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Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread 180g Butter 125g Soft brown sugar 300g Golden syrup 600g Plain flour (sifted). Extra flour needed for rolling the dough 1/4 Teaspoon salt 1 Tablespoon ground ginger 1/2 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda 1. Pre heat the oven to 170 C / 340 F. 2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat. 3. Once the butter has melted, add the sugar and syrup, remove from heat and stir. 4. In a separate bowl add all the dry ingredients, mix well. 5. Add all wet ingredients to the dry and mix together until blended into a thick dough.

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Pineapple Muffins

Pineapple Muffins

Makes 12 Pineapple Muffins 280g (10oz) Plain Flour 2 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder 1/4 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda 1/4 Teaspoon salt 1 Egg 110g (4 oz) White Granulated Sugar 240 ml Crushed Pineapple (8 fl oz) drain well 240 ml Pineapple Juice (8 fl oz) 85g (3oz) Butter Line the muffin tins with muffin cases Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5/6, 375-400 F, 190-200C for a conventional oven. Sift the following dry ingredients into a large bowl and stir: flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Lightly whisk the egg with a fork

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Flapjacks

Flapjacks

Makes 20 Square Flapjacks 250g (4oz) Unsalted Butter 250g (4oz) Soft Brown Sugar 150g (3oz) Golden Syrup 500g (8oz) Rolled Oats Pre-Heat the oven to 180 C, 350F, Gas Mark 4 In a large saucepan melt the butter first, then add the syrup and sugar. Once mixed together well, add the rolled oats and stir until there are no visible dry oats. Pour into a well- greased 8 or 10 inch tin and smooth the top with a palette knife. Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Cool in the tin for five minutes then cut into

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Cinnapple Muffins

Cinnapple Muffins

Recipe makes 12 Cinnapple Muffins 255g (9oz) Plain Flour ½ Teaspoon Salt 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon 3 Teaspoons (15ml) Baking Powder 110g (4oz) Soft Brown Sugar 1 egg 170g (6oz) finely chopped and peeled apple (I use Pink Lady Apples but have used others successfully also) 85g (3oz) Sultanas 85g (3oz) Butter 150ml (5 fl oz) Milk Line the muffin tins with muffin cases Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5/6, 375-400 F, 190-200C for a conventional oven. Sift the following dry ingredients into a large bowl and stir: flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Lightly

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Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate Muffins Ingredients 255g (9oz) Plain Flour 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder ½ Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda ½ Teaspoon salt 1 Egg 110g (4 oz) White Granulated Sugar 3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder 2 Tablespoons Drinking Chocolate Powder 260 ml (9 fl oz) Whole Milk 1 Teaspoon (5ml) Vanilla Essence 85g (3oz) Butter Line the muffin tins with muffin cases Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5/6, 375-400 F, 190-200C for a conventional oven. Sift the following dry ingredients into a large bowl and stir: flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa, drinking chocolate and salt. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Lightly

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Chocolate Button Muffins

Chocolate Button Muffins

Makes 12 large chocolate button muffins or 18 smaller children’s size muffins 255g (9oz) Plain Flour 3 Teaspoons Baking Powder 1/4 Teaspoon salt 1 Egg 110g (4 oz) White Granulated Sugar 85g (3oz) Butter 110g (4oz) Cadburys giant chocolate buttons Makes 12 Large Muffins or 18 Small Muffins Line the muffin tins with muffin cases Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5/6, 375-400 F, 190-200C for a conventional oven. Sift the following dry ingredients into a large bowl and stir: flour, baking powder, and salt. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Lightly whisk the egg with a fork in a separate

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Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Chocolate Biscuit Cake Ingredients 125g (4oz) Butter or Margarine 50g (2oz) Caster Sugar 2 Tablespoons of Golden Syrup 2 Tablespoons Whole Milk (Semi-Skimmed can be used) 2 Tablespoons Drinking Chocolate 1 Tablespoon Cocoa 250g (8oz) Digestive Biscuits 50g (2oz) Raisins (Optional) Chocolate Icing 125g Plain Chocolate or Milk Chocolate 15g (1/2 oz Butter) Grease a 20cm (8 inch) sandwich tin Place the butter, sugar, syrup and milk in a saucepan and heat gently (do not boil) Add the drinking chocolate, cocoa and half the biscuits and mix well Add the rest of the biscuits and raisins if you are using

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Carrot Muffins

Carrot Muffins

Recipe makes approximately 12 large carrot muffins or 20 small carrot muffins 280g (10oz) Plain Flour 1 teaspoon Baking Powder 1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda 2 teaspoons Mixed Spice or Ground Cinnamon ¼ teaspoon Salt 1 Egg 90ml (3 fl oz) Milk 110g (4oz) Light Brown Soft Sugar 340g (12oz) Carrot, grated 85g (3oz) Low Fat Butter 85g (3oz) Sultanas Line the muffin tins with muffin cases Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5/6, 375-400 F, 190-200C for a conventional oven. Sift the following dry ingredients into a large bowl and stir: flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and mixed

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Places to visit

Draytron Manor

Drayton Manor Park

Drayton Manor Park is a fun packed day out whatever the age of children or adults.  With our two being aged three and four we chose to spend the whole day at Thomas Land and we were certainly not disappointed. The rides were all characters from Thomas The Tank Engine or scenes from the series.  I was pleasantly surprised that visiting at the height of the summer, the queues were still bearable.  If you like rollercoasters, make sure you hop on that one first as the queue is very long for that ride. The Airport café is situated on the heart of Thomas

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Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World Logo

Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World

As you can see from our website, we have had many days out and visited a number of theme parks.  I can honestly say Paultons Park is our favourite so far. This beautiful setting in Hampshire really makes for an inviting place to spend a day with young children.  All the grounds are immaculately clean and I did not see one piece of litter anywhere.  We started off in Peppa Pig World as the excitement was just too much for our two little ones.  The rides are all very well closely situated and I was pleasantly surprised at the queue

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New Forest Wildlife Park

New Forest Wildlife Park

Looking for somewhere to go in Hampshire?  We recently visited The New Forest Wildlife Park and we had a fantastic time.  Feeling like you are in the centre of a forest with huge draping trees letting in small amounts of sunlight, we looked around and found some amazing animals.   Our first encounter was watching the otters being fed.  There are viewing windows for the children but also a lot of children on parents/carers shoulders.  There was an informative talk whilst the staff fed the otters. As it was a rather cold morning, we decided to venture into the tropical world of

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Chessington

Neither my husband nor I have visited Chessington for at least twenty years. To say it’s changed is an understatement and we all had such a fun day! Chessington is perfect for all ages and they are one step ahead with free Wi-Fi (a very good signal) throughout the whole of the adventure park.  There are plenty of thrill seeker rides for the older children and I must admit that I went weak at the knees just looking at them. Needless to say that my favourite ride is Bubble Works (our children thought it was really fun too).  After many

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Little Street

Need somewhere different to go with your little ones?  We came across this great little village this morning.  A fantastic idea which was right up our street, Little Street.  We wanted somewhere different to go and that is exactly what we found.  Frimley railway station in Surrey has been converted into a small village called Little Street. We spent a lot of time watching our two dressing up and performing on the stage. The costume range is fantastic, there are choices from dragons to princesses with a few Disney characters thrown in too. We then went back into the main village

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The Lookout Discovery Centre

Whether it be a cold, wet or a sunny day, The Lookout Discovery Centre in Bracknell is a fantastic, fun but educational day out. We have been before but now our two children are slightly older we found that they were engaged in many of the activities.  There is a huge Build It play construction area where a lot of children were enjoying building anything from houses to putting slates on roofs to even practising their finer architect skills by creating their own design for a house.  Even though we went at a weekend there were a huge amount of bricks

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Science Museum

We have visited the London Science Museum on a few occasions with our children and it never fails to excite them.  It’s a fantastic day out for all ages and our two are engrossed from the minute we walk in and they do not want to leave. Their favourite floor is the basement where there is an assortment of interactive activities.  There are a huge amount of large building blocks like Lego where the children can use their imagination to build anything from a garden wall to a space rocket.  Next to the building area is a climbing frame but with

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Milestones

Milestones is a perfect historic day out for all the family whatever the age. Today we decided to go back in time and wander around the historic streets of Milestones museum. We walked from street to street on cobbles whilst walking over tramlines and seeing bikes, horses and carriages. We visited the vintage penny arcade first where the children eagerly emptied our pockets for change to change into old penny coins, then they were away. There are numerous different old machines where you can spend your penny’s, from a Sooty show to the grand national.  Some of our favourites were the puppet

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