Thursday, 23 July 2015

Lunch Ideas for School Kids (5)

I am assuming that by now, you would have well noticed that we use cream cheese sandwiches more often than not as my son prefers cream cheese over other cheese types in sandwiches. He also prefers his sandwiches not to have many ingredients which is not a concern for me as he has his vegetables on the side happily anyway but I do find it boring. I would love to hear from you some other sandwich filling ideas.

1. Lunch and Snack:
  • Cream cheese and chia wraps
  • One small apple
  • One small persimmon (cut into slices)
  • One small (homemade) muffin
stainless steel lunchbox
2. Lunch and Snack:
  • One slice of homemade wholewheat bread with cream cheese and chia
  • One slice of homemade olive bread with cream cheese
  • Homegrown celery sticks
  • Carrot sticsk
  • Homegrown cherry tomatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
lunch ideas for school children

3. Lunch and Snack
  • Rice crackers with some cream cheese on the side
  • Cucumber sticks
  • Homegrown cherry tomatoes
  • Melon slices

4. Lunch and Snack:
  • Cream cheese and chia wraps
  • Two organic dried apricots
  • Half a carob stick
  • Some homemade savoury cookies
  • Cucumber slices
  • Homegrown cherry tomatoes
healthy lunch for kids

5. Lunch and Snack:
  • Rye bread sandwich with cream cheese and linseed
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cucumber sticks
  • Red capsicum sticks
  • Homegrown cherry tomatoes
  • One banana
kids lunch ideas

Note: You can access to the previous 'lunch ideas for kids posts' by Home of Homemade Treasures here:

Lunch ideas #4
Lunch ideas #3
Lunch ideas #2
Lunch ideas #1

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Monday, 6 July 2015

Reptiles or Not

Once you have at least some basic sewing skills, life becomes more exciting; both for you and for the ones you enjoy putting a smile on the face of.

My daughter's best male friend, whom she has known since babyhood, had a 'reptile' themed birthday party last month. Believe it or not, it was full of LIVE snakes to say the least! You guess the rest. Not a party to forget anytime soon for sure.

As for the dinosaur tie in pictures here, well, you have guessed it right. It was a part of our gifts on the day (even though it is arguable whether dinosaurs were from the reptile family or not, but I thought it would still make a great gift as I haven't met a little boy who doesn't like dinos so far and yes, I was right, he DID love it!)

I have found the tie tutorial and pattern here on I am Sharing the Wealth and listened to the advice of Vanilla Joy on keeping the fabric ends around the neck short to make it more comfortable to wear. It was actually an enjoyable little project and didn't take long to put together either!

Lets make someone smile today!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

SORREL (Rumex Acetosa, R. Scutatus)

The zippy, lemony taste of sorrel leaves is unique among herbs. Its leaves are long, arrow shaped and are refreshingly acidic and are brilliantly used especially for sauces and salads. Unfortunately, it is not very commonly known and is rarely stocked at shops.

All about sorrel
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It is a hardy perennial. When planting, keep it in mind to establish a permanent patch to offer a year-round supply. It should survive the winter. Even if the leaves may die, the plant will bounce back in spring. In fact, since we planted ours some years ago, we have never needed to re-plant it. Fingers crossed for the coming years too.

To maintain your sorrel patch, simply, harvest regularly as the leaves will regrow. It is better to consume when the leaves are nice and young especially eating raw but can still be used when they grow much larger, particularly chopped and added to some cooked meals such as some soups and stews.

Sorrel is rich in Vitamins A and C, fiber, iron and potassium. There are studies to suggest that it is used in cancer prevention. It is also claimed that sorrel improves digestion problems and is helpful in lowering blood pressure. Sorrel is also helpful in improvement of eyesight and the immune system. The consumption of dried sorrel leaves stimulates urination and therefore can act as a diuretic which is helpful in cleaning out the kidneys.

It is recommended that sorrel is only consumed in smaller amounts as its oxalic acid can be toxic and can also contribute to the growth of kidney stones.

Clean eating and sorrel
Sorrel in my son's lunchbox
How we consume it:
  • Simply as raw salad leaves or snacks. 
  • We cook a green lentil soup and add it to the pot at the end, soon after turning off the stove. 
The recipe of the green lentil soup that we use sorrel with is below:


1 medium onion, chopped finely.
1 clove crushed garlic (optional)
1 table spoonful of tomato paste (optional)
1/2 cup of boiled and drained chickpeas (chickpeas can be prepared in advance as boiled chickpeas can be stored in the freezer)
1/2 cup of boiled wheat (optional)
1-1,5 cup of boiled green lentils
Olive oil
Chilli flakes (optional)
Some boiling water
A handful of coarsely chopped sorrel leaves


Fry onion and garlic in some olive oil. Add paste. Once the onions are soft, add the lentils and keep stirring for a few minutes. Then add boiling water (about 3 times the level of lentils in the pot). Add the chickpeas, wheat, salt and chilli flakes and cook on slow heat for approximately 10-15 minutes. Then turn off the stove and quickly add the sorrel leaves. Stir a few times to make sure they soak. Then it is ready to eat.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Guest Post: Personalised Wooden Door Hanger (Tutorial)

About the Author: 

My name is Beyza Nur Bilge Kircali and I am a nurse. I left my job as a nurse with the birth of my first child, after 10 years. I now have three sons and live happily in Istanbul, Turkey. My interests have changed vastly after becoming a mum. I have completed a certificate course in 'teaching brain training games' through Aydin University. Currently, I am a first year student at Istanbul University, studying Sociology. Whenever I get some extra time from my children, I try to do some homework or take my children to kids activities in Istanbul as often as I can. I love upcycling, recycling and reusing materials at home. I find it very enjoyable to spend time with kids. I recommend it for anyone seeking a happy and fun life. 

This project is something that depending on age and level of readiness, your child can do independently, with some supervision or with you. It would also make a great 'birthday party' activity and gifts to take away for your child's friends on his/her birthday. It makes a wonderful recycling project too. 

kids with their artwork

You will need:
  • A piece of wood to be used as a base in a preferred size (in this project, a piece of recycled crate made of poplar was used)
  • Various coloured felt pieces
  • Small pieces of cut wood
  • Glue
  • PVA glue or any type of glue that will stick to wood
  • Sandpaper to smoothen the surface of the wooden base
  • A pen or anything that will write on wood
wooden door hanger

  • Using the sandpaper, make sure the base wood is nice and smooth.
  • Write the name in the middle of the wood in a large font.
wall art for kids
  • Using the glue, stick the little wood cubes/pieces on the letters shown in picture below.
recycling cranes
  • Start cutting your felt pieces for decoration. 
personalised wood art
  • Cut little squares or rectangles of felt and stick them on letters.
art for kids
  • Keep decorating until it satisfies your taste and then voila! Your personalised door decoration is ready!
easy personalised wall art tutorial

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Lunch Ideas for School Kids (4)

Below is another set of four lunch ideas for school children. If you would like to check out the previous ones, you can check here, here, and here.

1. Lunch and Snack:
  • Cream cheese and chia wraps
  • Lightly boiled squash with some dried mint on top
  • Cranberries
  • Homegrown corn on the cob
full of nutrients
2. Lunch and Snack:
  • A sandwich in multigrain bread (with poppy seeds) with cream cheese, cucumber, tomato and chia seeds
  • A vegetable salad with raw mushroom, cucumber, carrot and some homegrown salad leaves
  • Green and red grapes
  • An apple
lunch ideas for kids

3. (Light) Lunch:
  • Green salad leaves (sorrel, baby spinach and lettuce)
  • Red capsicum
  • Fetta cheese cubes
  • Linseed
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Goji berries
light lunch

4a. Lunch and Snack:
  • Cooked pasta shapes
  • Lightly boiled broccoli
  • Lightly boiled green beans
  • Raw red capsicum
  • Apple slices
  • Strawberries
lunch for school

4b. Snack for Miss Junior
(Same as 4b except for pasta and apple)
  • Lightly boiled broccoli
  • Lightly boiled green beans
  • Raw red capsicum 
  • Strawberries
healthy lunch

Friday, 15 May 2015

On the Road with Kids and the Spud Festival

local circus
A local school circus
Just recently, I read an article somewhere that suggested a great distraction idea for kids during road trips. The timing couldn't have been any better! Just the other weekend, we decided to go to the 'Great Trentham Spudfest' in a beautiful little town in Victoria, Trentham.

potato types and where to use them
Types of potatoes and when to use them

We decided to go to the festival the night before. Since the kids were in bed by then, I easily went online, checked them out on their website, and made a few print outs. They had some printable colouring pages for a competition and a map, which was what I had just needed. 

Trentham primary school
Local school kids' potato sack artwork
The map wasn't much detailed and only showed a few streets but I found another one online that worked better for the purpose. Here is the distraction! I highlighted the route for them to keep a track of our way to the festival. While we were enjoying the beautiful views, kids were busy trying to follow the highlighted instructions on the map and see what was coming up soon. It worked really well for my 6 year old son and our 4 year old daughter was happy to just keep trying and also following her brother's map with him. 

kids artwork
Potato sacks turned into canvases
The festival was really well organised. There were many paid and free activities for kids and lots to see for adults. The hat shop was just amazing and my son also scored himself one of his most favourite pairs of gloves. They played golf, raced in potato sacks, had some hot potato swirls and more. There were over twenty types of potatoes on display! We also watched lots of shows both by professional bands and groups and some local school children. Hubby's favourite was the famous Australian chef, media personality and several restaurants owner Guy Grossi's live cooking show. He made making gnocchi from scratch look so easy and he was quite funny too. 

beautiful Victoria
On the way to Trentham Spudfest

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Lunch Ideas for School Kids (3)

This is the third set of four lunchbox ideas here after this and this on Home of Homemade Treasures blog so far. Definitely more is planned. Please feel free to share your lunchbox ideas with us in the comments section below as well. Enjoy!

1. Lunch and Snack
  • Warm green lentil and pasta soup (in thermos)
  • Pineapple slices
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Melon slices
2. Lunch and Snack
  • Homemade pancakes
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries

3. Snack:
  • Watermelon and banana kebabs

4. Lunch and Snack
  • Couscous with cherry tomatoes and green leaves
  • Cucumber slices and carrot sticks
  • Melon slices and blueberries