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Keep it fresh this school season with GLAD Freshness that’s Head of the Class

Trust GLAD Zip Seal and GLAD Cling Wrap to protect lunches and snacks.

Packing lunches can be a family bonding experience and a great opportunity to teach your children how to create their own school meals and perhaps educate them about healthy eating choices too.

You might even discover along the way that your kids enjoy the responsibility of being in charge of their food – it can be empowering.

Plus, you could keep a notepad handy, for them to write down their ‘shopping list’ suggestions.

As always, GLAD is here to help you and your family. With the GLAD Zip Seal resealable range, this is a cinch! Remember their Zip Seal® clever seal lets you know it’s sealed properly with their YELLOW AND BLUE MAKES GREEN technology. Plus you can write the date and contents, or name, on the printed white strip.

Tips to help kids pack their own lunches:

  • Keep the pantry stocked with healthy staples such as nuts and dried fruit
  • Create a “snack station” with pre-bagged snacks, in GLAD Zip Seal Snack Bags, for the whole family to grab from
  • Keep school meals in mind when you make dinner, because leftovers can be yummy the next day and help save food – GLAD loves leftovers!
  • Create delicious sandwiches from leftovers and keep them fresh in GLAD Zip Seal Sandwich Bags
  • Before the next school week starts, spend some time as a family planning and preparing the lunch menu for the upcoming week

All it takes is a touch of creativity and pre-planning, and the kids will love their new-found independence – it’s like shopping in mom’s kitchen!

Speaking of creativity… here is a fun sandwich sushi idea to try…

Fun Sandwich Sushi
courtesy of Ayesha Curry

Prep 20 minutes

Total 20 minutes
SERVINGS: 6

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, minced
  • 1 tablespoon basil, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • 1 cup carrots, julienned
  • 1 cup cucumber, deseeded and julienned
  • 6 veggie flour tortillas
  • cold meat slices

Directions

  1. Allow cream cheese to soften. Add to a small bowl with parsley, basil, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Lay flour tortillas on a flat surface covered with Glad Cling Wrap. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly across the middle of the tortilla. Top with spinach, carrot, cucumber, and turkey or your preferred lunch meat.
  3. Tightly roll up the tortillas and wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled.
  4. Slice when ready to serve.
  5. TIP: prep extra carrot, spinach, cucumber, parsley and basil and keep protected in the fridge for delicious sandwiches and salads later in the week.

All GLAD products are made for your convenience with the purpose of keeping your food fresh for longer. GLAD – Saving good food. From going bad.

Please visit www.glad.co.za for more information and follow ‘GLAD SOUTH AFRICA’ on Facebook; Available in the GLAD aisle of most supermarkets.

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Playdoh Challenge 22

This year Play-Doh is challenging you to get your creative juices flowing and show your best Play-doh frog interpretation. Share these frogs on the Play-Doh Instagram page @playdohza and stand a chance to win a Play-Doh prize.

To help you, Play-Doh have a great back-to-school buy 3 get 1 free promotion on Play-Doh single cans at these retailers  (limited time only) –

  • Toys R Us
  • Toyzone
  • Toy Kingdom
  • Hamleys
  • Takealot

For more inspiration visit @PlayDohSouthAfrica on Facebook and @playdohza on Instagram.

 

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Back-to-School Made Easy A Budget-Friendly Guide for Back-to-School Shopping

The festive season which is filled with Christmas feels, quality time with loved ones, and relaxation, will soon be replaced with back-to-school excitement. As consumers shift gears from the holiday season to the back-to-school (BTS) madness, Kutlwano Tshetlhane, mother and Stationery Marketing Manager at BIC, shares her top four budget-friendly tips to help navigate the BTS panic and make it a little bit easier on the mind and the pocket. 

 

  1. Take control of your own shopping basket: while ordering a stationery box through your child’s school may seem like the obvious choice, it’s not necessarily the only option. You might end up with stationery items that you don’t necessarily need. Take control, shop yourself through physical or online stores, and choose the items that you and your child prefer. Pro tip: you don’t have to buy the brands specified on the stationery list provided by the school, and you don’t have to send 10 glue sticks and 24 pencils with your child on the first day! You have the option to purchase what your child needs at the beginning of the school year, and replenish later if needed.

 

  1. Not all things are uniform: check what you can reuse from previous years and shop smartly for the remaining/needed items from budget-friendly retailers. Don’t be shy to shop for some of the items at the second-hand uniform shop at your child’s school, where you will find good bargains for half the price.

 

  1. Normalize using labels and checklists: it is no surprise that kids play around at school and might end up misplacing items they bring from home. Do yourself a favor and ensure that all items including stationery, lunchboxes and clothes are properly marked. Pro tip: create a checklist of your kid’s items and give it to them to help them (and yourself) remember what needs to be packed before they leave school to head back home. This will not only teach kids responsibility, but will also help avoid the frustration of misplacing items and save costs on replacing them.

 

  1. Get lunchbox smart: avoid the temptation to fill your child’s lunchbox with a variety of fancy pre-packaged goods unnecessarily. Keep it simple! healthy snacks like fruit, carrots and cucumbers, as well as popcorn, and rice cakes, go a long way. You could even whip up some basic treats with your kids over the weekend, and add those to the lunchbox.

 

Whatever tips you may go with or preference you might have, always remember to involve your children in the back-to-school preparations, as that will help them make decisions, take accountability, feel like they are part of the process, and get them excited for the new school year!

 

ABOUT BIC
A world leader in stationery, lighters and shavers, BIC brings simplicity and joy to everyday life. For more than 75 years, the Company has honored the tradition of providing high-quality, affordable, essential products to consumers everywhere. Through this unwavering dedication, BIC has become one of the most recognized brands and is a trademark registered worldwide. Today, BIC products are sold in more than 160 countries around the world and feature iconic brands such as BIC Kids™, BIC FlexTM, BodyMark by BICTM, Cello®, Djeep, Lucky Stationery, Rocketbook, Soleil®, Tipp-Ex®, Us. TM, Wite-Out® and more. In 2020, BIC Net Sales were 1,627.9 million euros. The Company is listed on “Euronext Paris,” is part of the SBF120 and CAC Mid 60 indexes and is recognized for its commitment to sustainable development and education. It received an A- Leadership score from CDP. For more, visit about.bic.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube.
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Game’s top toys for the festive season

Children’s preferences have changed over the years to more digital play, rather than outdoor and
interactive games – where no toys were required (hide and seek, hopscotch, and riding a bike).
Despite this, toys such as building blocks, dolls, and Disney remain popular options with today's
children. This is according to the findings of a consumer survey carried out by Game earlier in the
year.

Today digital devices are more popular than ever and most children are either playing with them or
owning them versus years ago when kids used to spend most of their time outside. Further, the past 18
months children and their parents have been mostly stuck inside, with little to no outside play. This
has not been ideal as spending time outside, taking part in creative play, and especially off of digital
devices are all very important for childhood development and to reach those developmental
milestones.

Game wants to help parents create opportunities for their kids to enjoy imaginatively and outside play
and made sure that this year’s top toys available in store are inspired by instilling more creativity
within the play as well as ignite a passion for playing outside.
“We’ve done the planning to make sure we have the toys that every child will want this festive
season. This includes all-in-one blasters, petshop surprise, sparkle girlz, playsets, and more. With
ample options to explore creativity and more time outdoors, parents and children can look forward
to a happy festive season of play” says Katherine Madley, Vice President of Marketing, Game.
The top toys available from Game this year includes:

1. 81CM WISPY WALKER for only R249 – This walker doll is sure to keep your little ones
entertained for hours. Perfect for playing dress-up and for doing her hair, this doll is the
ultimate imaginative play companion.

 

2. REGENERATOR for R499 – Take outside play to the next level with this all-in-one blaster,
wherewith its multiple attachments, can enable you to create over 1, 000 unique blaster
combination.

3. TURBO COMBO for R499 and is exclusive to Game. The ultimate X-Shot combo pack has
arrived and allows for ample hours of imaginative play outside. Up your game with the
Turbo Fire (Fires darts up to 66 ft / 20 m 20-Darts Capacity Rotating Barrel Dart-Range Award
Winner), the Fury 4 (Fire darts up to 66 ft / 20 m 4-Darts Capacity Rotating Barrel) and Micro
(Shoots Up to 66 ft/ 18 m Dart Storage on top).

4. GORILLA PLAYSET for R799 – Battle it out against the monstrous attacking Gorilla, the
biggest set Metal Machines has ever seen. This set includes a massive gorilla that when you
drive over the arm watch out as it may grab you and bring your car to the ground.

5. POPPY BOOTY SHAKIN PUG for R499 – Poppy’s contagious energy and hilarious head twirling
and booty-shakin’ will have the whole family up dancing and laughing for hours.

6. PETSHOP SURPRISE for R300– Adopt, cuddle and interact. With the electronic interactive
features, your child can experience the joy of a new pet – encouraging friendship,
excitement, and the importance of celebrating others. With the speak and repeat function, they can really bring their pet to life.

7. CAMPER VAN for R799 and exclusive to Game – Were all going on a camping holiday. Delight
your little one with the amazing Sparkle Girlz Camper Van. It’s a must-have addition to their
collection and is sure to provide hours of creative play and fun. The Sparkle Girlz will love
cruising around town or heading to the coast, but it’s up to you where they’ll head to next.

8. EXCEL CRUSHER for R499- You can annihilate your opponents with the single-shot function
from up to 90ft/27m away. You can blast up to 4-darts per second during Slam-Fire mode &
see your auto-rotating barrel release these award-winning X-Shot darts. Hours of play will be
the order of the day.

9. 1:14 JEEP for R549- Take your driving skills outside and off-road. The Jeep Rubicon is a must-
have for any car lover.

10. SUPERMARKET PLAYSET (cash register, trolley & food set) for R550 – There’s more than a
month’s shopping in the Supermarket Playset. Load up the cart with the pretend food and
make your way to the checkout. A must-have for any little shopper to have lots of role-playing
fun.

“And don’t forget about Game’s Price Beat Promise. If you’ve purchased any item from Game and
within 21 days find the identical product at a competitor for less, bring us the competitor leaflet valid at the time of price-beat request and we will refund you 10% on the difference, making sure that
you pay the lowest price on toys this festive season”, concludes Madley.

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Use the Hasbro Play Personality Quizz to chose the best gifts for your kids this year

 

When a child receives a new toy and they fall in Love at First Play, magic happens.  Imaginations are unlocked, fun is found, explorations begin, and bonds are formed.  

 

According to a recent survey by global play and entertainment company, Hasbro, almost half (47%) parents surveyed admit their kids have been disappointed with gifts received at festive time and 30% say they have struggled knowing what to buy their children in the past.   Sound familiar?  Months of your child begging for a particular toy or game, only for the gift to land up at the bottom of the toy pile a few days later.

 

Understanding the science behind the many forms of play will help you choose toys that are the most compatible with your child’s play personality, essentially how does your child love to play and which toys are best suited to their play personality?

 

To help parents make the best gift decisions this festive season Hasbro developed a Play Personality Quiz. Play personalities are based on a widely acknowledged scientific theory of the way children engage with play, based on neuroscience and natural behaviours. The 8 play personalities identified in the Hasbro Play Personality Quiz are informed by Dr Stuart Brown’s research [author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens The Imagination And Invigorates The Soul]  and capture the fundamentals of child development, movement, sensory development, language and attachment theory, so that you can easily navigate the best gifts compatible to your child and how they play. 

 

Take the Hasbro Play Personality Quiz to identify whether your child is a mischievous Jokester or more of a creative Imagineer, a curious Discoverer or an active Energizer and find the perfect toys for Love At First Play.  

 

Visit https://sa.loveatfirstplay.com/ to take the quiz and find out more on each play personality.

 

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Mouth-watering breakfast recipes for summer

Enjoy the goodness of long, summer days by kickstarting your mornings with these four delicious recipes that are jam packed with goodness and are ready in a flash.

From an orange breakfast twist bread to hot cross bun jaffels, baked oats with pear and cinnamon, or coconut and pineapple French toast muffins, there’s something for everyone in the family to savour.

The best summer breakfasts are fresh, flavourful and easy to share. Savour the refreshing goodness of fruit this season with Rhodes Quality’s extensive range of 100% juices and canned fruit, perfect partner for convenience and goodness.

Orange breakfast twist bread: Served fresh out of the oven, this sweet orange breakfast style bread is perfect for a brunch party.

Ingredients (serves 8) Method
  • 330 ml (1 ⅓ cups) Rhodes Quality Orange 100% Fruit Juice
  • 100 ml (⅓ cup + 4 tsp) butter
  • 1 x 10g packet dried yeast
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) sugar
  • 600 g (4 ¾ cups) cake flour

 

Filling:

  • 125 ml (½ cup) Rhodes Quality Apricot Jam
  • 125 ml (½ cup) brown sugar
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked

 

Glaze:

  • 65 ml (¼ cup) Rhodes Quality Orange 100% Fruit Juice
  • 500 ml (2 cups) icing sugar

 

  1. Place the Rhodes Quality Orange Juice and the butter into a small saucepan.
  2. Heat gently until the butter is melted.
  3. Remove from the heat, pour into a bowl, and cool until lukewarm.
  4. Add the yeast, salt and sugar and stir well.
  5. Leave to stand until the yeast blooms and bubbles form on the surface.
  6. Place the cake flour into a large bowl.
  7. Add the yeast mixture and form into a soft dough.
  8. Knead for about 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  9. Place the dough into a lightly floured bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave in a warm spot to rest until doubled in size.
  10. Knock the dough down and on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a large rectangle.
  11. Gently warm 65 ml (¼ cup) of the Rhodes Quality Apricot Jam and brush all over right to the edges of the dough.
  12. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the Apricot Jam.
  13. Roll the dough up into a log from the long side and pinch the seam to secure.
  14. Cut right through the dough along the middle of the log, beginning and ending 5 cm from each end to leave the edges intact.
  15. Twist the two halves of the log around each other twice and circle the two ends together to form a twisted round bread.
  16. Place the bread in a large shallow oven casserole (or onto a baking sheet) that has been sprayed with non-stick spray and lined with baking paper.
  17. Leave the bread to rest in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  18. Brush the bread with the egg and bake in an oven preheated to 180°C for 30 – 40 minutes or until golden brown and baked through.
  19. As the bread comes out of the oven, brush with the remaining Rhodes Quality Apricot Jam.
  20. Cool.
  21. To make the glaze, sift the icing sugar into a large bowl.
  22. Whisk in the Rhodes Quality Orange Juice until smooth and thick.
  23. Pour the glaze over the bread.

 

Enjoy the goodness of long, summer days by kickstarting your mornings with these four delicious recipes that are jam packed with goodness and are ready in a flash.

From an orange breakfast twist bread to hot cross bun jaffels, baked oats with pear and cinnamon, or coconut and pineapple French toast muffins, there’s something for everyone in the family to savour.

The best summer breakfasts are fresh, flavourful and easy to share. Savour the refreshing goodness of fruit this season with Rhodes Quality’s extensive range of 100% juices and canned fruit, perfect partner for convenience and goodness.

Orange breakfast twist bread: Served fresh out of the oven, this sweet orange breakfast style bread is perfect for a brunch party.

Ingredients (serves 8) Method
  • 330 ml (1 ⅓ cups) Rhodes Quality Orange 100% Fruit Juice
  • 100 ml (⅓ cup + 4 tsp) butter
  • 1 x 10g packet dried yeast
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) sugar
  • 600 g (4 ¾ cups) cake flour

 

Filling:

  • 125 ml (½ cup) Rhodes Quality Apricot Jam
  • 125 ml (½ cup) brown sugar
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked

 

Glaze:

  • 65 ml (¼ cup) Rhodes Quality Orange 100% Fruit Juice
  • 500 ml (2 cups) icing sugar

 

  1. Place the Rhodes Quality Orange Juice and the butter into a small saucepan.
  2. Heat gently until the butter is melted.
  3. Remove from the heat, pour into a bowl, and cool until lukewarm.
  4. Add the yeast, salt and sugar and stir well.
  5. Leave to stand until the yeast blooms and bubbles form on the surface.
  6. Place the cake flour into a large bowl.
  7. Add the yeast mixture and form into a soft dough.
  8. Knead for about 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  9. Place the dough into a lightly floured bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave in a warm spot to rest until doubled in size.
  10. Knock the dough down and on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a large rectangle.
  11. Gently warm 65 ml (¼ cup) of the Rhodes Quality Apricot Jam and brush all over right to the edges of the dough.
  12. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the Apricot Jam.
  13. Roll the dough up into a log from the long side and pinch the seam to secure.
  14. Cut right through the dough along the middle of the log, beginning and ending 5 cm from each end to leave the edges intact.
  15. Twist the two halves of the log around each other twice and circle the two ends together to form a twisted round bread.
  16. Place the bread in a large shallow oven casserole (or onto a baking sheet) that has been sprayed with non-stick spray and lined with baking paper.
  17. Leave the bread to rest in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  18. Brush the bread with the egg and bake in an oven preheated to 180°C for 30 – 40 minutes or until golden brown and baked through.
  19. As the bread comes out of the oven, brush with the remaining Rhodes Quality Apricot Jam.
  20. Cool.
  21. To make the glaze, sift the icing sugar into a large bowl.
  22. Whisk in the Rhodes Quality Orange Juice until smooth and thick.
  23. Pour the glaze over the bread.

 

Hot cross bun Jaffels: Spicy and sweet and a nice twist on an SA favourite.

Ingredients (makes 4) Method
  • 4 hot cross buns, sliced
  • soft butter for spreading
  • Rhodes Quality Strawberry Jam for spreading
  • 8 streaky bacon rashers, crispy fried
  • 125 g (1 cup) cheddar cheese, grated,

 

  1. Butter the outside of one side of each of the hot cross buns.
  2. Place the hot cross bun, buttered side down, on a board and spread with a layer of Rhodes Quality Strawberry Jam.
  3. Place two slices of bacon on each half.
  4. Top with cheese and close the remaining halves of the hot cross buns over the filling.
  5. Spread the outside of each hot cross bun with butter.
  6. Place the hot cross bun sandwiches one at a time inside a heated jaffle iron (or use a sandwich maker) and slowly toast over a low flame or medium heat until golden brown.
  7. Serve immediately.

Baked oats with pear and cinnamon: Oven baked oats with a sweet flavour a perfect accompaniment to a glass of Rhodes Quality 100% Orange Juice.

Ingredients (serves 2) Method
  • 1 x 410 g can Rhodes Quality Pear Halves in Syrup, drained
  • 125 ml (½ cup) plain yogurt
  • 65 ml (¼ cup) 40g oats
  • 2.5 ml (½ tsp) ground cinnamon
  • 35 ml (3 Tbsp) brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2.5 ml (½ tsp) vanilla essence

To serve: spoonful of plain yoghurt and honey, in a medium bowl, mix the yoghurt, oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, egg and vanilla essence until well combined.

  1. Cut the Rhodes Quality Pear Halves into small pieces and stir into the oat’s mixture.
  2. Spoon the mixture into two oven proof bowls.
  3. Bake in an oven that has been preheated to 180 C for 30 minutes or until puffed and golden.
  4. Remove and serve immediately with yoghurt and honey, and a cold glass of Rhodes Quality Orange Juice.

 

Coconut & Pineapple French Toast Muffins: a tropical version of a French classic.

Ingredients Method
  • ​​1x 440 g can Rhodes Quality Pineapple Pieces in Syrup, drained
  • 500 ml (2 cups) milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) ground cinnamon
  • loaf unsliced white bread, cut into cubes

Topping:

  • 65 ml brown sugar
  • 65 ml desiccated coconut
  • 2,5 ml ground cinnamon

to serve: syrup (optional)

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and cinnamon.
  2. Add the bread cubes and the Rhodes Quality Pineapple Pieces and stir to mix.
  3. Leave the mixture to stand until the bread absorbs most of the milk.
  4. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  5. Fill the muffin cups with the bread mixture and leave to stand for a further 15 minutes. (See cooking tip below.)
  6. Mix the brown sugar, coconut, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  7. Sprinkle the topping over the muffins.
  8. Bake the muffins in an oven that has been preheated to 180 C for 15 -20 minutes or until the muffins are puffed and golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan and serving with a drizzle of syrup if using.

 

For more inspiration packed with wholesome goodness and to find out how to win visit: www.rhodesquality.co.za or on Instagram and Facebook #GoWithGoodness

Hot cross bun Jaffels: Spicy and sweet and a nice twist on an SA favourite.

Ingredients (makes 4) Method
  • 4 hot cross buns, sliced
  • soft butter for spreading
  • Rhodes Quality Strawberry Jam for spreading
  • 8 streaky bacon rashers, crispy fried
  • 125 g (1 cup) cheddar cheese, grated,

 

  1. Butter the outside of one side of each of the hot cross buns.
  2. Place the hot cross bun, buttered side down, on a board and spread with a layer of Rhodes Quality Strawberry Jam.
  3. Place two slices of bacon on each half.
  4. Top with cheese and close the remaining halves of the hot cross buns over the filling.
  5. Spread the outside of each hot cross bun with butter.
  6. Place the hot cross bun sandwiches one at a time inside a heated jaffle iron (or use a sandwich maker) and slowly toast over a low flame or medium heat until golden brown.
  7. Serve immediately.

Baked oats with pear and cinnamon: Oven baked oats with a sweet flavour a perfect accompaniment to a glass of Rhodes Quality 100% Orange Juice.

Ingredients (serves 2) Method
  • 1 x 410 g can Rhodes Quality Pear Halves in Syrup, drained
  • 125 ml (½ cup) plain yogurt
  • 65 ml (¼ cup) 40g oats
  • 2.5 ml (½ tsp) ground cinnamon
  • 35 ml (3 Tbsp) brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2.5 ml (½ tsp) vanilla essence

To serve: spoonful of plain yoghurt and honey, in a medium bowl, mix the yoghurt, oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, egg and vanilla essence until well combined.

  1. Cut the Rhodes Quality Pear Halves into small pieces and stir into the oat’s mixture.
  2. Spoon the mixture into two oven proof bowls.
  3. Bake in an oven that has been preheated to 180 C for 30 minutes or until puffed and golden.
  4. Remove and serve immediately with yoghurt and honey, and a cold glass of Rhodes Quality Orange Juice.

 

 

Coconut & Pineapple French Toast Muffins: a tropical version of a French classic.

Ingredients Method
  • ​​1x 440 g can Rhodes Quality Pineapple Pieces in Syrup, drained
  • 500 ml (2 cups) milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) ground cinnamon
  • loaf unsliced white bread, cut into cubes

Topping:

  • 65 ml brown sugar
  • 65 ml desiccated coconut
  • 2,5 ml ground cinnamon

to serve: syrup (optional)

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and cinnamon.
  2. Add the bread cubes and the Rhodes Quality Pineapple Pieces and stir to mix.
  3. Leave the mixture to stand until the bread absorbs most of the milk.
  4. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  5. Fill the muffin cups with the bread mixture and leave to stand for a further 15 minutes. (See cooking tip below.)
  6. Mix the brown sugar, coconut, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  7. Sprinkle the topping over the muffins.
  8. Bake the muffins in an oven that has been preheated to 180 C for 15 -20 minutes or until the muffins are puffed and golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan and serving with a drizzle of syrup if using.

 

For more inspiration packed with wholesome goodness and to find out how to win visit: www.rhodesquality.co.za or on Instagram and Facebook #GoWithGoodness

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Festive toy shopping tips from the experts

It’s unmistakable, the sounds of festive tunes, lights, tinsel, and toys galore are in the shops, signaling that we’re in the throes of the festive shopping season. For most, it’s the season to be jolly until of course, you must start your holiday toy shopping which can be stressful.

Every parent knows the joy you feel when you’re able to buy your little one the perfect toy that makes them smile. But, getting it right is not always easy. Christmas is considered one of the six most stressful life events, along with divorce, moving house, and changing jobs.

In one survey of over 3,000 people, 86% reported that they find buying presents to be difficult and 65% reported Christmas shopping as a stressful experience. Some reports have even suggested that Christmas shopping can be as stressful as running a marathon, as it may increase your heart rate by 33%.

Shop smart this festive season with these sanity-saving hacks for parents from the experts at Toys R Us to help you avoid holiday stress.

Wish lists:

Get your kids to do their wish lists early, as this will ensure you get them something they really want, while at the same time managing their expectations. Doing this early on also allows you to budget and plan ahead of time.

Having a wish list means you can share their wants with other family members ensuring the burden isn’t entirely left on you. Why not try a digital wish list or registry and share it with the whole family.

Set a budget:

A budget is key in terms of planning your holiday shopping. This will ensure you have either saved the money early on that you will allocate to gifts or you can plan how many gifts and what exactly you would like to buy.

Important to remember of course is not to borrow or withdraw from your savings. Try to set a spending limit for every gift you buy. Determine the total amount you will spend on gifts and then divide it amongst who you are going to buy for.

Plan with the top toy trends:

This year’s top toy list featuring 25 must-have toys for the 2021 festive season inspired by the latest toy trends has been released. Most of these will top Xmas wish lists. So, if you want to surprise your kids, you can’t go wrong with selecting any one of these for their gifts.

A few of the big trends in the world of toys which have inspired the top toy must-haves include toy unboxing, outdoor play, and creative building, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills toys, sensory play, and educational toys that support remote learning.

Everything from interactive playsets, fidget toys, family outdoor games, dinosaurs, and remote control toys will surprise and delight your child.

Instead of going on long and exhausting tours of the stores, get your kids to do some screen shopping! Or pick up Geoffrey’s Big Book of Wonder – a 68-page festive season gift guide filled with wondrous toys including something for all ages and budgets with incredible deals.

Buying online:

With the increased demand for online shopping convenience, Toys R Us SA encourages you to get your holiday shopping done early and conveniently online. However, just remember when you’re ordering online over the festive season, it’s always best to do it before the 16th of December. If not, the Toys R Us stores are open right up until Christmas eve for all those last-minute gifts.

If you aren’t comfortable with online shopping, don’t fear, Toys R Us & Babies R Us stores are adhering to strict covid-19 protocols at all times, ensuring valued customers are able to shop with peace of mind.

Mall shopping:

Go early! The best time to approach the mall during the holiday season is early in the week during a workday. Fewer people mean fewer germs, flexibility to move around the store, and accessibility to a good parking spot.

To avoid large crowds, never resort to last-minute holiday shopping if you can. We are still living in a time of a pandemic, so, to protect yourself, you need to avoid having lengthy shopping trips. Pre-plan particular stores you will stop at to buy items to avoid you having to go back and forth.

If you plan on taking your kid/s with you, identify a spot where you can take a break with them. If you’re visiting a Toys R Us store, your kids will be endlessly entertained in Geoffrey’s Land of Wonder.

“This year our Christmas wish is that everyone gets to experience a little bit of Toys R Us magic and we hope that South Africans enjoy our festive offering this year,” says Catherine Jacoby, Marketing Manager at Toys R Us. “For those wanting to do their shopping in-store, Geoffrey’s Land of Wonder, where kids never grow up, is ready to welcome the whole family.”

For more information visit the Toys R Us website or follow Toys R Us on Instagram and Facebook 

#TopToys2021 #LandOfWonder #BigBookOfWonder

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How long do leftovers last

How Long Do Leftovers Last?

Have a surplus of tasty leftovers that you want to save for later? Perhaps you’ve cooked extra to maximise your time?

Storing food in the fridge or freezer correctly can extend the life of your leftovers — and it only takes a few simple steps.

Enjoy this guide from GLAD for tips on how long leftovers last and how to properly store food.

  • If you’re planning to polish off your leftovers in the near future, you can store them in the fridge. Leftovers in the fridge can be eaten anytime within 3–4 days, as long as they were properly cooked and stored.
  • When cooking and storing leftovers, you should always follow the 4 steps to food safety: clean, separate, cook and chill.
  1. Clean: Wash your hands, utensils, and surfaces often while cooking.
  2. Separate: Avoid cross-contamination by using separate cutting boards, plates/bowls, and utensils for cooked meat, raw meat, and produce.
  3. Cook: Use a food thermometer to ensure food is cooked to the proper temperature — and once hot food is cooked, make sure it stays above 60°C to prevent bacteria growth.
  4. Chill: Refrigerate perishable foods within 2 hours; if perishable food has been exposed to temperatures above 32°C, refrigerate within 1 hour. Your refrigerator should be set to 4°C or below to prevent bacteria growth.
  • Freezing leftovers is a great way to extend the life of your food. But you might be wondering: how long can leftovers last in the freezer without losing quality? To maintain the quality of your food, the longest you should keep frozen leftovers is 3–4 months.
  • Pro tip: Before freezing leftovers for storage, be sure to note the date when the food was prepared so you can properly label your leftovers and remind yourself when they need to be used by. GLAD Zip Seal Bags, have a white label on the bag where you can write the date.

All GLAD products are made for your convenience with the purpose of keeping your food fresh for longer. GLAD – Saving good food. From going bad.

Please visit www.glad.co.za for more information and follow ‘GLAD SOUTH AFRICA’ on Facebook; Available in the GLAD aisle of most supermarkets.

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Come Dine With Me South Africa is back with a spicy 7th season

Serving up a smorgasbord of local content every Wednesday, BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174) will be bringing back 12 new episodes of Come Dine With Me South Africa, featuring 48 extrovert and eccentric contestants from Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Expect two rounds of juicy 6-episode segments with the first six episodes airing from Wednesday 10th November at 8pm followed by the final six episodes, which will return after Christmas, to bring some January cheer from Wednesday 26th January at 8pm.

The SAFTA award winning show featuring ‘the good, the bad and the hungry’ will continue to be narrated by the hilarious voiceover legend Dave Lamb. The format follows four amateur chefs as they each host a three-course dinner party for the other contestants at their own home. Competitors then rate the host’s food and hosting skills at the end of each evening, with the highest-scoring chef winning R10,000 cash.

This season look forward to meeting new bold and brilliant personalities, such as self-proclaimed pug-aholic Judd, Russia obsessed Tamlyn and erotica writer Gina.

Come Dine With Me, which is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment has been produced in over 40 countries. Come Dine With Me South Africa was the first local commission from BBC Worldwide for its channels in the EMEA region, and debuted in South Africa in 2011.

Come Dine With Me South Africa is sponsored by Sensodyne

 

Upcoming episodes

Episode 1 airs on Wednesday 10 th November at 8pm on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174), it will be
repeated on Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 6pm and available on DStv Now and catch up.
In week one the knives (and forks) are out in Johannesburg.
We travel to the urban jungle of Randburg and meet four
bold and brilliant personalities – gentle self-proclaimed pug-
aholic Judd, life of the party and fun-loving Caley, lover of all
things ‘boujee’ Kholofelo, and the off-beat wine-loving family
man Shamalan.

 

Episode 2 airs on Wednesday 17 th November at 8pm on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174), it will be
repeated on Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 6pm and available on DStv Now and catch up.
Four more eccentric personalities are in Johannesburg for week
2 – digital marketing guru and chatterbox Adele serves up an
Afrikaans inspired menu, MC and gin distributor Themba puts
his ambitious menu to the test, law student Robyn joins the
battle of the oxtail and witty and well-travelled Hugh takes his
guests around the world with his flavoursome creations.

 

Episode 3 airs on Wednesday 24 th November at 8pm on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174), it will be
repeated on Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 6pm and available on DStv Now and catch up.
It’s week three and we’re back in Johannesburg – it’s battle of
the limelight as all four entertaining hosts work in the
marketing industry. Competing for the host-with-the-most title
are comedy content creator and ex advertising guru Sipho,
copywriter and Russia obsessed Tamlyn, self-confessed diva
Emanuela, and boisterous and honest marketing manager
Langa.

Episode 4 airs on Wednesday 1 st December at 8pm on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174), it will be
repeated on Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 6pm and available on DStv Now and catch up.
Week four is a battle of the menus and dress-codes in
Johannesburg as Ruvin, self-professed lady’s man
Christopher, uber-confident critique of the week Kwaku, and
erotica writer Gina compete to win the R10,000 cash prize.
But who’s charm, dress code and more importantly menu,
will be enough to take the crown?

 

Episode 5 airs on Wednesday 8 th December at 8pm on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174), it will be
repeated on Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 6pm and available on DStv Now and catch up.
This week Come Dine With Me South Africa is in Cape Town
with four new fantastic personalities. Competitive radio
sports presenter Nathan, mother to all Somila, confident
and honest Lethabo and self-confessed social beast Grace
compete in week five. With a Christmas feast topping of the
week, the spirits are high but who will win the cash prize?

 

Episode 6 airs on Wednesday 15 th December at 8pm on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174), it will be
repeated on Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 6pm and available on DStv Now and catch up.
The final week of Come Dine With Me South Africa part
one is in Cape Town with four brilliantly driven hosts. It’s
battle of the seafood this week as managing director,
Christine, entrepreneur James, director of
communications Priya and food blogger Natalia compete
to win the cash prize. Another Christmas feast gets the
group in the festive spirit, but who will come out on top?

 

About BBC Studios
BBC Studios, a global content company with bold British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group,
supporting the licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences. Able to take an idea seamlessly from thought to
screen and beyond, its activities span content financing, development, production, sales, branded services, and ancillaries
across both its own productions, and programmes and formats made by high-quality UK independents. Award-winning
British programmes made by the business are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms,
with brands like Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing with the Stars, Top Gear, Doctor Who and Bluey. BBC.com, BBC Studios’
global digital news platform, provides up-to-the-minute international news, in-depth analysis and features to more than
145 million unique browsers each month. BBC Studios has offices in over 20 markets globally, including ten production
bases in the UK and production bases or partnerships in a further seven countries around the world. The company, which
ordinarily makes around 2000 hours of content a year for both the BBC and third parties including Apple, Netflix and Migu,
is a champion for British creativity around the world.  It is also a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector
through a mix of equity partnerships, content investment and international distribution for programme titles.
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About BBC Lifestyle
BBC Lifestyle showcases premium content tailored for the South African market across multiple genres, Self-Improvement,
Food, Home & Design and Dating. Live your Fullest Life is our channel proposition and filters through our content and
communication passes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HASBRO HELPS YOU FIND THE IDEAL GIFT THIS FESTIVE SEASON

Kids fall in love at first play with Hasbro’s 2021 Great Gifts selection

When a child receives a new toy and they fall in Love at First Play, magic happens.  Imaginations are unlocked, fun is found, explorations begin, and bonds are formed.  

According to a recent survey by global play and entertainment company, Hasbro, almost half (47%) parents surveyed admit their kids have been disappointed with gifts received at festive time and 30% say they have struggled knowing what to buy their children in the past.   Sound familiar?  Months of your child begging for a particular toy or game, only for the gift to land up at the bottom of the toy pile a few days later.

 Understanding the science behind the many forms of play will help you choose toys that are the most compatible with your child’s play personality, essentially how does your child love to play and which toys are best suited to their play personality?

To help parents make the best gift decisions this festive season Hasbro developed a Play Personality Quiz. Play personalities are based on a widely acknowledged scientific theory of the way children engage with play, based on neuroscience and natural behaviours. The 8 play personalities identified in the Hasbro Play Personality Quiz are informed by Dr Stuart Brown’s research [author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens The Imagination And Invigorates The Soul]  and capture the fundamentals of child development, movement, sensory development, language and attachment theory, so that you can easily navigate the best gifts compatible to your child and how they play. 

Take the Hasbro Play Personality Quiz to identify whether your child is a mischievous Jokester or more of a creative Imagineer, a curious Discoverer or an active Energizer and find the perfect toys for Love At First Play.  

 

Visit https://sa.loveatfirstplay.com/ to take the quiz and find out more on each play personality.

HASBRO RELEASES ITS GREAT GIFTS 2021 RECOMMENDATIONS

Once you have determined your child’s dominant play personality move onto Hasbro’s recently released Great Gifts 2021 selection with a wide range of gifting recommendations for the upcoming festive season.  With th latest releases from popular brands including My Little Pony, Peppa Pig, NERF, Baby Alive, furReal, Power Rangers and more, plus fun new Hasbro Gaming solutions – there is  something to surprise and delight each family member this summer!

Inspired by the My Little Pony: A New Generation movie kids can have fun imagining with the Singing Star Princess Petals. Imagine she is performing at the Royal Gala with the 15-cm Princess Petals pink pony figure sporting a character-inspired music note Cutie Mark. The articulated figure’s soft purple hair is curled in her signature style. She also features music and movement. Press her Cutie Mark to hear her sing part of her song, “Glowing Up” and squeeze her back legs together to make her beautiful, fuzzy wings flap up and down.

furReal Glamalots – What’s more fun than walking a pet? Walking a pet that you’ve groomed and styled yourself! Give this doggie diva a sweet new ‘do with the included styling accessories, which you can use to style yourself up as well,  then attach her leash to take her for a walk. She’ll make lots of happy sounds as you stroll along!

 

Baby Alive Baby Grows Up interactive doll transforms from newborn to baby to big girl. Reveal 1 of 2 surprise dolls as you remove her from the package, and she starts to wiggle! With first bottle she opens her eyes to reveal colour, remove her hat to see her hair colour. After rocking and pretend bottle feeding, she kicks out of her swaddle blanket! As a baby, Baby Alive Baby Grows Up talking doll sits up and says her first word. Hold her hands to help her stand. Now she’s a big girl who loves dress-up!

Play-Doh fans (ages 4+) ignite your imagination with the Play-Doh Lava Bones Island playset features eggs filled micro dino bones to discover and slippery-smooth Play-Doh Slime HydroGlitz compound to make the toy volcano erupt and fill the valley below with pretend lava. Fill the clear dino mould with the skeleton and the Play-Doh Slime lava to make your own dinosaur!

Kids (ages 3+) will love pretending that they’re on holiday with Peppa Pig and her family with Peppa’s Family Motorhome toy. Press the steering wheel to hear music and phrases from the Peppa Pig show. When it’s time to ‘camp,’ kids can convert the vehicle to a multi-level RV playset. Once you’ve finished playing all accessories can be stored inside the playset, ready for the next adventure.

Blast into battle with the power of a T-Rex with the Nerf DinoSquad Rex-Rampage blaster! Rev up the motor on this motorised blaster and press the trigger to fire darts fast. It comes with a 10-dart clip so you can send 10 darts in a row racing through the air at your targets. The blaster includes a nonremovable targeting scope to line up your shots. Eyewear recommended (not included).

Flip into battle with the Nerf Elite 2.0 Flipshots Flip-16 blaster featuring 16 barrels – 8 face forward and 8 face backward. Fire darts from the 8 front-facing barrels, then flip the 8 rear barrels forward to keep on blasting darts. Just when your opponent thinks you’re out, you can take them by surprise with 8 more fully loaded barrels! The back-to-back barrels are connected, making it quick and easy to rotate them by pulling the handle. Eyewear recommended (not included).

Nerf Elite 2.0 Flipshots Flip-8 blaster – fires darts from the 4 front-facing barrels, then flip the 4 rear barrels forward to keep on blasting darts. The sight on top of the blaster doubles as the flip mechanism; pull it back to pivot the barrels. Eyewear recommended (not included).

IT’S MORPHIN TIME! The Dino Fury Morpher with lights and sounds reacts to motion. Spin the dino-shaped face to morph into action and unlock even more sounds with the included Dino Fury Key!

Take home the magic of what makes the Transformers robots – More Than Meets the Eye – with Roll N’ Change figures! The push-to-convert feature allows for seamless conversion of Roll N’ Change toys to robot mode. Pull out the sword accessory, roll forward, and watch the figure convert to robot mode in one continuous motion. Features coloured lights and 10 button-activated sound effects.

It’s the Monopoly game with a strategy twist on Monopoly Island, located in the center of the board. With the Monopoly Builder strategy game, players travel the board buying properties and collecting rent and resources. They also use builder’s blocks to build their island city! The more a player builds, the more points they’ll earn. The game ends when the penthouse has been built. Then the player with the most points wins!

In the Monopoly Crooked Cash game things aren’t always as they seem. Someone added fake cash and fake chance cards, luckily, Mr. Monopoly is giving players his decoder so they can find the fakes and still make a fortune. It’s an exciting game of hidden reveals, and players get to challenge their opponents for using fakes with accusation coins. The player with the most money at the end – real or fake – wins.

LOOKING FOR SOME FUN  STOCKING FILLER IDEAS?

  • Meet the new pony characters from My Little Pony: A New Generation movie with these 7-cm pony figures. Each pony features character-inspired colours, hair styles, and Cutie Marks. Collect all the ponies and imagine movie-inspired stories with friends (Each sold separately. Subject to availability).

  • The fun starts as soon as they tear open the pinata box filled with 2 cans of Play-Doh Slime Feathery Fluff compound and lots of fun mix-ins. The ultra-lightweight, super fluffy compound feels like a big cotton ball in your hands, and colourful glitter, shiny beads, and fun charms make it even more fantastically fun!

  • With the 24-cm scale Power Rangers figures from Hasbro, kids can imagine the action and adventures of their favourite Power Rangers characters, inspired by the Power Rangers Beast Morphers television show.

  • In the world of Peppa Pig, Peppa’s day is packed with lots of fun activities, and the Little Rooms accessory sets give kids ages 3+ a chance to act out even more of those adventures! Each set includes a figure and themed accessories. (Each sold separately. Subject to availability).

  • It’s time to be a hero! Pre-schoolers can zoom to the rescue with the PJ Masks Hero Vehicle toys. Each vehicle has super cool deco straight from the Disney Junior show and comes with a poseable PJ Masks action figure that sits in the open cockpit. (Each sold separately. Subject to availability).

  • Get ready for an exciting quick-playing Monopoly card game! The Monopoly Bid game is a game of chance, luck, and strategy as players bid in blind auctions, pay with money cards, steal properties with Action cards, and change their luck with Wild cards.

Hasbro products are available from leading retailers (subject to availability) including:  Takealot.com, Toys R Us, ToyZone, Toy Kingdom, Hamleys, Checkers Hypers & selected Checkers store, Makro and Importatoy.

For more information visit: Facebook @PlayDohSouthAfrica;  @MyLittlePonySouthAfrica@MonopolySouthAfrica@NerfSouthAfrica@TransformersSouthAfrica

*The brands featured are all registered trademarks of Hasbro

 

 

 

 

About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play and Entertainment Experiences. From toys, games and consumer products to television, movies, digital gaming, live action, music, and virtual reality experiences, Hasbro connects to global audiences by bringing to life great innovations, stories and brands across established and inventive platforms. Hasbro’s iconic brands include NERF, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, BABY ALIVE, POWER RANGERS, PEPPA PIG and PJ MASKS, as well as premier partner brands. Through its global entertainment studio, eOne, Hasbro is building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Hasbro is committed to making the world a better place for all children and all families through corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Hasbro ranked among the 2020 100 Best Corporate Citizens by 3BL Media and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past nine years. We routinely share important business and brand updates on our Investor Relations website, Newsroom and social channels (@Hasbro on Twitter and Instagram.)