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Well! That was a rather unexpected hiatus. First of all we were without internet for nearly two months, then snow arrived and all indoor activities were suspended until the snow had gone 😀

So, meanwhile, Max and Ruby both had birthdays, there was of course Christmas, our new dog sitting arrangements, guitar lessons and snow days. Ruby has been learning guitar at school and is in to her second term now. Here’s a little clip of her playing the Wallace and Gromit theme in her first term:

Our cat, George, sadly passed away last year and has since caused much debate in our household over whether we were ready for another cat. Then, by chance, we started dog sitting and have been totally converted! Having a dog is a HUGE responsibility, so we think we’ve got the best of both worlds being dog sitters. We take them for walks and get to play whenever we like, we have sleepovers when their owners are away, it’s great fun.

The dogs we look after are both cocker spaniels.

callie

Callie is a working cocker spaniel. She is a little slimmer and taller than a normal cocker and has more energy than you would believe!! She is very loving and wants to go on walks all day long. Callie loves exploring in hedgerows and splashing about in any water she can find.

paddy

Paddy is a cocker spaniel. He is much more relaxed and sensible than Callie, although he loves to go on walks with her (and roll his eyes at her antics from a distance!) Paddy loves being made a fuss of, his comfy basket and treats.

The first day the snow fell, none of the teachers at Ruby’s school could drive through the narrow country lanes to get to work, so it was declared a snow day. We all dressed up warm and hiked to the sledging hills. There were sledgers, snowboarders – some people even went down the hill in a canoe!

snow day

Afterwards we went home for hot chocolate and marshmallows, which has got to be one of the best things about snowy weather 😀

Did you guys all have a good Christmas? Normal service will resume later in the week with our first make of 2013. Happy New Year everyone!

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“What’s going on?!” We hear you cry, “Two posts in two days…are they ill?”  Fret not! We’re fine, we assure you, we just found some more awesome Halloween stuff that we couldn’t wait to share 😀

The free photo editing site, PicMonkey have a spooktacular new set of Halloween themes for you to get your candy covered little claws in to. You don’t even need to register with the site, simply upload a photo of yourself and become…

…A Vampire…

 

…A Zombie…

 

A Sugar Skull.

There are also witches, demons and a cute trick or treat theme to try. Then save the file to your computer, print out your spooky pic, use it as your desktop background – whatever you like. Have fun!


America has the Rocky Road bar, England has the Chocolate Fridge Cake, Ruby Makes is taking the road less travelled and combining the two to bring you the…

The Ruby Makes team are not unanimously a fan of nuts or glace cherries, so the traditional Rocky Roads recipe would not do. We love the fudginess of Chocolate Refriderate Cake, but aren’t so keen on the biscuit pieces and that was when we had our light bulb moment, a stroke of true genius! We added cookie dough…

…I know. Allow your inner glutton a moment to recover and we shall reveal all.

125g butter, softened

3 tbsps golden syrup

3 bars good quality chocolate (we used all dark, but you could use all milk or even both)

100g mini marshmallows

200g cookie dough

(for our measurements we used Nigella’s Rocky Road Crunch Bars recipe as reference)

  • Melt the butter, syrup and chocolate in a saucepan over a low to medium heat, stirring often to prevent burning.
  • You can tear or scoop out chunks of cookie dough, but we decided to loosely roll them in to small, bite sized pebbles. Rather a lot of quality controlling took place at this point…

  • Tip the marshmallows and cookie dough nuggets in to the chocolate mixture and stir until everything is coated.
  • Pour in to a brownie tin that has been lined with clingfilm, and chill for about 3 hours.
  • The result is VERY delicious but rich, so we chopped ours in to bite sized pieces, like a sweetie rather than a cake.

If, unlike us, you are a healthy person you could add dried cranberries, pistachios…the possibilities are endless. But seriously, don’t forget the cookie dough!