RECIPE: Millionaire Shortbread

So after a while of pushing this back, I finally decided to make these Millionaire Shortbreads.

 

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What you will need:

A traybake style tin, like a brownie tin

Greaseproof paper

  • 185g unsalted butter (shortbread)
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 250g plain flour
  • 185g unsalted butter (caramel)
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 300g sweetened condensed milk
  • 150g milk chocolate ( I used Green & Blacks)

 

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Method:

Line your tin with the greaseproof paper and preheat your oven to 180c

Put your butter, sugar and flour either in a bowl and mix or into a mixer/ food processor and beat until you have dough. It will take longer by hand!

Turn out into your tin and press in and then bake for 25 minutes until just golden.

Whilst this is happening you can start on your caramel.

Add your sugar, butter and golden syrup into a pan and leave to melt, once this is done and the sugar has dissolved turn up the heat and boil the mixture. BE VERY VERY CAREFUL THIS WILL BE HOT!!

Once the shortbread has cooked, remove from oven, and the your can add your caramel.

Leave to completely set for about an hour

Melt your chocolate and then again add on top of the caramel- again leave to set completely. You could even chill it to speed the process!

Then slice as you wish and enjoy!

mummy3sons xx

BUDGET/ BLOWOUT: Liz Earle vs. Nspa

I thought I would do one of these reviews, a comparison you could say.

Short, and to the point!

Here goes…

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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

POSITIVES

  1. It is one of the most recognised products out there at the moment
  2. Decent sized product. Mine is 150ml
  3. Smells clean and fresh. No off putting smell
  4. Pump is easy to use, does not leak either
  5. Widely available
  6. High reviews
  7. Takes make up and grime off incredibly easily, and your skin does feel clean
  8. Does not leave my skin shiny afterwards nor red and and inflamed.

NEGATIVES

  1. Price. The 100ml starts at around £15.50 rising to £26 for a 200ml.
  2. The product states to use the pump twice over each time morning and night. You go through this quite quickly I have found. No biggie.

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Nspa Hot Cloth Polish

POSTIVES

  1. The price. Pretty amazing – this is £4.50!
  2. Decent amount as well, mine is 150ml
  3. Found the product takes off makeup and grime very well, could not fault

NEGATIVES

  1. Smell. Not a bad smell, just not really a pleasant smell, bit off.
  2. Pump, is pretty rubbish, takes a lot of effort to get the product out

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MY VERDICT

So after using both items over 2 months, ( I did have to purchase another bottle of each), I have to say that to find one that is ultimately better than the other hard.

Both claim to cleanse the skin, lightly exfoliate and purify your skin, which I do believe they do. They contain pretty much similar ingredients and both are supplied with a muslin cloth.

I give Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish 9/10

and

I give Nspa Hot Cloth Polish 7/10

I would defiantly recommend ladies that you go out and try the Nspa one for yourselves and see!

Cannot fault my holy grail Cleanse and Polish.

Where to find:

ASDA

https://groceries.asda.com/product/cleanser/nspa-deep-cleansing-face-wash-cleanse-step-1/910000544268

Liz Earle

http://uk.lizearle.com/cleanse-tone-moisturise/cleanse-and-polish-hot-cloth-cleanser.html

What is your go to skincare products?

Have a great weekend!

mummy3sons xx

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RECIPE: Raspberry Chocolate Brownies

Hey peeps!

Need to stop being a lazy bum, and get myself back on this.

So, I thought I would post my take on homemade Brownies- (that’s non box cake mix to you lol).

You will need:

  • 1 deep brownie tin/ pan
  • 200g 70% dark chocolate
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 275g caster sugar
  • 80g self-raising flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 150-200g fresh raspberries (you can leave these out if you do not want to use them)
  • can of spray ‘grease’ or butter to stop the batter from sticking

 

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180c

Fill and boil your kettle too.

You need to then ‘create’ a bain marie which basically to us, means a bowl over a pan filled with water…You need to make sure the base of the bowl does not touch the water!!

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Put the chocolate and butter and allow to mix and melt. Be careful here.

Grease your tin- you could also line it with greaseproof paper if you wanted.

Crack your eggs into a large separate bowl along with the sugar and whisk until pale and fluffy.

Once the chocolate mixture is completely melted, remove off the heat for a few minutes, then pour into your egg and sugar, you must make sure you fold NOT mix!

Sieve your cocoa and flour into the brownie mixture and again fold through some more.

– you can now add your raspberries if you want to –

Tip everything into your tin.

Bake in oven for about 25 minutes or so, you are looking for dense, slightly undercooked brownie.

Leave to cool completely before turning out and slicing!

Enjoy!!

 

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mummy3sons xx

 

 

 

REVIEW: Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment Masque

I have bad skin.

I have had bad skin pretty much since I was 14 years old. It isn’t as bad as when I was younger, but to this day, I am still unable to leave the house without makeup on.

I have tried so many masques in my lifetime to date, and to be honest some have worked, and some have not.

Then I came across this bad ass.

The Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment Masque.

Yes, it’s a little expensive at £39.99 (for 34g pot), but I had heard so many impressive reviews on this, that I was a little curious to say the least….

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It claims it can de- clog pores, minimize them and create clearer skin.

It can be used as either a full masque or as a spot treatment.

It also states that you can use this up to 3 times a week!

 

So here is how I got on….

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Before and after…gross!

 

The masque is a dark grey gloop, of which they advise you apply a thin layer onto your skin. I used a foundation brush to apply this, as for me this was the easiest, cleanest and quickest way.

Like I mentioned above, they say you can leave this on between 5 and 20 minutes. I left mine on for the full 20 minutes.

As you can clearly see, my clogged pores are literally being drawn out of my skin!

After 20 minutes, I used a muslin cloth and warm water to remove everything, and low and behold, my face was clearer.

My nose especially is practically ‘blackhead’ free, and is not red either, which I find a lot of other masques do.

It is quite a drying masque, and Glam Glow recommend to use an SPF for the next few days.

All in all, I would say that this masque is a success!

10/10

 

mummy3sons xx

Glam Glow

 

 

So the first month of the year is almost out.. yippee!

 

 

Which brings me to this months favourites:

My K by Myleene Klass- if your not aware if the many new trends of SS17′, then your missing out. Along with Embroidery, Badges, and now ‘unisex’ clothing. Yes monochrome, for babies is IN.

http://www.mothercare.com/clothing/my-k-by-myleene-klass/?pmin=0

Solstice Highlighting Palette by Sleek- probably for me the most affordable and popular highlighting palette around, if you are unable to stretch to say Anastacia Beverley Hills.

http://www.sleekmakeup.com/uk/solstice-highlighting-palette

Fibre One Bars- Honestly, these are so tasty! If your on a diet, and just craving a chocolatey hit, then try one of these. They are 90 calories, and come in 3 flavours. Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Salted Caramel Squares and Lemon Drizzle Bars.

https://www.fibreone.co.uk/delicious-bars/

Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Power by MAC- if you are like me and by lunchtime your a little bit shiny, or you find your makeup doesn’t look as great as it did when you first put it on that morning, then look no further to MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. I find this makes your makeup stay all day, and you can use is sparingly if needed. It doesn’t make your face go all cakey like a lot of powders do either. Use it with a damp sponge or beauty blender to “bake”, or with a fine brush.

http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/13849/4462/products/makeup/face/powder/prep-prime-transparent-finishing-powder

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation- my holy grail foundation! It has taken a long time to find a foundation that matches my skin perfectly, and stays on ALL DAY long, it does not wear away, slide or look patchy or cakey either.
http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/product/643/3894/product-catalog/makeup/face/foundations/double-wear/stay-in-place-makeup-spf-10

So that’s it till next month… What has been your favourite items for January?

mummy3sons xx

NYX

So after what seems like forever, NYX Professional Makeup has come to my local Boots.

Obviously had to go take a peek…

 

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  • Face and Body Glitter in Crystal 06
  • Matte Finish Setting Spray
  • Butter Gloss in Madeline
  • HD Finishing Powder
  • Wicked Lashes
  • Baked Blush in Foreplay
  • Micro Brow Pencil in Brunette

 

mummy3sons xx

 

Ssssssh!!

When your thinking of ways to transform your living room into a 3rd bedroom, at an in-godly like hour in the night…

As currently neither the older boys can really cough, breathe or fart without the baby waking and crying.

So last night we made it till crappy old 1am and Marcus is onto his second feed of the night and now will be back in his tiny poxy Moses basket at the foot of our bed. So we cannot even cough, breathe or even fart!- just to specify, I don’t ever do the latter, I’m a lady…

There must be a way for 3 boys to sleep in unity surely. No?

So whilst Daddy sleeps beside me, and Marcus is smiling, as he is milk drunk on me, I’m looking bemused and damn hungry.

Life of a Mummy eh?

Until next time…mummy3sons xx

RECIPE: Chicken, Ham and Leek Pie

So this weekend was exhausting.

More so than normal, due to 3 kiddies, a man and a dog, but the fact that I was put upon to make a chicken pie as a request from my eldest Max.

So instead of throwing in the towel, and just popping to Tesco, which hey is the easiest option lets be honest, I thought, okay Max I will.

So here is the recipe which I tweaked about from a couple of sources…

You will need:

1 decent pie dish or dish of which to house the contents of enough pie mixture for 4 persons.

3 leeks cut small, and washed well and left in a drainer on the side

1 celery stick with 1 garlic bulb finely chopped

6 skinless and boneless chicken thighs diced, and dusted with flour and salt and pepper

2 bay leaves and small bunch of thyme

220ml of chicken stock

100ml of crème fraiche

35g of grated cheddar

150g of cooked ham

ready to roll pastry sheet. I used puff pastry, but you could use short crust if you wanted too.

How to make it:

Preheat oven to 200c and take your pastry sheet out of the fridge!

Add your chicken with a small amount of oil to a large pan and cook off for a good 5 or so minutes until brown.

Then add your leeks and celery/ garlic combined with the herbs and continue to cook until the vegetables have softened.

Reduce the heat to a simmer

Add your stock to the pan, and allow to reduce the combination for about 20 minutes.

Roll out your pastry and use your dish or pan and measure, making sure you leave about 1cm for the edge.

Once 20 minutes is up, give everything a good stir then add your ham and cheddar cheese, allow a further 5 minutes and then turn off the heat, once this is done add you crème fraiche and again stir.

Tip your pie mixture into your pie dish or pan, and use an egg or milk wash and lightly coat the rim before resting your pastry on top, don’t forget to use the egg or milk wash on the top!

Crimp with a fork around the edge to seal.

Cook in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until the top of the pie is golden brown.

There you have it. One AMAZING pie!

Serve with vegetables. Tuck in!!

Speak soon! C x mummy3sons

 

 

 

 

 

 

When 4 becomes 5…

It’s been a while since there has been utter chaos in the house, and I have to admit at times it can be completely overwhelming, but honestly, it is so worth it.

If you are not aware of the logistics of my blended family, then that’s ok. I keep forgetting everyones names too! Doh!

Who are we?

So at the top of the table, we have Allen. The breadwinner, best friend, supporter and best daddy / partner I could ask for.

Next, we have Max, my firstborn, my eldest son, happy, very tall and always asking questions about life day to day…and obsessed with Lego!

Then we have my Mason, (or Mace) and he is my squidgy, dinosaur mad middle son, of which he didn’t have a first word… it was more of a roar! He carries a dinosaur of some description wherever he goes.

Then at last and most recently, we have Marcus. Born in August 16′, he is certainly no shy guy, you really do have your hands full with him! Little bit of a rough start in life, but finally trebling in weight by the day, and almost showing early signs of crawling. My goodness!

So that leaves me. My name is Claire, and I am a proud mummy. Life hasn’t been that easy this past few years, but I think finally I am happy to say that I am looking forward to the next challenges that lay ahead. Even if that does mean turning the dreaded 30 in September.

So why write a blog?

To the people who know me well, I am a very chatty individual. I am generally 9 times out of 10, a smiley, happy soul.

I am very creative, be it with cooking, baking, decorating (mind you, I leave the hard painting and building to Allen, but I know what looks good where etc..), I am always looking at new trends whether it be with fashion, high street or otherwise, and beauty. Beauty and all things pretty is my forte and don’t forget the glitter!!

So until next time lovelies

C xx mummy3sons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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