Christmas Star Decorations

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life, Seasonal Holidays4 Comments

Star hanging with ribbon from a door handle

It’s been 4 years since I originally posted this piece about making Christmas star decorations, yet like before, I once again confess that I am not quite ready to bring the tree down from the loft. This year when it comes down will be extra special. Having spent the majority of the year clearing out my mother’s house preparing it … Read More

Banana and Chocolate Loaf

JoCraft & Baking

Banana and Chocolate Loaf

We have a method of cooking when we are making things with our children that quite possibly won’t set them up to be rising stars of the culinary scene in years to come, but it works for us in the here and now. Sometimes we are very precise, but with our favourite well-known recipes our preparation goes something like this: … Read More

Spring Inspired Family Activities

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life

Yumbles chocolates

Spring is always a great time to get creative and inject colour into our home and garden. It finally feels as though the long dark and often grey winter days are lifting when we spot signs of snowdrops, croci and daffodils poking through. Whether the Easter holidays or simply a free weekend, I thought I would share some of the … Read More

Getting Creative – Origami Bookmarks

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life, Lifestyle

Origami bookmark in use

I love origami. There’s a calmness to it that really appeals to the crafty, creative side of me. The little sliver of me that wants ‘quiet time’ as Chief calls it. When I was growing up in Leamington Spa, one of the things that I remember was the grand opening of the Royal Priors Shopping Centre in 1988. It was … Read More

Tissue Paper Vases

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life

Featured image tissue paper vase

Tissue paper vases – I love these. I seriously love these. I think that they are one of my favourite quick and easy but very effective craft activities, and they make super gifts. They can add a really sweet touch to a room in your own home too and they look fab when filled with daffodils or other spring time … Read More

Squidgydoodle Superhero Adventure

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life, In Focus

POW! picture

Squidgydoodle. You may recall that I introduced you to Debbie at Squidgydoodle last autumn when we tested out her lovely Winter Wonderland box. We were so impressed, Munch even took his finished creation to bed with him! So when Debbie asked if we would like to try out her Squidgydoodle Superhero Adventure box we jumped at the chance. There are … Read More

Creating bookmarks

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life

Flower bookmarks

Making bookmarks with your children can be so much fun. In our house it perfectly connects the joy of reading with the excitement of producing something practical. I love seeing the creations that my boys come up with which are often both better and more imaginative than my own. The styles, shapes, colours and patterns that are either meaningful to … Read More

Meal Planner

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life

Salad

I was thrilled that so many of you have contacted me to say that you found my weekly meal planner (here) useful, so I thought I would write a second edition. To be totally honest, my meal planning goes from being super organised to being a ‘freezer surprise’ as a friend calls it, but on occasion I do plan in … Read More

Rock Cakes

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life

Rock cakes on wire cooling rack

Ahhh, rock cakes! They take me right back to my childhood. When everyone else was making beautiful biscuits, butterfly cupcakes and marbled flapjack, I was chucking the mix on a baking tray and enjoying the misshapen rock cakes that emerged half an hour later. Over the years I’ve perfected my recipe for these, and now my boys are masters at … Read More

Pea Thing

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life

Peas on bread

Yes, you read that right, I really have decided to call this ‘Pea Thing’. On the back of a conversation with a friend we thought that it was both fitting and memorable. So, here are the ingredients and method for ‘Pea Thing’. Sure to go down well at summer buffets! Ingredients (makes 15 pieces): 200g peas (I use frozen peas which … Read More