Vremi ~ Espresso Maker and Wine Preserver ~ Review & Giveaway

We were sent some more lovely kitchen products from Vremi-this time, an espresso maker, and a wine preserver.

We were sent some products a little while ago from Vremi, which you can read here to find out more about the company and other products they sell.

Our Products

Stovetop Espresso Maker ~ Amazon (link) ~ £14.99*

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Minnis Bay Brasserie & Gravity Review ~ Olivia-May’s Birthday Week

 

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated Olivia’s 4th Birthday-and boy, does that girl know how to drag out Birthday celebrations (goodness knows where she gets it from…..)

I’ll attach a vlog I put together over the week, at the end of this blog, but first I wanted to review a couple of places we visited during the celebrations. Continue reading “Minnis Bay Brasserie & Gravity Review ~ Olivia-May’s Birthday Week”

#Blogtober ~ Day 12 ~ Love

Today is day 12 of Blogtober 2017, and definitely one of the easier themes to write about-Love.

 

I have a lot of loves in my life, not all of them people-some of them things-some of them material, some of them not.
All of them, however, give me the strength and positivity I need to get through even the toughest days. Continue reading “#Blogtober ~ Day 12 ~ Love”

#Blogtober17 ~ Day 8 ~ Holidays

 

Today is Day 8 of Blogtober 2017, and the theme is Holidays!

 

I’d love to be one of those people that can list tons of destinations, with memories and bucket list items ticked off.  Unfortunately, that won’t be happening on this blog-I’ve barely left the UK-but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to! Continue reading “#Blogtober17 ~ Day 8 ~ Holidays”

BritMums-Healthy Red Meat-Cooking Challenge

I was given a challenge from BritMums, to cook my little family a healthy red meat dinner!

Before I begin, a small disclaimer if you will*
*I am not a chef.  I’m not even a very good cook.  I mainly just give making dinners a good attempt and hope for the best!

 

One of my main issues with cooking is that the children are always around, so I don’t find time to make new dishes-however, I do like to give them the best food-food that is healthy and tasty. Continue reading “BritMums-Healthy Red Meat-Cooking Challenge”

Panasonic-Combination Microwave Cooking With Tom Kitchin

How much can you cook in your combination microwave?  What do you use your combination microwave for?

Personally, I don’t use mine for as much as I now realise I could!

Panasonic have teamed up with Michelin Star chef Tom Kitchin, to create a dish you wouldn’t imagine could be made in a microwave.

Baked Scallops in Shells

All of the ingredients are on the Youtube Video below, just click through when you see the “try it yourself” prompt!

Due to this looking SO easy-and being a big fan of fish, I decided to take the plunge and try to make this for myself!!!
I’m the only one who eats scallops, so I reduced the recipe using the adjustment tool on the website (in case you didn’t catch it on the Youtube video-click HERE).
MicrowaveI began with step one (obviously), and placed my shallots and oil into my bowl.  I put them in the microwave for 12 minutes but checked them after 11 as my microwave has a high wattage.  They needed another 30 seconds and then they were ready!
After that, I removed them and added my vermouth and the fish stock together, and cooked them in the microwave for 14 of the 15 minutes stated (once again because the microwave is a little stronger than normal ones).
I added the cream and once it was thick, I strained it through a sieve and placed the sauce into the fridge to cool.
When it had cooled I stirred through the dill and tarragon.
I then added the carrot and leek into a bowl with some water, and steamed them until they were soft.
It was then time to prepare the scallops.  I began by scooping the meat out of the shell, rinsing them, and drying them on some kitchen roll.
MicrowaveMicrowaveI then washed the shells and added the carrot and leek mix equally into each one.  Once filled, I cut the scallops in half and equally distributed them too, before covering with the sauce I’d made earlier.

 

I then cut strips of the pastry and covered the gap where the shell halves came together, before placing them in the oven to cook for ten minutes.
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MicrowaveMicrowaveThis is the finished dish!!  I’m so impressed with how easy it was to make, and how much I could do in the microwave!  (I’m also pretty impressed with how yummy it was!)
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Why don’t you give it a try too!  And, if you don’t own a combination microwave-check out Panasonic’s range HERE!
Also, check out our other reviews HERE!

The Greek Lemon Subscription Box Review

We were sent a subscription box from The Greek Lemon!

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For those who haven’t heard about the company before here’s a little about them!

There are two subscription boxes Classic Dionysus (£34.99) and Vegan Apollo (£29.99) and both have free delivery.  In both boxes the ingredients and foods that are sourced for you, are able to be used in authentic Greek recipes that The Greek Lemon give you some ideas on making, with included recipes.

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Today I’m thankful For…..#4

Good Afternoon!  So, today I am thankful for;
Being a grown up
I didn’t feel brilliant when I woke up this morning, and I remembered back to when I was little, having to suck it up and go to a family thing or a planned event my parents had decided on, wishing I was back in bed, or on the sofa watching TV.

Now I’m a grown up, and, although there are a few negative aspects to it sometimes, there are plenty of positives too!
I got up, pulled on some baggy leggings I wouldn’t dare wear out, and my husbands hoody over my pyjama top-I didn’t even bother putting a bra on (too much information?)
I scraped my hair back into a pony tail and ran a wipe over my face.
I’ve spent the day in front of the TV snuggled with the kids, watching films and faffing on my iPad.  I have only got up to get the kids juice, and get us all lunch, then sat back down.  I fancied a cake and we didn’t have any, so I just got up and made one.  Then I ate some as soon as it was ready.
Because I can, because I’m a grown up now!

The cake thing acutally brings me on to the next thing I’m thankful for today.

 
Being able to bake
You don’t get much chance as a kid to bake, and when you do you’re governed by a recipe out of an old book your parents still have from their ancestors, and said parents are breathing down your neck, checking you’re doing it properly, and making sure you don’t burn the house down.
So when you eventually become a grown up, you kind of have to learn to do these things on your own.
I don’t remember learning it, it just kind of came naturally, a bit like the writing I do now actually.

But really, what a skill to ace.  I want a cake, I make a cake.  The cake I wanted today was plain sponge, with cream and strawberry jam inside, and cream and strawberries on the top.  Luck shone down on me today and I had every ingredient I needed, I made the cake and it looked and tasted exactly how I had dreamt it would in my head!

 
Being able to let go
As I type this, I only have one of my babies at home.  Which isn’t abnormal as I sometimes only have Olivia here in the week, while Kye’s at school.  School, is one of those things you’re forced into having to be OK with as a parent. You know they need it, you know it’s the law, you know there’s not enough brain in your head to teach them at home, so it’s best for them.

What I struggle with more though, is the ability to be OK with letting my eldest child go to friends houses without me!  I know, I know,it sounds crazy doesn’t it, seriously, cut the apron strings woman!  Unfortunately, that’s just the person I am, and always have been. Don’t get me wrong, he’s gone to friends houses before!
Before today however it, was just stupidly hard and I’d worry and have the worst anxiety all the time he was gone.  The difference now is, as I’m getting better mentally, and becoming happier and more positive in myself, decisions such as letting him go out for the afternoon to a friends house, becomes a lot easier.
I’m proud of him, for wanting to go, and I know he’ll do his best to follow the rules that are not only the ones he’s been brought up with, but the ones set out by his friends family. Today though, I’m also proud of myself for having the ability to now let him go.

So that’s all for today’s ‘thankful for’ post!  Don’t forget you can join in to!
You can go onto my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or comment at the bottom of this post to join in thinking of something you’re thankful for.  Don’t forget to use the hashtag #MFBthanful so I can find you easily too!

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Today I’m Thankful For #2

Good Morning!

I’ve had to double up on the thankful blog today-as I was too ill to blog yesterday during the day, and out at a press event yesterday evening.
So……today (and yesterday) I am thankful for;

My Bed
I was literally in it all day yesterday.  Trying to gain some energy or rid myself of some of these horrible symptoms of my yukky cold, before heading to the theatre for a press event last night.

My husband
Even though he feels rough too (and today is literally in the same position I was in yesterday), my husband pretty much gave up his day off yesterday, to have Olivia downstairs with him, to allow me to rest, and picking up and putting away the food shopping yesterday morning, leaving me stress free and relaxed to try and get better.

 

People who step up
This one is probably the most important-and more of an ongoing thankfulness really.

It’s dedicated to those select few, that, regardless of whether they have been given jobs, such as-maid of honour/godparent etc, they still step up and be those things.
I am so grateful for those that bother with my children, even though they’re not duty bound to, and those that are truly there for me and my family, regardless of whether they were given a role to do so.  You put others, who were supposed to step up, to shame.

My Job
Yes you read that-my job. Because what I do, to me, constitutes a job. It’s what I want to do, it’s what I love to do, and quite frankly it’s what I’m bloody good at!

I tire of having to explain to people why it is classed as a job, when they question how “easy” it is.

I love it, I work hard at it, and actually, the opportunities I get from it make the tiresome questions and constant explanations worth it.

 

That’s all for today folks.

Remember to join in with what you’re thankful for over on social media, tagging me, and using the hashtag #MFBthankful, or on here using the comments section at the bottom of the page.

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