Baking With a Toddler – Easy Cheese Puff Recipe

24.10.14

I realised the other day that I’ve done shockingly little baking with Ez. I didn’t do a lot with Annie (thanks mess phobia!) but I’ve done even less with the Bear.

I decided then in a guilt induced haze that we must bake, so bake we did! I decided to start super simple so busted out this 3 ingredient cheese puff recipe.

I let Ez do most of the work and he loved every minute of it. He chose some spooky halloween cutters and some stars, cut the pastry (with a wee bit of help), put them onto the baking sheet, did the egg wash by himself and then smothered those bad boys in a lot of cheese.

I will admit that it was very hard not to step in and help more but I was very aware that I wanted this to be his project and I really didn’t want to stifle his enjoyment.

We rerolled the pastry as his cookie cutter placement didn’t make optimal use of the space – these thoughtless 2 year old eh?!  I don’t know if those broke some unwritten puff pastry rule but it worked fine for us.

He was so excited to watch them go into the oven and I have to say that the finished puffs were delicious, they barely lasted until lunchtime the next day.

Recipe after the photos…

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Ingredients

  • 1 pack of ready to use puff pastry
  • 1 egg
  • Grated cheese (I bought the pre-grated stuff, lazy but awesome!)

Method

  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celcius
  • Unfurl your puff pastry and go mad with the cookie cutters
  • Place the pastry shapes on a sheet of baking parchment
  • Beat the egg and brush over the pastry shapes
  • Cover in cheese, as you can see above there’s no such thing as ‘too much’
  • Bake until the cheese is bubbly and the pastry has puffed up

Ensure you pull a ‘woohoo I did it’, fists in the air type pose before putting them in the oven, as demonstrated above!

What is your go to baking with a toddler recipe?


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Lazy Afternoons and Lovely Light

23.10.14

There are two things I really enjoy, a lazy afternoon and lovely light. If those two things occur together then I’m a very happy lady!

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How to Prepare Your Toddler For a New Baby Sibling

22.10.14

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Annie has always loved Ez, she was so excited about becoming a big sister and when he arrived her excitement just grew. She doted over him as a baby and they’re still very close nearly 3 years on. We have been very lucky with their close relationship, but we also worked hard to make sure that his birth wouldn’t affect Annie too much and that she knew exactly what to expect from his arrival.

When Jon and I started trying to conceive Annie was only just one. I explained that Mummy and Daddy were trying to make a baby and that this baby would live with us. We went out and bought a couple of baby dolls and played ‘being Mummy’, cuddling the baby, feeding and showing her how to use her ‘gentle hands’ with the baby.

When we fell pregnant Annie was the first person we told, and we made sure she knew this. She was the person to break the news to friends and family, she came with us to the scans and I made sure she was there the first time we met the midwife. We were lucky that the midwife was so great with Annie, she told her everything she was doing, what all the tests were for and really helped her feel included.

Basically if there were any decisions or news we ensured that Annie was involved.

We made a big deal out of the fact that Annie would be the first person to meet her brother, no other visitors were allowed near until Annie had laid eyes on him first, had a hug and got to know him. We felt it was key that she feel like she was important in his life, more so than grandparents or friends.

After he was born Jon would take Ez so I could spend one on one time with Annie and visa versa. I’d have hated her to feel like as soon as Ez arrived she was ‘dropped’ in favour of the baby.

We also kept regular appointments and play dates so she wouldn’t feel resentful that he was interfering with her routine, even though getting out of the house with the pair of them was sometimes the very last thing I wanted to do.

Key Points

  • Keep talking about how the baby will live with you ‘forever’
  • Talk about the ‘toddler perceived downsides’ of a newborn – the crying, endless pooping, the amount of attention they need, the crying etc!
  • Try and ensure the toddler is the first person to meet the baby
  • Let the toddler help with the baby as much as they want to, passing muslins, wet wipes and nappies, tucking them into bed, choosing outfits etc
  • Let them help bottle feed if using bottles but don’t worry if they don’t want to
  • When meeting up with friends for the first time since the birth let your toddler introduce the baby (if they want to)

Our two are fab together and much closer than I could have hoped for. I like to think this is partly down to all the work we put in with Annie before Ez arrived, though am prepared to admit we may just have been really lucky!

Did you do anything to prepare your toddler for their baby brother or sister’s arrival?


Posted in category: Parenting

Point + Shoot – Conkers and Comfort Food

21.10.14

This weekend was a relatively quiet one, apart from the crazy bit where we remembered my driving license was just about to expire and had to do a mad dash to get new photos taken and send off the form and cheque *grumble grumble*!

The kiddos spent a lot of time playing with conkers, lounging on the sofa, drawing, reading, playing in the garden, donning fancy dress and relaxing with hot chocolate.

I got 4 magazines through the mail so spent a great deal of time drinking tea and oohing and ahhing over the gorgeous photography and writing. Jonny spent a lot of his weekend pondering all things hi-fi and mending the dodgy light switch in the hallway.

We enjoyed a weekend of delicious comfort food, homemade apple Danish for breakfast, egg fried rice for lunch one day and pork pie and scotch eggs the next, shepherds pie for dinner and jam tarts for a tasty, treaty snack.

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As always BBC 6 Music was the soundtrack to our days off. The sound of Cerys Matthews on a Sunday morning is pure perfection, she plays such an eclectic mix of music and the sound of her voice is just gorgeous. If you’re not a regular listener I cannot urge you strongly enough to give the station a go.

Even though we may not have achieved a whole lot it was the weekend we all needed. Proper family time, cuddling under blankets, blowing off steam outside and being together.

What did you do this weekend? Hope you had lovely weather like we did for most of it.


Posted in category: Point & Shoot

Point + Shoot – 21st October 2014

21.10.14

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Good morning lovely people, hope you had a fab weekend, welcome to the first of the new look Point + Shoot linkies.

As of today Point + Shoot is co-hosted by the super duper and utterly brill, Aby from You Baby Me Mummy. Together we’ve come up with a couple of changes, the most obvious being, bumping the linky from Monday to a Tuesday to give people more time to write their posts should they want to play along.

How to Play Along

The concept is super simple, basically just sharing photos of your weekend

  • You can link up to 1 post per week!  Be sure to paste the Point + Shoot badge on the post you would like to link up (code below – paste it into the HTML option of your blogging platform).

  • Comment on the current post to say hi!

  • Comment on at least 2 other links – share the love, it is what linkies are all about.

  • It would also be great if you could share your post and the linky party (using the hashtag #PointShoot) on your social media channels to help grow the community. Aby and I will also retweet your posts if you mention us in your tweets! (@youbabymemummy/@snowingindoors)

  • Finally, if you could please follow You Baby Me Mummy (Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest) and snowingindoors (Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest) that would be fantastic!

You don’t have to play every week, just drop by when you have something to share. You don’t need a fancy DSLR either, a phone camera works just as well.

As for the photos, they can be absolutely anything, if you saw it, or did it, at the weekend, then photograph it and link up.

The full blurb, and history of the linky can be found in the menu bar at the top of the page

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