Since I've had kids, I've thought a lot more about what we put into their mouths, and ours, and even the sorts of toys we buy for them to play with!! To be honest, I had never really given much thought to what passed through my lips growing up, I just ate what I ate, and bought what I felt like eating... I've slowly turned a corner, trying to find new (old) ways of doing things, making them taste better, be made cheaper, and without many of the additives that are hidden in the foods we buy today.
I thought I'd share with you a few of my most recent 'success stories'. Many of the ideas come from other blogs, which I adore and love to follow.
The other night, at 9:45pm, I decided it would be a great time to make my own peanut butter... Crazy you say? No way! I seem to have some cravings for peanut butter since being pregnant - I always have it on my toast or crumpets, or anything else I think it'll taste good on... I found this idea from the blog A Beautiful Mess written by lovely sisters Elsie and Emma. They have tons of great ideas, including homemade Nutella which I'm dying to try out...
|Ta-Daaa - The finished product|
I had some on my crumpets this morning at work, and also made an otherwise very healthy snack of celery and carrots, into a very tasty, but not so healthy one... Yummo. Do you remember as kids having celery and peanut butter for a snack?? We used to pile the peanut butter through the channel of the celery! I used to LOVE it, and thought I'd reminisce!!
And on another trial of making prepackaged foods at home, I decided to make some LCM bars (don't ask me what it stands for, because I have no idea!). For those of you who don't know what they are, they're a kiddy snack by Kelloggs, that are ridiculously expensive, and actually not all that nice! They actually taste as if they'd be full of preservatives!!!
BUT, I saw this recipe and decided it was worth a shot, since it was made from rice bubbles, marshmallows and butter I figured it would be pretty easy and let's be honest, who doesn't just love marshmallows??? My kids certainly do, and I had to lie to them for about 3 weeks, telling them we had none in the house, because I wanted to make these up, and
|Yummm... Melted Marshmallows :)|
|The finished product - LCM's - yay|
Guess what, he LOVED them! I'm sure this will become a staple in our house for yummo treats. I'm not sure who liked them more though, me or the kids. I know I sure ate my
|Another kiddy snack come mummy's work snack! (No I didn't eat all of them!!)|
|My handsome little man Timmy|
On another note, who knows how to get a 3 1/2 year old to STAY IN THEIR OWN BED ALL NIGHT, without waking up and coming into mum and dad's room because they want to be carried back into their own bed, and be sung the lullaby song (daddy's trap, not mine!)... Hmm... I do have some ideas, but I'd rather not put them in writing!!! Here's the little darling, asleep, in the car, on the way home from daycare...