Are your kids back at school? All settled in? How are you all coping?
My kids are dealing with the change of classes much better this year. Not a single tantrum yet. Me? After flying back into the country the night before school resumed, I’m struggling more than the kids to settle back into the tedium of washing/lunchboxes/ironing/nagging/homework/extra activities. Family life seems to require so much self-discipline that I’m never ready to embrace until the weather cools down. Actually even then I find it a bit of a struggle.
I’ve considered letting life turn feral for a while, just leaving the kids totally in charge of themselves, but after contemplating the aftermath of that for a couple of minutes, I find enough motivation to pull my finger out and return to my place as fat controller of the family.
And here, look; I’m even managing to bake goodies for lunchboxes. Of course it’s a lazy solution – a cake/slice that can be measured out with multiples of a 1/2 cup measure. I’m not quite ready for too much washing up just yet.
1/2 cup lunchbox slice
1 cup self-raising flour
1 cup oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup mashed fruit (a 140g tub apple puree is a good cheat)
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/2 cups dried fruit, chopped (apple, sultanas & pear are good)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 eggs, lightly whisked
50-75g melted butter – using 50g is healthier and it works out well, but 75g gives a more moist result
Preheat the oven to 180C, line an 18x28cm slice tin with baking paper.
Mix all the ingredients together, press into the tin evenly and bake for 25 minutes until golden.
Leave in the tin to cool, then ice…
1 cup icing sugar
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
Sift the sugar to remove lumps, add the juice gradually until you have a nice consistency and spread over the slice. Leave to set in the tin, then remove and chop into 20 pieces.
Keeps well in an airtight container for 4-5 days.
Needing more help with the return to school? These morning jobs posters might be just what you need for smooth-running mornings…
Finally, did you see that I launched my new Thermomix e-book? You can check it out here…