Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Homemade arrowroot biscuits

Yes I love baking, and i love eating! not always the best mix. Lumpy LOVES milk arrowroots (I assume its genetic because It was one of her dad's fav foods).

This is the recipe i used. The first 2 trays are done!
Blog for the recipe
Homemade Arrowroot Biscuits


2 cups wheat flour (self-raising)

1 cup icing sugar (or confectioners)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup condensed milk

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup arrowroot flour

1 egg


Mix all dry ingredients together well, then stir in condensed milk and oil into well in the centre of dry mix. Stir well and when bound together, knead until smooth. Roll out at about half a centimetre thick and cut with round cutter. Bake at 150° for about 15 mins or until pale golden. (i assume the egg was meant to go in with the oil and condensed milk)

I used a small scone cutter - make smore and sugar portion control (it is a still sugar and sugar and lumpy are not the best of friends!!)

As you can see it made lots of biscuits!
I learnt on the second lot to go in the oven to prick them with a fork to reduce puffing.

verdict = YUMMMMY

Monday, February 27, 2012


Is there anything yummier than the smell of home made jam drops baking?!?
easy and cheap yummy snack/bring a plate/ arvo tea.
Here is the recipe I used from

Jam drops

Preparation Time
20 minutes

Cooking Time
15 minutes


125g butter, softened
100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg
190g (1 1/4 cups) self-raising flour
Plain flour, to dust
115g (1/3 cup) strawberry or raspberry jam


Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Use an electric beater to beat the butter, sugar and vanilla essence in a medium bowl until pale and creamy. Add the egg and beat until combined. Sift flour over the butter mixture and stir until combined.

Use lightly floured hands to roll teaspoonfuls of mixture into balls. Place on the prepared trays, about 5cm apart. Use a lightly floured finger to make an indentation in the centre of each ball. Spoon 1/2 tsp of jam into the centre of each biscuit.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, swapping trays halfway through cooking, or until the biscuits are cooked through and light golden. Remove biscuits from the oven. Set aside on trays for 30 minutes to cool completely.

** I made different sized ones (bigger for adults smaller for kids) and got 23 cookeis (er make that 22 ;) )

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sensory play- SLIME

So it's a wet rainy horrible day. I have some soap flakes... I dod a google search and found things I can make with soap flakes (I made my own soap flakes by grating a bar of soap to make soap crayons this morning- they need to set so that post will be in a few days time).

So I found and decided to give it a go. It is very easy. I coloured ours green.

Lumpy loves shaving foam play so I figured this is another sensory play she may enjoy.
I was very wrong. She did not enjoy it and asked pretty quickly for "wash hands". She did however enjoy the green bubble bath it made.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

C is for creative, oh and C is also for cookie!

Yesterday I was looking for fun cheap educational things I could do with Lumps (it was rainy and soggy out) So i thought to make up some flash card - We did some number ones first just on computer paper glued onto an old corn flake box.

Lumps wanted to do some colouring in, so I decided colour flash cards where she could help would be a great idea.

Number flash cards- cereal box!

Colour flash cards- yes That is a 2 year old's art work on most of them.

Yesterday afternoon we went to the local library and were given a flyer on story time with cookie monster happening at another local library. SO guess where we headed this morning?

Story time with Cookie and Laila

<3 naw cookie family photo.

Post story time art.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Doing the washing~

Lumpy got a clothes line for her birthday along with some new Cabbage Patch Kids clothes. Add the water play table to the mix and you have one domesticated mini mumma!

Last one!

She is such a great little helper! she helps take things to teh sink/bin. she helps put dirty clothes in the basket. She hands you each single item to peg on the line.
Such an amazing little girl that I am so very proud to call my own!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Lumpy turns 2!

Lumpy has turned 2! What an amazing 2 years (+ 9 month) journey we have had! No-one can ever explain the love you will feel when you see that little baby for the first time. That love just keeps growing, every single day. Something new and amazing to see or do. Changing my view on even the simple things - remember every day is an adventure to kids. A simple trip to the supermarket? nope colours, lights, noise,  new things to look at and see. It does make you appreciate the world differently when you see it through a childs eyes.

Lumpy's Birthday started on Wednesday with cupcakes at day care and followed by Dinner with her Uncle and Aunty.

"hoot" cupcakes for day care
Opening presents on Thursday

Changing baby's nappy! Such a little Mumma!

At Lumpy's birthday party on Saturday we had a decorate your own cupcake table! which was a hit, even at 2 the concept was understood and they had a blast. (SOme going back for 2nd cup cakes)
DIY cupcake decorating

That is good cupcake!

Rainbow cake!

Way more hours than I would like to admit went into this cake! - hmm how can i top this next year? Pool party and giant cup cake?