We added different coloured ribbon to reflect the icing colours we chose. I split some wider ribbon by cutting in half and quite like the frayed worn edges it gave.
Easter is a time when my children and I love to get creative. There's so much scope for decorating your home with colour and joy. From egg painting to biscuit decorating to filling your home with spring flowers and bulbs
Making an Easter Tree
Lemon & Ginger Butter Biscuit Recipe
Makes around 24 biscuits
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
350g plain flour
100g self raising flour
125g salted butter
125g golden syrup
zest of one lemon
juice of half a lemon
2 tsp ginger powder
How to - Using a mixer combine the sugar and butter. Add the egg and vanilla essence and beat until light and creamy. Then add the flour, lemon zest, juice and ginger. Followed by the golden syrup.
Form the mixture into a ball and roll out between two sheets of parchment or cling film and place into the fridge to cool. Then cut out the shapes, we chose egg shapes but there are so many different forms you can use. We used a chopstick to make the holes for the ribbon to thread through. Then place on a baking sheet and bake for 14-18 minutes at 170 C/350F until a pale golden colour. Leave to cool before icing.
Royal icing recipe
500g icing sugar
15g powdered egg white powder
90ml iced water
Add all the ingredients and mix on a medium speed for four minutes to create a glossy fluid icing. Then separate into different bowls and add different colouring gels.
Place into icing bags and snip the end to create a fine opening. Once the outside of the biscuits have been iced place the icing sugar back into bowls, add more water - often just a teaspoon or two is enough to make it more fluid. We like to then place into icing bottles to then flood the inside of the biscuits. Add different sprinkles and decorations or drag a toothpick through bands of colour to create a feathering effect.
When dry, attach different coloured ribbons through the hole and hang from your blossom branches
Setting our Easter table is always a fun moment. We pile it high with bowls of sweets and decorations from Meri Meri. I'm in love with their carrot surprises and little paper bunnies.
Serviette Bunny Ears
Have a try...
We are travelling through Japan over the Easter break. We were meant to originally visit in the summer Olympics of 2020 and have subsequently tried another two times to go. With Japan finally open we have been immersing ourselves in Japanese culture. Wrong about Japan is In a memoir-cum-travelogue. Peter Carey charts this journey, inspired by his son Charley's passion for Japanese Manga and anime, and explores his own resulting re-evaluation of Japan.
Still on the theme of Japan, I've used my Niwaki kenzan flower frog for years. A gift given to me by my brother. So useful for making flower displays with a difference. Pierce different stems into the spikes and they're held perfectly in place.
I've been a fan of the French make up brand Violette_fr for some time but loved checking out their pop up at Bon Marché in Paris when I visited in March. One of my favourite products is their Baume Shine. A highlighter stick than gives skin a dewy rather than glittery complexion. Perfect for popping on cheekbones, the brow bone or the bridge of the nose. Just blend with your fingertips.
Verden's new Hortosa scent heralds spring and sunshine with the scent of Mimosa. And its worth noting Verden's free breath work app is the perfect way to unwind and re focus the mind
I've been wearing sleep glasses for a month now and can really attest to them helping me get a better night's sleep. Made to reduce blue light disturbance, you pop them on two hours before sleep and they help your body to tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, signalling its time to unwind and go to bed.