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Recipe Tuesday! Yum Bots!!!

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Happy Recipe Tuesday!

yumbots_solo_largeHow cute are these?? Robot shaped re-usable silicon moulds. Simply fill with cake batter and pop these yum bots in the oven then serve! Complete with a rotating head these yum bots come in a pack of 4 and will add a little extra excitement to cake making time!

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Recipe Tuesday! Got A Fussy Eater?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

article400_child_eat-420x0Fortunately for us Goldilocks is a great eater, but I do think is an exception to the rule and plenty of parents I know grate, slice, mince and diguise in a  slathering of tomato sauce their kids vegies in order to get some greens in their tums!

If you’re one of those parents whom struggle with getting their kids to eat greens then the below article written by Paula Goodyear offers some helpful advice!

You’d think being a nutritionist qualifies you to instantly fix your own child’s fussy eating, but that’s not always how it works. By the time her daughter turned five, nutritionist Karen Fischer had spent two years diligently chopping, cooking and serving up vegetables to put on her plate  – and then scraping them into the compost bin, along with half the rice and some of the meat.

“I could have composted enough for the entire Royal Botanic Gardens with all the nutritious meals I had to throw out each week.  But then I began to panic. Was I being a bad parent? Or was I crap nutritionist?” says Fischer whose child’s refusal to eat vegetables and fruit started at the age of three.  

It was then that she decided to investigate marketing strategies – including how junk food is pitched to children – to find a way to make her child want to eat foods like porridge oats and broccoli.  Based on her research, she  looked at the things that interested her child and found positive ways to link them to eating  healthy foods.  The day Fischer persuaded her daughter that green beans and carrots would help her swim better was the first time in years that she didn’t have to compost her daughter’s dinner.

Five years on – with her daughter now happily eating most foods – Fischer is sharing her ideas in a new book Healthy Family, Happy Family.  Although she includes standard strategies to help kids eat healthier food – like involving them with food preparation or growing vegetables – she has a strong focus on using your imagination   to give food more appeal to children. All kids and their families are different – what piques one child’s interest in cauliflower might not work for another. But this book sets out a varied menu of ideas and examples that most parents should be able to adapt to their own children.   Her approaches include:

  • Use your child’s interests to sell them fruit and  veg – if they like swimming, talk about the kinds of food swimming stars would eat for energy
  • Talk up the benefits of healthy foods regularly. Junk food advertisers spruik their products daily and parents can do the same with fruit and vegetables. “Vegetables help make your bones stronger for running’; “carrots can help you have sparkly eyesight’; ‘green vegies are the best – have you noticed how Shrek likes green, koalas eat green leaves; the Incredible Hunk is green?’
  • Slap on a slogan – call fruit ‘power fruit’ as in ‘let’s have some power fruit so you can play for a really long time’ or make your child ‘brainy grainy sandwiches’.
  • Add some entertainment value. If a four year old loves dinosaurs, pesto can become ‘dinosaur paste’; if it’s fairies, make it ‘fairy spread’ or ‘magic butter’.
  • Explain how vegetables grow. Show your child the plants in the garden or vegetables in a nursery and explain how the root systems suck up nutrients from the soil. ‘Vegetables need water to live – just like us. The leaves are clever – they convert sunlight into green stuff called chlorophyll- when you eat those chlorophyll-rich leaves, it makes your blood flow better and your body strong.’
  • Have adventure tasting plates once a week to try out new foods like roast capsicum, and grainy crackers with hummous.
  • Taste your children’s food before you serve it to make sure it tastes ok – dishing up stringy celery or kerosene carrots can turn them off.
  • Serve vegetables with dips or a more child-friendly homemade dressing made with cider vinegar, olive oil and a dash of honey.

Is fussy eating more of a problem now than it used to be? Fischer believes it is, partly because there are now more food choices.

“Fridges weren’t always  packed with so many goodies. But there were also stricter mealtimes where everyone ate at certain times – and children were starving because they’d been out all day playing,” she says.  “I think children tend to spend more time at home now – they can easily grab a snack so they’re not always so hungry at mealtimes.”

Healthy Family, Happy Family  also includes good sections on nutrition for children, together with recipes and a planning guide to make it easier to fit healthy eating into a busy schedule. It’s published by Exisle, RRP $34.99

If this doesn’t work and you’re still struggling to get your littlies to eat their ‘dinosaur paste’ or ‘fairy spread’ then try the fab Chowbot fork and spoon set. At $15.95 this cute little cutlery set will help support your food consuming mission! Made out of soft, easy to grip silicon handles this delightful little set will add some excitement and interest to meal times!

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Recipe Tuesday! Well Sort Of….

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

babushkakups_outofbox_largeInstead of a recipe today, a quick little introduction to one of our new fav foodie products! The very sweet Babushka nesting drinking cups….Babushkups!

The Babushka motive has been popular on the scene for sometime now and there’s no sign of it going anywhere so jump on the trend with these gorgeous little tumblers that save shelf space in the cupboard (and who doesn’t need that?) by neatly stacking inside of one another.

At $24.95 they are great value for 3 cups. Babushkups hold 8 (225mls), 10 (280mls), and 14 (395mls) ounces. They’re made from strong, dishwasher-safe borosilicate glass and packed in a colorful protective gift-box.

Please note: Borosilicate glass is not invincible, and caution should be used when these are used around young children. It will crack if subjected to very sudden and radical temperature fluctuations, or if it is dropped. It is more likely to crack or snap than to shatter, however, making it a safer glass to have around in a situation where breakage is a concern.

Happy Recipe Tuesday! Enjoy!

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Recipe Tuesday! Choc Chip Cookies

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

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I’ve done recipe Tuesday Choc Chip cookies before. But I recently tried this Bill Granger recipe and it’s a winner! Not only do they taste good but the house smelt delish too! Goldilocks and I ate a little too much of the raw mixture. Why does raw cake mix and cookie dough taste so good? But the cooked result was even yummier! So much so that they didn’t even make it to an airtight container but were snapped up by family and visitors from under the glass cloche before I could even say ‘tupperware!’

125g unsalted, softened butter

1 1/4 cups tightly packed brown sugar (I thought they were a little too sugary. And next time would reduce to 1 cup or maybe just a tiny bit under 1 cup of sugar. But you can decide for yourself)

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 1/2 cups plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

11/2 cups chocolate bits

Preheat the oven to 180. Place butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until light and creamy. Add vanilla and egg and stir to combine. Stir in the sifted flour, baking powder and salt until just combined. Fold through chocolate chips.

Place spoonfuls of cookie mixture on a greased and lined baking tray, allowing room for spreading. Cook for 15 - 20 minutes until they turn pale gold.

Allow to cool on a tray for 5 minutes beofre placing on a wire rack to cool further. Makes about 16.

**HIP TIP** Bill suggests making double the mixture and rolling excess into a log and keeping in plastic wrap and foil in the freezer. So when friends pop in, or you just need a sugar hit thaw slightly and place 1cm thick rounds on a baking tray and bake as per above recipe!

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Recipe Tuesday! In The Mix

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

ingredients_headerGoldilocks and I have been enjoying porridge every morning since the weather has been cool (I’ve got the microwave quick oats technique down to a fine art. She has strawberries with hers and I jazz mine up with passionfruit yoghurt, strawberries, banana and LSA). At heart though, I’m a muesli type of girl and in Sydney we’ve had a few warm days lately so I’m already thinking about yummy summer stone fruits chopped over crunchy muesli with cold milk and a dollop of yoghurt!

Muesli is a personal thing, a bit like pouring milk over your cereal. We all like different things and amounts so when I read about this product recently in a magazine I was chuffed and just can’t wait to make my first order! Muesli Mixer delivers all over Australia and the premise is simple – you make your own muesli.

With over 55 ingrediants to choose from the website is seriously easy to use.

First choose your base mix. Be it 450g of honey roasted oats, three grains, traditional oats etc

Then choose your dried fruits. Priced by the 30grams.

Step three add your nut selection and for those who want a little more choose from the ‘Extra’s’ selection, which contains things such as bran flakes, puffed rice and pysllium husks to name just a few.

What I love about this idea is not only are you making a bespoke muesli but the site also shows the nutritional value of your mix per 100grams – fat, sodium, carbs, protein and energy. So if you’re watching your weight (muesli can often have alot of hidden calories in it) you know exactly what you’re getting in each serve!

Can’t be bothered to pick and mix! Then the site suggests some recipes you can choose from including suggestions for kids, runners and gluten free suggestions!

Love it! Congrats Muesli Mixer on making our lives easier!

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Recipe Tuesday! I Can Sing A Rainbow…cupcakes!

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

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I found these brightly coloured sweet little cupcakes on an equally sweet little blog  titled Spearmint Baby recently and thought I’d share them with you. Great for parties, special occasions or when you just need a little colour in your life! The blog post talks you through step by step how to create these rainbow coloured beauties.

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Enjoy a rainbow coloured day!

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Built NY Gourmet Getaway!

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

builtny_gourmetgetaway_largeWe are thrilled to have this handy little bag back in stock! Personally, I love this product. I’ve had it since Goldilocks was a babe and used it to keep bottles and mushy food cool and now still use it as a ‘keep drink cools and lunchbox’ keep all kind of bag for outings.

Infact, I often have to hide the Built NY Gourmet Getaway bag within a bag as Goldilocks knows those distinct polka dots means’snacks and treats’ and if we are heading out the door and she sees the bag she’s likely to eat all the ‘snacks and treats’ throughout the car ride leaving nothing for our play at the park!

The Gourmet Getaway is perfect as a lunch bag, insulating picnic addition or as an everyday handbag. Because of the unique design and wetsuit material it protects and insulates from temperature and impact for electronics, to makeup, to food.

The stylish little bag is designed to carry all of life’s essentials. Ours has been on plane trips with us, toured Bali and Fiji and often carries all the snacks we needs and my wallet and keys! The Gourmet Getaway lays flat when not in use.

Love it!

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Recipe Tuesday! Favourite Food Product Of The Week

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

groovygripper_babyonback_largeAnyone whom has had experience with a rusk knows how messy they are! All babes seems to love the little sticks I liken to a baked piece of homemade playdough but they are seriously messy little items that seems to cake on play mats, clothes and car seats like nothing else! My fav food product of the week is the Groovy Gripper Holder.

Priced at $14.95 this neat little gadget promises to make your rusk or fruit stick eating babe a little neater whilst also allowing them to eat independently. Ergonomically designed the handle grips the rusk or food whilst the cord attaches to your childs wrist or clothing, thus stopping food from falling on the floor. No waste and hygeinic!

Dishwasher safe and 100% Australian designed and owned its a great gadget for when you’re out and about on the go!

groovygripper_accesories_large1The groovy gripper also comes with a fork and spoon attachment ($9.95) for older children. No more dropped and dirty utensils. Meal times have never been so easy. No having to pick up dropped utensils at meal times and it teaches your children how to hold a fork and spoon properly and keep them close by!

Happy Recipe Tuesday! Enjoy!

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Recipe Tuesday! ABC Paper Cups!

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

abc_papercups_hbirthday_large1I just loooove these ABC paper cups that are just in this week!

What a cute addition to any party setting – something that both adults and kids will love! Either make a word or ensure each guest has their own cup beginning with the letter of their name to prevent mix ups!

Whether you fill them with water, cordial, an old fashioned strawberry milkshake or a creaming soda spider the opportunities are only limited by your imagination!

abc_papercups_tower_largeOr get super dooper creative and use them on the party table; Spell out HAPPY BIRTHDAY and fill each individual cup with party treats; choc chip cookies, chips, popcorn or sweets!

abc_papercups_iloveyou_largeWant to send something home with your guests? Then make sure there’s a letter for each guests first initial at the party and fill with party favours. Wrap in cellophane and bingo a thoughtful take home gift!

dhk7_coverAlong with our ABC paper cups the Donna Hay 2010 Kids Issue Magazine is also out this week. Packed full of creative party ideas and everyday recipes there are hundreds of recipes and literally something for everyone! It might just inspire you to find something else to fill the supercute ABC paper cups!

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BPA Free Bottles. Are You Using Them?

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Two years ago when I met Mel I didn’t know what BPA free was, until I saw her daughter drinking from a slightly strange bottle colour. When Goldilocks was born, I wasn’t really aware of BPA free products there wasn’t much in the media about it, in the last two years though there has been alot of awareness regarding the harmful chemicals in plastic bottles. We’ve harped on about it many times on this blog and take great pride that many of our products are BPA free, including our flexibath, Boon Inc Squirt Baby Food dispensing spoon, makeUwell natural soother, and the very cool Wean Machine. Infact, we’re so intent on providing the best and safest possible products for your babe we have a whole section dedicated to Eco friendly baby products.

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With this in mind there has been alot on the news, in the newspaper and on current affair programs regarding the ramifications of using bottles for children that aren’t BPA free.  So today we just wanted to point out to you the extensive range of bottles and sipper cups available from The Hip Infant. If like me, you need to trash your existing bottles and consider a new, more safer kind of bottle or sipper cup we have a whole range of brands and price points to consider.

weilbaby_varietydisplay_largeMy pick of the bunch? The Life Factory WeeGo glass bottles, not only safe but look cool too. Mel’s tried and tested favourite? Green to Grow.  And still can’t decide? Then watch this space for Hip Random Reviews on the Weil Baby sipper cups, glass and triton bottles.

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