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  1. Cake Pops - The Perfect Answer to a School Cake Sale

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    The latest craze in our house is our cake pop maker. It's proved a complete hit, as its so quick and easy and makes the most beautiful lolly pop cakes. For messy chefs it's also a great excuse to wear one of our gorgeous personalised aprons.



    Cake Sale Cake Pop Recipe.

    Makes around 20 Cake Pops

    100g caster sugar

    100 all purpose flour (you can use raising flour and remove the baking powder)

    1/2 teaspoon baking powder

    Pinch of salt

    50g butter

    1 large egg

    60ml milk

    Vanilla essence or 1 teaspoon of vanila sugar

    Cream the butter until soft and then add the sugar and vanilla sugar/essence and beat until light and creamy. Beat in the egg. Mix in the baking powder, salt and flour, then blend half of the flour into the sugar/flour mixture. Add the milk and mix well, then add the rest of the flour mixture and combine.

    Heat up your cake pop maker (you can also buy silicon trays) and insert one tablespoon into each cake pop hole/well. In the cake pop maker I cook for mine for 5 minutes, though you may need to check timings if using a mould in the oven.

    I decorated mine, by melting a tub of fondant icing in the microwave for 15 seconds and then dipping the cake pops into it. I topped each one with a smartie. I'm pleased to report they proved very popular with the little ones, and were sold out in a flash. 

  2. Wise Words to Remember

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    Max and Daisy both now go to our brilliant village infant school. Max started reception this term, we were given a series of quotes and poems from his new reception teachers. This one has to be my favourite:

    If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again

    If I had my child to raise all over again,
    I'd finger-paint more and point the finger less.
    I'd do less correcting and more connecting.
    I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
    I would care to know less and know to care more.
    I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
    I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.
    I'd run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
    I'd do more hugging and less tugging.
    I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
    I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.
    I'd teach less about the love of power,
    And more about the power of love.

    (Unknown Author)

    Tiger Max