Birthday season 2015 {blogtoberfest day 9}

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Tomorrow, my tiny girl turns five. FIVE! She is full of chatter and so excited to be going to big school, that yesterday we made her a calendar to cross off each day until February and her first day. I am about to hit the kitchen to bake her cake, when it struck me, I hadn’t yet shared the boy’s cakes! For Bear, I made

choc chip pretzels {Blogtoberfest day 24}

Oh my gosh, you guys, these things are the bees knees. The ducks nuts. The… I don’t know. But they are AWESOME. During the week a friend posted about making pretzels and kindly coughed up the recipe. There was nothing much doing that afternoon, so, while the baby slept, in between my housewifing and procrastinating on the housewifing, I got cracking and whipped up a

A Fairy Farewell to Birthday Season {blogtoberfest day 18}

Yesterday, Butterfly and 6 little friends spent the afternoon playing and chatting and enjoying themselves as only four years old girls can, for her birthday party, and the final stop on the 2014 Birthday Train.   We played Pin The Wings On The Fairy. No I wasn’t still painting this an hour before the party, why would you suggest such a thing? The wings are

Birthday season :: part two

oh boy, what a week it has been! This is by far the biggest week of our year, the 7 days between Bear’s birthday and Boy2’s, which also generally falls in the last week or two of term, and the craziness that that brings. On top of the 30 cupcakes I made for him to take to school, I also made a cake for him

Beetle turns one!!!

How on earth did that happen? It seems a mere moment ago I sat cradling a minutes old newborn, blinking his big blue eyes at me and trying to work out exactly how he got here when he was so nice and cozy, and yet suddenly, a year has passed, and those big blue eyes are full of mischief and laughter and love. At 1,

Lemonade Scones

There’s something about Fridays that has me reached for the comfort food. We laze about after school. We knock about the backyard, and fiddle with Lego. Every few weeks I decide cooking dinner is too much of an effort and get takeaway. And this Friday just gone, I had cream in the fridge that demanded to be used, and that was as good an excuse

caramel tarts {recipe}

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  These little bite-sized pieces of sugary gingery delight have become a high-rotation of mine ours. They are super easy to make (and just as easy to eat, which isn’t always a good thing). I use dark brown sugar in this recipe because I prefer the richer taste it adds to the caramel, but normal brown sugar will work just as well.   CARAMEL TARTS

cheesecake eggs

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Mmmm… it’s that time of year again. Chocolate chocolate everywhere. And yesterday, with the first day of holidays well underway, and thhe gingerbread chilling in the fridge, we grabbed our supplies, and made ourselves some of what has seemed to become an annual tradition – the cheesecake Easter eggs! These are soooo yummy – hollow milk chocolate eggs, filled with cheesecake as the “white” and

gluten free, guerrilla style

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  To make life easier for a dear friend who is gluten-intolerant, we declared our end-of-year party for Bible Study to be completely gluten free. Surely it couldn’t be that hard, thought I. Of course, my first stop was Pinterest, where I filled my baking board with a heap of yummy looking GF recipes. This one in particular caught my eye, and looking over the

carrot cake

  With the Peppa Pig cookies iced and waiting for two little girls to devour, it was time to turn our attention to a recipe for the mamas, in preparation for our playdate the next day. A carrot cake has been high on my to-bake list for a couple of weeks now – Mr Dove is a bit of a carrot cake fan, and I’m