Easy Cupcakes – My Secret Cheat

This always reminds me of that part in Sarah Jessica Parker’s movie “I don’t know how she does it” – the bake sale where she buys s store made pie and attempts to make it look “homemade” lol Link from the movie .Well this is my SJP scene, I  make/use this method at almost every party and I tell you they winners.

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 This was once of those finds that comes by chance.It was the boys cowboy birthday party and I was attempting the mommy-juggling-act-of-note , baking , sewing up hobby horses(the kids party favours) the decor you name it, it was on my list.In the weee hours before the party my perfect cupcakes were over baked (nice way to say burnt) and rock hard.

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Instead of panicking I got up early went to my closest PnP and bought these queen cakes (they come 10 in a container) and then it was just a matter of icing them.

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I have to admit, it’s been the easiest thing – a cake and candy sale (sorted✔️) , a Valentines class party  (sorted✔️) , The list goes on and on and like I said previously everyone loves them.

The added bonus is the fact that my kitchen doesn’t look like a bakers explosion and  I’m not up baking and icing whilst everyone is in bed.

So the next time your child tells you at the last minute they need Cupcakes for school or you’ve had a baking disaster head over to your closest Pick n Pay.Nobody will think any less of you.

All you will then need is butter,icing sugar, food colouring and a few sprinkles.

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Happy mom!!!

 

Valentine’s Day – Coconut Macaroons

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These are probably my go to sweet treats for just about any occasion.

I tried them for the 1st time last year and they were winners all round.You can see the link here

If you follow me on Instagram you would have noticed I played with colour over the Christmas period and they looked divine.I actually had to hide them because they kept slowly disappearing throughout the day.

They are super easy to make – perhaps even a great idea for those Cake and Candy sale 7th Graders.

What you need:

  • 200g Pkt of Coconut
  • 1 Tin of Condensed Milk
  • Food Colouring – Optional
  • Sprinkles etc – Optional
  • Silicone Baking sheet – or a well oiled/sprayed Baking Tray
  • Spoons or a Small Cookie Scoop

To Do:

Preheat Oven to  200 Degrees Celsius.

Mix the Condensed Milk and the Coconut together in a bowl until all combined – this is the perfect time to add in your food  colouring if you so desire – I used Red. Spoon out into small-sized balls onto the baking tray , decorate as desired.I used pretty little Silver Candy Coated Heats (Nicoletta) and little white Fondant Confetti Sugar Hearts.

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So as you can see they are definitely Little Yummy Winners and perfect for Bake Sales etc and treating your family and friends.

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BON APPETIT

 

Nutella Brownies – Lunchbox Treats

 

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 I baked these on a whim on a rainy afternoon.They super easy and disappeared by the end of the day.

The best part…..3 ingredients you probably have already.

Ingredients:

  • 1 x cup of self raising flour
  • 1x cup of Nutella
  • 3x eggs

Method:

In a medium size bowl beat all ingredients together (this is easily down with your wooden spoon or a fork) continue until all ingredients are combined and there are no lumps.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 F) and flour or line a square or rectangular baking tin with bake proof paper.  

Pour batter into lined pan

  
Bake for 12-15 minutes

Once ready remove from oven and allow to cool.

Cut into even squares and serve.

  
These are ideal for yummy lunchbox treats.

Enjoy!

xxx

Breast Cancer Awareness: #‎powerofpinkpunnets‬

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The Pink ribbon has become and iconic symbol known across the globe.

The fight against Breast cancer is an ongoing one, but the month of October is showered in everything pink  in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Have you spotted the pink punnets at  Pick n Pay yet? They’re in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness, serving as a reminder of the potentially protective role mushrooms can play in the fight against breast cancer AND to raise funds to purchase silicone breast prostheses for disadvantaged women.

R1 from the sale of every pink mushroom punnet will go towards this important cause.

It’s awesome to see MushroomSA collaborating with Reach for Recovery.Educating people about the wonderful benefits a good diet means when it comes prevention.

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Ongoing breast cancer research studies, conducted around the globe stretching from Western Australia to California, indicate that mushrooms have breast cancer-fighting properties that could establish them as important partners in the battle to win this fight.” mentioned on the MushroomsSA Facebook Page.

So whats for supper tonight?

Beef Stroganoff with…. you got it Mushrooms.

Show yours support and visit your nearest Pick N Pay Store.

For more delectable MUSHROOM recipes visit the website

NB: Information has been taken from the MushroomSA Facebook Page

Find information on the Ditto Project  here

Bon Appetite’

FYI: Drop by for a visit and see what I do next when I recycle the PINK PUNNETS.

 

 

 

 

Lindt & PNP – Thank you

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If you get hold of Lindt ChocolateSA, they will be the 1st to confirm my 2 year Easter Carrot obsession – I have hounded these poor people for the last two years all because I wanted Lindt Carrots for Easter.

https://www.facebook.com/LindtChocolateSA

So when a quick dash into my local Pick n Pay had me screech in the aisles……These were the reason (see pic below)

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Nostalgia probably has the most to do with why I love them….when I was little after Sunday School my grandfather would fetch me and we would go buy fresh warm bread at the Portuguese bakery.Hanging from their back shelves were little chocolate umbrellas.Grandfather would always buy me a few.(I loved loved them)

When I saw them (the LINDT CHOCOLATE CARROTS) on the shelf I rushed to the SMART SHOPPER POINTS machine and cashed out 10 000( R 100.00) just to buy Lindt Chocolate Carrots.That wont be the end of it – guaranteed!

Thank you Lindt Chocolate SA for finally bringing them in and thank you Pick n Pay for stocking them.

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Click below for their great Easter specials

http://www.picknpay.co.za/home

To my fellow chocoholics ….enjoy!!!!

Footnote: The tin bunny buckets were designed by COOL BEANS DESIGN for me.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cool-Beans-Design-Agency/140760239299227

Coconut Macaroons (2 Ingredients)

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What a super easy recipe – my favourite kind!

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I used to buy these when we lived overseas – so yummy

Pinterest has so many recipes – I had to “test” it out could it be so easy to make?

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My boys have just “taste -tested” and have become BIG fans

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What you going to need:

x1 Can of Condensed Milk

x1 packet of Coconut (200g)

What you going to do:

Preheat oven to 200 Degrees Cecilius

In a bowl pour out the whole can of condensed milk and with a spatula stir in the coconut

Using a cookie dough scoop (smallest one you have) place them on a tray with a silicone mat/baking paper

Bake / Grill for 10minutes (check on them @ every 2 minutes-them as they go golden quickly)

Allow to cool completely before removing them off the tray

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We managed to make 42 Macaroons from this recipes.

Footnote: This is just one of those great recipes that you can always have at hand – ideal gift for a hostess , housewarming , class party , gifts…I can really keep going with the ideas here.

Enjoy!!!!

Ana

Kalács – not sure how you say it – but its amazing!

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I found this amazing recipe thanks to Julia’s amazing blog ; http://nadelundgabel.wordpress.com/

Julia had come across the recipe via Viviane’s blog @ Down Under.

Thank you – Thank you to the both of you.I definitely have a hit on my hands with my household test tasters.

I did tweak it Portuguese style  – and added lots of finely chopped garlic.The next time I’ll take it even further and add loads of chouriço.

I did make a few changes , I substituted parsley for the onion and bacon (like Julie) for the Pancetta.

It was really easy to make and it looks beautiful.This is a definite for the Boys Birthday Party.

Thank you once again (Viviane and Julia).

Recipe on Blog – http://atdownunder.com/2013/07/04/kalacs/

On another note I am also very proud to say that the photos of the preparation were taken by my “food photographer” aka my four-year old.

#proudmommy….

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School Holidays – Meals

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My mom was a working mother of two and she dreaded the school holidays. We would call her throughout the day…”mom there’s nothing in the house to eat can we call we have food delivered?” The poor woman.

Well this issue was cut short early on thanks to ready made meals such as lasagne or mac and cheese.

However calls were still made by my brother ,letting her know he was bored lol (that’s another post all together).

I came across theses Kids Pot meals recently and both my boys loved them.They full of veggies and nice chunky pieces. I don’t cook on the weekends so this is a pretty good alternative so that i don’t feed them greasy junk.

With both my little guys loving them I figured this would be a fantastic alternative for supervised kids staying at home during the Winter holiday.

You will spend less R130.00 for the full week (that’s if you buy a pot for each day) but if you think about it a take away meal delivered is more expensive.

Enjoy…Let me know what you think!!

If you a fan of online shopping below  is the link to order these scrumptious meals.

http://www.woolworths.co.za/store/cat?Ntt=pot+meals&Dy=1&Nty=1&_requestid=184713

Have a awesome week.

Banana Bread – Ideal for kids to make from start to finish

I had my two boys in the kitchen baking since they were both about 18 months old……

I couldn’t resist the cute little aprons and chefs hats I had found.

Baking with me has become second nature to my little man and as his gotten older he wants to attempt the steps on he’s own.

I found this recipe ideal as it doesn’t electric machinery or nuts in the ingredients which a lot of banana recipes do(nut allergies)and for letting go a tad and allow him to be head chef.

I was there to supervise every step of the way – I preheated the oven, melted the butter and placed the baking tins into and removed them out the oven everything else my little Chef did.

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Nicely mash those bananas

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Add all the dry ingredients into your large bowl

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Combine all wet ingredients

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Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients

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Mix well but don’t over do it

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We did little individual loaves and on big one – this recipe is enough for this

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I’m sure you could easily attempt this recipe into a Gluten free version – if you attempt it let me know how it turns out.

I have also attempted and succeeded in having 8 toddlers make this from beginning to end at the nursery school so I know any toddler or child can do this with some degree of supervision.

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Below is the Recipe – and PDF

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Banana Bread Recipe