Whose Top Dog ?

Calling all you Mums and Carers

Hello gorgeous ones.

✨ Firstly and most importantly there is a choccie treat recipe coming up so don’t whizz off without checking it out at the bottom ⬇️.

Over sunday lunch recently a friend was chatting to me about the “pecking order” in his family. He was saying that although at the office he is the centre of things, as soon as he steps through the door at home he is definitely no longer top dog. All the men round the table were nodding knowingly and eyebrows were raised in unison !. Now, this post could go one of two ways at this point, but I will refrain from the obvious man-bashing and stick to focussing on us ladies for a moment particularly as it’s Mothers Day this weekend.

As I was digesting this conversation I thought to myself, OK I hear you guys its not easy but what I had never thought to question was, “where was I in my family/community pecking order” ? We women are so often consumed with nurturing and supporting those around us who we love that we rarely take a moment to think about how our needs fit in to things too (I’m giving you free rein to think of yourselves here for a moment ladies !!).

Well I let me brain run with that thought as the others were all grumbling on about how they came lower down the list than the postman, and I was drawn to the roll call scrolling through my head which went something like this…. kids, husband, parents, in-laws and extended family, friends, dog, my community & work, chickens, guinea pig etc… I totally forgot to add me !

Now, this is definitely not a poor me story as I feel sure there are lots of super busy multi juggling ladies out there going through exactly the same thought process right about now, am I right ?

Lets be honest here, us busy carers can easily find that we have slipped down the order of priority and are pretty much down there with, well I am not sure what…. maybe the metre man?. Its about time we fought to put ourselves in that top spot as, quite frankly, without prioritising us as No. 1 we will surely run ourselves ragged with everyone else’s demands (I am giving myself a pep-talk at this point ladies as I am the worst offender).

So how about making this Mothering Sunday more than a cuppa in bed or a box of choccies (not that I will say no to Dark Chocolate with Chilli, take note kids, I hope you are reading this !) and more about how we can claim back a little slice of time daily or weekly which is just for us. A small moment to prioritize ourselves despite everyone else’s claims to our time as we surely deserve it. Maybe one night a week you will promise yourself a lovely long bath or stop work early and enjoying a glass of wine or what ever tickles your fancy (all “clean” ideas welcome, go and leave a comment of what treat you are going to give yourself ?).

And, I would just like to remind you of how flipping fantastic you are and I hope your Mothers Day leaves you feeling loved and treasured as lets face it “A mum is for life not just for christmas” sorry I had to tie in the picture of the puppy some how !!       Be well. Sophie xo

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A Recipe For You

These are super easy to make and kids love getting stuck in here too so they would make a great Mothers Day gift for Sunday. Most of the ingredients will already be in your store cupboard so improvise if necessary as they can be thrown together in less than 10 minutes. They taste like a treat but have absolutely no nasties in so you can indulge guilt free !

Chocolate & Fig Fudge

Yields10 Servings

Ingredients
 120 g dried figs (soft, squidgy ones with the hard stem cut off)
 110 g light tahini
 3 tbsp coconut oil
 5 g drizzle of maple syrup
 2 tbsp cacao powder
 a pinch of salt (optional)
Topping Options
 Chia seeds, bee pollen, cacao nibs, white sesame seeds, goji berries or desiccated coconut.

1

Line a small baking tin (about 11cm x 17cm) or similar container with baking parchment or a slim silicone sheet.

2

Place all the figs in a food processor and give them a quick whizz then add the remaining ingredients and blend to a smooth paste. (keep an eye on it, too much blending can split the mixture).

3

Check taste and add a pinch of salt if you think it needs it.

4

Transfer the mixture to your prepared tin and use a spatula to press it down firmly and evenly.

5

If you don't have a tin, you could roll the mixture into balls (you may need to firm up the mixture first by popping it in the fridge for 10 minutes before rolling out the balls).

6

Add which ever toppings you fancy and lightly press them into the mixture. Then chill or freeze your fudge (depending on how much of a rush you are in !).

7

Once the fudge is firm, you can cut it into squares and store in the fridge or freezer. They last for ages.

8

As with all my recipes you can get creative and use what you have to hand. For example you could swap the figs for dates and if you don't have tahini to hand you could try another nut butter, this recipe is very flexible and always tastes yummy.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 120 g dried figs (soft, squidgy ones with the hard stem cut off)
 110 g light tahini
 3 tbsp coconut oil
 5 g drizzle of maple syrup
 2 tbsp cacao powder
 a pinch of salt (optional)
Topping Options
 Chia seeds, bee pollen, cacao nibs, white sesame seeds, goji berries or desiccated coconut.

Directions

1

Line a small baking tin (about 11cm x 17cm) or similar container with baking parchment or a slim silicone sheet.

2

Place all the figs in a food processor and give them a quick whizz then add the remaining ingredients and blend to a smooth paste. (keep an eye on it, too much blending can split the mixture).

3

Check taste and add a pinch of salt if you think it needs it.

4

Transfer the mixture to your prepared tin and use a spatula to press it down firmly and evenly.

5

If you don't have a tin, you could roll the mixture into balls (you may need to firm up the mixture first by popping it in the fridge for 10 minutes before rolling out the balls).

6

Add which ever toppings you fancy and lightly press them into the mixture. Then chill or freeze your fudge (depending on how much of a rush you are in !).

7

Once the fudge is firm, you can cut it into squares and store in the fridge or freezer. They last for ages.

8

As with all my recipes you can get creative and use what you have to hand. For example you could swap the figs for dates and if you don't have tahini to hand you could try another nut butter, this recipe is very flexible and always tastes yummy.

Chocolate & Fig Fudge

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