We decided to go and have a wonder up the field to scope out a home for the chickens.
and say hello to the horses, of course :)
The boys were wondering what was planted in the field
off to see the goats
We have actually been contemplating getting our own goats. Yes I know, first see how we go with the chickens but I can't help myself dreaming lol the reality is probably a lot messier :D
on their bikes (and scooter) and on our way to the garden centre
flowers are pretty scarce at this time of year but we did find lots of cacti
and home again
Baking time! We had some marzipan left over from Christmas so when I found this recipe I had to make it. The strong chocolate flavour from the cocoa powder offsets the sweetness of the marzipan beautifully. Boo even asked if she could have these on her next birthday :)
Chocolate Marzipan Cookies
200g unsalted butter softened
200g light muscovado sugar (although I just used demerera)
300g plain flour
4 tbsp cocoa powder
Preheat oven 190 oC (375 oF)
Grease two baking sheets.
Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy, then add egg and mix well.
Sift flour and cocoa powder until combined.
Roll out half of your mixture and cut out shapes (we made 38)
Roll little marzipan balls and press onto cutout shapes.
Roll the other half of dough and put the lids onto and press sides together
Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Cool for 2-3 minutes before placing on a cooling rack. And remember that even though they smell amazing and you will want to try them straight away, wait a about 10 minutes as the marzipan stays hot for a while. Oh and you can drizzle them with melted white chocolate to make them prettier if you like.
Even Hubby, who "doesn't like marzipan" enjoyed these :D