Monday, 26 January 2015

Death by Chocolate Cake - The Finished Article!


#Death by Chocolate Cake




Chocolate cake, chocolate butter icing and tonnes of chocolates = one happy
 Birthday boy!



Friday, 23 January 2015

Sausage and Bean Slow Cooker Casserole


Sausage and Bean Slow Cooker Casserole

I love my slow cooker but am lazy! I don't tend to brown off meat etc. I just tend to throw everything in and switch it on!  I am on a mission to use up everything left in the cupboards and freezer and managed to find enough to make this sausage casserole. 



Ingredients

Sausages chopped up ( which I did brown off as they are not pleasing to the eye otherwise)
2 Tins of chopped tomatoes
Passata
Garlic
1 Onion
Peppers
Mushrooms
Sweetcorn
Paprika 
Salt and Pepper
1 Tin of Kidney Beans
1 Tin of Chick Peas
1 Tin of Chickpeas
1 Tin of Butterbeans

I am serving it with mashed Potato.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Cake No. 3 - Death by Chocolate!


Death by Chocolate Birthday Cake 

Stage 1

My son loves chocolate and if given the chance would quite happily make it his major food group! However, I am a cruel mother and let him have it sparingly - until it comes to his birthday!

This is what I have bought in preparation for a chocolate lovers dream birthday cake.....






 Then of course we have the chocolate sponge cake:

(for a 7" tin- easy all in together cake!) 
100g self raising flour
100g butter
100g caster sugar
2 eggs 
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 heaped tablespoons of cocoa powder
 a slosh of strong black coffee

multiply weights and ingredients depending on size of cake tin.

And then it will be the chocolate butter icing!! 

Watch this space for the finished cake......

Monday, 19 January 2015

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I spent my epoints  recently and got 'Tiddlywinks' and 'Jacks'.


I am putting them away for Christmas 2015! 

If you haven't heard of  epoints then check them out here - a great way to save points when you shop! They regularly have discount deals to boost your points and if you subscribe to emails you will be told about these so you can make the most of your shopping experiences. 

Playmobil 4850 - Large Zoo Review


Playmobil 4850 Large Zoo Review




After much debating my husband and I decided to get this for our daughter's 5th Birthday.  She had only asked for a zoo, a pink guitar and a Frozen doll!  It was pricey and that was our concern, great if she was going to enjoy it and play with it. A lot of money if it was going to be a two second wonder! 

We managed to get ours for £85 from Very in the end which was a bit cheaper than other places. 

It is extremely sturdy but it did take hours to assemble - probably longer because all of our children wanted to help and were keen to play with it! 

It is large and takes up quite a bit of space. We cleared the kitchen work bench so she could play with it easily.

She was very excited to discover that the animals heads, legs and tails all moved and had much fun with the 'mummy and baby'.  Her elder sister helped her by pretending to be the attendant on the gate, charging them and letting her characters get into the zoo! All of our children aged between 5 and 11 had a great days play!



There are lots of tiny tiny pieces, so if you have really little ones it would be best to put it out of reach. Lots of little nose and ear sized pieces, if you get my drift!!


So keen were all the family to play with it that they even climbed on to the kitchen worktop to get nearer!!

Overall we are very impressed with the Playmobil Zoo and would be happy to recommend it. 

Zoo Animals Cake - The Finished Article!



Zoo Animals Birthday Cake 





Burning the midnight oil to complete the cake. Quite chuffed with the final product! 

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Cake Decorating - Icing Zoo Animals



Zoo Animals made with Icing 








'Phase one' of the Zoo birthday cake has begun - after studying YouTube for inspiration and instructions,  here is my first attempt at making Zoo animals for my daughter's birthday cake....


It took me most of the day!







The cake is made, bright pink sponge as ordered! Now all I need to do is ice the cake and fit the animals on......

Watch this space!!