Monster Hand Puppets.

We were supposed to be doing Pet Rocks today with D but seeing as D didn't end up coming round today and I cant actually remember where I put them (would you believe it I lost something else!!!) I decided we would make box monsters instead...that Jenson then decided made a great hand puppet..and obviously Evie copied!!

What you need:

I got the monster face printables from Design Dazzle.

Firstly I unfolded the cereal boxes and then the munchkins painted the 'inside' of the box (I apologise for the lack of photos I had a little Elsie bear on my lap but to be fair its really simple and doesnt need photos!)

They then stuck their eyes and bits on (they stuck with the paint).

That was it then we just left them to dry and then I stuck them back together ready to be played with! 

I love them one of my most fave things we have made in a while! What a great way to end our Monster Themed Week!

Slimming World Friendly Chicken, Bacon and Veggie Loaded Pasta

Syn-free tea? YES PLEASE!!

What you need:

200g Pasta
2 chicken breasts, diced
4 slices bacon, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 courgette, cut into chunks
1 carrot, sliced
1 yellow pepper, cut into chunks
4 mushrooms, sliced
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
400ml passata
250ml chicken stock
splash of balsamic vinegar
Cheese to top (Slimming Worlders you can either syn it or use your HEx A) 

Preheat oven to 200c 
Add onion, garlic and bacon and brown for 2 minutes
Add all other vegetables and cook for a further 5 minutes

Add the passata, stock, balsamic and bring to the boil then simmer for around 30 minutes, add more water if the sauce gets too thick.
With about 10/15 minutes to go cook the pasta and whilst the pasta is cooking grab another pan and brown the chicken using frylight
Add all ingredients to your oven dish, top with cheese and bake for approx 20/30 minutes.


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Monster Ice

This was originally planned for yesterday (but I forgot to had to prep yesterday ready for today!), this was a serious hit! #toddlerapproved!

What you need:

Ice cube trays
Water (I know thats a given but you never know...)
Google Eyes
Pipe Cleaners 
we also used string (I was planning on using wool but couldnt find any grrrrr!!!!)

For the prep I left the kids to it filling the ice cube trays with googley eyes., pipe cleaners, string and chopped up straws.

The invitaion to play was simply the ice cubes in the tray I was planning on adding some water as the activity 'got boring' but it didnt! they played happily for around 45 minutes until the majority of the ice had gone!


Excuse the half naked Evie, we started potty training today!

Jenson loved them, making the monsters 'talk' and roar!

What I loved most was that Elsie joined in too! She loved the experience and her big brother and big sister loved having her play with them! For once they didnt have to 'watch Elsie' and 'be careful' because she was right there with them!!

Then the tools came out! Jenson wanted to get the eyes out, I asked him how and he attempted to hit the ice on the side of the tray, I suggested he used his toy hammer so of he (and obviously his little follower Evie) went they came back with hammers and saws...

Tex Mex Veggie Chilli

Yum Yum Yum YUM!!

What you need:

1 large red chilli (or more if you prefer, Deans not too keen on spice so I used less!) de-seeded and finely                              chopped 
1 large onion, chopped
2 large garlic cloves
1 red pepper, chunks 
1 orange pepper, chunks
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon paprika
500g Quorn mince
1 can Chopped tomatoes (pref. with chilli and garlic, or I used plain chopped and a grind (or 10!) of my                                                garlic and chilli grinder!!!
500g passata with herbs
1 can kindney beans (drained)
300ml cold water

Rice to serve

  • Spray pan with Frylight and add the chopped chillies, onion, garlic and peppers, fry for around 5 minutes or until softened
  • Sprinkle the cumin,cinnamon and parika and cook for 2 minutes strirring wel
  • Add the Quorn,  tomatoes, passata and kidney beans along with 300ml of cold water, bring to the boil then cover and simmer for 20minutes
  • Serve with rice


Play Dough Monsters!!

I saw the idea of these here at creative connections for kids I made a couple of changes, straws instead of pipe cleaners and Mr Potato Head pieces added to the table.

The Invitation To Play looked like this:

Jensons 1st monster...

Evies monster had lots of eyes...

And her second monster had lots of arms...

D (I will call my step son D on the rare occasions he is featured, I wont show his face or his name as I dont believe its my place to do so!) created this monster, apparantly to get around he jumps using his tongue and walks on his hands. I think it looks like it could well be a Moshi monster!

Finally Jenson created this, I love that he got that bodys have different erm sections (I cant think of the about thick!!) 

Slimming World Friendly Cowboy Pie

I know this doesnt look that special BUT to quote Jenson 'nat deeyna vas so so so alicious mummy' and D (step-son) said that he '100 percent LOVED it and I should 100% make it again'...add to that fact that it is just 1 syn per sausage (if you use the ones I used) then you really can not go wrong!!

What you need:

4 large sweet potatoes (sliced)
1 large onion (sliced thin)
8 Tesco Healthy Choices/Living reduced fat Cumberland Sausage (1 syn each!!)
2 large carrots (sliced thinly)
250ml vegetable stock
1 Can Chopped Tomatoes
1 Can Baked Beans

Slice your sweet potatoes thinly (think hotpot type potatoes) and place in a pan of boiled water until tender (shouldn't take long as they are so thick, I cooked for 10 min and this was to long, they went a bit mushy)
Whilst they are cooking in another pan cook your onions and garlic in the Frylight for around 4 minutes
Add the sausages and cook for another 5 minutes (take them out and chop into 3 or 4 pieces and put back in the pan.)
Take your sweet potatoes of the heat, drain and pop to the side (you may need to do this step earlier than this)
Add the carrots, stock and chopped tomatoes, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes
Stir in the baked beans and heat through
Spoon the mixture into an oven proof dish and arrange your sweet potatoes over the top, sprinkle with some paprika and place under a hot grill for a few minutes


Exploring Textures with Process Art

Yesterday we got out the paints, not a paint brush in sight as I set out pom poms and pegs, stickle bricks and our DIY Pattern Printers.

Slimming World Friendly Pea, Sausage and Tomato Pasta

This recipe is Slimming World Friendly, just 1.5 syn per serving,  so long as you use Grilled reduced fat sausages oh and the kids love it to!

What you need:

6 reduced fat sausages 
1 garlic clove, chopped and crushed
1 tin chopped tomatoes
75ml Vegetable stock
1 teaspoon sweetner
100g (approx 8) cherry tomatoes (halved)
250g pasta 
200g frozen peas
Herbs, Salt and Pepper (to taste)
grated cheese (use your HEx A or syn it...the syn count above DOESNT count the cheese as synned)

Preheat the oven to 180c/350f/gas 4.
Put the sausages under the grill, and pasta on the hob (we can multi-task remember!!)
In a frying pan (sprayed with fry light) fry the garlic until soft, add the tinned tomatoes, the cherry tomatoes (halved), the stock and the sugar (also the herbs, salt and pepper if you wish) Bring to the boil and then let simmer for 10 minutes, if the sauce becomes to thick add more water as required.
Now everything should be about ready at the same time so drain your pasta and chop your sausages and add to the sauce mix.
Add the sauce mix to the pasta and also the frozen peas.
Place in an oven dish top with cheese  and pop in the oven until the cheese has melted!



Oh No!! Kids say the funniest things....and this is possibly one of the funniest ever!!!

The hubby just showed me a post on his Facebook, you may have seen has photos of a man's head as he journeys through life...Single through to marriage.

Which reminded us of something Jenson said a few months back....

He was play fighting with Dean and all of a sudden as Dean ''fell'' to the floor, Jenson stopped mid laugh and fear flung through his face, ''what's up Jenson?'' his reply, and most definitely one of the funniest things I've ever known a kid to say

''Daddy's got a hole in his head!''

We asked what he meant he pointed to Daddy's (small) bald patch in the centre of his head....well you can safely say I nearly wet myself with laughter whilst Dean, well poor Dean just sat their shock on his face!! 

Ha ha ha!

Playdough and Loose Parts.

Today Evie went for a walk with my Nan so we took the opportunity to get the Playdough out, shop bought today not homemade after last time!)

We got out the playdough together and I asked what he would like to use he chose: pennies, his ice cream and fruit playdough set, googly eyes, pom poms and pipe cleaners and a couple of rollers.

I set it all out on his little table and just sat and observed what he did, I love just sitting and watching when there is no agenda.

Here is what he got up to:

''Look Mummy...eyes nose and his mouth''

''Look at the patterns Mummy''

''Look Mummy....I made Icecreams!!!!!''

And Icecreams with ''chocolate sticking out on it''...I assume he meant like a flake!

Printed with the pennies

Cut out with his circle cutter and printed pennies, he used these to ''pay'' for his ice creams!

DIY Pattern Printers.

I have been searching online for some textured craft rollers but they are quite expensive so I decided to make some myself...

Eggy Bread With Cinnamon and Golden Syrup | Cooking With Kids

A yummy weekend breakfast treat or you could even half the recipe and have as a snack...

What you need (serves a family of 4/5): 

1 baguette (sliced, approx 1.5inch slices), 
6 eggs 
6tbsp of milk 
1/2 tbsp cinnamon powder

This was so simple to make, Evie, who isn't quite 2, could make it with a little help. (I split the mixture between the 3 children and they all made some mixture for themselves)

Crack the eggs into your bowl and mix in the milk and the cinnamon. Now dip your bread slices into your mix and allow it to soak the mixture up and become 'spongy' let any excess drip from and place on a plate ready for cooking.

Now the grown up part! Heat some oil in your pan and when ready, place your bread slices in the pan and cook on both sides until golden brown. It should only take a couple of minutes.

Plate up and drizzle with golden syrup.


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Mess Free Painted Paper Plate Butterflies.

We have focused this last fortnight on Minibeasts, bugs and the like. So after reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, so we made these cute little butterflies.