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Sugar Free (Birthday) Cake

It’s Little Lady’s 3rd birthday very soon (where did the time go??) so I am thinking about what kind of cake to make her. She wants a “pink, purple, unicorn, Peppa Pig, Sofia The First, chocolate and Smarties one” which I have no idea how to make but I will do my best! As you all know I believe anything is fine in moderation so for both of my kids’ first birthdays (and subsequent ones) they have had sugar and chocolate loaded birthday cakes. They really only ate a tiny bit so I wasn’t concerned and for their special day they were allowed as much sugar and chocolate as they wanted. However a lot of people tell me they want their baby’s first birthday cake to be as healthy as possible so here is a really delicious sugar free cake recipe that’s perfect for a first (or second, third, fourth, fifth and so on) birthday.  Continue reading

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7 Days Of Lunches Part 2

A few weeks ago I posted “7 Days of Lunches” which was an account of what Little Lady ate for lunch over a 7 day period . I received a huge amount of positive feedback and people seemed to be really interested in what she ate on a daily basis. As it was so popular I decided to record her week’s lunches again and ingeniously (!!!) named it “7 Days of Lunches Part 2”.  I hope you find it as useful and enjoyable as Part 1! Continue reading

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Easy Butternut Risotto 3 Ways

I love it when I make something and then think of other ways to use the same ingredients. I was tidying out my freezer the other day (as you do!) and found a bag of frozen butternut squash that had been lurking in the depths of my freezer. Little Lady loves butternut squash but I haven’t used it for a while so I decided to attempt to make her some risotto. You know me well enough by now to know that I have no patience in the kitchen so I wasn’t going to stand there stirring my rice for hours to get the perfect risotto so I came up with my own version that, as usual, is far easier to make than the proper one. I then decided to experiment with the cooked risotto and see what, if any, finger foods I could make from it. So here is the result of my experimenting – Easy Butternut Risotto 3 ways!

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Quick chicken and pesto stew

This recipe is unashamedly stolen from my sister. She is a really adventurous cook and makes most of her meals from scratch and whenever my kids go there they always get something yummy to eat. This week she made this delicious stew which was promptly wolfed down (including seconds) by Little Lady while her non adventurous brother would only eat a hummus sandwich. Of course I asked for the recipe and I was amazed by how easy and quick it was to make. It’s a really quick chicken and pesto stew which is full of vegetables and protein and, as it has potatoes, it doesn’t really need anything else (although Little Lady then had it again for lunch today and I added some extra couscous in with it). Continue reading