Craft Trends #8: Halloween

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We’re getting ready for a a spookily good Halloween next week! To get us in the mood for fright night we’ve found the spookily best craft and baking tutorials to try before next week.

1. Halloween Yarn Garland by Growing Up Gabel

2. Trick or Treat Cookies by Not Martha

3. Our Pumpkin Piñata Party Cake from a few years ago

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Baking with Kids: Biscuit Wands

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I was thinking I need to do more baking with Amelie. She’s old enough now, and we don’t do enough of it. Partly because I never know what to make, or I don’t have the ingredients, or the time…. guilt, guilt. But this one is easy, simple ingredients, simple decorating. We made some salt dough magic wands a few weeks ago and they worked so well that I thought I’d try a biscuit version. And – news flash – you can stick a wooden skewer into any biscuit and it makes it extra amazing for kids. Just don’t let them run around with it!

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10 Last Minute Christmas BAKES

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With Christmas just around the corner we thought we’d bring you our 10 last minute christmas bakes for those of you who still need a little bit of festive baking inspiration! There’s still plenty of time to knock up these baking delights before Santa comes down the chimney!

1. Our Winter Wonderland Chocolate Cake

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T-Rex Dino Biscuits

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We’re really excited to have a guest post from Emma Jane’s Bakery today. We reviewed her lovely button cookie stamps recently and invited her to share one of her yummy recipes. Here she is with these strawberry and cream dinosaur sandwich biscuits.

With our first baby on the way, my partner and I have done a lot of thinking about the kind of skill building activities we’ll want to do with our child (Little Button Diaries is a great source of inspiration for this!). As someone who loves to bake and cook, to the extent that I practically live in our kitchen, food (preparation and enjoyment) will naturally be a pivotal part of our child’s early education and play. There’s nothing quite like transforming ingredients into something really special to eat – and a natural tendency to take pride in creation is something that children and adults share.

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Air Dry Clay Toy Biscuits

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Amelie loves popping foods into her toy cooker and ‘baking’ them, so I thought I’d make her some biscuits from air dry clay. These cute little yummies turned out really well (apart from the Oreo… that one was a bit dodgy) and I think they were my favourite thing I’ve made for her so far! Except that I wanted to eat biscuits the entire time I was making them. Read on to learn how to make your own.

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Honey, Coconut and Peanut Butter Biscuits

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Since Lilah was born two months ago I’ve been trying to eat healthily and shed that sodding baby weight (trying and mostly failing… But it takes time, right?!). But eating healthily over Easter is, frankly, impossible. So I gave up on the diet for 3 days, ate 2 Easter eggs (the average person apparently eats 3 so it could be worse. THREE!) and then decided to make some cookies. I’d seen a really yummy looking recipe here on food blog lacreativitedelafille Which I changed around a bit. These were delicious and healthy*. Read on for the recipe… *alright, healthy-ish…

3/4 cup Smooth peanut butter
6 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. almond essence
1 cup Plain flour
1 tsp. baking soda
100g softened butter
1/3 cup desiccated coconut

Preheat oven to 180c. Mix the peanut butter, honey and almond essence until smooth. Beat in the butter then gradually mix in the baking soda and flour until you have a smooth dough.

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