pARTy planning

On March 19th Little Splodge is going to be turning two.

For her first birthday her party was combined with our wedding reception for a number of reasons … mainly restrictive finances and the fact we couldn’t expect family to cross the country (and in some cases the globe) twice.

So this year we’re going all out for her birthday.

The theme is set, the community centre is booked and the invites are on their way from the printers.

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I’ve even got an arty themed menu worked out in my head.

All that is left is to come up with games and activities suitable for 1 – 4 year olds to play … and figure out how to use my extremely limited baking and artistic skills to make something like thisOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Cheesy Biscuits

Having entered the ‘if I see food I have to have it’ stage of pregnancy the time has come to progress from three meals a day to three meals plus copious numbers of snacks. Little Splodge is also a great believer in snacks and regularly has two snacks a day between meals.

So, when I saw this recipe it just had to be made. Not only is it very wallet friendly it is also very easy to make which made it perfect for involving Little Splodge.

Ingredients

  • 200g Plain Flour
  • 200g Butter
  • 200g Grated Mature Cheddar Cheese

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees / gas mark 6
  • Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl
  • Stir to combine
  • Bring together with hands to form a dough
  • Roll out to approx 0.5cm thick
  • Cut out biscuits
  • Place onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper
  • Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown
  • Leave to cool for a few minutes
  • Eat

This is not the first food she has had a hand in helping to make so I already knew that she enjoys giving things a good mix but I wasn’t sure how she’d react to rolling and cutting. (The majority of her playdough play results in manic squishing and attempting to eat it.)

Knowing that with the ‘help’ of a toddler this was going to take much longer than I would normally we set up a mini kitchen in the living room using Splodge’s art table as a work top and off she went.

I helped her get all of the ingredients into the bowl and she stirred them around for a while before I stepped in and helped bring it together to form a dough.

little splodge mixing ingredients

Next Little Splodge had a go at rolling out the dough with various degrees of success.

Once she’d finished poking and beating the dough with the rolling pin we finally got to cut out the shapes.

rolling out the dough

Our cookie cutter collection is small to say the least so the majority of the shapes are Christmas themed and the round ones were created by a glass that was helpfully sitting in the kitchen cupboard.

cut out shapes

Then it is simply a case of popping them in the oven for about 10 minutes. We baked the larger ones for 12 minutes just to be sure.

Don’t they look delicious?

cooling biscuits

Then came the final test for the biscuits. Would Little Splodge like them?

tasting the biscuits

That looks like a yes to me.

Credit where credit is due this recipe came from the lovely Kim over at The Triplet Diaries. My theory is if it’s good enough for triplet boys it’s good enough for our Little Splodge.