Easter is another great opportunity to try something new with the kids, and brighten things up with some Easter decorations – and this Carrot Garland certainly fits the bill. It’s very quick and easy to make, and should keep the kids busy for an hour or so.
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My dear friend Becky recently contacted me to ask me to join the Writing Process Blog Tour. Becky’s blog http://pagetoplate.blogspot.co.uk reveals her exploration and recreation of food in literature. Having been fortunate enough to sample some of Becky’s fabulous cooking, and being aware of her great knowledge of literature, I can think of no finer person to enlighten readers of the wonderful relationship between food and literature. Do pop across and have a look at her blog.
As part of the Writing Process Blog Tour bloggers answer four questions about how they write, and then introduce fellow bloggers, who will continue the process. Here are my thoughts about my writing process.
Valentine’s Cherry Truffles
Valentine’s Cherry Truffles – A Remedy for ‘Oops!’
Surely, we’ve all done it? Valentine gifts often start appearing in our shops while we’re still recovering from the excess of our New Year’s celebrations. The roses, chocolates, pink champagne and cute teddy bears fill the shelves of the ‘seasonal’ aisle so far in advance of the ‘big day of love’ that we walk past them for weeks. They serve as a vague prompt to St Valentine, but cease to be a timely reminder of the need to purchase a pink, or red, love token for our nearest and dearest in the crucial few days before the 14th February.
I’ve walked passed the garish pink display many times with the promise of ‘I’ll get something next week’, only to experience that ‘oops’ moment on the eve of Valentine’s Day.
If that happens to be you this year, then here is the perfect solution – a homemade gift, using a few store cupboard items. Of course, if you don’t have white chocolate, biscuits, cheese, or more importantly, cherries, in your cupboard, then nip and get them and feel virtuous that you didn’t just buy that withering bunch of roses. Valentine’s Cherry Truffles!
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We’ve heard some great news – traditional children’s parties are making a comeback! As the economic downturn tightens its grip on family finances, and the wave of popularity for home crafts rides on, more families are shunning expensive soulless party venues in favour of parent-styled children’s parties at home, or in local community facilities.
A recent survey commissioned by Buttons Children’s Parties found that nearly seven out of ten parents said they were returning to creating their own, more traditional, style of parties. So we’ve put together some top tips for holding your child’s party at home, or in a community hall.
Well, my lightsabers do not have the menacing hum, impressive glow and, thankfully, the power to shear someone in half, but the ooh’s, awesome’s and cool’s they received suggested that the white chocolate and glittery sugar had worked some kind of magic at our Star Wars themed party.
If you would like to try making breadstick lightsabers, here’s how I did it.