Stained Glass Biscuits, Wool Pictures & Comfort Food

I needed a weekend of hibernation this week – even though that is always much more relaxing in my imagination than it is in reality with kids šŸ™‚ We began the weekend with pizza and a movie, ice-cream (Amaretti ice-cream for me :)) and fancy drinks šŸ™‚ I think it’s important to treat yourself and have things set aside to look forward to, so I find Friday nights recharge me after all the running around in the week šŸ™‚

Yesterday, we made a new recipe for stained glass biscuits. It was a complete experiment and I was surprised it worked out šŸ™‚ We just made cookie dough, rolled it and cut it out. I don’t tend to buy sensible shaped cutters šŸ™‚ so we had to improvise with a glass and an egg cup šŸ™‚ You could make the cookie any shape you like, as long as it’s large enough for another hole to be cut out of the middle of it. I broke up some lollipops and the girls loved filling the centres of the cookies with them šŸ™‚ They melted in the oven and then set while they rested šŸ™‚ It might be the girls’ favourite treat now (apart from sweets on their own obviously :))

We did another craft from the girls’ art box. The girls made some wool pictures using acetate. They just had to peel the backing off and stick wool in any pattern they liked. The ideas card said they could make a picture out of the wool, but the girls chose a freer mode of self-expression šŸ™‚ They loved sticking on lots of different colours and lengths of wool. When they were finished, we just had to put another piece of acetate on top to seal the pictures šŸ™‚

We did some scrapbooking together too. I love putting on some music and sitting together, working on our own projects. The girls got some Frozen scrapbooking kits for Christmas, so they worked on them šŸ™‚ I got myself a new notebook to turn into an art journal, so I glued patterned card onto the pages as backgrounds to build upon šŸ™‚ I think simple crafts like that that involve no skill are the best way to relax on a slow Saturday or Sunday šŸ™‚

We finished the day with Bolognese, garlic bread and red wine (for me.) I think that combination might be one of my favourite things about life šŸ™‚ I find it the most comforting meal and even though the girls complain as I’m making it, they always end up eating a lot of it šŸ™‚ I had to improvise with the garlic bread, since we didn’t have any, or any baguettes. I used to have a cookery book when I was a kid with garlic toast in it – you just make toast and make garlic butter, and then drizzle it over the top. It’s surprisingly good, simple to make and the girls love it šŸ™‚

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