Friday, 9 December 2016

Christmas with Warninks Advocaat

This time of year is certainly one for reminiscing. Remembering childhood Christmases, remembering loved ones and remembering Christmas traditions and passing them on to the next generation.

When Warninks Advocaat contacted me about our favourite Christmas moments my mind immediately drifted back to my teenage years, standing in my grandparents conservatory, behind their bar, taking orders and making snowballs. I loved the moment that the lemonade hits the Advocaat and froths up. No Christmas is complete without a trusty snowball. Before I tell you about some easy snowball recipes I thought that I would share with you our Christmas traditions and how they are being passed down from generation to generation.

Once December arrives all of our attention goes to Christmas. One tradition that we have started since the twins were two is going to buy a real Christmas tree. This was something that I had always wanted so when we decided that it was going to be a memory for our children to treasure I was excited. The whole experience of going out to select the tree, watching it get wrapped up in the net, trying to get it in the car to bringing it inside and decorating has become a much loved occasion. Once the tree is ready for decorating the Christmas music goes on and the kids get busy. Before, I used to be so particular about how the tree was decorated. But seeing how excited the children get when they are adding the decorations that they have made is so much more important. Gone are the days of colour coordination. They have now been replaced with sentimental ornaments. This year our tree is full of memories from baubles that were my grandparents to home made ornaments, from decorations that Santa has left in the children's stockings to keepsakes that the hubby has bought for me over the years.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Clean Eating with MuscleFood's Live Clean Meals

You may have read that I am currently on a weight loss journey with Slimming World. But this time I am not seeing it as a diet, it is a lifestyle change that is for good. Starting my journey has made me evaluate what I eat, how I prepare food and ensuring that my meals are full of goodness. As much as I love to cook all of our meals from scratch sometimes life takes over and all I want is a healthy meal that is already prepared for me. This leads me to the next problem, finding a ready meal that is nutritious and wholesome. This is where MuscleFood's Live Clean meals come in!

If you have not heard of MuscleFood before let me tell you a little about them.

MuscleFood is an online food and nutrition supplier. They specialise in foods that are not only a high quality but also contain the necessary nutrients and proteins that you need whether you are a keen sports and fitness person or if you, like me, want to eat as healthily as possible with the aim to get to a healthy weight and maintain it. All of their meats are of the highest quality and all carry quality stamps such as the red tractor, RSPCA assured, free range, Organic Association to name but a few. So you know that you are getting exactly what you want. MuscleFood is tried and trusted by professional athletes, they are suppliers to some of the top British restaurants and deliver straight to your door without adding any water or salt to their products. Their meat has never been frozen and is even classically butchered on the day that it is dispatched to you.

With this ethos in mind MuscleFood have developed their new range of meals, Live Clean. The meals are nutritionally balanced, full of clean ingredients and will never contain added sugars or anything artificial! The Live Clean meals have been hand cooked by a Michelin star trained chef and are ready in minutes!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Tabl Recipe Competition!

A Taste of Bordeaux

Would you like to win a £100 voucher just in time for Christmas?

Of course, who wouldn't!

Tabl are offering one Hijacked By Twins reader the chance to win a £100 voucher to spend on anything on their site.

If you haven't heard about Tabl let me tell you a bit about them.

Tabl are real people who have a real passion for food. They are on a mission to create incredible foodie experiences that range from secret supper clubs to pop-up restaurants. Basically anything foodie that you can imagine. They are constantly sourcing independent and craft producers that can guarantee downright delicious food, from wagyu beef to green tea, granola to gin, and gluten-free to gluttonous. As well as the events that they host they also provide an amazing gift range that is ideal for this time of year. Their hampers range in prices from up to £25 to the indulgent hampers that retail over £100 but they cater for all tastes. My favourite hamper has to be their Ultimate Gin Hamper!

Christmas Bakes

Christmas is a great time for bakes. I would love to have the time to bake more for Christmas but life simply gets in the way and I am not able to bake everything that we love. Thankfully Aldi have got a deliciously tempting range of Christmas bakes this festive season. Whether you are looking for tempting sweet bakes or some savoury baked snacks you can be sure to find what you are looking for. Today I am going to show you my top Aldi finds of sweet baked products and share with you a healthier Christmas cake recipe.

Before I tell you all about the sweet treats let me tell you about a little bit of news. You may have seen in the media how this year Christmas dinner is going to cost more, that everything is more expensive, however if you shop at Aldi this is not going to be the case. Yahoo recently published an article how this year, thanks to Aldi, your Christmas dinner will be the cheapest in 8 years! The Good Housekeeping Institute have conducted a comparison survey of the main supermarket retailers and found that Aldi was the cheapest, coming in at just £22.03 to feed a family of eight! That is just £2.75 a head! This is yet another reason to go to Aldi and save money!

Now back to the sweet treats!

Here are my top sweet baked treats from Aldi this Christmas...

Monday, 5 December 2016

#CookBlogShare Week 48 - Festive Treats Round-Up

Now that we are in December I am in full Christmas mode. I am loving all of the Christmas foodie treats that are everywhere. But what I enjoy most is reading each unique twist on the good old traditional recipes that we all know and love at Christmas. That is the beauty of them, they can be made to suit all tastes.

Last week CookBlogShare was hosted by Eb at Easy Peasy Foodie. As always there was a lovely variety of recipes shared, but Christmas was definitely coming through and I expect to see more and more over the next couple of weeks.

This weeks round-up is all about four festive treats. One is all about how to style your fondant, another is a firm traditional favourite, one has been given a complete new twist while the fourth is a fun family activity!

Here are my four favourite recipes from week 48 of CookBlogShare...

Weekly Meal Plan - Week Commencing 5th December 2016

Yay we are in December! Our Christmas tree is up and the countdown is on! I have even revamped my Weekly Meal Plan badge and added a Christmassy feel to it!

Yesterday I did a trial run for a Christmas spiced turkey, using a chicken. A couple of weeks ago I did a Roast Chicken River Cottage Style which was a huge success. As soon as I tasted it I knew that I would want to transform it for Christmas and it was amazing!

Last weeks weigh in was a success. I lost another 2.5lbs which saw me also go into a new number! So far I have lost 16.5lbs. I am aiming to lose another 3.5lbs for Christmas, this will get me to Club 10 where I will have lost 10% of my weight! I am sure that I can do it as I have another 3 weigh in's before the big day. Changing the way that I eat and cook has made me think about how I can continue throughout the Christmas holiday. We all know that it is a difficult time of year to stick to plan. I have written an article for BritMums about how to have a Merry Healthy Christmas which I am planning to follow!

This weeks meal plan is all about trying to run the freezer down a little before I collect my meat hamper and turkey. This will not only run the freezer down but will also save us some money!

This is what we will be enjoying this week...

Week Commencing 5th December 2016