Mook & Lulu’s Winter Wonderland Party
In case you hadn’t noticed… Christmas is almost here!
And yes, a ‘First World’ Christmas can mean an exponential rise in road rage incidents as the big day gets nearer, the horrific spectacle that is parents trampling the seated small children of the choir in a race to photograph their little darling on the stage, and the utter madness that is Christmas food shopping, but, despite all of this, I LOVE Christmas!
I’ve always loved Christmas. From the golden years of my childhood, through the feigned nonchalance of my teenage years, to the much quieter times before we were a family of four. But since Mook & Lulu have been old enough to get excited about Christmas, the magic is back!
So, as I dutifully hike backwards and forwards to the school to attend a flurry of school Christmas activities, plan for Christmas parties, and join endless queues for car parks, I will always fall happily into my bed at the end of the day in the run up to Christmas. *Cheese alert* It really IS the most wonderful time of the year!
If you’re flagging a little in the run up to Christmas Day, here are a few photos from our recent Winter Wonderland Christmas Party to liven you up! Enjoy!
Bonfire Night – Rocket Cupcakes
We went to an organised Firework display at our local fire station on Saturday, it was fantastic! – so here’s a huge thank you to the organisers at Middlemoor Fire Station, Exeter.
A Saturday night firework display was a good option for us, as Mook and Lulu don’t cope well with staying up late on a school night…so it was bed time as usual this evening.
Don’t worry, we’re not total killjoys! We’re shifting our bonfire night back to Friday, but as a concession to ‘no fireworks on November the 5th’ I made these Rocket Cupcakes for Mook and Lulu – fortunately, it worked a treat!
Here’s how to make Rocket Cupcakes..
For a quick, and easy, last-minute addition to your Halloween Party food – try these Jellied Pumpkins.
Our party guests couldn’t wait to dive into these fruity ‘pumpkins’ with their jet-black filling. They’re very easy to do – here’s how.
Looking for a last minute baked treat for your Halloween Party? Have a go at these ‘Spider Delights’ decorated cupcakes.
Lulu is terrified of spiders. Needless to say, these Spider Delights cupcakes gave her no problems at all, in fact they were the first thing she made a grab for at our Halloween party and she devoured one in minutes – it was blood-chilling to watch!
To make six Spider Delights, you will need..
Dead Man Fingers – Carrot sticks!
Looking for something quick, easy and healthy to put on the Halloween Table? Why not try our Dead Man Fingers!
To ease my parental guilt at all the sugar-laden treats on the Halloween table, we often have a tub of Dead Man Fingers lurking at the back – and surprisingly, after all the sugary treats, the kids often happily munch on them.
Halloween Party Food!
The weather’s turning spooky – the southwest is due to be hit by the ‘perfect storm’. Halloween is almost upon us so we thought we’d share some of our ghostly creations for your Halloween Parties. Continue reading
There’s a definite chill to the mornings over the past few days and although we are still enjoying some fabulous weather, many of us are clinging desperately to the last of the English summer.
My attempt to squeeze the last few drops of sparkling summer effervescence from these late August days has been boosted by this heavenly recipe for Coconut Banana Bread from Jenn Quillen at the rebelchick.com
It’s quite a simple equation:
Coconut + Banana + cake mix = a great big slab of golden sunshine!
Okay, so it might be more accurate to describe it as Coconut Banana Bread, and you don’t have to have a great big slab of it, but I defy you to not have a very healthy slice, or two!
I’m not a huge fan of bananas in cakes, but the addition of coconut delivers a truly delightful cake that has converted me.
Bake this while the morning is still crisp and fresh and by the time you’re itching to get out in the sun it will be ready. Slip on your flip flops, cut a slice of Coconut and Banana Bread and enjoy in the sunshine with a nice cup of tea, or something more exotic if you like…
Here’s the recipe.