Marshmallow Sweet Tree Tutorial

Imagine something that no only looks good as a gift but tastes yummy too.

Sweet trees are a very popular gift to give to friends and family who have a sweet tooth. They are easy to make but do take a little time to put together and you do need a little patience. They are ideal gifts for teachers, birthdays, weddings and even Easter as an alternative to a chocolate egg. Designed to make look like a tree but instead of leaves they are covered in a sweet of your choice. They are ideal to share, nibble on or devour at your pleasure and they look amazing as a centre piece for any occasion.

I recently made a marshmallow tree for a raffle a prize to raise money for Bowel Cancer. I originally wanted to add little love heart jelly sweets onto the marshmallows but after searching tons of shops I couldn’t find them anywhere so decided to change it to Giant Milky buttons and a little pearl sweet into the middle to finish it off.

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You will need:

  • A small bucket/glass
  • Plaster of paris
  • A dowel rod or some garden sticks
  • A polystyrene ball
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Coloured ribbon
  • Sweets of your choice, in this case Marshmallows (5 bags from Tesco) pink and white
  • 2 Bags of large milky buttons
  • White chocolate to melt
  • Pearlised balls from the baking isle for decorating
  • Rainbow drops to add at the bottom or any sweet of your choice

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  • Firstly you need to wrap the ribbon around your rod. I couldn’t find a wooden dowel so i used 4 garden rods and attached them together with tape. I cut them to the size that i wanted and then securing the ribbon at one end with some tape I wrapped it around the rods20170320_163022
  • I used two different types of ribbon, one to cover the whole rod and then the other to wrap around sparingly. Secure the end in place with some tape. You don’t have to go to the end as it will be stuck inside the ball and the paris.

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  • Make a whole in the polystyrene ball, about an inch deep. Just the right size for your rod to fit in. Make sure that it is very central, you don’t want a wobbly tree.

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  • Next make up your plaster of paris and pour into the bottom of your pot. I bought my plant pot from B&M. Place your rod into the paris and hold in place until it begins to set. This should take a couple of minutes. Try to be as central as you can. Leave to set overnight. If you don’t want to use plaster of paris and want a tree that can be completed eaten you could try to set your stick into chocolate but it might not last in the hot weather.

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  • Cut your cocktail sticks in half using some sharp scissors.
  • Melt some of the white chocolate in a bowl
  • Place the ball onto the stick and secure in place with some of the chocolate
  • Place a shortened cocktail stick in the centre of the top of the ball
  • Get a marshmallow and dip the smaller end into the white chocolate, just to cover the bottom and then place onto the cocktail stick. The chocolate helps the marshmallow stay in place
  • Once you have the first one in place you then need to add all of the others the same way. I did alternate colours on the rows, so one row pink and then next white and so on

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  • If the marshmallow is placed onto the ball on the smaller end then they should fit around much easier
  • Next place the chocolate buttons onto a plate and using the end of a cocktail stick place some of the melted chocolate into the centre and add-on a pearlised ball20170322_115838
  • Now begin to stick them onto the marshmallows using the melted chocolate. Again, I alternated the colours of the pearlised balls, using the white on the pink marshmallows and the pink on the white ones. This is where you need a little patience as you need to hold the button in place for a little while until the chocolate sets, otherwise they just slip off as you go around the ball towards the bottom

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  • Once they are all in place. Put some tissue paper on top of the plaster of paris inside the pot and then pour in your chosen sweet. I used rainbow drops as they went with the pale colours of the marshmallows but you can use anything even crumbled up chocolate muffin to look like mud.

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  • I added a couple of bows to the stick for decorative purpose.

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Your tree is now ready to gift to someone.

I bought some pink cellophane from the florist and a big bow and wrapped it up for the presentation. I think this type of tree would make a lovely centre piece for a wedding or even a baby shower. Something that everyone could have a nibble at around the table.

 

Hope you enjoyed reading ūüôā

Comment below with what type of tree you would make or even share your picture with me if you make up this one.

 

Celebrate With Bakerdays Personalised Cakes

Have you ever been stuck for a gift idea to buy for that someone special?

Have you every thought of buying a personalised cake to be delivered to their door?

With mothers day fast approaching I was given the opportunity to spoil a certain special lady in my life with a cake that was to be delivered to her door, through her letterbox to be precise!

Bakerdays is an online cake shop where you can choose from a wide range of personailsed cakes for all occasions, from large party cakes which will give you up to 60 portions to a letterbox cake which you will get about 4 portions from. There are over 500 designs to choose from many categories which all can be personalised with a photo, words and even your own drawing.

The website is easy to use and takes no time at all in choosing the right cake…

  • Choose a category
  • Select a cake, choosing the size and quantity. You also have the option to choose the¬†recipe of the¬†cake that¬†you would prefer Sponge, Carrot, Fruit, Double chocolate chip and Gluten and Wheat Free. (There are extra charges on all except from the sponge cake ranging from ¬£1.20 – ¬£2.00)
  • Personalise your cake by uploading an image and adding a personalised message to it
  • Enter your delivery details (you will have to register as a new customer by leaving your email address and a password) Here you will enter the billing address and delivery address. Choose a sending method and a send date (Free delivery for 5-7 working days delivery, charges on others)
  • Checkout

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I chose the Pink Happy Mothers Day Cake with the option to personalise with photograph and a message. The cake was delivered next day in a gorgeous keepsake yellow tin with the words ‘Just for you’ written on it,¬†along with a complimentary gift card and a small packet of love heart retro sweets.

My mum was over the moon with her cake and wouldn’t cut into it at first as she said it looked very pretty and too good to cut and ruin once I persuaded her to give it¬†a try she told me that the cake was lovely and soft and tasted yummy! She really liked the taste of the cake and the whole idea of receiving a cake in the post and thought that the sweets and card was a lovely touch too! Even though the cake has now long gone (in her tummy) she likes that she gets a lovely tin to keep and use again.

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The photo that I uploaded was one taken from my iphone and I think the overall quality of it was brilliant. Letterbox cakes a lovely idea and can’t wait to order more for other occasions.

Letterbox cakes are the perfect postable personalised gifts and are priced at a starting price of £14.99

We was sent a letterbox cake for the purpose of this review, no payment has been received! Opinions are of my own!

Home-Made Magic Reindeer Dust

Bring some magic into your house and your child’s heart with these hand-made christmas craft Reindeer Dust!

Help guide Santa and his reindeer’s¬†to your chimney by sprinkling some magic reindeer dust on to the floor outside on Christmas Eve, the smell of the oats will guide the reindeer’s and the glitter will shine in the moonlight to help Santa find your house!

I made these little gifts not only for my own children but also for the children in school as they are low-cost and really are a beautiful little gift to give. They help keep the magic alive in their little hearts!

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To make these you will need:

Polystyrene bags / organza bags

Ribbon

Paper to put the reindeer message on

Card

Oats

Glitter and christmas table confetti

Bells to decorate

Hole punch

Glue

Instructions:

Type/write your message onto the paper, stick it onto some backing card, we made ours to measure about 3cm x 7cm. Punch a hole in the top corner to thread the ribbon through.

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Place a tablespoon of oats in a bag and sprinkle some glitter in side too, add some confetti but not too much.

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Tie the bag up with some ribbon but don’t forget to tread through the ribbon, at this point you can add a bell aswell if you wanted to.

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Watch your little ones face when you present them with these and keep the christmas alive!

Hope you like reading my post ūüôā

 

Stocking Fillers with Yellow Moon

We received a parcel last week from yellow Moon and was quite surprised to see what was inside as normally we get a box of seasonal crafts to make and be creative with but this time we was given a box full of goodies to play with, Joseph couldn’t believe it as among the many little toys and games was speed racer construction kits.

Not only do Yellow Moon sell a brilliant selection of crafts but they also stock toys and games and my boys were not let down by them! They liked every single item sent through to them to review, I almost didn’t give them any of them as they were just too good and i really wanted to wrap them up for them.

We received:

Speed Racer Construction Kits –¬† ¬£1.49 each

Holographic Magic Spring Р£1.49 each

Micro Football Table Р£8.99 (was £9.99 as of 15.12.12)

Pirate Shrinkles Р£5.99 (was £6.99 on 15.12.12)

Horrible Histories Vile Villian Brainbox Р£7.99

3D Moveable T-Rex Puzzle Р£3.99

Speed Racer Construction Kits were a favourite of Joseph as he loves Lego and these are very similar. They don’t take long to construct and come with easy to follow instructions and a driver which has¬†a detailed face and body.¬†We built ours within minutes and the boys were soon racing there cars against each other. Joseph has taken a couple of the cars apart and put the pieces together to build his own so they do¬† not have to stay together. They come in varied designs but are all racing cars.

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Holographic Magic Springs comes in a range of different colours, we received a green one. Jak really enjoys these springs and spent ages watching it flip down the stairs. Our stairs are pretty wide so the spring had trouble getting from one step to the next but it did manage a few at a time. This spring kept the boys amused for ages, a brilliant little stocking filler at a superb price.

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I was very surprised with The Micro Football Table it is made to a high standard of a high quality wood, we have had mini football tables before which have been bought for the boys as presents and they have been plastic and have broken in the matter of hours. this table is made from wood and actually looks like the¬† normal¬†big ones that you get in the amusements but a smaller version, which means it can be taken in the car to relatives or moved from room to room to be played with. It didn’t take long to fix together and it comes with all the tools needed to do so. The first game was played by Jak and Daddy and they was screaming away at each other like it was a real football match. The game comes with two score boards which are screwed to each end behind the goals,¬†two footballs and the handles are non slip with little grooves in them and¬†are perfect for little hands too.¬†A brilliant gift for any child at a really fabulous price.

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Pirate Shrinkles¬†is sort of a¬†craft set where you draw or trace the Pirates, colour them in and shrink them in an oven. There are two sheets which has pirates and all the little¬†extras on like a treasure chest and coins on, you cut around the pictures leaving a little space, colour them in and then¬†place¬†them in the oven and watch then curl and shrink to become hard little men.¬†Includes 33 Shrinkles¬†plus all the accessories and instructions. The set also comes with accessories so you can make badges, key fobs, fridge magnets, pencil toppers¬†and jewellery, before you bake the shrinkles¬†make sure you hole¬†punch then first as it will be hard to make a hole in the plastic once shrink. Joseph really enjoyed doing this activity and has helped him loads with his control of colouring in as he was really interested in making one, It’s not often when you see Joseph¬†enjoying colouring in as he is a little boy who¬†likes messy play normally,¬†he sat and coloured all the little coins in and was excited to see how small they all shrunk. I was like a big kid too, it just amazed me lol! the kit of shrinkles¬†are definitely something i would be buying again for the boys and even myself¬†ūüėČ

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The Horrible Histories Villian BrainBox was a big hit with Jak as he really enjoys history and has all of the horrible history books. The game is compact and can be taken out and about with you, we took ours onto a shoot that Joseph was doing as it can get pretty boring with all the waiting around that is done. Jak and i played the game and he beat me lol. The game is a memory game, you read and study the facts about a character from history for 10 seconds and then answer the questions to keep the card.The questions may not just be what you read but may also be about what the picture is about. It is a fun game but also educational. It comes with 54 picture cards, timer and a dice all in a compact little box.

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Joseph thought the 3D Moveable T-Rex Puzzle was amazing and i couldn’t agree more! The puzzle comes with all the parts made from a thick¬†cardboard all with a little letter on them that correspond to the instructions leaflet which was easy to follow. The pieces slot together easily although Joseph had a bit of a problem with doing it but his hands are tiny. The head moves up and down and the tail can be moved from side to side. The overall puzzle makes a lovely little toy to play with but also looks nice on the side as a show piece. Height when constructed is 29cm.

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 Last orders for all products from Yellow Moon are the 18th December for standard delivery or 20th december for next day all UK.

Yellow Moon have some brilliant little craft and gift sets that would all make excellent presents for christmas.

Thank you for reading my post, we was sent the products for review purposes, all words and opinions are of my own.

Christmas Advent Hunt

With three children at this particular time of the year our house is bursting at the seams with excitement. To count down the days until 25th December the boys have the normal chocolate character advent calenders to open up every day that Daddy bought for them from the supermarket but we also do our own little personalised advents too, jut to add to the excitement.

We have 24 little stockings hanging from string running up our staircase, in each little stocking there is either a little chocolate, sweet, money and the boys favourite is little favours from Mummy and Daddy for example ‘a great big hug and a squeeze from mummy’ or ‘a choice of dinner’.

Children love the excitement of opening a gift and not knowing what they have received so this year in our house we are doing an Advent Hunt.

Each day through December til the 25th I will fill up a gift bag displaying the day on it ie: 1,2,3,4,5 etc and inside will be a little gift for them.
I will hide it around the house each day in a different place and at different times of the day for them to find.

So far day 1 was hidden on the sticks in the corner of the living room, day 2 was in the kitchen, day 3 was hanging on the key hooks and day 4 was on the tree.
I place crafts, pencils, small toys, Lego pieces, clothes and stickers in them.

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The boys love hunting out there next gift and they never know what’s inside, I love looking at their little faces full of excitement and surprise. Not only are they playing a game but are being rewarded at the same time.
When they see the gift bag they scream and shout to each other and jump up and down “I found it, I found it!” You can hear them saying.

I think this advent hunt will now become one of our Christmas activities to do every year ūüôā

Christmas stories for children with Egmont Review

With christmas fast approaching us parents will be thinking of what goodies we will be buying our little ones. When i buy presents for my boys i like to buy a couple of big ones and lots of little ones and most often than not their favourite presents would be the ones that they pull out of their stockings. If your children are anything like my boys and love to read books then i have the perfect addition to go into their stockings or rather Egmont have the answer.

The boys were sent three brand new christmas story books featuring a favourite of popular characters, Thomas The Tank Engine, Everythings Rosie and Mr Men. All three would attract any child’s eye as they are shiny, bright and sparkly. I really like the size of them as well as joseph has small hands so the are perfect size for him to handle. When we opened up the package Joseph immediately picked up the Thomas book as this is and has been his favourite character since he was one years old. He got very excited and couldnt wait to listen to the story.

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In the new Christmas special ‘Snowy Tracks’ The island of Sodor is covered in a thick blanket of snow and the engines have been told to be careful and not to go over any big hills. Gordon doesn‚Äôt listen, he‚Äôs sure that he‚Äôll be strong enough to steam over every hill he comes to. But it isn‚Äôt long before Gordon finds out that snow is much more dangerous than it looks!
Joseph loved this story, he was shouting at the exciting parts especially the part of the story where the big heavy snowball bashed into Thomas but he knew that Thomas’s friends would soon come to help him.

The next book is Mr Men Meet Father Christmas. Little Miss Tiny secretly wishes she could visit Father Christmas but she doesn’t expect her wish to come true. But magical things really do happen at Christmas and crazy things too when you’re with the Mr. Men and the Little Miss! The story takes you on a christmas journey where Mr Daydream takes little Miss Tiny to the North Pole on the way they meet some and see some interesting characters and places Like celebrating sheep, yellow snow, sneezing elves and a very sooty Father Christmas.
This story is fabulous for Christmas and has a lovely magical feel to it, great to read as a bedtime story.

The last book is Rosie and Raggles Star in The Last Snowball.
This is my personal favourite of the three and i was slightly worried that because it had a picture of Rosie on the front of the book that Joseph wouldn’t want to listen to the story, but i should have known better, Joseph loved it just a much as any other book.
Winter is over and Big Beat wakes up from his winter sleep, he’s sad to find that he’s missed out on all the fun that snow can bring. Rosie and her friends do everything they can to do recreate winter fun, but sledging and snow angels don’t work without snow. The friends gather together and come up with a lovely idea.
This is a lovely story about friendship and making and recording memories. The story really a has a feel good factor and makes you smile.

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All three of these books I would definitely recommend and priced at £2.99 each they are the ideal gift for a special little someone. To find out more about these books take a look at Egmont website

Your child can also star in their very own story book with Egmont. Create your child as a character and you can even pick a friend to join them. These special unique personalised gifts start at £7.99. Take a look at www.egmont.co.uk/personalisedbooks for more information.

Next play cupids Assistant this valentines

Are you stuck with choosing an outfit for valentine’s day? Do you want it to be elegant, chic or sexy?

Do you find it hard choosing gifts for your partner? Are they homely or adventurous?

Do you want to buy a gift with a personal touch? That says “I gave it some thought and I know what you like”

Are you a last-minute person? Do you always say to yourself I’ll do it tomorrow?

It’s February the 13th and it just dawns on you that tomorrow is valentines day, oh No! you don’t have time to go to the shops and even when you do have the time it’s so hard to find a thoughtful gift, a gift that shows that you have really tried to get them a gift that they suits their personality

Don’t worry because Next will come to the rescue!

This year Next have launched a valentines gift and outfit App selector.
So if it’s a super hot outfit for yourself or a gift for that someone special then you want to give the app a go!
All you have to do is answer a few questions about yourself or the person your buying for and Next will find the perfect solution for you, what’s even better is if you order online before 9pm you will get it the very next day, which is great if, dare I even say it, you’ve forgotten or your life is so hectic and busy that time has slipped by.
Male or Female you can’t go wrong with this gift selector, they have something for everyone.

Go on give it a go!

 

http://on.fb.me/nextValentines

I did and this is what was suggested for me, it is gorgeous and so me! I love it! I can just see me wearing this on valentine’s day, sitting at the table, eating a romantic home cooked meal with my partner.

 

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