Thursday, 25 February 2016

Amaretto & Cashew Flapjacks

I've recently been spoilt with a box of Thomas.J. Fudge's wonderful Limited Edition White Chocolate Flapjacks, in return I promised them I'd give them a view of my pantries and let them know what I'd put in my own limited edition flapjacks.




They look so tempting even the Prince couldn't keep his little hands off them.

After one bite of their delightful goodies I was not sure I could come up with a recipe to compete, not that it's a competition, but the competitive nature in me wanted to beat them with flavour.

I decided on mixing my favourite nut, the cashew with my favourite tipple, Disaronno.  I don't drink much which is why I still have a 3/4 full bottle from 2 years ago so making these gave me just  the right reason to have a splash.



Ingredients:
100g raisins
6 dessert spoons of Disaronno
200g unsalted butter
100g maple syrup
100g brown sugar
100g plain flour
1oog cashew nuts
1tsp cinnamon 
250g rolled oats

Method:

1. Place the oats, flour and nuts into a bowl


2. Heat butter, Disaronno, raisins, cinnamon and syrup on a low heat until sugar is dissolved and butter melted.



3. Remove the liquid from the heat and pour over the dry ingredients.  Mix well ensuring all dry ingredients is covered.


4. Place the flapjack mixture into a greased lined square tin spread evenly and flatten.


5.  Put in the oven on gas mark 3 for 20 -30 minutes.

6.  Remove from oven, cut to shape and leave to cool.



There you have it, delicious Amaretto and cashew flapjacks. (Makes 10-15 depending on how you cut them) 

I have to admit as delicious as mine where the white chocolate coating on Thomas. J. Fudge's just gave them the edge.

What do you put in your flapjacks?

I was sent a box of flabjacks to try and asked what I would put in my flapjacks, all opinions are my own

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Love Thy Fro - Book Review

I absolutely LOVE my fro so when Casey Elisha offered me the opportunity to review her children's book 'Love Thy Fro' I jumped at the chance.  My whole natural hair journey started because my then 11 year old princess didn't love her natural hair and I thought to myself, 'What kind of example am I setting her by wearing a relaxer?'  I big chopped, embraced my fro and have not looked back.



This lovely little book is the perfect illustration of the versatility of natural hair.  It gives us the language we need to encourage our little girls to love their afro hair.



Coming from a community of people who often have to work extra hard for acceptance and recognition, it is so important that we teach our young people self acceptance, self praise and self recognition.  It is my strong belief that with pride in ones self, you emanate confidence and force others to see your strengths.

What is extra special about the book is not only does it have a space for the owner to put a picture of their fro in it also has space for them to write what they love about their fro.  This book can form a constant reminder for a young girl that our afro hair (no matter what curl pattern) is special and a part of who we are.

What we need now is a boys version!  I read this to my little boy and at the end of the book without hesitation he stated, "I love my Fro!"



I was given the book for the purpose of this review, all opinions are my own.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Mother's Day Gift Ideas - Five Gifts Mums Will Love

Every mother's day the princess asks me what I want and every year I'm at a loss as to what I really do want, or need and end up saying, "Nothing babe, surprise me."  This year I thought I'd help out the children with difficult mothers such as myself and put together a little gift guide.

1.  For the forgetful mother



This stylish Mum's Office 'Mum's Birthday Book' not only looks good but is a great place to store all those important birthdays and avoid last minute gift shopping.  The book has a birthday card list, a present record and even a space to record the presents you receive.  Certainly a gift worth giving.

2.  For the fit mum
I've been hinting at this one for a while now and still no joy!  A set of weights for home exercise is what every fit mum desires, that is of course if they haven't already got some stashed behind the living room chair that never see daylight.

3.  For the stylish mum




I'm a crazy pinner and once an outfit inspires me on pinterest I just have to have it, I love all the African inspired prints that are around these days and high waisted skirts are perfect for giving just enough hold on that mum tum!  But of course once you've bought her the outfit you have to find somewhere to take her!

4.  For the mum who 'lunches'



Afternoon tea for you and your mother.  Although we love our girlfriends nothing beats a sophisticated afternoon with your eldest, and if you're feeling extra generous follow it up with a matinee performance.  (There are lots of afternoon tea discounts on sites like Groupon.)

5. For the mum who likes all things bling



A bracelet with a special message, or better yet a charm bracelet that you can add to on special days (saves having to think of a new gift each year!)  It's worth having a look on Etsy for something unique whilst at the same time hopefully supporting small businesses.

If all else fails a card (home made if from little ones) and a supermarket bunch of flowers is still sure to put a smile on mum's face, after all, it's the thought that counts.

I was gifted a Mum's Office Birthday book and decided to feature it in this post, all opinions are my own, all pictures are linked to the owners sites.


Monday, 1 February 2016

Summer Love - A Competition Post

Can I tell you a story?

This story is a true story, one filled with fun (I remember what that was like) and dancing until the smiles of our toes parted to reveal the sand beneath them.  Our very first non-home holiday, I know that sounds silly, every holiday is a non-home holiday right?  WRONG! When you have two places you call home (for us that's Barbados and England) a non-home holiday is when we aren't in one of those two places.

Spain.



I listened to the recommendation of a friend and booked the teen and I (before she was a teen and before the prince was born) in for a week long holiday in a fishing village in Costa Brava, Calella.  Barring the one day spent on the beach and a day at a medieval castle, we would get up early each morning and jump on the train to the beautiful city of Barcelona.



 We fell in love with that city, the arts, architecture, street markets, people and culture had us wishing we had booked a hotel right in the centre of all the hustle and bustle.  



It was an adventure for us both, neither myself or my daughter are the type to spend all day long sitting at pool side, we live for adventure.   

We visited the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, La Rambla, Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Zoo and L'Aquarium Barcelona.  As well as this, we walked around the city taking in all the sights and sounds; from the street performers, to the children heading excitedly to visit Camp Nou, had we had the liberty not to return to our fishing village hotel, we certainly would have taken it.  



We didn't take much pictures that holiday because we spent so much time enjoying each others company and the many sights through our very own eyes, and there is nothing more magical than that. 


Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Reflections on Our Year

As grumpy as I was at the beginning of this year I managed to pick myself up and try to make the most of it.  I haven't travelled abroad or made shit loads of money (excuse my French) but I have been working again, I have spent more time with my family, I have taking my health and fitness more seriously.  I've also made a start on sorting out my home and am looking to the future whilst remaining positively reflective.




As a family we would never have guessed that the last few months of this year would have dealt us such a hard blow.  Unfortunately loss has the potential to take you places you never wanted to return, my anxiety has returned with a vengeance and although I am managing to get some sleep, it has not been an easy road.  As strange as it may be the person in my house that should be most affected is the one showing the most strength.

I am so thankful that I was blessed with my princess and that she knew her dad in such a way that his strength emanates from her.  We know we have a long road ahead of us but we are more determined than ever to make this year and every minute we have the best we can, together.


A photo posted by Gailann (@mummagz) on

Thank you to all my readers for sharing in our lives this year and we look forward to sharing more adventures with you in the coming year.  Happy New Year x

Thursday, 24 December 2015

On The Eve of Christmas

On the eve of Christmas, emotions are running high.
I woke up and sat with my coffee and I began to cry.
This year there was no discussion, no giggles at your plea
for our daughter to spend Christmas with you, rather than here with me.

She lays beside me sleeping and I wonder if she dreams
of years gone by at Christmas with you smiling in every scene.
Is it selfish of me to want you here when I know you're no longer in pain.  When I feel you are in a better place now and we will one day meet again.

Is it selfish of me to need you, when I know you cannot come and I know you'll be up there wishing good things for the kids me and your mum.  Is it selfish of me to keep crying and resent those who don't understand, that you were more than the father of my daughter you were one of my dearest friends.

You always tried your best to understand me, to ask questions before you'd judge and you promised me always to offer, your unconditional love.  You took on my son like he was your own from the very start, you put my needs before your own and gave to us all your heart.

Christmas is a time for family and I'm struggling to say the least but I'll do my best to make it special as I know you'll be proud of me.  As you sit in heaven with the angels, remember to send us a sign that you're having a merry Christmas and laughing all the time. 

xoxo


Sunday, 13 December 2015

Okido - An alternative Christmas Gift for 4-8 Year Olds

My niece once told me that I'm the aunty that always buys her a book.  I wasn't sure at first if that was a good thing or not but she quickly reassured me she loved the books I gave her on birthdays and Christmases.  Toys are fantastic tools for playing, learning and fun but for me nothing beats the value of a good book.

The children and I attended the Messy Goes To Okido launch event back in September, apart from the show being great and very educational, there is nothing more I want to say on that event however, I was recently gifted a set of Okido magazines for Little man and they are FAB.  



Okido is an arts and science based magazine aimed at 4-8 year olds.  It is bright and colourful and packed full of stories, poetry, games and craft.  Each magazine is based around a theme, the ones we received we based on friendship, dinosaurs and television.



The look of the magazine alone is so appealing to young children and the poems and stories had little man giggling away.  The younger of the age range will need support with the reading and activities but from about 6-8 they are simple enough to be done independently.




So if you are looking for an alternative to toys this year then how about a subscription to Okido?

I was gifted 3 magazines which I we have enjoyed and chosen to write about, all opinions are my own.
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