Berry Morning Breakfast Smoothie

There is nothing better than a glass of freshly prepared smoothie to start your day. Fresh berries, ripe peaches, crisp apples plus a few more yummy ingredients can work wonders as a morning pick me up, especially if you add to it some “magic” ingredients.

There is nothing better than a glass of freshly prepared smoothie to start your day. Fresh berries, ripe peaches, crisp apples plus a few more yummy ingredients can work wonders as a morning pick me up, especially if you add to it some “magic” ingredients.The recipe came to be as an experiment, which actually wasn’t my doing. My brother in law (almost) decided to treat us to one of his creations for a change… rummaging through the freezer in search of some frozen pure fruit juice ice cubes, which I’d just run out of evidently… he came across something else hiding in the bottom shelf… a Bountry ice-cream… well it was an unexpected choice but it worked so well. Since then we have replicated the smoothie many times and each time it offers the same wonderful experience.

Berry Morning Breakfast SmoothieThe smoothie will surprise you with its flavour depth. The Bounty totally takes it to the next level. When you think about it there isn’t really so much chocolate in it but its flavour comes through as a final note. First you get hit with the sharp berries mixed with a hint of coconut sweetness, then you should be able to taste the peaches followed by a distinctly chocolate finish… very complex and very unusual. I would really love to know your thoughts if you decide to try it.

Berry Morning Breakfast SmoothieI make it as a smoothie but if you wish you can always reduce the amount of coconut water or even skip it entirely and use it as your morning smoothie bowl… just add some cereal, nuts or top up with more whole fruits.

Anyways how to make this divine breakfast…

Ingredients:

  • 250g organic blackberries
  • 3 large ripe organic peaches
  • 1 large organic apple
  • Handful of organic raspberries
  • Handful of organic blueberries
  • 250ml organic chilled low fat blueberry yogurt
  • 150ml organic chilled coconut water
  • 1 Bounty ice-cream

Method:

Wash all fruit. De-stone peaches and pop everything into your blender. I personally do not peel or remove apple core but you can do it if you wish.

Add yogurt, coconut water and blend until semi-smooth.

Pop the lid open and add frozen Bounty ice-cream, shut the lid and blend until smooth.

Simple.

Serve and enjoy!

There is nothing better than a glass of freshly prepared smoothie to start your day. Fresh berries, ripe peaches, crisp apples plus a few more yummy ingredients can work wonders as a morning pick me up, especially if you add to it some “magic” ingredients.

Scorching Summer Giveaway – #win £200 Amazon Gift Card

The summer might be coming to an end but I have just the thing to make things scorching hot again – a chance to win a £200 Amazon gift card! Isn’t it great?

A bunch of UK bloggers have come together and we’ve decided to make something special to treat our readers – a giveaway! Who doesn’t love a good freebie?

First things first, let’s meet the blogging team which made this giveaway happen.

Scorching Summer Giveaway – #win £200 Amazon Gift Card

UK Bloggers | Life in a Breakdown | Testing Time Blog | Chilling With Lucas | Mother Distracted | We Made This Life | Bump and Beyond | Precious Little Worlds | Hello Dizzy Miss James | Sally Akins | Hubby Helps | Really Missing Sleep | Spanish Mummy | One Frazzled Mum | From Aldi To Harrods | Culinary Travels | Miss Namy | Big Family Little Adventures | Mums The Law | Ickle Pickle’s Life | Petit Moi, Big World | The Sparkle Nest | Bark Time | My Life As A Mummy | Working Mum | Fizzy Peaches | A Moment With Franca | Cosmic Kick | Suburban Mum

Now about the prizes.

There is a pool of £200 worth of Amazon gift card to be won. There will be one main prize of £150 and a runner up prize of £50. To be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize simply answer the following question:

‘What is your ideal summer getaway and who would you go with?’

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How To Barbeque Like a Pro – 7 BBQ Tips

Using a barbeque might seem like a very straightforward method of cooking while in fact it’s actually quite complicated and not so easy to master. We love BBQ,  not only in summer but all year round, so I’ve decided to put an action plan together for anyone who wants to BBQ like a pro.

Using a Barbeque might seem like a very straightforward method of cooking while in fact it’s actually quite complicated and not so easy to master. We love BBQ and not only in summer but all year round. So I’ve decided to put an action plan together for anyone who wants to BBQ like a pro.Get the right BBQ

You will never be able to achieve the perfect barbeque meal without the proper tool for the job. The gas barbeques might be tempting due to the clean looks and easy cleaning and start up, but please for the love of all things good do get a proper charcoal one… if you are only tempted by a gas BBQ then save yourself the money and just cook your food in your kitchen cooker instead.

Invest in natural charcoal

These days’ as money is tight for most of us, shoppers are tempted even more by those special offers and super saving deals and prices that look cheap but look beyond that… actually read what’s inside the box. Always buy natural charcoal, yes, it will most likely cost you more but at the end of the day you will eat food cooked in its smoke… so make sure those fumes aren’t harmful.

Plan ahead

Like most cooking, BBQing requires preparation too. Yes, you can just pop a slab of meat on it and hope for the best but think how much more delicious it would be if marinated overnight or kept in some dry rub.

Treat it as an art

Art can’t be rushed and neither can BBQing; it’s an art and it needs time. If you only have an hour and fancy a burger you will be better off using your cooker and a heavy bottom frying pan…

Learn cooking times

There is nothing worse than those burnt on the outside and half raw in the middle pieces of meat that often get served up on your plate. It’s essential to know about temperatures but even more importantly knowing how long each type of food needs to cook in order to be just right. I’ve found an excellent BBQ cooking time table over at Recipes4us but if they are a bit too much for you, why not check this short video prepared by My Voucher Codes.

Don’t be afraid of experimenting

Cooking should be fun, so should BBQing. Don’t just blindly follow the recipe, experiment, add some new spices or veggies into a mix. Be adventurous and I am sure the food will reward you.

Maintain your BBQ

I know how things go… you “slave” the entire day on top of a hot BBQ, eat what you prepared and then decide “I’ll clean it tomorrow”… well, resist the urge to do so. In order to maintain the integrity of your BBQ it needs to be cleaned and it’s easiest straight after the cooking is finally finished – use only natural cleaning products or just water if you can get away with it. Never use sharp abrasive brushes on your racks, they will damage or even remove their non-stick coating. Take good care of your BBQ and in return it will take good care of your food and therefor in turn, you.

What do you like to BBQ, what do you use and where do you do it?

Is there anything else you would add into my list?

* This is a collaborative post.

Carrot Pulp and Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Super easy, quick and tasty dog treats that will make your furry friend work hard for more, I promise. Not only will they provide a nice treat, they will also supply your dog with well needed fibre.

Super easy, quick and tasty dog treats that will make your furry friend work hard for more, I promise. Not only will they provide a nice treat, they will also supply your dog with well needed fibre.

Lately we have been juicing a lot. All is good but after each session we are left with a lot of pulp and it seems like such a waste to simply pop it into the food bin and we are not naturally born gardeners. So this gave me an idea for “recycling” my carrot, apple or whatever pulp that comes out from my juicer. Adding it into the dog biscuits we were making was a no brainer as a first step… so next on the agenda is a human grade cake 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup carrot pulp
  • 1 cup unsalted smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup organic wholemeal flour
  • 1 egg

Super easy, quick and tasty dog treats that will make your furry friend work hard for more, I promise. Not only will they provide a nice treat, they will also supply your dog with well needed fibre. Method:

Preheat the oven to 160C fan.

Prepare one large baking tray. If you wish, you can line it with some parchment but these cookies do not stick to the tray so that step can be easily skipped.

Pop all ingredients into a mixing bowl and using a silicone spatula mix it well.

After a short while everything will combine and form smooth, easy to play with dough.

Using your hands flatten out the dough in order to cut the desired shape of your finished cookie or if you prefer to do a proper job then use a rolling pin to make sure each cookie is super even in size. Our two dogs don’t care about looks so long as they keep coming, so we opt for the rustic method of rolling.

So I normally use just my hands (less washing up later on) and flatten it out till it is about 1.5cm thick.

While making this batch I’ve had to use a tall slim glass to cut my cookies. The batch ended up yielding 15 pieces.

Super easy, quick and tasty dog treats that will make your furry friend work hard for more, I promise. Not only will they provide a nice treat, they will also supply your dog with well needed fibre.

Once all cookies are cut out or formed into their final shape then place on the baking tray and pop them into the oven and set a timer for 12 minutes (you might need to increase the time to 15 minutes it will all depend on how dry your carrot pulp was and of course your cooker). They should be slightly golden in colour but still a little soft to the touch when pressed.

Once ready remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes on the baking tray. After this time move them onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

Both Lilly and Bunk really liked them so I hope your pooch will enjoy them too.

Super easy, quick and tasty dog treats that will make your furry friend work hard for more, I promise. Not only will they provide a nice treat, they will also supply your dog with well needed fibre.

3 Steps to a Perfect Picnic

A picnic is basically an outdoor meal; usually served in a pleasing to the eye location on a blanket or if your posh, a picnic table. As a nation we love picnics, a little bit of blue sky and a few rays of rare to find sunshine and we are really up for an adventure.

Following this three steps below will help you achieve a perfect picnic experience.

A picnic is basically an outdoor meal; usually served in a pleasing to the eye location on a blanket or if your posh, a picnic table. As a nation we love picnics, a little bit of blue sky and a few rays of rare to find sunshine and we are really up for an adventure. Food

Food is one of the most important ingredients to a happy picnic. You can have the most beautiful scenery around you and a bunch of your best mates but once hunger sets in and the food isn’t up to scratch you will have a small disaster on your hands.

When planning picnic food think portability and ease of consumption. Sandwiches are always a safe choice, so are the various salads you can pick up but what about something more sophisticated? What about a quiche, tasty pie or a sausage roll? All of those can be cooked in advance or simply picked up from your local super store. Higgidy offers all of them and they are suitable to be eaten both cold and warm, so you don’t even have to worry about cooking them beforehand.

A picnic is basically an outdoor meal; usually served in a pleasing to the eye location on a blanket or if your posh, a picnic table. As a nation we love picnics, a little bit of blue sky and a few rays of rare to find sunshine and we are really up for an adventure. In addition to your main meal, pack some fruit, maybe a bag of crisp or pretzels and don’t forget about drinks too.

Location

Once you food is all sorted out, it’s time to pick the location. Somewhere pretty with easy access and enough space for everyone to chill in comfort. Also be considerate about the local neighbourhood. If you are planning a trip out with a large number of friends or family then think about the noise you will make when the conversation becomes animated and make sure you aren’t going to disturb anyone around you.

A picnic is basically an outdoor meal; usually served in a pleasing to the eye location on a blanket or if your posh, a picnic table. As a nation we love picnics, a little bit of blue sky and a few rays of rare to find sunshine and we are really up for an adventure. Company

It’s pretty obvious that you will only invite people you like, love, care about or people who just make you feel good in their company but there is something else to consider… Your companions need to be in the right state of mind. There is nothing worse than trying to have a relaxing picnic when one of your friends can’t stand sitting on the ground or is scared of the ants living nearby. Think about things like if Mr/Miss Somebody (who has severe allergies) now, will they be happy to spend a few hours on a meadow or would you be better in the middle of the local woodlands. These are small things but if not considered they can ruin the entire day. Get it right and you are one step closer to that perfect picnic.

We personally like to picnic in our local fields, there is a nice spot between two fields, just next to a small stream; it’s always so peaceful and quiet.

A picnic is basically an outdoor meal; usually served in a pleasing to the eye location on a blanket or if your posh, a picnic table. As a nation we love picnics, a little bit of blue sky and a few rays of rare to find sunshine and we are really up for an adventure. If you like picnics as well you might want to take part in the Higgidy giveaway. They are collaborating with Joules and there are 210 picnic related prizes to be won. It’s a pack promotion so a purchase is necessary but hurry up as there is only one month left to claim your prize. For full terms and condition please visit Higgidy Joules Picnic Giveaway.

Where do you like to picnic?

What’s are some of your favourite picnic foods?