I think we might have a break on the Halloween makes as the boy woke up at 4 this morning asking about monsters. But I thought I’d just share a photo of the bats we made because I think they are so cute. Unfortunately you can’s make out their glittery red wing backs in the pic.
|Red Glitter twig display to hang cookies and bats from.|
|Lemon Spiderweb cake|
|Baby pom pom spider|
|Daddy Pom pom spider|
|Not a Halloween make but I’ve just finished it and I’m very proud. Hope Harry’s mum likes it!|
|Smarties and stars cake|
|Chocolate and Banana muffins|
|more lavender pyramids|
|orange flower cakes|
These are a great recipe for getting some extra vegetables into your children. The chocolate taste hides the courgette and they are wonderfully light and moist.
Here is the recipe for the muffins:
- 225g grated courgette
- 175g gluten free self raising flour
- 25g gluten free cocoa powder
- 1 egg
- 100g margarine
- 75g sugar
- 180c gas mark 4
- 12 muffin cases
- Cream the margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy
- Beat in the beat and grated courgette
- Sieve the flour and cocoa powder and lightly fold into the mixture
- Divide into muffin cases and bake for 30 mins until they spring back to the touch.
A moist chocolate muffin that doesn’t taste of courgette.
Don’t let the decoration put you off. That’s what happens when you let your little boy free with the icing pens.
|New peg bag|
|Lemon flower cupcakes|
|New chocolate courgette muffin recipe developed.|
|Salt dough decorations my attempt|
|William working on his decorations|
|William’s very soggy salt dough and pasta decorations
We have had a very busy week this week. In between visits to the farm and the library we have managed to fit in a lot of baking and crafting.
We have made:
a banana loaf,
a treasure chest.
I have also been consumed with making for the upcoming births. I have tried my hand at cross stitch for the first time.
I don’t know how people with bad eyesight can do it! I have made lavender bags for the nursery’s. I also want to make a change mat and fabric books for each but since the first one is due in October I better get a move on.
My smarties cake is always a winner in the Cartwright household. With a quick and easy recipe and cake decorating the kids can enjoy.
4 medium eggs
200g Self raising flour
1 tsp of vanilla extract
25g cocoa powder
2tbsp of cherry jam
2 tbsp of chocolate spread
1 tube of smarties
Preheat oven to gas mark 4 or 180c
Grease and line two 8” sandwich tins
Cream the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy
Beat the eggs and add a little at a time beating well with each addition
Stir in the vanilla essence
Sieve the flour and cocoa powder and fold gently into the mixture.
Divide between the two tins and bake for 25mins until the cake springs back to the touch
Allow to cool and remove from the tins
Sandwich together with cherry jam
Spread chocolate spread on top of the cake and stick the smarties on.
Easy chocolate cake recipe
Chocolate and courgette muffins recipe
Chocolate chip loaf recipe
1 packet of trifle sponges,
1 punnet of strawberry, alternatively you could use, bananas and mandarins.
1 pack of ready made custard
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. orange juice
1 small pot of double cream.
Mint leaves to garnish
Line a large glass dish or 4 small individual dishes with the trifle sponges.
Spoon over the orange juice
Top with hulled and sliced strawberries
Sprinkle over the sugar.
Pour over the custard.
Place in the fridge whilst you whip the cream.
Whip the cream into soft peaks.
Top the trifle with the cream
Garnish with mint leaves.