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!