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Baking for Kids- Best Ever Rice Krispie Cake!

Lottie Loves… Baking.

We have been trying out different recipes for Rice Krispie cake and we think this is the best one yet! I had lots of fun breaking up the chocolate and stirring all the ingredients together. I didn’t really like waiting for it to set for too long though!

 

Ingredients

2x  Fingers of fudge

70g any other chocolate (we used up leftover mini Easter Eggs!)

40g butter

4 level tablespoons of golden syrup

75g of Rice Krispies

25g of mini marshmallows

Method

Grease a baking and line a baking tray.

Melt all the chocolate, butter and syrup in a saucepan

Remove from the heat and stir in the rice crispies

Allow to cool for a few minutes and then stir in the marshmallows

Put in the fridge for about an hour and a half before taking out and cutting into squares. Pop them back in the fridge for a bit longer (after testing one or two!)

 

 

Lottie’s Recipe with help from Mum

 

 

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Rainy Day Activities for Children

We have been quite lucky so far this holiday, despite there being heavy rain every single day we have only had one day where we really felt a bit stuck in and have so far managed to avoid getting soaked.

I do have lots of things ready to do if it does rain though and these are a few of my ideas.

Build a Den

We love building a den- it’s something you can do indoors or outdoors and it can be as big as you have space for or tiny and cosy. You don’t need loads of equipment, blankets and a clothes horse are fine or you can use other furniture and bedding or picnic rugs. If it’s outside then logs, sticks, string and tarpaulin are perfect. Once you have built it you can decorate it and make it comfortable and then decide what you want to do in there- read a book, have a picnic, do some writing. I am not sure den building is something you ever completely grow out of!

LEGO Challenge

Tip out a big box of LEGO, set a timer and challenge everyone to make something on a theme (vehicles, space, food, animals etc) when the time is up you have to stop and can pick a winner. This is great because you can have quick builds or longer builds with more difficult themes. For younger children you could do this with Duplo or even using Playdoh and you don’t even need to pick a winner, it could just be for fun.

Cinema Day

Agree on a film, and then plan to spend an afternoon watching it. Younger children might enjoy making tickets but everyone can get involved with making cinema snacks. You can pop some popcorn and make some crispie cakes to eat while you enjoy your film.

Baking Day

Spend the day doing lots of baking and hopefully you can enjoy it all for a picnic the next day when it’s nicer!

Games and Puzzle Challenge

Invite some friends over and set up lots of boards games, card games and puzzles and have a tournament. If you are allowed then you could do the same type of thing on a computer or games console.

Play Rain Games

Get your raincoat and wellies on and go and splash in the puddles and dance in the rain. You can then come back in and dry off while having raindrop races on the window!

Messing about in puddles!

 

I would love to know what sort of things other children like to do when the weather is bad?

 

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Making My Dad’s Day with bakerdays

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to treat my Mum with something lovely for a blog post so I was thrilled when the people at bakerdays got in contact with me to see if I would like to treat my Dad.

bakerdays make the most amazing range of personalised cakes for all occasions- you can literally have anything on them…including your own face!

They suggested we might like to order one of their cakes for our Dad for an early Father’s Day treat which was a brilliant idea. We got to choose from the selection and personalise it as well as deciding which flavour to go with. You can imagine Lottie and I had lots of discussion about that! We eventually picked a Darth Vader cake as Dad and I both love Star Wars and added our names to it. We didn’t take quite so long to decide that we both wanted to try the chocolate cake!

It arrived on Friday and I couldn’t believe it but it really did fit through the letter box! I was a bit worried that it might get smashed but it was so well packed it was in perfect condition. It came in a tin that fitted it brilliantly and then this was wedged inside the outer packaging so there wasn’t much room for it to move.

   

 

 

 

 

 

Along with the cake itself bakerdays also put some candles, some balloons and a party whistle in the package which makes it all really fun and is great for a celebration.

My Dad was really surprised by the cake and very pleased with his treat- he let us all share it and it cut into 6 proper size pieces. We thought the cake was delicious, it had lovely chocolate pieces in and the icing was sweet and tasty. It made a brilliant and unusual early Father’s Day treat.

bakerdays have kindly offered one lucky reader the chance to surprise their Dad with an amazing personalised cake for Father’s Day- the winner will be able to choose from vanilla, chocolate, lemon or fruit and can even specify gluten, wheat or dairy free. For your chance to win make sure you enter below! Visit bakerdays for more information.

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Baking for Kids- Really Easy Cheesy Scones

These cheesy scones are so easy to make and only really need adult help with the oven and supervision with the cheese grater so are great for kids to make. Mine haven’t risen brilliantly but I think that is because I used plain flour with baking powder so instead I have swapped this recipe for self raising flour- they still tasted amazing though!

Ingredients (makes around 8-10)

225g self raising flour

55g butter

60g cheese

160ml milk

pinch of salt

pinch of pepper

Method

Heat the oven to 210C and cover a baking tray with grease proof paper

Mix salt and pepper into the flour and rub in the butter- try and use cold hands and not rub it too much- it should sort of look like breadcrumbs

Mix in nearly all of the cheese (leave a little for topping) and then slowly add the milk (again leave a few ml back)

Use your hands to pull it all together into a ball

Sprinkle flour on your worktop and rolling pin and roll out the ball until it is about 2cm thick. Stamp out circles using cutters.

Brush the scones with a little milk and then sprinkle with the leftover cheese

Bake for 12 -14 minutes and then leave to cool for a few minutes.

These scones are delicious eaten warm with butter.

 

 

 

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Cooking for Kids – Caramelised Bananas

Like lots of children I quite like cooking from time to time and love to make cakes and puddings.

I used to love this when I was a toddler and now I make it for my whole family- it’s really easy and my little sister can get involved.

Ingredients (serves 4)


3 large bananas
1 Orange (or a splash of orange juice)
25g unsalted butter
Cinnamon
Ice cream to serve

Method


Heat the butter in a large frying pan.

Chop the bananas into small pieces and add to the pan

Cover with a good squeeze of orange juice

Sprinkle with cinnamon

Allow to bubble until the bananas are soft and squishy and the sauce is thickened

Serve over vanilla ice cream

Delicious!





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Yummy no cook double chocolate nutty cereal bars

Yummy no cook double chocolate nutty cereal bars

 
We have been experimenting with lots of cereal bar recipes recently and after trying lots of different adjustments have found one we all really like. These yummy bars are very filling and are perfect for a quick breakfast or mid morning snack and ideal for an after football treat.
 
Try them yourself and see what you think!



 
Ingredients
 
220g honey
120g peanut butter
50g light brown sugar
50g cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of salt
170g stoneground oats
40g rice crispies
80g of white chocolate chips
 
Method
 
* Grease and line an 18 x 18 baking tray.
 
* Add the honey, peanut butter and sugar to a non metallic heat proof bowl and microwave on full for one minute
 
* Stir and heat for a further 90 seconds
 
* Stir again and whisk in vanilla, salt and cocoa
 
* Add the oats stirring all the time.
 
* Slowly add the rice crispies until all absorbed
 
* Add three quarters of the chocolate chips
 
* Press the mix down into the baking tray
 
* Sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips and press down
 
* Refrigerate for at least 3 hours and then cut into bars
 
* The bars can then be wrapped individually for use through the week if you can resist eating them straight away!
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Father’s Day Art and Craft Projects

Father’s Day Art and Craft Projects

With Father’s Day approaching we have been busy making cards at school and shopping for treats with Mum but also decided this year that it would be nice to make some gifts as well.

Our first project was to make paper weights for our Dad’s desk at work. We found some nice chunky stones in the garden and put them in the oven for 40 minutes until they were REALLY hot. Mum took them out for us and put them on top of lots of newspaper and cardboard as this was going to get messy! We then touched old wax crayons to the top of then and watched as it melted down the sides. This created a lovely marbled effect all over the stone. We are leaving the stones to dry and will be writing messages on them- mine is going to say ‘My Dad Rocks’.

This looks really nice and will make a great paperweight but if you decide to try be very careful and get an adult to help because the stones stay hot for ages and the wax also gets very hot when it melts.

Our next project was to organise lots of chocolate into a present- rather than just making a hamper we decided to personalise it so we wrote a message and set out the chocolate to make part of it. I think Dad will like this as it is quite a fun idea and more importantly involves lots of different types of chocolate. I wonder if he will share it?

On Saturday Mum has promised we can make some cookies and we will decorate a nice box to put them in. I will post our recipe for them soon as they are really tasty!

I just hope Dad decides to share his goodies or he will need a trip to the dentist with all these treats!

p.s Sorry about the photos- Mum’s phone doesn’t have as good camera as Dad’s but I couldn’t borrow his for this without giving away the secret!

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What’s it all about?

What’s It All About?

My name is Luke and I am 7 years old. I have a little sister, Charlotte who is 3, sometimes she is lovely and sometimes she is a pain but mostly we have lots of fun together. We also have a new baby brother, Samuel, who is 6 weeks old. He is so cute and I have lots of cuddles with him. He mainly just drinks milk, sleeps and fills his nappy but he loves his bath time and likes watching me and Lottie when we are playing, Mummy promises me he will soon be wanting to play with us. We live in the countryside in the East of England with Mummy and Daddy and spend lots of time playing with our friends.

I am a normal seven year old- I love football, LEGO, drawing, baking, Harry Potter books and arts and crafts. Liverpool are my favourite team.

Unlike a lot of my friends I also love entering competitions (and winning them if I can!!) My Mum has enjoyed competitions for as long as I can remember and I have picked up the bug from her so we look for ‘arty’ ones and I have great fun making and drawing things to enter- sometimes I even win!

Mummy and I were talking about writing and she told me that when she was young she kept a diary. This seemed like fun but I wanted to be able to do it on the computer (I like to try and get my hands on her laptop when I can but she doesn’t often let me!!) so she was telling me about blogs, she reads a lot of different ones by people and says some of them are really good. I thought I could do that too so I am going to write a blog about things that I do, great places I go, competitions I enter and things I like that Mummy has been sent for us to review- although probably things like children’s books, which we sometimes get, and perhaps not the coffee and toothpaste she has just tested! 

I will be writing most of the posts and coming up with ideas for them but Mummy will help me to make sure they are ok to put on the internet and will do the publishing, as well as checking any comments as she says I have to make sure I stay safe if I am going to use the internet and can only do it with her help.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog if you stumble across it and if you have any suggestions of things you would like me to write about please let me know and I will see what I can do!