Friday, September 5, 2014

Back to school 2, Dazzling up Pencils...

Hi guys!

A little easy diy, we are going to spice up some pencils, again I like to buy quality pencils for the kids but they are rarely fun to look at, and after customizing her pens, Matilda asked me : '' What about my pencils?!'' So I came up with this...

You will need:
White glue
Paintbrush for glue

Take your piece of paper, fold it in 2.
Unfold it, and put it flat on your working space.
Pour your chosen colour of glitters on the paper.
Take your pencil, and with the glue paint the area you want to cover with the glitters.
Dip the glued part of your pencil in the glitters, let it dry for a little bit.
If you want to cover your pencils with differents colors then use an other piece of paper and do the same.
Then you can refold your paper and pour back the excess of glitters back in their packaging.

Once your pencil is covered and dry, mix the glue with a little bit of water to make the glue more runny then apply carefully all over your pencil, it will avoid you to get glitters all over, let it dry, apply a second layer, let it dry, apply a third layer, let it dry.

Et voilà!
See you soon!

Miss Drey

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Super Delicious vanilla/lime Yogurt cake with an electric Lime icing decorated with raspberries and Smarties.

Hi guys!

My kids made this amazing cake for us last night, it was soooo yummy!

Here's the recipe...

You will need 150 g of butter, a vanilla yogurt (when using the yogurt, keep the pot, we will need it to measure the rest of the ingredients), 3 pots of flour, 2 pots of brown sugar, 1 vanilla pod, 3 eggs, 4 teaspoons of baking powder, 4 limes, 2 pots of icing sugar, some raspberries and smarties to decorate.

Preheat the oven at 180°C.
In the big bowl of the mixer, put the butter, the vanilla yogurt, the flour, the brown sugar, the inside of the vanilla pod, the eggs, the baking powder, the juice of 3 limes and mix all for a good 4 minutes.
Transfer the dough to a buttered and floured dish and put it in the hot oven, let it bake for 45 minutes. Once cooked take it off the oven tray and let it cool down.
Mix the icing sugar with the lime juice, one teaspoon at the time and mix well, we need the icing to be nice and creamy, not too liquid, not too hard.
Cover the top of the cake with the icing and let it drip on its own on the sides.
Decorate the cake with the raspberries and the smarties.
And voilà!! Super easy, super tasty!!!

We serve it with greek yogurt and I can tell you it is insanely good!!

See you soon!!!
Miss Drey

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to school

Hi guys!

Been missing a few months, haven't I!! Yes sorry! We move to a new country, actually an island, Martinique, during the school year with our new addition to the family, Baby Stella, so kind of a full plate but it should get better from now on!!

So the holidays are almost over, it is hard to tell when you live here but yeah, school starts next week, oh my god!

Reading the list of school supplies to Matilda, she noticed sadly that she can't use her favorite friction erasable pens, only good quality rollball pen in black, red, green and blue (again Matilda face, not so happy, she likes her turquoise!!) I had to think of something to make those pens more appealing to her!!

I found some pretty tapes in a box, I got them in Barcelona for very cheap and I finally found a use for them...

Quick, easy, cheap and very effective, we like it!!...

Matilda is in love with her new pens, mission accomplie!!

Bye guys, see you soon!
Miss Drey.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

La ''Galette des Rois'', the king's cake: the delicious recipe and workshops you can do around with the kids...

Hi guys!

For this months of January, "the king's cake" will be my subject. In France, the tradition of serving this frangipane-filled tart can be traced back to the 14th century. A small bean, coin or porcelain fève is baked inside the cake, and whoever receives the little favor is then crowned king or queen of the day, to ensure no cheating, the youngest goes under the table and select to who goes each piece of the cake. Then the crowned king pick his queen or the crowned queen her king.

Last year was my first time baking this King's cake and I realized how easy it was I could not believe it! A lot of recipes are available on the net but usually they are on the heavy side using only an almond cream filling, the secret is to mixed the almond cream with some pastry cream, believe me, much lighter, less sweet and delicious!

So this year I made our King's cake, the crowns and the fève with the kids, we had a really good time!!!

The making of the "fève":
For that we used the modeling clay FIMO, you can of course make any shape you want, it just needs to be not bigger that 2x2 cm, when you finished with you shapes, bake them at 110º for maximum 30 minutes and then they become hard like plastic.

The modeling clay, FIMO

Matilda and Manu in the making...

And Jack...

Jack's snake...

And I made tiny little pastries...
The making of the crowns:
Easy peasy, let them draw the shape of crown and decorate them with stickers, sequins, anything you have in hands...


The making of the King's cake: 

The King's Cake:

You will need :

- a pastry cream
- an almond cream
- 2 tablespoons of Disaronno (italian liquor) or rum
- 2 already made puff pastries
- an egg
-1 fève

for the pastry cream, you will need:
- 3 egg yolks 
- 80 g sugar
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 400 ml milk

In a bowl, mix the eggs with the sugar and the flour.
Add the hot milk into the bowl, mix well
Put this mixture in a saucepan, let it cook at low/medium heat, stirring at all time until it thickens.
Let it cool down, then put it aside in the fridge covered.
Your pastry cream is done!

for the almond cream, you will need:
- 3 egg yolks
- 125g finely grated almond
- 100g sugar
- 125g room temperature butter

Mix the soft butter with the sugar until smooth and pale.
Mix in the yolks and the grated almond.
Your almond cream is done!

Preheat your oven at 180º C.

To make the "frangipane", the filling of the King's cake, mix the pastry cream with the almond cream.
Add the liquor, mix very well.
Paint the edge of the first puff pastry with the egg yolk (2 cm).

Spread the frangipane in the center.
Add the fève. If using the one you made in Fimo clay, wrap it first in foil.
I made this one in porcelain so no need to wrap it.

Put delicately the second puff pastry on top, try to not leave any air inside and press the edge.

Paint allover the tart with the egg yolk (add  a drop of water if you want to make the yolk more liquid).

Decorate with a small knife, be careful not to pierce the puff pastry.

Make 2 or 3 incisions for the air to escape during the baking.
Bake for 25/30 minutes or until nice and gold.

And ta daaa!!!!
A beautiful galette des rois!

And there you have it! Wonderful time with the kids in the making with a delicious cake to enjoy all together at the end!!! Mmmmmh, bon appétit!!

Miss Drey

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Wicked Treasure Chest Birthday Cake...

Hi guys,

One of my proudest cake creation, a treasure chest for a Pirate party, a birthday present for the 8th birthday of Kalyssa, a dear friend of my son Jack. Everything is eatable, I had a lot of fun making that one!!!
I am getting good at this!!!

Miss Drey

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

DJ cake for the 50th birthday of my dad...

Hi guys!

I actually normally only do shape cake for my kids but for my dad 50th birthday I made an exception, he asked me so I could not refuse!!! My dad used to DJ in his young years so it is where I got the idea... the cake looked really good but it was my first time making a sugar person and it looks ok but it very far from what i wanted!!! Anyway...

Miss Drey

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Birthday lil'activity: Contest of the best decorated cupcake <3

Hi lil'Guys!

Anaïs, a friend of my kids, turned 9 last week and for her party she decided not to have a fancy cake so I told her we could do a contest of cupcake decoration, and she loved the idea... She had an art party, with decopatching, painting, iron shape beading etc... She is very sparkling and full of ideas kind of girl, so i had to spice up my idea of how to make my little cake special... And then I came up with rainbow cupcakes...

Here is the recipe I used to make the dough:

Vanilla Yogurt Cake Recipe

1 plain greek yogurt ( keep the pot as it will be our measuring tool)
3 pot of flour
2 pot of sugar
125g of soft butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
2 teaspoon of baking powder
3 eggs
Food coloring, any color that you fancy

Put all the ingredients in a mixer bowl and mix well for 5 (whole!!) minutes.
Then, split the dough into as much color you want iside your cupcakes.

Then, put a little food coloring in each bowl until the color is at your liking.

Arrange the papercases in the oven cupcake tray, then start to pour the first color dough in.

Then continue, adding the colored mixtures on top of each other...

Bake them in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes, voilà!!

For the frosting, you will need:

3 cups of icing sugar
1cup of soft butter
4 to 6 tablespoons of milk
Food colorings

And of course different kind of cake decorations.

Cream the butter and the sugar together, it takes a whole 5 minutes to mix, then add the milk and continue the mixing, the frosting is getting more fluffy and creamy, then separate it into 3 bowls, add the food coloring that you want in each of them and mix one more time.
Fill your piping bags and it is redy for the kids to start to play around with them!!

Lets the kids practice with the piping thing first, then let them express themself with the cake decorations... Have fun!!

See you soon!!
Miss Drey <3