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Feb
23

Week #2 – Mother Nature’s Challenge

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I am super excited to be partnering with Mother Nature’s for a weekly challenge.

Basically each week I am given a hamper of the weekly specials and my challenge is to cook at least ONE meal using one of the specials.

This week’s specials:

 

We are loving the new season apples, they are so crunchy and perfect for lunch boxes! The kids quickly took to the oranges and love when I freeze segments, perfect for hot summer afternoons!

Since I had an abundance of apples I decided to make some apple muffins. My kids love apples, but I found a recipe that disguses the apple, for those fussy eaters!

Recipe from Kidspot.

INVISIBLE APPLE MUFFINS

  • 2 cups self raising flour ( I used 1 cup white / 1 cup wholemeal)
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar (I used 1/4 cup)
  • 1/3 cup (80mL) olive or vegetable oil (I used melted butter)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar, extra

Method:

Preheat oven to 180°C and place paper cases in muffin tray. Sift flour into large bowl, add caster sugar and mix well. In a glass jug, measure out oil (to 1/3 cup), add milk (to 1/3 cup), eggs and vanilla, whisk to combine. Pour liquid into dry ingredients, add grated apple and stir or beat well to combine. Sprinkle with combined cinnamon and extra caster sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted into the muffin comes out clean.


These weekly specials are available until next Tuesday or unless sold out.

Visit Mother Nature’s located at Coffs and Woolgoolga.

Make sure you follow them on Facebook to see their specials and competitions.


 

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Feb
15

Week #1 – Mother Nature’s Challenge

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I am super excited to be partnering with Mother Nature’s for a weekly challenge.

Basically each week I am given a hamper of the weekly specials and my challenge is to cook at least ONE meal using one of the specials.

This week’s specials:

 

The fruit has been quickly devoured by my kids and I have to say the gala apples are SO crunchy and juicy. And the perfect little size for kid’s lunchboxes.

So I chose the sweet potato and garlic. In searching for a recipe I came across this website which has some great ideas on ways to use sweet potato, including easy recipes for homemade baby food – www.australiansweetpotatoes.com.au

And this is what I cooked, to be used for the kid’s lunches. It can be frozen so after it cooled I sliced it up and popped in the freezer!

BACON AND SWEET POTATO SLICE

(Recipe taken from kidspot.com.au)


However, I was feeling particularly enthusiastic and had four peaches sitting on my bench so I made this recipe and the kids LOVED it! Definitely a keeper!

EASY PEACH COBBLER

(recipe taken from www.myrecipes.com)

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 cup plain flour

2 cups sugar, divided (I halved the amount of sugar and it was still rather sweet)

1 T baking powder

Pinch of salt

1 cup milk

4 cups fresh peach slices

1T lemon juice

Method:

1.Melt butter in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

2. Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt; add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter over butter (do not stir).

3. Bring remaining 1 cup sugar, peach slices, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly; pour over batter (do not stir). Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.

4. Bake at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve cobbler warm or cool with vanilla ice-cream.


These weekly specials are available until next Tuesday or unless sold out.

Visit Mother Nature’s located at Coffs and Woolgoolga.

Make sure you follow them on Facebook to see their specials and competitions.


 

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Jan
28

Active AND Creative Kids Coffs Harbour

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The NSW Government is helping kids get active with the Active Kids program.

Running for the second year now, parents, guardians and carers can apply for a $100 voucher per calendar year for each student enrolled in school.

The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and membership costs for sport, fitness and active recreation activities.

The voucher can be used at any time during the calendar year it was issued.

To use the voucher, give your voucher details to an approved Active Kids Provider.

The program runs year-round, so kids can get active at any time!

To find out more and download your voucher, click here.

To to a search on what local providers are participating, click here.

NEWS FOR 2019!

NSW Government is helping your cost of living with more than 40 rebates and savings including Creative Kids, which is all about making it easier for school-aged kids (4.5 to 18 years old) to get involved in creative and cultural activities.

Parents, guardians and carers can claim a $100 voucher per year to put towards the cost of lessons and fees with registered providers.

It’s a great opportunity to let kids find their passion and learn new skills.

Vouchers can be used to contribute to registration, participation and tuition costs for performing arts, visual arts, coding, languages, literature, music and other creative and cultural activities with our approved list of activity providers.

To find out more and download your voucher, click here.

To to a search on what local providers are participating, click here.

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Jul
25

Junior Marine Ranger Program

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During the school holidays I was lucky enough to accompany my boys and their friends on a day out at Dolphin Marine Magic to participate in the Junior Marine Ranger Program.

At the risk of sounding a bit “Disney”, it was one of those days that none of us will ever forget. I felt so honoured to share the experience and we are very fortunate that Coffs kids have an opportunity like this!

The day started at 9am with a bit of a ‘briefing’ on what we were going to do for the day. At the end of this session normally parents are asked to leave but I was allowed to stay so I could “document” the day’s activities (that was my excuse anyway…!)

You can read about what’s included on the Dolphin Marine Magic website. There was SO MUCH involved, so much learnt and experienced – but here I will share with you our highlights of the day:

Jasper, 13 years: My favourite activity was hiding the food & toys in the seal enclosure because it was nice to see the seals getting their treats and it was fun. 

Lenny, 9 years: I liked the penguins because we got to feed them and they were so cute and they tried to snatch the fish off me. I learnt how to check turtles. We got to prepare buckets of fish for the dolphins and I learnt that there are different types of fish that have different tastes to dolphins such as M&M, broccoli, carrots. We had to make sure they had a good mix of different fish. Even Mummy had to help!

Zenny, 8 years: Getting kissed by the dolphin was the best because it felt like sushi being pressed on my face. My other favourite part was preparing the fish buckets for the dolphins and penguins because I liked the feel of the fish. When feeding the penguins it was funny because when I dropped a fish the penguins played tug of war with the fish until one of them won and ate it.

Mason, 12 years: I liked feeding the Stingrays, Sharks and fish because it was exciting waiting for them to snatch the fish from the tongs and every time they did it scared me. I also liked getting front row seats at the show because we got to see close up the different behaviours of the seals & dolphins and tricks they can do. 

Mummy: one of my favourite parts was when we went to the Marine Hospital and we got to look very closely at a turtle, learn the reasons various marine animals are bought into Dolphin Marine Magic, how they are cared for and monitored until they are ready to be released back into the wild.

Mason, 12 years: I couldn’t believe we got to get into the pool with Bella, the dolphin. She was so calm and friendly. We learnt more about dolphins close up and got to touch her!

At the end of the day the kids were all presented with their Certificate of Completion for the Junior Marine Ranger Program, then they were given photos of all their seal & dolphin kisses as well as the dolphin swim. These will be cherished forever!

 

Side-note & disclaimer:  Dolphin Marine Magic were extremely generous in allowing the 4 boys and I to experience the Junior Ranger Marine program complimentary. I wish to thank them wholeheartedly for the experience, all the kids were absolutely enthralled the entire day and have already asked if they can do it again. While the cost of the program might seem quite expensive, for the inclusions and experience it is well worth it. When relatives and friends ask what to get your kids for birthday or Christmas, suggest money towards this program. I guarantee you it will give your kids memories and an experience they will never forget!


For more information on Dolphin Marine Magic visit the website:

www.dolphinmarinemagic.com.au

Also follow them on Facebook for news, special offers & competitions

Instagram @dolphinmarinemagic


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