Bake, Make and Take with Paper Eskimo

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Dec 302016

School fundraisers, class parties, birthdays, celebrations, festive lunches and BBQs… it has sure been a busy December month of whipping up tasty treats here at Hip Little One HQ. With a big family like ours there is always plenty of baking to be done, so when I spotted all these gorgeous Paper Eskimo party goods on sale at Little Styles I just had to stock up:

The Paper Eskimo party range includes baking cups, paper straws, cupcake toppers, invitations, styling tags and more and it’s all on sale! To save even more check out the amazing offer below:

For a limited time only save a massive 40% storewide at Little Styles (including sale items!), simply enter the code ‘yes40’ at checkout.

I first discovered the stylish Paper Eskimo Baking Cups (RRP $6.95, now $2.95-$3.95) a few years ago and have been a big fan ever since. They hold their shape beautifully (unlike the cheap thin patty pans) and look super festive and fancy, especially when you have a whole cupcake stand fun! Each tube holds 25 baking cups and you can safely store any spares in the tube for the next party. Don’t forget to use the discount code to save an extra 40%!

I have to admit, the one bargain I am most excited about would have to be the lovely Paper Eskimo Classroom Kits (RRP $15.95, now $4.95). When you use the code ‘yes40’ at checkout they come down to just $2.97, now that’s a steal! These ultimate party packs contain 24 paper baking cups, 24 cupcake toppers, 24 cupcake cello bags & inserts and 24 tags & strings; everything you need to bake, make and take the perfect batch of sweet treats. There are several different colours/prints to choose from so you can find the perfect match for the occasion.

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The Power of Flour

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Oct 312016


After a busy week of stressing, rushing and running around we were all in desperate need of some quiet time at home, so we cancelled our Sunday plans and instead we pottered in the garden, played games and got the kitchen dirty by cooking up a storm. I love trying something different and Rowie Dillon’s new cookbook is definitely full of refreshing ideas:


If you thought gluten-free meant boring and plain you’re in for a big surprise with The Power of Flour (RRP $35), a wonderful cookbook exploring a range of different flour types. From delicious desserts and yummy treats to hearty dinners, Rowie shows how to make a gluten, wheat and yeast free diet exciting and fun. Filled with more than 150 pages of recipes there is a wonderful dish for everyone.

As a mother of several children with food allergies I know how overwhelming it can be, and it is easy to feel limited in your options. The Power of Flour is a wonderful way to discover flours that you may not have heard of before, it teaches you about popular flours like quinoa, amaranth and polenta but also introduces you to less common alternatives like potato flour, teff flour, sorghum flour and lupin flour.


On Sunday morning we tried Rowie’s Porridge with Apple, Coconut, Goji and Blueberries, a wonderful, warming breakfast that went down a treat with all five kids. I have no doubt this will become a weekend-favourite for us, it takes a bit of time to cook the quinoa but the wonderful mix of flavours is totally worth it.


For lunch we grabbed our star-shaped muffin tray and whipped up a big puffy batch of Brazilian Cheese Breads with tapioca flour and parmesan cheese. They were so simple to make and turned out really light and fluffy, they would be an ideal side dish at a BBQ and we had enough left to pack some in the lunchboxes the next day too, bonus.


Last but not least we finished our day of down-time on a high note with the World’s Best Carrot Cake. With beautiful ingredients like freshly grated carrot, rice flour, walnut and coconut you can almost trick yourself into thinking this is a healthy treat, until you sink your teeth into the sticky and scrumptious cream cheese icing… This would make the perfect gluten-free party cake for your next celebration.

To find out more about New Holland Publishers, to take a closer look at The Power of Flour by Rowie Dillion and to order a copy online visit

Jun 122016

Adventure Lane

Over the past few months I have added some fantastic cookbooks to my kitchen collection, something my hungry tribe is very excited about. They love trying out my new creations (food never lasts long here!) and they love it even more when they get to assist in the cooking process. This weekend we’re cooking up a storm for Hip Daddy’s birthday with this gorgeous new arrival from Adventure Lane:

Little Mashers

Packed in a funky reusable suitcase that doubles as a pretend stove the Junior Masher Chef Set (RRP $49) is the perfect gift for any young chef.

Junior Masher ChefInside this cool kitchen kit your budding cooks will find all they need to take their cooking from play to prof: a Junior Mashers Chef apron with a fun print, a wooden spoon and rolling pin, three recipe cards featuring six delicious family favourites and even a proper chef’s hat to complete the look. Banana + Raisin Pancakes, Meatballs with Pasta, Mini Apple Pies, what’s at the top of your family menu?

Fruit Face ApronThe hat and apron are made from beautiful, thick, high-quality cotton that is heavy and durable. To make sure it fits a wide range of ages the chef’s hat has an adjustable velcro closure (we’ve successfully tried it on ages 3 to 7) and the waist/neck ties of the apron can also be adjusted to ensure a correct fit for each little chef. Whether it’s for pretend play or for real baking and cooking or both, this is a great versatile set that will provide creative kids with hours of entertainment.

They say there can only be one chef in the kitchen, but just in case you employ a few sous-chefs too (I am blessed with four of them!) you’ll pleased to know that the Junior Masher Chef Set is available in six different designs: Silly Sausage, Veggie Face, Cheeky Chops, Feed Me, A Good Egg and Fruit Face.

Little Mashers Pretend Play

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Busy Mum’s Cookbook

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May 242016

Random House Australia

When people find out we have five children the first comment is usually ‘Gosh, you must be very busy!’. Yes, my large family does keep me busy but I wouldn’t swap it for the world. The key to staying on top of all the madness is being organised, setting priorities and creating your own list of quick ‘tricks’ that will make your day run smoothly. Family meals ares one of those hectic times that can easily get stressful, luckily kitchen queen Annabel Karmel is coming to our rescue with a brand new cookbook:

Busy Mum's Cookbook

Not only is she loved around the globe for her healthy, no-fuss, family-friendly recipes, Annabel Karmel is also a mother herself so she knows firsthand what busy mums really need and want. Fresh of the press Busy Mum’s Cookbook (RRP $55) is a beautiful, full-colour cookbook filled with more than 100 simple, tasty recipes that will get the thumbs up from the whole family without stressing out the chef (or requiring hours of kitchen preparation).

Annabel's Cheese and Tomato TartletsFlicking through Annabel’s new book has left me inspired, it contains so many mouthwatering dishes and there really is something for everyone. Mostly based on simple ingredients that you already have in the pantry or can pick up at any supermarket the recipes are easy-to-follow and have a real, warm, homely feel to them that even your fussiest eater will love. At the same time the meals look impressive and will wow any guests at your dinner table. Annabel has kindly included handy time-saving tips, freezer advice and interesting variations throughout the book to take your cooking fun even further.

So far our family has tested (and unanimously approved of) the Bacon and Pea Risotto, Mediterranean Oven-Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Tasty Spinach Soup and Frittata with Cherry Tomatoes. Miss 3 and I also whipped up these super easy Apricot, Pecan, Raisin and Chocolate Cookies (see recipe below), totally yummy and ready in just 20 minutes or 25 if a toddler is in charge! Next on my to-make list are the Bang bang Chicken Salad, Herb Crusted Salmon and the Chocolate Pear Pudding, I can’t wait to tuck into those later this week.

Busy Mum's Cookbook

From quick 20 minute meals to scrumptious sweet treats, from pantry cooking to entertaining, from lunchboxes and snacks to make ahead meals and more, if you like the sound of nutritious, delicious and stress-free family cooking you are sure to love Busy Mum’s Cookbook.

To find out more about Busy Mum’s Cookbook by Annabel Karmel, distributed by Random House Australia, and to order a copy online visit

Annabel's Apricot & Pecan Cookies

Apricot, Pecan, Raisin and Chocolate Cookies
From Busy Mum’s Cookbook by Annabel Karmel

100g unsalted butter, softened
100g light soft brown sugar
1 large egg
150g porridge oats
75g self-raising flour, sifted
A pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
50g dried apricots, roughly chopped
50g raisins
25g pecans, roughly chopped
100g dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas4 and line two large baking sheets with non-stick baking paper.
2. Cream the butter with the sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy, then add the egg and beat again. Fold in the remaining ingredients until well incorporated.
3. Shape the cookie dough into 20 balls. Place on the prepared baking sheets, well-spaced apart, and press down slightly to flatten. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden but still slightly soft in the middle. Leave to cool on the sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 – 12 minutes
Makes 20 cookies
Suitable for freezing once baked

Scrumptious Sundays

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Apr 102016

Almond Cookies

I generally try to resist after dinner treats but sometimes I just can’t help it, we all crave a bit of something sweet and scrumptious every now and then. Obviously a prepackaged snack would be quick and easy but I have discovered that (while more effort) making my own treats is much more rewarding and at least I know exactly what goes in them.

Almond Biscuits

It can be a bit of a puzzle to create with what’s in your pantry at the time and it doesn’t always work out but I was super duper pleased with how these almond biscuits turned out. They were simple to make and the kids absolute loved them too, in fact I thought they were even more delicious the next day:

Dry ingredients:
2 cups of Almond Meal
1/4 tsp of Baking Soda
2 pinches of salt

Wet ingredients:
70ml Coconut Oil (melted)
4 tbsp of Maple Syrup
4 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste

Dusting mix:
2 tbsp of Cinnamon
2 tbsp of Coconut Sugar

This is how you do it:
Preheat your oven to 175° C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Prepare your dusting mix and set aside for later.
Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl and mix all the wet ingredients in another bowl.
Combine the wet and the dry mixtures into one, gooey, sticky dough
Using a metal spoon create a little ball (roughly the size of a small walnut) and gently roll it through the dusting mix to coat, it will be sticky! You should get about 20 balls out of this but of course you can make your biscuits as big or small as you like.
Place each ball on your baking tray whilst leaving enough space in between (they will grow in the oven) and flatten them slightly with the palm of your hand.
Bake for approximately 9 minutes until golden and still soft in the centre.
Be patient and let the biscuits cool before removing them from the paper or they will fall apart. Enjoy!

A Christmas wish on a dish

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Dec 092013

Wholeberry Folk

A few months ago I picked up a gorgeous star-shaped muffin tray for just $3, I am always thinking ahead and figured it would be perfect for baking some yummy Christmas treats for our neighbours as opposed to traditional Christmas cards. Now you never really know how baked treats will turn out until you try so two weeks ago I did a quick test-run with a new home-style baking mix from Wholeberry Folk:

Wholeberry Folk

I would like to say that the cupcakes didn’t turn out very well and that’s why we had to eat them but that would be a lie. They turned out really well and were absolutely perfect but we still ate them all, without giving any to the neighbours… After trying one we just couldn’t resist, they were scrumptious. There are four different Wholeberry Folk cupcake and cookie mixes to choose from, we chose Banana Split (chocolate cupcake with banana icing) and it was delicious.

Ready to go in the oven

Ready to go in the oven

Not only were the Wholeberry Folk Banana Split Cupcakes really yummy, they are also preservative and additive free and made with only natural ingredients, real fruit, nutritious spelt flour and 25% less sugar than other leading brands. That’s a lot of wholesome-ness for something you find on the shelves of your local supermarket! I’ll definitely be keeping a few packets in the pantry for unexpected guests or a tasty after school treat. Bonus: You can even make these delights dairy free by replacing milk and butter by soy milk and coconut oil.

Fresh out of the oven

Fresh out of the oven

After giving the first batch the thumbs up we tried again a week later, they looked super cute finished and this time we quickly delivered them to our neighbours before we could eat them all. One packet of Wholeberry Folk cupcake mix is enough to make 12 BIG cupcakes or you can make 24 smaller treats like we did, there even was some left to be licked up by my hungry bunch.

A Christmas wish on a dish

A Christmas wish on a dish

The Wholeberry Folk range is available in Woolworths stores nationwide, find your favourite Wholeberry Folk products (RRP $6.49) in the baking aisle.

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A prehistoric cookie

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Oct 272013

Dinosaur Cookie Cutters

When it comes to Christmas gift shopping it can be hard to come up with original gifts, especially when you are trying to stick to a budget too. Particularly when you are buying presents for friends and neighbours as well as your own family the costs add up quickly, which is why I always keep a steady supply of ‘low cost’ presents in my gift cupboard to help me out at Christmas time, on birthdays and other occasions.

If you are looking for an original gift for a cool little dude look no further than these hip 3D Dinosaur Cookie Cutters from Oranges and Lemons Boutique:

3D Dinosaur Cookie Cutters

3D Dinosaur Cookie Cutters

Cookie CuttersThe 3D Dinosaur Cookie Cutters by Londen label Suck UK are sure to be a hit with dino crazy little boys. First there is the fun of making the dough, cutting the shapes and baking them followed by the assembling and of course the eating. Each dinosaur kit contains 4 cutters and together the four shapes make a fabulous edable 3D dinosaur that can stand up all by himself! There are four different dinosaurs to choose from and with a pleasant $14.95 price tag you may want to collect them all.

Cut, Bake, Build and Enjoy!

Cut, Bake, Build and Enjoy!

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