Five Easy Recipes to Cook with Kids

Five Easy Recipes to Cook with Kids

I’m writing for the gorgeous Amanda at Dirt and Boogers today while she is enjoying lots of snuggles with her newborn baby boy. Please pop over and pay her a visit, and while you’re there you can read my post about 5 Easy Recipes to Cook with Kids.

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

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Family Friendly Lunch Box Treats with The Kids Co-Op

I think I may have been a little hungry when reading through last weeks Weekly Kids Co-Up posts. My favourites are all about tasty treats and family food! Make sure you check out these yummy recipes.

The Weekly Kids Co-Op Featuring:

Family Friendly Lunch Box Treats

  1. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls from Learning and Growing the Piwi Way
  2. Healthy Chocolate Mini Muffins from Mummy Musings and Mayhem
  3. Banana Chip Breakfast Bars from Buggy and Buddy
  4. Dinodilla Mexican Dinner from Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons
  5. 5 Ingredient No-Knead Bread from Lessons Learnt Journal
  6. Apple Cinnamon Yoghurt Muffins from Full Hands, Full Hearts

Welcome to The Weekly Kid’s Co-Op! Each week we get together and share family friendly activities for kids. Follow Kid’s Co-Op on Facebook & Pinterest to find family oriented, fun, unique and educational ideas all week long.

Note to Bloggers: By linking up, you agree that your photos are Pinterest-friendly and can be shared with credit on Weekly Kids Co-Op host blogs.  Any questions can be directed to Weekly Kids Co-Op coordinators, Krissy of B-Inspired Mama and Tricia of Two Big, Two Little.

The Weekly Kids Co-Op

Octavia and Vicky: Best of 2012

Happy New Year! I’m playing along with a fabulous group of bloggers who are all sharing their best activities for kids from 2012. Here’s my list of favourites from Octavia and Vicky:

Most Popular

Christmas Crazy! You guys loved these Christmas games.



Most Comments

The crowd went wild for I Heart My Body 2012!



My Favourite Arty-Crafty Kids Post

This was so much fun to create and write. It makes my heart sing.



My Favourite Kids Play Post

The Play Dough Cup Cake Party!



My Favourite Parenting Post

A lesson that Pebble and I are still learning with each stage of her development!



My Favourite Food Post

A recipe from my childhood :)



My Favourite Geek Post

One of the geek-techery things I use the most – podcasts! Plenty to choose from for kids and adults.



Please visit the Best of 2012 Co-Hosts:


52 Brand New ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ – The Magic Of Play ~ At home with Ali
B-Inspired Mama ~ Blog Me Mom ~Boy Mama Teacher Mama ~ Busy Kids = Happy Mom
Carrots Are Orange ~ Caution! Twins at Play ~ Coffee Cups and Crayons ~ Confessions of a Montessori Mom
Craft To Art ~ Creative Family Fun ~ Creative Kid Snacks ~ Creative Learning Fun ~ Creative Playhouse
Creative with Kids ~ Cute and Peculiar ~ De tout et de rien: Activités pour le Préscolaire ~ Dirt And Boogers
Edventures with Kids ~ Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ The Good Long Road ~ Frogs and snails and puppy dog tails
Glittering Muffins ~ Go Kid Yourself ~ Growing A Jeweled Rose ~ hands on : as we grow ~ Here Come the Girls
Home Learning Journey ~ Housing A Forest ~ Mama Smiles ~ In Lieu of Preschool ~ Inspiration Laboratories
Inspired by Family ~ It’s A Long Story ~ JDaniel4’s Mom ~ Kids Creative Chaos ~ Kid World Citizen
Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers ~ Kitchen Counter Chronicles ~ Laughing Kids Learn ~ Learn with Play at home
Lessons Learnt Journal ~ Life At The Zoo ~ Little Artists ~ Living Life Intentionally ~ Living Montessori Now ~ Love, Play, Learn
Loving My Nest ~ Mama Pea Pod ~ mama miss ~ Mamas Like Me ~ Mess For Less ~ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas ~ Momma’s Fun World
Montessori Tidbits ~ My Buddies and I ~ My Little Bookcase ~ My Nearest and Dearest ~ No Twiddle Twaddle ~ Nurturestore
Octavia and Vicky ~ One Perfect Day ~ ourfeminist{play}school ~ Picklebums ~ Play Activities ~ Playdough to Plato
PlayDrMom ~ playful learners ~ playing with words 365 ~ PragmaticMom ~ Putti’sWorld ~ RainbowsWithinReach
Rainy Day Mum ~ Raising Playful Tots ~ Reading Confetti ~ Red Ted Art ~ Royal Baloo ~ Science Sparks ~ Scribble Doodle and Draw
Small Potatoes ~ Smiling like Sunshine ~ Sun Hats & Wellie Boots ~ Sun Scholars ~ Teach Preschool ~ The Educators’ Spin On It
The Fairy and The Frog ~ The Freckled Homeschooler ~ The Golden Gleam ~ The Imagination Tree ~ The Iowa Farmer’s Wife
The Outlaw Mom Blog ~ The Pleasantest Thing ~ This Reading Mama ~ Toddler Approved ~ Train Up a Child ~ True Aim
Two Big Two Little ~ What Do We Do All Day? ~ Connecting Family and Seoul

Mango Cheesecake

We have back to back celebrations and social gatherings over the Christmas and New Year period, and we’ll be preparing plenty of plates of food to share. It’s summer down here in Australia, so that means lots of salads and cold desserts. This Mango Cheesecake is a favourite –  in fact, it was a special request this Christmas. My Mother in Law made it for us a few years ago and since then it’s been doing the rounds across both sides of our family. It’s simple enough for children to help make and results super delicious and refreshing summer dessert. I love that I make it a day ahead too, making the getting-out-of-the-house hoo-haa that much easier.

Lucky for me mangoes and limes are on special at the moment too. I picked up 3 limes for $2 and two mangoes for $4. Up until recently I’ve seen mangos for $4 each and limes for $2 each!

Mango Cheesecake

Time: 20 minutes prep + refrigerate overnight

Toddler directions in blue!


250g packet plain sweet biscuits
125g melted butter
500g softened cream cheese
2 eggs
1/4 cup lime juice
3 mangoes
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 toddler
1 bucket load of patience 


1. Grease and line a spring form cake tin with butter and baking paper. Toddlers can paint the melted butter onto the tin while you prepare the other ingredients. 

2. Let the noise sensitive toddler know that things are about to get loud, then process a 250g packet plain sweet biscuits (I use Arnott’s Nice) in a food processor until fine crumbs. Take a break for a chef’s treat (a cheeky nibble of biscuit on the side).

3. Combine the crushed biscuits with 125g melted butter and press into base of a 20cm spring form cake tin. Use half a bucket load of patience while the toddler has a go at pressing the base into the tin. Chill the base in the fridge for 15 minutes.

4. Process (or mix with an electric mixer) 500g softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup caster sugar, 2 eggs and 1/4 cup lime juice until completely smooth. I have learned from experience that any chunks of cream cheese left behind are not fun to eat in the cheesecake. Take your time!

5. Fold through chopped flesh from 2 mangoes and pour over the chilled base. Enjoy some more chef’s treats with a nibble of leftover mango.

6. Bake at 160°C for 40 minutes until just set. Cool for 30 minutes then refrigerate overnight. Tip: allow the cheesecake to cool down slowly in the oven once it has been turned off. This will help prevent cracks.

7. Use another half a bucket load of patience to wait overnight while the cheesecake chills ready for serving. Top with slices of mango to serve and offer the fussy toddler fruit and ice cream instead. More cheesecake for you!

What’s your favourite dessert to share with friends?

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Christmas Cooking with Kids: Cheesy Christmas Stars

Last week Pebble and I got into the holiday spirit by making some deliciously sweet Christmas Crunchies. This week we made savoury Christmas stars. Pebble made them ALL by herself. Well, she made one batch all by herself. She rubbed the flour into the butter, mixed and rolled the dough, then cut out and egg washed her shapes. This recipe is perfect for the littlest helpers to get hands on.

Cheesy Christmas Stars

To make approx 25 stars, you will need:

  • 150g (6oz) self raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 75g (3oz) butter or margerine
  • 75g (3oz) cheese, finely grated
  • 1 egg and 1 tablespoon milk, beaten together
  • a star shaped cookie cutter
  • a baking sheet, wiped with oil, or lined with baking paper

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius (400F/gas mark 6) before you start.

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Add the butter or margarine and rub into the flour with your finger tips to make fine crumbs. At this stage I put a little of my flour, salt and butter into a second bowl for Pebble – not measuring! She rubbed in her own flour and butter. Older children could make the whole batch themselves, but I played it safe as Pebble hadn’t made this before.

Leave one tablespoon of grated cheese aside, and add the rest of the cheese to the bowl of flour and butter (and a little into your toddler’s bowl too).

Save about 1 tablespoon of the egg/milk mixture aside and mix the rest into your flour to make a dough (and splash a little into your toddlers bowl too).

Dust a rolling pin and clean work surface with flour. Roll out the dough until it is slightly thinner than your finger.

Use the star cutter to cut out star shapes. Make the scraps into a ball and roll them out, then continue cutting out stars and re-rolling until you have used up all the dough.

Place the stars on the baking sheet and brush with the remaining egg/milk mixture, then sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Bake in the oven for eight to ten minutes, or until they are golden.

These make a lovely lunch box snack or nibble for morning tea.

Do you like nibbling on a cheesy biscuit?

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