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RECIPE: Pears with Creme Anglaise

Pears are just delicious at the moment and this is a satisfying comforting dessert just perfect for winter. Take some time out and have some fun in the kitchen this weekend and wow your family with this crowd pleaser.

Ingredients

  • 4 pears, halved lengthways
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 375ml (1 1/2 cups) milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthways
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 55g (1/4 cup) caster sugar

Method

  • Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the pears in an ovenproof dish. Combine the maple syrup and water in a jug and pour over the pears. Bake in oven, turning once, for 30 minutes or until tender.
  • Meanwhile, place milk in a saucepan. Use a small sharp knife to scrape seeds from the vanilla bean into the milk. Add vanilla bean to pan. Bring just to the boil over medium heat. Strain through a fine sieve into a heatproof jug. Discard bean.
  • Whisk egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until thick and pale. Gradually whisk the milk into the egg mixture. Return to pan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for 5 minutes or until custard thickens and coats the back of spoon. Strain through a fine sieve into a heatproof serving jug.
  • Divide the pears among serving bowls and drizzle over a little custard. Serve immediately with the remaining custard.

Happy Baking!

Natalie

ANZAC Day 2020

We always commemorate ANZAC Day in our community but this year is proving a little different with social distancing restrictions. Like many other Aussie families and communities, we’re learning to be creative so that we can achieve what we want to do, without breaking laws of course.

ANZAC Day is a time to come together as a country and pay tribute and honour those who have served our country and given us our freedoms today. Sadly, we have lost brave Aussies who have paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.

Lesley Winter Reid returned from the Great War, having lost his brother Stanley, and many mates, and began our business LW Reid. We will always honour him and ANZAC Day gives us a time to remember him.

Driveway services will be held this year as we practice social distancing. We are fortunate to have a neighbour who will be guiding our service by playing the Last Post and Reveille. We have made this Rosemary wreath to hold whilst we remember other friends and family members who have served our country. If you’d like to make one follow the directions below.

What you need:

  • Wire coat hanger
  • Long nose pliers
  • Scissors
  • Kitchen Twine
  • Rosemary

How to make the Wreath

Rosemary Wreath for ANZAC Day

Using the pliers, bend the coat hanger into a circle. It doesn’t have to be perfect as you will cover it in rosemary.

Wash and dry your rosemary if you want to keep it for use in the kitchen. Cut 10-15cm lengths of rosemary and bundle them up into 4-6 pieces.

Using the kitchen twine secure the bunches around the frame. I secured some of the longer pieces as well so they didn’t fall forward when I hold it up.

Keep going until you have finished the whole frame. Turn over and cut all the lose twine off and you’re ready for ANZAC Day tomorrow.

If you want to talk to the kids about ANZAC Day, head over to the Australian War Memorial site and take a look at all the resources they have online for kids.

COVID-19 Update

Our hearts and thoughts are with those affected by the widespread devastation across the country. Our team at Made For School are fighting fit and ready to help in every way we can.

We’re still shipping to you every day, and our shelves are stocked, with regular supplier shipments continuing. Our service & delivery teams are here ready to give you the same awesome service you depend on from us.

From desk separation, regular disinfection regimes to teleconferencing, we’ve taken all the steps necessary. All of this is possible because the team here have done an amazing job of preparing so we can continue to support families like yours.

Cotton Back School Uniforms

Cotton Back Collection

Keep your cool all year round in our cotton back garments. Made with premium cotton back, they’re light and comfy to wear whilst keeping you cool with moisture management technology. Lightweight and breathable, you’re bound to be impressed as soon as you try one on.

We are proud of our increasing range in this premium fabric. We’ve got something for everyone in our polo range which are available in sizes 4 -2XL and an endless choice of style and colours.

To complement the polos, we’ve also got a wonderful range of Skorts, Shorts and a Polo Dress which are all taking over the quads around our country.

Discover our Cotton Back Range for yourself, you’ll be grateful for the change in the hot Aussie Sun. Shop Cotton back school polos, school shorts, school skorts and school dresses online at Made For School and enjoy fast flat fee shipping to your desk or door.

Easy Chocolate Crunch Slice

This easy melt and mix slice is perfect to let the kids make during the holidays. Feel free to melt chocolate over the top as an extra chocolate hit and definitely snaffle the leftovers away and store them safely in the freezer for when you need a last minute treat.

Ingredients:

  • 200g Malt biscuits, crushed
  • 1 Cup rice bubbles
  • 1/2 Cup desiccated coconut
  • 200g Dark chocolate
  • 60g Unsalted butter
  • 1 Cup sweetened condensed milk

Method:

  1. Grease and line a 20cm square baking tin. Ensure the baking paper is overhanging the sides.
  2. Add the biscuits to a food processor and whizz until the biscuits are crushed. Add the biscuits to a large bowl and stir in the rice bubbles and coconut.
  3. Place the chocolate (broken into squares), condensed milk and butter in a medium mixing bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes on 50% stirring every 30 seconds until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well to combine.
  5. Pour the mixture into the baking tin and smooth the top with the back of a spoon. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes until firm.
  6. Slice into small squares and enjoy! Store the remaining slice in a container in the fridge or freeze.
Happy Baking!
Natalie

Howitt Ankle School Socks

Buy the best school socks online
Howitt Ankle Socks with Turnover Tops

Our Howitt Classic Ankle socks with turnover top are the best school socks in Australia for finishing off your uniforms in style and comfort.

These socks are so popular that the style that we have been making them for decades and you know when you’re on a winner you can’t change. Howitt ankle socks are made from a plain knit blend of cotton, nylon and elastane which makes them a dream to wear in both sneakers and school shoes.

Sweaty, stinky feet are never a delight at the end of the school day, so the cotton rich fabric in our Howitt school socks is great for moisture protection.

The soft touch fabric and classic design make these the best school socks in the classroom. The turn over top not only finishes these socks off in style but they also add an extra layer of protection when the handball is slammed at your feet.

These classic socks are available in 6 classic colours to match your school uniforms during the week and your activities on the weekend. Available in sizes 9-12, 13-3 and 2-8 we’ve got school socks covered.

Shop school socks and school uniforms online in your own time at Made For School and enjoy fast shipping to your desk or door Australia wide.

Top 9 in 2019

Best School Uniforms in 2019
Top 9 in 2019

We hope that 2019 has been a wonderful year for you all. For us, it has been a blast! We’ve been so very fortunate to be welcomed into your families and hopefully we’ve managed to make life just a little easier as you shop school uniforms online at Made For School.

Like everyone else we love reflecting on the year as it draws to an end. We’ve pulled together our top 9 products as voted by you!

Here are the winners of 2019;

  1. Always a winner our Higgins Pique Polo has been through it all with you this year. It’s shared the first day of school, the first award and even the last day of school. Always out to celebrate the Higgins comes in over 25 colours so you can celebrate your house, your community and your family. Available in sizes for the whole family this shirt has your back!
  2. Finishing uniforms off in style is what our Howitt School Socks do best! They comfort you from the tanbark in the playground, they protect you from the itches of the classroom carpet and they love any adventure you take them on. The only trouble is they are often missing their mate when one makes it to the washing but the other one is still MIA. You can see why our Howitt School Socks remain a faithful winner.
  3. Whether it’s a spelling competition or a cartwheel off on the oval our Lee Sport Skort with shorts always has your girl covered! Loved for the comfort and coverage it provides, this smart sport skort is all round winner!
  4. Our Thurgood Fleecy Track Pants are a winter winner! Made from soft fleece and featuring cuffs at the ankle they are the ultimate in warmth and comfort. Available in a range of colours and sizes, the whole family can snuggle up in these.
  5. Ross Microfibre School Shorts remain a firm favourite with families. Made from crease resistant and water repellent microfibre they are a laundry winner! Saving ironing time and giving all day comfort, it’s easy to see why these shorts remain a faithful favourite year after year.
  6. Saving time from blowouts on the knees, our Deniehy school pants with double knee are a clear winner in the school pants arena. Smart, comfortable and practical is what these pants do best!
  7. Keeping necks warm for another year is our winner winter top, the Nicholls skivvy. Perfect under tunics and dresses or adding a layer under a jacket, it’s easy to see why our Nichols School Skivvy is a winner year after year.
  8. Arabanoo Gaberdine School Shorts are comfort and style all in one neat package. Supporting your kids through school photos, assembly, presentation day and more, our crease resistant school shorts hold up and support your kids no matter what challenge they face.
  9. Surviving the toughest of handle and being squashed into a pocket or the school bag, our Gosse Microfibre Bucket Hat is the winner of our hats. The crown cord keeps the hat in place ensuring there is no more lost playtime for being without a hat. Whether it’s climbing equipment, going on an excursion or hitting an ace at handball, this hat can handle it all.

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Ross Microfibre School Shorts

Microfibre School Shorts available in 8 classic colours online at Made For School.  Buy some today.
Ross Microfibre School Shorts

Looking for comfortable school shorts for girls and boys? Then look no further than our Ross School Shorts. Made from microfibre, these comfortable shorts repel water and resist creases so you have one less battle on your hands every day.

Our Ross Microfibre school shorts come in a range of colours so whether you’re after brown school shorts, red school shorts, royal school shorts or black, bottle, maroon or navy school shorts our Ross has you covered.

Kids love nothing more than keeping treasures close at hand during the day so the zipped pocket will ensure their treasures are never far away.

There is nothing worse than being uncomfortable at all day at school. Our clothes are made for comfort and flexibility and our Ross school shorts do just that. All seams are safety stitched, and the hems are double stitched. The soft microfibre fabric and the comfort waist with drawcord ensures the kids are comfy in the classroom, or climbing a tree.

Our Ross Microfibre School Shorts are the perfect match for active kids. Just like kids, these shorts are flexible and are ready for adventure and learning. Jump online and discover our oss School shorts today.

RECIPE: Christmas Caprese Bites

These tasty little bites sum up Summer and are perfectly colour coordinated for Christmas.  These work well as a platter to take to your celebrations and are delicious lunchbox treats for when you’re in a Christmas inspired, energetic lunch box making mood.

Ingredients:

  • Grape or cherry tomatoes, washed
  • Cherry bocconcini
  • Basil leaves, washed
  • Cracked Pepper
  • Toothpicks

Method:

  1. Cut the tomatoes and bocconcini in half.  Cut the basil leaves into small pieces or better still start off using the smaller leaves.
  2. Grab a toothpick and stack a tomato, bocconcini, and basil.
  3. Pack them in the lunchbox or serve them on a platter.  Sprinkle with cracked pepper and keep in the fridge until needed.Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar before serving.

You can also drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar before serving if you like.

Natalie

Recipe: Christmas Toffee Crack

This easy to make and fast to disappear is a winner. You can make a batch to share at the next Christmas function or bundle it up and give them away as gifts. This is an easy recipe which the kids can help out with.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Packet of Saladas, you will use about ¾ of a packet.
  • 180g salted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (tightly packed)
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles to decorate or you can use nuts or slivered almonds

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C. Line a large baking tray, I use the griller tray, with alfoil. Spray the foil with cooking spray and then line the pan with the saladas.
  2. Place the butter and sugar into a medium sized saucepan over a low to medium heat. Stir until the butter has melted.
  3. Bring to the boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Once the mixture is nice and bubbly and has changed to a more caramel colour, remove pan from the stove and pour evenly over the saladas.
  5. Spread the mixture with a knife but it doesn’t have to be perfect. Move quickly before the toffee hardens.
  6. Place tray in the oven and bake for 7-9 minutes. The mixture will spread evenly over the saladas as it bakes.
  7. Remove from the oven. Place choc chips on top and allow to melt. Gently spread the chocolate with a knife.
  8. Sprinkle your decorations on top and place into the freezer for 15 minutes.
  9. Once the chocolate has set. Break pieces off the foil and place into an airtight container. If it isn’t eaten quickly, it should last for 1-2 weeks.

Happy Baking!

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