Colour Mixing

I try to think of things to entertain my little pre-schooler while the baby sleeps. She has been complaining to Daddy that she misses Mummy. So one Thursday I decided we were going to do colour mixing. This idea was taken from an episode of Play School.

I made the three primary colours – red, blue and yellow in three bowls and brought out a short glass for us to mix the colours in.


Little M chose the colours to mix while I used a straw to put drops of colours in the short glass. Once we made the colour, I got her to dip a paper towel in it to colour. The easiest to mix was green and the hardest was purple but she enjoyed it.

Coloured Paper Towel


St Patrick’s Polka Dot Cake

Polka Dot Cake

Brisbane Kids posted a picture of a polka dot cake in their usual Facebook post one day and that sent me hunting for the recipe. I found the original post at Once Upon a Pedestal. Deborah has a lot of hidden surprise cakes. I like the butterfly one but not willing to put in the effort with a 4 month baby and a pre-schooler around.

I did, however, want to try the polka dot cake so I bought the cake pop tin. I had been eyeing it for a while anyways. St Patrick’s Day was around the corner, so even though we are not Irish, not even close to it, I decided to make green polka dot cake.

One of my mistakes was that I should have made more batter. I used my usual butter cake mix from I took some of the mixture and added green gel to it, put the green batter in the cake pop tin and baked it. I thought 15 minutes (quarter of the full cake baking time) on the timer will half bake the pops but they were fully baked and a bit brown. Deborah suggests greasing the tin and realized it’s a good tip after I baked a set of pops for another project a few weeks later. The grease makes them come out easily.

I did not have enough cake batter left to make a round cake, nor did I have smaller cake pans like Deborah’s so I used a tube cake pan instead. I ended up with just one round of pops in.

Once the cake cooled down, I decorated it with Betty Crocker’s white frosting and we were ready for our St Patrick’s polka dot cake. Little M was excited to see the dot in the cake.

Frosted Cake

A couple of days later, I captured this evil fly in my kitchen. He was tasty.

Evil Fly