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    Haribo Ice Lollies

    Now I’m a big kid when it comes to sweets, especially Haribo! So of course I had to do a half term activity that included these. Haribo Ice Lollies are perfect for spring and summer days. They’re also really simple to make and the ice lolly moulds can be used multiple times. What You’ll Need Ice Lolly Moulds Lemonade 4 x Haribo treat bags Step 1 Fill the bottom of the ice lolly moulds with 6-7 mini Haribos. Tip: Don’t drop your mould like I did! Hence, the chip in the top left. Step 2 Top up each of the moulds with lemonade. Step 3 Place the ice lolly tops…

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    Chocolate Sprinkle Biscuits

    This is a great activity to complete with kids or actually, even without. The result is 12 white chocolate dipped biscuits (cookies is you’re not in the UK), coated in colourful sprinkles. The beauty of this is that it’s a really simple idea that creates a treat for people of any age to have at any occasion (or no occasion, we made ours on a Sunday afternoon). Feel free to switch up the digestives for another biscuit, you could choose your favourite. I was thinking of dipping Oreos till I remembered that I’d actually finished them off the week before (oops). Why not try swapping white chocolate for milk? Or…

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    Mint Chocolate Marble Cake

    This cake looks fabulous as a centre piece on any table and tastes just as good as it looks! The recipe makes one 6 inch sandwiched cake but could be doubled for a larger cake or for 2 tiers. Ingredients – Cake 100g butter 100g caster sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp peppermint extract 1tsp baking powder 100g self-raising flour 30g cocoa powder 50g dark chocolate chips Ingredients – Buttercream and Fondant 125g butter 300g icing sugar 2 tsp peppermint extract 350g white fondant icing 150g blue fondant icing 90g black fondant icing Step 1 Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees (fan). Cream the butter and sugar together. Step 2 Add…

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    Creme Egg Brownies

    These are an absolute must try for any creme egg fan. A super easy and delicious treat to make before, during and after Easter!….Pretty much any time creme eggs are available to buy in the shops. Ingredients 180g butter 200g dark chocolate 280g caster sugar 120g plain flour 3 eggs 2 x 85g bags of mini creme eggs Step 1 Pre heat the oven to 160 degrees (fan). Fill a pan with boiling water and place a heatproof bowl over the top (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Gently melt the chocolate and butter in the bowl. Step 2 Allow the butter and chocolate to cool for 5…

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    Handprint Animals

    This craft was so easy to do and my little boy loved it. We themed the picture specially for Mother’s day but you could create pictures for any occasion. If you have a larger family, simply add more handprint animals. What You’ll Need 4 pieces of card (2 of the same colour) 4 googly eyes Black pen Glue stick Glitter Scissors Step 1 To make a frame for your picture, draw a border approximately 2 centimeters from the edge of your card and cut out. Step 2 Cover the frame with glue stick and sprinkle on some glitter. Leave to dry whilst you create the picture. Step 3 Draw around…

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    3 Tier Chocolate Cake

    If you have a few hours available (this doesn’t need to be all in one go) and some patience when it comes to decorating, then this cake might be the one for you. It tastes delicious and looks fantastic as a centre piece for parties. Admittedly, I did not have a party to take said cake to but had been wanting to try the design out for a while so thought, why not! Ingredients – Cake 300g butter 300g caster sugar 6 eggs 300g self-raising flour 3 tsp baking powder 70g cocoa powder Ingredients – Buttercream (you will need 2 batches of this) 300g butter 800g icing sugar 2 tsp…

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    Rainy Day Activities

    Now I’m writing this in the month of March, which, if you live in the UK, isn’t exactly a time known for it’s glorious weather. There have been quite a lot of weekends recently where rainy day activities are an absolute must. My little boy is 6 now and I’ve spent years working out the best way to keep him entertained when we were confined to a limited dry space. Well, I’m still fully working that out. But whilst I’m on my journey of discovering how to entertain a child with an unlimited amount of energy, I thought I’d share some of my favourite activities that I’ve discovered along the…

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    Chocolate Orange Bark

    Chocolate bark is one of the simplest things to make. There are lots of different variations but I wanted to first introduce the classic, chocolate orange. This is great to make on your own, with children or with friends. The bark looks so pretty, it could even form a gift for someone on a special occasion. Ingredients 200g milk chocolate 100g white chocolate 1 tsp orange extract Orange gel food colouring (you can also mix yellow and red) Step 1 Line a small, shallow baking tin with greaseproof paper. Step 2 Break the milk chocolate and put into a heatproof bowl over a pan of boiling water. Do the same…

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    Grandma’s Chocolate Fudge Cake

    Grandma’s Chocolate Fudge Cake was always a hit in her house and one that she continued to make for decades. Here, I’ve brought her recipe back to share with friends, family and anybody else who wants to make a delicious chocolate fudge cake for any occasion. Ingredients – Cake 115g butter 170g caster sugar 2 eggs 160g self-raising flour 10g cocoa powder Ingredients – Chocolate Fudge Topping 130g icing sugar 30g butter 2 tsp cocoa powder 1-2 tbsp boiling water Step 1 Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees (fan). Whisk the butter, sugar and eggs. Step 2 Sift the flour and cocoa powder. Step 3 Fold the flour and cocoa…

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    Lucky Charm Cupcake Surprise

    With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to create a fun and playful cupcake recipe that was simple to follow and a perfect addition to the celebrations. The recipe creates a fluffy vanilla cupcake with a vanilla buttercream topping, sprinkles and a hidden golden surprise! Ingredients – Cake 200g butter 200g caster sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 250g self-raising flour 2 tsp baking powder Green gel food colouring Ingredients – Buttercream and Decoration 150g butter 400g icing sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp. milk Colourful sprinkles Golden crunch sprinkles Step 1 Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees (fan). Cream the butter and sugar. Step…