half term halloween warm up

Halt term is here and William and I can finally get some quality crafting time in. Here’s the round up of our first Halloween makes. 
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!

Back to school

First week back at school and it has certainly had an impact on mine and William’s crafting time. Still we have managed to fit in a little baking and every drawer in the house is smelling of lavender. Ruth x

Smarties and stars cake
Chocolate and Banana muffins
more lavender pyramids  

orange flower cakes

Recipe for Gluten free chocolate and courgette muffins

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

  1. Cream the margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy
  2. Beat in the beat and grated courgette
  3. Sieve the flour and cocoa powder and lightly fold into the mixture
  4. 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.

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Round up of the week

Round up of the week, not done a great deal as I had another wisdom tooth out after a night of no sleep. Only one remaining. 
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


Round up of the week

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,

jam tarts

flower  cupcakes


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.

Recipe for smarties cake

My smarties cake is always a winner in the Cartwright household. With a quick and easy recipe and cake decorating the kids can enjoy.

You will need:
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 200g Self raising flour
  • 200g Margarine
  • 200g sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 2tbsp of cherry jam
  • 2 tbsp of chocolate spread
  • 1 tube of smarties

  1. Preheat oven to gas mark 4 or 180c
  2. Grease and line two 8” sandwich tins
  3. Cream the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Beat the eggs and add a little at a time beating well with each addition
  5. Stir in the vanilla essence
  6. Sieve the flour and cocoa powder and fold gently into the mixture.
  7. Divide between the two tins and bake for 25mins until the cake springs back to the touch
  8. Allow to cool and remove from the tins
  9. Sandwich together with cherry jam
  10. Spread chocolate spread on top of the cake and stick the smarties on.
Recipe for smarties cake

Strawberry trifle recipe

This is a lazy pudding I must admit, but when people nip around for something to eat I always like to be able to offer a pudding. Most of the ingredients I normally keep in the cupboard, save fro a quick nip to the shop to get some cream.
To make my super speedy strawberry trifle you will need:
  • 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
  1. Line a large glass dish or 4 small individual dishes with the trifle sponges.
  2. Spoon over the orange juice
  3. Top with hulled and sliced strawberries
  4. Sprinkle over the sugar.
  5. Pour over the custard.
  6. Place in the fridge whilst you whip the cream.
  7. Whip the cream into soft peaks.
  8. Top the trifle with the cream
  9. Garnish with mint leaves.
See I told you it was simple!
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Banana and coconut tart
Fruit fool recipe


A little bit of craft

As promised smarties cake photo, problems uploading the trifle photo so you’ll just have to take my word for it that it was amazing. 
We’ve had a quieter day today, but have managed to fit in a bit of craft. We had the shell collection out and William spent a good half an hour threading shells to make a necklace. I’m just finishing the book proposal and hope to send it off tonight. 

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Gluten free Victoria sponge recipe
Gluten free raspberry and orange tray bake recipe
Gluten free chocolate fudge cake recipe

A busy Tuesday

Just having a bit of downtime now, William is napping and I am having a much needed break. It’s amazing what you can fit into the day when you are woken by your two year old at half six and they want to do a new activity every 20-30 minutes. So here’s the round up, in between do the food shop and cleaning ( the boring bits ) we have:

Made some more lavender pyramids ( nearly every drawer smelling lovely)

Lavender pyramid

Made a strawberry trifle (I’ll post photos once we’ve added the cream)

Baked a smarties cake (likewise the trifle)
Sorted the cupboards

Cupboard sorted! + banana bread

Layers of homemade muesli

Made 5kg of muesli

Made a cardboard city ( more paint went on the boy than on the city so also had to afternoon bath time as well!) 

No wonder we’re tired by the time hubby gets home.

Jewellery making workshop

oil cloth rose necklace

paper flowers close up

folded felt necklace
laminated jewels necklace

fabric flowers

paper flowers

felt and feathers brooch

Here are some photos of the work produced at the jewelry workshop I ran at the end of term. I have finally remembered to upload them.