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Easy Peasy Play doh! Without cream of tartar

I remember when I was in Kenya and trying to look for cream of tartar was a mission! I asked my husband’s aunt who is a professional baker where I would find this and her telling me it could get hard to find it ! As lucky as I was I walked into our local Supermarket and found it in there. But it can be a product that can be a problem to find!


Nothing can be more exiting than finding a perfect Play Doh! Recipe without cream of tartar. This is now one of my favorite easy peasy play doh recipe. It was so much fun making it and even more fun playing with it ! I think I had more fun than Miss T.

I think was a fun activity for us to get our colour and shapes lesson going! We added some vanilla essence to it to make it smell yummy !


So here’s how you make the Easy Peasy Play doh! without Cream of Tartar! 

Ingredients:
1 Cup Plain Flour
1/4 Cup Salt

3 tsp of vinegar or lemon juice

3 Tablespoons of Oil

1/2 cup of water

Food Colouring

Few drops of Vanilla Essence

Method:

1. Mix all ingredients in saucepan over low heat until it forms a playdough texture
2. Split up the dough when cool, and knead in the food colour.

 

Let us know how your play doh making goes!would love to see your pics and ideas 😊

Love ,
Baby Munch N’ Mess

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Veggie Brownies🍠🥒

Who ever thought I would be giving baby T brownies so happily without worrying about sugar highs but thanks to whatsbabyeating for this great recipe with 2 ½ cups of vegetables. 

I was a little worried before experimenting these out but who knew this trick of getting veggies into T is a great idea. It’s an ideal healthy treat and dessert to get T’s hands off the peppa pig yoghurts!

This was a great mummy and todd baking activity and as Tanaya was involved in cracking the eggs pouring the butter and peeling the veggies she absolutely enjoyed baking and definitely eating!

Veggie Brownies

 1 ½ Cup grated sweet potato

1 Cup grated zucchini

2 eggs

1 tbsp Vanilla

¼ Cup ghee/butter melted

¼ Cup coconut oil/olive oil

1 Teaspoon baking powder

½ Cup melted Honey

½ Bicarbonate Soda

½ Cup Cocoa

2 tbsp Coconut flour/2-3tbsp wholemeal flour

½ Cup Oat flour/Oatmeal

Pinch of salt

Method :

Mix all the Ingredients together in a bowl! Add to a greased baking tray. Bake for approx. 20 mins but start checking from 15mins if you like your brownies slightly underdone. I sprinkled some icing sugar over them!

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Weekend at the Willows Farm

A little late but worth a share!

Since Tanaya and I have been back from Kenya she has been trying to settle down with her nursery and the rest around her.


To make it all abit better for her she got a party invite to the Willows Farm! Which she has never been to before. I was abit nervous to RSVP to this invite as I have never taken her to such a huge public place alone before, let alone facing my fears of a typical TERRIBLE TWO acting up in a public place. 

However I thought of it and there’s always a first time. So I RSVP’d and was looking forward to it. I started setting her up for all this by frequently talking to her about what she would see there and what we were going to do while we were there. This approach helped a great deal as she continuously keep asking when we would be going to the farm and if her friends were coming! 

Farm Party Day!

The weather wasnt the best of friends on that day but we soldiered on and made ourselves warm and dashed into the chilly air of beautiful Britain early in the morning!

Alas! We were there! 

The typical farm smell drenching us from the get go. Oh how nice it felt! Tanaya on the other hand was ecstatic with joy! “Mummy look sheep! ” she said, as a flock of sheep made eye contact with her. That is when I knew that this was going to be a great day….One for the books! The hot quickly made her way to us and adorned Tanaya with a cute little apron, so we all could know who the party bunch were. How cute!

We immediately made our way to the horse barn. Tanaya has been in and out of Kenya so she does have a close affiliation to animals, from the trips we made to drive through parks and walk through parks, not forgetting the road side animal spotting :). We would spend a good hour driving around just to spot a herd of cows.

Back to Willows Farm! So, we were now in the centre of the farm with all these animals around us. Toddles testing out their screaming capabilities and mums testing out their patience. As mentioned, the weather wasnt too pleasant and it had rained the night before. This meant mud and water puddles, which meant. ‘Mummy look Muddy puddles!!!!”.


The host had even organised for all the kids to feed the animals so we started off with the Cows which she absolutely enjoyed feeding, through to the horse which scared her slightly with the bass filled NEIGHS. My bundle of joy, found her little attraction of the party which we had to keep going to because “Mummy I want to hug Guinea Pig”!. With all the tugging and pulling she was doing, we had no other option but to go there and stand in the queue, round after round so she could cuddle the cute little animal! 

I somehow managed to convince her that little piggy was now tired and wanted to go for a nap and so we had to leave her alone, and go see the big tractor like in peppa pig. The old grandpa on the tractor was kind enough to give all the kids a ride on the back of the tractor and boy was that fun! We were tearing away through big muddy ruts and huge puddles and as im sure you have noticed by now, MUDDY PUDDLES are a big thing for little Miss. T. After a couple of adrenaline filled circuit rides, we were dropped back again so we could make our way to the play area and the animal themed circus carousel that was at our disposal.


We spent a good half hour in the play area where all the mums socialized and the kids got hugged, played, ate, jumped and even occasionally pulled each others hair. That play room time gave parents a little breather so we could all recharge and move on to the next attraction…..the carousel. Again, another few minutes of nice calm sitting and enjoying the ride from the little terrors. At one point, she even told me to go and stand and just look at her so she would ride her little yellow and red “PEPPA PIG” car, as she called it. So i hopped right off and let her make the rounds all alone. I could help thinking about how quickly time has flown, to a point where she wanna even go on rides alone! Bless her!
What a day this was and what a great venue, but it wasnt over! There was still one last activity that the host managed to squeeze in for us before the nice people at the farm closed for the day. POTATO HARVESTING! Yes, u read it right. All the kids were given a cute little spade and bucket and were lead to a potato patch where they were shown by the farm staff how to harvest my husbands favorite vegetable. Whoever managed to pull one out was allowed to keep it. Tanaya came through with one almost the size of her head, but we gave it back to the nice gentleman who was attending to us.

“Time to go home now”, I said to Tanaya and as exxpected, the answer was no, but with a great deal of convincing and attention diverting, we all bundled ourselves in made our way back home.

All in all it was a great day and Tanaya was extremely behaved and enjoyed every minute of her visit. A big thank you to the host too, who managed to excute the whole party flawlessly! 

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Potato and Spinach Chicken Curry

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Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts diced
  •  1 red onion chopped
  • 1 large or 2 small potatoes, peeled and diced into small chunks
  • A handful of chopped spinach
  • 4 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1/2 tbsp curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika powder 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon garlic clove minced 1 tbsp olive oil

Method:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan add the onions to the pan and sauté for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Add the garlic continue to sauté for 2 mins.
  2. Add the tomato puree and the spices. Once the spices are mixed nicely into the mixture add in the spinach and stir.
  3. Add the chicken cubes to the mixture. Mix everything until it is covered in the spices adding a tbsp or 2 of water if necessary.
  4. Let it simmer for 15-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the potato is nice and soft.
  5.  Ready to Serve!

Tanaya enjoys it with naan bread and some natural yoghurt!

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Cake,Decor,Munchies & Party Bags!

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Munchies

We had a variety of nibbles the tots. We had:

  • Peppa’s Pizzas
  • Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches
  • Cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches.
  • Nutella sandwiches
  • Crisps
  • Popcorn.
  • Potato twists
  • Fruit skewers
  • Home Made Jam cake
  • Ice Cream Cart( The Fav part for all ages!)
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The Cake

So Chirag’s aunt who is a professional baker offered to do us the cake. We weren’t sure of what we wanted and had many different ideas in our heads. However she told us to leave it to her and trusting her experience we left it to her. This was one of the greatest decisions we made leaving it to her to pick the design. The cake looked amazing Tanaya saw the cake and didn’t want to dig into it all she did was stared at it and was amazed with all the vibrant colours the Peppa , George, Mummy and Daddy Pig on the Cake!

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The Décor

So the décor was all done by Chirag and his brother  and myself. Chirag did all the balloons, Centrepieces from modelling balloons, Balloon Pillars. while his brother’s artistic skills really came to help through the whole party and he made Tanaya a big Peppa’s house which we used as the décor, He also made the 3D name at the front of the Cake table and a Photo frame for Tanaya to capture memories for the big day.

The tent look amazing when everything was put into place it looked exactly how we had imagined when preparing for the party months before.

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Party  Bags

For the party bag fillers:

  • Home made star shaped crayons
  • Twirly funny straws
  • Personalised Notebooks
  • Funny face glasses
  • world for herA few other little toys and sweets .

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The whole day went so well and Tanaya absolutely enjoyed it. We made her own little Peppa PigWorld! She wanted to re-do her party all over again after her nap time. 🙂

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She’s 2 already ! 

It felt like just yesterday when Tanaya turned one and the exitment of organising her a 1st birthday Minnie Mouse party ! 

So this year we decided to do her a peppa pig themed party since Peppa plays a great role in our lives.Tanaya can be stuck to the tele for  ‘Peppa kig’. She even calls us mummy pig and daddy pig. 

Keep a look out for pictures of the yummy home made party foods and recipes,decor,cake and the party bags!