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Scrumptious Slime

Scrumptious SlimeThis slime slows like liquid but can be rolled like a solid – and the best part is that it’s edible!

Here’s what you’ll need:

* Saucepam
* Plastic Sandwich Bag
* 10g (1 tbsp) Cornflour/Cornstarch
* 45ml (3 tbsp) Chocolate Syrup
* 395g (14oz) Can Sweetened Condensed Milk

Instructions:
1) Pour the mil into the saucepan and heat on a low heat.
2) Slowly stir the cornflour into the warm milk. Continue heating and stirring over a low heat for 20 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
3) Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate syrup.
4) Place in a sandwich bag and refrigerate.
5) Once cold, roll and squeeze into any slimy shape you want – and watch it flow! Continue reading

Review: Real Food Kids Will Love Book by Annabel Karmel, worth £16.99

Real Food Kids Will Love by Annabel KarmelReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Sarah Cocks.

At first glance the ‘Real Food Kids Will Love’ recipe book by Annabel Karmel looks like yet another recipe book with foods that are designed only for children with no consideration for foods that will feed the whole family.

When I delved further I was pleasantly surprised to find a range of recipes that would appeal to both children and adults, separated into easy to navigate sections. With 15-minute meals such as tortilla pizzas and chicken and vegetable pasta that are easy to throw together with leftovers in the fridge and make a filling supper and then you have the family favourites which include Cauliflower, Ham and Macaroni Bake and Beef Casserole which are filling for both daddy and baby, making meals more cost effective. Continue reading

Review: Organix Goodie Bag, worth over £7.00

Organix Goody BagReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Emily Short.

We were recently invited to taste and review some of the new products in the Organix and Organix Goodies range and they didn’t disappoint. Organix’ is synopses with yummy and healthy snacks  for babies and toddlers and are proud of their tagline ‘Great Taste No Junk’  and as a family comprising of a 3 year old girl and 16 month old boy/girl twins as you can imagine we love Organix products as a snack or to pop in our picnic or packed lunch box.

When the box arrived we couldn’t wait to rip into it and try the goodies, the main contents were the multi-packs of the new pea puffs and cheese and onion lentil hoops, the pea puffs are marketed at 6 months plus whilst the lentil hoops are for 12 months plus, the ingredients and nutritional advice is visible on all bags. Continue reading

Review: My Little Sous Chef, £22

My Little Sous ChefReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Katie Pavey.

When I first received these cook books I had the initial flick through and was really impressed at the layout and format.  I think they are very engaging and I know my 5 year old daughter was really excited to start cooking.

The adult and children’s book are clever with the corresponding page numbers and I think the ‘little sous chef’ is very apt title and Daisy has enjoyed calling herself that.

The books aren’t for the novice cook/baker which isn’t a problem for me but I was initially struck however with a bit of disappointment over the choice of recipes.  This is in fairness, possibly a more personal opinion but I don’t think I’m alone with a child who, left to their own devices, would choose either Pizza, sausages or something beige 3 times a day and I felt the recipes in this were perhaps a little random and I can’t say there is any main dish I would make for dinner apart from the home-made burgers.  The recipes are more angled towards vegetarians/vegans with very few meat dishes. Continue reading

Simple Feta Frittata Muffins

Feta Frittata MuffinsThis one-bowl recipe is simple, nutritious and perfect for family picnics. The ingredients can easily be swapped to include your  child’s favourite flavours so even the pickiest of eaters will love them.

SERVES: MAKES 6 MUFFINS.
TOTAL TIME: 25. MINS
AGE: 12M+

Ingredients:
• 6 eggs
• 1 medium courgette, grated
• 30g (about a handful) of frozen peas
• 2 spring onions, finely chopped
• 30g cheddar, grated
• 30g feta, crumbled
• Oregano (other fresh herbs optional e.g. parsley or dill)
• Pinch of black pepper

Our top tip: Swap out ingredients to include your child’s favourite flavours!

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Hot Cross Bunnies

Hot Cross BunniesThis Easter, why not try Annabel’s twist on the traditional hot cross bun. Little ones will love to help create their very own bunnylicious buns!


Prep: 45 minutes (excluding proving time)
Cook: 15 minutes
Makes: 8 large or 12 medium hot cross bunnies


Ingredients:

100ml milk
100ml cold water
450g strong white bread flour, plus extra for kneading
1 x 7g sachet easy blend yeast
50g soft light brown sugar
1 tbsp ground mixed spice
1 tsp salt
50g butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
110g raisins
30g mixed peal
Sunflower oil, for greasing Continue reading

Delicious Recipe for Budding Chefs: Carrot, Apple and Sultana Muffins

Carrot Apple & Sultana MuffinsNo.1 parenting author and leading children’s cookery expert Annabel Karmel shares her top recipes for budding chefs.

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20-22 minutes
Makes: 12 muffins

Ingredients

175g self-raising flour
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g light brown sugar
2 eggs
3 tbsp golden syrup
150ml sunflower oil
150g carrots, peeled and grated
50g apple, peeled, cored and grated
75g sultanas Continue reading

Autumn Recipe: Ultimate Beef Hotpot with Gnocchi Dumplings

Ultimate Beef Hotpot with Gnocchi DumplingsWonderfully comforting, feel-good food, a hotpot is the perfect lure to the family table.

What you need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 leeks, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and diced
  • 400 g/14 oz braising steak, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 450 ml/16 fl oz reduced-salt beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon tomato purée
  • 1 long rosemary sprig
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 100 g/3½ oz drained canned green lentils
  • 500 g/1 lb 2 oz ready-made gnocchi
  • 30 g/1 oz mature Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Green vegetables, to serve

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Simply Fang-Tastic: Halloween, Tuesday 31st October.

Party Pieces HalloweenThrow a devilishly fun Halloween party for your little ones this year with some of these fantastic ideas from Carole Middleton and our friends at partypieces.co.uk.

FREAKY FANCY DRESS

Your little one may not be ready to trick-or-treat on their own, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be part of the Halloween fun. Costumes come in all shapes and sizes and there are even ones for the smallest of babies. Spidery temporary tattoos are also hugely popular.

If you have a few children to entertain try setting up some trick or treat ‘scary stations’ around the house and garden for them to enjoy. Simply hide an assortment of toys and treats along the way. Our particular favourite is to fill buckets with squidgy jelly eyes, slippery sweet snakes plus a good handful of plastic spiders and creepy crawlies – eek!

You will no doubt get some bogeymen visitors to your house too, and kids love the opportunity to scare these unsuspecting ghouls. Decorate your front door to let your neighbourhood know you welcome trick or treaters. Little ones will love answering the door to all sorts of crazy creatures and handing out the treats. Continue reading

REVIEW: ChewyMoon Snacks, £4.99 per box

ChewyMoonReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Emma Knight.

We were delighted to be asked to review the Chewy Moon Snack Box.

As a mum, I am always looking for new ways to introduce healthy snacks to my children who, like many others, are rather fussy and creatures of habit, especially when it comes to eating!

The box arrived and we were very excited to see what wonders it contained.

We firstly noted how bright the packaging was and the children both found the picture of a pug in a hoodie on the front highly amusing! Continue reading