Mums Only

Mums Only

Sitting down to dinner every night is usually a family affair. For many mums though, the importance of getting a night away from a family dinner once in a while is not to be underestimated. Escaping the daily grind for a night with friends and free-flowing wine is a great way to connect and recharge, but finding the time for it is difficult.

 Mums Only

For the perfect excuse to get a night away, consider hosting a mum’s only dinner party. Leave your spouses behind to look after the children and get together with the girls for a civilised meal eaten around a beautifully set table with proper dining chairs.

Scheduling

Finding the time to arrange such gatherings can be tough, but, as every mom knows, multi-tasking is the key to success. Propose that your mums only dinner party is also an opportunity to arrange group activities for the kids, plan collective field trips to local destinations or even take care of logistical things like organising rides to school and other extracurricular activities. If your dinner has the potential to be social and productive, it’ll be easier to get everyone together.

Preparing

A mums dinner should be everything you and your mum friends deserve. It’s the ideal moment to break out the fine china, arrange exquisite bouquets of flowers and plan a meal fit for a mum! It could also mean ringing a large amount of takeaway and sharing it all at the kitchen counter while watching some trashy TV (those celebs just don’t let up, do they!). Whatever form a mum’s dinner party takes, it should be comfortable and fun above all else. Nights away don’t come along all the time, so make the most of it and arrange something you know your guests will love.

Enjoying

There are many things about being a mum that are universal. When women gather together, a natural conversation ensues that’s refreshing, interesting and informative. An adult dinner party gives mothers a chance to get to know each other as independent people, not just as someone’s mum. Making friends as a parent is difficult. Often it’s a by-product of children’s relationships. Hosting nights that are for mums only gives women a chance to forge strong, meaningful relationships separate from those of their children.

Every woman deserves to indulge, sip and giggle once in a while. Doing so in the company of fellow mums can be a welcome relief from the daily challenges of parenting. A night away from a husband and children is a fun way to spend time with friends; but time away also means the inevitable excitement to return home to a loving family which is (with any luck) fast asleep.

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Why Creme Eggs Are A Bakers Best Friend

Why Creme Eggs Are A Bakers Best Friend

I’m a big fan of Creme Eggs. It’s actually really sad that they don’t make them all year round because I know I’m not all on my own in loving the little foil wrapped delights. Sadly they will be off the shelves for 2014 from 20th April, so you really haven’t got that long left to enjoy them!

Why Creme Eggs Are A Bakers Best Friend

You know the age old question, “How do you eat yours?”, well I’m a slurp out the middle and the munch the chocolate kinda girl. I’ve never thought that Creme Eggs are anything else but those delights. BUT, when I was sent this recipe my eyes might have opened very very wide and I may, *may* have drooled a tiny bit. A monut is a combination of a muffin and a donut with a molten creme egg in the middle. How amazing does that sound. The recipe is below, I have been so busy/ill recently that I haven’t had the chance to try it but I plan on stocking up on creme eggs for when I get the chance!

CREME EGG MONUTS 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Makes 12

 

Ingredients:

275g Self Raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

100g caster sugar

2 medium eggs

75g unsalted butter, melted

2 tsp vanilla essence

150ml natural yogurt

12 Mini Cadbury Creme eggs (11/2 89g bags)

Topping:

15g unsalted butter, melted

40g caster sugar

½ tsp ground cinnamon

 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to Gas 5, 190 C.  Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper muffin cases.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and stir in the sugar.
  3. Beat the eggs with the melted butter, vanilla and yogurt and then stir into the dry ingredients.  Do not over-mix as this will toughen the Monuts.
  4. Spoon half of the mixture into the cases then put a Mini Cadbury Creme egg in the centre and top with the remaining mixture.
  5. Cook for 15 minutes or until golden brown and springy to the touch.
  6. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.  Whilst still warm, brush the tops of the Monuts with melted butter and dip into the sugar mixture.

Why Creme Eggs Are A Bakers Best Friend

Let me know if you get a chance to try this recipe, I’m dying to know what they are like! The only problem is if they are really good I can see myself getting a bit obsessed!

Why Wearing Gucci Improves Your Gambling?

Why Wearing Gucci Improves Your Gambling?

Casino night is the power dressing night. The formal clothes are on call on these types of nights. You can be the handsome seductive high roller that turns every head male or female as you walk in fitted with the perfect Gucci attire. You can go contemporary with the latest designs from Gucci that highlight modern fabric tailored to perfection.

Young and fit

The spring collection from Gucci endorses fitness and plays with youthful colour. Pair their olive green jacket in leather with a smart t-shirt to set off your confident look. The modern bonded design and bold colours will catch the young eye. Throw in the dice with cool confidence to be the evening’s winner.

Why Wearing Gucci Improves your gambling

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Disciplined yet playful

As you show restrained enthusiasm on the tables, show off the toned cuts of a charcoal grey jacket teamed with funky printed flannels. The contemporary look will enhance your youthful appearance but it will also let those around you know that you mean business on the gaming tables. Reach out for your cards while playing Full Tilt Poker or throw the lever with aplomb while looking perfectly polished.

Why Wearing Gucci Improves Your Gambling?

If tuxedos are your thing you should know that Frida Giannini, the Gucci designer, has created a tweed tuxedo for the mandatory evening wear bow tie.

 Look colorful

Personify the new and modern Gucci man with a tan blouson lined in citron along with a deep lilac anorak or a red hound’s-tooth jacket combined with a somber shirt. A man confident in his appeal and in his game will not shy away from these unusual colors. Not to mention that such an outfit is sure to attract a feminine or masculine beauty out to gamble in the smoldering night.

The dandy appearance is extremely well suited for the men not exactly fond of the proverbial power suits.  In the same time, the guys who feel the tuxedo is a bit too much for the formal wear can step into more fashionable attire with the help of colors.

Military cuts

Bring out the big guns on game night with the military cuts of Gucci men’s wear. Try out the cadets’ jackets in winter white and powder blues with a white or grey formal shirt to get a fresh look. The military cut will let the crowd know you are a player for the blackjack tables and the fun colors are perfect for hitting the slots.

Footwear

The colorful and yet disciplined Gucci wear demands an equally smart footwear. The solidly built military style Gucci shoes radiating strength are the perfect choice. Also, the exquisite leather lace ups in various colors are another charismatic choice for the high rollers’ night.

Bold fabrics

The new range from Gucci uses a wide range of bold fabrics that are fashioned intricately while being combined with modern technological advances like bonding and lasers. Choose from herring bones, flannels and hounds tooth combined with mohair sweaters or open-necked knit polo sweaters to flaunt the urbane game player look.

‘In collaboration with Gucci’

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