Oh, hello! Gosh, you're early! Look at the state of me - I'd have applied a little rouge and a jaunty apron if you'd given me another half an hour (flicks fringe coquettishly out of eyes). Anyway, delighted you're here. Pull up a chair - oh, not that one. It's still got a little bit of sick on it from the toddler's teatime last night. Now, that's better.
So, after our theme of 'Chaos' last time, this week in the Hot Cross Mum kitchen we're talking about 'Cabin Fever'. What better way to celebrate the onset of the Easter holidays and all the howling wind, lashing rain and snowfall which has arrived with it (laughs hysterically).
Of course, cabin fever gives us the perfect excuse to start baking. There's nothing more comforting than taking some poor quality cooking chocolate and discount brand breakfast cereals from your badly stocked cupboards and concocting 'easter nests'. The children adore getting involved and spilling everything, arguing over wooden spoons and making themselves sick on mixture (smiles to camera and takes a sip of something alcoholic).
After a busy morning sweeping up toast crumbs and changing nappies, a good hour of biscuit baking is another way to deal with cabin fever. If you can't be bothered to make actual biscuits (rolls eyes), then why not cheat? I know, very naughty of me but rolling out and cutting shapes from play doh takes up just as much time and skill. Also, you won't have any of those nerve jangling discussions later about why you just can't eat 5 biscuits before dinner and will have to wait until daddy gets home to see what the biscuits taste like.
So, here's to spending the easter break cooped up indoors in our woollen jumpers and mittens. If things get really bad, why not mix yourself a Dirty G&T (that's just a regular G&T served in a tumbler which has come out of the dishwasher slightly grittty and not at all like the sparkling, squeaky-clean glassware promised by the manufacturer).