Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Red Nose Day #Danceathon with Team Honk

In a little over two weeks (screams a little at the realisation that it's so near), I will be donning my dancing gear and joining around 2000 other crazy people at Wembley Arena to dance for 6 hours in the Red Nose Day Danceathon.

Anyone that knows me would know that this is a completely crazy idea as I can't dance. I have two left feet. I never managed to get the hang of step, and whilst I tried Zumba for a few weeks it took me those few weeks to master a routine, and then the instructor would change it. I was never cut out for aerobics either; always heading in the opposite direction to everyone else. 

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To say this is going to be interesting is an understatement. With all that said though, it's for a brilliant cause, and one that I helped to raise money for last year too, during my part of the Team Honk Relay.

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Comic Relief uses funds raised to help people living tough lives in both the UK and overseas. 
  • £15 could pay for 6 mosquito nets, to protect 6 children in Uganda from contracting life-threatening malaria while they sleep
  • £25 could pay for a sport session in the UK for a group of disadvantaged young people, keeping them safe and off the streets. 
When I signed up for the Danceathon I pledged to raise at least £150 for Comic Relief, and this has been made possible with the help of Betfair, who have kindly agreed to sponsor me for Team Honk in the Danceathon. (cue round of applause and cheering).

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If you would like to sponsor me too, you can do so here. If you can't make it to the Danceathon but would still like to join in, you can find out how to #HonkFromHome here.

To follow me on the day, you can do so on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Wish me luck, as I'm sure going to need it!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

How to decorate cupcakes when you're 3

Having fun in the kitchen with your kids doesn't have to be stressful, hard work or particularly messy. You don't even need to have any cooking skills as you can decorate ready made fairy cakes, from the supermarket, with ready made butter icing. I baked some cakes and the next day Jack decorated them.  I didn't have time to make icing for a cake I needed Saturday night so bought a tub of Betty Crocker chocolate fudge frosting and Jack used the rest for his cakes. He decorated these all by himself, with no help from me, apart from filling the icing bag and tying a knot it.

Whilst I pottered around the kitchen I left him to it, armed with an icing bag full of frosting and a selection of sprinkles and decorations.

A good tip is to place the cakes on a tray, this way you don't end up with as many decorative balls on your floor!

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perfecting his technique
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too many sprinkles!
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a few more
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ta da
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and some more
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so proud

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new Peppa Pig rocket cake stand

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here goes
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cute cases from TK Maxx

Monday, 28 April 2014

Easy Peasy Cheesy SmileyPizza

With the kids being at home again for the May Bank Holiday, so soon after the Easter holidays, you may be looking for ways to keep them busy, even if the weather isn't good.

The children will love these easy pizza faces which they can make themselves, whatever their age.

There's not really a recipe for these, they're just a 'suped up' version of cheese on toast! We make pizza toast quite a bit in our house. We often make it with crumpets but have also used English Muffins, Pitta Bread or Naan Breads. These pizza faces have been made from cutting out a circle from a lightly toasted piece of bread - I used the top off my tea bag canister as it was the perfect size with minimum wastage - you could use a large cookie cutter or pint glass too.

You will need :

Sliced Bread  (or crumpets or English Muffins) - lightly toasted
Tomato Ketchup
Grated cheese
Toppings - we used cooked mini sausages, olives & tomato slices
Mixed Herbs or Oregano

  • Cut a circle out of your toast and arrange onto baking sheet.

  • Spread the ketchup onto the base.

  • Cover with grated cheese.

  • Arrange your toppings into a smiley face.

  • Sprinkle a few mixed herbs or Oregano over.

  • Place under a hot grill, or in the oven, until the cheese has melted.

  • Enjoy

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Goats Cheese and Tomato Tart

Cooking with your little ones is a good way to get fussy toddlers to try different foods. Jack is quite fussy, although he does eat lots of fruits, salad and vegetable (even olives) but he rarely eats his evening meal.


This week we have made a Goats Cheese and Tomato Tart, a very simple recipe to get the little ones involved.


Puff Pastry Sheet - we used ready rolled
4 tbsp Tomato Puree or Pasta Sauce or Pesto - we used some homemade ratatouille 
150g Goats Cheese - we used garlic & herb Soft Goats Cheese
8-10 cherry tomatoes, halved
Fresh or dried herbs

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C
  • Lay the puff pastry sheet flat on a baking sheet and cover with your chosen base, leaving around 1 inch gap around the edge

  • Arrange the Goats Cheese on top


  • And then the cherry Tomatoes (spread out a little by Mummy)


  • Sprinkle with a few herbs or ripped fresh Basil leaves



  • Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes




And did Jack eat all his tea? ...... No, just the salad! but everyone else loved it.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Cheesy Valentine Oatcakes

Cheesy 'Valentine' Oatcakes...........there's not a lot 'valentiney' about these, not something that your Valentine would really appreciate receiving I'm sure, but we made these when we wanted to try out our new heart cutters.

Cheesy Valentine Oatcakes

Cheesy Valentine Oatcakes

225g Medium Oatmeal
50g Cheddar Cheese (grated)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1tsp paprika (optional)
2tsp finely chopped rosemary (or mixed herbs)
25 g melted butter
1 egg yolk
5tbsp warm water
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees C / 400F / Gas Mark 6.
  • Lightly grease a baking tray.
  • Mix the oatmeal, cheese, salt, bicarb. of soda, paprika & rosemary together in a large bowl.

  • Stir in the butter, egg yolk and water to make a sticky dough - add more water if the mixture is too dry.

  • Use your hands to press the mixture together.

  • Roll out the dough to about 2mm thick (I admit mine was a bit thicker than this, due to an impatient toddler with cookie cutters in hand!!)

  • Re-roll the dough as many times as you need to use it all up.
  • We also used a star shaped cookie tray as it's easy for little hands to press into the tray.

  • Place the biscuits onto the baking tray & bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the tray from the oven & allow to cool completely.

Cheesy Valentine Oatcakes

Friday, 5 April 2013

Rocky Road Clusters

Here's a very easy 'no bake' recipe that you can do with your toddler. Older children should be ok to do this one on their own although I would recommend assisting with the chocolate melting.

300g Dark or Milk Chocolate
50g Butter
100g Biscuits, broken into small pieces (I would normally use digestives but the kids had eaten those so I used Malted Milk)
100g Mini Marshmallows
75g Sultanas

Melt the chocolate & Butter over a pan of boiling water, or in the microwave (on short bursts, stiring frequently) until smooth

Stir in the remaining ingredients & mix well

Or you could just pick out the marshmallows & eat them!!

Heap spoonfuls onto a baking sheet or mini muffin pan

Refrigerate until set.


Want a bite Mummy?

Thursday, 14 March 2013

I spy down the shopping aisles - Snazzy Gems

This week I came across some really cute baking sets whilst having a browse online, and wanted to share them, along with a few other cute items from the same shop, Snazzy Gems.

retro baking set £11.99
astronaut baking set £11.99
hello kitty dinner set £23.99
gruffalo dinner set £14.95
gruffalo breakfast set £14.95
woodland lunchbag set £6.99
astronaut lunchbag set £6.99

I think the baking sets are really good value and would make great little gifts. The utensils can either be kept safe inside the suitcases or the case could be used as a lunchbox or travel case for all the little bits and bobs that children like to carry around with them.