12 weeks of Christmas 

Ahh it’s 7 weeks until Christmas… is any body else panicking. This week I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas recipes, although none of these are just for Christmas. Some super easy cheats fudge, yorky puds for those of us who usually fail and yummy short bread.

Also don’t forget to try my gingerbread man recipe as well as the extremly Moorish caramel apple empanadas
 

Christmas shortbread biscuits!

250g unsalted butter ( at room temp)

125g caster sugar

240g plain flour 

Pre heat your over to 150°c

Line two baking trays with grease proof paper.

Method (for best results do it the old fashioned way with a wooden spoon and bowl)

  • Cream the butter until smooth and soft.
  • Add flour and sugar mix until combined.
  • Lightly need the dough with slightly flour hands.
  • Chill in the fridge for 2mins.
  • Half the dough equally.
  • Roll out between 2 pieces of grease proof (1/4inch thickness )
  • Cut into festive shapes 
  • Bake for 15-20 mins

This recipes makes around 20 biscuits and will keep in an air tight container for about a week.

To make spiced biscuits replace caster sugar with soft brown sugar and add a tsp cinnamon.

To make lemon add the rind of one unwaxed lemon.

To make tree decoration biscuits use a tooth pick create a whole at the top for the sting before baking.

Simple icing which is great for kids:

150g for sifted icing sugar 

2tbs warm water 

Food colour of your choice 

Mix until paste like and pip as you like.
The best yorky puds.

 Full disclaimer I have never be able to make Yorkshire puddings until about 6months ago I found this recipe.. Well method I guess?  And I have never looked back!

4 eggs

200ml milk

200g plain flour 

Pinch of salt.

Method.

Preheat oven to 190°

Use sunflower oil rather than vegetable (apparently it has a different smoking temperature )

Put half cm of oil into each hole on a muffin tin.  Heat until smoking. Approx 15mins.

Use the largest bowl you have. 

Whisk the eggs then add milk and whisk (adding plenty of air)

Sift in the flour and add salt and whisk until the lumps are gone. 

Transfer into a jug or anything with a pouring spout.

Take muffin tin out of the oven. 

Fill the holes but using a spoon to catch the drips in between holes as if you have better inbetween it can restric the puds growth. 

Cook for 20-25mins 

Remember the most important step DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR. It will cause then to sink.
Cheats fudge!

400g golden caster sugar 

397g can of condensed milk

140g salted butter chopped into pieces 

1tsp vanilla bean paste

(Optional) 2tsp coffee liqueur, amaretto or any other alcohol 

 Method    

Grease and line a 20cm square baking tin with baking parchment. Put the sugar, condensed milk and butter in a large heatproof bowl (the mixture will bubble up as it cooks to roughly double its size), add a good pinch of salt and stir.

Heat the mixture in the microwave on High for 10 mins, stirring every 2-3 mins. Keep an eye on the mixture, as it will bubble up and may go over the sides of the bowl.

Add the vanilla and liqueur to the mixture, whisk together and heat on High for another 2 mins. The mixture should be caramel-coloured and thickened. Scrape into the tin and set aside for 45 mins–1 hr until cool and firm before cutting. Pack into a box and eat within 3 weeks 

  1. You could even once cooled add a layer of melted chocolate to the top and let that set before cutting into squares?


DO you have an old faithful recipe you typically pull out at Christmas?? 

I hope you all have had a brilliant weekend celebrating guy forks!

Much love

Rhianna xx

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12 weeks of Christmas!

Well it’s 11 weeks until Christmas, if you missed last week’s 12 weeks of Christmas
 
Please feel free to check it out…. I hope everyone has atleast started there shopping, or are you a leave it until the last minute kinda person ?? 

This week I’ve tried to share Christmas decoration ideas, which is a hard feet as everyone has there own taste and style so I am hoping I’ve covered everybody. 

Also I’m sharing an easy fool proof ginger bread recipe for you all to try!

paint your own decorations from b&m £3.99

The disney store has an amazing tree decoration section averaging £13 each 

LED Christmas heart from Matalan £12

Personalised tree decs from not on the hight street £12

Garland from studio £9.99

Wooden advent calendars I think are a must have. My daughter has a Christmas tree and my son a train.

Christmas card holder from studio £9.99

modern wreath from debenhams £16

Santa please stop here sign from Debenhams £6 (4 for 3 deal)

traditional garland from Tesco £10

stag head over the door wreath hanger from not on the high street £14

Christmas vintage style bunting from Amazon £5.99

reindeer lantern from Amazon £3.99

Ginger bread man recipe.

350g plain flour  plus extra for rolling out

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 

2 tsp ground ginger 

1 tsp ground cinnamon 

125g butter

175g light soft brown sugar

1 egg

4 tbsp golden syrup

Method

  1. Place the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and into a food processor. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Add in the sugar.

  2. Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the food processor and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfim and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

  4. Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men or any shape you wish. place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them.

  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled decorate as you wish. 

  6. Eat and enjoy 

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s addition to the 12 weeks of Christmas series.  

Please Comment below with your favorite part of Christmas? Weather it’s the food, the family gatherings or the festive decorations I would love to hear from you.

Much love 

rhianna xx  

12 weeks of Christmas series 

Ive decided to do a 12 weeks of christmas series! I do apologise to anyone who is not Christmas crazy like me for swearing with the Xmas word ! But Christmas is THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR….

Especially for me as this year I will have a nearly 4yr old and a 2yr old. My daughter who is the eldest is really truly getting it this year and is already asking about father Christmas and Rudolph. Eeek it really should be a magical year this year. 

So like I said I’ve decided to do a 12 weeks for Christmas series. Every week sharing hits, tips, trick, recipes and all this christmasy with you all. 

If there’s anything specific you would like to see please comment and let me know.

If you like this also check out the Christmas gift box so far.  

Much love 

Rhianna xx 

Bank holiday baking!

August bank holiday weekend always calls for a can’t BBQ. We’ve got 35 with children coming this year. As usual my grandma has asking me to bake cakes. The last few year the bbq has fallen around my cousins birthday so I’ve always done him his favorite Victoria sandwich style cake, vanilla sponge, jam and butter icing. Last year my daughter who was then 2 helped my decorate it so it looked like it had my smacked arround the face with a sprinkle factory.

Previously to that I used to do my lemon and poppy seed cake or occasionally a chocolate (although I tend to save that for Christmas gatherings). But this year I have allowed requestes so I am baking my famous chocolate cake and I thought I’d try carrot cake muffins. 

*disclaimer I have a weird  “thing” about vegetables In puddings and fruit with dinner. 

So I have no idea what carrot cake is supposed to taste like so I’m defiantly going to be winging it. My 3 yr old will be helping so if it all goes Pete tong then I can just put it down to her helping…. can’t i???? 🤣🤣

But on Tuesday I got bitten on my ankle, Wednesday we went to the zoo and so it ballooned up and it seems to be getting worse, the skin around the bite is blistering AND THEN today 3 days on after being out today, but in the car as a passanger so very little walking. My foot has swollen and if I attempt to walk my ankle feels like it is going snap.!

If anyone has any tips or idea how to treat my ankle please so share. 

Everyone else please pray for my baking this weekend trying not to aggravate my ankle or food!  WISH ME LUCK 
Much love 

rhianna xx 

Calling anyone with a taste bud.

I’ve always had a love for cooking but since the children have been born, I’ve become Lot less adventurous and have almost lost my passion.

I’m stuck in a rut of cooking meals i know the kids will eat and my repertoire seems to have diminished 😭.

I treated myself to a new oven last weekend it arrived Wednesday and my passions is beginning to return with it but sadly my imagination seems to still be missing. I’m in need of serious help. So I’m asking no I’m begging you to share some of your family favourites to get my taste buds tingling and my imagination bursting!

So please please share some recipes/links/or just ideas with me.

Much love 

Rhianna xxx

My weaning experience 

My daughter was amazing to wean I think I enjoyed it more than her. She loved everything she was given and would always clean the bowl. I made everything from scratch, freeze it down and honestly enjoyed doing it. 

Then I had my son, he refused everything I gave him. Spat everything that was put in this mouth back out at me talk about disheartening, i put all that effort in preparing his meal just to get it litterly thrown back in my face . Every meal time was a battle. I tried everything from distraction, airplanes to begging but nothing worked. The only thing I would assure he would eat was banabix (banana flavoured weetabix) and he couldn’t eat that three times a day ! But then at about 18months we had a urecka moment he just woke up and started eating ! Granted meal times are now messier than ever as I am no longer aloud to help feed him and bless him he insists on using a spoon for EVERYTHING. He now eats most things but his favourites are pasta, bakes beans and stil his banabix. 

Enough of my ramblings for now I just thought I’d share how different my children were / are and how I have had to very different experiences regarding weaning. 

I’ll write up a tips and tricks list this week as I hope it will help any new mum’s or mums struggling like I was with my son. 

Much love 

rhianna xx

Homemade Playdoh

As well all know Playdoh is hours of fun for both kids and adults alike.

This is the homemade Playdoh recipe I use with my kids and they love it !

  • 250g plain flour
  • 50g salt
  • 140ml water
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • few drops food colouring or glitter (optional)

 

  1. Mix together the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the water and oil.
  2. Knead well until mixture is smooth about 10 mins. You might need to add a bit more flour or water until the consistency is smooth but not sticky.
  3. Add food colouring / glitter and knead until the colour is fully blended.
  4. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge until chilled enough to use, usually about an hour.

Enjoy!

Please let me know how it turns out for you.

Rhianna xx