Daddy’s Panfakes

Ingredients
200g (1 1/2 cups) gluten free self raising flour.
100g (1/2 cup) sugar.
1 level tablespoon of arrowroot.
Splash of oil.
Oatly to mix. 

For chocolate Pancakes use Chocolate Oatly.

Method
Mix dry ingredients then add oil and enough oatly to make a batter. Cook in oiled frying pan on medium heat until bubbles form and batter looks like its about to set. Flip and cook on other side until golden brown. Place cooked pancakes in clean tea towel on a plate to keep warm. Once cooled pop in sealed container and eat within 24hours.

Banana Cake

Here is Thorfinn’s favourite banana loaf recipe, he loves it so much he tries to fit a whole slice in his mouth at once.

Mummy’s Banana Loaf

Makes 1 Loaf (Dairy-free, egg-free, soya-free, wheat-free, barley-free)

Ingredients

  • 285g/10oz Doves Farm Gluten Free Plain White Flour
  • 1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 225g/8oz Caster Sugar (granulated works fine as well)
  • 1/4tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 110g/4oz Dairy Free Margarine (I use Vitalite )
  • egg replacement equivalent to 2 eggs (I use ‘Orgran No Egg’ ).
  • 4 mashed overripe bananas (you can do it with ripe but you need to do a lot more mashing)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Line a loaf tin with a silicone wrapper (or grease it).
  • Mix dry ingredients together
  • Mix in Dairy Free Margarine – you can cream sugar and margarine together separately but I find it doesn’t make any difference.
  • Add egg replacement equivalent to 2 eggs.
  • Add 4 mashed overripe bananas.
  • Mix it all together (if it does need more liquid you can add Oatly or another milk replacement but I find its OK without).
  • Pour into lined loaf tin and bake for an hour or until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Remove from from tin and cool on rack.
  • Nom!

Make your own badges

This is a really simple way to make your own badges for your camp blanket.

You will need:
T-shirt transfer paper
Computer and printer
Old white T-Shirt
Iron
Felt
Scissors
Thread and needle

Method: 
1. Choose the image you’d like to use from the computer and make up a page of them. Remember to reverse any image with letters or if direction matters. You can make the image any shape or size you want but remember the badge will be slightly larger in size.

2. Print your page of images onto the T-shirt transfer paper (follow any instructions given on the product).

3. Trim round the transfer paper (being careful to leave a border round your image).

4. Using an iron transfer the image onto an old white t-shirt (again follow instructions on your transfer paper).

5. Now trim around your image and select the felt you want to use. Cut out two pieces both larger than your printed design and one slightly larger than the other. I used two complimentary colours of felt.

6. Stitch on the printed design onto the first of your felt pieces, leaving a border of a 1/8″ or more between the edge and your stitching.

7. Trim round that leaving a thin 1/8″ or more border of felt. Place onto the second colour of felt and stitch that in place. I decided to hide the second set of stitches by gently turning up the printed piece and stitching underneath.

8. Trim round the outer layer of felt and you are done. All ready for it to be stitched onto your camp blanket.

Best of all you can do this with any image and because it’s transferred onto t-shirt fabric it won’t fray. So what badges will you make?

London Challenge Fun – For the Adults

So I’ve done lots for the kids but it’s a holiday for us as well so I decided to make Clair a challenge just for her. I started with an Altoids tin and made a label for the top (with the help of the Keep Calm-o-matic).

Next I filled it with a range of things.

  • googly eyes
  • photo challenge zine
  • paracetamol
  • Freddo bar (chocolate)
  • Scotch tape pop-up tape refill
  • Hair bands
  • Mini Sharpie
  • Lip Balm
  • Mini frog
  • Magnetic letter d (or p)
  • Plasters
  • Stamps
  • Where’s Wally?
  • Moustaches

The mini moustaches were attached to matchsticks (you can get lots of printable photo props online). Wally came from a gift tag and I glued it to a matchstick as well.

The main thing is the photo challenge. 3 days and 30 photos to take. Only two rules – a photo for each challenge and they should be taken between us meeting up and us returning to our own homes.
It was done as a mini-zine and you can get a how-to and template over on Tangled Crafts.

So what does she earn for achieving this challenge? Why a unique badge hand-crafted by yours truly.

London Challenge Fun -Part 4

Pax Lodge is one of the four World Centres for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Girls from all over the world visit the centre (it’s a big thing in International Guiding) and Clair and I went last year and had a great time, so visiting it with the girls was a large part of why we are going to London.

I’ve booked us a tour and pinning ceremony (where the girls will get a special Pax Lodge pin) but I wanted to make sure they got as much out of it and got as involved with it as possible so I made us a wee challenge (or two).

First up I went through the Girlguiding Goes Tartan badge from the World Conference that we didn’t get round to earning last year and made sure we managed that in our challenges.

I made another wee booklet of challenges for the girsl to complete:

1. Make a swap for the swap box.
Using the stuff provided make a swap for the box. Add your name and unit number to back. Poke the safety pin through the corner. (I pre-cut the self adhesive foam into the Scottish icons from the Tratan pack – they cna make Nessie and Highland Cow).

2. Pin a badge on the World Map.
Pax Lodge has a world map in the dining room that is used to keep a record of the guests who visit during the year. (I packed some of the old Scottish neckie badges for that).

3. Solve the World Flag jigsaw
The flag has a golden trefoil on a blue background. A white blaze in the lower right-hand corner represents worldwide peace, which all Guides and Girl Scouts work for in their families, communities and the wider world. This is crowned by three golden blocks symbolising the threefold Promise. (Printed an image of this from online and cut it up)

4. The flags hanging outside Pax Lodge are the flags of the countries the girls and leaders currently staying there come from. How many different flags are there? Draw some of them (I gave them four boxes to fill in)

5. Draw a peg doll a uniform from another country. (Pax Lodge has a display of these so hopefully that will inspire them).

6. Mark on the map the countries you spot (colour in map provided plus a photocopy from an atlas of a World map)

7. Play World Badge beetle
The World Badge has a golden yellow trefoil on a bright blue background which represents the sun shining over the children of the world.
_ The three leaves represent the threefold Promise.
_ The flame represents the love of humanity.
_ The two stars represent the Promise and the Law.
_ The vein pointing upwards represents the compass needle pointing the way.
_ The outer circle represents our worldwide organisation.
Each person passes the dice around the circle, taking turns to throw it. As soon as someone throws a six, they can colour the blue background circle. Continue to take turns to throw the dice, trying to colour all the pieces. 1 – the needle 2 – a star 3 – the flame 4 – a leaf of the trefoil 5 – the outer ring 6 – the blue background circle
(Printed off colour-in version of the World Badge so we can colour them in (rather than collect the pieces as you would normally) and packed a dice!)

Bonus Badge – Brazil
Girls aged between 6 and 8 are called Cirandas.
Guiding with Jewels has a Brazil uniform colour in sheet
I got some blank masks from the crafty stash to take with us so they could make a mask for Carnival and took some Brazil music for them to make up a cranival dance to.
A picture from the movie Rio to colour-in of a carnival dancer from Free Kids Coloring Pages
Plus I packed some balloons so we can try and play Pateca.
Apparently it’s a Brazilian game, traditionally played with sand filled bag, but we will played this with a balloon. Players stand in a circle and start volleying the balloon about. Say a letter when you hit the ball (A…B…C…) trying to get to Z. Players may not touch the ball twice in a row. If the ball hits the ground or touches the ceiling, start over.
(I don’t know which of my Guiding resources I found this in though so alas can’t give credit – apologies).

London Challenge Fun -Part 3

So once in London there are yet more activities to do and badges to earn. The challenges were based around what we were going to be up to.

I made up a wee booklet with some challenges in it for the girls to complete and carried with me a selection of bits so they could complete the activities.

The idea is that they complete as many of these challenges as they can:

1. How many differnt forms of transport can they spot or use?
2. Can they find any places or characters from books?
3. Make yourself a London Bookmark (I got a set of foam London bookmarks from Baker Ross)
4. Send a postcard home (buying one there and Clair has stamps in her special challenge)
5. Make a Brass Rubbing (We are intending to hit the Brass Rubbing Centre)
6. Visit Hamleys
7. Photo challenge – take photos to record your favourite sights (this links with Charlotte’s Brownie World Traveller Badge)
8. How many birds can you spot beginning with P?
9. What can you spot related to the Olympics?
10. Design your own Olympic flag and medal (Free-For-Kids has a nice prinatable sheet for this)
11. Using the Usborne ’50 Things to Spot in London’ cards make a list the Landmarks you manage to spot
12. Go on the London Eye
13. Take in a show
14. Visit a Museum
15. Bonus Badge! (The fancy crown one)
a. The Queen owns all the Mute Swans in the country – try making an origami swan (Origami Resource Centre for pattern and packed some paper to fold)
b. Make yourself a Diamond Jubilee bookmark (Baker Ross Colour-in bookmarks)
c. Go and see Buckingham Palace.
d. Design your own stamp. (Template from Activity Village)
e. Make a card and send it to the Queen to congratulate her on her Diamond Jubilee (Packed some blank cards and made sure I printed off the address to send them to as well)
f. Learn the first verse of the National Anthem (I printed off a copy of this).

So what badges did they earn of doing all this work?

The 2012 Challenge badge is from 25th Colchester Guides, the theatre and museum badges came from Making Friends and the others are from the Clothes Plasters – London set which I ordered via the V&A. I’m going for a drip feed over the three days with the London 2012 one being the final badge they get.