Banana bread muffins

Nothing says ”fall is here let’s get cosy” as the smell of banana bread around the house. I have been using the same recipe for a long time, and it it very easy, as most of the time I’ll bake with children. The result is always amazing and just the thought of having a decent recipe that I can count on on every time is pretty cool.

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That is why I would love to share it with you, as you might be looking for one just now. I searched for a healthy one and stumbled upon that one. Its from the blog called ”Cookie and Kate” from the author Kathryn Taylor. The reason I prefer healthier versions is as I am not too comfortable to give children lots of unnatural sugars or white flower. I think these ingredients have no nutritional value for them or anyone, and they really need only the best to grown up to be healthy and strong. Ingredients in this recipe are whole and good while they still make the yummiest banana bread you will have. Sometimes we make it in to a muffins and sometimes in to a loaf, really depends on the mood.

 

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Here it is:

INGREDIENTS

  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil or high quality vegetable oil* ( I always use coconut)
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 ½ medium or 2 large bananas)
  • ¼ cup milk of choice or water (I always got for water)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (NOT baking powder)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
  • 1 ¾ cups whole wheat white flour  ( I always use spelt flour or buckwheat )
  • Totally optional: ½ cup mix-ins like chopped walnuts or pecans, chocolate chips, raisins, chopped dried fruit, fresh banana slices…

 

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Yummy!

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius) and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the oil and honey together together with a whisk. Add the eggs and beat well, then whisk in the mashed bananas and milk. (If your coconut oil solidifies on contact with cold ingredients, simply let the bowl rest in a warm place for a few minutes, like on top of your stove, or warm it for about 10 seconds in the microwave — when making this with children it is so fun if you say these are little snow mans that are melting)
  3. Add the baking soda, vanilla, salt and cinnamon, and whisk to blend. Lastly, switch to a big spoon and stir in the flour, just until combined. Some lumps are ok! If you’re adding any additional mix-ins, gently fold them in now.
  4. Divide batter in 12 muffin cases evenly (even better if the are colourful or have on them something Disney!)
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let muffins cool on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes before eating – HAHA IF YOU CAN! (if making a loaf you will probably need about 55-60 min in the oven)

 

To add a few notes.

When making it with tiny humans, it’s best to prepare everything out already measured. Depending on the age, you might want to measure it together and practice. Let them do as much as possible, it does not matter if there is a few shells when the beat the eggs-you can pick them out! Stirring is their favourite thing, but mostly, being included, no matter the job. There is nothing better than seeing their little faces light up, when they can do the grown up things and than see the final product.

 

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The Lovely Nanny xx

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Nanny Job

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Hi there!

I’ve been busy lately, and have been lacking on this blog, which I love, and I actually started, to write real things about childcare in general. There is so many aspects of THE JOB, whether you are a Nanny, Childminder, Early years teacher or something else, but the core is the same. This has been on my mind quite a lot recently, and it would be interesting to see whether you have any comments on the topic.

I’m an Early years teacher by degree, but I have been a Nanny for a while now. So I will mainly focus on what it is like to be a Nanny ( superpower human who is trying to rise tiny humans as the best versions of themselves).

I’m so surprised how so many times when I say I’m a Nanny, a lot of people will say “Oh you’re a babysitter?” or ” How nice you can play with children for your job” and other degrading comments. I often find defending myself with saying “I do have a degree in Early years education” like if being a Nanny is something everyone can do, and I’m just doing it because I don’t want to have a ‘serious’ job. I wish more people would understand what really do I do every single day at my job. It is certainly true, mostly anyone can be a Nanny, but it takes a special kind of magic to collide and become ” The Lovely Nanny “.

This post might be a wee long, but I’m really passionate about what I do, and this is what I think every Nanny should be or do.

  • provide the environment where children feel safe (physically and emotionally)
  • respecting the tiny humans
  • listening to them
  • hug them
  • making sure they are happy, carefree and healthy
  • be a good example
  • make sure children have healthy and nutritious meals
  • nurture a good relationship with parents and respect their parenting
  • let them be active
  • teach them to have confidence in their own abilities
  • help them develop respect for others and themselves
  • be educator and career
  • tell them you love them
  • ability to asses the development of each child
  • plan age appropriate activities
  • help them develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings
  • be a multitasker
  • providing opportunities to learn and explore on daily basis
  • read them every day
  • know every child is unique
  • sit on the floor a play with them
  • be very familiar with curriculum (whether you work in public or private sector)
  • help them think critically
  • honour their ideas
  • teaching them responsibilities and consequences
  • be patient, kind and generous with her time

While every day making sure toys are organised and cleaned regularly, clothes are organised by size and washed, bedrooms are tidy, diaries updated and filled in, meals cooked, parents updated on every new achievement and play area and kitchen cleared  by  the end of the day.

Being a Nanny is one of the best jobs in the whole world. As working with children with not only give you a lot of satisfaction but will also challenge you to be a better human yourself. Seeing the whole undamaged potential in a small person is a huge responsibility that you can’t take lightly.

Being a Nanny is one step further from being a parent during the day,  and saying goodnight at the end. Being a Nanny is having your heart filled with love, every time you catch a cheeky smile. It’s also explaining WHY, and being patient when putting on shoes. It’s also the times when you have to say no 34 times and be consistent while doing 10 other things. It’s running in parks, and going down slides, it’s saying well done, and giving high 5. Being a Nanny means never to cross the street on the red light and go out during the week, but it also means I get cuddles every day and ‘I’ll miss you’ when I leave for the weekend. And if you’re really lucky you can see them grow up.

Let’s be honest. Most of the days you will probably need some paracetamol, lots of coffee, waterproof shoes, glitter, sun cream, vitamins, phone with really good internet, some chocolate and the will of steel.

And some days will be all rainbows and butterfly’s.

Until next time,

The Lovely Nanny xx

 

HOW TO plan activities in 4 steps

Planning activities can be stressful, takes time and sometimes we get lost in what we can do with tiny humans to keep them entertained. Planned activities will ensure children learn and have fun, while also meeting their development milestones. It really does not have to be that hard.

If you go by this rule you can make up an activity on the spot. Let see how it goes.

PICK A THEME and do as follows:

     1.STEP: MOTIVATION

It happens before the activity and it is something that will spark an interest

2. STEP: PREPARATION

After motivation, actual preparation for activity, where you increase the interest in topic

3. STEP: MAIN ACTIVITY

The main event! 🙂

4. STEP: REFLECTION

After the activity you do a small activity to reflect on what you experienced

 

So for example if you would like to teach your tiny humans about profession: FIREFIGHTERS (as I have wrote before on my Instagram profile) you can go like that:

  1. playing with toys, watching a youtube video
  2. going for a walk, noticing things around you (especially in big cities)
  3. going to the local fire station, having a tour around
  4. after the trip to fire station, you can paint with water colours what have you seen, experienced

activities

I would always recommend that you do activities that are interesting to your tiny humans (if they have a special interest, like space, you can source activities from that and around that. Like learning colours ~ you can learn in through planets.

If you would like, I can put up a few more examples? Please do let me know in the comments down below what do you think about the activity steps, if they helped you, or how do you plan your activities?

Until next time,

The Lovely Nanny xx

 

ROLLERBLADING INTO SUMMER

Hello again! It’s been a while, but non the less, here I am.

So summer is here, schools are almost finished, kindergartens closed, and what to do with all the tiny humans with too much energy? You can teach them how to rollerblade, or better jet, if they already know, go put them on and have some fun!

When I was teaching in kindergarten I would organise sports days, when children would bring their bikes and rollerblades in and we would make a day out of it. I would do a little program, where we would first practice the basics and than have a competition where we would all cheer each other on. Seeing happy faces was the biggest prize I’ve got at the end. To the day, these are one of my best memories from my teaching life.

The Lovely Nanny rollerblading

Not only that rollerblading it’s fun, it also has many benefits to it and I’ll tell you why.

It is a great base for learning how to ski in the winter, while having fun all summer. There is a lot of similar movement that you can connect to skiing, but also just practising and gaining stability and posture, will give a great base for introducing skiing for the first time, as tiny humans will feel more confident straight away.

Overall faster muscle development than running or bicycling, rollerblading builds upper leg muscles, while gaining balance and control necessary to maintain the upright position, builds up strength and endurance. It is a low impact cardio exercise, with less stress placed on your joints and muscles, but most of all- IT’S FUN!! That said, not only children can have a blast, it is a perfect exercise for adults as well, especially if you suffer from joint problems.

When choosing the right rollerblades for you or your tiny human the most important thing is stability of the shoe with good thigh closure that is adjustable. Your foot has to feel stable but also comfortable enough. My personal preference has always been Roces  brand, but I have tried others too. If possible always try them out in a store, rather than buying straight online. And do not forget about the safety, especially if you or the children you look after are beginners. 😉

Hope you’ll have a perfect start of the summer!

The Lovely Nanny xx

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