Category Archives: kids parties

Home Made Playdogh

My Playdogh recipe as promised. It provided hours of fun (read peace;-b) and on Saturday, when we needed a screwdriver for the weird screws on our patio roof, I used a bit of the home-made clay to make an imprint that I took to the shop, in order to get the right screwdriver, how’s that for a versatile material:-)

1 cup (250 ml) plain flour

1/2 cup salt

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

1 cup water with food colouring in

1 teaspoon vanilla (to make it smell nice, can be omitted)

Put all the ingredients into a large saucepan and stir over a medium heat until it comes together and starts to form a ball. Allow to cool, then knead until smooth and PLAY!

I find the best way to get the pans clean, is to soak them in water for half an hour or longer. After that the playdogh can be rinsed right off.

Update: I meant to add that here in Denmark, you CAN get cream of tartar… it’s called Vinsyre. I never thought you could and imported a tub from England now and then. But then the rest of you are probably smarter than me and knew all along…

Farmyard Animals Cake

The cake I made ready for my fondant class this week. It is by no means an original design. If you want to see a gazillion versions of this, just google “farm animals cake”. I thought this would be a fun one to try, after seeing a friend post pictures of one (VERY cute one in two tiers) on facebook. That way the students could have a go at as few or as many elements as they wanted to.

I had the theme tune to Shaun the Sheep stuck in my head the whole day after…

 

Fondant Fun and Early Morning Quilting

Lately I’ve been busy with a few things including a quilt for Teachers’ Day (yesterday) where all the kids in my daughter’s class had written their name on a fabric heart each, which was then stitched onto the quilt. Sadly I only finished it at 3:40 am yesterday morning and thus forgot to take pictures (yawn…)

If you, like me, are an unexperienced quilter, here’s an excellent link my mum sent me to help with the binding -or finishing the edge of the quilt as I thought it was called…

Also, I am teaching a fondant evening class. I was so nervous at first, but it is proving to be lots of fun, and all the ladies in my class are just lovely! This is what we did this week: Roses…

My Fondant Recipe and a Little Boy’s Blue Elephant

It was my baby’s first birthday today, which I guess in reality means he is no longer my “baby” (sigh).

Anyway, I made him this cake with two of his favourite things on: his dummy and his blue elephant (without which he will not go to sleep.)

Here in Danmark, you can’t buy ready to roll icing or fondant and because I’ve had to, I’ve found out that it is very simple to make. I’ve been asked for the recipe here many times, so I thought I’d post it on here.

All I do is mix:

  • one 500g pack icing sugar (flormelis:-b),
  • One tub pasteurised egg white (1,5 whites) and
  • 3 tablespoons liquid glycose (this can be bought in the pharmacy or cheaper and in the form of a more liquid syrup from Brugsen)

I put everything in my food proccessor (mainly because I don’t have a blender), but be a bit cautious if your food proccessor is cheap and flimsy. My first one was and this broke it! Alternatively just mix it with your hands. You’ll need to knead it by hand anyway.

When you’ve done this, you can colour it using food colouring and it’ll now be just like plastacine, so have fun!

Football (Soccer) Themed Birthday Party

My oldest son, like all the boys in his fathers family, is crazy about football and so it wasn’t hard to guess the theme he wanted for his birthday party.

I thought I’d share some of the decorations, but please do excuse the curtainless windows (they are now dressed) and the paint stained dining chairs (there’s a future project…)

For the table we used a green paper cloth and then, using masking tape and different sized plates as templates, my husband made a football court. We then cut out sparkly footballs (from Panduro Hobby‘s scrapbooking paper range) and used these as confetti.

I was allowed to add some bows as long as they were black and thus sufficiently manly (he was turning 6 after all;-b)

I made this bunting using Adobe Illustrator and I’ll upload a printable of it later, so that it can be downloaded and the letters changed. All I did after printing the triangles, was staple it onto a length of ribbon. He loved this and had it in his room afterwards.

Here is the birthday boy after blowing out the candles along with a couple of his cute and equally football mad friends.

I just realised that I don’t really have a picture of the cake, but here’s one I made before (:-b) that looks a lot like it.

A really easy way of making a spherical cake (think ball sports, Mike from the Monsters inc movie etc) is using a christmas pudding tin. Just fill one half with batter, pop the other half on and bake at the normal temperature. It does take about twice the time to bake, but you can check by inserting a knitting needle into the hole at the top and checking it comes out clean.