I thought I would do something a little different than my usual food related posts, so I am back with my January favourites. I love reading other bloggers monthly favourites posts so thought I would share mine. It’s a bit of a mash up of all kinds of stuff so I hope you enjoy!
- It is probably fairly obvious at this point that we are a little waffle obsessed in this house so when Mama T gave us a waffle maker for christmas I was delighted. I had been using a relatively cheap and cheerful one before that but this one is really amazing! We are using the cuisineart one with two square plates. This has 3 heat settings and removable plates for washing as well as sandwich plates. This always produces perfect waffles, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside! Check out my previous blog post for my refined sugar free waffle recipe.
- This one is a personal favourite just for me! It’s the Origins Drink up 10 min hydrating mask. I needed this badly in January because my skin was literally parched. The cold weather and central heating wreak havoc on my already prone-to -dehydration skin so this was truly a lifesaver. Once a week I have a bath and use this for a little tlc time. It’s a bit on the pricey side at €30 but well worth it. I’m saving up my boots points to re-purchase when I run out!
- Sostrene Grene. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, get yourself down to Dun Laoghaire in Dublin ASAP. This is what I imagine the lovechild of Ikea and Tiger would look like and it is simply amazing. They have a selection of Nordic inspired homewares, herbs, spices and loose leaf teas, kitchenware, Art supplies, gift wrapping etc. I picked up a few bits for storage for the kids toys, some tea and some kitchen supplies. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
- Tea is top of my shopping lists this month. I have been working hard at cleaning up my diet so I’ve ditched the coffee in favour of tea. My absolute favourite this month is the Marks and Spencers Moroccan Mint tea. I sometimes find mint teas leave a slightly bitter taste but because this one has a hint of lemon in it, it’s actually fairly mild. Plus who doesn’t love a nice warm cup of tea on these long cold wintery days! I also picked up some loose leaf teas in Sostrene and Grene which are equally as delicious.
- So this one has been a firm favourite with L this month. At 2.5 I thought he was still a bit young for Play Doh, but from the moment he gets up in the morning he talks non-stop about his “roller”, which is his rolling pin. He spent 1.5 hours, yes ONE and A HALF HOURS, sitting quietly yesterday playing with this. For a toddler that is transitioning out of daytime naps, this is a miracle and a lifesaver for me. Easons have a sale on at the moment on Play Doh and we got a wooden rolling pin in Tesco for €2. All in all it was totally worth it!
- So as I said above, I have completely cleaned up my diet this month. The kids are already refined sugar free, so I wanted to set a good example and go sugar free as well. On my search for healthy alternatives I came up with my own refined sugar free protein balls. These are delicious, healthy and a great way to beat the sugar cravings! Find my recipe here!
- I am so happy that Aldi have decided to release more cloth nappies by Italian nappy brand Bambino Mio. I think its wonderful that cloth nappies are becoming more readily available in mainstream supermarkets. I *may* have picked up one or two, cough cough…. These are AIO (all in one) nappies and their prints are so cute! I managed to nab a balloon one and one of the birds print. These sold out very quickly so hopefully they will have another release soon! If you find any in your local Aldi they are definitely worth a try!
- I love baking and cooking and love spending any free time perusing through cookbooks looking for new recipes to try. My Grandmother sent me a copy of Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe complete cookery course and I am in love. This book is my new bible. It has a step by step of the basics as well as more complicated recipes. This is one amazing book, especially for those of you looking for a book to start learning the basics.
Bye for now!