Handy Tips for Fussy Eaters #2


A quick pancake/pikelet recipe for you… it’s one I make all the time. The boys love to help with the mixture, and they don’t even question the little bowl of orange squishy stuff mummy quietly puts in when nobody is paying too much attention…

  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1/4 tspn bicarb soda
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 2-3 tbspn of any white or orange pureed vegetable

Whisk milk, egg and vanilla together in a jug. Sift flour and bicarb soda into a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Add milk mixture. Whisk until just combined.

Heat your frying pan, spray with non-stick oil. Using 1/4 cup mixture per pancake (less for pikelets), cook for a few minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip and cook for another few minutes or until cooked through. Yummo!

*I usually have some white bean or pumpkin and sweet potato puree on hand in little batches in the freezer. This makes it super easy to defrost and slide into the mixture whenever you fancy a little cook-up. Karen x


Handy Tips for Fussy Eaters #1

When my boys were small they would eat anything that was put in front of them. And I mean anything. Bugs included. Not that it was actually me who put them there…

Now they are aged five and six they seem intent on exercising their innate right to refuse to eat certain foods. And that’s totally fine, I’ve no problem with that. Except I wish they would refuse the chips and pasta, and not the vegies…

Along the way I’ve picked up some tricks that help me get the good stuff into my boys. I’ve met heaps of mums who struggle just like me, so I’m going to share my tips now and then here on this blog; I do hope you can repay the favour with a few tips of your own. Pretty please? 🙂


Fussy Eater Tip #1

Don’t be afraid to hide vegies in their usual meals. Puree a can of white beans, some pumpkin, carrots or sweet potato. Start by mixing in just a tablespoon or two into their pasta sauce, macaroni cheese, pikelet mixture, whatever you’ve got. Increase to twice the amount (or as much as you can get away with) over time.

If you want some great recipes and more ideas for hiding purees, this book is really cool. It’s on my kitchen shelf. You can buy the real thing on Amazon.


Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t still put some kind of veg on their plate at mealtimes, but it certainly takes the pressure off. Instead of fighting with them to eat every last pea, you can keep a much more relaxed vibe around the table, knowing what you know. That they don’t know. But you know. You know?

What’s your favourite tip for a smooth mealtime?

From A to Bizarre…


It’s funny, now that my boys are at school they’re constantly meeting new people. Their classes are full of kids with old-fashioned names, kids with modern names, kids with foreign names and kids with totally-made-up names.

I can’t complain: this trend over recent years is what makes my business work. The ability to personalise some of my products with a child’s name is what brings a lot of mums to me. They’re tired of never finding anything in the shops with their child’s name on, so handmade is often the only option. (I can tell you we were never short on Karens in any of my classes!)

I always find it interesting to see the most popular names each year. The Registry for Births, Deaths and Marriages has published its annual list of the top 50 most popular names for 2012. Here’s the list for WA:


I’ve got both my boys in the Top 10! I’m not sure whether that’s a good or a bad thing…

Is your child on the list?

To see the top names in other Australian states, go here: http://australia.gov.au/topics/law-and-justice/births-deaths-and-marriages-registries

Hello, I’m Karen and I’m an ice-creamaholic.


I’ll do just about anything for a tub of Gelaré choc-chip cookie dough ice-cream. I’m a sucker for Scrabble and red wine and chocolate. Preferably all at the same time. I’m a mum, probably just like you. I love my two boys to pieces, I especially love getting to know new things about them every day, and wondering about the young men they will become all too soon. I still love the silence that comes with school drop-off. 🙂

I’m also the face behind Little Bellies Dinnerware. Nice to meet you.

I especially love to fire up the computer and get to work creating fun stuff for kids. It was almost five years ago that I created my first two sample plates and wondered whether I could make a business out of it. It’s only now that I feel I’m starting to get an interesting collection of products together – most created or designed by me, others just great stuff that I love. But all to be enjoyed by kids (or kids at heart).

Sometimes I’m overwhelmed by how much there is to do in order to take Little Bellies to where I want it to be. I learn something new about business every day and wonder whether I will ever learn enough. I try hard to remember that it’s exactly that passion – and that fear – that will propel me along the way.

Anyway, that’s a little bit about me. I want to hear about you! Please leave a comment below and tell me what makes you… you. 

Karen x