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Easy Gingerbread House Recipe To Make With The Kids

IMG_3061How To – Gingerbread House

An excellent recipe for gingerbread, and a simple sweet house. Make christmas a little more special – the kids will love it!

Ingredients

Dough
550 grams Honey
250 grams Sugar
125 grams Butter
3 Eggs
1000 grams Bakers (or bread) Flour
25 grams Mixed Spice
50 ml Water
16 grams Bicarbonate of Soda

Royal Icing
200 grams Egg White
1350 grams Icing Sugar
3 Drops Lemon Juice

Sweets to decorate
Icing sugar to shake over for snow effect.

Method

This recipe makes enough dough for 2 houses. I usually make 1 house and cut gingerbread cookies out of the second piece of dough. My 4y/o loves decorating the biscuits with icing and sweets while I decorate the house!

1. Heat the honey and sugar to 65 degrees Celsius. (Don’t worry if you haven’t got a thermometer. Just heat until the mix is melted and hot but not near boiling).
2. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the butter and mix until 35 degrees Celsius. (or is neither hot nor cold when you touch it!)
3. Add flour, eggs and spice and work into a smooth dough.
At this point you can store the dough to mature – or keep going with the recipe.
4. Dissolve bicarb into the water and add to the dough. Mix thoroughly.
5. Roll out the dough to 4mm for base and walls and 2.5 – 3mm for roof.
6. If you wish you can now glaze the dough with a sugar syrup (1 part sugar to 1 part water) and dock well (prick), both to prevent bubbles rising. I have done this in the past and the result is just as good. In my example here I haven’t.

In this example I have rolled all the dough to 4mm and baked the dough in sheets then cut it when cooked as this gives a cleaner edge. The roof pieces will be too thick so I carefully cut them in half (width ways) to make them lighter.

7. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for approx. 15-20 minutes.

To Assemble

1. If you have not already, cut out the pieces. Do this while the dough is warm. Don’t forget to cut a round window and a door. (See pictures) Cut the circle in half to form shutters.
2. Make up the royal icing. (Royal icing dries hard so keep in covered with plastic wrap.)
3. Put the icing into a piping bag with a medium plain nozzle.
4. Assemble in the following order:

Back wall.
Two Side walls.
Front wall.
Now, let icing harden for an hour, then

Roof.
Chimney.
Front door.
Shutters.
Now, pipe on more royal icing to decorate. Decorate with sweets before the royal icing hardens.
Finally, dust with icing sugar for fresh snow effect.

Another hint is to leave the dough to dry overnight. Cover with a clean tea towel and let sit. Cook the next morning. This gives the cooked dough a nice dry crust with a moist interior.

One last note, I once made a gingerbread house twice this size and you can see my hand written measurements on the diagram photo. If you are making this for the first time, please use the typed measurements in the diagram as reference.

Enjoy!

Mamasimx

Don’t forget to enjoy your day.

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Top 10 Snowman Treats To Make with Your Kids This Christmas

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egg cup snowman to make for the kidsEgg-cup snowmen.  Yeah!  Recipe here.

snowmen with scarves to make with the kidsFrosty glass of milk snowman.  How cool is that?  Recipe here.

snowmen cupcakes to make with the kidsSomething a little different…… Recipe here.

snowman eggnog to make with the kidsEggnog snowman (adult or kids version!) Recipe here.

marshmallow snowmenWhat’s not to like with marshmallow snowmen!  Recipe here.

1205_kids_cheeseman_lCheesey snowman anyone?  Recipe here.

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The Snowman Ok, not edible.  But after the mayhem of the kitchen fun you will need to relax with your little ones.  and what better way than with this classic tale?  Buy at Amazon here.

 

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3 Top Tips To Help Mums Stay Sane These Christmas Holidays – Kids Activities

Keeping the kids entertained and yourself sane these holidays requires some forward planning.  Here are my 3 top tips for kids Activities.

  1. Investigate Free Or Low Cost Kids Activities

    See my list of twenty top free kids activities to entertain the kids here.  Alternatively do some surfing to see what is happening in your area.  Local government and councils, as well as other organisations and charities, often put on free or low cost activities (such as SureStart in the UK).

  2. Snack Drawer

    My kids want snacks all the time and I was getting tired of scrabbling around to satisfy them.  And they never need a snack when I have a minute, they want a snack when I feeding baby or on the phone.  So I decided I needed to get organised.  I emptied out one of the crisper drawers in my fridge and designated it for snacks.  One evening a week after the kids have gone to bed , I peel a bunch of veggies and fruit and put them in individual bags. I throw in some healthy cereal bars, dried fruits and hey presto instant stress relief.  Now when the kids need a snack I tell them to go pick one from the snack drawer.  They feel great getting it themselves and I don’t have to stop all the time to hand out more snacks.

  3. Mealtime Prep Entertainment

    It seems like my kids can happily entertain themselves for hours until I need to make dinner.  Then they suddenly want all my attention.  So I decided to give distraction a go.  One night I handed out a bowl of rice and various cups and other receptacles and the scales.  I told them to fill 5 cups/bowls with rice grains so they all weighed the same. 20 minutes later they were still busily transferring rice and I was able to make dinner. Some nights I throw a handful of straws on the table with sticky tape and they make animals and castles.  Another time I gave them spray bottles of water and cloths and they “cleaned” the glass doors. The kids will have fun and you will get dinner made.

    It takes a little planning but it is worth the extra minimal effort for a calmer, happier household.

    What are you doing to make your life easier?

Mamasimx

Don’t forget to enjoy your day.

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Minecraft. A Parental Minefield??? Let My Nephew Give You The Lowdown…

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Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 20.22.47Hi, I’m Mamasim’s nephew and I love Minecraft.  You might find it a bit confusing so here is what it is all about.

So Minecraft is a 3D, cube based, open world survival/sandbox originally made in Sweden by Markess Persson, or Notch as he is most commanly know to us Minecrafters.

In Minecraft your first priority is to survive, in order to do this you must build a shelter and arm yourself before night because there are dangerous creatures in the night. There’s a skeleton; armed with a bow a snipes you, a zombie; armed with hands or a sword they are easy by themselves but in a hoard watch out; a creeper; these mobs don’t make any noise until they are right behind you and the they hiss and blow up, an enderman; these mobs are three blocks high and can teleport and steal your blocks; a spider; gaint spiders that can climb walls and lunge at you.

This are a few of the many mobs in Minecraft. If you do get bored of vanilla Minecraft there are ways to make it more interesting.

1) you can use a resource pack or shaders these change how the game looks 2) you can mod or modify it these install many new features onto your game. 

Here’s some question Aunty Mamasim asked me…..

What is your very favourite thing about mine craft?  
My favourite part about Minecraft is that you are not limited in anything and all the mods, textures and shaders you can add/edit.
Can you play it against other real people?
You can play against other people, Minecraft is both single-player and muti-player.
How big can you build your shelter?
You can build your shelter as big as you want!
Can you build more shelters like a whole town or city?
You can build a whole world of buildings!
Can you be the king of Mineland?  Is it called mineland?
You can be the king of ‘Minecraftia’ if you wanted or a peasant or a god or anything really.
How long does it take to get good at it?
The only thing that can stop you in Minecraft is no imagination!

Hope you enjoyed!

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Don’t forget to enjoy your day.

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A Perfect Moment At The End Of A Less Than Perfect Day

Yesterday was one of those days.  I had chastised my 6 and 2 year olds for what seemed the whole day.  No amount of cajoling, threatening, attempted distraction or straight out threats had worked.  Their arguing, sniping, whining and fighting had continued unabated.

I have to say I was totally exhausted and disheartened (to say the least) by the end of the day.  So I was so pleased when 6 year old appeared by my side to say that he was sorry for being so naughty.  All my bad humour melted away and I wrapped him in a big hug, cuddling him close.

After a minute of two he raised his head and looked up at my face with a concerned look and said with all seriousness:  “Mummy, under your arms is a little bit stinky.”

And that was the end of my perfect moment.

But I did laugh and even said yes when he volunteered to get the deodorant for me!

What’s your most perfect moment?

Mamsimx

Don’t forget to enjoy your day.

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Top tip to stop little ones coughing at night

A Top Tip for Today

To stop coughing at night smother Vicks (or other) Vapor rub product on the soles of the feet of your little one.  Put on socks to stop it rubbing off and put them to bed.

That’s it!

Mamsimx  About Me

Don’t forget to enjoy your day.

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Check These Kids Bedrooms Out….

Looking for some decorating ideas for the kids rooms? Knock yourself out!!!!!

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Designed by mytropolisdesign.com

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Image credits: Gabriel Builders

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Designed by Wendi Young

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Designed by jfishart.com

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Designed by Виктория Файнблат

 

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Don’t forget to enjoy your day.

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Fantastic (And Easy) Fancy Dress Idea….

I was surfing for fancy dress ideas and came across this picture.

How simple and different (and cool)  is it?!

snail fancy dress

Mamasimx

Don’t forget to enjoy your day.

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I’m Despicable (Cupcakes)!

Despicable Me Cupcakes

 Cuteness!

How adorable are these cakes?

I know what I will be making 6 year old for his birthday!

See the original post here.

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Mamsimx

Don’t forget to enjoy your day. 

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Parenting Hero – Words Of Wisdom/Quotes from Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori said…

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maria montessori

 

Wise words. Sometimes hard to forget when your little one wants to put their own shoes on and you are running late! But still, I try to remember this whenever my children say “No Mummy, me do it!”

Mamasimx

Don’t forget to enjoy your day.

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