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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Kids’ Birthday Party Treats

A kids’ birthday party would not be a birthday party without cake, but blowing out the candles and cutting the cake is an occasion in itself, usually occurring near the end of the party. What do you feed the kids in the meantime? Hot dogs, hamburgers and mini pizzas are kids’ birthday party staples, but what about treats? The following two simple, tasty suggestions are ideal for an outdoor summer party, and are sure to go down a treat.

Ice Cream Pops

Requiring no assembly whatsoever, ice cream pops are the easiest treat that you could possibly serve at a children’s birthday party, and are particularly suited to a hot summer’s day. Pop a selection of fruit ice pops and chocolate ice pops in a cooler box filled with ice, replenishing every so often from your freezer as stocks run low.

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

On the topic of ice cream, if you want to go to a little bit more effort, these brownie ice cream sandwiches are delicious and ridiculously easy to make.

Ingredients:

½ cup unsalted butter or margarine

115g baking chocolate or dark chocolate

1 cup sugar

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp vanilla essence

2 large eggs

¾ cup cake flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 cup raspberries or cherries

1 tbsp icing sugar

1/3 of vanilla ice cream tub [2l]

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a baking tray.
  2. Melt the butter/margarine and chocolate and combine. In a medium sized mixing bowl add the sugar, salt and vanilla to the butter/margarine and chocolate mixture. Add the eggs and stir until well-mixed.
  3. Add the flour and cocoa powder and mix well, ensuring that the batter is lump-free. Pour the batter into your baking tray and spread evenly. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck into the brownie mix comes out without any batter on it.
  4. Allow to cool completely. Use a fork to combine the raspberries/cherries and the icing sugar in a bowl.
  5. Transfer the brownie to a large cutting board. Cut the brownies into largish squares and then cut each square horizontally in half. Place the bottom half of the brownie on a square of cling wrap big enough to wrap the entire brownie sandwich in. Scoop decent amount of ice cream onto bottom half of the brownie and spread evenly. Spread the raspberries/cherries and icing sugar mixture over the ice cream and top with the top half of the brownie.
  6. Wrap the brownie sandwich tightly in cling wrap. Repeat the process for each brownie. Place the wrapped up brownie sandwiches in the freezer for at least 3-4 hours before serving.

Voila! Be sure to serve the brownie sandwiches outside, as the eating process can become a little bit messy, and be prepared to be inundated with recipe requests.

 

Stuck at Home?, Here Things to Do

In spite of the fact that it’s basically a speculating amusement on how the climate in Qatar will be this end of the week, many individuals will in all probability remain home. Wouldn’t that be exhausting? All things considered, it doesn’t need to be. Family, companions and neighbors can at present bond, have a great time and sneak in some wellness exercises in spite of remaining in near closeness to their homes.

Go Have a Pool Party!

Hot and moist climate + pool + people = fun. Simple condition to get it. A plunge in the pool can absolutely be an invigorating. A keen approach to add some wellness is to play pool recreations. A swimming race can advance an entire body workout. A fortune chase approaching members to look for a particular thing on the pool base activities the members’ lungs since they should jump and inquiry the pool. Also, yes, put a net over the pool and you can play water volleyball. On the off chance that you need to have a more cozy holding time, keep the pool exercises inside the family. In any case, it will be a good times.

Okay, so not everybody has a pool in their home or villa. So what now? Well you can always improvise. Inflatable pools are available in sports and online shops. Just purchase a big one-or two if you really have space-and problem solved. You don’t even need to get out of the house since online shops can deliver it right in front of your doorstep.

Cook Together

Cooking together is a great family activity, especially for kids. Besides bonding, it’s a great way to teach kids responsibility. Also, it’s a subtle way to teach them healthy eating. And who knows? You might discover that you have a little chef in the family.

If family and friends already know how to cook, then have a ‘cook off’. Decide on a theme or a signature dish and cook away. You can do it individually or by teams. Choose a judge or judges, so someone will make an official decision on whose dish is the best. In truth though, everyone wins because not only will everyone bond, they will be full and burping when it’s all over.

Get Fit With the Kids

Obviously, kids love playing. Exercising? Not much. Unless you introduce it in a playful way. Teach your kids light exercises like running in place and jumping jacks. Make it fun. Be creative (ever teach kids basic Yoga?). Besides the bonding, you and kids will get fit.

Have a Barbeque

Speaking of cooking, here’s a summer activity which will never get old-barbecue! Just the sweet smell of cooking meat-especially if done in coals (forget about the electric griller) can liven up the summer. Add some wood chips to the coal to give it a distinct flavor and aroma. But meats are not the only ones you can grill. Brush olive oil on vegetable slices like carrots, zucchini, tomatoes, and sprinkle some spices and they are good to go. Put some corn on the griller too. Grilling is a healthy way to cook food, mind you.

Go Old School

Fight the urge to just grab your smartphone and tablet and play all day. Instead, play the old school way. Play board games like Scrabble or Monopoly with family and friends. This way, you get actual interaction from your family and friends. You also might learn a thing or two. You can even play charades-the game where a person acts out a specific word and everyone guesses.

Keep Your Kitchen Clean with These Tips

A perfect kitchen is the way to a glad home, however cleaning the kitchen is regularly high on the “Minimum Favorite Things” schedule. Determined stains and filthy dishes are sufficient to subdue any contemplations of kitchen cleaning, for the most part because of the measure of exertion that is required for practically no reward.

What you may not understand however, is that there are much less demanding and more compelling routes in which to free your kitchen of oil and grime. These helpful cleaning tips and traps will keep your kitchen spotless for more, and without as much elbow oil.

Spill-verification your ice chest

On the off chance that there’s one thing in the kitchen that never remains clean, it’s the ice chest. Regardless of how mindful you are or how often you advise your family to be cautious, something will fall over and make one unbelievable chaos: a wreck that outcomes in you emptying the ice chest and clean every last bit of the racks.

A straightforward spill-evidence arrangement is to fix your racks with stick wrap so that, in case of a wreck, all that you need to do is expel and supplant the defensive layer.

Double up on the bin bags

Kitchen bins get very dirty, very quickly, even more so when the bin bags break. A good way in which to prevent your kitchen bin from getting filthy is to double line it with bin bags.

The first bag will hold all of the rubbish, as per usual, while the second bag acts as a protective layer against any spills or leaks from the first. This method may use double the bags, but will save you plenty of time and effort cleaning an otherwise messy bin.

Foil oven tray grease and grime

There’s nothing more discouraging about preparing home cooked meals than the mess that’s left behind afterwards. This is particularly true for meals that are prepared in the oven. Once you get around to cleaning everything after the meal, the grease and grime has hardened in the oven tray, making it almost impossible to get properly clean.

In order to avoid post-meal frustrations in the future, simply line your oven trays with heavy-duty tin foil, so that all of the leftover mess from your meals is easily removable.

Quick and easy microwave clean

The microwave is another area of the kitchen that is prone to splatter and scum that can be tricky to clean. If you’re battling to rid your microwave of meal remnants, then just grab some paper towels, soak them in water and microwave them on high for a few minutes. For added effectiveness, add a dash of lemon juice or vinegar.

The steam from the towels will loosen the dirt and make the microwave much easier to clean. Once you’re done steaming, leave the towels to cool for a minute or two and use them to wipe down the microwave.