Sunday, September 13, 2015

Bread and other such tales

Some of my favourite bloggers are Waldorf bloggers.. they have such beautiful blogs that document their amazing everyday... full of wooden toys, rainbows and smiles! One such favourite is Kelly from Happy Whimsical Hearts. I have read her blog for around 5 years now and I still can't get enough of following along with their lives... and one of the beautiful traditions they follow is the baking of bread.

Last week I couldn't resist the urge to bake bread with my girls. They both love ANY cooking, add in the job of kneading and they're even more pleased.. and of course, bread is something yummy that we all love to eat!

We adapted this recipe and made our bread something like this...

2 Tbs dried yeast
3 cups warm water
1 Tbs honey
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup honey
3 tsp salt
6 cups plain flour
2 cups quick oats

---Preheat oven to 90'C---
1. Mix yeast, water and 1 Tbs honey together until frothy.
2. Add oil, salt, honey and combine well
3. Add the oats, followed by the flour until the liquid is absorbed and it forms a dough
4. Dust bench with flour and knead dough. I separate so the girls have 1/4 each and I have 1/2 the dough. It's a little sticky as you separate it so keep dusting with flour as you need to.
5. I shaped mine into rolls. The girls made fairies!
6. Place on a lined tray and pop in oven for 15 minutes to rise.
7. Turn up to 150'C and bake for 15-20 minutes until done!

Bread is really forgiving... you can't really screw it up too badly because once you slather on some butter, syrup, honey and other spreads.. it's amazing!!

We got all the spreads out on the table and the girls enjoyed trying all of them on their hot bread rolls, I mean, fairies!

Here's some other yummy bread that we've made in the past...

No knead bread
One hour bread
More one hour bread
Fastest pizza dough
4 ingredient scrolls

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Our Lion Cub turns ONE

It seems only yesterday that I blogged about the first birthdays of Miss Daisy and Little Peppa... and now here we are and it's our little Lion Cub's turn! How time just flies doesn't it!?

Last month we celebrated his first birthday with our most special family and friends! Almost 80 of them! And we were ever so fortunate that the predicted rain held off all day and we were able to enjoy the day of celebrations outside!

Our cheeky boy loves the book Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox so I decided to make that the theme for the cake! It worked out perfectly!
We had some traditional games like pass the parcel and eating donuts from hanging string which was quite fun! And my dad set up a chocolate Freddo treasure hunt for the kids which was fun too!


The cake was super easy despite perhaps looking more complex than it is!
I made three cakes, one chocolate and two vanilla the morning before the party. These were layered with some buttercream in between. I then covered the whole cake in light green buttercream... yum!

I added a little extra green colouring and a little extra icing sugar (confectioners sugar) to the icing to make it a little thicker then used a piping bag and nozzle to pipe the bush, little bushes and the grass around the base of the cake too! I added M&M's for the flowers to make the scene look similar to that on the final page of the book where the green sheep is found, fast asleep!

And the green sheep itself... I moulded him out of fondant type icing. It's actually just the 'white icing' from Coles supermarket and I coloured it green then shaped it into this darling little sheep! I used a drinking straw to get the texture of his wool and also to put his eyes/nose onto the head! Easy peasy I tell you!

We had a wonderful day celebrating our precious little lion cub. He is growing into such a special little soul and we can't wait for many more blessed years with him!

And of course, little boys who smile and play all day end up falling asleep safely in the arms of people they love! This little guy had a simply marvelous day!

I'm so thankful to all of our amazing family and friends who brought along food, served food, cleaned up, washed dishes and made it a very easy job for me to de-party at the end of the day!

If you'd like to see some of the other parties we've enjoyed you might like:

Miss Daisy's first birthday Rainbow Party


Peppa Pig Cake DIY                                Tangled Party and Cake

Peppa Pig Birthday Cake - Just For Daisy
Tangled Party : Just For Daisy