school starts

BLOG_image_53_starting schoolLast week there was a huge and exciting event in household – first day of school!

It seemed quite weird how excited everybody was, not just Mr 5 (who had tried his uniform on 39 times in the few days before he started) but myself and hubby were just as pumped about him starting.

It was like Christmas Eve and New Years all tied into one, I couldn’t sleep with anticipation. The morning before we left was smooth sailing and little man taught me a thing or two about staying cool, calm and collected.

Arriving at school we quickly touched base with his teacher, identified where his desk would be, had a quick run-down of the morning routine, stayed for a quick welcome assembly and then he was off without so much as ‘seeya mum’ (although we did get a sneaky thumbs-up when he spotted us peeking in the window).

Some mums and dads were a little weepy, some strategically wearing rather large sunglasses but I was insanely excited and filled with happiness that our little man was embarking on this huge chapter in his life with the laid-back casualness he takes on most ‘big’ things. Let’s just hope it lasts!

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cooking with kiddies #002 – biscuits

Today’s cooking escapade again resulted in much flour being tossed about the kitchen but the biscuits we created were scrumptious (and yes I have been snacking on them all afternoon). Enjoy!

biscuits (in all fun shapes and sizes)
ingredients: 125g butter (chopped), 0.5 cup castor sugar, 1 egg yolk, 2 cups plain flour, 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda, 0.25 cups honey, pinch cinnamon, teeny drop vanilla extract
method: preheat oven to 180°C and lightly grease and line 3-4 flat baking trays with baking paper. In a bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg yolk and beat well. Fold in flour, bicarb soda and cinnamon. Heat honey for 20-30 secs in microwave and add to dough along with vanilla – at this point you may want to get your hands dirty as it is the quickest and funnest way to get everything combined evenly. Plonk dough onto cling wrap, wrap in a rough ball shape and chill for 30 mins. Remove and place between two sheets of baking paper and roll to 0.5cm thickness (you can roll on a lightly floured work surface but I find the baking paper less messy and the dough less likely to stick to bench/rolling pin). Using every cookie cutter shape you can muster, start cutting out biscuits that will be fun to eat. Place on prepared trays and bake for 10-15 mins. Watch carefully, remove from oven when lightly golden and let cool on trays (warning: these can burn in a matter of secs).

To decorate: before cooking feel free to experiment with adding smartie eyes or buttons to your cookies, or molding eyes and lips with spare dough. After these have cooked you can easily ice and add every sprinkle, glitter, twinkle cake decoration you like. Plain is quite yum though!