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ZooBooKoo Spelling Cube Book – A Bigjigs Play Patrol Review

A photograph of a four year old girl playing with the fabulous educational toy the ZooBooKoo Spelling Cube Book that can be bought at Bigjigs - this is the review of that toy -which is part of our role as members of the Bigjigs Play Patrol - Mrs H's favourite things

Back in April we were thrilled to be chosen to be part of the Bigjigs Play Patrol. It is a role that Little Miss H and Little Mister H have thrown themselves into. And they had a lovely time when they reviewed the Bigjigs Rainbow Rattle and Garden Bead Box. Then in May, Little Miss H was sent the ZooBooKoo Spelling Cube Book. A fantastic educational toy that is designed to support the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1. ZooBooKoo…

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Easter (Very Rocky) Rocky Road Recipe

I’m a big fan of Rocky Road. It is definitely one of my favourite cakes. So when I bought far too many Easter eggs one year I decided to create a recipe that would use up the extra Easter goodies. Obviously, the perfect recipe had to be a form of Rocky Road. And so my Easter Rocky Road was born. It’s such an easy recipe to make and the perfect treat to serve on Easter Sunday. So I thought that I…

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Rocky road cookies recipe

A photo of a stack of rocky road cookies, deliciously chocolaty with mini-marshmallows on top, sitting on a wire tray and over a fabric covered in hearts and a handful or marshmallows_with the title "Rocky road cookies"_Mrs H's favourite things

Little Miss H has been obsessed with mini-marshmallows ever since she had her first hot chocolate before Christmas. And I am obsessed with rocky roads. So a few months ago, I decided to try to make some rocky road cookies. It took a few attempts. But I think I managed to perfect the recipe this weekend and I am ready to share it with you. If you are looking to make a cookie with a difference, to make a cookie that screams…

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The Three Little Pigs – a Parragon Book Buddies Review

A padded book of "The Three Little Pigs" with illustrations by Mei Matsuoka_this is part of Parragon Books Slide and See Fairy Tales_ with the title "The Three Little Pigs - A Parragon Book Buddies Review"_Mrs H's favourite things

Little Miss H adores fairy tales. Two of her favourite bedtime stories are Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast. We also have a few fairy tale anthologies and touch and feel board books of Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood. One story that was missing from our collection was The Three Little Pigs. We are lucky enough to be Parragon Book Buddies and back in December we received a copy of their fabulous new version of The Three…

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Chocolate fork biscuits

These chocolate biscuits remind me of my childhood. My mum used to make them for us all the time. And in fact, this is the very same recipe that she would use. If you are looking for a yummy biscuit to bake with your little one, then you can't go wrong with these crumbly, melt in the mouth chocolate fork biscuits. They are really easy to bake. And Little Miss H loves helping me to make them. She also loves eating them…

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Winter Muffins – A Recipe

A photograph of yummy Winter muffins (which include chocolate and mIncemeat) on a pretty floral plate, lying on a green, yellow and brown checked blanket - winter muffins_Mrs H's favourite things

I decided that baking some yummy winter muffins would be the perfect way to cheer myself up. Plus, Little Miss H loves baking and eating the results of her endeavours from the kitchen. These muffins are perfect to make with children. They contain oil instead of butter. So you don't need to cream any butter and sugar together. Easy peasy. And oh so tasty! They are also a great way to use up all that mincemeat that is leftover from your Christmas…

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Our Book Advent 2015: A Parragon Book Buddies review

Now Little Miss H is here we have started a new tradition at Advent. Little Miss H adores books and so I love to present her with a book a day during Advent. Some of these books are new. But most are Christmas books that I have bought in previous years. Or books that we haven't looked at over the years. I love brown paper packages tied up with string. I wrap the books up in plain craft paper and use some…

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Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere – A Parragon Book Buddies Review

A little girl wearing pink and navy, sits on a blanket in the garden and reads the book Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere_with the post title "Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere"_A Parragon Book Buddies Review_Mrs H's favourite things

I mentioned back in September that we are lucky enough to have been chosen as Parragon Book Buddies. This means that Little Miss H is sent a book every month to review. Recently, Little Miss H and I have been filled with colds and viruses. So sadly I did not manage to get the review for Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere up in time for Halloween. Which is such a pity as this book would have been perfect for the spookiest day of…

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