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Cookie Cutters
Cookie baking is big in our house, especially when the weather is grim like today, and as you can see from the picture we've started to collect quite a variety of cutters. My son loves picking out which ones to use (currently the bear and the lion are particular favourites). I pick cutters up from ...
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CHRISTMAS RECIPES
Twisted Candy Cane Sugar Cookies
  These candy cane sugar cookies are so very easy! And you don't need special cutters, or lots of time to make them. We made them last year when my mom was visiting, and they were really fun for kids (and adults) of all ages. You could even add a bit of mint flavour to ...
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Funny little face cookies (from 'Bee's Brilliant Biscuits')
Many summers ago, when we organised one of our first ShopUps in London, we had the cutest personalised ShopUp cookies made by Bee's Bakery. Fast forward five years and Bee now has a baby, published two recipe books and specializes in plant-based and allergy friendly bakes! This girl has been busy! Because we all love ...
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Valentine's Cookies --Jammy Dodgers with Lovehearts!
Do you know what Jammy Dodgers are? Well I didn't until I moved to the UK, and they are too cute not to share. You can buy them in packages, but I loved the ideas of homemade ones. Basically they are a jam cookie sandwich, with a jewel like centre and a vanilla or shortbread ...
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CHRISTMAS RECIPES
Some yummy seasonal cookies
We love baking during the Christmas season and these two cookie recipes we make every year. Speculaas (just like pepernoten) are very specific to December as we relate them to Sinterklaas, but where pepernoten really only hit the scene when the Saint is in town, we like to enjoy speculaas the rest of the year as ...
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CHRISTMAS RECIPES
A giant cookie!
Crystal, one of our readers, sent us this beautiful image of a giant cookie she made with her 2 children a few weeks ago. It's a lemon poppy shortcake that was carved before baking, and the photo was used for their Christmas cards this year. What a great idea! Crystal was so sweet to write ...
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Dinosaur Cookies (fun boys activity)
My son Pim just started school (here in the Netherlands school starts at the age of four), and he's still getting used to the whole ordeal. He's really exhausted when he gets home in the afternoon, and I can see (and imagine!) that the whole thing is a big change for him. Getting used to ...
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EASTER RECIPES
Little Lemon Shortbreads
This lemon shortbread is such a delicious and easy one to bake with your children. The zing of the lemon really cuts through the butter making it such a fresh spring treat. Here's the recipe for you to enjoy. Ingredients:- 4 oz butter zest of 1 lemon 2 oz caster sugar 6 oz plain flour ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Dried Orange and Lavender Star Garland
If you are like me, you keep seeing gorgeous dried orange garland and salt dough garland EVERYWHERE.  We had a lazy Saturday to ourselves last weekend and I thought it might be the perfect day to try out this slow, but fun activity.  Thankfully I had a few oranges on hand and lots of dried ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
A clay and fall leaves wall hanging for autumn
Can you believe we are already one third done with this year's autumn season! But there is still time to make more decorations if like me you enjoy this time a year. After seeing all the beautiful fall leaves wall hanging all over Instagram, we had to make one of our own. This is actually ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A DIY salt dough mobile -- so simple but so sweet and stylish!
The versatility of salt dough is a wonderful thing. Normally I associate it with seasonal decorations, but really, it deserves more! And normally I think of it as a 'kids' material, but it has the same beauty as fine porcelain ceramic art -- without the need for kiln firing. It can be simple yet stylish ...
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VALENTINE'S DAY CRAFTS
Make marvellous (non-toxic) Marble Paper -- and hearts, and cards, and bunting too!
This is a mega crafting moment. Marvellous marbleised paper, made with only two ingredients, both of which are non-toxic and kid-friendly. This is the perfect Valentine's day craft -- and we made both cards and bunting with it, using the positive and negative shapes. So it is a zero waste craft project (if that is ...
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Summertime Scones, quick to make and quintessentially English
A freshly baked, fluffy scone is one of summer’s great delights! Of course you can enjoy them anytime but I find myself drawn to these summertime scones every year when we visit England for the summer. There is something particularly wonderful and quintessentially English about enjoying a scone with a pot of tea on a ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
An easy Christmas craft: clay ornaments and decorations
This is honestly the easiest Christmas craft, something the kids can do almost entirely on their own, and it has the prettiest result! Last weekend I handed the kids a package of Sculpey clay and some cookie cutters. I gave them each a glass bottle (to use as a rolling pin), and together they made ...
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VALENTINE'S DAY CRAFTS
Valentines Love Heart Bunting with Potato Printing
There is lots of love in the air, with Valentine's Day here, so I wanted to create a craft with simple items we had on hand. Naturally, a classic potato print project came to mind. After all aren't potato prints a right of passage? This craft entertained my nearly two year old and almost five ...
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VALENTINE'S DAY CRAFTS
Last Minute Valentine's DIY: Heart Shaped Seed Paper and Origami Envelope
I don’t give a lot on Valentine’s Day, usually. But I try to create something sweet for my husband and the kids just so they know it exists. Does this even make any sense? :) So this year I decided to craft a last minute Valentine's DIY: tiny seed paper hearts and easy envelopes to ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
15 of our favourite Autumn Recipes
Baking and Autumn seem to go hand in hand. It is a great way to warm up the home, and the belly! : ) And as days get shorter and colder, baking with warm spices and tart fruits just seems right whether it is pies, cakes, breads, or biscuits. So we wanted to share our ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Homemade Play Dough (great for unwinding after school)
We've just finished the first two weeks of school and it isn't just the kids who are tired, even I feel tired! Trading in carefree, unstructured summer days for the routine of school has been a bit of an adjustment.  I quickly realised we needed to take it slow and find a simple way to ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Sweet and sugar-free Valentine's party
I love to create small and sweet celebrations out of holidays, and Valentine's Day is no exception! While I was heavily pregnant last year, I wanted to do a fuss-free Valentine's Day 'baking' activity with my daughter, but without the dreaded sugar crash afterwards. So we made watermelon hearts, which are bake free, and only sweet ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Tissue Paper Painting - Valentine's Day Cards
After a year long renovation we have just moved our furniture back in to our nearly finished home and with it came our treasured box of craft supplies just in time for Valentines Day. My kids love to give out Valentine's cards to their friends at school and for the past few years we've made ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Easter DIY: Salt Dough Egg Ornaments
Spring is finally here and it is the perfect time for some Easter crafts! I just love salt dough because it’s made fast and doesn’t cost a lot – all you need it flour, salt and water! We already made Christmas ornaments and they turned out great so we decided to make Easter ones as ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Needle (or dry) felting
My kids (and I) have a new hobby: needle (dry) felting. We really love it! It's incredibly easy to do, and so fun. Relaxing too -- the rhythmic movement of poking the needle in the wool is actually really nice. For needle felting you need just a few supplies: a sponge (a simple kitchen sponge works fine), some ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Color-Learning Easter Egg Magnets, Montessori Style
I’m trying to teach my 14-month-old simple things like colors or at least color distinguishing so I wanted to make something that would help him with that and since Easter is approaching soon I wanted to do something in that spirit so this is what I came up with. Easter eggs magnets in 6 basic ...
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