Yummy Recipes

12 June 2015
pumpkin muffins

Tasty Gluten free and Sugar free Pumpkin muffin

Muffins are such a quick and easy snack to make for children to enjoy. I also enjoy a tasty muffin with a hot cup of tea but eating too many can have a negative effect on your waistline! I have dieted in the past both successfully and unsuccessfully using low carb, low fat, low sugar, high protein meal replacements etc . But I wanted something different (and to be honest, easier). I was chatting to […]
4 March 2015
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How To Throw a Fabulous Gruffalo Party

I've never met anyone who does not like or love the children's book The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. It has been a  favourite in our home for the last 8 years and my three never tire of hearing it over and over. I think I have read it so often as both a parent and a teacher that I can recite it verbatim. I love a themed party so when my eldest son turned 4, […]
1 March 2015
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St Patrick’s Day for Kids

Ideas for celebrating St Patrick's Day with kids St Patrick's Day can be lots of fun for your toddler. Make the most of the rainbow, pot of gold and shamrock images to create some festive decorations and cakes. Saint Patrick's Day  Lá Fhéile Pádraig is an annual holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick ( AD 387–493), the most commonly recognized of the Patron Saints of Ireland. Originally a Christian holiday, it became an […]
28 February 2015
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How to Make a Gruffalo Cake

How to make a Gruffalo cake My son wanted a Gruffalo cake for his 4th birthday. It was such fun to make and far easier than I expected! It was a perfect addition to his Gruffalo themed party. I baked a dome shaped cake in a rounded cake tin and 3 small circle layers. Using vanilla butter cream, I sandwiched the layers together. I used a regular sponge cake recipe, but any dense cake (easier […]
23 February 2015
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Superhero Party Food, Drinks and Cake Ideas

Superhero Party Food Ideas Superhero party planning is such fun. I had a great time coming up with food themed for the day and found it a great help to use a ready made party pack to help label and decorate the food and drinks I had on offer. I purchased a rather lovely  superhero pack . It has printable and customisable invitations and other items. The superhero party pack included: Invitation 5×7”,2“ Party Circles (Cupcake […]
28 November 2014
apple recipes, chocolate recipes, loaf cakes,

Decadent Apple & Chocolate Chip Loaf

Have you got an excess of apples, or some sitting in the fruit bowl that are a little less firm than you like them? Turn them into this tasty loaf cake which is superb served hot with custard or ice cream. The original recipe called for raisins to be added but my ‘kidlets' are not fans of raisins so I opted to make it a little less healthy 😉 and added chocolate chips instead! Chocolate […]
27 November 2014
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Betty Crocker Lemon cup cake mix review

Betty Crocker cupcake box mix review I love to bake, I always make my cupcakes from scratch as they are so delicious and I am known for them in my neighbourhood. I like to make them for friends get-togethers, parties, and by request for special occasions. But sometimes, the kids want to do a quick baking activity, or I want to save my luxury cupcake recipes (which are quite costly to make per cake) and […]
24 November 2014
apple recipes, fruit cakes, apple dessert, apple pudding,

Apple Cake

Apples are such a versatile fruit. You can use them in chutneys, relishes, jams, cakes and drinks.  Apples are often an important ingredient in many desserts, such as apple pie, apple crumble, apple crisp and apple cake. During the late summer and early autumn, apples are easy to come by. They are often eaten baked or stewed, and they can also be dried and eaten. The latter being a favorite of my children. My youngest […]
13 November 2014
First birthday, girl party, fairy party

A First Birthday Fairy Party

All about a fairy party This was my daughter's First birthday party. I wanted to do a really girly theme and settled on fairies as I found some sweet fairy party accessories online. I had found a really cute white and pink fairy dress with mini wings attached to the back too. It was so sweet I just had to put her in it with pink tights and white and pink and silver shoo shoo […]
10 November 2014
advent, calendars, Christmas,

15 ‘No chocolate’ advent calendar ideas

15 child friendly advent calendar ideas Advent calendars can be any sort of count down you wish. Many people opt for the simple store bought chocolate calendars, but what if your little one has an allergy? Or if you just don't enjoy chocolates? Here is a round up of advent calendars that don't have chocolate. Wrap a small Christmas themed book up and number the wrapping paper..one per day Fill small boxes with sweets or […]
8 November 2014
North Pole Breakfast Ideas, elf on the shelf, Christmas elf

Decor and menu Ideas for your North Pole Breakfast

North Pole Breakfast A wonderful part of the Christmas Elf tradition is to have a North Pole breakfast . This is usually the first of December or the first weekend in December although many choose to have it even earlier if their elf arrives sooner in the year. Our family elf likes to appear during the night the Christmas tree is put up and decorated so the North Pole breakfast is the next day and […]
27 October 2014
pumpkin recipes, bobotie recipe, mince recipes, autumn recipes

Warming Pumpkin Bobotie Recipe

As autumn gets under way, pumpkins and squashes of all shapes and sizes seem to be filling the store veggie departments. Signs inviting me to pick my own pumpkins are sprouting up along the road sides at garden centres and farms. Pumpkins are a super vegetable to use for a host of delicious recipes. The one I use most is pumpkin soup. But recently I saw a combination of a recipe I grew up with […]
13 October 2014
oatmeal cookie recipe, gift recipes, recipes for homeamde cookies

Oatie Cookie Kit Gift in a Jar recipe

Surprise your friends or family members with a little pre-prepared cookie mix gift in a jar. Home made gifts are always well recived. I often make gift in a jar presents for teachers at Christmas time or for their birthdays. They are also super to make up ahead of time and keep int your own store cupboard for days when you feel like baking. Like having your own box mix; move over Betty Crocker! One […]
6 October 2014
Sneaky Courgette Chocolate Cake, courgette recipes, chocolate cake recipes, hidden vegetables recipes

Sneaky Courgette Chocolate Cake

Hidden Courgette Chocolate Cake My children are not fans of vegetables. I'm always disguising them in foods. Grating carrots or courgettes into bolognaise sauce, finely chopping onions into stews and  blending tomatoes into a puree before adding it to sauces. I was really pleased to find a cake recipe that has vegetables hidden in it. I know my 3 WILL eat chocolate cake. I know they would NEVER suspect that there were vegetables in a […]
1 October 2014
bran recipe, muffins, apple recipes

Surprisingly Yummy All Bran muffins

  I like to make bran muffins for my children to have as break time snacks or for a quick filler after school. They already enjoy bran muffins with a slice of cheese or a smear of butter on them so I was excited to try them out on this apple version. Bearing in mind that for a large portion of Autumn, I have a huge apple tree that is dripping with apples. Only trouble […]
29 September 2014
Rich Courgette and Chocolate muffins, chocolate recipes, courgette recipes, zuchini

Rich Chocolate and Courgette Muffins

  Another courgette recipe? Yes! During the late summer and early autumn, I have a huge amount of courgettes growing in my garden. I always seem to plant to many and end up with more than we could hope to eat in regular meals. I have become adept at hiding them in various recipes for baked goods. This one is a rather sneaky one as the chocolate flavour means that you don't even know you […]
26 September 2014
Scrumptious Spinach Sala, spinach recipe, salad recipe, clean living recipe

Seriously Scrumptious Spinach Salad

Spinach Salad Spinach is well known for its nutritional qualities and has always been thought of as a plant credited with the ability to restore energy and improve the quality of the blood. Why does spinach produce these results? Well it's  primarily the fact that it is rich in iron. It also contains phyto chemicals which have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties. These natural chemicals are especially important for healthy eye-sight. I love spinach and I […]
24 September 2014
Meal Planning, how to get started, planning melas, tips for meals, quick meal ideas

Meal planning , how to get started

Meal planning – how to get started Save each week's meal plans, especially the ones that have have worked well with recipes that have been the most popular, and you will soon be able to start using them as reference or even create a rota for repeating them. Tips for getting started: 1. List of family favourites recipes First of all, make a list of your family's favourite meals. Get the kids involved and ask […]
15 September 2014
Spicy Chocolate and courgette Muffins, courgette recipes, mjuffin recipes, chocolate recipes

Delicious Spicy Chocolate Courgette Muffin

Ever thought of putting courgette in a  muffin? Well you should.  As odd as it sounds, the courgette barely adds flavour, at least in this recipe it is masked by the deliciousness of chocolate. So why use courgette in your muffin then? Well, it provides a lovely moist texture and softens the muffin. You know how easily muffins can be dry and crumbly? The addition of courgette ensures that your muffin will be a treat […]
8 September 2014
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25 Freezer Friendly Sandwiches

  If you're anything like me, you too will hate having to make sandwiches for your families lunchboxes everyday! Cue a busy morning of dressing, feeding and making sure everyone has everything they need for the school or work day, and making sandwiches becomes an unnecessarily stressful addition to the morning rush. And, if you ask me..it is boring and monotonous too. I find that no matter how organised I am with all the bits […]
23 June 2014
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Bolo Baeta ( Brazilian Milk Cake)

During the world cup football, I wanted to teach my children a few things about the various countries participating in the event. Since it was being held in Brazil, i thought it would be fun to try to find a kid friendly recipe that we could bake together and enjoy as a treat. I searched the internet for Brazilian recipes that had ingredients I thought my children would be happy to eat. I came across […]
22 June 2014
Silly Spaghetti recipe, spaghetti for kids, pasta recipes

Silly Spaghetti Squares

Spaghetti,  a long, thin, cylindrical, solid pasta, is thought to have first been made in Sicily, Italy. Like other pasta types, spaghetti is made of milled wheat and water. Traditional Italian spaghetti is made from durum wheat semolina, but elsewhere it may be made with other kinds of flour. Whatever spaghetti you choose to use, I'm sure your children will love this recipe as much as mine do.   [yumprint-recipe id='8′] This dish is called silly […]
21 June 2014
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20 Quick meal ideas for fussy kids

Sometimes it is just not possible to get fancy with the evening meal. Busy days at school and work mean that often, a quick solution is needed. Here are some fuss free ideas for the family to enjoy. These ideas are both simple and quick and are perfectly suited to please fussy kids. Why not try out these meal ideas on your fussy kids and see how many you are able to add to your […]
22 April 2014
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10 Fascinating Facts about St George’s Day

St George's Day is a time to celebrate the patron saint of England.  It's a super excuse to enjoy or learn about some of England's customs and traditions, and also to think about knights, castles, and dragons!
21 April 2014
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Family Favourite Victoria Sponge Cake

The Victoria sponge or Victoria sandwich cake was named after Queen Victoria of Great Britain. It is believed that she enjoyed a slice of the sponge cake with her afternoon tea. Often referred to simply as “sponge cake”,  a true Victoria sponge would only contain raspberry jam. As the cake became more popular, whipped double cream or vanilla cream was added as a delicious addition. The jam and cream are used to sandwich two sponge […]
8 April 2014
Cheese and spinach scones

Cheese and spinach scone recipe

A modern day scone is a single-serving cake or quick bread. Scones are usually made of wheat, barley or oatmeal. Although many countries have their own version of a scone, British scones are often lightly sweetened, but may also be savoury. They may include raisins, currants, cheese or dates. This recipe has spinach as well as cheese for a lovely savoury alternative to a sweet buttered , jam and cream filled scone. The scone is […]
8 April 2014
20 Ingenious kitchen and food tips

20 Ingenious Kitchen and Food Tips

Here are some great tips and ideas for making your time in the kitchen more economical. Some of these are just plain clever! Great Grating – Leave cheese for 15 minutes in the freezer for easy grating. Soup in Shape – To freeze soup or stews, spoon into plastic zip-lock bags and place bags in a rectangular container. Place in freezer until frozen and remove the outer container. Even cardboard boxes can be used for […]
4 April 2014
Chocolate Bar pudding

Chocolate Bar Pudding

  Just when you thought you couldn't enjoy chocolate any more than you already do, along comes an insanely delicious and decadent chocolate pudding recipe that has you swooning! Chocolate goodies always do really well in my house, especially for my eldest who adores chocolate in any form. My go to chocolate dessert is usually a mousse, but this recipe is a very good alternative. Due to it's smooth sweet flavour, chocolate has become one […]
2 April 2014
Farmhouse Pickles, pickeld cucumbers, pickle recipes

Farmhouse Cucumber Pickles

At the end of the long summer days, when you are harvesting your cucumbers and you have more than you could possibly eat in a salads, what better way to continue enjoying them for months to come, than by turning them into something as scrumptious as *farmhouse pickles. A pickled cucumber or pickle in the USA or as gherkins in the United Kingdom is a cucumber that has been pickled in a brine or vinegar […]
1 April 2014
Cooking terms Made easy, definitions of cookery terms

Cooking Terms Made Easy

I enjoy cooking. Ok, let's qualify that. I like to cook for guests and entertaining. I'm am bored senseless by cooking for the kids everyday. My children don't have adventurous palates, so I end up making the same few dishes over and over. It all gets a bit tedious. But what frustrates me, is when I am looking at a new recipe and it is filled with cooking terms. To be fair, most of them […]
28 March 2014

Yummy Homemade Fish Paste

Fish paste is popular spread to put on toast. For me, it is one of the tastes of my childhood. Fish paste spread on warm buttered toast for breakfast. Mmmmm! As I grew up, adding a few slivers of tomato to the toast made it all the more delicious. When I moved to the UK, it was one of the things I missed and wanted to be able to give my children. Search as I […]
25 March 2014

Scrummy Banana Salad Recipe

What a super fruit! Deliciously sweet with a firm and creamy flesh, bananas come ready packaged in their own skins and are freely available year round. Easy to eat from a very young age due to their soft creamy flesh, they are a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of magnesium, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, potassium, biotin, and copper. No wonder many babies can list bananas in their top 5 […]
22 March 2014
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Going potty for packed lunch ideas?

Packed lunches can be very stressful for a busy parent and often the easier option is to order a school dinner. But what do you do if you have a  little one is not keen on those? My 3 children prefer packed lunches (even my 3 year old who eats lunch at home) , I think in part due to not having to queue and wait for food and because they get a wider variety […]
21 March 2014
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Put a Spring in your step!

The skies are bluer, the breeze is warmer, the flowers are blooming and cute, cuddly baby creatures are being born. Along with all these marvelous changes to our environment, it means that once again, our children have a break from school. And so, us parents find the arduous task of keeping them meaningfully occupied. But don't panic, put a relaxed spring in your step by looking no further than our BizzyBabes and Yummy Mummy pages. To […]
19 March 2014
Miracle cookies recipe, cookie recipe, cake mix recipes, quick cookies

Miracle Cookie recipe

This cookie recipe is truly a miracle cookie recipe. I had never used a cake mix to make cookies before and can't believe how simple and quick and fuss free it is! Take a look at how simple it is! One of my favourite things about this cookie recipe, is that it works with any flavour cake mix. That means that you can make cookies in all your favourite cake flavours. How great is that? […]
17 March 2014
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19 Despicable Minion Party Bag and Food Ideas

My older boy just turned 6 and for his special day he wanted a Minion Party based on the Minions from the movie Despicable Me. Here are some ideas to use when planning party bags and food for your One in  Minion party.  Tank Yu! Minion Party bag treats and favours: To make your minion party bag, take a hint from their colour. Use yellow or blue paper bags or party boxes and stick minion […]
3 March 2014

Alternative to buttercream icing

I bake a lot. Usually I use the traditional butter and icing mixture we know as buttercream. But sometimes it is good to opt for a healthier alternative to those well known recipes. This recipe is ideal for when you must have icing (frosting) but want a better alternative to buttercream! I am always looking for ways to cut the sugar and am happy to say that this recipe has a lot less sugar and […]
25 February 2014
egg pie

Crustless Egg Pie

Here is a quick kids meal for those rushed after school days. It uses a few simple ingredients that you may already have in your store cupboard or fridge. Add a nice green salad or a side of their favourite vegetables for a filling and tasty dish. How to make Crustless Egg Pie Ingredients: 3 slices of white bread- crumbed (I put them into my food processor to crumb them) 500ml Milk (full fat or […]
1 December 2013

Gingerbread people

Very few poeple I know don't enjoy gingerbread. My children like to make gingerbread,m but only if they get to use the cookie cutters and create shapes out of the cookie dough before it is baked. In this recipe, I tell you about how to make a whole family of gingerbread people and decorate them. Delicious fun! What you need: a baking tray gingerbread man shaped cookie cutter piping icing (either shop bought or homemade) […]
20 November 2013
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Fruit Cocktail Christmas Cake

Now this one really is made for an emergency at Christmas – when all your guests have gobbled up the other cakes and biscuits.  You may also prefer this as it has a much lighter texture than a traditional Christmas Cake. How to make this Christmas Cake Ingredients: 2 cups of flour 2 cups of sugar 2 teaspoons of baking soda 1 teaspoon of salt 1 lg. (3 1/2 c.) can of fruit cocktail 2 […]
16 October 2011
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Didi’s Easy Christmas Cake

  I make no apologies, this Christmas cake has been in print for over 21 years.  I have been making this cake since 1994. Over the years I have adapted it to our taste. I choose a weekend when I know the family are at home and make sure that they all take turns in mixing and making a Christmas wish.  It heralds the start of the Christmas festivities and the spices fill the house […]
19 May 2011
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Healthy Eating for Toddlers

Every parent wants to ensure that their child is healthy. How do we do this? By making sure that they eat from each food group each day.  Healthy Eating for toddlers is about a balanced diet.  To ensure that the diet is balanced, your toddler should eat from the following 4 groups: STARCHY FOOD: this includes bread, pasta, rice , cereal, sweet potato, potato. FRUIT AND VEGETABLES: Any of these including frozen or canned-five times […]
13 April 2011
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How to make the Perfect Sugar Cookies

I love to bake with my children. It is a lovely way to spend time together. It is a valuable teaching possibility and you end up with something delicious you can all enjoy together. My children liken this dough to play dough, but they cheekily admit, it tastes better than play dough mum! This super simple sugar cookie recipe is easy enough for even your youngest to master. With a few ordinary ingredients, you can […]
20 December 2010
XMASSCENT | Toddlebabes - Learn to Play - Play to Learn

3 Christmas Scent Recipes

There is nothing as wonderful as walking into a home literally smelling of Christmas!  These can even be used as a gift-in-a-jar present and are cheaper then buying Christmas oils for burners.     If you can't spare a burner on your hob to keep these going, then why not make them in a fondue pot. Just remember to keep it out of reach of children! This part your little one can help with… Christmas […]
18 December 2010
Warm Spiced Cider, cider recipe, apple recipes

Warm Spiced Cider

This is especially for all those enjoying the snow and who need something to keep them warm on those chilly nights…And it makes a nice alternative to mulled wine.   Spiced Cider What you need: 2 litres apple cider 1 teaspoon whole cloves 1 teaspoon allspice (not mixed spice) 3 sticks cinnamon Unpeeled lemon — thinly sliced Sugar to taste What to do: Simmer all ingredients together. Serve hot. Remove all spices and refrigerate any leftovers. Delicious […]
17 December 2010
Quick Christmas Fruitcake

Quick Christmas Fruitcake

This is a really Quick Christmas Fruitcake for all of us who are rushed off our feet and haven't found the time to do the Traditional “thing” — or couldn't be bothered with the tons of ingredients that go in to the traditional cake. What you need: 1 cup unblanched almonds 3 apples, peeled and thinly sliced 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup brown sugar 4 eggs 3 cups cake flour 2 tsp. ground cinnamon […]
16 December 2010

Festive Egg Nog Recipe

I suppose this one is really for the grownups — although you could substitute brandy essence for the real thing!  Egg Nog Recipe What you need: 6 large eggs, separated 150 g sugar or sugar substitute (like Xylitol) 250 ml rum 1 litre 100% cream milk 250 ml fresh cream 125 ml brandy What to do: Beat the egg yolks and sugar together well. Gradually beat in the rum and milk. Fold in stiffly beaten […]
13 December 2010
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Christmas Cinnamon Ornaments

The kiddies will love making these in all sizes and shapes. They smell really great and look gorgeous on your tree…and if anyone is really starving after Christmas lunch, they can attack your tree! Christmas Cinnamon Ornaments What you need: 1 cup Applesauce puree 1 oz (30g) Ground Cinnamon 1 oz (30g) Ground Cloves 1 oz (30g) Ground Nutmeg 1 oz (30g) Ground Ginger Icing Sugar or glitter for decoration Cookie cutters in Christmas shapes […]
12 December 2010
Brilliant Brownies in a Jar, chocolate recipes, brownie recipe, homemade gifts

Brilliant Brownies in a Jar

For all chocolate lovers and reluctant bakers…this brownie mix is such a lovely gift to give at Christmas! Spend a little time layering the ingredients so that they look attractive through the glass of your jar and then decorate the jar to suit the occasion. At Christmas time, I like to dress up my brownies jar with festive fabric or paper lid covers and a bit of raffia, coloured ropes or strings or sumptuous ribbons […]
11 December 2010
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Scottish Shortbread Mix in a Jar

What would Christmas be without some genuine Scottish Shortbread to nibble on? Here is a delicious and simple shortbread mix to prepare in advance for your own home baking or to give as gifts this Christmas! Scottish Shortbread Mix What you need: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup powdered sugar (caster sugar) 1/4 tsp. salt Clean, DRY, airtight gift jar, big enough to fit the ingredients above. Christmas tag or label for instructions. Ribbons, […]
11 December 2010
mincepie | Toddlebabes - Learn to Play - Play to Learn

Easy Toddler Mince Pies

I love baking with my children. Measuring and weighing, chopping, mixing and decorating our home bakes make for a fun and educational activity. It also gives us special time. We are totally focused on our activity and each other. We chat more, laugh together and learn together. Having your children enjoy creating in the kitchen is also an important life skill. I realise that one can cope just fine without mince pies, but I'm talking […]
10 December 2010
hotchoc | Toddlebabes - Learn to Play - Play to Learn

Rich Hot Chocolate Mix in a Jar

This yummy chocolate is just what is needed for the cold winter days.  Make a jar ahead of time to for your family to enjoy, or as a special treat for visitors. It also makes a super simple and tasty gift for teachers, neighbours or impromptu guests. Attach some mini marshmallows or other small chocolates to the jar too and make it an even more perfect present!   Hot Chocolate mix What you need: 8 […]
8 December 2010
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Spiced Walnuts Gift-in-a-Jar

People always appreciate gifts that are thoughtful, home made and unique. That is what makes this Gift-in-a-Jar something different and special. For the nut lover , this is an especially decadent gift. The crunchy deliciousness of walnuts combined with the sweetness of syrup make a truly luxurious treat.
8 December 2010
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Children’s 12 Days of Christmas Countdown

I's only Twelve days until Christmas. Here are 12 fun things to do with your children. One for each day from now til Christmas Eve. Let the Christmas countdown begin! Pick and choose the order you'd like to do these activities…have fun and may your Christmas be a blessed one. Click on the crafts below to see how to make them… Here's a cute and easy way to get your littlest ones involved in making […]
7 December 2010
Christmas gift in a jar, homemade christmas gifts,

How to Make homemade Christmas presents

Making beautiful Christmas Gift in a Jar presents is fun, inexpensive and very unique. The kids (of all ages) can really get involved with this and make Christmas giving even more personal and special. Gift in a Jar mixes can be made using almost any type of basic recipe.  Depending on the type and quantity of the mix, you could even use colourful coffee mugs, wide-necked bottles, etc.   It goes without saying that whatever […]
6 December 2010
Stuffing recipe, fruity stuffing

A Christmas Stuffing…with a difference

Fruity Apple Raisin Christmas Stuffing 3/4 cup of minced onion 1 1/2 cups of chopped celery 1 cup of butter 7 cups of soft bread cubes 1 tablespoon of salt 3 cups of finely chopped apples 3/4 cup of raisins 1 1/2 teaspoons of crushed sage leaves 1 teaspoon of thyme leaves 1/2 teaspoon of pepper In large pot, cook and stir onion and celery in butter until onion is tender. Stir in about 1/3 […]
19 October 2010

Slippery, Slime Recipe

Kids love things that are slimy and ooze. Here is a safe and easy recipe for perfect slimy goo. Age Group: 2+ years Slime Recipe What you need: Cornstarch water food colouring What to do: Help your child measure a one to one ratio of water to cornstarch. Let her stir it to make the slime. Add a dash of food colouring for fun. If your child is really small, make the slime and just […]
8 August 2010
A Tasty Goldfish Bowl?undersea party food,fish theme, beach theme

A Tasty Goldfish Bowl?

Make a tasty, edible goldfish bowl that will be a great hit with your toddlers.  Age group: 2+ years What you need: Blue jelly or gelatin and blue food colouring. fish- shaped sweets What to do: Make up the jelly as per the instructions on the packet. If you are using gelatin, make it up and add food colouring to make it blue. Place it in the fridge to set. Just before it is fully […]
1 August 2010
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No Cook Strawberry Jam

After going to a pick-your-own farm to pick strawberries, why not make your own jam? Here is a recipe for NO COOK Strawberry Jam. Let your child mash the berries and mix and stir in the other ingredients. When the jam is ready, you can go one step further and let her make her own sandwich for lunch! Age group: 3years+ What you need: 850g caster sugar 500g firm ripe strawberries ½ bottle liquid pectin […]
24 July 2010
Coping with picky eaters

Coping with your picky eater

It's exciting when your baby starts eating solid foods.  But, just as there are foods you like or dislike, there will be foods they like and ones they don't. That being said, what can be done to help your child get over that frustrating “picky” phase?   Picky Eater tips Many toddlers develop an aversion to new foods or only want to eat one certain food at every meal. This often happens around the infamous “terrible […]
23 July 2010
Sticky Chocolate Brownies

Sticky Chocolate Brownies

Get baking with your toddlers this holiday and make these incredibly simple yet scrummy brownies… So yum, they may not even have enough time to cool down before they disappear! Chocolate Brownies What you need: 1 2/3 cups sugar 1/2 cup butter or margarine 2 tbsp water 2 bars (4 oz) unsweetened baking chocolate, broken up 2 eggs 1 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 1/3 cups flour 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup […]
16 July 2010
How to Wean your Baby

How to Wean your Baby

Your baby's introduction to “baby food” will set his tastes and favourites for many years to come.  So when should you start?  The best time to wean your baby onto solid food is at about 6 months. This age is best because it is when your baby's mouth will start to change to help her cope with the transition. Another tip as to when to begin is when baby is double his birth weight. Starting to early can […]
14 July 2010
Banana Cream Pie with Strawberries, banana recipes, strawberry recipes

Banana Recipe Cream Pie

This yummy fruity banana recipe is perfect for the summer while Strawberries are in abundance…try it with other berries too! Preheat oven to 375° F. PASTRY 1 1/3 cups flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into pieces 3 tablespoons chilled vegetable shortening, cut into pieces 4-5 tablespoons ice water Combine flour, sugar, and salt. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the butter and shortening until the […]
24 June 2010
super Slushies, summer drinks, ice drinks

How to make Super Slushies

Here's a great chilly slushies recipe for your family to enjoy outdoors on those warm sunshiny days! What you need: 1 package of unsweetened powdered drink mix, any flavour 2 cups of water 1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar 4 cups ice What to do: In a blender, combine powdered drink, water and sugar.  Blend. Add all the ice and blend. Pour into cups, add a straw and enjoy on those hot summer days.    
29 May 2010
3 Virgin Cocktails for Mums

3 Virgin Cocktails for Mums

Feel like a grown-up drink with the ladies but worried about your unborn baby or the quality of your milk whilst breast feeding? Try these delicious cocktails that look the part but are good for you and baby! 1. Piña Colada A piña colada  is cool and refreshing. With its smoothie-like consistency, it can be gentler on a mum-to-be's stomach. What you need: 2 ounces coconut milk 1½ ounces crushed pineapple 1 ounce pineapple juice 1/4 […]
24 May 2010
Mud & Worm Pudding

Mud & Worm Pudding

Here's a fun dessert recipe to try after a day working in the garden and digging up bugs, worms and other creepy crawlies…or just because it's fun to be icky! Age group: 2 years+ What You Need: Packaged chocolate pudding (enough boxes for the number of servings required) Double cream- whipped or cheat and use ready foam cream spray  Chocolate digestives  Gummi worms What To Do: Roughly crush cookies in zip lock bag using rolling […]
14 May 2010
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Fussy Eaters and how to put a stop to it!

Fussy eaters can be a worry, especially if your child refuses to eat. BUT it is worth knowing that it is extremely rare for a child to starve themselves! In this article we will be looking at practical tips that you can try to make stress-free mealtimes. Parents with difficult, fussy children at mealtimes are not alone. To have stress-free mealtimes, you should avoid rough playtime and snacks before meals. Present food in fun and interesting […]
28 April 2010
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Banana Chocolate Muffins that are quick and simple

Banana and chocolate are a great combination, so why not try these scrummy banana chocolate muffins as an alternative to the usual chocolate muffin? OK, so the picture definitely does not suggest a healthy muffin as I have icing and a bit of chocolate on top, but I have been trying to cut a bit of refined sugar from our family diet and so recommend that you use erythritol or xylitol as a sugar replacement […]
26 April 2010
Chocolate & Strawberry fondue

Chocolate & Strawberry fondue

Personally I don't need any excuses to eat either chocolate or strawberries, so this decedant dessert is perfect for me…and I'd wager, some of you find the combination very appealing too!  What you need: 150g plain chocolate (dark or wholemilk) broken into pieces 200ml thick cream 15g butter 1-2 Tbsp Cointreau or Grand Marnier 1 large punnet of lush, ripe strawberries, long-stemmed if possible What to do: 1. Place the chocolate, cream, butter and Cointreau or Grand […]
21 April 2010
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Incredible Chocolate Chip Muffins

This recipe makes around 12 delicious muffins so you will probably need to double it to keep everyone happy. Why not use it to make Muffin baskets for friends and family this Easter! What you need: 2 cups plain flour 1/2 cup white sugar 3 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup milk 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 egg 3/4 cup chocolate chips 3 tablespoons white sugar 2 tablespoons brown sugar What to do: Heat […]
19 April 2010

Chocolate Rum Mousse

Here's a rich chocolate mousse to treat all our adult readers…we also have a kid friendly , alcohol free version so come and take a look!
14 April 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Drops

Mmmm, yummy chocolate and peanut butter….read on to find out how to make these delicious treats!
12 April 2010

Green Bean and Almond Salad

Soon it will be possible to start eating outdoors again. With that in mind we will be including some salads to try alongside your BBQ or picnic lunches…
6 April 2010

Rocky Road Bars Recipe

All this month are looking at recipes containing chocolate. These yummy bars are great to make with your toddlers and will vanish before they have even cooled!
3 April 2010

Gampa Bruce’s Chocolate Mousse

This quick recipe works like a charm and tastes fabulous! It is alcohol and egg free and yet is deceptively simple to make. It is sure to get you many compliments!
15 March 2010

St Patrick’s Day goodies

Rainbows are  a great way to teach colours, to reinforce the story of Noah's ark , to learn about weather or to enjoy around St Patrick's Day. Here are some rainbow foods for you and your pre schooler to make together.
15 February 2010
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Yummy Pancake fillings

Here are some pancake fillings to try this Pancake Tuesday. From savoury to sweet, I am sure you will find some to make your pancake day especially yummy.
15 February 2010

Ideas for Pancake Day

Here are some rhymes and songs to use on pancake day. As well as other fun activities for your toddler to enjoy.
14 February 2010
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Pancake Day

It's nearly pancake Day, so with that in mind, we have put together some fabulous pancake recipes that can be enjoyed for breakfast lunch or dinner…as starters, main meals or desserts. Take some time to prepare the batter together and let your toddler be involved. Here is a great and easy recipe for pancakes that will suit both savoury and sweet fillings and sauces. What you need: 225g (8oz) plain flour 2 large eggs oil […]
13 February 2010

Light & Fluffy Pancakes

Why are these so light and fluffy? It’s the whipped egg whites. Beat the egg whites as you would for meringues and fold them into the batter.
11 February 2010
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Promoting Healthy Eating in Children

Every parent wants to ensure that their child is healthy. How do you do this? How do you go about getting your toddler or small child to enjoy healthy eating? Here are some simple do's and don'ts to adhere to!
9 February 2010

TEN Common Parent Food Mistakes

Often we as parents, worry about how much or how litte our toddler may be eating. Here are some common mistakes parents make when it comes to food.
8 February 2010

“I Love You” Day cookies

Here's a really sweet way to say “I love you”. Make Heart-shaped cookies using a simple sugar cookie recipe.
28 January 2010


This Banana Bread recipe went down really well at my local toddler group. I often make it with my own children because it is a very child-friendly recipe..easy to get them involved in the preparation. Plus it is filled with some really good stuff (if you don’t mind the sugar!).
3 December 2009

Magical Melting Snowball treats

These snowballs shaped cookies only use four simple ingredients, and they really do melt away in your mouth. They are perfect for winter holidays as they look like round snowballs and are so easy for toddlers to make.
1 December 2009

Christmas Tree biscuits

These cute edible Christmas trees are easy to make using your star shaped cookie cutters. They are a great way to get your toddler busy in the preparations for Christmas and they taste yummy too!
25 November 2009
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Traditional Christmas Cake

This cake recipe has plenty of delicious dried fruit, pecans and just a hint of dark chocolate. Make it early so that you can “feed” it brandy often before Christmas day arrives!
7 November 2009

Pumpkin and Bacon Tagliatelle

Use roasted, diced pumpkin and fried strips of lean bacon to create this delicious autumn meal.
6 November 2009

Scrummy Yummy Pumpkin Pie

This super easy traditional pie is a great alternative to apple or other fruit based pies. Try it as an afternoon snack with your cup of  tea or as dessert.
5 November 2009

Winter Warming Pumpkin Soup

Try this wonderfully warming feel-good soup. Simple to make and sure to please the whole family!
4 November 2009

Pumpkin Muffins

These Mini mouthfuls of pumpkin goodness are easy to make and are a welcome change to bran or other everyday muffins. And they are a great way to use up the pumpkin scraped from carving your jack o' lantern!
3 November 2009

Pumpkin Fruit Cake

A delicious and decadent pumpkin cake with the added goodness of sultanas, raisins, apricots and fruit juice!
3 November 2009

Chocolate Sparklers

Use chocolate fingers to make edible sparklers! This is simple, quick and your toddlers will love them!
2 November 2009

Pumpkin Cake

A wonderful way to use pumpkin and make a spicy sweet treat!
28 October 2009

Monster Slime Drink

Try this suitably slimy looking drink to add to the ickiness of any Monster party! It takes very few ingredients and is sure to please your little monsters…
28 October 2009

Loch Ness Monster Cake

You won't believe how quick and easy but great looking this Monster cake is. Perfect for a Halloween party and simple enough for your toddler to do most of the work!
28 October 2009
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A Genuine South African Fish Bobotie Pie

This is a traditional favourite much loved by all South Africans.
27 October 2009

Have a Healthy Halloween

With all the press that childhood obesity has been getting in recent years and knowing that obesity is on the up worldwide especially amongst children, we thought you might like some ideas for alternatives to the sugar-filled Halloween treats that are filling supermarket shelves at the moment. Perhaps you don't like the idea of giving out sweets to other people's children or perhaps you find sweets an uncreative, boring thing to give. Whatever your reasons, there are many cheap […]
26 October 2009

Salt Dough Ghosts

This craft project is one your kids will quickly get enthusiastic about. Almost anything can be shaped. Your dough shapes can be painted and used as great table decorations or even for hanging.
24 October 2009

Crispy Fish Pie

So easy and always a great hit with dads and kids alike.
22 October 2009

3 Spidery Things to Make and Eat

Get some creepy crawlies into your kitchen with child friendly spider treats!
22 October 2009

Banana Curry with Cashew Rice

A very unusual curry for those cold winter evenings – and perfect for vegetarians as well.
16 October 2009

Courgette and Ricotta Lasagne

Sometimes we are just not in the mood for meat. I love a good veggie dish and I know many vegetarians are always looking for alternatives and original recipes to expand their repertoire. Here is a recipe that does just that. This vegetarian lasagne has all the rich gooeyness (is that  a word) of the ricotta and the satisfying layers of courgette, peas and cheese. I'd bet that any meat lovers would be more than […]
16 October 2009

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Cheese Mash

A really hearty pie with a difference that your family will love – and easy on the budget as well. Vegetarians will love it too.
13 November 2008
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10 Healthy Snacks for a healthier YOU

As a busy Mom, I am always trying to find quick, simple and healthy snacks that are good for me and the children, especially for when we are out and about. Here are a few ideas that work pretty well! I also don't believe in low fat options as they are often loaded with sugar or chemical sweeteners to make up for the fat that has been removed. So you'll notice I advocate full fat […]