Funny faces kit

Friday Fun # 7 – Funny faces kit

This is another idea for a kit that can be pulled out when ever the kids are bored. This is based around making funny faces and included in the kit are:

  • Some A4 colored paper
  • Glue
  • Stickers of eyes and mouths
  • Some pre cut face shapes
  • Some googly eyes
  • Eyes, mouths, noses etc. cut from magazines
  • Some yarn for hair

Recipe for cheese and tomato flan




Cheese and tomato flan
Ingredients

  • 150g plain
    flour
  • 50g
    margarine
  • 25g butter
  • 125ml cold
    water
  • 1 onion
  • 100g bacon
    or tomato
  • 100g cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 125ml milk
  • Salt and
    pepper to season
  • Tomato to
    garnish
Equipment
Measuring
jug, fork, round bladed knife, mixing bowl, 18cm flan ring, teaspoon,
tablespoon, palette knife, baking tray, chopping board, sharp knife, rolling
pin, small saucepan
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 190oc or gas
    mark 5
  2. Put flour in mixing bowl and
    rub in fat until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
  3. Add cold water a little at a
    time and mix with round bladed knife to form a stiff paste
  4. Put dough onto floured surface
    and roll out to 0.5cm thick
  5. Line flan ring with the pastry
    and place on baking tray
  6. Grill bacon and cool chop into
    small pieces or slice tomatoes
  7. Peel and chop onion fry until
    soft
  8. Grate cheese and place into the
    pastry case and cover with either the bacon or tomato
  9. Add onion
  10. Beat the eggs and milk together
    in a measuring jug with a fork
  11. Season and pour over the cheese
    and bacon
  12. Place slices of tomato on top
  13. Bake in the oven for 40 mins
  14. You can also try baking them in smaller individual tins (shown below) just reduce the cooking time by 10 minutes. 
    Tasty Thursday # 7- recipe for savoury flan

Workshop Wednesday # 7 – how to do blanket stitch

How
to do blanket stitch.

Start sewing as if you are doing a running stitch 

Workshop Wednesday # 7 – how to do blanket stitch 
Pull
loosely on the thread leaving a loop

Workshop Wednesday # 7 – how to do blanket stitch 

 Pass
the needle through the loop

Workshop Wednesday # 7 – how to do blanket stitch 

 Pull
gently on the thread and continue with the next stitch

Workshop Wednesday # 7 – how to do blanket stitch 

How to make pirate paper bunting.

As part of pirate week in our house. My eldest and I made some pirate paper bunting.

First you will need:

  • some paper diamond shapes folded in half to make a triangle,
  • some double sided sticky tape,
  • some skull stickers (I made mind using my Sizzix big shot and skull die)
  • and some string or yarn to hand the bunting from.

Tutorial Tuesday # 7 – How to make pirate paper bunting. 
Tutorial Tuesday # 7 – How to make pirate paper bunting. 
Take each one of the paper diamonds and stick a skull sticker on the front of them.

Once you have decorated all of the paper diamonds. Open them out and put a strip of double sided sticky tape on the inside along the fold. Peel off and place the string in the fold. Fold over to hold in place.

Tutorial Tuesday # 7 – How to make pirate paper bunting. 

Add as many pieces of bunting as you want.

Tutorial Tuesday # 7 – How to make pirate paper bunting. 

Then hang and enjoy a pirate party!

Tutorial Tuesday # 7 – How to make pirate paper bunting. 

Have a pirate day! Pirate ideas to make and enjoy

My eldest and I enjoy having themed days and Pirates is fast becoming a favorite. So I just wanted to share some ideas that we have made for our swash buckling Monday.
Made on Monday – have a pirate day! Pirate ideas to make and enjoy
Make your own pirate hats with black card and a sticker cut using the sizzix big shot and Skull die

Made on Monday – have a pirate day! Pirate ideas to make and enjoy

Made on Monday – have a pirate day! Pirate ideas to make and enjoy
Make shark infested cupcakes with blue glace icing and fondant shark fins. 

Made on Monday – have a pirate day! Pirate ideas to make and enjoy

Made on Monday – have a pirate day! Pirate ideas to make and enjoy
Have a go at potato printing – we cut four motifs – anchor, palm tree, flag and skull 

Recipe for carrot and orange muffins

Who doesn’t love carrot cake? But sometimes you want something a bit lighter, these carrot and orange muffins have a great light texture and citrus tang that I’m sure you will love.





Carrot and orange muffins
Ingredients

  • 250g self raising flour
  • 200g soft brown sugar
  • 200 mls of sunflower oil
  • zest of 1 orange  finely grated
  • 2 large bananas  mashed
  • 3 medium eggs beaten together
  • 450g carrots – finely grated
Method
  1. Heat
    the oven to 150C/ gas mark 3
  2. Place
    all the dry ingredients and the zest in a mixing bowl
  3. Add
    the grated carrots and mashed banana
  4. Combine
    all these ingredients with the oil and beaten eggs
  5. Spoon
    into muffin cases
  6. Bake
    for 20 minutes until risen and firm to the touch 

Garden collage kit

From time to time I like to make these kits for my eldest. He loves to get home from nursery and find one sat waiting for him on the kitchen table. With a bit of pre – organisation this activity will keep him occupied for a good hour and really gets his creative juices flowing.

For the garden collage kit I included:

  • Green craft paper
  • Green lolly sticks
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Glue
  • buttons
  • Sequins
  • Die cut butterflies
  • Die cut birds
  • Die cut flowers in a variety of papers
  • Some bird and flower stickers
Friday Fun # 6 – Garden collage kit

Tasty Thursday # 6 – Recipe for shepherds pie

Shepherd’s pie
Ingredients
500g potatoes
25g
margarine
3 tbsp milk
1 onion
250g minced
lamb or quorn mince
2 beef
stock cubes or vegetable stock cubes
250ml water
Salt and
pepper
Pinch of
mixed herbs
2tbsp
cooking oil
Tomato to
garnish
Equipment
Large
saucepan, medium saucepan, chopping board, sharp knife, measuring jug, potato
masher, wooden spoon, peeler, tbsp, colander, mixing bowl, kettle
Method
Preheat
oven to 220oc or gas mark 7
Peel and
chop onion
Peel and
chop potatoes into even sized piece
Put potatoes
in large pan, cover with water, add a pinch of salt, bring to the boil, lower
heat and cook for 20mins until soft
Drain potatoes
in colander and put into mixing bowl, add salt and pepper, margarine and milk
and mash until potatoes are soft and creamy and free from lumps
Whilst potatoes
are cooking, put cooking oil into a medium pan, add onion, put on heat and cook
for 2-3 mins until onion is soft
Add minced
lamb and cook on a medium heat until brown for 5 mins, stir with wooden spoon
Boil kettle
Crumble
stock cubes into measuring jug and add 250ml hot water and mix
Add stock
to minced lamb, add mixed herbs and cook on medium heat for 20-25mins
When minced
lamb is cooked pour into bottom of ovenproof dish
Spoon
mashed potatoes over minced lamb, make sure there are no gaps and it is evenly
covered. Make pattern with fork
Put in the
oven and bake for 20-25 mins
Garnish
with sliced tomato

Workshop Wednesday # 6 – How to thread a sewing machine

First ensure that your dials are set for straight stitch
Workshop Wednesday # 6 – How to thread a sewing machine 

 Then place your thread on the spool at the top right of your machine

Workshop Wednesday # 6 – How to thread a sewing machine 

 Bring the thread along and under the hook at the top left of your machine

Workshop Wednesday # 6 – How to thread a sewing machine 

 Take the thread down, back up, around the fly wheel and back down again. Effectivly making a capital N shape in thread.

Workshop Wednesday # 6 – How to thread a sewing machine 

 Then take the thread behind the hook above your needle

Workshop Wednesday # 6 – How to thread a sewing machine 

 Thread the thread through the eye of the needle from front to back

Workshop Wednesday # 6 – How to thread a sewing machine