Primula Easter Recipes

Yep, I know, Easter has been and gone but  the lovely people from Primula asked me to do some cooking with LP over the Easter break and unfortunately my Primula parcel didn’t arrive until after Easter but I thought I’d do it anyway – any excuse to get in the kitchen!

Primula have come up with some great recipe that help you to create chicks out of eggs and carrots out of pizza dough. We had great fun creating these – although they don’t look as great as the ones Primula made they tasted pretty good!

Primula is such a versatile food – so much more than just cheese spread and can be used for so much. We still make out Cheese and Ham Primula Pasta all the time and the children love it. If you’d like to give the recipes a go, here they are thanks to Primula, with a couple of small modifications I made:

Primula Easter Chicks

Boiled eggs, yolks scooped out and mixed with Primula chive, reassembled as a cute Easter chick with carrot feet and beak, and peppercorn eyes.

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Ingredients – (Serves 4)

  • 4 eggs
  • Half a carrot
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 75g tube Primula Cheese with Chive

Method

  • Boil the eggs for 10 minutes until hard boiled
  • Cool in cold water then remove their shells
  • Slice open the eggs ¼ from the top and scoop out the yolks into a bowl
  • Mash the yolks then mix with the Primula cheese
  • Spoon mixture back into the eggs and pop the top of the egg back on top of the mixture
  • Cut a small amount of carrot for feet and beak and arrange on the plate
  • Use black peppercorns for the eyes

Primula Cheese Pizza Carrots

Pizza dough wrapped around a carrot, baked and then lined with a slice of ham and filled with squeezes of Primula, layered with cherry tomatoes and basil. Topped with a bunch of curly parsley to give the carrot look.

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Ingredients – (Serves 6)

  • Raw pizza dough (we used jus-roll)
  • A couple of handfuls of cherry tomatoes, halved and then each half chopped into four.
  • A bunch of basil, chopped
  • Primula Original
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Wafer thin sliced ham

Method

  • Cut pizza dough into log strips and wrap around a cream horn mould. (If you can’t find these, you could use a real carrot, unpeeled, to give the shape and use them in your cooking later on!). Cook dough according to instructions on the packet
  • Sprinkle with paprika and brush with a damp pastry brush to give an authentic carrot colour
  • Allow to cool
  • Line the pizza cases with ham
  • Mix the Primula, tomatoes and basil and fill the pizza cases with the mixture
  • Warm through (optional)
  • Top each ‘carrot’ with a few sprigs of parsley to create the look of leaves

Disclosure: We were compensated for the ingredients used to recreate these recipes however all opinions are my own.

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Spring Cleaning for Allergy Awareness Week

This week is Allergy Awareness Week and I was asked by Time4Sleep to share my top tips on how to spring clean to help fight allergies. We’re lucky that LP and Little Man don’t really seem to suffer with the common skin irritations of childhood and the only real allergy in our family is Hubby’s hayfever!

We do still like to try and reduce the amount of dust around the house and with two cats we try and get rid of their moulted fur as quickly as we can – especially at this time of year when it’s at it’s peak! So here are my top tips for spring cleaning to reduce household allergens:

  • Dust, dust, dust! – Over the course of spring we dust the places that don’t get cleaned as often – tops of door frames, behind wardrobes, all the hidden skirting and on top of the kitchen cupboards! Do it regularly to keep it dust free – not doing it very often will just get the air full of dust particles.
  • Air Purifiers – We use an air purifier to reduce the particles in the air which helps with Hubby’s hay fever as well as the general freshness of the air around us.
  • Open Windows – Throw the windows open and let all the spring air in. Getting the air to circulate naturally and letting the allergens out of the house is an easy way to fight the risk of allergies but make sure that you keep the windows closed when the pollen count is high!
  • Vacuum – Take the opportunity to move furniture and vacuum as thoroughly as possible. We have a vacuum that is specifically designed for use in homes with pets to get as much of their hair and other particles from the carpets.
  • Wash Curtains and Blinds – Curtains and blinds are often forgotten about in the weekly cleaning so taking them all down a couple of times a year for a good wash can really reduce the amount of particles in your home.

What would be your top tips for reducing allergens in your home?

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Disclosure: I am receiving a gift in exchange for this post however all opinions are my own.

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Living Arrows – 16/52

This week was a pretty average week for us – until the weekend! I’ll be writing about our weekend on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas really soon but I did write about our first impressions here. It was only right really that our Living Arrows photos of the week were from the weekend too.

Little Man loved being on the ship and his favourite things was to look out the windows at other passing boats – he absolutely loves boats at the moment.

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LP’s photo is one little girl on a very large cruise ship, running along the corridor. She was a bit sick over the weekend but still had a great time – and even insisted on wearing this dress two days running – until we rised her out of it after swimming!

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I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Living Arrows

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Sun Mousse

I have vivid memories from childhood of getting sunburnt quite regularly and so when I had children I promised myself I would do all I can to make sure that they never get burnt the way I did. This has made me quite paranoid at times and I find myself re-applying sun lotion constantly over the summer months.

The weather has turned nicer over the last few weeks and there have been days where I have had to use sun cream on the children. I have always used the same type of sun cream – pump action bottles of white lotion that takes a little effort to rub in and then smells like holidays.

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Sun Mousse recently sent us some of their sun protection mousse to try and it has made a nice change to our routine. Sun Mousse comes in a range that provides sun protection for the whole family. Offering six hours of protection from the sun. Sun Mousse is available in SPF 20, 30 and 50 and Kids 30 and 50. We asked to be sent the Kids SPF50 version as I like to use the highest factor possible with the children but we were actually sent the SPF30 which we are still using but only when the children are popping in and out to the garden – I would rather use SPF50 on a long day out where we’re mainly outside.

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The Sun Mousse is applied by squirting the mousse into your hand and then rubbing it into the skin. It is a lot easier to apply than the creams we usually use and is absorbed really well. It’s also not sticky or oily and is great for all over the children – including their faces.

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I have never tried any other types of sun protection, always preferring to stick with the products I know and trust but Sun Mousse has been great to use and I’ll definitely be keeping a look out for it in the future.

Sun Mousse has an RRP of £17.99

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

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Royal Caribbean – First Impressions #AnthemoftheSeas

Yesterday morning we drove to Southampton to spend the weekend on Royal Caribbean‘s newest cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas. We’ve been invited as part of the ‘shakedown’ cruise to iron out the processes before Anthem of the Seas opens it’s doors to holiday makers.

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Check in was a really simple process – our passports and Set Sails Passes were checked by a member of Royal Caribbean staff before we were shown through security. This was much the same as being at an airport and a completely new experience for the children. We then had another member of Royal Caribbean staff stamp our set sail passes and let us board.

Boarding took a bit longer as everyone was so keen to get on board and formed a queue but it was well organised and the walk to the ship was along a walkway similar to those used when getting on a plane. We passed a staff member who put a band on LP that would help if she got separated from us during the cruise – it had our Muster Point on it so that we knew where staff would take her if she was found and in event of an emergency we would all end up in the same place. Before we knew it we walked through the ship’s doors and were in the Royal Promenade, a deck of shops and restaurants – the perfect place to start our cruise.

We had a quick drink whilst we waited for our rooms to be available at 12 and then made our way up in the lift to our room on the 13th floor. All staterooms are positioned on easy to navigate corridors and we found our room – a Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony. The room was bigger than I expected with a compact shower room and sofa bed. They’d also supplied a travel cot for Little Man.

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We spent the rest of the day exploring the ship – which is huge with 16 decks. I’ll tell you more about what we did and the things on board in our full review. We had lunch in the Windjammer buffet style restaurant, dinner in The Grand formal dining restaurant and then Little Man went to the Adventure Ocean kids club whilst LP went to bed – she was sick earlier in the day and thoroughly exhausted!

In the evening I went to explore the ship by myself, to take photos and make sure we were prepared for everything we wanted to do the following day and not miss anything! During this time I found the ship easy to navigate with multiple lifts at either end and most of the activities, shops and restaurants/bars were located on the same floors so most things were all in one place.

I’m now off to have breakfast, followed by a massage and then a day of mainly swimming, eating and drinking! I’ll write a full review when we’re home but my first impressions? It’s an incredible ship with so much to do, most things are included in the price of the holiday and you would never be bored – or hungry!

Disclosure: We were invited on board Anthem of the Seas however all opinions are my own.

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