Cute as a Button

Savouring the Moments

Cute as a Button

Sometimes you just have to put the laundry aside and enjoy some giggles and family-time.  It’s good for the soul.  This weekend, I put out some Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons candy and the kids et moi got creative. And had fun. Yummy fun.

First we made some banana muffins which the kids decorated with Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons. It was a great chuckle of breaking eggs and measuring flour. (Note: I still stand by my rule of having one kid in charge of wet ingredients and another in charge of dry ingredients.  It stops fights before they start). Then afterwards we all sat down to enjoy warm, delicious muffins and talked. Real talk. At the table.

Plus there's the added bonus they'll also be enjoying these muffins at school during the week for a treat.  One less thing for me to worry about.

Activity Mummy’s Banana Muffins


2 ripe bananas
2 eggs
splash of vanilla
½ cup of milk
1 individual vanilla yogurt container
1 tsp baking soda
2 c flour
½ c sugar
1/3 c wheat bran flakes
1 tbsp flax seed
1/3 c oil
Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons


With an electric blender mash bananas, eggs, milk & vanilla together.

In a separate bowl, mix vanilla yogurt & baking soda and set aside.  It will double in size.  Good science experiment for kids to watch!

Combine flour sugar, wheat bran & flax seeds.  Then add this to banana mixture. Mix well.  Add oil at the end.  Mix again.

Get the kids to use an ice cream scooper to scoop the muffin mixture into pre-sprayed muffin tins.  (Kids decided to bury 1 Dairy Milk Button in the middle of the muffin and then decorate with 2 Buttons on top).

Bake in a 350C oven for 20-25 minutes. 

Makes 24 muffins

Trivia: Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons are Fair Trade Certified. (Which helps farmers get fair price for their crops along with helping to ensure  they meet with social, economic and environmental standards.) I share this because I’m kinda socially conscious (and my kids are too).  I’ll buy Fair Trade Certified.  Every time

With the muffins put away, both in our bellies and tupperware for safe keeping, we were left wondering what other yummy treat we could make.  After all, how does one top banana muffins?  After one raucous family fun round of the old hand game rock, paper, scissors...we found our topper in crepes.

Look at that little crepe face, “Cute As A Button!” (Like how I did that? Cadbury Buttons…Cute As A Button. – uh-huh…the kids groaned too).  But darn it, we did good!

Here’s my recipe for Caroline’s Crepes.  They are famous. At least in my house.

At one point in the midst of our baking/cooking madness my middle child said “I like this day” and I realized…we need to have more “I like this day” kind of days.  Hangin’ out together, munching together, sharing silly looks…it was fun…for us all.

Memories are never made by doing laundry…and sockless me is pretty happy I ignored the laundry this weekend.  Memories are the stuff of giggles and a few Cadbury Buttons and yummy fun. 

They grow so fast - savour the family moments!


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Kids Helping Kids

An Interview with Craig Kielburger

Kids Helping Kids


I had the chance to review two titles from Me to We Books My Maasai Life: A Child’s Adventure in Africa by Robin Wiszowaty and Lessons From a Street Kid by international children’s rights activist Craig Kielburger. After reading them I wanted one thing: an interview with Craig.

Why?  Because these books are inspirational for kids as well as parents, in terms of travel, social consciousness, empathy, culture and generosity.  I wanted to hear from Craig himself, how parents can support kids helping kids.

Here is my interview with Craig:

The world is a big place for kids.  "Lessons From a Street Kid" and "My Maasia Life" are both so rich in geography, culture and language; bringing Brazil and Africa into the hands of the child-reader.  Why do you think this benefits kids?

It is so important for everyone – adults and children alike - to be aware of what’s going on in the world. The reason I started to travel was to meet kids around the world who were the same age I was, but living totally different lives. Having readers get to know these kids too makes it more real, which in turn means it is more likely that they’ll get involved and find that spark they need to change the world.

"Lessons From a Street Kid" hit home with my daughter because last year we went to the Dominican Republic and she saw kids begging at car windows first hand.  We had our own 'kids helping kids' moment when we took her to a school to give treats to the students.  Her intention was: "let's give treats at school so that the kids will want to go to school and not hang out on the street".  What are your suggestions for ways in which kids can help other kids - at home and while traveling?

It’s great that your daughter wants to help other children through supporting and encouraging education. There are so many ways for youth to get involved through Free The Children and Me to We domestic programming, which empowers youth to help their peers around the world. By getting involved in campaigns and projects like Halloween for Hunger, Vow of Silence and Adopt a Village, students raise awareness and funds to help children overseas.

There are also many things students can do while they are traveling, including exactly what your daughter did. Giving to a local school or charity is a fantastic way to support the local community. We often suggest that while traveling overseas in a developing country to bring school supplies as a gift to local schools.

These books are great tools for parents & grandparents to discuss generosity, empathy and those less fortunate.  How can parents support their own kids' interest in child right activism?

Our parents were such a large influence in our own lives, although we often didn’t realize it until much later in life. Our mother used to do very simple things to show us that helping people, all people, is important. I remember she used to always carry spare change in her pocket. It wasn’t until much later I realized she put that change there on purpose. Any time we passed a homeless person, she always had change to give them. In the time it took for her to look through her pockets, she would always ask the person some questions. When I shied away, my mother would pull me closer to listen to the people’s stories. This early introduction into helping those who were less fortunate than me, and learning that they were people too, played a huge part in my interest in helping others. Our book The World Needs Your Kid has many other tips and information on supporting your children and helping them find their passion.

Name your top 3 suggestions for kids to "Be the Change"

At Free The Children we ascribe to the theory of Spark + Gift = Better World. Everyone has a gift to give, whether it’s a beautiful singing voice, razor sharp wit, incredible empathy or millions of other gifts. When that gift is combined with passion for a certain issue – that spark that stays with you – change is the only possible result.

Dream Big, Start Small. Find an issue in your school, neighbourhood, or town. Do some research, build a team and make an action plan. Come up with creative, crazy and fun ways to influence your issue. Take action, but then make sure to review. Make sure you follow through on your plans. And lastly, have fun! Stay motivated, and always remember why you got involved in the first place.

Give us a call! Getting kids involved is our specialty, and we have all resources kids need to find put their gift into action.