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Time to Eat

Fun with food and the occasional healthy recipe for baby and mum


It's carb-free and blinking yummy on...everything!

12 Nov, 2015

This heavenly Herb and Garlic Butter Recipe is a firm favourite in the Mums’ Days Household at the moment.

Cheer up your veg with this Heavenly Herb and Garlic Butter Recipe - super simple and ready in minutes. (more…)

24 Sep, 2015

Back in June I decided it was time to deal with Reuben’s fussy eating. Since the age of one he had refused to eat anything that wasn’t beige, with the exception of fruit, and absolutely no meat or vegetables (unless you hid them, of course). I went through a whole range of emotions from feeling like a failure and a terrible mother, to acceptance and cutting myself some slack (I highly recommend going with the latter, by the way).

I wrote a post about How to cope with a fussy eater well over a year ago to help me deal with it, as really it was only me who was suffering. And, while I was happily going along with that process and there were some improvements (the addition of spaghetti Bolognese was a huge turning point), I felt at nearly 3 it really was time to try something new. Enter the sticker chart (here’s a free Halloween sticker chart I made yesterday!).

Fussy eater? Then check out these 10 Tips for sticker chart success! (more…)

23 Sep, 2015

Reuben is an incredibly fussy eater but we’ve recently been having some success with a sticker chart. I’ve written about what we did and my tips for fussy eaters and succeeding with a sticker chart here…but basically, I think the combination of him turning 3, so his understanding had increased, and the power of a reward system has really paid off!

There are tons of great charts out there but I struggled to find anything generic that could be used for anything. Many of the charts are related to toilet training or chores, not so much for little ones with a penchant for beige food (although I’m sure they’re out there). Whilst I was writing up my tips, I thought for fun I would create my own sticker chart.

Since we’re now in the run up to Halloween, why not do a Halloween themed Sticker Chart.

I’ve left it blank so you can use it for any reward system you like, not just for food, and left a space where you can write your child’s name.

I guess the prize for completing it could be something like go to a Halloween Party or to go trick or treating? Or both?! Since there’s only 12 spaces, you may need to complete 2 lots of the chart before the big day!

What do you need the power of the sticker chart to help you with?!

Halloween Sticker Chart

Just click the image you want and press print

Orange Sticker Chart

Halloween sticker chart - free printable sticker chart / reward chart

White Sticker Chart

Halloween sticker chart - free printable sticker chart / reward chart

08 Jun, 2015

Welcome to the second installment of the Mums’  Days Fit Club and this week we are talking about FOOD!

Before we get on to that, I’d like to thank everyone who made last week’s launch week so special. I was blown away by the launch party over on the Mums’ Days Facebook Page. It was literally like a party! Loads of buzz and motivation flying all over, not to mention wonderful prizes from Protest! So, thank you!!

And if you missed it, don’t worry there will be more. The next party will be on 1st July, click here to make sure you don’t miss it!

On to food

I really love food. Like really, really. This post is all about what to eat to feel great and start to lose weight but not your sanity.

It includes a sample meal plan and ways to jazz up your food, some guidelines for portion control, and a list of healthy snacks!

Food - get the skinny on what to eat to feel great (and lose weight)! Click through for a Sample meal plan, guide on portion sizing and healthy snack ideas! (more…)

11 Mar, 2015

I’m having a bit of a love affair with Northumberland at the moment! What with moving out into rural Northumberland, our Northumberland Castles Challenge with English Heritage, and Robson waxing lyrical in the wonderful Tales from Northumberland, I’m feeling pretty smitten with this gorgeous county. And now I’ve found a macaroon that is going to make you not only want to visit but to move here. Sorry to break it to you like that. Prepare yourself for the visual treat that is Afternoon Tea at St Mary’s Inn

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn, Morpeth, Northumberland

Afternoon Tea at St Mary’s Inn, Morpeth

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn, Morpeth, Northumberland

My best friend Alex was visiting last week as a goodbye before she leaves the UK for a new, fabulous job in Japan. When St Mary’s Inn invited me to review their afternoon tea, I just had to take my bestie for a final fling before she goes and leaves me!! *sobs*

Now, you may remember Mike and I went for a date night to St Mary’s Inn in December and had a wonderful time, so I knew we were in for a treat. I just didn’t realise how much of a treat!

We were seated in yet another room in St Mary’s Inn’s labyrinth of loveliness and again I was taken by the simple place settings and the wood burners in each cul de sac. It’s somehow grand but cosy all at the same time.

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn, Morpeth, Northumberland

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn, Morpeth, Northumberland

Once I’d finished annoying the other punters by taking a bunch of photos we sat down to enjoy a coffee and pursued the menu whilst we waited for our afternoon tea to arrive.

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn, Morpeth, Northumberland

And then it did. In all it’s beautiful glory… The St Mary’s Inn Afternoon Tea.

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn

1. The savoury stuff

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn

(i) Sandwiches

Once I’d messed around taking loads of photos from every possible angle, we were finally able to tuck in. We started with the sandwiches, obvs, which were salt beef and mustard, cheese and pickle, prawn marie rose and egg and cress. The egg and cress won for me, it was so delicious!

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn

(ii) Cheese Scone

Then we moved on to the little balls of wonder, also known as the cheese scone. They were perfection, the only downer was that the butter was unsalted. As a buyer of organic unsalted butter, there’s nothing like the real deal when you go out for a treat!

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn

2. The Sweet Stuff

Then we were ready to tackle the cakes! Wow, they looked beautiful. Each one a mini piece of perfect art.

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn

We started our sweet journey with a taste of the chocolate brownie, being careful not to eat too much as it was really rich and there were still 3 more cakes and some fruit scones left to taste! It was, as the picture suggests, melt-in-the-mouth amazing.

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn

But the star of the show has to be this baby.

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn - The best macaroon I've ever tasted!

The lime and white chocolate macaroon.

I’ve never seen the attraction of macaroons before now but this one cake, sent directly from heaven, has changed that forever. A crunchy outer shell that reveals a perfectly gooey and chocolately middle. This is the macaroon that all other macaroons, nay, all other cakes will have to stack up against. I was going to elaborate and imagine a world where we all lived in Northumberland eating these macaroons and castle hunting…but that’s going a bit too far, so I’ll leave it there!

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn - The best macaroon I've ever tasted!

The rhubarb pavlova was also divine. The rhubarb was perfectly tart and crunchy, while the cream was just…uuuuuum. I really liked this too!

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn - The best macaroon I've ever tasted!

Then finally we had the apple tart, which was very sweet! Sounds crazy after all those other cakes, but the combination of the super buttery crust and sweet, sweet icing pushed us up to our sweetie limit!

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn - The best macaroon I've ever tasted!

We were then ready for our closeups.

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn - The best macaroon I've ever tasted!

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn - The best macaroon I've ever tasted!

Now you’re just being silly – it was the apple tart that did it!

We finished off, the way all good afternoon teas should, with a fruit scone complete with homemade raspberry jam and clotted cream. We might be a long way from Devon but this was still a mean and perfect finish to our afternoon tea.

Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Inn - The best macaroon I've ever tasted!

So there you have it – this is what you can expect from an Afternoon Tea at St Mary’s Inn!

What was the thing that had you drooling the most from this afternoon tea?! Are you considering moving to Northumberland now?

Of course you are! I’d love to hear your comments xx

I’m linking up with the lovely Michelle over at Bod for Tea and her wonderful linky Share the Joy!

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