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Egg Yolk Paint

Egg Yolk Paint

This has become my top cookie decoration technique, it’s fun, the results are beautiful, it doesn’t add sugar to the cookies, the cookies stay crispy, and it’s done once the cookies are out of the oven.

Rose Water Glaze

Rose Water Glaze

Another variation on America’s Test Kitchen’s all purpose glaze, I like their use of cream cheese, it helps mellow the sugar. This variation is just right to go on a flavoured cookie without overpowering it. If the cookie is more of a neutral flavour, there’s room to intensify the glaze with more rosewater.

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are a great shortcut to pudding deserts, yogurt of any type with live cultures gives you a bonus point for health factor, but in the end, this is just tasty.

Curried Roasted Carrot Dip

Curried Roasted Carrot Dip

Roasting carrots before making the classic dip from Veganomicon. Two kinds of garlic – sweetly roasted, and spicy raw, light, good as a dip for veggies, a spread on crackers or sandwiches.

Peeps!

Peeps!

Peeps! To make this a more accessible activity for a 3 year old – I found this cookie cutter method for making peeps. I prepare the sheets of marshmallow the night before and she and I cut out shapes in the morning.

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.