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Peppa Pig’s Big Splash Tour

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A few weeks ago we went to see the Peppa Pig’s Big Splash Tour live. G adores Peppa Pig and always has so we were pretty excited about this event in the Mummy Whiskers household.

In this show the nursery roof has a leak. Peppa Pig and her friends set up a fete to raise the money to repair the roof, with activities including a champion puddle jumping competition! There is a lot of audience participation involved in the show as Peppa Pig and her friends need the audience to help them organise the fete and make it a success.

Image courtesy of Peppa Pig Live
Image courtesy of Peppa Pig Live

The cast perform on stage with puppets for the characters of Peppa Pig, they are very engaging with the children, absolutely fantastic. Every child in the audience thoroughly enjoyed the show, joining in with the singing and dancing. G thoroughly enjoyed the show, he was mesmerised by the puppets and performers, squealing with delight when Peppa herself came onto the stage.

I haven’t mentioned the grown-ups; of course they enjoyed the show too! Everyone joining in with the singing and dancing, yes, even the grown-ups were taking part in this. I even saw a few parents wearing Peppa Pig t-shirts! I must buy some for the next tour; I for one can’t wait for the next tour.

Image courtesy of Peppa Pig Live
Image courtesy of Peppa Pig Live

The tour is running across the UK and Ireland until the 4th January 2015, with more dates still to be announced. You can see the full details of the tour and purchase tickets and merchandise on the official Peppa Pig Live website. You can also follow Peppa Pig Live on Facebook for their latest news.

Disclaimer: I received tickets for Peppa Pig’s Big Splash Live for the purposes of this review. All opinions and thoughts were independently formed by members of the Mummy Whiskers household and me.

August Degustabox

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We had another exciting month with food, this time with the August Degustabox. As usual it was filled with a good variety of goodies for us to try out and of course we stepped up to the challenge!

So here we go…

 

Mexican Dave’s Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips

RRP £1.00

Delicious thick and crunchy tortilla chips, we made them into the usual Nacho Dish that we always have, I must post my salsa sauce recipe soon.

 

Berry White Peach & Goji Berry Organic Drink

RRP £1.59

S and I both tried this; we really liked it, very fruity and refreshing! It’s also a very healthy drink with no added sugars and no artificial preservatives.

 

Schwartz Flavour Shots

RRP £1.39

There are eight flavours available; we received the Spanish Smoked Paprika Chicken flavour and the Mexican Fajitas flavour. They are both suitable for vegetarians and I actually used them with Quorn pieces instead of chicken. They worked really well and were very tasty. I didn’t think they would be very flavoursome as there is such a small amount there, but it spread well in the pan and tasted fantastic.

 

Caribbean Twist

RRP £2.50

You can’t beat a bit of booze in a Degustabox and the Caribbean Twist Strawberry Daiquiri is no exception, it’s so fruity and refreshing, it’s hard to believe its alcoholic at all!

 

Fever Tree Tonic Water and Ginger Beer

RRP £1.69 each bottle

Ever since my pregnancy I haven’t been able to bring myself to drink tonic water, I was really put off it. But I braved it and gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised, this was quite honestly the best tonic water I have ever had the pleasure of drinking!

I was even more terrified of the ginger beer, despite the fact ginger beer was my favourite drink before pregnancy, each time I have tried it since a wave of nausea has washed over me along with some pretty grim HG flashbacks. So I took this one slowly, I started by sniffing the drink, it didn’t smell like the usual ginger beers, so I then moved on to slowly taking a small sip. Honestly, it tastes a lot nicer than most ginger beers you find, there was something about it that was actually really nice. I won’t go as far as saying it has made its way back to the top of my favourites list, but it was very nice.

 

Lindt HELLO Just For You Heart Chocolate Tin

RRP £3.49

Degustabox, you know me too well. Chocolate, yum! Lindt really is delicious chocolate and these chocolate hearts are absolutely divine! The tin contains ten individually wrapped chocolates, they didn’t last long I’m afraid; we are all chocolate addicts in this house!

 

Cawston Press Kid’s Blends Apple and Pear

RRP £1.89 for a 3 pack

G tried this juice, he loved it. I’m afraid he still says very little so I don’t have any words from him about this fruity juice, but he did manage to say “mmmmmmmm” “yumyumyumyum” whilst drinking and he wouldn’t share.

 

Brioche Pasquier Pains Au Lait

RRP £1.69

These delicious plain brioche rolls didn’t last long in our house at all, mainly eaten by G. I managed to steal one to try though. We have always bought chocolate chip brioche before and I expected these to be quite tasteless but they are far from it. Really delicious! You could jazz them up with some home-made jam and cream too.

 

Dr Oetker Edible Wafer Cases

RRP £2.50

I was pretty excited to try these edible wafer cases. On the packet it says that they are strong enough to hold their shape in the oven, so I decided to test that and make sure.

I made Blackberry, Ginger and Milk Chocolate Muffins; the cases held their own, they tasted and looked great even after they come out of the oven.

My only gripe with these is that you only get six in a pack; I mainly bake in batches of 12 so found that annoying. I also felt they were a little expensive at £2.50 for six cases, but the novelty of them is great and they do hold their shape in the oven!

 

Brioche Pasquier Pain au Chocolat

RRP £1.79

Again, these flew out of the kitchen at full speed. These were delicious, fresh, light and fluffy. Divine heated up under the grill for a few minutes.

 

MOMA Bircher Muesli Pack

RRP £2.99 per 4 pack

We found these in our local Sainsbury’s store and purchased them with the Degustabox Fridge voucher that we received in our Degustabox this month. They are delicious and a great option if you need breakfast in a hurry or to take to work with you.

 

Overall, August was another fantastic month for Degustabox, as difficult as it is to decide I have chosen the Lindt chocolates to be my favourite item.

If you would like to try out a Degustabox for yourself I have a voucher code so that you can get £3 off your first month. Simply enter the code BX6UN when you register to receive your discount.

You can find out more about Degustabox on their website. Why not check out DegustaboxUK on Facebook or follow @DegustaboxUK on Twitter to find out more about their latest offers and news.

 

 

Disclaimer: I received the August Degustabox for the purposes of this review. All opinions and thoughts were independently formed by myself and members of the Mummy Whiskers household.

 

Blackberry, Ginger and Milk Chocolate Muffins

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On my quest for more interesting snacks to help me with my diet, I made some Blackberry, Ginger and Milk Chocolate Muffins. I recently received a pack of Dr Oetker Edible Wafer Cases in the August Degustabox and decided to try them out with this recipe.

Blackberry, Ginger and Milk Chocolate Muffins

Makes: 12

Preparation Time: 10 minutes. Bake Time: 25-30 minutes.

Weight Watchers: 4 ProPoints each.

Equipment:

~ Mixing bowl

~ Electric or hand mixer

~ Muffin baking trays to hold 12

~ 12 muffin cases (I used Dr Oetker Edible Wafer Cases)

~ Sieve and spatula

Ingredients:

~ 225g plain flour

~ 1 tsp baking powder

~ 6 tbsp sweetener

~ Sprinkle of ground vanilla

~ ½ tsp ground ginger

~ 2 medium eggs

~ 50g low fat butter (I used Clover Light)

~ 200g ginger yogurt (I used Rachel’s Organic Greek Yogurt Ginger flavour)

~ 45g blackberries chopped

~ 45g milk chocolate chips

Method:

1) Preheat oven to 190 (180 for fan assisted).

2) Add the eggs, yogurt and butter to the mixing bowl and mix well.

3) Sieve the flour into the mixing bowl and add the baking powder, sweetener, ground vanilla and ginger. Stir through well.

4) Add the blackberries and milk chocolate chips and stir through evenly.

5) Place the muffin cases into the moulds in the muffin trays and spoon in the mixture evenly.

6) Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

7) Allow to cool on a cooling rack and enjoy!

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The Lego Movie

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This week we have been busy watching reviewing the Lego movie, it’s a tough job but somebody has to do it so naturally we rose to the challenge.

So this is the first full length feature film that Lego have created and as a huge Lego addict I was very excited to watch.

Emmet is the ordinary Lego construction worker who blends into the crowd so well he is hardly noticed. Emmet is thought to be the “Special” according to a prophet and joins a quest to stop the evil tyrant, Lord Business, from gluing the Lego universe into place with the Kragle (a tube of Krazy Glue).

Emmet meets Wildstyle when he discovers the Piece of Resistance, which attaches to his back and together they join with superhero allies such as Batman, Superman, Gandalf, Cleopatra and Vitruvius. The allies are disappointed when they discover that Emmet isn’t special after all and that he has no creativity.

At the end of the film it goes to a basement in a house where a child is playing with his father’s Lego set and the father is annoyed that his son has changed things around. As the child explains the story of the game he has been playing to his father the same story line is going on in the Lego world.

We have watched the film several times since the DVD arrived and absolutely love it. It’s as addictive to watch as Lego is to play with and a great story line. I love the subtle grown up jokes thrown in for good measure!

The Lego movie really is one of those DVDs that get watched over and over, definitely not for the back of the shelf. I can’t begin to imagine how they will top this with the sequel!

In the Lego universe everything really is awesome!

Disclaimer: I was given the Lego Movie DVD by Suppose!com for the purposes of this review. All opinions and thoughts were independently formed by myself and members of the Mummy Whiskers household.

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Duchess of Cambridge and Hyperemesis Gravidarum

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Earlier this week I heard the news that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her second baby, and that she is currently receiving treatment and care for the condition Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) again.

The news of anyone suffering from HG, whether it be their first pregnancy or not, leaves me with mixed emotions that I can’t quite place. I am of course delighted to hear of the Duchess expecting her second child; it is wonderful that Prince George will have a little brother or sister, but it always saddens me deeply to hear of anyone suffering from HG.

I must be crazy because I am sat here crying for a woman I have never met, simply because she is suffering from a serious pregnancy illness, Hyperemesis Gravidarum. But I suffered from HG myself a few years ago and I’m still recovering physically as well as emotionally. Quite honestly, I don’t think the heartache ever goes away; you just become stronger for surviving and that strength becomes a part of you forever.

In the news it has been said that the Duchess is receiving treatment at home for HG, yet she has still had to announce her pregnancy early because of the illness. Sadly there is no hiding from HG; it does take over your life. But I really do hope that with early treatment and care her suffering is reduced and her pregnancy can be as smooth as possible.

With all the media attention surrounding Hyperemesis Gravidarum at the moment, I thought it would be a good opportunity to remind you of the charity Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS). Pregnancy Sickness Support is a wonderful UK charity that offers support to women suffering from pregnancy sickness at any level, including Hyperemesis Gravidarum. They have a great support network where a sufferer can be matched to a trained peer support volunteer if they need one to one support. The charity also has an online support forum for sufferers to connect with each other; the forum is also moderated by trained volunteers.

If you are suffering from pregnancy sickness or Hyperemesis Gravidarum, or even if you know someone who is, then please take a look at the PSS website for more information. I promise that they won’t suggest ginger! You can also find Pregnancy Sickness Support UK on Facebook, or follow @HGSupportUK on Twitter.

Do you want to help in some way? Why not read about becoming a PSS volunteer here. If you don’t have the time to help out but still want to do something then you can donate to PSS here.

Later this month there will be a new book released, Hyperemesis Gravidarum: The Definitive Guide. The book is written by Amanda at the Family Patch and Caitlin at Spewing Mummy, to find out more about the book visit Spewing Mummy. You will also find lots of helpful information about Hyperemesis Gravidarum over at Spewing Mummy.

Another useful resource is Adventures of Adam which is written by Emma, a dear friend and trustee at PSS. Adventures of Adam is a wonderful blog filled with play ideas that are perfect for a mother suffering from HG. The activities are quick and easy to set up, using items around the house and that the child could play with independently.

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OXO Good Grips review

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Until recently I always associated OXO with baby / toddler eating tools, my kitchen cupboards in particular are over flowing with spoons, bowls, food pots and plates. OXO Tots have over the past two years transformed my kitchen from the idyllic matching red and white that it was to a rainbow of BPA free plastic. Until now that is, now that I have discovered OXO Good Grips and OXO SteeL.

OXO very kindly sent me the Pop-Up cookbook / tablet holder to review; I was very excited about this as I have tried many recipe book holders over the years and never really got along with any of them. But the main reason I was so excited was that it also doubles up as a tablet holder and I need all the help I can get to drag myself up to date with technology!

They also sent me another item to try out, the hand held mixer, yes that’s right a good old fashioned style hand mixer. This one, not so excited about, scared if I’m entirely honest. I am a lazy baker, I have always used electric mixers and looked on at my mother in horror as she tells me how she always hand mixed everything in her day. I quite honestly feared my arm may drop off whilst using this hand held mixer!

 

So starting with the Pop-Up cookbook / tablet holder; I really like this, a lot. In official bullet point format below I have listed everything that I like about the Pop-Up cookbook / tablet holder.

~ The colour. Its white, which is perfect as it fits in nicely anywhere in my kitchen. Well let’s face it, when it’s white it will fit in nicely in any kitchen.

~ It’s made of a strong plastic and is very sturdy, even with my heaviest cookbook held the holder showed no signs of weakness or tippling over. Impressive!

~ My main pet hate in the kitchen is objects that have lots of silly nooks and crannies that gather dust and require a lot of faffing to clean. This Pop-Up cookbook / tablet holder however isn’t one of these, it’s really easy to wipe clean. I’m not sure if it’s intentional or not but it doesn’t seem to get as dusty as some other items in my kitchen either…

~ The splatter guard is a great feature, especially if you are using your tablet; I found it protected my books and tablet really well so I could keep them beside the cooker without worrying that they would become damaged by flying splats of tomato.

The splatter guard folds down too so I was able to scroll down the screen on my tablet and turn the pages of my good old fashioned books too. At first it took me a while to pull down the splatter guard, I was terrified that I would break something but it really is stronger than it looks.

 

Overall I love the Pop-Up cookbook / tablet holder, I’m glad that I have found a way to use my tablet in the kitchen safely and a way to protect my precious cookbooks too.

 

Next up I gave the hand held mixer a run for its money. I decided to start small with my mixing; I am severely unfit and know my limits. So expecting to feel some hard core pain from hand mixing, I made my way to the kitchen to make Yorkshire puddings.

Cue: Rocky theme music for dramatic effect.

I had my serious face on, rolled up my sleeves, took a deep breath and mixed that a Yorkshire pudding batter like there was no tomorrow.

I soon realised that actually, this mixing was really easy, no aching arm, I wasn’t even out of breath! The hand held mixer was starting to win me over, I was starting to feel old school!

Favourite features:

~ The non slip grips on the main handle and the turning knob are fantastic; I managed to keep hold of the mixer without an aching hand. It’s really comfortable to hold and use.

~ The turning knob is so light, I didn’t need to use any effort what so ever to turn it and mix. Even G at 2 years old loves using it, it makes mixing effortless.

~ The beaters are easily removed and the rotating gears are sealed into the casing which makes the hand held mixer really easy to clean. Did I mention how much I hate having little niggly bits to clean? This has to be my favourite plus point!

~ The sleek style of this hand held mixer makes it look very modern despite the fact it is a very traditional mixer, the black and white colours mean it will blend into any kitchen. It certainly looks good in mine!

 

Overall I really surprised myself with the handheld mixer, it’s so effortless to use, so stylish yet practical at the same time. I even stepped things up a gear and used it to make some violet and vanilla fairy cakes, even with a heavier cake mix it was still really light and easy to mix with.

Oh, and the final plus point of the hand held mixer; my arm didn’t fall off. Yippee!

 

The Pop-Up cookbook / tablet holder costs £20 and can be found on the OXO website in the OXO Good Grips section.

The hand held mixer costs £20 and can also be found in the OXO Good Grips section.

You can see the full range available from OXO on their website here. You can also follow OXO UK on Facebook or @oxo_uk on Twitter to find out about their latest news and offers.

 

Disclaimer: I was given the cookbook / tablet holder and hand held mixer for the purposes of this review. All opinions and thoughts were independently formed by myself and members of the Mummy Whiskers household.

 

 

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First day at preschool

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Today was your first day at preschool; I have prepared you well for this big adventure, lovingly sewing your name tags; picking out a bag and a lunch box just for you. I carefully filled out the sheets to tell them about all the things that you like and dislike, I made sure they know not to chop your bananas; I know how much that bothers you. We have talked about what it will be like every day, about the lovely boys and girls that you will become friends with; about all the new things you will learn and all the games that you will play.

As the weeks drew closer I started to think about when you were born, you were so tiny, so precious, my little HG survivor; my very own baby bear. I have always been proud of you from that very first day, I carry that pride with me along with all the love in the world that I have for you. But I also carry the weight of guilt too, I don’t think I will ever stop feeling guilty that I couldn’t look after you properly when I was carrying you. I know the HG is to blame for not eating, keeping food down and for the medications that I had to take whilst I was carrying you, but I can’t help but feel that I failed you as a mother during those nine months and I have spent every day since you were born trying to make it up to you. I don’t think I will ever be able to stop doing that.

But now you are two, you are becoming your own little person and I cannot wrap you in cotton wool and protect you from the world anymore. I have to let you go, just a little bit, so that you can grow and become everything that you dream to be. I missed you terribly whilst you were there today and I know you missed me too. You held onto me so tightly when I picked you up and you cried a little, but you are ok now, you are happy to be back at home.

We will do it all over again tomorrow and slowly but surely we will get used to this new routine. I will still miss you though; you will always be my baby bear.

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A favour to ask

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I have a huge favour to ask all of you today, it’s for my friend Emma. Well it’s also for her super HG hero Adam; for me; for my super HG hero Griffin; for every woman out there who has suffered with pregnancy sickness or Hyperemesis Gravidarum; for the sufferer’s families; the wonderful HG babies that make it into this world and for the precious HG angels that don’t.

You see Emma has the second biggest challenge of her life (after fighting HG) this weekend; she will be climbing all three of the Yorkshire Peaks in just 12 hours to raise much needed funds for Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS).

Emma has been training since August last year for this challenge which is now only three days away. To be doing a challenge of this magnitude only two years after a HG pregnancy is inspiring. It would take me too long to explain to you what Emma’s pregnancy was like, but you can read about it in her own words here. To add to this challenge Emma is starting to feel run down and her little boy Adam is poorly, keeping her up at night, so the challenge is becoming more and more difficult for her.

This is where the favour comes in. I know we all have busy lives and money is tight for most people these days, but could you spare just a few pounds to sponsor Emma for her challenge on her sponsor page here? Could you share this post or Emma’s posts to help raise awareness of her challenge and of Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

There are so many charities out there asking for donations, so why should you sponsor Emma?

As I mentioned Emma is doing this challenge to raise money for PSS, which has a crucial support network for women in the UK suffering from pregnancy sickness or HG. Like many other women, Emma and I know only too well how difficult a HG pregnancy is, how isolating, debilitating and frightening it is. This is why it is so important that the charity raises enough money to keep running this wonderful support network.

Since Adam was born two years ago, Emma has worked tirelessly for PSS; in fact she is now a trustee for the charity. Emma also has a blog, Adventures of Adam, which is dedicated to activities that mothers can do with their young children whilst they are in the throes of HG, or any other illness. Activities that are quick and easy to set up and don’t cost the earth. Emma was also a finalist for the Bib’s Fresh Voice award at Britmums Live this year!

Aside from Emma’s achievements, she is just simply the nicest person you could ever meet and if you are lucky enough to call her a friend, then you have a friend for life.

So please, for Emma and everyone that is or has been affected by HG, sponsor her for this incredible challenge here.

If you have read this far; then thank you, from the bottom of my heart

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July Degustabox

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The July Degustabox seemed to come around quickly, and as always it was packed full of treats and a great variety to try out. So here we go:

Portlebay Popcorn

RRP 79p per pack

We received three packets, each a different flavour.

So first up, the slightly sweet and slightly salted flavour; I claimed these, my all time favourite pop corn flavour. I’ve never tried Portlebay Popcorn before but have to say I really enjoyed these, just the right amount of sweet and salty for me, very tasty and satisfying. The pack was a 25 g bag which worked out at 3 Propoints on Weight Watchers which was great news, no damage done to the diet!

Next up was the Chilli and Lime flavour; I wasn’t so sure about these, neither was S really but surprisingly to both of us we really, really liked them. Not a flavour you would expect for popcorn, but very tasty.

Finally the Crispy Bacon and Maple Syrup flavour; these are not suitable for vegetarians so I left these to S to try out. He loves bacon, but wasn’t sure what it would be like as a popcorn flavour. Again he really enjoyed these, so that’s an all round thumbs up for Portlebay!

Zeo Drinks

RRP £1.29 each

We received three bottles, each a different flavour.

On the evening that we decided to try these whilst Big Brother was over, so we had three testers. I don’t let G drink anything fizzy so he was left out of this!

Firstly the Lime Zest; this was my favourite out of the three, very tasty and fruity. But I was alone in this, S and Big Brother weren’t keen at all.

Next the Peach and Grapefruit Burst; the fruit flavour was lovely; we just felt it needed to be a little stronger. It almost tasted watered down. But for delicate taste buds this would be perfect.

Finally we tried the Citrus Crush; a lovely refreshing drink with a very delicate citrus flavour again, lovely!

Green and Blacks

RRP £2.29 per bar

I was so excited to see one of my favourite chocolate brands in the Degustabox this month, a new flavour for me, dark chocolate infused with zesty lemon. As S doesn’t like dark chocolate I thought I was onto a winner, but G loves it and caught me nibbling so I had to share. We absolutely loved it, I wasn’t sure what lemon would be like in chocolate but this really was divine to say the least.

The Berry Company White Tea

RRP £1.49

Again this one was for me to try, to be honest I did leave testing this to the last minute. I grabbed it last week in a hurry on my way to the hospital with G. I tried it in the car and really loved it, I imagined a cold cup of tea taste but it was really refreshing and fruity.

Hornsby’s Blueberry Cider

RRP £1.25 per bottle

We received two bottles of the blueberry cider and tried them on a date night in last week. To be honest it took a few mouthfuls for them to grow on us, but once they did we loved it.

Frank Bar – Blueberry and Chocolate Bar

RRP 85p per bar

Now for me fruit never belongs in chocolate, it’s just plain wrong. But S is a fan of fruity chocolate, so I left this one to him to try out. He really enjoyed the bar, he said it was very tasty and filling; he thought it was a good balance of fruit and chocolate.

Dr Oetker Eton Mess Sprinkles

RRP £1.99 per pack

I love receiving baking goodies and this month was no exception. It took me a while to decide what to do with the Eton Mess Sprinkles, but I finally decided on a special Bank Holiday dessert in which I would incorporate this ingredient. We called it The Griffin Mess.

Dr Oetker Violet Crystals

RRP £1.29

It is like Degustabox read my mind this month, I have been obsessing over violets and thinking of baking with them for the past couple of months; then I received these Violet Crystals in this month’s Degustabox! I decided to make Violet and Vanilla Fairy Cakes which were absolutely delightful and turned out perfectly.

MAGGI

RRP £5.44 for all six

We received six sachets, two So Baked Piri Piri Chicken sachets; two So Juicy Soy and Garlic Chicken sachets; one So Baked Beef and Ale Casserole; and one So Baked Cheesy Chicken and Leek Potato Bake sachet.

Firstly my mum used the So Baked Beef and Ale Casserole sachet to make a family dinner, my mum, Big Brother, S and G loved it.

Next I made up the So Baked Cheesy Chicken and Leek Potato Bake for everyone; I didn’t try this as I’m vegetarian. Again everyone loved it!

I made up the So Bake Piri Piri Chicken sachet with Quorn mini fillets; the mix in the sachet is suitable for vegetarians so I thought we could give it a try with Quorn. It turned out really well and was very tasty. A great alternative to chicken!

Finally we tried the So Juicy Soy and Garlic Chicken sachet; again I made this up with Quorn mini fillets instead of chicken and it was a huge hit.

All in all the Maggi sachets are great, really easy to use, very tasty and a very easy way to make a wonderful family meal.

My favourite item this month by far has to be the Dr Oetker Violet Crystals, I was so excited to see them in my box this month and have thoroughly enjoyed baking with them.

You can try a Degustabox for £12.99, but if you use my discount code 73ZIE when ordering you will receive a £3 discount making it only £9.99.

You can see all the information about how Degustabox works on their website here. You can also follow @DegustaboxUK on Twitter or Degustabox UK on Facebook for up to date news and offers.

Disclaimer: I was given the Degustabox in July for the purposes of this review. All opinions and thoughts were independently formed by myself and members of the Mummy Whiskers household.

Sainsburys Botanical Tableware

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Recently Sainsbury’s very kindly sent me a selection from their Sainsbury’s Botanical tableware range. This consisted of the Sainsbury’s Botanical 12 piece dinner set, the Sainsbury’s Botanical 2-tier cake stand and a set of Sainsbury’s Botanical cake forks to try out. As I have been very busy in the Mummy Whiskers Kitchen recently I have had a lot of fun trying these out.

The Sainsbury’s Botanical 12 Piece Dinner Set

So this set contains 4 dinner plates, 4 side plates and 4 bowls. They are made of porcelain which worried me as I feared they would break easily, but they are actually very strong and great quality.

The plates are white with a lovely black floral pattern and very striking petrol blue butterflies. This set is absolutely beautiful, I can’t express that enough; these pictures don’t really do the design much justice. My mum is so jealous; I may have to buy her a set for Christmas!

I have been using the dinner set recently for a few recipe posts, you can see them featuring on my Match Day Crisp Sarnie post and the Herby Yorkshire Puddings post.

At £35 I personally feel this is great value for money, I haven’t seen a dinner set this pretty for a very long time.

You can also buy extras individually which is handy if you have a family of more than four.

You can view the full details of the set here.

The Sainsbury’s 2-Tier Cake Stand

Well what can I say about this cake stand? It is absolutely delightful and an essential if you already have the Botanical 12 dinner set above. Again, the two plates are great quality porcelain with the same detailing as the dinner and side plates in the dinner set above.

The cake stand can be taken apart to be stored safely in your kitchen which is really handy. It may sound silly but somehow cakes taste that much better when they are showcased on a good cake stand!

Afternoon tea seems to be making a huge comeback recently, so this cake stand would be perfect for afternoon tea with friends or relatives, what better excuse for a good catch up!

At £10 this is another great value essential for the hostess with the “most-est”.

You can view the full details of the cake stand here.

The Sainsbury’s Botanical Cake Forks

Finally we have the Botanical cake forks, now I wasn’t too sure about these. I’m personally not a fan of cutlery with ceramic handles. I’m a clean cut stainless steel sort of girl, but I decided to give them a chance.

First impressions were that they actually are great quality and made to a high standard. I was worried they would look cheap and plastic, but far from it. The black floral pattern on the white ceramic background is beautiful and the forks are slim and dainty looking, not at all bulky.

At £8 for a pack of four, these cake forks are great value and great quality. Trust me they are essential, there is nothing worse than wearing a cake frosting moustache, we all do it after all!

You can view the full details of the cake forks here.

To see the whole Botanical collection and the rest of Sainsbury’s selection check out their main website. For details of their latest news and offers why not follow them on Facebook at Sainsbury’s or on Twitter at @Sainsbury’s.

Disclaimer: I was given the Sainsbury’s Botanical sets for the purposes of this review. All opinions and thoughts were independently formed by myself and members of the Mummy Whiskers household.

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