As the Summer school holidays are slowly drawing to an end, I’m left wondering where January has disappeared to! Working as a school and kindergarten photographer, I’m lucky enough to get time off over the school holidays. My freelance work keeps me pretty busy, but I still manage to find the time to enjoy a few beach days here and there.
Some of my favourite childhood memories are from our family holidays camping down by the beach. We’d head away in Dad’s 4WD with a few other family friends and set up our tent for the week or so. When we weren’t learning how to water ski, we were out adventuring and scheming with the other kids. We would also prepare and choreograph a ‘concert’ for the parents to enjoy. After chatting to some friends recently, I’ve discovered we weren’t the only kids to make their parents endure such ‘entertainment.’
As I sit at my cousins campsite in Indented Head writing this, my younger cousins have spent the morning riding their bikes around with some friends from a few caravans down. They’ll occasionally stop in for a drink or something to eat and this is what we wanted to capture in our latest shoot. The carefree vibe of beachside holidays, making new friends and heading off on adventures together.
Our models Olivia and Tyler hadn’t met Zavier and Scarlett before, but their mums actually went to school together! So after a few introductions the kids were laughing and joking as if they’d known each other for years.
Despite the rainy Summer day, Campbells Cove was the perfect spot for the kids to go out and explore. They oohh’d and ahhh’d at the old run down boat on the shore and giggled as they ran barefoot down the beach.
Emma had made up a great platter for the kids to share, complete with passionfruit which made Tyler squirm as he tasted the sourness for the first time. The banana bread was a hit, with Scarlett going back for more until it was all gone. The icy poles were quickly devoured, but we can blame that on the fact that they would have melted had the kids taken their time 😉
Kids Coconut and Banana Bread
Adapted from The Nutrition Guru and The Chef’s ‘Super Simple Banana Bread for Toddlers’
- 3 ripes bananas
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup plain wholemeal flour (or flour of your choice)
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ⅓ cup coconut (desiccated/shredded)
Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line either 3 mini loaf tins (about 5cm x 12cm) or one regular size loaf tin.
Mash the bananas well with a fork. In a bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the mashed bananas to the eggs and whisk to combine. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and coconut and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined.
Pour the mixture into the tin/s . Top with pepitas and some more coconut if you like.
Bake for about 20 minutes for the mini tins or about 30 minutes for the regular sized tin, or until golden brown and a skewer come out clean.
Summer Fruit Icy Poles
- 1 tin coconut cream
- 2 handfuls frozen blueberries, ½ mango, pulp of one passionfruit (or fruit of your choice)
Divide the coconut cream in two, placing one half in a blender. Add the blueberries to the blender and blend briefly, leaving a few chunks. To the other half of the coconut cream, add the mango (roughly chopped into small pieces) and the passionfruit pulp and mix together. Pour into moulds, place the lids/sticks in and freeze overnight. I used a bit of each mixture in each mould to make them half-and-half, you’ll just need to let the first half freeze slightly first so they don’t mix together.
We hope your kids have enjoyed their summer holidays with plenty of memories made to reminisce over when they’re older.
A massive big thanks to Olivia and Tyler (@liv.ty.t) and Zavier and Scarlett (@zavier_m_official) for braving the not so ideal weather and joining us on this fun little adventure!