Pumpkin and orange spiderweb muffins

We have been having lots of Halloween fun this week with a Creepy Crate of goodies that the lovely folk over at Flora Buttery sent to us. More on that in a later post but first of all I wanted to share one of the recipes that we have tried for yummy pumpkin and orange spiderweb muffins. It’s nice to put all of that lovely pumpkin to use after you have finished carving them and this is such a great recipe idea. It’s really easy peasy too and there’s lots of stirring to be done so it’s perfect for getting little helpers involved.

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First pre-heat the oven to 200°C and place your 12 cases into your muffin tray.

Cream the Flora Buttery and sugar together in a big mixing bowl then slowly add the 3 beaten eggs. Add the sifted flour and stir, stir stir until you have a lovely smooth batter.

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Now add the pumpkin mash and orange zest and stir well before dividing the mixture between the muffin cases. Pop in the oven and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes.

Once the cakes are completely cool, you can begin to decorate them. First make the icing by mixing together the icing sugar with the orange juice just a little bit at a time. You don’t want the icing to be too runny.

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Spread the icing on the top of the muffins then pipe the melted chocolate in a spiral shape. Now take a cocktail stick and drag it from the middle to the edges to create your spiderweb effect. It really is very easy to do, my girls did this bit all by themselves and I think they did a great job!

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And there you have it, spooky pumpkin and orange spiderweb muffins – enjoy!

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Disclaimer: For the purpose of this post I was sent a Creepy Crate of goodies from Flora Buttery which included some of the ingredients used here 
 

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You are my favourite

20th anniversary (Mostly) Yummy Mummy BlogWhen I bought this lovely card, he really was my favourite. But by the time it came to giving him this card, he really wasn’t my favourite at all. In fact he was quite the opposite. It was our twentieth anniversary on Monday (how old does that make me feel?!) and we weren’t even speaking let alone exchanging cards. Not all hearts and flowers is it this real life thing?

I joked on Instagram about listing twenty ways I wanted to kill him in a way that is only possible after the dust has settled and you are friends again. But actually it kind of got me thinking that after twenty years together, being able to survive arguments is pretty important because they are bound to happen now and then.

I can honestly say that for the first ten years of our relationship, we didn’t have so much as a crossed word. But for the ten that have followed? Not so much. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’m not saying that I like falling out. Quite the opposite in fact I absolutely hate falling out with anyone ever but especially Mr Mostly. But being able to work out disagreements and get through the rocky times is surely vital when you’re in this for the long haul?

I was seventeen when we met, he was twenty four. To say that we are both very different people now would be an understatement. But somehow we have grown together not apart. Not many of our now divorced friends have got that bit right but I’m happy to say that we have. We both have different interests and respect each other’s space enough to let each other do our own thing but yet we always find a way to come together to share the things we both love. I think that’s really important. Or it is for us anyway.

And it’s the little things too like just going out for coffee just the two of us. Weekends away – heck even nights out – are out of the question. We’ve had one single night off sans enfants in the last nine years. Once we had three children, all offers of babysitting quickly diminished but after four whoooosh! Nada! But actually we’re okay with that. There’s not much we can do about it for starters. But we already make plans for all the catching up that we’ll do one day when the children are all grown up. What’s another ten years to wait for that much dreamed of weekend away in Paris with my favourite bearded man, eh?

So many magazine articles claim to hold the secret to a happy relationship but I’m not so sure that there is one. I can see why people want to know the secret to a long and happy relationship. Well of course I can. Isn’t that all any of us dream of? But relationships can be complicated beasts and bloody well hard work. All you can hope is that the good outweighs the bad because over twenty, thirty, forty or more years there will be good times and bad as you make your path through life together. You’d think that I’d have some tiny gem of knowledge after twenty years though, wouldn’t you? All I can say is be kind. I remind myself of this often and actually it’s especially important to be kind even when you don’t particularly want to be. Love for me is about wanting to make that one person happy for the rest of your lives. And feeling very lucky that he happens to feel the same way too.

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What I Wore Wednesday: The Tweed Edition

It’s Wednesday..

..so you guessed it, it’s what I wore

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Pink tweed blazer – Per Una At Marks and Spencer, feather brooch – Marks and Spencer, silver tree necklace – Hairy Growler, white tee – H&M, indigo jeans – Boden, leopard print skater shoes – Office, nails – Chanel Le Vernis in Rouge Noir 

This blazer is ancient and when I say ancient I mean ancient! I bought it shortly before I became pregnant with my third baby so we are talking nearly nine years ago. I only got to wear it once before I was too pregnant to fit into it and then I never got back into it comfortably after she was born. I loved it so much though that it has always survived my huge wardrobe clearouts. Despite thinking that I would never ever fit into it ever again, I just couldn’t part with it. And now of course I’m glad I didn’t. It’s such a great shape with the one button fastening but most of all it is pink tweed! I love it!

I kept it simple with a white tee and skinny jeans today but I am always worried that blazers can make me look like a frump so I wore my leopard print skater shoes to hopefully keep it casual. I umm-ed and ahh-ed over the skater shoe thing for ages. I loved them on other people but just wasn’t sure if I could pull them off. I’m not really a trainers kind of girl (well with the exception of my Converse but I don’t even wear them all that often) But I spotted these in the sale from Office a while ago so I took the plunge for the sake of a tenner and I actually love them. They’re just so easy to wear.

So that was me, what have you been wearing this week? I’m guessing it’s not an ancient tweed blazer! Ha! I have to say though that I’m loving that it’s almost November and we are still firmly in blazer weather. Amazing. We normally plan to have a lazy week over this half term rarely venturing from the sofa but this year we’ve actually been making the most of the freakishly mild weather and have been getting out and about. It has been lovely so far. When winter really does hit though, something tells me that it is going to feel extra cold brrrrr!

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The Saucy Fish Co. up for review

If you follow me over on Instagram, you might have seen that I was sent the most amazing hamper of goodies from The Saucy Fish Co. to review here on my blog. I have to say that it was really great to try out all the products and come up with lots of different family meal ideas. The response I received following the photos was really quite something, so I’ve been dying to share this full review with you!

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The Saucy Fish Co. motto is maximum flavour, minimum fuss and its mission is to make fish more enjoyable for everyone bringing together great fish with super sauces and simple cooking methods. First of all we tried the smoked haddock fishcakes with a delicious vintage cheddar centre. My children absolutely love fishcakes but these were amazingly good and knocked spots off your standard old fishcakes. I was seriously impressed by just how much fish they contained and the creamy melt in the middle sauce was quite frankly to die for! They took just 20 minutes to bake in the oven and I served them with sweetstem broccoli and baby potatoes with butter and herbs. A perfect midweek dinner.

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Next up we tried the terrific seasoned tuna with a sweet soy and chilli dressing from the Fish & Sauce range. You just pan fry the tuna on a medium heat for just 2-4 minutes turning once for rare or 5-8 minutes turning occasionally for medium to well done. The sauce comes in a separate pouch and can be eaten hot or cold. You just simply place the sachet in a cup of boiling water for a minute then add to the finished dish, as little or as much as you like. I served this tuna with a simple vegetable stir fry and rice noodles gently stir fried with a little sesame oil, chilli, garlic and spring onions. Now this was amazing – definitely my idea of fast food!

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Next we tried the squid, king prawn and chorizo with a sherry and herb Sauce which is new to the range. This fabulous fusion comes encased in a neat reflective bag that you simply pop in the oven for just 11 minutes until the sherry butter infuses into the freshly baked seafood. No touch, no smell, no fuss! We had this with gnocchi and a simple rocket salad but actually it would be great as a simple supper served with crusty bread to mop up all that lovely sauce. This really was outstanding and had a generous amount of squid and king prawns. Plus it was ready in less time than it would take me to find a takeaway menu which is only ever a good thing!

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Next up was another foil bake bag product but this time it was the turn of the smashing smoked haddock in a vintage cheddar and chive sauce. Again you just pop the foil bag in the oven for just 15 minutes and the fish is cooked to perfection and coated in the rich sauce. This really was proper comfort food and we had it with mounds of maris piper mash with double cream and cracked black pepper and braised carrots, dwarf beans and baby leeks. So so good and unbelievably easy to prepare.

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Next we tried the superb salmon with chilli, lime and ginger dressing from the Fish & Sauce range. The first thing that stood out was just how generous the portions of salmon were. They can be oven cooked, grilled or pan fried then the sachet of sauce is simply reheated in a cup of hot water and you can add to taste. I served this with fluffy basmati rice, stir fried pak choi and some oyster mushrooms with chilli, garlic and sesame oil. The salmon was just so succulent it was amazing.

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Last but by no means least, we had The Saucy Fish Co. Saucy Centre fishcakes but this time with salmon and a heavenly hollandaise centre. Just 20 minutes in the oven and they were cooked to oozing perfection. A lovely lunchtime treat served with rocket with a lemon dressing and British sundream tomatoes cooked on the vine with a little garlic and olive oil. Yum!

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We do like fish as a family but we are definitely guilty of not eating nearly enough so it was great fun to get to try out so many products. I have to say that we enjoyed every single one of the things that we were sent to try and they will definitely be making an appearance in my shopping trolley again. I was seriously impressed by not only the quality of the fish but also the very generous portion sizes. The sauces were all perfect accompaniments and really opened my eyes to just how versatile fish can be.

This year The Saucy Fish Co. has officially been named a CoolBrand again for the second year running. The CoolBrands list, now in its thirteenth year, follows a vote by a combination of 2000 consumers and a panel of 37 designers, style experts, media personalities and prominent figures from the worlds of tv, fashion and music. Last year The Saucy Fish Co. became the first ever fish brand to make it on to the prestigious CoolBrands list. This year it remains the only fish brand in a list dominated by premium fashion and technology brands which really is quite something. Although I would have to say very well deserved!

You can find The Saucy Fish Co. in a supermarket chiller near you but for more recipe ideas, do pop along to www.thesaucyfishco.com

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Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review I was very kindly sent a hamper of goodies including The Saucy Fish Co. products shown here 
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What I Wore Wednesday

It’s Wednesday..

..so it’s what I wore

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Denim jacket – Only Westa c/o Zalando, red floral Leila dress – c/o Joules, chocolate brown opaques – M&S, tan brogues – Office, leather cuff with apple charm – Mulberry, watch – Michael Kors, nails – Chanel Le Vernis in Rouge Noir 

There’s no question that autumn is well and truly here but actually, it’s still quite mild and definitely mild enough to still get away with just wearing a denim jacket so I’m making the most of it for now. Partly because this time last year I couldn’t actually fasten this jacket up so the novelty of being able to now, isn’t wearing thin just yet. But actually mostly because a new winter coat is out of the question for me this year *insert tiny violins here* and I don’t much relish the thought of digging out my boring old coats from winters gone by so I’m putting it off for now at least.

This dress is one of my absolute favourites from Joules. Such a gorgeous floral print but best of all it has lovely big pockets. All dresses should have pockets. When I am king of the world, I will deem it so. The Office brogues are making an appearance again and even though I wasn’t sure of them to begin with, I am loving wearing them with tights. I think they were just what I needed to pep up my old winter wardrobe. Talking of tights, these are accidentally chocolate brown. I was all smug about separating my black and navy opaques the other week if you remember? But it seems that a rogue pair of chocolate brown tights got mixed up in my black pile. I think I’m just destined to make mistakes while dressing in the dark – I give up. But actually thankfully I think they work quite well with this outfit so it’s all good!

So that was me, what have you been wearing this week?

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Gilchrist & Soames BeeKind up for review

I was very kindly sent the Gilchrist & Soames BeeKind Jet Set Travel Pack to review here on my blog. I’m a bit of a beauty junkie and always interested in trying out new products but I especially loved the fact that a portion of the proceeds are used to support the honey bee and sustainable pollination research.

Gilchrist & Soames BeeKind up for review (Mostly) Yummy Mummy BlogThe pack I was sent comes with very generous sized products including body lotion, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, conditioning shampoo, liquid soap, cleansing bar and skincare bar. It even comes complete in a very roomy clear zipped travel bag. The body lotion feels really rich but it is light enough to use as an everyday moisturiser I loved it. The shower gel has a lovely light fragrance and foams really well. The shampoo and conditioners are a really generous size but perfect if you are using them for travel as they are not too bulky. The liquid soap was handy too and I found that the tiniest bit went a long way. I especially liked the cleansing and skincare bars though they just felt so luxurious.

I loved that the products all compliment each other and it was great to get to try them all in this one pack. All of the products smell absolutely amazing it has to be said but it is a lovely fresh scent and not in the least bit overpowering. With honey and certified organic extracts of red clover, calendula, lemongrass and chamomile, BeeKind is as soothing as it is stylish.

For more information, please pop along to http://www.gilchristsoames.com

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Silent Sunday

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