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Ice Cream Party!

27 Jun

I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream!

What kid (or adult) doesn’t love ice cream?

I was after a simple concept for my son’s 5th birthday party and after much trawling of the internet, together we decided an ice cream party was the way to go!

I had seen this cake idea on Pinterest (I can’t find the link to the original post – if you find it, I would love you to pop it in the comments so I can link it to the original creator!) and it was very easy to make and orchestrate.

Basically, the cakes are just vanilla cupcakes, iced like different flavoured cupcake and stacked on top of a waffle cone. I used silicone moulds so I could just remove and ice the whole cake including the sides. They were super easy and I think they look great! Lots of people were wondering why the cake wasn’t melting! 🙂

Ice Cream Cake

 

 

Ice cream

I also made a different batch of cupcakes and used straws and cellophane to make candles – just in case there weren’t enough!

At the party we played ‘Pin the Cherry on Top’ which we made together, and of course pass the parcel. I was able to pick up some ‘ice cream related’ prizes like erasers and hair clips from the dollar type shops.

pin the cherry on top

We also had an ice cream bar which was a great hit! We had homemade chocolate, strawberry and caramel sauces with vanilla ice cream and as many toppings as you could think of! The kids absolutely LOVED this!

All in all everyone had a great time. I highly recommend this theme. It was so much fun to plan and was enjoyable for all ages!

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Healthy Choc Coconut Balls

7 Dec

I literally just whipped these up in 5 minutes and my goodness they are yummo! I don’t think they will last long.

This would be a perfect recipe to make with kids. They can use their fine motor skills to roll the balls and then cover in coconut. My little guy was too busy playing with his new pup from Build a Bear to help me today! He certainly enjoyed eating them though (as did the grown ups!)!

choc balls

Ingredients:

60g Almonds

60g Cashews

60g Sunflower Seeds

120g Dates

60g Sultana’s

1 tsp vanilla

2 T cocoa (I used cacao)

Dessicated coconut

Method:

Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until all ingredients have come together (will be quite sticky). Roll into balls and then into dessicated coconut.

Would also look cute with some little toothpick flags in them for something different or a special occasion.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Oreo Buttercream Frosting

27 May

Oh yum yum yummy yum!

Totally sinful but sometimes you’ve just got to do it.

This recipe was a complete trial and can I say that it was also a complete success!

The recipe for the chocolate cupcakes was my trusty old Woman’s Weekly Kids Party book recipe which is really simple.

Mr 4 really enjoyed watching the cake mixture lighten in colour during the cooking of these cupcakes and he certainly enjoyed licking the beater!

chocolate cupcakes with oreo buttercream

Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients:

1 1/3 cups self raising flour

1/2 cup cocoa

125g butter (softened)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups caster sugar (I usually only use 1 cup)

2 eggs

3/4 cup water

 

Method:

Preheat oven to moderate

Grease or line cake tin

Sift flour and cocoa into bowl of electric mixer

Add the rest of the ingredients and beat on low speed until combined

Increase speed to medium and beat for approx 3 minutes or until mixture is smooth and changed to a lighter colour

Spread into prepared pans

Bake in moderate oven until cooked (for these cupcakes, I cooked them for approximately 20 mins)

Stand in pan for 5 mins then turn onto wire rack until cool.

(Makes 24 cupcakes)

Oreo Buttercream Frosting

250g butter

3½ cups pure icing sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons milk

1 packet finely crushed Oreo biscuits (crush in food processor)

Method:

Cream the butter for a few minutes until it is light.

Sift in the icing sugar and beat until entirely combined with the butter.

Add the vanilla extract, and milk.

Beat for 3 minutes.

Add crushed Oreo pieces and mix well to combine.

Pipe onto cupcakes and top with a mini Oreo. YUM!

(makes enough to pipe onto 24 cupcakes)

Oreo Pops

27 Aug


We were at Thomas’ cousin’s birthday party today. I made these Oreo Pops to take along. I saw them online a while ago and have been wanting to make them for a while. I think they were a bigger hit with the adults than the kids but the overall impression was a resounding thumbs up. We will definitely be making these again!

They are a bit fiddly but once you know the trick to them they really are quite easy to make. Don’t worry, I’m happy to share my secrets with you :-).

You will need some lollipop sticks. I bought mine from ebay but you can pick them up from cake decorating shops as well.

Ingredients:

Oreo biscuits (I used 2 packets to get 18 pops – I had a few breakages)

400g white chocolate chips

Edible confetti or sprinkles

Method:

First you need to separate the Oreo’s. I did this by sliding a butter knife carefully between one side of the biscuits and the icing. I did break some of the biscuits but I worked out that if they aren’t too badly broken you can put them back together with the next step.

Ok, this is the secret… Melt about 100g of the chocolate and put a dollop on one half of each of the biscuits (see picture). Put a lollipop stick on top of the chocolate and sandwich with the top biscuit. Allow these to set completely.

Next, melt the rest of the chocolate, allow it to cool slightly then dip each of the pops into the chocolate. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper to set.

Sprinkle with your choice of decorations. I refrigerated these for a couple of minutes so they set a little quicker and the chocolate didn’t run off them completely.

You will be sure to please with these! 🙂 My boys are enjoying the leftovers right now.

Choc Dipped Rainbow Marshmallows

26 Aug

It’s my niece’s birthday party this weekend. I always like to take something along for the kids, plus it’s nice to make little girly treats…

I saw a version of these marshmallows online a while ago. They are really simple (a little bit fiddly) and look great.

My niece is a Littlest Pet Shop fan so I found some  little pictures online and printed them to attach to a toothpick to make the little sticks. It’s amazing what a toothpick with a picture on it can do to food for kids. Just makes it all that little bit more enticing. Her face when she saw them was priceless :-).

Ingredients to make 20 marshmallows:

20 x Marshmallows

150g White chocolate chips

100’s & 1000’s

Method:

Over a saucepan of boiling water (take off heat first), melt chocolate stirring constantly with a spoon.

Let chocolate cool and harden slightly until it is workable (you want it to not be too runny so it stays on the marshmallow).

Dip marshmallow to half way in melted chocolate and then dip in 100’s & 1000’s.

Stick toothpicks in and allow to set.

You could do these to fit with any colour scheme for your party and also use milk chocolate. They were a hit with the kids!

Mini Olympics

1 Aug

We are in full Olympic swing in our house. My little guy loves his sports so the Olympics is right up his alley. I am so excited as well because this is Thomas’ first summer Olympics. There’s something pretty special about that. We are loving watching the swimming, diving and basketball especially.

It seemed fitting that we should do our own little mini Olympics with our neighbours complete with medal presentations, podium and some yummy Olympic themed treats. It was a great day.  

Our Olympic themed treats consisted of

Olympic Flag Cupcakes

(these were just a butter cake iced with butter cream icing and M&M’s for the Olympic rings)

and

 

Honey Caramel Popcorn Olympic Torches (popcorn recipe from Taste.com)

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup popping corn
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 60g butter, chopped
  • 12 flat bottomed small ice cream cones

Method

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 pieces of corn. Oil is hot enough when corn turns slowly in a circle. Add remaining corn. Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Shake saucepan gently when corn starts popping. Remove from heat when corn stops popping. Transfer to a large bowl. Discard any unpopped corn.Note: I have issues cooking popcorn in oil. I always burn it. So, I had seen online that you can make your own microwave popcorn using a paper bag. Put half the popping corn in a paper bag and put in microwave for approx 1 min – 1 min 30 secs and voila. Repeat with the rest of the popping corn. This is also a great way of making popcorn for kids. They can measure it out and put it in the bag – also it has no salt or butter added so it’s much healthier!
  2. Place honey, sugar and butter in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 6 to 7 minutes or until sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil. Boil without stirring for 5 to 6 minutes or until light golden. Working quickly, pour caramel mixture over popcorn. Stir to combine. Spoon into ice cream cones and shape to look ‘flame like’. Set aside to cool completely.I don’t recommend doing this step with kids as the caramel gets very hot. I ended up with burnt fingers myself from touching it. 

     

Here is a list of our games and items you might need if you are going to do your own mini Olympics.

Games:

 Soccer: (cones for goals, soccer balls)

Shot put: Scrunched up foil ball for throwing, tape measure

Basket ball: basketball hoop and balls (you could also use a washing basket or box and balls)

Running Race: streamer for end of race

Balloon tennis: Balloon and 2 bats (made from paper plates and a stick)

Discus: Frisbee throwing, tape measure

Other Items needed:

Whistles

Medals (already bought)

Podium (3 steps numbered 1-2-3)

Chalkboard for recording “scores”

Tape measure

 Happy Olympics everyone!!!

 

Morning Tea with Spot

25 Jun

We have been participating in the My Little BookcaseLittle Book Adventure“. Each month, a project is set related to reading with children. You have the month to complete it. It is all about developing a love of reading for children and as a book lover I was keen to be involved…

This month the project was to “Dine with a book Character“. It is all about getting kids into the kitchen and preparing something to eat for a favourite book character. My little man absolutely loves Spot, so when I asked him if he would like to have morning tea with Spot he was very excited!

I asked Thomas what he thought Spot would like to eat. His answer was “Rice bubbles like Bell eats”. Bell is the little dog who lives across the road – her dog biscuits do look a little rice bubble like. Obviously that wouldn’t have involved a lot of cooking so I suggested we try and find a recipe with rice bubbles in it. We found a recipe on the back of the rice bubbles box. Thomas told me Spot also likes to eat bones. So we decided to combine the 2.

First of all we made an invitation to give to Spot…

I picked up a cheap plastic dog bowl and these fantastic foam letters and thought we could decorate a dog bowl for Spot to use for morning tea. Thomas enjoyed looking for the letters in Spots name and gluing them on the bowl. We also made a bowl for Bell because she was also invited to morning tea with Spot.

Then it was time to get into the kitchen… I wrote out this recipe for Thomas as I had combined a few different recipes. He enjoyed measuring out the rice bubbles and tasting the marshmallows :-).

Rice Bubble Slice

Ingredients:

6 cups rice bubble

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

200 g white marshmallows

50 g butter

2 tablespoons honey

Method:

Line a lamington tin with baking paper.

Place rice bubbles and coconut in a bowl and mix to combine.

Place marshmallows, butter and honey in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until  marshmallows have melted.

Mix marshmallow mixture into rice bubbles quickly until all combined.

Place mixture into prepared tin and flatten with your hand or with the back of a spoon. If mixture starts to stick, wet spoon slightly.

Place slice into refrigerator for approximately 30 minutes or until set. Cut into squares or use a shape cutter for different shapes. We used the bone shape. Cutting the shapes out was quite difficult.

 

Spot loved his morning tea in the sun!