Monday, 29 October 2012

Half Term Shenanigens

Today was our first day back after half term, we had a great break and with so many creative comps around we all joined in. Having 3 children I never know weather to get them all to do the same colouring competition and enter them all or to do a different one each. This half term I entered them in different ones. Here's some of our entries, firstly there was the Tesco competition, Leon who's 6 entered this:

Next was his entry to win £100 worth of fireworks and we sent his monster picture. This is a great effort for Leon as usually he's not keen on drawing things. He much rather make things.

Toby's picture of a bat which has been entered to win a charm.

This is my entry to the prizefinders latest competition to win a young dracualas dvd.

As you can see I have been busy while the kids have been in bed! These took me ages to make and I was really pleased with the way they turned out. Its for the hey you guys competition. You need to summit a piece of art to do with E.T.

E.T. cupcakes

And finally my pumpkin this will be entered into many competitions. The pumpkin carving competitions are set so high this year there are some unbelievable carvings out there. I don't have the time (or patience) to carve such masterpieces, so I decided to do something a bit different.

We had great fun over the half term and Leon can't wait to get his teeth into the next competition. Now for Halloween I've spent most of today making 3 children's costumes...a bat, a robot and a ghost.
All will be revealed shortly...

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Cakes win prizes

Appliances Online have launched a new blog, so they are hosting a blog competition to win over £400 worth of goodies. As soon as I saw it, I new I had to enter I don't need much of an excuse to make some cupcakes, I love making them. My obsession started last yer when I won a cupcake course!

I like to try different types of cupcakes I made amaretto, lemon chello, strawberry and coffee for my wedding, the coffee went down well with everyone, except me as I don't like coffee, so I made coffee ones today. I'm trying to cut down so its the perfect choice!!

I just use a basic cupcake recipe, but made 24 so double what I usually make. Start by mixing 8oz butter with 8oz sugar and mix until light and fluffy, add 4 eggs a bit at a time. Mix 2 teaspoons of instant coffee with a splash of boiling water. Finally add 8oz of self-raising flour and mix with a spoon. Pop in the oven on 180 and cook for 10-12mins!

Whilst the cupcakes were cooking I set to work on the icing, its takes quite a while to make the topping and by time I had made them the cakes had cooled. I added butter cream to the top, I mixed 100g of butter with 200g icing sugar, it was too much I had loads left over!!

So what do you think?

spoooooky Appliances online

Close up, these are my favourite.

Bones, brooms and blood stained 'a'

Hope you like them!

Friday, 5 October 2012

Super Hero's Lost powers #kodakavengers

Some naughty builders dumped tons and tons of soil and bricks into our garden, I had no choice but to call the super hero's to help me move it.

But... the superhero's had had a really busy day saving lives, helping the community, Iron man decided he couldn't help on this occasion as he desperately needed a nap, so off he went to charge his powers. Captain America set to work but he discovered he had lost his powers....

He set about to find them...

He jumped here, there and everywhere...

He searched high and low....

"ah ha I have a plan, lets call the hulk!"

The Hulk was more than happy to help with the super hero duties

Now thats done lets look for your super powers....

Finally afters hours of searching Captain America finally found his powers.

This is an entry into the Brit mums #kodakavengers competition. We all had great fun in the garden and the boys (including dad)came up with the story as they went along. Thanks for hosting such a fun competition and thanks to brit mums who sent the masks out to us.

Monday, 1 October 2012

My latest prize

I have won my first big win for ages today, a £50 cloggs voucher from the cloggs facebook page. I really wanted to win this competition just because I love designer shoes but I can't always afford designer prices. So i thought long and hard about it and decided to make cupcakes mainly because I  love making cupcakes and so i could include cloggs in my entry. I had a good look at their website and decided to do little cake toppers of all the brands they had. Admittedly they did take me all week to make, here's the finished entry:

I've had my eye on a pair of hunter wellies for ages, just what I need in time for winter.

I have also joined Pinterest so I can enter other competitions, so far I have only entered one as I have got completely side tracked and spent most of the time looking at the images rather than pinning and repinning. I haven't really got used to it all yet. But if you like follow me at