Recipes

Avo, Basil & Corn Pasta

Making supper can be really time consuming, but this receive will be served in just 20 minutes! And the only cooking involved is boiling the pasta! EASY PEAZY!! And guess what, its creamy and delicious and HEALTHY too!!

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Ingredients

Half a packet of Linguini pasta
2 ripe avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup olive oil
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup frozen corn (defrosted in the microwave)

Method

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Before draining, keep aside some of the pasta liquid in a mug for later
To make the avocado sauce, combine avocados, basil, garlic and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor; season with salt and pepper, to taste. With the motor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified. If its too thick, add some of the reserved pasta liquid. Once blended, set aside.
In a large bowl, combine pasta, avocado sauce, cherry tomatoes and corn.
Serve immediately and enjoy!!

 

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Recipes

Zucchini & Cheddar Cheese Bread

There is nothing better than FRESH BREAD, … But nothing worse than having to knead it and find time to let it rise.

However you will love me for this delicious recipe I found for the most scrumptious Zucchini & Cheddar Cheese bread, and all you need to do you chuck it all in one bowl, mix and bake. EASY PEAZY !!

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese use an Old Cheddar
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (baby marrow)

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg.
  4. Whisk the melted butter into the buttermilk mixture.
  5. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mix, and gently combine. Don’t over mix the batter.
  6. Stir in the shredded cheese, shredded zucchini and chopped chives.
  7. Line a 9 x 5 baking tin with parchment paper and bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the bread comes out clean.

TIP

Use the “Spaghetti” Zucchini / Baby Marrow, which you can easily buy in stores such as Woolworths. Then just chop it finer instead of grating it. It also takes out the excess moisture.

 

Hope you enjoy this recipe. Its taken from a fab website, which you can check out here

 

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Parenting

Newborn baby Shopping Guide & things for new mom’s too

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There are tons of shopping guides on the internet, but as a first time mom I found them incomplete.

So here is my shopping guide (from one mother to another) of everything I used, as well as some things I learnt along the way.

Baby Things:

 

Toiletries & Things:

Try have at least one organic thing just in case your baby is hyper sensitive to Johnson and Johnson or Elizabeth Anne’s products. I got my organic things from the Rain store. They are awesome.

Remember for a new born baby, everything must either be SCENT FREE (I learnt this from the baby sense book, where they explain why in detail) or lavender scented to calm them. They are adjusting to a new world in the beginning. So you want a calm happy baby.

  • Baby Oil (when baby is first born use this and not lotion)
  • Aqueous cream
  • Baby Head to Toe wash (better than separate shampoo and separate body wash)
  • Cotton buds (to clean their naval)
  • Cotton wool (get those round disc ones it’s easier, you use this to clean their eyes & face)
  • Surgical spirits (to clean their naval)
  • Glycerine (to clean their tongue, it also calms them I found – put a little on a dummy)
  • Baby bum cream (I used bepanthan, the best. When baby is older you can use cheaper stuff)
  • Wet wipes (you really can’t have too many)
  • Nappies. I bought 2 huge bale packs of each size. Except size 4 and 5 I bought 3 packs of each
  • Disposable nappy bags (to use when going out if u have nowhere to throw the nappy)
  • Milton (to clean the dummies or bottle when u can’t use a microwave steriliser, e.g. no electricity, or if you out and about)
  • Baby laundry washing liquid, scent free (Purity/Elizabeth Anne’s makes one)

I’ve never used:

Baby powder

Baby jelly (or Vaseline, it’s actually not good for a baby)

Baby face clothes (You only use this as they get older. With a newborn you to use cotton wool instead to stop eye infections)

Baby conditioner

Bars of soap

 

Medicine:

  • Infant Panado syrup (the one with the dropper)
  • Bennets colic drops (for when baby has wind)

 

Accessories:

  • Nasal aspirator (a must for when their noses are blocked)
  • Digital thermometer (try get one that reads the temperature fast, the in-ear ones are the best. Expensive, but worth it when you have a sick screaming child)
  • Baby scissors (their nails grow so fast)
  • Towelling nappies (use as a burping cloth. Cheaper and better than the actual burping cloths)
  • Bottles & Teats x 4 (I used NUK, get the one for their age and what liquid is going inside i.e breast milk vs formula etc)
  • Dummies x 2 (NUK)
  • Bottle warmer carrier (for when you go out)
  • Dummy Chain
  • Bottle and teat cleaning brush
  • Nappy Bag (to keep in the nursery with your nappies stacked inside)
  • Baby bag (the bigger the better)
  • Baby brush
  • Bath / changing mat (get the two in one type, it has a towelling top so baby doesn’t lay on a cold surface.)
  • A nappy changing mat that is foldable that can go in a baby bag
  • Microwave bottle sterilizer
  • A Flask (This helped us when there was no electricity or we travelled to keep water hot)
  • Microwaveable / Freezer friendly baby food storage containers (for when baby is on solids)
  • A liquidiser (not blender), to make babies food when on solids at 4 or 6 months

 

Blankets, towels and Bedding:

Remember do not waste money on a cot bumper and duvet set. They say it increases the risk of SIDS. If you put it on, you will then be taking it off every night. Which is a pain.

  • Receiving blankets x 3
  • Muslin cloths x 2 (you use this to swaddle baby, as well as to cover the pram. Its breathable)
  • Warm blankets x 3
  • Pillow (ask them for a breathable one to prevent SIDS)
  • Cot mattress (ask them for a breathable one to prevent SIDS)
  • Waterproof sheet (ask them for a breathable one to prevent SIDS)
  • Fitted Sheet x 3
  • Baby positioners (helps keep baby sleeping on their back or side to prevent SIDS)
  • Hooded baby bath towels (5 should be enough)
  • Pillow cases

Clothes:

When baby is a newborn, don’t buy tops that don’t clip under the nappy. Cause it creeps up and baby is then cold. Waste of money. Also don’t buy too many newborn clothes. They use it for 2 weeks. Rather buy 0-3 months or 1-3 months if you can. You will need some newborn stuff because the 0-3 months will be too big in the first 2 or 3 weeks. Just buy a few of each thing. Remember people will also give you. As long as you have the minimum.

  • Baby grows x 5 (in each size)
  • Vests x 5 (in each size)
  • Leggings (pants) x 5 (in each size)
  • Socks x 3
  • Beanies x 3
  • Bibs

Nursery hardware:

I didn’t use a compactum … and I’ve realised I didn’t need it. The bed is good enough to change baby, and even put the bath on, to bath him. I used a bumbo seat to feed baby and not a feeding chair. The Bumbo seat can be moved from your kitchen counter to the floor in the lounge. Its compact and you can even take it with to Spur or your parents house.

  • 1 x cot
  • 1 x bedside cot (the ones that attach to your bed. Makes life easier in the first few months)
  • 1 x Baby bath (get the type that collapses, its softer & more comfy for baby than hard plastic)
  • 1 x Pram
  • 1 x new-born Car seat (our pram and car seat is one thing. It’s Cheaper and easier when moving baby)
  • Bumbo seat (you will use from 4 months to feed baby cause they can’t sit on their own)
  • Laundry basket (to keep babies clothes separate from yours, remember you want baby to be scent free from germs and smells)

Toys:

When baby is small they need minimal toys, get things they will learn from. The baby sense book recommends to keep play area and sleep area separate. Therefore getting a cot mobile is not good because baby wants to play when they should sleep. So a play gym is better, you can put it in the lounge during their play time during their calm alert state.

  • Bath toys (you can use from 4 months and up)
  • Grabbing toys with different textures and colours (important for development)
  • Toy/play gym (to teach them to reach and grab)
  • Rattle (they learn cause and effect from this)
  • Teething ring or toy that has a teething part to it

Nice to have:

  • Baby carrier
  • Night light for their room
  • Books (reading to baby is important)
  • Baby progress book (shows all the milestones that you record for baby)
  • Baby clay to make keep sake hand prints and foot prints
  • Baby comfort blanket (they hold this soft blankie to feel safe)
  • Rocking Chair
  • Sleeping sack (it’s awesome you zip baby inside. Then don’t need a blanket to cover them, and it then prevents SIDS)

Mommy things:

 

  • Baby Sense book and highlighter
  • Breast pump (Medela is the BEST brand. The others don’t work properly)
  • Nursing bras (got nice ones at woolworths)
  • Lansinoh nipple cream (apply 2 weeks before due date to prepare your nipples)
  • Maternity pads x 2 (Carriwell is the best, get it at baby city, normal pads don’t work)
  • Carriwell Disposable panties (trust me you will need this in hospital!!! Cant stress it enough)
  • 2 ply toilet paper to take to hospital. Because hospital toilet paper is hard after just giving birth
  • Nursing breast pads
  • Front opening pajamas (to make it easier to breastfeed
  • Breastfeeding shawl, or just use a receiving blanket when in public

 

I hope this list helps you. If it did, please feel free to drop me a comment I would love to hear from you.

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