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Christmas classic baking fun

Growing up I have really fond memories of watching The Snowman in the run up to Christmas - is there really any other animation that captures the Christmas feeling as much as The Snowman? Well not until 2012 when they followed up the classic with Snowman and the Snowdog - an equally enchanting and magical animation which will be shown on channel 4 this Christmas.

I was asked if I would like to take part in a fun Christmas style bake-off inspired by the short film. Firstly please not the beautiful baked cookies above are the product of the talent crew from Biscuiteers in London and you can pick up this exquisite box of treats for £22.50

We really enjoy baking in our house and Mr A especially loves cutting out cookies, this time however was a little bit more difficult than usual as the baby has been really under the weather this week and waking up constantly or as expected being a bit of a grump - we opted to make this in the evening once I had put him down but at the crucial moment of needing to take the cookies out of the oven he woke up meaning they are little bit more brown than we wold of liked - especially as the recipe we use is full proof.

Super simple Butter Biscuits

100gm cubed butter
150g plain flour (spelt flour also works well)
60g golden caster sugar
2 tbs milk or 1 egg yoke

1. Preheat over to 180c or gas mark 4. In a mixing bowl rub the butter into the flour until it has the same constancy as breadcrumbs, then add the sugar in and mix well.
2. Add the milk into the mix and roll into a ball, add flour if the dough is still sticky.
3. On a floured surface roll out the dough to about 3mm thick. Use your cookie cutters to cut out the shapes and place them on a baking tray, once all done put them into the over for 8-10mins
4. Allow to cool, get decorating and enjoy eating - simple as.

If your a fan of The Snowman and the Snowdog why not pick up your own pair of cookie cutters from John Lewis and join in with the fun. Also remember to check out Dani from The Handmade Mum for her baking delights tomorrow


Precious Moments with Ty Hafan

Even when the world seems like a mad place, full or rushing, lack of time or that one is being thrust into a hectic lifestyle, I am always very aware of how the smaller moments are what count and help to put everything into perspective. I am continually grateful for being blessed with two healthy boys, a warm home and good food to eat as there are many in this world who are not as lucky. As a family each year we choose a charity to support in what way we can so when the local welsh children charity Ty Hafan got in touch asking us to become one of their ambassadors we were extremely touched, especially as it does such amazing work for terminally ill children and of course said yes.

Ty Hafan have launched a campaign called #PreciousMoments which encourages people to share their precious moments with the rest of the world. Each Monday throughout November and December they share a new theme for the week across twitter and this week it was all about "Cwtches" the Welsh term for a cute and cosy hug. Make sure to come and join in with your Precious Moment

Here is little bit about what amazing work Ty Hafan does - since 1999 it's been looking after children with life-limiting illnesses and their families ensuring they can make the most of every precious moments all completely free of charge through the work of 700 volunteers and 235 members of staff and with more and more families needing their help annual costs are rising. £10 could pay for outreach play therapy for one family, £15 for half an hour of physiotherapy to relief a childs pain and £23 for an hour of support for a family.

We are currently saving a little bit of money each week and will be making a donation to the charity this Christmas time. You can do the same Here


Wild and Free lately

den making

A few weeks ago we got sent an amazing Den Kit from Wild and Wonderful and Mr A was over the moon as he is counting down the days to when he will be old enough to join Beavers and start his Scouting journey, although over the past few weeks at one point or another at least two of us have been under the weather which has made our normal ventures a little bit trickier than usual. It seemed like we were all on the mend and enjoyed a short break in the countryside of Sussex but on our return it was clear both boys had bad coughs and I was coming down with something, luckily we are all remerging again fit and healthy.

We plan to take this kit up the forest for a winter warming activity alongside a flask of hot chocolate and now that we are on the mend hopefully we can do this very soon. John and Mr A however have done a little dry run in the garden which they both really enjoyed especially as the kit includes camo face paint and a camping mug for a warming drink. We all agreed that the green cotton haversack makes a great outdoor bag for an adventuring loving child and Mr A really had so much fun with the wooden mallet knocking in the tent pegs and having lots of experience putting up tents every summer he was a wiz at getting the den up and hid out in out most of the afternoon.

den making

As you know we also like to support local companies and the lovely welsh based Wild and Wonderful online store focuses on products that inspired a love for the outdoors, nature and getting creative. They have some fantastic alternatives for Christmas and we were thoroughly impressed with the quality of the Den Kit.

outdoor toys

1. Bug Kits £12.99
2. Build your own boxcars £99
3. Moulin Roty Garden Case £53.99
4. Design your own Feather Crown £20.99

We cannot wait to head up into the forest and put this Den kit to the test in the elements and will be sharing with that you hopefully very soon. Until then even if it's raining why not get your wellies on and do little puddle jumping or who can spot the most snails and slugs, either way remember to have fun outside

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Thanks to Wild and Wonderful for asking us to review one of their amazing products.

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