Candy trees


Having a crack at doing a candy tree, I had an old plant pot I used, a wooden dowel, plaster of paris, a polystyrene sphere and some green ribbon.

I didn’t quite have enough plaster in the one pictured above I only had a small amount left from a previous project and didnt want to wait a couple of days to order more so I made do. I would more or less fill the pot to the top with plaster when I do it again it gives more stability to the whole thing.

So it goes like this, mix the plaster, put it in the pot and put your dowel into the middle and hold it there for a few mins until it starts setting & holds itself (I painted mine white)

Use a screwdriver to drive a hole into the polystyrene sphere and then place the sphere onto the dowel.

I decorated mine by painting melted chocolate all over it and sticking the sweets down onto it, you can use any sweets and make your chocolate any colour with some white chocolate and food dye.

As a finishing touch I added some green ribbon around the dowel and cut out a green leaf shape

Treacle toffeeeeeeee

With the kids off school and a request from my little un we have been busy making treacle toffee

It may look like cake at the moment, but it won’t!

To do this

115g treacle
115g golden syrup
450g brown sugar (dark brown is best)
125ml hot water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Place the hot water and sugar into a pan, the biggest one you have is best as it needs room to bubble. Once the sugar is dissolved, add the rest of the ingredients and leave to heat up. Try not to move or mix the mixture and make sure it gets up to a temperature of 270oF or 140oC, this can take upto 30 mins to do and regular testing with a sugar thermometer.

Once done leave to cool and voila!

Pancake bites


20130927-131752.jpgAnother lunchbox item that’s becoming a fast favourite, and all it takes is making some pancake batter and pouring it into a bun tray. You can add anything to this sweet or savoury I have chosen to keep them sweet with some bananas, pear and chocolate and apples.


5 mins before they were cooked in the oven at 200 I added some honey, this does obviously make them sticky to put in a lunchbox so I had to individually wrap each one in grease proof paper. To avoid this just keep it simple with fruit and nuts and don’t bother with the honey I have mainly done this as my 5 year old is incredibly fussy and I’m trying to encourage him to widen his food range once he is accepting the pancakes I will be knocking the honey on the head (sneaky mum tactics!)


Corn dog muffins



Corn dog muffins

2 cups plain flour
1tbsp baking powder
1teasp salt
1 1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1 egg
2/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup sweetcorn
3 hot dogs diced

Both my fussy kids actually liked this! All you need to do is combine all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until it makes a batter, spoon the batter into muffin cases and pop in the oven.