baking Christmas toddler

Christmas baking with the toddler

I’m a big fan of Ruth Clemens, blogger at The Pink Whisk and runner-up of the Great British Bake Off. She has recently teamed up with Persil to celebrate the launch of a new, limited edition Persil Warm Spice Washing Up Liquid and create some festive family recipes.

I was challenged to try one of her recipes at home and it was difficult to choose just one from Mini Sausage Twirls, Orange Fig Glazed Ham, Spiced Apple Chutney and Candy Cane Meringues. However eventually I chose the Christmas Biscuits as I have a bit of a sweet tooth! Take a look at the video to see Ruth making the biscuits with her son.

Over the weekend we got our baking stuff out and the toddler helped to make Christmas Biscuits. The recipe was easy to follow (and handily included steps specifically to involve the toddler) and we had soon made a variety of biscuits. We didn’t ice ours this time but I know we’ll be making them again so next time I will. They turned out really well and everyone has really enjoyed making and eating them.

tray of cooked Christmas biscuits

We also used the limited edition Persil Warm Spice Washing Up Liquid to help clean the mixing bowl and baking trays. It really helped do the job and we were left with squeaky clean plates and a lovely fragrant kitchen!

Persil warm spice next to a mixing bowl and plate of biscuits

Ruth Clemens has created a range of recipes to celebrate the launch of Persil’s Limited Edition Warm Spice Washing Up Liquid. For more information and recipes visit www.persildishwash.co.uk  

Giveaway:

I have 5 bottles of the new limited edition Persil Warm Spice Washing Up Liquid to giveaway.

For your chance to win leave me a comment and tell me who does the washing up in your house.

For an extra entry tell others about the competition using the Retweet button below or tweet this message: I want to #win with @gingerbread_mum and make my kitchen smell Christmassy

 

Small print:

The prize consists of 5 prizes of Persil Warm Spice Washing Up Liquid. The giveaway ends December 17th at 8pm. The winners will be selected at random from all entries received and notified by email or their twitter handle. The prize is as stated: no cash alternatives are available, and will be sent by the PR company.

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***** The winners are Paul Garner, Wendy Tolhurst, Lindsey Jones, Shirley Harpley and Suzanna Gentle *****

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    December 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    we always do it together me and my partner

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    December 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Mostly me but occasionally if I can bribe my 13 year old with credit for her phone or money for Costa coffee then I get a little break x

  • CAROLINE PRITCHARD
    December 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    The dishwasher – saved our marriage 😉

  • Christina Field
    December 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Always me

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    December 6, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Poor me

  • Jim Milligan
    December 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I do a fair share

  • Jennine bunn
    December 6, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    My wonderful husband x

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    December 6, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Only me

  • Robert Beales
    December 6, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Me!

  • sarah clarke
    December 6, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    me or my mum

  • Chris Clarke
    December 6, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    I do 🙂

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    December 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    me, only person who can do it right!

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    December 6, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    my husband

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    December 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    ME ME ME ME ME — I am left to do everything!

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    December 6, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Me for fragile items and glasses – the rest goes to the dishwasher 🙂

  • katie coup
    December 6, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    me and my husband take turns- whoever dosent cook does the washing up

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    December 6, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    My Mum 🙂

  • Gary Topley
    December 6, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I do the washing up 🙂

  • Alison
    December 6, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Me as always!

  • Susan Marshall
    December 6, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    The dishwasher does the most but anything that does not fit in is left to me

  • Sharon Hughes
    December 6, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    me, tried to get the kids involved but they arent being duped at all grrrr

  • Tracy Nixon
    December 6, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Me! Always!

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    December 7, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Tweeted as @tracyknixon

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    December 7, 2012 at 12:01 am

    i’m not ashamed to admit it. i wear my rubber gloves and do all the washing up in my house. we do however have a general rule. if my girlfriend cooks then i do the washing up. if i cook……then i do the washing up…..

  • laura cope
    December 7, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Anyone who can’t think of a good excuse not to.

  • CHARMAINE HAMMOND
    December 7, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Always me, other half does the cooking!

  • gerard
    December 7, 2012 at 5:58 am

    dishwasher. yay for dishwashers

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    December 7, 2012 at 6:01 am

    my partner and I both do the washing up

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    December 7, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I do it all

  • Phil Darling
    December 7, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Dishwasher for us

  • Owen Morgan
    December 7, 2012 at 7:28 am

    It’s always me who does it

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    December 7, 2012 at 7:43 am

    My partner 😉

  • Amy Dickinson
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    ME! 🙁

  • diane
    December 7, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Me Always 🙁

  • Zoe Hope
    December 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

    IT’S ALWAYS ME WHO ENDS UP DOING IT!

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    December 7, 2012 at 9:22 am

    My hubby (most of the time), but just because i’m the one who does all the cooking!
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  • Julie hazell
    December 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I usually wash and hubby dries

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    December 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

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  • bob@bobclark.co.uk
    December 7, 2012 at 9:48 am

    my wife

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    December 7, 2012 at 9:49 am

    My hubby! 🙂

  • Margaret
    December 7, 2012 at 10:08 am

    My husband

  • Stephanie Tsang
    December 7, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I mostly do the washing up, but sometimes my husband helps out!

  • Stephanie Tsang
    December 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I have tweeted. @pookybearcheung

  • andrea miles
    December 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

    my husband

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    December 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I unfortunately do all the washing up

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    December 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

    me, myself and I 🙁

  • Laura Harris
    December 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Me, me, and if I’m really lucky…..me!

  • dENISE
    December 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    the whole family gets involved 🙂

  • Michelle Best
    December 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    the dishwasher – but yes, i do the loading and emptying!

  • Helen
    December 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    The dishwasher did do it but a week or so it broke down so now we share it, on a rota, one washes, one dries, one puts away, unfortunately one member of the household (he who shall not be named) says its better to let the dishes dry of their own accord so on his drying days, he watches the TV!!

  • jennifer thorpe
    December 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    me

  • Helen
    December 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I’ve tweeted, not sure whether I had to post to let you know
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    December 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    it varies, sometimes my partner, sometimes me
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  • Cheryl Edwards
    December 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    My lovely hubby

  • Sylvia Witham
    December 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    As we do naot own a dishwasher my husband and I both do the washing up – It’s whoever gets to the sink first

  • Jane Brown
    December 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I tend to do it during the week as I am a SAHM but OH normally does it at the weekend!

  • Jane Brown
    December 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I have tweeted https://twitter.com/Belle7268/status/277047390530326528

  • Sarah Morris
    December 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Me every time, but then I can’t really expect my 5 year old to do it can I?? Hmm.

  • Louise Smith
    December 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Hubby does it

  • Susan Crosswaite
    December 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Sadly, its always me!

  • J. Tingay
    December 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Cooking and washing up is shared out evenly.

  • Leia Jackson
    December 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    A small metal box located in the kitchen known as Dishwasher.

  • Simon Harris
    December 7, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Me

  • Solange
    December 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    The dishwasher

  • Rachael G
    December 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    My husband does it (to be fair I do practically everything else!). I do sometimes dry and put away to help out.

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    Me & the dishwasher

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    My Wife & I dry

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    Always me!!!

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    The dishwasher. We share loading duties.

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    Mostly me!!

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    I do it because no one can do it as well as me

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    December 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm

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    December 15, 2012 at 12:48 am

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    I do most of the washing up, with the occasional help

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    December 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm

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    The dishwasher!

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    He washes, I dry

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    Me

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    I do the washing up, unless I specifically ask the other half to help out!

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    December 16, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Me and my husband share the responsibility!

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    Me 🙁

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    Me!

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    December 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    My Husband washes and I dry up.

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    December 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    My fiancé mostly washes and I dry and put away !

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    December 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    The hubby I have a good one

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    December 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    My husband washes and I dry

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    Just me – but at least I know it’s done well

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    me myself and i

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    December 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    we share the washing up

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    Always me!

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    The dishwasher

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    December 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Always seems to be me unless there are others about to impress!

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    My husband mostly!!

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    I do most of the washing up in our flat but my partner does it now and then. We don’t have room for a dishwasher unfortunately! Warm spice scent sounds nice, very festive!

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