It’s lovely to receive something edible and yummy for Mother’s Day, but it’s equally as lovely to enjoy a handmade Mothers Day. We have been coming up with some great mothers day gift ideas
6yo loves her art and craft as you all know if you read my blog, and she was really excited to create this Mug using a few simple things that are easy to get hold of. You can pick up plain white mugs in most supermarkets for under a pound, and then you just need some permanent style marker pens. We have used Sharpies as we had them in the house and they also work really well in this kind of activity.
She decided hers wasn’t going to be all about saying “Happy Mother’s Day” but instead she knows I like my hot chocolate when it’s made with hot milk, so she created this for me about having a nice cup of hot chocolate.
One thing I have always wanted to make but never gotten around to is fudge. Having some time on my hands this week, I decided to give it a go and see what would happen.
I followed this recipe to make vanilla fudge
- 450g (1lb) granulated sugar
- 85g (3oz) butter
- 150ml (¼ pt) milk
- 175g (6oz) evaporated milk
- Few drops of vanilla extract
Add all the ingredients except the vanilla extract together in a pan and heat until the sugar is melted. Let the mixture come to the boil and boil until it reaches 240F. I didn’t have a thermometer suitable for this, so I used a different method which is the “soft ball” method. Wait approx 6-10 mins once boiling and then remove a small amount of mixture and drop into ice cold water. If it forms a soft ball then it’s ready. Keep stirring the mixture to prevent it from burning.
Once ready, remove from the heat and add vanilla extract. You have to beat the mixture until it becomes glossy before adding to a square tin to set. I find silicone pans are great for this as there is no need to line or oil the pan to prevent sticking.
Once set, cut into cubes and present in pretty bags or boxes. This would make a lovely gift if you don’t eat it all first.