Cheesy Puff Pastries

My kids are always looking for something to nibble on. So decided to give this recipe a go. All you need is 2 ingredients, puff pastry and cheese of your choice. The girls had so much fun cutting out shapes after i rolled out the dough. i found the sandwich cutters to work very well.21Then came the fun part adding the grated cheese.3And of course my girls could help but to indulge in a hand or 2 of grated cheese.4

Then bake for 10-15 min in a preheated oven, and you are done.5Absolutely delightful little in between snacks.

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

happy valentines day

I decided to make something
special for the teachers at my girls school. I saw the chocolate spoons to make
hot chocolate idea in Child Magazine

What you need

  • Chocolate slabs (1x 180g slab makes 10 spoons)
  • Plastic or wooden spoons
  • Sprinkles
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Cream (optional)

How to

I cut up the chocolate and melted it a bowl in the microwave in 30sec increment till melted.

Pour chocolate in spoon and the let the girls decorate spoons.  231Once spoons are cooled put in fridge till hard.IMG_9816IMG_9815I used cellophane to individually wrap the spoons and made a tag and tie it with a ribbon to the spoon.45

6My diva was so excited to be giving her teacher chocolate she made.

Disclaimer

The original recipe states you just need one spoon per glass of milk. I tried it and to get a nice chocolaty taste you actually need 2-3spoons per teacup. So i  put that on the tag

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

Edited:

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

Holiday Activities

This holiday i didnt want to be out and about every single day. As that can get very expensive and be extremely tiring. And as i had 2 divas to entertain i decided to reuse some of the activities i did with My little diva at home and some water fun as well to keep them occupied.

1. Get out the water hose & sprinkler attachment.
December 2013Collages23Such an easy and basic thing will keep the littlies occupied for a very long time.

2. Salt dough shapesDecember 20132 Collages28I let them make quite a few so that they can paint a few every other day. Even let them make their handprints.

3. Painting Salt dough shapes

Every other day he painted a few shapes. These photos are of them painting their handprints.IMG_1583 IMG_1590 IMG_1594Collages30

4. Playing in the poolIMG_1559 IMG_1480-2 Collages22 Collages19

5. Facepainting crayons ( my diva’s fav activity)December 20131Collages24 Collages25

6. Dancing in the rain

And if it is raining on a hot summers day. why not dance in the rain.IMG_1395IMG_1391So there you have it. who says staying indoors while on holiday has to be boring?

Salt Dough Christmas decorations

i saw this fan tastic idea from a friend of mine, Jess. and i thought it looked like a fun idea to do some ornaments for our christmas tree. Well i did most of the hard work.and it took me quite a few days to finish it.IMG_1204 - Copy

the first day i made the salt dough shapes.

what you’ll need

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • half cup water
  • rolling pin
  • cookie cutters

How to make

mix all together and mix the dough till a doughy consistancy.  then roll the dough out and then use the cookie cutters to cut out the shapes. place the shapes in a well greased oven pan and bake until the cookie is rock solid hard. ( i hate my oven as it either cookes too fastor to slow. so my dough was not hard enough when i took it out and instead of baking it again. i layed them in window sill that gets lots of direct sunlight and let the sun dry it out naturally).oh  just have to disclaim that i dont know if it was my oven but some of the dough bubbled. but after painting it it looked inetersting with the raised parts.IMG_0041Then it was all dried i then painted it silver to atleast have a base colour for when my diva paints so if she misses a spot then the silver would show through instead of the white paste dough colour.IMG_0088Then it was my divas turn to do her magic.IMG_0051IMG_0057IMG_0092And i added a bit of glitter to make them sparkle while the paint was wet. After the paint dried I gave the shape a cover of modge to seal the paint.and add a string for the hanging.IMG_1199and then all that was left was to put up our tree and hang the ornaments.IMG_1188IMG_1180