Saturday, 25 March 2017

Breakfast Waffles

or break the rules and eat them when you like.

Browsing through Instagram this morning, on an empty stomach, my feed was full of yummy breakfasts. I didn't have much time to make something.

Twinion 2 has a Mud Run to complete today and later a Cub Campfire night so he was off helping his Dad collect firewood.

I whipped these up in 5 mins with Twinion 1 helping 

(Sadly, he is missing the Kids' Mud Run due to an a Blunt eye injury 3 weeks ago and he can't take any chances or risk permanent vision impairment in his good eye - to his advantage he used the excuse to get out of gathering firewood and he missed almost 3 weeks of school)

  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp caster sugar  (I used 2 of cinnamon sugar)
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • vanilla extract or vanilla bean ground (optional)
  1. Turn on Waffle machine
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Beat in the egg gradually, then slowly add the milk whisking to get as smooth a batter as you can. Adjust with a little more milk if too thick to ladle/pour.
  4. Once it’s hot, ladle in batter mixture to suit machine size, following your machine instructions until your waffles are cooked to your preference – medium to dark is best - (mine has a green light when it’s ready and hasn’t failed me yet) – carefully open because it can separate into halves.
  5. Top with your favourite breakfast topping combos – omit Cinnamon sugar/ground vanilla if having savoury breakfast combos.
I didn’t need to use any butter or oil or spray to grease – depends on your waffle machine..

PS: I never said I was a food blogger and I had like 30secs to take a photo.

RATING : Super easy - my 10yr and I - took 5 mins tops (with him helping lol) to mix and create first waffle.

Linking in with Ultimate Rabbit Hole

Monday, 13 March 2017

News Flash LIGHTS by DREAMWORKS - The Experience

Today, I've got an exciting FLASH GIVEAWAY for families in Melbourne .
 My boys love all the DreamWorks Characters.

Shrek and Kung-Fu Panda will light up Rosebud’s Foreshore in April this year at an Australian-first exhibition with some of DreamWorks Animation’s best known characters in a large-scale, modelled on Chinese lantern festival , experience. 
Lights by DreamWorks is an interactive, walk through experience for all ages and is set to run for 30 days and attract more than 300,000 local and international visitors who will marvel at 100 of DreamWorks’ favourite characters brought to life.

Featuring huge illuminated figures familiar to the fans of the Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Madagascar movies. Visitors to the exhibition will also meet the stars and be treated to a variety of scenographic pieces, LED furnishings, themed technology and learning zones, children’s rides and an animatronic dragon.

Find out more here:
Lights by Dreamworks - The Experience
 opens 25 March – 30 April. 
Tickets are available now at Ticketmaster or by calling our Booking Office 1300 307 740.
Family Pass Giveaway valued at $76.50 up for grabs!

To Enter:

Head over to Lights by Dreamworks - The Experience here on Facebook and give them a follow too.
In a  comment below - answer in 25 words or less why this experience would excite your family?

Good luck!
Family pass is for 1 x four tickets - 2 adults and 2 kids . Total prize value: $76.50.
Must be able to attend the above show on MARCH 25th, 4pm
Not transferable or valid for any other session
This is a game of skill. 
Enter here or on Facebook.

Winner will be emailed or tagged & notified via Facebook Messenger if a Facebook winner. 
Please ensure you are a follower of My Little Drummer Boys so you don't miss the winning notification if the successful winner! 
Winner will be given strictly 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen due to time constraints with delivery of prize tickets.
Giveaway Promotion ends Wednesday 15th March, 3pm.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Pancake Day

Tomorrow is Pancake Day - aka Shrove-Tuesday.
Of course I made pancakes this morning, not knowing I'll do it all again tomorrow.

Our regular no fail light, fluffy and tender version with choc chips is the choice of the day. I like mine with caramelised banana.

1/2 cups milk
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoons caster sugar

1/2 cups self raising flour
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 large egg
30g approx (1 1/2 tablespoons) butter (melted)

  1. Into a medium jug place milk, lemon juice and sugar.Combine, and set aside for five minutes. It may develop a slightly curdled appearance.
  2. Whisk self-raising flour and bicarbonate of soda together in a large bowl.
  3. Melt the butter ; add egg and melted butter to the milk mixture. Whisk the mixture until the egg has mixed with the milk (the butter will sit on the surface).
  4. Combine the milk mixture with the flour mixture and whisk until almost smooth: the batter should still have a few small lumps. Don't over-mix the batter or the pancakes will be tough. 
  5. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. 
  6. While the pan is preheating , leave batter to stand at least two minutes. It will thicken (and depending on your preference you may prefer to add more milk a tablespoon at a time.
  7. Lightly grease your pan with butter if you prefer, I melt my butter in the same fry pan so I skip this. The melted butter through the mixture in a non-stick pan means I don't add any butter.
  8. After resting the batter, give it a light stir and pour back into the jug.
  9. Pour or spread the batter out to form an 10cm circles or shapes of your choice.
  10. Repeat to make another one or more pancakes, depending on the size of your frying pan. Adjust the heat as necessary as once heated I turn mine down a notch.
  11. I add choc chips or blueberries or cinnamon swirl to batter as side 1 starts to cook. Then I flip (wait until you see air bubbles forming - this tells you it's time to flip it)
  12. I stack mine 3 high...two is not enough.
  13. The kids prefer to decorate and eat singly.
TIP - Put the mixture in a sauce bottle with large hole - the kids can make their own shaped or creative pancakes
(You tube video here for a different recipe and demo)

Pancakes are not just a favourite breakfast in my house - the boys love helping ! 

Anyone can create delicious homemade pancakes - pfft why should you pay anyone else outrageous prices to make them.
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