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Elfie Antics 2018 – Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Click here for my Elf on the Shelf Antics in 2017!

I have soooo much fun with Elf on the Shelf! Here is the highlight reel of Elfie’s antics for 2018:

DAY 1 – Elfie’s Baaack!!

Elfie has brought the December goodies including lots of Christmas themed books (most bought from previous years + two new ones) including the very important Elf on the Shelf book to remind them what he’s all about, Christmassy undies, PJs, stockings and advent calenders. The girls got bows 🎀 since they don’t get chocolate!

Every year Elfie’s name is spelt out with M&Ms, but this time I made sure to do the 1st letter capitalised and the rest of the letters in lower case to help the boys with learning their letters/words!

DAY 2 – Elfie is Stuck in the TV!

Day 2 and Elfie has already gotten himself stuck halfway inside the TV! 📺😱

Not sure if that means no TV or if we can check on him when we switch on the magical ‘Elf Channel’!!

If your Elf gets up to mischief and is the type to get stuck in the TV 😜 Click here for the image on my Blog for you to download and display on your TV 💫

 
 
DAY 3 – Elfie’s Stuck in a Coke Bottle!

Oh Elfie, always getting himself stuck in sticky situations! Check out my @twinsandablog Instagram story Christmas highlights to see the 💥MAGIC💥 happen!  (and how to DIY) 🙈😂
http://www.instagram.com/twinsandablog/

 

DAY 4 – Floor is Lava!🔥

The boys love floor is lava! Special cameo courtesy of Captain America – always the Hero to save the day! 🙌

I kept my camera stand on the floor in front of the ‘lava’ so I could show the boys this video and tell them that I secretly filmed Elfie last night!

This is a really simple set up with tissue paper, cellophane, Christmas bows, my Lively Living
Diffuser and doTERRA Australia Holiday Joy (if you look closely you can see the light & mist coming out)!

 

DAY 5 – Do you want to build a Snowman?☃️

The past few days were Mr Cheeky Elfie, but now the boys are going to get 💥MAGICAL💥 Elfie, and I CAN’T WAIT!! 💞💞

Click here for my Play Snow recipe – this is 6 batches (I double the batch x 3 times in my Thermomix) but you can also mix it in a bowl with your hands/spoon too – it keeps its consistency if left out overnight for this but you can keep it in a container afterwards for the kids to keep playing with it! I used dark choc chips for eyes & buttons (hope the ants don’t come 🤞), cut a carrot into a small wedge for the nose, tissue paper for the scarf, sticks for arms and Woody’s hat!

 

Day 6 (& DAY 7) – Elfie’s Magic Eggs

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An oldie but a goodie, I save this for nights that I am really busy (tomorrow I have a Gingerbread Decorating night & tonight I have been prepping for it)!
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Elfie’s magic dust is made out of rainbow sprinkles + glitter. I added half cracked (& washed) normal eggs to the ends of the maxi Kinder Eggs 🐣🐣 It will be an easy one to switch over the eggs for the 2nd night!! 🙌

DAY 8 – Frosty the Fridge

Elfie has decorated the fridge each year as different variations of Frosty (I mix up the scarf!) In 2018, I used the boys’ Beau Hudson scarves! Previous years I have used torn coloured paper or tissue paper for the scarf.

I love this Elfie antic as it is using everything I already have at home and it adds some Christmas cheer to the house!

The hardest part of this is taking off all the junk stuck onto the fridge collected over the past year!! 😂

DAY 9 – Elfie’s Campfire

Click here for video. This was an easy one with leftover cellophane and tissue paper (from the ‘Floor is Lava’ day), some kindling wood and my diffuser. 🔥

 

DAY 10 – Candy Cane Loses His Stripes

This is the same science experiment dissolving concept as with Skittles (and making a rainbow)! I found it takes a few minutes longer than the Skittles experiment (which whilst looks really cool, it is over really quickly before the ‘rainbow’ turns brown!)

This is the before and after scenario (I ditched the plate to the right after I took this pic!)

I used bigger candy canes, but you could also use a few smaller ones on a white plate. Make sure you use warm water otherwise you’ll be waiting for aaaages (I initially used cold/room temp water and didn’t see much dissolving happening. I ditched the cold water and replaced it with warm – this was the result of warm water after about 5 minutes)! Pour enough warm water to cover/immerse the candy cane 🍭

 

DAY 11 – Spiderman vs Elfie

Every day the boys are soooooo excited in the mornings to check out what Elfie has been up to, but being 4 year old superhero fans, they lost their minds over this!! It takes up the middle of our living room and we had to crawl under it to get through 😂

I did a Spidey 🕸 version in 2017 with dental floss but in 2018 did it with the cheapest thin white wool from Spotlight – it holds well, is easy to see and really easy to assemble. This is a little time consuming but a very cheap and effective Elf antic!! #sorryelfie

 DAY 12 – All Wrapped Up by Elfie

Yep, you can call me stealth-ninja-warrior-mumma! 🤫💪This was the most excruciating self inflicted pain I have ever put myself through. I thought about it for a few days but then was also thinking, what a flippin’ stupid thing to do especially as the boys are light sleepers! It was like dealing with dynamite 💣 and I had a few close calls where I dropped to the floor and waited till I heard deep breathing! Buuuut it was sooooooo worth it when the boys woke up to see that they were all wrapped up by Elfie whilst they were sleeping!! 🎁🎁 #commitmentlevel100

 DAY 13 – Elfie’s Shrinking Machine

Featuring Coles mini collectables and a special cameo from Mr Coles-mini-collectables himself, Elf- Christian Hull 💁‍♂️
If you have no idea what the end scene is about, check out @christianhull ‘s 2018 Halloween costume 😉😘

I used a Huggies nappy box wrapped in brown paper, my Kmart Australia light box, my baking racks for the conveyor belt and my Lively Living diffuser as the shrinking machine ‘steam engine’ 👍

DAY 14 – Rain Cloud in a Glass

Time for a 💥MAGICAL💥 science experiment!

You just need:
A glass of water
Shaving cream
Food colouring (the drop control bottles)

Top the water with shaving cream, place drops of food colouring over it, then watch it ‘rain’ through in the glass!! Elfie left a few colours out for the boys to experiment with their colours in the morning!! 🌈🌧

Edit to add: just put out the glass with water overnight and add the shaving cream + food colouring in the morning when your kid(s) wake up!

 

DAY 15 – Elfie Plays Pac Man

The boys looooved playing with this maze (& eating all the chocolate) in the morning!! All that’s needed is Duplo + M&M’s!! 🎮🕹

DAY 16 – Let’s Make a Rainbow

This was one of my faves in 2017, but this time I stepped it up a notch and used the first letter of Ethan & Harley’s names to have a fun letter game in the morning! (This was a tester, I redid the E & H on their plates for them to add warm water in the morning!)

 

DAY 17 – Money has grown on Elfie’s Tree!

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but it does grow on Elfie’s tree! Gold coins have magically grown on Elfie’s Christmas tree! The boys got to find 40 x gold coins in the morning and have to make sure they share! 💰💰

This was a quick and easy one!

 

DAY 18 – Elfie’s Balloon Bath

Elfie’s been making himself a balloon bath but accidentally got himself stuck inside one!!!

The boys had lots of laughs in the morning when they saw what he’s been up to!!

The adults also get a laugh as Elfie is in an ‘Adult Balloon’ courtesy of Ansell… it is a very vintage balloon because #4kids and #mirena 😜

DAY 19 – Elfie’s Gingerbread House

Looks like Elfie’s having some trouble building a Gingerbread House! Have no fear, Ethan & Harley will be here and will come to the rescue in the morning to show him how it’s done! 🏠👍

PS. This is the BEST Gingerbread House Kit ($12.79 from Costco and it includes a gingerbread house, tree & two gingerbread men, icing, lollies and a tray)

DAY 20 – Elfie on a Sugar High

After 19 days of spectating, Mr Twins and A Blog finally got behind the scenes and made the
💥magic💥 happen!! Day 20 was all daddy, with the storyline, production and sugar consumption by Mr Twins and A Blog whilst I took the shots and edited it together – a bit of an Elfie date night really 😂😜😘

DAY 21 – Elfie Makes Reindeer Cookies

This was saved for a busy night with little Elf prep time! You need: @arnottsbiscuits Arrowroot Biscuits, @bettycrockeraustralia chocolate icing, Jaffa’s, pretzels and choc chips 🦌

DAY 22 – Elfie Tattoo’s the Kids

Elfie was excited that it is sooo close to Christmas, and has been spreading some Christmas cheer by giving the kids in the house some cuddles, kisses and Christmas temporary tattoos!! The boys did not move an inch, and the girls were a ticking time 💣 (but lucky it wouldn’t matter if they woke up with Elfie staring at them in the face!) 😱

PS. Yep that’s sweaty pillows 😅 (and water from the sponge) we have sweaty head kids who sweat even in winter #gotitfromtheirdaddy

I got the temporary tattoos from my local dollar shop, and cut a Christmas tree shape out of an Ikea green sponge.

DAY 23 – Elfie’s Explosive Fun Day!

You need: Diet Coke + Mentos (‘full fat’ @cocacolaau doesn’t work as well)

DAY 24 – Christmas Eve Elfie Cuddles

Hi Ethan, Harley, Camilla & Madison,
It’s Christmas Eve and my time with you this year has nearly come to an end, I will miss you my little friends!
Today you can touch, cuddle and play with me, because tonight when Santa brings your presents he will pick me up and take me back to the North Pole with him!
This afternoon, please help your mummy make some cookies for Santa (I have given her Santa’s favourite cookie recipe!), sprinkle some Reindeer Food on the grass outside for when they arrive, and fill up this special tray with goodies for Santa and Rudolph!
I can’t wait for our special cuddles today!
Love Elfie

*Santa board from Thermoart

DAY 25 – CHRISTMAS MAGIC

Twas the night before Christmas… Santa has arrived and has brought presents for the good boys and girls in the house! 🎁
Santa drinks his milk and eats his cookies that Ethan and Harley have laid out for him. 🥛🍪
Elfie has done a fabulous job reporting back to Santa this month and Santa takes Elfie home to the North Pole with him! 🎅
Rudolph has been waiting outside so Santa pops out to feed him his carrots! 🥕🦌
Thanks Santa, and we will miss you Elfie, it’s been a blast!! See you next year, the next year will go so fast!! 💫

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas/ Parenting

Elf on the Shelf – Elf Stuck in the TV – Free Download!

This is our third year with Elfie!! Elfie spent waaay too much time on his Elf antics last year – so pressure’s on for a fun 2018 with our 4 year old boys and 1 year old girls!! Day 2 in the Brown family household this year is Elfie half getting stuck in the TV! Elfie (aka ME) is not a pro photo editor – this is a massive home job and this is the best I could do – but looks pretty effective on the TV screen!!

Click on the picture below to download, save it onto a USB and plug it into your TV/mirror it to your TV (or whatever other fancy technology there is these days to put an image onto the TV)!! Then just squeeze your Elf halfway and tape them behind the bottom left corner of your TV! It can either be a TV free day in the house since the Elf is stuck in the TV, or you might be able to see him stuck on the ‘Elf Channel’ (when the other TV channels work normally)!

Twins and a Blog – Elf on the Shelf Stuck Inside the TV

If you are excited as I am to use this picture – please share the love – tag me in your photo and/or add this website link! Thanks guys! Merry Christmas!!!

Sophia x

@twinsandablog

 

Christmas

Elfie Antics 2017 – Elf on the Shelf Ideas

I’ll miss all the Elfie fun from this year, but I’m glad to get my nights back for Netflix…and sleep!! I posted each day of Elfie on my social media pages, but here the highlight reel of Elfie’s antics for 2017!

Day #1 – Hi Elfie!

Look who’s back from the North Pole!! There are going to be 2 very excited boys in the morning!! We started this tradition last year but they were still a little young to appreciate it, this year will be the first time they will truly enjoy the spirit and magic of Christmas!

Day #2 – Elfie’s Shrinking Machine

Day #3 – Elfie’s Ball Pit (I was out all day/night so this was an easy one to put together!)

Day #4 – Crossfit Elfie

Day #5 – May the force be with you (the boys LOVE Star Wars!)

Day #6 – Skittle Rainbow (before and after pic)

I did a trial run before the boys got to do this in the morning! (I removed the ‘after’ example so it took them by suprise)

Tips:

  • Make sure all the Skittles are touching
  • Use warm water and add just enough water for it to touch the Skittles (don’t add too much water or the colours will run into each other and goes brown in a few minutes)

Day #7 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Elfie

Day #8 – Elfie’s Ginger Bread House

Day #9 & #10 – Elfie’s Magic Eggs

Elfie’s magic dust is made of rainbow sprinkles and glitter. I was going to use the standard Kinder Suprise eggs which are the same size as a normal egg but I couldn’t resist these huge Christmas Kinder Suprise ones! It is an easy one to switch over the next night!

Day #11 – Meet Frosty!

Craft paper cutouts and tissue paper for the scarf/hat. The hardest part of this was cleaning all the magnets/coupons/letters/photos/cards off the fridge!

Day #12 – Day Spa

All these magic tricks topped with Frosty appearing the night before was hard work! Time for Elfie to relax in a nice bubble bath, complete with Elfie sized body wash, candle, shot of milk and mini oreos.

Day #13 – Wrecking Ball 2.0

This was an encore from my 2016 fave! Last year I used a clear bauble filled with M & M’s. This year I used a Cadbury Snowbites ball. The boys had so much fun with this wrecking ball! See wrecking ball video HERE.

Day #14 & #15 – Elfie’s Magic Seeds

The soil was made of white sugar topped with sprinkles. I put it in cups for some depth so the Candy Canes can stay upright when ‘planted’. The Tic Tac’s are Candy Cane flavoured ones (but you could use red or white ones). I love these 2 day things as the 2nd night you just need to plant the Candy Canes!

Day #16 – Toilet Paper Tree

Day #17 – Do you want to build a snowman?

This was one of the boys’ FAVOURITE Elfie moments with this sensory play complete with Play Snow! It looks like snow, and can be moulded into fun little shapes! CLICK HERE for the easy Play Snow recipe!

Day #18 – Game of Thrones

Have you G.O.T the Christmas spirit?

Day #19 – Hammock Life

Elfie needs a lie down and cocktail with all this flying to and from Santa every night!

Day #20 – Elfie the Magician – the ‘cutting Hulk in half’ trick!

No sawing or cutting involved, just pure Elf *magic*!

Day #21 – Where’s Elfie?

Day #22 – Elfie vs Spiderman

NOTE: This is what a whole packet of dental floss looks like!! (this took about an hour to do!)

Day #23 – Transformers: Elfie in Disguise

This was a combined daddy and mummy effort and was one of the boys’ fave Elfie moments!!

Day #24 – Elfie’s last day before Santa arrives!

‘Hi Ethan and Harley!

Today is our last day together before I fly back with Santa to the North Pole.
Let’s have cuddles and take photos together – here is some magic dust to sprinkle on me so I can fly back home with Santa.

I have given your mummy the recipe for Santa’s favourite cookies for you to bake today to put out for Santa tonight.

Before you go to bed tonight, here is some reindeer food to sprinkle on the grass outside and a tray to fill with milk and cookies for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph!

Get excited, because Santa is coming tonight and you both have been good boys this year, and good boys get presents from Santa!

Love Elfie xoxo

Note: Reindeer food is oats, Magic Elf dust is glitter, and Santa Snacks board is from Thermoart.

Day #25 – Farewell Elfie!

Christmas/ Craft/ Non Thermomix/ Thermomix

Play Snow

This is an easy sensory play snow which looks like snow but can also be moulded and shaped! PERFECT for when you want to build a snowman…and you live in stinking hot Australia!!! (and perfect for an Elf on the Shelf activity!!)

 

Play Snow

Print Recipe

Ingredients

  • 400 grams baking soda (bicarb soda)
  • 50 grams conditioner

Instructions

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METHOD (Thermomix):

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Place all ingredients in bowl - mix 10 seconds/Speed 4.

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METHOD (regular):

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Place all ingredients in medium sized bowl. Mix through with your fingers or a spoon until all ingredients are combined and a 'snow' like texture.

Notes

You can use any type of conditioner - I use whatever's cheapest in my house ie. Herbal Essence.

Baking/ Breakfast/ Dessert/ Healthy/ Snacks/ Thermomix

Apple Crumble Loaf

This is a healthy version of an apple crumble – in loaf form!!! It is deliciously moist with a crunchy crumbly topping. Great for breakfast, a snack, or dessert!!

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Add all TOPPING ingredients to bowl.

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Mix 5 seconds/Speed 5. Set aside. (Do not clean bowl)

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Add all LOAF ingredients to bowl.

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Mix 10 seconds/Speed 6.

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Pour and spread loaf batter into loaf pan.

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Pour and spread topping mixture on top of the batter and gently press down.

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Bake on the bottom shelf of the oven for approximately 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

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Apple Crumble Loaf

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Ingredients

  • TOPPING:
  • 40 grams oats
  • 30 grams maple syrup
  • 20 grams desiccated coconut
  • 10 grams chia seeds
  • LOAF:
  • 2 x apples (quartered and cored)
  • 200 grams wholemeal plain flour
  • 160 grams milk
  • 150 grams dried apricots
  • 70 grams coconut oil
  • 60 grams maple syrup
  • 30 grams desiccated coconut
  • 2 x eggs
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda

Instructions

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Preheat oven to 170 degrees.

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Add all TOPPING ingredients to bowl. Mix 5 seconds/Speed 5. Set aside. (Do not clean bowl)

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Add all LOAF ingredients to bowl. Mix 10 seconds/Speed 6.

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Pour and spread loaf batter into loaf pan.

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Pour and spread topping mixture on top of the batter and gently press down.

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Bake on the bottom shelf of the oven for approximately 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Dessert/ Non Thermomix/ Sweets/ Thermomix

Chocolate Soil

This is a fantastic way to give your desserts a WOW factor!!! It gives another element to your dessert with a crunch texture! This edible soil pairs really well with any of my Milo Recipes!!
This is inspired by Heston Blumenthals Chocolate Soil – his recipe requires a sugar mixture to be heated to 130 degrees (which a Thermomix doesn’t get up to) so this is a quick and easy way to get the same chocolate soil effect!

This tastes like dark chocolate as it has a bitterness from the cocoa which is great to accompany sweets. The sugar granules give a really realistic texture in soil, like the sand particles in the dark rich soil.

The texture varies from a sandy granulated texture to small and medium sized ‘dirt’ clumps. This has a long shelf life, you can make it beforehand and keep a stash in the fridge, ready to go! This is also a great gift, especially around Christmas and you can package it up in a nice plastic gift bag or bottle.

Note: you can melt the butter in the Thermomix however I find it quicker and easier to melt in the microwave! ?

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Weigh out butter. Melt in microwave – 30 seconds/high.
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Add sugar, cocoa and salt in bowl. 
 
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Set on 1 minute/Speed 2 and pour butter on the lid so it trickles slowly into the bowl.
 
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Serve immediately or store in airtight container in the fridge.
 
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Milo Fudge Cake served with Chocolate Soil
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Milo Mousse topped with Chocolate Soil
 
 

Chocolate Soil

Print Recipe

Ingredients

  • 80 grams butter
  • 220 grams sugar
  • 120 grams cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

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METHOD (Thermomix):

2

Weigh out butter. Melt in microwave - 30 seconds/high.

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Add sugar, cocoa and salt in bowl. Set on 1 minute/Speed 2 and pour butter on the lid so it trickles slowly into the bowl.

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Serve immediately or store in airtight container in the fridge.

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METHOD (Non Thermomix):

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Weigh out butter. Melt in microwave - 30 seconds/high.

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Add sugar, cocoa and salt in bowl. Stir with a whisk until combined, and slowly pour and stir through the melted butter until combined.

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Serve immediately or store in airtight container in the fridge.

Baby Food/ Breakfast/ Kids in the Kitchen/ Main Meal/ Non Thermomix/ Snacks/ Thermomix/ Twins

Finger Food Ideas for Babies and Toddlers

Here are my ‘tried and tested’ list of finger foods for my boys!
When Ethan and Harley started to want to eat themselves, I did a lot of online and book research for finger food ideas. My boys are HUGE for their age, and looove their food. They are not fussy (…most of the time) and have no food intolerances which makes it really easy for me to prepare their meals! My rule is to have the most colourful ‘tasting’ plate of foods so the boys experience a variety of different foods, textures, smells and flavours. I’ve read that a colourful plate of food is a nutritious one! So I make sure I cover lots of food colours in the meals the boys eat (except for when we are out and using the pram!). I’ve also read that the more variety of foods you give a baby when they are young, the less fussy they will be when they grow older (this isn’t tried and tested yet, so *fingers crossed*)!
 
Thermotwinning’s Finger Food Ideas for Babies and Toddlers
Koala sandwich with Mayvers Super Spread on a bed of baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, babybel cheese, steamed broccoli and carrot, strawberries (quartered), hard boiled egg, and pizza pockets 
The boys with their ‘pram friendly’ finger foods (i.e. nothing juicy or coloured like vegemite, tomatoes, berries, watermelon etc)
Dinosaur sandwich with cream cheese on a bed of baby spinach, cheese and crackers, dried apricots, freeze dried apple, and whole orange and poppyseed muffin with almond and chia seeds 
Another ‘pram friendly’ lunch box
Cheese and bacon rolls, sweet eating cucumber, tasty cheese, mini fruit balls, pear and crackers
BREAKFAST:

Pancakes/waffles – these are some that I make that freezes and reheats well:
– Pumpkin Pancakes (The boys fave!!)
– Sweet Potato Waffles 
– Berry Coconut Flour Pancakes 

Wholemeal sandwich, toast or Cruskits with the following spreads:
– Baby purees including fruit purees (instead of jam)
– Vegemite
– Mayvers Super Spread (can be found with the peanut butter section/organics section)
– Cream cheese
– Avocado
– Mashed banana
– Jam

Raisin Toast (there is a wholemeal version available) – freezes and reheats well

Scrambled eggs – in a bowl, add egg(s) (about 1 per child) + a splash of milk + a small handful of grated tasty cheese – microwave 1 minute on high, stir, then microwave 30 seconds at a time stirring in between until cooked. Leave to cool for a few minutes – the tasty cheese gives it some flavour and also helps the egg firm up so it is easier to grip (my husband’s trick! he makes it for the boys on the days I’m at work) – goes well with vegemite on toast!

Sultana Bran Buds (link here) or similar type bite sized cereals (soaked in some milk to soften)

***With a spoon:

MAIN MEALS:

Wholemeal sandwich, toast or Cruskits with the following spreads:
– Baby purees including fruit purees (instead of jam) and savoury ‘main meal’ ones
– Vegemite
– Cream cheese
– Mayvers Super Spread (can be found with the peanut butter section/organics section)
– ‘The Laughing Cow’ cheese triangles – squished and spread 
– Cream cheese mixed with sardines (super nutritious but best left to eat at home as it‘s a bit on the nose!) my boys love this!
– Vegemite and sliced tasty cheese
– Avocado
– Mashed banana
– Jam 

Wholemeal Toast Cheesy Melts – I use one or some of these toppings and top it with a piece of sliced tasty cheese and pop it in the air fryer or grill for 5 minutes/180 degrees
– Tinned tuna
– Ham
– Scrambled eggs
– Tomatoes
– Tinned red salmon
– Avocado
– Bolognese sauce
– Gourmet sausages cut up into small pieces
– Roast/poached chicken (shredded)
– Leftover meat diced into small pieces

Pizza Pockets (link here– freezes and reheats well

Pasta – any type, I usually use elbow pasta, macaroni or small sea shells as they are easy to pick up – freezes and reheats well. I generally use a cheesy white sauce base, vegetable puree, or tomato based sauce for the pasta sauce with the following fillings:
– Tinned red salmon
– Fresh salmon (de-skinned and de-boned)
– White fish like Ling or Barramundi (de-skinned and de-boned)
– Bacon/ham
– Chicken Thigh Fillets (they have more nutrients than breast fillets)
– Pork, chicken or Beef mince
– Peas
– Broccoli
– Sweet Potato
– Pumpkin
– Carrots
– Zucchini
– Frozen Veg i.e. peas and carrot
– Or cooked pasta with grated cheese melted on top (easy and not messy if you’re out!)

Some of the boys’ fave pasta recipes:

Meatballs – Any combo of chicken/pork/beef mince + hidden blitzed up veggies – freezes and reheats well

 
Salmon Patties – I use a recipe from the Thermomix Cooking for your Baby and Toddler book – however this is a great Salmon Rissole recipe – freezes and reheats well
 
Risotto or Pasta Muffin Cups – With any risotto or pasta recipe, just place in muffin tins and top with tasty or cheddar cheese, and bake for about 20 minutes/180 degrees until cheese is melted and golden. Skinnymixer’s Risotto Frittata is a great recipe – freezes and reheats well

Hot Dog Buns (Chinese Sausage Rolls) (link here) – freezes and defrosts well

Sushi – This is great for older babies if you’re out and need to takeaway something for them. My boys love the mini ones and make sure you don’t get the raw fillings, so I usually get avocado, tuna, cucumber, or egg ones. The sushi rice is really sticky so I find it really easy to clean up after them! You can make Sushi yourself – this is a great recipe – Thermobexta’s Egg and Avocado Sushi
 
Thermomumma’s Garlic, Cheese and Spinach Naan (link here) – freezes and reheats well
 
***With a spoon/fork:
VEGETABLES:

Sweet eating cucumbers (halved or quartered lengthwise) – these are mini cucumbers you can get at green grocers, Coles/Woolies and Aldi – usually in the refrigerated vegetable section with the lettuce

Cherry/grape tomatoes (halved lengthwise) – the boys fave are the Gold Sweet Eating Grape tomatoes (they are orange in colour) these are the ones from Coles, they are sweeter than normal Cherry tomatoes which can sometimes be quite tarte

Steamed carrots and green beans (cut in half, then quartered lengthwise) – Fill bowl with water just above the blades, place carrots into steaming basket (I usually make about 2 carrots and a handful of beans then place in fridge to use as needed), then steam 16 minutes/Varoma/Speed 1

Steamed Broccoli Trees – Fill bowl with water just above the blades, place carrots into steaming basket (I usually cut 1 lot of broccoli then place in fridge to use as needed), then steam 12 minutes/Varoma/Speed 1

Steamed Zucchini – Fill bowl with water just above the blades, place carrots into steaming basket (I usually cut 2 lots of zucchini then place in fridge to use as needed), then steam 9 minutes/Varoma/Speed 1

Sweet potato (roasted/air fried/steamed)

Pumpkin (roasted/air fried/steamed)

Potato (roasted/air fried/steamed)

Lettuce/spinach leaves (any type though I steer clear of the bitter ones like rocket)

Cooked peas – Fresh, frozen or dehydrated

Capsicum (Cut into sticks)

FRUIT:

Apples (quartered, cored, then each quarter cut into 3 wedges) I leave the skin on as it has a lot of vitamins/nutrition in it, or else there are ‘kid’s lunchbox’ apples which are smaller which my boys love to use their teeth and bite into!

Pears (quartered, cored, then each quarter cut into 3 wedges) I leave the skin on as above

Seedless Watermelon
(cut into small pieces (one of the boys faves but I leave it for home as it is so messy!)


Blueberries

Strawberries
 (halved or quartered)

Grapes (halved lengthwise)

Bananas

White or Yellow Peaches

White or Yellow Nectarines

Mango

Kiwifruit

SNACKS/DESSERT:

BLISS BALLS:
(Fridge or freezer)

SLICES/BARS/BROWNIES:

(Freezes and defrosts well)

 

MUFFINS/CUPCAKES:
(Freezes and defrosts well)
 

COOKIES/BISCUITS:
(Freezes and defrosts well)

 

BREAD/CAKE:
(Freezes and defrosts well)

 

SWEETS:
(Keeps in fridge for a few weeks)

 

SAVOURY:


Hard Boiled Eggs – Fill bowl with water just above the blades, place eggs into steaming basket – cook 15 minutes/Varoma/Speed 1
Tasty or cheddar cheese – pre-sliced/cut into thin pieces
Cheese sticks (these are softer, I would wait to introduce it around 10 months as I found the boys would squish it in their hands and smoosh it everywhere before it got to their mouths)

Babybel Cheese

Deli meats – ham, turkey, Skinnymixers Lunchbox Chicken Loaf

Shredded chicken (poached, roasted)

Crackers – Jatz, Ritz etc

Arnott’s Shredded Wheatmeal biscuits

Fruit straps (100% dehydrated fruit) I have made them like the Strawberry Chips but they have a really short shelf life when homemade (when the boys are older and eat more it’ll better!) but my recent fave are Annie’s Fruit Straps as they are great to leave in the baby bag
Mini Fruit Balls (link here) – can be frozen and defrosted

Cruskits – These are a great alternative to the ‘baby section’ rice crackers which are sooooo $$$$$$ which I use for snacks when we go out

Dried apricots
 
Dried apples

Sultanas 

Tinned pineapple pieces

Freeze dried fruit (I buy mine from Costco, Bellamy’s Organic also have some)

Veggie Straws (I also buy these from Costco but you can get them from the heath food section)
Skinnymixer’s Cheesy Pumpkin Puffs (link here) – freezes and reheats well

***With a spoon:
DRINKS:
Getting into their pizza pockets!
Wholemeal toast cheesy melt with Bolognese sauce #nomnomnom
 
 
Cake/ Dessert/ Non Thermomix/ Sweets/ Thermomix

Wilton’s Buttercream Icing

I LOVE buttercream icing, but it isn’t great in hot weather as it can melt everywhere ruining all your hard work!!!

I came across this recipe, which gives a perfect frosting finish. Even in hot weather and out of the fridge for long periods, it just looks like when you first piped it out!

 

Wilton’s Buttercream Icing

The recipe includes Copha. On the Gastronomy link below, Moni explains that:

“the two big reasons why you use vegetable shortening in buttercream icing are because:

1. Vegetable shortening has a higher melting point which means that your icing will hold its shape for longer and has a better shelf life, and

2. Being white in colour, it helps maintain a white appearance in the overall icing and assists in accurate colouring.”


To be honest, I actually prefer the buttery taste and smoothness of a normal buttercream icing (butter, icing sugar, milk), however this recipe is fantastic for those birthday cakes or parties in summer where the desserts are displayed out on a table and you worry about your perfectly iced cupcakes/cakes melting!!
 
And what’s even better is there is a recipe for both Thermomix and non Thermomix users!
Thermomix recipe:

http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/recipes/wilton%E2%80%99s-buttercream-icing/53784

Non-Thermomix recipe:

http://gastromony.com/wiltons-buttercream-icing/