{The Ordinary Moments 2015} #3 – Baking

{The Ordinary Moments 2015} #3 – Baking

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We have always loved baking together as a family.  This is something that took a massive back seat (like, locked up in the boot of the car) once Eden was born.  We baked gingerbread gifts for the Grandparents two Christmasses ago when she was a newborn, and we made thank you cookies in the Summer, but baking as part of our everyday had ceased to become the norm.  Now Eden is a bit older and I’m less hormonal, I want to rectify this.  Also, as you may have read on a previous blog post we will soon be having an au pair.  We’re so excited about the lovely Martina coming to be part of our family for a while, and I am eagerly looking forward to the extra pair of hands.

Just to clarify as I haven’t yet posted about our intentions with getting an au pair yet.  Martina will not be looking after the children whilst I swan off in coffee shops etc. I am hoping to build up my hours working from home again.  I’m aiming to go back into singing Saturday evenings and I genuinely just want another pair of hands.  Someone to help play with the children whilst I’m trying to wash up, sort clothes, lesson plan etc.  I know other mothers manage this on their own, but as I have been severely postnatal and failing in my wifely duties, this is a decision we spent a good six months making as a couple.  At the moment if James takes a day off work he doesn’t get paid.  When we all kept being unwell in the lead up to and over the Christmas holidays, we decided to take the plunge and Martina will be arriving the 2nd week of February once she’s completed her driving over in Italy where she lives.  You’ll read a lot more about Martina I’m sure over the next six months.

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Anyway, back to baking.  We had purchased the Annabel Karmel ‘Children’s First COOKBOOK‘ probably before Eden was born but we haven’t done too many of the things in there yet.  Shayla had chosen to make the ‘cupcake farm’ which involved decorating cupcakes as sheep, pigs and dogs.  We had been to buy all the things late last week hoping to make them last Saturday, but it became too late and I didn’t want it to be rushed before bedtime so I told Shayla we would do them on a Sunday afternoon, as Isis had opted for sweets and a movie night instead.  As we’d bought what we needed with the intention of doing it on a Saturday evening, we had bought cupcakes that were ready made to decorate.  They were a bargain at 12 for a £1 from Sainsbury’s.

We then needed :

marshmallows, pink, white normal size, and white mini marshmallows for the sheeps fluffy coat

chocolate buttons for the dogs eyes

smarties or other sweets for the dogs nose and other eye if you wanted to make them as they were in the book

a tube of writing icing to add detail

biscuits for the dogs ears

and of course butter icing to stick everything on with (which we made with butter, icing sugar and a tsp of water)

we added pink food colouring to the butter icing when it came to doing the pigs, so we saved them until last

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Shayla absolutely LOVED doing this, it reminded me of when we would always bake together.  They have already chosen what they want to do next week.  We’re going to do it on Saturday afternoon after a day out together (weather permitting) and of course then they will have a home-made yummy dessert for after their dinner.  Judah loved doing it too, but was also more interested in eating everything than putting them on the cupcakes haha.

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Once we had finished our cupcake farm, little Miss Eden had come to join us after her nap.  They munched two cakes each, we saved two for Isis who was at rehearsal for her performance in Peter Pan coming up soon at Preston Guild Hall.  Eden decided to start pulling everything off the table, she would tug the tablecloth until the sweets were in her reach, clever little monkey.

We then began to mix a box of ‘Minion cupcakes’ we’d bought from Sainsbury’s for Judah.  It was one of these just add water and an egg to the mixture, stir and bake in the oven.  The icing was the same, just add 3 tsp’s of water (once the cupcakes had cooled of course) and then we decorated them with the edible paper faces provided.  Judah was much more into this, it was easier for him, and of course he LOVES minions.

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One of these was also presented to Isis when we collected her from rehearsal.  She told me to thank Judah and give him a cuddle when I returned home, as I was dropping the girls back to ‘the other mummy’s’.  She finishes rehearsals 6pm on Sunday evening.  It’s a long day for her, but it’s just until February half-term.

So, there you have it, we are easing back into baking with the children’s cookbooks, after that I may be tempted to start baking for guests and after dinner treats for my little ones more often.  I always love seeing Jenny from Let’s Talk Mommy’s creations.  I am very tempted to make the recent ‘Berry Streusel Muffin Recipe‘ even though it’s not the sort of thing I would eat, just because they look SO good.  I know the girls especially would love them.  I’ll post our attempts on instagram if we do have a go.

Nice to have Katie from ‘Mummy Daddy Me‘ back on English soil and we are pleased to link up with ‘The Ordinary Moments’ once again.  To find out more click on the badge below.

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6 thoughts on “{The Ordinary Moments 2015} #3 – Baking

    1. thanks yes, they loved it. It’s the simple things really isn’t it? As I’ve told you before I’m not really a sweet tooth, and since Eden arrived the constant hospitality and cooking for friends dried up. Hoping this will be part of our lives once again soon, I LOVE entertaining. Thanks for the yummy ideas 🙂

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  1. You don’t need to justify your reasons for getting extra help Alexandra- every family is different. I have never known of a family with an au pair- nannies or childminders of course, but not an au pair so I will be reading your story with interest. As for baking, it looks so much fun, I hate cooking but love baking with my girls. Your cakes are great and that Gingerbread hat is the CUTEST! x

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    1. Thanks Katie. I think because at the moment I’d stopped working (as I kept having childcare issues) whenever I tell anyone we know. They look so confused. Like, ‘oh, are you going out to work?’ is usually the first comment haha. A lady at church had an au pair when her boys where little. She had similar age gap to our two youngest but she had twins and then a newborn. Explained it was hard as it was having another person to look after etc. but we weighed it up for a while and I have a great community of 18-30’s at church that would welcome her in socially and the church/pubs/cinema etc they go to are all close to us. So hopefully Martina will have a happy social life as well as work. Fingers crossed, and yep, definitely, stay tuned 😉

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