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What's one of the first recipes you taught your kids to make?

What's a delicious no cook recipe?

What's a great breakfast for a special occasion?

How do you celebrate New Year's Eve with young children?

Bernice Griffiths AKA BETTY BAKE

This year I think we will stay in with our 7 year old - make some snacks rent a cool DVD and spend some time chatting about the new year. Then when it is very late for a 7 year old to be up :) we will send her to bed with a million kisses and tell her all about how it will be a new year when she wakes up.but before she does we''ll fit in some ice cream before bed and some fizzy juice in champagne glasses... maybe some sparkly cupcakes and light some sparklers while listening to some Frank Sinatra :) Once the little one has drifted off to sleep the husband and I will sit outside under the stairs as we do every year and talk, eat and wrap ourselves in blankets to keep warm... of course there will be yawning and joking and then just after 12 a kiss and off to bed for a snooze
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Can you suggest a fun birthday party game or creative activity for 6-8 year-olds?

Bernice Griffiths AKA BETTY BAKE

for my daughters Oriental Party we made embellished alice or head bands see here http://www.bettybake.co.za/2011/10/oriental-party.html . and the year before for her tea party we did heart mosaics - which was so much fun - I even did one. http://www.bettybake.co.za/2010/02/friday-party-photos.html
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What are your tips for planning an affordable birthday party?

Bernice Griffiths AKA BETTY BAKE

baking things that go far but don't cost very much like Meringues which require 2 eggs and 100grams of sugar to make roughly 12 - 15 meringues. or jelly/jello - you can use fresh fruit juice and gelatine place in molds and they looks super cute. fresh fruit chopped up on kebab sticks. plating games instead of hiring entertainment! pass the parcel, scavenger hunt, dunking for apples etc... also do party packs made out of things you have - like recycling jars or containers that you can collect over a few weeks or months before the party then paint them or cover in scrap book paper or fabric. fill with a few sweets and a thank you :) pick a theme where you don't have to buy branded merchandise... like mickey mouse or hello kitty. maybe rather pick a country (eg chinese) or a general theme like a rainbow party.
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What's your family's favorite recipe for chicken or tofu?

Bernice Griffiths AKA BETTY BAKE

I make a nachos recipe that my daughter and husband love containing chicken... (I RARELY eat meat so I simply leave the chicken out of mine.) Take nachos chips, make a delicious home made tomato salsa. add some cooked chicken then cheese and mushrooms (optional) GRILL then add cream cheese and avo guacamole take a look at the link for full recipe and easy homemade SALSA :) You never know if may become one of your families favorites too :)
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What's an easy, kid-friendly way to decorate cupcakes?

Bernice Griffiths AKA BETTY BAKE

We love to bake GLUTEN-FREE cupcakes and then decorate them with butter cream icing which my daughter sieves the icing sugar (snow sugar) and then i mix in the butter and add a little color and then my daughter mixes again until all the color is incorporated. Then out come the butter knives and we ice away. We love adding decorations either made out of fondant - which my daughter thinks is edible play dough or pretty sparkly sugar, or other store bought edible pearls etc. Gluten-free cupcake recipe at http://www.bettybake.co.za/2010/09/cupcakes-with-hint-of-lemon.html
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Where do you find ideas for your child's birthday party?

Bernice Griffiths AKA BETTY BAKE

I use pinterest and party blogs They are both filled with beautiful photos to give you ideas of what works and what doesn't Also you can see very quickly colour schemes and table layouts as well as pretty cakes
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What's a great treat for spring or Easter? (Please include a link!)

Bernice Griffiths AKA BETTY BAKE

I think making your own homemade truffles in a flavor you like can be delicious and rewarding. It can make a great gift for friends and family and the kids can help roll them into balls and in cocoa powder or nuts or coating of your choice :) Its a great way to work together and have a great result at the end = something yummy to eat and share with others you can find the link to the RECIPE POST here http://www.bettybake.co.za/2012/01/double-honey-almond-truffles.html If you are looking for a decoration / craft to do ... in the past we have made easter trees, sounds funny hey? but it does look cute. You can find the link to that here http://www.bettybake.co.za/2010/04/things-i-made-or-ate-this-weekend.html ENJOY
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What's your favorite easy recipe for an Easter or Passover meal?

Bernice Griffiths AKA BETTY BAKE

Roasted lamb shanks - It requires a little preparation - but not much at all. Makes a lovely hearty meal for both young and old (and if you don't like meat like myself at the moment) then have the delicious mashed potato that you serve the shanks on with some yummy sauce. Recipe can be found here http://www.bettybake.co.za/2009/12/lamb-shank-and-husbands-birthday.html I promise it is sooo easy and delcious and it smells delicious. Its one of those dishes that fills your house and makes it smell like home :)
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What's your favorite muffin recipe?

Bernice Griffiths AKA BETTY BAKE

We also Love muffins in our house as its the easiest grab and freshly baked goods in our GLUTEN FREE household... Gluten free bread tends to go ROCK hard after a day or two so I mix up a hugs batch of batter on a Sunday that gets baked fresh each morning of the week Take a look at the Recipe here for yummy Gluten -Free Muffins for every day of the working/school week http://www.bettybake.co.za/2012/03/banana-and-yoghurt-muffins-healthy.html
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Can you share an easy, crowd-pleasing birthday party cake or cupcake recipe? (please include a link to a photo!)

Bernice Griffiths AKA BETTY BAKE

This CARROT CAKE recipe is SUPER moist and will keep for about 5 days (maybe longer) So it is a easy party cake as you can bake it in advance :) http://www.bettybake.co.za/2012/05/moist-carrot-cake-with-lemon-cream.html Enjoy
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Please share a link to a photo of a great birthday cake you made or bought.

Bernice Griffiths AKA BETTY BAKE

One of the cakes I have made over the years is a fun rainbow cake for my daughter who is gluten intolerant. I usually bake a cake on her birthday but its often a chocolate cake as cocoa can disguise different tasting flours quite well :) ... So at her party after blowing out the candles, we cut the cake in front of her and to her surprise-- a rainbow of colours appeared :) A bit more about the cake... The cake was covered in pink fondant and was surrounded by a white fondant ribbon and bow with my grand mothers antique broach and earrings embellishing it (as per my daughters request) she was only 7 at the time and saw jewels on a cake when we were looking at cakes on the internet together :) pics are at the bottom of the post which can be found here http://www.bettybake.co.za/2011/10/oriental-party.html remember to scroll to the bottom
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From peach pies and berry cobbler to lemon shortcake and watermelon popsicles, fruity desserts are perfect for summer. Please share your favorite fruit-based dessert, and include a link to the recipe and photo.

Bernice Griffiths AKA BETTY BAKE

When I can get my hands on the tropical tasting passion fruit I make PASSION FRUIT MILK ICE... a milk based (with out the cream) version of ice cream . It is sugar free - contains a tiny bit of honey and fruit juice to sweeten http://www.bettybake.co.za/2012/03/passion-fruit-milk-ice.html This recipe reminds me of summer and the beach and is super easy even if you dont have an ice cream machine Enjoy the heat and eat a healthy based treat :) for the little one (and the not so little ones) Banana ice cream totally rocks! easy to make and only requires a blender! you can find it here http://www.bettybake.co.za/2011/08/smooth-banana-ice-cream.html
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What's a great finger food that your kids love? Please include a link.

Bernice Griffiths AKA BETTY BAKE

frozen bananas blended in the blender into ice cream :) so easy and quick. a jar of chopped up bananas now permanently lives in the freezer ready to be blended at a moments notice :) also great for smoothies http://www.bettybake.co.za/2011/08/smooth-banana-ice-cream.html
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What's your favorite muffin, scone, or bread recipe? Please share a link to the recipe and a photo if you have one.

Bernice Griffiths AKA BETTY BAKE

Easy and healthy GLUTEN FREE muffins! http://www.bettybake.co.za/2012/03/banana-and-yoghurt-muffins-healthy.html
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Nothing says fall like the flavor of cinnamon! What's one of your favoritie recipes that has cinnamon in it? Please share a link with a photo.

Bernice Griffiths AKA BETTY BAKE

The Best Baked Apples they are delicious and ofcourse have cinnamon in them :) http://www.bettybake.co.za/2012/08/the-best-baked-apples.html
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What are your favorite kid-friendly picnic eats? Please share a link to your recipe and picture if you have one.

Bernice Griffiths AKA BETTY BAKE

chocolate chip cookies (gluten -free) http://www.bettybake.co.za/2010/05/chocolate-chip-cookies.html and Date and almond treats http://www.bettybake.co.za/2010/10/date-and-almond-treats-wheat-free.html
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What's your kids' favorite homemade popsicle or frozen treat?

Bernice Griffiths AKA BETTY BAKE

The easiest treat is frozen bananas blended into ice cream http://www.bettybake.co.za/2011/08/smooth-banana-ice-cream.html but the YUMMIEST has got to be chocolate mousse Ice cream http://www.bettybake.co.za/2012/07/chocolate-mousse-ice-cream-recipe.html
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What's your family's favorite, healthy homemade summer treat that's NOT a popsicle? Please share a link to a recipe and picture if you have one.

Bernice Griffiths AKA BETTY BAKE

one of the treats that are super easy to make and easy to store (great for picnics and road trips too) is the seed and chocolate bars http://www.bettybake.co.za/2012/10/chocolate-picnic-snack-bars.html - they are tasty and healthy too if you use really dark chocolate :) Kids and adults alike LOVE these!!!
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