Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Strawberry Meringue Pie {recipe}

Who doesn't love desserts?
And to make it better who doesn't love healthy desserts?
My sister came across this recipe on a weight watchers page {here}.
She decided that she was going to make it for Easter Sunday family dinner.
It was amazing and if you're on weight watchers it only 4 pro points per serving.
Fantastic right!?

Photo from weight watchers

I made this the other night and I was so excited to eat it that I totally forgot to take pictures. Don't judge. You'll love it when you try it.
It's amazballs!!

Here's the recipe and instructions.

12 weight watchers oat digestive biscuits
25g low fat spread
2 egg whites
60g caster sugar
225g strawberries, hulled and sliced

Preheat the over to gas mark 4/180*C/fan 160*C.
Crush the biscuits to make fine crumbs.
Melt the butter and combine it with the crumbled biscuits.
Press the crumb mixture into the base of a 15cm cake tin and bake for 15 minutes.
Place the egg whites in a clean bowl and whisk until white and fluffy.
Add the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until stiff and glossy.
Arrange the biscuits on the base and swirl the meringue over the top.
Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the top is golden.
Leave to cool for 5 minutes in the tin and serve warm or cold.

It's delicious. You would never think it's a healthy option and it reminds me a little of cheesecake.

I hope you guy enjoy this.
I'm going to be posting some more healthy option recipes and weight watchers recipe on here. I'm really trying to make an effort to choose the healthier option for me and my family and cut out the sugar and processed crap that we've been eating.

Do you have any healthy recipes? Let me know what your favourite one are in the comments or chat to me on Facebook or Instagram.

Link up your recipe of the weekCasa Costello

Friday, 25 April 2014

Favourite Things Friday

It's Friday Everyone!! Woohoo!! What a week?!
The past 2 weeks have been a busy, whirlwind of craziness with the kids being on Easter holiday. I've spent less time on the computer and loads more time outside in the sun. Yes, that big orange ball that lives in the sky came a visited for for nearly 10 days straight. So, we took advantage of the good weather and stayed out til it was bedtime. Pure Bliss! I hope your week was as good as mine and the sun shone on you too.

Now, down to business. Here are this weeks picks. I hope you enjoy them. What's your favourite this week. Let me know in the comments or chat with me on Facebook {here} or Instagram {here}. I'd love to connect with you.

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Bring back play : Keep kids active

Did you know that our children aren't getting enough physical activity in their day? Did you know that 1 in 4 children are overweight or obese?
I did not!!

Did you know that children are supposed to get 60 minutes physical activity everyday? I didn't know this either. I've never sat down and thought about it before. I never thought "are my kids getting enough exercise?" How am I going to get them to do physical activity for 60 minutes? Thankfully it doesn't have to be all at once. It can be spaced out through the day making it easier to get the whole 60 minutes in. 

When I was younger we never came inside. The weather was, from what I can remember, much kinder to us back then. We didn't have 276 kids channels. We had 2. And the news was on one so I wasn't that great. We had no reason to be inside. Now there are so many things that allow kids to sit on their butts and do nothing. If you think about it, it's not surprising there are so many over weight kids.

Thankfully, my kids are very active. They run me ragged by the end of the day and never what to come inside. Even if it's pouring rain. I think that comes from seeing me and their dad being active. We run, cycle and ride horses. Our lifestyle means that we're nearly always outside doing something.

Safefood have launched a very exciting campaign all about encouraging physical activity through play for children – it’s called "Bring Back Play".  It’s part of their 3 year campaign on childhood obesity in Irish children. 

I've been sharing some of the games I used to play as a kid with my two.  When I was my daughters age my favourite thing was to run around my yard and field and pretend I was a horse. Galloping, jumping sticks on the ground. I was obsessed with horses and still am. They love to play this game. I loved to hulla hoop, ride my bike, skip and hop scotch. All simple things that keep the kids active.

If your kids are still fighting with you and still don't want to get up and go outside or the weather is just not cooperating, here are some more things that might get them up and moving.

Scavenger/treasure hunt
(This is simple getting the kids to go for a walk/cycle or do it around the house and look for a list of things.)
Indoor hop scotch
Pillow case races
Balloon tennis
Dance party
Wii exercise games
Cartoon exercise games
(This is where you set an exercise for certain things that happen in a cartoon. So if it's Mickey Mouse, every time Mickey says "Oh Toodles" the kids have to do an exercise.)

There really is no excuse in my opinion that our kids can't get in the 60 minutes. It so important for them to start young so they don't have to deal with this when they are older. Lead by example and set good ones for your kids.

This fact sheet from Safe Food really spells it out so everyone can see the benefits that exercise has on our kids  and their information hub has a list of childhood games and rules for the oldies who can't quite remember how to play these games.

If you're on Instagram, use the hashtag #60minutesaday to share how your getting your kids to get up and get active.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Easter Recap

We were blessed with the weather over the bank holiday.
The sun was shining all day long which meant that the kids were out and about all the time.
Pure heaven.

We went to the park for the first time in a very long time and they had a blast. Even the big kids have a go on the swings. 

Saturday was spent with the horses, fooling around and just enjoying the sunshine.
I love taking pictures and my favourite subject besides my kids is horses.

Jasmin had a sleepover at Nana's house Saturday so we had to plant the Magic Beans at her house. To say they were excited would be an understatement. Even Paddy knew what was going on.

Sunday morning, The seeds were gone thanks to Granddad and the lollie pops were there.
Paddy loved his but Jasmin said it didn't taste nice. Must have been the dirt. Ha!

There was plenty of chocolate and eggs and Easter goodies floating around all day. We had a big family dinner which was delicious and my sister made the most amazing dessert, Strawberry meringue biscuit cake, that will be on the blog soon. So yummy!

We had an Egg hunt with the neighbors. The girls were running around like mad rabbits and loosing all their eggs. Paddy was walking around after them picking up all the egg the girls dropped and ended up with the most eggs. Cleaver boy. We divided the eggs up after so everyone got the same.

We spent Monday chilling out in front of the tv watching Frozen. I loved the movie a little more then a grown woman should and I totally want to learn the songs. Hubs says I can't sing but I can... just badly. Ha! But I'm gonna rock those songs, Let it go, let it gooo!

Overall we had an amazing Easter with family and friends and lots of fun.
We still have the rest of this week off school and I have loads of chocolate to bribe my kids to behave.
Mom of the Year right here.

How was you Easter? Do you have as much chocolate left in your house as me? 
Have you gone mad over the Easter holidays?
Let me know n the comments I'd love to connect with my readers.
You can chat to me on Facebook or Instagram too. Just click the links below.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Grow a surprise with Magic beans

Easter is this weekend.
That means it's a long weekend and we get to eat our weight in chocolate.
Woo hoo!
I might not eat my weight in chocolate, that would be a lot but I'm gonna enjoy my little egg so much.
I also means that we get to celebrate Easter with the old and new traditions.

Our old ones are to have an egg hunt, Easter bags and a family dinner at my parents house.
Dinner will be all the trimmings just like Christmas but just a little more chocolate.
The kids will open there Easter bags to see what goodies I have in there for them.
I filled them up with crafts, toys and of course chocolates and sweets.

The newest tradition that I'm starting this year involves "Magic Beans".
I saw this idea all over pinterest last year and didn't have enough time to get it pulled together. But I got my act together this year and I'm sharing it with all you lovely people.

 The thought of a lolliepop growing over night gets me so excited that the kids will probably burst. I would have loved to wake up Easter morning to something like this.

I went to Tesco and got a pack of Jellybeans for little more than a euro. Bargain!
I put them in a sandwich bag with the top cut off and tied it with some ribbon I got in the florists. Attached the free printable below and there you have it. I can't remember where I got the giant lollie pops but if you can't find them, you could always stick a few small lollies in the ground instead.

Plant your magic jellybeans in the ground, on the night before Easter and cover them with dirt. And in the morning the magic of Easter will have grown a surprise for you.
And by the "Magic of Easter" I mean Mom or Dad have to get up early and go outside and stick the lolliepops in the ground. How magical! 

All printables on the blog are for you personal use. Feel free to print as many as you want and if you share it on your blog, let me know. I'd like to say thanks.

I honestly can't wait to see the look on the kids faces when they see the magic lollie pops.
What are your Easter traditions? Do you do anything to make it extra special for your kids. I'd love to hear them. Let me know in the comments. Maybe I'll try them out next year.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Favourite Things Friday

Hooray! It's Friday! And it's the start of the Easter holidays here in the E household and I couldn't be happier. I can't wait to just not have to go anywhere and i can't believe I'm going to say this but I really can't wait to catch up on the cleaning and organizing in the house.
It's a little bit if a mess. But enough about that, here are my favourite pick this week. They're kind of Easter themed this week so all you moms with bored kids can find something quick and easy to entertain them. If these fail just stick on Frozen and your golden. Let me know your favourites in the comments or chat to me on Facebook or Instagram. I'd love to connect with you.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Have an Egg-cellent Easter {printable}

I can't quite believe that Easter is just around the corner.
Where is the year going.

In preparation for Easter, I'm making up little goodie bags for the kids and some friends.
I love giving goodie bags to kids.
Just something small and simple can really make the Easter celebrations extra special.

And of course you know I made a little printable to finish off the whole thing.
I like to keep my printables clean and simple.
And not use all my ink at once.
So I hope you like them.

Just right-click on the image and save it to your computer.
Print it as often as you like but please only use them for personal use and link back to my blog if you share.

I've used chocolates from Aldi and Tesco in my bags. They both have a huge selection of budget friendly chocolate in their shops. Perfect for this frugal Mama. You could put stickers or small toys in there too but whatever you put in there I'm sure they'll love it.

I'm going to be sharing a new tradition that were starting in our house this Easter in a few days. I just need to find time to get some pictures and make a little printable and I'll let you all in on the magic.

Click the links below to see more Easter related posts from some amazing Irish bloggers.

Easter Eggsperiment Special over at Dr. Hows science wows
Check out these great dairy free treat ideas over at Dairy Free Kids
Easter Hama bead activity over at Learner Mama

Colorines Wonderful customized mug {Winner}

So today is the day.
I'm announcing the winner of one of these hand drawn, custom designed mugs.
But first, I would like to say a big "THANK YOU" to everyone that entered the competition.
And yes. I was shouting that thank you. Yer just great. 

And the winner is......

Laura Kenny
entry #31

Congratulations Laura. Make sure you contact  Colorines Wonderful through her facebook page {here} to discuss your design. 

Happy Hump day everyone.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Favourite Things Friday

Thank goodness for that.
My small guy has well and truly hit the " Terrible Twos" and he has been pushing my buttons all week. Trying to get things done with a screaming toddler in not an easy task. Hopefully hubs will save me and give me a break over the weekend. I really need to get a run in to clear my head and get my thoughts in order. So many ideas in that crazy head of mine.

In case you missed what I was up to this week, Monday I did a weekend recap {here}. Tuesday I shared an amazing little business that custom designs mugs for people. I have a giveaway running {here}. Go enter. NOW! Wednesday I blogged about my 10 minute dinner, Tortilla bread pizzas {here}. I've been working on some cute Easter printables and once I take some lovely pictures over the weekend they'll be up on the blog for all my lovely readers. I hope you like this weeks Favoutire Things Friday. Let me know what your favourites are in the comments or chat to me on Facebook or Instagram.

Have a great weekend everyone.
Make sure you do something you love.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Quick & Easy Tortilla Pizzas

I'm always loosing a battle when it comes to my kids and there dinners.
"I'm not hungry."
"I don't like mash potatoes."
"I want something else."
And so on, and so on.

But I came across a post on Instagram about tortilla bread pizzas.
The kids can decorate them by themselves and hopefully eat them.
We tried them the other night and it was an amazing success.
They ate every last crumb and I even thought they were delicious.

tortilla bread pizzas

All I did was spread some passata or chopped tomatoes on the breads and top with cheese, onion, peppers and ham. You can out what ever you like on your pizzas on these too.
Whack it in the oven for 10 minutes at 200*C and your done.

Bish! Bash! Bosh!
Dinner Done!
If dinner took 10 minutes every night I would be golden.
But I'll settle for one night a week.

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

My new favourite mug & a Giveaway

I love nothing more than a fresh cup of tea in the morning in my favourite mug.
Given that my favourite mug died a while back, I was in the market for a new one.

One of my Irish Parenting Blogger friends has started her own little business. She is a very talented artist. She draws the cutest little cartoons on her blog, Colorines Wonderful and has started putting her drawings on mugs. I know what everyone will be getting from me for the next while. Ha!

After a few messages and details about my little family, they arrived yesterday.
They are perfect.
So perfect that I'm nearly afraid to use them for fear I'll damage them.

How amazing are these?
I loved them so much and wanted to share Patrica's amazing talent with everyone that I bought a mug to giveaway to one lucky reader.
If you are the lucky winner, you can design you mug just like I did. 
And the best news is it's open to everyone.
Colorines Wonderful mugs ship worldwide.
Be sure to check out Colorines Wonderful Esty shop for more of her amazing designs.

So get entering.
You can enter using the raffelcopter below and a winner will be picked next week at random.

Now I'm off to have a cuppa in my new mug.

Disclaimer: I was sent the customised  mugs. There was no compensation otherwise paid to me to complete the post. All opinions and views are my own.

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