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Advent Calendar for 2 year olds

It’s the most WONDERFUL TIME of the year!!! I’ve always loved Christmas and now it is so exciting to share it with the boys! Now that they are 2, this is the first year they can start appreciating it! Instead of chocolates/lollies for the 25 day countdown to Christmas, this is my 25 days of Christmas advent Calendar activities suitable for 2 year old old toddlers (and the family)!! Last year I also had a list for when the boys were 1 year olds!

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1. Take photos with Santa

2. Paint Christmas ornaments

I bought this $5 Christmas plaster set from Kmart which the boys will love! http://www.kmart.com.au/product/christmas-plaster-set—pack-of-17/1030801

3. Finger paint Christmas cards/wrapping paper

4. Make & play with a Christmas Tree Ball sorter

https://au.pinterest.com/pin/28640147608206029/

5. Make Reindeer paper plates

https://au.pinterest.com/pin/41587996536037932/

6. Make salt dough hand print Christmas ornaments

Non Thermomix – http://www.mommymoment.ca/2013/04/salt-dough-handprint.html

Thermomix – http://www.trtlmt.com.au/salt-dough/

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7. Sing and dance to Christmas carols

8. Take Christmas themed photos at home

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9. Make homemade muffins for the first time!

20 Second Crunchy Lemon Muffins (made in a big bowl so they can stir it themselves!)

20 Second Crunchy Lemon Muffins

10. Check out Christmas displays at a shopping centre (i.e. Myer/DJ’s in the city!)

11. Make popsicle stick Christmas Tree ornaments

https://au.pinterest.com/pin/351912451187976/

12. Have a picnic in the backyard with Christmas themed food

13. Go the beach and make sandcastles

14. Make little canvas paintings for presents – use painters tape, and tape a shape/initial on a canvas, and finger print on top – when dry, peel off the painters tape!

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/painters-tape-art/

15. Help mummy make and decorate Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes – Recipe for with or without a Thermomix

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16. Make easy ‘snow globes’ for presents

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/snow-globe-crafts/

17. Make Christmas shapes out of red and green playdough + Doterra ‘Holiday Joy’ 

ThermoFun – Kids Everyday Essentials – Playdough

18. Help mummy decorate a Gingerbread house for the first time

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(this was mummy’s last year before any creative help from the kiddies!)

19. Run in the sprinklers 

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20. Check out Christmas Lights!!

21. Make Christmas feet Reindeer

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/reindeer-footprint/

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22. Tree/star shaped pumpkin pancakes for breakfast

Pumpkin Pancakes

23. Make Chocolate Chip Cookies for Santa (ready for Christmas Eve)

Healthy Choc Chip Cookies

24. Watch a Christmas themed movie as a family with popcorn AND set up Santa’s snacks!

http://www.kidspot.com.au/MySpot-escapes-The-best-Christmas-movies-of-all-time+6494+178+article.htm

25. Take family photos in front of the tree and open presents!!

 

Christmas/ Drinks/ Non Thermomix/ Thermomix

Milo 3 in 1

You will be familiar with this name ‘Milo 3 in 1’ if you are from or know someone from Malaysia or Singapore! I grew up with this and looooooove it! Milo 3 in 1 are pre packaged sachets with Milo, creamer/milk powder and sugar and all you need to do is add hot water (or add hot water/cold water and ice if you want it cold). It tastes much lighter than the usual Milo + milk and is just so easy to prepare! I sometimes find the sachets in Chinese grocery shops here, however they taste really different from the ones in Malaysia. As it contains dairy, the Malaysian Milo 3 in 1 sachets are something that we haven’t been able to bring back home after trips to Malaysia!  This is my version, which isn’t as sweet as the original Milo 3 in 1 sachets that I’ve grown up with (as my ageing tastebuds prefer less sugar!), but is amazingly satisfying and brings back all my childhood memories! This makes it so easy to get my Milo hit (as the boys in my house are always guzzling up the fresh milk in the house! This is also a great gift idea!

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Add all ingredients to bowl.

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Mix 10 seconds/Speed 9. Store in an airtight container.

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Milo 3 in 1

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Ingredients

  • 200 grams Milo
  • 150 grams milk powder
  • 30 grams sugar

Instructions

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METHOD (THERMOMIX):

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Add all ingredients to bowl.

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Mix 10 seconds/Speed 9. Store in an airtight container.

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METHOD (NON THERMOMIX):

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Add all ingredients in a blender or in a medium sized bowl.

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Blend or mix together until ingredients are well combined. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

TO SERVE HOT: Add approx. 3 tablespoons* for each mug and fill the mug boiling hot water. Stir well. TO SERVE COLD: Add approx. 3 tablespoons* for each cup, top with a little bit of boiling hot water to stir and combine. Top up with cold water and ice. Stir well. *Amount of Milo 3 in 1 added per cup depends on your tastebuds/size of the cup!

Christmas/ Drinks/ Sweets/ Thermomix

Lemon Sherbet

O.M.G! LEMONY SHERBET WIZZ FIZZ amazingness!! The smell and taste of the lemons is delicious – fantastic for any lemon lovers!! This is perfect for old school wizz fizz eating dipping your lollies or finger in, sherbet straws, sprinkled on your ice cream, in cones topped with marshmallow for sherbet marshmallow cones, or a few teaspoons in with lemonade or any other drink you like to make this refreshing lemon beverage! This is a PERFECT gift for the festive season!

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Add all ingredients in bowl.

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Blitz 30 seconds/Speed 9.

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Lemon Sherbet

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Ingredients

  • 400 grams sugar
  • 20 grams citric acid
  • 5 grams bicarb soda
  • Zest of 2 x lemons

Instructions

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Add all ingredients in bowl.

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Blitz 30 seconds/Speed 9.

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Store in airtight container.

Notes

*This is deliciously lemony, you can also use the zest of 1 x lemon instead if you want a milder lemon taste 🙂

Christmas/ Sweets/ Thermomix

Cinnamon Sugar

This is perfect for sprinkling on your toast, baked goods, churros and doughnuts! This is also great gift idea in a nice glass bottle!

I actually made this to sprinkle on my Churros with my Kmart Churros machine as the white sugar with my cinnamon was a little too chunky/crunchy/grainy – this has a perfect texture like the pre-made storebought stuff!

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Add all ingredients to bowl.

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Blitz 3 seconds/Speed 9.

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Cinnamon Sugar

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Ingredients

  • 200 grams white sugar
  • 30 grams ground cinnamon (4 tablespoons)

Instructions

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Add all ingredients to bowl.

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Blitz 3 seconds/Speed 9.

Notes

Store in an airtight container.

Christmas/ Dessert/ Sweets/ Thermomix

Coconut Ice Balls

This is a version of coconut ice without condensed milk or egg whites. I find that the ball shape makes it easier for the boys to hold and eat, and these look great for gifts, or to decorate cakes/cupcakes 🙂

Note that the pictures in this batch have balls in different sizes as I made them to top a cake 🙂

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Add sugar, milk and salt in bowl.

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Heat 5 minutes/60 degrees/Speed 2.

Heat a further 5 minutes/100 degrees/Speed 2.

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Add desiccated coconut and mix 20 seconds/Speed 4/reverse.

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Remove half the white mixture into a separate bowl…

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…and add the pink food colouring in with the remaining half of the mixture – mix 5 seconds/Speed 4/reverse.

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Spoon out pink mixture into a separate bowl.

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Leave the mixture to cool to room temperature (you can quicken it up in the fridge but don’t let it get too cold or it will be hard to shape).

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Once at room temperature, with wet hands, roll mixture into teaspoon sized balls – pink, white, or a marbling of pink/white.

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Place in fridge to set.

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Coconut Ice Balls

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Ingredients

  • 700 grams sugar
  • 300 grams coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 510 grams desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink food colouring

Instructions

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Add sugar, milk and salt in bowl. Heat 5 minutes/60 degrees/Speed 2.

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Heat a further 5 minutes/100 degrees/Speed 2.

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Add desiccated coconut and mix 20 seconds/Speed 4/reverse.

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Remove half the white mixture into a separate bowl, and add the pink food colouring in with the remaining half of the mixture - mix 5 seconds/Speed 4/reverse. Spoon out pink mixture into a separate bowl.

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Leave the mixture to cool to room temperature (you can quicken it up in the fridge but don't let it get too cold or it will be hard to shape).

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Once at room temperature, with wet hands, roll mixture into teaspoon sized balls - pink, white, or a marbling of pink/white.

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Place in fridge to set.

Notes

*Once set in the fridge, the balls hold shape at room temperature and can be kept at either room temperature or in the fridge. **You can make this into a normal coconut ice slice layering the white layer and pink layer, setting in fridge and cutting into squares.

Christmas/ Dessert/ Non Thermomix/ Sweets/ Thermomix

Easy Classic Trifle

Everyone probably has their own ‘family recipe’ for the classic trifle! However, my family doesn’t! My husband loooves trifle, this is my take on the classic trifle!
I used a 6 in 1 cake stand from Kmart which has a huuuuuge capacity!  http://www.kmart.com.au/product/6-function-cake-stand/708323
This is a hit everytime I make it and there are never any leftovers! I find it not too sweet and quite light compared to some trifle’s I have tasted. I use orange juice so it is kid friendly, but you could use Cointreau or any other type of liquor if you want for an ‘adult’ friendly dessert!

 

Method:
**Pre-prepare a few hours/overnight beforehand – 2 x jelly as per instructions on packet, and custard to leave chilling in fridge.
**Pre-prepare just before assembly – whip thickened cream
1. Cut the Jam Rollettes in half and place at the bottom of the glass bowl.
 2. Pour the tinned fruit salad with juice over the jam rollettes and spread evenly.
 3. Pour orange juice evenly over the mixture.
4. Mush up 1 colour of the pre-prepared jelly with a fork, and spread an even layer in bowl.
5. Spread an even layer of custard in bowl.
6. Mush up the other colour of the pre-prepared jelly with a fork, and spread an even layer in bowl.
7. Spread whipped cream evenly over the mixture, and top evenly with raspberries, blueberries and flaked almonds.
You can serve immediately after assembly, but this is best served after a few hours/the day after so that all the layers sit and ‘marinade’ together – so this is great to bring to a party or to whip up beforehand for a dinner party.
I place the fruit evenly so that when serving, each scoop will get an even amount of fruit. I also add the flaked almonds on top for some crunch.
 

Easy Classic Trifle

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Serves: 12-16

Ingredients

  • 2 x packets Jam Rollettes (cut in half)
  • 1 x 820g tin Fruit Salad in Juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (kid friendly) or Cointreau
  • 2 x pre-made Aeroplane Jelly as per instructions (I use red and green, but you could use any colour/flavour)
  • 1 x batch thick vanilla custard (http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/desserts-sweets-recipes/thick-vanilla-custard-thermomumma/282103 with 60g sugar) or if you don't have a thermomix, you can buy the pre-made chilled custard or make custard from Custard Powder
  • 1 x 600ml thickened cream (Speed 3 with butterfly until whipped and fluffy)
  • 1 x punnet raspberries
  • 1 x punnet blueberries
  • Approx. 100gm flaked almonds

Instructions

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Assemble as per the above photos.

Chocolate/ Christmas/ Dessert/ Sweets/ Thermomix

Coconut Rough Fudge

Yep, I’m going through a zillion fudge recipes! They are just so easy to make and great to take in for office treats!! This was my contribution to an office farewell afternoon tea 🙂 
 

 
Coconut Rough Fudge
This is a much stickier/fudgey fudge and best served right out of the fridge, so if you’re going to make fudge for Christmas gifts, I wouldn’t make this as it is to melty (I would make a fudge recipe cooked with glucose which holds it together more), however it is great to bring to a party for your dessert contribution, and this was a massive hit in the office, with lots of people go in for several pieces after they had the first one! 
And, this has only 3 ingredients!!! Milk Chocolate + Condensed Milk + Shredded Coconut!
Coconut Rough Fudge Recipe:
 
Add milk chocolate and condensed milk
Melt 10 minutes/100 degrees/Speed 3
Add coconut
Recipe says to mix on reverse, however it didn’t work so I just mixed it through with a spatula – easy enough!
Pour into square silicon baking pan
Sprinkle with shredded coconut and refrigerate overnight!
 
 
 
 
Cake/ Chocolate/ Christmas/ Dessert/ Kids in the Kitchen/ Non Thermomix/ Thermomix

Reindeer Cupcakes

These reindeer cupcakes are so cute and easy to make for the kids, or for  an activity for kids in the kitchen!
What you need:
  • Chocolate Cupcakes (x 12) – base
  • Chocolate buttercream icing – face background
  • Vanilla buttercream icing – eyes background
  • Mini pretzels (x 24) – horns
  • White Chocolate melts (x 12) – mouth background
  • Mini M & M’s (11 x brown ones, 1 x red one for Rudolph) – noses
  • Chocolate Chips (x 24) – eyes
  • Melted chocolate – melt a handful of chocolate chips in a ziplock bag placed in the microwave in 20 second intervals on high, squishing the chocolate together between your fingers in between microwaving, until all melted, then cut a small hole in the corner and pipe the mouth
 Assemble to look as the photo above and enjoy!!
This can be made with any cupcake and buttercream icing recipe or packet mix (kids will probably pick off the top chocolate bits and give their parents the rest to finish!). I recommend my Milo Fudge Cake recipe (made into cupcake) and Perfect Buttercream Icing (with 2 tablespoons cocoa).
Cake/ Christmas/ Dessert/ Non Thermomix/ Thermomix

Christmas Cupcake Wreath

This is a very simple and easy Christmas dessert or edible centrepiece idea! I was running short of time and just used Aldi’s Vanilla Cake packet mix and spooned them into normal and mini sized muffin patties (this was non Thermomix days!).
I then made buttercream with a few drops of green food colouring and piped them onto the cupcakes with a star shaped frosting tip (I used the plastic ones that you can get in a kit in the baking section at Coles/Woolies). I topped the cupcakes off with Holly shaped sprinkles available around this time of year, however you can top it off with any type of sprinkles, edible glitter, grated chocolate, festive lollies, chocolates etc.
The decorating part of this is to place the muffins in the round shape of a wreath on a large round platter, and add a decorative festive ribbon at the bottom 🙂
If you have to travel with this dessert, I would bring the cupcakes un-iced in a plastic container, and pre make the buttercream icing, placing it straight into your icing bag, or ziplock bag, then assemble and ice the cupcakes at the party when you get there!
I recommend my 30 Second Vanilla Butter Cake recipe made into cupcakes, and Perfect Buttercream Icing (+ green food colouring).
Chocolate/ Christmas/ Dessert/ Non Thermomix/ Snacks/ Sweets/ Thermomix

Choc Mint Slice

I love mint slice biscuits and have come across this recipe before, but I waited to make it for the office since it’s such a huuuuuge amount!
Choc Mint Slice
Choc Mint Slice Recipe (Thermomix and Non Thermomix Methods!):
There are 3 layers – a base layer which is a spongey chocolate cake type layer which needs to be baked, then an oozy peppermint layer, and a chocolate top layer. It is best served and eaten right out of the fridge and is really refreshing on a summer’s day. I left it at room temperature in the office and the peppermint middle section melted really quickly and oozed out, so had to quickly put it back in the fridge to firm up again!
The recipe suggests 2 – 4 teaspoons peppermint essence. I used 4 as I wanted it to be a strong and obvious peppermint taste, and I thought it was a perfect amount, similar to the mintiness from a mint slice!
I don’t have a huge slice tin as I usually use square silicon baking tins for my slices, so I used my Scanpan non stick roasting tray with baking paper.
Chocolate sponge batter base ready to bake
Chocolate sponge base out of the oven
Peppermint layer poured over the base and left to cool
Chocolate top layer poured on and left to cool at room temp, then placed in the fridge to chill
Once set in the fridge, I cut the sides off to create a sharp edge so that all of the pieces would be even in shape. I cut 40 large pieces (10 x 4) with offcuts to snack on 😉
 This is a great summery refreshing snack or dessert, or to bring to a party (just needs to be kept in the fridge until serving!)