Today is pancake day, a favourite in our house we make them the weekend before Pancake day as well as the day itself! This year we’re hoping to change this a little, inspired by a friend ( thanls Natalie!) every year they bring pancakes to the park & get the kids to have pancake races - how good is that !! So we made them on Sunday, it was going to be a trial run for pancake races…but they all got eaten before I could set it all up! Typical!
Fingers crossed we manage to get at least one race in the back garden!!
Here are Finn’s valentine’s jam tarts, oozing with jam! It took seconds , using ready made shortcrust pastry…and I’m sure they’ll be eaten in seconds as soon as they get back from Karate!
This is cheesy I know but isn’t that what Valentine Day’s about!
Cut a heart shape out of card, write ‘your kiss is sweet as candy’ repeatedly around the edge.Squish a Haribo heart in the middle & there you have it. I used a heart hole punch to make the heart confetti to put in the envelope just for added cheese!
Another easy card to make is this card heart ,painted with blackboard paint. It reads ‘you’re etched on my heart’….well i did say it was cheesy!
This is a cute valentines idea that’s so easy to make. I got this chocolate mould from Muji a few years back , I’ve also seen them recently in Lakelands for £3.49. Melt a bar of dairy milk in a bowl ( placed in a pan with a small amount of boiling water) then simply pour into the mould- I tapped the mould a few times to try & get rid of air bubbles. They set in a couple of hours…only problem was the kids kept eating them!
This is a great Valentine’s gift for kids or family members! I raided my stash of Granna Anna’s home made jam & made these Love Jam labels using a vintage printing set.
For the cloth ‘lids’ I cut up a 25p Ikea dish cloth, using an embroidery ring to secure it while I drew the hearts with a red permanent pen- how easy is that!
These are especially for Finn, who’s love of Granna Anna’s jam knows no bounds!
I wish I’d known about Good Golly Miss Dolly when Daisy was playing with dolls, they are just so beautifully put together. They sell a range of one off English & American vintage dolls, some loving restored where necessary, proper dolls with proportions similar to the little girls who lovingly play with them. Designer Lorraine Johnson-Rosner has really struck a chord with parents who want to keep childhood as a simple, joyful time.
They have clothes, kitchens, dressing rooms & even gardens available & they are beautifully put together( the gardens are my favourite , you can tell Lorraine is a garden designer!) Each one is unique & you can even have one custom made! The simplicity of the design & detail is a delighted to any parent frustrated with overly garish ‘girlie ’ paraphernalia in their otherwise lovely ,calm(ish) house!
I spent some time with the lovely Margot who showed me her doll, & agreed to let me take some shots. It was great to see how she was really engaged with the doll, the clothes, the dressing room.
These are a great present for daughters,grand daughters, nieces & god daughters.There are lots of different things to get so it’s easy to steer relatives to help collect the different rooms & clothes. Any little girl would be just thrilled to be able to spend hours playing with these!
The dolls start at £15,the rooms at £75 for more go to http://ggmdolly.com/
Gong Hey Fat Choy!
It’s traditional to give these red envelopes at CNY, usually adults give them to children. There are lots of traditions about number to abide by, , double digits,even numbers, not a 4 ( in manderin it sounds too similar to death) etc etc. I couldn’t see any rule about notes v coins so I’m going for 10p as opposed to £10 !
I’ve sent the kids to school with fortune cookies & still have some for dinner tonight. I don’t think they really understood the ones they had at breakfast- a little too cryptic!
Now I’m off to hang the lanterns……
So I have to honest , I’m not the greatest fan of Chinese food that you get in London.I love Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese,Malaysian & I really enjoyed the freshly cooked food I used to eat when I regularly travelled to China although I think most of that was Taiwanese .
So our planned dinner for tomorrow is a real mix & also child friendly!
We’ll start with Prawn Satay which I first tasted ( & are delicious)in the Northern Territories of Australia & then didn’t see them the whole year I spent travelling through South East Asia !