Children and snacks often come hand in hand, and that’s no different in my house with three very hungry little kittens to feed. We are a very anti sweet family, during my time studying childcare one of the things my tutor said was that children didn’t need sweets or chocolate. her motto was always ‘If you do not give it, they do not crave it’ and I have stuck by that.

However one thing happened above everything else, my first and second child suffered with both a lactose intolerance and a dairy allergy, which after fighting tooth and nail with a doctor to get it diagnosed, Opened up a whole new world of struggle to get healthy snacks into them. This was a time when having a child with a milk issue was an unknown thing, these days its been given an actual name and children are being diagnosed with it more and more so there for the snacks are following suit and becoming more allergy friendly!

These snacks have all served us well over they years, so I wanted to share with you and hopefully inspire you to introduce them into your finger food list.

It goes in as it comes out, when Kai was 2 his favorite snack of all was dried bananas. I was always to scared to have actual bananas in the house thanks to all the spider scares but the dried variety was enjoyed very much. We then found that Holland and Barrett did dried blueberries and suddenly the world was changed. I always found that they are the perfect snack to pop into a lunch box and they always are enjoyed by everyone.

Not for an every day sort of snack but perfect to pop into the nappy bag for emergencies, these are from our local tesco and are similar to Pom Bears, but in the shape of a cute little bunny. They come in plain and cheese, which is Robins favorite and there isn’t much bad in them, I find them so handy for when the older two pick some god horrible thing from the shops at the weekend and their little sister, wanting to be just like her older siblings wants something too, Bunny Bites to the rescue!

I have raved many times about how much I love Ella’s Kitchen, the pouches often get a bad rep for being considered ‘lazy’ food but they are a great convenience if you are rushing off your feet with everything else. The fruit smoothies go down such a treat with Robin, she will often replace her yogurt with them and we always have a stock of them in the fridge. You can find them in a box of five and come in all sorts of different flavors, Robins favorite is the red one and of course, she turns her nose up if we offer her anything different.

Rhythm 108 kindly send some of their amazing products to us through the mail, these are much more of an older child snack so of course my older two were all over these the minute I showed them. we got a lovely selection of different bars and biscuits and its honestly safe to say the popular one has been the lemon cake. I take them with me when I go collect them from school and its been a big distraction from our ‘little shop’ which is just outside the school gates and a magnet for hungry after school children.

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I am sure there are probably many more snacks that tickle everyone’s fancy but these are the top lot that are asked every day when they come home from school, I am also being asked to make sure I buy more of the Rhythm 101 ‘cakes’ as they call them.

What snacks make the grade in your home?

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A while back I won some of these wonderful Piccolo pouches from a competition that my beautiful blogging friend Becca at My Girls and Me ran, we got given loads of these wonderful pouches, but Robin is now a little bit to old for some of them, she does enjoy the fruity ones and my creativity has turned a few of the savory ones into pasta sauces but I wanted to try something a little different and with the help of some puff pastry that I forgot I had in the fridge, I made these.

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  • Puff Pastry
  • Piccolo pouches of your choice
  • egg or milk

Its a pretty simple recipe so there isn’t much to it, roll out the puff pastry to a size that you want, depending on how much you want to make, roll out more.. spread the pouches contents onto the puff pastry, making sure that you are covering it and leaving a little space at the edges to help prevent spillage, roll up into a cylinder shape and cut that up into inch wide wheels.

Place into a preheated oven at 180 for about 20 minutes, depending on how crispy you want them to be …

and ta dah!

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Its embarrassing how bad they actually look but they are much enjoyed by not only Robin but Kai and Amelia too, which is always nice to know when something you make goes down well with others, I am going to get myself a few more puff pastry rolls and see if I can repeat the process to make some fruity ones too..

I love how they are just perfect for using up all the pouches I haven’t had the chance to use yet and are also perfect with that the easter holiday is coming up shortly with three very hungry monsters to feed!

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One of my goals for this year was to cut out the amount of meat that I eat, I remember making this little goal and thinking that I could never do it, I couldn’t cut out meat, I love lamb stew but the more I thought about it the more it started making some sort of sense..

I have always had a issue with meat, when I worked at sainsburys behind a hot food counter which specialized in cooking up chickens and other meat products, I prepped some BBQ ribs that needed to go into the oven next and it hit me, these belonged to an animal, I have ribs very similar to this, I put the ribs down and went to throw up.. and from that point in 2008 I really didn’t like the idea of meat or things that still look like the animal.

It was only because I got pregnant with Kai that I decided to switch back to eating meat, the only piece of meat that I refused to touch was beef but that was purely because the smell made me feel sick to my stomach.. but after I had Kai, I wanted to return to eating vegetarian again but I couldn’t, not because I have zero self control but my iron levels got so low that my midwife recommended I didn’t change my diet again.

So I stayed a meat eater, I didn’t like things that still looked like the animal so I reluctantly cook whole chickens and I don’t like prawns or anything that still looks like the fish.. It all sounds utterly complicated and confusing, but once 2018 hit I made the choice in the second week of the year to stop meat all together..

and its been great so far, the choices in ready made meals for vegetarians is so different these days compared to how they where years ago and because of my tastes have changed I am more willing to eat different things, however I am still the fussiest eat in the world.

Mr S is joining me on this adventure, he doesn’t have to, but he decided to support me, which makes no sense because I don’t mind cooking meat and things for him, I wont change the children’s diets because that simply wouldn’t be fair on them.. and they love a good burger, they did however question what I was doing and I am sure even after being told that ‘Mummy is not eating meat anymore’ they didn’t completely understand…

I also promise not to preach it, I wont suggest to anyone that they should do it ‘for the good of the planet’ your diet is up to you and I wont hate anyone for how they eat, But I do look forward to sharing you all the yummy meals I plan on making in the future and share with you my journey into Veggie-hood!

Until next time.

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Those that have probably been here for a while would’ve read a few post I have made about weaning and the struggles I have had with it, at first R just wasn’t interested in food even at the 6 month recommended age to start introducing food, I don’t think she was even on solid food until she was well into 8 months..

So our weaning in general has been delayed, we started of with traditional weaning, mushed food and spoons purely because I was afraid of her choking on her food, which is fair but as she got older I decided to move into baby lead, which is basically cutting up bits of bite size pieces of food and let them get on with it.. and it was going okay for a while..

Until I took her to get weighed, now shes a tiny thing, she doesn’t weigh much at the age of 19 months old, so any weight she looses I get worried and she had lost 4 oz since last time I went along to my local health center, they did mention it and I said that she was feeding herself but because shes a child a lot of the food ends up either on her, or just the floor..

Naturally I was worried, babies aren’t really meant to loose weight, and I know shes walking and moving about,but realistically her weight should level out or gain at a slower rate, So I decided to start back at the beginning and spoon feed her, to much of her annoyance..

So far so good, She has even lost her foul mood she seemed to have developed lately so she clearly must have been hungry.

I know there has been many talks from other mothers that they feel that spoon feeding will create fussy eaters, or lack the ability to even feed themselves as they get older, but to me right now all I am worrying about is just getting her to eat her food and gain some weight back, I still let her finger eat, she has snacks and eats her breakfast on her own and of course will make a good effort in eating her yogurt after dinner, but the worry in me needed to make sure she was getting food inside her little belly.

…and I think all the white shirts are thankful for the break too!

I really don’t see any problem with spoon feeding, if it means that you know completely that something is going in and not just being thrown on the floor.. I know many will judge me for my choice in going back to helping her, she doesn’t seem to bothered by it and I am not completely feeding her, she knows how to do it herself..

It really shows how different the years have been with baby rearing and weaning, I remember with my son, which was a good 7 years ago now, that baby lead weaning wasn’t even a thing and no one told me I could try it.. roll on 8 years with a new baby and the rules have changed again.

Has anyone had any experience with switching to baby lead and noticing some weightloss? or am I worrying about nothing and should’ve let her get on with it?

Parenting is a touch little cookie!!

Until Next time

Mummy Cat

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I have been thinking about the big C again and what perhaps I would like rather than what my children would like and I have been looking at bread makers,  I have been sitting on the Panasonic bread makers list on their website looking at all these wonderful things but I couldn’t help but wonder what other things could I do with a bread maker?

Why have something that can do one thing and much like a crocpot, a bread maker can do an amazing assortment of things as well as of course making some yummy homemade bread!

Cinnamon swirl dough – My favorite treat! I mainly use the Just Rol pre-made goodies but I have been dying to attempt to make my own, here is a little recipe to make some, these will the first things on the ‘to make’ list, also knowing fully what goes into these yummy treats is a big thing for me.

Pasta – Yes you can use a bread maker to make homemade pasta, its so easy you will wonder why you ever bothered buying pre-made shop pasta in the first place, here is a recipe I found to use, I have many of these ingredients in the cupboard already so these will be another one on the list of making, my children’s favorite meal is always pasta so knowing I could make my own its great.

Jams – Most modern bread makers have a ‘jam’ or ‘jelly’ setting, and I had no idea about this until my mum told me about it, shes told me many times how useful her bread maker is, very similar to how easy the pasta is, its only a few ingredients and the machine does all the work for you! here is a little recipe for you to use.

Are you as surprised as I am with the amount of amazing things you can make? these are just the tip of the ice burg of what I found and I honestly want to get one more now, maybe I can sneak it into a conversation and mention the C word and see what happens hah

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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