I often feel guilty that I am not the best Mum I can be to my girls. Don't get me wrong, I am the best Mum for them, I love them with all my heart, but I mean in terms of creative activities. I am not very crafty, and I often feel like I don't make enough effort to do things like that with them.
We have our own little routine, our own little structure to the week and it suits us perfectly. They are in nursery two long mornings a week and then on the days where they aren't we rarely are in during the morning, mostly out with friends or Grandma and then the afternoon is taken up by nap time. While I relish their naps and am so grateful they nap at the same time (hello blogging and trash tv time), we don't get a huge amount of time to be in the house just being creative.
I often opt for the easy life and I make no excuses for the fact I should be doing more crafts with my girls. It is something which I feel guilty for and something I should try more of. However since January one thing that I have been trying to do is be more adventurous in the kitchen with Mads. I am a disaster chef, Mr E does the cooking, and I don't really enjoy it, but Mads adores to make things with Mummy so I am trying to bring out the creative side in her by baking together. She loves it and I really enjoy watching her little face light up when we do these things together.
Therefore this week we decided to make our own recipe modified from something I saw on a friend's facebook timeline. We called it the very original 'Amazing Chocolate Sweetie Tasty Thing' and honestly it was quite possibly the best thing ever. But perhaps not for the healthy eating,
It is a really easy thing to do with young children as there is absolutely no baking required. I think out of all the things we have done Mads found it the most enjoyable because she could really get involved with it properly.
All you need is LOTS of sweets and some chocolate bars. Quite possibly the best ingredients ever.
I guess you could choose any sweeties but we had Smarties, Haribo and Mini Eggs as a homage to Easter. (and because everyone quite frankly knows Mini Eggs rule.)
All you need to do is melt your chocolate bars together (we used three large white chocolate bars) and then pour it on to a plate with greaseproof paper. Even a disaster in the kitchen like me can melt some chocolate. Just. Then my beautiful assistant set about placing the sweets into the melted mixture. (We put more sweets in our mouth but that's compulsory really)
Then pop your horrendously sickly but all kinds of amazing creation in the fridge until it sets again. Mads was very impatient at this point and kept peering into the fridge to see if it was hard enough. So did I.
And voila! Break into pieces and serve. Trust me, you need to experience this. It doesn't look anything special but it is better than anything you could ever imagine. ;)
This post should probably come with a disclaimer. This is the most sickly, unhealthy treat you could imagine and it is definitely not good for the waistline but is so easy and fun to make for little ones. Mads and I made a fair bit and we wanted to leave a big slab for Mr E. Unfortunately for Mr E, his slab ended up being rather small as the chocolate just seemed to want to be in our mouth's. Oops.
So if you have zero willpower like myself and my three year old then perhaps it isn't the best thing to make as you will just want to eat it ALL.
We had a great time making it together, and an even better time eating it. I love these ordinary moments with my lovely little girl. She's even worth going in the kitchen for.