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Life is better with cake..& Mr Kiplings..& Friends

Lick your lips… break out the Cherry Bakewells..today is about CAKE.  

I sometimes will review and talk about other things than crafting..however…today ( thanks to the lipsmackingly gorgeous Mr Kipling cakes) I can talk about cake..and craft too!

Why Mr Kipling? 

Any day you receive a parcel like this through the post?- well it has to be immediately improved. Brit Mums sometimes send out requests for bloggers to get involved with highlighting great products or events. I don’t often choose to take it up- but who could possibly refuse cake!.. or as my friend Sue calls it ‘cakeage’.

I need no excuse to have cake- in fact, I’m often baking some, but there is nothing like a packet of cake that remind you of your childhood ..those tastes that take you right back.

That’s why I made that card. French Fancies. I always remember having one when I was little- they look so pretty and inviting ( I sound like Mary Berry now) and for those of you not in the UK- here’s what that pink thing on my card is supposed to represent 

They are soft and light sponge cakes  with just the perfect amount of buttercream filling and a thin delectable layer of fondant over the top. Add a little drizzle of icing over the top..and ta daah! See the glittery crumbs on the card? Don’t you have left over glittery crumbs when you eat cake?! 😉

Well- how to eat them. It was a tough one deciding when to have them over the Easter Holidays with the kids. In fact it was tough to share them with the kids at all 😉.

One kid ( who shall remain nameless) had to replace a packet whilst we were away as temptation overcame them!

The day I’d picked for our picnic ended up being wet (thankyou British weather!) However, when did a trickle or downpour ever stop us? 

We made lemon sponge slice out of lemons ( sorry- that was really bad!) and gave indoor den making a Viennese Whirl. One of my kids took a French Fancy to building a rather large tent out of sheets and blankets and dining room chairs. She’s an Angel ( slice) …totally. 

One of my sons friends happened to be round and they all piled in.  

Yes, they had tons of fun. The difficult part was getting a) them all to smile at the same time b) to stop the dog masking the lovely #betterwithcake sign and c) stop the dog eating all the cake.

Mr Kipling …maybe you should branch out into dog treats next?!

Jamie and his friend had a really lovely afternoon. The three things I’ll take away from that afternoon with them all are ‘friendship, fun and cake’. They are wonderful friends and it just reminded me how sweet life can be with good friends. 

#better with cake?…and friends? Exceedingly!  

 

Do have any good memories revolving around cake?

See you soon (& a big cake-y thankyou to Mr Kipling and Brit Mums!) xx

This post is an entry for #betterwithcake Linky challenge sponsored by Mr Kipling. Learn more here about their yummy cakes!! 

April 17, 2015 at 10:12 am 4 comments

Barny & The Urban Adventure (minus the snail)!

Today’s post is in fact completely un-craft related.

Sit down. Shocking huh!

It is due to these little sponge bears0_0_620_http---offlinehbpl.hbpl.co.uk-news-OKM-3179F8A8-97A2-D5D2-D36D162286F8E1ECwhich are individually wrapped & I got sent two packs free to try out & review on my blog. It gets better; because we were one of the first 50 to respond – a week later we actually got sent THISphoto-68.

It contained 2 more packs- which was fortunate because we were rather taken with them- and I can’t say there were any left. I am not known for my ability to consume anything aimed at kids- but these were really tasty (so much so, I can’t buy them too often or the kids won’t get a look in). They’re fab for kids lunchboxes too- oh, back to the beautifully wrapped parcel.

Also contained was a Bug Barn (for watching the creatures you’d (temporarily) captured before releasing them back into the wild unknown), a great book about creatures & two more packs of these chocolate or vanilla bears. Being the crafter that I am, I was obviously quite excited by the bear head ribbon that the bow was tied in !!

The idea was that we’d go on a nature adventure. Well, we decided to go all urban and see what we could find whilst waiting to pick up our eldest girls from school.

Before consuming the bears, the boys were understandably keen to introduce them to the wildlife in Liverpool city centre– and here it all is.

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The boys found a ‘mushroom’ fairly early on. Despite the fact that foraging is a great pastime, we had a useful conversation about not eating things that ‘looked’ like mushrooms. Barny seemed fascinated.

photo-74Further along there was clear evidence for autumn- Barny was joined by his friend Barny & the two seemed rather keen to get into all pictures. Despite being an obviously tasty snack, they are pretty photogenic too- which is always useful when you scrapbook. Good to have subjects to enhance your scrapbook pages!

photo-71Still further along Jamie found a flower. Barny appeared more interested in the fact that it was clover & ubiquitous across most of the Uk’s lawns and grassed areas. Jamie was more interested in when the adventure was ending and the eating was to begin.

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Having spotted a nearby tree- Will wondered why it was tethered to a piece of wood. Now before someone cracks a joke about scousers and making sure they couldn’t nick the tree… it was actually a great opportunity to talk about needing support when you’re young and getting established.

Just like these two monkeys & their sponge friends

These little friends were in fact, snack fodder. Easily polished off, the boy’s attention turned to the Bug Barn.

By this point daughter no.3 had arrived & wanted to try and catch something in the tiny perspex pot so they could study its behaviour in the barn. How she managed it, I do not know, but her first specimen was, in fact a FLY! That girl must have lightening reflexes, or the fly was winding down for the weekend. Either way, they all viewed this little fly buzzing around the barn whilst Will was keen to know whether it was of the stinging variety. Once released, they found a few little bugs & each one was surreptitiously stuffed into the barn within an inch of its life, stared at- occasionally rolled around a la barrel style when the barn got knocked & then released again.

Alas, this new found interest had two downsides.

I HATE spiders. In the lovely book was a page full of photos of insects and spiders printed onto a transparent plastic. Left in certain places (like the floor), these ‘stickers’ took on a whole lifelike persona & freaked me out more than a couple of times.

The second issue was when the boys decided to capture mini snails for ‘study’. Half the greenery from the front was bundled into the barn along with two very shocked baby snails. One was named something rather peculiar (which escapes me) & the other ‘Marvin’. All was well. These snails appeared to be marvellous companions.. and then Marvin got lost.

A lost snail is never a good thing- particularly in your lounge.

Bless him, he must have legged it (as much as you can without legs, nor speed).

Occasionally we see Marvin (or his remains).

Little snail trails across the lounge floor. He’s obviously been out during the evening.

Revenge for being enslaved in a blue and grey plastic barn.

Despite all of this- we did have a rather fun adventure. I still reserve the rights to buy a packet of the chocolate bears & not inform my kids that I have them. They will need hiding..

but not anywhere that Marvin might find them!! x


photo-73This post is an entry for BritMums ‘Little Adventures Challenge’ in partnership with Barny, the bear-shaped snack providing a little discovery in every bite. Find out more about Barny here

October 13, 2013 at 11:24 pm 4 comments


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