Letter R

Hello Everyone!!

So Today’s letter as chosen by Deryn was…R!

Firstly I was tempted to put my Rainbow DVD’s on (Everyone loves Zippy right?!) But I managed to stop myself…..Deryn likes Zippy and has cuddly toys of him, she even recognises him on my pj’s….but I let her watch Nick JR & Disney Channels instead ๐Ÿ™‚

But on the subject of Rainbow…we decided to paint some rainbows first ๐Ÿ™‚

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We had lots of fun talking about the colours of the rainbow and how to make them. Lots of beautiful pictures were painted and hung up on the line to dry.

Both kids then fell asleep which gave me time to plan their lunch…..this bit I really enjoyed!!

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ROCKETS!!

Ashton had a jam sandwich rocket, Deryn had a ham sandwich rocket. They were decorated with 2 types of cheese, radish & cucumber. The Flames coming out of them is Macaroni Cheese – absolute bargain in Asda at 20p for a box that is made up with milk….yummy!!! and to finish I cut out some grape stars….fiddly but looked fab!!

Both of them tried the radish but left them, I’m just happy they tried them…the rest was gobbled up!! (Literally by Aston who barely took bits of his rocket….pretty much ate it whole!)

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In the afternoon we played for a while and decided to bake some Rainbow cupcakes! Ashton played with his cars and roads in the lounge while Deryn got baking.

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She told me every ingredient that we needed – including the baking powder! Such a little baker ๐Ÿ™‚ Then we followed the recipe I have used on here previously.

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The difference this time is that we split the cake mix between 4 bowls once it was whisked and added food colouring to each bowl – Pink, Green, Yellow & Purple!

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They would have been much brighter but we only had a few liquid food colourings here – Will be trying out some gels and other liquids soon to make a bright rainbow cake!

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Deryn then decorated them with Rainbow hundreds & thousands, Rainbow sprinkles & Rainbow jellies!

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Subtle colours inside but I think they look fab and I have to say they taste divine.

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Nom nom nom!!

These were very much enjoyed after Dinner….which I decided to give a R theme too….

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Sausages are a firm favourite here….The sweet potato mash was an attempt at getting Deryn to eat Mashed Potato….it almost worked!

So lots of R themed fun today, yummy meals….only one way to end the day once they were in their Pj’s….

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Room on the broom was Deryn’s ultimate favourite, we used to watch it almost every night, then we bought her the book too, Ashton loves the Dragon! So we snuggled up to watch it, while turning the pages of the book too…perfect end to our day ๐Ÿ™‚

Just before bed Deryn had the choice for tomorrow…..she chose…..O!

We are going to see Nanny & Granny tomorrow and have lots planned so I will update tomorrow evening for you all ๐Ÿ™‚

Emma xx

 

Baking Cupcakes with Deryn :)

Hello followers!! Emma here!ย 

So as you all know we love baking here at The Not So Perfect Housewives…any excuse for cake! Today the weather was just too hot for playing outside. I’m not one to moan about the nice weather but we have a backyard completely enclosed with no breeze coming through….so we decided to bake indoors until it cooled down outside ๐Ÿ™‚

Today’s recipe came from one of my many cupcakes books – Neapolitan cupcakes!!

You will need:

140g Self Raising Flour, 1/2 tsp Baking Powder, ย 140g Softened Butter, 140g Caster Sugar, 2 large eggs – beaten, 1tsp Vanilla Extract, 1tbsp Milk & 1tbsp Cocoa Powder (made into a paste with 1 1/2 tbsp hot water!)

I put all the ingredients out for Deryn ready for her to bake ๐Ÿ™‚ In her lovely apron ๐Ÿ™‚

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Cheesy grin ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

First sift the flour & baking powder into a large bowl….

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Then add the butter, caster sugar and eggs….

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Then give them all a good mix! I used an electric mixer after Deryn had a little go herself ๐Ÿ™‚

Next is the fun bit! Split the mixture between 2 bowls – then add the vanilla extract and milk to one of the bowls and the cocoa powder paste to the other and give them both a lovely mix. You now have vanilla and chocolate cupcake mixes to use. Add your cupcake cases to the tin – Ashton chose the hearts this time ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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Then add alternative scoops of each mix into the cases ๐Ÿ™‚ No need to be neat – They look fab with lots of different splodge of choc & vanilla in them!

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Pop them in the oven on 180 degrees (350f or Gas Mark 4) for 15-20 mins – ours were ready after 15mins as we have a fan oven but keep an eye on them.

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Baked and looking yummy – We let them cool down while the kids went outside to play. We were going to make up some buttercream of our own but decided to try Betty Crocker Vanilla Buttercream Icing ๐Ÿ™‚ The tub can be popped back in the fridge for up to 30 days afterwards so we can make more yummy cakes this month too! Deryn chose 4 different decorations from our crazy amount of Tesco, Asda & Dr Oetker decorations we have collected – many on offer recently from as little as 25p!ย 

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She chose Hundreds and thousands which we popped in a bowl so she could dip the cupcakes in them, mini marshmallows, hearts & butterflies! They looked fantastic!!

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So – the final verdict……

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Ashton gave it a sticky thumbs up….scoffed the lot ๐Ÿ™‚

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Deryn ate all hers….as well as Daddy who chose the biggest one for himself ๐Ÿ™‚

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I love the swirly choc/vanilla mix – by far my favourite cupcake recipe to date – it was soft and moist, they lastest less than 24hrs with the 4 of us ๐Ÿ™‚ Will be making more for sure!

Emma xx

 

Princess Birthday Cake!!

Hello everyone!!

So a few weeks back Iย added a post about the Princess birthday cake which I added a Frozen twist to ready for Deryn’s 3rd birthday…..this time round it was Kayley’s turn to make one for Iylah’s 4th birthday!!

So a few changed this time – We still used the same tutorial from Youtube but Iylah’s cake is Disney Princess themed! ๐Ÿ™‚

So for the sponge – Kayley used this RECIPE – (Which I have to admit worked better than the sponge on my cake as it was just too soft to hold up the 3 layers) Check out the pics below – I will get Kayley to add a bit of info for you all soon too ๐Ÿ™‚ How lovely does her cake look though! Iylah loved it!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Amazing work and one very happy little girl ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Emma xx

Banoffee Pie…..Yes please!!

Hello!! Emma Here…..

Every now & again I have this sudden urge to bake something sweet,.Jamie (my bloke!) has the biggest appetite, one of those annoying guys who could eat en tire chocolate gateaux to himself and not put on a pound…where as I only have to look at it and my clothes feel tighter….so what do I do in these situations….message Kayley….hehe

So one day she messages me about a very yummy recipe she found online for a Clasic Banoffee pie, I love trying out new recipes and am always on the hunt for new ideas and recipes to add to my collection…reviewing food is the best as it means you have to eat yummy things first ๐Ÿ™‚

The recipe she found was this one-ย Classic Banoffee Pieย (however there is an even easier version of it HERE if your feeling extra lazy or have last minute visitors etc hehe)

I have many old recipe books that involve time consuming ideas such as putting a tin ofย condensed milk in a saucepan of water to boil for 2 hours….this one is so much easier!!

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Hungry yet? Hehe Well thankfully this recipeย is very easy to make so you will be devouring it in no time ๐Ÿ™‚ A few ingredients are needed, more so for the Classic pie as you make your own yummy sticky filling with the Condensed Milk, Butter & Sugar….of course if you buy the ready made ย Carnation Caramel you just add it without the heating/cooling of making your own!! Fantastic for last minute visitors, invites to get-togethers where you were asked to take something with you but completely forgot and don’t want to take something shop bought…yes we have all been there!! No-one needs to know it only took you 10 minutes to chuck together…..

The link has an easy link to print the instructions too, fab for adding to your own recipe books.

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So…the final verdict on this recipe….its fool proof…honestly!! Even if you are not brave enough to boil the caramel yourself, which was surprisingly easy…you can’t go wrong adding a tin of ready made caramel…unless you drop it…or have a cat…maybe some children who are tall enough to reach the counters…..haha! I added crushed maltesers onto the top of mine rather than chocolate, just for something different & i whisked the bananas into the cream rather than adding them as chunks as Jamie has issues with textures…haha……but it was delicious!!

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Yummy!! ย Works out very cheap per portion..its says feeds 12…but we managed it between 2 of us over a couple of nights ๐Ÿ™‚ Carnation condensed milk is often on offer for ยฃ1 in supermarkets and the ready made Caramel saves you buying the sugar if you don’t have any ๐Ÿ™‚

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One happy boyfriend!! Looking forward to trying out some of the other recipes from the website soon….Mini Banoffee Pies Maybe?! Banoffee Cheesecake?!….One things sure…We will upload photos and reviews as soon as its made…and eaten!!

Emma xx