Monday, 20 February 2012

I've been awarded the Liebster Blog award from the lovely Twinkle Star at Twinkles, Tutorials & Twirls, Thank You very much it gave me a fantastically warm and fuzzy feeling to receive it! There are rules to follow to keep the award in motion as follows:

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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Boys Toys...

I don't know about you but my boys have a lot of very definitely boys toys and with the exception of their soft toys less of the role play / life skills stuff. I can't afford to nor do I want them to have loads more toys so I've decided if they want to play cleaning up then they can use the real things and come along with me. We're cooking together and eating the spoils together so why shouldn't we all be stood at the kitchen sink!!! project mop begins - not sure how well it will go down with a 2 and 3 year old but sure it can’t hurt!

I've put the crochet down for a bit and came across this pattern (ravelry membership needed and there is a charge for this pattern) for a felted doll and whilst I think they're a work of art and very cutesy I can really see how a dress-up doll will help us get to grips with buttons/zips and the role play side of things. I have just enough (I hope) yarn in my stash that should felt nicely and is in a lovely fleshy tone to make 1 for the boys to share (a lesson in itself). Going to take a while though - I think it should be a he so will have to amend the hair a bit and the clothes patterns a lot!

I've got it in my head that the boys need to have the skills to live well for themselves and not to expect everything to be done for them. Would love to hear how you keep your little ones entertained and engaged with everyday life play x

ETA - well underway with the 'helping'...

Friday, 10 February 2012

Another less than 5 - Chocolate (or not) Crispies...

Clearly I'm in the mood for sweet things! Unfortunately no pictures for this recipe as completely forgot and wanted to make sure you had it ready for a Valentines treat...

You will need:

  1. 1 box of coco pops or supermarket equivalent (the 400g size)
  2. 1 200g bar of milk chocolate
  3. 3 bags of pink and white marshmallows
  4. 100g butter
  5. Decoration of your choice

How to Make

  • Begin by breaking the chocolate into chunks and melting slowly in the microwave on 30 second bursts
  • Add the Butter and Marshmallows to the same bowl as the chocolate and continue melting on short bursts - the marshmallows will triple in size
  • once all ingredients melted and fluffy - give them a good stir and you're ready to add the whole box of coco pops - keep stirring until all coated
  • Spoon into cases or a lined tray and leave to set

For a variation - use white chocolate and ordinary rice crispies


Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Floral Frippery...

Apparently just because...

I received 3 bunches of beautifully bright blooms last weekend and they're still going strong! It just so happens that I get to show you my thrifty find as well, only £1 and in box at my local charity shop. Dotty madness here!

Monday, 6 February 2012

Less than 5... Chocolate Biscuits...

For when you're short on time and ingredients this weeks less than 5 (ingredients) are the following delicious chocolatey biscuits...

You will need: (makes 12-15 biscuits)

  1. 8 oz Self Raising Flour
  2. 4 oz Granulated Sugar
  3. 4 oz Margarine
  4. 2 oz Cocoa Powder

and ingredient number 5.... anything you'd like to put in your biscuits e.g. Smarties, Choc Chunks, Cranberries, Walnuts, Coconut - no more than 2oz required

How to make...

  • Preheat oven to 190'c or 170'c if oven is fan assisted
  • Pop all the ingredients (except the chunks/fruit/nuts) into a bowl and knead into a rough dough - if it's a bit stiff add more marg until it's nice and pliable
  • Now add in your chunks and gently knead until incorporated
  • Roll small golf balls and place on a floured tray and flatten with your hand until approx 1cm
  • OR- leave out the extra lumpy bits and you can roll out the dough and use any cutter you like to make shapes (as I have here)
  • Bake in the centre or top of the oven for 15 mins, test and if quite springy at 15 bake for a further 3mins
  • Allow to cool on tray when they will harden off a bit more
  • Decorate or leave as they are - store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks

I've also used some buttercream and sandwiched them together for an extra treat x

Friday, 3 February 2012

January Bleurgh...

I'm glad to see the back of January - it has been a dank dark and dreary month, not without it's mini crises either!!

I'm busy hookin' away on my granny stripe and have done enough to cover my knees whilst working (meant I could switch the heating off a bit earlier - can't believe the energy bill at the mo), I'd like to have it finished soon as little man has requested a Thomas the Tank Engine Jumper for his birthday and after my last intarsia efforts I want to get going with that well ahead of time.

February is upon us and Snow forecast for this weekend - perhaps we'll finally get to use the sledge bought last October? boys wake up most days and realise the house is cold and think that it's snowed we keep telling them it's coming. When we've had more snow than we can cope with and I write again in a couple of weeks complaining about the lack of road salting I'll need to remind myself how much they're looking forward to going to the hill and speeding down on their new blue sledge!

My crafting is at a minimum at the moment and I can't tell you exactly why - not hugely in the mood however, on another note I've caught up with some reading and am now on the 3rd book in the game of thrones series - perhaps that the reason for my lacklustre crafting.

With valentines around the corner I'll need to think up some treats to bring in to work - sure all you fellow bloggers won't let me down with some superb ideas!

Take Care for now and sorry for the quiet - I'm going to try one of the photo challenges in the next few weeks to take a picture every hour of the day (that you're awake!!!)