Monthly Archives: October 2013

Pumpkin Recipes

Perfect Pumpkin Recipes



What do you do with your Jack O’Lattern when Halloween is over? Do you throw it away? Well don’t it can be turned into some amazing recipes.

We have been online searching for recipes and here are our favourite:

We are drooling over these Cheese and Pumpkin Scones that Liz over Me and My Shadow has made.

Pumpkin and Cheese Scones - Easy Recipe

Here Comes The Girls has a fantastic looking Pumpkin Cake recipe.


This Roasted Pumpkin and Caramelised Onion Tart from A Mummy Too looks amazing! I think we shall be having these on Sunday.


Fancy a soup? Try this Roasted Pumpkin Soup from Lipstick and Lace.

This Pumpkin and Sage Spaghetti from the BBC Good Food website looks scrummy and simple to make.

Love Food Hate Waste have a lovely recipe for Roast Pumpkin Lasagne 

Recipe: Tortilla Bowls

Homemade Tortilla Bowl

These are firm favourite in our house, easy to make and you can fill them with whatever you like. They are great for chilli or fill with salsa and break of bits of the bowl to dip in. We often fill will chicken and savoury rice it adds a different texture and makes meals fun.


To make your Tortilla Bowls you will need:

Tortilla Bowl 1st

Soft Tortilla Wraps (each one will make 4 bowls)


Oil (I use spray oil but a little brush of olive or vegetable oil will be fine)


Muffin tin (you need the deep holes)


To Make:


Pre heat oven to 200/180 fan


Cut each tortilla into 4

tortilla bowl 5


Spray or brush the tin with oil


Place each quarter into a muffin hole, making sure there are now gaps. Make the middle of the wrap your base and fold the sides around


Spray or brush a little oil on the tortilla bowl


Bake in the oven for 5-8 mins until golden brown but not dark brown. You may find some of the edges a little crisper than the rest of it that’s fine.

tortilla bowl 4

Leave to cool


Fill with whatever you want and enjoy!

Tortilla Bowl 1


These are great for parties everyone can have their own individual dip! Kids love them as well.

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Getting Crafty This Half Term

Conker Creatures

Looking for something to do with the children’s this autumn half term? Why not get crafty with them. It’s a good way to spend a few hours.

This week  me and my daughter made Conker Creatures. We went for a walk in the morning and collected conkers, leaves and sticks and in the afternoon we made an autumn collage and these cute creatures.

Conker Creature Leaves 1

They are really easy to make and you can use what you have collected when you were out and any other bits and pieces you have at home. We used scraps of yarn for hair, drew and cut out eyes and also used some glitter glue.  Googly eyes would look awesome!

Our Kids One Stop Shop Bloggers have been busy and have some great Autumn and Halloween Crafts you can try.

Playful Learners has pulled together some great Halloween ideas on their blog including Apple Printing Pumpkins and Toilet Roll Bats!

Here Comes The Girls have some brilliant ideas including Pumpkin Tea Set and a Halloween Sensory Bin.

You can find Spooky Fruit over at In The Playroom.

It’s not just our bloggers getting creative:

Red Ted Art has been making Acorn Bracelets.

If you are not scared of spiders then try Nurture Store’s Incy Wincy Spider

Me and My Shadow are making Beech Nut Hedgehogs.


Other Kids One Stop Shop Posts You Make Find Helpful:

Have  a Great Autumn Half Term on a Budget

Free Printable Halloween Decorations

Free Printable Halloween Masks

Rainy Day Activities

Recipe: My Minestrone Soup

My Minestrone Soup

Yesterday for lunch I made a huge pot of Minestrone Soup. It was so good my daughter came home and demanded it for dinner.

I made a large pot without the pasta and then decant out what I want heat in a smaller saucepan and add the uncooked pasta. If you add it and you are not serving the whole pot the pasta will soak up all the liquid.

I used the veg I had in my fridge, I hit up Aldi at the weekend and made the most of their Super 6 veg.


  • 4 Rashers of Smoked Bacon cut into squares
  • 1/2 cup frozen onion (feel free to use fresh)
  • 2 Sticks of Celery Diced
  • 2 Carrots Diced
  • 1 Parsnip Diced
  • 1 Leek Sliced
  • 1 Medium Potato Diced
  • 1 Tin of Tomatoes
  • 1 Tin of Cannani Beans
  • 2 Stock Cubes
  • 1 Litre of Water
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Sprig of Thyme
  • 1 Sprig of Rosemary
  • I have these herbs growing in my garden you can use dried herbs instead.
  • Pasta shapes (I use mini shapes but use whatever you have. You need approx 1/2 hand full per person)

 To Make

  • Using a big pot heat a little olive oil and then add the bacon.
  • Fry until brown
  • Add the onions and cook until softened
  • Add the rest of the veg and give a stir
  • Add the tomatoes and bean and stir
  • Add the stock and herbs
  • Bring to a boil as then simmer for 40 mins

Minestrone Soup Recipe


I keep this in my fridge for a couple of days and then just warm up and the add the pasta as I need it. You can also freeze it.

You can cook this in the slow cooker. Pop it on low for 4 hours add the pasta when you are ready to serve.

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Free Halloween Masks


Free Halloween Mask 2013

Dressing up for Halloween can be fun but if your not very crafty it can be expensive. No need to worry Kids One Stop Shop is here to help. We have found some brilliant free printable Halloween Masks for you.

Mr Printables have these very funky masks perfect for adults and children.


printable halloween masks

The Craft Cupboard have these really cute masks .




Kids bored and want to be creative? This colour in Frankenstein from Printable Masks is perfect.


Frankenstein Monster Mask to Color Printable Mask

Have a spooky halloween!

Children’s Design a Pumpkin Competition

Every year my town has a Pumpkin Parade to celebrate the local pumpkin harvest. It’s a whole day of stalls, entertainment and fun. With a children’s fancy dress costume, a parade around the town with our pumpkins and ends in a huge firework display. It’s my daughter’s favourite local event.


This year we have grown our own pumpkins so she could take one along. Last night she picked one with her dad and they carved a bat into it as per her design.

Pumpkin Carving

She can’t wait until Friday! It got use thinking here at Kids One Stop Shop about Pumpkin designs and what you or actually what your children would like carved into a pumpkin if they could design one. So we have a little Halloween competition for your children.


We want them to design a pumpkin for us and the best one will receive a £15 voucher to spend online at Kids One Stop Shop.


They can use whatever they want paints, crayons, pens, glitter etc. The more creative the better.


Take a picture of your child’s design and tweet it to us using the hashtag #KOSSPumpkinParade and tagging @mumscoffeeclub.


We will display all of the pictures on our blog when we announce the winner.


Closing date is 8pm 31st October 2013


Good luck we can’t wait to see all the designs!


KOSS Design a Pumpkin Competition


Terms and Conditions

  • Open to residents of the UK and ROI only
  • One entry per child
  • Children up to the age of 16 may enter
  • The picture must be tweeted with the hashtag #KOSSPumpkinParade and contain @mumscoffeeclub before the closing time and date or they will not be entered
  • The winner will be chosen within 7 Days of the competition ending
  • The winner will be notified by twitter and will have 5 days to accept the prize