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. 


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