Can you believe it’s only 2 weeks until Christmas?! I am super excited this year. I’ve got everything wrapped and ready to go! I’ve got the boys things that I knew they wanted. I have to say, buying for family was so easy this year since I knew what everyone wanted. What was even better was that I could get most of it online. However, I decided to do something a bit different for my friends this year. I was feeling a bit crafty after seeing a picture while looking up ideas of activities to do with the boys so here we go:
1. Hot chocolate in a jar.
Simple. Get the hot chocolate you want and pour it in a jar. Mix it up by adding a few marshmallows to the top before putting the lid on. Decorate with some ribbon. It’s a small gift but it’s cute.
2. Christmas pudding – sweet style.
This is what I wanted to make after seeing a picture online. To make this you will need:
- 1 Terrys chocolate orange
A big box of malteasers
Milk chocolate and white chocolate for melting
Green ready to roll icing
I absolutely loved this idea. It’s so easy to make. OK, when making it:
- Have grease-proof paper ready to set your sweets on
- Melt the milk chocolate
- While it’s melting, unwrap the Terrys chocolate orange and the Malteasers. You need to work fast.
- Now? Simply dip the malteasers into the melted chocolate and press them onto the Terrys chocolate orange. Make sure to press firmly.
- Once it’s cooled a bit, roll out a little green icing and shape into holly leaves. It can be a bit tricky but you’ll get there.
- Get the red skittles/whatever you chose to use ready while you melt a little white chocolate. 3 squares should be enough.
- Pour the chocolate over the top to and stick on your ‘holly’ and ‘berries’
- Leave to dry out overnight. Don’t move them as the chocolate might run down and make a mess.
To complete the gift, I decided to set the pudding in a bowl, set everything on a cake board with a card and wrap with cellophane. Add a bow and you’re done. At first I struggled to make the cellophane look decent but a quick YouTube tutorial sorted that out. If you’re stuck for a present why don’t you try making these. You could bake cookies/shortbread and arrange them on a tray with some tea as well. Mix it up and see what you get.
Chris and I went on a cinema date a few weeks ago but I never got round to writing a post about it. He wanted to see Dracula and the trailer didn’t seem scary so why not?
He said it wasn’t as good as he expected but I didn’t think it was that bad. It did scare me a little in one scene but that was it. The rest was all action. Loved how he took down an army by himself. One thing about the movie does annoy me though. If he’s a vampire that can’t go out in daylight, why is he out in broad daylight in the ending scene as if everything is perfectly normal? Anyone else get annoyed about that? I should have written this post straight after watching the movie when everything was fresh in my head ^.^’ Sorry about that.
Try the movie out if you have some time.
Today, I’ll give you a recipe for playdough. It’s easy, quick and doesn’t need cooked.
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water
- food colouring
Just mix it all together and knead it a bit. It makes a good bit so you could even divide it up before adding the colouring so that you can make a few different colours. Why don’t you get your children to make it with you? Just pop it in a container or freezer bag when it’s not being used to keep it from going hard. This dough is super soft and works well. I’m looking into different recipes as well so if I find another good one I’ll let you know
I mentioned before that I made goo with my nephews. Well, here’s how to make it!
All you need is:
- cornflour (as much or as little as you want)
- a little water to mix
- food colouring
Just mix it all together until it’s the consistency and colour you want and you’re ready to go. It only takes a couple of minutes to make and can keep kids occupied for hours. I’d recommend putting it in a dish from the chinese or in a bowl and adding a couple of toys that are easy to clean to make the fun last longer. What’s great about this goo is that it gets thicker as time goes on and it feels silky.
Give it a go and let me know what you think (^.^)/
Today I’ve a quick OOTD for you. The weather has been freezing lately so I’m living in jumpers and hoodies at the minute. I found this peach jumper in Dunnes for £25 and had to have it. I just fell in love with the sequins. It might actually be my Christmas day outfit now that I think about it. There’s a top sewn in underneath which I love. It looks cute and cosy.
Jumper and shoes: Dunnes
Jeans: RJ Jeans
I took the photo quickly before heading to work so it’s not great but it was as close as I could get if I wanted to get to work on time. I chose the shoes for comfort and to be able to run about easily.
Ok, that’s it for now
Today it’s Antons birthday. Boy time flies. I can’t believe he’s now 5! He’s grown so much. He’s getting good at Super Mario games and knows way more than I do about some games already. I mightn’t get over to see him today but if that happens I’ll have to give him a call to sing happy birthday at least. I had asked a while ago what he wanted. His response? ”Can you make me more playdough for my birthday?” Such a cutie. I will do that for you any time you want sweetie. I decided to get him more Ninjago. I’ve been keeping him going about what I bought for a week now. He really think’s I’ll tell him what the present is. He’s been asking ”What is it?” ”What shape is the present?” and stuff like that to get an idea. ”It’s a box shape” ”It’s a surprise and I know you’re gonna love it” I’d say back. Let’s hope he really does like it ^.^’
For his birthday he got his room done up. I’m dying to see it. I’ll have to get a photo when I do see it. Ok, time to head to work!
Have a super day Anton!
Since the success with playdough, I suggested making a pizza with Anton as he would be good with kneading the dough and it could be fun. He said yes straight away and we even wrote down our ‘promise’ to make it – signed and all!
Now, I’ve never made a pizza from scratch so I looked up videos on good old Youtube. ”Sure, it looks easy” I thought and went and got the ingredients. I mean, how hard could it be to mix a couple of things together?
Uh…a lot harder than you’d think. The recipe I’d used was simple:
- 600g strong bread flour
- ½ tsp dried yeast
- 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
Well, nothing happened when I mixed it. I ended up pouring in more oil, hoping it would start to stick together. Nothing. In the end I started chucking water in and everything. I did not have high hopes for this pizza. Both boys had fun mixing it and adding water though so at least something went well. Thankfully, the water seemed to work and it became a dough. I split it into 3 and off we went, kneading (and playing) with it for a while. I helped Callum a bit so that we could start rolling the dough out but he was happy enough to stick his finger in it and play. Well, whatever keeps him happy. Once we were all ready, we started to roll and were soon ready to add some sauce and toppings. I used passata sauce from Asda and grated cheese. Plain pizzas for us (in the safe zone – didn’t want to end up adding stuff they didn’t like). The pizza’s looked normal but I still wasn’t too sure of how they would taste so I cooked chips while the pizza’s cooked just to be safe. Guess what? They turned out alright. We ate a whole pizza or 2 between us as well as the chips. I think it’s the most I’ve seen Callum eat in a while. Maybe next time I’ll try making a stuffed crust pizza?