When I was little, I used to get really excited about Christmas. The lights, the foods, the TV specials and (of course) the prezzies. But at some point, I think it was in my mid-teens, the anticipation and magic of Christmas faded, and it became more a source of stress than blissful joy. Last year, … More 24 Activities to Enjoy with Your Child this Advent!
As I’ve mentioned before, we do a ‘make or bake’ activity most afternoons, as part of our home education. One of the things we’ve been baking several times this autumn, is this sponge cake spiced with cinnamon and cloves and studded with apple slices. I think it’s a good one for the colder parts of … More Baking Together – Spiced Apple Sponge Cake
Did you know that the humble cinnamon roll has it’s own day of celebration in Sweden? Since almost 20 years now, Cinnamon Bun Day (’Kanelbullens Dag’) is celebrated on the 4 October every year, to honour the importance of this traditional fika favourite. The good news though is that you can happily carry on eating Cinnamon … More Baking Together: Cinnamon Rolls!
This summer, Penguin has discovered a liking for scones, so we’ve added these to our little repertoire of recipes for baking together. They’re really quick and easy to make! We like to make them with raisins, as ‘fruit scones’, but they can just as well be made without, if you prefer. Here’s our list of … More Baking Together: Scones
We’re very much into baking together. I find it’s a great way to practise things like counting and measuring, naming/recognising various ingredients and utensils, using bilateral coordination etc. And on top of that it’s always a sensory rich experience, which is a big plus in our book. These Chocolate Cake Cookies are currently one of our … More Baking Together: Chocolate Cake Cookies
Our Easter has been very low-key. In a way you could say we’re still ‘recovering’ from our house move, which has been draining for us in many different ways, mentally, financially and physically. We’re very, very happy to have got here, and the house suits our needs really well. Penguin is delighted to now have … More Glimpses of our Easter Sunday 2018
Yesterday, we made these Queen of Hearts tarts, based on a recipe from the BBC children’s tv show ‘Big Cook, Little Cook’. These are easy to make, quite plain, and filled with whichever red jam you like best. As you might know from our recent post about making Merengue Snowmen, ‘Big Cook, Little Cook’ is … More Baking Queen of Hearts tarts, like on ‘Big Cook, Little Cook’
Yesterday, we made meringue snowmen, just like they make for Father Christmas in an episode of ‘Big Cook, Little Cook’. This was our first attempt at these, and we may not have payed perfect attention to how much sugar that actually went in, which I suspect is why these fellows turned out slightly more tanned than they … More Meringue Snowmen a la ‘Big Cook, Little Cook’!
Tomorrow is Saint Lucy’s Day, 13 December, and in Sweden (where I’m originally from) that is a day which is widely celebrated with songs and processions, as well as with mulled wine, gingerbread and saffron buns. So this evening we’ve baked some of the latter, as our advent activity of the day. [EDIT: You can … More Baking Saffron Buns!