Category Archives: Food/Recipes

Very Berry Mojito: A Lipton Ice Tea Mocktail Recipe

Mr BAM was away for 2 weeks and during that time I really spent time in the kitchen getting reacquainted with creating new recipes from desserts, to soups and even drinks. I found these Lipton Diet Green Tea Honey Ginseng  drinks that look so refreshing, they seemed like the perfect ingredient to a mocktail! I say mocktail beause alcohol free means they are easier to try out on Mr P (who is only 5) and because lately most Girl’s Nights In involve early mornings the next day! Seeing as most of my girlfriends have kiddos, its probably not a bad idea to mix in a few alcohol-free drinks to a fun night.

Here’s my recipe for a Very Berry Mojito Mocktail. Refreshing, tasty and healthful thanks to mint, raspberries and strawberry ice cubes. I can’t wait to mix this up for my next girl’s night in.

Mrs Wishy-Washy’s Chocomole Pudding Recipe

Mrs Wishy Washy's Raw Chocolate Pudding

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My 5 year old was given the book Mrs Wishy Washy by Joy Cowley when he was 3 years old. He loved it from the first moment we read it to him and it has continued to be a favorite over the last 2 years. When he started kindergarten, he was so excited when within the first week his kindergarten teacher pulled out a large board book version to read to the class. Imagine his surprise at seeing his favorite New Zealand written book, here in the United States.

His kindergarten teacher invited us in for a literacy party just before Christmas. We got a chance to look at our child’s writing, and to see how they’d progressed in the first 3 months. As a special treat for the kids, they got to create Mrs Wishy-Washy’s mud and dunk the animals around in it. The mud of course was chocolate pudding, and the animals were animal crackers. Now why hadn’t I thought of that? Such a neat way to bring a children’s book to life.

I saw 5 avocados at the store for $3 the other day and it made me think of how I could make this chocolate pudding treat with a twist. Instead of making a traditional sugary pudding, I decided to make a chocomole – a raw chocolate pudding made mainly with avocado and natural sweeteners. I used to make raw chocolate and puddings quite regularly, but hadn’t made this in awhile. I had all the ingredients at home except for the animal crackers.

Fun Earth Friendly Crafts with Green Kid Crafts

I had the chance to try out a Green Kid Crafts Discovery Box and the first thing that got my attention when I opened it was just how much was included. I received the November Discovery Box, and their was not only 1 or 2 projects, but 4! Truth be told we’ve had the box for well over a month and haven’t completed everything yet. Two of the crafts include growing organic basil and alfalfa sprout gardens – we planted our basil and my son marvels at it everyday, watering it very carefully. We also created the fish game (from recycled felt) which has provided endless hours of fun. We’ve decided to hold off on making the rainbow tile coasters as this will be a perfect craft to do at Christmas time.

Top Thanksgiving Dishes Chosen By You!

The other day on Facebook,  I asked Mama Goes BAM readers what dishes make up their Thanksgiving dinner. You were definitely the right people to ask. You inspired me with quiches and casseroles I had never heard of. So what did I do next? I scoured Pinterest and blogs looking for some of the yummiest recipes that I could find. Below are a selection of what I found from some great foodie bloggers.

If you still need Thanksgiving dinner ideas, make sure to click through to the recipes listed below pictured clockwise starting from the top left hand corner. Some of these blogs I visit regularly for coking ideas, while others are completely new to me. The

  1. Zakka Life Corn Casserole Dish
  2. Mrs Happy Homemaker Sweet Potato Coconut Pie with Marshmallow Meringue
  3. The Bitten Word Haricots Verts and White Beans with Shallot Vinaigrette
  4. The Nerd’s Wife Pie in a jar
  5. The Food Bitch Blog Goat Cheese, Bacon & Artichoke Quiche
  6. A Spicy Perspective Slow-Cooker Apple Butter Yeast Rolls
  7. Post Punk Kitchen Voluptuous Vegan Pumpkin Pie
  8. Family Fresh Cooking Sweet Potato Casserole with Crispy Corn Flakes Topping
*All photos used in the above collage are copyrighted to the individual blog owners.

What else is on your Thanksgiving Dinner Menu?

When Baking Goes Bad! Tips for Saving Your Baking Disaster

Have you ever started mixing up ingredients to a recipe you’ve created a gazillion times only to find that you are missing eggs or some other key ingredient? Or maybe added the ingredients in the wrong order? Ok, maybe it’s just me…I’ve done it enough times that I’ve asked a few of my fellow bloggers for some ideas on how to turn a potential baking disaster into a baking success by replacing a missing ingredient with something else you might find in the house.

I decided to make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies using this recipe. I was 98% sure that I had all the ingredients I needed. So without even thinking about it, I just started throwing ingredients in a bowl. Baking disaster number one, I should have read the instructions right through as I would’ve seen that I was actually meant to mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet in another. Anyways, I plowed ahead until I realized I din’t have any eggs. Bugger! I remember reading before that bananas are a healthy alternative to eggs, or just for people who start baking cookies only to realize they don’t have eggs :).

I’m happy to say that even though I mixed all the ingredients in one bowl and used a banana instead of an egg and brown sugar instead of cinnamon, these were some of the most delish cookies I’ve had in awhile, as well as the current champs in the cookie dough department. Use one medium size banana per egg and yum, yum, you’re done!

Read on for some more tips for replacing a missing ingredient in the kitchen.

Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Last year was our first American Thanksgiving, and though there is plenty more to the holiday than eating, I have to say I really did embrace the art of stuffing my face. I became a big fan of pumpkin in a can! I swear, I don’t think the stuff exists much outside of the US. I have a friend in Toronto that knows about it, but we definitely didn’t have it in New Zealand, and I know for a fact I couldn’t find it in Montreal last year.