Thursday, 18 December 2014

Cutest doughnuts ever?


So next up in my Christmas series is some festive food :)

You can check out the other posts in the series here:
How to make a Christmas Den in 4 easy steps

But back to the food. I saw these ridiculously cute reindeer and snowmen doughnuts on LoveFromTheOven’s blog and having just bought a 3-in-1 donut/cake/cake pop machine knew I had to give them a go.

I pretty much followed exactly what she recommended – you can read her whole post with step-by-step instructions here.
 
If you compare my photos next to hers mine are definitely much more amateur looking but I am still really pleased with how they turned out. They were also the first doughnuts I’ve ever made so I was doubly pleased!

Here are a few pictures of the making process:

Naked doughnuts ready for decorating :)

All the decorations ready to go...

First step in creating Rudolph and friends

Finished reindeer :)

Oops white chocolate is a lot harder to melt than milk chocolate... Had to improvise with sugar glaze instead!

The first 2 snowmen finished

Snowmen cuteness :)

How crazily cute are they?! I took them along to Doof’s nursery Christmas party and am now just waiting for another excuse to make them again...

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Have you made any festive-themed food? I’d love to hear about it :)



Tuesday, 16 December 2014

What Iz loved - November 2014



Here is what Iz loved this month… (well technically it's last month now as I'm a littke bit behind!)



1 - Being a duck
2 - Her massive playmat
3 - Starting babycademy music "classes"
4 - Her Christmas Den
5 - Getting kisses from her brother
6 - Sleeping through the night (think Mummy loved that more!)
7 - Bathtime
 
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If you want to do your own "What baby/toddler loved" then link up with Rachel @dinkythinks - you can see her latest post here :)



Wednesday, 10 December 2014

How to make a Christmas Den in 4 easy steps (and for £4)

This is the thrid in my series of Christmas posts, after our Christmas traditions (see here) and our homemade glitter ornaments (see here). Sometimes the most fun is the simplest :)

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1. Get a big cardboard box (thanks LoveKeepCreate for ours)

Just practising to assess for comfiness...

2. Go to Poundland

Embarrassingly we're regulars...

3. Assemble purchases

Sellotape red fairy lights around the top

Have some green fairy lights free-styling on the floor

Decorate with festive stickers
 
Maybe even yourself a little...

4. Add some books and cuddly animals

Just like home...

Throw in a cushion too if you haven't quite mastered sitting yet

Total cost = £4 (£2 for lights, £1 for batteries, £1 for stickers) 

And ready from conception to completion (including shopping trip!) in under 30 minutes...

Enjoy :)

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PS not promising it'll work for you but the above den has rapidly become somewhere that the toddler goes for (self-imposed!) quiet time. He crawls in, turns the lights on and "reads" a book to himself. What more could we ask?! 


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

What Iz loved - October 2014

[These posts are a bit late, but better late than never and I think they make a lovely summary of the month...] 

Here is what Iz loved this month…



1 - Being snug-as-a-bug-in-a-super-large-cosy-pink-hat
2 - Attending her first wedding
3 - Celebrating her first Halloween American-style
4 - Learning how to properly laugh
5 - Having fun posing for photos
7 - Being a ladybird
 

You can see what her brother liked doing here :)
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If you want to do your own "What baby/toddler loved" then link up with Rachel @dinkythinks - you can see her latest post here :)

What Doofy loved - October 2014

[These posts are a bit late, but better late than never and I think they make a lovely summary of the month...]  

Here is what Doofy loved this month…


 
1 - First visit to Legoland
2 - Baking dinosaur cookies
3 - Meeting his shadow
4 - Turning 2!
5 - Eating muffins as big as his head (we were in America...)
6 - Visiting the Crayola museum (if you're ever in Easton, PA it is a MUST visit)
7 - Exploring his first pumpkin patch
8 - Playing on the beach
  
You can see what his sister liked doing here :)
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If you want to do your own "What baby/toddler loved" then link up with Rachel @dinkythinks - you can see her latest post here :)


What Iz loved - September 2014


[These posts are a bit late, but better late than never and I think they make a lovely summary of the month...]  
 
Here is what Iz loved this month…


1 - Finally getting a coke bottle with her name on!
2 - Going to the Baby Spa
3 - Being a little sister ;)
4 - Participating in research
5 - Getting colourful at Colourscape Clapham
6 - Streeeeeeetching
7 - Being snug in her carrier
8 - Cuddles (Mummy loved that bit too)

You can see what her brother liked doing here :)
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If you want to do your own "What baby/toddler loved" then link up with Rachel @dinkythinks - you can see her latest post here :)


What Doofy loved - September 2014



[These posts are a bit late, but better late than never and I think they make a lovely summary of the month...]

Here is what Doofy loved this month…



1 - Getting colourful at Colourscape Clapham
2 - Making friends with a rabbit at the petting zoo
3 - Playing table football
4 - Feeding the ducks
5 - Cooking the easiest (and healthiest!) pancakes in the world
6 - Getting *very* messy 
7 - Toddlebiking
8 - Sliding (how cool is the reflection in that photo?!)

You can see what his sister liked doing here :)
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If you want to do your own "What baby/toddler loved" then link up with Rachel @dinkythinks - you can see her latest post here :)