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Microwave Chocolate Chip Mug Cookies


I know I’ve been talking about the weather a lot lately, but when spring decides it really wants to be winter and you are faced with more rainy cold days than your sun deprived brain can cope with, talking about it is the only thing you can do to cope. Talk about it, and try to soothe your summer loving soul with some warm, delicious, sweet treats, like the chocolate chip mug cookies the kids and I made on the weekend.

If it’s going to feel like winter, we get to eat more wintery treats right?

When you don’t want (or need) to make a whole batch of cookies, but you just want something warm and sweet, then you need to give these mug cookies a try.

You mix it, cook it, and eat it out of the same container, and all you need is a table spoon measure for all the ingredients. So that reduces the amount of mess and washing up.

They are so easy to make the kids can do it all on their own. And they are easy to customise, so if someone wants to add sprinkles, or change the chocolate chips to white chocolate, or make it a chocolate chocolate chip cookie, they can. No fuss, no arguments!

If you are dairy free you can change the milk to water, and the butter to oil (coconut oil works well)

You cook these in the microwave in just over a minute, so the whole process only takes a few minutes from start to finish.

Cooking times will vary depending on your microwave and your mug, and depending on how gooey you like your cookies. The mixture has no eggs so you could eat it totally raw if you like! Check the mixture a few times during the cooking process so you can take it out when it is just the way you like it.

You need to be a bit careful about how hot the mug gets, so parental supervision is needed for young kids.

Microwave Chocolate Chip Mug Cookies   Print Prep time 2 mins Cook time 2 mins Total time 4 mins   Author: picklebums.com Serves: 1 Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter - melted (or oil)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • 6 tbsp plain flour
  • 3 tbsp milk (or water)
  • chocolate chips
  1. In a microwave safe mug, melt the butter then add the sugar and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Mix in the flour and add milk (or water), mixing well till all combined.
  3. Stir through the chocolate chips and add a couple to the top.
  4. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes depending on your microwave and how cooked you want your cookie to be. Check at 30 second intervals.
Notes To make a chocolate cookie, swap 1 table spoon of flour for 1 table spoon of cocoa.

To make a dairy free version switch the butter for oil (coconut oil works well) and the milk for water or other non-dairy milk. 3.5.3208

Please note: this recipe uses Australian measurements and temperatures, if you need to convert measurements or temperatures you can find our printable cooking conversion chart here.

When your chocolate chip mug cookie is ready you’ll need to grab a spoon and eat the soft, gooey, crumble cookie while it’s still warm!

What is the weather like where you live?

Do you eat different things depending on what season it is?
What is your favourite winter treat??

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Halloween Hunt Free Printable


This post is sponsored by Phillips Sonicare.

Halloween is becoming a much bigger celebration here in Australia than it was when I was a child. My kids love spooky, scary, stuff, and Halloween is right up their alley.

We’d totally be all in for Halloween, except that we live in the middle of no where and that makes trick or treating difficult and stressful, and I don’t want my kids filling up on buckets of sweet stuff anyway. But I always feel guilty that we never end up doing anything for Halloween, even though I know my kids would love it.

So this year I am planning a little trick, and a few treats of my own, and creating some stress-free and guilt-free Halloween fun.

I’m putting together a Halloween Hunt!

Our Halloween hunt has 12 tricky riddles that will lead my kids around the house looking for clues.

With a a couple of fun activities to do along the way, and some healthier Halloween treats as well as a few sweet treats at the end, my kids will have some Halloween fun without loads of Halloween stress for me.

I’m planning these simple Halloween activities to do at some of the clue stops :

The last clue will lead them to some treats hidden in a secret location – a mixture of healthy and not so healthy treats:


The clues lead to locations all over the house – the fridge, the bathroom, the letter box etc. Some clues are trickier than others, so they will have to work together to figure them all out!

If you’d like to do your own Halloween hunt, you can download our Halloween hunt cards here.

There are 12 clues in total, and 12 blank cards so you can write your own clues if you like. There is also a page of answers to help you work out where to hide each clue.

This printable is an A4 sized pdf file, you will need a pdf reader such as adobe acrobat to open it. If you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.

Please remember that the printables at picklebums.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.


Ok so a Halloween hunt is not quite the same as going trick or treating, but it is loads of fun and it would be a great Halloween party activity.

I still feel a little guilty that we don’t do real trick or treating, but at least I don’t have to feel guilty about all the sweet treats rotting their teeth because I’ve finally got my reluctant six year old to use an electric tooth brush!

We’ve been trying out the new Phillips SoniCare toothbrush for kids and my once reluctant tooth brusher is finally giving the electric toothbrush a try.

The sonicare toothbrushes for kids have these cool sticker bits so the kids can personalise their own brush and there is no more arguing about whose is whose. It slowly increases the brushing time over 90 days so you can easily build up to the ‘dentist-recommended’ 2 minutes of brushing, and it makes funky sounds to tell the kids how long they’ve been brushing for.

But the feature I like best is that the whole thing sits level on the counter so the kids can wrangle the toothpaste on to the brush with two hands. I am hopeful this might reduce the amount of toothpaste that ends up on my mirror, on the floor, on the toilet! (please tell me my kids are not the only ones who manage to get toothpaste in the weirdest places!)

Philips Sonicare for Kids is taking the guilt out of Halloween so we can focus on the fun stuff, and have a healthier Halloween.

With this in mind, Phillips is offering $30 cashback on the Sonicare for Kids power toothbrush between the 1st of October 2016 and the 15th of November 2016 from participating stores. Find out more information on this offer here.


How do you celebrate Halloween?

I’d love to hear how you celebrate Halloween where you live.
How do you keep is stress-free?
Do you worry about too many sweet treats?

Leave a comment below and tell us your top tips for a guilt-free Halloween.

We’d love to see your healthier Halloween recipes, take a pic and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #PhilipsHealthyHalloween

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(´∇ノ`*)ノ thank you anon! Ah man, that is such nostalgia uvu My art style back then…it was great at the time but i’m glad of where i’m currently at lol.

Style puberty (as one of my friends puts it XD), look back on your work and see yours today! :D Guaranteed, i bet everyone has also gotten more awesome.


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One Thing You Might be Missing about Tattling


You might call it ‘tattling’ or telling tales, but here in Australia, we call it ‘dobbing’. Unfortunately it’s not seen as a very positive thing and often parents want to know how they can stop their kids from doing it.

There are lots of things you can do to discourage ‘dobbing’ if it has become a negative or nasty thing, but there is one thing you might be missing about tattling, something that might turn the whole station around.

Often kids tell tales not because they want to get the other child in trouble, but because they are trying to work out what is and isn’t ok.

This is especially true of preschool aged kids who are still working out what the rules are, how they work, and how social interactions work.

So when four year old Noah comes over and says “Morgan said a bad word! Morgan said ‘bum!’ ” he’s not asking because he wants Morgan to get into trouble, he’s actually checking on the rules.

Noah is pretty sure that you are not supposed to say ‘bum’. But Morgan said it, and Morgan laughed about it so maybe it is ok to say bum? So while he’s fairly sure he’s right, and that Morgan saying ‘bum’ is wrong, he really needs to make sure, so he comes to tell me about it.

He’s not being mean, or nasty, in fact he’s not even really ‘tattling’, he’s just checking on the rules.

If I fob him off by telling him not to be a dobber/tattle tail then he will be confused and frustrated.
But if I simply say “Bum is not a nice word to say.” usually he’ll nod his head and be on his way. He’s had his understanding of the rules validated, he knows where he stands now.

Even if he’s not coming to tell me about what Morgan did to double check his understanding of the rules, even if he is doing it to get Morgan in trouble, that kind of response still works well.

You’ve acknowledged what he’s said and made him feel heard. You’ve restated the limit, but you’ve left it at that. There is no shaming or putting down of the child who is ‘at fault’ , and no shaming or putting down of the child who came to tell. You are giving them the information and oppertunity they need to work things out for themselves.

Telling kids not to be ‘tattle tails’ or banning telling all together discourages our kids from communicating with us, and it doesn’t help them learn how to handle these situations. So the next time your child ‘dobs’ think about why they might be telling you, maybe they just need to check on their understanding of the rules.

How do you manage tattling or ‘dobbing’ at your house?

For some more ideas on how to mananage tattling check out these great articles:

A Simple Phrase to Eliminate Tattling by Nicole Shwarz
One Simple Trick to Stop Tattling by Stay At Home Educator

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One Against All

What great overarching “thingness” is devouring all diversity? I really began reflecting on this after reading a passage from one of Robert Bringhurst‘s talks (from the collection the Tree of Meaning): The European colonists’ arrival in the New World marks the escalation of a war that had been fought in Europe and Asia for more […]