It’s Pudsey Bear time of year, a time when the country comes together and go out of their way to raise money for Children in Need. In 2011 over £26 million was raised and that was £8 million more than 2010. The money is granted to organisations supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the UK and in my opinion this is why is has such a huge success as people like to know the money is going to help children and young people up and down Britain.
I don’t think anyone can say the Brits don’t do their bit for charity sending hundreds and thousands of pounds to all kinds of causes at home and abroad but Children in Need is all about looking after our young, the future of our country and teaching our own children to be giving to those less fortunate.
I love Pudsey Bear, last year we celebrated him locally with the other children from preschool, we also made some fabulous and easy Pudsey Bear cupcakes and some cheese straws too perfect for lunch boxes.
Build a Bear have a limited edition of Pudsey Bears out now and by buying one of their bears they will donate £5.00 to Children in Need
(£15, £5 donation)
This year the new Pudsey is available with either a hoodie, jeans and cute trainer combo or with gorgeous set of cosy PJs! The ultimate gift for the little Build-A-Bear Workshop aficionado in your house.
(£15, £5 donation)
Pudsey’s best friend Blush is right on trend for BBC Children in Need this season, showing off her spots with a pretty polka dot matching bow and pink t-shirt.
(£8, £1 donation)
New for 2012, Pudsey smallfry™ comes dressed in a cool t-shirt with signature patch and paw print.
(£8, £1 donation)
New for 2012, Pudsey’s best new mini friend Blush smallfry™ wears a cute polka dot bow with fetching red t-shirt.
The limited edition Build-A-Bear Workshop collection is available across all Build-A-Bear Workshop stores nationwide and via the website: www.buildabear.co.uk.
I wanted to try something a little different from all of the sweet Pudsey Bear recipes on offer and thought I’d give cheese straws a whirl as the girls love them, they’re nutritious, great to keep in a plastic box for ‘Mummy, I’m hungry!’ moments and an excellent alternative to the usual biscuit. Having used recipes for cupcakes from Baking Mad the other day I needed to come up with something new for Pudsey’s big day today.
They are so simple to prepare and only take 10 mins, plus the little ones can help too!
450g grated cheese
250g plain flour
1/2 tsp chilli powder/mustard powder/cayenne pepper (optional)
Preheat the oven to 200C Gas 6 and grease some baking trays – I used 3 as the bears are quite large
Rub the butter, flour and salt with your fingertips until they resemble breadcrumbs, add the cheese and any optional spices if used)
Mix with two eggs to form a dough and knead well
Roll dough out to 1.25 cms thick on a floured surface and using a Pudsey Bear cookie cutter cut out and place on the baking trays about 2/3 cms apart
If using sprinkle with chilli powder
Bake in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes
Tara’s last prompt was to take a photo on 11.11.11 to record what you were doing that day and for us it was pretty much a normal Friday – up, breakfast wash and dress and off to preschool but straight from preschool I took the girls to a local Pudsey party to raise money for our favourite bears’ fund.
We paid £5.00 per child to enter and once inside we were treated to two hours of non stop fun, the large dance floor area had been set out with some fabulous toys, trikes and kept the children amused whilst everyone arrived. There was face painting, drawing, a wonderful entertainer who sang songs, played games and thoroughly exhasted the little ones much to the delight of their presents but the task that took both of my girls’ eye was the biscuit decorating table where each child was given a Pudsey Bear biscuit and encouraged to decorate him with icing sugar coloured choco beans and writing icing, here’s my picture taken 11.11.11 of Alice and Bessie at work
Of course this is a fun activity and I don’t want everyone to think we were ignoring the importance of 11.11.11, far from it. I had the radio on in the morning whilst I did some housework and observed a minute’s silence in respect of those who lost their lives in the name of freedom, I proudly displayed the girls poppies they brought home from preschool and as they get a little older I will introduce them to this important day but this year we took part in Pudsey’s party another nobel cause that mustn’t be forgotten.
Nip over to Sticky Fingers and see how everyone else was spending their 11.11.11
Pudsey is an enormous hit with my girls, luckily my raffle ticket got pulled out at an event last year and we came home with the gorgeous Pudsey bear you see here. A favourite pastime of the girls is serving tea and cakes to their growing collection of softies and now Pudsey can take pole position as his month is almost upon us
Pudsey Bear cupcakes
An easy recipe that takes 20 minutes to prepare and a further 25 minutes to bake. Children can help too.
225 g unsalted butter
225 g golden caster sugar
225 g self raising flour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For the decoration
500 g icing sugar
160 g unsalted butter
50 ml milk
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
yellow food colour
coloured choco beans
black writing icing
Watch out for Allinson’s self-raising flour showing the cuddly bear on the front as for every bag sold a donation is made to Pudsey’s Children in Need fund.
How to make Pudsey Bear Cupcakes
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/ 160 degrees C fan/ Gas 4. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffins cases.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until pale, add the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, beating until mixed. Gently fold in the flour.
- Spoon the mixture into the cases until half full.
- Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown or a skewer comes out clean.
- Allow cakes to cool on a wire rack.
- For the frosting use an electric whisk to mix together the butter and icing sugar then add the milk and vanilla essence and whisk until light and fluffy, then add a few drops of yellow food colouring to achieve a bright yellow frosting.
- Using a palette knife, smooth some frosting onto the top of the cupcakes, places some choco beans on the top left side of the cupcake for Pudsey’s patch, then use the black writing to draw in his eye, nose and mouth.
The girls sat patiently waiting for their cakes to rise and be ready, in fact we dragged them away for a bath whilst they were waiting to cool!
As you can see a lot of time and attention went into the decorating process
Do allow us to show off our handy work :)
And of course the best part – the eating! Both girls thought they were delicious.
Alice and Bessie have been really lucky recently to have been sent a pair of shoes each from Vertbaudet, the beautiful French children’s clothes company and we’ve waited for a special occasion to arise to take them out for the first time.
Bonfire night came and went but they would have got far too muddy for new shoes so we opted for our wellies, at the weekend on our balance bikes we opted for trainers as they are used as brakes and the toes are scuffed until they are bare so Pudsey’s Party was the perfect opportunity to take the brand new shoes out for a run.
When I was asked a preference of colour I said I didn’t mind as they are all gorgeous but I asked for two different colours as the girls are learning to distinguish their own belongings as I continue to dress them the same but in different colours.
Big mistake, as the boxes were opened they both wanted the ‘purple’ ones (Clover). Luckily for me when it came to putting them on them there were no arguments and no tantrums, I think they were both so pleased at having new shoes on they didn’t really focus on the colour, you see a females’ shoe passion is born so young!
As it was a Pudsey party we donned our Pudsey socks which are proudly displayed for the camera and hair clips too with our favourite bear on. Off we went to preschool as usual and I picked the girls up at midday with sandwich boxes as we made our way to the centre where the party was to be held. Each child paid £5.00 which will all go into Pudsey’s pot and for 2 hours the girls were thoroughly entertained.
We decorated Pudsey biscuits with bandanas made out of icing, coloured sweet dots and chocolate icing for eyes, nose and mouth
There was a lot of dancing, music, story telling, singing and playing with toys
We had our faces painted with beautiful butterflies
We had our souvenir photo taken with Pudsey himself
and so did mummy too!
A fabulous party organised by Clare to whom a special thank you must go for all her hard work and a lovely time was had by all, I think these shoes were put to the test and coped marvellously