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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Ozeri ~ Nifty Kitchen Gadgets ~ Review

Ozeri kindly sent me these nifty Kitchen gadgets to review!

What was I sent?

Pro Digital Kitchen Food Scale, 1g to 12 lbs Capacity, in Stylish Black ~ Amazon ~ £9.99*

NiftyHonestly the most exciting product Ozeri could’ve sent me, I needed some new scales SO badly.
They’ve by far been used more times than I’d imagined I would have used them by now! They need 2 AA batteries to get working, and have two buttons, one to change the measurement you’re following, and the other to switch the scales on and off, and to reset the weight to zero.

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Ozeri Artesio Electric Salt and Pepper Grinder Set, BPA-Free ~ Amazon ~ £14.99

NiftyMuch bigger than I’d assumed they were going to be, these salt and pepper grinders remind me of that Gavin and Stacey scene where Bryn comments on the size of the Italian restaurants pepper grinder! (Ok ok they aren’t that big).
Battery-powered for push-button easy dispensing of salt or pepper, with a see-through container makes monitoring salt and pepper levels easy.
Each run on 4 AA batteries, and no assembly is needed!

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Ozeri Fascina Electric Wine Bottle Opener and Corkscrew ~ Amazon ~ £12.95

NiftyHow nifty is this not so little contraption! Seriously so easy to use too, you literally load it up with 2 AAA batteries (which are included), and the hand held device removes both natural and synthetic corks!
The opener uncorks a bottle of wine in just seconds, and the integrated foil cutter removes the foil easily!

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The links to the products are above-head over and buy some for yourself-you won’t be disappointed!

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*prices correct as of 13/10/2017-subject to change.

 

 

I was kindly sent these products for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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#Blogtober17 ~ Day 11 ~ Kitchen

Today is day 11 of Blogtober 2017, and the theme is…….Kitchen!

 

My kitchen is unfortunately not officially mine.  We live in a rented house, and most of our fixtures and fittings are integrated (which I do still love by the way).  I especially love my dishwasher and tumble dryer (which is mine) and literally couldn’t imagine life without them-let alone remember what life was like prior to having them!

When I was younger-I used to dream about my first home, and what would be in it.  I’d spend hours, searching the Argos catalogue, choosing my future products, in a “money is no issue” situation.

So-today’s theme of “Kitchen” is a really easy one.  Let me take you around my dream kitchen, using the power of the Argos website, and internet links! Continue reading “#Blogtober17 ~ Day 11 ~ Kitchen”

Vremi-Whistling Kettle & Silicon Ice Cube Trays-Review & Giveaway

Recently we were sent some kitchen products from Vremi-an old style whistling kettle and some silicon ice cube trays.

 

Who are Vremi?

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Fudge Kitchen-Home Kit Kids in the Kitchen-Review

Hands up if you love fudge!

I do!  I mean I love pretty much any food-I’m one of life’s “grazers” (like a cow really), but how much more fun is grazing when there’s fudge involved!?

 

Fudge Kitchen sent the little ones their very own fudge-making kit! Continue reading “Fudge Kitchen-Home Kit Kids in the Kitchen-Review”

The Pudding Post Subscription Box Review

We were sent a baking subscription box from The Pudding Post!

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For those who don’t know who The Pudding Post are……….

Once a month you are sent the ingredients and recipe to make a “Pudding Post Pud”.  In your box (that’s letterbox friendly) you receive an easy-to-follow recipe from The Pudding Post’s Patisserie Chef and all the ready-weighed and freshly vacuum packed ingredients ready to bake your pudding!

In our box we received;

  • McVitie’s Ginger Biscuits
  • Caster Sugar x 3
  • Lindt Dark Chocolate
  • Green & Blacks Ginger Chocolate
  • Hazelnuts
  • White Wine
  • Lemon Juice/Zest
  • Madagascan Vanilla Bean Paste
  • Sprig of Thyme
  • Conference Pears

These ingredients, along with butter, eggs and water, which were the only things I had to provide, were to make…..

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Pear & Hazelnut Chocolate Torte With Ginger Biscuit Base

 

Now, I need to own up to something.  In the time it took the box to get to me, I came down with a really bad illness and ended up in hospital.  Because of this (and the fact I couldn’t get out of  bed for the best part of a week), when I came to make the above pudding, the pears had gone off (they had a shelf life date on them).
I had NO pears in the house, and so, after a small amount of deliberation, decided to use apples.

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The ingredients were really good quality-which obviously helped (and my culinary skills too!)  I’m not usually one for a recipe which calls for more than about five ingredients, so I was a little concerned that I’d struggle, but it was instructed on the recipe card so well, I found it as easy as basic recipes!

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Torte on it’s way to the oven!

 

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40 minutes went by, and it came out looking more like the picture than I’d imagined it would!  The recipe card said to serve at room temperature, but I was straight in with a fork as soon as it went onto the plate.  The apple’s tasted amazing too-as I’m sure the pears would’ve done had we used them in time!

 

 

As they say, the proof is in the pudding, and our little lady just loved Mummy’s creation!

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The boxes are priced at £44.50 for three months of Pudding Post, and £89 for 6 months!  Once broken down into months, plus the quaility of the ingredients, this really is an amazing box of cakey goodies to have!

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(We even had some chocolate left over!  So I made brownies! )

 

 

To find out more information about The Pudding Post and how you can get your own boxes, head over to their website HERE.

I was kindly sent this box free of charge in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.  Any thoughts and opinions are my own.

Kitchen Essentials/Wish List

Today, I’m writing a Home Essentials post for kitchens, including things I already have,  but also things I’d really like!

All three of these things save money on electricity too, so they really pay for themselves in the end!
I have three things in my kitchen, and you’ll be surprised because they’re not everyone’s cup of tea (its not a kettle).
Slow cooker
I literally couldn’t live without my slow cooker.  I use it more than I use my microwave or oven!  I’m part of several hundred, (slight over exaggeration-  but it’s a lot) slow cooker groups on Facebook, and I’ve come to realise you can do A LOT in a slow cooker.
So much in fact, that I’ve ended up with two-one 6.5L one and one 3.5L one.
I love being able to stick a load of ingredients in, and hop off to the shops or school runs not worried about have to be back to get dinner on or stand over a hob.

I have really basic slow cookers at the moment, both are Supermarket own brand ones, but I thought I’d add a quick picture of my dream slow cooker, you know, just in case anyone wants to gift me an £80 at any point in the near future.  (It stirs itself people, come on!)

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Crock-Pot 5.7L Autostir Slow Cooker

 

Breadmaker

I hear you, I hear you-this isn’t classed as an essential in most people’s homes.  However, I have come to realise, this really is something we should all have.  It’s cheap to run, you can add whatever you like to what you make, so you know what’s going into your bread, and most importantly (to me anyway), you save money not buying tons of loaves each week (we eat a lot of bread)!

I’m on the lookout for a new bread maker, and have come across these-a new range of Breadmakers by Panasonic! Genuinely believing they only made TVs etc, I was interested to see they actually do a lot more, and these Breadmakers look amazing!

I couldn’t choose which one I wanted more, so here’s a screen grab of them all, and a link to their page for you to see for yourself!  Check them out HERE.

Breadmakers by Panasonic

And finally……A Steamer

Why did I not use one of these from the moment I became a grown up?
The amount of saucepans and hob space I need to cook the amount of vegetables my kids go through, and all that time I could’ve been using a three tiered steamer that also cooks rice, chicken and fish and!

I have a basic supermarket one of these too, and assumed they’re all pretty much the same, but how’s is for a dream steamer.

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Philips HD Steamer

Those are my kitchen essentials, but I’m intrigued as to what yours are?

Let me know via the comments section or via my social media!

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The A-Z of Parenting

These 26 words, are pretty much all you need to grow tiny humans and keep yourself from rocking in a corner sane.  Memorise them, use them as your mantra, and you will be fine!

thFYJHRHSW.jpgAppetite.  Kids have one.  All of the time.  They’ll eat you out of house and home if you let them.  You must keep them entertained and hydrated or they’ll mistake thirst and boredom for hunger!
bBooze.  It’s needed, not all the time, but always in the house “just in case”.  Being everything to everyone can get stressful sometimes!
th8V3Z2NMZ Chocolate.  Also needed, ALL the time, ALWAYS in the house, sometimes if ‘E’ is happening, chocolate can work instead of meals.
thB6SL29OE Dirt.  For some reason, kids are somehow, always dirty!  I don’t know where they get it, or how, but there’s always some somewhere!!!!
thZA3SB8R1 Eating. It’s done fast, or not at all.  You need to make sure you’re available for helping others eat, serving drinks, extra sauces, clearing up mess, and basically not having time to eat your own-and if you do-its cold!
th Fun.  Whether you wake up feeling like crap, absolutely shattered, with tons to do  throughout the day, you MUST still be fun!  Kids seem to get bored around about 10 minutes after waking up, and throughout the day when they’re not eating or tantruming. You must entertain constantly if you’re going to get through a day!
thBD6W568I Growing.  You go out, spend an entire months worth of spare money on the kids clothes and shoes, and within that next month, they grow out of most of it.  The worrying thing is, you don’t notice it day to day, but it just happens!
thIVI5MVTW Housework.  Just don’t even go there with this one.  Its constant, you get little/no help and its just never tidy or clean enough unless you’re home alone for a substantial amount of time.  As you clean up, they go around after you, undoing all your hard work.
thCZ5OUDUL Illness.  There’s tons of it, and it comes in waves, taking down each member of your family one by one, until there’s a big fat red cross on your door and you’ve quarantined everyone to their bedrooms, with a bin each for vomit, and some kind of noise they need to make for when they need refreshments or cuddles.
th2LPAMEBW Judgement.  You’re going to be judged.  No matter what you do, when you do it, how you do it, and why you do it, you’ll always be judged by someone somewhere.  Don’t let this phase you!  You know what is right for your kids.  Go with that instead of listening to others.
thLC2GTCAQ Know-it-all.  You must know everything-every answer to every question asked, whether its absolute nonsense or not.  Most of those answers you give, will end up being responded with “why?” by the child in question, and you’ll need to give an adequate answer to that too!
thK80KI12Z Laughter.  This is a must.  Its pretty basic, but its the best noise, the best entertainment and it keeps you battling through the day!
thKL48NCTZ  Mummy.  This is now your name.  You will hear it from the moment the little ones wake, to the moment they go to bed-and maybe even during the night when they should be sleeping!
th7CN1WOS1  Nights out.  These are a thing of the past.  Its hard enough finding the spare money to get out of the house, let alone to find a sitter that you trust with your precious little ones, or who doesn’t cost the earth.
thO9YCN79J Octopus.  You have to be one.  You need to find a way to grow around 6 more arms, so you can carry out all requests without taking too long and ending up with tantrums!
thXIYKVXDM Pets.  The little darlings decide at some point in their tiny lives, that they’re going to need some kind of pet.  You may be like me, and unable to have cats/dogs etc in your rented home, but that doesn’t stop them.  You could end up with a fish, or a hamster, or a tortoise!  They sound like fun dont they? NO! They are as much mess/effort/money/time as the kids-maybe even more.  For as long as you can, put them off!
th3WPZ9O03 Quickness.  Another must, you must always be quick.  If you don’t get to the kitchen for juice or a snack, within roughly 90 seconds after being asked, all hell is going to break loose!  Be quick.  All the time.
thTQWYS370 Right.  Kids are always right, even when they’re wrong.  If you remember that you’ll have a much easier life!
thAXBALVQP School Runs.  Think back to walking yourself to school, how much effort it was to get there, how reluctant you sometimes were, and the playground issues you’d have.  Now add in, having to take someone else there, who’s sometimes just as reluctant, and this time, you have to deal with playground issues from fellow school mums instead!
thHPLU0ZDVToilet training.  One of the biggest learning curves you’ll go through as a parent.  Patience, patience, patience.  That is my only advice on this one!
thCFTHZS0F Unintelligent.  If you thought you were clever before you had kids, you wont think that anymore.  Well, unless you count your vast knowledge of nursery rhymes, kids tv theme tunes and the names of ALL the characters they watch!  In that case-you’re a genius!
th1CPHOY9J Vegetables.  They are the devils food.  According to the little ones that is!  They wont eat them, and if they do, their faces will contort, they will moan and whine and sometimes even force a gag out for maximum effect!
th14ZK3WER Washing.  It never ends.  Thats about it.  IT just doesn’t end.
thBZXW1EQR X-ray.  This one might seem an odd one, but think of how many times, prior to having children, you spent in the hospital, then double it and double it again!  There will be lots of lovely trips to the paeds a&e department, which can sometimes end up in xray!  Doesn’t that sound fun!
thTQDG2IH4 Yes!  This is what they want to hear, always.  You must never say no, because that word is also known as the “tantrum button”.  That button should be avoided at all times.
thMQCKIMFW Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.  This is how tired you are.  All the time.  Not just physically, but mentally too.  All the time.

Sometimes, we could use alternative words for the “Parenting Alphabet”.

P is for Pride.  How proud they make us day in, day out, for just the smallest things sometimes-but things that seem the biggest, best things to you.
F is for Family.  These little people are your flesh and blood, your little family you grew and nurtured into the tiny humans they are today.  It doesn’t get better than that!
E is for Emotions.  The emotions you feel when with them, or without them, are like nothing you’ve experienced before.  The sheer tug on your heart when you miss them, or the swell of love you get when they kiss and cuddle you, or tell you that they love you is more than you need to get through each day.
U is for Unconditional.  You’ll never feel the sort of unconditional love you feel for your children, for anyone else.  They are your everything and nothing else compares.
For the 26 challenging words above, there’s millions of others that can be used to describe your children, that are full of love, and that are the best to remember when battling the ’26’.
Enjoy all of it-before they grow up and you miss every single bit.
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