Homemade Strawberry Creamsicles

You know it is summer when after being outside all day, your kids take a playing break to sit and enjoy a popsicle!  It’s too bad most of the popsicles you can buy in the store are loaded with sugars, artificial flavors and modified chemicals.  The secret all the popsicle makers don’t want you to know is that making your own popsicles is so easy and fast that you won’t ever want to buy popsicles again!

These literally took me less than 10 minutes to whip up.  My strawberry creamsicles only have 2 ingredients!

 

First we start out with beautiful red strawberries.  The great thing about this recipe is that you can use strawberries that might be on their way out.  If they are too mushy to eat, use them to make these popsicles!

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Rinse well, and cut the greens off.

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Blend.  I didn’t add water or juice, or anything.  I love my Blendtec for that reason.  It really does blend anything.  If your blender isn’t quite as powerful, you could add a little water/juice if you want.  I have seen some recipes that just mash their strawberries, but my girls are weary of ‘chunks’ and so I wanted these popsicles to be smooth.

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The second ingredient:  Greek Yogurt.  I used a honey flavored yogurt, but you can use any flavor you want.  The strawberries blend into a beautiful puree which you can add right to your popsicle molds.  I borrowed my neighbors ‘Zoku‘ which was amazing!  You place the base of it in your freezer before hand, and then it only takes 5-7 minutes to  make a popsicle!  I also have the regular molds and used those as well. IMG_9415

Spoon some of the puree into the bottom of the mold, and then alternate with yogurt and puree until the mold is full.

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Put the handle in and freeze!  These took around 2 hours to be solid enough to eat.

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Voila!  You could blend the yogurt with the strawberries, but I liked the swirled look.  My 3 year old said it was the best popsicle she had ever eaten.  Really.  Word for word.  I was curious and a bit nervous to see how my girls would react because they aren’t super sweet.  I was pleasantly surprised that they licked them down to the stick!

I felt good knowing they were getting a fruit serving as well as protein, fiber and calcium!  Store bought popsicles are basically sugar and water and won’t keep you full for 5 minutes.  These creamsicles however definitely have substance and are actually a balanced snack.

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Easy Easter Crafts

With Easter a few weeks away and the dreary English weather were blessed with, below are a few pictures of things you can do at home with the kids on them boring rainy days. There easy to do, effective and if anything like my house will already have the craft things in.

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Below are different activities you can do to keep the kids occupied in the Easter Holidays

Colouring

Easter Basket : easter_basket_colouring_page
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Easter Bunny : easter_bunny_colouring_page
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Easter Egg Hunt: easter_egg_hunt_colouring_card

Handwriting:
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Rabbit Handwriting : rabbit_handwriting_worksheet
Rabbit Tracing Worksheet: rabbit_tracing_worksheet

Co_Ordinates
Easter Bunny : easter_bunny_coordinates
Easter Chick : easter_chick_coordinates
Easter Egg : easter_egg_coordinates

Templates/ Book Marks / Scrapbook PAper

Bunny Rabbit Template : bunny_rabbit_template
Egg Template : egg_template
Easter Bunny Bookmarks : easter_bunny_bookmarks
Scrapbook Paper: easter_baskets_scrapbook_paper
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Homemade Christmas Gifts for Loved Ones

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Above is a picture I received as a present from my daughter Erin when she was in Nursery. Every year at Christmas we still put it on the tree….. It would be a great extra for all aunties, nannas,grandads, friends and they will keep them for years.

To make:

To make it Christmassy you could take a picture of your child with a Christmas hat, if not, a picture of your choice

Cut out the picture (mine was done as a circle)

Around the cut out picture decorate with card, paper, tinsel or any craft you would like

Place into a laminating pouch then laminate

When completed cut around the end result, pierce a small hole at the top and thread threw some thread to then hang on your tree

A fab present 😘😘😘

Salt Dough

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Soft Dough is a really great activity to do with the kids. It’s so simple to make at home and is really affective when finished.

Recipe:
• Half a cup of Salt
• Half a cup of Water
• Full cup of Flour
(Remember as half, half, full)

Preheat the oven, on a very low light around 50degrees
1) Basically put all of the 3 ingredients into a bowl and mix together. Keep mixing till it is all mixed together, you don’t want the dough sticky or too dry as it will fall apart when dry. Give the dough a good knead, using your fingers and the palm of your hands. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin.

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2) Using shape cutters press into the dough
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3) When all the shapes are cut out place them onto a baking tray, then place into the oven. They then need to stay in the oven on a very low light for around 3 HOURS…..yes 3 hours. If you put it onto a high temperature the dough will start to bubble.
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4) When finished decorate using paints, glue, tinsel, anything messy the kids love.
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We made these this afternoon and seems as though it is near Christmas we made decorations for our Christmas Tree. (If making Tree decorations don’t forget to pierce the whole in the top so you can thread the string through)
These make fab presents. You could make them as tea coasters, tea light holders, tree decorations……a fab activity
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