Monday, October 31, 2011

Rainbow Cake



We came across this colourful layer cake on Whisk Kid. It's the ideal cake for a child's birthday party.
 
Ingredients 
Vegetable shortening
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/3 cups sugar
5 large egg whites, room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups milk, room temperature
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple gel food coloring
Lemony Swiss Meringue Buttercream
 
Method
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush six 9-inch-round cake pans (or as many 9-inch cake pans as you have, reusing them as necessary) with shortening. Line bottom of each cake pan with parchment paper; brush again and set aside.
 
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar. Slowly add egg whites and mix until well combined. Add vanilla and mix until fully incorporated. Add flour mixture and milk in two alternating additions, beginning with the flour and ending with the milk. Mix until well combined.
 
3. Divide batter evenly between six medium bowls. Add enough of each color of food coloring to each bowl, whisking, until desired shade is reached. Transfer each color to an individual cake pan. Transfer to oven and bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean, about 15 minutes (working in batches if necessary).
 
4. Remove cakes from oven and transfer to a wire rack; let cool for 10 minutes. Invert cakes onto a wire rack; re-invert and let cool completely.
 
5. Using a serrated knife, trim tops of cakes to make level. Place four strips of parchment paper around perimeter of a serving plate or lazy Susan. Place the purple layer on the cake plate. Spread a scant 1 cup buttercream filling over the first layer with a small offset spatula so it extends just beyond edges. Repeat process with blue, green, yellow, and orange layers.
 
6. Place the remaining red layer on top, bottom-side up. Gently sweep away any loose crumbs with a pastry brush. Using an offset spatula, cover the top and sides with a thin layer of frosting (also use any of the excess frosting visible between the layers). Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.
 
7. Using an offset spatula, cover cake again with remaining frosting. 

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Crazy Crocodile Puppet Mittens



You will just love these gorgeous mittens from Etsy. These adorable little crocodile mittens can double as puppets at a moment's notice! Made with durable acrylic yarn to ensure they can last through whatever your little one can put them through. They make as the perfect gift!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

DIY Felt Bow Headbands



Create this gorgeous Felt Bow Headband with this easy tutorial from Trey & Lucy.

What you will need:
Felt
Elastic or stretch lace
Hot glue gun

Method:
1. Cut 2 strips of felt 19 inches x 1 1/2 inches and 3 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches.
2. Find and mark the middle. Fold one side to the middle and then fold the extra back over to the other side.


3. Do the same thing with the other side making sure the initial folds are at least even.


4. With the hot glue gun place some glue in the center to hold those folds down.


5. Take the small strip of felt and glue it to the back of the folded piece.


6. Tightly bring it around to the front of the bow then around the back and glue it secure.

7. Cut a triangle shape out of the ends of your.


8. Measure a piece of elastic about an inch or so smaller than your babies head. Put some hot glue on one end. Glue the ends together.
9. Cover the back of the entire bow with the hot glue and glue your headband to your stretch lace.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Onsies & Rompers from Stitch Baby + Kids






We just love these gorgeous onsies and rompers from Stitch Baby + Kids. Have your little man looking simply adorable in the superhero onsies or the tuxedo rompers. Dress them up or down for formal occasions or just for a day out!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Recipes


Have some fun with your little ones on the spookiest day of the year with these Halloween recipes from Taste. Here are our favourites…

Witch's Hat Cookies


Ingredients (makes 12)
2/3 cup plain flour
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
60g butter, chopped
1 egg yolk
375g packet milk chocolate melts, melted
12 mini ice-cream cones
1/3 cup M&Ms minis
 
Method
1. Process flour, sugar, cocoa and butter until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add egg yolk. Process until dough just comes together, adding 2 teaspoons of cold water if necessary. Turn pastry onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until just smooth. Shape into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Roll out pastry between 2 sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Using a 5.5cm cutter, cut 12 rounds from dough. Place rounds, 3cm apart, on prepared trays. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden. Cool on trays for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
4. Line a tray with baking paper. Using a small pastry brush, spread a little melted chocolate onto the top of 1 biscuit. Working quickly, dip the outside of 1 cone into chocolate, turning to coat all over. Stick the cone onto the biscuit. Place onto prepared tray. Working quickly, decorate cone with M&Ms. Repeat with remaining biscuits, melted chocolate, ice-cream cones and M&Ms. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until set. Tie ribbon around base of each hat. Serve.




Ingredients (makes 12)
70g (2 cups) Rice Bubbles
120g (2/3 cup) icing sugar mixture
35g (1/2 cup) shredded coconut
1 tbs cocoa powder, sifted
140g copha
20g (1/4 cup) shredded coconut, extra
1 tbs icing sugar mixture, extra
1 tsp cocoa powder, extra
24 red jelly beans
190g (1 cup) dark chocolate melts (Nestle brand)
 
Method
1. Combine the Rice Bubbles, icing sugar, coconut and cocoa in a large bowl. Place the copha in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat for 3 minutes or it melts. Reserve 2 tablespoonfuls of copha. Add the remaining copha to the Rice Bubbles mixture and stir until well combined.
2. Combine extra coconut, extra icing sugar and extra cocoa with reserved copha in a small bowl.
3. Place 2 tablespoonsful of Rice Bubbles mixture in each hole of a 12-hole (80ml/1/3-cup) muffin pan. Use a teaspoon to lightly press down. Sprinkle with coconut mixture. Press red jelly beans in each chocolate crackle for eyes. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to set.
4. Meanwhile, line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Place the chocolate melts in a medium heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until it melts and is smooth. Reserve 2 tablespoonfuls of chocolate. Place the remaining chocolate in a small plastic bag. Use a pair of scissors to snip the corner and pipe 8 chocolate lines, about 10cm long, onto the lined tray to make spider legs. Repeat to create 11 more sets of legs. Place in the fridge for 5 minutes or until set.  
5. Remove chocolate crackles from pan and place, coconut-side up, on a clean work surface. Use reserved melted chocolate to attach the chocolate legs to each spider. Serve.
 
Notes
•  Microwave tip 1: Chop the copha and place in a heatproof microwave-safe bowl. Heat, uncovered, on High/800watts/100% for 3-4 minutes or until almost melted.
• Microwave tip 2: Place chocolate melts in a heatproof microwave-safe bowl. Heat, uncovered, on High/800watts/100%, in 1 minute bursts, stirring every minute with a metal spoon until almost melted. Stand for 1 minute and stir well.
• You can prepare these spiders to the end of step 3 up to 1 day ahead. Continue from step 4 up to 6 hours ahead.
   



Ingredients (makes 28)
3 cups pure icing sugar
1/4 cup hot water
20g butter
2 to 3 drops orange food colouring
250g packet plain biscuits (see note)
melted chocolate
sweets, drinking chocolate and coloured sprinkles, to decorate
 
Method
1. Sift icing sugar into a large bowl. Place water and butter into a jug and stir until butter melts. Pour butter mixture into icing sugar, stirring to combine.
2. Add food colouring to icing sugar mixture, 1 drop at a time, stirring constantly, until you have the desired colour.
3. Using a butter knife, spread melted chocolate or icing over biscuits.
4. Decorate biscuits with leftover melted chocolate, sweets, drinking chocolate and coloured sprinkles.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

The Perfect Cubby House



We just love the Alice cubby House from Hip Kids. Just imagine your childs face when they first set their eyes on this beautiful Tudor style cubby house. 

Straight out of a fairy tale, this enchanting cubby house will provide any child a very special place of their own, where they can spend time with friends, role play and get lost in their imaginary worlds.  

Alice comes in a prefabricated panel kit which can be erected in approximately 2 hours. You don’t need special carpentry skills – you just need to follow the instructions (provided with kit) and have a screw driver handy.

An additional benefit about the flat pack nature of this cubby house is that if you ever decide to move house you can easily disassemble and take the cubby house with you. 

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake Bikini



This gorgeous two piece bandeau bikini from Bardot Junior features ruffle and bow embellishments and mid rise briefs. Your little one will look fashionable on the beach this summer with this too cute bikini.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hungry Tummies?



They are due home from school in and hour and you just know that they will be hungry. This simple pikelet recipe from Kids Spot is an easy, healthy after school snack that will fill their tummies and bridge the gap between home time and dinner time. 

Ingredients
Gluten-free (see note below), nut-free
2 cups self-raising flour
¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
1/3 cup caster sugar
1 egg
1 cup (250mL) milk
1 tablespoon butter
 
Method
1. Sift flour and salt, add sugar, drop unbeaten egg into the middle of the bowl and stir. 
2. Slowly add enough milk to make a thick batter. Beat well until smooth. 
3. Heat a non-stick pan over a medium heat, melt ½ teaspoon butter and drop heaped tablespoonfuls of mixture into the pan. 
4. I cooked about 5 at a time. When bubbles appear on the surface, turn the pikelets (muttering and cursing and chasing them all over the pan) and allow to brown on the second side. 
5. Transfer pikelets onto a plate and cover with a cloth while you finish cooking the remainder.
 
Notes
• Easy to pack in lunchboxes because you don’t need to do anything else to them. Handy for afternoon tea, too.
• I also make these for breakfast (on those infrequent ‘perfect’ mornings) as a change to regulation weet-bix or toast.
• It can be a bit tricky getting the temperature right, I prefer to cook at a lower heat and potter round the kitchen doing other things while they cook slowly.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Personalised Bags For Kids



These personalised kids bags and backpacks from Mooo are the perfect accessory for stylish toddlers and kids. The range of bags are so practical that they can be used for any occasion including going to kindergarten, daycare, pre school or school. They are made from very durable material, with all the proper carry straps and extra compartments needed for everyday use. Available in a huge range of different designs and colours allowing your child to have a uniquely individual and fully customised kids bag with their name on it.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Seed


Seed have some great clothes for kids for the upcoming spring/summer season! From dresses to skirts for the girls to shorts and shirts for the boys your little ones will be looking oh so cute in Seed's new spring /summer clothes.



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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Queen Bee Maternity Fashion



When you’re pregnant it can be difficult to find trendy and fashion forward pieces that are comfortable at the same time, but thanks to Queen Bee your search ends now! Queen Bee is an exclusive online maternity boutique stocking the largest range of designer fashion and nursing wear for mums-to-be from Australia and beyond. With hundreds of clothes online, finding the fashionable maternity wear is easy.

The More of Me Navy Shirtdres is a classic gem and is ideal for perfecting that chic vintage look. Made of stretch silk charmeuse, this dress is incredibly light and will become your go-to piece in the warm weather. Wear with leggings and sandals for a breezy casual look, or some killer nude heels, simple jewellery and a high ballerina bun hairstyle for an elegant dressed up look.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tiny Teddy Cars Recipe



Get these Tiny Teddies on the grid for your little ones next birthday party. Serve them on their own or use them as cars on racetrack birthday cake!
 
Ingredients
100g milk chocolate, melted
1 bag Milky Way bars (you will need 24)
1 box Tiny Teddy biscuits, honey flavour
1 bag Smarties (340g)   

Method
1. Set out a tray or serving plate for the Teddies. 
2. Sort the Smarties into colours and cut 12 Smarties in half with a sharp knife to use for steering wheels (keep in mind steering wheel colours need to match with wheel colours). 
3. Remove the wrappers from the Milky Way bars. 
4. Cut 24 Tiny Teddies in half at the belly button using a sharp knife. 
5. Place the melted chocolate into a resealable bag and snip a tiny corner off. Squeeze out a few drops of chocolate to glue 4 Smarties 'wheels' on each car then place on the serving tray. 
6. Place a few drops of chocolate on the top of each 'car' and sit the Teddy's on. Place a drop of chocolate on the 'car' in the front of each Teddy and glue on steering wheels.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Baby Bling

 
It’s never too early for your little bub to get some serious bling, so you need to get your hands on this Baby Feeding Spoon Beaded Handle from Whitehill. Its curved handle will also give you an easy grip and mean your baby can have a go with the spoon and start learning how to feed themselves. Easily engraved, it makes the perfect baby-shower gift that you know will last and be treasured for years to come.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Babes in the Shade



At Babes in the Shade, fashion meets function – all of their sun shirts are designed with zip fasteners for easy changing, long sleeves for maximum protection and an array of matching sun-safe accessories.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

AVEENO Baby



Whether you’re an expectant mum planning a skin care regimen, a new mum seeking information on relieving the irritation and discomfort of diaper rash or eczema, or an experienced mum interested in toddler skin care, AVEENO Baby has a skin care and hair care solution. 

AVEENO Baby has coupled the natural healing power of oats with modern science to develop innovative and effective, yet gentle baby care formulas rich in finely milled soothing colloidal oatmeal. AVEENO Baby forms a protective barrier to help prevent irritation and keep a developing baby's skin soft, smooth and naturally healthy looking.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fairy Tutu Skirt



This Fairy Tutu Skirt by Tutu Du Monde is perfect for little girls who love to dance. This knee length tutu combines an extra full ballet skirt with a comfortable elasticised waistband and a soft silk satin ribbon that can be tied at the front. Perfect for a special occasion or just to wear everyday!

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Make Your Very Own Piggy Bank



With a couple of household items, kids can make their very own piggy bank these school holidays!

You Will Need
An empty bottle
Coloured cardboard/patterned paper
Double sided tape
Hot glue gun
Pipe cleaner
Bottle caps or empty spools for legs (or anything you think will be suitable for the legs)

Method
1. Rinse an bottle with hot soapy water; let dry. 
2. Cut features such as eyes, ears, and nostrils from coloured cardboard. Attach with double-sided tape.
3. Tape patterned paper around body. 
4. With the hot glue gun carefully attached the  for legs.
5. Cut a slot at the top for coins, and a hole in back to insert a pipe-cleaner tail.