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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

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

Quick & Easy Easter Make for Kids – Carrot Garland

IMG_2067Easter 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.

You will need:

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The Writing Process Blog Tour

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.

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Valentine’s – Love and Biscuits x

Video short of our iced cookies

The Battle of the Peter Rabbit with Floppy Ears and Other Tales from a 6th Birthday Party…

IMG_1583Lulu’s Peter Rabbit Party

There is something quite refreshing about a child who lives in the moment, a child for whom time, as a concept, is rarely used.  Refreshing that is until you try to usher said child out of the door to avoid the mad dash up to the school gates, or when a major event appears on the horizon..

Lulu was telling everyone she met that her birthday was in January, even before Christmas.¬† Since she went back to school she has asked with increasing frequency “when is my birthday?”, or “is it my party tomorrow?”.

Over the past week, she has witnessed the planning for her party and the creation and steady progress on her birthday cake, and the questions have been coming thick and fast.¬† This year Lulu asked for a Peter Rabbit birthday. She came home last Saturday in the midst of my struggles with Peter Rabbit’s ears, which (as previously mentioned) refused to stand upright – a bit of creativity with a couple of cocktail sticks and a safe place to dry and….bingo! Peter Rabbit with appropriately pointy ears.

Lulu didn’t see the finished cake until the morning of her party and, despite previously telling me that Peter Rabbit looked only ‘pretty good for a rabbit made of icing’, she was one happy bunny (sorry, couldn’t resist).

Peter Rabbit Birthday Cake

Peter Rabbit Birthday Cake

Here is how we did Lulu’s Peter Rabbit Birthday Party.

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Breadstick turns into Lightsaber – Jedi mind trick?

ImageWell, 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.

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