Lunchbox/ Picnic Ideas: How to Use an Bento Egg Mold

Are you looking to jazz up your kids’ lunchboxes? Or make Picnics more fun? Here is a super cute idea (that is NOT that time consuming) and that the kids will *ADORE* using Bento Box Egg Molds – Egg Molds are traditionally used for shaping rice, but you can also use them to shape eggs. They come in all sorts of shapes, are quick and easy to use and are super fun. And will hopefully put a little smile on your child’s face as they open up their lunchbox. Eggs are also super protein rich foods, that are great for those young minds concentrating whilst at school. These molds are also great fun for taking on Picnics.How to use Bento Egg Molds for a fun Lunchbox addition

 

 

The molds are easy to get hold of, you can buy them here (affiliate links).

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Watch the video and see how easy it is to use an Egg Mold for Bento Lunchboxes

How to Make Easy Jam Tarts with Kids

The kids are at it again – showing us how easy it is to get busy in the Kitchen! Today the boy makes some delicious Jam Tarts and they are SO SO EASY!!!!!!! Really.. take a look.yt2To make these Jam Tarts you will need:

  • Pastry (you can buy it or shortcrust pastry recipe)
  • Jam (use jam, not marmalade.. yuk.. who likes that! Ha)
  • A glass
  • A muffin tin

Preheat the oven to 180C and bake for approx 10-15min

And this is How To make these Jam Tarts:

Aren’t they just yummy?!

Choc & Raspberry Muffins

Sorry! No photo this time. What a shame too, as the muffins did look rather scrummy, if I say so myself – even if the icing was a bit runny! No photos as they ALL got scoffed before I remembered to take one. And I tell you, that is quite an achievement, I made 12 + a cake (the original ingredients were for far too many, the recipe below is adjusted for about 12 muffins!!!). Much to the dismay of The Englishman and Red Ted, half he cake went to neighbours (saying thanks for all the fab hand me downs we get) and 10 muffins to a tea party in Ham!

Enough. Here is he recipe:

Muffins:

  • 110g Butter
  • 225g Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 110g flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt (unless you have used salted butter)
  • 60g coco powder
  • 120g milk
  • 1tsp vanilla

Frosting:

  • 150g Butter
  • 200g icing sugar
  • handful of raspberries

Muffins:

Mix sugar and butter. Add eggs & vanilla. Mix all dry ingredients, then add alternating with the milk. Bake in 180 C approx 25min – but check. Also used these ingredients in a cake tin and it worked!!

Icing:

Now my icing went all wrong. So the above is guess work. Not v helpful, eh? But it was yummy and the yummy bit where the raspberries. So. Advice from icing queen: use lots of butter. Whisk for AGES until it is nice and soft. Add some liquidised/ blended raspberries and then icing sugar. Don’t add all the raspberries (like i did) as they are v liquidy. Once you have a nice consistency, add remaining quartered raspberries for flavour and texture.

Simple Autumn Juice: Apple & Carrot

As Autumn hurtles our way, I wanted to share my father’s favourite “healthy” treat for the season – Apple & Carrot Juice! It is quick and easy to make and tastes delicious. Be sure to drink it up quickly.

Apple Recipes

Simple:

  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Juicer

Peel and slice everything. Bung in juicer. Drink as freshly as possible! Doesn’t matter about proportions, just use what you have in! (You may prefer to sieve it, as there will be a little bit of brown “sludge”, but there is nothing bad about this and sometimes, you can let it all settle and then just pour the yummy bit). Very healthy. Very good. Very tasty.

For more from me, hop over to Red Ted Art for lots of fun craft ideas!

DIY Fruit Ice Lollies

My kids LOVE ice lollies and come the Summer season, they are always asking for some. Though I do believe the kids should have treats, I also believe in healthy treats. Yes, chocolate and gummi bears are fine once in a while, but not on a daily basis. Ditto ice cream. When on holiday, maybe, when at home no. So I decided to make them some fruit ice lollies. And I have to say, they are DELICIOUS. My mouth is watering just thinking about them now. They are healthy AND relatively inexpensive to make, as we used frozen fruit! Though you can experiment and use whatever  fruit you fancy. We made Elderberry, Blueberry and Raspberry lollies. Delicious.

DIY Fruit Ice Lollies

Ice Lolly Recipe Ingredients:

* small portion of frozen berries per lollie – frozen fruit are a lot cheaper to buy and also means we “always have some” to hand

* some waterdown elderflower cordial (probably less than 1/4 of a cup per lollie)

You can substitue the cordial with lemonade or apple juice or even a yoghurt/milk mixture. Experiment to suit your tastes!

Ice Lolly How To

1) Pack some fruit into your lolly moulds

2) Pour in some cordial or other liquid – do not fill to the top, as you still need to get your lolly stick in

3) Gently ease you stick in and place in the freezer.

Leave overnight and done. I am telling you, these are seriously delicious ice lolly treats!!!