Happy Home Family Cookbook by RICE

I do hope you had a wonderful Xmas and are SUPER ready to style those kids lives up for 2017. And in the true spirit of giving – we at KSJ shall give you the tools to do just that! And this first post of the new year is no exception, with a brilliant new book that is part recipes, part crafts for the family kitchen by the brilliant Charlotte Gueniau founder of fabulous lifestyle brand RICE.

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To the uninitiated  – how dare you – and to those who know, know that RICE have been making the most brilliant, bright and bold ethically sourced home accessories for kids (and adults – but we are not bovvered too much about them here) for 20 years!

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And now, with her new book Happy Home – Everyday Magic for the Family Kitchen – you can learn how to cook her delicious, easy recipes for your friends and family: Spongy Lemon Cake, Sweet Potato Hummus, Chocolate Kisses, Chicken Curry, and many more. Above, are her Classic Spring Rolls.

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And because it’s for family and we all know how good kids are at S.I.T.T.I.N.G. at the table N.I.C.E.L.Y. – it also handily includes some fun, family activities for all ages – because those moments we spend together as a family – whether eta-i.org/provigil.html eating or whatever – are very precious and special (sometimes!!!!). Above, we have her Perfect Pink Starter. Pink, by the way, is all the rage for SS16 don’t you know?

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So craft-wise, we are talking, how to make glittery straws, ice cubes with edible flowers, butterfly wallpaper and more, more, MORE. Here we have her ideas for ‘tea’ – Rocky Road and Date Balls. Dribble dribble.

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Food and crafts go hand in hand throughout the book – whether making Chicken Curry in a Hurry (I like how she did that) or Pink Sesame Potatoes – you can put the EXTRA into the ordinary by learning how to make her DIY glittery straw decorations or ice-cream garlands to add that extra bit of jjujjjjjjj (how does one spell that properly?!!).

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Charlotte lives by the mantra Families that Play Together, Stay Together. This book is her inspiration to us to get ‘doing’ things together. I’m all for quiet kids and stuffing my face so this is a win, win situation for me.

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So, there you go. I’m in. For myself and for presents. Happy Home – Everyday Magic for the Family Kitchen is available in English and French for £16.99 from Rice and is available to pre-order from Amazon. Get family busy!

Bonfire Night Chocolate Apple Pops Recipe and Tutorial

Summer holiday – tick. Back to school – tick. Halloween – tick. Where has this year gone? And all that’s happening as it speeds by, is that I am ageing. Argh. It’s frightening. I need a treat to make myself feel better. And given my need for sweet, plus Bonfire Night on the horizon this weekend, I have the perfect recipe and tutorial. Chocolate dipped apples – or as I prefer to call them Apple Pops. Let’s get involved.

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Hemsley + Hemsley Take You to Paradise

Remember, remember the 5th of November. Now we know we’ve all over-sugared it with Halloween, so today I wanted to give you something for Bonfire night. Something much healthier than a Toffee Apple.

Now, what I find with a lot of the ‘Clean/Healthy Eating’ recipes, is that the food is yuck, my kids close their mouths to it, and we end up eating ice-cream to drown our sorrows. So I for one am a huge fan of the Hemsley Sisters’ recipes. Not only are the dishes beautiful to look at, they actually taste as good as they look. And double bonus, they are G.O.O.D. for you! And today you lucky things, triple bonus, they have shared with us their recipe for these Paradise Bars. Let’s go!

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A Spoonful of Sugar..

We give our kids healthy treats. They don’t drink fizzy drinks, they don’t eat chocolate or sweets – only dried fruit. We are good mothers.

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Or are we? Actually, we are not according to a brilliant film ‘That Sugar Film’ by Damon Gameau. Join me on Saturday November 7th at the next Smart Thinking For Kids UrbanExplorer event for all the family. The film will be screened and discussed in a Q&A with not only the director himself, but also a panel of experts including the sickeningly healthy looking and beautiful sisters from Hemsley + Hemsley, Merrilees Parker and others.

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The film is a documentary about one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves.

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‘That Sugar Film’ will forever change the way you think about ‘healthy’ food. Here’s a snippet.

Tickets are from £10 which includes a treat bag and a kids goody bag and trust me, this will be the best money you spend this year after all, it’s not just for this screening, it’s for life! Get busy!

Sprinkly Milk Bottles

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! KSJ is 3 this week!

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Now, if we were going to throw ourselves a party it would have to look absolutely FABULOUS in every way. So this week to celebrate our birthday, we are dedicating our posts to quick and easy party ideas to STYLE up your parties.

After-all, if we have to deal with a room full of screaming kids, an unnecessarily loud party entertainer and lots of potential mess the least we can do is make the other mums jealous of our creative genius..

Here is a simple, but super stylish idea that’s a winner at any children’s party!

Sprinkly Milk Bottles

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