The Media Mummy


July 2019


July 2019

Food & Drink, things to do

Baking Made Easy with Carr’s Flour for Kids Mixes

CAN I claim to be a seasoned baker now?

Because thanks to Carr’s Flour and their new kids range, I am feeling like a pro in the kitchen!

With the kids getting stuck in we made some delicious rolls with their Really Easy Bread Mix – and it was exactly that.

We literally just added water and some butter – although my boy did do a runner as soon as his hands got a little sticky, before my tweenager also disappeared when it came to using some muscle to knead the dough…

They did return however to split the mixture into smaller balls and demolished them once they came out of the oven – they were perfect for afternoon bacon butties.

And it was the same when it came to the Really Easy Biscuit Mix – everything is ready to pour into a bowl and then you add water and butter – job done.

We opted for some chocolate chips as a little extra and you could even get your little ones to decorate with icing – whatever takes your fancy.

Boring parent bonus points for the flour in both the bread and biscuits being a mix of white and wholemeal flour.

We were also gifted the handy baking set which is the perfect size for mini bakers and we used the heat-shaped cookie cutters for the biscuits.

I would definitely recommend the mixes if you’re like me and not that keen on baking (lockdown made me do it!)

It was a lifesaver having these to make during the half term and as lockdown life is set to continue for a while yet, they’re a great addition to the list of indoor activities to help keep both adults and children sane.

Food & Drink

Fruit Bowl’s #5in5Challenge and Sneaky Vegetable Recipes

I KNOW I’m not the first parent and I certainly won’t be the last to struggle with getting their child to consume their recommended five-a-day fruit and veg intake!

I truly believe that half of parenting is trying to think of ingenious ways to sneak vegetables into meals – the craftier, the better.

This January, children’s snack brand Fruit Bowl has stepped in to help with their #5in5Challenge – and it involves stickers!

Any purchase from their site in January would have included a free #5in5Challenge 5 A Day Chart designed to help parents encourage little one to enjoy their five portions, every day for five days.

My three-year-old always equates stickers with fun, so he was more than happy to rise to the challenge. It also helped that he’s a fan of a range of Fruit Bowl snacks – especially the Strawberry Peelers.

To top it off Fruit Bowl also teamed up with BBC’s Masterchef semi-finalist, Theo Michaels, to create a week’s worth of child-friendly recipes using his new meal planning service, FiveDinners.

The recipes are designed to take the hassle out of mealtimes for parents and provide children with at least two of their five a day, every day.

They include: Chimichangas, One Pot Sausage and Vegetable Rice, Sweet Potato and Broccoli Calzone and Spinach, Turkey Meatballs with Gnocchi and my favourites, the Sneaky Vegetable Beef Burgers.
Why not give them a road test and let me know how you got on!

Books, Review

My Colourful World: Best Friends – Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

IT’S ALWAYS difficult when your child doesn’t fit the stereotypical images of childhood peddled out on TV and in books.

The day your little one asks you why they can’t see themselves in these forms of entertainment – is quite simply heartbreaking.

And that’s why, whenever I hear of something which addresses this problem, my heart sings!

Lolade Coker found herself in this situation and decided to do something about it.

With a four-year-old who loved colouring but never saw kids like herself in colouring books, the search started for Lolade and culminated in the creation of My Colourful World: Best Friends.

She said: “My Colourful World is an educational tool that promotes fine motor skills whilst teaching children about diversity and inclusion.

“This colouring book will help to build a strong community for all kids who are often misrepresented by mainstream media.”

The book contains 30 pages and are single sided to prevent the dreaded bleed through as those little artists get to work.

They can also easily be removed from the book for easy access.

Available to buy from Amazon.

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