Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Butterfly Bento

Here's another fun meal I served for Emma. She ate the whole thing and was really excited about the new lunch box!


So, what's in here? Starting from the top: chopped strawberries, cheese sandwich kebabs (made up of the butterfly negative), butterfly sandwich with cucumber detail, a rabbit silicone cup with yoghurt (we refilled this thing like 5 times), silicone cup with raisins, Special K cereal & pumpkin seeds, and finally cucumber wheels.

Teddy Bear baran separator was a huge hit!
Emma loved the teddy bear silicone baran! She ate everything around it and left the strawberries guarded inside until it was time to eat them!


This was also all gone! Emma loved the combination, she wasn't too keen on the pumpkin seeds, granted they were raw unsalted, so next time I might give them a little roast before serving.  She dipped the raisins & the cereal in the yoghurt! I totally did not expect that, but hey, whatever works for her :o).  I may start giving it for breakfast!

I cannot end this post without raving about our new Lunch Box from Easy Lunch Boxes.  They are great, come in sets of four, are stackable and take up the space of just one! We also got a free cooler bag on offer! Can it get any better?!?  I don't think so.... well not until I show you our new Goodbyn.... but for that you'll have to wait just a little :)


  
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Muffin Tin Monday - Big & Little, Short & Tall

We've been MIA for a little while from MTMs.  I found it a bit tough getting back into the flow of things after Christmas, but we're back this week for the new theme Big & Little, Short & Tall.

Here's our tin:

food served in muffin cups

This time I used silicone muffin cups instead of a traditional tin. 
Clockwise from top left: Blue cup - small triangle peanut butter and banana sandwiches, green cup - large triangle peanut butter and banana sandwich, pink heart - tall & short cheese kebabs, red heart - tall and short orange wedges.

peanut butter and mashed banana sandwich
Peanut butter & mashed banana triangles
fun food picks in cheese rolls
Tall & short cheese kebabs
orange wedges in muffin tin meal
Tall & short orange wedges
 Emma loved her tin, she only ate half the sandwich, so we'll have to introduce the peanut butter more often.  She's not incredibly keen on it...


Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth




  
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Most Scrumptious Apple Pie Recipe with Pecans and Streusel Topping

First time I made this was in December and I made it exactly according to the recipe, and while I loved the texture and the over all apple pie, I thought it was just too sweet.  It did call for quite a bit of sugar.  So over the last few weeks I've made it quite a few more times, it was also one of our Christmas deserts.

Below you will find the adjusted recipe that is the apple pie which has already become a staple in my family.

INGREDIENTS

Pie Crust:
195g all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
130g vegetable shortening, chilled
5 table spoons of ice water

Filling:
6 cups, thinly sliced, peeled tart apples like Granny Smiths
1/2 lemon
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Streusel Topping
1/2 cup softened butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped pecans

INSTRUCTIONS

Whisk together flour and salt until combined in a medium sized bowl.  Using a pastry blender cut in chilled shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Drizzle 2-3 table spoons of water over flour.  Toss the mixture with a fork to moisten, adding more water a few drops at a time, as necessary, until the dough comes together. 

Gather the dough particles together into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30minutes.
While the dough is chilling, toss sliced apples with lemon juice in a large mixing bowl.  As you add sliced apples cup by cup toss them immediately with lemon juice so that they don't brown.

In a separate bowl combine granulated sugar, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Add to apples and toss until the apples are coated. Set aside.

chopped apples for apple pie

To make the Streusel topping beat the butter at a medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add granulated sugar and brown sugar, beating well.  Add flour, cinnamon & nutmeg, and beat just until blended.

Fold in the chopped pecans and set aside.

streusel topping for apple pie

Take the dough out of the fridge, knead with your hands for a minute until it comes together well and then roll out gently on a floured surface.   Place in a pie plate.

apple pie dough
apple pie dough

Fill the dough with the apple filling and top with the Streusel topping.

apple pie stuffing
apple pie with streusel topping before its baked

Place in a heated oven at 180C / 350F and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

baked apple pie with streusel topping

Enjoy with vanilla ice cream or on its own... its sooooo delicious!! :o)

I came across this recipe quite a few months ago at Buffe e Bambini.  It sounded so delicious that I saved it in my Recipes to Try section.  I must say that Hanna has the most tasty looking food on her site, so feel free to hop over there, I'm sure you'll find something that strikes your fancy :)


  

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Easy Christmas Tree Ornament to make with your Child

Here's another small project in a long line of projects we did this holiday season. 

Along with the Rudolph and Christmas Tree cards we also gave a little ornament as gift to our friends and family :)

We made an ornament that looked like a gift!
Toddler Craft hand made Christmas ornament

What you'll need:
Red Felt
Green Felt
White Felt
Green ribbon
Liquid glue (we used UHU)

If you have a small child she may need help with the cutting, but the gluing will be a whole lot of fun!
  1. Cut the red felt into small 5cm x 5cm (2in x 2in) squares.  Make as many squares as you want ornaments.
  2. Cut 2 strips of green felt 5cm x 1cm (2in x 0.8in) per each ornament. 
  3. Cut small flower like or bow like shapes out of white felt, one per each ornament
  4. Cut 13cm (5in) of ribbon per each ornament
Once you've got the boring part done and everything is cut your little one will be delighted to do the gluing and see it all come together :)

Glue 2 green felt strips in across the red felt square.

toddler gluing hand made Christmas ornamenttoddler gluing hand made Christmas ornament

toddler gluing hand made Christmas ornamenttoddler gluing hand made Christmas ornament

toddler gluing hand made Christmas ornamenttoddler gluing hand made Christmas ornament

Once that's done, and it will take some time for those little chubby fingers to get them all ready, start gluing the ribbon at the top of one green strip (see below) to create a loop.  This is a touchy task for a toddler since you have to glue both ends of the ribbon to the same spot. 

You could let her glue one part first and the second later, but you still may need to help out a little here.

toddler gluing ribbon on hand made Christmas ornament

After the ribbon has dried, glue the white felt flower or bow right on top of the ribbon to hide where its been glued to the ornament.

toddler gluing bow on hand made Christmas ornament

And that's it! Your little handmade Christmas ornament is done.  Its perfectly flat and slim and is just the right size to fit into the same envelope where you put the cards. =)

toddler craft hand made Christmas ornament

Enjoy and glow with pride as your toddler delivers her hand made gifts to everyone around the Christmas table.



  

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hand Print Rudolph Christmas Card to do with your Child

What have we been up to this holiday season??  We've baked, and crafted, and wrapped, and rested, and played and wrote letters to Santa, and dreamed of what he'll bring us.  We've sang carols in all the languages we know, we put on puppet shows, created ornaments, and made personal gifts for all our friends and family!
And while I know that Christmas is behind us this year, I'll still share the projects we worked on.  It will definitely come in handy next year!

So with no further ado, here is one of the projects we did....


toddler craft hand print Rudolph Christmas Card

What you'll need:
Construction paper
Brown color (or you can mix red and green as we did)
Brush or paint tray
Red mini pompoms
Goggly Eyes
Little hands
Envelope

Take construction paper and fold in half to make a card.  Depending on the size of your paper, you may cut it in half and then fold to make smaller cards that will fit into envelopes.

Use brown colour to paint your child's hand and wrist brown and press it on the page to create a hand print.  The hand will make the face and antlers and the wrist will make the neck.

toddler craft hand print Rudolph Christmas card painted hand

toddler craft hand print Rudolph Christmas Card gluing the nose

Once the hand print has dried use liquid glue to glue a mini red pompom where the nose should be.

toddler craft hand print Rudolph Christmas card gluing the nose

We used a red shiny one with silver thread to show Rudolph's shiny nose.  Then glue 2 goggly eyes and voila! there's Rudolph!

This makes such a great Christmas gift for friends and family.  Its a hand print memento as well as a really cute Christmas card.  Help your child write inside, let her sign it in her own way if she can't write just yet.

I hope everyone had lovely holidays with their families this year! And I wish you a very happy 2011! :)

  




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