Party · Recipes

Paw Print Cookies

These paw print cookies were a hit at the Teddy Bears Picnic birthday party. They don’t require many ingredients, and were easy enough for my 4 year old niece to help put the choc chips in place. They also freeze well, so I made them in advance (which is always handy).

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Here’s the recipe:

250g butter

1/4 Cup castor sugar

2 1/2 Cups self raising flour

1/2 tin condensed milk

Choc melts (large ones), and choc chips (small ones)

(note: if you want to make reverse coloured ones then you can do that by adding 1 tablespoon cocoa and using white choc chips)

 

Method:

Cream butter, sugar and condensed milk.

Add flour and mix together. The mixture is very thick at this stage, but that’s Ok.

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(if making reverse colours then split mixture and add cocoa to half the mixture).

Roll into balls and place on a lined tray.

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Flatten slightly, and add chocolate melts and chocolate chips in the shape of paw prints.

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Bake for 10 – 12 mins in oven at 180 degrees.

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Cool on a wire rack, and then you’re good to go!

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I find these to be the perfect consistency. Soft and melt in your mouth, yet still a little crunchy…..mmmm

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Pretty handwritten cards

There is something really lovely about old-fashioned hand writing, and lately I’ve been experimenting with this type of writing on cards. I like it because I can personalise the card with names or sayings that are special to that person, or I can add other textures to make it extra special. I also like the juxtaposition of this pretty, soft and old-fashioned cursive handwriting with harsh and / or modern words.

I try to re-use and recycle materials and card that I already have, to reduce the impact on the environment. For example I love to use the pretty posters from Frankie magazines.

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I started by writing my own alphabet which I free-hand copied from one I found on the internet.

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Then I practiced and doodled in a note pad for ages before I decided to do it on a card. When starting a new card I draw a straight pencil line to give me a guide then I free-hand all lettering on cards (in pencil first).  Then go over with pen and erase the pencil. Each one is individual and unique. Even if it’s the same word, no two cards are the same!

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Sewing

Baby / Toddler harem pants

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Here is a quick and easy project to make your own harem pants for a baby or toddler. I had some cute Train material, so I thought I’d give this a try.

There are lots of tutorials for these on the internet, but this one does not require a pattern, which makes it much easier.

I used an existing pair of pants as a guide, so I didn’t need a pattern.

 

1. Place pair of pants the same size that would like to make, onto your material then trace and cut around the outside so that you have a rectangle.Then cut a second rectangle of the same size.

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2. Place the rectangles right sides together and cut the round (inside seam) of the legs. Use the old pants as a guide for how wide and long to make the legs.

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3. Pin together (right sides facing each other) and sew. Remember to leave openings at the waist and at the bottom of the legs.

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4. For the waist band and the ankles I used ribbing, to make a cuff but you could just as easily use elastic, or just sew a hem at the bottom. Cut the ribbed material to the desired width, and ensure it is a bit smaller than the measurement of the waist and the ankles, so it creates an elastic effect. Pin and sew.

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Unfinished pants, plus waist band, plus 2 x ankle bands.
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Finished waist band
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Finished ankle bands

 

5. Once the waist band and ankle bands are sewn, turn right-side out and..Voila!

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Finished harem pants!

 

These pants really are easy and simple, and the great thing about harem pants is they are very forgiving, so it doesn’t matter if they don’t fit perfectly. I plan on making more of these and maybe giving some as presents for friends.

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Recipes

Toddler friendly pancakes

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Pancakes – perfect for little hands

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My baby (who is almost a toddler now…) can be a little fussy with food, and I’m trying to work on giving him more finger food. The one thing he loves every time is pancakes!!

However, after having a reaction to egg whites when he was young, I make these pancakes with only egg yolks, but you could most definitely keep the egg whites in if you desire.

These are super easy, can be whipped up in a flash, and you can use whatever fruit you like. I also want to try a version which has vegies in it as well…

Ingredients:

Grated apple or finely chopped pear (I used two apples). You could use whatever fruit is in season.

Milk (roughly half a cup, but will depend how much fruit you have)

2 egg yolks

1/2 cup plain flour

1/4 – 1/2 cup of self-raising flour

(Since writing this post, I’ve also made another batch with grated carrot, and grated sweet potato (1/2 a sweet potato). This time I had to adjust the quantities of flour, egg and milk, and it made a much bigger batch. Equally delicious as the original, but with hidden vegetables).

Method:

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix really well. Make sure there are no lumps of flour in the mixture. Ideally you would then place mixture in the fridge for about half an hour, but who has the time for that? 

Heat a frying pan, and put a small amount of your preferred oil or butter in the pan.

Place spoonfuls of mixture in the pan and cook until golden then flip over.

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Don’t forget to let them cool a bit first, cos the insides can be very hot.

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My little one just loves these pancakes, but they work just as well for adults also.

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Recipes

The easiest, yummiest scone recipe

OK, so technically this is one big scone, because of its filling it wouldn’t work as small scones. It’s a very basic scone recipe but with more butter, and it turns out to be somewhere between a scone, a slice and a short bread….either way it’s pretty delicious.

I think this could easily be turned into a savoury recipe by adding some cheese and maybe some ham  for the filling.

This recipe is quite small, just makes enough for one sitting of afternoon tea, and is best eaten straight away (I’m not sure how well it would keep).

A friend of mine told me her mum always says: “scones should be made and out of the oven within 20 minutes”. I think this is definitely true for this recipe, really quick to whip up if visitors are popping over or if you need a quick home made treat.

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Ingredients:

1 cup of self-raising flour (I also added 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder for extra height, but probably not necessary)

Pinch of salt

About 80g butter

1/4 – 1/3 cup of milk

Filling:

Strawberry or raspberry jam (a bit less than 1/4 of a cup)

Strawberries chopped finely (could use some other fruit)

*Note: you could easily change this filling to another fruit, or even something savoury.

 

Method:

In a bowl combine the flour and butter until it makes a fine crumb (mine was quite buttery)

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Add the milk in small amounts until all combined and the dough comes together. Do not over-work the dough.

Heat the raspberry jam in the microwave.

Flatten the dough, then spread the jam over one half, sprinkle over strawberries aswell, then fold the other half of the dough over. (It looks like a calzone at this stage).

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Place on a tray and in a pre-heated oven (180 degrees), for about 12 mins.

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Let it cool for a couple of minutes, then eat immediately.

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Yummy raspberry jam filled scone

Enjoy

Party

Teddy Bears Picnic Party

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First post and I’m gonna start with pictures of a recent ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’ for my baby’s first birthday, because with all the ideas on Pinterest there were not many that helped me with quality party ideas for a Teddy Bears Picnic….

I wanted to cater for adults as well as babies / toddlers, so that in itself is a challenge. I made separate baby / toddler food and separate adult food. (Most of the food I tried to keep to a ‘bear’ theme).

We had: ‘Bearies’, ‘Cub Sandwiches’, ‘Honey Pots’, ‘Bee Hives’, ‘Racing Teddies’, ‘Paw Prints’ (Pardon the bear puns). For more substantial food we had croissants ( aka C’roar’ssants), pies and spring rolls.

Birthday cake was a packet butter cake (checker-board blue and white inside). Covered with ombré blue buttercream icing…it was super sweet, but looked the part. For decoration I used a small square from the table cloth, and borrowed some small teddies from my nieces, and also some tiny tea cups. I was very happy with how it turned out.

I bought plastic gingham table cloths from an online party store, and also gingham material to use on the ground as picnic rugs. With picnic baskets on the table and bunting hanging around the place, and helium balloons it really looked great, and turned out to be a great theme for a party, and could be for either a boys or girls party.

Enjoy!

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Paw print cookies
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Honey Pots (aka Honey Crackles or Honey Joys), with Bees (made with peanut M and Ms and flaked almond wings)
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Fruit cups for the kiddies
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Beehives (stack cinnamon donuts, use a bit of icing to stick together, then cover with yellow icing, and add ‘bees’ for the finishing touch.
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Teddy bear cutters were used to cut fruit, and also sandwiches into bear shapes for the kids to enjoy.
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Tiny teddies featured in several different way…..

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Teddy Bear Decorations
Party hats with teddy bear faces, and party bags filled with age appropriate goodies for the guests