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Polly put the kettle on!

Sugar and Spice and all things nice! Sugar and spice and all things nice are essential ingredients of afternoon tea that has become a lovely English tradition. The History of afternoon tea The ritual of "Afternoon Tea" is thought to have begun in the 1840s by Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, prominent in London High Society and a close friend of Queen Victoria. She suffered from afternoon "hunger pangs or something that we all know as that sinking feeling and she put that to rights by ordering a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake. She soon made this a habit and shared tea with her friends and it very quickly became a "thing" with people in high places,...

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Royal Icing isn't just for snowy Christmas Cakes!

Part of my Woman behind the business blog series Why I started the business I have baked cakes for as long as I can ever remember and in 1993 completed a Christmas cake decorating course which I loved. This was one of my first cakes using Royal icing as the main medium. Many Christmas cakes were made with royal icing but done as a snow scene with plastic novelty figures of snowmen and Santa stuck into the icing whilst it was still wet. I am sure many children had great pleasure waiting for those same ornaments to come out year upon year. In our house we took it in turns to put the figures on and over the years a...

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Chickens have personalities all of their own!

Why everyone needs a chicken in their life I love chickens! At Cookie Doodle Doo I like to use locally sourced ingredients where possible especially free range eggs. There has been lots of campaigning in recent years about the plight of caged hens headed up by top chefs such as Jamie Oliver and this got me to thinking how nice it would be to rescue a few hens and have them in my vegetable patch. The thought of rescuing hens gave me a great sense of excitement. I contacted the British Hen Welfare Trust (at the time they were known as the Battery Hen Welfare Trust)  to find out where the local collection venues were. I found one at Wragby...

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Fathers Day - A gift for Daddy

A special day for Daddy Father’s Day is a celebration honouring Fathers, grandfathers, stepdads, godfathers and anyone who has a positive influence on a young persons life. History - In the olden days In Catholic Europe, Fathers day was celebrated on March 19th ( St. Joseph’s Day) since the Middle Ages. The celebration was taken by the Spanish and Portuguese to Latin America, where March 19th is often still used for it, though many countries in Europe and the Americas have adopted the U.S. date, which is the third Sunday of June falling on 16th June this year (2019) More recently The idea of a special day to honour fathers and celebrate fatherhood was introduced from the United States. There, a...

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Mothers Day, the history and beautiful, unique, personalised gifts

Welcome to Cookie Doodle Doo's monthly blog post that looks at the history of gift-giving on Mothers Day or Mothering Sunday and seeks to show you the Mother’s Day collection from Cookie Doodle Doo as something unique and personal to buy for your loved ones to show our love and thanks to them. History of Mothering Sunday Like many traditions Mothering Sunday began with a religious purpose. Held on the fourth Sunday in Lent and exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday, it was originally a day to give thanks to the Virgin Mary who was also known as Mother Mary. Such celebrations required people to visit the main church or cathedral in a family's area that they called the 'mother'...

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