The Highlights and the Low-light of The Week

Thank goodness it's Friday.

It has certainly been a mixed week.  My only Low-Light (which impacted on the whole week so a big low-light!) has been that I have managed to catch my first heavy cold in probably a decade from those hard-to-resist wet sloppy kisses from TC.  She caught the dreaded lurgy from nursery last week and had shaken it off and been well all this week, with masses of 3 year old energy whilst Mummy has been feeling rubbish.

But as us parents all know we have to (try) to keep calm (ish) and carry on.

My Highlights were:

1.  First thing Monday morning I got on an early train to London for the Britmums Christmas Do hosted by Morrisons.  A really lovely event with so much delicious Christmas food and drink to sample and a great opportunity to meet more bloggers.  Also had a sprint through London's Underground (did I say I wasn't well!) and a lovely long natter on the way home with Anya from Older Single Mum.

Thanks to Britmums and Morrisons for arranging and hosting.

2.  I'm doing a month long course and we have reached the third week and the exciting part for me so I hope to be spending some of the weekend watching screencasts and catching up on coursework.

3.  I had decided to move TC to another nursery (a whole other post) and was delighted to be informed that I could move her to another branch, thus avoiding another admin fee of £75 if I started afresh at a totally different nursery.

4.  Our new front door has finally been fitted and is fabulous, well worth the long wait and once the front of the house has had a little paint makeover it will look even better.  

5.  The cold is now on the wane after a week of sleeping 10 hours a night (bliss), eating soup and drinking swamp juice (except for Monday when I ate a lot of cake, see no. 1).

6.  It didn't snow.

So although it has been a trying tiring week, a few boxes have been ticked and now TC is tucked up asleep in bed I can finally relax.  

Thank goodness it's Friday.

Have a lovely, warm weekend.



Beetroot Double Chocolate Cake

It feels like months since the Great British Bake Off ended, I was really pleased with the outcome, I had always admired the way that Frances went the extra mile, Miss Style over Substance won the day in the end. 

It may all be over for another year but some of us have decided to bake on and although I am a little late to the party, I'm still very pleased to be joining in.

Helen and Jenny have opened a linky for the whole of November to link up a bake inspired by a theme shown during the entire series 4.  I have always wanted to bake a cake with beetroot in, I've used courgettes and carrots already but always steered clear of beetroots as they scared me a little with the staining red colour and wondered if the earthy taste of beetroot would come through in the cake.

I couldn't have been more wrong, this cake is moist, fudgy and so delicious. You would never know there are 3 large beetroots baked into it and more importantly TC won't know either!

I used a Beetroot Chocolate cake recipe from Tesco  and instead of using sunflower oil I substituted with the same amount of Stork melted in the microwave and used in the same way.   

I did reduce the sugar content from 200g to 125g which I think brings out the taste of the chocolate (and there is a lot of chocolate plus cocoa in this cake, I used Tesco 74% and along with the beetroot makes an antioxidant rich cake, see chocolate can be good for you!)

The cake was covered in a chocolate ganache, 100g Tesco 74% chocolate and 200 ml double cream, you can use more chocolate but like I said there is a lot of chocolate in this cake already!  Bring the cream to a gentle boil then take off the heat and stir in the chocolate and keep stirring until melted and glossy.  This amount was plenty for an 8" cake with some to spare.

Love this recipe, hiding a piece as we speak!


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 I was sent a tub of Stork to use in my Great Bloggers Bake Off bake.  Thank you Stork!


Silent Sunday


Review - Higher Nature Kids Vitamin Range

I was recently sent a very generous set of Higher Nature Kids Supplements to sample.  TC takes supplements as we all do as a family, she has an extremely good diet with limited sugar (which is getting less easy to implement as time goes on but she still has a savoury tooth rather than a sweet one .... so far anyway!).  I see supplements as a top-up to fill in any blanks in our diets, I used to use a liquid based supplement but her taste buds have matured and she prefers to take something chewable now. 
higher nature vits nd

 Higher Nature’s new Kid range are designed to support children from 3 years and up, the range includes products for all round health, really delicious tastes and some kiddie fun shapes and textures.  There are no artificial colours, flavourings, preservatives or sweeteners in this range either.
Vital Vits – are a delicious, chewable once a day supplement containing 19 essential vitamins and minerals in 3 fruity flavours in fun-shaped characters.  I crush one up into her porridge every morning.
Smart Focus Omega Fish oil – these one a day jelly rounds are full of omega 3 EPA and DHA with omega 6 GLA too, emulsified for easy absorption.  These she absolutely loves and happily munches on one every day now.  They are intensely fruity with no fishy aftertaste and are free from added sugars and artificial sweeteners.  We had something similar from another company which were discontinued so was extremely happy to try these and will definitely be buying for her.
Fruit & Shake – this is like a pepper shaker for children to flavour food such as yoghurt, cereals or desserts with fruit and veg!  It contains powdered apples, tomatoes, blueberries & broccoli sprouts.  Miss ND has plenty of fruit and veg in her diet but this is great to travel with or if you have a fussy eater as she has been in the past, when she reached 2 suddenly everything was on the bleurgh! scale, it did pass but took time and the Fruit & Shake would have been ideal back then to add valuable nutrients into her diet.
Vitamin D3 Spray – there has been a lot in the news lately about Vitamin D deficiency, this handy minty flavoured spray contains 625 iu of the absorbable form of D3 and is a generous 8 month supply.  It has great novelty value for a 3 year old too!
Relax & Unwind – presented in individual sachets, this mild berry flavoured supplement is mixed into hot or cold water until it dissolves, it contains vitamins C, D, Calcium and Magnesium to help youngsters unwind after a busy day.  It also helps to protect their bones during those important early years.Again no artificial sweeteners.  
The Higher Nature Kids Supplements get the thumbs-up with TC, they are easy to take, very palatable and most importantly for me,  are free from any artificial ingredients.

Disclosure:  I was sent Higher Nature Kids vitamins for the purpose of review, all opinions are honest and my own. 

Mumsnet Blogfest 2013

In a few days time I'll be boarding the early train to London to attend Mumsnet Blogfest 2013.  I have been blogging for a couple of years now but haven't taken it all that seriously, I started blogging from Multi Layer Mummy just for fun and to document life with TC as a mum with children two decades apart.  It still remains fun and lovely to look back on.

I started the food blog Nutritious Deliciousness as food and health are a huge interest of mine, making nutritious food delicious! The juggling between the two blogs then began.  

I was lucky last year to win tickets to Food Blogger Connect and spent 2 days listening to some amazing speakers and stories which really whetted my appetite (see what I did there) to attend more events.

So it's off to Mumsnet Blogfest on Saturday, the programme looks amazing and I'm really looking forward to seeing the fantastic line up of speakers, Jo Brand and Prof. Tanya Byron amongst others plus some very inspiring bloggers at the breakouts and clinics. 

The sponsors that will be there are Coca-Cola, Mark Warner, Red & Yellow Care, Talk Talk and Honda who have some fantastic activities lined-up to keep us entertained. 

So many bloggers that I "know" are going plus one I have actually already met in real life a couple of times so looking forward to good natter over lunch. There's also some whizzy new technology which allows us to connect with each other by tapping our name badges together so be careful where you put yours!


Maybe see you there?


Firework Fun!

This time last year TC was 2¼, we bought a few small fireworks and wandered out into the garden to let them off.  We thought she would enjoy the sparkles, the colours, but maybe not the noise.  

So from a good distance, daddy let off the first firework, a lovely sparkly fountain, the result, TC was petrified, she ran back into the house, fireworks over!  We tried to cajole her out again to no avail, so daddy let the remaining few off & we watched behind the glass of the living room window.

This year at 3¼, we persuaded her that this is what is supposed to happen when we light the blue touch paper.  I bought some mini fireworks and sparklers and this evening we all had a sparkly good time!

We use to have such great bonfire parties every year to coincide with my birthday, with friends & neighbours at ours, food, drink, hot chocolate for the kids and of course a roaring bonfire and lots of "ooo's and ahhh's as the fireworks commenced. Everyone would chip in with a few fireworks so you can imagine the display!

We haven't had one of those parties for the past 5 years now, it just didn't seem appropriate to celebrate anything at the time after a family loss.  But time has moved forward and for TC, who has such a joy for life and loves a party (so like her mummy) we are going to reinstate the annual party next year and send a firework up into the stars in remembrance and love.