My middle son, Toby, finally has his very first wobbly tooth age six. In his own words “I’ve been waiting 6 years for the Tooth Fairy to visit me!’
For Toby an important part of the wobbly tooth was deciding on the type of Tooth Pillow he wanted. He is obsessed with the Avengers, Lego Marvel and more importantly The Incredible Hulk, he was super excited to see the sketches I made with ideas for him, finally deciding on the Hulk. This was such fun to make that I think I will make up a few more with other super heroes for his friends.
First, cut out the template pieces and pin them onto the appropriate colour felt pieces. Cut as per template instructions.
Take the back pocket piece and stitch it to one of the teeth with green embroidery floss as pictured. Then take a piece of green ribbon (as long as you need to hang over bedpost or on door handle), and stitch to the opposite side to the pocket. Place to side.
Take the second tooth piece and stitch on the purple pants along the waist band and the bottom of the leg pieces as pictured.
Pin on the hair piece, then place the Brads where you feel they look best. Once your happy with placement, poke them through the felt and pull back pieces apart to secure.
Once you are happy with the eyes, stitch on the eyebrows using the brown embroidery floss, then use the black embroidery floss to stitch on a mouth.
Next, take the tooth pocket and stitch onto the pants as above. I then used some green embroidery floss to stitch on the word “Tooth”, you don’t have to do this.
All the detail should be done now and you should have 2 pieces that look like this.
Place them wrong sides together, and mid way down one side start stitching using blanket stitch around the outside edge. I used different floss for each colour part because it would bug me if I didn’t, but it will look just as good all stitched in green. As your stitching around, start to add a little of the Polyester Fiberfill, ensuring that you don’t over stuff! Before you get to the end (about 2 inches from where you started) then finish off the stuffing, closing with the blanket stitch.
Since moving from Scotland to California, the time I spend baking with the kids has decreased. There are so many box mix options in the baking aisles at the Grocery Store and so few basics on offer compared to what I was able to pick up back home that it’s been easy to take the convenient route.
Recently, I’ve been watching The Great British Bake Off on Youtube (a little back home nostalgia), Jack happened to catch one with me at the weekend and declared that he was going to make a cake entirely on his own.
After some chat I managed to persuade him to try the very first cake I ever baked — a Victoria Sponge Cake. As a child it was the basic cake my Mum used for birthday cakes, it was easily adapted into cupcakes.
Since we are in the US, and butter isn’t butter, Caster Sugar doesn’t appear to exist and apparently we don’t need kitchen scales, I’ve adapted the recipe for ease of baking here.
½ cup, or 2 sticks of butter, at room temperature
1 cup of granulated white sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup of white all purpose flour, sifted
1½ teaspoons of baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
1 jam of Strawberry Jam (I use Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserve)
½ pint carton of Heavy Whipping Cream
Powdered Confectioners Sugar for dusting
Pre–heat your oven to 350°. Take 2 x 9 inch cake pans and line with parchment paper then spray lightly with Pam Baking Spray.
In a large bowl and using a hand mixer, combine the sugar and butter until the butter looks white and the mixture is fluffy. This is the part where you get all of the air into the cake, so mix well.
Then add each egg, 1 at a time and mixing each well before adding the next. Once combined, add the Vanilla extract.
Take the flour, baking powder and salt and add to the mixture. Then, using a metal spoon, gently fold the dry ingredients into your mix until all are combined.
Divide into the 2 cake pans, and place into the oven on the middle shelf (try to put both on the same shelf for even cooking).
Bake for 22 minutes, before removing from oven check that the cake has came away from the edge of the tin and a metal skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. If not, bake for a couple more minutes until ready.
Leave for 10 minutes then remove cakes from pan and place on cooling rack.
Once cakes are completely cool, you can begin to prepare the filling. ONLY do this step if your ready to eat the cake within the next hour, otherwise you will end up with a melted gooey mess cake sandwich.
First, pour the hard cream into a bowl and whisk using a hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Spread this mixture on one of the cakes.
Then, take the jam and spread on the other cake.
(As a note, we used an entire jar of jam and all of the cream on the cake pictured. It was far too much and made a big, gooey mess when we cut into it. Which was fine for us, but if this is for a special occasion be aware of how much filling you put on the cake!)
Now for the difficult part, you need to put cake piece with cream and sandwich with the jam piece so you have cake–cream–jam–cake.
Sift the powdered confectioners sugar on the top and viola! Your cake is ready to share with friends, along with a nice cup of tea!