Banana Oatmeal Muffins

This is the best recipe I have tried for such moist and fluffy banana muffins. They are easy to make using a few basic ingredients and are our favourite lunchbox filler.

banana oatmeal muffins | happy little kiwi

Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas

Mix all the ingredients together well. Spoon the mixture into 12 muffin liners. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 325° farenheit.

It’s as easy as that! Hope you enjoy these sweet muffins as much as we do! xx

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Easter DIY Ideas

If you want to get creative this Easter here’s a roundup of some fun DIY ideas, I think the Bunny Tails are so cute and would make a sweet little gift idea!

Hope you all have a great Easter xoxo

cute rabbit DIY

Love this Easter Rabbit DIY idea from Giochi Di Carta

easter toppers DIY

DIY Bow-Tie Bunny Cake Topper check out the tutorial over at Handmade Charlotte

egg cups DIY

Beautiful and detailed egg decorating ideas at Ella’s Inspiration

chocolate egg DIY

Chocolate Surprise Eggs by Craftberry Bush

coconut cookies DIY

Coconut Macaroon Cookie Nests.. YUM!!! Recipe by Two Peas & Their Pod

Jumping Jacks DIY

These Jumping Jack Easter Bunnies are a fun DIY! The template to make them is over at Pottery Barn Kids Blog

easter-bunny-tails

The Bunny Tails Treats recipe is from Pizzazzerie

MrMrsEgg DIY

I love this idea! DIY Mr and Mrs Egg by Say Yes

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March Instagram Recap!

Hi guys, well it’s about time I did an update. A whole lot has happened recently. My little girl turned 5 years old and started school this month!

She had a fantastic birthday even though a cyclone (yes I’m not kidding, a cyclone) hit on the day of her party! Luckily we had a great venue and everyone still came regardless of the weather.

Starting school we were a bit nervous (I think maybe it was just me haha!) but so far it is going great and there are lots of friendly faces we already know from our days at the kindergarten.

So here’s a few pics from the month of March, if you are on Instagram you can find me @carlydb xox

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The birthday girl having a fluffy at The Fairy Shop, Ponsonby, Auckland.

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Magical birthday party with Andy the magician and has rabbit Twinkie.

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All ready for the first day of school!

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Weekend walk at Hunua Falls, Auckland.

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Experimenting in the kitchen, this Smoked Salmon Pita Pizza was delish!

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Chicken Caesar Salad

Hello everyone, well its been a while since I posted a recipe on the blog. It’s not that I haven’t been cooking but sometimes I totally forget to take photos because I am in too much of a rush to eat! Well last night I made one of my favourite dishes that I make all the time and I thought this is so good I must remember to share it. So here is my Chicken Caesar Salad!

chicken caesar salad | Happy Little Kiwi

Ingredients:

  • 1 large chicken breast (chopped into bite size pieces)
  • 1 cup bacon pieces
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 small iceberg lettuce
  • 1 avocado
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes (sliced into halves)
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 loaf ciabatta bread (thinly sliced)
  • Newman’s Own Creamy Caesar Dressing
  • Olive oil

Firstly start with shredding up the washed lettuce into a serving bowl, next add the tomatoes, avocado and parmesan cheese.

Heat a frypan over a high heat and add a splash of olive oil, then cook the bacon pieces until they are nice and crispy. Set them aside on some paper towel to drain and soak up any excess oil.

Bring the frypan back up to the heat and add the chopped chicken breast which is coated in a good sprinkling of Cajun seasoning. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side until the skin is golden and crispy and the chicken is cooked right through. Allow to rest for a few minutes.

Place the chicken and bacon on top of the salad and then drizzle over Newman’s Own Creamy Caesar Dressing. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Coat the ciabatta in a light spray of olive oil and pop under the grill to just slightly brown the bread. Serve on the side with the salad.

Optional extras are placing a poached egg on top of the salad or adding thinly sliced red onion!

Enjoy x

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Valentine’s Day DIY Ideas

With Valentine’s Day coming up I have found so many cute crafty ideas that I wanted to share with you. There are some awesome free printables available to download and such sweet baking treats for the kids.

I love the “You Make My Heart Glow Cards” I think it’s going to be the perfect gift for Miss K to give to her friends this year. To check out any of these Valentines ideas just scroll down and click on the links. Enjoy!  ♥

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1.DIY Coffee Cup Wrappers- EatDrinkChic 2. Wild About You Printable- Sarah M Style 3. Valentine Treat Boxes- Funky Time 4. Frosted Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes- Martha Stewart 5. Printable Kids Valentines- The Elli Blog 6. Glow Stick Valentines- Delia Creates 7. Valentine Arrow Cookie Picks- Sugar & Cloth 8. Vanilla Heart Cupcakes- The Cupcake Daily Blog.

To keep up to date with more DIY ideas feel free to follow Happy Little Kiwi on Pinterest or Facebook.

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Minted

Well here we are 2014! I have been away from the blog for a few weeks but I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Years.

Today I wanted to share with you the online stationery store Minted. Some of you may have already heard of them or follow their blog but for those of you who have not heard of this gem of a website do yourself a favour and check them out! This is the perfect website for your 2014 events, whether you are planning an engagement party, baby shower, wedding or even looking for some cute gift ideas they have everything covered.

Whats great about Minted is that it has a global community of designers so there is a great selection to choose from. Just check out these beautiful Save The Date cards in the wedding stationary range.

Save The Date - Minted

Also something else that got my attention was the new 2014 calendars. I totally need to order one of these I just have to decide which design I love the most!

calendars - Minted

Anyway I could go on and on about how much cool stationary there is to choose from (they even have the cutest gift tags!) so be sure to head on over and check it all out. Plus you can also receive 15% off all wedding products including Save the Dates and Wedding Invitations now through till Jan 6th!

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Christmas Rocky Road

It’s not long to go until Christmas and I have started planning what sweet treats I am going to make this year. This recipe from Taste for Christmas Rocky Road is amazing and it also makes a perfect little gift to package up for family and friends!

Ingredients:

  • 250g packet marshmallows halved
  • 100g packet dried cranberries
  • 110g packet macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
  • 60g pistachios
  • 1/3 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 x 180g blocks good-quality white chocolate chopped

Method:

  1. Grease a 20cm square cake pan. Line base and sides with baking paper allowing a 2cm overhang on all sides.
  2. Combine marshmallows, cranberries, nuts and coconut in a bowl. Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on medium-high for 1-2 minutes, stirring with a metal spoon every 30 seconds, or until smooth.
  3. Pour chocolate over marshmallow mixture. Mix well. Spoon mixture into prepared pan, pressing down with a spatula. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Using a warm knife, cut into squares.

Christmas Rocky Road

This is the ultimate Christmas treat and tastes delish! It doesn’t last long so I think for Christmas I better double the batch! If you are making as gifts I think they would look beautiful wrapped in little bags with some red ribbon.

Enjoy x

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Blogging and Photo Apps

Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a fantastic week. Today I thought I would share a few of my favourite photo apps with you. I thought it may be useful for other bloggers out there to know some of the apps I use to help spruce up my photos. In fact most of the images on my blog are just taken on my phone and not a normal digital camera.

With all of these apps you can save the edited photos back to your camera roll and then easily upload it to your computer. Here’s some before and after shots that I have taken and what a few of them can do.

1. Afterlight- Has great filters, textures and frames to add to your photos. Heres a photo I took for my DIY Christmas Decorations post and how I used Afterlight on it.
Afterlight Photo App

2. Instagram- This is the first photo app I used and still the one I use the most. So easy to use and awesome filters.
Instagram Photo App

3. A Beautiful Mess- I have only been using this app for a short time but its lots of fun and cool for adding text and doodles to your photos.
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4. Vintique- Adds borders and textures with a vintage look. This photo is from my Mini Pecan Pie post and how I used Vintique to adjust the colour and add a frame.
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These photos are just a small sample of what you can do when editing your images, there are so many more filters and frames to choose from! Let me know what your favourites are and if you use any other photo apps that you could recommend me trying out?

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DIY Christmas Decorations

Well it’s getting closer to Christmas, my most favourite time of the year! Last year I worked on a DIY Kids Christmas Wreath with Miss K and we also made our Wrapped In Lights Christmas Cards. This year after seeing some cute decoration ideas using glass baubles I thought we would make some of our own using some mixed sequins and confetti. Heres how they turned out.

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What do you think? I love all the fun colours and cant wait to decorate the tree with them this year. Alana over at The Little Leaf has also been working on some cute Christmas Decorations of her own that I wanted to share with you also. Be sure to check them out here!

To keep up to date with more easy DIY ideas like this one feel free to follow Happy Little Kiwi on Pinterest or Facebook!

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Turtle Bars

Until a few days ago I had never even heard of Turtle Bars before. Anyway thanks to Pinterest I discovered them and I knew straight away I had to try some! They are rich and sweet so you can’t eat to many at once but OMG they are good!

Turtle Bars | Happy Little Kiwi

Ingredients:

Bar Base

2 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup softened butter
6 oz. pecan halves

Topping

2/3 cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
10 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 170 degree celsius.

Place the flour, sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Blend until the mixture is crumbly. Press mixture into a 8×10-inch pan. Arrange the pecans over the flour mixture and set aside.

In a small saucepan melt butter and brown sugar. Stirring frequently bring to the boil for 30 seconds, keep stirring to make sure the mixture is fully blended. Remove from heat and pour the over the pecan covered base. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips then pop back in the oven for a minute or two to melt the chocolate. Remove from oven and spread the chocolate into an even layer with a spatula. Let cool in pan completely and then cut into small squares.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, let me know if you give it a try! To keep up to date with more sweet treats from Happy Little Kiwi feel free to follow along on Pinterest or Facebook.

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