Update – Homemade Chocolate Yogo

Well as per yesterdays post I tried my homemade chocolate yogo in the car this morning in a Sinchie and it was a huge success. Isabell sucked it all up quickly and very neatly and even though I planned ahead and put a lovely old tea towel around her to keep her top clean just in case….turns out the Sinchie made it nice and clean and no mess!  (Sorry about photo quality but only had my mobile with me!)

Success!

Success!

Homemade Chocolate Yogo?

Today I came across a recipe for Homemade Yogo, something I have always wanted to try as I used to love Yogo as a kid. For those that are not familiar with what Yogo is, it is a mix between yoghurt and custard and is chocolate flavour. I have not bought any for Isabell as trying to make the effort to keep processed foods down to a minimum but thought this might be a good way for her to try it. The recipe was found on the Sinchies website, which sell reusable packaging of which I use but more on that later.

The ingredients were easy and cheap and I already had in the pantry (yes I actually had powdered milk from making some bread) but you could also use fresh milk if you don’t have powdered. More detail in the full recipe below…..

Ingredients

Simple Ingredients

Dump it all in a saucepan

Dump it all in a saucepan

Keep whisking until boiling

Keep whisking until boiling

Let cool and it will thicken and store in fridge

Let cool and it will thicken and store in fridge

Sinchies

I store mine in reusable Sinchies

So the recipe is as follows:

Ingredients

3 cups water

1 cup powdered milk (or 750ml of fresh milk)

2 tablespoons Cocoa

3 tablespoons cornflour

1/4 cup sugar (I used raw)

Directions

Measure all ingredients into a medium sized saucepan and bring to the boil, stiring constantly (I used a whisk to ensure smooth consistancy), you will start to see and feel it thicken and take off heat and cool, then pour into container and seal and put in fridge. Not sure how long it will last but Isabell already has eaten alot of it so doubt it will hang around for long. It tasted really nice and creamy and definately nice and choclatey although probably not the same as store bought yogo but considering it would have a lot more numbered ingredients that are not good for you I am happy with the outcome.

Now onto Sinchies. I came across these a few weeks ago as they are a great little Sunshine Coast business and I was looking for an alternative to the pre bought yogurt satchels as they are about $1.40 each and Isabell on a good day can eat 3! So I thought they looked interesting and were a great idea. I ordered 5 x 140ml bags and waited for the post man. When they were delivered they looked of good quality and loved that they are see thru. I tried storing a homemade fruit slushie to start with and quickly learned not to fill them too full as impossible to close without making a serious mess. You also really need to use a funnel to ensure it all goes into the top easily.  Izzy had a bit of trouble sucking it out from the side as she is used to doing things from the top and lost interest. Cleaning them was also pretty hard and I felt like I could not get into the ends very well but going back to their website there were some good cleaning tips, such as use a bottle brush and dry on the spikes of a dishrack. So today I have tried again and put Yogo into them, going to try Isabell on them tomorrow morning on the way to playgroup. Lets see if she is happy sucking on them in the back of the car and lets see if there is a mess at the end of it!

Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey

That saying is needed when putting together Ikea furniture! Yesterday I drove down to Brisbane with Isabell, and Nanny and Poppy in tow. Now you either love or hate Ikea and I personally love it. It is a great place to get a wide range of things for the home and it is very affordable and good quality. I have not been for years as it is a 2.5 hour round trip and I only go when I actually needs something so armed with my online shopping list off we went……

Entrance

Entrance

Food Time!

Food Time!

Izzy also got to go in a lift for the very first time and she was very excited although nearly bolted out the door before they shut.

Riding in the Lift

Riding in the Lift

The only downside is that it is all flat pack and you have to make it yourself, that is where Right Tighty and Lefty Loosey comes into it. Luckily for me, Rick always puts together these types of things for me so I don’t have to worry about it but I did end up tackling Isabells paper roll holder. After all it only had four screws and a few pieces, so surely I could do it?

What you start with...

What you start with…

 

Allen Key...Ikeas Favourite Tool!

Allen Key…Ikeas Favourite Tool!

Finished Product!

Finished Product!

A few hours and several hundred dollars later, and eating our 50 cent ice cream cones we headed home. Iz Biz had a great sleep in the car and so did Poppy!

50cent Ice Creams...what more do you want?

50 cent Ice Creams…what more do you want?

Isabell desperately trying to finish her ice cream before I put her in the car!

Isabell desperately trying to finish her ice cream before I put her in the car!

 

What are your thoughts on Ikea? Love it or Hate it??

 

 

 

Magic Bullet or Magic Pain in the A#$%?

So I recently purchased a Magic Bullet as I was looking for a way to get more vegies into Isabell (2.5 years) and a few people had suggested making smoothies with fruit and vegies like spinach. I had seen the infomercials and while I said I would never purchase anything from one of these ads, after some googling and looking at pinterest I decided to give it a go.

I pinned lots of recipes here on my personal pinterest and got very excited waiting for the mail man. Well it arrived and I currently have mixed feelings about it. I like that it is really easy to clean and good size however I cannot seem to make anything nice in it. I have tried a few different smoothie combinations but really dislike the flavour of bananas which seem to be in every recipe. So off I went again in search of something that both Izzy and I would actually drink.

I started off small and easy and thought I would just make my own orange juice with the juicer attachment provided. And after a very bad start (forgot to put the blade in the bottom so it just went everywhere when I was pushing it thru), I managed to get a fair bit of juice out of 3 oranges and it tasted really nice. It was light and airy though and like it had been shaken alot but creamy and fresh.

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I then moved onto a strawberry smoothie and used fresh strawberries (my first mistake), milk (my second mistake) and uncrushed ice blocks ( my third mistake). And while the photos make it look like it was ok, it was infact watery and had huge chunks of ice in it.

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I googled some more to find out where I went wrong and discovered frozen fruit works best, no need to add as much milk and it appears the old Magic Bullet just cannot handle ice blocks from my freezer!

So at this stage I am reserving my judgement of the Magic Bullet as I do believe there was a lot of user error and practice makes perfect so I will add my adventures over the months to come and finally give a fair review.

Do you have a Magic Bullet and if so what do you think? Also any recipe ideas or tips would be very welcomed.

Hard to find the motivation on a Rainy Day

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View of our deck below on this Rainy Day

Does anyone else find it hard to get motivated and do your To Do List on a gloomy, rainy day? I certainly do!

So while my little one naps, instead of folding washing or emptying dishwasher I am doing this post then putting on a DVD and sitting on the couch with a nice cuppa. The Sunshine Coast is expected to have an above average rainfall this winter (seems like all it has done is rain since we moved here over 4 years ago) so I might finally catch up on all those DVD I have bought but are still in plastic wrap!

What do you like to do on a rainy day??