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Novità anche dal reparto bigliettini!!

Fantastici ed unici per completare le tue bomboniere..

un carinissimo bambino su l’areoplano perfetto per festeggiare il battesimo o la nascita del tuo bambino!!!

Sono venduti a confezioni di 20 pezzi compresi di stampa personalizzata all’interno di nome e data!!

Un’ottima idea per decorare e realizzare le tue bomboniere !!

 

 

Great Ideas for baby boys Birthday cakes

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My youngest son has just turned 2 so I have been doing a lot of research and getting inspiration for a birthday cake for his party. Obviously Pinterest is a great starting point.

This is my favourite idea so far, I would just change it by adding a more colourful mane - maybe a mixture of orange, brown and yellow. Rafi - my little lion man has always loved growling!!!

This is my favourite idea so far, I would just change it by adding a more colourful mane – maybe a mixture of orange, brown and yellow. Rafi – my little lion man has always loved growling!!!

Such a colourful and fun cake, we all love the minions!

Such a colourful and fun cake, we all love the minions!

All my children love the Gruffalo books so this would be a great choice, there are some cuter - more colourful options but I don't think my cake decorating skills are good enough.

All my children love the Gruffalo books so this would be a great choice, there are some cuter – more colourful options but I don’t think my cake decorating skills are good enough.

We love dinosaurs and this cake cooks pretty simple to make, rrrrrrrrr

We love dinosaurs and this cake cooks pretty simple to make, rrrrrrrrr

I love this idea, if we were having lots of little friends round to celebrate then I would love to do this.

I love this idea, if we were having lots of little friends round to celebrate then I would love to do this.

My little boy really loves cats so I'm sure he's love this cake.

My little boy really loves cats so I’m sure he’s love this cake.

I’ve learnt from previous cake disasters what my limitations are, I try to avoid 3d cakes and modelling, perhaps if I got super organised I could create some 3d objects with fondent icing but I’m a working mum with 3 young children.

If you want to make your own fondent icing sugar paste there are some great recipes and instructions on youtube. I like to use Wiltons food colouring gels, they come in lots of colours and you only need to add a tiny bit (I use cocktail sticks to add the colour to my icing) so they last a long time.

Top Italian Baby names of 2016

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Italian parents tend to stick to more traditional names for their children and it’s very common to name your children after your parents,  So if you have Italian family and want something inkeeping, here is a list of the top baby names from 2015 in Italy. In brackets I have added how these names are often shortened or the pronunciation if the name is unusual.

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Girls:

  1. Sofia
  2. Aurora
  3. Emma
  4. Giulia (Julia)
  5. Giorgia (Gio/Jo)
  6. Martina (Marty)
  7. Alice
  8. Chiara
  9. Sara
  10. Greta
  11. Anna (or Annina – meaning little Anna)
  12. Gaia (Pronounced guy a)
  13. Francesca
  14. Giada (Pronounced ja da)
  15. Elena
  16. Beatrice
  17. Asia
  18. Rebecca (Becca)
  19. Viola
  20. Noemi (as in Naomi, pronounced no emi)

Boys

  1. Alessandro (Ale or Sandro)
  2. Lorenzo (Lore or Enzo)
  3. Mattia (Matti)
  4. Andrea
  5. Francesco (Kiko only when young)
  6. Leonardo (Leo or Nardo)
  7. Matteo (Matti)
  8. Marco
  9. Luca
  10. Gabriele (Gabri)
  11. Riccardo (Ricky)
  12. Diego
  13. Tommaso
  14. Davide
  15. Federico
  16. Enea
  17. Eduoardo
  18. Alessio (Ale)
  19. Jacopo (as in Jacob)
  20. Christian

Unusual name choices tend to be international names, with a few instagram filters making an apprearance too: Ludwig and Beethoven for boys and Juno for girls. For a fuller list see here.

Francesco is the most popular boys name in Italy for the last 10 years.

And the best name I’ve ever come across, the other day I met a woman who had called her son Jacopo Leone! (Jacob Lion) I love it. And my children … Luca, Annina and Rafi (short for Raffaele). Here is another great list for you to browse through for more ideas.

Birthday Favours

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Next month is my son’s second birthday, in Italy, favours rather than party bags are given to the guests. We won’t be having a big party but I thought it would be fun to make a few favours for family and friends. I don’t want to spend a lot so I will make them myself using items from our DIY range.

cio cio mini chocolatefruity confettiI’ve already decided to use mini cio cio confetti, they are smartie shaped sweets but slightly smaller and come in mixed fruit flavors or just plain chocolate. They are also gluten free (unlike smarties) so great for me. I will also be decorating his cake with these sweets so it will all match!

 

blue organza favour bagI will fill small organza favour bags with these sweets so they don’t spill all over the place and tie them closed. and then place them inside a hot air balloon favour box,

 

 

hot air balloon favour boxI’ll tie them closed with a dark blue contrasting organza ribbon (which is also super cheap) and finally add a small blue wooden tag and write my son’s name, Rafi and the number 2 with the date.

I think they will be a cute little token for his mini friends.

If you don’t want the hassle of doing it yourself you can buy it ready made!

 

 

 

 

Favour of the week

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Ok, so I’m not broody, but…. if I did have another baby, and it was a girl, I’d definitely pick this adorable baby lamb figurine. It’s cute and fun and is really adaptable.lamb baby girl favour

It comes in 2 assorted designs and I’ve got a few ideas here to show you how we’ve packaged it as a favour. I’ll add all the links if you want to do this as a DIY project.

lamb and favour rosetteYou could place it on a pretty lilac or pink flaming favour rosette and fill the petals with sweets. All your guest have to do is pop the sweets out and they’re left with the rosette to keep the lamb displayed on afterwards.

lamb favour in perspex box

It could be placed inside a 6x6x6cm perspex favour box, we have it sat amongst some decorative pearl sweets and have placed 5 sugared almonds in a pvc pouch behind the figurine to keep them in place. You could also create a favour pyramid using perspex favour boxes if you wanted to create a favour display.

lamb favour cake
This is the same favour on a favour cake, we’ve placed the lamb moneybox in the middle as a centre piece which is a cute idea and a gift for your baby afterwards.

Don’t forget we’ve got a great choice of dragees and sugared almonds (also confusingly known as confetti in Italian) and favour tags with space for a short message or the name and date of the party!

Instead of brooding about another baby girl I should really get on and plan my son’s Baptism favours instead! Ooops!

Courgette and Ricotta tart

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On my never ending mission to eat all my courgettes, I came across a great recipe from the bbcgoodfood site which I slightly adapted.courgette and ricotta tart

If you’re coeliac like me, you’ll know lots of recipes are off limits because gluten free alternatives just don’t work out.

Luckily the range of gluten free products is constantly increasing, Schar have a great frozen puff pastry so I decided I’d give this tart a go.

I mixed one tub of ricotta cheese with a clove of crushed garlic and then on top layered my finely sliced courgettes, drizzled olive oil, added salt and pepper and top with parmesan cheese. Cook for about 30 mins.

I was a nice quick and tasty lunch served up with salad.

Unfortunately it didn’t get rid of enough corgettes so my hunt for exciting recipes continued.

However, one sneaky tip, I grate a courgette into my ragu, the pieces are so small my children don’t notice!

End of year presents for teachers

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This year my son finished at nursery school and in September will start Primary school. He spent 3 years there and has 2 teachers. One teacher has been with him for the full 3 years and the other was new this year. Luckily she’s been amazing. It’s always great when you’re children have good teachers who are supportive and most importantly, who your children love.

My son was super happy when I told him he could pick presents for them. When he came to the shop he was so excited and wanted to get them everything! He soon decided he wanted a pink present and it should be a heart, “because I love her.” swarovski crystal flower on stem

But his wandering eyes soon led him to the sparkling crystal display and he had soon decided on a butterfly for Sonia and a flower for Immacolata.

Large crystal swarovski butterfly

 

 

He was desperate to take them their presents but I explained that we had to do it on the last day. Unable to contain his excitement, “I told them I’ve got them presents!”

As soon as we arrived to the end of year party he rushed over to them with the gift bags and gave them a kiss. They were really touched. Great teachers deserve recognition!

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So, when faced with a wheel barrow full of courgettes, a soup is always a great way to get rid of a lot in one go.courgette glut

The recipe I found was easy to make and I used to throw in cooked pasta, my young children really enjoyed it, well after a while my son did say “not courgette soup again!”

Basically this recipe was fried onion, garlic, courgettes (lots), some potatoes to thicken it a bit and veg stock. After cooking for about an hour I pureed then added a carton of cream, salt and pepper. It was a nice light soup and no complaints from the kids. When it’s 40c you don’t always feel like a bowl of steaming soup but you can always freeze it. I froze single portions in freezer bags so I could take them out one at a time.courgette soup

This year however, I’ve adapted the recipe a little and me and the kids really love it although we’ve not been mixing it with cooked pasta as it’s thicker. I know it’s not very Italian but they have been enjoying a sandwich and soup lately!

For this soup I used 3 sticks of cellery, 2 onions, lots of courgettes, carrots and potatoes. I lightly fried the onion, cellery and courgettes, then added veg stock with the carrots and potatoes. After cooking for about an hour I pureed it all.

courgette and carrot soupMy children aren’t great with veggies so I find soup is a great way to get them eating more and more varied vegetables. In fact my youngest (Rafi is nearly 2) asked for second helpings and my eldest (Luca is 6) asked when we were having the lovely soup again! Compliments all round. Brava Mamma!

More courgette ideas coming soon!!!