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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

Yields20 Servings

Ingredients
 120 g dried figs (not to dry, the sticky ones!)
 3 tbsp coconut oil (you can be generous here).
 110 g light tahini.
 5 g maple syrup (a splash but you can add more if you like it sweeter).
 2 tbsp cacao powder.
 Topping ideas:- cacao powder, goji berries, desiccated coconut, cocoa nibs, bee pollen, green powder, sea salt flakes.

1

Cut the hard stem off the figs. Pop everything into a blender and give it a whizz. Scrape down the sides and give it another whizz to make sure everything is blended.

2

I pat my mixture in small ice cube trays or if you want to add toppings later then a small flat baking tray which is lined with a silicone sheet works well here. If you are going for the tray option then make sure your mixture is pressed down evenly then pop your toppings on and gently push them into the mixture before putting the tray in the freezer to firm up. Once they are firm remove from the tray and peel off the silicone sheet. Cut up into cubes or bite size pieces. I use a cookie cutter to make them into shapes (see the hearts !).

3

If you would like to make balls then put the mixture into the fridge for about 10 minutes to firm it up a bit (this helps you to roll the balls later). Then shape the balls by rolling a generous half teaspoon of the mixture in the palms of your hands. Pop the balls in which ever topping you like and roll them around until they are completely covered (a jam jar works well here but to be honest, I usually just drop them directly in to my jar of chia seeds, desiccated coconut which I have in my cupboard and give it a gently shake, less washing up to do later!). Pop them back on a plate and leave in the fridge or freezer to firm up.

4

Here are some of my favourite toppings - chia seeds, goji berries, desiccated coconut, cacao nibs and bee pollen 💕.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 120 g dried figs (not to dry, the sticky ones!)
 3 tbsp coconut oil (you can be generous here).
 110 g light tahini.
 5 g maple syrup (a splash but you can add more if you like it sweeter).
 2 tbsp cacao powder.
 Topping ideas:- cacao powder, goji berries, desiccated coconut, cocoa nibs, bee pollen, green powder, sea salt flakes.

Directions

1

Cut the hard stem off the figs. Pop everything into a blender and give it a whizz. Scrape down the sides and give it another whizz to make sure everything is blended.

2

I pat my mixture in small ice cube trays or if you want to add toppings later then a small flat baking tray which is lined with a silicone sheet works well here. If you are going for the tray option then make sure your mixture is pressed down evenly then pop your toppings on and gently push them into the mixture before putting the tray in the freezer to firm up. Once they are firm remove from the tray and peel off the silicone sheet. Cut up into cubes or bite size pieces. I use a cookie cutter to make them into shapes (see the hearts !).

3

If you would like to make balls then put the mixture into the fridge for about 10 minutes to firm it up a bit (this helps you to roll the balls later). Then shape the balls by rolling a generous half teaspoon of the mixture in the palms of your hands. Pop the balls in which ever topping you like and roll them around until they are completely covered (a jam jar works well here but to be honest, I usually just drop them directly in to my jar of chia seeds, desiccated coconut which I have in my cupboard and give it a gently shake, less washing up to do later!). Pop them back on a plate and leave in the fridge or freezer to firm up.

4

Here are some of my favourite toppings - chia seeds, goji berries, desiccated coconut, cacao nibs and bee pollen 💕.

Chocolate & Fig Fudge

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