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Santa Pizzas

Santa Pizzas

12/12/2013

Santa Pizzas For a more substantial snack or light lunch, or if you're feeding quite a few children (class party, anyone?) how about these Santa pizzas? The recipe we found at Connecticut Working Moms uses ready made dough, but obviously you can make your own dough instead. The main key is to shape the dough with a thin teardrop at one end so you can bend it over to form the hat flopping over. Then use red pizza sauce for the hat, and cheese topping for the face - you ca...

Stained Glass Cookie Tree Decorations

Stained Glass Cookie Tree Decorations

12/12/2013

Stained Glass Biscuit Tree Decorations This traditional recipe of making stained glass effect biscuits always goes down a treat, because the biscuits look so pretty, and if you add a hole and a ribbon and hang them on the tree they make fabulous tree decorations. This version of the recipe we found at BBC Good Food. You can find the recipe and instructions here. ...

Pitta Bread Christmas Tree Snacks

Pitta Bread Christmas Tree Snacks

12/12/2013

Pitta Bread Christmas Tree Snacks Loving this simple open sandwich snack using pitta breads and guacamole which we found over at Live Better America. The original recipe mixes store bought guacamole with sour cream and some herbs, but you can improvise using whatever you have, you can use plain guacamole, or make your own! Unlike a lot of novelty snacks this one is not wasteful as you can make several triangles from a pitta, and you don't have lots of cutouts to bin. ...

Christmas Tree Apple Snack

Christmas Tree Apple Snack

12/12/2013

Christmas Tree Apple Snack This is a sweet fruit and cheese snack with a Christmas tree theme we found at the brilliant site 360 Family Nutrition. Some apple, raisins, cheese and pretzels, a fairly balanced mini snack. Children can easily build this themselves. You can find the original here. ...

Christmas Crackers - Healthy snacks

Christmas Crackers - Healthy snacks

12/12/2013

Christmas Crackers - Healthy snacks Not the kind of crackers you pull, but the kind you eat... It's hard to find snacks around Christmas which are fun and holiday themed but not loaded with sugar. But this is a fun after school or mid morning snack selection we found at Little Food Junction. There are three different suggestions - a Rudolf cracker, a snowman cracker and a Christmas tree cracker. Yo...

Salt Dough decorations

Salt Dough decorations

29/11/2013

Salt Dough Christmas Decorations NOT FOR EATING! If you want to make salt dough decorations with your children, so they can paint them and put them on the tree, here is a good basic recipe from Kirstie Allsop's Christmas show. Here's a nice idea - why not make a small batch every year with your children and write the year or their initials and age on the back each year? That way they can see how their skills developed as they grew, it's a little potted history of their ...

Bagel Wreaths

Bagel Wreaths

29/11/2013

Bagel Wreath What a cool way to make an open top bagel look Christmassy! We found this version on Keeley McGuire's blog, and we love it! Top your bagel with anything you like, but make sure the top is tacky enough to stick the rocket leaves down so that they don't fall off en route to the plate. If it's for a lunch box, press the leaves on a little while the melted cheese is still gooey so they will stay put til lunch. You can find Keeley's idea - in her adorable advent...

Banana Snowmen on a Stick

Banana Snowmen on a Stick

29/11/2013

Banana Snowmen on a Stick We're getting in a wintry mood with these fun fruity snacks which children can make from Spoonful. Everything is better on a stick, right? and these fun party snacks are no exception. Bananas, apples, grapes, a few chocolate chips and a pretzel stick (or you could use a matchmaker choc stick) and a simple but fun make. Bananas will brown over time so make them right before you eat them. You can find the recipe and instructions here. ...

No Bake Mini Christmas Pudding Cakes

No Bake Mini Christmas Pudding Cakes

14/02/2013

No Bake Mini Christmas Pudding Cakes This is a recipe I devised originally for the Bathmums website. Essentially it involves crushing up some cake and mixing with syrup to roll into little balls and then decorating to make bitesize treats. I used a shop bought muffin, but you can use any leftover cake. Ginger cake or Jamaica cake works well at Christmas as well as chocolate. Children may need some help at first to squash the icing in to discs, but they will soo...

Salad Christmas Tree

Salad Christmas Tree

14/02/2013

Salad Christmas Tree Assembling bits of fruits and vegetables on a plate to make funny faces or pictures has always been a great way to encourage children to try more foods, so why not use this quirky take on the idea to get your kids to build a Christmas tree? We found this idea over at Parenting.com You can obviously vary the foods you use for them to build with, and do some of the cutting beforehand.  We would exchange the sweets for dried fruit or fresh berries, f...

Reindeer Oreos

Reindeer Oreos

14/02/2013

Reindeer Oreo Cookies What a brilliant idea! We found this clever reindeer cookie recipe over at Kidzui. It's an assembly job rather than actually cooking, but it's a lot of fun and kids can be really proud when they have a finished reindeer. The recipe suggests carefully breaking the pretzels to make the antlers as cutting shatters them, so you may wish to break enough 'antlers' before you start to sidestep any frustration if little hands can't manage a neat break. ...

Suet Free Christmas Pud

Suet Free Christmas Pud

17/12/2010

Suet Free Christmas Pudding This brilliant Christmas pudding recipe was given to me by Fiona Bird of Kids Kitchen. I like it because there are lots of tasks in it for children to join in with, and there is no suet in it. Also, although like most puddings, it benefits from being made a long time in advance, it can also be made closer to Christmas and will still taste yummy. Leave out the Cointreau if you're uncomfortable putting it in or use orange juice instead. ...

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