Why do we say it? And what does it mean? Modern trick or treating is a custom borrowed from
Modern trick or treating is a custom borrowed from guising, which children still do in some parts of Scotland. Guising involves dressing in costume and singing a rhyme, doing a card trick, or telling a story in exchange for a sweet. The Scottish and Irish brought the custom to America in the 19th century. (source: http://blog.dictionary.com/trick-or-treat/)
Halloween, the last day of October, has a special significance for the children. our kids enjoy this holiday and it is a great opportunity to spend some quality time with them enjoying in the arts and crafts and baking sweets especially themed for the Halloween celebration. Choose the activity that most suit your child. Whether it will be making costumes, carving the pumpkin, creating house decoration or baking and decorating sweets it is not important as long as your child has the opportunity to express its artistic skills allowing them to be creative and develop their imagination into an actual product.
Symbols of Halloween
Halloween originated as a celebration connected with evil spirits. Witches flying on broomsticks with black cats, ghosts, goblins and skeletons have all evolved as symbols of Halloween. Black is one of the traditional Halloween colors, probably because Halloween festivals and traditions took place at night.
Pumpkins are also a symbol of Halloween. The pumpkin is an orange-colored squash, and orange has become the other traditional Halloween color. Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns is a Halloween custom also dating back to Ireland.
For some great Halloween ideas and free printables for the holiday decor click here.
And finally here are some ideas for your Halloween treats!
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How to use the piping tips and achieve the most astonishingly looking cupcakes. The final decorated cake can be amazing with just the right tools and some practice. The possibilities are endless and depend only on your imagination. Pay attention it’s quite easy!
Tools required: piping bags and piping nozzles-
2D rose nozzle,
big soft swirl nozzle,
french groove nozzle
The piping nozzles can be found in our online store. To visit store click here.
There are so many ways to decorate your cake. This is a very effective one.
After the abundance of food, we had over the holidays, I stumbled over a recipe that immediately caught my attention and I believe is worth sharing. The use of vegetables in sweets has become a healthy trend lately, and I have heard of beetroot, carrot, courgette being some of the ingredients in various sweet recipes – but the use spinach came as a surprise to me.
I started the day very slowly. Monday is always a tough day, but this morning my biorhythm was very low. Having my second cup of coffee the sun came through the window overlooking the inside garden. The birds song and the flowers blossoming woke me up. It’s a beautiful day and I will enjoy it by making some beautiful cupcakes today. To achieve a perfect look I will use the Katy Sue moulds.
These moulds can be equally used for cake and cookie decoration as well as for a variety of art and craft activities depending on the materials you work with. For sugarcraft, we suggest the use of M&B sugar paste (with a bit of Tylo powder).
Below you will find a tutorial from Katy Sue Craft Academy. To watch more of Katy Sue videos please visit YouTube.
The application of these detailed silicon moulds will depend on your inspiration and imagination. Search the web for some inspiration and you will see your ideas will start flowing. Soon you will enjoy your creations and will be proud to share them with others. Enjoy your creativity as it does release the stress of everyday life.
The countdown to Christmas has already started. The festive season is all about gifts and food. Here are some photos to inspire you for the sweets which can be part of your house decoration or gifts to the loved ones. You can alway give away for Christmas the cake decorating tools or the cake decoration and let your friends and family enjoy in the Christmas spirit while cooking and baking.
The Bundt pans work well with cake mixes. Spray inside with cake release spray before using.
With Christmas just around the corner the euphoria of Christmas gift shopping is about to start. Instead of giving in to all of that why not make this Christmas more personal by making your own gorgeous gourmet gifts. Handmade gifts are the best kind, particularly when they’re edible. Who can resist a homemade jam or truffle, especially when these gourmet goodies are prettily packaged? Most recipes and ideas are easy to make, and offering them to friends is much more than a small gesture – it’s a personal one, showing the best sentiments of the season. Make gourmet gifts that your foodie friends will love.
The recipes can be easily found on the net. You could even modify them to your taste.
For the packaging see what we have to offer. Some suggestions
or simply clickhere.Or just use regular wrapping paper with our gift tags.
If this on the othe hand is not your cup of tea, then you can always visit our shop and choose some of the gifts we have prepared for the holiday season.
Halloween’sorigins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1 .Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future.
Today’s Holloween Traditions
The American Halloween tradition of “trick-or-treating” probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as “going a-souling” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.
On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.
What are your treats going to be? Remember the old traditions and celebrate in style. Did you know that one quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween. You can make your own candy pops (picture 1) or cookies (picture 2) or spooky cupcakes, googly eyes and much more! To find what you need click here.
Like every celebration, your Easter festive table deserves to end with a selection of sweet spring treats, from luscious lemon bars, to easy cupcakes. Find the perfect ending to your Easter feast with your favourite light and fresh springtime desserts.
Use paper straws, pearls, candy melts, sprinkles, glitter to add colour to your Easter table!
The individual serving size cake in form of cake pops or cupcakes are perfect for everything from a large gathering to a small family dinner. Flower shaped cookies with candy melts inserted in the petals before baking will be amazing on your table.
My choice – lemon cupcakes. My daughter has spent hours playing with the decoration, cutting out flowers, decorating their centers, choosing the pearls – it was great fun and we both enjoyed it!
Send us the pictures with your creations and we will share it with others! Get ideas – get creative!
With the holiday season approaching its time to enter into that Christmas mood!
Here are some cookie recipes that will fill your house with those fantastic holiday spice smell and create a welcoming and cosy atmosphere in your house. Use holiday themed cookie cutters and you will not only have delicious, homemade treats and snacks but you will also decorate your house with beautiful tasty ornaments.
1. Shortbread cookies– makes 12 biscuits
Ingredients: 500 g butter – softened, 200g caster sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 500 g plain flour
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C / Gas mark 4
2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
3. Stir in vanilla and add flour. Beat the mixture until all of the ingredients are incorporated.
4. Roll out your mixture to 1 cm thickness. Cut out the dough with your favorite cutters, or make them round and emboss with your holiday themed stamp/plunger.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
6. Once the biscuits are cool enough to handle, transfer them to a wire rack and set aside to cool completely.
7. Use your imagination and decorate your cookies with frosting, rolled out icing, add non-pareils, pearls, sprinkle… In order for your decoration to stick to the cookie use some edible glue or a small amount of jam dissolved with a few drops of water. Apply with a brush and decorate!
2. Basic recipe for holiday cookies – makes about 20 biscuits
Perfect to be rolled out and cut with shaped biscuit cutters to make your own festive cookies.
Ingredients: 200 g unsalted butter (at room temperature), 200g caster sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 egg, 400g plain flour, pinch of salt, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, royal icing to decorate
1. preheat oven to 170 degrees C / gas mark 3.
2. Cream the butter, vanilla extract and sugar with a mixer till light and fluffy.
3. Add the egg and mix well.
4. Add the flour, salt and cream of tartar and mix well but do not overmix. The dough should be light, soft and easy to handle
5. Dust a clean working surface with flour and roll the dough with a rolling pin. Cut out the shapes with your cutters. Arrange on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
6. Bake for about 10 minutes, checking constantly that they are not burning. The cookies should be very light golden on the edges and pale in the center.
7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly before turning on a wire rack. Once they cool completely you can decorate them with the royal icing.
Royal icing for decoration: 1 egg white, 1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, 310 g of icing sugar, food colouring. Beat the lemon juice and the egg white together with and electric mixer. Gradually start adding the icing sugar, mixing well after each addition. Whisk until you get stiff peaks. If the icing is too runny, add a little more sugar. Stir in a couple of drops of food colouring and decorate the cookies. We recommend the use of small size greaseproof paper bags (you can find in our store under the piping tools section) for the decoration of your cookies if you want to pipe shapes, lines, dots .. onto your cookies or simply use your knife to evenly spread a layer over your cookies.
*made two dozens the other day, but the kids finished them before I was able to decorate them. (Picture above)
3. Gingerbread dough – makes about 24
These fabulous dough does not necessarily have to be used with gingerbread man cookie cutters (available in three sizes packs -visit our store ) but it is so much fun to decorate them individually.
TIP: Make the dough one day in advance
Ingredients: 400 g plain flour, 3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, a pinch of salt, 180 g unsalted butter, 100 g dark brown sugar, 1 egg, 125 g golden syrup, royal icing for decoration (use the above given recipe).
1.Stir in a bowl all the dried ingredients – flour + all spices + bicarbonate of soda + salt. Mix well and set aside
2. Whisk the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and golden syrup. Mix well.
3. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix well after each addition.
4. Once an even dough is formed divide the dough and wrap in cling film. Leave in fridge overnight to rest.
5. When you want to bake the cookies preheat oven to 170 degrees C / gas mark 3
6. Take the dough out of the fridge and leave to soften. Roll our to 4 mm thickness, and cut with cookie cutters. Place on baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.
7. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Leave the cookies to cool completely.
8. Set your imagination to work and decorate! If you have used the gingerbread man cookie cutter, bring out a different personality from each one of your cookies. If not then make a Christmas tree, a snowflake, a star or whatever you may think of and decorate to make them unique.
Yes Christmas is approaching. It’s time to get in the holiday mood!
Make it snow…
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Fill your house with the welcoming smell of Christmas spices and enjoy the season with friends and family. Choose the shape of your cookies for the holidays: snowflake, star, hearts, gingerbread man, round… My favorite doughs for the cookies are gingerbread and shortbread. Take your time in decorating them – use vivid colours to make them part of your festive home decoration.