Again this blog has been neglected, with one sickness after another I feel like I’ve not had any down time. I’ve not got a clue how I’ll start working again, time to get organised once more!
I feel like Amber needed some mummy and daughter time, with Jasper being sick she’s not had as much attention as normal. So I thought we’d make some simple biscuits, with Valentine’s these make cute gifts.
- 100g unsalted butter
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 lightly beaten egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 275g plain flour
For the icing:
- Pre rolled icing or icing sugar
- Food colouring
- Optional; sprinkles, metallic paint, letter cutters
- Cream the butter and sugar
- Add the egg and vanilla essence
- Then the flour gradually
- Roll out onto a floured surface to about 1cm thick
- Cut out biscuits and put onto greaseproof baking paper
- Bake for 8-10 mins at 170 (fan assisted oven) until golden
- Cool on wire rack
- Once cooled ice using your chosen method; I used pre rolled icing, adding a small amount of colour to give a marbled effect. I then added painted letters. Amber went with icing sugar, sprinkles and cut out letters.
This kept Amber occupied all afternoon, though there was quite a mess!
Wrapped up and ready to gift…
One of my lovely old neighbours had made this for his little girl and I was in love, such a simple idea but for a Beauty and the Beast mad Amber I’m hoping this present will go down well!
You will need:
- Glass dome
- 2 fake red roses
- LED wired lights
- Super glue
First off peal back the petals on one of your roses and start winding the LED lights around, work the lights through the layers of petals until you reach the final layer. Then work the lights down the stem.
Take your other rose and peal the leaves off and using the super glue cover the lights and wires to create a green stem again.
Drill a hole in the bottom of your base and position the rose, bend the rose to shape and glue in place.
Cover the wires with strategically placed leaves and petals, sprinkling a couple more for good measure, again glue in place.
You could also thread the wire through the drilled hole before winding round the rose, you’d need to then make a groove on the base for the wire to run underneath so the dome sits steadily. I decided against it as I wanted petals on the base anyway.
Voila a pretty replica…
I cannot wait to give this to Amber, this years presents are a tad Disney mad with all the gorgeous bits I’ve nabbed in Primark. Let me know if you give this a go, I’d love to see!
I’ve not posted in forever again, life as always, has got in the way and it’s been a tad turned upside down recently. I’m now 2 weeks off my due date and so excited to meet this little baby boy!
This was something we’ve made a few times now but I hadn’t got around to posting about despite the fact it’s super easy and it seems is one of Amber’s faves to help with.
Little heart lollipops; all you need is candy canes, white chocolate or candy melts (I love the colour selection of candy melts but I’m also partial to a milkybar) lollipop sticks and sprinkles.
Start by unwrapping your candy canes and lying in heart shapes, then pop your lollipop sticks in the middle. Melt your chocolate or candy melts and spoon into the middle of the hearts to bind everything together. Add sprinkles… this is where Amber likes to go crazy!
Obviously the last step is to lick the spoon clean!
I packaged some up using cone bags (the pink ones) cutting a small hole in the point of the cone for the stick and tying at the top of the lollipop. And some with rectangular sweet bags, tying up around the stick.
These went down well as gifts for children at Christmas and then as end of school teacher gifts. They would also make perfect Valentine’s gifts!