Saturday Caption Day 14/1/12

It’s Saturday
It’s the weekend
It’s cold
It’s time for another
Saturday Caption
So warm yer cockles and think up a witty caption for this photo
Then head on over to 
Saturday Is Caption Day

For more merriment to keep you warm on this chilly day

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How To Make A Pirate Ship – My Way

As I have explained in a previous post, the original Christmas present that we ordered for Burton wasn’t going to arrive in time for Christmas so we had to quickly order something different which would get here (a train track which he loves). However, earlier this week the original present (a ride on battery operated car) turned up and we have hidden it at the OH’s parents until Burton’s birthday in July.

Anyway, the cardboard box it arrived in was HUGE  and on Wednesday afternoon I suggested to Burton that we make it into a pirate ship (even though I don’t actually think he even know what one looks like!). This was of course met with excited smiles and a lot of ‘me do it mummy’ when I set about creating my galleon masterpiece *ahem*.

So to make a pirate ship – Mummy Mishaps style – you will need the following

  • 1 large cardboard box (the ship itself)
  • 1 xmas wrapping paper tube (flagpole)
  • 1 square piece of gold wrapping paper (flag)
  • 2 kitchen roll tubes (telescopes)
  • 2 triangular cardboard shapes that came with said large cardboard box (canons)
  • rolled up newspaper balls (canon balls)
  • 1 shoe box (treasure chest)
  • lots of pretty sparkly things eg. quality street sweets, gold bows, pot pouri decorative balls (treasure)
  • crayons (for decorating your pirate ship)
  • 1 cowboy hat (captain pirate hat)
  • 1 stripey baby sleep suit (pirate shipmate headwear)

put that all together and you get this – just look at our marvellous galleon – ta daaaaah!!

Burton was amazed by Mummy’s excellent skills and handy craft work

Bet you never thought something so fantastic would be made from such simple items did you??

Then you just need lots of pirate key phrases such as “ahoy there shipmates“, “shiver me timbers” and “aye aye cap’in” and a BIG imagination (helps when you are playing with a 2 1/2 year old as they haven’t seen Pirates Of The Caribbean yet, so cannot fault your pirate ship!) and away you go me hearties!

I am linking this up to a fab new feature called Family Frolics, which the lovely Kerry from Multiple Mummy has started – check it out and see what other wonderful crafty creations or ideas to have fun with the family had been entered

(proper pirate ship image found on google)

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Choc-A-Lot Cake Pops : I Love Cake January 2012

Happy New Year !!!

I received some lovely new cake creating gifts for Christmas
and have had some fun using these gorgeous items to create some new cake creations.

So with this in mind, this months I Love Cake theme is

NEW

It could be a new gadget you had that has inspired a recipe; a new cookbook (I had the Hummingbird Bakery one mmmmm!), a new healthy regime that means you need to make adjustments to your cake ingredients or just a recipe you have always fancied trying but haven’t done so yet.

New Year, New You, New Cake
*linky is at the bottom of this post*

Here is my NEW cake recipe using both of my new kitchen gadgets and trying out cake pops for the first time – a new cake adventure for me

Choc -A-Lot Cake Pops



you will need:
a cake pop maker (see above but other brands are available)
125g butter
125g sugar
2 eggs
100g self raising flour
25g cocoa powder
2 tbsp milk
Decoration:
some pop sticks
cake decorations
good quality chocolate for melting (i used white and milk)
Methodar
cream the butter and sugar until pale and creamy
add the eggs, flour, cocoa powder and milk and mix together to make a creamy, smooth chocolately mixture
Heat up cake pop machine (takes minutes) and grease each hole with a little olive oil
add a heaped tsp of cake mix to each hole
close lid and cook for 4 minutes (you will need a timer for this)
lift up lid after 4 minutes and allow cake ‘balls’ to cool for about a minute
remove carefully (they are hot) and place onto cooling wire rack
melt some chocolate as you would normally (i place it in a bowl in microwave and heat at 30 sec intervals)
get your cake pop sticks and dip one end into the melted chocolate and then insert into centre of your cake ‘ball’
once all cak pops have their sticks inserted, allow to cool completely 

Decorating

anything goes really. I rolled each cake pop into some melted chocolate and then rolled in a mixture of popping candy, mini marshmallows and chocolate shapes

then chill in the fridge for about an hour until the chocolate is set


its a really fun way of making little cake mouthfuls! 
even my OH who never helps me in the kitchen enjoyed helping and has even decorated an entire batch of cake pops himself (and they looked great but we ate them all before I had a chance to photograph them!)

Yum Yum!!

What NEW Cake recipes will you share?
linky is open until the end of the month 

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The Gallery – Mobile Photos

For this weeks The Gallery, Tara has asked us to share photos that we take on our mobile phones.
I have to admit that almost all of the photos I use for The Gallery and my blog have been taken on my mobile. As a matter of fact I expect 95% of the photographs I have of my boys are mobile phone photos! I do own a camera and I enjoy taking photographs with it, but I don’t have it to hand as easily as my mobile and nowadays the quality of images captured on a mobile is much better than it used to be.
I think mobile phones allow us to capture our daily lives – whatever we are doing we can photograph it. I am always snapping Burton and Jenson playing, eating, bathing, out and about etc…and as a result I have a brilliant record of their lives. The quality of each photo may not be as good as with a proper camera but I wouldn’t have my proper camera with me at the supermarket, at the hairdressers, on the bus, or at the park for example. Plus the photos can be uploaded so easily! In a instant you have an image to share with your family and the world – for example, as soon as you give birth you can be sharing a photo of your new baby with people within minutes of it being born!

Jenson when he was about 30 minutes old
the first photo taken of him

A mobile phone is ideal for taking photos when you are on the go and leading a busy mummy life. To me its not about the quality of the photo, but the quantity of memories I capture everytime I use my mobile camera 🙂

Here are just a few snapshots taken on my mobile – I have thousands infact!

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