LCM Crackles

LCM Crackles


The crackles are a take on the good old chocolate crackles, they taste like LCM bars only better, great for a treat or a kids party. Super easy to make!

Ingredients

1 Packet of marshmallows  approx 400grams( I used Allen's)

80 grams of butter

5 Cups of Rice bubbles

100s and 1000s to decorate

 

Instructions

Place marshmallows and butter into microwave bowl and cook on high for 50 seconds.

Add the rice bubbles to the marshmallow mix.

Pop 12 cup cake cases on a tray and fill with approx 2 tablespoons of the mixture.

Sprinkle 100s and 1000s on top to decorate.

Pop in fridge and let set for 3 hours before eating.

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Hidden Veggie Pasties

Hidden Veggie Pasties

These make nice big pasties for a main meal, you can use the same mixture to make smaller ones which are great for entertaining and kids parties. You can hide whatever veggies you like inside them just make sure the mixture is not to wet when assembling.


Ingredients

500 grams Beef mince, chicken mince is also good.

1 onion diced fine

1/2 cup peas

1/2 cup corn kernels

1 carrot grated fine

1/2 cup broccoli heads diced really fine (really fine so kids can't see ha!)

1 large potato diced into approx half cm pieces, you want it nice and fine

 1 garlic clove crushed

 1/4 cup tomato sauce

salt and pepper to taste

1 egg beaten

4 sheets puff pastry, short crust works fine as well.

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 220C

Line a tray with baking paper

Add all ingredients except the egg and pastry to a large bowl and mix well.

Thaw out 4 sheets of pastry and place mixture into the middle of the sheet.

Roll pastry so that all edges are closed, brush with egg to seal.

Brush with more egg on top so that pastry goes a golden colour when cooking.

Gently prick a few times with a fork to allow steam out as they cook.

Cook for approx 20 minutes until the outsides are golden brown in colour.

Serve with your favourite sauce, on their own or with more veggies.


 

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Egg And Refined Sugar Free Chocolate Muffins

Egg And Refined Sugar Free Chocolate Muffins

These muffins are egg and refined sugar free, they are very moist and kids love them!

Ingredients

1 Banana

400 grams of butter beans drained and rinsed well

3 Tablespoons of coconut oil

4 tablespoons of almond milk

1/2 cup Cocoa We use Loving Earth 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

150 grams Self raising flour

3/4 cup coconut sugar we use global organics, you can use brown sugar but they wont be refined sugar free.  

Method

Preheat oven to 160 degrees.

Place 12 cupcake shells in a muffin tray.

Place butter beans, coconut oil, almond milk, banana and vanilla extract into a blender and blitz until smooth.

Add mixture to the bowl along with all other ingredients and mix well.

Add approx 2 tablespoons of mixture to each cupcake case.

Pop in the oven for 20 minutes and cook until they slightly spring back in the middle of cupcakes.

These have a moist soft consistency and are really yummy.

makes 12 

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Rocky Road Biscuit Slice

Rocky Road Biscuit Slice

Looking for a quick, sweet and delicious slice to whip up? This Rocky Road Biscuit Slice is it!

It is a little bit naughty and recommended only for a treat, but if you love chocolate < who doesn't or feeling like something sweet give this slice a go < Warning it is hard to stop at one piece.

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of your favourite biscuits we uses Arnott's Arrowroots.
  • 2 blocks of Milk chocolate
  • 1 Cup unsalted peanuts optional
  • 2 Cups pink and white marshmallows quartered
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Coconut oil

  Method:

  1. Crumble biscuits, I place mine in a plastic bag and give them a bit of a bang until they are a mixture of sizes no bigger than an inch long.
  2. In a microwave safe bowel add the chocolate broken up with the coconut oil and pop on high in microwave for 1 minute, take out and stir and return to microwave for 10 -20 seconds until completely melted.
  3. Add the biscuits and half the peanuts into a bowl.
  4. Pour half of the chocolate mixture into the bowl and stir through.
  5. Line a 25 cm tray with baking paper
  6. Place the chocolate biscuit mixture on the bottom of the tray and spread out evenly.
  7. In another bowl add the marshmallows, remaining peanuts and chocolate and mix through.
  8. pour mixture onto the biscuit chocolate base and spread out evenly.
  9. Pop in the fridge to set for 3 hours
  10. Slice and enjoy!

Serves 16 

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Peppermint Crisp Balls

Peppermint Crisp Balls

Peppermint Crisp bars how nice are they? I had a few bars left over for Christmas pavlovas so I decided to experiment a bit and came up with delicious balls!

Ingredients

8 Peppermint Crisp Bars

1 Packet of Chocolate Ripple Biscuits 300 grams

Chocolate Condensed Milk (available at Aldi)

 Method

Pop Peppermint Crisp Bars and biscuits into a food processor and blitz until fine.

Add biscuit mixture to a large bowl and add condensed milk, mix through until well combined.

Pop mixture into the fridge for 10 minutes. Roll into balls approx 1 inch in size and pop in the fridge.

You can roll in more crushed peppermint Crisp if you like.

Makes 28 

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4 Ingredient Banana bread

4 Ingredient Banana bread

This banana bread is really quick to make and great for afternoon tea. I often make this when I know I have visitors coming over.

Ingredients

  • 3 Ripe bananas mashed
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups Self raising flour

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

Beat the eggs and sugar together.

Add the mashed banana and mix well.

Stir in the flour until combined well.

Line a loaf tin approx 22cm with baking paper.

Cook for approx 50 minutes until the top is golden.

Slice and enjoy!

 

 

 

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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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Easy Cheesy Garlic Loaf

Easy Cheesy Garlic Loaf

 

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

 

You will need:

 

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

 

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

 

Method:

 

– Preheat a fan forced oven to 200c.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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2 Ingredient Ice cream

2 Ingredient Ice cream

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Then simply scoop into cups and serve YUM!

 

What other flavors would you do?

 

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Father’s Day DIY Gift: Spice Rubs

Father’s Day DIY Gift: Spice Rubs

 

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

 

SEASONED SALT

 

¼ cup Onion powder

 

¼ cup Garlic powder

 

¼ cup Ground black pepper

 

3 tbsps. Paprika

 

2 tbsps. Dried parsley

 

1 tbsps. Red pepper flakes (optional)

 

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

 
ITALIAN SPICE MIX

 

3 tbsps. Italian seasoning

 

4 tbsps. Oregano

 

2 tbsps. Basil

 

2 tbsps. Dried minced onion

 

2 tbsps. Dried parsley flakes

 

3 tbsps. Salt

 

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

 

DADS MIX

 

3 tbsps. Thyme

 

3 tbsps. Rosemary

 

3 tbsps. Dried parsley

 

1 tsp Cumin powder

 

½ tsp Hot paprika

 

3 pinches of salt

 

3 pinches of ground black pepper

 

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

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

 

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3 Ingredient Cheats Fudge!

3 Ingredient Cheats Fudge!


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

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

 Ingredients

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

 Instructions

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

 

 

 

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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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Curried Beef Sausage Rolls

Curried Beef Sausage Rolls

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

Ingredients

·       450grams beef mince

·       1 onion chopped finely

·       2 cloves minced garlic

·       1 tablespoon Keens Curry Powder

·       1 cup bread crumbs

·       3/4 cup tomato sauce

·       4 sheets puff pastry

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

·       pinch salt

·       1/4 teaspoon pepper

 

Instructions

1.     Preheat oven to 180 degrees

2.     Line 2 large trays with baking paper.

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

4.     Pop mince mixture into a large bowl.

5.     Add the bread crumbs and mix well.

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

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

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

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

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

Makes 30

 

 

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5 Veggie Beef Patties

5 Veggie Beef Patties

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

Ingredients

·       1 kilo beef mince

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

·       1 onion diced fine

·       1 clove garlic add more if you like

·       1 carrot grated

·       1/2 cup corn kernels

·       1/2 cup peas

·       1/2 crated zucchini

·       2 cup bread crumbs

·       1/2 teaspoon salt

·       1/2 teaspoon pepper

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

·       Olive oil to cook in.

 

Method

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

2.     Roll into approx 2 inch size balls.

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

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

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

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

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

Makes approx 15

 

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No bake 3 Ingredient Tim Tam Slice

No bake 3 Ingredient Tim Tam Slice

This No Bake Tim Tam Slice would have to be one of the easiest slices you will ever make. I make this often for family events, It literally takes 5 minutes to make and honestly it takes less than five minutes to be eaten as everyone loves it!  < Warning you won't be able to stop at one.

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Ninja Turtles Sugar Free Party Favors!

Ninja Turtles Sugar Free Party Favors!

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

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

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

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Gluten Free Cherry Ripe Slice

Gluten Free Cherry Ripe Slice

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

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2 Ingredient Pizza And Bread Rolls Dough

2 Ingredient Pizza And Bread Rolls Dough

Make Pizza And Bread Rolls With Only 2 Ingredients!

It almost sounds to good to be true doesn't it? I mean who can make bread rolls or even pizza with only 2 ingredients. Let me tell you I was a little weary of making this recipe when I first heard about it, but I am so glad I did. I use this recipe all the time and has become my weekly go to for bread rolls and Pizza bases.

I am all for finding multiple uses of grocery items and I love that these recipes use Greek yogurt. I buy a big tub when I do the grocery shopping and I use it for breakfasts, baking  and dips it really is so versatile.

The mixture will seem a little sticky don't worry this is normal, once you pop on a floured surface it won't stick so much.

Give these a try they really work well, and let us know how you go!

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