Wednesday, 14 September 2011


My son's 4th birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I have been meaning to get started on a hobby horse for him for weeks. Now playschool has resumed I have a bit more enthusiasm to get started but so far all I have done is cut out the fabric for the head and the ears. I haven't found a pattern that I want to follow entirely but have taken bits from several patterns. 
Tonight I am going to have a play around with some different coloured wool to make the mane and see where we go from there. Hopefully I will begin to see it coming together which will inspire me to get going!


My little boy had asked if we could make some jammie dodgers, so a couple of days ago we set to work. I used a recipe I found in Fay's Family Food but I must have made a big mistake somewhere along the line. The dough was ok to roll out but once baked in the oven they just fell apart!
They look quite tasty but I think I must have weighed out the sugar wrong as they aren't very sweet and the consistency is (very!) wrong.
Who knows what happened there: a combination of interruptions from a little one and baby brain I expect!
I will try again and vow to double check everything as it goes into the bowl.


So the macaroons are still waiting to be made, shelved in favour of my beloved cupcake! Well it is National Cupcake Week it would be rude not to.
Where to look for something tasty, impressive yet easy to make? :The Hummingbird Bakery of course. The new book Cake days has so many recipes I've been dying to try so this week was the perfect excuse.
Yesterday I made their Hot Chocolate Cupcakes, which are delicious and not as sickly sweet as they sound.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011


Hurrah, the Great British Bake Off is back on tv. I missed last weeks episode as we were away on holiday so I caught up on the bread episode last night before watching this weeks about biscuits.

I have never liked macaroons but after watching them being made so perfectly (and some not so perfectly) last night I really want to have a go. They look so pretty and who'd have known that you could have so many different combinations of flavours. So now I'm off to find some willing volunteers to eat them so I can get into the kitchen!!