A little bit of baking

Well I may not have been up to much crafting recently but I have been cooking and I was very chuffed with my most recent effort at baking, not only did it taste good it also looked good AND I was able to do quite a bit with my three year old son

He could mix (we did get sugar everywhere mind) and he could also scatter the sugar mixture and the blueberries and there is nothing like licking the spoon, unfortunatley you have to give the spoon up when you have children otherwise they wrestle you for it and they always win 😉

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Again from the Goodfood magazine, I think I should get commission from them right?!

I am going to try it with peaches next time as I think they would make it that bit sweeter.

I did also try to make a pea and potato curry (again from the goodfood magazine, don’t all groan at once) but I have to say this was the first recipe that turned out just awful – sorry goodfood if you are reading this which I am pretty sure you are not but this recipe was all wrong, too many potatoes, cooking time was way off and my sauce curdled. I did learn a lesson though:

If you are not sure on something go on line find the recipe and read the comments

I unfortunately did this too late, hey we did eat it but this is one I would not attempt again but you can not win them all can you.

I had also cooked this

soup

 

But for the life of me I can not remember what it was! Babybrain maybe.

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Jam

I have wanted to try my hand at jam making for quite some time but have never seemed to get round to it so what better time to start then when you have a brand new bouncing boy at the ripe old age of two weeks old? all I can say is a lack of sleep seems to suit me….

As my first attempt at Jam was a success I am so chuffed I am thinking of making more once I have run out of the current batch. I again went to my trusty magazine stash of the good food magazine and found this recipe http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipe/peach-melba-jam

peach melba jam

jam

The reviews on the website said the jam was runny but I found that whilst it was not firm it was just a little soft set and once I had opened a jar and put it in the fridge it was firm. I do however agree that I had to simmer it for much more then the five minutes (for me it was around the 15 minute mark)

jam on toast

 Is it wrong to want breakfast for dinner?

Gingerbread Boys

psst I will let you in on my little secret…

the day I went into labour with my first son I baked some gingerbread men, I swore at the time that the gingerbread men had brought on my labour. Fast forward 3 years and 8 months and I decided I would bake gingerbread men again the timing was perfect as my mother in law was down so could look after my first son so my husband could be there for the birth. 

The plan had been to bake the gingerbread men at 39 weeks again but like all good plans we was so busy I did not get round to baking the biscuits until I was 39 weeks and 2 days and as if by magic that evening as I got into bed I had my first contraction. I think gingerbread men are now my most favourite bake 😉

This time round of course I had a helper in the shape of a 3 year old who could not wait to decorate them which didn’t happen for a few days but we did finally make time to decorate our own gingerbread family

 

Mummy, Daddy, big brother and little brother
Mummy, Daddy, big brother and little brother

 

gingerbread boys
gingerbread boys

I would like to point out that I do not think the biscuits themselves brought on the labour but I think maybe the exercise helped the labour to come on all that mixing, bending to put things in and take things out of the oven ( haha bun in the oven comes to mind 🙂 ) 

 

Birthday Cupcakes

So as I mentioned in my last post it was my mothers birthday on Monday and I let my son pick what cake we would bake her

I tried to persuade him to pick a white chocolate gateau but we ended up with a recipe for cupcakes. Not only does he share my sweet tooth but he also knows his own mind as well and there was no budging it, I can not for the life of me think where he gets that from…..

Anyway here are the pictures as promised

Yum
Yum

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Needless to say Nanny loved her Birthday treat and so did we!

Just to get a little bit more mushy on you my son said something very sweet the other day I was struggling to put my trainers on and he said to me “don’t worry mummy I will help you now you are big” and he did how cute is he?! he also offers his hand to help me up off the sofa if he thinks I am struggling to get up. I wouldn’t mind but I am only 6 months pregnant! (although i will admit to struggling to put my trainers on just a little 🙂 )

 

Is there such a thing as a healthy cookie?

I have a sweet tooth I do try to be good but who can resist the call of chocolate?

Add to the sweet tooth the fact that I enjoy baking and it all equates to very little willpower

So last week when the baking bug bit me I tried to look for a healthier option. I found an oat and raisin cookie recipe…. ok I may be fooling myself but surely a cookie with fruit in it is classed as healthy right???

My little helper was there to… well help! considering he is 3 I was impressed with his concentration skills he was in charge of the bowl and spoon and did a superb job his new favourite sentence is “I am the helper, I am good at helping” lets hope he is still saying that in ten years time.

mmm
mmm

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I have been doing a little sewing I promise it is not all about my stomach! although my family would be forgiven for thinking it is.

Happy Easter

Let me just say right now I am not religious in any way but I like to take a breather from everyday life (which the easter break affords) and step back and take the time to be grateful for things and for me the one big thing I am so grateful for is my family. Friends are pretty important too. You really can’t get a better “holiday” as it not only involves a long weekend and family but also has plenty of chocolate! (well apart from christmas)

So what have we been up to?

My husband brought home a choconchoc build your own house

mmmm
mmmm

My husband knows the way to my heart 🙂 On the pack it does say from age 4+ well my son is three but let me tell you he enjoyed it, not the making of the house really as there was not much he could do but he did manage to fit in a bit of this:

just like his mum?
just like his mum?

and he got to wear a hat which he was pretty pleased about

nothing better then dressing up
nothing better then dressing up 

He also enjoyed colouring in the garden

photo bomb!
photo bomb!

The end result impressed my son, the look of achievement on his face was priceless and definitely a moment to cherish. Would I buy it or a similar kit again? I would, for one the chocolate is very good and it gave us something to do together that we are both passionate about (if you have not guessed already it is the chocolate!)

choc house

 

 

Please note we may have had to do a little patch job as we was not patient enough to let it set completely in the fridge….choc house

We have just started to eat it today, yum.

 

A little bit of cooking

I may not have been doing much crafting but as soon as I got my appetite back I made up for lost time and hit the cook books / magazines. Here are my efforts in pictures, you may have read here before but I really do need to improve on the quality of my pictures! (Yes I said it again, I may even act upon it one day 😉 )

 

Mmm
Mmm

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The best by far was the cake, I am always hit and miss when it comes to cake we have a very old oven that cooks more on one side then the other but this one turned out just right. Note the cutting mat under the cake, so I have been doing a little crafting but mainly cutting so there is not much to show yet.