At easter time it is all about the chocolate….I can’t tell you how much I love chocolate.  If there was one thing I had to eat for the rest of my life, it would probably be chocolate.  Anyway, that’s another story entirely!  Bringing me back to what I am sharing with you today, easter chocolate bark!  I first discovered ‘bark’ a few years back when my sister’s mother in law gave us a tin of peppermint bark for Christmas.   From then on I was totally in love with it.  Last year my sister and I made easter bark, and that was brilliant.  So this year I decided to make it again (and bigger this time, it didn’t last nearly long enough!).

I think it looks brilliant, and is a great idea for an easter gift!  I think it is usually made with dark chocolate so here is the recipe (it’s blooming easy, if you can melt chocolate you can make this!).  You could definitely adapt it for different seasons as well.  Using crushed candy canes and festive colours at Christmas, or at Halloween you could used oranges and greens with some skull chocolates scattered across it.

Ingredients

400g milk chocolate

200g white chocolate

3 x food colouring of your choice (I used gels as they are a bit easier to mix in)

Mini eggs

Recipe

  1. Melt chocolate in two separate bowls.  I do this over a pan of boiling water.
  2. Divide the chocolate into 4 small bowls (one bowl per colour)
  3. Put the food colouring in each bowl and mix thoroughly, leaving one white
  4. Spoon the milk chocolate onto a piece of baking paper (I put it in a square tin) and spread in a thick, even layer.
  5. Blob each colour of the white chocolate on to the milk chocolate.
  6. Get a cocktail stick and drag it through the chocolate to make swirls and patterns.
  7. Sprinkle with mini eggs.
  8. Leave to cool and then place in the fridge to set.

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As Oliver has started standing and has taken those first few steps (although he isn’t walking unaided yet) my mind instantly turns to shoes.  When should we be buying those first shoes?  Currently Oliver is wearing pram shoes, soft soled ones, when we are outside.  They’re scuffed to buggery now, but they work as a good intermediate.  He loves walking holding our hands when we are out and about.  And taking his walker outside is his favourite thing to do!  Recently I’ve noticed more and more people I know with babies younger than Oliver are buying their babies proper shoes. They’ve only just started crawling, not even attempting to walk.  And I wonder why?

Looking online the guidance seems to be when your child has been walking unassisted for at least 4-6 weeks.  Bare feet is best inside, as it helps their little feet develop properly.  Apparently putting them in shoes too early, before they’re walking properly can squash their feet and stop them developing properly.  When your baby starts walking, Made for Mums recommends that if you do feel you need a shoe an early, soft soled shoe is best, with a soft bendy sole.

What I often wonder is why certain shoe shops will fit shoes for babies that clearly aren’t walking?  And why would you spend thirty odd pounds on a pair of shoes that you just don’t need?  Your baby needs their feet measuring every 6-8 weeks, and their feet can grow 2 sizes a year.  Why not hold off on the expense for as long as possible?

For now we are going to stick with our pram shoes, until Oliver is walking confidently on his own.  Hopefully he can hang on until it gets a little warmer and we can get him a little pair of sandals!

When did you buy your baby their first shoes?  Were they walking unaided?  I would love to hear your stories!

 

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I really enjoy baking at Easter.  I also love something that is easy to make.  Rice Krispie cakes are one of my favourite treats.  So when I spotted some egg shapes in Poundland, I thought why not make my favourite treat into something more Eastery?! (I’m allowed to make words up..!) I then thought, why not make it even better by hiding a chocolate egg in the middle?!

So here we have it, a Secret Surprise Rice Krispie egg!  They’re a great treat to make this Easter holiday, or even just on a rainy day.  Considering the egg moulds are only £1 in Poundland (obviously!), it’s a nice and cheap make.

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Secret Surprise Rice Krispie Eggs
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a medium-large saucepan
  2. Once the butter is melted add the marshmallows (and toffees if using) and stir until they have melted (usually around 5-10 minutes)
  3. Once everything is fully melted into a smooth fluffy mixture add the Rice Krispies, I did it at around 50g a time to make sure they were all well coated.
  4. Get your egg moulds and grease them with either butter or a cooking spray.
  5. Spoon the Rice Krispie mixture into each side of the mould, pop the mini egg into the middle and then squeeze the mould closed, nice and firmly.
  6. Put in the fridge for around an hour to cool and harden.
  7. Gently pop each egg out, and voila!
  8. If you wanted to you could use candy melts or melted chocolate to dip them in or decorate.
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They are so delicious and easy to make!

I could have just stopped here and eaten the mixture..!

Just stuff the eggs and leave to cool and set..

I know my decorating leaves plenty to be desired!  I thought I would give candy melts a go, but they don’t seem to go on easily at all.  I’m pretty pleased with these otherwise and they’re bloomin delicious! Oliver even approved (he managed to break into the tin and steal one!)

Have you made these before?  Any tips on getting candy melts to be a bit more pliable?!

 

 

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I was tagged by the lovely Lianne from Mrs Mummy Harris in the movie of your life tag.  I can’t say I’ve thought about this many times, so this post was procrastinated over for a whole evening by myself and Stu.  Here are our answers!

1. Who would play you in the movie, and why?

This wasn’t a hard one to choose, Isla Fisher!  As a fellow redhead, it was an obvious choice.  I love her, she is so beautiful and funny.  Plus her portrayal Rebecca Bloomwood was so good in Confessions of a Shopaholic, I’m sure she could do me justice!  My shopping problem isn’t quite that bad, but I do love to shop!

2. Who would play your Significant Other? (if you have one)

I think Jim Carrey, it has to be really.  Perhaps in younger days rather than now.  Stuart has watched every film he’s been in, and I’m pretty sure he’s had a massive influence on his sense of humour as well. Most of his jokes are quotes from Jim Carrey films, so it would be a pretty easy role for him!

3. What genre of movie would it be?

A comedy, for sure!  We are always laughing in our house, Stu is a bit of a comedian (well at least he thinks so..!) so he is always joking about or saying/doing something funny!

4. What would the movie be called?

Well, ‘We are the Miller’s’ is already taken, and we are most certainly not drug smugglers.  So maybe ‘Haven’t got a Clue’ because quite frankly, who does?!

5. What would be the opening song at the start of the movie?

One of Stu’s favourite film is Mrs Doubtfire, and he loves this song from it.  So why not?!  I love it too and it has plenty of energy, which is something that’s in abundance in our house!

I’m tagging Vicki from tippytupps Jen from Just Average Jen and Sara from Chaos and Conversation.  I look forward to seeing who your leading ladies and gents will be!

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With Spring now well and truly here my thoughts are already on the warmer weather.  I love the summer.  As nice as it is to wrap up warm in the winter, it’s much nicer to not have to worry about whether you’ve remembered your hat, gloves or scarf.  This week I had the new Boden children’s catalogue come through my door and I saw a few bits in there I would love to get for Oliver.

I am pretty good at snapping up a bargain, so whenever I see a discount event or sale, I always keep a look out for bits.  Whether it be for the next season or next year.  However, on occasion I do like like to just get something I love, because I love it!  Here are some of my favourite clothing I have found and I am lusting over!

Boden

How gorgeous are these jungle rompers?  I love a romper in the summer.  Last year Oliver lived most of the summer in them, especially when it was really hot.  I always find waistbands uncomfortable in the heat, so why wouldn’t a baby?  The design is beautiful on both of the rompers in the twin pack, we really love jungle animals here!  They’re currently retailing for £27 and are from newborn up to 18-24 months.  They’re a bit more on the pricey side but Boden are always such good quality that they are worth the money!

The ticking romper is absolutely beautiful.  I do love a really classic, almost Prince George, look on a little boy, and this ticks all of the boxes!  It would be perfect for a baby boy at a summer wedding.  I love a blue pinstripe, and I love that the pinstripe is also on the collar, really tying the outfit together.  The button detail is really beautiful as well, I can just imagine some little chubby legs coming out of the leg holes!  Currently retailing for £28 I think it is worth the money if it was for a special occasion.

JoJo Maman Bebe

I love JoJo and as always their summer range doesn’t disappoint!  My two favourite products from there for this summer are the Boat Print Jersey Dungarees and the Whale Applique Romper.  Another romper, I know, but they’re so darn cute!  I love the applique detail on this one, perfect for a day at the seaside.  The dungarees are really cute as well, who doesn’t love a boat print in the summer?  Dungarees are cute all year round, but even more so in the summer with their little legs out!  The dungarees and romper are both retailing at £17 each.

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My top picks from Next were the Dark Blue Denim Shorts and the Navy Gingham and Yellow Chino Shorts.  I love denim shorts on little boys, they can be smart but also great for something a bit harder wearing.  The chino’s on the other hand look really smart but are also nice and cool.  I can imagine this pair of chino’s being pretty versatile and they would go with a lot of other clothing.  The chino shorts are retailing at £12-£13 for the two pack and the denim shorts are £7-£8.

So that’s my summer wishlist, I really love finding some cute bits for Oliver!  What would be on yours?

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