Sunday, 23 August 2015

Chickpea Bread Gluten and Dairy Free

This week is bread week on Great British Bake Off and I know for a fact that a few of those joining in were dreading bread week slightly whether they were a free from baker or not! I already knew which quick bread I was going to do and although it wasn't as great as the first time I baked it, the loaf was still incredibly moorish and even the children helped to devour it.


I found my bookmarked Chickpea Bread recipe from The Intolerant Gourmet and followed the instructions to the letter (always a good idea with a bread!) I love this recipe because it doesn't need a thousand different flours to make it which I can't afford. All you need is self raising flour (I use the Doves Farm brand) and Gram flour which can be bought from any good health food store. I also needed cider vinegar, I think if you can't have yeast you'll need to use sunflower oil? I'm sure you can find out more on Pippas post.

The loaf came out quite hard on the top which wasn't easy to cut through but had a delicious flavour. The center was delicious and perfectly soft, just like it should be. Always leave gluten free breads to cool because they can often look stodgy and undercooked when all they need is to be cooled properly. 



We ate the bread warm with lots of butter and enjoyed every last slice. Fancy trying chickpea bread? I think you should!

Cupcake Mumma


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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Our 3rd Anniversary




Today is myself and Mr B's third wedding anniversary. We're celebrating this year whilst on holiday with Midge and Little A which is a lovely way to spend it. We have both bought each other the simple gifts of our favourite sweets, some Reece's sticks and American chocolate for Mr B and some marshmallows and Strawbs for me! I think when we return we'll go for a nice dinner together because we are well overdue some Us time!

Three years probably doesn't sound like much to most but I love every added year with my Husband and treasure each and every year. I hope we never get lost, I hope we always remember that we've come through so very much together and I pray I will always believe in us and our marriage. Mr B you are my soul mate and I so want to spend many, many more years with you my wonderful husband!

Today I plan to just relax with my family and appreciate the moment, the joy and love.

Cupcake Mumma

Monday, 17 August 2015

Gluten and Dairy Free Biscotti



Today I'm blogging the biscuit challenge from last weeks Bake Off. I wasn't too worried about biscuit week, I mean I don't make wonderful biscuits but they've always tasted nice and been fairly successful. This week I took the recipe from another website which you can find here. I found that 2 eggs would've been better than 3 and that there was too much water for me because my dough was pretty wet and it should've been a lot drier than that.

Because my dough spread quite a bit I thought my biscotti was too long, I preferred the shorter pieces I had cut. It was also softer (so no star baker prizes would've been handed to me!) personally I liked the softer inside, my teeth don't like anything too hard so I was happy with my bake in this respect.


So next time I plan to use less egg and less water and hope to have more success, although I am very happy with my gluten and dairy free biscotti this week.

Cupcake Mumma

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Reviewing Business Cards with StressFreePrint

I've been to several blogging events now and on both occasions I've been asked for a business card so people can find my blog after the event. It never occurred to me that people would ever want to actively seek out my blog and stash away a card with my details on so I never bothered to order any. Turns out people are interested in your cards and I certainly have picked up a fair few at the 2 events I went to.

In the past I have sat down to several sites but never got passed the design stage because well, I could never settle on anything I liked. When I was offered to review StressFreePrints business cards for my blog I jumped at the chance to completely use their experience and when offered the choice between doing the cards myself or having them do all the work you can guess which option I chose!

A few emails later I had sent information I wanted on the cards (blog name, blog address, tag line and email address) plus a colour scheme and of course, a cupcake had to feature. It took a couple of hours to get an attachment file with my design which I loved instantly. On their recommendation I went with a matt finish on silk art paper and I must say I'm very pleased.


All my cards arrived 4 days later in plastic boxes (I had 500 made for me. Lord only knows what I'm going to do with that many!) I also received a small business card case to carry a few around in my bag without causing any damage to them.



I've shown Mr B, the children and my mum my new cards and all had really positive comments saying how bright and attractive they are. I was worried the pink might be a bit too much but then I thought, I love pink, they look nice and are my business cards so what the heck?

You can order your business cards from StressFreePrint.co.uk and don't forget you can design them yourself or go very stress free by using their excellent services and having them designed for you like I chose to do.

So, what do you think of my new business cards?

*I was sent 500 business cards from StressFreePrint of my choice in return for an honest review on my blog. All words and images are my own.*

Cupcake Mumma

Friday, 14 August 2015

Gluten & Dairy Free Madeira Cake

The Bake Off is back and that means so is The Great Bloggers Bake Off! Im a little apprehensive about adding my bakes this year because I've seen so many fellow bloggers bakes already this week and the standard is very high! Of course this is all good fun and it's lovely to be inspired to bake again. I have missed the link up because I've been busy and under the weather but I thought I'd share my cake week bake anyway. I'll probably miss a few link ups because i'm going on holiday too!

Last week we had the best (and in my opinion the easiest ) week: cake week. I decided to go with a gluten and dairy free Madeira cake which is the first cake I ever learnt to bake as a little girl in my mums orange kitchen. 

You Will Need
150g Butter (I use Stork or Vitalite)
150 g Caster Sugar
Generous amount of vanilla extract
3 Eggs
150g Doves Farm Gluten Free Self-Raising Flour
1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder

I mixed the butter and sugar together then added the eggs plus a little flour to stop the buttery lumps forming. I then added the flour mixing well. Lastly, Midge added the vanilla plus a little gluten free baking powder.

The overall look of the cake is very nice but if I lined the cake tin properly it would not have been so misshapen. Taste wise this cake was eaten in about 25 minutes so I'm taking that as a seal of approval! I was really happy with the inside, it was slightly fluffy but still firm which I like. It probably could've used 5 more minutes in the oven but I'm happy with my first bake.





This week is biscuit week which should be interesting depending on what I go with! Next week is bread week which I feel slightly less optimistic about! Are you joining in the Great Bloggers Bake Off 2015? Or are you baking along as and when you feel like it like i'll have to do until i'm back from holiday? Perhaps you've been inspired by the show, if so I'd love to see your bakes!

Cupcake Mumma

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Trevaskis Farm in Cornwall

Hello all! We're on week 3 of our summer holiday here and so far it's going well (and fast!) Last week we made some trips to the beach and Lands End which I'll write about soon. We also visited Trevaskis Farm which is a farm very local to me that I love. They are all so friendly up there and you can stroll around seeing and stroking the animals, picking fruit and shopping in their farm shop. They love to educate children about the farm and about where our food comes from which is great.

We visited on a Saturday and it wasn't too busy. First we had a nice walk around the farm seeing the sheep, cows, pigs and a cute little pony. We all chatted about our holiday so far and talked about the animals we saw (some people may have made jokes about each other when we visited the pig pen with lots of big mummy pigs snoring)

Little T with the pigs


This pony was very cute

We then went around the farm to pick strawberries, oh my we picked a lot! I filled my box to the brim and enjoyed some 'taste testing' on the way round with my eldest nephew. We then met everyone else in their strawberry tunnel and realised we'd need to do something rather big and tasty with all our strawberries. When we got home though we were simply too tired and all left with our strawberry punnets still pretty full (I had strawberries for 3 days, fabulous!)


A very happy Midge with her punnet full of strawberries

Lots of yummy strawberries

O with Little A


Midge, Little A, Z and Little T chatting and eating strawberries

After the farm we did stop at Portreath beach for a drink outside and the children played happily on the sand for over an hour. They buried their feet, drew in the sand and made sand castles as best they could with no buckets and spades. If you're in Cornwall do visit Trevaskis Farm as its a really lovely place for all the family to enjoy and you can get plenty of fruit for such great value that's super fresh and delicious.

Midge looking beautiful on the beach

Burying his feet in the sand

A Cornish Mum

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Nursery Graduation and Teacher Gifts!

As you may be aware if you read my Last Day post, my Little Ones (or not so!) finally had their last day of school a couple of weeks ago. I've only just got around to writing about Little A's nursery graduation and the teacher gifts we gave away in the last week.  I don't remember giving teacher gifts to Midges Year 1 teacher's but I do remember her reception teachers having gifts because I remember thinking how much they had helped her and I wanted to say thank you. I made them little buckets full of stationery and chocolates which they all loved. Midge has now left year 2 and she is old enough to say whether she wants to go and share a gift with her teachers or not (some would find it embarrassing after all) of course, as I assumed, she wanted to give her teachers something to remember her by!


I had several very lovely little plushies made for me in gift swaps from a long time ago that I hadn't looked at in some some time so I thought, as they are so lovely I asked Midge if she would like to give them to her teachers. She said yes and added that she would like to put some candles with them. We bought two smaller Yankee candles and one large strawberry flavoured candle from The Card Factory for her main teacher. Midge got some hugs from her teachers so I think they went down well.

Little A had his nursery graduation a few days before the last day of term. The photos of the children on the large screen were quite a tear jerker but the actual singing and awarding ceremony were just filled with lots of smiles and clapping. 

Little A  with his cupcake and certificate

Finally Little A's lovely teacher gifts which I purchased from Danielle Louise Designs through facebook. The notebooks were the perfect gift for Little A's teachers who have done so, so much for him and us since he started. 

I ordered 5 of these notebooks in total and loved them all.

I love the little button apples

'It takes a big heart to help shape little minds'
How was last day for your children? Did you do teacher gifts this year too?

Cupcake Mumma

Friday, 7 August 2015

Check Out Astonish Grease Lifter Cleaning Tablets!

Now the time has come for us all to get inspired by the Great British Bake Off I can guarantee we will all be going under in a tide of dirty saucepans and baking tins, I mean it's pretty unavoidable isn't it? Perhaps you're super good at tin lining but fancy giving your pots and pans a good once over before getting down to baking some delicious food stuffs for the family (I know I am waiting to feel a bit better so I can get on and bake a lovely Madeira cake!) 


My pans need some TLC before they go anywhere near some cake batter and what I really wanted to try my free Astonish Cleaning Tablets on for this review was my grill pan! Granted, not used for baking but as you'll see below my pan is a test for any cleaning product that claims to remove grease, leaving me with shiny looking cooking equipment. 


As you can see we are one of those families that use the grill for sausages or bacon and don't wash it immediately, instead  using it again again until eventually we have no choice but to face the grease. I wasn't so bothered this time. I followed the instructions and added boiled water to my sink and added one tablet (I was prepared to add an extra as instructed to do so if the grease was particularly stubborn!) I added my pans into the water once the tablet was dissolved and 30 minutes later (on the instructions they say 20 minutes but I've always been one for leaving a little more time for these things)  I returned and was very, very pleased with the results!


I also left a small frying pan and a glass bowl in a freshly made sink-full of water but as is common for me I forgot about them and they ended up sitting there for hours. I was incredibly happy to see my glass bowl I've used for years as a rice pudding dish was really, really clear! I've scrubbed that glass within an inch of its life and never managed to lift the burnt on milk from those pesky edges. Of course it's been used for pies and what not too so I can officially say Astonish is my new favourite kitchen must have for my cooking equipment. It removes layers of grease, is so simple to use, is very cheap at only £3.99 per box which contains 10 tablets and as you can see above, removes stubborn over cooked marks too! It's also cruelty free which is a massive bonus. Try it yourself! Available in supermarkets!


Watch this video for how to use your Astonish Grease Lifter tablets!


Saturday, 1 August 2015

Summer Plans ~ Featuring Roberson Wine!

We are now 1 week into our summer holidays and so far, it's been pretty chilled. We have seen plenty of family already and are planning to see more in just a couple of weeks (we are very excited about this!) We have enjoyed the sun on our back garden, done some messy and imaginative play but we have plenty more to look forward to!

Beach Trips!

As we live in Cornwall it would be rude to not pay a visit to the beach at least a few times! I would like to visit my parents who live right by the beach and a beautiful harbour and team up with Mr B's sister and her 4 little ones for a big old family beach day out! I think it'll be great fun..Get out the bucket and spades!

Family BBQ's

We need to have a few of these! It's my Mums' birthday this month so I think we will have to have one for that (so long as we are blessed with the weather!) I also want to get family over to our house when we have bought ourselves plenty of BBQ bits. I want to share this Roberson Wine info graphic with you, I had NO idea you could make cocktails with wine! I've only recently started having a small glass of wine or a little bit of Mr B's cider but I've never made cocktails and they seem like something fun to introduce to a family BBQ! I particularly like the sound of the Red Hot Summer cocktail. How about you?

 

Local Museum Trips

We live near a modest sized museum in Truro which costs you about a fiver to enter and then you have free entry for the whole year! I really love the museum and I know a friend of mine does too so we are going to take both of our brood on the train to enjoy some museum based crafts, see a mummy and explore some Cornish heritage. 

Midges Picks:

Midge wants to get her ears pierced and take an open top bus around Penzance with all of us plus Grandma. I'm really pleased about this because I've not been on an open top bus around Cornwall since I was quite young!

Little A's Picks:

Little A has requested a bouncy castle. Now, there is actually a park locally where on a very good day they put up a selection of bouncy castles for the children to play on. I'm not sure if we'll do this but it does sound fun for both of them. He also wants to camp out in the garden again and I'm up for that!

What are you plans for summer? 

Cupcake Mumma

*This post was written in partnership with Roberson Wine

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Summer Holidays Week 1 ~

I'm writing this from my sofa, all tucked up under a duvet with my fluffy hat on. I've wanted to blog much like I've wanted to take the children to get a hot chocolate, order my shopping, meet my cousins whom I haven't seen in a year, make playdoh and eat cakes. Yes I can still do all these in time but I'm more than a little annoyed that a whole week has been lost to tonsillitis. Bloody, horrible, energy sucking tonsillitis. I didn't even know it could make you so ill!

The children have been so good. I'm very lucky that both children like a lay in and Midge is very independent in many ways. She made sandwiches for her and little A to have lunch which was very sweet. I have been there I should point out, I'm not sure how I've stayed awake until my Husband got home from work but I have managed it!

Midge baked her own cupcakes with very little help from me. This was on Monday when my throat was just sore and not 'Argh! My throat is killing me' sore you know? They tasted amazing. Mostly they have been watching TV, playing on phones, playing imaginary games, playing with their toys and bickering (not too much of that though I must admit!) Mr B did take Midge to watch a football game yesterday and today he has taken both of them to see a friend and watch football again so they've had some fresh air!

I'm really disappointed I got so ill but I'm glad it wasn't later because of our planned holiday. Now I'm just hoping they don't get sick and I get better by the weekend!


Cupcake Mumma