Easter Eggs-hibits...

With Easter and spare time, brings cooking and baking! I decided to make a few 'snacks' for me and my family on Easter...

I originally got this idea here for 'cake pops', but due to my lack of American ingredients (fondant, candy melts) I decided to amend the recipe.. however the 'cake balls' wouldn't stay on the lolly pop sticks, so I ended up putting them into mini bun cases! They were very difficult to decorate, but I think you get the general idea of what they are supposed to be!!

I put all our sweet treats onto my favourite cake stand, which included my Easter chicks and bunnies, some home-made Millionaire's shortcake (courtesy of the Hairy Bikers: 'Mums know best'), mini doughnuts (which I made using a mini doughnut tin from a car boot that day! Because they weren't fried, they were more like cakes but they were still yummy!), and some gingerbread biscuits and buns that my sister made.

I was surprised how easy these mini quiches (also courtesy of the Hairy Bikers: '12 Days of Christmas') were to make. For the filling I just made a basic mixture of crème fraiche, eggs and parmesan and added extra ingredients for variations, including Blue cheese & Spring Onion and Ham & Mustard.

Finally, I had some red onion chutney and goats cheese that I wanted to fill some pastry cases with, but as I used all the cases for my mini quiches I had to find an alternative 'base'! I just sliced some tortilla wraps into triangles, spread the chutney on and crumbled goats cheese on top. Then just put in the oven for 5-10 minutes!


One a Penny, Two a Penny..

...Hot Cross Buns! The second year I have attempted baking them, and this year proved to be much better! I think leaving them for longer to rise at each stage proved to be beneficial, as well as giving them a good old glaze at the end to help moisten them. Happy Good Friday!

Liking Viking...

My older sister (a primary school teacher) asked me and my other sister (also a primary school teacher) to decorate her 'activity' corner with the theme of 'Vikings'. We made a long-boat out of cardboard (which I cut with a junior hack-saw) stuck to the side of seats, complete with oars and shields. Doing our home-town (York/ Jorvik) proud!

Three Cousins and a Piano...

Me teaching two of my younger cousins (Isobel (12) on the left, Charlotte (9) on the right) a 3-part piano tune.They had never played before - I was very impressed!!


Website Spring-clean..


Project Brief_Self Promotion

Our final brief (!!) of Year 2 was to summarize our years work, as well as creating a piece of self promotion that could be sent to potential employers. I chose a 'fairytale' theme, with the idea that this is my 'story so far'...


Mummy(s)'s Day

Three Mothers Day cards, for my three mums!: My mum (the nurse), Claire's mum (the fellow cheesy poof lover) and Jonny's mum (the new cat owner).