who needs mary berry when you’ve got these junior chefs?!

20140418-232110.jpg Un da ‘di Jen.  Never seen without her handbag…or a plastic bag full of some sort of goodies! At one time she could be seen riding a bike and carrying a hoover at the same time!! So it was no surprise when she rocked up last night with her handbag  {which is something else in itself!} and two huge plastic bags. although one did make a familiar sound when plonked on the floor {clink-clink}. a while after we’d emptied that bottle ;) she told us to get the kids ready for their cake decorating competition and i kid you not, proceeded to take out a bowl full of butter icing out of one of her bags!  With 8 o’clock approaching and no tea-whatsoever ready for anyone, this whole decorating cake business was news to me…but after another bottle emptied, who is watching the time, eh?!

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ready, steady, BAKE…or decorate…

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the competition was getting fierce between these two!

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Owen and Alf with their creations

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Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry with theirs! ;)

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Owen thought he got away with this sneaky action when lining up for a photo…yes, the judge took it that seriously!

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Can we all just take a minute here to take a long, good look at Alf’s face?! How chuffed is he?! Also, BLOGGER FAIL! Apologies for the photo of clothes hanging in the bach there…but thanks to this gorgeous weather we are getting at the moment, that baby had FOUR loads on it yesterday! anyway, back to the bake off…

Everyone got joint First Prize, which didn’t go down well with the fierce competitors…you try telling Robb it was all for a bit of fun!  Absolutely no idea where he gets his competitive streak from…

But a good giggle all the same, thanks to Mam and Dad.  The half eaten cakes are being used for Lowri’s birthday party tonight.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY! if you’re reading Low! ;)

…oh, and tea?!  We were meant to be having moules mariniere…but instead had beans and cheese toasties…*hangs head in shame*.

…because sometimes i have too much time on my hands…

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…well, half an hour

…and every now and again, i like to make things for those men in my life.  i’m not going to say bake, because there wasn’t a single bit of baking that went on here…sorry mam!  i’d love to say i hand rolled the pastry and it was home-made custard…i’m good, but not that good.  although i did fold some cream into the custard, does that count?!  but ohmaigod, look at them, they’re so pretty!

mam came round and i was on all fours trying to get their best side, she just looked at me with a ”what ARE you doing?” look.  “don’t ask” i said, “ok then.  your sister has missed her bus home.  i’ve got weight watchers and i need to go.  you’ve got your meeting, so your brother is picking her up.  she’ll be home in ten to have the bois.” and turned around and walked straight back out again.  without another glance my way.  because, that ladies and gentlemen, is how we roll.

so the tarts.  it turns out they weren’t even that impressed with them anyway!  ”i thought the custard would have been set?”.  BAKE YOUR OWN PUDDING NEXT TIME, MATE!  i know, i know…i didn’t exactly bake them…but meh. 

but that 9pm paned and three one of these?! oh soo good.

and yes, those berries on top are frozen.  but i made these in plenty of time so that when the time came to eat them, they would be perfectly defrosted.  plus, like my mam pointed out above, i had a meeting to get to.

mary berry, i’m not.  but i bet i’ve got better buns than her! ;) BOOM!

the one where i sang for the spanish teacher…

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alf’s moves here C O M P L E T E L Y describe the mood i’m in at the end of this week!

not only is it friday, but it’s the end of a week which has flown by with swimming lessons, football matches, a LOT of muddy clothes, a brilliant parents evening at robb’s school {where i might have sung for the spanish teacher…?!…followed by a stern talking off robb…} and some baby news!

and to finish it all off, I’VE GOT A DATE!  mr lowe and i are off to see dirty dc tonight.

rolly polly’s all around! x