Cauliflower Gems

Cauliflower Gems


I don't know about you but my kids love potato gems and to be honest so do I. These are a healthier take on the traditional gems and a lot lower in carbs. They are always a hit in our house!

Ingredients

  • Cauliflower head and leaves removed 1

  • Greek yogurt 1/3 cup

  • Garlic cloves minced 2

  • Cheddar cheese grated 1/2 cup

  • Eggs 2

  • Egg whites 2

  • Salt pinch

  • Pepper pinch

  • 1 cup bread crumbs or rice crumbs blitzed fine < optional

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees

  2. Boil or steam cauliflower until soft and tender, drain any liquid and transfer to a food processor. Make sure all liquid is drained otherwise your mixture will be to moist.

  3. Add garlic salt and pepper and blend until smooth.

  4. Transfer to a large bowl and add yogurt whole eggs (not egg whites) and cheese and mix through well.

  5. In another bowl beat egg whites until stiff and gently fold through the mix.

  6. Add bread crumbs and gently form into the shapes you like.

  7. Transfer mixture to a line tray.

  8. Cook for 20 - 25 mins until golden brown.

  9. Once cooked serve warm or let cool and store in sealed container in fridge for lunches.

  10. Freezable for up to 4 weeks.

 

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LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR FREE TICKET TO THE ESSENTIAL BABY AND TODDLER SHOW

LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR FREE TICKET TO THE ESSENTIAL BABY AND TODDLER SHOW
The Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores is back in Sydney next weekend and it's bigger and better than ever before!
 
Look forward to a smorgasbord of entertainment for your little ones with live performances by Hi-5, a life-size Thomas & Friends train, jumping castle, petting zoo and so much more!
 
But that's not all... you can shop from over 150 local and international brands, test drive a whole range of hot pram brands on our purpose built Pram Trial Track, presented by Jeep and even get top tips from Parenting Experts such as Pinky McKay. 
 
Register before 5pm AEST, 22 September to get your FREE ticket!
 
Tickets on sale now - click here

 

 

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2016 Most Popular Baby names

2016 Most Popular Baby names

 

100,000 parents submitted their babies names for 2016 to www.babycenter.com and these 100 below proved to be the most popular. Is your child on the list?

Top 50 baby boy names

Liam 

Noah

Ethan

Mason

Lucas

Oliver

Aiden

Logan

James

Elijah

Benjamin

Jacob

Jackson

Jack

Michael

Alexander

Luke

Carter

William

Henry

Gabriel

Daniel

Owen

Matthew

Wyatt

Ryan

Sebastian

Caleb

Grayson

Isaac

Nathan

Dylan

Andrew

Eli

Jayden

Samuel

Levi

Jaxon

David

Joshua

Connor

Joseph

Lincoln

Max

Cameron

Hunter

Julian

Leo

John

Landon

 

And let's not forget the girls, below is the most popular girls names for 2016. 

Top 50 baby girl names

Emma

Olivia

Ava

Sophia

Isabella

Mia

Charlotte

Harper

Amelia

Abigail

Emily

Madison

Avery

Ella

Lily

Sofia

Aria

Chloe

Evelyn

Scarlett

Riley

Ellie

Aubrey

Hannah

Addison

Layla

Elizabeth

Zoey

Victoria

Grace

Mila

Zoe

Brooklyn

Natalie

Lucy

Audrey

Nora

Claire

Penelope

Skylar

Stella

Lillian

Violet

Eva

Alice

Aurora

Maya

Savannah

Leah

Caroline

Source www.babycenter.com

What do you predict will be on the 2017 list?

 

 

 

 

 

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Tips To Dating After A Baby

Tips To Dating After A Baby

For those who have had a baby know what it’s like to try and even leave the house fully clothed let alone get out for a date night with your significant other. Some days it’s just not going to happen.

Hubby and I made the decision at Christmas last year that we wouldn’t buy each other presents and instead make more of an effort in spending time with one another. Since we had the little ones life seems to revolve around them, which is fine, however we never seemed to have time out just the two of us.

Not to mention the fact that Hubby can’t even kiss or cuddle me without being pushed away and told to basically “leave Mummy alone!” Poor Hubby! 

So we spoke to our amazing family friend and booked her for ‘date nights’ every 4-6 weeks. When booking with her we will lock in dates for the next 4 months, that way they’re in and we look forward to them. Let me tell you the first one was weird! We saw a truck on our way to dinner and said “Look it’s a truck” and cracked up as our little ones weren't in the car. How life changes when you have kids. 

Our first date night was pretty funny. We booked dinner at a local Yum Cha place and aimed to be at the movies by 8.30pm. Hubby and I were sending texts to each other all day psyching each other up, it was like back in our dating days. We felt like 20 something year olds.

We thought we’d have enough time to get to the movies and purchase our tickets at the booking office and more importantly that we’d have plenty of time to grab like a large popcorn and coke that I’d been craving it all day. What we did! For Plan B? We didn’t have one. So, we thought let’s go bowling, we had a blast.

It didn’t end there. After we’d finished bowling and thought, let’s stop for a coffee and cake on the way home. We went to our usual haunt, mind you this is going back almost 2 years and it’s only 10pm and they’re all closing for the night, seriously? Just our luck, first night out on our own and this happens. We haven’t been out of the game that long peeps.

Plan C? Stop off at Coles for a cake and coffee at home.  We had a good laugh and it turned out to be a great night. 

Remember these tips: 

Book date nights in a few months in advance with the babysitter, friend whoever you trust and can get.  

Compromise on what it is you want to do, take turns in choosing the movie you want to watch or better off surprise your partner with something you know they love doing.

Lock in dates on a calendar so you have something to look forward to.

Decide on what you want guys want to do. Book it (and if you decide on the movies…..pre-book your tickets)

Get excited, text each other; What are you wearing tonight sweet cheeks? Can’t wait to share a large popcorn with you.

And remember, who cares if it doesn’t go to plan, make the most of it and make your own fun.

I must say holding hands was a massive highlight,  given that we’re forbidden by our Children to have any form of affection toward each other in their presence! 

Why not recreate your first date, It’ll be loads of fun and bring back many fun and happy memories that you can reminisce about.

And, don’t forget to hold hands.

Tell us what your first date night was like after baby?

 

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5 Affordable Gifts every expecting mum will love

5 Affordable Gifts every expecting mum will love

Do you know someone expecting a little bundle of joy soon? We have put together  5 of the best gifts that we know any mother would love to receive. we aren't talking about cute onesies and teddy bears these are gifts that will really make a new mum feel special.

Cleaner

The gift of cleaning who wouldn't love this? I would almost pop out another baby just to have a

cleaner come to the home <jokes.

Let's face it those first few weeks/ months can be a blur and the cleaning often gets put on the back burner, especially with mums with more than one little one at home.

You can get a cleaner for as little as $50 for 2 hours and it makes a perfect gift. Clean floors and bathrooms are bliss for a new mum. It is also great for a mum who has had a caesarean as they are less likely to be able to clean in those first few weeks. You can find plenty of good cleaners on gum tree, ask for references and negotiate rates, a lot work for cash and are happy to accommodate. You can make your own gift voucher and staple the cleaners business card to it and pop in a card

 

Hair & Beauty

I don't know about you but during pregnancy my hair is amazing,beautiful, shiny and healthy and then as soon as the little one pops out it's like I am Alaskan dog shedding hair everywhere. There is nothing better than getting a hair treatment, trim and blow dry. Youcan pick up salon package deals from as little as $30 and any mum will love it, better still offer to watch the little one while she goes and has it done. You could do a massage or a facial as other options as well depending on your budget. Keep and eye out on Cudos and Groupon who have great hair deals too.

A Shower

A shower you say huh? I am sure any mum can relate that once you have kids a shower is sacred it's like the time out you need to recharge, but the thing is they aren't always easy to have especially with a new born, and toddlers, trying to shower between feeds and keeping little ones entertained. This is a great gift especially if you are a close friend and don't have much cash, write in a card that you are available for babysitting duty when the mum feels like she needs time out a good shower or a long bath, this seems so simple but to a mum it is bliss!

 

Cooked Meals

Everyone loves a home cooked meal especially when someone else makes it. Why not make some meals that can easily be frozen and drop them off as a gift. Any mum would love this after all who doesn't want a night off cooking. Also mums tend to forget about themselves and not eat  as much as they should when first home, partly from exhaustion.

The Gift of Savings 

We all know how expensive a baby can be with everything from nappies, clothes and equipment the list goes on. Why not give the gift of savings? Did you know that Australian Baby card saves an average of $1000 for Australian parents a year?  

The Australian Baby Card is a discount card for parents to be or parents of young children. To assist, they have listed discounts and offers for many products and services specifically for parents of children from birth through to 10 years of age. 

ABC Card have teamed with many fantastic companies in Australia to give you great discounts and special offers. This list is continually growing and companies will be added frequently - so keep checking this website. 

Why not see what sort of discounts you can get - you will see that membership to the Australian Baby Card will pay itself off with one or 2 purchases! You may purchase a card for $30. 

 

With the Australian Baby Card you can: 

Get great kids discounts on products and services 

Discover where to shop online - giving you more time! 

Get great ideas on bringing up your baby, or how to run a successful party, or prepare for motherhood. 

Plan your weekly family, playgroup or Mother's group outings. ....the list is endless. 

Families could save around $1000 per year, purchase one for a new mum? Give the gift of savings, something useful and unique. 

Purchase one today here.

And there you have it is five awesome gifts any mum would love. Do you have any other ideas we could add? 

 

 

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