Kids Chicken And Vege Patties

Kids Chicken And Vege Patties

Kids Chicken And Vege Patties

These kids chicken and vege patties are my “I have nothing to feed the kids” saviour. They can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months and are surprisingly nutritious and simple. If your kids have vege phobias then these are a great way to sneak some extra veges into their diet. Most kids like the taste of chicken, or anything you can dip in sauce, so this recipe ticks all the boxes.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breast 800 grams (or chicken mince)
  • Veges of your choice
  • (You can use just about any vegetable. Broccoli and even sweet potato work a treat.) I used:
  • Carrots
  • Spring onion
  • Zucchinni
  • Eggs
  • Bread Crumb (I used a Quinnoa Crumb for extra nutrition)

Method:

  1. Dice chicken and cut off any fat.
  2. Chop veges into even seized chunks.
  3. But veges in food processor in 10 sec intervals, starting with hardest first. Ie Carrots, Spring onion, zucchini. Remove and set aside.
  4. Put chicken through food processor.
  5. Add veges to chicken mice and add half the veges. Check the consistency before adding the rest. You need a good chicken to vege ratio for the patties to stick together and fry well.
  6. Add 1 egg. Check consistency. More eggs may be required to achieve a sticky enough base.
  7. Sprinkle a thick layer of crumb into a plate.
  8. Shape patties to the size and shape of your choice with your hands, then place of crumbing plate and coat.
  9. At this point you can individually glad wrap and freeze the patties if you wish.
  10. If you choose to cook the patties do so in a hot pan with a generous amount of olive oil.
  11. Serve with you kids favourite dipping sauce.

To cook frozen patties ensure you defrost well and cook as normal.

ENJOY!

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Au Pair! How To Get The Help You Need

Au Pair! How to get the help you need

This year our beloved nanny is leaving us to move overseas. After 3 years of having her as an integral part of our family we will be hard pressed to replace her. I have decided that I need more help than I am currently getting in order to juggle work and family thus I have decided to hire an au pair. An au pair is a nanny that comes from an overseas country and lives with your family, caring for the children and providing other help (such as cleaning and grocery shopping) in return for accommodation, food and board and the chance to immerse themselves in Australian family life. Many want to travel and learn english and see this as a perfect way to do so. I must admit that up until recently I hadn’t even heard of such a thing. I just thought au pair was a fancy word for a nanny. The more I leant however the more I realised that this is just what our family needs. The main differences between a nanny and an au pair are that an au pair lives with you, a nanny does not, and the cost: au pairs earn approximately $250/week for around 35-40 hours work, or $6-7/ hour, nannies earn around $20-$25/hr.

Friends of ours, Pete and Meg, have had au pairs for many years- four in fact. I was luck enough to sit down with Meg and pick her brain on how to successfully choose, hire, integrate, train and keep a great au pair!

Meet Pete and Meg!

They have 4 amazing boys!

Leo age 7

Patch age 5

Jules age 3

Ethan 2 months old

Pete (Dad) – Current job requires shift work of evenings, weekends and nights– also studying for an exam which requires at least 20 hours of study per week outside of work hours    :[

Meg (Mum) – On maternity leave but works 1-2 half days / week locally

When did you decide to get an au pair? We decided we needed to get an au pair when Pete had first set of medical specialist exams brewing which just happened to coincide with our 3rd baby being born.  As Pete became a ‘trainee’ again he had to take a major pay cut so having an au pair seemed much more attractive financially than paying for a private nanny or for childcare.

How did you find your first au pair? We found our first au pair through a local agency which supplied demi-au pairs – this means they are half time.  Being half time the hosts supply room and board only and are not required to pay the au pair in exchange for 20 hours work.  These au pairs are usually attending “language school” which requires them to be able to get to a bus route and commute to school.  This situation did not suit us we quickly realised we really needed a full time au pair.    Our first full time au pair was found through an online agency.  The agencies I registered with were Au Pair House and Family Match.  She was from Germany and stayed with us for 9 months with a bit of travel time in between.  It took her  about 3 months to settle in and get comfortable with the language and our routine.    Two out the next three au pairs came from Germany as well.  I found them through Au Pair WORLD which is an online bank of billions of nannies and au pairs.  Each of our au pairs had their strengths and weaknesses but overall the girls were extremely helpful and loved being part of the family. The children loved them and they loved the children – the au pairs all cried when it was time to leave. I found the girls whom had previously spent time in an English speaking country and had work experience in hospitality or childcare settled in very quickly.  I also found that the girls, although teenagers, were very mature and very family orientated.  I also found that if the girls had worked hard in a café they knew how to stay busy with the family.   Our current au pair is from America (which is where I am from) and I have found that this has probably worked the best so far as far as communicating needs and cultural understandings between the two of us – plus I like the fact she understands AND laughs at my jokes.

What’s the best part about working with an au pair? The best part of working with an au pair is that you can divide and conquer and work as a team.  A good au pair will know with time what you like and how you like it and be able to do things to your expectation without being asked.  A super au pair  will go beyond what is asked and do things that obviously need doing but never get done (i.e. tidying the linen closet).  The down side of having an au pair is saying goodbye to them as they really do become part of the family and they grieve going home.  The other negative thing is the constant searching and training.  The turnover can be quick if the girls only agree to six months.  I found my girls took a good 2-3 months to really work things out and hence before you know it it was time to find a new one.

What are your top 12 tips for finding and keeping a great au pair?

  1. Put it out there exactly what you want – put the bar high and see whom responds. Spell out exactly what you would like – even include time outs for yourself to go to Yoga or the gym.
  2. If you decide to go through AP WORLD:  Once you commit to finding an au pair dedicate at least 4-6 weeks of searching and communicating with them.  Come up with a standard questionnaire to ask them and then compare the answers.  Sometimes the potential au pair will find a better offer with another family just when you thought you had her.  This is a time consuming task – but if you commit and get back to the girls asap you will find one quickly.
  3. The au pairs know they have to pay their own way to get to your country. As a family decide what you are willing to pay and stick to your budget.
  4. Look for an athletic or sporty au pair – some one energetic.
  5. Look for an au pair that is close their family and I recommend meeting their parents via Skype.
  6. Get at least 2 references from families/employers that they have babysat or au paired for.
  7. If it’s your first time hosting an AP I would recommend getting one that has either been an au pair before or who has been a full time nanny.
  8. Plan out their day and the routine for them.  Make a checklist for them of everything you expect of them  – add some jobs to the list if they can’t find anything to do so they aren’t left wondering what to do.
  9. Download a ‘Nanny Contract’ from the web with a confidentiality agreement attached. The au pairs get together on their days off and naturally debrief with each other however it’s not nice to hear your family news from another host mum via their au pair.
  10. A communications book with emergency contacts and a dairy for the daily plan and instructions like what to cook for dinner or specific chore requests is also very helpful.
  11. Upon arrival take the first week off work to get them settled in – take them to the bank and set up an account for them so you can do automatic transfers.  Take them to get a sim card for their mobile and any other electronic support they need to keep in touch with back home.  Show them the local FB page for au pairs so that they can meet new and local au pairs on their days off.  Remember they are often jet-lagged and home sick the first few weeks.
  12. I would recommend hosting an au pair that does not have a boyfriend back home. This can be a big issue and cause a lot of home sickness and tears!  Also make sure they are arrive to work fresh and ready to work and  are not tired from skyping late at night – consider shutting the internet off after 10pm if it becomes a problem.
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First day at daycare!

First Day At Daycare!

In just 2 weeks time my baby girls will be tackling another of life’s milestones: their first day at daycare. I am so excited for them as I know that they will thrive in the stimulating and loving environment that the centre I have chosen provides. I must admit when I sent my first child, Charlie off to daycare for the first time I was a little less confident in my decision and after coping a bit of flack for my decision to send him in the first place I wasn’t exactly keen to ask others advice on how to go about it all. To ensure my twins transition smoothly into this new environment I have asked an expert for her advice! Teegan is mother to 2 year old Harper (pictured left and below) and has 11 years experience in childcare, here she shares her top tips for parents approaching their kid’s first day at daycare.

First day at daycare: 5 tips for a smooth transition!

The start of the new school year is almost here, and for many children (and parents) it can be an exciting, anxious and emotional time. I have spent all of January, for the last 11 years, helping parents and children settle into their new daycare room. To ensure a smooth transition and to make the situation as easy as possible, I have listed my top 5 tips for a less stressful first day.

  1. Pack your child’s comforter- bring every single one that you have if possible. For younger children this can mean a blanket, teddy, toy, dummy or all of the above. For older children you can pack a picture of the child’s family in their bag, write a note and place it in your child’s lunchbox, draw a smiley face on their hand to remind them of you, or think of something special to do that only you and your child share.
  2. Try to transition your child into care if time allows. Visit the centre with your child at playtime or a mealtime and sit with them while they are in their room. Encourage them to play with the other children while you sit back and watch. Try to make each visit a little longer than the one before.
  3. Don’t make their first day a long day. Children may start off the day fine and happy, but as the day progresses and other children start to be picked up from care, children can become quite anxious and start to fret. Separation anxiety is quite common at first and children need reassurance that mum or dad will be back soon to collect them.
  4. If you have older children it is beneficial to discuss what will be happening. Read stories about daycare, talk about daycare with your child, encourage them to talk about any fears they may have and try to get them to list some things that they are looking forward to.
  5. Know that every child is different. Some children will run into their new Centre and not look back. Others will cling on to your leg screaming. All good things take time, so it’s important that you as a parent stay as calm and collected as possible and allow your child the time they need to settle in to care. Show your child that you trust the staff by confidently handing your child over to them and saying goodbye.

At the end of the morning, when the kindy drop off is done, there is one thing you should know- no one will judge you if you need to sit in your car and cry- we’ve all been there and done that. You’ll be in good company- just turn your head and look at the car parked next to you ;)

Teegan runs Harpers Place a fantastic directory for all things ‘kids’ on the Gold Coast. You can read her blog and check out her website by clicking HERE!

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I am not superwoman.

I am not Superwoman….

In the interest of full disclosure I would like to make it perfectly clear to everyone that I am not superwoman. I may often try to be. Some of my blog posts may even convince you that for at least a part of the day I don a cape and achieve super human things, but the truth is I am just a normal mum trying to get through every day and daring to sometimes even try to make each day wonderful.

I have always had the fear that by reading only snippets of my blog (which is only a snippet of my life) people may get an unrealistic view of what motherhood and life with 3 small children is really like sometimes. Looking back over my blog it could be seen as all roses and freshly baked treats. The reality is it’s sometimes not so glam. Today was one of ‘those’ days, so I would like to give you a blow by blow account of the last 24 or so hours of my life….the highs and the LOWS.

6.15 am

Woke to sounds of twins playing in cots. Was thrilled that they had slept through the night and had a “sleep in.” In the last 2 weeks I have witnessed the sunrise on far too many occasions.

8.15 am

Dropped son at daycare and twins with my mother and went to personal training with my husband, we follow this up with breakfast out (huge treat for us).

10 am

Had thought: “This has been such a wonderful day…” (Forgot to touch wood). Daycare called to say we have forgotten sons lunch. Drove to shop, bought new lunch. Dropped lunch at daycare, raced home and ran out of time to do any actual “work.”

11 am

Collected twins and discovered they had only slept for 30 minutes instead of usual 1.5 hours. Found out there may be a problem with the dates of the trip we have just booked for me and my husband to go to New York and celebrate my 30th. Spent next half hour on phone with airline trying to re-negotiate dates (unsuccessfully) with 2 over tired babies hanging off me.

12.30 pm

Tried to feed overtired babies with lunch, ended in a bath for me and the kids. Sat in the bath for 20 minutes trying to remove avocado from their (and my) hair, eventually gave up and promised myself I will wash my hair later.

2.30 pm

Tried to put overtired babies down for afternoon nap, gave up after 45 min of screaming. Spent next hours trying to entertain overtired babies.

3.30 pm

Collected son from daycare with overtired twins in car. Collected babysitter (thank god).

6.30 pm

After getting all three kids fed, bathed and dressed in record time I managed to sneak in 15 min to get myself ready and jumped in the car with my girlfriends looking forward to celebrating my friends hen’s night (forgetting about my promise to myself to wash my hair). Cleverly I had booked the babysitter to sleep over so I could “let my [avocado] hair down”, stay out late, have a few drinks and possibly have a tiny sleep in!

8.30 pm

Text from babysitter to say kids are all asleep, but husband is stuck at work, still not home.

10.30 pm

Dancing with friends, 3rd cocktail in hand (hooray).

11.30 pm

Just finished 4th Cocktail- text to say both babies are up – have vomited and are screaming. Cue TAXI!

12.05 am

Arrive home to find babies and now babysitter vomiting. Spend next hour administering meds and fluids and rinsing chunks of vomit out of bedding and clothing.

1.30 am

Curl up in bed, smelling like vomit.

1.35 am

Get up again and shower.

2.30 am

Babysitter is still vomiting and decides to get her mum to collect her.

5.30 am

kids wake up…. which means I do too (well kinda).

6.00 am

While making breakfast I notice some water dripping on my foot, open cupboard under sink to find it completely flooded. Cue plumber.

8 am

Get all three kids in car to take son to daycare only to realise keys are in babysitters hand bag a 15 minute driveway, no spare. STRANDED….. FAIL.

Yep, I am not superwoman.

If you would like to read more of my blog click HERE.

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Easy Homemade Sausage Rolls! Only 3 ingredients!

Easy Homemade Sausage Rolls

Easy homemade sausage rolls are the perfect lunchtime treat for kids and adults alike. A real crowd pleaser these homemade sausage rolls will fool everyone into thinking you are some kind of Martha Stuart super mum. Little will they know there are only 3 ingredients in this super easy recipe and they can be pre-made and hidden in the back of your freezer ready to whip out at anytime!

These are so easy I reckon this recipe is even one for the Dad’s to try!

If you have fussy eaters in your household this is the recipe for you. You can literally choose any type of sausage as the filling. Beef, lamb, chick, pork, even vege sausages will work! So buy some pastry and some sausages next time you are at the shops and pop them in the freezer for a rainy day!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Sheets Puff Pasty
  • 6 Small Thick Sausages (I used lamb and rosemary for one batch and angus beef for another- choose your fav!)

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degree and line a baking tray with grease proof paper.
  2. Lay out 2 sheets of puff pastry and allow to thaw slightly. Cut pasty sheets in half long ways.
  3. Remove “skin” from sausages and place filling in a line down the centre of pastry.
  4. Whisk the egg. Brush one side of the pasty with the egg mixture.
  5. Fold the pasty over onto itself to close the sausage mix inside. If you wish to freeze the sausage rolls for later use you should wrap them in glad wrap and freeze in long lengths. To use allow to thaw to room temp and continue following recipe.
  6. Brush the pastry with egg.
  7. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  8. Transfer to baking tray and bake the sausages rolls for 12-15 minute until golden brown. Chop and serve!
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Make your own marshmallows! Marshmallow Recipe

Make your own marshmallows!

If you have ever wondered how to make or what on earth is in those little fluffy bundles of joy then here is your answer. Marshmallows are in fact very simple to make. They are a unique party treat and make a great gift when placed into a clear bag and decorated with ribbon (xmas gift??). The best part is you will never be at risk of someone else making the same dish if you bring home made marshmallows to an event! So follow this simple recipe and learn how to make your own marshmallows. Once you get the hang of it the sky is the limit, so let you imagination run wild and create as many different flavours as you can think of! I have tried coffee, chai, vanilla, green tea and caramel flavours recently and all have been delicious. Try putting a few coffee floured marshmallows into your next Latte! HEAVEN!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Icing Sugar
  • 3.5 Sheets OR 2 Tablespoons + 2.5 Teaspoons of Powdered Unflavoured Gelatine
  • 1 Cup Cold Water
  • 2 Cup Caster Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Large Egg Whites
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla (or 1/2 a scraped vanilla bean) (or your choice of flavouring)
  • Food Colouring For Tinting (optional)
  • Oil of greasing tin

Method

  1. Oil the base and sides of a 13 x 9 inch rectangular metal baking tin. Then dust the bottom and sides with icing sugar, be generous. (I only had a glass dish available so I have used baking paper, which I then greased and dusted as above.)
  2. In your electric mixer’s bowl sprinkle gelatine over half a cup of cold water, mix through and allow to stand.
  3. In a large saucepan combine the caster sugar, corn syrup, second 1/2 cup of water and salt. Cook this mixture over a low heat while stirring until sugar has dissolved.
  4. Increase to a medium heat and boil mixture. Do not stir. Use a candy thermometer to monitor temperature. Wait until temp reaches 240F (approximately 12 minutes).
  5. Once desired temp has been reached remove from heat and pour directly onto gelatine mixture, stir to ensure gelatine dissolves.
  6. using either a standing electric mixer or hand mixer beat mixture on high speed until it becomes white, fluffy and approximately 3 times the original volume. This may take 6-10 minutes if not more.
  7. In separate bowl with clean mixers beat the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks.
  8. Add this to the fluffy sugar mixture along with the vanilla or your choice of flavouring and beat this together.
  9. Pour this into the baking dish, smoothing the top.
  10. If you are using a colouring add it now by dripping it onto the marshmallow and using a skewer to swish it through in patterns.
  11. Chill marshmallow mix uncovered until firm, this requires a minimum of 3 hours.  (5-6 hours is excellent if you have the time)
  12. Once firm dip a butter knife into boiling water and then run it along the edge of your pan. Invert this onto a cutting board. You may need to lift one edge of the pan and use your finger (wet warm water helps) to loosen the marshmallow from the pan.
  13. With a large knife trim the edges and slice the marshmallow into 1 x 1 inch cubes. (Using a jar of boiling water to dip the knife into helps to prevent sticking.)
  14. Sift the remaining icing sugar into the now empty baking tray and roll the marsh mallows through it on all side. Shake off the excess and packing them away.
  15. Marshmallows will remain fresh for up to 1 week if stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Like this recipe on how to make your own marshmallows?

 For more fun recipes click HERE!

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Nappy Pants Review: Which brand is best?

Nappy Pants Review

My twins girls are now 13 months old. Recently they have decided that nappy changes are boring and they will no longer cooperate in anyway with me or anyone else who tries to change them. Strategies for nappy change avoidance include:

  1. Running/crawling away
  2. Going into a crocodile like death roll and /or
  3. Kicking and screaming

All of these little ‘tricks’ make nappy changes a nightmare. So I decided to try nappy pants or pull ups.  Basically these are just nappies that you can pull onto a child like pants in a standing position instead of lying them down. Some have re-sealable tab sides other don’t. So basically if you need to clean up a ‘mess’ you still have to do things the old fashioned way, but wet nappy changes can be done standing, which for some reasons seems more acceptable to the average 1-2 year old? (Don’t ask me why?)

There are 2 major issues with pull ups:

  1. The price. They are significantly more expensive than normal nappies.
  2. The absorbency. They are far less absorbent than standard nappies of the same brand.

In order to assess whether they were worth the extra expense and of course whether they performed as well I have put them to the test. When I went to my local Woolies I was overwhelmed by the range of nappy pants available, so I decided to do a nappy pants review to help mum’s figure out what they are all about and whether they are worth the $$! In order to conduct the nappy pants review I trialled 3 brands of nappy pants for a week each.

  1. Woolworth’s Select Brand, Once Upon A Time Nappy Pants $11.00 or $0.48c /ea
  2. Baby Love, Toddler Nappy Pants $27.00 or $0.52c /ea
  3. Huggies, Toddler Nappy Pants $21.49 or $0.69c /ea

Nappy Pants Review, The results:

1st place : Huggies

2nd place: Woolworths Select

3rd Place: Baby Love

Why was Huggies the best?

Not surprisingly I found that you get what you pay for, with the more expensive nappies out performing the cheaper ones in both functionality and performance. The Huggies nappies had re-sealable side tabs which meant the nappy could be re-used if it was not wet or soiled. The others did not. This meant that I went through more of the other nappies each day which increased the cost. This is especially important in summer when the children are spending a lot of time nude in backyard or in the pool. Thus although a nappy has been removed it doesn’t mean that it is not perfectly reusable.

The Huggies nappies also kept the twins skin dryer and I noticed less skin irritation during this week. Importantly there were no “blow outs” or wet pants or wet bedding when using the Huggies nappy pants, although I must admit I still think a traditional Huggies nappy is best for nighttimes.

The others:

The Woolworths nappy pants where very effective during the day, but both twins wet through their clothes at night in these nappies. In the Baby Love nappies both twins wet through both day and night. We also had poo all through a car seat on one very pleasant car trip. Although the Baby Love nappies feel very soft to touch their absorbency was a major issue and the lack of side tabs actually made them difficult to put on and take off, thus why they came last on my list.

Huggies now sell the nappy pants in large boxes which reduced the price per nappy to $0.63 cents and I have noted regular specials and bought up big! This has brought the price down even further. If you are a mum struggling through every nappy change then I highly recommend you give the Huggies nappy pants a go!

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Girls First Birthday: Happy Birthday! Our twins turn 1!

Girls First Birthday: Happy Birthday! Our twins turn 1!

This month we celebrated a very special occasion: our girl’s first birthday! I still remember the moment I found out I was having twins like it was yesterday, I can’t believe my girls first birthday has come and gone already. I wanted to share our special day with you all and decided to include some of the recipes and styling ideas from the day too (see the links below). I hope they inspire you and help you to create family celebrations that feel as special and magical as the day felt for us!

12/11/13

We held the party at the incredible Teavine House, a stunning high tea venue located on the Gold Coast in Tallebudgera Valley.The venue provided high tea for the adults and I supplied the children’s food. This was an excellent way of dividing the workload and it meant that the adults were able to enjoy something really special too! We chose to use the venues outdoor gazebo and rolling lawns instead of cooping the children up inside. Although it did rain (cats, dogs and elephants!) on the day of the party the rain did clear about 2 minutes before the guests arrived and it didn’t really effect our celebration.  The cakes were made by Mumma Sam’s Cakes. Sick of never having great photos of my kids parties (and sick of always being the one taking the pictures instead of enjoying myself) I hired a professional photographer to capture the day for us (Jenna Agius Photography).

Click here for recipes: Simple Party Food For Kids

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Simple Party Food For Kids: My 3 Easiest Recipes!

Simple Party Food For Kids

After celebrating our twins first birthday I had so many people asking for me to share recipe ideas on simple yet visually beautiful (and of course delicious) food- so here are my top 3, easy as pie, recipes!

Remember all of these can be altered to suit your party’s theme, don’t be scared to get creative! Once you have picked a colour theme for the party then you can apply it to any of these recipes to make them suit your function!

Chocolate Spoons:

These could not be easier!

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate (of your choice)
  • Decorations (of your choice)
  • Plastic spoons

Method:

Line a baking tray with baking paper and set out the spoons in rows.

Melt chocolate on a low heat, in a glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. Stirring often, be careful not to burn chocolate.

Once melted pour chocolate onto each spoon. Do not dunk the spoon into the chocolate and be careful not to over fill each spoon.

Decorate each spoon and then refrigerate to set.

Rice Bubble Treats:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • (approx 280 grams if large marshmallows)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cups Rice Bubbles

Method:

Grease a baking dish with butter.

In a large saucepan melt butter and marshmallows over low heat stirring continuously.

Place Rice Bubbles into large bowl.

Once melted pour mix over Rice Bubbles and mix well.

Pour into baking dish and using a square or baking paper press firmly into baking dish to create a flat and even surface.

Decorate then refrigerate for 2 hours, slice and serve.

Marshmallow Toadstools:

Ingredients:

  • Marshmallows (colour/ flavour of your choice)
  • Chocolate (dark, milk or white)
  • Decorations (colour/ flavour of your choice)

Method:

Have 1 large sheet of baking paper on a tray and 1 large plate ready to use.

Melt chocolate on a low heat, in a glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. Stirring often, be careful not to burn chocolate.

Pour chocolaté into a bowl and pour your choice of decorations into a separate bowl.

Dunk each marshmallow half way into the chocolate, holding the marshmallow above the large plate sprinkle with decorations and set aside to cool on the baking paper.

Once you have decorated all the marshmallows refrigerate them so that the chocolate can set.

Although this recipe works especially well with white marshmallows, milk chocolate and red sprinkles- creating a ‘toadstool’ look, this didn’t suit the styling I wanted for the party, so I simply changed the colors. You can use this recipe for a wide range of events by simply changing the colour of the sprinkles and the flavour of the marshmallows!

Why not check out some of my other recipes for simple party food for kids? CLICK HERE

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Green Smoothies For Kids: Dinosaur Juice!

Green smoothies are the perfect way to get your kids to eat fruit and vegetables. If you are like me and struggling to get your fussy toddler to eat veges then these 2 simple recipes are for you. Naming them dinosaur juice and buying some cute novelty straws and bottles from your local $2 shop  also seriously helps, convincing even the fussiest kids that healthy is yummy!

These recipes are really flexible so add what ever is in your fridge or fruit bowl. You can even get your kids involved. My son loves sitting on the kitchen bench and putting the fruit through the cold press and watching the fruit “poop” (as he calls it) come out!

Here are my 2 favourite green smoothie recipes for kids, I have included the ingredients only as may choose to use a juicer, blender, Thermomix or even a cold press juicer. These 2 were made in the Thermomix as I believe its a great option for kids as it does not discard any of the fruit skin or flesh.

The Tangy T-Rex- Green Smoothies For Kids (Non-Dairy)

Ingredients:

  • Organic Coconut Water
  • 1 Green Apple
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Cup Spinach
  • 1-2 Slices of Fresh Ginger (can be strong so taste first!)
  • 1 Sprig of Mint
  • 1 Generous Squeeze of Lime (to taste)

Banana Brontosaurus Green Smoothies For Kids:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Heaped Tablespoons of Vanilla Yoghurt
  • 1 Green Apple
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Cup Fresh Spinach
  • Organic Coconut Water
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