the buttercream and then sprinkled over the yellow coconut.
They added chocolate drops for eyes and a tiny piece of carrot for the beaks.



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