Kid Friendly Muffins

Kid Friendly Muffins


 

How many Mum’s out there have fussy eaters or Kids who are simply too ‘busy playing’ to eat or are just going through one of their “Oh I will only eat this for the next 6 weeks phase?” Well that’s my Little Gremlin. Fruit, cheese and the favourite….tomatoes are the flavour of the month. Which is fine, but I like to offer a bit of variety in the Kids diet….how can they eat the same thing day in day out and still love it? It boggles me!

 

It got me thinking, what can I make him that is nutritious, wholesome and tasty? A MUFFIN! What kid doesn’t eat muffins? So I had a look at what was in the fridge and whipped these savoury muffins up in less than 10 mins.

 

What you’ll need:

 

2 cups – self raising flour, sifted

 

80gms – melted butter, cooled

 

1 egg

 

1 cup milk

 

½ cup continental parsley

 

2 Sausages or meat of your choice

 

1 cup – finely chopped spinach

 

1 spring onion

 

200gms – Feta cheese, I used Danish Feta

 

8 cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped

 

10 Kalamata olives, sliced

 

Sprinkle of pepper to taste

 

 

 

How to do it:

 

Preheat the oven to 200C (fan forced) and prep a 12 muffin tray with light cooking spray.

 

Sift flour into a big bowl. In a separate bowl combine; parsley, spinach, spring onion, fetta, tomatoes, olives and pepper, mix until combined. Once combined fold the mixture through the flour.

 

Add butter, egg and milk and fold in until just combine. (The trick with muffins is not to over mix).

 

Once the mixture has come together, simply spoon the mixture into muffin tin. I like my muffins top heavy so I filled them up to the top of the tin haha. You could sprinkle some more feta on top if you liked before putting them in the oven.

 

Then bake for 15-20mins (depending on your oven) until nice and golden on top.

 

Let them cool in the tin for 10 minutes before you remove them to the wire rack.

 

They’re great fresh out the oven (obviously once cooled slightly), or as a snack the next day, eaten cold or heated up. They’re a nice healthy snack the kids will enjoy and you know exactly what’s in them.

 

And remember these can be adapted to whatever suits your little ones tastes – or yours! Believe me you will be munching on them too!

 

What’s flavour of the month at your place?

 

 

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The Easiest Way To Clean A Dishwasher!

The Easiest Way To Clean A Dishwasher!

Honestly this is one of the easiest ways to clean your dishwasher. I do this once a week as it keeps the dishwasher sparkly clean.

Your dishwasher will be sparkling in no time by following these few simple steps.

1. Make sure dishwasher is empty of all dishes. (including wine glasses lol)

2. Fill a dishwasher safe bowl with 2 cups of vinegar (I use home brand white vinegar) and set on the top rack of the dishwasher.

3. Run through on a hot cycle once and that’s it your dishwasher will come out clean and sparkly, the vinegar will remove any unwanted food smells as well.

4. Wallah too easy! Leaving you more time to put your feet up and have a cuppa or a wine!

 

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Easy zucchini slice

Easy zucchini slice

 

 

This slice is great for making ahead for easy lunch and dinners, serve with  a side salad or veggies or eat on its own delicious. You can also add other hidden veggies or even shredded chicken if you like to change it up.

 

Ingredients

 

5 eggs

 

2 carrots grated

 

2 zucchinis grated

 

1 onion diced fine

 

200 grams bacon diced fine

 

1 1/2 cups self raising flour

 

1 cup grated cheese

 

1/4 cup vegetable oil or oil of your choice

 

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 180C

 

Line a tray with baking paper, you can use a slice tin or a round cake tin, we used a 25cm round tin for this recipe. a 22cm slice tray also works well.

 

Place the eggs flour an doil in a bowl and bmix until smooth batter.

 

Add all other ingredients into a bowl and mix well.

 

Pour mixture into tin and spread out evenly.

 

Cook for 30 mins until the top is golden in colour.

 

Eat warm or cool.

 

Serves  6

 

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Left Over Roast Veggie Salad

Left Over Roast Veggie Salad

 

This salad is great for when you have left over roast veggies and you don't want them to go to waste> Often their isn't enough veggies left over to feed the whole family for another night so I like to add to them and turn into this salad.

 

Ingredients

 

Left over roast veggies, whatever you have will work we used:

 

Left over roast pumpkin

 

Left Over roast sweet potato

 

Small amount Left Over roast Potato

 

We then added:

 

1/2 red capsicum diced

 

1 onion diced

 

3 cups baby spinach

 

1 carrot cut into 2 cm pieces

 

1 teaspoon Vegetta

 

Pinch pepper

 

1 tablespoon olive oil

 

2 cloves crushed garlic

 

 

 

Method:

 

Preheat oven to 180C

 

Line a tray with baking paper

 

Place the capsicum garlic, onion, carrot and olive oil in a bowl along with the Vegetta and pepper and coat well.

 

Place the mixture on the tray and spread out evenly.

 

Pop in the oven for approx 15  20 minutes, until veggies start to brown slightly.

 

In the mean time heat your left over veggies in the microwave for 1 minute and pop into a bowl.

 

Add the baked veggies to the roast mix and stir through, use the oil to coat the veggies.

 

Line a serving tray with baby spinach and pop the roast mixture on the top.

 

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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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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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Date Night Without Leaving The House!

Date Night Without Leaving The House!

 

Date nights don’t always have to be about organising a baby sitter and saving your pennies for a night out. Whilst it’s lovely to get all dolled up and extremely enjoyable to have a night out, the reality at times is that we simply don’t have the time or the money to do this on a regular basis. So why not have date night at home and theme it!

 

Think about this, your favourite cuisine and basing the whole evening around it? Food, movies, you, hubby – you could even improvise and go as far as clothing as well for a bit of a laugh!

 

We had Saturday date night at home a couple weeks back and we both had a craving for Chinese. We decided to put dinner off for us until the little ones were fed, bathed and in bed for the night.

 

While I ordered Chinese takeaway, hubby got a couple Bruce Lee movies ready – ‘Enter the Dragon’ & ‘The Big Boss’. I got the chopsticks, bowls, glasses, napkins and set up some cushions on the floor of the lounge room in front of the coffee table and we were all set for our Chinese themed date night. We even have chop stick fights and mimic the movies English dubbing.

 

If you didn’t want to order take away you could pop in the oven some of the entertainer packs with some spring rolls, money bags etc or prepare some fried rice or what every your favourite dishes are and have them ready for when the kids are in bed.

 

We’ve also themed date night around Italian. I made some fettuccini carbonara, garlic bread and salad. We had some chocolate gelato for dessert and watch the God Father! The sky’s the limit with what you can theme it as. What about Mexican or a decade such as 1940’s? What about kids party themes – cupcakes or fairy bread? Don’t let your imagination limit you.

 

It’s often the simple, impromptu things that often turn out to be the most fun and enjoyable. Most of all you get to spend some quality time with the one you love the most and it’s inexpensive.

 

Have you tried themed date night? If so tell us what your theme was. If you haven’t tried it out would you give it a go?

 

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Threading Verses Waxing

Threading Verses Waxing

 

Eyebrow Threading What Is All The Hype?

 

Many of us ladies (and men) have tried lots of techniques to get that perfect brow shape! well I know I have! I’ve waxed, bleached (yep!) and plucked! And they all hurt but have never given me that clean, exact precise arch that I had always desired.

 

That’s until I discovered threading. My bestie who is Turkish has the most amazing eyebrows (as they do) and I envied her for so long. So one day I said “Take me to this Eyebrow Goddess you tell me about and I’ll let her have her way with my brows!”  I couldn’t quite grasp the idea that the shape was created by using a piece of string < amazing!

 

I went along to a local eyebrow threader she got me to I lay down on the massage table, my head on a pillow and the experience began. She got her brush out and brushed my unruly brows then began cutting them, WHAT? Scissors! You’ve got to be kidding me.  Anyway I took a breath and let her do her thing!. Next the cotton thread…..a little tweezing and Bam! 15 minutes later I was looking at what I had desired for many years. Perfectly shaped brows, with that precise arch that I had only dreamed of. It didn’t hurt nowhere near as much as waxing I must say, although some people think it is more painful.

 

So it got me wondering where threading originated, and it turns out that the exact origins of the technique are unknown, it has been used in Eastern countries for centuries, however many believe it originated in the Middle East and South Asia, and then spread to far Eastern countries. All that is used is a sewing thread. It’s knotted at one end, held between the fingers, twisted in the centre and using the fingers, moved back and forth. Tricky huh?

 

Anyway, waxing which is the most common form of hair removal, would you believe it used to consist of a homemade sugar and lemon resin, Yep! Sugar, lemon juice, and water are heated to form a syrup. Who would have thought? The syrup is formed into a ball, flattened onto the skin, and then quickly stripped away, removing the hair from the root! Ouch!

 

The removal of body hair by Western women became more common when bathing suits came about, starting in the 1940’s. Hair removal has been considered, in some cultures as proper hygiene required by local customs for many centuries. Given hair removal dates back to 4000 to 3000BC took us Westerners took a while to catch on haha.

 

So to thread or wax? Well both have their pros and cons.

 

Reasons people often choose threading over waxing:

 

* Waxing can burn the skin; leaving blisters and possibly scars.

 

* Wax residue, or occasionally was removal products, can sometimes cause skin irritations. Given threading requires no products it is less likely that the skin can become inflamed.

 

* Unlike waxing, threading does not have the possibility of lifting, tearing, or over-exfoliating the skin.

 

* It is safe for people using strong medications used to treat acne or also for those who have particularly dry skin, or have been sunburnt.

 

(If any of these apply to you, you should NOT be getting waxed or threaded in the treated/affected areas, and if you are using Accutane, you should not be waxed anywhere, since it's an oral medication).

 

* Many are convinced that threading is more precise, and can achieve a better shape.

 

* Redness is not as prominent after threading oppose to waxing.

 

Reasons people stick with waxing:

 

* Threading takes longer than waxing. Not by much, but because the hairs are removed more gradually some say it hurts more than waxing.

 

* Rolling the thread against the skin does create friction, and occasionally with slack skin, pinching can occur. Both of these can add to the discomfort level. Therapists will get you to hold the skin prior to removing the hair.

 

* Just like when you take time to tweeze your eyebrows at home, your eyes may water.

 

The main point here, no matter what technique you prefer, ALWAYS  make sure that the beauty therapist doing any form of hair removal is qualified and experienced, the premises is clean and professional, all instruments are sterilised and have not been previously used and most of all you’re comfortable with your therapist.

 

So, there it is to thread or to wax? Personally, it’s threading hands down for me.

 

Tell us what your preferred eyebrow removal method is and your experiences have been?

 

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How to Host a Lah-Lah Party!

How to Host a Lah-Lah Party!

Party Pax has been designed to help busy parents host a fabulous party for their loved ones, whilst saving you time and money.  This is a one stop shop for kids birthday parties, christenings and baby showers.  Each pack has been tailored for the time-poor, party-planner in you.  

You will receive everything you need to host an amazing party - DIY cake, DIY cupcakes, decorations, tableware and a little inspiration - in one box, delivered straight to your door.

LET US TAKE THE FUSS OUT OF YOUR PARTY!!!

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Win a family pass to see Spot live!

Win a family pass to see Spot live!

BELOVED CHILDREN’S BOOK DOG SPOT IS COMING TO AUSTRALIA WITH HIS OWN STAGE SHOW!

You could win a family pass Enter today!!! Click here to enter 

Click here to purchase tickets. 

 

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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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