August 15, 2010

The FIVE cup cake. YUMMO!

i have an awesome recipe to share; it's called the five cup cake and that's literally all it is!
1C self raising flour
1C milk
1C coconut OR almond meal
1C fruit/vegie
1C brown sugar (which mostly i've missed out and it still works).

My favourite combos so far; mango & almond meal, grated carrot & coconut, grated beetroot & almond meal, sliced banana & coconut... oh they're all delicious!

Mix it all together, bake at 180 degrees for between 20-40 mins, depending on whether you're cooking in muffin tins, loaf tin or a cake tin.

I have found I can whip these up before school so easily - and off she goes with a piping hot teensy cake full of vegies! (yes, I tend to mix the beetroot and the carrot, and if you put vanilla soy milk in you can skip the sugar altogether!)

enjoy :-)

August 04, 2010

Cleaning baby toys SAFELY...

Clean Baby Toys safely - Not wanting to be super-precious and wipe and clean everything every minute, and finding that the 1 minute rule sometimes stretched to 5 minutes - it was important for me to research and find some safe alternatives to cleaning bubs toys.

Oh, so simple!

wooden & plastic toys;
1 Cup Water, 1 Cup Distilled White Vinegar
Mix together and put in a spray bottle - either spray the toy directly then wipe with a cloth, or spray on the cloth and wipe. Vinegar is safe for little ones (it's edible!) and the smell goes away relatively quickly!
For hard to move stains and sticky bits on toys, use a few drops of eucalyptus oil mixed with water on a cloth - and hey presto - gooey bits are gone! use the vinegar solution afterwards...

Cleaning soft toys; Often these will have cleaning instructions on the tag, but if they don't, and if they're home made toys, this is a great (and gentle) cleaning option... Put the toys in the washing machine with vinegar & bicarbonate soda - this is great for smelly sneakers too! Always check the toys for holes or tears, as the machine will be a little rough on those "injured" treasures. For heavily stained toys sprinkle a little bicarb soda and wash, adding 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Most soft toys are fine in the dryer too, but i'm partial to a little outside sunshine and fresh air. Oh, and a great way to get rid of dust mites if the toys have been stored for a while, or if you've picked up some from a garage sale or op shop is to put them in a plastic bag and store them in the freezer for a week. For wool toys I recommend spot cleaning only, using a mild wool soap and a cloth and dry it in the sunshine. I would never put a wool toy in the machine or dryer - better to be safe than sorry!

Voila! clean, refreshed and germ free toys :-)