Fairy Garden

Evie wanted a little fairy garden for a long time, then she saw some pictures on pinterest, then our neighbor put some old pots out on the curb.  That was it, she became relentless, it had to be done.  Off we went to the garden centre for a few little plants and now we have this little garden sitting in our herb bed amongst the mint.

It was very basic to make and you can find endless instructions on the internet, but really you don’t need instruction to pour some dirt in a pot (broken or unbroken), we upcycled.  Tuck in a few little low growing easy care plants into the soil and there you have it.  We have since added a little bottle cap seat so a fairy can sit and rest if she needs to.

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Toddler Banana Bread

We were very excited when we found this recipe which we had lost!  It is a recipe that was on a sheet of paper and it had gotten tucked inside another recipe book and when leafing through it the other day there it was.  This recipe came from Evie’s daycare when she was a toddler, her caregivers were a wonderful group of young ladies at a Reggio Centre and they really were special.  This is a recipe that they made regularly with the toddlers, each child had a part, one measured the flour, one mixed etc.  The children loved taking part and they loved to have their banana bread for a snack afterwards.

Here is the toddler banana bread! (that is Evie’s note)

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There you have it, a very simple easy banana bread.  It is perfect for breakfast and snacks.

 

In My Kitchen April 2016

I missed the IMK last month, I am not sure what happened it just kind of came and went and I didn’t get it done.  I have had no internet connection for days and I am going to post this one before it is too late. Hopefully I will finish and post before I lose the connection, forgive any typos!

Here is a little of what has been in our kitchen lately:

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Rosemary garlic sourdough

Easter cake and cupcakes

Hot Cross Buns

Empty Tomb Rolls

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Delicious Apricot Scones from Tara, these really were amazing!

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a little lemon tart with teeny tiny macarons, Evie picked each one off for herself!

Evie has been sewing and needle felting and made me this little donut and the cutest little needle felted sheep

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A science experiment, making a clock from and orange and lemon juice.

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We found our toddler banana bread recipe, from when Evie was in daycare, recipe to follow soon.

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Balsamic mushroom pasta, will share soon

 

And my fearless protector, who is always close by watching.

I hope you enjoyed your visit and I hope you come back soon.  If you’d like to write an In My Kitchen post, please do so by the 10th April and send your link to Maureen at The Orgasmic Chef. Thanks for hosting Maureen!

SMARTIE CAKE

IMG_6279There are two types of Smarties, the Canadian/UK kind, candy coated chocolate pieces.  There is another kind in the United States that resemble the hard sugar candies.  We are Canadian and to us it is the candy coated chocolate.  We are Smartie girls, not M&M’s.  This was our Easter desert, it is a favourite of some family members so we decided to bring it for Easter dinner….of course in bunny form.  This is a nice moist cake with flecks and small pieces of Smarties chocolate throughout.

For this recipe you will need:

1 box vanilla cake mix (I use French vanilla), make batter according to box directions

1-2 boxes of Smarties, crushed (I buy a scoopful at the bulk food store)

We used about 1/3-1/2 cup of crushed Smarties, gently fold that into the prepared cake batter. Pour into a greased round cake pan that has had the bottom lines in parchment paper.

Bake according to box directions.  The box makes two cakes, we did one round cake and the rest of the batter into 1 dozen cupcakes.

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Cut cake in half and stick flat sides together with frosting.  Then lay on serving plate cut side down and frost the rest.

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Then add jelly bean eyes and black licorice whiskers and mouth.  We made the ears from white paper with the pink coloured in with crayon.

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For the grass we used a bag of shredded coconut with green food colouring added and tossed around in a zip top bag.  Keep adding more drops and mix around until it is the colour green that you want.

The cupcakes Evie frosted by herself and sprinkled with the leftover Smartie crumbs and jellybeans.

Empty Tomb Buns

Happy Easter!

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Evie has been learning the true meaning of Easter since she started school.  She goes to Catholic school so those things are taught from the beginning.  I was a little concerned at first with the Easter story because of the crucifixion, it was violent and horrific, not that people are any less violent and horrific today, but this was my little 4 year old child.  I had nothing to fear, the teachers taught it very simply, cleaned up and scaled down.  That first Easter in school Evie came home one day saying “Mom, do you know that they killed Jesus on a cross and he died.”  I said yes I knew that and it was not nice just because he was different.  She replied, “Don’t worry Mom, he got up again!” Now at almost 8, she has been preparing for her first communion all winter, she knows the details and tells me things I didn’t know.

This was the perfect year to start a tradition with empty tomb buns.  These were quick and easy to put together on Easter morning with just 4 ingredients.

1 tube Pillsbury crescent rolls

8 large marshmallows

1/4 cup cinnamon sugar (this is very expensive to buy. I use 1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1-2 tsp cinnamon)

1/4 cup melted butter

Unroll the dough  and cut into 8 squares.

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Take a marshmallow, dip in the melted butter then roll in cinnamon sugar.

 

Wrap the dough around the marshmallow and pinch the seams to seal. This represents Jesus in the tomb.

Place seam side down in a greased muffin pan.  Bake at 375F for about 9 minutes. First when I looked in the oven there was marshmallow oozing out of a few and it looked a bit of a mess, but it was ok.  I let them cool a couple of minutes and gently lifted the buns out using a spoon, then let cool on a baking rack for about 10 minutes or until room temperature, there is hot melted sugar inside so make sure cool enough before giving to children. Break the first one open together to see the inside, they will be amazed!

Then once cooled we added little icing crosses to the top (just a small tube of bought icing from the baking aisle).

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When you break open the bun, the tomb is empty!…..and delicious.

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These will be an Easter morning tradition at our house every year.

Cookie Dough Truffles

It is New Year’s Eve here in this part of Canada.  For some of you it is already the start of a new year, Happy New Year to you!

We are spending a quiet night at home.  It is our tradition to stay at home, get takeout and watch a movie. This year we are getting Turkish food and watching the Lego Movie.  It doesn’t get any wilder than that for us.  We finally had a little snow, so tomorrow we are sledding before going to a friends for supper.

In the meantime, here is a recipe that we make every year.  Kids love it and they can help by rolling the balls.  There are no eggs, hence the dough is safe to eat.  It is also every easy and no bake.

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In a mixing bowl cream together:

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

Cream until light and fluffy.

Add:

2 cups flour

1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1 tsp vanilla

Mix well.

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Stir in 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

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chill in fridge for about an hour until firm.  Roll into 1″ balls.

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chill again until ready to dip in chocolate.

Melt a little over 1LB of semisweet candy coating (Merkins Wafers) or you can use straight up chocolate, but probably wont be as shiny and nice unless you are good at tempering chocolate.

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I melted the wafers in the microwave heating and stirring until all melted. As you can see my fancy dipping and drizzling tools are forks.

I get about 1/2LB milk wafers as well for drizzling over the top.

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All done and ready to eat.  Store in fridge.

Dog Biscuits

We haven’t made any Christmas cookies for humans yet, but yesterday Evie was with a friend to her decorate her tree and they made dog biscuits!

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Here is the recipe (sorry took the picture with my phone and had a little trouble with the orientation:

They used lean ground chicken instead of beef.

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The taste testing.  Max (my Westie) is very picky when it comes to treats and will not eat a dog biscuit to save his life, but he did like these.  Especially since they were still a little warm when they tested them.  He did eat a piece the today also, so he does like them.  It was Lily’s birthday, she loves treats of any kind and gobbled hers up before Max had eaten half of his.

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After the excitement of a car ride and a treat he needed a nap before going home.

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Today we are making human cookies.