Unicorn Popcorn

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Normally by this point in the year we’re on the countdown to Christmas but this year, in Harper’s opinion, we’ve got something much bigger to countdown to… the release of the My Little Pony film. Yes my folks, those little unicorns are on the big screen next month. So in preparation we’ve been making unicorn popcorn as an after-school treat and having a Friday-night movie night. Anyone else do this as an end of the week treat when they were kids?

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Easter Party Ideas

If you’re throwing an Easter Party for your kids and are looking for some quick and easy ideas then you need to watch this video! We’ve had a few bunny-themed parties so we thought we’d share our ideas for party games, decor, activities and Easter food. See below for related links to tutorials and ideas.

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Crunch Cream Pops

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Every year, Tia and I make cakes for each other’s birthdays, and each year it gets harder and harder to think of something different that the other person will like! So this year, after a lot of head scratching, I thought I’d try something different. Taking inspiration from Oreo Pops, which seem to be all over Pinterest at the moment, I thought I’d jazz up Tia’s all-time favourite biscuits into pops – because putting anything on a stick instantly makes it ten times better. This method could be used with any sandwich-style biscuit or even to make your own new type of biscuit by sandwiching two together with chocolate in the middle.

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Tractor Birthday Cake

tractor-cake

Last week it was Grayson’s 2nd birthday, which means New Year’s Day was spent making his cake. After sweetcorn, tractors are his favourite things, so I thought I’d make him a tractor cake. It might not be the neatest or most well-executed cake but the birthday boy certainly enjoyed it!

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Easy Peasy Christmas Truffles

Christmas truffles

If, like us, you’re looking for a quick edible gift idea to give to a hard-to-buy-for family member then these truffles are exactly what you need. They’re easy enough to make with kids and are utterly mouthwateringly delicious. They’d also be a great teacher’s present and would go down well in any staff room!

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Salted Almond & Chocolate Brittle

salted almond and chocolate brittle recipe

We’ve been a little quiet on the baking front recently as we’ve been snowed under with commissions and book writing. So, now that it’s turning colder and The Great British Bake Off is back (squeal) I’m feeling all inspired to get my bake on. We got sent a copy of the new Cath Kidston baking book to try out and this Salted Almond and Chocolate Brittle jumped out as an easy and incredibly delicious looking bake. It is in one word…scrumdiddlyumptious!

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Bake Trend: Cooking with kids

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We’ve been a bit quiet on the baking front recently because Laura tried to give up refined sugar (it lasted 1 hour and 49 minutes exactly #fail) and Tia is having major house renovations which has left her without a kitchen… and bathroom and living room… for a while. We’ve still been pinning things we’d like to make and since we have the kids around a bit due to the holiday we’ve got a few bakes to do with them so we thought we’d share them with you. Here are our top picks of things to whip up in the kitchen with the kiddiwinks:

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DIY Peppery Oatcakes

DIY peppery oatcakes by Little Button Diaries

 Earlier this year, we went for a long weekend to Mersea Island with the grandparents. Grandpa had made a batch of these oatcakes to enjoy. They made normal crackers pale in comparison – they should be ashamed of themselves! The recipe was adapted from here.

To make 16-20 oatcakes you will need:

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Viv’s Velvet Beetroot Cupcakes

velvet beetroot cupcakes recipe

My lovely friends Viv and Jon came over to stay with me last week. They were the most wonderful house guests, babysitters, chefs and tea makers. Viv made these delicious beetroot cupcakes when she was here. I didn’t say it at the time, but I was dubious. I have had beetroot cake before and it tasted of, well, beetroot. Not good. But these ones, THESE ones. They are the best cakes. And 1 of your five a day (like, probably). So read on!

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A Unicorn Birthday Cake

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As you may have seen from my last post, Amelie had a unicorn birthday party at the weekend, so I had an urgent requirement for a unicorn cake. I did some research online and in books and I couldn’t find a single tutorial that wasn’t either scarily impossible or just… scary (seriously – google unicorn cake – there are some shockers!). So I went in blind and winged it, and I was very happy with the result.

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3 Quick Summer Desserts for Kids

Finding healthy desserts and snacks for kids in the summer can be a bit of a challenge.  We have 3 ice cream-obsessed girls who spend their afternoons demanding mini milks! So, we did a bit of research for our latest vlog for Channel Mum and have come up with three quick, healthy desserts for kids: frozen yoghurt fruit bites,  fruit jellies and an amazing totally guilt-free ice cream. Seriously – it has to be tried to be believed!

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How to Make Marshmallows!

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Oh BLIMEY. Just discovered the sheer amazing melty-fluffiness of a homemade marshmallow! How have I not known this before? They are SO much better than the shop ones. Apparently gourmet marshmallows (along with popcorn and rice cakes… to which I’m also addicted) is big business at the moment. If you’ve ever wondered how to make your own (fyi easy) mallows then keep reading.

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Edible Ice Cream Bowls

edible ice cream bowls

Pinterest is seriously dangerous. Every time I go onto it I seem to loss hours (literally whole evenings have disappeared) and have an overwhelming desire to make EVERYTHING on there. These edible ice cream bowls have been taunting me since last year and now there’s a bit of sunshine I couldn’t resist giving them a go.

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Peter Rabbit Birthday Cake

peter rabbit cake


Since the 3rd of January (the day after Grayson’s birthday) Harper had been talking about her birthday and how she wanted a Peter Rabbit cake. So two and a half months later, there we were with a Peter Rabbit birthday cake. I decided to decorate a chocolate cake so as to resemble Mr McGregor’s garden and have a sneaky Peter stealing vegetables from it.

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Incredibly Easy Teddy Bear Cake

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I wanted to make a teddy bear cake for Lilah’s 2nd birthday. When she was born she had to wear leg braces for 6 months, which pushed her legs out so that she looked like a little teddy. We’ve called her Lilah bear ever since, silly as it may sound – it’s just stuck. So it had to be a bear cake. She likes dinosaurs more but I wasn’t about to attempt that!

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