Black Forest Cookies



These chocolate chip cookies with a twist are a great way to impress guests as the chewy,

cherry-flavoured cranberries and milk chocolate pair up in the familiar shape of a cookie

but the reminiscent taste of the classic cake.


What You Need:

1 package milk chocolate morsels, divided use

1/2 cup/0.25 pints packed brown sugar

1/4 cup/0.125 pints butter, softened

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup/0.375 pints all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 package Ocean Spray® Craisins® Cherry Flavour Sweetened Dried Cranberries


What to do:

(Preheat oven to 180º c)

1. Pour 3/4 cup morsels into an uncovered large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave morsels for 2 minutes on high.

Stir until chocolate is smooth.

2. Stir in brown sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla.

3. Add flour and baking powder, mixing until thoroughly combined.

4. Stir in remaining morsels, cherry flavour sweetened dried cranberries and pecans.

5. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.

6. Bake for 12 minutes or until cookies are puffed and set to the touch.

7. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely

Jumper Joy!

Under every coat is a cosy jumper, hopefully a cosy stylish  jumper, better yet, a cosy, stylish, soft jumper!


The need for layers in wonderful winter weather causes wardrobes to expand as you attempt to create a new look

for each day that is both stylish and weather friendly.


We found some great joyous jumpers to keep your litte ones warm under their cosy coats.


Antik Batik: Beige ‘Rome Kid’ Jacket, £115.00

Antik Batik: Beige 'Rome Kid' Jacket, £115.00

Ralph Lauren: Beach Blue V-Neack Sweater, £67.50  

Ralph Lauren:  Beach Blue V Neck Sweater, £67.50

 Mayoral: Polka Dot And Stripey Jumper, £33.00

Mayoral: Polka Dot And Stripey Jumper, £33.00

 Quincy: Purple Zebra Jumper, £87.00

Quincy: Purple Zebra Jumper, £87.00

 Cacharel: Purple And Duck Egg Blue ‘Tree’ Print Sweater, £117.50

Cacharel: Purple And Duck Egg Blue 'Tree' Print Sweater, £117.50



Ralph Lauren: Navy Knitted Polar Bear Sweater, £166.50

Ralph Lauren: Navy Knitted Polar Bear Sweater, £166.50

 Antik Batik: Bastille Grey Cardigan, £116.00

Antik Batik: Bastille Grey Cardigan, £116.00

 Quincy: Grey AC/DC Jumper, £70.00

Quincy: Grey AC/DC Jumper, £70.00

 Scotch & Soda: Red Check Front Jumper, £50.00

Scotch & Soda: Red Check Front Jumper, £50.00

 Quincy: Multi Car Print Sweater, £95.00

Quincy: Multi Car Print Sweater, £95.00

Child Friendly Cafe: Coffee and Crayons



Taking your kids out to eat, especially during the day when their energy is at its peak, can be a bit of a struggle,

especially when it comes to keeping them at the table. However, Coffee and Crayons, located on Fulham

Road, offers a unique environment  where mid meal table escapees are welcome and where you can relax and

perhaps even (gasp!) read a bit of your book or catch up with friends while your children are entertained by

qualified care givers with arts, crafts, books, toys and games in their supervised play area.


Coffee and Crayons prides itself on serving great quality food and drink in a relaxed environment that’s enjoyable

for adults and children alike. Split into two floors, the cafe sets their eating area on the ground floor and their play

area in the basement.


The play area is quite traditional, with soft play climbing zones, crafts, toys, and books. The craft projects lead by the

care givers are themed to match the time of year and children can take part in as much or little of the planned activities

that they like.


You can literally spend your whole day there too, for just £4 per child (£3.50 for under 18 months), you can have your

children entertained from 9:30am – 6:00pm while you enjoy your coffee and food and relax upstairs.


To top off your stress free day, the coffee and milk products served in Coffee and Crayons is Fair trade and organically

grown, so your stress free day can be guilt free too!


The cafe often holds activity events, for example, this Sunday, November 22, 1:00-3:00 there will be a Fairy School,

where your little fairies and wizards can bring their wings and wands and take part in a variety of magic themed

games, dancing, music, face painting, balloon modelling, storytelling and crafts. Bookings can be made by calling

07847 472 015.


Coffee and Crayons is located at 915 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5HU, 0203 0801 050,

Out and About This Weekend



What: A Christmas Carol

Where: Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport St, London, WC2H 7JB, 0845 017 5584,

When: November 14 – January 10

Price: £15.00-£37.50

About: Charles Dicken’s classic morality tale, adapted by Susie McKenna and Steve Edis with producers Tiny

Tim Productions. The Arts Theatre has gained a Victorian foyer to create extra atmosphere.





What: Winter Wonderland Children’s Show
    Where: Gibson Hall, 13 Bishopsgate, EC2N 3BA (020 7334 3983).

When: November 22, 3:00-6:00
    About: An afternoon of music, dance and fashion shows benefits Macmillan Cancer Support and Chase hospice care

for children!



What: London Children’s Film Festival

    Where: Barbican Centre, Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS, 0845 120 7500
    When: November 21-November 29 Schedule online at

Price: £3-£5

About: Back for its fifth year, The London Children’s Film Festival hosts a variety of amazing films, workshops,

special events and activities for children and their families.





What: Winter Wonderland Hyde Park

Where: Serpentine Rd, W2 2UH, 020 7298 2100

When: November 21 – January 3

Price: Skating: £10-£13, Child: £7.50-£8, Family Tickets: £28-£34 , Skating, Wheel and Circus Package: £23-

£26.50, Family Tickets: £62-£70 

About: For the third year, Hyde Park has undergone its family friendly seasonal makeover with last year’s

ambiance setting ‘Giant Wheel’ accompanied by the addition of a 35-minute show from the family-friendly

Zippo’s Circus and of course, lots of skating!





What: Fairy School

Where: Coffee and Crayons, 915 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5HU, 0203 0801 050

When: November 22, 1:00-3:00

Price: £20 per child including snack and drink (bookings: 07847 472 015)

About: Sit and have a coffee while your little fairies and wizards dress up and take part in a variety of magic

themed games, dancing, music, face painting, balloon modelling, storytelling and crafts.

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