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We made this a few weeks ago and H is still into it. It is a treasure chest. Harry found the shoe box as I was preparing to throw it out and was calling it a treasure chest (they did an under the sea project at kindy earlier this year and as a class made a treasure chest)
I decided to help him decorate it and turn it into his own design treasure chest...
I thought I would blog it in case any other parent out there is looking for a easy and cheap craft project. Especially with the wet weather we've had it's a great project for those days...
What you'll need....
A shoe box - preferably one that has the lid attached
Any other decorating items you can think of. For example... ribbon, buttons, paint, felt, glitter, glue
In this instance I just covered every surface I could with plain white paper. Using sticky tape to attach it and cutting it down where needed.
Once that was done I gave Harry his markers and he went to town colouring and decorating.
Later that day I was at a shop and saw the pirate and toy story stickers... two things he is particularly into at the moment and brought them home. He loved them and with some help took great pleasure in decorating his treasure chest.
As you can see it's still getting lots of use and he is still very interested in it to store all his 'treasures'
The next thing we will be doing is a pirate's spy glass... I just have to finish the paper towel roll!!...
I know it's very simple and to some of you probably very obvious but it's a fun, cheap and easy project to do with your little one and something they can make their own.
This is one of the most delicious and easy meals you can make... it's the kind of meal that is so tasty and makes you feel wholesome and healthy eating it. You almost feel virtuous when you're finished.
It's inspired by Kylie Kwong with some variations and additions . I found the original recipe online here and still use it for reference.
1.6kg organic chicken
Shaoxing rice wine - 750 ml (3 cups)
Green onions, trimmed - 8
Garlic, peeled and crushed - 12
Sliced ginger - 1¼ cups
Sea salt - 1/3 cup
Coriander – roots from a bunch
Shoyu or soy sauce (see note) -
60 ml (¼ cup)
Sesame oil - 1 tsp
Cane sugar (see note) - ½ tsp
Julienne spring onion, plus extra to garnish - 1/3 cup
Julienne ginger, plus extra to garnish - 1 tbsp
Peanut oil - 2 tbsp
Coriander – big handful chopped for garnish
Red chilli (sml) – sliced (seeds removed) for garnish
(suggest you leave this on the side for everyone to control their own spice)
For stock, combine ingredients and 5 litres of cold water in a
7 -litre stockpot and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. (The original recipe calls for 6 litres of water in a 10 litre stock pot but I don't have one so I worked with what I have and it works perfectly)
Rinse the chicken under cold water and trim any excess fat. Gently place the chicken breast-side down into stock and submerge for 14 minutes, ensuring stock doesn’t
return to the boil. Remove pot from heat and stand for 3 hours. (When placing the chicken into the stock I often place the pot in the sink in case there is any overflow if you're concerned about the water levels - this way you avoid any mess on your stove top)
Using tongs, carefully remove chicken from stock and place on a
tray to drain.
For dressing, combine all ingredients except for peanut oil in a
heat-proof bowl. Heat peanut oil in a saucepan, then pour over dressing
ingredients and stir to combine.
Pull all the meat of the carcass and shred into small pieces or leave as chunks and arrange on a platter. Drizzle dressing over chicken, garnish with
extra spring onion, ginger and coriander and serve immediately. (The original recipe calls for you to use a Cleaver to cut the chicken into pieces and arrange on a platter)
Serve with white or brown rice and a side of steamed
asian greens (like Bok Choy or Choy Sum) served with a drizzle of oyster sauce
over them. Also serve the chilli with it so everyone can dress their own. Enjoy…
I read 10 Little Fingers and 10 Little Toes to H in utero and I believe it's the reason it fast became his favourite. It is currently E's favourite book. At the end of the book the little baby in the story gets three little kisses on the tip of its nose... we kiss the tip of our finger and touch their nose three times. H got to the stage and E is there now that they know it's coming and look up at you when you're reading the last page waiting for their kisses.
H adores books and always has. E is loving them more and more and I get such a thrill to see her get excited when we sit down to read these two books. They are a big part of our bedtime routine... every night we have a book before bed. For me, it ensures the children are reading/read to every day and it's a terrific wind down/sleep cue for them as well...
I highly recommend any new Mother's or expecting Mother's to add these books to your collection. They are beautiful stories and the illustrations are gorgeous...
For anyone looking for a great baby shower or baby gift these are terrific... the board books are terrific as little exploring and excited hands can't rip them. It does take a little while for them to learn not to rip pages so board books are a definite plus...
It's not every day you turn 1. Because we are still renovating and it was down to the wire if we would be finished we decided to just have morning tea for E's 1st Birthday. We couldn't have as big a party as we had for H but we had to acknowledge it in some way so morning tea it was...
I couldn't resist doing some decorating and putting together some party fare... and of course any chance to take photos...I'm there...
There's nothing like a bit of pink!!
All the decorations are from the Hot Dollar shop... so many goodies to be had there...
The cupcakes are packet mix... and also pre bought frosting. So simple, easy and time effective.
Rather than make fairy bread we bought hundreds and thousand biscuits... I knew what wasn't eaten that day would be eaten later... they were a big hit...
The strawberries were a big hit and also help to balance all the party food...
Aren't the tulips gorgeous?... so pretty and happy...
Who doesn't love a party bag?!... even the big kids got one. I just can't help myself...
I had to share this one... it appears the Grandfathers got the memo... Navy and Tan was the order of the day. Great minds think alike... or is it fools never differ?!... hahaha.