Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Mother's Day Recipe: Berry Nice Waffles

Who doesn't love breaky in bed? Indulge mum with a sensational breakfast-in-bed with these delicious berry waffles. Aimee Clark, food and cooking coach from Primal Influence has shared this favourite waffle recipe with us, and explains: "This is a recipe I came up with when I was gifted a waffle maker and wanted to put my favourite healthy cooking ingredient to the test... green banana flour! Which is now available in supermarkets so it's easy for the kids to source and use in this recipe to treat mum on this special occasion.

Berry Nice Waffles that are free from grains, gluten, dairy, refined sugars, legumes but full of flavour and deliciousness
 - so everyone can enjoy them!


Ingredients:

  • 3 pastured eggs, at room temp
  • 1/2 cup pure coconut milk
  • 5 tbsp coconut oil, liquefied
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups green banana flour 
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp each baking powder and bicarb soda (look for aluminium/gluten/rice-free)
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen and thawed organic berries of choice
  • Smidge of extra oil for the waffle maker


Optional: extra honey, berries and coconut milk to pour over before serving, slices of banana to garnish, maple syrup to drizzle on, desiccated coconut, thick coconut cream, paleo ice cream to top with...the options are endless!


Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Waffle maker
  • Silicon spatula or tongs
  • Mixing bowl and spoon


Method:
1. Follow waffle maker instructions to heat up the plates 
2. Whisk eggs, coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, oil and honey together to form a runny mixture
3. In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients and blueberries then pour the egg mixture in and stir well
4. Place some mixture onto the waffle iron to make the size you like (you may want to make mini waffles by placing a small amount of batter in the centre, or spread the batter evenly across to make full-size waffles)
5. Cook waffles as per the instruction booklet for your maker, remove each waffle once cooked through and starting to become golden brown with some crisp edges
6. Serve and enjoy!

Aimee Clark is Food + Cooking Coach for Primal Influence

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Monday, 29 April 2019

Raeleen Kaesehagen: "The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is…"


 “The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is it is seriously the hardest and most rewarding job in the world. It is not until you are mum that you truly appreciate and understand this. It's all emotions elevated a thousand fold. Before kids, you have no clue about how hard it is. I've coached kids in sport, founded companies with employees of all ages - nothing compares to being a mum. Hat's off to all mums. They are truly doing an amazing job." - Raeleen Kaesehagen



Raeleen Kaesehagen is the founder of mudputty helping you fuel your interests and find your tribe by making it easy to find and book classes and activities in your local area.


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Sunday, 28 April 2019

Mother's Day Recipe: The Perfect Lamb Shoulder Recipe by Vintaged Bar + Grill’s Head Chef, Matthew Wood

Roast lamb is a staple Sunday meal that many people would be familiar with. This version is a tender and fragrant preparation that is best accompanied by something fresh, acidic, and vibrant. 

A classic Greek salad would be ideal, but so would some steamed green beans and baby chat potatoes with lemon and olive oil, so it really is up to you. 

Whole spices are the preference here and everywhere. They keep much longer, so they are less likely to have gone completely stale since the last time you used them. Plus cracked whole spices work particularly well on roast meats, think of the crust on a good pastrami. No need to pre-toast them though, the oven will do that work. 

Cooking time including preparation is roughly seven hours so get started before lunch. 




Roast Lamb Shoulder Serves 4 - 5 

• 1 ½ tablespoons whole coriander seeds 
• 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds 
• 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns 
• 1 tablespoon fine sea salt 
• ½ teaspoon paprika 
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano 
• ½ teaspoon dried thyme 
• 2 tablespoons olive oil 
• 1 whole bone in lamb shoulder 
• 1 whole head of garlic 
• 2 whole onions 
• 2 bay leaves 
• 3 tablespoon olive oil
• 750ml chicken stock 
• ¼ lemon 

1. Take the lamb out of the fridge at least an hour before you’re going to cook it and score the flesh lightly with a knife by making shallow cuts across the top of the meat, two or three millimetres deep. 

2. To make the spice rub, we need to first crack the whole spices. A mortar and pestle is perfect for this but failing that you can use a high speed blender. Just be sure not to leave it running, instead pulse it on and off until the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and peppercorns are roughly crushed in three quarter sized pieces. 

3. Once you have cracked the whole spices, put them into a small bowl and mix in the salt, paprika, oregano, thyme, and olive oil. Rub this mixture all over the lamb shoulder and set aside at room temperature for one hour to marinate. While you’re waiting, preheat the oven to 220°C. 

4. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a deep heavy roasting pan. Cut the two onions in half through the root so that they stay together, remove the skins, and place the four halves cut side down in the roasting pan. Cut the garlic head in half through the middle to expose the cloves and place it cut side down in the pan and group the onions and garlic together to form a platform in the middle of the pan. 

5. Sit the seasoned lamb shoulder on top of the onion-garlic plinth and roast in the oven for thirty minutes. 

6. Take the lamb out of the oven and turn the temperature down to 150°C. 

7. Add the bay leaves and chicken stock to the roasting pan, and then cover the whole thing with a lid of aluminium foil pinched down at the edges to stay attached to the pan. This will keep the shoulder of lamb moist but allow some of the steam to escape so it doesn’t sweat too much. 

8. Place the pan back in the oven for five hours, checking halfway through and toping up with a bit more stock or water if the pan appears dry. 

9. When the time is up, remove the pan from the oven and transfer the lamb to a serving platter. Remove the onions and garlic from the pan and strain the remaining liquid through a sieve into a bowl. 

10. Squeeze the head of garlic gently to remove a few cloves and discard the skin. Place these cloves on a chopping board with the onion halves and roughly chop into a coarse paste. Stir the onion mix through the strained pan juices with a small squeeze of lemon juice to make your sauce. 

11. Serve the lamb in the middle of the table with a small bowl of the onion gravy and the salad or vegetables on the side.

Since becoming a chef, Matt has worked in some top-flight kitchens including stints at ARIA and Stokehouse Q. Now Matt has taken on the role of executive chef at Hilton Brisbane, which includes overseeing the menu at Vintaged Bar + Grill

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Saturday, 27 April 2019

Sveti Williams: "The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is…"

"The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is how quickly everything else can disappear, how fast you learn fears that didn’t exist, your strength that you didn’t see, 
and unconditional love that you knew nothing about." 
Sveti Williams 


Sveti Williams is a sleep scientist and sleep coach. She practices natural medicine to assist with insomnia for children and adults. Schedule your free sleep assessment consultation here.  


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Friday, 26 April 2019

Sarah Walkerden: "The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is…"

Nothing prepares you for being a parent. You can read all the books, and get advice from who ever you like, but the reality of parenthood is always quite different from your expectation. 

In the lead-up to Mother's Day, we caught up with some friends on the biggest lessons they have learnt since becoming a mum. I'm sure their answers will fascinate and inspire you as much as they have me. We hope you enjoy the first post in our series, “The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is…” 

"The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is the importance of looking after yourself and taking time out to pursue your own passions, away from your children that allows you time to reconnect with yourself (for me it's horse riding!). When you prioritise yourself (without guilt) you end up being a much happier, healthier mother!"



Sarah Walkerden is a professional copywriter and editor, has published a book, run multiple businesses and is a keen horse enthusiast who loves nothing more than getting covered in horse hair and mud! Learn more about Sarah at www.horseymumscollective.com


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Thursday, 25 April 2019

ANZAC Day 2019

Reflecting on the sacrifice of those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom. 
Lest we forget. 


Thursday thought...

Do something today that your future self will thank you for:-)



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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Gifts for Magic Mums

Mother's Day Gifts
Gifts for Magic Mums

Mums are magic. Otherwise how would they've known when we were playing up behind their back? Or when we were lying? My mum used to claim that she had eyes in the back of her head...but I never saw an extra pair of eyes, so I concluded that she was just magic. As we get older, mums become magic in other ways, even if it's just knowing when we (or their grandchildren) need a cuddle.

To celebrate the magical mums in our lives, we have put together ten of our favourite Mother's Day Gift ideas below, with plenty more ideas on our website, www.mrgift.com.au


We're also offering a $20 DISCOUNT on all orders from now until midnight, Sunday 12/5/19.  
Use Discount Code MUM in the Discount Code field when you place your order.

This offer can't be used in conjunction with other offers, or redeemed for cash. But please feel free to share with family and friends:-)
Wishing you all a wonderful Mother's Day 2019,
Courtney and the Mr Gift Team
Mums are Magic mug
1. Mums Are Magic mug $24.95
Because they really are.
Prosecco Bath Bombs
2. Prosecco Bath Bombs $19.95 or 2 for $35
Everyone loves bubbles - especially in a drink or in a bath.
Prosecco Bath Bombs combine the best of both - Prosecco scented bath bombs that create beautiful bubbles in your bath. These gold glitter bath bombs combine a dynamic mix of sodium bicarbonate and a delightful fragrance for a magical bathing experience.

Fitkick Folding Cap
3. Fitkick Folding Cap $29.95
This genius cap features a peak that folds into thirds so the cap folds down to nothing and can be stashed in small spaces. Just imagine a cap that will fit into your pocket, handbag, backpack or suitcase!
Bell Art Boronia Berry Bloq
4. Bell Art Boronia Berry Bloq $12.95
If you love the smell of ripe berries and flowers, you'll love the Boronia Berry Bloq. Whilst this scent is floral and sweet, it is by no means overpowering. The aroma is still fresh and delicate, and is made of all-Australian ingredients. Tuck it anywhere in your house - wardrobes, cupboards, draws, or even under your bin liner to freshen your surroundings.


Sunnylife Cooler Bottle Tote
5. Sunny Life Cooler Bottle Tote $24.95
No picnic is complete without a cold drink, and there's no better way to keep your drink cold than with a Sunnylife Cooler Bottle Tote. This is also the perfect way to gift mum her favourite bottle of wine.
Sow-n-sow Seeds
6. Sow-n-sow Seeds $9.95
Seasoned gardeners and novice garden enthusiasts will love these gorgeous packs of seeds. There's also a variety to suit every garden and every taste.
Suck UK Colour Changing Umbrella
7. Suck UK Colour Changing Umbrella $69.95
Rainy days don’t need to be grey and dreary. This Colour Changing Umbrella from Suck UK is guaranteed to help brighten mum's day! Suck UK have printed this umbrella with special ink: it’s white when dry, but comes to life when it gets wet and transforms into a colourful rainbow of raindrops. A boring black umbrella will never cut it again once you’ve experienced this fun, vibrant umbrella!
Sunprint Photographic Paper Kit
8. Sunprint Photographic Paper Kit $12.95
Crafty mums will love the Sunprint Photographic Paper Kit, which allows you to capture silhouettes on this cool light sensitive photographic paper using just the sun and water. The resulting images make incredible framed artworks, or can be used for greeting cards, scrapbooks, and more. 
Mother's Day Mug
9. Life Doesn't Come with Manual if Comes with a Mother mug $24.95
Ain't that the truth!
Bell Art Olive Oil Soap Set
10. Bell Art Olive Oil Soap Set $24.95
This beautifully illustrated box features a luxurious collection of handmade olive oil soaps, fragranced with four different essential oil blends: Lemongrass, Eucalyptus Mint & Myrtle, Aniseed & Cinnamon and Rose Geranium. Soaps are all natural and palm oil free.

TIP: This set would also present beautifully as a special gift for overseas friends and family.
More Mother's Day Gifts

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

COOL CAKES: Pressed Flower Cake

This cake makes me want to start pressing flowers! 
Such a simple idea, but so amazingly effective!

Source: Pinterest

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Monday, 22 April 2019

HANDMADE GIFT IDEA: Picture Board

This handmade picture board would be a fun addition to any home, with lots of space to add special momentos and trinkets that can be completely customised for the recipient...

Source: https://www.hercampus.com/school/pitt/21-gifts-your-bestie-s-21st

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Sunday, 21 April 2019

FEATURED GIFT: Sow-n-sow Seeds $9.95 each or 2 for $15

Grow the garden of your dreams with this beautiful selection of Sow-n-Sow seeds. 
Or treat a gardener friend to a gift that will keep giving long after they receive it...


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Saturday, 20 April 2019

COOL CAKES: Digger Cake


This cake is top of my son's wish list...and I love that the icing doesn't have to be perfectly smooth!;-)
Source: Pinterest

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

Thursday thought...

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
- Albert Einstein


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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

NEW: Prosecco Bath Bombs $19.95 or 2 for $35


Bubbles. Great to drink, and great in a bath:-)
An indulgent treat for mum (or yourself!) this Mother's Day! 

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

HOT SPECIAL: It's About Time Cufflinks NOW $99.95 (was $249.95)

Who said watches were just for telling the time?
The inner workings of these vintage watches look pretty neat as a set of cufflinks too!


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Monday, 15 April 2019

FEATURED CARD: Blooming With Pride $5.95 (FREE DELIVERY on all cards)

If anyone loves their chookies as much as I love mine, they'll LOVE this card
- perfect for poultry enthusiasts! :-)

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Sunday, 14 April 2019

NEW: Refinery Mens Manicure Set $24.95 each or 2 for $40

Clean and tidy hands, maketh the man.
Every man needs a quality manicure kit to keep there cuticle care in order.


This 6 piece set comes in a stylish carry case and includes:
- Cuticle pusher
- Nail scissors
- Nail file
- Small nail clippers
- Larger nail clippers
- Tweezers

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Saturday, 13 April 2019

GIFT WRAPPING IDEA: Candle Gift Wrap

This is a really simple gift wrapping idea for people who don't like lots of ribbon
- great for men:-)


Source: https://www.mydiyandcrafts.com/30-diy-eco-friendly-gift-wrapping-ideas/

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Thursday thought...

"Only those who are asleep make no mistakes." 
- Ingvar Kamprad, Founder of Ikea


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Monday, 8 April 2019

NEW: Gorgeous Greeting Cards

8 reasons to love greeting cards

When I was growing up, my mum had a pretty box filled with an assortment of beautiful greeting cards she had collected for any occasion: birthdays, thank you, sympathy, blank – you name, she had it! She would always keep her eye out for new cards to add to her ‘stash’ so it never depleted, even as she gave them away. Whilst she didn’t necessarily pick specific cards for specific recipients, she had a wide enough selection to find the perfect card for anyone. And because she had selected ones she really loved, they were all gorgeous.

As an adult, I am now also an avid card collector. I not only love collecting to cards to give to others, but also to display as collections in frames. They are an affordable way to decorate your home with work from artists you love. It is also fun trying to find the perfect frame to display them in. Here are some other reasons why you need greeting cards in your life:

1. A greeting card will brighten anyone's day 
2. There's a greeting card for any occasion - birthday, engagement, wedding, anniversary, birth of a baby, farewell, get well, death, to say thank you...or just to say you care.
3. There's a greeting card to suit anyone. If you can’t find one with the right message, get a blank one and write your own! There is plenty of greeting card message inspiration online, such as these ideas from Creatively Belle. 
4. You can write as much or as little as you like, or even find a card with the perfect message. If you can't say it in person, say if with a greeting card!
5. You don't need an occasion to give a greeting card
6. You can keep a stash of greeting cards tucked away so you’re prepared for any occasion
7. If you are giving a gift voucher or cash as a gift, inserting it into a greeting card with apersonal message removes the risk of it being an impersonal gift.
8. When you buy a greeting card you potentially support not one, but four Australian businesses: the Artist, the publisher, the printer, and the retailer. Whilst the role of the "middle man" is often questioned, the reality is that many artists are happy to outsource the publishing and printing of their work as it means they can focus on what's important: creating art.

Any if you’re still not convinced, check out our latest range of greeting cards from some of these talented Australian and English artists.

 
We're also offering a $20 DISCOUNT on all orders from now until midnight, Sunday 14/4/19.  
Use Discount Code CARD in the Discount Code field when you place your order. 

This offer can't be used in conjunction with other offers, or redeemed for cash. But please feel free to share with family and friends:-)
Happy shopping!
Courtney and the Mr Gift Team
1. Here's Looking at You (Australian Emu) by Lyn Cooke $5.95
Here's Looking at You is probably one of Lyn Cooke's most iconic works. The hard, inquisitive stare of this emu is unforgettable, and uniquely Australian. The perfect card for bird/wildlife enthusiasts and friends and family overseas.
 
Drifting Through Time by John Downton
2. Drifting Through Time by John Downton $5.95
John has captured the tranquillity of being surrounded by water in this exquisite work, Drifting Through Time. The subject matter is simple, but executed so effortlessly that you can imagine hearing the lap of the water against the boat as you drift along.
Spring in the Hair by Claire Brierley
3. Spring in the Hair by Claire Brierley $6.95
Who could resist this scruffy little guy with his gorgeous big black eyes and nose? Claire's iconic cards are perfect for animal-lovers.
Proteas in Red Vase by Peggy Shaw
4. Proteas in Red Vase by Peggy Shaw $5.95
Proteas have become very popular in floral arrangements in recent years, due to the broad range of colours and forms available. Peggy Shaw has been inspired by their beautiful shape and colour in this work, 'Proteas in Red Vase' - a marvellous showcase of Australian native flora. The perfect card for any flower or gardening enthusiast.

 
Afternoon Reflections by Helen Cottle
5. Afternoon Reflections by Helen Cottle $5.95
One of our most popular Helen Cottle cards, Afternoon Reflections has a serene quality, that is thoughtful and reflective (as the name suggests). We love the predominantly black and charcoal background, which contrasts beautifully with the rich red accents.
The Shearing Shed by Geoff Hocking
6. The Shearing Shed by Geoff Hocking $5.95
What could be more Australian thank this iconic Aussie bush setting - complete with collapsing shearing shed and windmill.
Rhapsody in Red by Helen Cottle
7. Rhapsody in Red by Helen Cottle $4.95
Helen Cottle's vibrant poppy card is the perfect accompaniment to birthday gifts, anniversary gifts, thank you gifts and more. Also a timely card for ANZAC Day. 
Australian Feathertail Glider by Lyn Cooke
8. Australian Feathertail Glider, Grevillea Flowers by Lyn Cooke $5.95
This Australian Feathertail Glider will make everyone fall in love with Australian animals - who could resist those big, beautiful eyes?! Show overseas friends and family the beauty of Australian wildlife with this stunning Lyn Cooke greeting card.
The Mobile Rose Garden by Geoff Hocking
9. The Mobile Rose Garden by Geoff Hocking $5.95
We love Geoff Hocking's quirky characters. This particular work draws the viewer in - wondering where this couple are off to with their flock...and why the rose garden is mobile? There is never a dull moment in Geoff's works, and often something new and different to observe with each glance.
First Light, Autumn Morning by Lyn Cooke
10. First Light, Autumn Morning by Lyn Cooke $5.95
The soft red and pink tones in Lyn Cooke's work, First Light, Autumn Morning (Australian Scarlet Robins), contrast beautifully with the dark background. Lyn Cooke really is a master at capturing birds - a notoriously difficult subject due to the level of detail. The perfect card for bird/wildlife enthusiasts and friends and family overseas.
More cards...
It's...GREETING CARD COMPETITION TIME

This week you have the chance to win 6 gorgeous greeting cards of your choice, worth at least $35.

These are perfect for topping up your card stash for upcoming birthdays and other occasions.



To enter:
1. LIKE the Mr Gift Facebook page
2. Like the competition post, and comment on this post by telling us:
Which card is your favourite in our range?
(view the range here>>> http://www.mrgift.com.au/gift-cards.html)

Competition closes 9pm Saturday 13/4/19 and is open to Australian residents only, sorry!
 

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