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Chicken & Apple Balls,Family Friendly & Fun Food Ideas

Today I was going to write a post on Amelia’s party, however my husband has gone away with work,and all the pictures are on his tablet.So will do it once he gets back in a few days.

Taken from Annabel Karmel website

Taken from Annabel Karmel website

This morning I have made Amelia Chicken & Apple Balls,which I’ll serve with some carrot sticks and cucumber. This is the first time we have tried these.Recipe taken from Annabel Karmel. I’m waiting on arrival of her Toddler Cook Book,so will have some new recipes to try soon.

Ingredients

2 tsp light olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
2 large chicken breasts, cut into chunks
½ tbsp fresh parsley
1 tbsp fresh thyme or sage, chopped, or a pinch of dried mixed herbs
1 chicken stock cube, crumbled (from 1 year)
50g fresh white breadcrumbs
Salt and freshly ground pepper (from 1 year)
Plain flour for coating
Vegetable oil for frying

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Method

Heat the olive oil in a pan and sauté half the onion for about 3 minutes.
Using your hands, squeeze out a little excess liquid from the grated apple.
Mix the apple with the chicken, then add the cooked and remaining raw onion, herbs stock cube (from 1 year) and breadcrumbs and roughly chop in a food processor for a few seconds. Season with a little salt and pepper (from 1 year).
With your hands, form into about 20 little balls, roll in flour and fry in shallow oil for about 5 minutes until lightly golden and cooked through.

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Hope ye enjoy,let me know if you make it and if your little ones enjoy them. I’m having a cup of coffee now,and finishing off the remaining party food xx

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First Birthday Cake

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Yesterday we celebrated Amelia’s 1st Birthday,with a party for family and close friends. Today is her actual birthday,but held the party yesterday to suit everyone travelling.It was a great day,we are exhausted today,so will do a “Party Post” in the next few days.

I really wanted to do a post on her cake,made by Cupcakes by Dee,https://m.facebook.com/Cupcakesbydee?id=110988952265750&refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FCupcakesbydee

Based in Tralee,Co.Kerry, Cupcakes by Dee never fails to provide cupcakes and Cakes with style and great taste. She also made Amelia’s Christening cake,we were so happy with it,that I knew we would get her to make her birthday cake,and we like to support small businesses.

Here is the cake,I asked for a one tier cake based on the cake and cushion pictured.Amelias birthday cake was a lemon sponge,with a homemade lemon curd,it was amazing.

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For her Christening we had a Chocolate Biscuit cake,which was also amazing,and again Cupcakes by Dee,delivered exactly what I had asked for.

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Birthday Party DIY IDEAS

We are having a small birthday party for Amelia this weekend.When I bought her new pink and white candy stripe curtains for her room I thought of this idea for her birthday.Pink and White Stripe,very girly.
I’m going to do the food,and a friend will make her cake. Cupcakes by Dee (find her on Facebook,Cupcakes by Dee). She made Amelia’s Christening cake,and I loved it. These are the pictures I sent of ideas for the cake.Really looking forward to seeing it.
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Amelia’s Christening Cake
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I’ve made some decorations myself,and bought everything else from eBay or Etsy,I’ll set up a table.and people can just take what they want. We will only have approx 4 children under 2 coming,so it’s more of am adults party.
I made these pom poms yesterday,cheap and easy to make.The cheaper the tissue paper the better,so get some in a £/€ store.

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1.To make the pom poms,roll 8-10 sheets of paper back and forth to make a fan.
2.Use a piece of wire or string to tie in the middle.
3.Cut to round edges.
4.Place a piece of string into the in the centre to hang.
5.Pull out each piece of tissue paper individually to create your pom pom.

I’ve also made these cones (so cheap),from paper doilies. Just roll and stick with a piece of tape. I’ve used pink ones here. I’ll use them for popcorn and sweeties.

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Here is a few other bits and pieces I’ve picked up over the last few months,will post after the party to see what it is all like together. What did you do for your child’s 1st Birthday?


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Family Friendly Dinner Ideas

Today I’ve made a one-pot dinner,that we can all eat. Whether you are cooking for a baby,toddler,older child or adults,this is suitable for all.I will purée Amelia’s a little,just to make it lumpy. You can change the receipe to suit you,I have halved the amount of sugar,and added two apples as an alternative.If cooking for children,try and use unsalted butter,and season after to taste.

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Slow Cooked Brown Sugar,Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

2 lbs. boneless chicken breast
3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in chunks
5 Tbs. butter, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar (4 tablespoons)
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Put the chicken and sweet potatoes in a casserole dish.
Stir the brown sugar into the melted butter. Add salt and pepper.
Pour over chicken and sweet potatoes,and apples if using.
Cook on at 250 degrees for 1.5 hrs

Serve with Rice.

Recipe taken from www.eatathomecooks.com

St.Patricks Day,Farewell Trafalgar Square.

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This day last year I was sitting in our London flat,4 days overdue,afraid to go too far away from the house,and feeling terribly sorry for myself that I was missing all the Paddys Day craic (fun) in Trafalgar Square. This, was, I suppose the end of our all day drinking,requesting Paddys Day and the next off work.Myself and my husband went to Uni in Edinburgh and then down to London.Edinburgh was just as great fun,and being Irish away from home,we really did milk it.
London on Paddys day, before Amelia,started off with a big fry somewhere in town and then on to Trafaglar Square,meeting with friends,and ending up in some mess in Waxys or some other Irish bar,resulting in very sick heads.Oh how all that has changed.

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Today was Amelia’s first St.Patricks Day,and first parade. It’s the first time I’ve gone to watch a parade since I was about 12. It was far too uncool after that age. Today,there was no sight of beer or dancing around drunk with friends in a square,not caring about the rain or cold. Nope,today we were like any other family with a small child,standing in the rain,worrying about whether she was too cold,was she getting wet,was she tired or hungry,while we watched the local Irish Dancers,Scouts,Pipe Band and so many more groups walk up the Main Street of where we now live.Amelia had not a clue what was going on,and was far more interested in pulling glasses off a strangers face next to us. We stayed for an hour,and are home now drinking tea and coffee. Save last year,this has been my most sober Paddys Day in a long time. Yes, I would give my right arm to be heading up to Waxys right now,and drinking the night away,but not in exchange for Amelia.

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What did you do today for St.Patricks Day?

DIY HANDPRINTS

So last week I saw a picture online similar to what I have done.Handprints of my husband,Amelia and I stacked. I wanted to give it a try,and had no idea if it would even work out.First attempt was a success. It took a few days to complete,having to leave paint dry.I used an old picture frame,painted it cream and sanded the edges.Here is how we did it.

Cut some card to the size of your frame.
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We used poster paint,it washes off easily and dries quickly. I left each hand print for 12 hrs,before doing the next.Here is Daddy’s hand.
We used poster paint.First handprint is left dry for 12 hrs.

Choose a contrasting colour and let dry. Mummy’s hand.
Second hand print,choose a contrasting colour.

Take a lighter colour (I just mixed some white paint with a tiny bit of red),and do your child’s hand.Try and get someone to help you with this part.Once it was dry,I wrote Daddy,Mummy & Me on top and March 2014 below.
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Once dry,and your happy,pop into a frame. I’m thrilled with the final result.Its not perfect,but we made it together.Great memories.
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What’s in My Changing Bag

This has been written for OhSoAmelia Sunday Link Up www.ohsoamelia.com

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I bought my floral Cath Kidston changing bag,before I even knew I was having a girl.You are going to have your changing bag with you every day,so you have to like it! This has multiple pockets,waterproof and can be wiped clean inside and out,made with oil cloth and plastic.It also came with a wipe clean changing mat and bottle holder (I’ve never used this). After 12 months,I’ve used it every day,as my bag and Amelia’s,I’m getting tired of it,but it’s in perfect condition,so can’t justify buying a new one.

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I keep some hand gel hanging off the side of mine (inside the little elephant), hand hygiene with a teething baby is crucial,when rubbing their gums with your fingers.
These are a couple of toys we keep inside the bag,mostly to chew on, and her Baby Einstein music toy.

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Inside her bag I keep 3-4 nappies,wipes,nappy bags,bepanthen,Baby powder (for swimming),her hairbrush,teetha granules,calgel and a muslin,this is more out of habbit from when I was breastfeeding her.Although it comes in handy for shading her from the sun when she is in her buggy and for cleaning a dirty face.

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Lastly,I keep some Dettol Antibacterial wipes,for when we are out,I always give highchairs a quick wipe,and Tommy Tippee antibacterial wipes,can be used on bottle/toys etc when flung out of the buggy,like my little miss does.Her “Red Book”, medical records book.

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I keep her food separate, as there isn’t much room left.I bought a thermal lunch bag that keeps food hot or cool. Inside her bag today is some rice cakes,cucumber and tomatoe,milk,water and a yogurt.

A Morning on The Farm

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Today we were lucky to be invited along to Ardmore Open Farm,Ardmore,Co.Waterford.The sun was shining and the farm overlooks Ardmore Bay and the Irish Sea. Opened in June 2013,on the site of an old farm,it is a child’s playground.Both educational and entertaining,they have over 60 different species and 100 different animals.

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We had such a lovely morning,we saw some of the usual animals you would see on a farm,Ponies,(they had a beautiful white pony),Donkeys,Pigs,Goats,Sheep and Hens.To the more unusual,such as White Owls, Lammas,Deer,Hampshire Down Sheep and Chipmunks,to name but a few.

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Some parts of the fields were empty,however I was told that some animals are put inside for winter,and in the summer months are outside. Amelia loves birds,so when we stumbled across a big aviary I was thrilled.Her mouth was open the whole time we were in there,staring at the multicoloured birds,we also saw chipmunks, rabbits and guinea pigs.

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There is a playground outside,so Amelia had a go on the swings,soft play area inside for over 4’s and a smaller one for younger children.Here you can host Birthday parties,there is loads of space for kids to run around.At Christmas they have a Christmas Grotto,with Santa Clause,which has been very popular. Highly recommended for school tours.

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After all this,we sat down to give Amelia her lunch.We had some tea and a snack.Two things that have to be mentioned here,very reasonably priced for refreshments and extremely clean. We sat in front of a lovely log stove.Amelia wore her farm animal dress from Mothercare.

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Something that I was delighted to see,and mums & dads,you will understand this!A toilet in the baby changing room,it makes life so much easier.
All in all we had a wonderful time at Ardmore Open Farm,Amelia May have been a bit too young (almost 1), to fully understand it,but we will defiantly be back. We had great fun (crazy parents),singing Old MacDonald as we went around,so that Amelia would recognise the animals. I would recommend ages 2 +, for your child to really enjoy it.If you are passing it near beautiful Ardmore,this is one not to be missed.
Thank you to Bridget Collins and staff for having us,we had a great morning.
www.ardmoreopenfarm.ie

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OOTD Thursday & Friday

Yesterday we went to play group in the morning,Amelia enjoyed it so much, and I got to sit down and have coffee and chat to the other mums. Since leaving London 2 months ago, I’m really missing my “mummy friends”,so it was nice to sit back and chat with grown ups.
They had a lady with a guitar singing songs and dancing,all the kids & mums joined in. After,Amelia played with all the toys and with the other kids after.

Amelia’s Blouse is from the Paddington Bear Collection at Gap Kids (still in stock),I love this collection and have a few bits.Amelia was born in Paddington,London,so it has a bit of nostalgia for me.Her leggings are from H&M.Mini clip from Primark.

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www.gap.co.uk
www.hm.com

Today we are not going to do very much as we have a busy weekend ahead,we are off to Ardmore Open Farm tomorrow,which I plan on doing a review about.
Amelia is wearing a blouse & leggings from Du Pareil au Meme,I got these in their store in Kilkenny,Ireland. Mini clip from Primark.

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Do you go to play groups?What does your little one like to do?music,dance swimming?

Teething….Our Journey

My experience with teething or Tooth Eruption in medical terms,has been a learning curve,like any other first time mum!Amelia appeared to start teething at approximately 4 months,biting,chewing and irratable. Unfortunetly for my little girl, her first tooth did not appear until she was 10 months.

Chewing on my Toy

Chewing on my Toy

Needless to say we were all delighted to finally see a tooth.
Amelia has been different in her teething journey, in comparison to the average baby,or what the books tell you. She was a “dry teether”, little to no drool,which I have been told is incredibly painful.I have friends who could change up to 15 bibs per day, when their little ones were teething.I had bought a mountain of pretty bibs in advance,but they weren’t needed.

chewing Sophie the Giraffe.

chewing Sophie the Giraffe.

Another thing that was different for Amelia (in comparison to what the books tell you), is that her first tooth was her bottom front tooth,then her top front,bottom tooth again,top side teeth and then top tooth again (bit of a mind boggle!).
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Generally your babies teeth will develop in this order-
The bottom front teeth and then the top front teeth (or the bottom and top incisors) rear their pearly white heads first, followed by the teeth immediately to their side (the lateral incisors). The first molars are usually next, followed by the canine teeth (located between the lateral incisors and the first molars), and, finally, the second molars (around your baby’s second birthday).

At 11.5 months,she now has 6 teeth,they all just came together,which has resulted in a lot of sleepless nights,refusing food,stinky nappies and a cranky baby.

Main signs of Teething
1. Drooling,or in Amelia’s case,no drool.
2.Chin or face rash,red cheeks,spots in cheeks at site of tooth and dry cheeks.
3.Coughing,all that drool can make baby cough and gag.
4.Biting,pressure from the tooth emerging can be painful,so counter pressing (biting),is your baby’s way to relieve it.
5.Pain -this is pretty obvious
6.Low Grade Temperature
7.Diarrhoea-this has never been proven,but I know Amelia gets “bad” nappies when teething.
8.Irritable and not sleeping,this is due to pain.
9.Pulling at ears and cheeks,the nerve endings from the gums are all connected to these.
10.Refusal to feed,this again is generally due to pain. Give yogurts,baby rice,ice cream,custard and Amelia loves cool sliced cucumber.

My “go to” products for teething are-
Sophie the giraffe (I pop hers in the fridge),or any other type of teething ring/toy.
Nelson’s Teetha Granules (I rub the granules along her gums).Available from all leading pharmacies.
Calgel Teething Gel- it’s the only thing that worked for me in regards gels.Only available in the UK,so get friends to order you some.We moved home with a couple months supply,Amelia’s Aunty and friends send us some when needed.
Calpol and Neurofen every 4 hours or as recommended.Ensure to read instructions and give correct dose.

www.sophielagirafe.co.uk
www.nelsonsnaturalworld.com
www.boots.ie www.boots.co.uk

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When did your baby get his/her first teeth,how was it?Did they come in order?Wet or Dry teether?
Would love to hear other peoples experience x

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