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Magic Bottle, originally uploaded by Annaelizc.

I found a tutorial HERE on how to make ‘Magic Bottles’.

I decided to give it a go with Moo & Boo (although slightly aprehensive about the water/glitter/toddler combination!)

These are the finished result Boo made the blue one, we initially put oil in it as well but all the glitter and sequins clumped together and he wasn’t impressed. I think oil is best just used for food colouring and water! They look quite plain but that is just my not so good attempt at a photograph – by the time I took it all the little bits in Boo’s had sunk to the bottom! We later added some sparkly sequin letters to moo’s as well!

I just need to find something to glue the top on other wise I can see glitter/water/sequins flying everywhere.


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Pumpkin Cake, originally uploaded by Annaelizc.

 THIS  is the recipe to make the yummiest gorgeous Pumpkin cake!

 I needed something to use up my pumpkin puree which has been in my freezer since Halloween week and found the recipe when googling pumpkin puree!

However I did ruin it by filling it with orange butter cream before it has totally cooled. Oops.

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Pumpkin carving!, originally uploaded by Annaelizc.

Today I thought I would share with you the pumpkin we carved for Halloween! We have saved the seeds (some to plant, some to use in bread, some to do some crafts with next week) and have puree’d the flesh but haven’t found a recipe I like yet!

The pictures are a step by step ‘How to!’

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Halloween Tree!, originally uploaded by Annaelizc.

Here it is my Halloween tree! Made ever so simply by taking a branch of a tree and decorating with suitably spooky things! I was going to knit some decorations however I have a bit too much on at the moment so settled for shop bought decorations. I used the base for my christmas tree as a stand.

Here it is in the dark with the Ghost lights switched on:


Make one! I think everyone should have trees for more occasions, can’t wait until easter as I have big plans for an Easter tree lol!

Am contemplating turning this into a bonfire night tree next week, depends if I can get the boys to decorate some rockets etc, so watch this space?

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My Lemon Drizzle Cake by you.

This cake is gorgeous! When I made Vonnie’s jaffa cake recipe a few weeks ago I wondered what it would be like if i substituted the Orange for Lemon and the Chocolate for Icing so I gave it a go and the result was far better than I could have hoped for!

Here is the Recipe:

For the cake:

140g Softened butter

200g Self Raising Flour

1 1/2tsp baking powder

150g caster sugar

3 eggs

6tbsp milk

finely grated zest of 2 small lemons (or one large)

juice of half a small lemon

For the topping:

juice of one and a half small lemons

70g caster sugar

150g icing sugar

a few drops of warm water

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/Gas mark 4. Grease a loaf tin (2 pint). Put all ingredients (For the Cake only!!!!) into a large mixing bowl and mix with a hand mixer (or whatever kind of mixer you have I suppose!)for about 5 mins or until totally mixed and nice and fluffy. Spoon mixture in tin and bake for about 40 mins (may need longer depending on your oven, but I would check it after 30 mins!)

Put lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan and stir over a gentle heat until sugar has dissolved and it starts to thicken (Careful not to burn it or let the sugar go brown!).

Remove cake from oven and whilst still in tin use a knitting needle to make holes all over top of cake.

Spoon over lemon mixture and leave to cool (still in tin) for 15 mins.

Remove from tin and then place on wire rack until completely cool.

Put icing sugar in a dish and add a few drops of  warm water, you need a consistency which will spread but not too runny or it will just run of the sides of the cake. Spread over top of cake and leave to set.

Slice and enjoy!

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1/2 an apple

2tsp Wholegrain Mustard

2 slices of bread

50g butter

4 pork chops

How to make:

*Preheat oven to temp required to cook your pork chops (obviously different sizes/with bone/without bone/frozen etc all take different times so I will leave this part up to you!

*Put Pork chops in oven for half their cooking time

*Put one slice of bread into blender to make bread crumbs (place on one side until later)

*While chops are cooking put apple, mustard and 1 slice of bread in a blender

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*Blend together until mixture becomes a smooth paste

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*Melt Butter in a pan and then stir in bread crumbs until they are all coated with the butter

*Once Pork chops are half way through cooking time, remove from oven and spread a little of the mustard/apple mixture over each one

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*Then Sprinkle the butter coated bread crumbs over the top and return to oven for the remaining cooking time for the pork chops.

Here is a picture of the finished chops minus the breadcrumbs on top as I did not have enough bread last time I cooked it!!

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Today we have made flapjacks!


I couldn’t find the recipe so guessed at the amounts, it was a tiny bit too crumbly, but very yummy 🙂



200g (8oz) Butter

100g (40z) Caster Sugar (could use brown sugar)

3tbsp Golden syrup 

300g (10oz) Porridge oats

*Preheat oven to 180 degrees C

*Grease a baking sheet or swiss roll tin

*Melt the Butter/sugar/syrup in a saucepan then stir in the Porridge oats

*Tip mixture into greased tin and flatten down with back of spoon

*Put in oven for about 15 mins.

*After 15 mins take out of oven and mark out pieces, I cut mine into small squares but you could cut then into fingers or larger squares. Return to oven for another 10-15mins until golden brown (keep checking as they can go brown very quickly)

*Leave to cool then cut again.

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