Melting Snowman Biscuits

I haven’t posted here for a while for no reason other than life seems to be getting in the way of blogging at the moment.

However, I am now officially on holiday/maternity leave from work so the messy play and toddler cooking can recommence.

As we are due another addition to our family within the next couple of months there has been quite a bit of focus on making sure that everything is ready for Christmas before they arrive.

So, this morning Little Splodge and I made a start on “practicing” decorating our Christmas cookies.

Thanks to spending too many hours on Pinterest over the last few weeks I stumbled across this picture

snowmen cookies found on pinterest

As this was more a play activity for Little Splodge and less of a baking one I am guilty of taking the easiest approach known to man. I used shop bought digestives as a base.  To decorate them we made use of the icing sugar and little cake decorations we already had in the cupboard and added some marshmallows and writing icing (as you may have already guessed these are not for those watching their waistline).

ingredients for snowman cookies

Unfortunately, Little Splodge wasn’t as interested in decorating the biscuits as she was in eating the ingredients. She did however have a good go at dripping the icing off the spoon and giving it a good squish with her hands (I should point out that I had already rescued some of the icing for some serious biscuit decorating of my own)

little splodge decorating cookies

So, while Little Splodge was happily playing with all the ingredients and creating an almighty mess I actually managed to decorate a few biscuits.

Our biscuits are somewhat brighter that the original image as the supermarket I got the writing icing from didn’t have any black so a few substitutions had to be made.

finished melting snowman biscuits

I am also not ashamed to say that I am very proud of their little scarves.

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12th August 2013 – Meal Plan

Since finding out that we’re expecting our second baby we’ve been on a bit of a money saving drive and every part of the budget that could be cut in some way has been. The food bill has proved one of the easiest places to save some money.

Up until recently we have been guilty of wandering somewhat aimlessly around the supermarket putting things in the trolley that “might be nice” or “we could maybe have that for dinner one day”.

So, the first thing we did was take stock of exactly what we had in the cupboards, fridge, freezer etc and started to come up with meal plans that would use up what we already had rather than buying more food that would inevitably just end up sitting in the cupboard for weeks, if not months, on end.

Once we’d used up the majority of the food in the house I started looking for recipes that were filling, nutritious, family friendly and easy on the wallet. I did suspect I was asking the impossible but as luck would have it at the same sort of time I was really starting to get serious about cutting the food bill there was a lot of media coverage about food banks and families living below the poverty line and the BBC started airing the Great British Budget Menu which suddenly flooded the BBC website with many many recipes that, for the most part, fitted all of my criteria.

The outcome is that for the last few weeks our food bill hasn’t been above £20.

I’m so pleased with how it’s turning out so far that I thought I’d share my weekly meal plans so you too can get a taste of these deliciously thrifty recipes.

All of the recipes in the meal plans link through to the relevant recipe on the internet.

meal plan 12th august 2013