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Global blogging linky 57

Hello and welcome to Global Blogging!
It has been a big week for us: Anya was thrilled to wear her summer uniform but also had her postponed World Book Day (no snow this time!). Matthew started at Cubs and this weekend we had a medieval activity afternoon and a St George’s Day parade. Zach started preschool and had 2 sessions which went quite well but I think it was a bit of a shock. Just look at this excited face!

My host post this week is my triumphant Queen of Puddings. Check out my other April A to Z gluten free vegetarian treat recipes if you feel peckish…

I am very excited to have been invited to join as a host for 2018. This year we have the extra twist that we want to be more active on social media (see below to get your posts shared on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest).
My favourite post from last week was this one from Daydreams of a Mum. I could have written this myself! There are so many little annoyances which wind me up and Kelly covers a lot of them in this post!
Shank You Very Much and One Messy Mama both loved this post from Get Social with Rosie. More great content ideas to keep your blog and social media busy in the month of May.
One Messy Mama is still having major technical troubles with her blog 🙁 It is up and running again but for the time being she has decided to host via our blogs.
Bloggers from all around the world are invited to link up their posts: come and join us!
As usual for a linky there are a few rules:
  • Please add our badge to the HTML / Text portion of your post. Or add a backlink to one of our blogs. If you need any help linking up, tweet one of us (@HeatherKeet, @musingstiredmum, @onemessymama4), we are happy to help!
 One Messy Mama
  • Comment on one post from each host and then at least the one in front of yours (minimum 4 in total). Please add #globalblogging to any comment so we know you came from here!
  • You may link up 1 or 2 posts per week between 6am on Monday and 10pm on Tuesday (BST!). All subjects welcome!
  • Fancy a retweet? Use our handles and we will retweet you! (@HeatherKeet, @musingstiredmum, @onemessymama4)
  • Pin to our Pinterest board! #globalblogging
  • Want an extra like on Insta? Use the hashtag #globalblogging and check out the others as well!
  • We can share your post on Facebook too! Just mention us on your FB post and we will share it on our pages @loopyloulaura @ShankYouHeather @onemessymama4
I look forward to reading your posts and getting social! Have a great week everyone!
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April A to Z gluten free vegetarian treats: Q is for queen of puddings

Before this week I had only had this once at university when I lived in halls! Traditionally it uses breadcrumbs but I decided to try with cake crumbs instead and it worked brilliantly!

Ingredients
250ml milk
70g cake crumbs
50g caster sugar
1oz butter
zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, separated
75g raspberry jam

Method
Heat the milk until almost boiling. Remove the pan from the heat and mix in the cake crumbs, butter, lemon zest and vanilla.
Add half of the sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
Leave to cool for 10 minutes: it will thicken as the crumbs absorb the milk. The mix needs time to cool before adding the eggs or they will cook/scramble!
Next beat in the egg yolks and pour into the baking dish. It might not look attractive but the smell is amazing!

Bake for 30 minutes at GM4 until the mix is set but still has a slight wobble. I found myself doing the Bake off wobble 🙂

Heat the jam in a small saucepan or microwave for a few seconds at a time until slightly runny. Be careful, jam gets VERY HOT!
Spread the jam over the custard.

Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, adding the remaining half of the sugar gradually until thick and glossy.
Pipe or dollop the meringue on top of the jam layer.
Return to the oven and bake for 15 minutes.



 


BlogOnX Introductions!

Last year I went to BlogOnXmas. It was the scariest thing I have ever done! But I had a fantastic time.
The strange thing about meeting other bloggers is that you kind of know them but don’t. I recognised faces or voices and knew their blog names but their actual names escaped me!
This year we have been invited to introduce ourselves which should also give us some talking points for when we meet face to face!
Share a recent photo of yourself
What’s your favourite pizza topping?
I’m a vegetarian so love onions, peppers, mushrooms, chilli etc Or slathered in tomato sauce and cheese! As I have a wheat allergy I am always grateful for any pizza I can eat!

 

You can have dinner with any three guests dead or alive- who do you choose and why?
I would love to invite Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I. I have always been fascinated by Tudor history and both of these women were very intelligent

 

Up to now what would you consider being your biggest life achievement?
Without a doubt, having children. I mean, wow, my body has created THREE whole people!

If you woke up tomorrow as a character from any Disney film or book who would you be and why?
Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I am a book worm just like her!

 

What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Embarrassed to admit…check my phone!

 

If you won the lottery what would be the very first thing you would buy and why?
I would buy a new house. We love our home but want somewhere bigger!

 

What is your favourite quote from a movie?
‘I love you’ ‘I know’ OR ‘May the Force be with you’ OR ‘I have a bad feeling about this…’ Chris and I are huge Star Wars fans and use all of these regularly in our everyday lives!

 

If you were a superhero what would your super power be?
I would like the superpower of speed. I have so much to do and it would be fab to be able to do everything twice as fast to get more done. And speed the children up as well: Zach currently takes over an hour for each meal!

 

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Being told by the midwife when I was in labour with Matthew to stop screaming and use that energy to push instead!

 

Which emoji do you use the most?
Happy face and sad face equally! 🙂 🙁

 

If you could go back in time and tell yourself anything what would it be?
I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise so I’d keep shtum!

 

What do you currently have set as the wallpaper on your phone?
Nothing, that’s too technical for me!

 

If you could do anything in the world as a legitimate job what would you do?
I’d love to be an author. I have several ideas but no time to see if I would be any good at writing a novel.

 

Where is your favourite place in the world?
Home! I have lived in Blackwater since I was 3. My parents live 2 roads away and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I would love to visit Italy and Egypt though…

 

Anyway, that’s enough about me. I can’t wait to find out the answers that other bloggers have given to these questions!

April A to Z gluten free vegetarian treats: P is for pancakes

The kids were so excited when they saw me making these this morning! I make them randomly throughout the year but NEVER on Pancake Day itself. We always have the classic combination of lemon and sugar: what do you use?

The recipe below made 8 pancakes. Which was perfect for 2 each until I remembered there are 5 of us because Zach joins in now!
Ingredients
100g plain flour
1 egg
250ml milk
oil for frying

Method
Whisk the flour, egg and half of the milk with a fork until frothy.
Add the rest of the milk.

Heat a little oil in a small frying pan.
Pour some batter into the pan and swill around gently until set.

Flip, toss or just plain turn over!
When golden brown, serve or place on a plate ready to make a pile stacked with baking paper between each pancake.


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