Sunday, Sunday, glorious Sunday!

What an epic day! When I say epic, I don’t mean in the sense that a crazy adventure was had; we didn’t all go bungee jumping together or anything remotely crazy like that. No, an epic day for us is one where everyone is happy to do their own thing and chores also get done in the process.

Today was one of those glorious days where the children were totally compatible and spent the entire day cavorting together without a single fight as they morphed from one fantasy world to another. They started off the morning as pirates and turned our sofa into their pirate ship, sailing the seven seas in search of adventure before my husband and I were enlisted to plan and map out a full on treasure hunt. This went on for quite a while before the pirates decided they were hungry and I was called upon to make Pirate PBJ sandwiches.

With full tummies the pirates then decided they were done hunting for treasure so opted to go for the next best thing and watch Scooby Doo (the 1970’s version) while giggling at the slap-stick antics.  During this time I was upstairs re-organizing our bedroom closet and giving the whole room a good old fashioned sweep-down.  I purged the shelves of clothes not worn and did away with holey socks and t-shirts. I dusted and hoovered (vacuumed) like a mad woman and the result was a blissfully clean, organized and zen-like room complete with fresh sheets and puffy pillows to which I’m looking forward to getting cozy with tonight.

As I finished my chores my daughter approached me and “ahem”-ed me. I turned and was greeted by a dazzling pink princess. “Mummy, I am now Queen and you must do as I say,” she informed me as her brother came racing into the room in his Spiderman costume and declared for all the neighborhood to hear that Spiderman had arrived. With eyebrows raised I accepted this new change in family hierarchy and asked if there was anything Her Majesty required at that present moment in time. I was told no but to be aware that a demand may happen at any moment unto which I would be promptly informed. They both then hurried out of the room and descended the stairs to the basement where they began a whole new fantasy game. They also spent time crafting crowns for themselves out of construction paper, the remnants of which now scatter the playroom floor. Throughout all this my husband and I pottered about doing our own thing, casually remarking at how beautifully the offspring were playing together and how lovely it is not to hear fighting and bickering.

This game continued all the way up through dinner and let me tell you, it was amazing seeing the clean plates! Usually my children are fussy eaters but not tonight; those plates were cleared by mini tornadoes before they were off again to continue their game of Queen and Spiderman. Nothing makes a parent feel more accomplishment than when their child has scarfed food they have prepared without a complaint! Bath and bed time was a breeze and now I sit here while my husband plays video games, children all nestled in bed, a sense of peace and happiness floating through the house. Like I said, it really was an epic Sunday.

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Food, Healthy Food!

Blueberry Muffins

Yeah, a food blog episode!

No cleaning today, I’m busy trolling the internet for new ways to organize stuff so I’ll get back to you on that. What I did do today was become a baking madwoman and now my house smells like a bakery crossed with a fresh garden!

My husband and I agree that we don’t enjoy sending our daughter off to school with a lunchbox full of processed foods, so this term I decided to actively start making healthier (and cheaper) snacks for her to have at school. Firstly she really loves good old-fashioned PBJ sandwiches but as we all know you can’t send that to school due to allergies, so we found an alternative called WOW Butter. It’s ‘peanut’ tasting soy butter and she really likes that so one problem already solved. Health and Safety all in one!

Granola Bites

The next issue was snackables; she really enjoys having granola bars, chewy cookies and bite-sized biscuits but they get expensive so I looked to the cook books and came up with some really lovely recipes. A firm favourite is banana bread and if I don’t make it while children are sleeping then I’m lucky if it lasts 24 hours! The recipe calls for vanilla extract which I just happened to have run out of so I thought of the next best thing: coconut extract. Well, bananas + coconuts = Pina Colada! Apparently you can also add a shot of espresso but I wouldn’t recommend it for a child’s snack! You can now find this recipe in my post “Has anuyone seen the banana bread?”

Today I made the most delicious carrot cake muffins. We seemed to have a lot of carrots left over from 3 weeks ago so what better way to use them than in a yummy muffin? Even my 3 year old son who is the King of Picky Eaters liked these muffins. The recipe, which you can find heremakes roughly 12-14 decent sized cupcakes. I kept 6 out and froze the other 6 so they ready and waiting.

Next came apples which ended up becoming apple chips. Sprinkled with a little cinnamon and a touch of brown sugar these tasty treats again needed to be made without attending children! So easy to make and worth the time in the oven. You’ll find my favorite recipe hereBut you can use more than just apples; try using pears or strawberries or raspberries. And you can also do the same with vegetables. I made carrot chips which disappeared rather quickly!

All this is fun and makes you feel good when packing up a lunch box that then comes home empty. You do need time though which you may or may not have. If this is the case makes things in big batches that you can freeze and take out when needed. Usually I dedicate a weekend day for my snack making then I’m set to go for the week.

Food blog over – I hope you enjoy a few of the recipes I’ve found. If you have any other healthy kid foods that would make a good lunchbox item please let me know. I’d love to hear from you.