Valentines crafts

beginnings of the love garland 
banana scones

The boys tree collage

strawberry trifles

romantic breakfast! at 7.00am (thanks the boy)

apple needle book from simply homemade magazine issue  6

back view (cheeky worm my addition)

Hello, Just a quick post before I go out on my valentines trip to the garden center and craft shop. The boy is delighted. Hope everyone has a lovely day x

Half term!!

Bumblebee cakes – we even made the cake mixture stripy!! 
Coconut buns – great British bake off

So pleased that half term has finally come around. It’s felt like a long slog from Christmas to here, what with the dark early mornings and the terrible weather. Not to mention the OFSTED visit. Now it’s here I can hardly wait to start making with William. He has already requested a visit to the craft shop and wants to make some banana scones. I also want to get all romantic and am planning on putting my new Big shot in to action making a heart garland. Looking at all our plans you’d think we’d been out of action since Christmas but not so… I’ve been working my way through the new great British bake off book and inventing some of my own recipes.

Christmas and marzipan shortbread – Great British bake off
Classic Victoria sponge

More halloween stuff

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.

Also been busy discussing alternative career options to get out of secondary school teaching. If anyone wants a skilled crafts / textiles / cookery teacher / lecturer let me know. x

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.