Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Bromley Christmas Event 2014 - Chislehurst and Sidcup Christmas Market

Bromley 2014 Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School Shopping Experience and Christmas Fayre

Chis and Sid present their annual shopping experience and Christmas Fayre. We have 45 external small business's and home crafters attending, along with the schools own stalls. Come and grab that bespoke present before the shopping madness!

6th and 7th December 2014 
12- 3pm
Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, Hurst Road, Sidcup, DA15 9AG

Free Entry 





Monday, 24 November 2014

Christmas Recipe - Jolly Snowmen Cakes

JOLLY RICH FRUIT SNOWMEN CAKES


Jolly Snowman Cake Recipe - Christmas Food



Cooking time for cake: 2hrs
Decorating time: 30 mins - 1 hr
Makes: 10 

INGREDIENTS:
Fruit mix:
  • 150g of natural colour Glace cherries, washed and halved 
  • 120g of sultanas    
  • 180g of raisins
  • 180g currants
  • 50g mixed peel
  • 100g molasses sugar
  • 90g plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon of Dr. Oetker Madagascan Vanilla extract    
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger 
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg              
  • Pinch of ground cloves  
  • 1/4 teaspoon of mixed spice      
  • 100g of salted butter    
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten     
  • 100 ml of brandy
  • Plus more brandy to feed
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For the snowmen cakes:

Jolly Snowman Cake Recipe - Christmas Food
​METHOD:​
  1. For the rich fruit mix preheat oven to 140°C (275°F gas mark 1) and grease and line a 6 inch square tin with baking parchment. Melt the butter and sugar together on a gentle heat until combined then leave to cool
  2. Place the fruit and peel in a large bowl and mix together. Stir in the melted butter and sugar then add the beaten eggs, vanilla extract and brandy. Stir to make a wet mix
  3. Using a spoon, mix the spices into the flour, then tip the flour into the wet mix and stir together until combined
  4. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 1 hour then turn the heat down to 125°C (250°F) and bake for a further 50 mins. Pierce cake with a knife and it will come out clean if cooked. Pop back in the oven for a further 10 mins if needed. Once baked, take out of the oven and skewer holes through the cake . Pour over another 60ml of brandy to soak into the cake.  Leave to cool in the tin
  5. Once cooled, remove from tin,  wrap in baking parchment and foil and store for at least a week before using. It will keep for up to 6 months
  6. To make the snowmen cakes balls, roughly break up the fruitcake. Take approx. 80g for the large balls, and squeeze together to compact into a chunk. Then roll between your palms to make circular balls. For the smaller balls take approx. 35g of fruitcake and do the same. Place all balls on a cake board and place in the freezer to firm up
  7. Melt a little apricot jam and brush over the balls to make them sticky with a pastry brush
  8. Roll out the marzipan to a thickness of no more than 5mm. Cut into pieces large enough to completely cover the large cake balls. Lay a marzipan piece over the top of each ball and press around the sides then roll the ball in your palms until smooth. Repeat with the rest of all the balls. Leave to dry overnight.
  9. When ready to cover in icing, brush the balls with a little brandy or cooled boiled water. Repeat step 8 using the
    Dr. Oetker White Regal-Ice. Leave to dry overnight or for a few hours before commencing any decorating
  10. To decorate the snowmen cakes take some white designer icing and squeeze a little on top of each large ball to aid the head sticking. Now place the small balls on top of the large one
  11. Dust your surface with icing sugar then roll out red and green regal ice to make 2  long strips.  Use a sharp knife to cut a thin piece of regal ice, about 12cms in length and 1.5 cm width to make the scarf. Using a little white designer icing, squeeze some around the neck area and down onto the body, so you can wrap the scarves around the snowman.
  12. For the hats, roll out half of the black regal icing to 5mm thick.  Use a small round cutter about 4cms to create the rim of the hat. Attach to the head with a dab of designer icing or honey. Roll out the rest of the black regal ice into a sausage 2cm thick and cut into chunks 2cms high. Using your fingers, narrow off the bottom and shape into a hat shape. Stick to the hat rim by using a dab of designer icing or honey.
  13. For the eyes, mouth and buttons pipe little blobs of Black Gel colour or use a paintbrush.   You can also use this to paint on the arms
  14. Finally make the carrot by mixing a small amount of the red and yellow regal ice together to make orange. Shape small cones with your fingers and attach in between the eyes and mouth by dabbing a tiny bit of white designer icing. For the final frosty finish, spray Dr. Oetker silver shimmer spray across the snowman

Emma in Bromley xx





Jolly Snowman Cake Recipe - Christmas Food


Disclaimer - This recipe was sent to me to share with you from Dr. Oetker, I have not received any monies to post this, it was my choice to share this (I think they look adorable!) , I have a long standing relationship with the brand who often send me products to try.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Christmas 2014 Special Offer - Little Tikes Pirate Ship Ride On Toy

This Little Tikes Pirate Ship looks like a lot  of fun! It has a sound effects button and the seat lifts up to reveal the captain! 
On offer at £24.99 until 24.11.14 normally £35 


Little Tikes Ride On Pirate Ship
Emma in Bromley xx

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Bromley Christmas Event 2014 - Hayes Christmas Market


Bromley Christmas event 2014 - Hayes Christmas market
A Christmas market to buy original gifts from a wide variety of artisans. This is not a school fair. Our stall holders are from local businesses.

Hayes School, West Common Road, Hayes, BR2 7DB

Emma in Bromley xx

Friday, 21 November 2014

Bromley Christmas Event 2014 - Chatterton Village Christmas Fayre


Bromley Chatterton Village Christmas Fayre 2014
The 2nd Annual Chatterton Village Christmas Fayre is where Christmas Starts in Chatterton Road. Shop Owners and Restaurants stay open late to give you a taste of Christmas. We invite a number of local Charities such as The Rotary Club, The Round Table, Bromley Lions, The Guides and Scouts and Local Churches to help us with sideshows and craft tables (many free of charge) and the local school choir will be singing festive songs.

Friday 28th November 2014 6pm to 9pm

Chatterton Village, Chatterton Road, Bromley, BR2 9QW

Emma in Bromley xx

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Christmas 2014 Shopping Offer - Lego Storage Boxes

I just love these Lego storage boxes shaped like bricks that all stack together!

The large lego head is on my personal wish list ;)

There's lots to choose from, in all colours and sizes from the large heads (bigger than a human head) right down to lunch boxes! 

On offer until 24.11.14 


Lego Storage Boxes on Offer
Lego Storage Boxes on Offer
Lego Storage Boxes on Offer


Lego Storage Boxes on Offer

Emma in Bromley xx

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Bromley Christmas Event 2014 - Christmas on Royal Parade, Chislehurst

Chislehurst Christmas Fair 2014 Heidi Butterfill Stella and DotChislehurst Christmas Market - Christmas on Royal Parade, Sunday 23rd November 2014 12pm to 5pm

Heidi is one of my lovely friends so please say "Hello" if you go :-)


Emma in Bromley xx 

Bromley Christmas Event 2014 - Christmas Folklore Walk with Mince Pies, High Elms.


Christmas folklore walk with mince pies

    High Elms Country Park - Bromley Christmas 2014
  • Date: 21 Dec 2014
  • Location: High Elms Country Park, Shire Lane, Orpington, BR6 7JH
  • Time: 10:30 - 12:30
  • Cost: 6.15 (concessions £3.50)
Learn about the connections between nature and folklore at this time of year.
Enjoy a winter walk and then back to BEECHE for a mince pie! 
Families are welcome.
Meet in the main car park, High Elms Country Park.
To book a place, please  contact us. You may also pay on the day but places cannot be guaranteed.
Event organiser: Bromley Council 
Telephone: 01689 860571

Emma in Bromley xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Gotta Love a Spiderman Helmet

Spiderman Helmet £21.99There's a lot in the news about kids not playing outside anymore and being stuck indoors on computer games - thing is, I'm not sure I agree - I think for most children there is a good balance between the two - you only have to go on a school run or a local park to see lots of children on scooters, skates, bikes and skateboards - I'm surprised by how many children seem to have one of each of those outdoor play toys!
It's important to wear a helmet and there are lots of fun helmets on the market but you've gotta love one with a Spiderman actually sat on the top! Spiderman Helmet
Suitable for children age 1-9 usually £35 on offer at £21.99 until 19.11.14

Emma in Bromley xx


Monday, 17 November 2014

Christmas Gift Guide 2014 Part 1

I'm getting really excited about Christmas this year (it'll be the first one in our forever home) and I've been working on my Christmas gift guides since July!!! 
Emma in Bromley Christmas 2014 Gift Guide
I had a really exciting few days whilst the little ones were in school and preschool (I literally get two mornings a week to do this and absolutely everything else!) so it took a while but I basically put up a tree and got the room looking all merry and festive to take my photos! I wanted to do things a bit differently than last year :)

There's going to be lots of exciting Christmas blog posts so please make sure you are following and check back for more! In the mean time, grab a cuppa and be inspired with my 2014 Gift Guide Part 1 (if you missed it, check out my Joules Gift Guide!) 
Emma in Bromley Christmas 2014 Gift Guide The Works Jigsaws


Jigsaws
In an age where digital gaming is rife, it's refreshing to see how much children of all ages enjoy jigsaws - my two have always had them from even before being a year old and I learnt my jigsaw parenting lesson the hard way - make sure you keep them out of reach of children otherwise it can take two small people precisely 3 seconds to empty 14 jigsaw boxes onto the floor - it will take you 3 weeks to sort them all. I absolutely love the wonderful jigsaw collection The Eorks currently have - there's a handy stocking size tiny Mr Men jigsaw that comes in a sweet little tin, I've chosen a spiderman jigsaw book which is a very clever concise story book with jigsaw pages to complete - this is also a perfect gift for a little one to give to their best friend.
I'm loving the 9 in 1 Scooby Doo jigsaw box,   and the Mr Men puzzle that comes in a bag has a side to colour in yourself too! My children love the "underpants" stories by Claire Freedman so I was over the moon to discover the Dinosaurs Love Underpants Jigsaw and Book set - all are available from The Works


Emma in Bromley Christmas 2014 Gift Guide Zuru My Magical Mermaid


My Magical Mermaid from Zuru is an absolute darling! She comes with weight rings, place them on her head and she will swim on her back and place them on her tail and she swims upright, but she's ohh so clever, if you forget to lift her out of the water, she switches off to save her batteries! This one is called Pearl and her arms can move, she comes complete with weight rings and spare batteries.

Emma in Bromley Christmas Git Guide 2014 Pirate Robo Fish


Robo fish by Zuru have a special pirate edition, there are 6 brilliant pirate versions of the classic Robo fish available to collect and he looks great swimming around - he's really quick and works the second you place him in water. He comes with spare batteries too and you need to lift him out of the water when you have finished playing to conserve his batteries. 


Emma in Bromley Christmas Gift Guide 2014 Zoomer Zuppie Spot

Zoomer Zuppies by Spin Master are adorable interactive puppies - they have sweet little expressions through their LED lights and play lots of games, they have poseable legs and roller ball feet - zuppies move manually so the roller feet makes them very easy to move about and they will interact with their bigger Zoomer dog friends! This little Zuppie is called Spot! 

Emma in Bromley Christmas 2014 Gift Guide Flutterbye Deluxe Light up Fairy
Emma in Bromley Christmas 2014 Gift Guide Flutterbye Deluxe Light up Fairy


Spin Master's Flutterbye Deluxe Light up Fairy is amazing! She's so much fun! Her charging base will launch her into flying mode from the touch of a button and she will follow your hand as she flies along - she has a strip of lights on one of her skirt panels so you get a beautiful light display as she flies - ohhh how I wish I had one of these back in the 80's and yup! I had a lot of fun playing with this toy - for review purposes of course! She doesn't come with batteries so make sure you stock up! 


Emma in Bromley Christmas Gift Guide 2014 Novelty Christmas Jumpers from Next
Emma in Bromley Christmas Gift Guide 2014 Novelty Christmas Jumpers from Next

This year, all of us will be having some sort of Christmas jumper day/event to go to and you just can't beat a brilliant Christmas jumper! We have one each for the whole family all from Next - and they all come with a super handy gift tag attached! I have a snuggly grey snowman jumper which as sparkly sequin snow flakes, Blake loooooves gingerbread men and I love this gingerbread man jumper complete with lots of arm detail too! Maegan has a darling little penguin couple all cozy and warm with pretty little embellishments and Hubby - well he's into his motorbikes so it had to be Father Christmas on a motorbike - complete with fly away scarf!



Emma in Bromley Christmas Gift Guide 2014 My Studio Girl

My Studio Girl do a wonderful collection of crafts and I just love this adorable dolly with cat onesie! You get a ready made dolly and you need to sew her onesie (handy pre punched stitch holes) and attach her hair - she comes with everything you need including a plastic needle.

Emma in Bromley Christmas Gift Guide 2014 Aspace Pick n Mix Jewellery


We love the Pick n Mix jewellery making set from Aspace which comes with a 16 page book full of ideas and everything you need from pre cut felt shapes to fasteners and earring finals - suitable for ages 8up - Aspace do amazing childrens furniture and have a lovely gift and stocking fillers area this year.


Emma in Bromley Christmas 2014 Gift Guide Dont Rock The Boat

Don't Rock The Boat from university games is a brilliant balancing game of skill with little penguin pirates that I reviewed before and would recommend to anyone age 5 up 

Emma in Bromley Christmas 2014 Terra Rossa dipping oil

Terra Rossa Dipping Oil set, comes with two beautifully painted bowls, infused luxury extra virgin olive oil and herbs in a hessian bag. With a story steeped in history, this is perfect for any foodie - a choice of flavours are available.


Emma in Bromley Christmas Gift Guide 2014 Seedball


These little gift tins from SeedBall are a great idea and fun way to get some wild flowers in your garden, the tins contain seeds in small clay,compost and chili powder (protection from predators!) balls which you can scatter wherever you'd like some flowers to grow. They're a lovely idea and my children enjoyed (very much!) scattering around our garden! Perfect for the young and the old!

Emma in Bromley Christmas 2014 Thrift and Prudence


Thrift and Prudence is the creative genius of a fellow Bromley mum, who hand makes unique gifts such as these lovely vintage vehicle frames, comic book butterflies and map and comic covered dinosaurs. The website isn't quite ready so please contact thriftandprudence@gmail.com to place an order 

Hobbycraft pom pom kit, christmas stocking kit,

Hobbycraft have everything you need to make your own stocking and I'm looking forward to whipping up a beaut with the help of Blake and Maegan - we've got lots of pom poms and big sleigh bells, glitter glue and ribbon at the ready! and a Pom Pom rudolph kit!

Emma in Bromley Christmas 2014 Christmas Books for Children


Books for children are always a great gift - I don't think any child could ever have too many books and I like to try and do something different with books - we do an alternative advent calendar where we have a different book each day to unwrap and read to set us in the mood for the festivities! 
David Walliams book set from the Works

Baby Lit Books Frankenstein Wizard of Oz Jungle Book


Baby Lit Jungle Book set comes with a lovely animals primer book and all the main characters to build so you can play along too - a very special gift.

Baby Lit Frankenstien is a brilliant board book primer introduction to anatomy.

Baby Lit Wizard of Oz colours book is just sweet - the illustrations are simply lovely and the book is very colourful - we also have Baby Lit Dracula and Moby Dick and I love these books! Perfect board books for little people. http://www.pguk.co.uk/publishers/

Little Bumpkins Personalised Gift Sacks



What better to pop all the gifts in that one of these stag present sacks with a majestic scandinavian print and finished with a hand made wooden gift tag with your child's name and finished with perfect detailing such as a sleigh bell and a little felt heart on the draw string final. I fell in love with these sacks as soon as they arrived and I know they will be used for many future years to come - from Little Bumpkins - Personalised Sacks

Hanging Lantern trees and houses christmas decorations

The Hanging Lantern Company have these lovely little decorations which arrive flat so you can build them (all scored and simple to do - literally a case of folding and tucking in flaps), we love the trees and the little houses - My 3 year old is mesmerised by the house, she thinks its perfect for christmas elves and fairies. I popped an LED tealight inside mine and they come in a variety of festive colours and sizes, the smaller tree is actually a favour box and the red tree - well theres a 6 Foot tall version at Kew Gardens (Wakehurst Place) how brilliant is that! I can't wait to see these on the table for Christmas Brunch which I'm hosting for about 9 adults and 5 children but probably more!


Merry Christmas Everyone!

Keep an eye out for Part 2 coming soon

Emma in Bromley xx



Disclaimer: Some of these items have been sent to me for the sole purpose of reviewing them, some specifically for this post, some I've featured in the past, some items are my very own personal christmas shopping which I just wanted to share, some are loan items which I've returned and some brands have sent me lovely thank you gifts for including them. I haven't received any money for this blog post.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

12 little fairytale puppets

I spotted this adorable set of 12 fairytale finger puppets on offer today - usually £30 but on offer at £16.99 until 18.11.14 I'd be tempted to wrap each one individually and pop it in the stocking!


Fairytale Finger Puppets
Emma in Bromley xx

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Joules Christmas Gifts and Stocking Fillers

When one of my favourite brands asked me if I'd like to put together a Christmas Gift List for them, I was delighted! What a pleasure to select my choices for the whole family - Joules have a great gift range - (for some unknown reason we don't have a Joules store in Bromley - even though it's the perfect place for one hint hint) I did spy that our local Boots branch has some of the Joules gift range and the Joules website is a pleasure to use! One thing I did notice is that Joules has brilliant stocking fillers and secret Santa gift ideas this year.

I'm going to start with ladies first!
How adorable is this little Leather Coin Purse Fieldmouse! He's available in two different colours with lovely detailing and a sweet gift at £19.95


Fieldmouse coin purse by Joules

I just love this darling little robin bird key fob, I love that he's knitted and the detailing such as the embroidered eyes £6.95
Knitted Robin Keyring by Joules


How wonderful is this lovely cream with a blue hare print Wensley scarf? Super soft and a lovely signature print £19.95

Wensley hare print scarf by Joules

Fantastic Mr Fox warm and snuggly Marsha jumper, with lovely little details such as the red sleeve cuff. £69.95

Mr Fox Marsha Jumper by Joules

The Evedon Wellies have been on my personal wish list for years - I just love the cut away shape behind the knee as it means they will suit any leg length (at 5'2" I often find that a regular welly is too tall!) and I adore the big beautiful bow on the back! Love the French navy and red bow combination. £79.95

Evedon Wellies by Joules
What a beautiful brilliant weekend bag - filled with wonderful Joules SkinCare products for that perfect weekend retreat £45

Brilliant Weekend Bag by Joules



For the kids 

Two years ago, my daughter had a Joules horse wash bag for Christmas and she loves it still - uses it as a handbag - I'm really excited to see it again this year in a different design! £18

Winnie Horse wash bag by Joules
But if we are talking about horse bags ... You might also want to see this beauty - My 3 year old girlie has chosen this to be included! Porcelain horse bag £16.95

Porcelain Horse Hand bag by Joules


My little boy would love these shark gloves! I love the great little details on these - small people don't always like to keep gloves on so I imagine fun "puppet' ones like this might just stay put! £12.95

Jaws shark gloves by Joules
There's a matching Finn hat too!
Finn Shark Hat by Joules


Every little boy would absolutely love a ninjabreadman tee! This is super awesome and selected by my five year old :) £19.95

Ninjabread Man Tee by Joules

Fancy a trump stinky Christmas set? Set to put a giggle and cheeky smile on any kids face - these are found under the boy's section but we all know girls giggle at windy pops too - what a great stocking filler - put a smile on my face! whoopee cushion and parp socks! heehee £14.95

Joules Stinky Trump Christmas Set with Whoopee cushion and parp socks!

Joules have the sweetest gift sets for babies £24.95


For the Gentleman
I love that this set has such a fun name! Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes comes with bathroom products and cosy super stag socks! £16

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes mens toiletries set by Joules
This Harris Tweed Weekend bag - The Harringworth - is very stylish, lovely leather base and handles and as always with Joules, great attention to detail with a handy compartment and vibrant blue dog print lining. £120 

The Harringworth Harris Tweed Weekend bag by Joules

Great nautical print on these Lighthouse lounge pants / PJ's and they come in another print too - with a rather cheeky name - cock print! Love the lighthouse print on these. £39.95

Lighthouse mens lounge pants PJ's by Joules


Warm and snuggly teal coloured basket weave textured Bradgate jumper - the buttons on this are functional too £79.95

bradgate chunky knit jumper by joules
For the home

Gotta start with a tweed hare doorstop! How sweet would this little guy be propping your door open! £29.95

Tweed Hare Doorstop


Great vibrant yellow cushion with a big squishy hare face would be amazing to cuddle up with on film night in front of a roaring fire - making me fancy a hot chocolate already! £39.95

Yellow Hare Cushion by Joules



Ohhh I really fancy a hot chocolate with whooshy cream in one of these pheasant mugs, don't you? £8.95

Pheasant mug by joules
A big cosy knitted throw - this comes in 3 colours and to be honest, I was torn between the blue or the yellow! Lovely chunky knit £85 

Moss Knit Throw by Joules

Merry Christmas :-)

Emma in Bromley xx




Disclaimer, this blog post is in partnership with Joules