RUSTIC APPLE & CINNAMON PORRIDGE

Rustic Apple & Cinnamon Porridge

Breakfast. Does it seem quite repetitive or even boring? Not having enough time in the day probably means you’ve gone for the easiest option rather than the best option! If your a porridge fan you must try this recipe. Grated dessert apple drizzled with a touch of ‘runny honey’ is toddler approved and a family favourite! (My son even scraped the bowl!) Really simple to make, low-cost and your house smells so warm and cosy!

‘Because this is a ‘rustic’ bowl of porridge, perfection is off the cards.’
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I think there is no right or wrong way of making porridge. If you don’t use cow’s milk, use an alternative. If you use water, then you know it’s not as creamy but still the porridge you love and know. Having time on my hands, I like to use the microwave to cook my rolled oats.

Ingredients:
Rolled Oats (serving portion)
(Milk/Milk altern/Water) – Your choice
Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Dessert Apple (Grated)
Drizzle Honey

Because this is a ‘rustic’ bowl of porridge, perfection is off the cards.
The rules are simple, cook your porridge either on the stove top or in the microwave. You know it’s ready when the porridge is creamy and glossy. If you have used water you will know the consistency that suits you! Whilst your porridge is piping hot, quickly peel and grate your dessert apple. Mix your apple into the porridge followed by a pinch of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey.
Ready, get, set, EAT! 

Enjoy

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The Royal Garden Hotel

The Royal Garden Hotel

London. Very rarely has a trip to London not been action-packed! The vibrant red buses, the busy streets of flawless fashion & coffee shops every where you look. Of course,  using the London Underground, seeing Buckingham Palace and going on the London-Eye are pretty much the top 3 things on the list when you first visit. What’s on the top of your list when you think of visiting the Capital?
How about visiting Kensington? One of the wealthiest, family-friendly parts of London? You might be wondering where this is leading to. Tots100 are giving UK mum Bloggers a wonderful opportunity to be a guest at the Royal Garden Hotel! Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps – what a fantastic treat that would be for our family.

Kensington is surrounded by plenty of museums such as the Science and Natural History Museum. I can just see my son pointing at everything and overwhelmed by how our world works. My son (& fiance) love ‘stars’ ‘dinosaurs’ ‘aliens’, you name it. Not sounding soppy – being away from my partner half of the year always gets to me. I can never get used to the fact he is away at sea every other week – nor our 1 year old son! It’s a wonderful time when he comes home from the Ferry and we always try to cram in as many activities as possible. As soon as I saw Tots100’s competition I just HAD to enter.

Royal Garden Hotel Map

Lloyd and I love to travel, in the UK, abroad, or even down to the beach. The company and family time is always so important. One of the things I have learnt since being a mother is that time is precious. Too precious.
Thinking that we wouldn’t have to do the ‘same old’ chores means we can have that quality time to enjoy ourselves – and use that expensive rucksack for Leon to sit in on day-trips. (Hardly used).
The idea of enjoying a spa treatment not worrying about play-dough drying up on the carpet would be a bonus. Come on, Mother’s Day was brilliant but wouldn’t this be the icing on the cake?
If you’d like to have a chance to win a trip to the Royal Garden Hotel, click HERE.

CHEESY EASTER BITES

Cheesy Easter Bites

These beautiful soft cheesy bites are an excellent treat for Easter. Simple to make and child friendly, it’s definitely something to add in the lunch box! Mature Cheddar and a pinch of Italian herbs bring out the most wonderful fragrant smell. From start to finish this recipe took me 20 minutes to make. (Get your children to make these with you!) They will love them.

Scroll down for my recipe.

 
You will need:
Easter shaped cookie cutters
Rolling PinIngredients:
Self raising flour 70g
2 tsps butter (softened)
Handful of grated cheese
Pinch of Italian mixed herbs
2 tsps of water

To make these charming Easter cookies, preheat your oven to 200’C. You will need a mixing bowl and some scales. Measure out your dry ingredients first followed by your grated cheese and butter. Start crumbling the mixture with your hands, until they appear in a breadcrumb form. Finally add your water to combine into a dough. If it’s too dry add a little more, if too wet add a little flour.

Roll out your cheesy dough about half an inch thick. With your cookie cutters press firmly on the dough and place on a baking sheet ready for the oven. Once you’ve used up all the dough and happy with your shapes, place them in the oven for 5-8 minutes.

They should have risen into a golden colour, perfect! Simply let them cool on a cooking rack. Once cooled, they are ready to eat. Perfect on their own or with a red onion chutney!

A Big Thank You!

To have such a passion when cooking is one thing, to have people use my recipes is another.

A big thank you to everyone who has supported Mama Bee and been inspired to experiment in the kitchen, whether it be for your taste buds or your family!

These delicious ‘Cheesy Bites’ have been cooked by Holly. If you want my original recipe, click HERE.

If you are keen to try one of my recipes, please send me a photo so I can share them!

Mama Bee

Cheesy Easter Bites

These beautiful soft cheesy bites are an excellent treat for Easter. Simple to make and child friendly, it’s definitely something to add in the lunch box! Mature Cheddar and a pinch of Italian herbs bring out the most wonderful fragrant smell. From start to finish this recipe took me 20 minutes to make. (Get your children to make these with you!) They will love them.

Scroll down for my recipe.


You will need:
Easter shaped cookie cutters
Rolling Pin

Ingredients:
Self raising flour 70g
2 tsps butter (softened)
Handful of grated cheese
Pinch of Italian mixed herbs
2 tsps of water

To make these charming Easter cookies, preheat your oven to 200’C. You will need a mixing bowl and some scales. Measure out your dry ingredients first followed by your grated cheese and butter. Start crumbling the mixture with your hands, until they appear in a breadcrumb form. Finally add your water to combine into a dough. If it’s too dry add a little more, if too wet add a little flour.

Roll out your cheesy dough about half an inch thick. With your cookie cutters press firmly on the dough and place on a baking sheet ready for the oven. Once you’ve used up all the dough and happy with your shapes, place them in the oven for 5-8 minutes.

They should have risen into a golden colour, perfect! Simply let them cool on a cooking rack. Once cooled, they are ready to eat. Perfect on their own or with a red onion chutney!

Feature Wednesday ‘Texture Painting on Canvas’


Thank you for everyone that got involved in yesterday’s #Week3 ‘Feature Wednesday’ Linky Party.
You all have wonderful ideas and it’s great to see your sharing them.
Congratulations!
This week’s winner is Anik over atFrog in a Pocket’
Her wonderful post exploring texture and paint was a lovely activity. Anik has shared her post about ‘Texture Painting on Canvas’. Not only does your child feel like a true artist, they are learning to explore & touch. Lean about texture and design.
For the full post please visit HERE.


Well done to everybody who entered, please come back again next Wednesday for #Week4 of Mama Bee’s Linky Party.

Good Luck!
Mama Bee


‘Feature Wednesday’ #Week 3

#Week 3 of ‘Feature Wednesday’ has arrived. Thank you for everyone who entered last week’s feature post. I hope you all enjoyed winner Susen Kuchta over at ‘Dabbling Momma‘ for her 3D Spring art.
If you have a post you would like to share live on ‘Mama Bee Simple’, simply add your link at the end of this post. I have selected a small group of topics to cover this week’s linky party.

#Week3 Theme: Garden, Spring, Mother’s Day, Craft, Painting, Flowers, Nature

The most suited link will be chosen by the end of the day and I will feature your post at ‘Mama Bee Simple’ as well as all my social network sites.
Mama Bee knows that you all have some wonderful creations and spend so much time wanting to share so here is a lovely opportunity!

Good Luck!

Mama Bee

‘JUST CORKERED’ CORKERS CRISPS

‘Just Corkered’ Corkers Crisps

Best friends since childhood, Ross Taylor and Rod Garnham co-founders of ‘Corkers Crisps’, took a daring approach launching their brand during the heat of recession. Family run farm since the 1800’s, Ross was passed down all the knowledge of their tasty spuds. Originally selling their potatoes to the fish & chip industry, that soon changed to the crisp world. These clever entrepreneurs have a reason behind why they are so successful. Your probably thinking another bag of ‘posh’ crisps – Oh how very wrong you are.
Supporting British Farmers
The success of this ‘all-natural’ British Crisp brand is by growing their own product – Signature ingredient: The Naturalo Potato. With perfect frying qualities, this is what creates the unique taste and crunch unlike the average brand. Taylor and Garnham have so much passion for the Naturalo potato it definitely shows in their delicious range of award winning crisps.

Mostly found at Supermarkets and village shops, you might also recognise ‘Corkers Crisps’ if you have been a passenger on British Airways.

Corker’s have given me a lovely opportunity to taste the full range of their brand. These hand cooked crisps are so unique and distinctive in flavour, definitely my first choice of crisps.

‘Gressingham Duck & Hosin Sauce flavour’. – Hand cooked in sunflower oil , Corker’s have partnered with Gressingham to combine their Naturalo potatoes and remarkable Duck.
Read more about their partnership.

Mama Bee says – Mouthwatering & Fantastically Crisp.

Full range please visit : www.corkerscrisps.co.uk

Come support & follow Corker’s Crisps on Twitter & Facebook

‘Just Corkered’ Corkers Crisps

Best friends since childhood, Ross Taylor and Rod Garnham co-founders of ‘Corkers Crisps’, took a daring approach launching their brand during the heat of recession. Family run farm since the 1800’s, Ross was passed down all the knowledge of their tasty spuds. Originally selling their potatoes to the fish & chip industry, that soon changed to the crisp world. These clever entrepreneurs have a reason behind why they are so successful. Your probably thinking another bag of ‘posh’ crisps – Oh how very wrong you are. 
Supporting British Farmers

The success of this ‘all-natural’ British Crisp brand is by growing their own product – Signature ingredient: The Naturalo Potato. With perfect frying qualities, this is what creates the unique taste and crunch unlike the average brand. Taylor and Garnham have so much passion for the Naturalo potato it definitely shows in their delicious range of award winning crisps. 

Mostly found at Supermarkets and village shops, you might also recognise ‘Corkers Crisps’ if you have been a passenger on British Airways.

Corker’s have given me a lovely opportunity to taste the full range of their brand. These hand cooked crisps are so unique and distinctive in flavour, definitely my first choice of crisps.

‘Gressingham Duck & Hosin Sauce flavour’. – Hand cooked in sunflower oil , Corker’s have partnered with Gressingham to combine their Naturalo potatoes and remarkable Duck.
Read more about their partnership.

Mama Bee says – Mouthwatering & Fantastically Crisp.

Full range please visit : www.corkerscrisps.co.uk

Come support & follow Corker’s Crisps on Twitter & Facebook

Pip & Nut ‘Nut Butter’

Additive-Free, Vegan, ‘Real Food’ Nut Butter
A ‘real food’ British company based in London. No palm oil, no preservatives, no e-numbers and no fuss. Originally sold at Maltby Street Market in London, due to high demand Pip’s small scale production couldn’t keep up. Now sold in Selfridge’s and other leading stores,  no wonder I’m so excited to be reviewing the wonderful range of real nut butters from Pip & Nut.

‘Peanut Butter’, ‘Almond Butter’ & ‘Coconut Almond Butter’

Who’s Pip?
As a runner, Pip was always on the lookout for delicious things to eat before heading out into the great outdoors. As a firm believer that food should be super tasty, yet packed with nutrients and energy she began making her own nut butters.

Let’s talk Peanut Butter
Some people might say peanut butter is high in calories therefore avoid eating it. Definitely take those thoughts away – it’s a great energy source contain good fats that are essential for a healthy diet. Pip & Nut are passionate about their range of nut butters they invented the genius nut butter sachets. Perfect for your lunch box and perfect if you are watching your portion control intake.
First impressions of this high quality product? Nourishing.
I opened my Peanut Butter sachet and spread this on my toast, topped with chopped banana and a drizzle of honey. (I have walked about 3 miles at the time so needed some energy!) Smooth, filling and packed of healthy fats. I felt fantastic, like I could walk another 3 miles! Perfect energy boost.
Not only do Pip & Nut use the highest quality nuts, they know that by keeping the ingredients simple and real it will always taste the best.

For smoothie recipes & more, follow Pip & Nut on Facebook & Twitter