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Christmas Cookies

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Are you looking for a great recipe for Christmas Cookies?

We are nearly in November and so my thoughts are turning to Christmas. I love the Winter and all of the celebrations – great family times. This week I have baked cookies with the kids and used Christmas cookie cutters. We have used a great cookie recipe from Annabel Karmel’s, Children’s first cook book (page 30). If you made my Halloween cupcakes, you will know that this book is my secret weapon! It makes me look like I can actually bake.

Christmas Cookies – Ingredients:

For the basic cookie dough you will need:

  • 300g/10oz of plain flour, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 150g/5oz caster sugar
  • 250g/8oz soft butter, diced
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt (I don’t put this extra salt in – I use slightly salted butter instead)

christmas cookies ingredients

Christmas Cookies – Method:

Christmas Cookies – Making the cookies.

Christmas Cookies – decoration:

The world is your oyster when it comes to decorating these cookies. You could cut out fondant and stick it onto the cookies and add lots of sparkle. Maybe you could make icing by mixing together icing sugar and water, adding food colouring to make any shade that you like. We like to keep it simple. When we decorate cookies I just get out the writing icing and the kids just go for it. You will see what I mean when I put our Christmas cake recipe on the blog in a few weeks.

What is most important is that you have a fun time with your kids. You can be safe in the knowledge that this is an idiot-proof recipe. As I sit typing in the dining room, I can hear the kids making happy yum noises as they scoff cookies in the kitchen!

Christmas Cookies for Christmas Eve:

Ready for Santa and Rudolph.xx

We always leave cookies or mince pies for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph and a little single malt to keep Santa warm on a cold night.

I love this cute Christmas tray.

 

 

 

I hope that you give these cookies a go – you won’t regret it. They are yum. Let me know if you do either by leaving a comment or contacting me through my social media channels.

Happy Baking

The Made It Mum xx

 

 

 

 

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Halloween – tulle pom poms

pompoms

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Quick and easy tulle pom poms.

Are you looking for a cool, different idea for decorating at your Halloween party? These tulle pom poms are so quick and easy to make and can be used all over the house. All your friends will wish they had the idea first!

You could make small ones and string them together for a Halloween garland or you could make large ones and string them up by themselves. In the picture above, you can see ‘Moose B’ who lives above our fireplace modelling his new ear-rings! He is wearing a medium orange and a large red pompom. I’m not sure that he is very impressed!

You will need:

To make these pom poms you will need the following:

  • tulle
  • a book
  • scissors
  • matching wool


I buy my tulle from Vlovelife, on Amazon, on 6 inch by 100 yards rolls. This is really good value compared to some other places where I have bought tulle previously. It does take a few weeks to be delivered, but at £4.99 a roll, I am prepared to wait. I just make sure that I order in plenty of time. Click the picture if you would like to get some.

Instructions:

Choose how big you would like your pom pom to be. Select a book with the diameter that you want for your pom pom. The bigger the book, the larger the finished pom pom will be.

Cut a length of tulle that you are going to use to tie up the pom pom at the end.

Wrap your tulle around the book – for a small book between 20 and 25 times is ideal. For the medium orange pom pom I wrapped 25 times and for the large red pom pom, I wrapped 30 times. I think that you could even wrap 40 to 50 times for a large pompom and then it would be fuller.

Slide the tulle off of the book. Lay the tulle that you are going to tie up the pom pom with on the table. Lay the tulle across and tie a knot at the centre, so that the tulle does not unravel.

At this point you can either leave the tied tulle to use as a hanger or you can cut the ends in line with the rest of the tulle and tie some matching or contrasting wool around the middle of the pom pom.

Cut the folded ends of the tulle and then fluff up. You have a perfect pompom. I used orange and red tulle for a Halloween feel. You could also use black and purple tulle if you have them.

If you would like to see the video that Kate helped me to make, here it is. Can you spot Kate’s hand in the video?

More pom pom ideas.

I made 4 small orange pom poms by wrapping tulle around my little book that I write patterns in 20 times. Then I used orange wool to make them into a garland. I think that this would look great strung up at the fireplace for a party or just on the wall.

If you would like to purchase a tulle garland, these are for sale in various colours on my ETSY shop. They are made to order. Please click the link below to visit.

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I hope that you try out these pom pom ideas. If you do, then leave a comment or contact me through email or my social media channels.

Enjoy.

The Made It Mum xx

 

 

 

 

 

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Halloween Makes

What can you put in party bags for a Halloween party?

Obviously, sweets are great for Halloween party bags, but it would be great to have something else that children can take way from your party, and perhaps something that they can keep. Check out these ideas for Halloween Makes.

Halloween Makes – Fluffy Slime.

My kids and I made Fluffy Unicorn slime a few weeks ago. You could use the same recipe and just change up the colours for Halloween. Why not try orange, blood red, green or purple – they are all great Halloweeny (yes, I am sure that is a word!) colours. Here is the video that we made with the method.

Halloween Makes – Felt Pencil Toppers.

ghostI tried to make some pencil toppers for this post and failed dismally! Haha. Here is the card ghost that I made looking completely shocked at just how awful he looks impaled on a pencil! So, instead,  I found this great video on Youtube with 4 different pencil toppers. Well done, Miss Tricks.

 

Halloween Makes – Lollipop spiders.

spiders made of pipe cleaners

Kate and I made these lollipop spiders for a craft fair last November. We found the great eyeball lollipops at B and M Bargains.

To make them:

  • Take 4 black pipe cleaners and lay them side by side.
  • Lay your eyeball lollipop at the centre and fold the pipe cleaners around it to secure it.
  • Spread out the four legs at each side and bend them so that your spider can stand up.

These little fellas really take on a character all of their own once you stand them up. They went down very well at the craft fair. If you do not have eyeball lollipops, you could use any lollipops and stick googly eyes on them instead.

Halloween Makes – Pumpkin Easy Peelers

halloween easy peelers

These were quick and fun to make. Your children would have great fun designing their own. All you need is some small Easy Peelers or satsumas and a Sharpie. You could make loads of different designs. The great thing about these is, of course, that they are a sneaky way of getting children to eat fruit. Mwa, ha, ha, ha!

Halloween Makes – Sweet gloves

severed hand sweetsAgain, these were from a budget shop. I was going to make them and then thought these were perfect. Kate enjoyed making them and they were very quick to do. These also sold very well at the craft fair that we went to. You could make your own using latex gloves and tying at the top with orange or purple ribbon. If you bought some plastic Halloween rings, you could put one on the ring finger.

Halloween Makes – Crochet Pumpkin

If you have more time, and you’d like to make something cute, why not check out the blog post to make my crochet pumpkin. crochet pumpkin

You can also find the PDF pattern version as a paid download on my Babyhatbaby Shop on Etsy.

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Halloween Makes – Jars and goblets of sweets.

   sweet glasses   sweet goblets

These jars and goblets were only £1 from B and M bargains. John and I went to look last night and they have already got some of these in, along with spooky bags of sweets. They are great fun and we are still using them from last year.

If you missed my two previous Halloween party posts, then you can check them out by clicking on these pictures. I hope that you have a very Happy Halloween and that I have given you some useful ideas.

Let me know if you have a Halloween Party – what costume did you wear? What did you eat? Did you make party bags?

See you soon.

The Made It Mum xx

 

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Halloween Party Food

‘Spooktacular’ ideas for Halloween party food.

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In my last post I shared some Halloween printable invitations to get us all in the mood for Halloween, along with some party ideas. Today, I hope to give you some great ideas for fun Halloween party food.

Halloween Party Food – Spooky Cupcakes

Before I go any further, let me tell you that I have never been a brilliant baker, just enough to keep the kids happy. My favourite cookery book to use with the kids has always been Annabel Karmel’s – Children’s First Cookbook. It is just at my level!! You can tell by the picture which shows our copy of the book, that it is a bit battered. It has been very well-used and well-loved.

If you are looking for a great easy cookbook then I would thoroughly recommend this one. People have been fooled into thinking I can bake when I produce cupcakes or massive Jammy Dodgers out of this book. Haha – my secret is out…..click the image below if you would like to purchase a copy.

The recipe that I have used today is the Easy Peasy Cupcakes on p26 and 27.  You will need:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or essence ( I use extract)
  • 125g (4oz) caster sugar
  • 125g (4oz) soft margarine
  • 125g (4oz) self-raising flour

How to make them…. is the really easy bit.

  •  Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees Centigrade (350 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Put ALL of the ingredients in a bowl and mix until it is smooth.
  • Line the muffin or cupcake tin with cases.
  • Split the mixture evenly between the cases – until they are all about half full.
  • Cook the cakes for 18-20 minutes. I put them on for 10 minutes, turn them and then give them another 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Decorate and enjoy.

How easy is that? Literally, easy peasy. Check out the picture gallery below.

Whilst the cupcakes are cooking and cooling, make the buttercream. I did follow the recipe on page 28 for buttercream, but I substituted one tbsp of water for 1 tsp of vanilla and 2tsp of water.

You will need:

  • 250g (8oz) icing sugar
  • 125g ( 4oz) butter softened. I use slightly salted butter as I prefer it. I also put it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds to soften.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp water
  • orange food colouring gel

How to make the buttercream…….

  • Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl. I usually get covered in it at this point.
  • Soften the butter in the microwave.
  • Put the icing sugar and butter together in a bowl.
  • Add the vanilla extract and water
  • Mix together until smooth – do not over mix.
  • Then add food colouring gradually and mix. Keep adding small amounts until you get the desired colour.
  • Decorate your cupcakes when they are cooled.
  • Finally, add cool cake toppers or sprinkles.

The only problem that I have is keeping the children and Phil away from them long enough to take the pictures! 🙂

Halloween party food – ‘Severed-head Steve’

This is a quick and easy make, but it looks great. My children have adored this for many years. When John was 4 he had a Monster themed party. This was the first time that I had created Steve. I also made personal party bags for all his friends – I got paper bags and asked John, Kate and Eleanor to draw monsters on them, which they loved. As a little extra, I sewed little felt monsters for all of John’s friends to go in the bags.

Steve is so easy that I will just put the picture gallery with captions below:

I made Severed-head Steve, as my children have always called him, before breakfast this morning and they were all excited to see him and eat him! This is a great way to get children to eat fruit at a party. You could fill him with any fruit that you like. We have used strawberries, blueberries and kiwi in the past, which we liked because it was like snot! Avoid apples unless you are serving him immediately, as they go brown.

Halloween party food – Chocolate Fingers – literally

These chocolate fingers are super easy. Kate bought some Halloween silicone moulds last year. You could use any kind of chocolate for the fingers. If you used green Candy Melts they would look like witch’s fingers. I only had white chocolate. My other thought was that you could use food dye with a little brush to paint the finger nails.

Halloween party food – Ice cube brains

The other mould that Kate bought was a brain ice cube tray. I filled it with water and gave it a couple of hours to freeze, as they were very large for ice-cubes. When I took it out of the freezer,  it was quite tricky to get them out of the mould. I tried using a spoon, but it broke bits off of the ice cube. Instead, I used my muscles (phew) and did manage it in the end.

Halloween party food – sorted!

I am sure that you can think of lots of other great makes, but hopefully this post has given you some inspiration. My children are ecstatic, as they get to eat all of these now and then we’ll make them again at Halloween!

Hopefully, the photo galleries for each make have been useful. Let me know what you think. Did you have a go at making any of these Halloween Party Foods?

So, we have got the invitations and theme sorted and now we have the food. Next time I will give you ideas for party bags and more Halloween makes.

You’d be ‘batty’ to miss it. See you on Sunday.

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The Made It Mum xx