Here's your protein snacks for the week. - Boil 12 Eggs At Once In Your Thermomix!

Here's your protein snacks for the week. - Boil 12 Eggs At Once In Your Thermomix!


Did you know you can hard boil a dozen eggs at the one time in the Thermomix simmering basket?  <Amazing!

Eggs are high in protein and a boiled egg is a great snack to have throughout the day. We love hard boiled eggs as they fill us up more then say a piece of fruit does.

Boiling 12 eggs is as easy as this:

  • Add 500grams of water to  your Thermomix bowl.
  • Add eggs to your serving basket.
  • 18 Minutes / varoma temp / speed 2
  • And Wallah Here's your protein snacks for the week!

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8 Delicious Cookie Recipes To bake This Christmas!

8 Delicious Cookie Recipes To bake This Christmas!

 We love cooking cookies any time of the year but there is something extra special about getting together with the kids and baking up a store at Christmas time. We use this 4 ingredient cookie recipe that you can find here: 4 Ingredient Cookies

1. Frosted peppermint brownie cookies from Cooking classy.

2. Wifes with knifes made these super cute Christmas tree sugar cookies.

 

3.  Frugal coupon living made these awesome melting Snowman cookies.

 

 

4.  Mum loves baking these Slice 'n' bake christmas tree cookies

 

 

5. BakerGirl we love these peanut butter reindeer cookies

 

 

6.  The recipe rebel is a genius with these no bake cookies!

 

 

7.  Sprinkle Bakes makes these gorgeous Christmas Tree cookies!

 

 

8. Deliciously sprinkles has this awesome recipe for Eggnog cut-out cookies

 

 

Do you bake cookies at Christmas time?

 

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10 Cakes That Will Get you Baking This Christmas!

10 Cakes That Will Get you Baking This Christmas!

 

In our house we traditionally have a Christmas cake with hot chocolate on Christmas eve, this year we are going to have an ice cream cake and ice chocolates instead, you can view the recipe here: Ice cream Cake. I love looking at different ideas to inspire out holiday cake and came across these 10 cakes that we thought summed up Christmas in a heart beat!

1. This Candy Cane Cake from Country Living is sure to put a smile on everyone's face.

 

 

2. Ho Ho Ho Who doesn't love a good Santa Clause cake, we think this cake from Craftsy is awesome!

 

 

3. Thevanilla bean blog has our mouths drooling with this spice cake with cardamon coffee frosting yum!

 

4. CakesDécor made this super cute Snow man cake, we would love this on Christmas day!

  

5. Laura's Cooks Cakes makes this Rudolf The Reindeer cake look so easy!

 

 

6. CakeCentral shows us how to make this clever Christmas stocking cake!

 

 

7. This rainbow Christmas wreath cake by Tablespoon will brighten up any Christmas! 

 

 

8. CakeCentral show there love of Minions with this Santa Minion cake!

 

 

 

9. Your  cup of cake, show us how to make a wreath out of cup cakes how clever!

 

 

 

 

10. How cool is this Holiday Snow Globe cake from Taste of home?

 

Do you make a special cake for Christmas?

 

 

 

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Christmas Ice Cream Wreath

Christmas Ice Cream Wreath

 

This is a fun and very easy recipe to make with the kids for Christmas time. You can use your favourite flavour of ice cream and whatever toppings you like yum!

 Ingredients

 1 1/2 litres of your favourite ice cream, we used napoleon and rainbow

 1/2 block white chocolate

 1/2 block milk chocolate

 2 cups of clinkers crumbled

 

Method

In a Tupperware jelly mould or a bunt tin place cling wrap so it covers the base and sides of the container/tin.

Let the ice cream sit out on the bench for 5 minutes so it slightly softens.

Scoop ice cream into container and push in with the back of a spoon making sure all the space is filled.

Fill to the top and either cover with lid or cling wrap and pop back into the fridge for 2-3 hours.

Pop chocolate into 2 separate bowls and microwave for 1 min each.

Take container out of the freezer and turn upside down on a plate and peel off the cling wrap.

Drizzle the chocolate over the top.

Sprinkle crushed clinkers over the top and slice and enjoy.

Pop back in the freezer make sure it is well covered so it doesn’t go icy.

Serves 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy Chocolate Sauce Anyone Can Make!

Easy Chocolate Sauce Anyone Can Make!

This Easy Chocolate Sauce is a favourite in our house, we have used it for ice-cream and desert toppings to a wicket dip. It seriously is delicious, a naughty treat that is so easy to make. Try it in homemade milkshakes too!

Cook time: 3 mins 

Ingredients:

1 cup of sugar

1 tbsp cocoa

2 tbsp butter

½ cup cream

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla easy - chocolate - sauce - anyone - can -make post Instructions:

Place all ingredients in a saucepan on med to high heat.

Continually stir and bring to the boil.

Turn heat down to a simmer and stir for a further 1-2 minutes.

Pour into a container or jug. Enjoy!

Serves: Approx 200 mills.

Tip: Add a few chilli flakes to make a chilli chocolate sauce, you can also add 3 drops of peppermint or orange essence for different flavours as well. 

 

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Mars Bar Balls!

Mars Bar Balls!

Remember that TV ad a Mars a day helps your work rest and play? Well I dont know how true that is, but what I do know is these Mars Bar Balls definitely put a smile on your face! :)

 

Ingredients 

Packet choc ripple biscuits

3 mars bars

1 tin chocolate condensed milk we purchased from ALDI

1 1/2 cups desiccated coconut

Coconut to roll in

 

Method

Place biscuits and Mars bars into a food processor and blitz fine.

Pop mixture into a bowl with condensed milk and coconut.

Roll into balls and coat in coconut.

Pop on a tray and into the fridge for 3 hours until firm.

Eat and enjoy!

Makes 28

 

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Turkish Delight Balls!

Turkish Delight Balls!

Turkish Delight is my hubbys favourite sweet so every year at Christmas I whip a batch of these up. No joke they don't even last a day ha! < Lucky it is only once a year!

 

Ingredients

3 Turkish delights

1 packet choc ripple biscuits

1 tin choc condensed milk

4 drops red food dye

Coconut to roll in

 

Method

Place biscuits and turkish delights into a food processor and blitz fine.

Pop mixture into a bowl with condensed milk and mix well.

Pop coconut and red food colour into a bag and shake until coconut turns red.

Roll into balls and coat in red coconut

Pop on a tray and into the fridge for 3 hours until firm.

Eat and enjoy!

Makes 28

 

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10 Awesome Elf On The Shelf Ideas To Try This Christmas!

10 Awesome Elf On The Shelf Ideas To Try This Christmas!

We love December, not only is it Christmas but our Cheeky Elf On The Shelf Gary comes to visit. I love seeing the looks on the kids faces every morning after seeing what Gary has gotten up to in the middle of the night < secretly hubby and I love it more!

The internet is full of awesome Elf On The Shelf Ideas and these are some of our favourites!

If you don't have an Elf On A Shelf and would like to purchase one you can do so here: http://amzn.to/2g4uimv

Even Elf's can sing, love this set up of the VOICE from Picklehead Soup. voice

This Elf doesn't appear to be as flexible as the rest in twister, from She Knows. twister

This Elf was up to no good even the army got called in, from Jennifer Saintz Photography. captured

Poor Cookie Monster that is just cruel, from Homes in Alaska. cookies

Lego to the rescue, lets stop Elfs mischief, from Picklehead Soup. lego

This Elf is a bit naughty doodling on a family photo, from She Knows naughty

Toilet paper the Christmas tree hope this Elf cleans up the mess, from Efficient Skills. toilet-paper

Nothing like a good game of connect for with La loopsy, from Lil Blue Boo. four

This Elf is all tangled up in the Christmas Lights, from Sweet shoppe designs.

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Rudolf Noses for everyone, from A mommys adventures. noses

Do you have an Elf on the shelf ideas to share with us? We would love to hear from you!  

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7 Genius Ways To Store Your Makeup!

7 Genius Ways To Store Your Makeup!

I have to confess I am a bit of a hair and makeup hoarder, I think it is from years or owning hair and beauty salons and needing to try out every new product on the market.

Not long ago I decided that I had to tackle the task of organising my makeup and downsizing, believe me with over 300 lipsticks this was not an easy task. I decided to have a look on Pinterest for some storage inspiration and I was surprised of some of the cool ideas that others had come up with. These are 9 genius ways that you can store your makeup!

This Makeup Magnet Board by Laura Thoughts

This such a great idea and their tutorial is very easy to follow. make up magnet board

Repurposed Candle Jar Storage by Life Ann Style

Don't throw out those old candle jars, save them and repurpose into makeup holders. candle contianers into makeup storage

Two Tier Makeup Tray by Picklee

A Little Craft In Your Day

Don't throw your plastic bottles out follow this simple tutorial great for makeup brushes and lip glosses. plastic bottle make up storage

Mason Jar Storage by Liz Marie Blog

I love mason jars and this is another great use for them. mason jar makeup storage

 

  copper makeup holders

This lipstick storage is genius using a shoe organizer by Sweet And Sour Kids

makeup organizer shoe bag

Ikea has some great storage ideas check out how the Polkadot Chair uses an everyday trolley to store her makeup.

ikea make up storage

 How do you store your makeup?

 

 

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14 Kids Craft Ideas You Can Make With Balloons!

14 Kids Craft Ideas You Can Make With Balloons!

A party isn’t a party without balloons, but what do you do with those leftover balloons stashed in the cupboard? The perfect solution is to let kids use them to make fun balloon crafts. Each of these activities will keep the kids entertained for hours, plus they are all simple ideas using items you probably already have at home.

Wacky Sacks — Balloons filled with play dough from Somewhat Simple

Fill balloons with play dough, then squeeze, mould and throw. wacky sacks

Confetti Balloon Bowl from DIY Ready

Cover half of the balloon in glue and confetti, then pop the balloon and you are left with a colourful bowl. This also works well with assorted colourful buttons. balloon bowl

Water balloon painting from Meri Cherry

Paint water balloons, then give the water balloons a bath in a tub of water and start all over again. This is a great outside activity for those times kids feel like making a mess. water balloon painitng

Make your own balloon car from Cool Progeny

Make a car and watch how it moves when powered by the attached balloon. A balloon powered car is such a simple concept but still so much fun. ballon car

Balloon puppies from The Craft Train

Make These cute puppies with balloons, a texta, some crepe paper and ribbon. Kids love walking these puppies around the house.

balloon puppies

Balloon print spider craft for kids by I Hearty Crafty Things

Use balloons to paint circles, then turn the circles into spiders. Kids could also use their imagination to turn the balloon painting into any creature they like. balloon spiders

Balloon Rocket by Paging Fun Mums

Draw a rocket onto your balloon, then watch it fly on a piece of string. balloon rockets

DIY water balloon flip flops by About a Mom

Give ordinary flip flops a new life with a packet of colourful water balloons attached to the shoe straps. balloon flip flops

Balloon bracelets by Kids Activities Blog

Use balloons of any size along with a piece of thin elastic to create a colourful bracelet. These look especially great when made with narrow balloons. balloon bracelet1

Frozen Dinosaur Eggs by Paging Fun Mums

These dinosaur eggs looks like so much fun. Stuff a small toy dinosaur into a balloon, fill with water and food colouring if you want coloured eggs, an freeze. Then pull the balloon of the frozen egg, give the kids a hammer (and safety glasses) and let them smash their way through the egg to retrieve the dinosaur. dinosaur eggs

Balloon Yo-Yo by Tinkerlab

Fill a balloon with uncooked rice, small seeds or beans, attach some rubber bands and you have a balloon yo-yo that will keep kids occupied for hours. tinker lab

DIY pool noodle pom pom shooter by Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail

These pom pom shooters make a great rainy day activity. Put a pom pom inside, pull back the balloon end and a pom pom comes flying out. pool noodle

Paper mache globe by One Charming Party

What kids doesn’t love paper mache? Make this globe by sticking strips of newspaper dipped in glue to a blown up balloon. Then pop the balloon, paint the globe blue and stick on the continents. globe paper mache

Do you have any other craft ideas that you can make with a balloon? We would love you to share in the comments below X

    

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8 Free Colouring In Printables, Kids Will Love!

8 Free Colouring In Printables, Kids Will Love!

Why buy your kids colouring in books when there are amazing free colouring in printables available online?

Never buy a colouring in book again, just print off these gorgeous free colouring in printables as you need them, and the kids will be busy for hours. These colouring printables also make great artwork to hang in kid’s bedrooms, that they will be proud to say they made themselves. If your children get bored with using pencils, try using other materials such as textas, crayons, paint, as well as sticking on sequins, colourful pom poms, googly eyes and anything else you have handy.

Ocean and seas animals colouring pages from Easy Peasy and Fun

These 10 sea animal colouring printables are adorable, including a turtle, an octopus, a jellyfish, a shark, a dolphin, a starfish, a clownfish, a tropical fish, a whale and a seahorse. Each printable also features the name of the ocean animal, perfect for younger kids learning letter recognition. kids colouring pages

Colour by letters from Kids Activities Blog

These fun printables are just like a colour by numbers activity, but instead kids use the colours that correspond with each letter to complete the picture. This is a great way to make learning letters fun. There are 5 printables, using the letters A, B, C, D and E. kids coluring pages 2

Christmas colouring pages from Crazy Little Projects

These 4 free Christmas colouring printables are perfect for helping kids get in the Christmas spirit. There are penguins, Santa, Christmas trees and snowmen to colour in. These will look perfect displayed by the Christmas tree. kids colouring pages 3  

Colouring in calendar printable from Itsy Bitsy Fun

This free printable includes a different colouring in page for each month of the year. Once kids have coloured the pages, these calendars would make the perfect gift for relatives. There are calendars to suit both the northern and southern hemispheres. colouring pages 4

 Owl colouring printables from 1Plus1Plus1Equals1

This free owl themed printable pack is full of owls to colour in, as well as a few owl colouring in based activities, including coulour to match and colour by number. This great set will appeal to slightly older kids. colouring pages 5

 Bugs and butterflies colouring page from Dabbles and Babbles

This bugs and butterflies colouring printable will keep any bug mad child busy. The bugs and butterflies look amazing when coloured with bright colours. colouring pages 6

 Dinosaur colouring pages from Learning 2 Walk

These 6 simple free dinosaur colouring pages are perfect for younger kids, and look great when coloured with pencils or paints. colouring pages 7

 Free Eric Carle printabels from Gymboree

What kid doesn’t love The Very Hungry Caterpillar? It’s a favourite in most houses, and kids will love these Eric Carl themed colouring in printables and activities. Printables include The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear colouring sheets, as well as connect the dots, mazes, memory games and create a world cut outs. colouring in page 8

Simply print out the pages and watch the kids be entertained for hours < in an ideal world haha.

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White Caramel Cake!

White Caramel Cake!

The texture of this caramel cake is amazing, so moist and not to mention the hit of caramel that you taste with each bite, this is definitely a winner in our house!

Ingredients:

  • Eggs 2
  • Butter 125 grams
  • White Sugar 1 cup
  • Self raising flour 1/2 Cup
  • Plain flour 1 Cup
  • Ground Cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon
  • Golden syrup 1 tablespoon
  • Tin of caramel or your favourite caramel source for icing

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Line a 20cem round tin with baking paper
  3. Beat butter, sugar vanilla essence until light and fluffy.
  4. Slowly add in eggs and keep beating.
  5. Add in syrup and keep mixing.
  6. Add in flours, cinnamon and nutmeg
  7. Add milk and mix well.
  8. Transfer mixture to baking time and spread out evenly.
  9. Pop in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.
  10. Once cooked, let cool slightly then turn out to cool on a wire rack.
  11. Make sure cake is completely cooled before icing.

Serves 8

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Easy & Quick Bruschetta that everyone will love!

Easy & Quick Bruschetta that everyone will love!

I have been known to use this easy and quick Bruschetta recipe as a mid week meal. The fact that it is super tasty and filling means I get no complaints from the family. When I serve as a meal I will sometimes add feta cheese and some Chorizo as well, so good.

This recipe is like having a cafe meal in your own home, very easy to make and even easier to eat, give it a go next time you a to tired to cook or feel like something tasty and fresh!

Ingredients:

4 tomatoes diced

½ cup olive oil

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

2 tbsp chopped fresh basil

4 garlic cloves

8 slices of your favourite crusty bread (we use sourdough)

easy - quick - brushetta - post Instructions:

Combine the tomatoes, half the crushed garlic, herbs and ¼ cup of olive oil in a bowl. Season mixture with salt and pepper. Cover and stand for 25 mins.

Preheat sandwich maker until hot.

Combine remaining garlic with ¼ cup of olive oil in a small bowl.

Brush garlic oil over bread slices on both sides.

Place bread on sandwich maker and cook for 2 mins or until golden brown.

Scoop tomatoes mixture onto freshly toasted bread and garnish with fresh basil or parsley.

Serves: 4

Tip: Drizzle with balsamic vinegar or lemon for desired taste. 

 

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Shop On Line With SIDS And Help A Great Cause!

Shop On Line With SIDS And Help A Great Cause!

We here at Australian Baby card are proud supporters of SIDS, we think the work they do is amazing and much needed.

Did you know that SIDS actually has an online store called Shop Red Nose that sells hundreds of baby and children's items. And get this 100% of shop red profits are reinvested into delivering the Red Nose mission of saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy, and childhood, through education services, advocacy, bereavement support, and world-class research. How awesome is that?

They stock lots of brands like some of our favourites below.

And guess what all Australian Baby Card holders also receive 20% discount (excluding Postage and Handling). You can view Australian baby card deal here: SIDS

So next time you are doing some online shopping, why not shop Red nose through SIDS, you will not only be purchasing items you want but also helping a worthy cause.

Not An ABC member don't worry, you can sign up here: Sign me up!

You can shop Redo Nose through SIDS here: Shop SIDS

 

Don’t just shop, Shop Red Nose and help save more little lives!

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Chocolate Crunchie Balls

Chocolate Crunchie Balls

 

What is not to love about these Chocolate Crunchie Balls, they are soft and rich and texture with hits of honeycomb throughout.

They are great for a sweet treat and perfect to take as a plate to a function or party. The best bit being that they involve no baking and can be made in 10 minutes < winning!

Chocolate Crunchie Balls, Make in less than 10 minutes!

Ingredients

3 Crunchie bars

1 Packet arrowroot biscuits or Chocolate Ripple biscuits

1 Tin choc condensed milk from Aldi

Extra crushed Crunchie for rolling

 

Method

Place biscuits and two Crunchies into a food processor and blitz fine.

Pop mixture into a bowl with condensed milk and mix well.

Pop the other crunchie into food processor and blitz to a fine crumb for rolling.

Roll into balls and coat in crunchie crumbs.

Pop on a tray and into the fridge for 3 hours until firm.

Eat and enjoy!

Makes 28

Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Tip: This recipe works with most of your favourite chocolate bars.

 

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Easy Homemade Tabouli

Easy Homemade Tabouli

 

This Easy Homemade Tabouli is a great side dish at a bbq a perfect summer dish, packed full of flavour, great with lamb and natural yogurt!

 Ingredients:

 1/2 cup cracked wheat

 1/2 cup mint finely diced

 1/2 cup lemon juice

 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

 1/2 cup good quality olive oil

 2 tomatoes diced

 7 spring onions diced 

1 cup parsley finely chopped

 

Method:

Place cracked wheat in a bowl with 2 cups of boiling water and set aside for 20 minutes, drain well and add to bowl.

Combine all other ingredients and stir through

Pop in the fridge until ready to serve.

Serves 6

Tip: For a low carb option substitute the cracked wheat  for finely diced cauliflower!

 

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Go Green Smoothie

Go Green Smoothie

 

This smoothie is packed full of greens, the best part is it is sweet enough that kids love to drink it. I make this for my little ones for afternoon tea delicious!

Ingredients

2 cups baby spinach

1 Pear deseeded

1 Apple deseeded

2 kiwi fruit peeled

1/2 Cucumber

400 mills Cold water

1 cup ice

 

Method

Pop all ingredients into a blender and blitz on high for 2 minutes until smooth.

Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Serves 2

 

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Cheesecake Lovers take Note, This Slice Is The Best!

Cheesecake Lovers take Note, This Slice Is The Best!

 

This Mango Cheesecake Slice is so moreish, I am not a big cheesecake fan believe it or not < my hips say otherwise haha but this cheesecake I love!

I think it is because the mango flavour is quite strong and its quite a sweet dessert. My hubby on the other hand who is a dessert connoisseur swears that this is a recipe everyone should try once. Give it a go and let us know in the comments if it was a winner in your house!

Ingredients:

500 g mango diced

500 g cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar to taste

1/4 cup water

1 tbsp. gelatine powder

300 mills cream

1/2 cup sweet plain biscuits

75 g butter

 

Method:

Blend biscuits in the food processor and add the melted butter. 

Combine mixture and then press into the bottom of a slice tin.

Place tin in freezer while preparing the rest of the mixture.

Combine half of the mango with the cream cheese and sugar in a food processor and process until smooth.

Add the gelatine to the water and warm in a microwave for about 20 seconds.

Stir the gelatine until fully dissolved and allow to cool.

Add cream to the blended mango mixture and blend for about 40 seconds.

To this mixture add the cooled gelatine and blend for a few more seconds.

Gently fold remaining mango into cheesecake mixture.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.

Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, decorate with slices of mango.

 

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Fun In The Sun Reviewing Plum Swimwear!

Fun In The Sun Reviewing Plum Swimwear!

 My kids are fish, they literally spend most of the summer swimming, you can guarantee on any given day if I ask them  what they want to do the answer is always either the beach or pool.

 We have the best of both worlds in Sydney, we have great beaches and we also have some fantastic  indoor swimming pools for the days that Sydney weather is temperamental, which means the kids can swim all year round.

 My little ones seem to outgrow swimmers yearly so I was really excited when Plum gifted us their swimmers out of their latest range for us to try.

 

 Plum is an Australian label and is the leader in kids swimwear worldwide, that is pretty impressive right?

 What makes Plum so great is the fact that they are not only on trend with their designs ranging from nautical, vintage and bright themes but they also have UPF 50+ protection from the sun, which is super important for our little ones in the Australian weather.

Their range is endless and includes the following;

 

•Swim Nappy

 

•Bikini

 

•Halter-Necked One Piece

 

•Rash Vests &Shorts

 

•All-In-One Swimsuit

 

•Swimming Trunks

 

•Legionnaires Hats

 

•Board Shorts

What surprised me the most was how well the swimmers were made, the quality is fantastic and they are very affordable and range in sizes from 000 to 7. They make perfect gifts especially for their price point. I know what I am getting the nieces and nephews for Christmas this year!

 

 

And if that isnt enough ABC card holders also receive 20% discount, click here for the details: ABC Discount

If you havent signed up for ABC you can do so here: Sign me up!

Keep your kids safe this summer while still looking fashionable with Plum!

 

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Skinless Trifle Custard - Perfect For Christmas!

Skinless Trifle Custard - Perfect For Christmas!

If you are a bit iffy when it comes to the skins that form on dairy products then this recipe is for you. This Custard is perfect for Christmas pudding.

I found this recipe in an older guides baking book and it really works. You can pop the custard in the fridge and no skin will form on the top, pretty cool I think!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp. corn flour
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 egg

Instructions:

  1. Heat milk to warm temperature in saucepan, do not boil it just needs to be warm.
  2. Place the sugar, cornflour, plain flour and golden syrup into a bowl and blend with the egg.
  3. Add the egg mixture into saucepan with milk and reheat but do not boil. Stir until well combined with no lumps. The custard should be warm to touch but not piping hot.
  4. Set aside to cook then add to your trifle or refrigerate until ready to use.

Serves: 4

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