Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Enter Wilfred

Young sir has created an imaginary friend call Wilfred. The most important thing you need to know about Wilfred is that 'his mummy lets him watch television every day'....oh dear...

Ignorance is a bliss but unfortunately being at school nursery is quietly chipping away this wonderful state of ignorance we've had. Before, pancakes were an occasional breakfast. Now, he knows about existence of pancake day and the importance of flipping the pancake over - gone are the days of just using the spatula to turn them over lazily. Before, sitting together to watch an animated film together with a bowl of popcorn to share was a special treat. Now, he knows that other kids are allowed to watch tv daily.

Thankfully he has chosen the subtle way of complaining about the parenting he receives through his imaginary friend and comparisons to the parenting Wilfred receives. So we'll keep telling him how much better it is for his imagination if he plays with his trains or the lego to which he usually returns with a bit quizzical 'whatever' look.

The sweetest thing about Wilfred though is that he 'lives in my heart' according to the young sir!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Whoop whoop for whoopie pies

I love baking. A lot. The problem is, that there is only so many baked things you can eat in a week and stay just a little bit cuddly...but I have found the perfect solution to the baked goodies consumption problem...our youth group! I can bake to my hearts content and without the fail they usually polish the plate of whatever I've experimented with :)  Food for both, the spirit and the body.

I've been wondering about trying to make whoopie pies for a while  - especially as every now and then I've heard them referred as the 'next cupcake' yet I'd not even seen one. I came across a straight forward looking recipe on bbc website and last week I finally decided to give them ago.

The whoopie pies are basically two soft cookies squished together with a filling. And the beauty of the recipe was the filling, I'd seen quite a few that had complicated fillings that required this and that ingredient - this one only used marshmallows! Bake the cookies (warning - they spread...a lot), leave half to cool on a rack, flip the other half over, plop a marshmallow on top of each one and pop them back in the oven for 2-3 minutes. The marshmallows keep the shape but get soft so when you take them out you just squeeze the two halves together and the melted marshmallow acts as a glue.

The young sir helped me to squeeze the halves together, only his approach was rather energetic so some were more squashed and squeezed than others! 

The taste panels verdict was unanimous agreement of deliciousness. They are rather sweet so definitely a treat than a everyday cookie to have a round. Next time I might try to make them a bit smaller. 

I tried rolling them in hundreds and thousands, only I ran out after two pies. You could have some fun decorating them with all sorts of things. The recipe suggested covering them in more chocolate but I think that would be an overkill. My sister had a brilliant idea and decorated hers with some templates and dusting of icing sugar - simple but very effective and elegant!

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Capes and mending - just what Saturdays are for

I've had few pairs of young sir's trousers that had holes on the knees that have been sitting on my mending pile for a while. Today was the day that they finally got mended. He seems to always fall down the same knee first - so most of his trousers have patches on the right knee.

The first pair was not a problem. Navy blue, so I put a piece of fabric behind the whole and just zigzagged over with navy thread. Job done.

Second pair though...major problem - I had no thread of the same colour and the thought of braving the arctic conditions didn't appeal. It's not really arctic only -2c - arctic only for the North East coast!

I was not to be deterred so decided to do my usual zigzagging business and cover it up with a little star (cookie cutters are wonderful templates for patches!). I sewed the star on with same colour thread than the stripes on the side and it doesn't look too bad and what is even better the young sir seems to like the star too!

A tutorial for making a superhero cape caught my interest on pinterest some time ago so after I finished my mending it was time to have some sewing fun :)

We got a fleece blanket from ikea for the fabric - cheaper than buying it by the meter.

I decided to trust my memory rather than read the tutorial again so I ended up making a double width cape...never mind...I should have used a quarter of a circle rather than half but it doesn't seem to matter - there's just more cape to wrap into. Picture below is before sewing it. I didn't bother hemming it as it is fleece and shouldn't fray too much.
 Super Henrik in his double sized cape
 Super H
 I added some gold sequences along the edge in the front (boys dressy up clothes are usually far too boring - I am sure they would benefit from having a bit more bling and glitter on...) and two little jingle bells in the bottom corners. The added benefit of the bells is that I have a advance warning before I am attacked by the Super H ;)

I didn't have velcro and again did not fancy the arctic weather. The English arctic weather is lame compared to the -40.3c that was recorded in Finland this morning! But for England it is cold and it gets tiring correcting people on what arctic really means.

So back to velcro. I replaced it with two poppers, the sew on type not the press on ones :( I sewed a big button on the front that covered where I'd stitched the poppers on. Or to be more exact my all singing all dancing sewing machine that I absolutely love stitched and sewed both the poppers and the button on.

If anyone has a little boy, or a girl for that matter, the superhero cape is the easiest thing to make. You could use any old towel for making it too so it's no cost fancy dress.

Young sir seems to love his and has been prancing around the house doing superman poses ever since I finished it!