Dec 22, 2012

Focaccia recipe

Focaccia-sq A good focaccia is more funny than bread and kids like have good funny meal in special occasion or just as a surprise.

Focaccia is a kind of bread that looks like a pizza without tomato or cheese.

Here my own recipe for a good focaccia. I usually make it with gluten free flour, but it’s good also with white flour.




200g flour (plain flour or gluten free flour)
3/4 cup of water
1 tsp of Salt
2 tbsp of olive oil
7g dry yeast

Mix well the dry ingredients: flour and yeast. Add the salt and mix well again.
Then add the water and start to mix with your hands, now add 2 tablespoons of good olive oil. If the dough is too much humid and it sticks on the hands add a little bit of flour, just on the top of it.
Put the dough in a pan and add on the top some olive oil and salt.


Cook in the oven at 230°C for about 15-20 minutes.
Serve warm, it's delicious!


Dec 15, 2012

Let it Snow

Winter wonderland is not our usually landscape here. Winters are usually cold, humid and grey for us and that is boring and a little bit depressing. Playing outside for children isn’t easy, it’s not funny going to the park and play in the mud all the time.

Each of my family member loves the snow and snowy days but it’s very unusual to open the window in the morning and see white snow everywhere. That’s why snow is always welcome and when we see just a snowflake we spend the day looking for others and hoping for some snowy days.

That’s what happened yesterday!

We opened our windows in the morning and it was white everywhere. There were about 15 cm of snow in the garden, streets are full of snow and cars are parked! Soft silence everywhere. Just the kind of silence you can feel in the snow.

As any other day, we walked at school, hoping to see lots of those big snowflakes also in the afternoon.

We took our boots and ski jackets. We have them, isn’t it the right day to use them?
We walked in the path left from a car.
We felt like in winter postcard.

People outside their houses was talking about how unpleasant was the snow, most of them were moving the snow away from their doorway but they weren’t so annoyed because they waved and smiled at children that were going to school. They never do that other days.

Lucky for us, It didn’t stop to snow and in the afternoon after school I got dress my children with their ski suit and we went out playing in the snow, throwing snow balls, making a snowman and so on.

Unfortunately, just my two daughters and just two of their friends were outside in the snow playing and having fun.  No more children were playing, no one were outside just to have fun.

In my opinion, playing outside with children and spend some time with them, just to have fun, it’s a good way to bind with them. In snowy days the only things they need are some warm cloths, it’s not so dangerous for children spend time in the snow and get wet.
Later, at they will change their cloths and have some hot chocolate and they will feel more better than another boring afternoon just watching TV.

And trust me: they will remember that day as the best, funny, adventurous day spent with their parents!


Dec 10, 2012

Nutella muffin

Nutella muffin is one of favorite snack of my family members.
I found a recipe about Nutella brownies on and it was delicious, but it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for.
We all like muffin style cakes and I was looking for a very fast and easy recipe in order to cook some good muffins very quickly. Making some changes at the Nutella brownies recipe a make my own Nutella muffin very fast and super easy recipe.


280g of Nutella
60g of plain flour or gluten free flour
2 eggs
6 tbsp of milk
Some almonds or sugar (optional)

Turn on the oven at 180°C and put the waxed paper into the muffin pan.

Put Nutella, flour, eggs and milk in a large bowl. 
Mix the ingredients very well.
Divide the dough equally in the muffin pan.
8Add some almonds or  sugar on the top.
Cook in the oven at 180°c for about 20-25 minutes.
Try to wait until they are warm or cold before taste them.
Enjoy your Nutella muffin!


Dec 5, 2012

Felt Christmas tree

FeltTree-sq I'm always looking for a good way to keep my toddler busy and one day I saw a picture of a felt project like this on .

Unfortunately, I didn't pin it, so I don't remember who published that project.

That's way I did my own version of a felt Christmas tree.
First of all, I found lots of different felt in bright colors: green for the tree, yellow for stars and decorations, blue for decorations and red for hearts and decorations.

I cut out a big tree shape from the green one. The best way is to fold the felt and cut the tree in order to have the same shape on the two sides.
Unfolding the tree it will look like perfect!


Then I cut out lots of different shapes in different sizes from other colors: circles, hearts and stars. And a very big star for the top of the tree.
I stuck some Velcro hooks on the back of the shapes with fabric glue, also hot glue is good for this.




And... That's all!

All the pieces are done! They could be stuck and moved everywhere on the Christmas Tree and also combined together, making different shapes: hearts on circles, big and small shapes together, just let your kids use their great imagination!

Anyway, anyone could cut out lots of different shapes, in different sizes, that could be a funny way for toddlers to learn names of shapes and colors and differences from any sizes of different shapes.

When this tree was ready, I spent all my time explaining my little one that she could add decorations to her tree and move where she likes.

It worked for about ten minutes then she focused on pieces of felt on the floor!
Well all that pieces kept her busy  …. so... It was fine for me too!



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