Cupcakes, Christmas and carols #littleloves

Cupcakes, Christmas and carols #littleloves

It’s been a busy week here. We started with a busy weekend with a family party on Saturday and a trip to Ideal homes show Christmas on Sunday (more about this below). I got the call we all dread on Monday morning at work. F had been sick at school and needed collecting. I went to get her and found her sat in the hall on her own with a sick bucket looking sad and ill. Bless her, she said no one looked after her. Obviously, I knew this wasn’t true but at just 4 I felt bad that it had taken me 40 minutes to get to her and she’d been sat there on her own. She spent the afternoon snuggled on the sofa watching Peppa pig complaining of an ear ache. Thankfully she wasn’t sick again and the ear ache seemed to have gone on Tuesday morning. My husband had the day off with her Tuesday and he said she was completely fine so she went back to school on Wednesday. Read on to discover what I’ve loved this week.


A couple of weeks back I bought Nigel Slater’s latest cookbook with some of my birthday Money. I love cookbooks but I have got a little better over the years at not buying as many as I once did. I don’t know about you but I cook the same dishes far more than I did before kids. My kids are getting fussier by the day. I do enjoy Nigel Slater’s books though as they are more than just recipes. I enjoy the photos and his stories. I’ll be honest, winter is my least favourite season (although I don’t mind the run-up to Christmas). I thought his new book, The Christmas Chronicles (affiliate link), might help me enjoy winter a little more. Nigel certainly seems to be a fan of winter from what I’ve read so far.


As I mentioned we were invited along to Eat + Drink festival on Sunday. It was also the ideal homes show Christmas and cake & bake show all under the same roof. I enjoyed watching Bake-off series 3 winner John Whaite on stage baking and talking about his cookery school. We left F with my parents as at 4 but took E with us. There were a lot of mums there with older daughters enjoying the baking demonstrations and I really hope that when my girls are older we can do things like that together.

I also watched another great Vlog from Kat Molesworth where she was given £500 to spend on craft supplies from eBay. Oh, how I’d love to do just that.


Whilst at Cake & Bake show there was a great area by Dr. Oetker, where there were plenty of samples to try and opportunities to try their products. I joined in with the cupcake decorating tutorials and made a Christmas wreath cupcake. I love baking but cake decoration is not my strongest point. It was great to try out a new idea and learn some simple tricks. Not to mention F loved the cupcake when I got home.

I made a new linky #bloggerpinparty which went live again yesterday. If you have any family blog posts with vertical pins you’d like to share please visit the linky. We had a really good response last time with a mixture of family travel, recipes and crafts. The linky is for blog comments but also for pinning the blog posts to Pinterest to increase our traffic from Pinterest to our blogs. I’d love it if some of you joined us. You can find out more and link up here.


I wore my new Boden Christmas Bretton to the Christmas festival on Sunday. Other than that I have nothing else to share here.


E enjoyed listening to Christmas carols in the ideal homes show. She loves music and can’t help but dance to it even in her pushchair.

And lastly…

We had a great time at the Christmas shows last weekend. The cake and bake area was my favourite area and the Eat + Drink area was good too. I was disappointed by the Ideal home’s show Christmas as it wasn’t what I expected. Think hot tubs, double glazing and market stall toys with baubles to make it festive. The other two areas made up for it though. We ate delicious food and I enjoyed the foodie stage and trying cupcake decorating. It was a lovely festive day out. Great for adults and older children. E was fine in her pushchair but I’m glad we didn’t take F. At 4 years old it would have been too much walking/standing for her and it was very busy. I would love to take her in a few years though if she enjoys baking. If you like the sound of these shows they are on again in London 22nd – 26th November, find out more here.

Disclosure – I was invited along to Eat + Drink festival, free of charge in exchange for telling you all about it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. November 17, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    Wow! I love how festive your post is. And the cake is so effective- I haven’t been to many shows/ exhibitions but (hot tubs aside) one on food and drink would be right up my street!
    I’m glad your daughter is better- I hate the feeling of helplessness when you can’t make them better.

    • Claire
      November 17, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      I hate it when they are ill too. The cake decorating was effective and simple.

  2. November 18, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    Yes, Nigel Slater does like winter doesn’t he. He tries hard to convince his readers but I’m with you, I’m not such a fan of winter but a big fan of Nigel, Christmas Chronicles is my read of the week too. I think I would have liked the cake and bakes part of the Ideal Home show too. I really miss big shows living so rurally. I used to love the Good Food exhibition at the NEC but when I worked out the time it would take to travel I had to postpone plans of a visit. This is a lovely Christmassy post and your robin top is fabulous.

  3. November 19, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    I do love that top! Your wreath cupcake is so cute, what a lovely idea! I do love that Nigel Slater book, I need to start making some of the recipes in there soon, they sound just as delicious as his others. Have a great week x

    • Claire
      November 20, 2017 / 9:42 pm

      I can’t wait to start cooking from it too.

  4. November 19, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    LOVE your festive top. I have never purchased a Christmas top but I would definitely wear something like that. Oh no it’s horrible when they are sick isn’t it. The bucket of doom at school x

    • Claire
      November 20, 2017 / 9:41 pm

      I’m not one for Christmas jumpers usually. Love the term “bucket of doom”

  5. November 22, 2017 / 9:34 am

    Those events sound fantastic, it’s so fun to do something a little different together isn’t it?
    Poor F, it’s so horrible for them when they’re poorly, especially at school. So pleased she got better and you all had a good week in the end xx

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