Category: CHRISTMAS

Florence & William’s Christmas Photo Shoot – 2019

Florence & William’s Christmas Photo Shoot – 2019

It has become a bit of a tradition here to have a little mini Christmas photo shoot in December. This year is William’s first Christmas, so as well as some festive photographs of ecah of them, I got to capture some sibling shots which have […]

Our Activity Advent – 33 things to do as a family during Advent

Our Activity Advent – 33 things to do as a family during Advent

I was talking on instagram stories he other day about out family advent calendar for this year and I how instead of just toys & chocolate we were going to be filling it with activities to do in the lead up to Christmas. I really […]

Recipe: Rudolph the Reindeer biscuits

Recipe: Rudolph the Reindeer biscuits

I’m back with another festive bake this week and this time I am revisiting an idea I first made a number of years ago. Florence has been asking to make biscuits a lot lately and frankly I’m not all that good at making them but after a few attempts and a couple of different recipes I’ve finally mastered a really tasty batch of Reindeer biscuits that make a perfect little Christmassy treat. They’d be great for parties or baking up for little gifts for teachers, colleagues or even your little one’s class mates or play group friends.

I made a couple of adjustments to this recipe I found on the biscuiteers website – ( I have previously worked with them but I stumbled upon this recipe by a happy coincidence and haven’t been asked to include them here). I didn’t use any vanilla flavouring in the actual bake as the frosting we use to decorate them is vanilla based and I thought it might be a bit OTT to have it in both. Also, I used slightly less golden syrup and added a splash of water to the mix for a better, easier to mould dough consistency.

The decoration was the result of a bit of trial and error but I really love the way they turned out. Especially since I’ve never used a piping bag successfully before!

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Biscuits

November 24, 2019
: 24
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • For the Biscuits
  • 350g plain flour
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 125g granulated sugar
  • 125g salted butter softened, diced
  • 100g golden syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • For the decoration
  • Betty Crocker Vanilla Frosting
  • 5 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 24 Red Smarties
Directions
  • Step 1 For the Biscuits
  • Step 2 Sift the flours together into a bowl and mix in the sugar.
  • Step 3 Add the butter to the bowl and rub together with your finger tips until the mixture resembles bread crumbs ensuring all of the butter is mixed in evenly.
  • Step 4 Make a well in the centre of the mixture and pour in the lightly beaten egg, the syrup and 2-3 tbsp of cold water.
  • Step 5 Mix together, gathering any loose flour from the edges of your bowl until you can form a ball with the dough.
  • Step 6 Roll out the dough until you&#8217
  • Step 7 ve got an even sheet about 2cm in thickness and using a ginger bread man cookie cutter cut out 24 cookies and bake on an oven tray lined with grease proof paper in the centre of a preheated oven (170 degrees). Bake for 15-20 minutes or until they&#8217
  • Step 8 re golden brown.
  • Step 9 For the decoration
  • Step 10 Allow the biscuits to cool.
  • Step 11 Spoon 1/3 of the frosting into a bowl and add 2 heaped table spoons of the cocoa powder along with a splash of milk. Mix together until you have a creaming consistency and the powder is well mixed in.
  • Step 12 Repeat with the other 2/3 of the frosting, adding 5 heaped table spoons of the cocoa powder.
  • Step 13 Turn the biscuits upside down and Pipe the lighter mixture onto the bottom half of what will make your reindeer&#8217
  • Step 14 s face.
  • Step 15 Then fill up the circle with the darker mixture. Using the edge of a spatula or the flat side of a dinner knife smooth the icing over.
  • Step 16 Using the rest of the darker mixture, pipe the reindeer ears and antlers on to what would be the gingerbread man&#8217
  • Step 17 s legs and arms.
  • Step 18 Finally add a two little white sprinkles to each biscuit for the eyes and a red smartie to make the all important shiny nose!

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The Christmas Blog – 2018

The Christmas Blog – 2018

And just like that, Christmas is over and we find ourselves counting down to the beginning of a New Year. In lieu of our normal weekend blog, I thought I’d share how we spent Christmas as a family this year. Against all the odds, we […]

Last minute Christmas shopping with MenKind

Last minute Christmas shopping with MenKind

If you’re anything like me, you’ll still have e a few Christmas gifts you need to pick up in time for Tuesday. It always seems to be the same type of things that get left til last… the gifts for the people you have NO […]

Our Family Christmas Eve Box

Our Family Christmas Eve Box

With Florence about to celebrate her second Christmas We are jumping on the bandwagon and indulging in what seems to be the latest popular Christmas tradition. This year will be the first year we have a proper Family Christmas Eve Box Filled with treats for each of us to take advantage on what has to be the most magical night of the year. I’ve decided to put together a family Christmas Eve box rather than one just for Florence because I want it to be something we can all enjoy together. The box is actually from my own little Christmas shop. We’ve personalised it with our family name (okay, I’m the odd one out being that we aren’t married but I hope that it’ll be used year after year so with any luck I will become a ‘Smith’ eventually) and I chose the lidded option because I just preferred those at the time.

I’ve carefully chosen special things for each of us to include, and while predominantly the contents are aimed at Florence there are things for us grown ups too!

What’s inside our family Christmas Eve box?

For Florence I’ve selected a bunch of little treats and activities that I know she will love and that will add a little extra magic to her Christmas Eve.

I picked up this Christmas Colouring & activity kit along with some crayons from Wilko’s kids party favour range for her to do throughout the day and for some sensory play in the tuff spot and of course to make sure the reindeer don’t get too hungry, A homemade sack of reindeer food which we’ll sprinkle outside on a tray ready for them to arrive. (We’ll be putting it out on a tray instead of straight on the ground as it contains glitter and we don’t want any other animals to come along and eat it and get poorly!)

I’ve also added some homemade gingerbread play dough complete with gingerbread man & star cutters as they will  be perfect for keeping Florence busy while I help getting the Christmas Eve feast ready.

I got this little reindeer sleepsuit from Tesco and these adorable Rudolph soft soled shoes which double up as slippers from Dotty Fish – the perfect attire for the most magical bedtime of the year!

I’ve added some chocolate reindeer noses and a packet of Reindeer noses because frankly if you can’t have chocolate at Christmas when can you? As a special Christmas treat I’ve added a little Christmas Peppa Pig cup and reusable straw which she can drink her bedtime milk from instead of her bottle.

It’s always been a tradition in our house to watch The Polar Express On Christmas Eve so I’m looking forward to costing down with her in the afternoon and watching it before our guests arrive for the evening.

And last but not least, a special bedtime story –  The Night Before Christmas.

For Sean I’ve included a bottle of cider which if I wasn’t pregnant I’d totally be downing myself as it’s just TO DIE FOR – and some cheese and biscuits as they’re his favourite festive treat.

For me, I’ve opted for a can of Appletiser which has become my go to drink this Christmas and some Dairy Milk chocolate with a bag of popcorn just in case.

In lieu of Christmas Pj’s we both have some matching Christmas socks.

For when Florence is in bed – Ha! Wishful thinking! – I’ve got one of my favourite festive films , The Holiday, recorded and we’ve also got a board game ready to bring out too – it just doesn’t fit in the box!

Do you have a Christmas Eve Box this year?

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Christmas Gift ideas for All the family

Christmas Gift ideas for All the family

With Christmas just around the corner there have been gift guides galore popping up wherever you look, so I thought I would do a little guide complete with gift ideas for every member of the family. The unicorn believer They’re everywhere you look just lately […]

Florence’s Christmas Photo Shoot – 2018

Florence’s Christmas Photo Shoot – 2018

Can something be a tradition if so far you’ve only done it twice? Well, with this only being Florence’s second Christmas, I’m going to go ahead and say that it can! Last year I created a little Christmas Photo Shoot to mark her first Christmas […]