I know I’ve shared this photo with you already on a previous post, but thought it was rather suited to today’s theme! Plus, Essex hasn’t had any snow yet!
I used to write posts titled ‘Sunny Sunday’, but let’s face it, we haven’t seen, nor will we see, sun for a while.
Sundays always seem to be the day I do activities with Lamb, whether that be arts & crafts, days out or visiting friends or family. Sunday really feels like ‘family day’ to me, so I make an effort to keep Lamb busy with all the fun stuff I can think of.
With the lack of sun, we are all stuck with indoor activities. Apart from yesterday, when Daddy Lamb took Lamb to the park in the torrential rain and watched him whizz down the slide like a torpedo (which Lamb loved of course!)
Today’s activity was baking. Lamb seemed super keen, especially as we were baking Olaf cookies. So off we went to the kitchen, Lamb in his high chair with his mini whisk and mummy armed with everything else (the mini whisk wasn’t necessary but he insisted on holding it).
Unfortunately Lamb’s attention span last around 10 minutes, so I was left baking on my own while he watched The Gruffalo and did some colouring! I’m really looking forward to him actually wanting to do all of these fun things with me…
The quick bake boxes are so good for making with the little ones. Everything is measured out for you, and they have the joy of decorating with their favourite characters.
I still like to bake from scratch with Lamb, but like I said earlier, his attention span is limited, so I’d rather use a box until he allows me more time to bake!
And at £1.79 in Aldi, you can’t really say no can you!
If you’re looking for something fun to do on a not so sunny Sunday, why not try a little baking and let your little one choose a bake in the box of their favourite character.
Last week Lamb and Bears nursery informed us they were having a bake sale this week, raising money for breast cancer care. I do love a bit of baking, so yesterday, with the help of my nephew Indy, Lamb and I baked some cupcakes. I’ll be honest. I put in all of the hard work while the boys terrorised the house with silicone cupcake holders. That was much more fun then watching me whisk!
Cupcakes are pretty straight forward, but I still follow a recipe (just in case!) The recipe I use is from Sainsburys ‘Baking’ cookbook which I got for my birthday a couple of years ago. It’s a simple and easy recipe. A cupcake is a cupcake, right? No need for anything complicated. I popped to Aldi for my ingredients, and found these cute silicone cupcake holders in lots of different shapes. I grabbed some standard round ones, and some fun stars.
A classic cupcake is a favorite in our household, and I love finding different ways to decorate them. As we are baking to raise money for breast cancer care, it is, of course, essential I decorate them with something pink. Butter icing is my absolute fave. The more the better. So I added a huge dollop of pink butter icing to each cupcake, then decorated with pink and white mini marshmallows, silver edible balls, and mini chocolate chips.
Unfortunately the little ones lost interest pretty quickly and went off to watch Disney ‘Dinosaurs’. Typical. I can’t complain, I’m sure the clean up would have been much worse if I had given them both a spoon and a bowl of icing…
This wasn’t a problem. Once the cakes were finished, it gave me the opportunity to sit down and enjoy my very own ‘afternoon tea’ using my favourite teacup and saucer. Obviously I had to test the cakes before sending them to the nursery…
Peaceful moments like enjoying a warm cup of tea and homemade cupcakes are rare for new mums. So I cherish any opportunity I get to sit and relax at home with my very own ‘afternoon tea’.
This blog post is my entry into The Great Denby Bake Off. Click here to enter. 🙂