No Bake Bailey's Balls

No Bake Bailey's Balls


Baileys hands down is my favourite alcoholic drink, so it is no surprise that i also love to cook with it. I truly think these are the best baileys balls ever, they always get eaten super quick and a hit at every party.

Give them a go you won’t be disappointed < remember these are adults only!

The Best No Bake Baileys Balls Ever!

Ingredients:

300 mills of condensed milk

1 packet of malt o malt biscuits

5 tablespoons Baileys liquor

1 Cup desiccated coconut

2 tablespoons of cocoa

Extra coconut for rolling

 

Instructions:

Pulse biscuits in a mix master until they are a fine crumb.

Add biscuits to a mix bowl along with, coconut and cocoa.

Add baileys and condensed milk to mixture and combine until the mixture starts to stick together.

Roll into approx 1 inch balls and coat in coconut.

Pop in the fridge to set for 1-2 hours

 

Enjoy!

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The Best Banana Caramel Slice Ever!

The Best Banana Caramel Slice Ever!


This Super easy yummy banana caramel slice will get the neighbours sniffing out the door it smells so good while cooking and tastes even better.

This slice is great for when you need to take a plate to a function and doubles as an awesome dessert with vanilla ice cream < drooling!

Ingredients:

Base

Butter 90 grams

Caster sugar 90 grams

Egg 1

Custard powder 1/2 cup

Self raising flour 1 cup

Filling

Condensed milk 1 can

bananas 4

Golden syrup 2 tablespoons

Butter 1 tablespoon

Cream 300 grams

Vanilla essence 1/2 teaspoon

Icing sugar 1 tablespoon

 

Instructions:

 Base

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar until soft and fluffy then beat in egg.

Sift flour and custard powder and beat into mixture.

Line a baking tray with baking paper.

pour mixture into tray and pop in oven for 15  - 20 mins, then let cool.

 Filling

Simmer condensed milk and golden syrup and butter until mixture turns caramel.

Spread over base and top with sliced bananas.

Whip cream, icing sugar and vanilla essence. and spread over bananas and dust with cinnamon.

slice into squares and enjoy!

Serves 16

 

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Save Money With Our Top 10 Picks From Aldi!

Save Money With Our Top 10 Picks From Aldi!

Aldi is the perfect money saving alternative to the major supermarkets. With Aldi expanding in the very near future including stores opening in Adelaide and Perth, its a great time to discover just how much money Aldi can shave from your weekly grocery bill.

We have done the research for you, and listed our top 10 buys from Aldi that are guaranteed to save you money.

1. Farmdale Fresh Thickened Cream

A 600ml container of this fridge staple usually retails for at least $2.20 for generic brands, and $4.18 for brand names from the major supermarkets. At Aldi, its only $1.99 which is a significant saving even compared to the generic brands, let alone the brand names.

2. Mamia Supafit Nappies

Nappies add up quickly in cost no matter which brand you buy, but some are much cheaper than others. Aldis Mamia brand offers a great saving on other supermarket brands, with toddler sized nappies coming in at only 22c per nappy.

3. Remano Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil is a staple in most kitchens, so its makes sense to buy it in bulk. While other supermarkets charge up to $26 for a 4 litre container of extra virgin olive oil, the Aldi version comes in at only $19.99.

4. Lodge Farm Free Range Eggs

Eggs are a key ingredient in so many recipes, and its something that most of us buy. Free range eggs can vary hugely in price, but Aldis are by far the cheapest. Other supermarkets start at around $4.60 for a 700g dozen carton, but the Logan Farm brand are only $4.39.

5. Chicken Mince

Meat can make up among the biggest section of your grocery budget depending on the cuts you buy. While mince is one of the most economical meats you can buy, the prices still vary depending on where you purchase it from. If chicken mince is something you use often, you can save money by buying it from Aldi rather than the other major supermarkets, coming in at $8.98kg as Aldi, and at least $11.80kg elsewhere.

6. Frozen Vegetables

Frozen vegetables are great to keep in the freezer for those times you dont have much fresh produce in the house. Stock up on frozen vegetables at Aldi, for example frozen corn kernels are only $2.49 for a kg bag, while other supermarkets offer the same product starting at $2.70 per kg for generic brands, and $5.50 per kg for brand names.

7. Wraps

Wraps from the bakery department can be a little pricey from most supermarkets, but Aldi sell Bakers Life White Wraps in an 8 pack for only $1.99. A similar product elsewhere would start at $3.00 for generic brands, and $4.99 for brand names.

8. Bakers Life Bakehouse Bread

Another great buy from the bakery department would have to be the Baker Life Bakehouse Bread range, in varieties like mixed grain, wholemeal, soy linseed, white and traditional light rye. These retail at only $2.49 per loaf, while elsewhere a similar loaf of the same size is at least $3.50

9. Goldenvale breakfast cereals

Most of us tend to eat the same sort of thing everyday for breakfast, so its worth shopping around when it comes to breakfast cereals. The Goldenvale range is significantly cheaper than name brand alternatives. Take their Honey Nut Cornflakes for example, a 750g box costs $4.49 at Aldi, or $0.60 per 100g, while Kelloggs Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes are $8.24 for a 670g box, or $1.23 per 100g. That makes Aldis price more than 50% off alternative brands. Which is a huge saving if its something you eat regularly. Similar savings can also be made on other Goldenvale varieties.

10. Remano Passata

Passata is a staple in many tomato based sauces, and its one of those products where all brands tend to taste much the same, after all its just pureed tomatoes. A 700ml bottle from Aldi sells for $1.59, whereas the same sized bottle from other supermarkets starts at $1.70 for generic brands and ranges up to $3.84 for some brand names

 

So there you have it our top 10 buys that are sure to save you money. Do you have any other Aldi items to add to the list? 

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Homemade Coffee Face Scrub

Homemade Coffee Face Scrub

This homemade coffee face scrub in my opinion is just as good as any store bought exfoliaters I have used.

The caffeine in the coffee will help reduce redness, the sugar helps remove dead skin cells and the cinnamon is a great plumping agent. If you have sensitive skin don’t add the cinnamon as it can bring out some redness due to the cinnamon drawing blood cells to the surface, it doesn’t normally last long but we recommend that you always do a patch test before using any product on your skin weather it is homemade or store bought.

Ingredients

3/4 Coffee granules

1/2 cup Epson salts

1/2 Cup brown sugar

1/2 Cup Cinnamon

3/4 Cup Melted coconut oil

 

Method

Add salt and coffee to a food processor and blitz for 15 seconds until combined.

Add the coffee mix to a bowl a long with sugar, coconut oil and cinnamon ad stir through until it looks like it has a wet sand consistency.

The scrub will darken up as the oil mixes with the coffee.

Pop mixture into an air tight jar.

Store in a cool dry place

To use:

Scoop out 1- 2 tablespoons and gently rub into your face in circular motions ( don’t forget your neck ).

Rinse off with warm water to remove any excess oil.

Follow with a cold rinse, this will help seal any open pores.

Use once a week.

 

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Baileys And Tim Tam Chocolate Lasagne!

Baileys And Tim Tam Chocolate Lasagne!

Ok I don’t really think this dessert needs an introduction, I mean it has Baileys, Tim Tams and chocolate all in the one dish < bliss!

This is not the healthiest of desserts but it sure is delicious!

Ingredients:

500 mills of Paul’s Chocolate Custard

500 mills of Thickened cream

1 Packet of Tim Tams, flavour of your choice

150 mills of Baileys

1 Chocolate Roll cake, you can use any chocolate cake we used similar to a jam roll only in chocolate.

2 Tablespoons of icing sugar

1/2 Teaspoon of vanilla essence

 

Method:

Cut the cake into 1 inch thick pieces and add to the bottom or a tray, we used 25 cm you can use whatever size you like you may have more layers if smaller and less if bigger. Set the rest of the cake aside for a second layer.

Drizzle half the Baileys over the sponge cake and set aside.

In the mean time add the cream, other half of the Baileys, vanilla and icing sugar to a bowl and whip until thick.

Crush the packet or Tim Tams so that they are roughly 1 cm in size, a few bigger pieces wont matter.

Pour the chocolate custard over the cake base making sure the whole cake is covered.

Sprinkle half of the Tim Tams over the custard.

Place another layer of chocolate cake on the custard.

Top with the Baileys cream and the rest of the crushed Tim Tams.

You can eat straight away or let it sit over night in the fridge and let the baileys soak into the sponge yum!

Serves 10

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20 Ways To Avoid Food Wastage

20 Ways To Avoid Food Wastage

The food an average household wastes is huge, and that food wastage is money down the drain. Making a few simple changes and creating new habits when it comes to using your food will turn all of this around, and have you using every item of food that enters your house.

Here are 20 ways to avoid food wastage that will have you wasting less food, and saving more money in the process.

1. Shop your pantry

Before writing a shopping list always check what you already have at home. You might already have the ingredients you need lurking in the back of the pantry or freezer.

2. Get meal planning

Meal planning is popular for a reason; because it works! Planning your meals means you spend less time at the supermarket wondering what you need to buy, and less money.

3. Write a specific list

Writing a list is important, after all how are you supposed to remember everything you need? If you head to the supermarket without a list, you can almost guarantee there will be things you will forget. Make the list a specific list, which includes the exact amount of each item you need. Rather than just tinned tomatoes write 2 x tinned tomatoes.

4. Buy only as much as you need

Rather than loading up the trolley without a second thought, stop and think about how much of each item you really need. If you only eat 7 apples per week, there is not much point buying 10 during your weekly shop.

5. Buy in bulk, but only if you need it

Buying in bulk is a fantastic way to save money when compared with smaller pack sizes, but only if you are going to use it all. For example, a 5kg bag of potatoes per kg than a 2kg pack, but it's going to cost you more if you only end up using 2kg of the large pack.

6. Stick to your list

There is not much point making a list if you are not going to stick to it at the grocery store. Buying only what is on the list will stop you from making impulse buys, meaning no food sitting in the pantry that you didn't need in the first place.

7. Organise your fridge and pantry

Keeping your fridge and pantry organised will make it a whole lot easier to see exactly what you have, making it more likely that you will use it rather than the food going to waste.

8. Move expiring items to the front

This is especially important when it comes to your fridge. Every week make a point of having a quick look in the fridge and moving any items close to expiry toward the front of the fridge. That way you see those items every time you open the fridge, and are more likely to use them before the expiry date.

9. Gift extra food items

If you have more canned and packaged food in your pantry than you know what to do with, and it's still within the expiry date, gift it to those in need.

10. Cook only what you will eat

Rather than cooking an entire packet of pasta for only 2 people and having half go in the bin, cook the exact amount that you need.

11. Eat leftovers

If you do have leftovers, be sure to use them. Leftovers make an easy lunch for the next day, can be used as the base of a meal for the next night, or if you have enough left, and entire meal for the next night. If you know you won't have the opportunity to eat the leftovers, pop them straight in the freezer for a later date when you don't feel like cooking.

12. Have a creative meal night once per week

When creating your weekly meal, leave one day a week free, then use that night to get creative in the kitchen and make something using ingredients you already have on hand. It's always fun to see what you can come up with.

13. Store food according to the label

Always read the label of everything to see if it needs refrigeration or not. Some items will keep for much longer in the fridge, while others are better kept at room temperature.

14. Know where to store food in your fridge

Certain parts of your fridge are colder than others, so knowing exactly where to store things in the fridge could keep them fresher for much longer. Temperatures in the fridge door can fluctuate greatly as the door is open and closed, so it's best not to store items such as milk and eggs there.

15. Use your freezer

Freezers are great for both leftovers and any foods you have to much of. Get into the habit of freezing any fruits or vegetables that are getting too ripe. Vegetables can then be used to make soups or stocks, and fruits, especially bananas and strawberries and other berries, are great for smoothies straight out of the freezer.

16. Buy loose rather than pre-packaged

It might be cheaper to buy food in larger pre-packaged amounts, but it's just going to be a waste of money if you don't use it all up. Instead, buy food loose from the bulk bins, such as baby spinach, mixed lettuce leaves and nuts, that way you can buy exactly what you need.

17. Know the difference between use by and best before

Every food item has either a use by or best before date, but do you know the difference between the two? Anything with a use by date should be consumed by that date or thrown out, but items with a best before date can be eaten after that date, it just means that the taste or texture may start to change.

18. Shop more often

If you are great at avoiding impulse purchases and only buying what you need, shopping more often is a good way to only buy what you need in smaller amounts.

19. Learn to love frozen fruit and vegetables

Frozen fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious as their fresh equivalents, but save so much money as you can simple take out what you need, and put the rest back in the freezer for another day.

20. Freeze bakery items

Do you find yourself only using half a loaf of bread before it goes stale? Freeze your bakery items as soon as you bring them home from the supermarket, and take it out of the freezer bit by bit as you need it. For example, store your loaves of bread in the freezer, and simply take out as many slices as you need at that time, putting the rest back in the freezer.

 

Do you know any other ways to save on food wastage? We would love to hear from you!

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Easy Orange And Poppy Seed Cake

Easy Orange And Poppy Seed Cake

I normally add almond meal to my orange cakes but this recipe is a super easy take on the traditional orange cake.

It smells great while cooking and tastes amazing, eat on its own or with icing yum!

Ingredients:

225 grams Butter

1 cup Sugar

3 Eggs

1 1/2 cup Self raising flour

1/4 cup Milk

1/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup poppy seeds

1 Orange rind grated

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar

Add eggs one at a time and beat continually.

Fold in orange rind, poppy seeds, flour and then milk and orange juice and mix gently.

Line a 22 cm cake tin with baking paper.

Pour mixture into tin and bake for 30 mins. Cake is cooked when you can insert a skewer and it comes It comes out clean, the top of the cake should look slightly golden.

Ice with basic icing or eat on its own delicious!

Slice and enjoy!

Easy Icing:

2 tablespoons icing sugar

3 tablespoons orange juice

Mix together and pour over the top of cake once cooled.

Serves 8 – 10

Tip: You don’t have to add the poppy seeds, my husband doesn’t like them as he says they get stuck in his teeth lol

This also works with Lemons as well!

 

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Easy Chocolate Chip Muesli Slice

Easy Chocolate Chip Muesli Slice

This is great for a treat and perfect to make as a plate for an afternoon or morning tea.

Ingredients

155 grams Butter melted

3/4 cup Choc chips, we used Cadbury

1/2 cup Raw Sugar or coconut sugar

1 tablespoon Honey

1/2 cup Coconut

1/2 cup Whole meal flour

1 cup Sultanas

1 cup Rolled oats

Method

Preheat oven at 180 degrees.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl until well mixed.

Place in a 20cm tray lined with baking paper.

Press mixture into tray evenly.

Bake on 180 degrees for 15- 20 mins until slightly golden.

Once cooled cut into slices.

Enjoy!

For a thicker slice double the mixture!

Makes 16

 

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Quick And Easy Peanut Sauce!

Quick And Easy Peanut Sauce!

We us this peanut sauce for dipping, marinating or pouring on our chicken and beef. It is quick to make, really yummy and can spice up a dish easily!

Ingredients:

½ cup crunchy peanut butter

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp lemon juice

½ cup hot water

1 garlic clove crushed

1 tbsp peanut oil

1 tsp fresh ginger finely chopped

1/4 Cup coconut milk

Method:

Fry fresh ginger and garlic in frying pan with oil.

Add peanut butter, lemon juice, soy sauce, water and sugar and stir.

Bring ingredients to boiling point.

Add coconut milk to obtain a thick pouring consistency turn heat down and stir to mixed through well.

Serve with Chicken or beef.

Sprinkle a few crushed peanuts over the top to garnish if you like.

 

Serves: 4

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Shopping For Groceries Online Versus The Supermarket – Pros And Cons

Shopping For Groceries Online Versus The Supermarket – Pros And Cons

We have so much choice when it comes to grocery shopping these days. There are more supermarkets around, like Aldi and Costco, increasing our choice of where to shop, plus we can choose to shop either in store or online. But which is better? While it depends what suits your lifestyle better, there are pros and cons to both shopping in store and shopping online.

The pros:  

Convenience of shopping at home Nothing beats being able to shop at home at any time of the day or night, without having to even get dressed.  

Easier to keep under budget It can be hard to keep under budget in the supermarket unless you carry a calculator around the store with you. When shopping online you can see exactly how much you have spent at all times, and can easily remove items from your cart to bring your shopping back under budget.  

Eliminates impulse purchases Supermarkets are cleverly designed by marketing experts to encourage us to spend as much as possible, by placing products the supermarkets want to push at the ends of isles, and placing magazines and chocolate bars at the checkouts to encourage last minute impulse buys while you wait. None of these distractions exist when shopping online, which is perfect if you find it hard to say no to temptation.  

Save money on petrol Shopping online saves you money on the petrol you would have otherwise used to drive to and from the supermarket.  

Easier to compare brands The supermarkets online stores feature great sorting function to help you choose the lowest priced item. Just search for the item you are after, and sort the result by lowest unit price.  

Saves time You don't have to spend time driving to the grocery store, finding a park, actually doing the shopping, waiting at the checkout, loading up the car and then driving home. Once you get the hang of shopping online you will find it extremely quick and easy, saving your precious time for those things you would much rather be spending it on.  

No store opening time restrictions This can be great for people that struggle to make it to the supermarket during opening hours. Online shopping can be done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

Easier with kids If you have young kids, you will understand just how difficult trips to the supermarket can be. Shopping online means you completely avoid those supermarket tantrums, and you can even shop while they are asleep.  

Now for the cons:  

Can cost more than in store The prices on some products are higher online than in store. While advertised specials are the same both in store and online, Coles charge a higher price on some products, which is intended to be a staff picking fee.  

Mark downs aren't available online You can find some great bargains on meat, fresh produce and bakery items if you are in stores at the right time, but these markdowns don't happen online. If you like to hunt for heavily reduced items online shopping may not suit you.  

Delivery fees There are delivery fees involved, which can be avoided during certain delivery times and when spending over a usually high threshold. Click and collect is also available if you really want to avoid delivery fees.  

Delivery times You will need to keep a few hours of your day free, as delivery times are given in windows of 2 to 3 hours, depending on the supermarket.  

Delivery windows need to be chosen in advance The popular delivery times will generally book out quickly, so you might need to place your order two or more days in advance, which means there is some forward planning involved.

 Products can be missed from orders Every so often there will be products missing from your order, and while its easy to get a refund or store credit, it still means that you have to make a trip to the grocery store to pick up that item, when the whole point of ordering online was to avoid the supermarket.  

Product substitutions wont always be what you wanted  If one of the items you ordered is out of stock the person packing your order will pick an alternative product for you as a substitute, but it may not be a product you like.

 You cant pick your own fresh produce If you are picky about finding the best quality fruit and vegetables, you might struggle with online shopping. You will be stuck with whatever fresh produce is picked for you.  

You need to be home Generally, you will need to be home to receive your online order, you cant just have it left by your front door. This can be a little restrictive if you live a busy lifestyle.

Do you shop inline or in store?

 

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Chocolate Coconut Slice

Chocolate Coconut Slice

This Chocolate Coconut Slice is an oldie but a favorite in our house, my nan has been making these for me since I was little.

Great with a cup of coffee!

Ingredients Base

  • Butter melted 125 grams
  • Brown sugar 1/2 cup
  • Coconut 1 cup
  • Rolled oats blitzed 1/2 cup
  • Plain flour 1/2 cup
  • Self raising flour 1/2 cup
  • Cocoa 1 tablespoon
  • Egg lightly beaten 1

 

Icing

  • Icing sugar 1 cup
  • Cocoa 1 tablespoon
  • Soft butter 1 teaspoon
  • Milk 1 tablespoon

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Method Base

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Line a 28cm by 18cm tray with baking paper.
  3. Add the melted butter, flour, coconut, oats, cocoa and sugar to a bowl and mix well.
  4. Stir in the egg and combine well.
  5. Pour mixture into a tray evenly and then bake in oven for 20 minutes.

Icing

  1. Add all ingredients to bowl and mix well.
  2. Once slice is cooked, spread with icing immediately and let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Take slice out of the tin and cut into slices.

 

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We Review Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora - Fun Day Out For Everyone!

We Review Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora - Fun Day Out For Everyone!

I don't know about you but I think play centres are one of the best business inventions to come out of this decade. I mean what is not to love, you get to meet up with other parents and have a chat and drink coffee while the kids go off and play in a safe environment < genius!

And although play centres are not a babysitting service, the fact that they have a lot of equipment to entertain children with and little ones can't run out onto the street sure does make a play date a lot easier.

I have taken my children to most of the play centres in Melbourne, we love getting out and exploring what different centres have to offer, so we were thrilled when we were asked to review Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora.

There are a five key things I look for in a great play centre and they are:

  • Safety
  • Great Play equipment
  • Cleanliness
  • Friendly Staff
  • Great Coffee

Let's see how Lollipops stacked up!

Safety

We attended Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora on a Sunday, and from the moment we walked in we were greeted by a friendly staff member at the front desk. The lovely lady gave the kids a wrist band each and myself a ticket that corresponded with the numbers on their bands, this is so no one can walk out with your child without you knowing, the bands are checked when leaving as well, so hold onto your ticket. I absolutely love this idea and it definitely puts your mind at ease knowing that not just anyone is allowed to walk in or out of the centre.

Great Play Equipment

We live in a time where our kids get bored easily they have access to so many gadgets and things that they need to be stimulated all the time. Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora has so many activities it would be hard for any child to be bored. From the toddlers section to the jumping castle to the main play area with slides there is bound to be something to keep your little ones entertained.

All equipment looked clean and well maintained and there is a separate  section just for toddlers that has plenty of sensory and development tasks along with bouncy balls and slides. Older children are not aloud in this section which makes it safe for little ones under 3.

 

Lollipop's Playland  & Café Bundoora has two other major attractions in their centre which is the pirate ship that gives children rides almost hourly and also the rock climbing wall. Both these activities I have never seen in a play centre before, my kids loved these and lined up twice for a ride on the pirate ship < it is very safe as well, a staff member is there to supervise and make sure kids are strapped in.

  

Cleanliness

The centre was very clean and bright, I loved that it is well lit with good lighting and has a huge open space with lots of tables and chairs (lots of high chairs too). Staff cleared tables frequently. Toilets were clean and they have a clean baby room as well where you can change little ones.

Friendliness

The staff at Lollipops Playland & Café Bundoora were very friendly, from the greeting when we arrived to the end where they offer your child a lollipop, every staff member I encountered was polite and helpful. The centre is well staffed, I saw at least 7 staff walking the floor on the Sunday, helping children and adults when needed. 

Great Coffee

Ok so this might not be on the top of everyones list but for a busy mum like myself a great coffee can be a god send and the difference between me visiting a centre again ha! Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora definitely passed this one just look at that cappuccino below and ok I might of snuck in a sneaky scone, what can I say it was delicious!

Lollipop's Playland  & Café Bundoora has a full café that caters for kids right up to adults, they have healthy options to choose from as well.

 

I can definitely say that Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora passed with flying colours for the 5 key things I look for in a play centre, but outside of this they actually have so much more to offer. Like most play centres they offer amazing birthday parties but did you know you can even order the birthday cake through them? I love this idea, no more balancing the cake on your lap on the way to the birthday party. My children have had their birthday parties at play centres for the past 3 yrs and I have always had to take my own cake, this would be so much easier. And just look at some of the cakes below they are gorgeous!

 

Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora has 4 party rooms with different themes there is something for everyone, they take care of everything from the invitations to party food. You can view everything that is included in a party here: Lollipop's Playland & Café  Bundoora parties

There are currently 22 Lollipop's Playland & Cafe's across Australia, to find the nearest one to you and for more details click here: Lollipop's Playland & Café locations.

Lollipop's Playland & Café also has 2 very generous offers for all Australian Baby Card holders:

Offer 1: Buy one get one free on all child entries. (Not available during school holidays or public holidays. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer)

Offer 2: 2 free guests when you pay for 12 children on any birthday party package. (Not available with any other offers)

You can view the offer here: Lollipop's Playland & Café offer.

If you don't have an Australian Baby Card and would like to receive this offer plus hundreds of other discounts you can sign up here: Sign Up.

We highly recommend you visit a Lollipop's Playland & Café next time you are heading to a play centre, we were very impressed with the Bundoora location, that much in fact I have arranged a play date there this week, cant wait to have another one of their coffees! ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 Princess crafts kids will love!

15 Princess crafts kids will love!

Kids love princesses, and who can blame them. There is something magical about dressing up and all that sparkle and glitter. These 15 princess craft ideas are perfect for all princess fans, both boys and girls.

Princess lace crowns by Catch My Party

These lace crowns are so pretty. Any little princess fan would have so much fun making and wearing them. lace crown

DIY Magic Wand by Heartmade Blog

Not only do these sequin covered magic wands look very cute, but they also have a small pocket for a secret hidden message. princess wands

Glitter vinyl tube bracelets by A Pumpkin and a Princess

Fill PVC vinyl tubing with glitter and you have these very princess like glitter tube bracelets. You could make one in every colour. bracelets

DIY Princess hair brush by By Dawn Nicole

Turn an ordinary hair brush into a brush fit for a princess by adding rhinestones. hair brush

Pipe Cleaner Tiara by education.com

Turn a few pipe cleaners into this sparkly tiara that’s easy enough for kids to make with a small amount of adult help. princess crown

Princess playdough by No Time For Flash Cards

Add some glitter to playdough and you have princess playdough! Team the playdough with a crown shaped cookie cutter and some beads and you have a great princess themed activity. princess play dough

Glitter heart recycled crayons by No Time For Flash Cards

These frozen inspired glitter heart crayons are so much fun to make. Find some broken frozen coloured crayons and melt them with some glitter. Let cool and you have glitter crayons. frozen

Princess putty by The Gunny Sack

This glittery slime is made from glitter glue and borax. Somehow slime feels so much more fun when glitter is added. princess putty

Paper plate crown by Meaningful Mama

Turn a paper plate into this paper plate crown fit for royalty. Let kids get creative with decorating the crowns; they could use crayons, textas, paint, glitter and sequins. princess paper plate hat

Cinderella Butterfly Pumpkin by A Pumpkin and a Princess

Kids will need a fair bit of help with this princess craft, but its too pretty no to include and would make a great activity to make together. The finished product will be well worth it. princess pumpkin

Sparkly Princess Castle Craft by Toddler Approved

Depending on the age of your child, cut out shapes for them or let them do it themselves, then let them stick the shapes onto paper to make a princess castle, and decorate it with all things sparkly. castle

Princess Bags by A Girl and a Glue Gun

Turn ordinary plain coloured dollar store bags into these princess inspired bags with some tulle and embellishments. You could have fun coming up with colour combinations to match each of the Disney Princesses. princess bags

Glitter Party Cups by Nest of Posies

Whether you are holding a princess themed birthday party or just because, little princesses will love drinking out of these sparkly glitter coated cups.

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Popsicle Stick Princess Craft by Toddler Approved

Little princesses will have a great time creating their very own possible stick princesses. paddle pop princess

Glitter Star Wand by Confetti Pop

These glitter start wands are extremely easy to make, and you can get creative by using all sorts or ribbons and trims.

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Do you have any princess crafts you would like to share? We would love to hear from you, send us an email or leave a comment. x

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Vanilla Chai Tea Cup Cakes

Vanilla Chai Tea Cup Cakes

These cup cakes are a little different to the average cup cake, they are sweet with a bit of spice and are delicious! Chai lovers will love these!

Ingredients:

  • 125 ml full cream milk

  • 3 chai tea bags

  • 190 g plain flour

  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder

  • ¼ tsp each ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, and ground allspice mixed

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • 115 g unsalted butter softened

  • 200 g caster sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

  • 2 eggs

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c and line a 12-hole cupcake tin with paper cases

  2. Heat the milk in a small saucepan until just boiling. Add the chai tea bags, remove from heat and leave to steep for 15 mins. Remove and dispose of the chai tea bags and set the milk aside to cool completely.

  3. Sift together the flour, mixed spices, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Put the caster sugar and butter into a separate bowl and beat until fluffy and pale. Add the vanilla essence then add the eggs one at a time beating after each addition until mixed together.

  4. Add half of the flour mixture and the tea infused milk and beat until combined.

  5. Add the remaining flour and mix.

  6. Spoon the batter into the paper cases and bake in the preheated oven for 20 mins. Leave to cool in the tin for 1 - 2 mins then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  7. Ice with your favourite icing recipe!

Serves: 12

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Easy Hazelnut & Chocolate Truffles

Easy Hazelnut & Chocolate Truffles

These truffles are one of life's little pleasures, make them and share with friends or keep them for yourself haha!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 100 grm chocolate wafer biscuits crushed
  • ¾ cup of Nutella
  • 200 grm dark cocoa chocolate melted and cooled

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 180c (160c fan forced).
  2. Spread hazelnuts on a baking tray and bake for 10 mins. Remove them from the oven to let them cool slightly.
  3. The skin of the hazelnut will need to be removed. The best method to do this is using a tea towel to rub the surface of the hazelnut until all skin is removed.
  4. Finely chop the hazelnuts and place them into a bowl.
  5. Add Nutella and wafer biscuits to the chopped nuts and mix well. You may need to chill the mixture for 20 – 30 mins or until firm enough to roll.
  6. Roll 1 heaped teaspoon of mixture into a ball. Repeat until remaining mix is used.
  7. Place hazelnut balls onto a lined baking tray and chill for 45 mins or until firm.
  8. When the balls are firm dip them into the cooled melted chocolate one at a time ensuring they are coated evenly. Shake off the excess chocolate.
  9. Place into fridge until chocolate has set.

Makes 20

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Our Healthier Take On Christmas Rum Balls!

Our Healthier Take On Christmas Rum Balls!

Lets face it we eat enough food that isn't good for us in the silly season, but we don't have to feel quite as guilty eating these Healthier Rum balls. They still have sugar in them so moderation is recommended but they are a lot better then condensed milk filled balls that we normally see at Christmas time. These are a yummy sweet delicious treat and I guaranteed they will be eatenn just as quick as traditional Rum balls.

Ingredients:

  • Dates pitted 400grams

  • Oats 1 cup

  • Rum 4 tablespoons
  • Coconut 3/4 cup

  • Cocoa powder natural, we use Loving Earth

  • Maple syrup 1/4 cup

  • Almonds 1 cup

  • Coconut for rolling

Method:

Add dates, Rum, oats and nuts to a food processor and blitz, the mixture will be a fine crumb and slightly sticky.

Pop mixture into a bowl and add syrup, almond milk, cocoa and coconut and mix well.

Roll mixture into approx 1 inch balls and roll in coconut.

Pop in a sealable container until ready to eat, can also be frozen for up to 4 weeks in a freezer.

Tip: If you don't like Rum replace with Baileys or Almond Milk yum!

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Corn And Bacon Bread

Corn And Bacon Bread

I love corn bread slightly toasted with avocado, bacon and sour cream on it, it is so good. This is my go to corn bread recipe, the whole family will love it, I also make muffins with this recipe as well.

Ingredients

  • Onion 1
  • Garlic clove crushed 1
  • Bacon rashes fat trimmed 4
  • Zucchini grated 1
  • Corn kernels 1 cup
  • tasty cheese grated 1/2 cup
  • Self raising flour 1/3 cup
  • Eggs 5
  • Olive oil 1 tablespoon
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees
  2. Line a 10cm x 21cm loaf tin with baking paper.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat and cook bacon pieces and onion until starts to brown.
  4. Transfer to bowl and add all other ingredients and mix well.
  5. Pour mixture into loaf tin and bake for approx 50 - 55 minutes until top is golden colour.
  6. Slice and pop into lunch box, perfect with some cherry tomato's and cucumber.

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Cowabunga Dude Check Out These 12 Ninja Turtle Crafts - Narley!

Cowabunga Dude Check Out These 12 Ninja Turtle Crafts - Narley!

Isnt it amazing that we grew up watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and now kids today love it just as much? If you have a little Ninja Turtles fan they are sure to love these 12 Ninja Turtles crafts. There are Christmas tree ornaments, puppets, sewer slime and costumes to make, guaranteed to keep the kids busy for hours at a time.

Ninja Turtle Ornaments by The Crafting Chicks

Turn simple green Christmas tree baubles into these Ninja Turtle ornaments with just some ribbon and googly eyes. Ninja Turtle crafts 1 - The Crafting Chicks1

TMNT Turtle Puppets by One Artsy Mama

These turtle puppets are such a simple craft for younger Ninja Turtle fans, using Styrofoam balls painted green, then decorated with felt and googly eyes. Ninja Turtle crafts 2 - One Artsy Mama1

Ninja Turtle Paper Plate Kids Craft by I Heart Arts n Crafts

Take an ordinary paper plate and turn it into this Ninja Turtle. You could also punch out some holes for eyes and attach some elastic to create a Ninja Turtle mask. Ninja Turtle crafts 3 - I Heart Arts n Crafts1

Toilet Paper Roll Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Crafts by Courtney

Don’t throw away old toilet paper rolls; instead turn them into these toilet paper roll Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s a fun, simple craft for those times you need to keep the kids busy. Ninja Turtles crafts 4 - Crafts by Courtney1

DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle treat bags by Simplistically Living

If your child is having a Ninja Turtle themed birthday party then these treat bags are a must do. They are so simple yet look surprisingly effective, kids will love them. Ninja Turtle Crafts 5 - Simplistically Living1

TMNT Seashells by There’s Just One Mommy

Next time you visit the beach collect some seashells and turn them into these Ninja Turtle seashells with nothing but a black texta for the outlines and some paints. nija turtles see shells

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles egg carton figures by Sugar Aunts

Use an egg carton to make Ninja Turtle action figures. You just need an egg carton, some paint and googly eyes to get started. Ninja Turtle Crafts - Sugar Aunts1

Ninja Turtles sewer slime by Little Bins for Little Hand

These sewer slime eggs are a two in one activity, first make the Ninja Turtle eggs, then make the sewer slime to go in them. The slime will keep kids occupied for hours. nija turtle sewew slime

DIY Ninja Turtle balloons by Christine Trevino

If you have some green balloons around the house give these Ninja Turtle balloons a try. They are perfect for birthday parties or just because. Ninja Turtle Crafts - Christine Trevino1

Recycled plastic bottle Ninja Turtle bowling by DIY Inspired

This looks like so much fun! Recycle old plastic bottles by turning them into green Ninja Turtle bowling pins, then keep the kids busy with endless games of bowling. Ninja Turtle Crafts - DIY Inspired1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume by Betty Crocker

Kids can make their very own Ninja Turtle costume, complete with face mask and turtle shell. It also makes a great party activity for Ninja Turtle themed birthday parties. nija turtle costume

Handprint Ninja Turtle crafts by Crafty Morning

Use washable paint to paint green handprints onto paper, then turn the handprints into Ninja Turtles. Handprint paintings are always nice to keep. You can look back and see just how much your children’s hand have grown. Ninja Turtle Craft - Little Bins for Little Hands1

Do you have any Ninja Turtle crafts you would like to share? We would love to hear from you!

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Easy Apple Tea Cake

Easy Apple Tea Cake

This Apple cake couldn't be any easier, super yummy it will be a recipe you make again and again!

Ingredients

  • Self raising flour 200 grams
  • Sugar 1/2 cup
  • Apples diced 3
  • Butter 90 grams
  • Cinnamon 1 teaspoon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Stew apples with sugar in a saucepan until caramelized
  3. Add flour and cinnamon to a bowl and rub in butter.
  4. Stir in stewed apple.
  5. If mixture is to dry add a splash of milk.
  6. Line a baking tin with baking paper.
  7. Pop mixture into tin and cook for approx 30 minutes untill golden.
  8. Once cooked sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
  9. Slice and enjoy yum!

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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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