8::20 ~ chocolate pretzels

OCCASSION: Date night! BRIEF & RATIONALE: Discovered this taste sensation in Sydney for Camp K, and it was a party in my mouth. SOURCE: It’s not exactly rocket science. Melt chocolate, add pretzel. EASE OF MAKING: 9/10. Messier than expected. CHILD FRIENDLY? Hot chocolate, plus the buggers want to taste test! REALITY V COOKBOOK:6/10. Mine were messier than the commercial version. TASTE: 13/10. FINAL VERDICT:

And now he is six.

He loves Lego and aeroplanes. Lego aeroplanes will bring on an involuntary box-kissing response. He is a kind and loving big brother. He is a reader, a think, a learner. He is wise beyond his years. He loves school. Somehow, I have blinked, and my baby is a baby no longer a baby, but a small boy, who no longer belongs to me alone, but

7::20 ~ sour cream coffee cake

OCCASSION: I felt like cake. BRIEF & RATIONALE: While grocery shopping, I spied organic sour cream from my favourite dairy. And thought why the heck not? SOURCE: Baking Essentials. EASE OF MAKING: 6/10. CHILD FRIENDLY? The recipe uses instant coffee (one teaspoon in the whole cake), so personal preference. Not child friendly in the making – creaming and folding gently does not make for a

6::20 ~ melting moments

OCCASSION: we wanted to make something for daddy’s birthday that wasn’t a cake (he didn’t want a cake on the day) BRIEF & RATIONALE: I’d been to the bakery, and was tempted to buy a melting moment. Then I saw they were $2 each, so I made them myself. SOURCE: AWW Sweet Old Fashioned Favourites. EASE OF MAKING: 7/10. CHILD FRIENDLY? Mainly mix master based,

5::20 ~ Turkish Delight Slice {including recipe}

OCCASSION: A stroke of genius, really. Just to put it modestly. BRIEF & RATIONALE: I made Mars Bar Slice. I thought it might go well using Turkish Delight instead. SOURCE: My own recipe – see under the picture. EASE OF MAKING: 10/10. Be lazy like me and you’ll only have one bowl and one slice pan to stick in the dishwasher. Winning. CHILD FRIENDLY? Depends

4::20 ~ chocolate crackles

OCCASSION: holidays, baybee! BRIEF & RATIONALE: the recipe was on the box of rice bubbles when we made mars bar slice, and the small people nagged, er, suggested I make them. SOURCE: Rice bubble box. EASE OF MAKING: 9/10 CHILD FRIENDLY? Yes (melted ingredients) REALITY V COOKBOOK: 6/10 – all my copha mix seems to sink to the bottom, so they weren’t as chocolatey as

P. A. R. T. Y.

Oh yes we will! There was a very special birthday around here over the weekend, one ending with a ZERO. A very wise woman once said, it seems worse to see it in print, so I won’t name the person or the number, except to say she’s a pretty awesome lady, and I love her to the moon and back. This birthday was, to us,

3::20 ~ cinnamon palmiers

OCCASSION: I was home alone. I was hungry. The cupboard was decidedly lacking in yummy sweet things. BRIEF & RATIONALE: Must be sweet. And easy. As little prep time and clean up as possible. I’m lazy like that. SOURCE: I got the original process from a Woman’s Weekly book called “Sweet Old Fashioned Favourites”. I originally adapted it to work with a single sheet of

2::20 ~ Mars Bar Slice

OCCASSION: I was hosting craft group. And felt like chocolate. BRIEF & RATIONALE: Chocolate. Something sweet, and preferably a slice that is easy to eat without a lot of mess. SOURCE: Taste.com.au EASE OF MAKING: 8/10 – melting of chocolate required. CHILD FRIENDLY? Yes-ish – the melted chocolate can be hot, but with care, the children had a little turn at mixing. And the returned

1::20 ~ double choc chip biscuits

First up on my twenty treats challenge – double choc chip biscuits. (not the usual choc chip I referred to in my previous post, it counts for challenge purposes!) OCCASSION: we were in a biscuit kind of mood. BRIEF & RATIONALE: me “who wants to make biscuits?” Bear – “chocolate ones!!”. These were the only chocolate biscuits in the first book I picked up. I’m