Butterflies and ladybirds

I had planned to post this yesterday, however with work, yoga, work and  monkeyboy (new nickname for the wee man due to his appetite for bananas and love of climbing) waking up and not setting until well after midnight I kind of ran out of time, so here goes take two!

I decided to pack a special snack in munchkins lunch bag yesterday, something I had seen on Pintrest a while ago and been wanting to try.  It may not have been the best day to try it out though as we all slept a bit longer than we should have, hubby had to rush off for a meeting while I was trying to get lunchbags, kids and myself organised while time was ticking away. I wanted it to be a surprise so had to get her upstairs  while creating it and then taking a couple of pictures of it to be able to show the world (i.e you!).  Fortunately munchkin was on her best behaviour and got herself ready while I got it sorted. The plastic food bag I had wasn’t the best, as I would have preferred it to be clear, but it was the only square one I had that didn’t have any printing on it.

Snack butterfly Anyway,  munchkin loved her snack butterfly,  but I thought I’d include the  link to the original picture I had seen that was my inspiration, as the photo I managed to take isn’t great. She actually requested it again today, but this time it was filled with cucumber and grapes, and no crackers as yesterday. I have a feeling these will feature in her lunch bag a lot from now on  🙂

Speaking of Pintrest, I added a photo there the other day of a great idea for a kids party that I saw when attending a party recently – KitKat bars with Smarties ‘glued’ onto them!

KitKat with Smarties So pretty with the coordinated colours! The kids LOVED them and the plate was emptied in no time. I’m definitely going to try these out as soon as I get a good opportunity.

We also discovered a little visitor in the kitchen yesterday – a   ladybird seemed to have stranded on the plate of a plantpot and kept walking round and round it.

Ladybird in kitchen

The poor thing must have got all dizzy and didn’t know where else to go, so we had to take the plate outside to release it back into the wild.

Ladybird in garden

First post! – Waffles and sourdough

So,  I’m officially a blogger! I’ve decided to stop annoying my Facebook friends with pictures of cakes whenever I bake, which has been quite a lot recently, and get myself a blog instead to capture my adventures in the world of baking and  share some of the recipes.

Today is waffle day in Sweden. We were going to have them as an afternoon snack, but E’s play date didn’t seem keen on them so we waited until pudding instead – she don’t know what she was missing, but on the other hand there was  more to go around for the rest of us!

Waffles

Waffles

Waffles
Makes about 8

350 ml flour
3 tsp baking powder
200 ml milk
250 ml sparkling water
100g butter

Melt the butter and allow to cool.
Mix flour and baking powder with the milk, then add the sparkling water.
Add the melted butter.
Rest the batter for a minimum of 20 minutes.
Pour a ladle of  batter intp a waffle maker and bake until golden brown.
Serve with jam and whipped cream. Yum!

I also had a first go at making sourdough bread. Unfortunately the result wasn’t a total success, it didn’t rise as well as expected, but the taste was great and it was nice and crusty. Need to do a bit of more research  and try again – practice makes perfect!

Sourdough bread

First attempt at making sourdough bread