April 12, 2014
by Mirka
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Making Chocolate Easter Eggs with Waitrose

Easter eggs CollageWe have been sent loads of goodies by Waitrose to help us create and decorate a giant Easter egg. We had loads of fun, and below you can find how to make one with your little ones too. By the way there are lots of Easter inspiration on their website!

Ingredients

250g of good quality dark or milk chocolate – remember to save a little extra for decorating

What you’ll need

2 chocolate egg moulds

Flat pastry brush or small paintbrush

Heat proof bowl

Spoon

Pan

Instructions:

Step 1 – Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl over simmering water in a pan.

Step 2 – Paint a thin layer of chocolate inside the egg moulds, making sure it meets the edges of the mould. Depending on the size of the moulds you may need more chocolate, have plenty on standby!

Step 3 – Chill for 5 minutes or until the chocolate is firm.

Step 4 – Spread another even layer of chocolate over the first layer and let cool for another 5 minutes or until firm.

Step 5 – Gently ease the mould away from the chocolate. Join the chocolate halves together with a little melted chocolate, using a flat pastry brush or small paint brush – That’s it! Well done, you have made your very own Easter egg!

Decorating tips:

Melt a little extra chocolate and use this to stick on chocolate buttons and small light sweets that won’t fall off like marshmallows or sugar-coated jellies

Using icing piping to draw on simple Easter shapes such as chicks, rabbits and lambs to give your egg a fun farm theme

Personalise your egg by writing the recipient’s name in icing piping and use decorative sweets that represent their personality

Why not turn you egg into a person or an animal? For example use sweets and chocolates for eyes and fur. For an Easter afternoon activity, make an egg that resembles a family member

Dip your finished egg in melted chocolate and roll in hundreds and thousands or popping candy for a textured knobbly effect

Why not try white chocolate to make your Easter egg

Before sealing the two halves, hide an Easter treat inside? Maybe some small sweets, a surprise Easter toy or just a note to say Happy Easter!

For a more indulgent egg why not add to the melted chocolate when you’re still preparing the egg, try butterscotch chunks or honeycomb pieces for a real treat!

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April 10, 2014
by Mirka
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Fashion Alert: Joules Tweed Jacket

Tweed CollageNot long ago I revealed we bought a new house, and should be moving in within a few weeks’ time. This waiting is killing me, and luckily daddy has booked us a week away in Portugal to cheer me up. The mother nature has also decided it was the right time to say a goodbye to the winter wardrobe, and thanks to our planned moving I spent quite  a few hours sorting out my and the girls’ wardrobe.

We are so lucky with all the storage we have at our current place, and this means I was happily keeping so many items I bought years ago when we lived in sunny Sydney. Last weekend I made one of the toughest decisions and donated most of my very much loved summer dresses I used to wear when living “down under”, which still fit me, but have been hanging in my wardrobe since then. It was a bit emotional, and when I was explaining daddy why I needed to keep this and that, he just started laughing. Then I realised I had to donate them and give them a chance to be worn and not just being hung in my wardrobe. I said to myself to stop being selfish, and made the move!

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When daddy pointed out that at least I will have space for some more new dresses and clothes… there was a smile on my face again. And just a few days later I have been sent one of tweed blazers for women from Joules.com I have been after a new blazer for ages, and this is exactly my style. I love the colour, and the fabulous print on the inside lining. Pink is not pone of my favourite colours, but I have to admit it does add some freshness to the jacket. The fit is also great, comfortable and can be worn with buttons buttoned up or just left open. I am very pleased with my wardrobe addition. What do you think?

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April 9, 2014
by Mirka
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The Gallery: A Photo I’m Proud of

DSC_0535I love joining in the gallery, and have been doing for a few years now. It’s so exciting to see what others come up with and it also gets me thinking what best represents each week’s theme from my point of you. I have showed you quite a few pictures of myself after my fitness challenges, running the London Marathon in 2011, swimming 5km last year and 2.5km last month. As you might now, I am again training for another marathon, this time in Prague, and have just over 4 weeks to go. I could show you another of these photos which I am very proud off as it was and is very hard work to keep focussed and also an amazing feeling after you complete a challenged, and soon start looking for another one … I just can never get enough, which keeps me going, and helping me to get through the worst loss in my life, my darling dad.

So the photo I am joining in this week is this, one of a very few photos of my dad, my mum, and both my girls. Back then we had no idea dad was ill already, and that he would die in less than a year. Life is hard, and I think of him every single day. I cry a lot, and am glad my mum is living with us, as would hate leaving her alone in the flat where they lived for over 40 years! Here is to my dad!

Love you dad, and I always will.

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