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Zucchini Slice Muffins & Toddler Meal Planning Printables.

A bit of a double whammy post today; as I have morphed into full blow crazy lady organising mode. I got a taste for it last week and I have now gone headlong into the zone. My meal planners were crazily well received last week so I thought I’d tie in some planning for the small people in your life. (Big Brother wrapping up for the year is possibly partly responsible for this. Suddenly my evenings are free as we are no longer glued to our TV set watching the antics of a bunch of 20 something crazies. What can I say? It sucks you in. Without it, I have way more time to potter around and get stuff done. Funny that.)

Also, more time to worry; especially about Smushy. She has become super picky with foods again and will only consume brown bread with honey or Vegemite, and grapes dunked in yoghurt. I’ve been giving into this as I’ve really been disorganised of an evening especially and now I feel I’m responsible for her getting all uber fussy. I decided to create some meal plans for her dinner times too. Mostly they encompass what we eat, but there are a bunch of kid type recipes that I make especially for her too, so it’s good to have it all written down in front of me. I have a monthly or weekly printable for your use. And because I’m super nice, there’s one worded for kids also. 

Meal Plan Toddler

 Toddler Meal Plan Printable

Toddler Weekly Meal Plan

Toddler Meal Plan Weekly Printable

Kids' Meal Planner

Kids’ Meal Planner

 The one thing Smush will happily eat besides brown bread at the moment is my Mum’s zucchini slice which I have adapted into muffins. They are so incredibly delish and we have been eating this in slice form for as long as I can remember. It’s such a common recipe and so easy, but it’s yummy and filling to boot. The muffins are easy for little hands to grasp and the hidden veggies are a bonus. The cooking time is less than for a slice, so watch them.

 My Mum’s best ever zucchini slice muffins.

*2 medium zucchinis, grated.

*1 large onion, finely chopped.

*3 rashers of bacon, finely chopped.

*1 cup low fat shredded cheddar cheese.

*1 cup self raising flour, sifted.

*1/4 cup vegetable oil. (Or Olive if you prefer.)

*5 eggs, lightly beaten.

*Salt/Pepper

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Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grate zucchini coarsely; finely chop onions and bacon.
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Combine zucchini, onion, bacon and sifted flour.zs3

Add lightly beaten eggs.

zs4Add cheese; season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.

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Spoon into a well greased muffin tin. (I used canola spray and they slid out perfectly.) I had enough for 12 muffin cups. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for approximately 20-25 minutes or when a skewer comes out clean.zs6

 Eat and enjoy! I froze a whole bunch for later. An easy meal for toddlers and kids; and you too!

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The Nap Time Spring Clean {Clearing the Crap}

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It’s very nice and Spring-y outside. I’m quite enjoying it actually. There is no humidity and I like the sunshine. It’s a good time to clear the crap from life and start afresh. I feel all weighed down at home, so I’ve been throwing stuff away for weeks. Bits and pieces, bits and pieces…. How the hell do we have so much stuff??  When we got back from Los Angeles, we had nothing. Now we have redonculous amounts. Granted, the small person has her own truckload, but we are both still just as loaded down. The truth is, I hate clutter. Hate it. I can’t breathe from it. And didn’t some psychologist type person say that clutter creates chaos emotionally and physically? One viewing of Hoarders: Buried Alive is enough to back up that claim frankly.

The thing is though, cleaning with a toddler around is basically pointless. As soon as you pick up one thing, something else is down. It’s like a small hurricane that goes off intermittently, leaving a trail of quite focused destruction.  (My child can destroy a room in 2 minutes flat. Swear. One afternoon she pulled every wipe from the box in the time it took for me to get a glass of water.) So, I want to do a Spring Clean but I don’t have the time, or patience to spend hours on it. I have nap time or nighttime, and to be honest, nighttime is for wine and chillaxin’. So I decided to create a Nap Time Spring Clean printable list to work off. I need instructions in front of me these days. My brain is fried so lists are my friend.

Listen Sookie Naptime Spring Clean

Feel free to print off a copy for yourself. It’s pretty basic but it’s a perfect list for that nap time frame. If you have a lot to de-clutter; spend a week or so clearing beforehand. A clean slate is a lot easier to tidy up than one that’s covered in junk! You’ll just end up frustrated if you attempt to do it all at once.

Happy clearing out the cobwebs….

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Noms on a Friday {The best EVER Passionfruit Slice}

Baby it’s cold outside. And I love it! But if you’re one of those strange er I mean, delightful people who are pining away for Summer, I have a deliciously fresh and fruity, summery type slice for you. This is my go to baking item. It’s the work morning tea, Mother’s Group, cake stall, shit! Someone is coming over slice. It’s easy, quick and requires a minimum of ingredients; most of which you probably already have. 
I don’t know about you, but I am obsessed with passionfruit. During pregnancy it was all I wanted and I’ve never gone off it. When we lived in the USA it was nowhere. I remember discussing how tricky it was to find there and how excited some friends were when they ate one in Australia. 
You can adjust this recipe to cut down on some of the naughtiness by using skim condensed milk, canola spread etc. I actually find the skim condensed milk makes it lighter and folds really well with the passionfruit.
{This recipe is from the ever excellent Taste.}
You will need:
Melted butter, to grease

150g butter, at room temperature

1/3 cup caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 egg

1 cup plain flour

1/4 cup self-raising flour

2 tbsp milk

395g can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup passionfruit pulp (I use the WHOLE can, it makes it really passionfruity.)

Step 1

Preheat oven to 180C. Brush a 16 x 26cm (base measurement) slab pan with melted butter to grease. Line the base and two long sides with non-stick baking paper, allowing the sides to overhang.

Step 2

Using an electric beater, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until pale and creamy. Beat in the egg. Fold in the combined flours and milk until smooth.

Step 3

Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan. Use the back of a metal spoon to spread and press evenly over the base of the pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Step 4

Meanwhile, use a balloon whisk to whisk the condensed milk, lemon juice and passionfruit in a large jug until smooth and well combined. Pour the condensed milk mixture over the base.

Step 5

Bake for 15 minutes or until firm to the touch. Set aside to cool completely. (I pop it into the fridge to cool.) Cut into slices to serve. EAT!