Sunday, June 27, 2010

Hoot Hoot

Look what I got! A Harry's Desk Owl Hair Clip in our favorite colour PURPLE! Thanks Ally we love it.


I wont be posting for the next two weeks, we are having a home holiday, turning off the screen for a bit, reading a few books, baking, spend some quality family time and doing lots of resting. I have a few projects up my sleeve which I hope to share soon.

If you want a cheap activity I bought this giant bubble pack from Aldi this week for $5. It provided us with loads of entertainment and we can refill the bottle for more bubble fun. If you have some other cheap holiday ideas for young kids comment away, I am always looking for new suggestions.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Recipe find

I found this blog today Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen with Kid friendlyVegan recipes that look good.

Monday, June 21, 2010

School Holiday Ideas

If you are looking for a cheap, fun activity for your school aged kids, which will burn off some of that energy. Check this out!!! Click on the image to go to the home page.

We went along to this last year and my kids had a blast. My good friend is organising the craft and it sound fantastic. Parents are welcome to stay or leave their kids and they cater for allergies. Go along you will be very welcome.

Recipe of the Week

These are two of my favorite cookbooks

Sue Dengates "The Failsafe Cookbook"

Both of these books include handy recipes for those who are affected by food allergy and intolerance. For the Train Cake and any other birthday cake for kids I use the Basic Plain Cake recipe which you can find on page 133 of the Sue Dengate Book. For the Cookies I use the Vanilla Cookie Recipe from the RPAH book on page 162, I would highly recommend these two books for any family. If your own children don't have any allergies or food intolerance I can guarantee that you will come across someone who does. It is a great resource with loads of helpful info.

Basic Plain Cake

250g self-raising flour or gluten free flour (I use Orgran or the new Aldi Has No.. brand)
1/4 tsp salt
125g failsafe butter or nuttelex
125g caster sugar
2 eggs, well beaten or egg replacer
1/2 cup of milk or rice or soy milk
1/4 tsp vanilla

Grease the cake tin. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Sift flour and salt. Add beaten eggs or egg replacer follow instructions on packet. Add flour and salt alternately with milk and vanilla. Put in tin and bake for 40-45 mins. Ice with white icing.

For cup cakes. Bake for 12-15 mins

Vanilla Cookies

125g nuttelex
80g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup soy-free gluten free plain flour
1/2 cup
soy-free gluten free self-raising flour

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees. Line the baking tray with paper.

Beat the nuttelex, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer for 1-2 mins. Sift the flour into the mix and form a smooth dough.

Shape the mix into balls and press down with a fork. Bake for 12-15 mins. Cool on a wire rack.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Bubble Wrap painting

I came across this tutorial at projects for kids, it has an excellent way to use up all of those stray pieces of bubble wrap from parcels that you get.

The other week we had a few home days so we gave it a go with 4 and 2 yr old. The pictures tell you everything... look at the raincoat that 2 yr old is wearing.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A confession.

I love making Birthday Cakes.

Yes they are exhausting and take forever, but I love the adrenalin of getting to the finished product. My kids love the weeks leading up to their birthday flipping through my cake books (and now the Internet) picking out what they think would be the best cake for them. I haven't quite put my finger on what it is that gets them so excited. They can't actually eat many lollies or food colourings so usually the cake includes a part that has vanilla icing that they have.

I think that for them being included in the planning and preparation of the cake that then everyone can see that was made for them, makes them feel special. Some of their favorite photos and memories are of their birthdays.

This weekend was 2 yr olds birthday party, after several consultations with my Womens Weekly Birthday Cake Book he chose the Train Cake. I was secretly very excited. Neither of our other kids have chosen this before and I was waiting in anticipation that one of them would choose it. So here we go, my version of the Womens Weekly Train Cake. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't need to rush off and buy a store bought cake like Josh Earl.

What you can't see in these photo's is the 3rd carriage that I made, which was full of gluten, dairy, egg, nut and soy free biscuits. They were so popular that they were eaten before we cut the cake. For my future reference I am going to post a recipe that I used to make the cake later this week.

Just so you know I have nothing against store bought cake either. Just like anyone else I love to buy something that has been made by someone other than myself. I don't think that my children would be disadvataged in anyway if I decided one year to go this way, I just like doing it myself.....and bought gluten free birthday cakes cost a fortune!!!!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Recipe of the Week - Mandy's raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake

Mandy's raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake

base: 1 packet arnotts rice cookies, 50g butter, 2 tbs apple juice, 1 tsp cinnamon. Put it all in food processor and mix. Press out into spring form lined tin and place in refrigerator while preparing the rest.

Preheat oven to 175... See More

Filling: 1 250g tub light ricotta cheese; 1 250g carton light sour cream; 1 250g block light Philly cream cheese; 1/4 cup caster sugar; 200g block white chocolate; 1 tbs vanilla essence; 1 box frozen raspberries.

Break off 2 rows of white choc. Melt Remainder of white choc in the microwave in 1 min blasts, stirring until melted. Place rest of ingredients (except raspberries) in food processor and mix until smooth. Pour into a bowl with 1/3 of raspberries and melted choc and gently mix.

Assembly: take the base from the fridge and spread 1/3 of raspberries over base. Pour cheesecake mix over the top and place in the middle if the oven for approx 55 mins.

Allow to cool in the oven for 1 hr, then refrigerate. To serve, place last third of raspberries in a heap in the middle of the cheesecake and grate the white choc over the rest of the cheesecake. Serve and enjoy.

Best made the day ahead :)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Revoluzzza Monster

A few weeks back I came across this softie pattern.

6 yr old and I set off to the fabric shop and set to work, this is the finished product

I have not made many softies in my time but I found the instructions very easy to follow and the whole project took less than an hour.

Hair Clip Swap Update

No I have not forgotten, although this post keeps being delayed for different reasons.

Here are some of the pictures of peoples Hair Clip Swaps. I have really enjoyed seeing what everyone has created. There is nothing like getting a surprise in the mail, and these have been wonderful. If you have not managed to send me a photo yet, it is not too late.

I wanted to feature these three first because they all use recycled items.

Here Steph from Moobear has used reclaimed zippers
Here Sophie from Barefootbabies has used pieces from her fabric stash
Here Ally from Harrysdesk has used reclaimed mens ties

Tuesday, June 8, 2010