Christmas Inspired Mini Strawberry Pies

*This post is in collaboration with Stocking Fillers

Stocking Fillers had this great idea to put together a 12 day advent calendar full of Christmas inspired food and drink with a summer twist. I was really pleased to be invited to take part and create a summer Christmas recipe and knew immediately what to make.

The one thing I really miss through the year is mince pies. Bite size treats to have with a cup of tea, warmed up or served with cream. I thought I could create a summer mince pie, a little pie inspired by mince pies but enjoyed throughout summer – and beyond.

Here’s my Mini Strawberry Pie recipe…

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Ingredients:

  • 400g shortcrust pastry
  • Strawberry jam
  • 6 strawberries
  • Milk and sugar to glaze

Recipe:

  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6
  • Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface until it is less than 0.5cm thick. Use a round cutter to cut circles from the pastry and line a mini muffin tray with the pastry circles.
  • Spoon a teaspoon of jam into each pastry case.
  • Cut the strawberries in half and slice each half. Place half a strawberry on top of the jam in each pastry case.
  • Cut stars from the remaining pastry and place on top of the jam.

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  • Brush each pie with milk and then sprinkle with sugar.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.

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BrainBox First Letters Game Review and Giveaway!

Over the last couple of weeks we have reviewed two great preschool games from BrainBox – First Numbers and First Colours. This week we’re reviewing the third and final game – First Letters.

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First Letters is in the same great format where the game consists of a box of really thick, nice sized cards. Each one has pictures on one side along with the first letter of each picture and on the other side the letters are taken away so the child can guess the first letter.

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LP loved telling me what the objects on the cards were and we have begun to say which sound the object starts with. She doesn’t yet recognise letters and isn’t familiar with many but this is something that she can learn as we play the game more and as she gets a little older.

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Like all BrainBox games, First Letters is really educational but also helps test a child’s memory which learning new words through the different pictures on the cards too. LP loves this game and I know the more we play it the more her knowledge of the alphabet and basic words will improve.

We have teamed up with BrainBox to give away a First Letters game to one lucky reader. To be in with a chance of winning just complete one or more entries on the Rafflecopter below – good luck!

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Disclosure: We were sent the above game for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

Foreo Issa Toothbrush

Over the years I have had my fair share of toothbrushes – normal ones, electric ones and cheaper battery operated ones. They all have one thing in common though – bristles. Toothbrushes have always come in one standard format, until now.

We were sent the Foreo Issa Toothbrush to review and it didn’t look much like a toothbrush at all. It’s made of silicone and the silicone bristles are nothing like the toothbrushes I’m used to. The Foreo Issa is al electric toothbrush but unlike other electric toothbrushes I have tried this one doesn’t move from side to side or round in circles. No, this one pulsates. Plus you can increase and decrease the speed to find one that works for you.

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I have to say that using the Foreo Issa to clean my teeth was a completely new experience for me. It is so far removed from a traditional toothbrush and yet it does get my teeth incredibly clean. It’s gentle on my gums, easy to move around my mouth and nice to hold. The only downside really is that toothpaste doesn’t seem to froth up as much as with a normal toothbrush and it seems to make me salivate a lot more. But my teeth feel cleaner at the end of it so it’s definitely not bad.

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The Foreo Issa battery lasts up to year before you need to charge it – by USB, and the head lasts up to a year too. The whole thing feels really space age and advanced but it works. The Foreo Issa is the toothbrush of the future and I’ve really enjoyed using it. I didn’t think anyone would try and recreate the toothbrush but Foreo have, and it works.

The Foreo Issa comes in 4 colours and has an RRP of £149.00

Disclosure: We were sent the above product for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

Bucket List Update – July 2015

This month hasn’t been the most productive where our bucket list is concerned but we have managed to tick a couple of things off – mainly because they’re things we do most summers!

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Last year I made jam for the first time and knew that I would be making strawberry jam year after year so I decided this year I’d make a different kind of jam to challenge me slightly. So a few weeks back I made rhubarb jam and it was so much better than I expected – not at all sour, nice and sweet and lovely on toast!

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We also went to Pick Your Own with our lovely friend Hayley and she took the opportunity to take some photos of us. Here are a couple of my favourite – thanks Hayley!

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So that’s it for this month. Definitely a summer bucket list update! I’m not sure what August will bring an if I’m honest I’m not sure we’ll be ticket anything off next month – we’ll see!

How re you getting on with your goals for the year?

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Love the Little Things – 31/52 – #LittleLoves

This week has been another lovely week, full of days out with friends and time with the kids. I have had my usual days at work too but we have definitely had a lot of quality time around my working hours. It’s been a really nice week.

Read

First I have to have a shout out to Jess at Along Came Cherry for this post about getting ‘free’ stuff through blogging. I couldn’t have said it better myself. I, like most bloggers, spend the equivilent of full time working hours on everything associated with the blog. Things and experiences we receive to review are anything but free – we work incredibly hard to do the job we are commissioned to do when we are sent things to feature on the blog as well as all the other blog admin too. A great post.

I also read a couple of books. Yes, a couple! At the start of the year I wrote on my Bucket List that I’d like to read ‘a’ book and I have now read about half a dozen. I have definitely got into the swing of it. The first book I read was Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin that was a really nice read although a bit random at times with ghosts, hidden treasure and ancient family history but a really nice read all the same and a perfect ending too.

I also read Broken Silence by Natasha Preston too, purely because it was only about 99p on download. It was about child abuse so definitely not a book for everyone but I love anything about court cases and this had a really good court case theme as well as a good survivor story about life after abuse. It was a really well written book and one that I was sad to reach the end of.

Watched

Hubby and I watched X+Y the other night – a movie about an autistic child growing up and how he and his family deal with his condition. It wasn’t our usual kind of movie but it was really good and had a great cast too.

Apart from that Hubby’s been on lates/nights so I’ve been in bed watching Hollyoaks, Home & Away and catching up on One Born Every Minute. Without saying much else, that poor young couple on this week’s episode. Really hard to watch.

Wore

New hair! I had my haircut last weekend and always love it the first few weeks when it’s so short it just goes right when I blow dry it and it doesn’t need anything else doing to it. I won’t be getting it cut now though until about October so it will definitely be longer then!

Heard

I watched Doc McStuffins with LP and Little Man a few days ago and they were teaching kids to brush their teeth and sang a song that went something like ‘you gotta brush them, brush them, you gotta brush them, brush them, let’s have a party in your mou-outh’. Yep, there are no words. But I have had that in my head ever since.

Made

It has been a BIG making week this week. I have made Chocolate Cheesecake Sundaes, Strawberry Cheesecake Sundaes, Baked Orange Cheesecake and a Quiche Lorraine. Excuse the following photos, a bit of foodie spam. The recipes will be up on the blog soon but if you can’t wait there’s more of our lovely foodie-ness over on Eat Your Heart Out.

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I’ve also made progress on our photo wall. All of the photos are now in frames and are ready for hanging in our lounge – it’s just getting the time to lay it out properly.

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So that’s it for this week. Another lovely one and I can’t wait for the weekend – roll on 2pm tomorrow when I finish work and go home to my babies! Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

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