I was searching through the internet trying to find a fun food gift to give to the children in school. I didn’t just want to give them chocolate, I wanted to give them something that they could do by themselves.
I found this fun marshmallow snowman on google images. What a great idea to give to the children at Christmas, which would also be ideal for birthday party treat too.
You will need:
Three marshmallows (I found Halal ones for the children that was Halal)
Two iced eyes
Three mini coloured chocolate Smarties for the buttons
A Matchmaker stick for the twig arms broke into to two pieces
An Iced carrot for the nose
A strawberry lace for the scarf
A couple of white chocolate buttons to use to glue it all together
Now all you have to do is construct it and build your snowman!
To present the snowman I bought some cellophane treat bags from Hobbycraft and made up a little label on word and then stuck it onto some card. Finally I stapled the label to the bag. As an added little gift I sellotaped a packet of fake snow on the back (I did emphasise to the children that the packet of snow wasn’t food and that they must show their adult first)
These fun little treats would be a cute little gift to find inside a stocking. I handed them out to the children in school and they loved them. Our elf on a shelf brought them to the boys and they immediately wanted to build their own snowman. It kept them occupied for a few minutes and they got to eat their little creation after
Fancy trying one yourself? Download the lable below
America’s iconic celebrity themed restaurant Planet Hollywood recently re-opened following multi-million dollar investment, the 36,000-square-foot restaurant is the largest in the resort and has a whole host of entertainment for the family. This includes a 4,500-square-foot video wall, three dimensional interiors, outdoor terrace and curated collection of Hollywood memorabilia.
Centrally located to all the nearby attractions, the restaurant overlooks the heart of Disney Springs, the dining, retail and entertainment district located at Walt Disney World Resort. Multi-million dollar renovations have transformed Planet Hollywood’s iconic globe into a four-story stargazing observatory with new spaces including an outdoor terrace and lounge, a new menu and an exciting new look and feel. The 36,000-square-foot restaurant invites patrons of all ages to “Dine Amongst the Stars” with an immersive theatrical dining experience unlike anything before. Pop in for dinner for two, or make a reservation for the entire family. You’ll find Guy Fieri’s burgers and sandwiches, state-of-the-art multimedia, live entertainment, and rare, selfie-worthy artifacts from Hollywood history.
An enhanced, yet timeless menu highlights Planet Hollywood’s classic dishes, introducing a savory selection of “Big Bite Burgers” and over the top Signature Sandwiches from dynamic chef, restaurateur and television personality Guy Fieri and new decadent sweets that include hand-dipped milkshakes and indulgent shareable desserts. A curated beverage program features a variety of wines, bottled and draft beers, as well as cocktails served in specialty glassware to cater to the needs of all guests, from groups with small children to young adults and seniors.
Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, each floor was created to provide a different experience so guests can return again and again, discovering a new adventure each time. Walls and glass displays throughout the restaurant are adorned with imagery as well as a curated collection of memorabilia that pays homage to a long tradition of film making and Planet Hollywood’s continued commitment to the new, rising stars of the entertainment industry. Along with a state-of-the-art 4,500-square-foot video wall, Planet Hollywood guests will be mesmerized by three-dimensional interiors that come to life through Trompe L’oeil 3D technology, an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist not on the screen but in the space itself.
“We wanted Planet Hollywood to re-invent what is expected from themed dining. What we’ve created here is a stand-alone destination that evokes the feeling of early 20th century Florida and fits into the greater story of Disney Springs,” said Planet Hollywood International Founder and Chairman Robert Earl. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome guests, and our wonderful staff, into this newly reimagined space.”
The Stargazers lounge, a 5,000-square-foot outdoor expansion overlooking Disney Springs, allows guests to relax under the stars while enjoying cocktails and live entertainment al fresco. A dedicated beverage menu, focused on Florida craft beers, touts 20 different taps as well as 10 signature cocktails infused with classic Floridian ingredients, such as the Stargazer with Stoli Blueberi vodka, lemonade, fresh blueberries and basil, and The Observatory with Stoli vodka, Limoncino Bottega, Monin Peach Tea and Candoni Prosecco.
Planet Hollywood, Orlando is now officially open to the public and is open daily from 11am until 1am.
Num Noms are all about crazy food creations, the little cute, scented characters are all about creating your own flavour fusion by mixing a little num with a little nom. It’s a recipe for mischief with so many different combinations.
We’ve seen the Cronut (donut and croissant combination), a genius idea, which brought together two of our favourite pastry items into one amazing desert. Next it was the turn of green tea cake, for the slightly more health conscious, which saw a refreshing cake born from a popular hot beverage. More recently, Marks and Spencer introduced the Croloaf, a loaf of bread make out of croissants –yum!
But they are old news and now it is time for Num Noms fans to take to the kitchen and create their own Crazy Creations inspired by the different Num Noms themes and flavours.
We was invited along to join the next Num Noms foodie campaign. we were challenged to get creative in the kitchen to combine the wackiest of flavours and make the tastiest of food combination.
First we had a look through the num noms menu for some inspiration
We picked out the num noms that we wanted to work with and then set to it in the kitchen to create our foodie masterpiece
We picked out
Maple Sugars who is from the doughnut family
Bunny carrot who is a veggie
Softy Mallow who is a marshmallow
And we came up with a carrot doughnut with a blueberry and marshmallow centre
2 cups plain flour
1/4 caster sugar
2 carrots grated
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 medium egg
oil for frying
Combine the dry ingredients together; flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg
Add in the oil, milk, carrot and egg and mix well
Heat the oil in a pan. Test the oil with a crumb of bread, if it sizzles and turns brown it’s ready.
Using a tablespoon, drop the mixture a spoonful at a time into the hot oil. Don’t over fill the spoon as i found that the smaller the better for the doughnut to be cooked all the way through
Fry until light brown all the way around the doughnut, about 2 minutes each side.
Remove from hot oil and drain on some paper towels
Cut a little hole in the bottom of the doughnut and push in a blueberry and marshmallow
Sprinkle with a little icing sugar and drizzle with maple syrup
These doughnuts are super yummy! They are soft and very tasty. Perfect for an afternoon treat or to put into pack lunches.
What better way to get your children into the kitchen then getting them to create a num nom crazy creation.
Why not join in on the num nom fun, simply create a crazy creation using num noms as your inspiration and share on social media using #numnomscrazycreation dont forget to tag @NumNomsUK
Raw food and no baking is becoming very popular. I am always experimenting in different ingredients to make healthy nutritious snacks for my children.
When I was diagnosed with Cancer last year, I researched what food the body needs to help fight those bad cells. As a family we changed our diet and now consume more foods that are not baked and that are raw, with no added GMO and organic. Does it help? I don’t know but it tastes good and we do feel more healthier.
These energy balls are mostly made from medjool dates that are high in fibre and an energy booster. They are simple and quick to make and are super healthy.
24 Medjool dates (or similar) de-pitted
2 tbsp refined Coconut oil
1tbsp maple syrup
2tbsp ground almonds
2 tbsp organic cacao powder
3 heaped tbsp organic oats
2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1tbsp chia seeds
Place the dates and coconut oil into a blender and blitz to a paste, add in a little bit of water to smooth it up.
Add in the peanut butter and ground almonds and blitz to combine it all.
Empty into a bowl. Mix in the cacao powder, maple syrup, oats and chia seeds.
Place in the fridge for half hour.
These balls are quite oily because of the coconut oil.
Take out of the fridge and take a heaped tsp and shape within the palm of your hands to make a ball.
Wrap each ball in some cling film and store in the fridge.
These balls are ideal for grab and go food as they are stored in the fridge and wrapped in cling film it makes it easy for the children to grab a healthy snack when they need one.
They are high in fibre, minerals and vitamins promoting a healthy bowel. They also provide energy for people who suffer from anemia.
As long as you have the base of the dates and coconut oil you can experiment with adding in different ingredients. Our next one we are going to add in desiccated coconut or even roll the balls in the coconut or cacao powder. You could even add in dried fruit.
EasiYo’s new bright and bold Red Yogurt Maker is the perfect way to make delicious, fresh yogurt in your own home for all the family.
The new maker – featuring the first redesign in the brand’s 23 year history – is sleek and stylish, yet simple. With no moving parts or electronics, it’s easy to clean and is the perfect size to fit compactly on a kitchen shelf. Durable and secure, the maker features an easy grip handle, non-slip feet and smooth surfaces. The redesign also sees the old polystyrene insulation replaced with a layer containing New Zealand wool – which helps to keep the yogurt at the right temperature during the fermentation process.
When a Kiwi dad invented EasiYo in the early nineties, the aim was to allow families to make the best quality, tastiest yogurt in the world – in their own home. It is now the number one yogurt maker brand in New Zealand with half of all households having an EasiYo Maker in their kitchen. In the UK, over 600,000 yogurt makers have been sold since the brand was launched in here in 1999.
Because EasiYo is made fresh in the home, there are no artificial colours or flavours and no stabilisers delivering all the benefits of homemade goodness*. EasiYo is also gluten free and vegetarian.
Creating your own fresh yogurt, either alone or with your family couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is mix an EasiYo Yogurt sachet with water, put it in the EasiYo Yogurt Maker and in 8-12 hours or overnight you’ve created 1kg of delicious yogurt.
There are over 30 flavours to choose from, including Natural, Greek Style, Banana, Apricot, Strawberry, Lemon & Ginger Bits and Forest Fruits.
EasiYo is stocked all over the UK at retailers including QVC, Lakeland, Holland and Barrett, Wilko’s, The Range, Hobby Craft and a large number of independent stores.
The EasiYo Red Yogurt Maker is priced at RRP £17.99 and each EasiYo yogurt sachet is priced from RRP £2 (per 1kg serving).
Visit EasiYo for full stockists, information and recipe ideas at www.easiyo.com.
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I think I may have found a recipe for the tastiest dark chocolate that has ever passed my lips. It has everything you need, dark, smooth, nutty, sweet and rich.
Chocolate doesn’t need to be a guilty pleasure with this recipe as there is no sugar added into it, yes that is correct No added sugar.
Can I tempt you in trying some?
It is so simple to make and can be adapted to your taste by adding nuts, orange zest, Himalayan salt, dried fruit or ginger. It’s up to you!
4 heaped tbsp Raw Organic Cacao Powder
4 tbsp Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1 tbsp agave syrup or Honey
1 Tsp of vanilla extract or 1 pod
A selection of nuts, chopped
Melt the coconut oil in a pan, add in the honey and vanilla essence. Stir together.
Once melted and combined add in the cacao powder. I used heaped tbsp not levelled. You can add more in if you feel that is too runny. To check if it is of the right consistency dip in a spoon and coat it with the mixture, leave to aside to set. This shouldn’t take too long. If the chocolate hardens it is ready. If not add more cacao and honey to thicken.
When ready pour into your desired moulds and add in any extras that you may want. At this point I added in the chopped nuts. I used almonds, brazil, macadamia and peanuts.
I used a silicone mould as they are easy to pop out when set.
Place into the freezer to set. This should take about 10 minutes.
Once set they can be individually wrapped in cling film and stored in the fridge.
Wrap them up in cute little cellophane bags and give them away as gifts
My boys are proof that Num Noms are not just for girls.
When the email landed into my inbox, inviting us along to a Num Noms pizza party at Bella Italia, I firstly asked the boys if they were interested in attending. Having three boys, I have never heard of NumNoms. I had seen them in the shop but not paid much attention to them as my boys had not shown an interest in them. At first they were a little apprehensive about them event being a little girly, but I have always encouraged them to be a bit different and not shy away from playing or trying new things. Plus, I think the fact that there was Pizza making involved helped make their mind up.
Num Noms are little mini scented stackable collectables. To create your own fusion flavour, you mix a Num with a Nom. Num Noms are the cutest little squashy things that smell real good too. With over 5,000 mix and match combinations, children can play chef and create wacky combos. How about a blueberry, banana, pancake – yum! Or some Wasabi ice cream – yuck!
Uniquely scented, each Num and Nom character is full of surprises. Nums are the outer, soft squishy, hollow characters that nestle on top of Noms, which are either fun scented stamps, motorized, lovely lip glosses or a funky eraser.
The event was to be held at Bella Italia, Bluewater. We made our way there by train, arriving a little late we had missed the group pizza making. As we arrived at the restaurant we didn’t have to look far to see where we was going. A section of the restaurant had been set aside for the Num Noms party. We was immediately greeted by the event holders and shown to a table where the boys was all given a huge deep pan pizza base and a good selection of toppings to create their own pizza masterpiece.
The boys couldn’t have been any happier, they was only expecting to make a pizza between them, not each one each to themselves.
With smiles on their faces, they got creating. The eldest went for a vegetable pizza, the middle boy decided on a ham and mushroom and the youngest added the italian touch and chose olives and meatballs. I think encouraging children to make their own foods helps with their culinary skills but also widens their taste buds. Children will often experience more with food if they make it themselves.
Once the pizza was taken off to be baked in the oven, the boys had a little look around at the other activities for them to try.
Take the Num Nom stacking challenge – On the floor was hundreds of lovely smelling num noms to stack as high as you could.
Design your own Num Nom – There were colouring sheets with an outline of a num nom and all you had to do was colour and decorate them to your choice
This was the youngest favourite activity, he loves to colour in and really enjoyed designing a ninja num nom.
Guess the flavour – This was a fun game where, once blindfolded, you had to guess what the item of food hiding beneath the plates were just by smelling it.
Funny how your sense of smell can play tricks with your mind. The middle boy got most correctly but got a little confused with the orange thinking that it was lemon. He knew straight away the chips and chocolate.
Num Nom face painting station – The eldest kept clear of this activity, funnily enough, but the youngest one couldn’t wait to get a num nom painted on his arms. Once he chose the design he wanted from a piece of paper, the artist then got drawing on him
And last of all
Build your own ice cream sundae – A favourite of all the boys. Well who doesn’t like ice cream. With a great selection to choose from, they picked out two flavours each to mix them together
Once they had tried out the activities the boys were called over to the table where their pizza creations were waiting for them to be eaten
Don’t they look good?
I think they did well. I now know that the boys are mini little chefs in the kitchen and will be encouraging them to make more pizzas at home.
The boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves at the event and even got themselves some Num Noms to enjoy at home. They may have passed over the lip gloss Nom to me though. The staff were friendly and there were plenty activities going on to keep the children happy and entertained.
Fans of Num Noms can now add to their collections with savory flavours inspired by brunch dishes, such as Becca Bacon, delicious pizza flavours including Mozza Rella, sophisticated sushi snacks and yummy dinner foods. Plus, there are even more tasty sweet flavours inspired by fairground foods, freezie pops cupcakes and ice creams!
We was invited along to the event for the purpose of this post
It’s that time of year where you are back to rummaging through your food cupboards attempting to put together some healthy, nutritious snacks ready to put into your children’s lunch box. Yes it’s back to school for the little ones and back to the shops for us.
If your children are like mine then they would like a variety of different types of food.
I always try to keep the lunch box filled with a balanced type of food, a sandwich, item of fruit, raisins, yoghurt / jelly and a snack. I don’t think the items of food have to be a work of art just as long the children eat it, that’s all that matters. Keeping it fun for them is a good idea but there is no need to go overboard.
What I do like to do is add in little messages or stickers for the children to read and use, a little surprise for them. They love to receive little messages amongst their wrap and fruit. Little words of wisdom, good luck messages if they have a test that day or just a little note to say how much I love them. I love seeing their little faces at the end of the day when i pick them up and they tell me that they got their message. Sometimes they reply back on the message so that i get to read it when I’m emptying their lunch box.
Stickers and hidden messages are fun
A little secret message
My boys are more snackers during the day rather than eating one meal. I think I most probably go over the top and add in too much for them but I like to know that they have a variety to eat from.
What I like to put into their lunch boxes:
Sandwich or a wrap – These are normally ham or cheese salad
Egg or pasta – I found these cute little egg moulders. They are shaped little cases that you place the boiled egg into and close it up to mould into the shape.
Fruit – I normally put in a fresh piece of fruit and some dried fruit too. If I put in berries then i use a tupperware tub to put them in.
Snack – A packet of crisps, a pot of dried cereal or some rice cakes
Yoghurt/ Jelly – My boys love these in their lunch boxes, it is probably the first thing that they eat from it. I like to put both in for them, the small pots are ideal. Fruit in a jelly is an ideal way to introduce fruit into every day eating.
Fruit bars – Although my boys would rather eat a peanut bar they are not allowed them in school. I add in the raw bars, mostly made by myself from dates and coconut.
I also like to keep the added sugar in their lunches to a minimum. As a family we are keen on eating food with little refined sugar added in to them. Not only is it good for their health but good on the teeth too.
Hartley’s is a jam and jelly brand that has been feeding the nation from breakfast to after dinner snack for over 140 years, they offer Standard & No Added Sugar jelly pots which provide a quick and convenient snack. The Hartley’s No Added Sugar jelly pots have no artificial colours and flavours and are fat and gluten free. Stocked in all major retailers from only 49p, they are a tasty treat that will be sure to raise a smile.
Get ‘Back to School’ ready with Hartley’s No Added Sugar jelly pots and put some fun into your kids’ lunchbox. There are five flavours to choose from including Strawberry, Raspberry, Orange, Tropical, Apple and Blackcurrant. They contain only naturally occuring sugars.
The No Added Sugar blackcurrant and tropical pots are vegetarian and vegan. They are the perfect size to add into lunch boxes or even into a bag for that little snack when out and about. My children find them very tasty and say that they taste like jelly made from home. They are strong in flavour and not watery like some pots you can get. I think they are ideal to add onto a party table too. I find that they are best kept in the fridge for keeping that fresh cold taste.
Hartley’s are gearing up for the Back to School season with an on pack collector scheme offer for our consumers. By collecting 12 promotional Hartley’s Jelly Pot lids, consumers can redeem a special edition Hartley’s lunchbox along with an assortment of fabulously fun stickers.
The lunch box is a good size and as you can see from the photographs you can fit in quite a bit to fill those hungry little stomachs. Once you’ve collected the lids, claim your lunchbox here
I was provided with the lunch box and jelly pots for the purpose of this post.
Looking for a guilt free snack? Well look no further.
These nutty date bars are nothing but full of goodness. They are guilt free, healthy and delicious. What makes them special is that they are made from raw ingredients. There are no artificial flavourings, preservatives, added sugars added into the bars. You get the sweetness from the dates and coconut and a little crunch from the almonds and flax seeds.
Make them up in batches and store in the fridge ready to grab and go.
20 dates, sliced and de-stoned (medjool dates)
2 tbsp coconut water
3 handful of blanched almonds
2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
1 tbsp desiccated coconut
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp ground milled flax
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp cacao powder
3 tbsp organic oats
3 tbsp oat bran
Place the dates and the coconut water together in a processor and mix together until you have a paste.
Add in the almonds and mix again, until the paste and almonds are ground together.
Place the mixture into a bowl
Add in all of the other ingredients and combine together (we added in the oat bran and coconut flour towards the end as it was too sticky)
You may need to use your hands to mix well
Place the mixture onto a sheet of cling film and model it into a square by pressing down with your fingers
Place a sheet of clingfilm ont op and press down. Use a rolling-pin to get it flat and as square as you can.
Put in to the freezer for a couple of hours
Take out of the freezer and remove from the clingfilm. Cut up into bar shapes.
Wrap each bar individually in cling film and place back into the fridge ready to eat.
These bars are very versatile and once you have the date mixture you can pretty much add anything you want.
They are perfect for picnics, pack lunches and to add into your bag for some food on the go. They are full of fibre and protein.
It’s National Trail Mix Day on the 31st August, yes, You heard correctly. There is a national holiday all about nuts, fruit and seeds.
The great thing about trail mixes are that you can pretty much add anything you want to together, knowing that they are full of goodness and it will be full of flavour. You will get the sweetness from the dried fruits and the crunchiness from the nuts and seeds.
Nuts.com have teamed up with Brittany from Eating Bird Food to celebrate with a contest! I have been challenged to create a new trail mix or my own. I had to choose two items from a list and then add other items to the mix. We chose Goji berries and Cacao Nibs (click on Goji and Cacao to go through to the website)
Most of the ingredients above can be found at www.nuts.com
Trail Mixes are simple to make. We used 3tbsp of all of the ingredients, but its your choice on however much you want to make. Add all of the ingredients into a plastic zip lock bag, close it up and shake away. Rub the mix together through the bag, ensuring that all of the oil and cinnamon evenly coats the ingredients. Get the children involved in the mixing and choosing the ingredients.
Empty the contents from the bag onto a tray to dry out a little. Once ready, place the mix into smaller snack bags and store in the fridge or a cupboard ready to be grabbed as you leave the door.
Trail mixes are ideal for snacks on the go, pack lunches, picnics, adding to your breakfast or topping onto a yoghurt.
Cacao nibs are high in Fibre, magnesium and potassium
Goji Berries are high in vitamin A. The blue-red colours found in goji berries are natural anti-oxidants which may help protect the body against oxidative damage. Contains Lycium barbarum polysaccharides which may benefit the immune function, and may reduce fatigue.
Almonds are a good source of fiber and protein. Naturally low in sugar.
Pistachio nuts are rich in vitamin B6 and E, they are good for your skin and immune system
Pecans are a good source vitamin B1, thiamin. Rich in protein and critical minerals for growth and metabolism.
Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein and omega 3 fatty acids.
Pumpkin Seeds are high in Zinc which is good for the immune system and omega 3 fats. They are rich in vitamin k, E and B. Full of Protein. Contains huge amounts of zinc, a mineral very important in preventing osteoporosis
Coconut oil contains fatty acids with powerful medicinal properties
This is our entry into the competition for a chance to be featured on the nuts.com blog, also to win a trail mix selection.
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