Cheap Days Out – A Rainy Adventure

My daughter has just started school, she has spent pretty much everyday with me for the last four years so it has been really tough for the both of us. There is a silver lining though, I finally get to spend some much needed alone time with my two year old son. It has been amazing bounding with him. We go on play dates with children his age rather than getting dragged along to his big sisters friends, we do arts and crafts, go to soft play, toddler groups and we go on many adventures.

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Monster Lunch Box

For this lunch I have used eye food picks and small kebab stick for the caterpillar/snake. The chocolate stars are actually cupcake sprinkles! It look under 10 minutes to prepare.

  • Monster ham and cheese bagel.
  • Strawberry yogurt with chocolate stars.
  • Green grape caterpillar/snake (she couldn’t decide on what to call it!).
  • Blueberries.
  • Mini cheese biscuits.

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Magic Wand Lunch Box

At the weekend I picked up a new lunch box at Poundland, it fits everything in perfectly! My daughter is obsessed with all things maic and fairies so that is the inspiration for today’s lunch.

I have used small wooden kebab sticks, small flower cookie cutter and eye picks. It took under 10 minutes to make.

  • Bread, ham and cheese magic wand
  • Green grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Tortillas

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Flower Lunch Box Ideas

I have been posting pictures of my 3 year old daughter’s packed lunches on my Facebook page for quite a while but I have never put them on my blog so here is one!

When she first started nursery, she had their cooked meals but after a few weeks it came apparent that she wasn’t enjoying them. So she has been having packed lunches ever since!

I don’t have any fancy equipment, just a few cookie cutters, eye picks and plastic pots. All of the lunches take under 10 minute and just me a bit of creativity and imagination! I also try and make them cheap and keep waste to a minimum. They include stuff she likes (she changes her mind everyday!) and at least one thing she either hasn’t tried or isn’t that keen on.

This lunch was inspired by the biscuits she made the day before and insisted to have it for lunch at school to show all her friends.

  • Ham and cheese sandwich
  • Pepperoni
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Homemade jam biscuit
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Eva’s Cheese Scones 

Just recently my daughter has been really interested in baking. Some times it doesn’t go too well but I promised that I would publish one of her recipes! She is 3 years old and only needed a little guidance and help so they are very easy to make.

Makes 16 Scones
Ingredients: 

225g self raising flour 

50g butter, cubed

100g cheddar cheese, grated (plus extra for on top) 

100ml milk

1 tsp baking powder 

1. Preheat oven to 200C. Put baking tray in oven.

2. In a large bowl, sift the flour and baking powder. Add the butter. Rub it in with your fingertips until it forms into breadcrumbs. Stir in the cheese and mix until well combined.

3. Make a well in the middle of the mixture and gradually add the milk. Stir until it forms a firm dough. You may not need all of the milk so make sure you do not add all of it at once.

4. On a lightly floured side, roll out the dough so it is 2cm in thickness. Cut out scones with a cutter. Place in the now hot baking tray. Brush with milk and sprinkle on a little cheese.

5. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

  
  

 

 

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Broccoli and Bacon Pasta Bake

What do you do with your leftover vegetables from your roast dinner? This week I put mine with with an easy pasta bake and made it even more tasty by putting crispy bacon crumbs on top. If you are a vegetarian, feel free to substitute the bacon for breadcrumbs. Both my kids ate all their broccoli… probably something to do with it being covered in cheese sauce!

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Microwave Crisps

Before having children my microwave got used only for ready meals. After children, it gets used daily but for heating up bottles of milk or cold cups of tea! Recently, I have been using it for more useful things so I thought I would share a few of my favorite things I have created.

These crisps are a good, healthy snack which are enjoyed by my children and myself. They are super easy to make too but the hardest part is slicing the potato thin enough. The thinner you slice them, the crisper they will be.

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Shh! Secret Vegtable Tomato Sauce 

I’m constantly worrying that I don’t eat enough vegetables or that my children don’t eat enough of them either. My toddler is going through a fussy phase! Here are some of her excuses for not wanting to eat certain vegetables:

  1. It stinks
  2. It’s sticky
  3. It’s for babies
  4. It’s green/red/yellow
  5. It’s wet/dry
  6. It’s hot/cold

….You get the idea!

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