This week on Kids in the Kitchen we made Easter Biscuits. A really simple recipe where the kids had lots of fun. We made our own icing bags to decorate the biscuits and later I’ll give you a little tutrial on how to make an icing bag.

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Easter Biscuits

Ingredients:
250g butter
140g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp of vanilla extract
300g plain flour
Method:
We mixed the butter and sugar together in a large bowl
We then added the egg yolk and vanilla extract
Finally we added the flour.
Mum divided the dough into three pieces and all three littlies had a piece to roll out to a thickness of about 1cm. We had lots of fun getting the dough stuck to the rolling pin, work top and our fingers. Eventually we managed to get the dough into a nice shape good enough to start cutting out.
We used Easter shaped cookie cutters, different shaped rabbits, chicks and easter eggs.
When we had cut out lots of shapes, mummy cooked them in the oven for about 12-15 minutes at gas mark 4 or 180C
When the biscuits were cooked we decorated them with the icing bags that mummy had made. When the icing bags split and leaked all over the place we used new, unused paint brushes to paint the icing on the biscuits.
making the biscuits

decorating the biscuits

Our Easter Biscuits

Icing Bag Tutorial

Personally, I think it’s much better to buy ready made icing bags, but when you don’t have any in and you’ve promised the kids they can decorate their biscuits, then making bags from greaseproof paper is the way to go. They are a little tricky for little hands, but the kids had fun while they lasted. 
Here is how I made the icing bags.
  • Fold the sheet of greaseproof paper diagonally and cut to make a triangle.
  • place the triangle upside down with the point nearest you and the flat side furthest away.
  • Take one corner of the flat side and roll it up to the point of the triangle, holding with your fingers.
  • Take the other corner and roll it up and around so it joins up with the first corner at the tip of the triangle.
  • Fold over the ends to secure.
  • Snip the end of the cone to make a tiny hole for the icing to come out.
When you fill the bag with icing, don’t fill more than half way up, then fold in the two edges before folding it down again. The end of the bag has to be tightly closed to stop the icing coming out of the top. You need to squeeze the icing out from the top down to the tip.
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My days of baby and toddler shows are over 🙁 I always loved them though and went to as many as I could from when I was first pregnant with Star until the Little Man was two. He’s approaching his fourth birthday now and the baby days are over for me.

So, what’s so good about a Baby Show?

Well, basically it’s your chance to try, compare and buy everything you need. There is also the chance to speak to experts on every aspect of pregnancy, birth and parenting.

I used to love wandering around, seeing what was new. Testing out pushchairs was one of my favourite things to do and when I had Star and was expecting Boo I purchased a double pushchair at a baby show at a bargain price.

That’s another good point..bargains galore. When you have a baby the expense is huge so it’s best to save money whenever you can and you can get some huge deals at baby shows.

Bluewater Baby and Toddler Show 2104

The show takes place on 25-27 april at Glow, Bluewater in Kent and is accessible from London, Essex, Surrey, Sussex and Kent. 
There will be more than 150 brands there including, Bugaboo, Quinny, Mamas and Papas, Cossato, UPPABaby, Britax, Boori…just to name a few.

Bluewater Baby and Toddler Show Website can be found here.

Competition

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Disclaimer: I have been offered a pair of Babyshow Tickets to give away. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

We were lucky enough to be sent a Weekend Box to review.

This is an amazing little box that fits through your letterbox yet is full to the brim of fun for the weekend.
The box is split into four coloured categories. Yellow – Something to Explore, Green – Something Green, Blue – Something to Make and Red -Something to Cook 

We started with Green.
This was a little game to make because it was St Patricks Day. We were given some gold coins and some pipe cleaners and an instruction sheet. The instructions were simple and I did this with the Little Man (3yrs)

We made a rainbow with the pipe cleaners, found a cup to put our rainbow and used the coins to throw into the pot.

The Little Man loved this. I mean, really really loved it! He spent over an hour playing on his own and with his sister Boo.

Next up was the Blue.
We started early on sunday morning, so early I’d not even dressed the Little Man. We had to make a little
bird and were provided with card, glue, feathers, wobbly eyes,  paper and paint. First we cut out the circle and painted it. Then we had to decorate the bird with feathers and a tail, beak and eyes. Boo wanted to join in too and I found that the inner circle of a paper plate was perfect for making her bird. they had to share the decorations provided but I think the end results were pretty good and they both had fun.

Then we tried Red.
Boo helped me with the cooking. We were provided with an instruction sheet and two little bags of secret
spices. I will put full details on this weeks Kids In the Kitchen, but we made Green Pancakes.

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Last up was Yellow.
Boo, read and answered the questions on the yellow card all about sounds. She also felt her vocal chords
wobble and we experimented how far we could hear each other around the house, both with the door open and with it closed. We then watched a video of how to make a Robot Voice. Star found this really interesting and we were keen to get started but silly Daddy had found the balloon, blown it up and tied it. We are definitely going to give it a try though and I’ll let you know how we get on. It looks like fun.

Verdict.

The weekend box was full of fun activities. They are aimed at 4-6 year olds but I believe the Little Man, aged 3, had the most fun. However, it was Boo, aged 6, who enjoyed the cooking and even Star, aged 8, enjoyed the exploring the robot voice box.
There is loads packed in to such a small box. There are things that you are required to provide sometimes, particularly in the recipes.

It’s handy to have a box full of resources to hand without having to find them yourself. Each weekend I have an activity session with the littlies on one day and a cooking activity the next. I find myself spending more and more time resourcing the ideas, materials, ingredients etc. My printer takes a bashing as I collect ideas and printables. For once it was nice to just reach inside a box and find, almost, everything I needed.

On the downside, I do have three children and it would work out pretty expensive to buy them a box each. Although, there were some activities that could be shared between sibling, Little Man and Boo enjoyed the rainbow pot of gold, and there was enough green pancakes to be shared around. Also, by just provided the card, Boo was able to make a bird with the Little Man. Maybe a bigger box for bigger families would be an idea for the future. Also, one of my children is out of the age range so it would be nice if there was something available for slightly older children too.

On joining the Weekend Box club you will recieve a box a fortnight, arriving just in time for the weekend. You can cancel at any time if you no longer require them or are not happy. They have a strong green philosophy and believe in recycling and upcycling as well as using sustainable resources.

If you would like to try out a Weekend Box you can get your first box for free using the code: ANNE58

Disclaimer: we were sent a Weekend Box to review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Welcome back to Kids in the Kitchen.
We’ve had a lot of sickness over the weekend, it’s not been a happy house, and poor mummy has not had much sleep. Luckily, we did our recipes last week before the illness struck. 

Last week our linkers were The Beesley buzz with, three yummy recipes, including a very lovely looking Minion Cake. Honey from Giraffe in the Bath (I just love that Blog Name) has made a yummy parsnip and cinnamon cake. And thanks to Lisa from Life Away From the Office Chair for submitting her Cilantro limeRice 

This week we cooked Green Pancakes, the recipe was included in our Weekend Box. 

We would so love to hear about your recipes and what you have cooked with your kids. So please link up your posts old and new and I’ll give you a mention next week.

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Green Pancakes.

Ingredients:


160g spinach, fresh or frozen
40g grated cheese
2tbs plain flour
1tbs olive oil
1 egg
pinch salt and pepper
Weekend box special spices. (which I believe were paprika and cumin)

Method:


My helper this week was Boo, she started by reading the instructions.

She added the flour to the egg and mixed them together, then she added the spinach and we had a gooey sticky mixture.

She then added the spices to the mix and gave it another stir.

Then it was mummy’s turn, and I put the olive oil in the pan and heated it up. I put a ladlefull of the mixture into the pan and after a few seconds I allowed Boo to carefully squash the mixture down with a fish slice. We cooked it on one side for about 1 minute then turned it over and cooked the other side. Boo squished it down again. When it was cooked on both sides we removed it from the pan and continued with the same process for the rest of the mixture.

Then Boo sprinkled cheese on the pancakes.

Boo was incredibly pleased with her work and gave the pancakes a thumbs up. I also enjoyed them as I love spinach. They were not well received by my fussy eater star though, and the Little Man was too poorly to try one.

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I love Spring, it’s full of beginnings. Things start to wake up and come alive in spring. Animals have their babies, trees start sprouting blossom and leaves and flowers start to bloom. The days get a little longer and the sun starts to make an appearance. (This time last year we had SNOW!)

This week I’ve been thinking about spring a lot. It’s actually been quite refreshing to get out and about, for three months we have been restricted on going out because of Star’s halo. She couldn’t go out in the cold or rain and when we did go out she’d get tired really quickly, well, she was carrying scaffolding around on her head. Now the halo is gone and Star has been feeling a little better (well, that’s a lie, but she’s been ok about going outside on sunny days for short bursts.)

So, what makes me and the littlies think about spring?

Well, there is going down to the canal to feed the ducks. We can’t wait to meet their chicks.

There is nothing that says spring is here more than blooming flowers. We didn’t venture far but we managed to find daffodils and daisies.

Then there is the growing leaves and blossom on the trees.

Also, it’s great to finally get the washing out on the line to dry in the sun and wind.

Spring is also the time to celebrate Easter, my favourite holiday with chocolate, and Mother’s Day.

I love Spring and I love being able to go out again.

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