Hama time

Remember Hama beads? Bit retro, hey?

We’ve become a bit addicted. Adella has been churning out drink coasters for friends and family in epic proportions. After ironing, I glue a piece of felt onto the back to strengthen them, and they’ve been holding up really well. I think she should start a market stall!


Then, we were in Lincraft two days ago, and we found kits. You should’ve seen her jaw drop. So, it was mermaids and princesses, of course.


In terms of an activity, it reminds me of Lego. You have to follow the instructions carefully, plus it is SO good for fine motor skills. She pretty much did these on her own, and just needed help with the shape of the tail, and the placement of the eyes.

Arlo and I are working on a parasaurolophus!

I’m thinking that we could make some cool Christmas decorations too.

What have you made with Hama beads? Please share!




Low FODMAP desserts

One of my besties is on the low-FODMAP diet to help with some health problemos. I cook for her regularly, and at first I freaked out quite a lot when I looked at the no-go list. And then add to that dairy and egg allergies from other family members!! Desserts become quite difficult…

But I’m getting it sorted now, and I’m particularly proud of two desserts that I pulled out for Christmas, and then her birthday.

And here is Christmas in a Glass (low-FODMAP, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free):





The bottom is a layer of coconut tapioca pudding. I boil 3/4 cup of tapioca pearls in water, drain them, stir in a tin of coconut milk and let it set in the fridge.

On top is cinnamon-salted popcorn, a candycane, fresh blueberries, coconut chips (these are McKenzies brand and are beautiful) and gingerbread. I altered a Donna Hay recipe (from Issue 78, pg 150) for the gingerbread.

Gingerbread dough (more FODMAP friendly):

  • 125g butter or nuttelex, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup treacle
  • 2 1/2 cups GF plain flour
  • 1 tsp bi carb soda
  • 3-4 tsp ground ginger (depending on your palate!)
  • 1-2 tsp mixed spice (depending on your palate!)

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the other ingredients and beat until it comes together in a smooth dough. Press into a tin and bake for about 30 mins at 160 degrees.


Then, as a birthday cake, I made a layered pudding! The tapioca is the same again on the bottom. The next layer is frozen banana (freeze bananas, then whiz them in the food processor until they look like icecream) and topped with ganache. I made the ganache using 2/3 cup of coconut milk and 90g of dairy-free dark chocolate. And again, sprinkled with coconut chips.

Looking back, I realised that this is actually a pretty healthy dessert – the only sugar is in the dark chocolate!



Advent Calendar

Every year I want to make my own advent calendar, and this year I finally did it! I found this great template on pinterest and then filled the trees with a range of little pressies (bouncy balls, hair ties, coin choccies, baubles and stickers).


My LO loves opening one each day and I think it’s a great way to learn about patience. Looking forward to when the kiddies are a little bit bigger and we can do activity ones.


On a side note, I also found this Christmas tree template and we did some great finger painting!



Please share below if you have any other cool Christmas crafts.

A homemade Christmas

This year was a homemade Christmas in our family, and a very satisfying one at that! Here’s what we got up to:


Salt dough impressions of Adella’s hands (and feet – forgot to take a photo!).


Easy pompoms – find the link here. I always thought pompoms were easy – this was even easier!!! I bought the wool at Lincraft.


Adella coloured in and painted lots of stars!


Crepe paper circles sewed together.


Some of our decorations on our table centrepiece.


Christmas cake – Donna Hay recipe here.


Apple and cranberry chutney – Nigella Lawson recipe from her Christmas book.


Christmas spiced nuts.


IKEA has awesome packaging!!!


And it is TOTALLY worth making their gingerbread house – delish!

Can’t wait to try new things next year! Any suggestions or links would be great.