• Featured ImageSeptembers Degustabox – Review

    You may have already realised, what with me posting some recipes and including particular ingredients, that we are reviewing the degustabox food box subscription service. You can take a look at the august box review here.

    I really am loving the idea of subscription boxes. It’s like receiving a present every month. When you combine the surprise with food it’s just an instant pleaser for me. After the august box I was so excited to see what September had in store for us. I always feel I get a little creative when I have a set of food products in front of me. I always wonder what I could make with them and this months was no exception.

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    Burts Lentil Waves £0.69 per bag = £2.07 

    These lovely snacks are available at wait roses in three scrumptious flavours. Thai sweet chilli, sour cream and chives and lightly salted. They are so tasty and honestly over all three flavours. If I and to choose a favourite it would have to be the Thai sweet chilli. I just love those kind of flavours anyway but found it went really well in this snack. They are very low-calorie to. Safe to say I have bought a few more packets since.

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    Jordans Simply Granola £2.69

    I’m not a huge cereal fan, but i have loved trying this granola with yoghurt and fruit for a blanched breakfast alternative. The granola is a simple blend of crunchy baked oats with a hint of honey. Look out for a recipe using these in the next few weeks.

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    Pick Up Biscuits – 5 Pack £1.69 = £3.38

    I had never tried these before until they were sent in our box. These really didn’t last long in our house. The main flavour has always been the milk chocolate pick which is basically a slab of chocolate sandwiched between to crisp biscuits. There is a new flavour which is a slab of white chocolate sandwiched between chocolate biscuits. I couldn’t pick a favourite they are both so good. They go fantastic with a hot cup of tea. The L’s Papa informed me his favourite was the milk chocolate. He loved them.

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    Crabbies Alcoholic Fruits – £1.50 and Crabbies Lemonade with a hint of ginger £1.20 (Non-Alcoholic)

    With your food box you can choose either the alcoholic of non-alcoholic option. For the purpose of this review we are sent both options to try. Firstly the Crabbies alcoholic fruits bottle in zesty lemon flavour was lovely. I really enjoyed drinking this as an alternative to a glass of wine. It had a real refreshing taste.

    The lemonade was a great alternative soft drink. It has a hint of ginger which I thought would put me off as that can be a very overpowering flavour but again I really enjoyed this drink.

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    Nestle Carnation Cook with it – £1.65 each = £3.30

    This gives a delicious creamy taste to savoury dishes such as pasta, Quiche or curry. It is a versatile cooking cream which has 68% less fat than single cream so a lovely healthier alternative. I used this in two pasta dishes. I made a bacon carbonara with added vegetables and lovely chicken pasta dish. 

    I really enjoyed cooking with this as The L’s Papa is a high fan of creamy pasta sauces. We will definitely be buying this in our house again.

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    Little Miracles Organic Energy Drink – £1.59 each = £3.18

    The little miracles drinks range are lovely blend of organic tea and fruit juice. It is designed to be a perfect pick me up for mornings, noon or afternoon slumps. I loved the taste of these especially the green tea version. Look out for a post on these drinks coming up on the blog in the next week.

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    Elizabeth Shaw Dark Chocolate Mint Thins £2.50

    This is a very light and tasty chocolate snack. I am not a fan of dark chocolate if I am honest. I find it very bitter. But this chocolate is very light and crisp and of course the mint flavour is the main thing you can taste. Which I do love. The little mint sprinkles on the top are lovely. I offered this up with some coffee for a friend and it was very well received.

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    Righteous Dressings £0.73 each = £2.19

    I do find salad a little boring, so when I got the chance to try these dressings I was really impressed at how well they enhanced the flavour of the leaves. My favourite is the lemon and mustard. It just added that little zing and with the strong flavour of the mustard it complimented the salad beautifully.

    Our thoughts…

    Overall we were really impressed yet again with the quality and choice in our september degustabox. It really did have something for everyone and again lots of things we would never normally eat or buy. For the cost of £12 per month you really do get so much value for your money.

    Guess what??? If you would like to try one yourself then please gp to the Degustabox website and use this very special discount code and get yourself an extra £3 off. The code is IIG8Q. Enjoy.

    You can also get some inspiration and more information over on Facebook or Twitter. Don’t forget to tell them The L’s Mum sent you :)

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum



  • Featured ImageCelebrating The Little Successes

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    Motherhood.

    It’s something that if I’m honest with myself has took me a little while to get use to. In fact I am still learning. Everyday is a lesson on what not to do, how to act, and the many many many ways you can use a baby wipe.

    But somehow, within all of this, I compare myself to others. Mostly I compare myself to other mum’s with perfect children sat in their high chair quietly when getting a caffeine fix at costa, or the mothers of well-behaved toddlers who sit quietly at rhyme time whilst Baby L throws a Peppa Pig DVD at a defenceless 11 month old, (yes that did happen this week). I never really give myself a break, or for that matter big myself up either.

    But that’s my character, I am a fairly positive person but with that I am also very self-critical of myself.

    There are so many times that I sit and just watch him play and I wonder how on earth he is happy? Because I’m always telling myself that I could be better, or I could do things differently. But I’m doing it in my own way, and we’re getting there. He’s surviving and he’s smiling.

    Do you know what? If we make it to lunchtime and Baby L hasn’t fallen to the floor in a huge tantrum rage and starts banging his arms or his head in pure frustration then that my dear fiends is me winning at motherhood. That’s a good morning.

    I read lots of blogs, with lots of perfect scenarios, perfect pictures, perfect lives. But it’s only what they want their readers to see. The same goes for my blog. A lovely blogger Emma who blogs at Brummy Mummy Of 2 really sums it up in her insta-sham post. Definitely worth a read.

    I am honest, and yes I have written a fair few posts about mummy guilt and feeling down in the dumps. But no I don’t share with you my messy living room, and no I don’t show you that the dishes are still out from the night before. And let’s face it, most of us who use social media only post the good stuff.

    It doesn’t matter that I am not the mother who sets out wonderful sensory activities, makes home-made play dough and gets the coloured spaghetti or paints out. It’s not a big deal that I can’t get him to eat my cooking. And it most certainly doesn’t mean I am a bad mother if his toys stay a mess all over the living room and its the afternoon and the dishwasher still hasn’t been touched. 

    Because if the dishwasher does get done, then that to me is mini success. That’s a big deal.

    If I manage to respond to emails, clean the house and enjoy a hot cup of tea in the allocated napping time, then really that’s a victory.

    And it’s a big high five to me if Baby L eats something other than toast, banana and yoghurt at meal times.

    I’m not the perfect mum, but I’m Baby L’s mum, and he has no-one to compare me to, so why should I compare myself to anyone else? 

    Motherhood is a team sport, so no more racing a head for me anymore and wondering where I am going wrong, I’m hanging back in the crowd and celebrating my life, celebrating the little successes and the mini victories. 

    If I get to the end of the day, and my little boy has survived with a smile on his face then that’s what being a mum is all about. It doesn’t matter how I get there. Even if I’ve climbed over toys and maybe stood on some lego. Perhaps wiping the kitchen surface down with a baby wipe, and not getting dressed till 3pm. Then that’s how I did it, and that’s a success to me and worth celebrating.

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum

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  • Featured ImageReading Joy With Meadow Kids

    Not so long ago we reviewed two books sent to us from Meadow Kids. Baby L loves to read his books and so we were fortunate to be sent two more to have a read through and enjoy over the next few months.

    Baby L has gotten more into his reading, and we have been encouraging this as much as we can. He loves to cuddle up on the sofa and tries to point to the various things we discuss with him. He’s not quite there yet with the correct answers but he is so enthusiastic it really is a joy to behold.

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    We have been sent Noah’s Ark and The Bear Who lost it’s stuffing. Both are thin and lightweight with more content in too read. I think Baby L is enjoying the stories as they are lasting a little longer now.

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    The books are brightly illustrated and are unique to the stories.

    Both books are suitable for 1 year upwards but to be honest if you chose to buy them and read to a younger child I wouldn’t think that would be a problem. The pages could rip so it would probably be recommended that you handled them.

    I think at the minute Noah’s Ark is his favourite because it features so many animals. He likes it when we do the animal sounds and ask him to repeat us.

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    Both books are available on the Meadow Kids website.

    Do you enjoy reading with your little ones?

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum



  • Featured ImageThe Little Things – A Hot Cup Of Tea

    As a mum there is nothing I enjoy more than a hot cup of tea and a five minute break. Whether that’s a stolen moment captured during a nap time or play time, or in an evening curled up watching a little TV with The L’s Papa. I just love tea. Surprisingly I went off it during my pregnancy, but as soon as Baby L arrived I couldn’t get enough of the stuff.

    I am more of an afternoon tea drinker. In the morning I like a coffee, but as the afternoon hits I want something more subtle and to be fair it just feels rather indulgent curling up with a hot cup of steaming tea.

    I’m really fussy about it as well. I only like one type of tea. It has to be made in a certain way. I can’t have anyone make it for me anymore, not even my mum. And that use to be the one cup of tea I wanted. My mum’s. But since having a child I just can’t stand the taste unless i have prepared it myself. They can make it in the exact same way but for some reason it just doesn’t taste the same. Is it just me? Am I weird?

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    I was given the opportunity o review the Price and Kensington Tea for one and to be fair I couldn’t have been more delighted. It seemed rather special to have my own little trap pot and cup. Just for me. As if made for my special stolen mummy moments.

    The Price and Kensington Tea for one is a unique stackable combination that when combined looks like an elongated teapot with two handles. t is made from durable stoneware and is in a lovely bright orange colour.

    Currently priced at just £4.95 it really is a bargain. Don;t you think it would make such a great christmas present?

    I like my tea strong, and so PG Tips extra strong is the only one I will drink. I have a certain way of doing it, unfortunately to all you tea fanatics the milk goes in at the very end and it really is a drop, and I mean drop. I can’t stand anything milky tasting. I have half a teaspoon of sugar which is a massive improvement of my two sugars only a few years ago.

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    Tea for my provides me with that ultimate mummy moment. It allows me to recharge the batteries, set everything back into place and start again.

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    Do you enjoy a cup of tea? How do you drink yours?

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum



  • Recipe In A Shoebox – Baked Chicken

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    I was recently asked to take part in a recipe in a shoebox challenge by Cottages4you. The idea was to receive 5 basic ingredients and create a dish using an additional local ingredient and store cupboard bits and pieces. The reason behind it is to encourage people especially those who are holidaying in the UK that you can cook a lovely meal with minimal ingredients that can be purchased in most places.

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    The ingredients I received were…

    1x onion

    1x Pepper

    1x Potato

    1x Tin of Chopped Tomatoes

    Bread

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    I added the following locally sourced ingredients…

    Some grated Cheshire cheese

    Chicken Breast

    I also used the following store cupboard items…

    A drizzle of Olive oil

    1 tsp of chilli powder

    salt and pepper

    Method…

    1. Chop the onion and peppers and fry in a pan with some oil until softened. Add the chilli powder and seasonings.

    2. Chop the potato in to wedges and place in an ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and oil and bake in the oven for about 40 minutes.

    3. Once the onions are softened add the tim of tomatoes and simmer for five minutes.

    4. Place the chicken in an oven proof dish and top with the sauce.

    5. Turn the bread into breadcrumbs

    6. Add the crumbs and cheese mixed up to the top of the chicken and sauce.

    7. Bake in the oven for around 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and the breadcrumb and cheese topping is all golden and bubbling.

    8. Serve with your potato wedges for a lovely dish.

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    Enjoy

    The L’s Mum

    *I was sent the 5 basic ingredients for the purpose of creating this recipe*