Friday, April 17, 2015

CleverPatch might just save your sanity!

We were recently lucky enough to receive a box of goodies from the wonderful people at CleverPatch! The girls love receiving letters in the mail so you can imagine their excitement when a big box came. Even greater excitement came (from all of us) as we unpacked all of this amazing crafty goodness from our parcel.
I had used CleverPatch through my teaching career but hadn't given it a second thought as something I could use as a crafty mummy and it had gone right off my radar. Boy has that changed!
CleverPatch has a really easy to navigate website showcasing all of their fabulous products or you can check out their online catalogues for extra information. I particularly liked how the catalogues and online product selection is listed in product categories as well as being sorted into occasions and subjects to make it easy to find what you want!

For my Australian readers why not check out CleverPatch's ANZAC Day and Mother's Day crafts for these upcoming holidays. They have fabulous kits for playgroups, classrooms or buy them individually for your own use at home.
I love crafting with the girls and these new products were just the boost we needed with a new baby in the house and lots of extra home days on our hands!
We also decided that the CleverKits we were sent would make the perfect afternoon play date with our neighbours... and we had a wonderful time crafting with these kits together!

We're not shy when it comes to crafts or having craft products strewn around our house... (glitter is where I usually draw the line!) but if you're just starting out in your crafty endeavours check out CleverPatch's parent section and some of their great products for crafting at home!

::: We were gifted some product from CleverPatch but all opinions here are my own :::

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

10 Fete Friendly Recipes - Perfect for the Cake Stall

This weekend is a busy one for us. It's our state election day and the local school runs a cake stall at the hall where voting takes place. Last year I made a few things... amongst those was 3 dozen hot blueberry muffins which were popular with the first voters at 8am!
I'm not super keen to rise at 5:30am this year to start baking so I've decided to go with some other recipes that I can make in advance and a few that I'll do on Saturday morning!

1. Banana Bread
Cake stalls are funny things... some people want to buy a full cake to enjoy where others are there for something to nibble on immediately. I'll make a loaf of my Banana Bread to go with the full cakes for sale!

2. Shortbread
My mum gave me a Donna Hay Christmas recipes book last Christmas and it's got a delicious recipe for shortbread! It's amazing! I've made it twice this week already (Oops!) and will make one or two trays full for the cake stall! I couldn't find the Donna Hay recipe I'm using on the web but this one looked amazing!
Basic shortbread

3. Giant Freckles
These look simple but fun for kids to bug their parents for on the day! And they're cheap to make and therefore cheap to sell which is great for impulse cake stall buyers!
Big Freckles

4. Scones
Scones are popular and I must say that my scone recipe is to die for! These are easy to make in bulk and will be a good one to do fresh on Saturday morning!
Just For Daisy : Scones Recipe

5. Jam Drops
We haven't made these in a while but it's a really simple recipe and a favourite for so many people. These cookies will be a popular addition I'm sure!

6. Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
These are another great option for kids on the day! Can be sold for a reasonable price per cupcake. No wrappers so no waste!
Ice-cream cone cupcakes

7. Choc Coconut Slice
Last year I made this one and we divided up all of the slices and made mixed trays of slice for people to purchase and this was a popular option.

8. Choc Crackles
2 ingredients and super yummy and popular with kids and grown ups alike!

9. Mini Custard Tarts
I'm not super sure if I'll make these as I have to prioritise this list! But I wanted to make a custard tart last week and so when I saw these I thought they'd be super yummy!
Mini strawberry custard tarts

10. Caramel Fudge
Another great cake stall option is fudge! I think it's all about tempting the patrons! hehe! And fudge is sure to tempt you, right!?
Caramel fudge

I'm trying to narrow this list down a teensy bit so I'm not making ALL of them but I think I'm going to make most! I'm happy that there are a few real quick and cheap options in here and for the slices/cakes I already have all the ingredients on hand anyway.

Our weekend continues with our own school's fete on the afternoon of the election and then a party for Grandma on Sunday! So lots of things to do! Let me get through all the baking first!

What's your favourite thing to buy at a cake stall?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Something like Baby Led Weaning. And a giveaway for you!!

COMPETITION CLOSED: Winner - Kate Lloyd, Congratulations!

Can you believe this little lion cub of ours is over 6 months old! How in the world does that happen!?
I can't believe that we've had half a year with this gorgeous boy and love seeing his little personality emerge!

We're delving into the stage of experimenting with first foods and I'm taking a similar approach to how we approached food with Li'l Peppa... relaxed, informal, non routine... you get it... I'm mostly saying that he's a third child and he'll get food when Mumma remembers or there's some form of scrap to throw his way! ;)

Because Li'l Peppa wasn't sleeping well at 4 months the early childhood nurse told me we should try starting solids. This only made her oh so much more unhappy and I went off that idea and she was almost exclusively breastfed until we tried again with food at 8 months or so. She'd have the crusts off Miss Daisy's toast or a rusk or piece of vegetable here and there but mostly we just left it.

This little guy seems to love food... he is more than happy to gobble down roast pumpkin, sweet potato, beetroot and of course he loves anything with apple in it! We don't seem to like banana! (At both ends!)

He's also had a few of the prepackaged purees (mostly fruity) which was the trap I fell into with Miss Daisy and led to her having quite a sweet tooth as a baby... beware of hidden 'apple' in lots of those blends to sweeten them up!

And of course anything that you can hold onto and munch on is fun too! He wasn't sure about the flowery end of the broccoli but the stem itself he was quite happy to munch and suck on!

I was lucky enough to have the lovely people at Funky Giraffe Australia send me some fabulous bandana bibs for our groovy little man to wear. You can also find them on facebook.

He's a real dribbler so these are perfect for wearing at all times to keep his clothes super dry and also great for meal times as they have plenty of coverage!

Funky Giraffe have got lots of great designs using different fabrics and they're offering a $25 voucher for one of my readers to get a nice stash of bibs for their bub too!

Head over to their website and tell me in the comments below which bib design is your favourite for your chance to win the $25 voucher!

And you can check out the cute flipagram of our lion cub with his collection of Funky Giraffe bibs on instagram! 

Competition open to Australian residents only. 
Entries close on Friday 20 March 2015 AEST
Winner will be notified by email and if not responded in 5 days a new winner will be drawn. 
Good luck!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Healthy(ish) Apple Crumble Pies

Here's some yummy rustic cooking if I ever saw it! We made our shortcrust pastry and wanted something yummy to use the off cuts for. Well, yummy it was, I ended up having one for afternoon tea that day with ice cream and it took ALL of my self control not to eat more!

4-6 dates
1 handful of raw almonds
1 handful of desiccated coconut

2 apples
shortcrust pastry offcuts (or make a batch for one big apple pie!)

1. Blitz all 3 topping ingredients to make the yummy crumble
2. Place pie pastry circles in pie dishes or muffin trays
3. Add thinly sliced apple pieces to each dish
4. Cover with the crumble mix
5. Cover with foil and bake in 180'C oven for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 5 minutes

Enjoy these yummy yummy treats! I served mine with icecream! (Perhaps I should take healthy out of the title!)
Use any leftover crumble mix on yogurt, oats or just spoon it out on it's own! :) Yummy!