Darcy loves to try and reuse and recycle things as best he can and recently he made seed trays from some empty milk cartons.
What you need
- Empty milk carton
- Seeds / Seedlings
- Stones / turf or similar
Step by Step
- Get your carton
- With an adults help, cut a side of the carton off
- Get your stones, turf or similar and put a layer at the bottom of the carton
- Get some compost and place it into the carton
- Get your seeds or seedlings and place them in the soil giving them room to grow
- Add some more soil to "tuck" them in
- Write out your labels and place them next to your seeds / seedlings
- Water your seeds / seedlings
- Place them in the light and watch them grow
Below is a video of Darcy showing you each of the steps
There is nothing like combining some ingredients to make a tasty treat and that is just what Darcy did when he made his "Darcy Mess"
What Darcy used!
- Meringue nest
- Melted Chocolate
- chocolate chip cookies
Step by step
- Get your glass
- Add some ice-cream
- Then add some sliced strawberries
- Get some meringue and crumple it in
- Add more ice-cream
- Add more sliced strawberries
- Get a chocolate chip cookie and crumple it in
- Drizzle some melted over it
- Get a spoon and Enjoy!
Below is a video of Darcy showing each of the steps
With Spring now upon us, Darcy is getting ready to sow some seeds which he can mind inside until the weather gets a little better. Darcy loves planting seeds and plans to grow a variety of seeds including vegetables and some lovely flowers for the bees and butterflies to enjoy. To start, Darcy is planting some peas and scallions (spring onions).
What you will need!
Step by step guide
1. Place some compost in your seed tray, filling just half way
2. Write your labels and place them in the tray
3. Sow your seeds ensuring you have them next to the right label
4. Add some more compost filling it to the top
5. Water your seeds to help them grow
6. Cover your seeds with the clear lid. Don't worry if you don't have one available, you can place the seeds in a clear bag or cover them with some cling film which will keep them nice and snug.
Don't forget when you are finished to tidy up so you've everything tidied away to use again.
Place the seeds you've sown in a safe place where they can get light and also remember to water them to help them grow!
Look already you can see just after a few days how Darcy's peas are already sprouting!
Darcy would love to know how you get on if you sow some seeds so please feel free to share your pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
tagging @darcythedingo #darcythedingo
Watch the YouTube video below showing you a step by step guide
of what you need to do!
With the New Year nearly upon us, I thought this would be a great recipe to help clear out the cupboards of the last of the biscuits and chocolates and I'm sure my friend Karen where I got the recipe from would agree that the recipe is kind in that it can me tweaked to do so.
Recently I was looking for some treats to make with Logan and Elise and their friends and when I saw this moreish recipe on Karen's blog Yankee Doodle Paddy I knew I had to make it! These s'mores are so simple to make and more importantly they are DELICIOUS! You'll see that Darcy had no problem in helping too and tucking into some when they were ready!!
- 2 cups (333g) all-purpose flour
- 2 cups (187 g) digestive biscuit crumbs or some left over biscuits from the tins lurking in the cupboards ;-)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 16 tablespoons (227g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups (292g) light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, beaten (room temperature)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups (213 g) marshmallows
- 2 cups (356g) milk-chocolate chips or left over chocolate from the festive season ;-)
What do you need to do?
- Preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius (350F)
- Line a 9" x 13" or similar size baking tray with tinfoil / grease proof paper
Leave about 2" extra as an overhang on two of the sides to help ease out when ready
Gently spray the lining with cooking spray
- In a bowl, add the flour, biscuit crumbs, baking powder and salt and mix well
- In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar until light for about 2 minutes.
Add the vanilla and beat in eggs until well combined
- Slowly add the flour mixture into the butter mixture and combine well
- Divide the dough mixture in half
- Press half of the mixture into the tray until it is uniform and flat.
- Sprinkle the marshmallow and chocolate on top
- Roughly spread the remaining dough on top
- Place the tray in the oven and bake until golden brown which will take about 30- 35 minutes
- Once baked, place the tray on a wire rack to cool completely.
- When cooled, remove from the tray, peel away the foil and cut into bars.
I have to admit (sorry Karen) there was no waiting for myself and my friend to try them out before they 100% cooled rack before being cut into bars. As I'm sure you can understand we needed to taste them to ensure they were cool enough before the children tucked in ;-)
You can see too that Darcy was happy to join us in a tasting along with a delicious hot chocolate.
While this are delicious as they are, they would go well with ice-cream or a splash of custard. As moreish recipes go, this is one I will definitely be making again and again. It's a simple and indulgent treat that all the family will enjoy both in making and tasting
Have you a favourite treat you like to make with your children?
We would love you to share some of your moreish creations with us on our social media pages which you can find below.
There's nothing like meeting with friends and having some fun and laughter which yesterday was all about!
Darcy together with some friends had fun in the kitchen making some salt dough decorations for the festive season! This is such a simple activity to do and lots of fun was had making them!
Salt Dough recipe
1 (237g) Cup of Salt
2 (473g) Cups of flour
3/4 (177) cup of water
1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F)
2. Combine the salt and the flour in a large bowl
3. Add the water slowly while mixing together. You want the mixture to be moist, not too wet, resembling a dough like consistency.
4. Kneed the dough, to combine it until smooth in texture.
5. Divide the mixture between each of the little ones so they can make their own little creations.
6. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin. The thicker the dough, the longer they will take to dry out on the oven.
7. Once the dough is rolled out, place a hole at the top of the decoration to you can easily hang them and then on a tray ready for the oven.
This recipe makes quite enough dough to keep 4 excited children and Darcy busy!
As you can see, Darcy rolled the rolled the dough fairly thin, about 5mm (1/2cm)
I've collected a number of cutters over the years so there were plenty to choose from. As you can see, Darcy was being seasonal with his choices!
Once all the shapes were cut, before placing them in the oven, we placed a hole at the top of them so they could be threaded to hang them later.
They took about 10 - 15 minutes to "cook". You can check them by touching them on top too see if they feel hard / firm to the touch. Becareful when doing this as they are hot!
Once they were ready, they were left on a tray to cool awaiting for the decorating fun to begin!
For decorating there are a number of ways you can do this such as painting, varnishes or markers which were our choice yesterday. The children were delighted as they had more of a range colours to choose from and there no mixing of the colours as can normally happen with paint.
Once they were coloured in, there was glue and decorations on hand for some finishing touches. As you can see pompoms seemed to be the additional decoration of choice!
This was such a lovely activity to share with friends and one I've no doubt that will be done again and again!
If your're looking to make some homemade decorations for the festive season with your little ones for your home or maybe as gifts then this is a great way to keep them busy and get them creative!
If you try to make these we'd love to see how you got on. Feel free to share your creations on our social media pages @darcythedingo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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