Oh my, we are sooooo looking forward to Spring! Yes, I know, Spring and Easter and everything that goes with it are still ages away. But that doesn’t stop us looking, right? We can still get excited about all the fluffy cuteness coming our way? Such as Bunny Crafts and Sheep Crafts? Right? AND it is The Year of the Sheep after all, which means as of 19th Feb, all Sheep Crafts are a free for all.
So. Here are some cute ideas for you – first up is this super easy Fondant Sheep – this cute little sheep is easy to make and would look great on Easter Cake or made from Marzipan “just because”! These in fact went on a Skylanders cake!!
Sooo… are you stuck in doors? Is it cold and wet outside? Or are you having a “Snow Day”.. or maybe it is just too HOT to go outside.. or you have a little one that has chicken pox and you are quarantined.. are the kids driving you stir crazy and you ALL need something to do? Don’t have time to go to shops for “special” ingredients???? Well.. here is a fab Family Fun guide (free too), that should keep you all busy and make you all a little happier!
Now.. the SINGLE BEST THING about this Family Fun guide, is that you will be able to do and make MANY of the things in this guide, without setting a foot outdoors. There is nothing more frustrating or disappointing, than browsing Pinterest, finding lots of GREAT ideas, but not having all the supplies to hand that you NEED to do them.
This guide is designed to make the most of common every day household items and ingredients. Of course, there is no guarantee that you will have EVERYTHING IN, but the chances are pretty high and that is what it is all about!
There are lots of child friendly recipes to pick from – from super simple cupcakes (see below) to tasty pancakes, as well as some great crafty ideas, based around your RECYCLING BIN.. from Egg Carton Crocs to Sock Puppets and Lava Lamps (where crafts meets science). Explore the wonders of Baking Soda and build your own rocket or have fun building dens. These are all wonderful “childhood classics”, that EVERYONE NEEDS to do at least once in their life – wonderfully illustrated with easy step by step instructions.
What a fantastic (free!) resource!
We had a go at their easy peasy cupcakes! Oh and easy peasy they were.. love how easy it is indeed to remember the ingredients – and they are things that we ALWAYS have in!
Love is in the air… that is for sure. Everyone around is getting all excited about Valentine’s Day.. and there is nothing better than planning ahead. Valentine’s Day for me is all about the small things.. no fussing, but just showing you care.. today we made some super simple I Love You and Heart Cookies – they use our chocolate shortbread recipe – which is a no egg cookie recipe too and they taste great! So easy.
If you are looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas, there is a great 31 Days of Love series and also a “No Candy series” on Red Ted Art and Fun Crafts Kids. Go pop over and look!
Chocolate Shortbread Ingredients:
300g (2.5 cups) Flour
200g (3/4 cup) Butter (at room temperature)
100g (0.5 cups) Sugar
50g Cocoa powder (approx 3/4 cup or 4 heaped table spoons)
1 egg (you can replace it with some milk if need be)
Food colouring (we LOVE this brand (affiliate linked))
Sprinkles/ mini perls
Preheat oven to 180C
To Make your Chocolate Shortbread:
1) Mix all your ingredients into a smooth dough. If you do not want to use an egg (maybe because of children helping) you, can mix the cocoa with some milk and make a moist paste – the egg is mainly there to help bind the cocoa to the basic shortbread recipe. We did this with a kitchen aid, so the children just helped pour everything in.
2) Roll out 5mm or a little thicker and cut out your hearts and letters. If you don’t have an alphabet cookie cutter set, you can form them by hand! Also fun!!
3) Bake in the oven for approx 10min.
4) Let your chocolate shortbread fully cool. Then mix the icing sugar with a little water and food colouring. Carefully apply to your cookies with a knife (much easier to spread than with a spoon) and add your sprinkles. Done. So easy!
A super quick post to share the hubby’s Birthday cake – it was a “Sweetie Chocolate layered surprise cake”. It sounds far more grand and difficult to make than it is….. and everyone LOVED the surprise!!! The key to the “flatness of the cake” (my mother in law was asking), is to bake 4 “thinner” cakes. rather than say, two bigger ones and then cutting those in half to layer… my thinner cakes just didn’t rise as much and ended up much flatter naturally!