Monday, 30 March 2009

Kitchen Capers..............

Dottie and Poppet have been so patient over the last few weeks while I have been so busy and they have spent alot of time just hanging around having fun watching tv and reading etc. I think alot of the time they have beeen bored, but they have been very good and havent complained once.

So I suppose when they found out I was planning to do some baking it was only a matter of time before they wanted to be in amongst the thick of it , helping out they called it although Im not convinced.

Dottie quickly got the handwash soap and shouted for Poppet to get her hands washed.

Then she came along with the baking timer, I was quite impressed, she seemed to be very organised.

Before I knew where I was the girls had everything under control and they were opening a box of muffin mix.
Dottie said they had been reading up on things in the BeRo book and it was ok for me to go off and have cuppa while they did the baking. Alarm bells started ringing and I couldnt help feeling as though things were moving a little too quickly, and I wondered just how much control I was going to have over this baking session.....

The girls got right on organising everything that I decided to put the kettle on, that cup of tea might not be a bad idea after all.
They were weighing out ingrediants and being very well organised , even if I do say so myself.

Dottie got out the castor sugar, the girls were laughing and im sure I heard them say something about make it nice and sweet as the way to a mans heart was through his Sams going to be doing some taste testing ! Poor Sam, hes always the taste tester, although I think he enjoys it really.

Although the girls cant stay serious for too long, I came back with my cuppa to find them hiding in the flour bags and making ghosty noises, and giggling.

I reminded them if they couldnt behave I would not let them help out, that soon brought things back under control.

Dottie and Poppet referred to the cook book and once again the baking session was back under control.

Perched on the side of the mixing bowl the girls seemed to be having a discussion, Dottie was concerned that the mixture wasnt mixed enough, Poppet suggested that she take off her shoes and jump into the bowl, apparantly she had seen someone on TV treading grapes so maybe the same idea would work on white chocolate muffins?
Dottie was quick to inform her that no one would be putting their feet into her cake mixture, especially if she was going to be giving it to sam to taste test.

Poppet finally agreed.

Poppet added extra chocolate, just in case there wasnt enough in already and Dottie poured a little carnation milk into the mixture to make it smooth and moist.

Once they were satisfied that the mixture was ready they emptyied it out of the bowl.
The girls were very quick to lick some of the chocolaty mixture from the bowl. It was yummy.......

With all of the mixture into the cake cases it was time to put them in the oven.

While the flour and sugar were still out the girls quickly rustled up a chocoate cake and an orange cake too. I think Sam will be eating cakes for ages at this rate.

It didnt take long for the cakes to cook and while we waited I washed the dishes.
The girls made a wonderful chocolate icing which they used to sandwich the cake together and to decorate it also.

With the cakes all cooling on the rack they girls made themselves a well earned drink and had a sit down.

As soon as the cakes were cooled , we decided to put them in a tin to keep them fresh, I must admit the girls had done a great job. But I had a feeling we would be eating cake forever we had so much of it.

I was very impressed at how hard the girls worked and that they obtained such good results, obviously all of the reading about baking had paid off.
They had only misbehaved slightly , so I cant complain really. I found myself admitting I was happy for them to try their hand at other things from now on.
They had a good time but were very tired when they were finished.

Dottie rushed straight to the phone to tell Sam all about it, I hope hes hungry when he gets home from work....................

He wont be able to get into his uniform by the time hes eaten this lot !

Thanks for stopping by.

Baking Antics..............

Sorry the girls havent blogged for a while, but that doesnt mean to say they havent been up to mischief, because they have............

Updates will be posted soon, when Ive dusted all the flour away........

Thanks for being patient.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Are you sitting comfortable? Then we shall begin.....

After many nights of having to amuse themselves while I was poorly, and once the Christmas film season had finished Dottie and Poppet found themselves a new past time......Reading.........

They have been sitting for hours reading to one another and even read a few stories for me while I was poorly.

They would climb onto their sofa and get out the books.

At the moment this one is one of their favourites.

This story was written by my son David when he was only 7 years old. It was televised on the Jackanory programme and i made it into a book for him as a keepsake this Christmas.
It is exactly as he wrote it all those years ago....and its called "The Tigers Birthday".

One day last year , Toby the Tiger woke up feeling rather pleased with himself. It was his birthday. He was very excited, he ran to his postbox but he was very sad when he got there.
There were no birthday cards and no birthday presents. He was very sad.
He sat down on the path crying, he didnt think that all of his friends would forget his birthday.

He put on his coat and set off to see his friend Lenny the Lion.
When he got there Lenny was digging his garden.
"Hello" said Toby, "Did you know it was a special day today" "Yes" said Lenny "I must plant my seeds today or my plants wont be ready in time for the summer fete" Toby's heart sank. "I will see you later Lenny" and he set off again.

The next house he came to was the house of Sammy the snake.
"Hello Sammy" said toby, "Did you know it was a special day today" "Yes" said Sammy
"I am going on my holidays, I cant stop and talk to you , I must go and pack my case"
Toby felt awful...........

Once again Toby set off.
As he was walking Polly the parrot flew past.
"Hello Toby" said Polly "Its a special day today" "Yes" said Toby and he smiled.
Polly explained how she was on her way to see her sister who had just got married. "How nice" said Toby "I will see you later". As he walked away big tears rolled down his cheeks.

He nearly walked passed the house of Gordon the gorilla.
"Hello Toby" said Gordon, "Why are you crying?" "Its my birthday today and nobody's remembered" cried Toby. "Nevermind" said Gordon" Lets go for a walk, it will make you feel better".

As they walked through the jungle it was very quiet.
"I think everybody must be very busy today, its very quiet " said Toby.
Just then there was a loud cheer "HAPPY BIRTHDAY ".
Toby was so surprised , all of his friends were deep in the jungle.
There was cakes, hotdogs, crisps,trifle, sandwiches and lemonade to drink. There was also a big pile of cards and gifts.
"This is the best birthday I have ever had" said Toby.
"I would like to say Thank you to all my special friends for my special day".

Dottie and Poppet hope you enjoyed hearing the story as much as they enjoyed reading it.
Thank you for stopping by, call again soon.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Celebrations for Dottie and Poppet

Sorry this post is very late, hopefully we are just about back on track now and updates should be back to normal quite soon. Thank you for your patience.

The girls may just be small, but they sure had some big celebrations.

Mini quiches, cocktail sauges , pringles .....I dont know where they put it all

After eating a huge lunch they surprised me at being first to the tea table.
They were jumping for joy at the chocolate cake which has become one of their favourite cakes.

At New Year , they had the tinyest bottle of champagne chilled and ruby red glasses at the ready and the toasted in the New Year as soon as the clock struck 12.

They were extremely well behaved and got up to no mischief, although as I wasnt very well it may have been that I just didnt notice.