The nursery that Olly attends is just fabulous. It is a lovely place that encourages his individual interests while observing the government's rules and regs about foundation stage education. Olly spends most of his time in The Studio with Sam, Sarah and Kev. He is really lucky that there are several male nursery teaching staff working here. He loves going to his nursery. He loves his teachers and talks about them all the time.
Regular readers here know of Olly's love of crafting and our various baking adventures. So why not combine the two, and make a gift for Sam, Kev and Sarah. Just a little something for them to put under their tree. And as a thank you from me. I trust them with my boy implicitly. It's good to know he's thriving under their tutelage.
Home-made Pic n Mix and a Mini Christmas Cake
Olly and I made the cakes in October. I had this great idea to make mini ones. So that there were loads to go around. Of course I didn't factor in the different cooking times involved for half a dozen small cakes as opposed to one large one. It was all very stressful. And I dropped one on the floor.....
Anyway fast forward to this week. I decided to buy the marzipan and royal icing. Like I've said before, why make life hard on yourself (although I probably should have applied that logic to making the mini cakes in the first place). So knead, roll and hey presto! an iced cake. Add a bit of ribbon and a cute creature, and job done!
For the pic and mix I decided upon fudge, nut brittle, peppermint creams and chocolate truffle snowballs. The fudge was a disaster. The first attempt burnt. The second attempt was taken off the heat too early. So I ditched it. I really enjoyed making the rest. Olly helped with the peppermint creams and truffles. I think his favourite bit was rolling the truffle in coconut. The recipes came from this book. They were all very easy to make, and looked really lovely in their cellophane bags tied with ribbon.
Olly decorated the brown paper bags himself. Lots of glitter, glue and sequins were involved. Add some jingle bells and a gift tag, and they were Christmas blinged to perfection.
Olly really enjoyed giving his gifts to Sam, Sarah and Kev. I hope they enjoy them too!
Have a lovely weekend everyone. Think of me (as I shall think of you) while fighting the throng in Sainsburys, wrapping presents into the wee hours, losing the sellotape and possibly my mind.