Get your Bake On: Homemade Smarties Cookies – soft, squidgy and delicious!

Crikey, well, it’s been a while hasn’t it!

Happy new Year to you all and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. By wonderful, I mean alcohol and food filled.

I don’t know about you guys, but our kitchen cupboards currently resemble the snack aisle of a supermarket on Black Friday. Smarties, Toblerone’s, Chocolate Oranges, Chocolate truffles, Ferrero Rocher, Pringles, Doritos…and a fridge full of random pieces of cheese.

In a futile attempt to cull a load of chocolate in one go, the other day I made some Smarties Cookies. The kids LOVED them and they taste even more delicious than the ones you spend a load of dosh on at the supermarket bakery, trust me, I ate 3.

I suggest using Smarties in my recipe because we had enough to make me morbidly obese in a week, but any chocolates in a sugar shell will work for this recipe, M&M’s, Minstrels, etc, will do the same job.

This is also a super recipe to get the kids involved with too. My littlest mainly just taste tested the Smarties and the cookie dough, but he tried.

Homemade Smarties Cookies Recipe


Don’t skip chilling your cookie dough. Chilling it ensures you end up with gooey, squidgy, delicious cookies and not crumbly ones. You know, like the ones you get at Millie’s cookies *drool*.

Make sure you leave a lot of room between the cookies as they spread a lot when you cook them. I also like to bash the top of the cookies down gently as they come out of the oven to flatten them a bit.

Leave the cookies to cool down on the baking tray for 8-10 minutes once they’re out of the oven. This allows them to firm up enough to put on a cooling rack without risk of them falling apart.

Don’t over-bake the cookies, 10 minutes in the oven is really enough. They should be very pale and slightly golden around the edge.

Homemade Smarties Cookies recipe

Happy Baking!

Big Pink Link #87

Bonjourno beautiful Big Pink Linkers!

Another weekend has passed us by and in just 5 Monday’s time (yep, you read that right, 5!!!!) it’ll be *gulp* Christmas Day! I am so disorganised, I really must pull my finger out and do some shopping…

Anyhow, this week I am co-hosting with the bloomin’ marvellous, and Disney mad, Hannah from Just Hannah Jane.

So, now onto the WOW’s for last week…

Lucy from This Mums Life chose this post by Miller in the City as her WOW this week. She said;

“My WOW for this week is from Miller In The City. It’s a very emotional and heartwarming read about the struggles faced by those with premature babies”.

My WOW this week is by And then there were two.

“My WOW this week is by And then there were two. This post had me fighting back a few tears, I won’t lie. I could completely relate to it because, as much as it’s a privilege being able to watch your children grow up, saying goodbye to the last of those firsts is always difficult…”

Help yourselves to a featured post badge you super folks and take a bow!

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And now onto this week’s link up!

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Big Pink Link #86

Well, as per usual at the moment I completely forgot I was hosting the wonderful Big Pink Link this week and I am ‘fashionably late’ by oh, erm, 4 hours. Could have been worse I suppose…

Anyhoodlums, here are the WOW’s from last week and the link to this week’s link up.


Lucy from This Mum’s Life has chosen this post by The Mummy Bubble as her WOW. Lucy said,

“My WOW for this week! The Mummy Bubble perfectly sums up what it’s like to have a bad day as parent, with some stories guaranteed to make you feel less alone”.

Laura from Five Little Doves has chosen this post by And then there were Two. Laura said,

“I agree with every single word of this and as parents I think we should all be more aware about the importance of our children’s idols”.

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Pick your Poison: Gingerbread Latte Syrup Recipe

Crikey, it’s been a while since i posted a recipe (life has happened) but seen as it’s feeling very miserable out there today, and most of us will probably be stood under the rain filled clouds watching Fireworks at some point this weekend, I have a recipe for some delicious Gingerbread Latte Syrup to help warm your cockles.

Costa have launched their well loved festive drinks and cups this week but why not save yourself a few pennies and make your own? It’s easier than you might think!

Add the syrup into some warmed milk with a shot of espresso – and if you fell a bit cheeky, a shot of Brandy! – to make it into a luscious winter Latte.

Enjoy the fireworks!

Recipe for Gingerbread Latte syrup

The birds and the…bellybutton?!

It dawned on me and my husband recently that ‘the talk’ needs to happen with our eldest two sons soon. You know, that talk. Luke will be 10 just after Christmas and Zak is 8.

Yes, we fear it is almost time.

*The Bells of Doom Toll*


We aren’t prudes (surely you guys all know that by now #hellopottymouth) and we have never lied to the kids and told them baby’s come from the sky, delivered by some bizarre bird who flies with it dangling precariously over land and sea in a blanket from, actually I have no idea where Storks get the babies from – goes off to google – apparently they find them in Caves, like you would Wookey Hole cheese. Make of that what you will.

Anyhow, just as I decide in my head that ‘the talk’ needs to happen, and as we have boys I feel that it’s only right that this duty falls to Daddy, the boys start springing questions on me.

*Cue sweaty palms, frantic brain activity trying to think of an answer and nervous laughter from mummy*I have decided the talk falls to Daddy because he knows far more about all the ‘boy stuff’ (god I am loving the inverted comma usage today) than I do. Penises. There I said it, no more inverted commas, he knows more about Penises than I do. There’s a fact I’m sure my parents are relieved about.

For goodness sake Gemma, you always promised yourself you would be a ‘cool’ mum who was honest and chilled out about sex and babies with her kids. Now look at you! You look like a 1940’s housewife who’s child has just said the word Vagina at the family Christmas dinner table. 

 This whole bombardment of questions started because of CBBC. There was a programme on and the boys were watching it with great enthusiasm. It’s all about the human body and this episode happened to discuss babies, more specifically, how babies eat and poo in the womb. Of course 9 and 8 year old boys are going to pay attention to that…of course they are.

They used the phrase, “Did you know, when you were in your mummy’s tummy, your belly button used to be both your bottom and your mouth!”

*I stare at the TV with a death stare willing a power cut to occur whilst the boys pick their jaws up off the floor and then begin hysterically laughing*.

Thanks CBBC, no, really. Thank you. I really needed that sentence to be heard just as I am dishing up Herta Frankfurters and Pasta for the kids (nothing but nutritious dinners here folks).


The boys yell at me.

“We used to eat and poo out of our belly buttons when we were in your tummy!!! That is so gross!!!!! Hahahahaha!!!!!”

Yes darlings, isn’t it. Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase Potty Mouth doesn’t it.

“Well, yes, I suppose that is a way of looking at it” I reply hastily.

Then Luke pipes up, “But if we pooped out of our belly buttons in your tummy, and then the poop went along the tube thingy that was attached to it, where did my poop go then?! Did you have to poop our poop out for us?!”

Then Zak pipes up, “Did you just poop all the time when we were in your tummy mummy? You know, because you had your own poops and then our poops too? That must have been very hard work for you. And you must have been pooping all day!”

*Kill me now*

Then another question comes from Luke, “So mummy, if I was hungry, did that message pass along the tube thingy and make you eat because I needed to?”

*Now, this I could use to my advantage to explain my preposterous weight gain*

“No Luke. You didn’t ‘tell me’ you were hungry by sending a message along the umbilical cord to make me want to eat an entire packet of Pork Pies because that’s what you fancied. I just ate like normal and some of the nutrients would go to you via the Umbilical cord and that’s how you ‘ate’. You didn’t get sent a pepperoni pizza and a tub of Ben and Jerry’s via an umbilical version of Deliveroo, sorry about that”.

Then, just as I think this conversation can’t get any weirder, Zak says,

“Well, this all makes sense now because mummy’s poo babies out of their butts so if our poops were getting out that way, that’s how we got out too”.

*Darwin award for Biological knowledge at a young age goes to…not Zak*

So, in light of this little exchange, I think I might be scheduling in a mummy and Ben morning outing fairly swiftly so Daddy can have some quality father/son ‘bonding’ time to discuss these important matters further.

I would hate for him to miss out on this important parenting milestone…

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