I just found out that two of my brothers are expecting, and
only two weeks apart! I’m absolutely thrilled to hear this news, especially for
my second brother who is expecting his first.
Baby shopping can be fun but definitely also a little overwhelming,
especially for first time parents. I myself have recently been through through
the whole baby shopping thing for my three month old, and I thought building a
list of things that I have found useful, may be a helpful starting point for my
brother and my sister-in-law and potentially any other first time parents out
Some of these items are a must and others are just nice to
These chocolate dirt cups were another dessert I made for my sister in law’s strawberry garden themed bridal shower. I found a bunch of these recipes on Pinterest. The only thing I changed was replacing a gummy worm to a strawberry to make it relevant and cute! The best part of this yummy dessert is how simple they are to make!
You will need:
First, make the pudding and put into dessert cups.
Then, make place the Oreos into a food processor and make fine crumb for the soil.
Put this on top of the pudding & decorate with a strawberry, mint and an ice lolly stick. Now you’re all good to go! 🙂
For my sister-in-law’s strawberry garden themed bridal shower, one of the desserts we made were chocolate covered strawberries. I originally came across this idea from howtocookthat.net, and loved them — they serve as both a tasty dessert and lovely decorative piece!
You will need:
Dowels (I covered these with floral tape)
Leaves from fake flowers (I bought these at the dollar store)
First, wrap the floral tape around the dowel and add the leaves.
Then attach the strawberry onto the rod and dip it into some melted chocolate.
I have always wanted to use modelling chocolate to make cake decorations. It’s so much easier to blend than fondant, it’s smooth and unlike fondant, it actually tastes good! I also find it easier to make fondant figures out of modelling chocolate because it doesn’t crack or form elephant skin, and blending the seams with it is so much easier!
This recipe is a bit difficult – it took me a few failed attempts before I finally got it right!
1 lbs Chocolate or candy melts — use candy of the colour that you need.
1/3 cup corn syrup
Melt the candy melts or chocolate in the microwave or double boiler. I usually use the double boiler as it’s far too easy to burn chocolate in the microwave.
Microwave the corn syrup and add it to the melted chocolate.
Stir until incorporated.
Pour the mixture onto your worktop and knead it until the chocolate is soft and pliable.
Wrap it up in cling film and leave it to rest for 20 mins before use.
Overmixing can ruin the modelling chocolate. I found this out the hard way when my modelling chocolate was a crumbly mess! 🙁
This is something that can be fixed with a little effort, as I learnt from Wicked Little Cake Company’s youtube video (See Below). The steps to fixing this are:
Strain all the oil out of the modelling chocolate.
Place it back into a bowl and start stretching it as shown in the picture.
Do this a few times and let it set overnight. This should fix your modelling chocolate.
I fell in love with modelling chocolate the first time I used it, and I’ve used this recipe so many times since then, as modelling chocolate is so easy to use! Hopefully, you’ll enjoy modelling chocolate just as much me, and you’ll find this recipe just as useful as I do. Good Luck!
I have taken on a new hobby….SEWING! I have never sewn anything before and do not even know how to use a sewing machine but I am having a lot of fun learning! I decided to make my son a busy book. Busy books are just cloth books full of fun activities for children to keep them busy and help in developing their fine motor skills. They can be educational as well if you include alphabets/numbers and shape activities. They are extremely fun and addictive to make and you can find many free templates online. I purchased one from Etsy but also incorporated other free templates that I had found.
Here are some pictures of the pages so far. I will put up the links where I found the ideas/ templates etc
It is not a perfect book but hopefully I will improve :p
To make a busy book you will need some basic tools such as:
Thread /or you can simply glue it together but I like the look of a sewn book
Embellishments – such as buttons, zips, ribbons etc
I made this jungle cake for both of my sons’ shared birthday party. As usual it was very difficult for me to make this cake as the children did not let me work on it during the day, I stayed up many nights often questioning my sanity. Whyyyy on earth would I put myself through all this pressure and stress? And I would have an answer too. It was more meaningful to me for me to make them this cake. It was something I made with love and could be proud of…..besides….I LOVEEEE baking….and secretly look forward to my time, alone, without the children….just to bake 🙂
I will do a tutorial on each of the animals soon….
Traveling with young ones is an extremely daunting task. Just the thought of which is enough to make my stomach churn. I often fly long flights of 7- 8 hours, alone with my toddler son. Some of these flights have gone well while others….have literally left me in tears! I often find myself purchasing anything and everything I can think of that may make my flight a little more bearable. Some of these purchases come in handy while others not so much. On my recent trip I thought I would get my son a Trunkie. A Trunkie is a hand luggage-sized ride on suitcase for children 3 years and up.
I thought it would be a good distraction for my son when any waiting was required as well as being able to hold his own items – making my bag lighter :p. While surfing the internet for the Trunki Ride-on Suitcase – Tipu the Tiger (Orange) I came across the Red Skoot . It looked more appealing to both me and my son than the Trunkie so I thought I’d give it a try.
Although it definitely looked better, we were both disappointed. The Scootcase was not at all stable. It seemed too small for my son and he kept falling when trying to ride it. I was also not happy with the way the latch worked and found that it was difficult to open and close. It rather small and I was not able to fit much in there. I wanted to like this product so much but I did end up returning it.
I then ordered the Trunkie from Amazon. I was happier with this product and my son loves it. It is a lot sturdier than the Skootcase and has more room for his things. I also liked the saddle bag and stickers which can be purchased separately. He likes to put his favorite small toys in the saddle bag for easy access.
I have kept this suitcase for travel purposes only so that he does not get bored of it. All in all, we both preferred the Trunkie. It keeps him entertained and me sane! We also had people commenting on how cute it looks!
I have not yet gathered the courage to fly alone since the arrival of my second child…now that really is going to be a challenge….
I hope you all had a good bank holiday weekend and a brilliant memorial day.
This homemade toffee recipe is so simple and tastes ludicrously good! Toffee is great on its own or as an addition to ice cream or covered in chocolate to create a Daim bar/Almond Roca bar and is far cheaper than buying it from a store.
What you will need:
450g (2 Cups) Butter
470g (2 and 2/3 Cups) Sugar
80 ml (1/3 Cups) Water
82g (1/4 Cup) Golden syrup – Corn Syrup can be used as an alternative to golden syrup.
And if you want to cover your toffee with chocolate to make a Daim bar/Almond Roca taste you will need 500g of chocolate.
Melt the butter, sugar, water and golden syrup in a large pan (make sure its a large pan as the recipe bubbles) over a medium heat.
Increase the heat and stir regularly.
Using a candy thermometer to check, take it off the heat once it reaches 145°C (300°F).
Whilst still boiling pour the mixture onto a baking tray covered with foil.
Spread the toffee around the baking tray to an even level.
Leave the toffee to cool for 4-5 minutes.
Use your spatula to score the toffee into the size you want your toffee bars to be.
When the toffee is completely cool snap it into pieces along the lines you scored.
Your toffee is done at this point but if you want to cover it with chocolate just dip it into melted chocolate.
The finished product!
Leave a comment telling me how this turned out for you!