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Nancy’s Favourite Playdoh Recipe!

Nancy’s Favourite Playdoh Recipe!

This was sent to me by my friend Nancy, a fellow American here in Edinburgh. If Nancy says this is the best, I’ll look no further. As written this makes more than 1.5kg of playdoh – so you’ll likely want to scale it back.

Banana Trail Mix Muffins

Banana Trail Mix Muffins

This is basically the America’s Test Kitchen recipe for banana bread muffiins with no added sugar, I added chocolate drizzle on top cos Mary Berry broke me for Banana bread without chocolate and it didn’t seem right to put a crunchy sugar topping on muffins that have no added sugar. I also split up the work over two cooking sessions.

Bubbles!

Bubbles!

Not just soap and water, glycerin creates a moisturising protective layer that slows the evaporation process leading to longer lived bubbles. It’s as good as the stuff from the store, I make my own to keep plastic waste down.

Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

Inspired by the Advent calendar my mom made for our family, I cobbled together this one for my family.

Stained glass rainbows (and DIY compass for drawing circles)

Stained glass rainbows (and DIY compass for drawing circles)

With a little prep work away from little busy hands, this was a good activity for our 2 year old who’s now 3. Also includes how to make a DIY compass/circle template.

Bunten Stuten (Raisin Bread)

Bunten Stuten (Raisin Bread)

A family recipe – Bunten Stuten appears to mean Colourful (sweet) Bread, similar recipes in English are called Fruit Bread. I don’t know how true this is to Bunten Stuten in Germany, instead of yeast, baking soda is used to leaven. This was a Christmas breakfast tradition growing up in our house. As I’m not a fan of raisins, I’ve swapped them for glace cherries and candied ginger.

Rich Rolled Cardamom Cookies

Rich Rolled Cardamom Cookies

The classic Joy of Cooking rich rolled sugar cookies – they’re tender, not crisp. I wanted to make something a little different from the standard sugar cookie. Enter ground cardamom.

Cookie Decorating Glaze

Cookie Decorating Glaze

This is America’s Test Kitchen’s “Easy All Purpose Glaze” just slightly different way of making it lemon flavoured – going for “subtle” to not over power the cardamom cookies. Variations here too!

Princess Sugar

Princess Sugar

Pink lemon flavoured decorating sugar. This recipe is from a class I took at L’Academie de Cuisine called “Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen”. Taught by Joel Olson

Ski Liberty Grilled Cheese

Ski Liberty Grilled Cheese

This is a hearty grilled cheese sandwich with swiss cheese, mushrooms, spinach and cheddar cheese (I really insist, it’s gotta be in that order, I don’t care if the swiss or cheddar is on top, but the Swiss and the mushrooms must touch), inspired by McKees Tavern at Ski Liberty in Fairfield, Pennsylvania.