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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Craft for Kids: Peg Monsters

We thought we’d share with you these little monsters we made with our kids last week – the monsters talk by pinching the peg open. They’re quick, easy and require very little materials. Whoop! Watch our video tutorial above or read on for the tutorial.

You will need:

  • Wooden clothes peg
  • Coloured card
  • Felt tip pens
  • Double sided tape
  • Scrap of white card

Measure the opening part of the peg. Draw a line to this length onto the coloured card. Draw a monster face around it. The line will become the mouth and must fill the face. Colour the monster in.

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No Sew Room on the Broom Costume

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Last week we received a really exciting email to invite us to join the Channel Mum YouTube Community. Channel Mum is an online network of mummies who vlog about all thing parenting. It’s a really good resource for parents and we’re really excited about joining the team.

Our first video is an easy peasy Witch costume from Room on the Broom for World Book Day on 3rd March. It takes less than an hour to make and involves no sewing! We’ve got another super easy book inspired costume to share next week too, hoorah!

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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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Nap Time Craft – Silver-Dipped Felt Bows

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I seem to have fallen into a slightly chaotic time at the moment, with moving house, the blog and lots of other projects we’re getting involved with. Everything feels like a big ball of tangled up wool and both me and Laura have been feeling a bit stressed! I haven’t really had a lot of time for craft, and definitely not enough time for long and complicated things. I’m all about things that take under half an hour!

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Nap Time Crafts: Easy Elsa Hair

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As the entire population of 2-5 year old girls continue to completely idolize Princess Elsa (If you don’t know who that is… You can just stop reading now, the rest of this post will mean zip to you!), my own little girl is well and truly on the Frozen bandwagon. She has the dress, the crown, and some shoes that we made (have a look at them here). So I thought I would complete the look by making some white locks.

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Kids Project: Easter Bunny Spoon Puppets

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These little munchkins are very easy to make from a couple of wooden spoons. Perfect for a little Easter puppet show! Over on the Hobbycraft Blog now.

Tia & Laura x

Last Minute Valentines Nutella Pie Pops!

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In my obsessive middle-of-the-night pinning (pinterest is the only thing that keeps me awake whilst breast-feeding at 3am!)  I’ve recently seen several pins featuring Pie Pops. Oh yes! Move over cake –  PIE is now in lolly form. These little chocolatey hearts are perfect for Valentines – they’re super easy and only have three ingredients…if you use ready roll pastry. Okay, that may be cheating, but I have two kids. Its all about speed.

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Nap Time Crafts: Pinwheel hairclip

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There’s a big pinwheel obsession going on in our household right now. Whilst playing around making paper wheels in the garden, I realised it would be just as easy to make a felt version that would make an awesome hairclip (/brooch/hairband/hatpin/keyring..?). This is a great one if you only have a short space of time and requires very little equipment. I didn’t have a hairclip base so I ripped an ugly one apart. Very satisfying!

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Make your own Daim Bar Bites

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Since giving birth two weeks ago I’ve been re-learning everything I thought I wouldn’t forget from last time. I remembered that with breast feeding my appetite is through the ROOF. I literally do not get full. I just want to eat all day. Which means I’m probably going to get really huge!

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