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Monday, 24 December 2012

Your first Christmas Eve

It's you very first Christmas eve tiny man, and although you are not sure what is going on you must be excited as it was way past your normal bedtime before you went to sleep.

We have  hung your 'baby's first christmas stocking' and your big brother has sprinkled reindeer food out on the front garden.

You love paper so am sure that you will love tearing paper of the presents, I can't wait to see your little face on Christmas morning

Happy First Christmas tiny man.  Love you Xxx

Christmas Eve little man

It's Christmas Eve little man and you have gone to bed snuggled up in your new pyjamas. We have spent the day excitedly preparing for Santa, we made special Santa cookies and you loved rolling out the dough.

After singing lots of Christmas songs, you sprinkled your specially made reindeer food on the garden. Before bed you picked two biscuits to leave out for Santa and we poured a nice glass of milk, mummy asked if you wanted to leave it by the fireplace but you decided that it would be better by the television.

As you were tucked up in bed we told you to you to sleep tight as Santa Christmas would be calling during the night.

Now as I watching you sleeping little man, I can't wait to see you face in the morning.

Love you little man xxx

Friday, 14 December 2012

Under the Tree

The christmas tree is up and decorated and although there is no presents under the tree yet, there are two little men who are loving crawling underneath it.

Decorated tree

Little man is starting to understand the magic of Christmas, he loves spinning the balls round and round until they drop and the shouting 'uh oh'

Tiny just loves crawling under and looking at the twinkling lights.

Both of the little ones adore the jingle bells bauble which is spending more time of the tree than on!
The Jingle Bell bauble

These are my two babies under the tree.

Exploring under the tree
Little man showing tiny the tree

Christmas Fair

After the success of our Baking for Babies summer fete me and my riend Rachel joined forces again to run a Christmas event to raise funds for Bolton Neonatal and special care baby unit.
                                              Horwich Christmas Fair

As tiny arrived early he spent the first few weeks of his live in the unit, and after spending many many hours in the unit and meeting some wonderful families and nurses i wanted to help others who have babies needing special care.

So on the 1st December stallholders from craft to food packed into Horwich RMI club, alongside games stalls and of course the 'Baking for Babies' cake sale. With money still coming in we have raised over £1100 for this fantastic charity. Again i was completly blown away with the support from such great friends, colleagues and strangers that helped make the event such a success. we really couldn't have done it without you (you all know who you are!!). I must say a special thank you to Rachel who has been an absolute star, dedicating so much time to an already busting schedule, and being a woman on a mission to avoid 'tablegate. If you do have another momnent of madness you can always agree to next years event. Also to Paddy who may have been badgered into designing logo's and posters and doing a hometime taxi run. Thank you both so much.

Here are a selection of photo's from the event taken by the fantastic Carl Duffy

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Christmas Cupcakes

For our Baking for Babies Christmas fair, i made my first batch of festive cupcakes. I decided on a simple vanilla flavour and to decorate with vanilla buttercream and sugarpaste toppings.

I followed a simple 'all in one' receipe, throwing all the ingredients in a bowl and mixing, and folding in the baking powder.


8oz Butter
8oz Caster Sugar
8oz Self Raising flour
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder

Buttercream Topping:

9oz butter
18oz butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon water

I coloured sugarpaste with a holly green gel colour, rolled out and cut holly and tree shapes using cutters. I made red balls for berries, and red strips for 'tinsel' decoration. Once the cupcakes had cooled thoroughly, i piped a buttercream swirl and topped with the sugarpaste decoration.

Holly and Tree Cupcakes

Ready to go
I have a few more 'festive' cupcakes planned so watch this space!

I am also linking this receipe to Dollybakes and Laura loves Cakes Festive Calendar Cakes Challenge

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Advent Calendar

I remember when i was younger having Advent calendars with little drawers filled with lots of goodies that had been selected especially for me, favourite sweets, stickers and Christmas novelties. So this year in what i hope will become a tradition in our house i have created something similar for the little man.

Grandma very kindly purchased the little man a fab Christmas advent tree from M&S, which i had spotted a few weeks before. The calendar is bright, colourful and beautifully decorated and has 24 generous size pockets (The 24th pocket is bigger with lots of room for extra Christmas Eve treats)

Complete with goodies and exchange tokens

I created tokens using round cardboard cutouts, which i decorated with christmas stickers, drawings and special messages for the little man. A few pockets have been filled with tiny chocolate coins and the remainder filled with tokens that detail craft activities or that can be exchanged for a 'surprise' from the lucky dip.
Some of the Christmas goodies

Craft Activities
Most of the gifts have a christmas theme from stickers and books to making baubles and Christmas cookies. My idea is to help to share the magic of Christmas in each of the days of the Advent.

What kind of advent do you have?

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Domesticated Little man

You are such a domesticated little man you love to help mummy out with jobs around the house. You are a whizz at filling the washer and the dryer, you can even switch them on and change the cycles.

Going shopping is fun as you get to ride in a little car, but you do love it when the shopping gets delivered. You always help with collecting the bags from the driver, taking things through to the kitchen one by one and spotting your favourite foods and the treats!

You always help putting things away, you have a favourite cupboard and the freezer and everything goes in them. It is just so cute.

Love you little man xx

Friday, 23 November 2012

Baby Thank You cards

I was recently contacted by Baby Announcement cards telling me that they had introduced a lovely new range of baby thank you cards. When Tiny entered the world i was so happy i wanted to share my little bundle of joy and good news with the world.  Using baby announcement cards i was able to create some lovely little keepsake cards to send to friends and family.

The range of baby boy thank you cards and baby girl thank you cards are single sided and made from 100% recycled card and can be personalised with your photos and choice of text.

Sample boy thank you card image

Sample thank you card image

Sample thank you card

Cards come supplied with envelopes and benefit from free UK delivery. If you are looking for a way to express your gratitude these cards to say 'thanks' provide an adorable and unique momento.

Disclaimer: This post has been written in collaboration with Baby Announcement cards.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Personalised Christmas Gift Ideas

I have been on the look out for some personalised gifts for the boys for a while and have found a fantastic website My 1st which specialises in the very thing. They have a super huge collection of products all of which can be personalised with names or special message ranging from bears to booties with everything in between.

The Christmas range is amazing, i am spoilt for choice. These are a few of my favourites… I think i will be indulging in some of these for the little peeps.

One of my traditions is new Pj's on Christmas Eve, these would be perfect:

Personalised Christmas Sleepsuit
Personalised Christmas PJ's perfect for Christmas Eve

This little cushion would be a great little addition to the boys room:

Super cute Reindeer cushion
 Everyone should have a Christmas teddy:

Adorable Reindeer Teddy
Ideas for storing the deliveries from Santa:

Big Stocking

Love this personalised 'Gift sack'

Although not technically Christmas related the little man loves to get snuggly in a blanket, this looks so cosy:

Snuggly Blanket
And this little bedtime bear is just so cute:

Bedtime bear

Disclaimer: I wrote this post as i think this range is fab!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Winter Warmer Meals

When i saw the #HalfTermFood Linky Challenge i thought i would try and recreate some of my family favourite  winter warming meals using a convient helping hand using some of the Aunt Bessie's range.

Honey Roasted Parsnip Soup:

With the weather getting colder i love a lovely warming soup. This can also double as lunch the following day.


1 Onion
1 Teaspoon vegetable oil
1 Vegetable Stock Cube
1 packet of Aunt Bessies Parsnips
100ml of milk
Salt and Pepper for seasoning

Cook the Parsnips in the oven as directed
Chop and fry the onion in the pan
Once cooked add the parsnips to the onion
Prepare one pint of stock
Add the stock and milk and blend to desired consistency, (i love a thick chunky soup)

Thick rost parsnip soup

Steak and Mushroom pie:


1 Onion
6 Mushrooms
400g Casserole beef steak
1 packet of Aunt Bessies Pastry mix
1 oz cornflour
1 beef stock cube.

Salt and Pepper for seasoning.
Trim beef steak, chop onions and mushrooms and add place in a casserole dish
Prepare 1 pint of beef stock and pour over meat
Cook for 1hr 30 mins on 170c
Mix cornflour in a small amount of water
Remove meat mixture add cornflour to the gravy and return the meat. Return to the oven for a further 20 mins
Prepare pastry as per instructions
Roll pastry into round pieces and line base of pie dish
Cook the pastry for 15mins
Add the mixture to the pie base and cover with the oastry 'lid'
Seal the pastry around the edge
Brush the pastry with milk
Cook on 190 for a further 25 mins.

Steak and Mushroom Pie

Cheat's Bread and Butter Pudding:

This bread and butter pudding is so quick and easy to prepare, Little man enjoyed helping out with prepartion of the pudding.


4 Slices of white bread
Apricot Jam
A generous handful of raisins (or raisins if you prefer)
1 pack of Aunt Bessies instant custard
Sprinkling of brown sugar

Simply butter the bread and add a thin covering of apricot Jam to 2 slices of the bread, and slice into triangles.
Arrange in dish and scattered raisins over the bread
Prepare the custard as directed and pour over the bread and leave to soak for 15mins, Sprinkle with bown sugar.
Cook in a preheated oven 180 for 20mins

Bread and Butter Pudding


 This is my entry into the # Auntie Bessies #HalfTermFood Linky challenge

Children in Need Socks

Children in Need is this Friday and the Little man has some new Pudsey Bear socks. I spotted these stripey little numbers in Asda.

Pudsey Bear socks.
Not only these socks super cute but for each pair that is sold 50p will  be donated to The Children in Need appeal.

These socks of part of ASDA's Children in Need range.

I bought these as we love new socks and to help such a fab cause.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Puzzle

Little man is a huge Hungry Caterpillar fan, he simply adores everything about it. So when grandma found this Very Hungry Caterpillar jigsaw  puzzle for him, i knew it would be a winner.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar puzzle

The puzzle contains 17 large chunky pieces which are sturdy enough to withstand the little man's attention. When fitted together the puzzle shows a bold picture of the Very Hungry Caterpillar and accompanying text. Each piece contains a large amount of detail which helps the completion of the puzzle.

The jigsaw is unusally shaped with a square bottom and arched top, which creates another dimension to the puzzle.

Little man loves to sit and fit pieces together by himself determined to find the right combination. It has the right number of pieces to hold his attention, and with each piece having a recognisable image so he is able to find connecting pieces.

Little man completing the puzzle
The age on this puzzle is 1 years plus at 20 months the little man is really enjoying exploring the pieces and concept of it.

We found this puzzle whilst browsing in Marks and Spencers.

Disclaimer: Grandma bought this puzzle for the Little man as he is loves the hungry caterpillar.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Baking For Babies Christmas Fair

Back in July we held a Summer Fete to raise money money for Bolton Neonatal and Special care baby units. We raised over £1000, we had so much fun we set a date for a Christmas Event. So here we go.

On the 1st December we will be holding a Christmas Fete at Horwich RMI club.

We have a fantastic selection of stalls from homewares to festive goods, jewellery, cards and sweets. We will also have a facepainter and games stalls.

There will also be a super raffle with prizes including Marks and Spencer vouchers, trafford centre vouchers, build a  bar voucher, baking hampers plus many more.

Horwich Christmas Fair

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