Coconut Milk Ice Lollies

I wanted to make  healthy ice lollies for my kids and someone suggested using coconut milk. Which is brilliant because then my 10month old can also enjoy it. 1All I then needed was to add fruit. I choose blueberries. I blended a whole can of coconut milk. and blueberries (Disclaimer: using a whole can of coconut milk made it more coconutty than blueberry so next time i’ll use more blue berries and less milk.) and pour it in the cylicone ice lolly molds. I found cylicone moulds to be brilliant. could never figure out how to take an ice lollies out of those hard plastic molds 2I then let it sit in the freezer for a few hours. and tested it with my almost 4yr old.3to say it was a hit was an understatement5

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Lactation cookies

I’m not on a die hard Breastfeeding mission. but just wanna atleast try everything possible to see if i cant make breastfeeding work. its still a constant struggle everyday to get my diva² full on my milk. Some one suggested lactation cookies. and i thought why not cant hurt to try. so off i went yesterday to buy the ingredients. and between naps i attempted this recipeIMG_9971

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter or margarine (for a healthier option, use coconut oil instead which is super good for you!)
  • 1 & 1/2 cups brown sugar (if wanting to reduce sugar, you could try just 1 cup)
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal (can be found at any local health food store)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional, for flavour)
  • 2 cups plain flour (for a healthier option, try substituting with coconut flour, either half or all)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups oats, thick cut if you can get them
  • 1 cup or more chocolate chips/sultanas/almonds/macadamia nuts (optional, whatever takes your fancy)
  • 2-4 tablespoons of brewers yeast (this is the magic ingredient – not to be confused with bakers yeast or any other yeast)

How to make:

Lactation Cookies Recipe – Method

Preparation time is around 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180C.

  • Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3-5 minutes.
  • Cream (beat well) margarine and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mix well.
  • Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the margarine mix. Beat until blended.
  • Sift together dry ingredients, except oats and chips.
  • Add to margarine mixture. Stir in oats then chips.
  • Scoop or drop onto a greased or lined baking tray. Because the dough is a little crumbly, it might be easier if you use a scoop.

Bake for 8-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies.

Variation Ideas

Our members have made variations to this recipe by using these delicious combinations:

  • Coconut and banana
  • Choc chip and cranberry
  • Dried apricot and white chocolate
  • Apple cinnamon: 1 tsp cinnamon instead of vanilla, 1/2 cup chopped dried apple and 1/2 cup sultanas. BellyBelly member audux also added 2 tbsp stewed apple to experiment and found the cookies to turn out lovely and moist.
  • For a healthier cookie, substitute some or all of the butter for virgin coconut oil which is SO good for your body (inside and out) with a mountain of benefits, including anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Choose an organic oil if you can. Virgin coconut oil is best – avoid the refined/blended products for best results. Coconut oil is surprisingly in solid form and not an oil, but this is normal. For more benefits of coconut oil, visit the Coconut Research Center website.

The brewers yeast is a bit rough on the palette but the cookie itself is quite tasty. Its suggested to take 2 everytime u breastfeed. Will see if this recipe does anything for my supply. if not then atleast i have a moderately healthy snack to munch on during the day.

Mommy, daughter day

Today fate would have it that we couldnt go to work or school so me and my diva had a quiet mommy, daughter day. i didnt want her to be bored so had to give her some task to do. So today we started off with doing a colouring page of her current favourite character… Peppa pig. If i let her she could probably sit and watch it over and over the whole day. We coloured with glittered pens, used different textures like cotton wool and pom poms. AprilCollages17Then later we watched some Peppa Pig  and she came curling up to me which is such a rare occurrence that i couldn’t resist to take a photo or 2.Collages18Then after her nap, thank goodness for little miracles as she really wore me out that i too had to take a nap. we baked mini cakes. I am so loving the Dora the explorer baking utensils.IMG_8687She enjoyed the baking coz most of the batter went into her mouth.Collages19IMG_8743

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We iced the cake. I only made the icing sugar. and my diva did all the work. from icing the cake to putting the sprinkles on it.Collages20and of course the best part. tasting her master piece.Collages23

End of year Teacher Appreciation gift

To day is my divas last day for the year at her creche and just to say a token of thank you to her teacher we did a little something to show how much we appreciate their hard work. I made biscuits but what makes the gift so special was that the container was our little DIY project.IMG_1166What you’ll need:IMG_1132

  • Small tins
  • Craft glue
  • White stock paper
  • Craft glue
  • Marker
  • craft/acryllic paint

How you do it:

Cut white paper to the size of your tin. You can actually make any drawings but we decided to make christmas lights. so with the marker draw a curly string from one side to another. And then let my diva dip her fingers in the paint and use the fingerprint as the bulb for the christmas lights.IMG_1135I added the curly squigles to join the “bulb” to the line. When dry glue the paper to the tin.IMG_1159I made home made biscuits to be roughly the size of the tin.IMG_1153Insert buiscuits in tin and tie them with a pretty ribbon.

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Baking Queen

we have been doing  so much more outings these last few weeks and with my busy photography schedule we have not been able to do art and crafts. This weekend i made sure that i had atleast 1 day this weekend to spend lazying around with my little diva. I had a pack of pre mix muffin mix and thought it should be a relatively easy task for me and my diva. And she was all up for the challange.

what you need:

  • 1 bag Sasko Muffin premix
  • 200ml Water
  • 175ml Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 eager Tot
  • Different colour gel food colourants ( we used red & blue)

How to make:

Open the pack and let your eager tot pour all the pre-mix in a bowl. i have to warn that this is a very messy job. so be warned. Then add add all the other ingredients to the flour mix and stir. Your tot might need a bit of help also with this one as the wet mix isnt  that easy to stir. But its fun to watch them try.Then scoop the batter in the muffin pan. We used individual silicone moulds. And once scooped in the moulds i added a dash of gel food colouring and give it a few swirls to make a 2-tone muffin. And Bake..Then the most fun part of the baking comes… Licking the bowl

Rainbow Kit Kat cake

I am no baker by far but have you seen the costs of birthday cakes these days. I almost fell out of my chair when a baker quoted me R750 for a 3tier  fairy cake and R450 for a Mickey 1tier cake. and then our local supermarket charges R250 for a plain cake with a Mickey ricepaper print out. Oh my word.. so i decided to take matters into my own hands and make a cake i know to be flop proof. My 8min microwave cake.

I searched pinterest for ideas and wanted to combine 2 ideas. the rainbow colour cake and then as my frosting never comes out the right consistancy I thought the Kit Kat idea would be the perfect solution to my problems.

Ingredients

2 eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
60ml Oil
gel food colouring (its actually a chocolate cake but i substitute the 2.5tbsp cocoa with gel food colouring)
250ml Self raising flour
250ml Sugar
250ml Boiling water
Pinch of salt

Frosting

250ml Icing sugar
1-2 tablespoons margerine
dash of milk as needed
Lemon juice (optional)

Decoration

5 Kit Kat slabs
500g pack of Smarties ( though i cannot lie. i went to my closets sweet warehouse and they had smartie look alikes and these were cheaper than the actual smarties. I then bought 2 boxes of smarties to add to the fake smarties and no-one was the wiser.)

How to make:

1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Place in a plastic ice-cream container
3. Microwave on high for 8 minutes

This recipe will make enough for one layer. So for each batch i used a different colour gel food colouring. Thansk to a suggestion of a follwer of my post, Nelia, about using gel food colouring i went to go get some at my closest baking store and the results were fantastic. the colours were so vibrant, would have never achieved it with normal store bought liquid food colouring.

I am useless whe it comes to frosting so just made my best butter icing. Cup of icing sugar with a table spoon of butter and creamed it with a bit of milk and a dash of lemon juice to make it not too sweet. Start on the sides. As i apply the frosting i cover the area with Kit Kat. as it sticks better when the frosting is wet. you can do single Kit kat next to each other but it goes faster when you break the Kit Kat into 2’s. Then repeat until all the sides are covered. to keep it in place, place a ribbon around the cake. it also makes the cake prettier.

Put frosting on the top of the cake and cover it with smarties. And you are done.

 

Rainbow cupcake

The other day i was making regular muffin with the premix muffin mix and a brain wave it me, to try these rainbow cakes i’ve been seeing all over the internet. so i devided my batter into 3 bowls and added food colouring to it. I used a drop of red which came out pink and mixed  blue and red together which came out purple. and though its now not Top chef cupcakes but still came out in different coloured layers.