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Easy Cheesy Garlic Loaf

Easy Cheesy Garlic Loaf


 

I usually get disappointed when I buy a garlic or cheesy garlic bread and it’s far from garlicky and cheesy! Very annoying given that when I am craving it…I am CRAVING IT! So to avoid disappointment I make my own. The best thing about this recipe is that you can adapt it to you taste and be quite creative. This is how easy it is!

 

You will need:

 

1 x Cob Loaf Or whatever loaf is your favourite
Butter
Fresh crushed Garlic
Cheese
and spring onions or parsley

 

Note: Use as little or as much of the ingredients as you like.  

 

Method:

 

– Preheat a fan forced oven to 200c.

 

– Melt the butter and garlic together so it’s pourable. Keep cheese and spring onions aside for now.

 

– Cut bread diagonally into 2 cm slices to within 1/2 cm from the bottom of loaf. Repeat cuts in opposite direction. Arrange cheese slices in cuts. Drizzle butter mixture over bread and sprinkle the spring onions over the top. Like the picture below.

 

– Wrap the cob in foil or you can simply bake it on some baking paper for 10mins. May need a little longer however, just keep an eye on it if you’re not using the foil method. You don’t want it burning.

 

Then you’re done! Let it cool a little and serve.

 

This Cheesy Garlic Loaf is great for parties both for kids and adult dinners, snacks. Use your imagination and create whatever you like. Try adding in some ham or bacon pieces, chives, herbs corn or try difference cheeses such as feta or parmesan….the list is endless.

 

What’s your favourite combination? Are you a Cheesy Garlic or Cheesy Herb person?

 

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2 Ingredient Ice cream

2 Ingredient Ice cream

This is a great healthy alternative to store bought ice cream. My Miss 4 and Mr 2 always ask for  ice cream, so I came up with this healthy alternative to the store bought stuff. I normally give the kids one of these in the afternoon for a snack, I can even bribe them to pick up their toys in exchange for an “ice cream” < insert wicked mum laugh here.

 

Seriously these are so yummy, low calories, each one averages about 110 calories per serve and each recipe will serve 4 people. I like that I can use whatever we have in the fridge, you can also try other ingredients like: honey, coconut, carob powder, apple, pear, etc Get creative!

 

Here are 3 of the flavor’s I make regularly:

 

Chocolate / Banana: 3 Frozen bananas and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. I also sometimes use protein powder.

 

Mango: 2 Frozen bananas and 2 cups of frozen mango.

 

Berry:  2 Frozen bananas and 2 cups of mixed frozen berries.

 

Simply pop ingredients into a blender or Thermomix and blitz on high for 2 minutes. After a minute of blitzing check how it looks you may want to add 10 mls of milk, or juice to bind it together. (I find the berry mix needs a little bit of juice to get a smooth consistency).

 

Then simply scoop into cups and serve YUM!

 

What other flavors would you do?

 

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Father’s Day DIY Gift: Spice Rubs

Father’s Day DIY Gift: Spice Rubs

 

In Victoria we’re now officially in SPRING! Oh how I have longed for you! Sun, food, family and friends! This means that as the weather warms up, it’s time to dust off the BBQ, don the apron, grab the tongs and get cooking. Lots of Dad’s have this affiliation with the BBQ and believe that if the BBQ is involved then it’s their ‘job’ to cook. Perhaps they feel we women are unable to handle the heat of a flaming BBQ? Who knows, more importantly….Who cares! Let him at it I say -one less thing for us busy Mumma’s to do =) To celebrate Father’s day what better way to make up some spice rubs for them to use over the spring and summer season? These are quick, easy and inexpensive and the best bit is you can get the kids to give you a hand.  The beauty of this idea is that you can make whatever combination your Dad or even Poppy. I thought these would be a great Idea for my Hubby who enjoys cooking on the BBQ but also enjoys preparing the meat Here are three that I prepared took about 20 minutes from start to finish. You could even get the kids give the jars a personal touch with a bit of decorations: These are great for Chicken, Beef, Veal, and Pork. Why not sprinkle a little over roast veggies, salads, or scalloped potatoes? Whatever you feel needs some added excitement these will do the trick and Dad will love them. Use as much or as little as you like it’s totally up to you. They will last in an air tight jar for up to 3 months. I guarantee that they will be gone before then!

 

SEASONED SALT

 

¼ cup Onion powder

 

¼ cup Garlic powder

 

¼ cup Ground black pepper

 

3 tbsps. Paprika

 

2 tbsps. Dried parsley

 

1 tbsps. Red pepper flakes (optional)

 

Simple measure all the ingredients, pop them in to a jar and shake and you’re done.

 
ITALIAN SPICE MIX

 

3 tbsps. Italian seasoning

 

4 tbsps. Oregano

 

2 tbsps. Basil

 

2 tbsps. Dried minced onion

 

2 tbsps. Dried parsley flakes

 

3 tbsps. Salt

 

Measure all the ingredients, pop it all into a jar and shake and you’re done.

 

DADS MIX

 

3 tbsps. Thyme

 

3 tbsps. Rosemary

 

3 tbsps. Dried parsley

 

1 tsp Cumin powder

 

½ tsp Hot paprika

 

3 pinches of salt

 

3 pinches of ground black pepper

 

Same as before, measure, put in to the jar and shake shake shake!

 I hope you enjoy them. If you give them ago please let us know what you think.

 

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3 Ingredient Cheats Fudge!

3 Ingredient Cheats Fudge!


This no fail 3 Ingredient Cheats Fudge is so easy to make, but be warned its just as easy to eat to  < yum!

It is great for a treat or even for a party. You can get creative and use different flavoured chocolate and biscuits to. Give it a go and let us know what you think!

 Ingredients

  • 1 Block of plain chocolate (we use Cadbury)
  • 1 Tin of chocolate condensed Milk, you can purchase this from ALDI, normal condensed milk will work fine to.
  • 1 Packet of chocolate ripple biscuits

 Instructions

  1. Break the block of chocolate into pieces and add to a microwavable bowl, add tin of condensed milk and then pop in the microwave for 2 minutess on high.
  2. Blitz the whole packet of chocolate ripple biscuits in a food processor or Thermomix, until a really fine crumb. The finer the biscuit crumb the creamier the fudge will taste.
  3. Then combine the biscuits to the chocolate and condensed milk, mix well untill the ingredients are fully combined.
  4. Line a 22cm tray with baking paper.
  5. Pour mixture into slice tray and decorate with whatever you like, we used 100s 1000s.
  6. Let is set for 3 – 5 hours in the fridge then slice.

 

 

 

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10 Minute Healthy Beef Stirfry

10 Minute Healthy  Beef Stirfry

This would have to be one of the easiest meals we make, the best bit is you can have the meat and veggies prepared in a zip lock bag and frozen fro when you need a quick easy meal. You can also choose to use less meat and more veggies if you want to save some extra dollars. You can also make this the night before so that the marinade soaks into the meat yum!

 Ingredients

  • 400 grams Blade steak cut into thin strips

  • 2 carrots peeled and julienned

  • 1/2 red capsicum sliced thinly

  • 1 packet egg noodles you can use veggie noodles as well

  • 3 stems shallots

  • 2 cloves minced garlic

  • 1/4 cup plain flour, can use gluten free flour as well

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1tablespoon honey or rice malt syrup

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

Instructions

  1. Lightly dust the steak in the flour and add to a container.

  2. Add the soy sauce, honey,  garlic, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce, carrot and capsicum to the container and pop the lid on. Give a good shake to coat all the meat.

  3. Heat a wok or large pan on high and add the sesame seed oil.

  4. Add the beef mixture to the pan and sear quickly, it should take about 2 minutes all up, you want the meat to be tender and juicy.

  5. Add the egg noodles and stir through until softened approx 1 minute.

  6. Serve in bowls with diced shallots.

Serves 4

 

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Chocolate Chia Breakfast Pudding

Chocolate Chia Breakfast Pudding

 

This chocolate chia pudding is not just for dessert it also makes a great healthy breakfast with healthy fats and protein to keep you full until lunch yum!

Ingredients

  • 4 tbs Chia seeds
  • 3/4 Cup of milk of your choice, we use Almond Milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs Cocoa powder
  • 2 tbs honey or Rice malt syrup

Method

  1. Place the milk, honey and vanilla into a mason jar or container and stir well.
  2. Add the cocoa and chia seeds and stir well.
  3. Place in the fridge over night and eat in the morning.
  4. Add your favourite berries or toppings yum!


 


 

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Chicken And Haloumi Parcels

Chicken And Haloumi Parcels


These are always a hit in our house, often make them for an easy Sunday dinner, you can eat on their own or with a side salad or veggies.  Great for parties too!

Add your favourite spices or even hide a few veggies from the family < winning!

Ingredients

  • 500 grams chicken mince

  • 150 grams grated haloumi

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 cup bread crumbs

  • 4 sheets puff pastry

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 egg whisked

Method

  1. Preheat an oven to 200 degrees.

  2. In a Thermomix or mix master add the chicken mince, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, honey and haloumi and blitz until a sausage meat consistency.

  3. Thaw out the pasty sheets and cut into quarters.

  4. Place a good spoonful of mixture into the middle of the squares and fold over into a triangle, use the egg mix to stick edges together.

  5. Press down all edges and prick the tops with a fork to let steam out.

  6. Brush tops of the triangles with egg wash and place on a tray lined with baking paper.

  7. Pop into the oven for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown.

  8. Serve with your favourite dipping sauce.

Makes 16

 

 

 

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Friday Night Fish And Chips For $1.50!

Friday Night Fish And Chips For $1.50!


Friday night is known as takeaway night in our house, by the time Friday comes I am exhausted and the last thing I feel like doing is cooking.

 

A few months ago I was going over our budget and realised we were spending $141.00 a month on takeaway! EEEKK.......And that's not eating out all the time, that's just 4 people eating fish and chips on a Friday night!

 

I had to get my thinking cap on and think of something where we could still have our Friday night 'treat' and it had to be quick and easy, after all isn't that what takeaway is about?

 

So this is what I've come up with: 

 

A box of 12 I & J fish was $9.00 on special form Woolworths normally $10.00. This worked out to 75 cents a piece.

 

MaCain Chips cost $3.79 from Coles and you get approx: 8 serves out of a pack so equals approx: 50 cents a serve.

 

I purchased these cute cups from Big W for $2 for 8 (that's 25 cents each).

 

So all up the kids meal including the cup is $1.50 each. 

 

For hubby, I give him 2 pieces of fish, chips and we halved a $5 tub of salad from Coles. 

 

With a total cost of $4.50 each including the salad for hubby and I.

 

It is as simple as putting everything on one tray and baking on 200 degrees for 25 mins, that's all I do, then serve them up.

 

I purchased the cute little metal baskets from HOME shop, but I have since seen them at Kmart for $2.00 each, I serve it on a wooden breadboard with a side of sauce and lemon for hubby and for the kids I put the fish and chips in a little cup and they love it!

 

It normally costs us $37.00 on a Friday night if we get our regular fish and chips, this way it costs us $12.00 all up for the four of us. The kids don't know any different as its presented like takeaway and hubby likes it better than our local fish and chip shop so win win!

 

More importantly it's not that hard to put together.  I figure with the $104 that we save a month we could eat out at a few fine dining restaurants a year and have some real culinary experiences. 

 

 I know takeaway isn't for everyone we aren't suggesting that everyone rush out and buy chips. This is simply if you like the odd takeout but like to keep some dollars in your pocket. 

 

Do you have any other tips for cheap takeout?

 

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Lemon Sour Cream Cup Cakes

Lemon Sour Cream Cup Cakes

 

Lemon Sour Cream Cupcakes

 

These cupcakes are my husbands absolute favourite, they are tangy and moist and its hard to stop at one. They also work really well with oranges as well. This is a super easy one bowl cake yum!

 

Ingredients

 

125 g soft butter
1 cup caster sugar
3 tablesppons lemon juice
3 eggs
2 cups self raising flour
1 cup sour cream

 

Icing

 

1/4 cup lemon juice

 

2 cups icing sugar

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 180C.

 

Add all cupcake ingredients to a food processor or Thermomix and blend until smooth.

 

Place 14 cupcake cases in a muffin tray.

 

Pour mixture 3/4 f the way up each case, they will rise quite high.

 

Pop in the oven for 25 minutes until the tops go slightly golden.

 

In the mean time mix the lemon juice and icing sugar to create the icing.

 

Spread on the top once cupcakes are cooled, or pour on when hot for a warm gooey lemony mess yum!

 

Makes 14

 

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Mars Bar Chocolate Crackle

Mars Bar Chocolate Crackle

When I was a kid we always had chocolate crackles at our parties and whenever  there was a bake sale on we often took a tray along to sell. I have only recently started making them again and I sort of regret it as they are so yummy it is hard to stop at one. They are good for an occasional treat though and a really easy party food to whip up!

Ingredients

·      6 cup rice bubbles

·      1 cup icing sugar

·      3 tbs cocoa powder

·      150 gm Coconut oil

·      3 Mars bars

Method

1.     Melt 2 mars Bars and the coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl for approx one minute, check after 30 seconds and stir.

2.     Place the Rice bubbles, cocoa, icing sugar in a large bowl and combine well.

3.     Add the coconut oil mixture to the dry ingredients and stir well.

4.     Place 12 cup cake cases on a tray and fill each case.

5.     Cut up the remaining mars bar in small pieces and place a few pieces on each crackle.

6.     Pop in the fridge to set for 2 hours.

7.     Take out of fridge 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 12 large crackles or 20 small.

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Easy Licorice Slice

Easy Licorice Slice

If you love licorice as much as we do this slice won't last long in your house. It is easy to make and something a little different. Share with another licorice lover!

Ingredients

·      1 Block of plain chocolate (we use Cadbury)

·      1 Tin of chocolate condensed Milk

·      1 Packet of chocolate ripple biscuits

·      100 grams of licorice Allsorts cut up into small pieces.

Instructions

1.     Break the block of chocolate into pieces and add to a microwavable bowl, add tin of condensed milk and then pop in the microwave for 2 minutess on high.

2.     Blitz the whole packet of chocolate ripple biscuits in a food processor or Thermomix, until a really fine crumb. The finer the biscuit crumb the creamier the fudge will taste.

3.     Then combine the biscuits to the chocolate and condensed milk, mix well until the ingredients are fully combined.

4.     Line a 22cm tray with baking paper.

5.     Add licorice Allsorts pieces to the top of slice an push down gently

6.     Let is set for 3 – 5 hours in the fridge then slice and enjoy!

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Super Easy Lamb And Mint Ribs, Dad will love!

Super Easy Lamb And Mint Ribs, Dad will love!

My husband has been asking for ribs for ages and to be honest it's not something that I normally cook that often. The local butcher had lamb ribs on special so I thought I would give them a go. I love mint and lamb together so I put together a very simple marinade and it turned out fantastic, that good that I will definitely be making them more often now.


Ingredients

·      1 kilo Lamb ribs

·      2 tablespoons olive oil

·      1 cup mint sauce

·      2 cloves of crushed garlic

·      Good pinch of salt and pepper

·      Handful fresh mint

 

Method

1.     Place the ribs, mint sauce, garlic and olive oil in a container and mix well. I put the lid on and give it a light shake around so that the ribs get coated really well. You can use a basting brush to touch up any ribs that need extra marinade on them.

2.     Put container in the fridge for 4 hours or better off over night.

3.     Preheat oven to 210 degrees.

4.     Line a large tray with baking paper and place the ribs with fatty side down.

5.     pop in the over for 60 minutes until really brown and a lot of the fat has rendered off, if you don't have a fan forced oven they made need extra 10 minutes.

6.     Place the ribs on a tray and garnish with fresh mint.

7.     These are great with a side salad and yogurt dipping sauce yum!

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Serves 4 as a side or 2 as a main on their own.

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How To Poach A Perfect Egg In The Microwave!

How To Poach A Perfect Egg In The Microwave!

We go through nearly a dozen eggs a week for breakfast alone, we love our poached eggs on toast and this is how i make them for my family, it is no fail every time, eggs are runny and delicious. This is based on a 1100 watt microwave you may have to cook less or more depending on our microwave watts.

Ingredients

·      1 Egg

·      250 mills water

·      30 mills white vinegar

 

Method

1.     Add water and vinegar to microwave safe bowl.

2.     Crack egg in the middle of bowl.

3.     Pop in microwave on high for 1 minute

4.     Remove egg with a flipper and pop on toast, cut the middle and watch the yellow goodness ooze out yum!

5.     Remember if you leave the egg in the bowl with hot water it will keep cooking and make sure you use new water and vinegar for each egg.

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Curried Beef Sausage Rolls

Curried Beef Sausage Rolls

These curried beef sausage rolls are a nice change from normal sausage rolls. They never last long in our house even the kids love them. You can adjust the amount of curry powder  you use or even add your own choice of spices to suit your taste.

Ingredients

·       450grams beef mince

·       1 onion chopped finely

·       2 cloves minced garlic

·       1 tablespoon Keens Curry Powder

·       1 cup bread crumbs

·       3/4 cup tomato sauce

·       4 sheets puff pastry

·       1 Egg beaten for pastry edges ( can substitute for milk if needed)

·       pinch salt

·       1/4 teaspoon pepper

 

Instructions

1.     Preheat oven to 180 degrees

2.     Line 2 large trays with baking paper.

3.     Add mince, onion, garlic, salt and pepper to a mix master or Thermomix and mix until mince is  a sausage consistency.

4.     Pop mince mixture into a large bowl.

5.     Add the bread crumbs and mix well.

6.     Mix the sauce and curry powder together in a bowl and add to the mince mixture, combine really well.

7.     Cut pastry across the middle so you have 2 even pieces per one sheet. You should have 12 even pieces once finished.

8.     Pop the mixture across the middle of the pastry and roll up, making sure you don't over fill as they will bust open when cooking.

9.     Press the edge's down on each end and lightly score where they will be cut with a sharp knife.

10.  Brush lightly with egg mix and pop in the oven for 30 minutes until golden brown in colour.

Makes 30

 

 

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No Rice Fried Rice

No Rice Fried Rice

My hubby not long ago started a low carb diet and has been doing really well on it, 15 kilos lost to date. Hubby mentioned that he was craving fried rice and asked if i could make something that tastes similar. I had seen a few cauliflower rice recipes going around and knew the general gist of how to make one so I decided to experiment with a few different flavours. It turned out great and had a real fried rice taste to it. it is very filling and also nice cold the next day, give it a go!

Ingredients

·       1 large head of cauliflower diced really fine, you want a mixture of sizes some from the size of a rice grain up to approx 1 cm in size, this helps with the texture and prevents the cauliflower from going to mush.

·       200 grams diced bacon

·       2 eggs

·       2 stalks shallots diced

·       Half a red capsicum

·       sliced thinly

·       1 cup mixed corn and peas

·       1 onion diced fine

·       1/2 cup diced mushrooms

·       1 tablespoon sesame oil

·       2 tablespoons soy sauce

·       1 tablespoon fish sauce

·       1/2 teaspoon Turmeric

·       1 clove garlic minced.

·       good pinch salt and pepper

 

Method                                                                                              

1.     Heat a wok on high and add the bacon, turmeric, onion and garlic and cook until onion is almost translucent.. remove into a bowl on the side.

2.     Add the sesame oil and the cauliflower to the wok and keep turning to 3/4 cooked , you don't want it soggy just the crunchiness cooked off.

3.     Add all other ingredients and keep turning.

4.     Add the bacon mix and stir through.

5.     Cook the eggs in the microwave for one minute and then dice fine and stir through.

6.     Add the fish sauce and soy sauce and stir through.

7.     Pop onto a serving tray and top with more shallots.

Serves 4

You don't have to add turmeric, but we do as its quite good for you and gives a nice golden colour.

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5 Veggie Beef Patties

5 Veggie Beef Patties

This is a great recipe if you need to hide a few veggies from the kids. We make these and also freeze them for easy meals, hubby also takes them to work as they are great eaten cold as well.

Ingredients

·       1 kilo beef mince

·       1 cup mashed sweet potato, you can use normal potato or pumpkin if you like instead.

·       1 onion diced fine

·       1 clove garlic add more if you like

·       1 carrot grated

·       1/2 cup corn kernels

·       1/2 cup peas

·       1/2 crated zucchini

·       2 cup bread crumbs

·       1/2 teaspoon salt

·       1/2 teaspoon pepper

·       1/2 cup tomato sauce, can use tin tomato's if you prefer.

·       Olive oil to cook in.

 

Method

1.     Add all ingredients except olive oil and 1 cup of bread crumbs into a large bowl and combine well.

2.     Roll into approx 2 inch size balls.

3.     Place the other cup of bread crumbs on a plate and roll the balls lightly in the crumbs, you don't need a lot just enough for a light coat.

4.     Heat a frying pan on high and add olive oil.

5.     Place balls into the pan and lightly press so they form a Pattie shape, cook on high for 2 minutes and then once flipped over reduce heat to medium and let cook for a further 5 mins.

6.     The patties will be cooked once the outsides are golden and the middle is still juicy but no longer pink.

7.     You can also brown them either side and then pop on a tray into the oven on 180 degrees for 6 minutes, if you have guests coming and want to prep ahead.

Makes approx 15

 

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Safe and delicious snack for babies.

Safe and delicious snack for babies.

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Finding a safe and delicious snack for babies can be a testing task.  Getting the right mix of taste, texture and nutrition is a vital part of developing healthy eating habits in a baby’s lifestyle.

Introducing Baby Mum-Mum; a range of delicious, nutritious rice rusks which have been by loved by Australian babies for over a decade.  Full of wholesome ingredients, they feature no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

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Healthly Weet - Bix Apple Crumble

Healthly Weet - Bix Apple Crumble

 

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Ninja Turtles Sugar Free Party Favors!

Ninja Turtles Sugar Free Party Favors!

I let my children eat sugar to a degree, I believe there is a lot of hidden sugar in everyday food items so I tend to limit the sweets and processed sugar where possible. In saying that I allow my children to eat birthday cake and have the odd sweet bag from a party. Last year combined my children were invited to 32 Birthday parties, and everyone of them gave a sweet bag at the end of the party, after all according to my kids it is the best bit of the party.

This year I decided that I was not going to add any sugar or food  to my Sons birthday party bags, I didn't really want to spend money on junk party toys either, my kids look at them once and then they end up on the car floor on the way home from the party < am I right? 

My son is turning 4 and I was trying to think of things that the kids like playing with at this age, I came up with play dough, it is easy to make and keeps kids entertained. My son is having a Ninja Turtle party so  we thought what better then Ninja turtle play dough, kids will love it and will forget about not having a bag full of sweets!

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Gluten Free Cherry Ripe Slice

Gluten Free Cherry Ripe Slice

This slice is great for those who don't eat gluten but it also delicious for anyone else to try. It has a great cherry hit and will be enjoyed by all. You can leave the cherries out or swap for other dried fruit if you choose but I think they make the slice.

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