Saturday, January 31, 2015

recipe: mallow bars


These Mallow Bars make a very easy lunch box treat or a simple party food item. 


Ingredients:
200g marshmallows
80g butter
4 cups Rice Bubbles
Sprinkles for the top

Equipment:
Large mixing bowl
Microwave safe jug or bowl
Lamington tin
Baking paper
Spoon

Method:
Line the lamington tin with baking paper.
Melt the marshmallows and the butter together in the microwave, on medium heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between. It will only take around 2-3 minutes for it to all come together and form a nice gooey, soft mixture.
Pour the melted mallow over the rice bubbles and stir to combine.
Tip mixture into lamington tin, pressing down with the back of the spoon to make it firm.
Shake sprinkles over the top and set in fridge for an hour before slicing into squares.
Keep in the fridge, in an airtight container for up to five days.





Friday, January 30, 2015

what's in the school bag


I am keeping the contents of Ronan's school bag fairly simple. Kindergarten children in most NSW public schools should have no need for a pencil case, pencils, scissors etc. It should all be provided in the classroom - and items such as bandaids, sunscreen and tissues really aren't necessary as every classroom should be equipped with these.

In Ronan's school bag, you will find -
  • Spare undies and shorts wrapped in a plastic bag (just in case)
  • Home reader satchel 
  • Lunch box with healthy recess and lunch (plus a small ice pack to keep food cool)
  • Water bottle (one that doesn't leak!)
  • Jumper
  • Hat
  • Library Bag
  • Art smock ($6 from Big W)
  • Rain coat on rainy days
  • A few baby wipes in the lunchbox - I am one of 'those' parents, but I swear by clean hands before meal times to keep my children from getting sick. 
Am I forgetting anything? 

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Only three more sleeps until the big day. What a build up! I'm playing it down of course,  acting cool as though it's no big deal (but still very exciting). I'll be sure to report back on how the morning and first school day panned out.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

getting ready for school checklist


With only six sleeps until Ronan's first day of Kindergarten I am making a 'to do' list for myself to check off. This week I will -

  • Wash school uniform
  • Label EVERYTHING (hat, shoes, uniform, school bag, lunch box)
  • Cut strap off hat (strangle risk)
  • Read 'A Special Place' with Ronan
  • Iron his school uniform
  • Stock up on bread, cheese, apples and bananas
  • Converse with Ronan about expectations and what lay ahead for him - (morning routine of getting ready for school, stranger danger, sharing food, looking after belongings etc.)
  • Allocate one shelf in his wardrobe just for school clothes
  • Help him pack his bag for school 
  • Take a photo of Ronan in his uniform
  • Ensure a week of fun-filled days and early nights for a well rested boy. 
In the coming days i'll be writing a post on what will be included in Ronan's school bag.





Monday, January 26, 2015

making batches: school lunches


In one week I'll be a school mum. It has been five years coming and yet I feel like I've blinked and here we are. I have a little secret to divulge, and that is that I actually like packing school lunches. Granted, I've only ever had to do it three times per week at most, but never-the-less, there is something satisfying about providing a nutritious and interesting packed lunch for my children.
This week I will be baking, batching and freezing many lunch and snack items - I've listed links to the recipes below.

Snacks:
Moist and delicious Yoghurt and Pear Muffins
The best Choc-Chip Cookies ever (I freeze the dough mixture)
Super easy, sugar free Banana Muffins
My favourite Banana and Date Loaf, omitting the walnuts for school lunches
Guilt free Choc-Chip Muffins

Lunch Ideas:
Savoury cheese muffins
Pizza Scroll
Zucchini Slice
Apple Pikelets
Meatloaf
Salmon Cakes

What are your favourite school lunch ideas? I'd love for you to share links to them below.