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Homemade Choc Chip and Berry Swirl Ice Cream

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I’m back, school holidays and all!

Wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to get a second recipe out to you guys this week but thanks to a homeday, the 2 older kidlets standing in as extra kitchen hands and one Miss 4 co-operating and having her day nap I was able to get this little treasure made, edited and written up ready for you all to get creating with.

Last week Miss 8 bought home an Ice Cream recipe her gorgeous, thoughtful teacher photo copied for her from a book at school (just don’t ask me what book?!). I got handed the photo copy and the request was made ‘Mum can we make this while we’re on school holidays?’ And you guys know me, never one to decline any opportunity to create in the kitchen (especially something “sweet”), ‘sounds like a great plan to me’ I replied……..and so operation Homemade Choc Chip and Berry Swirl Ice Cream began to hatch, no plain vanilla ice cream in this neck of the woods!

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Easy Beef and Vegetable Noodles

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School holidays are upon us here at Zamamabakes HQ as I’m sure they are for a good bunch of you lovelies too.

Having the 3 kidlets home on my ‘blogging’ work day means getting to straight to the point a little quicker, my time is more theirs at the moment.

I thought I’d share one of the family dinners “we’ve” (Miss 4 has a go) been enjoying of late…..Easy Beef and Vegetable Noodles.

Here’s a sneak peek at what dinner looks like most weeknights before Zadada arrives home from work.

easy beef and vegetable noodles taste testers

That cheeky little 4-year-old Monkey at the front takes a good hour to eat her meal if I don’t assist (even with the broccoli removed), that’s why I still assist! I should mention if it was chicken nuggets and chips on her plate it would be inhaled (that’s the only exception and very much a sometimes/Mummy needs her sanity kind of meal!).

What I love most about this Beef and Vegetable Noodle dish is how easy it is to throw together, it’s budget friendly (mince is good like that), and you get to give

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Cake 2 The Rescue – Roller Skate Birthday Cake Review

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This post is in collaboration with Cake 2 The Rescue


It’s been a week of crazy busy here but good crazy busy, especially the celebration of our now Miss 8’s Birthday last Friday!

For those of you who follow me on Facebook and Instagram you may have recently caught my lead up posts to the making and revealing of Miss 8’s Birthday cake.

The little poppet caught me by surprise a few weeks ago when I asked her (as I do to all 3 kidlets on their birthdays) what type of cake she would like me to make her? ‘A Roller Skate Cake, Mum’ was the answer I got. My immediate thought was, I don’t think the Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Cook Book (my go-to kidlet birthday cake making encyclopaedia) has a roller skate cake in it??? Nope.

My next thought was

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Wholemeal Zucchini, Choc Chip & Chia Muffins

Wholemeal Zucchini, Choc Chip & Chia Muffins

The lunchbox treasures continue this week as I’m still on a bit of a roll making sweet something’s for the kidlets lunches, so far the tiny teddies are still contained in their packets in my pantry (desperate measures haven’t struck, YET!)

With Zucchini having such a subtle flavour I thought they would be the perfect vegetable to disguise in these muffins taking them to a slightly healthier version of a sweet something.

Being chocolaty (great camouflage) I used wholemeal flour too (another healthy tick!), our Miss 4 needs all the fibre she can get at the moment, let’s just say there’s been

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Oven Baked Chicken Bites

Oven Baked chicken bites

Hello lovely people, I hope you all had a happy and safe Easter long weekend.

For once I’m happy to report there’s not an ounce of chocolate in sight today, phew. With the school holidays being right upon us I thought a savoury post of some yummy oven baked chicken bites was more in order. For me this is good news because I really did indulge over Easter, to the point where

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Nut Free Snack Bites

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With the kids heading back to school tomorrow lunchbox snack options have been on my mind. Nut Free Snack Bites to be precise.

There are so many different types of snack bliss balls getting around cyber space at the moment but generally they consist of a nut base and if your schools and preschools are anything like ours you’re looking at a big FROWN or complete NO NO to nuts being taken to school and understandably with the amount of little kidlets out there with nut allergies (cyber supportive hugs going out to all parents dealing with any food allergies).

Fortunately our 3 kidlets have so far dodged any major food allergies, Master Blake has a slight dairy intolerance but apart from that we’re good. We do enjoy our nuts but keep them for home snacks, which brings me back to the subject of nut free snacks for those lunchboxes!

A week or so ago I saw this post from the gorgeous Lauren over at Create Bake Make for Easy Muesli Balls, and around the same time my sister told me about some Chia seeds she’s been enjoying. Mmmmmm a Nut Free Snack Bite all rolled up into a little ball was on my mind.

The 3 kidlets love their breakfast cereal…… corn flakes, rice bubbles and weetbix are staples in our pantry, I narrowed it down to the bubbles and flakes. Chocolate is another of their loves (I can’t blame them) but I didn’t want these balls to have too much processed sugar unlike my Triple Choc Malteser Balls (I was aiming for a healthier option this time) so dates came into the equation, they act as the perfect sweetener and help to hold these little balls together. Also added to the mix were a few chia seeds which help to keep those little and big tummies fuller for longer and for a little hint of chocolate I added some cocoa (if you want to be super healthy use cacao powder)

The end result was a huge success, by that I mean I rolled 18 balls and by the time I had finished rolling I only had 11 balls to pop in the fridge?? Check out 2 of my little taste testers below, Zadada and Blake were way too quick for me.

Here’s your How-to:

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Nut Free Snack Bites
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Serves: 18
  • 1½ cups pitted dates
  • 1 cup cornflakes
  • 1 cup rice bubbles
  • 1½ tablespoons Chia seeds
  • 2½ tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  1. Combine all ingredients except for desiccated coconut in a food processor.
  2. Whizz together until mixture resembles a rough sticky dough, if mixture is still crumbly add a little more water 1 teaspoon at a time until it will squeeze and hold together (test a teaspoonful in your hand).
  3. Squeeze heaped teaspoonful's of mixture into ball shapes, roll in coconut.
  4. Store Nut Free Snack Bites in an air tight container in fridge for up to 2 weeks.


So the lunch boxes are packed (I like to do them the night before), the snack bites are ready and waiting to be eaten along with a wholemeal banana muffin, recipe here, (scroll to bottom of post to NOTE).

What’s your favourite Nut Free snack/treat you pack in the kidlets lunchboxes?

Wishing all the students and teachers a smooth  first week of Term 1.

Until later this week…..


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Super Quick & Easy Sausage Rolls


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These school holidays are just flying past for us, how about you?

Each day we catch at home (in-between me working and our social diary) starts with the usual daily chores. Zadada usually covers the kidlets breakfast then he’s out the door and off to work, I get onto the bed making, washing, picking up, vacuuming…….I’m sure you know the drill well. Then there’s some snack making, arguments to referee, playing games, cleaning up unexpected messes (I dropped a bottle of caramalised balsamic vinegar on my white tiles at lunch today!) life is never dull is it!

What I love most about home days is that it usually involves some baking with the kidlets. Earlier this week I shared a little baking adventure Ella and I had making Jam Drops.

Today it’s Blake’s turn to shine on the blog.

Using the same recipe book Ella spotted the Jam drops in (The Kooky 3D kids Baking book), Blake found himself a recipe he was very keen to make, ‘Sausage Rolls’. What I found most appealing was the fact that we only needed 3 ingredients to create them……puff pastry, small sausages (otherwise known as chipolatas) and 1 egg! How good is that! Perfect for kids cooking in the kitchen.

I do enjoy a delicious lean homemade sausage roll but there’s usually a decent bit of time involved, chopping, dicing and mixing. The only chopping required with these little treasures is separating the sausages and cutting the pastry strips and quarters.

I’m not a huge fan of beef sausages, however Zadada is, he snuck a couple of our freshly made sausage rolls from the cooling rack and all 3 kidlets enjoyed them so that’s a mission accomplished in my eyes. I’m thinking a gourmet chicken sausage would be more up my alley. Your options are endless with all the sausage varieties out there, if the sausages you choose are a standard size just cut your pastry to suit.

These little treasures would make for perfect finger food at a party or function and if you’re Blake they’ll make a perfect lunch box treat, he thoroughly enjoyed the leftovers cold from the fridge!

Here’s how project sausage roll unfolded…..

Sausage roll instructions

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Super Quick & Easy Sausage Rolls
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Serves: 12
  • 3 sheets frozen puff pastry
  • 12 small sausages (chipolatas)
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  1. Preheat oven to 180C fan forced (190C Standard)
  2. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  3. Cut a very thin strip of pastry from each edge of each sheet (that way pastry remains square shaped). Cut the remaining pastry sheets into quarters.
  4. Place a sausage along one edge of a pastry square, leaving an even amount of space on either side. Roll up to enclose the sausage.
  5. Pinch the pastry in firmly at the end of each sausage, flaring out the ends of the pastry (it should resemble a little bon bon).
  6. Roll the reserved pastry strip in a spiral around the sausage. Place seam-side down, on the tray and brush with egg.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until puffed and golden.
  8. Serve with tomato, barbecue or sweet chilli sauce for dipping.
  9. Enjoy!

Have you got a shortcut recipe? I’d love to hear about it!

Stay tuned next week I’ve got a post brewing to keep you cool on Australia Day and it’s one the whole family will enjoy.

Until then…..


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Jam Drops Plus Some Sprinkles

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School holidays always bring a few requested baking projects from the big kidlets and these summer holidays are no exception.

Fuelling the requests has been a new recipe book Ella received for Christmas from Grandma & Pop, ‘The Kooky  3D Kids Baking Book’.  The 3D option is a bit of a head spin but both Blake and Ella found quite a few recipes to get creating with.

Generally I only need one small nudge to bake so when the kidlets make a request I do everything in my power to make it happen, sometimes it may mean waiting a few days until we get our next home day but it does happen.

Ella was up first, her request was Jam Drops, simple and straight forward but oh so mouth-wateringly tasty!

Jam drops bring fond memories of visits to my beautiful late Nanna L’s house, the rows of jars lined up along her benches with one of those jars almost always containing ‘Jam Drops’. This little recipe Ella discovered would come a close 2nd to those delicious biscuits of Nanna’s. I just love how food can do that, trigger a memory, a smile, a little piece love that never leaves your heart xxxx.

Watching the kidlets enjoy baking time in the kitchen makes me beam a big smile (they DO take after me a little bit!), the bonus being when we have a visitor the first thing that gets offered are the products of the kidlets creating efforts, for the record you don’t get the option to decline, it’s an eat eat situation my friends.

Here’s how our little Jam drop Baking session unfolded……

The apprentice at work

Jam for cooking

Visual instructions for jam

And a Jam free option, ‘SPRINKLES’ just in case jam doesn’t float your boat, we have one of those in this house 🙂

Sprinkle option

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Jam Drops Plus Some Sprinkles
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Serves: 30
  • 250g butter, cubed at room temperature
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2½ cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup jam (we used approx. 1 tablespoon of apricot and 1 of three berry jam)
  • Note: keep a little extra jam reserved for after the biscuits have come out of the oven, we topped ours up a little to pretty them up.
  • Optional extra ½ cup of hundreds and thousands/sprinkles (if you're not a jam fan)
  1. Preheat oven to 160C (Fan forced) 170C without.
  2. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.
  3. Using electric beaters increasing to high speed, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and creamy. Add the egg yolk and beat until combined.
  4. Sift flour and baking powder over the butter mixture. Use a wooden spoon or beat on low speed until mixture comes together.
  5. Roll heaped teaspoons of mixture into balls. Place onto prepared trays and flatten very slightly.
  6. Note: If you're doing the Sprinkle option press one side of ball into sprinkles first and then flatten on tray. Space 3-4cm apart.
  7. For Jam Drops....
  8. Using your thumb or the end of a round handled utensil make a deep indentation in the centre of each ball. Fill each hole with jam but don't overfill or it will bubble everywhere during the baking process (you can always top them up once they're out of the oven 😉
  9. Bake 18 minutes or until lightly golden.
  10. Leave cookies on the trays for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  11. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Done some baking with the kidlets these holidays? I’d love to hear about it.

Had any precious memories triggered by food?

Stay tuned I’ve got another kidlets in the kitchen post coming your way later this week but this time with Blake and it’s for some little savoury treasures.

Until then…….




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Show Weekend Minus One Zadada

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Life has been hectic around these parts of late but I should add GOOD hectic!

When everyone is well and happy (which they are at the moment), I really have no complaints, no major ones anyway.

The weekend just past saw lots happening, here’s a little rundown:



Zadada took a well deserved break away beach camping on the Sunshine Coast with some mates (he had an early 2:30am start). He sent me a picture of the sunrise he woke up to and their camp site. Mother nature at her best!

Zadada's view

The kidlets had grandparents day at school which also entails a visit to our local agricultural show (the show just happens to be in close proximity to school and school just happens to hold Grandparents day the same day the show is on, all very convenient, the kidlets love it, not sure about the grandparents??? Thanks Mum, Dad, Uncle Brad and Aimee for taking them xx)

My brother and his gorgeous girlfriend got engaged!!!!! (very exciting)

The kidelts got taken trick or treating by Kaymac (my sister) Friday night (an extra bonus that was not in the program, I will say spoilt!)

I worked and after a full days worth of excitement  with all the above action we didn’t get home until after 9pm.

If you are a spider lover please skip the next paragraph.

Entering the family room on our arrival home I was quickly made aware (thanks Ella, you’ve invented some good dance moves) of a huntsman spider scaling its way along our ceiling, we haven’t had one visit for yonks (of course he had to choose the weekend I was flying Solo!!). It took drowning him with insect spray, a big whack with my shoe, my heart pounding and 3 kidlets hiding in the bedroom (they hate spiders!!) to get that spider sorted, phewwww ! Just call me Spidermama, it’s amazing what you’re capable of when you don’t have any Zadada’s around!

Then it was bedtime for the kidlets at least! I still had all the stock standard unpacking ahead of me (just another day hey!)


More show time!

It’s become a yearly tradition when show weekend rolls around, we go and when I say we, the kidlets usually go for a few hours with Mum and Dad on the Friday (Grandparents Day!), Zadada (who loves our agricultural show) has been known to go to the rodeo on the Friday night (that didn’t happen this year) and then when Saturday rolls around we usually go as a family!…… ‘Show Groupies’ I think we’d be classified as!

This year we were down one Zadada and he was missed (it’s just not the same flying solo!). To be honest I would have been quite happy to give it a miss this year but there was no way our 3 little munchkins were going to let me get away with that notion!

We hit the grounds of the show around 3 and caught the wood chopping final straight up,

Wood chop final

then found the snake show, we got to see a red belly black snake, a death adder and an eastern brown, after 5 minutes I’d had my dose of snakes for the decade, ‘lets move on’ I said.


I was so very grateful when an hour after our arrival Mum and Kaymac phoned and said they’d like to join us. Extra sets of hands are always warmly welcomed. We all went and checked out some much more pleasant creatures.

Animal nursery

Alani got to enjoy a lot more of the show this year, especially now that she has fully graduated from the stroller, becoming Miss independent and using that little pair of legs to walk everywhere, speaking of that little pair of legs, Alani had her sights set on the Bungee trampoline (that’s what the big kidlets call it), just check her out, not half proud!

Bungee Tramp

We then had a quick squiz at what the locals had been creating and it wouldn’t have been complete without viewing some baking!

Thinking maybe I should pop an entry in next year!

Display pavilion

Next up was a first time ride on the whizzer for Master Blake. Kaymac was happy to be the attending adult while I got to snap up their fun!

The first time whizzer rider

The rest, well it speaks for itself here you go…… (check out the happy threenager, a day out wouldn’t be complete without a little meltdown, this was the good picture)

A quick mummy snap


horse action


hooking ducks

Of course we finished on a high note……FOOD!!!!

Blake tried his first ever Dagwood dog with no ill side effects! The girls settled for some hot chips and a slice of Grandma’s Pizza!

Dagwood dog experience

I headed straight for some vegetarian food I enjoyed so much last year. When you’re on a good thing…….. and dessert was a must!

Zamama's food experience

We had a lovely afternoon and evening the only thing missing was our Zadada.

I managed to sneak us home before dark though I did have someone in tears because we missed the fireworks, and I did kindly and calmly explain you can’t get what you want all the time! Half way home that little 7 year old in tears was sound asleep.

Stay with me there’s still a bit more…….


You don’t think I’d let a weekend pass without creating in the kitchen do you?

We started with an experiment, a ‘Gummy Bear Ice Cream Slice’, Blake was my assistant. This little treasure will be starring on the blog later this week.

Ice cream slice

Then I moved onto my big project for the day a Number 1 birthday cake for a sweet little girl named Lyla. A double quantity  of butter cake later as well as a quadruple batch of butter cream icing and I had operation birthday cake sorted! I use the patterns in the original Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday cake book to shape out my numbers. Love that book, so do the kidlets.

During this little project Zadada arrived home and it was hugs all round! I know it was only 2 nights (actually 2 and 1/2) we just missed him lots and were so glad to have him home safe and sound.

someone special's number 1

And the last creation in the kitchen on Sunday was a round of homemade pizza’s for dinner! This time it was Ella’s turn.

Pizza making

Now to perfectly round a post like this off I thought we’d end things with a little pink tongue!

Betty just loves Locky and Locky has been so patient with Betty, it’s so much fun watching their little friendship unfold.

furry kids

And that my lovelies was our weekend.

How was your weekend? Do you like going to agricultural shows? Create anything in the kitchen? I’d  love to hear!

Until the next time……


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