Friday, 5 April 2013

Filling our days - and our tummies


School holidays can be a juggling act. A balance between encouraging the Smalls to entertain themselves and wanting to limit the amount of time they spend staring at screens. Between spending cash on days out and spending time on home based activities. The greyness this week has deterred us from doing very much outside, and so when we saw a couple of glorious baking ideas on ThePinkWhisk (thanks to Gina for testing the recipe first!) and we had my lovely niece around as well, we decided to get stuck in.


First up, blossom biscuits. Lots of fun, very tasty. Though my favourite design was the one Tall Small made when she was fed up with rolling rosebuds. I can see these being made again. Or possibly putting in an appearance as a party activity - the dough is remarkably forgiving, like edible play dough!


Then the best use for Creme Eggs I've seen in ages.


I am never going to be able to bring myself to eat these.
Yes, the ingredients were a bit of an outlay but the hoots of laughter more than made up for that. And we have enough fondant icing and food colouring to last through several more sessions if it keeps on sleeting.

We all watched the Great British Sewing Bee together and now Tiny Small wants to spend next week making herself a dress. Woohoo!

30 comments:

  1. Love the sheep! :)
    I think the GBSB is going to do wonders for sewing machine sales. How lovely that your little one wants to make herself a dress and as you say if it keeps them away from screens then it's a good thing!
    Happy weekend and thanks for 'visiting' ,
    Vivienne x

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  2. Gosh your bloggy makeover is a bit posh. Veryvery smart indeed. Like it. And I really like those sheep too, wish I hadn't scoffed all the creme eggs now... Ax

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  3. I'm absolutely with you - isn't it difficult finding that happy medium? I showed willing and played badminton with my son today - first time in about 20 years - my feet ache and I have the shakes in my right arm!!!

    Are those sheep really creme eggs? Ha! Brilliant.

    Heather x

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  4. Love the sheep, they look so much fun to make. My children are quite grown up so they mostly do they're own things, but they both still like to cook which is great for me.
    Rosezeeta.

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  5. Oh my goodness, the blossom biscuits are gorgeous! (Smiling to myself about you listening to Nirvana in the darkroom. Brilliant!) x

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  6. What great projects! The blossom biscuits are beautiful but oh those sheep! I want to come to your house to play. It looks like so much fun. : ))

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  7. The sheep are fantastic! We're at the end of our Easter holidays here, and the weather has really curtailed outdoor activities. Although I have spent an unreasonable amount of time freezing at various parks. Sun today though, hurray!

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  8. The baking looks great and the sheep are fabulous. I will be checking out the link to The Pink Whisk, thanks for that.
    I look forward to seeing the dress.

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  9. Your blossom biscuits look great... and I like tall small's design the best. (Those rosebuds were very fiddly)I did contemplate making the sheep but then decided I'd rather just eat the eggs! Can't wait to see the dress!

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  10. The flower biscuits are brilliant, definitely one to try I think.

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    1. Oh, yes, do - they're ever so straightforward.

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  11. My 9 year old would spend all day on Minecraft if I let him - I'll encourage him to make me tasty sheep instead!

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  12. those sheep are truly brilliant x

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  13. Oh my, those sheep are fabulous ... what fun :)

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  14. Those sheep are such a great idea! My kids love these so I think I'll let them allow their creative ideas run riot on these. Take care. Chel x

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  15. Those biscuits are very pretty and those sheep, well, they're so good I'm hoping they've each been given a name. (Number 4 has the look of an Alan to me.) When my two were little they only got to make jam tarts and currant buns.

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  16. Oooh, those goodies look yummy! I've read about the Sewing Bee -- I sure wish we could get it on tv here. Have fun sewing!

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  17. Those sheep are brilliant, and what a great use of a cream egg - the only chocolate I can't eat - it's too revoltingly sweet!
    Looking forward to seeing what dress your Tiny Small will come up with.

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  18. "A balance between encouraging the Smalls to entertain themselves and wanting to limit the amount of time they spend staring at screens."

    We are living the same life, lady.

    Littlest watched the Sewing Bee thing and made an unspeakably item as a gift for her toddler cousin. My father has taken it for delivery. God KNOWS what they'll make of that.

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  19. The sheep are just amazing! Looking forward to seeing how the dress turns out :)

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  20. Lambs of a different kind and just as cute.

    I know what you mean about having a balance though I seem to remember when I was a kid, the last thing I wanted to do was hang out with my mum in the holidays - even at the young age my girls are at - my imagination was far more entertaining. These days mine are all about the nagging.

    I think I'm just feeling how short the terms have been this year so far. Frustrating for them and me.

    Back to school next week!

    Nina x

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  21. Love the cookies and am putting it on my list to do. My little ones are loving the Sewing Bee and have made nighties. I wonder if they will bring out a junior version.

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  22. The cookies are so pretty!!! The sheep a riot! They must have been so fun to decorate. :)

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  23. Sounds like the best kind of thing to do on gloomy days. Little Bun would love to make the sheep I'm sure.
    We nearly headed to Ickworth the other day, mind you that was the day we were going to London and everyone overslept and then we couldn't get Miss Rosey to hurry up to get to Ickworth so we gave up and headed to Norwich instead. Hope you have a great day out and the weather behaves.
    X

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  24. Those certainly look like tasty treats. My baking hasn't ventured past simple cup cakes and sponges....Really inspiring post makes me what to get my piny on! :)

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  25. What great ideas, I have signed up to the feed for further ideas to entertain my grandsons when they come. Fantastic idea and your little ones did so well. Thanks for popping by today and for the lovely comment. Have a great week. Jenny

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  26. somehow I can't imagine my boys going for 'flowery biscuits'... and I dread to think what they would come up with if left on their own!!

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  27. Fab baking Val - I should have done something similar with the not so little Lockets but Dot spent all holiday revising with intermittent bread baking and Daisy and Fred seemed to live in their rooms! Lucy xx

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