27 December 2015

Meet Joey the Miniature Dachshund Puppy

For as long as I could remember I've wanted a Dachshund dog. When I was 8 years old my mum and I went to see some Dachshund puppies but at the time we weren't able to commit to having a dog. Some years later, my husband and I decided we would like to have a dog in our home and so we chose to get a puppy. Normally we would choose a rescue dog from an animal shelter but because we have another rescue pet already we needed to get a puppy that could grow up and be used to other animals.

We found a lady in Cornwall whose pets were having a litter and went to see the Dachshund puppy's when they were 6 weeks old. We saw them in their home environment and met the mother and father dogs. We asked lots of questions and we too were asked lots of questions to ensure we were right for the dog and that the dog was right for us. 

Two weeks later when he turned 8 weeks we collected our Dachshund puppy who we have named Joey. He is Black and Tan with lovely markings and he is very gentle in nature. His brother who was slightly bigger seemed to want more attention but Joey was fine when the other pups were being smoothed and that showed us that he would more than likely have the right temperament to not be jealous of other animals.

We took Joey home with us and ensured he had a nice warm bed with a toy and blanket and the lady gave us some blanket from his bed with his mum and brothers so he didn't feel too strange and had comfort in his new home.

Joey is a happy little Daxi who likes lots of love and cuddles and now at 9 weeks is able to sleep in his own bed throughout the night for a full 7 hours!

We are lucky to have found our little dog to join our family and we will give him lots of care and attention - a dog is a lifelong commitment and a big adjustment and so not a decision to make on a whim. He is like a little ball of energy who runs around and then suddenly needs to sleep as puppies need around 20-22 hours of sleep per day.

He will have his second injection in one weeks time and after that a week later he will be able to go for his first walk.

We look forward to our adventures with little Joey the Miniature Dachshund.

10 December 2015

Gingerbread House Workshop with Nibble and Scoff

There's something special about gingerbread and the smell of spice and cinnamon at Christmastime. On the last Sunday in November a friend and I attended a workshop with specialist cake company Nibble and Scoff - owned and run by the super talented cake maker and icing extraordinaire, Joella Housego.

In a little village on the edge of Dartmoor, Georgina and I drove to Joella's home baking school and were greeted with tea and biscuits, a warm smile and bundles of festive cheer.

The class was set up for six and we each were given a gingerbread kit featuring pre-cooked gingerbread house biscuits, icing sugar in piping bags and lots of sugar craft tools, which enabled us to create a gingerbread house.

First of all we got to grips with rolling Royal Icing and iced our cake boards allowing us to have a perfectly smooth, iced surface on which to build our houses.

Working in pairs we constructed our house components and cemented them using icing as a glue whilst attempting to keep them standing waiting for the icing to dry and even fixing on a chimney.

We then worked on icing the houses in a traditionsl style with Joella showing different piping techniques. 

We then let our houses dry whilst we enjoyed tea, biscuits and minced pies before re-entering the baking school kitchen to be surrounded by sweets and more icing tools. The room was like Willy Wonkas kitchen with candy canes, marshmallows and jelly beans for personalising and decorating our houses.

I used pink and yellow sweets and kept to a minimalist, traditional style and decided my gingerbread house would be a gift as a Christmas centrepiece for a family friend.

The Nibble and Scoff workshop was priced at £35 per person and Joella provided stencils for creating replica house components at home. A fun and friendly workshop, welcoming and an excellent way to learn new baking and decorating skills.

Thank you Joella!

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