26 June 2013

MOPS Craft Lesson - Cookies in a Jar

This week at MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) our craft session was creating Cookies in a Jar! The jars are full of the dry ingredients required to make a batch of 24 biscuits and all you need to do is add some butter, an egg and vanilla essence! Simply layer the required ingredients (pretty much straight from your pantry staples) and add a bit of ribbon and a label for decoration. And "ta-da!" you have a gift beautifully packaged in a jar and ready to give! Enjoy!

Tutorial instructions are available HERE

07 June 2013

Family Favourite: Potato & Bacon Soup

This soup is ideal for when you have an empty fridge and pantry and desperately need to do a shop but can't be bothered! All you really need are a few potatoes and a little bit of bacon and you've got a delicious soup that the whole family will love! It's a warm, hearty, nutritious and really yummy winter soup!


4 bacon rashes, diced
30g butter
3 medium onions, diced
2Tbs plain flour
1L (4 cups) water
4 vegetable stock cubes
4 medium potatoes, chopped
2 egg yolks
300g carton of sour cream
Parsley to garnish


The number of vegetable stock depends on the amount required  per 250ml of water. My cubes in the pantry are 1 cube for every 250ml.

  • Cook bacon and onion in a large saucepan until lightly browned.
  • Add butter and onions cooking over low heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Add flour, stir over medium heat for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat, gradually add water, stock cubes and potatoes and bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes or until potatoes are cooked.
  • Combine egg yolks and sour cream then gradually stir through and reheat without boiling.
  • Serve in your favourite soup bowl with some chopped parsley to garnish.