Wednesday, March 18, 2015


We have Book Week coming up next term and I just know that come that week I will be crazy busy handing in And getting sorted my photography school work. I wanted to get some what ahead of myself and today I made Adeles dress-up. She wanted to be a rock star so I talked her round to being Alice of Alice in Wonderland. Thankfully this was well received and now she loves her costume and is happy with the plan. I sort of felt if I was going to go to the effort of making a costume I wanted it to be something I wanted to make. I know, all about me, but I just knew she would love it. We have been reading the story loads and pointing out how much she already looks like Alice.

I used McCalls Costumes pattern M4948 and it came together pretty easy. She's an average sized six year old and I made the seven, but I think I should have made the six. And it is really really long so I will have to hem it up quite a bit.

So pretty!!!!


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Chocolate Tart

Sometimes I feel like life is getting away on me, I haven't been crafting as much as I would like, nor baking and certainly not blogging. Crazy when I think at one point it was a daily affair. I have been working hard on my photography course, three papers to go, and I have been working on and completing my Course Four through Playcentre. So I sort of have had the feeling that life has been about working, doing, completing stuff and there hasn't been as much time for fun. And wow, school kids, if I thought I was busy with babies, school is a whole new world!!

We had our prize giving at Playcentre last night for people who had completed their course so I thought this was the perfect time to try a tart that I had seen, thought it looked yummy, but didn't want to have to eat all the delicious-ness myself. Sharing is caring right ;) It must have at least looked yummy as it was gone in a flash. Perfect!!!!!

I used a recipe from New Zealands Hottest Baker competition, Alice in Bakingland, such a pretty food and not for the diet concerned. Two bars of chocolate AND cream!!!!! I had a sneaky piece before I went and it was fantastic!!

Chocolate and Raspberry Tart (I used blueberries)

250 grams of plain sweet biscuits (I used Girl Guide biscuits)
4 tbsp cocoa
110 gram melted butter

500 gram dark chocolate
1 1/4 cup cream

Preheat oven to 170 degrees, grease a 23-25 loose bottom tart tin
Whizz up the biscuits to a fine crumb and mix in the cocoa and better. Press into the tin and bake for 15 mins. Mine was a little dry, so maybe check at 10 mins.

Melt the chocolate and cream together, pour onto the base once the base is cooled. Spread a layer of berries over the top.  Place in fridge for about 2 hours and then serve. Super rich and yummy!!