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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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Jun
18

Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsticks

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Wednesdays are the day I have to do a lot of running around after kids so I’ve adopted “slow cooker Wednesday”. I get a huge feeling of satisfaction the entire day, feeling proud of myself for being so organised and having dinner already cooking! And the smells from the kitchen make the meal a whole other level of yumminess.

This chicken drumsticks recipe is one of the easiest of all and it tastes amazing. It’s a unanimous family favourite.

For an easy meal, serve with packet pasta or rice mix or seasoned roast potatoes from the freezer section. If you have more time, roast some potatoes and steam some veggies.

Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsicks

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Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsicks

Ingredients

  • 1-2kgs chicken drumsticks*
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • *(depending on how many your family will eat but they also make great leftovers for sandwiches the next day)

Instructions

  1. Place chicken drumsticks in slow cooker.
  2. Mix all other ingredients in small bowl.
  3. Pour mixture over chicken legs.
  4. Cook on high 4 hours/low 6-8 hours or until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Place drumsticks on a tray under broiler for a couple minutes if you would like to brown the drumsticks a little.
http://www.coffsforkids.com/slow-cooker-chicken-drumsticks/

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Jan
23

Freezer Friendly Lunchbox Recipies

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I have a new (school) year resolution – that is to bake more items for school lunches – thereby making mornings easier, kids eat healthier and get more of a variety of yummy, homemade food in their lunchboxes.

This is what I am baking and making this week:

Cheese and Bacon scrolls

Ham & Zucchini Pikelets

Zucchini, Corn and Cheddar loaf

Banana and Raspberry bread

Milo and Coconut cookies

Spinach, Corn and Feta muffins

Apple and Pear Muffins

Here are some other websites I’ve come across with a load of other ideas.

If you have any of your own I’d love to hear about them!

 

https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/lunchbox-ideas/freezer-friendly-lunch-box-food-ideas/

http://childhood101.com/2016/01/25-freezer-friendly-lunch-box-ideas

http://planningwithkids.com/2015/01/19/lunch-box-ideas-can-freeze/

 

And even more on Pinterest!

 

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