Muffin Omelettes perfect for pack lunches

Muffin Omelettes are made in a muffin tray making them the perfect size for pack lunches and picnics.  I use two chicks egg whites as they make omelettes taste very light and fluffy.

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You will need:

  • A silicone muffin tray
  • 200ml two chicks egg whites
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • grated cheese
  • Omelette fillings – we used bacon lardons, chopped cherry tomatoes, half of chopped garlic, 1 spring onion sliced
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven at 180
  • Mix the Egg whites and the milk together adding in some salt and pepper to taste. At this point you could add any herbs that you would like.
  • Add in your omelette ingredients to the muffin tray cases.
  • Top with some grated cheese

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  • Pour on the egg mixture, to just near the top.

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  • Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes, keeping an eye on them as they cook. You want them to be a little brown on top. I used my top oven so it took a little longer

Et Voila!

Cute little omelettes that are very fluffy and tasty.

 

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Dear So and So…..

Dear so and so are letters to strangers, things you want to say to someone but never got round to.

Dear lady on the underground train,

Thank you so much for offering my children and I your seat, you must have seen how stressed and exhausted I looked. Travelling on the tube with young children is taxing enough, but travelling with 3 children plus luggage isn’t easy. I saw the compassion in your eyes. I really did appreciate it, but I declined and I hope that you understand why! We was only staying on the train for two stops and I would have had arguments from the two youngest of who would have sat in the seat. Plus we had two small suitcases to move and it was busy. The offer of your seat was kind and enough to make me smile for a moment, I looked at  my boys and saw the delight in their eyes. They was excited in travelling on the train. As we stood up on the moving train, for the next two stops, we played eye spy and had fun. I forgot about being tired, your offer gave me a boost of energy.

Thank you

A very grateful mum

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Dear Parkdean Holiday Park,

We recently stayed at one of your parks down on the south coast, Hayling Island. Such a lovely place. We was very happy with our caravan, it was clean and very comfy. You don’t know how much relief it is to arrive at 8:00 pm in the evening and to find that the beds are all made up ready for the children to rest their weary heads. As soon as we pulled up infront of the reception in the taxi, we was greeted by your security staff who were very polite and friendly. The children and I were helped with our luggage and directed into the main building where we was to pick up the keys to the caravan. The security man behind the reception desk was very helpful and chatted away to the boys, who were running around with excitement at seeing the arcade and rides. We never had a problem with any of your staff over the two days that we stayed with you, we found them to be polite and accommodating. The caravan was lovely and very comfortable. I would like to say Thank you for a wonderful restful weekend, the boys absolutely loved staying there an I am sure we will be back again soon. We even had tears on the way home, because they didn’t want to leave.

Thank you again

A very happy holidayer

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Dear Man on the Funland Ride,

It’s not easy having children who are small for their age, especially when it comes to riding on the funfair/theme park rides. The boys had spent most of their tokens up on the rides and was having a ball going on all the rides. There was one particular ride that the two youngest wanted to go on, a roller coaster. It was 3 tokens per person but we only had 6 left, that would have been ok if Oliver hadn’t been just under 0.9 metres he could have gone on with his older brother, but he was under the measurement line. As I was just about to explain to him, you called us over and said I could go on with him without paying. You must have seen his animated face and how excited he was. You made his day. He screamed with delight when the roller coaster went fast round the bend.

Thank you for making a little boy very happy

A happy customer.

 

I am linking this post up with Mummy from the heart Dear so and So Linky

 


Dear So and So at Mummy from the Heart
 

If you could say something to a stranger, what would it be?

 

Dear 3 year old

I love you dearly, and not a second goes by where I don’t think how lucky I am to be your Mummy.

BUT…………..

You really know how to push my patience to the end of the line, to the point where I could literally pull my own hair out and scream at the top of my lungs. Every time you throw a tantrum/hissy fit in public you know Mummy can’t do much about it. There is no step to sit you on for 3 minutes silence nor can I take away your tablet as punishment as we don’t have it with us.

You know that if you hang on my arm as we are walking, that I will just have to pull you along! You will bounce away on your little feet and try your hardest to wriggle your tiny little fingers out of my grip as I try to hold your hand as we walk. But I will not give in, no matter how many times you fall on the floor on purpose, or if you tell me that my grip is hurting you.  You see, my dearest little boy, you are only 3 and If I let you walk along on your own it could be dangerous. Yet, you don’t understand danger just yet as you are so young. Your answer to everything at the moment is Why?

You know how to wind Mummy up by rolling around on the train floor, even though I have asked you nicely to sit still on the seat. As you roll over other people’s feet, I see your cheeky little face looking at me with that twinkle in your eye. I apologise to the passengers. But they just look at me rolling their eyes. I know what they’re thinking, obviously I can not control my child. And I can’t! I’ve tried to hug you to stop, I’ve tried to take your mind away from misbehaving on purpose by playing games with you, but you are bored and tired and at 3 years old you find it hard to control your feelings. I find the best thing to do is to ignore you. This seems to work as you get up and come and sit next to me. Another thing you do on the train is to stand up on the seat and shout. I’ve noticed that you don’t do this when it’s just you and I on our own, so I know it’s just to get my attention away from your siblings.

Why do you have to hold in your urine until the point that you wet yourself? I have asked you a number of times if you want to go to the toilet but you just say ‘No’. I know what the sign is now, you see I can see you knocking your knees together. I know why you can’t sit still. It drives me mad. I feel like I am stuck on a roundabout, going round and round. I’m sick of washing four lots of clothes and bedding every day. You know what you are doing, as you wouldn’t laugh at me when you tell me that you have had an accident.

Why do you have to hit out at me when I tell you off for doing something wrong, these melt downs can last up to 10 minutes and it’s hard work. It upsets me and you make me cry. Your only 3 but your kick can really hurt. It’s not just me that you hit, it’s your brothers too. They let you do it but I can see in their eyes that they have had enough. I know your tired. Why don’t you just tell me that you want to sleep, I will hold you in my arms and cradle you until your eyes close. I will hold you there until you’ve had a rest. But please, stop with the hitting and kicking. Close your eyes and give in.

Where does all your energy come from? You’re so little but you have an abundance of drive. I believe you could run the marathon and still have tons of energy left.

You make me feel like a failed mother. I struggle to control you and your temper. I guess I have failed.

I hug you every night to sleep. I kiss you every morning as you wake. I wipe away your tears when you are upset. I teach you new things every day. I try my best to be a good Mum.

You are not my first-born, you are my third! So I have been here before but just not like this. This type of behaviour is new to me.

NO matter how far you push me, I vow to be the Mummy that you need. I will always be here for you, but please meet me half way.

Love your tired out Mummy

Make Your Own Bugs From Nestle Cereal

Nestle Cereals embarks on a nationwide tour, with a giant 10ft Cereal caterpillar –  made from Shreddies, Shredded Wheat and Nesquik. This is to highlight the challenges parents face in ensuring that their children get the vitamins and minerals they need.  The huge creation was created by food artist Prudence Staite to show how nutritious cereal can be.

According to new research from Nestlé Cereals, 47% of children have munched on creepy crawlies from the garden, yet 71% refuse to eat a plate of greens! Bugs that topped the list included: worms, caterpillars and snails.

Jak tasting a BBQ bamboo worm

Jak tasting a BBQ bamboo worm

And whilst bugs do indeed contain vitamins, minerals and fibre (!), the #CerealCaterpillar shows that a bowl of Nestle Breakfast Cereals is an easier way for children to get the good stuff they need.

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We have been set a challenge to get creative with the children and make our own bug sculptures at home, made from crafts and cereal.

The boys decided on creating a butterfly and a ladybird.

To make a Cereal Butterfly, you will need:

  • A selection of nestle cereal – we used Cheerios and Golden Nuggets
  • Food dye – however many colours that you desire
  • A Big Cereal Box – to cut the shape out
  • Glue
  • Zip lock bag
  • Black paint
  • Glitter
  • Googly eyes and pipe cleaners
  • Scissors

First we used a cereal box to cut out a butterfly shape and painted it black. Then we sprinkled some gold glitter on it whilst it was still wet. Leave to dry.

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Then we used the zip lock bags to dye the cereal. Place some cereal in the bag along with some food dye, close and shake. Once the cereal is covered, lay them out onto a baking sheet to dry.

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Now its time to decorate the butterfly

All ready to decorate

All ready to decorate

Add glue to where you want the cereal

Add glue to where you want the cereal

Finish the butterfly with googly eyes and pipe cleaners

Finish the butterfly with googly eyes and pipe cleaners

We added some crunched up chocolate shreddies to the body. Leave to dry. You now have a colourful Cereal Butterfly to hang in your window.

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We had lots of the colourful cereal left which the boys had for their breakfast, they loved seeing the milk change colour.

Next my son wanted to make a ladybird that he could eat.

To make a Marshmallow Ladybird, You will need:

  • Nestle Cheerios
  • Red food dye
  • Marshmallows
  • Butter
  • Pan
  • Spoon
  • Icing sugar
  • Black food dye

First we melted 40g butter in a pan with some red food dye and added in a bag of marshmallows

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In a bowl, pour in the marshmallow mixture and add in some Cheerios, Stir until all the Cheerios are covered.

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Now you need to mold the mixture into oval shapes, for the shape of the ladybird body. Place in the fridge to set.

Make up some black icing and add some decoration onto the ladybird body.

Leave the dry and then they are ready to eat

We had lots of fun creating our Cereal Bugs, they may not be as big as the Cereal Caterpillar but we think that they are just as cute!

What do you think of out Cereal Creations?

We was sent some boxes of Nestle Cereal and a craft pack to create our Cereal bugs, no payment has been received. This post is our entry into the Nestle Creepy Crawly Campaign, along with a selection of other bloggers to win a £100 voucher

Colleen Rooney Launches McDonalds Football Mum of The Year Award

Mum-of-two and wife of England striker calls for nominations recognising hardworking football mums

 

Coleen Rooney, mum to two football-mad sons and wife of one of England’s most prolific strikers, is calling for people across the UK to nominate a deserving ‘football mum’ in their lives who goes beyond the call of duty so that children can experience the joy of playing football, week-in week-out.

The McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year Award will recognise mums who put in countless unpaid hours of hard work, so that their children and their friends can enjoy playing football. From time consuming tasks such as running kids to training and matches that can be hours away and managing their team kits, to helping run their child’s local team, or even starting a local team simply so their children and their friends can play; the awards are an opportunity to acknowledge their selflessness.

McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year ambassador, Coleen Rooney, said: “I’m so excited about this award. I live in a football-mad house and know how much goes into just getting the kids to training and making the time to watch them play every week, so I can only imagine the amazing nominations we’re going to receive for this. Dads tend to get the credit a lot of the time for coaching teams or teaching their kids how to play, so this award will give people a chance to shout about the hard work mums do on and off the pitch.”

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“I’ve watched the training today and picked up a few tips and drills that I can do with the boys at home. Wayne does a brilliant job teaching the kids to play football, however he’s not always at home, so it’s a great way for me to bond with them as well. I love having a kick about with the boys in the garden. I think I do a pretty good job!”

England and Arsenal Ladies player and mum-of-twins, Casey Stoney, is also supporting the awards and will sit on the judging panel alongside representatives from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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McDonald’s Head of Women and Girls Football, Casey Stoney, said: “I started my career at the grassroots of football, and as a new mum I can already see how important this award is from both sides of the fence. There are so many mums who help to run their child’s club or volunteer at the clubhouse to help raise funds so the kids can play. It’s so important to recognise them when you consider that they’re also often juggling childcare and work on top. I cannot wait to have a kick about with the twins in a few years!”

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Coleen Rooney will present the Football Mum of the Year Award to the winner at a special ceremony at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, 2nd August.

Nominations for the McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year Award are now open and will close on 19th June 2015. To nominate a mum you know go to mcdonalds.co.uk/mumoftheyear.
The Football Mum of the Year Award will be judged by a panel of McDonald’s and Football Association representatives from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, led by McDonald’s Head of Women & Girls’ Football and England and Arsenal Ladies player, Casey Stoney

The panel includes:

  • Casey Stoney – McDonald’s Head of Women & Girls’ Football and England and Arsenal Ladies player
  • Ashley Hutton – Northern Ireland Ladies captain
  • Helen Ward – Wales and Reading FC Ladies player
  • Zoe Wishman –Senior Marketing Manager at The FA
  • Kate Walker – McDonald’s Franchisee, Scotland

Being a football Mum isn’t easy! I should know I have been there. Juggling taking my son to football but also keeping his two younger brothers entertained during training and matches. When my eldest was younger he joined a team at the age 5, and he played for that team until he was 9. Every week I took him to local park on a Tuesday after school and a Saturday morning for training and on the Sunday we drove to the matches. I watched and cheered him and the team on from the sideline every week. I collected the subs from Parent every week and I helped organise events to raise money for the boy’s team. It was tiring, but the look on my sons face when he was running with the ball was enough for me to carry on with the busy weekends. My son stopped playing football with the team because his confidence fell, but he is now 12 years old and playing for his senior school team.

Good Luck to all that enter, you all deserve a medal for the commitment :-)

I have received no payment for sharing this post. I was invited along to an event to promote the FOTY nominations