Tag: toddlers

Savoury Muffins Recipe

| April 8, 2013

I adore Savoury Muffins and have yet to find any muffins that come close to the hearty New Zealand variety. For this week’s Family Meals idea I made a batch of savoury muffins with Cheese, Onion, Sweetcorn and Broccoli using a recipe I’ve had since my Uni days in Wellington.

These savoury muffins are great as a snack for hungry, active toddlers and children. And they’re perfect with a cup of tea when Mum and Dad need to take a rest!

Makes 12 Muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes. Cooking Time 20 minutes at 190 degrees Celcius fan bake.

You’ll Need:

savoury muffins

Savoury Mix:

  • 1 medium Red Onion
  • 1 cup Sweetcorn (from frozen)
  • 5 medium florets of Broccoli
  • 1 cup grated Low Fat Mild Cheese

The delicious savoury muffin filling.

savoury muffins

Let’s Make Savoury Muffins

1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celcius fan bake.

2. Peel and chop the Onion. Saute in a small amount of Olive Oil until tender. Add Sweetcorn and cook for another couple of minutes.

3. Wash and finely cut the Broccoli. Boil for 30 seconds. Drain and let cool.

4. Grate 1 cup Low Fat Cheese.

5. Add the Flour, Dried Herbs, Onion, Sweetcorn and Broccoli into a mixing bowl. Gently stir in the Cheese. Create a well in the centre.

6. Whisk the Egg and Milk with a fork.

7. Add the Egg and Milk mixture into the well in the centre of the dry ingredients.

8. Gently mix the dry and wet ingredients, being careful not to over mix. It should be a stiff mixture.

9. Put spoonfuls of the muffin mixture into a lightly greased deep muffin tray.

10. Bake for 20 minutes at 190 degrees Celcius fan bake.

11. Serve warm from the oven or eat within a day. Perfect for packed lunches!

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Looking for ideas for nutritious and quick Family Meals? Try my healthy recipes:

Dressing Up in Fairy Wings

| January 29, 2013

I simply couldn’t resist these fairy wings when I saw them. As soon as Imogen spied them it was love at first sight and she was dressing up in fairy wings with her purple wellies.

Toddlers and children have great fun dressing up and role playing. It encourages children to use their imaginations, develop vocabulary skills and build confidence.

Often your children have the most fun dressing up when they’re making use of clothes and items you already have in your home. Check your wardrobe and cupboards for:

  • towels and sheets (these make great capes)
  • a plastic colander (can become a helmet)
  • belts
  • scarves
  • shawls
  • gloves of all lengths
  • old bags
  • aprons
  • tutus
  • dance costumes
  • hats
  • glasses with the lenses removed
  • costume jewellery (make sure it’s safe for the age of your child)

There’s no end to what your toddler or child can dress up in and pretend to be so update and add new items to your child’s dressing up box as often as you like.

If you’re looking for fairy wings for your toddler to play dress up in there’s a beautiful set including a Tutu, Butterfly Wings and a Wand at John Lewis.

Fairy Wings

Fairy Wings

What does your toddler enjoy dressing up in?

Sensory Play with Bubbles

| January 26, 2013

Playing with bubbles is a simple and exciting game for babies, toddlers and children that helps to develop awareness of their senses. I love this game because it combines sensory play and the great outdoors which are important learning experiences for little ones.

If you’re looking for ideas on sensory play with your baby or child head over to The Imagination Tree which is one of my favourite blogs and a great resource for parents.













What’s your favourite idea for sensory play with babies and toddlers?