Chocolate & Pizza Making – what’s not to love?

Neither of us needed much persuasion to get out of bed on a lazy Easter holiday morning to go make chocolate and pizza.  Our chocolatier Oliver, from Oliver’s Chocolate Parties, had already begun to melt some chocolate as we arrived at Gusto in Knutsford and the smell was dreamy.  Oliver went on to explain where chocolate comes from, how it is made and the children were fascinated.  Then they got down to making chocolate with bags of  melted milk and white chocolate squished into iPhone and duck shaped moulds.  He showed the children how to use both the white and milk chocolate to make patterns.

Of course many fingers were licked and spillages eagerly scooped up.  Everyone had a go at writing their name on a chocolate lolly which was great fun.  Whilst the chocolate was taken to set in the fridge, Stef from Gusto presented the children with pizza bases and a variety of toppings.  Not surprisingly the red onion was left untouched and all the cheese and pineapple disappeared!  Two of the best smells in the work chocolate and pizza had us all hungry and us Mum’s and Grandma’s managed to grab a slice of our children’s pizza fresh from the oven before they disappeared.  Oliver cracked the set chocolate moulds and gave every child their creations in a paper bag with the strict instructions “not to eat it all at once”.  My boys had a chocolate iPhone conversation on the way home in the car before scoffing the lot; sorry Oliver but the handmade creations were just to hard to resist!

More chocolate and pizza parties are planned in the near future so check for details.  Oliver also runs chocolate parties in homes, schools and offices. – @oli_choc_party – – @knutsfordgusto


Pizza Topping Selection
Chocolate Lolly Making




Little Jar of Notes

Sometimes it is hard to talk with your children; they are often tired after school and just want to be left in peace!  My eldest (11) has been struggling a bit at school of late, pressure of workload, tiredness and unpleasant behaviour from some of his classmates.  So I reintroduced something my American sister in law suggested some years ago, a little jar of notes.  You just take any old jar and fill it with nice, positive and funny messages, even silly things.  They can then read them in their own time and when they happen to feel like it.  They say actions speak louder than words and sometimes you just need to know, without it being said.  It reminds me of this quote from Winnie the Pooh:-

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you”

Jar of Notes

This link takes you to a website with some details, it may be a little OTT for us reserved Brits but take from it what you will and use it how you wish.  It’s worth it, I went to bed the other night and found a note under my pillow, it read, “thanks Mum, you are funny, can’t wait for the Easter hols, love x”  http://

Scooby Doo, where are you? Right here at The Lowry.

You are never to old for Scooby Doo, right?  Like totally!  

2. Scooby-Doo And The Mystery Of The Pyramid © Photo Lot
Scooby, Shaggy and Freinds.

The world’s favourite mystery solving gang will soon embark on one of their most exotic adventures yet. Transported to ancient Egypt they face treacherous challenges while trying to uncover the mystery of Pharaoh Hatchepsout’s pyramid. Can they avoid being turned to stone by the terrifying Pharaoh? Can they steer clear of the mysterious mummies? Once again ‘those meddling kids’ save the day.

Remaining true to the animations that inspired the show, the production features the signature theme song, spectacular effects and the hilarious physical comedy that entertains audiences of every age. Packed with spooky mystery, fun and a fresh supply of Scooby Snacks, this is a must see musical adventure for the whole family to enjoy.

Starting on April 4th, 2014 at The Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells, the tour will include around 20 venues across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and will finish on 31st August 2014.  4th April – 31st August at The Lowry, Manchester



Twitter: @scoobydoolive

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