Fruity dragonflies!

So for the kids snack time this morning, I decided to get a little creative again! Over the summer months the kids have loved seeing the dragonflies in our garden, so I thought I would try and make them some fruity dragonflies!

I used halved grapes to form the main body, apple pieces for the wings, a banana slice for the head and raisins for the antenna. 

Theses little dragonflies disappeared super quickly into little mouths – the kids absolutely loved them! If you have kids who struggle to try new foods, I say give this a try! Kids tend to love it if you get creative with their food, and will be much more willing to try it if it’s presented in a cute, fun way! 

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! 

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Herby cheese muffins!

The soundtrack to the summer school holidays this year has been “Mum, I’m hungry”……. I feel like I am being eaten out of house and home! I am always trying to find snacks for the kids which are cheap and easy to make. I decided to make some of my favourite herb and cheese muffins this week – super simple and yummy!

Recipe for herby cheese muffins – 280g plain flour, 1 tsp salt, 125g grated cheddar cheese, 3 – 4 tsp dried mixed herbs, 2 eggs, 75g melted butter and 200 ml milk.

1 – Preheat oven to 190c and line a muffin tin with cases.

2 – Sieve the salt and flour into a bowl and mix. Add the herbs and cheese and mix thoroughly.

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3 – In a different bowl, beat the eggs, butter and milk together, then pour into the dry ingredient bowl.

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4 – Stir the ingredients together to form a lumpy batter.

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5 – Spoon the batter mixture into the cases and bake for approx 20 – 25 minutes, until firm.

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These savoury muffins were so easy to make and use ingredients which can usually be found already in your kitchen. The kids really enjoyed them and they disappeared super quickly (note to self – make two batches next time)! They also taste really good spread with a little butter!

 

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We hope you like our herby cheese muffins! Let me know what you enjoy making for the kids snacks (Hey, I need more food inspiration here)!

Happy Sunday guys!

Beautiful blackberries (and a simple crumble recipe)!

The Summer this year here in Wales is turning into a bit of a wash out! However, I still like to get the kids out and about in the ‘very fresh’ air and the other day was no exception. I wanted an activity which was free and fun for the kids, so I decided to take them blackberry picking. We had spotted quite a few blackberries previously in our area so I thought it would be a nice idea to go blackberry picking. (We try and do this each year as the kids love it. You can see our post from last year here!)

We donned our waterproofs and set off, plastic tubs in hands to grab some of those yummy fruits!

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The kids love trying to spot and pick the blackberries, especially my two year old nephew who thought it was great fun! (Remember to supervise the little ones to make sure that nothing inedible is being picked – I find this activity provides a brilliant opportunity to talk to your kids about what is safe to pick and what isn’t).

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Once we had enough blackberries we headed home. I added some strawberries to our collection of blackberries and we all made a very yummy berry crumble!

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Recipe for berry crumble – 300g berries, 200g caster sugar, 180g chopped butter and 250g plain flour.

1 – Preheat the oven to 200c. Lightly grease your ovenproof dish with butter, then arrange your berries at the bottom.

2 – In a separate bowl mix together the sugar, flour and butter with a fork until it looks like crumbs.

3 – Bake in the oven for approx 30 minutes or until golden.

4 – Serve with ice cream, cream or custard and enjoy!

 

We hope you are all having a lovely weekend, whatever you may be doing!

I have (finally) started to master the piping bag (and couldn’t be happier)!

I will let you into a little secret….. I have been trying for what feels like forever to master the art of piping icing! I have wanted to be able to recreate those pretty little peaks and roses for so long and have tried and failed endless times.

I was speaking to one of my friends at work about yet another disastrous attempt when she told me about a fail- proof recipe for buttercream which she uses for her piped icing. She wrote it down for me and off I went (not feeling too hopeful to be fair)!

Buttercream recipe – 225g sieved icing sugar, 85g butter, 1-2 tbs milk and a few drops of vanilla essence.

1 – Mix all the ingredients into a large bowl until smooth. Make sure that it is thoroughly mixed to ensure it will go through the nozzle of the piping bag. I also added  a little cocoa powder to give a chocolate flavour to the icing!

2-Use different nozzles to create different effects. Make sure you wait until your cakes are completely cool or the icing will just melt! (I’ve done this too)!

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I was so shocked that it worked! I was jumping around my kitchen in sheer happiness that I had finally managed to use the piping bag without it being a huge mess! I cannot wait to try out more using different nozzles! They went down an absolute treat and the kids had a go using the bag too! A fun filled baking session!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Pitta bread pizzas!

One thing which my kids love doing is helping to cook their own meals! I am always on the lookout for simple, quick food ideas which the kids can get involved with. One of our favourite things is Pitta Bread Pizzas! These are so ridiculously simple that even young kids can do the majority themselves, and they actually taste really, really good!

All you need is – pitta breads, tomato puree, cheese (and other things for toppings – we used ham and tomatoes).

Begin by spreading out the tomato puree onto the pitta bread. Make sure the bread is covered or it will burn). Then cover with grated cheese. It is completely up to you how much prep beforehand that you let your kids do. My daughter is now at an age where she loves and is quite capable of grating, chopping foods etc. It really builds kids confidence to allow them that little bit of independence, and will develop their cooking skills greatly.

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Next choose which toppings you would like. We used a mix of ham, cheese and tomatoes!

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Next pop them in the oven for approximately 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted. They are super yummy served with fresh salad!

(Now you must forgive me at this point as I completely forgot to take photos of the finished pizzas – I’m so sorry! We were in too much of a rush to eat them)! Please trust me when I say they looked and tasted delicious!

A really quick, easy meal to make with the kids. The confidence the kids get from helping to make their own (and Mum and Dads!) food is brilliant!

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

Eeek! It’s a monster!

I got busy with the kids fruit snacks again the other day and decided to make some edible monster faces! (There’s nothing better than destroying monsters made from fruit right?!)

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I used banana for the monsters hair, strawberries and raisins for the eyes, a grape nose and melon and raisins to form the mouth! All the kids ate their fruity faces super fast and even had seconds!

I hope you like our fruity monster faces! Have a brilliant weekend guys!

Berry face!

I have been getting a little creative with the kids snack time again! I thought I would mix up my daughter’s snack this morning and decided to turn her fruit into a cute berry face.

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I used raspberries for the hair, cherries for the eyes, a strawberry for the nose and pomegranate seeds for the mouth! My daughter loved her fruity face and it disappeared super fast. I find it so much easier to get the kids eating healthy just by having a little fun with it!

If you would like some more inspiration to get creative with food please check out my food ideas category page. We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Simple chocolate chip cookies!

I love cooking and baking with my kids! As a child my Gran would often bake with us and I have learnt many recipes from watching and helping Gran in the kitchen. What she probably didn’t realise at the time is that those endless cooking experiences have turned into some of my most favourite childhood memories.

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I often look after my two year old nephew whilst my sister works and I am delighted that he seems to enjoy baking as much as I did when I was little. We decided to make some simple chocolate chip cookies the other day!

Chocolate chip cookie recipe – 110g butter, 175g plain flour, 165g chocolate chips, 55g sugar, 2 tablespoons of water, and few drops of vanilla extract.

1- Begin by preheating the oven to 160c.

2 – Add butter and sugar to a large bowl and mix well. Next add the vanilla and water, then stir in the chocolate chips and flour. Mix until you have a dough. (We tend to knead to form our dough – we do love messy hands)!

3 – Roll out your biscuit dough then use cutters to cut out your cookies. My nephew chose to make circle shaped and gingerbread men shaped cookies!

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4 – Once you have cut out your cookie shapes lay them onto a baking tray covered with grease proof paper.

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5 – Bake for approx 20 minutes or until golden brown! We like to sprinkle some caster sugar over them once cooked.

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They tasted so good and certainly got a big thumbs up from my nephew!

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Yummy, simple chocolate chip cookies to bake as a delicious treat! Enjoy!

 

 

Oreo biscuit bakes!

My son loves Oreo’s! They are one of his favourite sweet treats so it was no surprise that he had an Oreo Easter egg for Easter. He kept one mini pack to one side as he wanted to make some of his favourite biscuits with them. We decided to make some the other day, so I thought I would share the recipe with you lovely people!  

Oreo biscuit bakes recipe – 110g butter, 55g sugar, 175g plain flour, 2 tablespoons of water, vanilla extract and mini Oreo’s (we use 1 snack pack – appx 150 g).

1 – Begin by preheating your oven to 160 c.

2 – Put the sugar and butter in a large bowl and mix until fluffy.

3 – Add a few drops of vanilla extract and the water and mix. Add the flour and Oreo’s and mix in well. (Break the Oreo’s up first into smaller pieces). Feel free to use your hands to form your biscuit dough!

4 – Roll out onto a floured surface and cut out your biscuits with a cutter. We used circle cutters this time but you can use whichever shape you like! Pop them onto a greased baking tray.

5 – Bake in the oven for approx 20 minutes or until golden.

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These biscuits are super yummy and make a great simple treat to bake with the little ones at the weekend! For more kids baking ideas click here!

I hope you all have a super weekend!