Monday, 16 December 2013


There's twinkles in them Finkles

I once knew a lady who couldn't bear to throw anything away. She recycled, upcycled, re-purposed to the point that over the course of a year, what she actually threw out would fit inside a pixie's purse.

I'm not quite so obsessive but I don't especially like to throw things out. The thing I like least to throw out are the kid's clothes. I feel like it also somehow takes with the the energy that once occupied them.

So I have fathomed a solution. Introducing....

The Finkles! Mildred, Bitsy and Feargal.

A Finkle is a cocktail of said energies, manifested through the medium of tinkly, crackly, squeezy, textured talismans of cheer, destined for a new little bubbas all over the world. These three are flying off to the three corners of the Earth. It was an emotional farewell for all of us but just imagine the stories they'll collect! 

The twins, Bitsy and Feargal were devastated to be separated, they'd shared a pair of swimming shorts for five years!

Saturday, 7 December 2013


The Christmas Star That Cook Forgot

To make Yummy Spiced Christmas Shortbread you will need:

225g butter at room temperature
75g caster sugar
275g plain flour, sifted
1tsp ground mixed spice
Finely grated zest of one reindeer antler... I mean orange
A pinch of salt
75g semolina
Caster sugar for dusting

"Oh my, I'm a Christmas Star! 
Not a sticker on a snotty child's jumper, or a token in a grubby pocket. 
No this star is helping spread the spirit of Christmas!"

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees (160 for fan ovens) or gas mark 4
In a bowl, mix the butter and caster sugar until thoroughly incorporated.

"What are we lining up for? 
Are we going to visit Santa?"

Mix in the flour, mixed spice, orange zest, salt and semolina. 
Finish with your hands to bring the dough together.

Allow to rest in the fridge in cling film while you wash up, hell, why not mix it a cocktail while you're at it! 
Dust the worktop with flour and roll out until the dough measures 1cm thick.
Cut out shapes and bake for 30 mins on a well-greased baking sheet.

"Whoo! I thought Christmas was meant to be cold!"

"Oh heck, what's this now? Snow?"

Remove from the oven to cool and smother in sugar. Mmmmmmmmmarvellous!

"Mmm sugar mmmm, ooh Brenda? What happened to you...?"

Place cooled biscuits in a suitable airtight box or wrap in brown paper, ribbons and a gift tag for a yummy festive gift.

"Cook forgot me, she sent me round twice!" 
"Oh Brenda!"

"I wouldn't worry about me dear..."
"Why's that?"


"This just feels so... pointless...."

This starry story was inspired by a picture book story I have written called Cecil and the Wandering Star. This is the PG version on account of the mild terror involved. Cecil and the Wandering Star has a beautiful premise and a glittering cast of sparkling characters. *sigh*. I heart stars.

"Nobody likes a show off Brenda!"

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Howe do you do... loo roll garlands

Deck the halls with scrap and refuse, fa la la la la la la la... laaaaaaa...

To make this, frankly beautsome Christmas garland, you will need:

A quantity of kitchen, toilet, wrapping paper rolls
Red paint
A hole punch

And then you...

And you...

And you...


Then you...

And before you know it, it'll be time to roast your chestnuts! Ta daaaaa!