Winter skincare haul

Winter is my favourite season.

Festive hot chocolates.

Cosy knitwear.

Sparkles galore.

Winter wonderland.

And of course the magical lead up to the ‘C word’ which I have currently banned from my classroom until the 1st of December!

One thing I don’t love so much about Winter however, is the dull dry skin!

I decided I wanted a revamp and to clear out my skincare shelf.

I booked myself in for a ‘perfect skin’ consultation at the Bobbi Brown studio in Edinburgh, George Street.

This included a 30 minute consultation on my skin type, problems/concerns and a tutorial on which products to use and how.

The ladies at the Bobbi Brown studio are fabulous. I left the lesson with my skin absolutely glowing and a bag full of goodies!

Here are some of my new skincare essentials and some of my old favourites…


Bobbi Brown Extra cleansing balm: this should be used 3-4 times a week as a cleanser and can be left on as a mask for a few minutes for added benefits. It has a delicious citrus scent and a lovely rich texture. I plan to use this as well as my old cleansing oil by Origins.


Bobbi Brown hydrating eye cream: so apparently using eye cream is a big deal… hopefully if I start using this now I’ll be laughing in tears to come?! This should be patted onto the eye area morning and night and helps to reduce dark circles and fine lines.


Bobbi Brown Extra treatment lotion: this should be warmed in the hands and then applied over moisturiser all over the face to soak in hydration.


Bobbi Brown Extra illuminating moisture balm: this can be mixed with moisturiser, applied over moisturiser or mixed with foundation. It adds even more moisture for dull dry skin and also leaves you with a lovely glow that shines through your base, almost like a strobing effect.


Bobbi Brown hydrating gel cream: this is an old favourite which I’ve been using for a while, it is lightweight while giving the perfect amount of moisture. On its own it’s probably not enough for the winter months but layered with the above products it is perfect all year round!


Origins original skin renewal serum: fights the affects of pollution and every day stress on skin!


Origins never a dull moment: LOVE LOVE LOVE this brightening face polisher. It brightens and evens the skin tone. I was in London last month (don’t get me started on what the water there does to your hair and skin) and this was my skin saviour.


Origins high potency night-a-mins: this night moisturiser has been a favourite of mine for 3 years now and no matter what other products I try, I always come back to it! It smells like oranges and you wake up with lovely skin – what more could a girl need?!




You know those free samples you are given when you purchase products and you end up forgetting about them so they lay around gathering dust?! I had the idea of creating a ‘try something new’ box to store them in and I’m going to attempt to try something new once a week!

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Of course no shopping trip would be complete without at least one make up splurge! Brightening blush in  ‘warm cocoa’

I hope you found this helpful! I think skincare products might just be my new weak spot…

Enjoy a lovely winter, extra hot chocolate is definitely allowed, with whipped cream and marshmallows – Miss Honey says so!

Lots of love,

Miss Honey ♥ xx

Vietnam, Laos and Thailand – part 1

Summer 2016 ♥

The summer before I start my career as a teacher.

The summer I decided to let go of everything and tick an adventure off my bucket list.

My feet have finally touched the ground after i’ve been floating in a euphoric state following the best trip of my life.

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I spent two weeks travelling around South Asia with this backpack.

To be specific, I travelled around Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.

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Here is a map detailing the different places and route I travelled!

For those of you who are interested in travelling around South Asia and would like to do something similar, I booked this tour through STA travel but the tour is carried out by G adventures. The tour involved travelling with a tour guide and a group who are around the same age as you (and will probably end up becoming your new best friends as travelling together creates an incredible bond). You can book this tour here: Vietnam, Laos and Thailand on a shoestring

Hanoi, Vietnam

My journey out involved a flight from Glasgow to Dubai, Dubai to Bangkok and then Bangkok to Hanoi. Needless to say after 2 days of travelling (including a flight caught in a tropical storm which resulted in severe turbulence and me thinking I was never going to arrive in one piece…) by the time I arrived in Hanoi I was so tired I just wanted to collapse into a heap!

The next morning I met some lovely people who had been travelling around Cambodia and Vietnam with one of my best friends who I had arranged to travel with. We explored Hanoi which is the capital city of Vietnam and I managed to soak in the vibe while trying not to be killed by people driving motorbikes (the driving over there is crazy – basically, there are no rules or traffic regulations, just try not to get hit).

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We went to see a water puppet show which was interesting!

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I tried a vietnamese delicacy which is a hot chocolate made not with milk but… egg! It was incredibly delicious

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The streets of Hanoi from a rooftop terrace bar.

Vientiane, Laos

Following a couple of days in Hanoi and meeting everyone who was part of our tour (sidebar: some of the most fabulous people i’ve ever met!) we took a coach to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. In Vientiane I took my first tuk tuk ride and explored a few stunning temples. We stayed in Vientiane for one day before moving on to Vang Vieng.

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Colourful legs in our tuk tuk as we were all wearing our ‘temple trousers’.

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Haw Phra Kiew: Buddhist temple

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Patuxai: war monument dedicated to those who fought for independence for Laos.

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World peace gong located next to the Patuxai war monument, this was gifted to Laos by the United Nations.

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Exploring these temples in Vientiane was surreal. I’m a spiritual person and I really enjoy learning about different religions and cultures, Buddhism strikes me as such a peaceful following and being able to spend time in these temples was an uplifting experience, I came away feeling lighter and content (perhaps not quite enlightened though!). The teachings of all religions are precious and we must remember to respect different practices and traditions as well as our own beliefs.

Part 2 of my South Asia travels will be up on my blog shortly – please bare with me as I sort through my photos in between preparing for the start of school term next week!

Miss Honey ♥ xx

Classroom haul

Hi. My name is Miss Honey and i’m an addict. 

An addict for all things organisation, stationary and classroom that is.

So you make it through your teacher training year and you are beyond excited to have your very own class and your very own classroom. How do you go about setting up your own classroom? What do you buy? Where do you buy it?

Over the past few weeks I have begun building up my resources and collecting materials for my classroom. Pinterest, pound shops and my laminator are my new best friends. My family are completely unimpressed with the dry stringy glue from my hot glue-gun they keep finding on the carpet (sorry about that, newspaper down from now on I promise!)

If you follow me on snapchat/instagram you are no doubt fed up of all my teaching photos so I thought I would write a blog post on what I have bought/made so far for my classroom and where I sourced it from – hopefully this will be of use to any teachers out there, or anyone who is a stationary geek like I am!

So here it goes…

Assorted cushions and blankets/throws for a ‘cosy reading corner’ next to the library area of my classroom.

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Jotter storage trays. These are perfect for transporting if you need to take marking home – I learned the hard way that using canvas bags is a nightmare.

IMG_7711Assorted trays are from the ‘trofast’ range at Ikea. I made the labels using Microsoft Publisher for Mac.

Adorable chalkboard labels and jumbo chalk. The labels are a great way to organise boxes/trays and the chalk can be used to carry out active spelling in the playground.

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I made this iHelp job chart to display which pupils will be carrying out which administrative jobs, I plan to change the roles around on a weekly basis.

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Play-doh can be used for active spelling and other design/technologies lessons.

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Plastic balls which can be used for big writing games like ‘hot potato’ to encourage the use of a wide range of vocabulary – I picked this idea up from my last mentor!

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Various clips to display work (particularly great for art work along a ‘washing line’).

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Jazzy lettering to liven up displays.

IMG_6236Poppin’ patterns in a pack of 250 available from Amazon.

A large 3D book which I made for my library wall, inspired by our class novel/topic which will be Harry Potter.

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‘Editor glasses’: Another idea I picked up from my mentor! At the end of a big writing lesson pupils can be chosen at random to play the role of editor and wear these glasses. The editor will peer-assess by giving their peers a ‘tickled pink’ and ‘green for growth’ for their work (i.e one thing they enjoyed about their written piece and one area for improvement).

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Storage essentials! I intend to have baskets full of resources on each table and then extra in a stationary section (as you can see I have labels on the baskets for the table names – again Harry Potter themed!)

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Fairy lights. Just because they’re pretty…

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More pegs for displaying work… and also because they’re cute.

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Various bits for my desk! Stamps for self-assessed and peer-assed work and a two-stars and a wish stamp.

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Lots of reward stickers! My favourite are the growth mindset stickers.

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Cupcakes I made for a ‘birthdays display’ wall I will have in my classroom.

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Colourful brushes for scrubbing art supplies such as paint trays, chalk pens for writing on blackboards (how cool?) and rose magnets.

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White tub is from Ikea, coloured brushes from B&M home stores, chalk pens available on Amazon and rose magnets are from Tiger.

Favourite quotes for a ‘words of wisdom’ display wall I will be making.

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Lastly, a word from the teacher.

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I didn’t want to bore you with my mundane displays for VCOP and maths but I hope to share the finished result of what my classroom looks like when I am finished setting it up!

Lots of love,

Miss Honey ♥ xx

Gluten-free Nutella stuffed chocolate chip cookies

Okay lets just take a second to wrap our heads around this…

Gluten free ✓

Chocolate chip cookies ✓

STUFFED WITH MELTED NUTELLA INSIDE ✓✓✓

I’m sorry, I just can’t contain my excitement about these cookies.

Decadent soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies with a hidden surprise chocolate hazelnut centre of melted Nutella.

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I originally found a recipe for these online while I was searching for ideas for what treat to make for iftar last night – on that note Ramadan Mubarak to all those who are fasting – Miss Honey hopes this is a blessed month for you and that all of your prayers are answered!

I’ll be honest, when I saw a recipe for these I could not be bothered to make them as I thought they looked like too much effort and far too time consuming. However, trust Miss Honey to find a short cut and do it the easy way!

All in all these took me about an hour and a half to make (an hour of that is just leaving the cookies to set in the fridge). However, you have to freeze the Nutella in advance so these can’t be made last minute.

  • 8 tablespoons of lurpak spreadable butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar (you can add a couple of extra tablespoons if you’d like – I did)
  • 1/2 cup of soft light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 and a half cups of gluten free plain flour (I used doves farm) – you may need to add another tablespoon of flour once the dough is formed to make a more workable consistency
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cornflour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bag of milk chocolate chips
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First things first, freeze your nutella: line a tray with baking paper and drop blobs of nutella onto it. The recipe I adapted said to use a teaspoon for each ball of nutella, I found this to be too big as the cookies turned out really big so I’d say use a half teaspoon like this picture below. I cut my initial nutella balls in half and found this worked far better:

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Leave tray with nutella in the freezer for at least 4 hours so that they can set.

Once the nutella has frozen you can make the cookie dough.

Beat the butter and sugars together in a bowl until creamy.

Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat for a further 10 seconds – don’t overdo the mixing for this step.

Add the gluten free flour, cornflour, salt and baking powder and mix well until well incorporated and a dough is formed.

Add the chocolate chips and mix well.

Take a tablespoon of dough into your hands and mould into a ball, place it on a baking tree and make a large indent in the middle of the ball. Place one of the frozen nutella pieces into the centre of this dip. Cover the Nutella with extra cookie dough until it can’t be seen.

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…now you don’t!

Repeat this step until all of your cookies are formed.

Place the baking tray with the cookies in the fridge for at least an hour – this helps them to keep their shape.

Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 180 degree celsius.

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ENJOY Nutella lovers!

Lots of love,

Miss Honey Bakes ♥ xx

So you think you want to be a teacher?

Highly ashamed of the fact my last teaching related post was back in September LAST YEAR!

9 months, 2 placements, 3 observational assessments, 2 essays and several near emotional breakdowns later… I am very pleased to announce that I am officially a newly qualified teacher (an NQT for all my teaching friends). Over the past couple of months I have had a few people contacting me to ask whether or not they should apply for the PGDE (post-graduate diploma in education). Always happy to help (or maybe more of a hindrance!) I thought it may be of use to write a blog post on my own personal experience of becoming a teacher. So if you have any friends or family who are contemplating going into teaching, feel free to pass this post on to them.

Applying for the course

To apply for the PGDE or PGCE if you are in England, the entry requirements are pretty much the same for every university (a degree – this doesn’t have to be an honours degree, english at higher level and maths at standard grade level).

I always knew that I wanted to be a primary school teacher ever since I was a little girl, although I veered from the path a few times. Personally, my intentions were to apply for, and undertake the PGDE straight after completing my undergrad in Psychology (I stayed for my honours year) in the summer of 2013, however I made the terrible mistake of putting my career on hold to follow my heart – foolish I know.

I applied instead in November 2015 and in hindsight these two years out from studying were incredibly beneficial to me. As I had worked full time for these two years I had built up a good deal of savings to see me through my year of studying. I also felt far more mature having had more experience of the working world, building relationships with colleagues and generally maintaining a work-life balance. I had also matured a great deal due to my personal circumstances meaning that I had a new found level of determination as well as a gift of empathy which I have since brought with me to my classroom. So my first piece of advice is, don’t go straight into the PGDE from your undergrad, take some time out for experience, this may however not suit everyone and if you feel it best then of course dive straight in!

When it comes to the application process it is pretty much the same as applying for any university course, you enter details of your qualifications and of course write a dreaded personal statement – be sure to include ANY experience you have had with children. Also take the time to explain any hobbies you may have – I wrote in my application about my baking and this was seen as an extra skill I could bring to teaching and my classroom. I know it is hard to talk about yourself, but don’t hold back! There is an extremely high number of applicants for the PGDE course and it is very competitive so you need to make sure you shine.

Everyone who is accepted for a place on the PGDE course must first go through an interview. The interview process involved a group discussion, a written short essay and a one-on-one interview. Again you will be asked for any additional skills or interests you can bring so be sure to discuss a few. One of my best friends has a history in speech and language therapy and the other is an incredibly talented artist so both of these skills were viewed highly and have been useful to them throughout our placements.

You find out if you have a place within a few days of being interviewed – try to relax and don’t stress out everyone around you like I did!

Studying

Half of the course time is spent in university and the other half is spent in schools on placements. During your time at university make sure that you DO keep up with the readings – that is what my Fridays were devoted to! I was in university from 9-4 Monday to Thursday and Friday was a study day. There are no exams, instead the course is graded through continuous assessment by way of 3 essays. The first essay was a critical literature review based on a pedagogical theory, the second focused on raising attainment in a curricular field using a specific form of pedagogy and lastly the third essay was a professional enquiry. A professional enquiry is where you carry out a research investigation during your placement and document your findings in the format of a report. None of these essays were easy but you are given a lot of support from university and it is the best feeling once you have completed each one!

Placements

To tell you the truth, the hardest part of this course is when you are on placement. You will be on placement for a total of 18 weeks and this is split into blocks (I believe each university is different).

The first placement I had was with an upper stage (I had primary 5), followed by an early stage (I had primary 2) and lastly a middle stage (I had primary 4).

When it comes to your placements… HAVE FUN!! this is where you will get the real experience of what being a teacher is really like. Amid the never ending lesson plans, lesson evaluations, weekly reflections, keeping up to date with your teaching file, watching learning rounds and your assessed lesson you have so much on your mind that you kind of forget to enjoy it. Make sure you do sit in the staff room at breaks and talk to the teachers rather than staying in the classroom to work.

I was very lucky in that all of my placements were at wonderful schools where I met truly incredible teachers who became more like friends and I continue to stay in touch with them. Don’t dread your assessed lesson either like I used to, it is your time to show what you can do so grab that opportunity and make the most of it!

I was also extremely lucky as one of my friends from my course was placed in the same school as me for all three placements – knowing that there was someone to keep me right and also be there whenever I wanted to share a funny story or a worry was amazing!

Another tip is to set up a group chat with your friends so you can keep up to date and vent about anything and everything. My group chat with my best friends really got me through as I knew they were there when I was stressed with a pile of work to do and could just spend a few of minutes to share funny stories or funnily enough talk about how stressed we were and our lack of time (!)

Completing the course and getting your first job as a teacher

We are very lucky in the UK as all NQTs are guaranteed a job for their first year. The first year of teaching is known as the ‘probation year’, I don’t know much about what will come during this year as I am just about to embark upon it but I hope to keep updating my blog with posts of my experience! You will be asked to choose which 5 local authorities you would like to work for in your probation year (in order). The local authority you are allocated to is worked out at random, you are then allocated to a school within this local authority. I found out which local authority I would be working for on the 23rd of May and then I found out which school I would be going to on the 24th of May (while typing that I realise that wasn’t a long time to wait but trust me at the time it felt like the longest 2 days ever!)

First you are DYING to know your local authority, then you are DYING to know your school, then you are DYING to know which class you will be teaching and finally you are DYING to see your classroom. All in good time though you will find out everything you need to know and it will be well worth the wait!

I was very lucky enough to be given a school which I had one of my placements at, in fact I have been allocated to one of the classes I previously taught (whom you may know as the class I made the rainforest cake for!). This is fantastic as it means I already know the school, the staff and the pupils which is of great benefit!

I am extremely excited to start teaching my p6 class starting in August and I will be setting up my classroom this summer. If you follow me on instagram or snapchat you will already have seen some of the bits and pieces I have been working on but I hope to share my ideas with other teachers so may keep posting on this blog as a platform for this. If you are thinking about applying for teacher training or are about to embark upon your PGDE please do not hesitate to get in touch via instagram or snapchat (@misshoneybakes for both) or via email: misshoney@misshoneybakes.com. I will be happy to answer any questions!

Lots of love as always,

Miss Honey ♥ xx

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A little something i’ve made to use as my class jobs chart!

Gluten free coconut flavoured tea scones

Side-note: Once again I realise that it has been far too long since I have last posted a recipe… this is due to the fact that I have finally completed my post graduate diploma in education and am now a newly qualified primary school teacher! I now get to have a break with summer holidays to enjoy which means you can expect to see lots more recipes (hopefully!)

Fed up of not being able to enjoy a nice scone during afternoon teas at even the poshest of hotels with my girlfriends, I decided to take to the kitchen armed with my mixer and experiment until I discovered the perfect recipe.

The recipe below is one which I initially found on Jamie Oliver’s website and I have added in a couple of tweaks (mainly the coconut flavour!) to make them even more delicious (in my opinion!)

  • 1 cup gluten free plain flour (I used doves farm plain flour)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour (adds a delicious coco-nutty undertone)
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • a pinch of salt
  • 100ml double cream
  • 125ml milk

Place the various flours, ground almonds and salt into a bowl, leaving a small hole or ‘well’ in the middle of the mixture.

Pour the cream and milk into the middle of the mixture and stir well until it has completely combined.

Now you are supposed to place the dough onto a floured counter, roll out and cut out rounds using a cutter. However, I skipped this step and just spooned the mixture onto a lined baking tray. One tablespoon should equate to one scone, remember to leave enough space between each scone as they do spread whilst baking.

Before placing in the oven brush a little bit of milk over each scone as a glaze using a pastry brush.

Bake at 220 degrees celsius for 10 minutes.

Perfect smothered with lashing of clotted cream and raspberry or strawberry jam and these lovely summer drinks i’ve been trying – enjoy!

With love,

Miss Honey ♥ xx

 

Gluten Free Viennese Whirls


Ingredients

Biscuits:

  • 200g softened butter
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 280g almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

Butter cream:

  • 175g icing sugar
  • 75g softened butter
  • Few drops of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of milk if necessary (if buttercream is too stiff)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius/gas Mark 4

Cream together the butter, icing sugar, egg yolks and vanilla until soft and fluffy.

Fold in the almond flour and add coconut oil before mixing well.

Fit a piping bad with a star nozzle and fill with the mixture.

Line a baking tray with baking parchment.

Pipe small swirl biscuits onto the baking parchment (note it will spread slightly while baking so leave a little space between each biscuit).

Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden and then leave to cool on a cooling rack.

While the biscuits are resting, make the buttercream filling by beating together the butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract.

Once biscuits are completely cool, make up the Viennese Whirls by piping buttercream onto one biscuit, adding a teaspoon of strawberry jam or compote and then placing another biscuit on top (like a sandwich).

Complete the process until all biscuits have been filled.

Enjoy!!

Baked by Miss Honey Bakes ♥ xx

Cookie Dough Truffles

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 and a 1/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)

NOTE: I made these truffles gluten free which is why I used almond flour. I also added a tablespoon of melted coconut oil as gluten free mixtures can be dry. You can make the recipe normally without it being gluten free by using regular plain flour instead of almond flour and not adding the coconut oil.

Beat butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.

Mix in milk and vanilla extract.

Add flour and salt and mix until combined.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Scoop a tablespoon of cookie-dough out of the bowl and roll into a ball. Repeat until the dough has been used up (each truffle will be about a tablespoon of dough). Place rolled balls on a sheet of baking parchment on a tray and place in the freezer for half an hour.

Melt milk chocolate in a bowl and take the truffles out of the freezer. Coat the cookie-dough in the melted chocolate and leave to harden in the fridge.

Decorate by drizzling melted white chocolate or leave plain.

 

 

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Baked by Miss Honey Bakes ♥ xx

The most wonderful time of the year

I haven’t posted anything on Miss Honey Bakes for quite a while, what with being completely preoccupied with teaching and a very hectic (but lovely) personal life!

My friends and I finally have a long and well-deserved break from our course which means I can get back to my first love… baking!

Teaching update: I am now almost half way through my PGDE masters! I successfully completed my first placement teaching a wonderful primary 5 class (I also sobbed like a baby saying goodbye to said class). On another equally happy note I was absolutely thrilled with my result for my first masters-level essay and think I could get used to being an ‘A-student’!

There is something truly magical about this time of year, there is something in the air which makes me feel like anything is possible…

Particularly in my home city.

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Technically speaking I don’t really celebrate Christmas due to my personal religious beliefs, however I really enjoy being a part of my friends Christmases as well as being able to spend time with my family and loved ones and soaking up the festive atmosphere. And of course, being a baker it would be impossible for me to not get involved in the novelty baking surrounding the most wonderful time of the year.

After being completely preoccupied with studying, placements, essays and teaching files it was an utter delight to think I had 3 whole weeks off where I could do nothing but bake! Of course I got so excited that I started straight away. Here is a little glimpse into the Christmas baking I have enjoyed doing for my family and friends. I hope you all had a fabulous time with your families and loved ones and look forward to another year of endless adventures and possibilities ahead of us!

2015 was a monumental year for Miss Honey and I have been truly blessed in so many ways!

Lets spend the next year living and loving our lives! – Miss Honey Bakes ♥ xx

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To start off my festive baking I made Christmas shortbread gifts for each of my pupils to say goodbye and thank them for being a part of my wonderful class! 

Each child had a snowman, snowflake and christmas tree in their handmade gift bag.

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More handmade shortbread for family and friends!

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Cookie-dough truffles: edible chocolate chip cookie dough balls coated in milk and white chocolate.

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A house made entirely out of chocolate!

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My gingerbread house complete with gingerbread men and snowmen.

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Chocolate and hazelnut yule log.

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A birthday cake for a very special princess.

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Finally, a Miss Honey Bakes dessert table!

Baked by Miss Honey Bakes ♥ xx

Where the wild things are

I’ve finished my first week of serial placement!

The serial placement is a 2 week block in which we are able to observe and get to know our assigned class. After another month of university we then return to the same school in November for our first assessed placement – a six week block where we are able to plan and implement our own lessons covering all aspects of the curriculum.

I was very lucky to be placed in a primary school which is very close to my own heart – the same primary school I once attended when I was a little girl.

Walking through the hallways, memories of my own time at school and teachers have come flooding back and I can’t help but smile when I think of how I will be a part of my pupils’ memories in years to come.

This past week has been a whirlwind and I have enjoyed every single day. I’ve carefully written notes of everything and anything I’ve learnt in my teaching journal as I attempt to soak in every bit of information. I attempted to highlight the ‘crucial’ areas of my journal upon reflection of my first week, when I realised pretty much every page was covered in fluorescent pink – so to sum up, when people tell you that you learn the most when you are on placement, they are not exaggerating.

 My teaching journal

I’m working with a Primary 5 class who are simply wonderful. They are so eager and enthusiastic to learn, in particular when it comes to their class project which is on the rainforest.

This weekend I attempted to make a rainforest themed cake to take in for my pupils on Monday and I can’t wait for them to see it! (See pictures below.)


IMG_8673.JPGmy weekends will never be the same again!  

  Handmade fondant frog

  handmade fondant snake and jaguar

As well as everything else, I have realised that teachers must be able to multi-task and remember the smallest of details as they are normally working on 20 different things at once!

After my second day with my class, I addressed one of my pupils and in turn she exclaimed in awe ‘Miss! How do you already know all of our names?!’ – the reality is I tried my absolute hardest to memorise every child’s name and yet still have mind-blanks which I try to tactfully hide. It did however give me a confidence boost when the same pupil then whispered to her class-mate ‘how does she do that…’

I’ve enjoyed the first week of my serial placement and I never thought I would say this – but I can’t wait for the weekend to be over so I can go back to school!

Miss Honey 

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