Monthly Archives: May 2013

Apricot and Passionfruit Slice

See if you can stop at just one slice!

See if you can stop at just one slice!

Now this really is a Yibba Yabba Yummy! I have been playing with this recipe and now I think I have perfected it! I am sure everyone will love it! If you prefer a serious lemon slice, use fresh lemon juice. If not, give this apricot and passionfruit slice a go…very yummy!

This is very quick and easy to make, my four year old could do most of this herself!

As always, if you do make it please let me know, I would love to hear from you! If you love it, please comment here and share the recipe on Facebook!

Yibba Yabba Apricot and Passionfruit Slice (Or Lemon and Passionfruit Slice)
Ingredients
Base:
1 cup self raising flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup caster sugar
125g melted butter
1 teaspoon of lemon zest (optional but does make it nice and zesty!)

Topping:
1 395g tin of condensed milk (use skim if you prefer)
1/2 cup of apricot nectar juice (or 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice if you prefer a lemon slice)
2 passionfruits (pulp removed)

Method:
1. Using a wooden spoon, mix together flour, oats, sugar, coconut, zest and melted butter.
2. Press firmly into a slice tin (lined with baking paper) and bake for 15 mins in a moderate oven (don’t over bake, it should look slightly brown but still soft)
3. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
4. Whisk condensed milk and juice until well combined. Fold in passionfruit pulp.
5. Pour over top of the base and bake for about 20 minutes. (It will feel ‘set’)

Personally, I like to let this slice cool in the fridge overnight, it makes it easier to slice up into small squares. If you can’t wait, (sometimes we can’t!) then use a hot knife to make slicing easier. (Probably won’t be as neat though, but possibly won’t last long enough for anyone to care either!!!)

If you want to be very fancy, serve with a a drizzle of extra passionfruit and a dash of whipped cream…….mmm!

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Tips for Making, Storing and Playing with Play Dough!

Play dough is great for stimulating creativity

Play dough is fun! Please have a go at making it yourself…it is so quick and easy to make at home! The kids can help you make it and in a few minutes you will have your own stash ready for play time! It is also great fun mixing colours! Kids of all ages will love playing, creating and stimulating their learning!

Play dough Recipe (So Easy! So Cheap to make at home!)

Ingredients:

2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt (use table or cooking salt)
4 Tablespoons of Cream of Tartar (You will find this in the baking aisle at supermarkets)
2 Tablespoons of oil
2 cups of water
*Food colouring (see note)

Method:

1. Add all ingredients into a saucepan and stir constantly over a medium heat. After a few minutes the mix will become thicker and more difficult to stir, keep stirring until mixture comes away from the sides of the saucepan. (A good muscle workout!)
2. Allow to cool. (see storage instructions below)

*If you want one colour, add a few drops of food colouring at step 1. If you would like more colours, wait until the play dough has formed. Before it cools, divide mixture into bowls and quickly add a few drops of food colouring into each bowl. Using a rubber glove (or plastic bag on your hand!) quickly knead the dough until the colour is mixed evenly. You may need to add more food colouring to make your dough brighter.

Storage

Roll each colour into a ball and wrap individually in plastic wrap or place into a ziplock bag. Store it in the fridge and it will keep for months! (Be careful to remove the plastic when giving it to little ones to play!) Storing it this way will avoid the dough drying out or getting mouldy.

Ideas for Playing with Play Dough
Kids love play dough but you may need to give them ideas on what to do with it, or else you may find they will only play with it for a little while, which is fine too!

1. Have a set place where children can play without worrying about the mess. I suggest having a place mat that must be used every time and the dough can only be used on the mat. Give them a range of tools to play with. You can buy play dough tools or use many home recyclables: plastic cutlery, biscuit cutters, bottle tops, string and anything with an interesting patterned surface, for example steel wool and combs. Also have items to ‘decorate’ such as googly eyes, dry pasta and buttons.

2. Begin by letting kids have about five minutes of free play. Let them squish it, roll it, cut it or whatever they like!

3. Then involve your child with a game or idea of what to make. This will keep them busy and give them ideas for using play dough by themselves. (Play dough is great for when you need some time out!)

Here are some fun ideas:

Cafe: let’s make some food/ I would like to order (hot dogs, pizza, burgers, ice cream, lollies….anything!)

Monsters: make monsters or aliens by creating unusual shapes and pressing on googly eyes.

Puppet show: make faces and stick onto paddle pop sticks. Make a puppet show!

Choose a theme and create, examples: dinosaurs, animals, gardens,

Roll out the dough and use a stick to draw a picture.

Make alphabet letters or create things that start with a certain letter.
School age children can use play dough to help learn spelling. Physically spelling out words uses different brain paths and really helps children to remember how they are spelt.

Have Fun! Get in and create alongside your kids, they will love having you ‘play’ with them!
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So many ideas!

So many ideas!

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Orange Patties with Passionfruit Icing

Light and tangy...see if you can stop at one!

Light and tangy…see if you can stop at one!

Perhaps not a healthy recipe for kids, but certainly a yummy treat for having a yibba yabba with guests! These are so quick and easy to make and sure to be a crowd pleaser! Get the kids to help too! I love to make these for bake sales..always a winner!

Ingredients
125g soft butter or margarine
3/4 cup of caster sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
2 oranges (you will need the ‘zest’ and juice from both)
2 Cups of Self-raising flour

For Passionfruit Icing

2 cups of icing sugar
2 tablespoons of soft butter or margarine
1 passionfruit
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence

Method: (make sure you zest and juice your oranges first)

1. Preheat your oven to 180 C

2. Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla essence until light and fluffy.
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3. Beat in the eggs and milk.
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4. Gently mix in the flour, orange juice and zest.
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5. Spoon into 24 patty cases and bake in for about 12 or so minutes (Be careful not to overbake as they will become dry)
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6. When cool, spread with passionfruit icing.

(For icing, beat icing sugar, vanilla essence and butter together until well combined. Stir in the passionfruit. Sometimes I add a dash of milk to get the right consistency…just depends on how juicy those passionfruits are!)

Enjoy! Do let me know how you go!

Chocolate Weetbix Slice

Don't tell them it's healthy!

Don’t tell them it’s healthy!

If you are after something truly decadent….. this probably isn’t for you! But…. if you or your kids have a sweet tooth and prefer something a little healthier than most chocolate slices then this is a perfect slice for you! (It is a favourite in our house!) It is lower in fat and not too high in sugar. (Also egg free and you could make it dairy free too!) This is a wonderful lunchbox treat or afternoon tea snack! Feel free to share this recipe!

Note: this is not a sweet slice, just perfect for lunch boxes and every kid I have served them to has loved them! But if you prefer a sweeter slice, add a little more sugar or use brown sugar!

Yibba Yabba Mama’s Chocolate Weetbix Slice

Ingredients:
4 finely crushed weetbix/vitabrits
1/3 cup of cocoa powder
3 Tablespoons of melted butter/margarine or dairy free spread
1 cup of plain flour (wholemeal flour works very well here!)
1/3 cup of sugar (I always use brown sugar, but any type will be fine)
1/2 cup of desiccated coconut
1/3 cup of water
(*If you want to make this healthier…you could use coconut oil instead of butter, use honey instead of sugar and use wholemeal flour. You could even add in sultanas or other dried fruit. Thanks to my readers for the suggestions!)

Method:
1. Mix the crushed weetbix, cocoa and melted butter together in a bowl until well combined.

2. Add in the remaining dry ingredients and stir well.

Add in the dry ingredients

Add in the dry ingredients

3. Slowly add the water until all ingredients are well combined.

Pour in the water and mix!

Pour in the water and mix!

4. Press into a paper lined slice tin. (I make sure I have the paper hanging over the edge to make it easy to remove) Make sure you press it in quite firmly. (I use a regular slice tin approx. 18cm x 28cm)

Press in firmly using your hands

Press in firmly using your hands

5. Bake in a moderate oven for 15 mins. The slice will be quite soft, but will harden slightly as it cools. (If you leave it longer, it will make a crunchier slice, which some people prefer!)

6. Allow to stand in the tin for 5 mins. While still hot, spread chocolate icing on top (recipe below) and sprinkle with extra coconut or hundreds and thousands!

Spread with chocolate icing. You can top with sprinkles or more coconut.

Spread with chocolate icing. You can top with sprinkles or more coconut.

7. Allow to cool in the tin. Carefully lift the slice out and cut into small squares.

Sliced and ready to eat or freeze for later!

Sliced and ready to eat or freeze for later!

Store in an air tight container for 3 to 4 days. This recipe will freeze well. I cut this slice into squares and put the whole lot into a ziplock bag and into the freezer, ready for the lunch boxes.

*Use any chocolate icing. Here is my recipe:
1. Mix 1 cup of icing sugar with 2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder. Mix in 1 Tablespoon of melted butter/margarine or dairy free spread.
2. Slowly add a small amount of milk/soy or water until you have a nice pouring icing consistency.

Go on…give it a try! Your kids will love it!

P.S. If you love weetbix recipes…try this one: Cranberry Weetbix Slice! Recipe here: https://yibbayabbamama.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/cranberry-weetbix-slice/

Yummy!

Yummy!

Am I Just Another Mummy Blogger?

Yibba Yabba Mama with my little yibba yabba!

Yibba Yabba Mama with my little yibba yabba!

Hello!

So it seems I have a few new followers and one or two more fans on my Yibba Yabba Mama Facebook page! Yay! I never really knew how personal I wanted to make this blog, so I will make this post a little introduction about me and more importantly what I hope to achieve with this blog!

From the beginning….I am Val. A mum. A primary school teacher in my former pre-kids life! I love to yibba yabba. (That means chat, in case I have lost you already!) I have a wonderful hubby who puts up with a lot from me! (I am the first to admit that I have lots of bizarre thoughts and strange habits!) I am not sure why he loves me so much, but I like to tell myself it is because I am so awesome! I am mum to three little yibba yabbas, all girls and they are gorgeous, even if they constantly exhaust me!

Right now we are living in Outback Queensland. It is our second year here and life is good, very good. We love it here. We love the freedom, the peace of mind and the friendliness of a small town community. Our kids have never been happier. While Hubby is off at work each day, I am mum at home. I also keep myself busy volunteering my teacher skills to run a ‘Story Time’ group. I enjoy having a yibba yabba with other mummies and reading, singing and crafting with the little ones.

So, I have decided to make Yibba Yabba Mama into a blog. It is a place I can share my recipes with you. I try to make them pantry friendly.(Nothing worse than having a bizarre ingredient that you haven’t heard of or are afraid to use) They are healthy recipes to make for or with your children. If you like them, please share them! If you want to comment on how to improve them, please do so! Yibba Yabba Mama is also a place where I can share craft ideas, good reads for children and hopefully other fun things you can do at home. I also hope to have a yibba yabba with some interesting mamas. There are lots of interesting women around us, I hope interviewing them can inspire you!

Essentially, Yibba Yabba Mama is a place you can come and relax, put your feet up, grab a coffee and have a laugh about life with kids and continue to be the great mama you are! Feel free to comment on any of my blogs, but also feel free to have an obligation-free browse! I know there are zillions of mummy bloggers out there who are doing a more than fabulous job, perhaps we don’t need one more….but for now I will give it a go!

Thanks for having a yibba yabba with me today!

Easy Chocolate Chip Biscuits

Light, chewy and chocolatey!

Light, chewy and chocolatey!

These are a favourite in our house! They are light, chewy and chocolatey….Yummy! They are so easy to make and freeze well! Great for morning tea or as a lunch box treat!

Recipe:

1. Using an electric mixer, beat 125g of butter with half a cup of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence.

2. Beat in 1 egg.

3. Stir in 1 cup of plain flour and half a teaspoon of bi-carb soda.

4. Stir in half a cup of chocolate chips or chocolate melts.

5. Add tablespoon dollups onto two trays lined with baking paper. (About 12 on each tray. Make sure you leave plenty of room for spreading!)

6. Bake in a moderate oven for about 15 mins.

7. Allow to cool for 5 mins on trays then on a wire rack.

Nice and easy for the little yibba yabbas to help you make!

Enjoy!

A Yibba Yabba Mama’s Day!

Today was my very first Mother’s Day! I am not a first time mum, I actually have three little yibba yabbas. This was the first year my husband didn’t say:

“But you aren’t my mother….”

I am not going to question why it happened, nor am I going to expect a repeat for next year! ┬áBut… and I really shouldn’t gloat….this year I was given A Mother’s Day Works Package! I am talking flowers, not the supermarket variety but flowers in a pot from an actual florist! My husband even went to great lengths to cook me breakfast, not toast…a homemade potato rosti with smoked salmon, avocado and poached eggs…very delicious! And then there were gifts, home made school and kindy treasures and some lovely purchases by hubby himself! I am still in shock!

So, this being a year of firsts I have decided to pursue my highly procrastinated blog. I have been wanting to do it for so long but never had the courage. I have started and restarted. I do fear failure. (But I won’t go there today!)

Here it is…my first yibba yabba.