I have always believed that if the children should be making something, it should be their work. A lot of times I have despaired when you see a children bring a wooden model to school (when they are only 6!) or a cake that looks like it belongs in a shop... Now, I'm not saying parents should not get involved with what their kids do... encouragement is essential. My son is not very creative, and he needs some ideas at times. BUT, then I expect him to go on and do it himself.
Today is the closing date for a Literary competition I am running at the primary school, I am intrigued to see the submissions. This is the first time I have done this, it'll be interesting to see what I get. If I have enough entries I am planning to publish them as a collection to raise money for the school - should be fun (maybe?)
Anyway, today I have to make an Easter bonnet for my youngest (it never stops) and bake more cakes for her Easter party tomorrow.
Am I the only parent that thinks... STOP, enough? Ha ha
I also facepainted a LOT of children at the Easter fun Day at the pre-school, bought lots of cakes & won a few prizes in the raffle... hooray!
Joanne was searching everywhere for eggs during the egg hunt... even though I tried to "stage" a few discoveries the other kids were hot on her heals! It's a bun fight for the eggs!
125g sugar (I used caster)
The rind of 1 lemon & 2 large oranges (& the juice from the oranges)
I teaspoon vanilla essence or aniseed flavouring (I used the vanilla)
Approx. 350g Self Raising flour
I mixed the Margarine, eggs, sugar & flour together. Then added the rind & juice & flavouring. The dought needs to be "bread like" so add more flour until it is a good consistency, i.e. not sticking to your hands.
Divide into four portions, shape into buns, then criss cross and bake for approx 25 mins until golden brown (like mine...)
Once cooled, slice thinly and spread with butter, jam, etc as you would with scones or eat on its own! I wrap them in tea towels to keep them fresh.
Enjoy, let me know if you try them and what the results were like!
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE
(I am planning to eat cake, chocolates, and spend time with family... can't wait!)
Vanessa :) xx