Foster carers will be aware the long Christmas break is almost at an end. The first day back at school is a weekend away. And that can be quite a long weekend. If some of the novelty of new toys is beginning to wear off, here are some seasonal ideas to enjoy as a family.
When the temperature drops and the snow arrives, there is plenty of scope for fun for foster carers and their children:
2) Beat the butter with the sugar with a whisk until the mixture is pale and fluffy. Then you can
Add the eggs, then beat well, Add some lemon zest, vanilla, flour, milk and a pinch of salt and
blend until just combined. You are then ready to divide the mixture and add to the baking tins.
3) Bake in the centre of the oven for 25-30 mins. Cool the cakes in their tins for roughly 10
minutes, then turn out onto a rack and allow to cool.
4) To make the buttercream is easy peasy, place the butter in bowl and beat with a whisk until
the mixture is fluffy. Then add icing sugar 2-3 tbsp at a time adding the vanilla and milk at
about halfway through. Then ‘sandwich’ the cakes together with a little of the buttercream and
place them on a board. Leave to chill for around 30 mins.
5) Now for the artistic bit for all you creative foster children! To decorate, roll out the white fondant icing on a surface dusted with
icing sugar until the top and sides of the cake have been covered. Then drape the fondant
icing over the cake and mould to fit.
6) Roll out the green icing and carefully cut a semi-circle out, it’s a good idea to use the bottom
of the cake tin to guide you. This is going to be your snowman’s hat. Gently brush one side
with a small amount of water and then gently stick on the cake. Next carefully cut a strip of
the green icing you have made and decorate it to look like a hat band – trim to the correct
length and stick in place.
7) So you can make the nose, shape a round lump from the orange icing you have made.
Create a smile by pressing the rim of a glass into the fondant. Next: cut out two circles from the
black icing. This will make the eyes. You can then add a small circle of white icing to make
the eyes appear to shine. Make the scarf from the blue icing around the base of the cake. Your
snowman cake will keep for up to a week in an airtight container in a cool place.
For some more ideas on ‘Creative Christmas Cookery for Kids’ – visit: https://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/recipes/collection/christmas-recipes-for-kids
And, from all of us at Team Rainbow, we wish all our foster carers and their children a Happy New New Year!
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We need people to foster children who come from a range of different backgrounds: single people, divorced people, married or couples living together – with or without children as well as same-sex couples. Where possible, we try to place our children and young people with foster carers who reflect their own background and cultural heritage – so we are keen to find foster carers representing all ethnicities and religions.