The book I am happily reviewing today is, Sir Chocolate and Fondant Five story and cookbook written by Robbie and Michael Cheadle. This book was sent to me free of charge, but the review is completely my own.
As I was reviewing the book, I could easily visualize myself reading it to my children when they were younger. One of my greatest joys has always been to read daily to my kiddos and something I continue to do with my two youngest. Although this book is for younger children then my own, this is one that my kids would have thoughly enjoyed.
Each page of the book has a colorful photo with animals created out of fondant, which I found to make the photos all the more impressive. The rhyming story has a nice flow that draws children in, much like a Dr. Suess book. At the end of the book there are recipes that you can create with your children which would have been a huge hit in my household. In fact, if I was purchasing this book to read to my kids, I would pick a recipe at the back before reading the book and then surprise them with baking session at the end.
What immediately struck me after I finished reading Sir Chocolate was how it could be used as a stepping stone for further learning activities. While your kids are waiting for the goodies to bake, you could get out playdough, or make some yourself, and have them try to create some of the animals they saw on the pages of the book. Hey, if you are really brave, you can try to create animals out of fondant just like the photos and even learn about how fondant is used. You could also have your children choose their favoritie animal that appeared on one of the pages of the book and spend some time learning about it.
This book is a big win for parents with children around 10 and under, but I am sure my teens will enjoy making the recipes.
~ please note this book was written in the UK so the recipes are written using the metric system. So hey, you are in the US you are also getting a math lesson with your kiddos! Bonus. 🙂
Please take a moment to go visit Robbie at Robbie Cheadle
~ wendi is the author of three books that you can view here
“Sometimes a little comfort food can go a long way.” ~ Benjamin Bratt
As the holidays are fast approaching, the subject of food tends to be pushed to the forefront. We start to think about or plan what we would like to eat during the holiday celebrations. Even if we do not celebrate the holidays, the cooler weather, at least here in the North Hemisphere, makes us think about comfort foods.
Being chronically ill, you tend to think a lot about food (or maybe it is just me). Many of us are on special diets and encouraged to suck down endless supplements and medicines while dreaming of being able to eat a gluten and dairy filled pizza (or maybe that is just me too!)
My question for the week is, what food is your go to when you want to eat something that adds a little cheer to your life?
Thank you for sharing! Who knows, you may just “find” your new favorite food.
……..and it is not something I use to make cooking quicker; it does not spiral, chop or mix, nor is it something that actually sits on the counter. Instead, it is securely fastened to the underside of one of my kitchen cabinets, the one closest to my sink.
So what is it you wonder and how could it help make my life in the kitchen easier? My favorite kitchen appliance is actually a combination radio/DVD/CD player. It was something my parents had in their basement and when it was offered to me, I jumped at the opportunity to own such an amazing invention.
Since it was gifted to me, it has been my constant companion. Whether I am cooking or cleaning it allows my mind it focus on something other than the tiredness and aching I feel in my body. This allows me to work longer in the kitchen accomplishing more every time I am in there. So, not only am I able to physically stay in the kitchen longer, I am also enjoying an audio-book or a movie that makes me happy, or music that lifts me up. I am so thankful I have something that is such a blessed distraction.
Here’s to things that make our lives just a little bit easier!
I usually don’t post two days in a row but I wanted to add on to what I posted yesterday regarding putting meals in the freezer for later use.
This afternoon I taught my youngest daughter how to make meatloaf. I already had ground beef thawing in the fridge and knew I had to do something with it soon. So, I used this meat as a wonderful opportunity to teach my daughter and to put an extra “meal” in our freezer. I had my daughter prepare all the meat which fit into two loaf pans, with some left over. One loaf was for tonight’s dinner and the other went into the freezer for a later date!
Since there was still meat left over from the meatloaf, we made meatballs and those also went into the freezer. Although it took a little more time to prepare the extra meat for the second meatloaf and to make and bake the meatballs, it was much faster then if I had to start the process from scratch.
I have to admit, I am super tired tonight after spending 3 hours in the kitchen teaching my daughter to cook an entire meal which consisted of baked potatoes and green beans and she just had to make cupcakes…..but…..we were able to get goodies in the freezer (including cupcakes) and enjoy a healthy dinner.
So, I am encouraging you, if/when you are able, to plan ahead while grocery shopping and purchase extra ingredients so you too can put some food away in the freezer for your less than decent days!