Finally stopped cooking for Christmas

Well that is it, Christmas is very nearly upon us and over the last few days all I have done is cook!

mincepies

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mint and strawberry creams

small chocolates

christmas chocolateschocolate fudge

DSCF5103and chocolate log, using the chocolate cake recipe here

DSCF5127I’ve had a few assistants over the last few days

My husband who turned the chocolate log from the above to

Tim who thinks that when making pastry you should just sprinkle the flour and margarine on the floor

DSCF5057and Sammy who likes to taste test as he goes along

 

Everything seems to have gone well, lets hope that everyone enjoys joining Tim in being dairy, soya and egg free!

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Time to relax

This time of year gets very hectic, there is always soo much going on and we have virtually no time to ourselves.

With 2 little boys it is almost impossible to find time for me, add to that running a Brownie unit and Guide pack, as well as Peer Supporting new breastfeeding mothers, time is limited, and just to top it off only last weekend I organised parties for 65 children and 72 adults to see Father Christmas through the Hinckley Yummy Mummies group.

So now Christmas is very nearly upon us it is time to try and relax a little, the holidays have arrived (no more Brownies or Guides for a few weeks) all the parties are over and time to try and concentrate on me for once, well it’s a nice idea anyway!

Some weeks ago I was asked if I might be interested in reviewing some Binaural Beats meditation, so what better time to do it than now.

The first question you are probably asking yourself is what is Binaural Beats meditation?

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Well I could waffle on about how in 1839 Heinrich Wilhelm Dove discovered it, how slightly different frequencies played separately into each ear can help ‘induce low frequency brain activity’

But it would be waffle coming from me, and would be much better if you were to go and read it from the people who really know what they are talking about on Ennora.

Firstly the website was very user friendly, it was very clear to see what was on each page and to navigate my way around, it didn’t feel too cluttered like some sites can, and very easy to understand what was available, pointing easily in the direction of a free sample as well as showing ready made packs you can buy, or a link to create your own.

When I first listened to the recordings they seemed slightly strange, as you do get different things going on in each ear (you need to make sure you are listening through headphones for it to work, I experimented with and without) any meditation recordings I had used in the past had always been the sort with simple background music and a voice speaking over the top.

Once I got myself really comfy it was lovely to spend some time just sitting a doing nothing except concentrating on me.
I have made use of several of the recordings from Recharge and refresh to Perfect sleep.

As with all forms of meditation you have to be willing to find the time to actually do it. Unfortunately once you are a mother this isn’t always easy and even though I waited until both boys were asleep in bed I was still interrupted the first time I used it by my husband, I then learnt that I need to go and shut myself away in the bedroom telling everyone not to disturb me.
If they (Ennora) could just solve the problem of people interrupting me it would be perfect!

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Making mince pies

Christmas is coming so I have been baking, really hoping the mincepies turn out ok as it seems my kitchen scales don’t bounce, here’s hoping Father Christmas is reading and knows I need a new set!

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I would like to say that Timmy really doesn’t seem to be as into cooking as Sammy was at his age, although in the pictures he appears to be helping, in reality, he was taking large handfuls from the bowl and just dropping it on the floor.

 

Christmas Sweets

When you have a child with allergies you always feel you have to be one step ahead of the game. For the rest of us we can just grab any nibbles and sweets we like over the Christmas period, but not so for those with allergies.

So I have started trying to make sure that Tim doesn’t feel left out while everyone else is eating sweets over the festive season.

 

So today I have made some small chocolates

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and some strawberry and mint creams

They were both really easy to make, and even if I say so myself taste as good as the sweets we made last year.

I have plans to make fudge if I find the time over the next few days.

‘Check Your Bauballs’

As I sat watching Not Going Out on TV last night it reminded me of the ‘Check your Bauballs’ campaign, for anyone who didn’t see the episode, there was a lot of beating around the bush and innuendo.

When Lucy tells Lee that he should check himself ‘down below’ when he then thinks there may be a problem he doesn’t want to discuss it with a female doctor, so gets Tim to have a look instead, I leave you all to imagine the scene of 2 straight men, one with no trousers!

So what is the ‘Check your Bauballs’ campaign?

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So as you think about getting your decorations up, if they are not already, maybe you could think about buying just one new bauble for your tree this year.

House of Fraser are helping to support

orchidLogo‘Check your Bauballs’ campaign again this year.

If you would like to support the campaign yourself,  you can purchase your Bauballs by clicking on the picture below

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I could list all the celebrities that have got involved with the campaign, but I think it is am important enough subject not to need the celebrities, AND if you click on the link above to buy some you get to see for yourself who is involved and which ones have been photographed hiding behind nothing but a bauble!