Lucky Dip Club

Lucky dip clubLast summer I started to subscribe to the Lucky Dip Club. Every month I get a box of surprises, themed and full of little treasures.

The really surprising part of this is the fact that month after month I give away almost all of the box!

I mean this in the nicest possible way, but sometimes I just do not have a use for an ice cream tatoo…but Lil D does, oh boy she does.  A seashell necklace with my initial on it?  Not really my style, but Lil C shares that very initial- present time!  A postcard telling us to seek adventure? Well I have a friend who is feeling a little stuck at the minute.  Sharing the joy is the joy of this box. Oh and there are the necklace charms- a new one each month for me to try out.  Not being a jewellery girl has transformed into my having new and interesting necklace every month.  Though I’ve yet to find the occasion to suit the dinosaur charm…I’m sure it will happen someday.

This month, the haul seems especially promising: 3 Christmas cards, a cute print, a pink planet brooch (that will soon be attached to my  equally pink bag), a little pot of magic and a mirror.  Guess what? I have recipients for them all in mind.

Roll on December, I have people who need surprises.

Christmas Chip Cookies


As the Christmas tree goes up what could be better than milk and cookies?

All you need is the perfect recipe.  Having been disappointed before with too biscuity, too dry, too crispy versions we put our faith in Felicity Cloake’s How to cook the Perfect…series.

As directed, we whipped up the dough in advance and were encouraged by it’s icecream cookie dough similarities. All we had to do as the tree went up was pop them in the oven and hope. And oh how they came out.

Crispy edges, soft centre and oozy, gooey chocolate.  Not too sweet, not to dark. Perfect.

120g butter, room temperature

75g light brown sugar

75g granulated sugar

1/2tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

240g plain flour

1/2 tsp bicarb

170g dark chocolate, roughly chopped

Beat butter and sugars until combined. Add the vanilla and egg and beat in well.

Sift flour and bicarb. Stir into mixture until it becomes a dough.

Fold in chocolate and chill overnight.

Preheat oven 180C.  Line baking sheets and bake for 15 mins.



The retelling of stories from a different point of view – we’re always up for that.

Hoodwinked – Little Red Riding Hood told from the point of view of the Wolf is awesome.  Wicked, of course, takes the genre to a whole new level.  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies may have taken things a bit too far but still, fun to be had there too.

Maleficent was always going to be hit or miss with us.  We had no great love for Sleeping Beauty (til we started watching Ever After High – we now love Briar Rose) so expectations were low but it quickly grabbed our attention with a sympathetic and concise retelling of how sweet little fairy Maleficent came to be the villain we all know.  It’s a heartbreaking and cruel transition.  She takes her revenge but strength and love win out in this beautifully harmonious version of the tale.  Nothing is out of place with the original.  It’s a simple change of perspective.

We first watched Maleficent with Lil D some time last year but then with the presentation of both Maleficent and Aurora Christmas Tree decorations to both Lil D and her mummy it seemed a good time for a rewatch.

We all now have a real shared affinity for Maleficent and her tale, plus some fantastic shoes (^-^)

Bean boozled

Lil D is a big fan of these two youtubers.  For months now she has craved the jeopardy of not knowing whether the jelly bean she’s about to eat is lovely lime or lacklustre lawn clippings; perfect peach or vile vomit.

She’s absolutely on her own in this desire.

But with D Daddy’s birthday on the way, Lil D convinced her mummy that it would be an hilarious addition to the celebration.

Hee. She was right.

The parcel was delivered with giggles, perhaps tipping D Daddy off that something was on the way, but he didn’t flinch.  Well not at that point.

Lil GN stepped up to take part (but wisely backed down after a chorus of doom filled warnings) Lil C knew immediately that a pack of sweets that may taste like snot were not for her.  Lil D looked round for more players  (D Daddy had no choice)…and found Bear (who had spent the weekend before adamantly declaring she would only risk the blueberry/toothpaste option.  Oh Bear, how naive you were.

And so the fun began (there is video evidence somewhere).  The first few seemed to go down surprisingly well.  The audience hid their disappointment.  Lil GN and Lil C began to think they could get involved.

Then, it struck!! whether it was vomit or snot we will have to ask Bear, all we know is it was hilarious!  The faces pulled got worse and worse.

Yet, through it all, Lil C got the nice version of every sweet.  I wonder if all that watching of Mo and Ro gave her some tips.

I probably shouldn’t enjoy it too much though, there’s another box ready for Christmas…


Old Tinseltoes is back

December at last.  Time to start the magic and mayhem with our very own liaison elf.


Last year Tinseltoes came direct from the North Pole to see if our dotes were being naughty or nice.  Obviously the report must have been good cos he’s back again this year with more Christmas spirit.

The dotes were amused (and baffled) last time by the cultural differences between elves and dotes.  Tinsey was found each day in rather unusual places, having done all manner of odd things around the house.  Particular favourites were drawing moustaches on our dotes photographs and having a tea party with Barbie and her friends.

TinseltoesThis year he surprised Lil D by turning up in the hotel where we stayed to see the Belfast Christmas Market.  He was in the tub – much to her glee.  He certainly had to come to dinner with us after that and was proudly given the seat of honour.

Lil C then found him when she visited Nanny’s house and quietly went over to him and smiled – before charging into the living room to proclaim his triumphant return.

Already he’s been found in the porridge – can’t wait to see what he does next!

Hohoho. Here we go (^-^)