Hot Chili for a Cold Day



On a cold winter day like today, nothing is better than extremely healthy and nutritious chili. Add lean ground

beef to this recipe if you are a meat eater by browning the beef before adding it in the second step!


What You Will Need:
 • 1 yellow squash, chopped
 • 1 courgette, chopped
 • 2 yellow onions, diced
 • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
 • 1 red bell pepper, diced
 • 1 green bell pepper, diced
 • 1/2 cup olive oil
 • 2 cans plum Italian tomatoes, chopped, with juice retained 
 • 2tsp chili powder • 1t ground cumin
 • 1tsp dried basil
 • 1tsp dried oregano
 • salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste
 • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
 • 1 can dark kidney beans, drained
 • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
 • 3tsp fresh dill, chopped
 • juice of 1/2 lemon


What To Do:
   1. In a large pot, sauté the squash, courgette, onions, garlic, and red and green bell peppers in the

olive oil.

2. Add the tomatoes, seasoning, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, dill and lemon juice. Stir to mix well,

cover and simmer 45 to 50 minutes.

3. Put into bowls with some shredded chedder cheese on top and


Spell it out Magnets







Kids love to see their own name, especially when they are just learning how to spell it. For most

kids in reception, the letter this week was ‘H’ so whether you are helping them learn the alphabet

or they just want to enjoy the name you chose for them, this fun craft is a great choice and will

really spice up the exterior of your fridge!


You will need:


Craft Magnets

Strong Glue


What to Do:

1. Roll some clay to a thick sausage in your hands and shape in to the letters of your choice

2. Decorate the letters using scraps of another colour to make dots or strips to press on to a letter.

3. Bake the clay following the manufacturer’s instructions.

4. Once cooked, use the strong glue to attach a magnet to the back.

Contemporary Keepsakes from Flamecat

Sometimes the best keepsakes are handmade, and the most memorable are the ones that remind you of your children

when they were small and sweet.


Preserving memories can be harder than you think, especially with  the new ones that are created each day as

your little ones run, jump and twirl through life. 


But luckily, there are ways of capturing some of these moments, through photographs, drawings, videos and of course,

art. One unique artistic option is Flamecat,  a company which allows you to take some of your best kept memories and

make them tangible by creating quality, handcrafted, contemporary pieces through a range of unique enamel keepsakes.


Operating in South East London, the family run business, owned by husband and wife team, Vicky

and Dougal Linnett, has been creating child inspired keepsakes since June of 2009. Many of their products have

been developed through experimentation with keepsakes from Vicky and Dougal’s own three children, allowing them

to create a unique product line that is sure to make a memorible gift for both the holiday season and everyday life.


Baby Handprint and Footprint

Baby Handprint and Footprint

Contemporary Handprint

Contemporary Handprint

Family combo 1

Children's Drawing and Handprint Combo


If you are intersted in flamecat art, you can order online, by post, or visit the Flamecat family at the

Greenwich Covered Market November 15, 29 and December 12 from 10:00-17:30.

Get That Ralph Lauren Look















Getting your kids kit for the holiday season can be quite a task. So each week until Christmas, the lovely stylist

at will put together a holiday look for your baby, daughter and son, just to make the 

shopping stress a little less. This week, Ralph Lauren.



BEAUTIFUL BABY GIRL: Total Outfit Cost: £109.00

Ralph Lauren: Royal Blue and White Striped Smock Dress, £109.00

Ralph Lauren: Royal Blue and White Striped Smock Dress, £109.00

GEORGOUS GIGGLING GIRL: Total Outfit Cost: £142.50

Ralph Lauren: Pink Long Sleeved T-Shirt with Gold Polo Motif £46.50

Ralph Lauren: Pink Long Sleeved T-Shirt with Gold Polo Motif £46.50

Ralph Lauren: Purple Stripe Rugby Polo, £49.00

Ralph Lauren: Purple Stripe Rugby Polo, £49.00

Ralph Lauren: Cream Skinny Chinos, £47.00

Ralph Lauren: Cream Skinny Chinos, £47.00

BASHFUL BOYS: Total Outfit Cost: £155.50

Ralph Lauren: Navy Hunter Vest, £59.50

Ralph Lauren: Navy Pima Cotton Vest, £5o.50

Ralph Lauren: Navy Stripe Shirt, £48.00

Ralph Lauren: Navy Stripe Shirt, £48.00

Ralph Lauren: 'Thompson' Slim Fit Jeans, £55.00

Ralph Lauren: 'Thompson' Slim Fit Jeans, £55.00

Crazy Chocolate Banana Cupcakes



These cupcakes are fun to make, taste delicious and come with a fun song you can sing along to while you and

the children bake. The song is by Canadian children’s entertainer, Jake Chénier, click here to hear

Bananas_Ain’t_Got_No_Bones (you will have to click again when the new page opens).


What You Will Need


1/3 cup Shortening (⅓ stick)

1/3 cup Dark Chocolate Chips

3/4 cup Water

1/2 cup Mashed ripe bananas

1 cup Granulated sugar

1 Egg

1 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour

1/2 tsp Baking soda

1/2 tsp Salt




1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips

1/4 cup Water

8 oz Cream cheese , softened

2 cups Icing sugar , (get the kids to sift it!)


What To Do


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C

2. Have the children line 18 muffin cups with paper liners.

3. Heat shortening and chocolate chips in large saucepan on low heat or in microwave in large bowl, stir until melted.

4. Add remaining ingredients while your kids mix it all together

5. Allow the children to spoon the mixture into the prepared cups.

6. Bake in centre of the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.

6. Cool completely on rack.



1. Melt 1 cup of chocolate chips and water together, stirring until smooth.

2. Cool to room temperature.

3. Beat cream cheese, chocolate and icing sugar together until smooth and creamy.

4. Let your kids spread the icing on the cupcake tops.

5. Get the kids to decorate the cupcakes with chocolate chips, sprinkles, or sliced fresh/dried bananas and ENJOY!

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