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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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)

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Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins

Makes 12 Banana Muffins 280g (10oz) Plain Flour 110g (4oz) Demerara Brown Sugar 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder 1 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda ¼ Teaspoon Salt 3 Large well-ripened Bananas roughly 450g when peeled and mashed 1 Egg 90ml (3 fl oz) Skimmed Milk 85g (3oz) Melted Butter 85g (3oz) Sultanas

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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

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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

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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.  

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Father Christmas

Legoland Christmas Bricktacular

Legoland have totally got Christmas right! Upon arrival we made our way to the Bricksmas Express, walking through some lovely Christmas trees with huge baubles and pretty lights before jumping aboard a fun train journey down to the park. With festive snow covered trees lining a large area of the

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Jump In

Jump In

On a rainy afternoon Jump In is well worth a visit.  We arrived and the first thing I noticed was the cleanliness, absolutely second to none.  There is a large café area where snacks and hot drinks may be purchased.  Also within this area there are lockers for you to

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West Wittering Beach

On the coast of West Sussex lies this beautiful unspoilt sandy beach.   The views from West Wittering Beach are outstanding over the sea looking towards Chichester Harbour, South Downs and on a clear day you can even see the Spinnaker Tower and the Isle of Wight.  The water is crystal

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Arundel Castle

As we approached Arundel town, the views of Arundel Castle are breathtaking. Situated on a hill, the castle can been seen for miles. When we arrived, we parked in a pay and display car park very close to the castle.  We were pleasantly surprised that under 5’s are free.  First of

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Marwell Zoo

We recently visited Marwell Zoo near Winchester in Hampshire.  It is very accessible for buggies throughout and even the tractor train ride has a buggy storage cart at the back. Our children loved the Penguins as they liked the way you can see them underwater swimming as well as wandering around.  They were

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Spinnaker Tower

When visiting Portsmouth today, I was rather dubious about taking a two and three year old to the top of the Spinnaker Tower.  It was rather cloudy when we arrived at Gunwharf Quays but by the time we had enjoyed a coffee on the sea front watching the boats, the clouds

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Oceanarium – The Bournemouth Aquarium

A fun morning was had by all at The Bournemouth Aquarium.  Having two small children, this was a perfect place to take them on a rainy day.  There are some fantastic species of fish to look at including sharks, stingrays, catfish, pufferfish and our favourite clown fish. There are many

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