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Homemade Christmas Pudding – Y U M M Y !

We’re a little late with our Christmas pudding making this year but there’s still enough time to let it mature and taste extra scrummy.

We absolutely suggest making your own too. I am definitely a Christmas pudding convert in the last 10 years. Homemade is most definitely the way to Christmas pudding perfection. It’s also a family tradition to get together, make the pudding and each have a stir and make a wish.

If you fancy a try, here’s our recipe (tried, tested and very, very yummy!). It’s enough for a large pudding for 8.

Ingredients (excuse the ounces, my grandmother doesn’t do grams):

  • 8oz Moist Brown Sugar
  • 8oz Sultanas
  • 8oz Raisins
  • 8oz Currants
  • 4oz Candied Peel (personally, I can’t abide the stuff so Continue reading
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Winter Warming Tomato Soup

If like us you’ve been busy growing your own over the summer and have bumper haul of tomatoes (or even if you haven’t and you go out and buy some), we thought we’d share our favourite tomato soup receipe with you, perfect for the colder Autumn months and we think it tastes better than the tinned version!

  • 3 lb ripe Tomatoes
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1 Large Carrot
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Puree
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Puree
  • 2 pinches dried mixed herbs or fresh if available
  • 3/4 pint Vegetable Stock or Chicken Stock
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Back to Enid Blyton Innocence…Almost!

Our 6 year old is well and truly into the fantastic story books I used to love as a little girl – Enid Blyton, Dick King Smith, Naughty Little Sister. I absolutely love to share the stories with her but it is giving her all sorts of ideas of fun things to do 1950s, 60s and 70s style. It’s hard to reason with a 6 year old that times have changed which is why I’m posting about our latest outing.

The latest favourite is the Sophie stories by Dick King Smith. Our little girl has decided, just like Sophie, that she wants to be a farmer when she grows up and has, just like Sophie, started saving for a farm. I love that these stories teach her about the value of money and how you have to save and work hard for things you really want.

However, saving for a farm means the piggy bank (or several piggy banks) will need a penny or 10 adding quite often. Next step, money making ideas.

Now the down side of these innocent stories is the freedom of 1950s children. Most of the money making schemes involve 6 year olds who go off into town or off on the bus or knocking on strangers doors. Trying to explain that things don’t work quite the same way anymore is not the easiest.

The solution? Our 6 year old was desperate to sell cakes. She was desperate to sell them on the street and she was desperate to sell them to strangers. We had many discussions about selling them to family but that simply Continue reading

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Jam Rock Cakes – A Children’s Baking Special

jam rock cakes for childrenSince I was very little I have partaken in jam rock cake making with my lovely Nanny. They are my favourite cake and my “little” brother (age 28!) still has rock cakes made for him by our Nanny. If I’m honest, I’m a little jealous that I have to make my own, often inferior, version. What is it with a Nanny’s fingers that make things taste so much better?

Anyway, I thought I’d share my Nanny’s recipe. I know she didn’t invent it but unfortunately I have no idea where she got the original from so I can’t reference it, therefore I’ll give my lovely Nanny all the credit!!

It’s such a simple bake that it’s great for children’s little fingers to bake too.


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Rainy Day Fun

Well it’s raining, and doesn’t look like stopping any time soon, at Dylan and Grace we love to have fun whatever the weather so thought we’d share with you our top 5 things to do in the rain.

1) Put on your wellies and raincoat and head outside.  Jumping in puddles is sure to put a smile on your face and when you get home be sure to warm up with a lovely hot chocolate!

2)  An afternoon of creativity, Dylan and Grace have lots of craft kits to choose from but this sock dog is one our favourites.

3)  Camping doesn’t have to be just for outdoors, grab some blankets and drape over furniture to create your own indoor tent.  Furnish with lots of cushions, sleeping bags and blankets for a cosy hideaway

4) Dig out a board game and get the whole family involved in an afternoon of competitive game playing

5)  Get baking, whip up some tasty treats in the kitchen.  Here’s one of our favourite flapjack recipes for you to try;


110g light brown sugar

175g butter

175g porridge oats

1 tablespoon of golden syrup


1)  Heat the sugar, butter and golden syrup in a large saucepan until melted.

2)  Once melted, take off the heat and mix in the porridge oats

3)  Spoon mixture into a square baking tin and bake in the oven for 40 mins on 150’c

4)  Remove from over and cool for 10 mins before cutting into slices, wait until completely cool before removing from the tin

Whatever you choose to do, have fun and let us have your ideas for things to do on a rainy day.




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New Product Excitement

At Dylan and Grace we love finding new and exciting products for our customers and the first of our new Spring range arrived at the office last week.

There was much excitement as we opened the boxes to the first 3 new lines for Spring.  They’re already on our website but here’s a brief description of each of them! Continue reading

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Pancake Day Fun

We love any reason for a sweet treat and pancake day is the perfect opportunity!  We’ve been busy in the kitchen rustling up some delicious pancakes and have been experimenting with lots of different toppings.  Here are our top 5!

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Homemade Christmas Gifts – Chocolate Snowball Truffles

Children love a day of making and baking, so why not make this Christmas more personal with some of our great Christmas craft gift ideas.  Everyone will appreciate a handmade gift, cooked and decorated by your youngsters. We’ve even created our very own Dylan and Grace gift tags which you can download and attach to your finished gift.chidrens homemade chocolate truffles gift

This week’s homemade gift idea is for chocolatey snowball truffles – who doesn’t like chocolate!


  • 200ml double cream
  • 200g 70% cocoa solid chocolate
  • 200g desiccated coconut


  1. Pour the cream into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Continue reading
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Scary Halloween Food Fun!!

We love a good party and Halloween is the perfect opportunity for some spooky fun.  We’ve had some great fun in the kitchen practising some scary halloween treats for our party and thought it would be only fair tHalloween Scary Worm Jelly Glasseso share them.

Slimy Snake Jelly

You will need:

  • 2 packs of jelly in different colours
  • small glasses
  • jelly worms – post supermarkets or newsagents sell these

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