Thursday, September 20, 2012

It Really Is Love ....

From the moment Nikolas first laid on eyes on Mia back in November 2007, it was love.  Infact if I am being totally honest, Nikolas loved her before she was even born. Even though we didn't know what we were having (only my Mum did) Nikolas always knew it was a girl. And told us so! 

The very moment they first met at the hospital on 1 November 2007.  That moment was so very special to me!
I guess he felt a connection right from the very beginning. 

And over the years as they get older the dynamic continues to change between them.  Nowadays, they fight alot more.  But they really do love each other.

You can just tell by the way they pause for extra long goodbyes with each other at the morning school drop off.  They hug, kiss and say "I love you, have a good day".  And even though that happens every school day, it doesn't get old to me, my heart melts every time.

As well as being brother and sister, they are the best of friends too.  And I never want that to change.

They laugh themselves silly sometimes, they fight over sharing, they bicker about whose turn it is next, they play together, they craft and draw together and love hard for each other.

Nikolas really is a fantastic big brother and loves to teach Mia everything he knows.  It is very special.

I hope they will always share that special bond as the years pass by.  I know they will fight but I hope they get over it five minutes later and continue on with being best friends.

That's what I wish for them!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sweet Treats ....

With the warmer weather approaching I have been wanting to start making a good supply of healthy snacks for the kids.

So I had a go at making some yoghurt drops just from the large tubs of yoghurt we already had in the fridge. 

To make yoghurt drops you will need:

  • Your favourite flavoured yoghurt {I used a no fat/low sugar passionfruit flavour}
  • A stainless steel tray of some sort {a baking tray is fine}
  • A dessert spoon
  • Baking Paper
  • A butter knife
Just line the tray with baking paper and place spoonfuls of the yoghurt onto the tray in dollops.
Once you have filled the tray, just place it into the freezer to set.  Once frozen, remove the dallops from the tray with a butter knife and place into ziplock bags. That way you always have a few yummy flavours on hand.
 The mixed berry ones have been a hit!

If you prefer you could use smaller dollops of youghurt.  But at this size they are perfect for little hands to hold onto and enjoy.

It really is very fast and easy!

I have also been busy making a heap of different flavoured ice-blocks. It is a perfect way to include more fruit into the kids diet by having a healthy alternative to store bought ice-blocks. 

Flavours pictured above include:
Mixed berry {raspberries, blueberries and blackberries} with mixed berry youghurt.
Apple & Mango juice with diced kiwi fruit (these ones are delicious).
I will be experimenting with a heap more flavours in the coming weeks and am looking forward to having our banana ice-blocks back in the freezer again too.

Let me know if you end up making some of these sweet spring/summer treats and don't forget to get the kids involved too.

I will also be sharing one of our favourite afternoon tea snacks {fruit smoothies} here soon!