Now I’m on maternity leave, I thought I’d finally get round to some how to posts in particular; Baking.
I will admit that the revival of Bake Off! has re-inspired me to bake some more and I kicked things off last week with Millionaires’ Shortbread.
Ingredients Required for the shortbread:
- 250g plain flour
- 75g caster sugar
- 175g butter, softened
Ingredients needed for the caramel:
- I decided to cheat a little and rather than make my caramel from scratch, I decided to test out Lotus Biscoff Spread
Ingredients needed for the chocolate topping:
- 200g plain or milk chocolate, broken into pieces
First Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees before lining a tin with baking paper.
To make the shortbread, combine the flour and sugar in a bowl before rubbing in the butter until it looks like breadcrumbs. You then knead the mixture until it forms a dough and press it into the tin so it is even and prick with a fork.
I’ve seen lots of posts whilst being pregnant and read dozens and dozens of must-have baby guides or wish lists. The fact of the matter is, having a baby isn’t cheap and the list of things you must buy and want to buy can be 2 completely unrelated lists at the end of the day. Bobby and I have tried to be really frugal with money so that I can have a full 12 months off on maternity leave, whilst still being able to pay the mortgage and bills and hopefully have a holiday before I go back to work as well.
This has meant taking hand-me-downs from a anyone that’s offered them, buying bits and bobs with vouchers we got from our wedding day back in May and even entering hundreds of baby competitions in the hope of winning some stuff. (I have been lucky enough to win a couple of things; one of which would have been expensive for us to buy if not.)
When you’re pregnant you definitely see a theme of products that everyone is buying and if truth be told, there is a part of your brain telling you that you want that product too. Since this is the case or at least what I’ve seen myself, I thought I’d put together a little “If money was no object” baby wish list to show you the products I am lusting after for Baby Moore, but won’t be buying due to wanting to stick to a budget and trying to be savvy with our money to make it stretch that bit more.
The Sleepyhead – £120 from John Lewis
Everyone is buying one of these it seems, and I hear so many great things about them. I would absolutely love to purchase one for baba but it scares me the prospect of spending all that money and then her not actually enjoying sleeping in it or not wanting to be in it. I also love that you can get different patterned covers for these making them look that bit funkier than the usual white.
If you’ve followed me during my pregnancy journey, you will have seen that I’ve tried out a few different footwear/accessory solutions to try to support my feet throughout the process. I tried out Vionic footwear back in June and when the opportunity to try out another pair came along, I was more than happy to say yes given my previous findings.
I received the absolutely stunning Kenley sneaker’s in a size 5 to try out and put to the test. My first thoughts were how gorgeous these are. They have lightweight flexibility and the upper’s are made from suede and have an almost shoe/brogue like appearance to them.