Easter Fun

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. I’ve been back to┬ámy full time work after a month off and it’s been non stop for me. Now I’ve taken a few days off for Easter again to try and relax a bit.

Yeah…..relax. I’ve done everything apart from relaxing!!

We’ve been crafting and painting, painting eggs and doing figolli, helping with homework and projects and starting projects (that I’m hoping that I’ll finish). So, very far from relaxing. Though to be fair, part for helping with the project was taking photos of Marsalforn so it was enjoyable as well.

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And since it was Easter, we’ve decided to give a go at egg painting. And since the real eggs are too fragile to give to a 2 year old to paint, (probably will end up crushing it and then screams case either she’s disgusted or cause it crushed), I went safe and we used paper mache and plastic ones.

And part of our Easter tradition is baking ‘figolli’. Don’t have the recipe on hand but will post it in the next post.

Cooking

My little one loves cooking. At least she pretends to cook….even though her ingredients are crayons, small toys and other non edible items. Then she pretends to eat them and give to us.

Yesterday, I decided that I’ll let her cook, obviously with a lot of hep from me ­čÖé We made some cookies. She enjoyed herself pouring and mixing….and handing me spoonfuls of the mixture to form the dough and then flattening them herself. The funny part was that every time she touched the mixture she wiped her hands onto her. Luckily, I’ve put an apron on her so it doesn’t matter.

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They came out yummy. But Rea was still in the mood of cooking…. cooking crayons. So she started to pretend to cook.

Then came the idea of actually cooking the crayons. We have a lot of broken crayons (who doesn’t!!) I’ve broken them into very small pieces and put them in egg moulds and “cooked” them. Now we have egg shaped crayons!! Next time we’ll try different shapes.

Chocolate Almond Cake

So, my little (not so little anymore) boy loves cooking. Last week he said that he’d try and bake a cake made up by him. So he went through my cookbooks and after a while ‘studying’ recipes, he came up with one of his own.

This week he wanted to try it and he did it by himself. I must say, I am super proud as the end result is yummy.

Recipe:

Preheat the oven to 180┬░C. Beat together 175g caster sugar and 175g butter softened, until creamy. Then add 2 eggs and mix for about 1 minute. Then add 225g Self-raising flour, 2 tsp milk, ┬╝cup chocolate chips and 100g chopped almonds. Mix well.

Pour the mixture in cake tin. Bake for 40 minutes. Cool and cover with melted chocolate.

Well done Brooklyn!!

Chilblains

With this cold weather, most people, like me get chilblains. Chilblains can be on fingers, toes, ears and nose. Unfortunately for me, I got them severely on my fingers and nose, so I look like a clown with a swollen red nose. My fingers are so swollen and painful that most of the normal tasks, like cooking, writing and grabbing something, hurts a lot.

Thought I’d share with you an article which I read a while ago. It explains how we get chilblain, what causes chilblain and how you can prevent them. Its a good read if you suffer from chilblain and even if you don’t.

http://patient.info/health/chilblains

 

My little chef

I started the New Year fabulously. I took a month off work…to relax a bit. Ha ha, who am I kidding??!!! Relax!! Yeah, right! But let’s make it clear, I love keeping myself busy, not that i need to worry that I’ll ever get bored with my 2┬ákids!!

Today, we decided that it’ll be a ‘Bake a Cake Day’. So my 11yr old wanted to bake it himself. He loves cooking and he’s pretty good at it too. He’s good at the cooking part, the cleaning and washing is up to mummy but anyways. He wanted to do a carrot cake. I have a very simple recipe that a friend of mine told me about and I’m gonna share it with you.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sized carrots, shredded
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1.5 cup sugar
  • 1tsp baking powder

for the icing:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 50g butter

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Method:

Add carrots, eggs and oil in a blender for at least 5 mins. Mix flour, sugar and baking powder.

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Pour the carrot-egg-oil puree in the dry ingredients. Place in an 8-inch cake pan and bake for 45 mins

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For the icing, mix sugar, chocolate powder, milk and butter in a saucepan and mix it well. When it comes to a boil, wait 1 minute and turn off heat. Pour over the cooled cake.

 

Yummy.

It was delicious.

 

Lego Architecture 21027

Today Roo was feeling productive (wish he’d be as productive when he has his homework from school). He decided that he’d assemble one of the Lego sets that he received this Christmas. So after the cake, he thought he’d start with the Lego Architecture Berlin 21027. It is very interesting to assemble, even the instruction book has featured details on the design and history of Berlin. There are facts about the Berlin Wall, Berlin TV tower, Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate amongst others. The set took Roo┬á40 minutes to complete and now it is displayed with his┬ácollection of Legos