Thursday, 27 October 2016

Embracing Hygge

Have you ever heard of Hygge? I hadn't until i recently read an article about it in the Sainsburys magazine and it struck a cord with me. A Danish concept which has no literal translation into English, Hygge (pronounced hoo-guh) is about making everything cosy, forgetting your worries and being kind to yourself. It is said to make people happier which sounds good to me.

Embracing Hygge,  candles and conkers, cosy

How many of us are guilty of sitting down in the evening once the kids are in bed and checking our social media, blogs and emails, I certainly am and while I love doing that sometimes it is nice to just switch off. Instead once or twice a week I am going to embrace Hygge, i will be turning my phone and tablet off, lighting oodles of candles and watching TV while snuggling under a soft blanket, taking time to myself to read a book, enjoying a hot chocolate and slice of cake with a loved one or any other number of Hygge things. I love that Hygge is accessible for everyone,  you can use your huge bag of bargain tealights from IKEA, a 35p sachet of hot chocolate,  a primark blanket or you can go the other way and invest in a Diptyque candle, some fancy hot chocolate and a cashmere blanket.

Although for the Danes Hygge is an all year round thing, I think Autumn and Winter are the perfect time to really embrace this idea, the season literally begs for us to get cosy. I am looking forward to scheduling some time to be kind to myself. I have found a lovely blog Hello Hygge to read, my chocolate fondue kit is out from hibernation and i might even invest in one of the many Hygge books due out this Autumn.

Have you heard of Hygge? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Our weekly meal plan 24/10

It's Monday! I am late posting today as yesterday and last night was spent in hospital with a poorly Alex. We are home now and sat watching endless Fireman Sam episodes with snacks and a cosy blanket. So this week my meal plan isn't the most imaginative today but I am exhausted!

Our weekly meal plan 24/10

Monday Minion Pasta shapes in a sauce(from this months Degustabox) for the boys, omlette for me

Tuesday Oven baked garlic chicken drumsticks with creamy mash and green beans

Wednesday Garlic parmesan pasta

Thursday Homemade turkey burgers with chips and peas

Friday Tuna and sweetcorn pasta bake

Saturday Hot Dogs and sides

Sunday Chicken Kievs and chips for me and Phil, pasta in

Why not check out previous weekly meals and if you blog about your own meal plans join in with the meal planning linky

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Morning Pops Subscription Box

The market for subscription boxes has exploded over the last few years and there seems to be a box to suit everyone. I am a big fan of them, particularly foodie boxes and today I am writing about the newest box on the block, Morning Pops Subscription Box.

Morning Pops,  cereal subscription box

Morning Pops deliver cereals from around the world to your doorstep each month. Each box contains 3 large servings of world cereals plus a large serving of an exclusive cereal created by the Morning Pops team, there is also a little treat in the box from a little something sweet to a collectible toy. If you are lucky you may even find a special troll inside.

Morning Pops, cereal subscription box

We were lucky enough to receive the first ever Morning Pops box to try for ourselves. It was such a treat!
Inside the box were generous portions of Fruit Loops, Hersheys Cookies n Creme, Chocapic Duo and the Morning Pops creation which was a yummy mixture of chocolate cereal and marshmallows. The portion was more than big enough for me, and I was able to share the Fruit Loops portion equally between Sebastian and Alexander.

Morning Pops cereal

Morning pops, fruit loops in a bowl

Hersheys Cookies n Creme cereal, morning pops

The cereals were lovely and it is always fun to try foods from around the world, things that aren't always easy to find in the UK. I love that if you enjoy a particular cereal they are available to purchase on the Morning Pops.  We really enjoyed this box, it would make a fantastic gift idea for a foodie or someone who is simply hard to buy for!

Morning Pops Subscription Box is priced at £8.95 a month. Why not sign up and try for yourself.

Family Fever
**We received this for the purpose of the post, all opinions expressed here are my own**

Friday, 21 October 2016

Cheesy Fish Pie

Fish pie is a classic family meal that always guarantees empty plates in this house. I have been meaning to post my cheesy fish pie recipe for a while now and a recent delivery of yummy Wyke cheese gave me the chance to make this family favourite.

Easy cheesy fish pie

When i make fish pie I do tend to buy the fresh fish pie mixes from supermarket, they tend to be the right portion size to make a fish pie for a family meal. I like to make a cheese sauce for our fish pie and making it always brings back memories of home economics at school.

Wyke Farms is the UK's largest independent cheese producer and their cheese is one you will pretty much always find in our fridge. They make various cheddars from mature to smoked. I am a cheese fiend and my boys are following in my footsteps, for us vintage cheddars are always a winner for both cooking and snacking.

Wyke farms cheese

4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
25g butter
25g plain flour
300ml milk (plus extra for the mash)
150ml cream
100g cheddar cheese, grated (plus extra to top the pie)
Fish pie mix
2 handfuls of frozen peas

Preheat oven to 180°. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add your potatoes and leave to boil for around 20 minutes before draining get and mashing with a little milk.

In a separate pan melt the butter over a low heat before adding the flour and mixing the two into a paste. Slowly add the milk, stirring constantly to keep the sauce smooth. Once all the milk is in add the cream and keep stirring while adding the cheese. Increase the heat and bring to a gentle boil and turn back down to the lowest heat stirring until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and  add the fish pieces and the frozen peas to the sauce. Spoon the mixture into an ovenproof dish and top with the mash and sprinkle over the extra cheese.

Bake in the oven for around 25-30 minutes and serve. 

Cheesy fish pie

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Twistshake Baby Bottle

I have been admiring the Twistshake baby bottle for quite a while now and recently I was sent one to try out with Barney.  I am a sucker for funky design and was so excited to find that they are as awesome in real life as they are in the pictures I had seen.

Twistshake bottles come in 3 sizes and 10 amazing colours. I picked the yellow 9oz bottle and it is SO bright and vibrant and really stands out from the crowd. I absolutely love it.

Of course it needs to work well as a bottle too and I am pleased to say it does. The design is different to other bottles, you have the body of the bottle, with the screw on anti colic teat and the lid but there is also a mixer which sits in the bottle and prevents any lumps of formula or clogging. There is also a powder storage tub which can also be used as a snack tub. The whole design is really clever and unlike any other bottle I have seen and all parts are BPA  free. You can even buy a few colours and mix and match them.
Barney isn't fussy over bottles and took to this bottle happily enough. He happily guzzles his milk from it.

I just love these bottles. They are available at Twistshake where you can buy individual bottles or multipacks. I am keeping my eyes peeled for new products from this fab brand. If you fancy saving 20% on your order use my discount code sebsmummy20 at the checkout.

Family Fever
**I received this bottle for the purpose of review, all opinions are my own**