Thursday, December 19, 2013

Fluffy Snowman Craft time

Walkin in a winter wonderlannnnnnnnd... well not really. It's more like:

"Walkin' through the sprinkler on the graaaaaaasssss. 

In the grass there is a blue tarp yeah,
On it goes the bubbles from the soooooap
you say 'are you ready?'
I say 'go now'

Walkin' thru the sprinkler on the graaaaasssss" 

Did you sing it? Go back and sing it.

After a fun morning at the local water park with friends, we came home damp and cooled off enough to do fluffy snowman craft. This would have to be the easiest craft projects around!

You'll need:

Black pen for the outline
Cotton balls
Kids Glue

You could get fancy and add other decorations like sparkles, real twig arms, paint for the orange nose etc... I didn't this time, maybe next time when we add to this project (I like to keep it and work on it throughout the week till it's finished) 

Kids tend to only have a 10-20 min window to focus on the one activity. So keeping it to one decoration option per craft time can draw this project out over a few days.

I set this up and then observed them while I made lunch in front of them. It kept them nicely entertained. If you have younger kiddies you may want to sit and be proactive in helping them. Or if you don't need to make lunch, sit and make one too... Playing together is fun! and your munchkins will absorb all that quality together time into their molecules. 

Tip: Allow them to stick the cotton wool on where ever they want. It's empowering and builds confidence in their personal self expression.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Allergy Friendly Cupcakes

Now first off... note that I didn't say Health-friendly cupcake, I said Allergy friendly.
There is still white sugar and barely any nutritional value like every other cupcake. The difference is, this one is: 

Gluten Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Corn Free... 
and super yummy for parties and that's what matters! 

I made these for Milla to take to her Kindergarden end of year party. What I love, is these taste great and look great. She can be proud to share them with her friends who are not used to eating allergy friendly foods. 

Beautiful texture! Light and fluffy! 

OK Gather your ingredients!

Cupcake Ingredients:

125g Nuttelex (Dairy-Free Marg)
125g Caster Sugar
3 "No Egg" egg replacer
1 cup GF self raising flour (I use Choices)
1/2 cup rice flour
3 TSP GF baking powder
3/4 to 1 cup Rice Drink

Oven on to 180*C (350*F) at this point most people tell you to get your patty pans ready... I'm never that organised! So at some point get your muffin tray out and put cupcake patties in them.

Use an electric mixer to whip the Nuttlex and sugar until it's light and fluffy. While that's whippin' real good. Mix your 3 "No Eggs" together with it's water in a different little bowl, let it sit for a min to congeal. Whip it into the Nutelex/Sugar fluff.

Sift all the dry ingredients onto the sugar fluff and add the Rice Drink. Use your spatular and fold it all together, once folded together turn on your mixer and give it a good whip for a min. 

Spoon the mixture into those patty pans that you forgot to get out, quick go get them, fill the patty pans to just under the edge, semi smooth down the tops. 

Bake for 15-20mins (or until cooked) 

Allow to cool for a bit before Icing. 

Ice Ice Baby....  Fluffy icing for on the top

Icing Ingredients:

about 100g Nuttelex
about 1 cup PURE Icing sugar 
1/4 cup Rice Drink
GF Sprinkles.

Put a big blob of Nuttelex into your mixer bowl and whip it till it changes to a lighter colour. Light and fluffy. While its whipping pour in slowly the Pure icing sugar and Rice Drink. Whip it for about 3 minutes, so that it's gorgeous.  

Put it in a pipping bag.. or in a zip lock bag like I do, snip off the corner and ice those now-cooled cupckaes

Decorate! (Be aware of ingredients in those decorations! Make sure they are GF etc)

Again, these are definitely not an everyday eating, but perfect for (unsuspecting guests err I mean) Parties and such.

Have fun cooking and celebrating! 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Nutty Organic Apple Cereal

I have read the ingredients of every single packet and box of cereal. None of them work for our family. None. All of the regular ones have additives and sugars and gluten and maize and ... you get the idea.
All of the health-food isle ones have brown rice or quinoa in them. All big no-no's for us. 

So what do I feed my kids who's intolerances and allergies list are longer than my legs?

Nutty Apple Crumble.

{This is my slightly-altered-to-fit-our-diet-requirements version of Wholefood Simply Better than Muesli recipe. Many, many credits and thanks goes to them. They helped pave the way to a better breakfast option for us!}

In your food processor... pulse, so it doesn't turn to mooosh.

Throw in handfuls and pulse as you go:

One cored and quartered Apple
Almonds (raw and hulled for us)
Coconut flakes 
Sunflower seeds
White Chia Seeds
a bit of Vanilla Powder 

{Use Organic produce every step of the way}

Was very yummy!

I ate all of mine, the kids ate a little of theirs. They said it was yummy so I'll take that as a good step towards eating a whole bowl. Tomorrow I think I'll roast it a little! yum! 


Why Buy Organic Apples?

Because apples usually rank number 1 on every "dirty dozen" list I've seen!
Pesticides cannot be trusted once ingested. Some pesticides are designed to make bugs stomaches explode. No, it wont make your stomach explode {we hope!} But it doesn't mean tiny little bug-size explosions wont happen in your intestines causing permeability... just sayin' 

So many people I know, or know of, turn to organic food once they have health challenges, cancer, allergies, intolerances, unknown sicknesses, IBS, gut disorders.... How about we start BEFORE the big health scare happens? 

Why buy organic?
     -Because you are worth it.


Monday, November 18, 2013

Roast Chicken-Lickin and Veg

I could spend hours making a gourmet meal that tastes divine and looks delish, but the kids would no doubt turn their noses up to it and go to bed hungry. This little roast dish- takes all of about 3 minutes to prepare, looks rustic and loved and without a doubt, be gobbled up without a second thought. 

I love a quick and easy meal. Plus barely any dishes! Can I suggest this for your dinner tonight?

Roasted Chicken- Lickin and Veg

In one oven pan: 
Roughly chopped veggies {Carrots, celery onion}
Roughly chopped herbs {Rosemary and Thyme- fresh from my garden}

Plonk the chicken {organic, free range} on top of the herbs and veg

Put in your oven for about an hour (depending on size and weight etc)
I do 180deg celsius for about 45mins. 

Slice down between the Chickens legs and body to check if its cooked
or poke skewer in it to see if the juices run clear. 

Simple accompaniment of Roast Spuds.

Wash the dirt off your organic Spuds... err Potatoes {Cloth and running water}

Place on a baking tray and put it in the oven at the same time as the chicken.
Your knife should slip straight through when cooked.

Eat eat!

I don't even bother with oil or salt when I cook this, it's scrummy on it's own. And with food sensitive little ones, the less ingredients the better. 

The potatoes, make sure they are served with lashings of butter and Himalayan rock salt. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Return to Peace

Slowing down
Calming breaths
Normality here we come

For the first time in a while, this week has felt normal. Normal is a relative word. My normal doesn't look like your normal, nor could it ever (unless your my husband reading this or my kids- Hi Babe!!). If we all had the same normal, we would be... robots. 

*Cue Milla: I am a robot, I am a robot*

What has happened? Let's do a list format to get this over and done with.

Broke a leg, 
Weekly X-rays,
Fracture healed, 
Sprained the same leg,
Bilateral grommets,
Coeliac/gluten intolerance,
Bone Density scan,
Dietician appointments,
Pyrroles urine test,
I had a biopsy for coeliac, no damage seen. Praise God! 
Milla hearing test (which she aced)
Milla gluten/dairy free trail, a success.

I think that's it? Who cares really if there was anything else! Ha! Too much to think of as it is.

So! Been there, done that, bought the crutches.
Moving on!

Who is ready for Christmas??

I am so ready for making stuff! 

Oooo!  I should also mention some of Bloggy's upcoming changes!

Bloggy Blog Bloggity.

Newly Antique is proud to announce it will not only be a crafty little centre for wood-working-upcycled-fun.  It will become a little safe haven for my allergy friendly recipes, food intolerance/allergy information and general health, coeliac, well being and holistic health reviews, organic and green living.   

Phew! Did you get all that??

I originally was going to start a different blog to cater for the new areas, but then I realised that Newly Antique is where it's at. My life has grown to embrace a new area, where I spend 10 hours in the kitchen and therefore bloggy will too.

Partnering with Newly Antique... strolling hand in hand along the beach is my other Facebook page: 

{Facebook page: Organic World Come over and join the food and health revolution. 
Remember to Click like to share the love and support!}

In case you've forgotten what we look like! 

Much love!!!

The FamBam!