Spider Snacks

Spider Snacks for Kids

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Spider Snacks for Kids

Aren’t these spider snacks adorable?! We made spider webs, mama redback spider cupcakes and baby redback spider biscuits. Pebble’s interest in the “dangerous” Australian Animals is still going strong, and she has been especially curious about spiders. We live in the hills and have lots of spider friends living around (and in!) our house.

Redbacks are common in our backyard and Pebble was fascinated to learn more about them when we began our Aussie Animals trading cards collection. Did you know that they can eat small lizards!? And that a Daddy Long Legs spider often eats a Redback spider?

Redback spider Aussie Animals Trading Card - Available from Woolworths

These spider snacks were so easy for kids to make and would be a huge hit at a spider party or great fun for Halloween.

Spider Snacks for Kids

Spider Snacks

Spider Snacks for Kids

Pretzel and Chocolate Spider Webs

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of pretzel sticks
  • 1 block of white chocolate

To make the pretzel and chocolate spider webs:

  • On a baking tray covered with baking paper, arrange the pretzels into spider web shapes. You will need about 8 pretzel sticks per web.
  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a bowl over a pan of boiling water.
  • Pour a dollop of melted chocolate into the centre of each web, to cover the end of each pretzel stick and ensure that each web sticks together.
  • Using a spoon (or a piping bag if you want to be more precise) drizzle white chocolate in a circular motion over the top of each web to create a spider web effect.
  • Put in the fridge to set. When the chocolate is set carefully peel the baking paper away from each spider web.

Spider Snacks for Kids

Mama Redback Spider Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 quantity of chocolate cup cakes (we used a packet mix)
  • 1 quantity of chocolate frosting/icing (yep, we used packet mix again)
  • 1 packet of mini white chocolate buttons
  • 1 tube of black writing icing
  • 1 tube of red writing icing
  • 2 straps of licorice, cut into 5cm lengths, then cutting each 5cm length into four thin strips

To make the mama redback spider cupcakes:

  1. Cover the top of each cupcake with chocolate frosting (icing).
  2. Press two mini white chocolate buttons into one side of the cupcake to create the spider’s eyes. Use the black writing icing tube to draw on pupils.
  3. Press eight licorice pieces around the edge of the iced cupcake to create the spider’s legs.
  4. Draw a red back on your spider using the red writing icing.

Spider Snacks for Kids

Baby Redback Spider Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of chocolate coated biscuits
  • 1 block of milk chocolate
  • 1 packet of mini white chocolate buttons
  • 1 tube black writing icing
  • 1 tube red writing icing

To make the baby red back spider biscuits:

  1. On a baking tray covered with baking paper place a dollop of melted milk chocolate slightly smaller than the size of each biscuit.
  2. Use the melted chocolate to create eight spider-leg-shapes coming out of the chocolate dollop.
  3. Place a chocolate biscuit on top of the dollop of milk chocolate, so that you can still see the spiders legs poking out.
  4. Using the black writing icing as ‘glue’ place two mini white chocolate button eyes on each spider. Use the black writing icing again to draw two pupils on each spider.
  5. Use the red writing icing to draw a red back on your spider.
  6. Place in the fridge to set. When the chocolate is set carefully peel the baking paper away from each baby spider.

Spider Snacks for Kids

Tips for cooking with kids:

  • prepare everything you need before you ask the kids to come and help.
  • have aprons and wet cloths ready to protect clothes and allow for quick and easy clean up.
  • go with the flow. We made some spiders, then Pebble wanted to make fairies, so we did that too.
  • it doesn’t matter if things don’t turn out the way you imagined. Just have fun :)

Spider Snacks for Kids

Woolworths has teamed up with Taronga Conservation Society Australia to launch a collection of Aussie Animals trading cards available exclusively at Woolworths supermarkets. There are 108 trading cards for children to collect.

12 Cake Recipes to Satisfy Your Cravings

The Answer is Cake! 12 Cake Recipes to Satisfy Your Cravings

Mmmmm, cake!

I come from a long line of cake lovers. I’m raising little cake lovers. When I’m feeling a little blue, I bake a cake. When I’m feeling a little bit happy, I eat a cake.

The answer is always CAKE.

12 Cake Recipes to Satisfy Your Cravings

The Answer is Cake! 12 Cake Recipes to Satisfy Your Cravings

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Mug Cake
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Mug Cake

 

Triple Chocolate Brownie Mousse Cake

Triple Chocolate Brownie Mousse Cake
Triple Chocolate Brownie Mousse Cake

Upside Down Pear Cake

Upside Down Pear Cake
Upside Down Pear Cake

Mum’s Banana Cake

Mum's Banana Cake | Octavia and Vicky
Mum’s Banana Cake

Teddy Bear’s Picnic Birthday Cake

Teddy Bear's Picnic Birthday Cake
Teddy Bear’s Picnic Birthday Cake

Mango Cheesecake

Mango Cheesecake
Mango Cheesecake

Four Ingredient Cup Cakes

Four Ingredient Cupcakes
Four Ingredient Cupcakes

Best Ever Chocolate Cake

Best Ever Chocolate Cake
Best Ever Chocolate Cake

Raspberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake

Raspberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake
Raspberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake

Five Minute Carrot Mug Cake

Five Minute Carrot Mug Cake
Five Minute Carrot Mug Cake

Rainbow Cupcakes

Rainbow Cupcakes
Rainbow Cupcakes

What’s your favourite kind of cake?

Five Yummy Treats to Cook and Eat with Kids – The Weekly Kids Co-Op

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Five Yummy Desserts to Cook and Eat with Kids - The Weekly Kids Co Op hosted by Octavia and VickyThis week I’m featuring five yummy recipes from last week’s Kids Co-Op that had my mouth watering.

1. Frozen S’mores (Reading Confetti)

2. Gluten Free Rocky Road with Toblerone and Red Frogs (Lessons Learnt Journal)

3. Twin Fairy Birthday Cakes (Mummy Musings and Mayhem)

4. Ice Cream Tortilla Wraps (Kiddie Foodies)

5. Dessert Quesadillas (Looks What Mom Found)

Now for this week’s Kids Co-Op….

The Weekly Kids Co Op - fun stuff for kids to play, make and do

Messy Play (and how to keep clean!)

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15 Fun Ideas for Messy Play #sponsored

Do your kids like messy play? You know, making mud pies, squishing gloop, painting with their feet, building sand castles, squelching foam? Messy play is a fun, open ended activity that allows children’s creativity to go wild. It is also cheap and easy to set up. And did I mention FUN? Pebble and I have had LOTS of laughs getting messy. Here are a few ideas that you might like to try:

Phew! That’s a lot of mess :) It’s safe to say that my laundry basket gets pretty full with messy, gloopy, gooey clothes. I’m no laundry princess – I like to chuck it all in, press a couple of buttons and have it come out clean.

Cold Power asked if I’d like to try out their Cold Power Sensitive Touch to get our mess all cleaned up. I was keen to give it a go for a couple of reasons – first of all, it’s safe for sensitive skin, and our Pebble is a delicate little flower. I always have to be careful of the product that I use with her, she gets rashy, bumpy, itchy skin very easily. Cold Power Sensitive Touch also gives clothes a squeaky clean while saving energy costs because it washes in cold water. It worked great in my front loader, but you can also get it for top loaders, both in liquid or powder form. We tried the liquid and it made everything fresh and clean, even after messy play.

So what are you waiting for? Go and get messy! You can always get clean again and it’s well worth the fun.

15 Fun Ideas for Messy Play - and how to get clean again

Cold Power Sensitive Touch Giveaway

If you’d like some help to get clean, Cold Power are giving away two packs of Cold Power Sensitive Touch (RRP $14.99). Just leave a comment telling me what your child’s favourite messy play is. Don’t forget to tell me if you have a top loader or front loader, so we can send you the right stuff. Entries close at midnight AEST on Wednesday, 24 July 2013. Sorry but this one is for Aussie readers only.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Cold Power and Digital Parents Collective. Cold Power Sensitive Touch provided complimentary samples for this post, however the opinions and content expressed within are completely my own. 

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Homemade Pancake Mix

Homemade Pancake Premix 3Just after Rocky and I had came home from the hospital I was generously given a box of homemade pancake mix from someone very thoughtful. She happens to be the same someone who wrote this mini meditation for mums, something else that has come in very handy since we’ve come home from hospital.

This recipe is a Nigella Lawson classic. You might wonder why anyone would need premix for pancakes? Surely pancakes are just flour, milk and egg? Well that might do if you want to make regular old pancakes. These pancakes are Nigella pancakes. Fluffy and light and slightly sweet. Pimped out pancakes, if you like.

Homemade Pancake Mix

Ingredients – For the pancake mix

4 cups/600 grams plain flour
3 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon salt
40 grams caster sugar (or vanilla sugar)

Ingredients – For the batter (to each 1 cup of pancake mix, add and whisk together)

1 large egg
1 cup/250 ml semi skimmed milk (or full fat)
1 tablespoon melted butter

Method

For the Pancake mix: Mix all the ingredients together and store in a jar.

  • When ready to make the pancakes, proceed as follows: Heat a frying pan with no oil.
  • Spoon drops of 1½-2 tablespoons of batter onto the hot griddle or into the pan and, when bubbles appear on the surface of the little pancakes, flip them over to make them golden brown on both sides. A minute or so a side should do it.
  • Should make about 15 pancakes, each about 8cm in diameter.

How do you like your pancakes?

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