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Yummy Savoury Muffin Recipe

Savoury MuffinsRecipe provided by Gemma of Crafty Cooks, Oxford.

These great muffins are so versatile to make with whatever filling you fancy!  From Ham and Cheese to Pepper, sweet-corn and tomatoes, the possibilities are endless!

SERVES: Makes 6 Muffins, TOTAL TIME: 25 Minutes, AGE: 12 months+

Ingredients:

  • 6oz/168g SR Flour
  • 2oz/56g Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 60ml Milk
  • Choice of fillings eg pepper, corn, ham, cheese, tomatoes.

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Colourful Fruit and Veg Lollies

LolliesWritten by Emily Leary.

These delicious smoothie lollies contain only natural ingredients and can be whizzed up in minutes. Make sure the kids get involved in adding the spinach and watching the lolly mixture turn green. Remember, this isn’t about hiding veg, it’s about celebrating all the ways it can be used, and challenging our perceptions while enjoying our food.

PREP TIME: 10 MINS • FREEZE TIME: OVERNIGHT • MAKES 6 LOLLIES

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons natural yogurt
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • small handful of baby spinach
  • 2 strawberries
  • Granola, to serve

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5 Usual Mistakes to Avoid When Preparing Homemade Baby Food

As you look to embark upon the adventure to make your own baby food for your child, there are several tips you need to keep in mind to be successful. While making homemade baby food is a healthy way to feed your baby, if it is not done right, it can cause unnecessary illness, which as a parent, you certainly want to avoid.

First, you must understand the reasons why you are choosing to make your own baby food. It can be a time-consuming process, but the results will offer your baby better food choices as well as more vitamins and nutrients in the food that they eat. Plus, you can easily acclimate your baby to solid foods easier and allow them to eat a pureed version of your family’s entire meal.

Before you start preparing homemade baby food, you need to be aware of these common mistakes that most parents make at the beginning of this adventure. If you avoid these mistakes, you will find that making baby food is a cinch. Not only will you feel satisfied with how you are caring for your baby, but they will love the taste and variety too. Continue reading

Review: Organix Goodies Bundle, worth over £15.00

Organix Goodies BundleReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Rachel Harris.

We were chosen to review the Organix Goodies Bundle which contained Strawberry and Apple Jammie Monsters (suitable for 18mth+), Mini Gingerbread Men Biscuits (suitable for 12mth+) and Raspberry and Apple Soft Oaty Bars (suitable for 12mth+), I have a two children, a daughter aged 3 years and a son aged 8 years and both of them have tried all of these products and here are our thoughts on them:

Mini Gingerbread Men Biscuits:
These were loved by my little girl and were perfect for taking out for snacks on the go. She didn’t always manage to eat the whole packet as there was a lot in them but they are a perfect size for little fingers. Continue reading

Cute Mini Bunny Quiches Recipe

Annabel Karmel Mini Bunny QuichesNo.1 parenting author and leading children’s cookery expert Annabel Karmel shares her top recipes for budding chefs.

Prep: 45 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Makes: 6 quiches

Ingredients

* 8 mini tortilla wraps
* Olive oil
* 2 onions, chopped
* 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
* 2 eggs
* 150 ml double cream
* 150 ml milk
*120g Gruyere cheese, grated

To Decorate

Carrots, chives, spring onions

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Review: Disney: The Simple Family Cookbook, worth £17.99

Disney: Simple Recipe CookbookReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Victoria Wade.

The Disney Simple Family Cookbook was really colourful and easy to follow, especially for little ones which is great. All of the recipes were simple, they only needed a few ingredients and the steps were basic enough to follow. Me and my daughter had a go at making the summer ratatouille and the chocolate mousse, I found both of the recipes were quick and simple to make, as well as fun to do together.

All of the recipes come with a prep and cook time so you know how long you’re going to be spending making each recipe in total which I think is really helpful.

I feel that the recipes were inventive, especially with how they linked to Disney.

I love the fact that the sweets don’t include refined sugar as I avoid it for my child and there were also plenty of meat free recipes as well.

Overall, I think the cookbook contains a lot of really good recipes, it is simple to use and you could make some fun and delicious recipes for all the family.

Purchase from: Amazon

Naturally Nice: 10 Eco-conscious Childcare Products

Naturally NiceIf one of your New Year’s resolutions is being kinder to the planet by purchasing more eco-friendly products, you’ll need to work out how to include your kids in your quest.

To get you started, here are ten eco-conscious childcare products that perform perfectly and don’t cost the Earth.

1. Teddy bear

Named after US president Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt, the teddy bear has been comforting children for over a century — bag an organic bear from kids’ store Childrensalon. But be warned — it’s so soft and sumptuous that you might kidnap it for yourself!

2. Baby gym

With their hoops, mirrors and musical features, baby gyms keep rug rats entertained for hours on end — ethical site Babipur has a wide choice of natural wooden models that are built to last and look lovely. Plus, they’re so durable that they can be passed on from sibling to sibling. Continue reading

More Than Just Fussy Eating

More than just fussy eatingWritten by Stephanie Elliot, the author of the young adults novel, Sad Perfect.

As a parent, you’ve most likely experienced some sort of picky eating in your child or children. Toddlers are known for – and prone to – refusing foods that don’t taste good, or look funny, or touch another food on their plate. Some kids are just naturally picky, refusing green vegetables or things that look weird to them. But when does it become more than just picky eating? When do you need to worry that maybe your child isn’t getting all the nutrients he needs?

My daughter was an extremely picky eater as a baby and toddler, and we were not initially concerned. We chalked it up to just that – picky eating. But, sandwiched in between two brothers who never refused any foods and excitedly ate lima beans and broccoli, we began to notice that our daughter’s aversion to many foods was becoming problematic. She would cry and scream, sitting at the dinner table, shaking her head back and forth, adamant that she would not be eating what the rest of the family ate. Her main diet as a young child consisted of very basic, plain and white foods, heavy on the carbs, very low on the protein and vegetables. She ate plain bagels and bread, Goldfish, French fries, pizza with the cheese and sauce scraped off, cereal, and waffles (but refused butter and syrup). She ate all sorts of sweets, and on occasion, I could coax her to have a peeled apple slice or a few raw carrots. Her only protein source was peanut butter and Carnation Instant milk. Does this diet sound familiar to you? Continue reading

Valentines Day Recipe: Shortbread Sweathearts

 

Shortbread SweatheartsHave some fun in the kitchen with your little ones by making these cute and delicious biscuits.

Ingredients: 
* 55g butter, softened
* 30g caster sugar
* ¼ tsp vanilla extract
* 85g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
* Pinch of salt
* 6cm heart-shaped cookie cutter, and another that’s a little smaller
* 40g white chocolate, chopped
* Icing sugar, for dusting
* 1tbsp seedless raspberry jam

Method:
1. Lightly grease two baking sheets.
2. Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla and a pinch of salt, then mix in the flour with a wooden spoon. Form into a ball with your hands. (If the dough is very soft, wrap it in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes). Continue reading

How To Introduce Your Baby To Solid Food

Introduce Your Baby To Solid FoodWritten by Sally Rowden, Nursery Nurse and Jo Fletcher, Clinical Team Lead, 0-19s Children’s Universal Services, Northants.

Getting the correct advice before introducing solid food to your baby will not only help your little one to grow up to be healthy, but it will also help you to enjoy this special time.

The most up-to-date research tells us that babies only need breast or formula milk up to the age of 6 months.  During the following few months, you can relax and really enjoy the experience of introducing solids, safe in the knowledge that baby’s nutritional needs are still met by their milk intake.

You may recall health visitors and feeding specialists talking about ‘responsive’ feeding – the style of feeding promoted by our teams and around the world to get children off to the best start. Responsive feeding means that the baby is offered food when they are hungry, and that they join in with the experience of controlling their appetite.  Continue reading