Hello all! I’m Sally and I blog over at Life Loving. My blog is my way to inspire others to get out and about and enjoy life more. I live by the motto ‘ketchup tomorrow, relish today’. The lovely Anna has let me put together this fantastic recipe for you to make with your little ones this Halloween.
Cooking together with kids is a great way to spend time together, and help them develop some vital life skills while having fun. Today we have a gingerbread people recipe, from the book Kids Can Cook by Esther Coombs. Gingerbread people are such a simple treat to make, and kids love the results especially as you can get creative while decorating them. You can make gingerbread men, gingerbread women, or whatever style you prefer.
Life can be pretty hectic, and some days you just need to be able to get your kids’ dinner on the table as quickly as possible with the minimum of fuss. But coming up with quick, easy and nutritious meals that all the family will enjoy isn’t always easy. Especially if you live with some picky eaters.
To help you, we’ve put together five tasty and healthy kids’ meals that you can get to the table in just 10 minutes.
Naan bread pizza and salad
This is a great recipe for a quick meal and even the fussiest eater can find a topping they’ll love. You can also swap a plain naan for a garlic, or even Peshwari naan to make your pizzas even tastier. This recipe is ideal for vegetarians but you can use whichever toppings you like.
Watermelon is one of the most popular fruits with children, especially during the summer months when it’s so refreshing. Luckily, as well as being a delicious treat, it also offers a lot of great health benefits for your children and entire family. Here, we will take a look at ten of the health benefits of Watermelon
Watermelon is made up of 92% water, so if you have little ones who are not drinking enough water during the hot summer days then watermelon could be an extra tool in your belt to keep your child hydrated.
2. Highly Nutritious
One cup of watermelon goes a great way towards your recommended daily allowance of many vitamins and minerals…
Vitamin C: 21% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
Vitamin A: 18% of the RDI
Potassium: 5% of the RDI
Magnesium: 4% of the RDI
Vitamins B1, B5 and B6: 3% of the RDI
3. High in Vitamin C
As you can see from the figures above, watermelon is a great source of Vitamin C. This is such a super vitamin, helping to boost the immune system and fight against colds as well as helping the body to produce collagen which helps keep your eyesight sharp.
This sophisticated, crater-like, deeply chocolatey cake, with the merest hint of cinnamon and a generous scrunch of sea salt, is so popular amongst my friends that it comes out at almost any opportunity.I stole the recipe from a friend of my parents when I was eight (which gives you an idea of how easy it is).Do not be put off by the look of the cake when it comes out of the oven – it is utterly delicious and looks fantastic when decorated!
The Instant Pot is one of the world’s most famous multicookers and one of the Best Seller products on Amazon. Its popularity is due to the many functions it brings to the table and the ease of use. It is one of those appliances that truly improve life in the kitchen and raise any home-schooled chef’s level.
While you’ll find many opinions on this multicooker, the one that’s most popular is the diversity of dishes one can prepare with it. The Instant Pot is amazing when it comes to preparing delicious meals without too much effort.
To prove just how great the entire IP series is for anyone’s kitchen, we listed five recipes that are easy to make and are beloved by almost anyone, including our little picky eaters… and if you need any more ideas, there are a wide variety of cookery books available at The Works
The winter months can be awfully challenging if you’re trying to avoid piling on the pounds. The combination of lower temperatures, shorter days and unappealing weather can cause many of us to go into hibernation mode. We’ll stay indoors as much as possible and resort to warming comfort foods that more often or not are high in carbohydrates. The combination of a winter diet and reduced exercise can soon lead to weight gain – and that’s without even bringing Christmas into the equation!
While you’re focusing on your weight, don’t forget to look after the rest of your health too – even down to maintaining your ears with ear wax removal
We shouldn’t feel bad about our winter eating choices. There are solid evolutionary reasons why our bodies want to store fat in the winter months. It’s a barrier against the cold, and the actual act of eating can help make us feel warmer. However, our ancestors didn’t have central heating and generally enjoyed a far more active lifestyle than we do – even during the winter, when ‘enjoyed’ maybe isn’t the right word to use.
I’ve enjoyed using HelloFresh recipes boxes from time to time, to take the thinking out of meal planning and cooking. They are such a good idea! But did you know, that in addition to getting the HelloFresh recipe boxes, you can actually access tonnes of recipes on their website?
One of the things I really like about the boxes is that it can give you the opportunity to try something new, and make a recipe you haven’t cooked before.
This Plantain curry recipe from the HelloFresh site looks delicious, and is definitely something I will try making. I absolutely love plantain but for some reason have not tried cooking it myself. We have some family friends from Sierra Leone who make an amazing plantain dish and send it to us each Ramadan. We enjoy it so much, it really is about time I tried cooking some plantain myself!
This week we’ve been celebrating Eid Al Adha, one of the two Eids in the Muslim calendar, which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage. Eid is always a time to enjoy spending with family, and as far as my kids are concerned it’s always a time for lots of treats! I was really impressed to see the wide range of Eid cakes over on the baker days website, including personalised cupcakes and cakes in a choice of sizes and flavours. It makes me happy to see our holidays and celebrations being catered for, as it wasn’t always this easy to find such things readily available.
The Bakerdays Eid cakes have such lovely designs, and our cake arrived really quickly. I selected a beautiful turquoise floral design in a lemon drizzle flavour.
Enjoying a family picnic is such a simple thing, but for the kids it can be very exciting! It’s a great way to spend quality time together, chatting and enjoying the delicious food, whether at home or on a day out. We decided to make the most of the summer weather and prepare a fun outdoors lunch with the help of M&S.
A new M&S Foodhall has opened up in Colindale, which is not far from us in Harrow so we went along to check it out. You can click and collect your online orders from the Colindale store, as well as picking up any food or grocery shopping from inside the store.
It’s a pretty large Foodhall so plenty of choice inside, and you will find the click and collect counter right inside as you enter the store.
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