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Homemade Ice Cream

Homemade Ice Cream

One of the presents that the girls got for Christmas was an ice cream maker that you need to turn by hand (thank you Dad!)  The girls said they wanted to start an ice cream business when we visited a lovely gelato shop in San Francisco and so this was the start of their business! … Continue reading

Elf Escapades 17th December

Elf Escapades 17th December

The Elf had left his reindeer this morning (see here) and it took the girls some time to find him. Eventually they found him hanging off the handle on the fridge door.  What was he doing there? The girls decided that he was missing the North Pole and so was trying to get in to … Continue reading

Fun Christmas plate to make

Fun Christmas plate to make

I found this on the internet (the wonder of Pinterest!) and it took 20 minutes. 10 minutes of that was opening the sweets which were all individually wrapped! So unwrap the sweets and arrange them on a piece of baking parchment on a tray. You can put them in any pattern you like. We used … Continue reading

What to do with too many chocolate brownies

What to do with too many chocolate brownies

Ok, I admit it.  We don’t often have extra chocolate brownies hanging around.  They disappear with amazing speed in our house.  But I did have some I’d stashed in the freezer which I wanted to use up. What better than making a Christmas tree out of them, decorated with Smarties?

Chocolate face!

Chocolate face!

I knew the Little One was feeling better when she asked to make cakes on Friday when she was off school. This was a huge relief as she’s been feeling ill for a week and not eating, which is most unlike her. Her choice for baking? Chocolate brownies with prunes in them (she loves prunes!) … Continue reading

A birthday abroad

A birthday abroad

It was the Big One’s birthday on Friday and she reached the very grown up age of 6.  It’s astonishing to me that she can be that old when I distinctly remember her being tiny and new born and that seems only very recent.  But 6 she is and she is having a divided birthday … Continue reading

Mermaid birthday cake

Mermaid birthday cake

I’ve been very busy this week organising the Big One’s birthday celebrations.  This has included lots of baking, including cookie cakes for school, 2 mermaid birthday cakes and cake pops for the girls at her party to decorate. Here’s the cake: I had to make two so we had a small version for the Big … Continue reading

Cookie cakes

Cookie cakes

  It’s the Big One’s birthday at the beginning of September and she’ll be in  school on the actual day. This means I need to navigate American birthday traditions. At home in the UK, the girls have taken small packets of Cadburys chocolate buttons in to school for each of their classmates.  Here they need … Continue reading

Birthday cake for a friend

Birthday cake for a friend

The Little One’s godmother and her family are staying with us this week.  We’ve had a great time and the kids have really enjoyed spending so much time together. Today it’s the godmother’s birthday and whilst they all went out this afternoon, the girls and I have made a cake to eat when we get … Continue reading

I’m leaving home…

We had a very disjointed Easter lunch today, mainly due to the Little One deciding she didn’t like rice, chicken, broccoli, water or Heinz tomato ketchup (which, if you know her, you know to be untrue, particularly the bit about the ketchup…)  It normally happens, as today, when I’ve spent a long time preparing a … Continue reading