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Halloween – last minute again!

Life has changed quite a lot at Mook & Lulu’s in recent years. I now work full-time, juggling work, school, family and all the other bits and bobs – and mostly everyone ends up where they should be, when they should be there, mostly!

Though, like many working parents, I’m quite often ‘flying by the seat of my pants’ – things get done, but more often than not, rather last minute. So, here is our post for this year – showing us getting ready for our celebrations with friends and a ‘last minute’ easy decoration to try if you’re celebrating Halloween at home this year.

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Our ‘Day of the Dead’ pumpkin- expertly carved by Mr Mook & Lulu’s – come back later for a photo of the it illuminated!

So, if you’ve got a spare hour or so, some black wool or string, some drawing pins or nails, and a hammer (depending on your walls), then you could make this giant spiderweb.

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Start by cutting lengths of wool or string to make a cross and secure with pins or nails. Create lengths unevenly spaced on top of the cross to make additional cross sections. Then starting from the centre wrap around each of the ‘spokes’ as you reach them and build out in a spiral to form your web – adjust the wool to create the effect you want as you go.

We’ve accessorised our homemade web with a giant spider which we found at Sainsbury’s

Happy Halloween! ūüéÉ

Mook & Lulu’s World Book Day 2016 – Roald Dahl Characters

I must confess *whispers*… I quite enjoyed getting ready for this year’s World Book Day – yes, I too am surprised! But this year, Mook and Lulu were under strict instructions to plan who they wanted to be, and to give me more than the usual 12 hours’ notice.

It is not unheard of for Family Mook & Lulu¬†to dash from supermarket to supermarket at 7am on the morning of World Book Day in search of a costume, when either the children planned their own outfits only to break down hysterically when it didn’t quite work on the day, or I reacted in horror at the crumpled piece of paper pulled from a school bag informing me I had to send my child to school dressed as their favourite literary character¬†that same day!

The school were brilliant this year, giving us plenty of notice to plan – and although I spent the weekend sourcing and painting a ‘tortoise shell’, and have been sewing every evening this week, we are¬†all delighted with the results! Hurrah! So, I present to you… Mook as Fantastic ‘Mrs’ Fox and Lulu as ‘Esio Trot’ – Roald Dahl wins out again!

Bonne Fete Maman! – Happy Mother’s Day!

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I have seen it said that the French traditionally honour Mother’s Day by presenting their Mamans with cake that looks like a bouquet of flowers – and indeed, why not. So this year, I¬†encourage you to¬†add a little Gallic charm to your Mother’s Day offerings with these florally inspired Mook and Lulu’s Lemon and Blueberry Cupcakes. Of course, the little tulip cupcakes cases go a long way in making your ‘Cake Bouquet’ – but what better reason¬†for the extravagance of some¬†charming cupcake cases than to spoil your Mum.

I first showcased these delightful little cakes in 2014, but I needed very little reason to share these light lemony wisps, complete with zesty¬†buttercream icing with you again…

Bonne Fete Maman!

The full recipe can be found here

Halloween Cookie Short

We thought we’d have a bit of fun with our Halloween Cookies – here are the results!¬†https://youtu.be/SpdKfYFS0Hk

 

Happy Halloween!

 

Happy Halloween!

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Ignoring the historical significance, it’s not hard to see the appeal of Halloween for kids. Dressing up in a crazy costume, calling on your neighbours so that they can give you sweet treats, and eating so many sweets that you’re bouncing off the walls – what’s not to love! Last year Lulu declared Halloween as the ‘Best Day Ever’ – for me that title will always be held by Christmas, but Halloween does provide the best opportunity to practice some kitchen alchemy and explore the darker side of your creativity to create some gruesome party food.

Here are some of the Mook and Lulu Halloween offerings for this year.

Afternoon Tea for Granny Mook & Lulu for Mother’s Day

Afternoon Tea for Granny Mook & Lulu for Mother's Day

Afternoon Tea for Granny Mook & Lulu for Mother’s Day

When everyone is so busy it can be all to easy to pass ‘like ships’ post childcare arrangements, but today we’ve had a wonderful day spending time with Granny Mook & Lulu for Mother’s Day.

We started the day, bright and early, at The Big Cake Show in Westpoint, Exeter. There were some fabulous stands from local producers, and an event like this is a great way to meet small artisan producers of innovative and creative local food and drink. I came away with some fantastically priced vintage teacups, a jug and sugar bowl – all perfect for Granny M&L’s afternoon tea. I would also recommend a visit to The Big Cake Show for the competition cakes alone – themed for the South West. Amazing!

We then popped down the road to see the other creative half of Mookandlulusblog.com, Claire, at her friends farm.  Mook and Lulu could not have been happier to count eggs, stroke chickens, meet horses and whoop at puppies!  Thank you Cathy!

We rounded our lovely day off with afternoon tea at Mook & Lulu Towers (Granny helpfully took Mook & Lulu to the park while we set up).

Granny Mook & Lulu was treated to iced shoe-shaped cookies (Granny loves shoes!), lemon & blueberry cupcakes, finger sandwiches, cheese, bacon and sundried tomato scones (fresh from the oven), granny’s favourites – sugar almonds, and tea from a tea pot in one of the vintage teacups. Perfect!

Happy Mother’s Day Granny Mook & Lulu!

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Nanny Mook & Lulu’s turn next!

 

Iced cookies

Iced cookies

Cheese, Bacon & Sundried Tomato Scones

Cheese, Bacon & Sundried Tomato Scones

Afternoon Tea for Granny Mook & Lulu

Afternoon Tea for Granny Mook & Lulu

Mook & Lulu’s Lemon and Blueberry Cupcakes for Mother’s Day

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Looking for last-minute-inspiration for a baked treat for Mother’s Day?

Why not give these fruity Mook & Lulu Lemon & Blueberry Cupcakes a try?¬† There’s still time to nip out and pick up the ingredients and you can whip them up in no time at all.

You will need:

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World Book Day

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World Book Day – Mook Baggins and Lulu the Gruffalo

It may have escaped your notice, but today is World Book Day!

We love World Book Day at Mook and Lulu’s. It’s a really great way to remind old and young alike how wonderful books are.

Many schools sign up to organising book-themed events for the day and these activities can really go a long way to presenting books as a captivating resource, and reading as a fulfilling pastime.

Mook and Lulu’s schools have both arranged a ‘Dress Up as Your Favourite Book Character’ event, and throughout the day will be leading the children through a range of themed activities.

Mook and Lulu both went as their current favourite characters – Mook dressed up as Bilbo Baggins, from The Hobbit, and Lulu could not have been more excited to be going to school as the Gruffalo (She has been counting down the sleeps!).

Of course, dressing up is great fun for kids, but I do hope the day has a greater resonance with young readers. The excitement around World Book day also needs to be capitalised on by schools and parents.

I was talking with a teacher a couple of years ago, who said she was struggling to explain to the school’s literacy coordinator that there needed to be a review of reading book sets the school was using.¬† As a means of assessing a child’s reading level the books were useful, but the books themselves were not appealing to the children.¬† Mook and Lulu love books, but we know it can be a struggle to get them to read their school books.

This is not something new. I could find myself lost in the world of Narnia for days on end Рand could be miserable for days after reading the complete set.  The only real joy I got from the set reading scheme books was to see how fast I could read them to get onto the next one Рalways with the hope that the next one would be better.  It rarely was.

With the easy attractions of gaming consoles, apps and computers, schools and parents need to look at ways of introducing children to absolute joy a good book can bring, particularly in relation to the prescribed assessment reading books.

I’m happy to say, that at a parent teacher meeting this week, a teacher told me the school had recently adopted a set of reading books called Project X.¬† These are books with an interactive online element and they are proving really popular with the school’s students.¬† Of course, the teacher and I quietly lamented the loss of appeal the children’s classics had for some children, but if ultimately an interactive book can fire up the imagination of young readers, who can then develop a love of books and reading, then I’m all for it.

Valentine’s – Love and Biscuits x

Video short of our iced cookies

Cabin Fever? Try Valentine’s Day Crafting with the Kids

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Mook’s Valentine Card

So yesterday was the calm before the ‘next’ storm.¬† This year, that means we had glimpses of sunshine, in between heavy showers of rain and hail, with a little less wind than on previous days.¬† Needless to say, we’re all going a little stir crazy.

Thankfully, we have not had to contend with the tragic consequences some people are suffering after the recent storms. But, when the level of activity in the rabbit hutch suggests they are planning their next ‘great escape’, and the kids are being ever more inventive in their mischief, it’s time for a distraction…

Sadly, the rabbits will have to make do with extra helpings of carrots and cabbage, but today Mook and Lulu have been happily crafting for Valentine’s Day.

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Lulu’s Love Bug Card

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