Review:Maw Broons for Mothers Day

From time to time, I am lucky enough to be sent products to review on my blog and this month , just in time for Mothers Day, I was sent an amazing package in the post from “Maw Broons Kitchen”. I have admired these products due to their popularity with my friends and of course, because I grew up reading “The Broons”. I was tickled pink when I was approached to do this and to review some items in our family and since I love all things cookery, I jumped at the chance to do this.

I was sent a lovely bag which contained tea, fudge, caramel shortcake, a cookbook and a lovely tea cosy. The packaging alone is pretty remarkable and the tins which the products have arrived in are defineitly keep sakes for me. I would buy a product from their range for their packaging alone and I have already been asked for some of the tims when we are finished with them. I had to politely decline this request, they are going to stay in our home I think! You’ll see why when you look at the photographs!

This is what they have to say on their website

“Maw Broon’s Home and Kitchen is a range of stylish products based around the matriarch of Scotland’s favourite family – The Broons.
Famous around the world for over 76 years Maw Broon stands for quality, vintage style and practical kitchen use. These are the characteristics we bring to each of the products that make up the range we present.
Each product is under official license from DC Thomson the publishers of The Sunday Post newspaper – the home of The Broons.”

I completely agree with their description, the quality of their products really does shine through. If you don’t believe me why not try them for yourself or better yet, the items are perfect for Mothers Day!

I will be using the cookbook and working my way through the cookbook with my daughter, so watch this space! Now, I’m away to have a cup of tea, a read through the cookbook and a nibble at the fudge and >

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Scotland-The Beautiful Staycation

Scotland is my home and has been for over 20 years but it was not where i grew up or where I was born. Its is my husbands place of birth and also my kids, close friends and My mother.. but not my father or sisters.

I made the decision to come here when I was 15, from my home in Canada and I don’t regret it but would love to one day return to my place of birth for a while and show my kids when they are old enough to understand and appreicate it for the beautiful place that it is. I hope that this day comes sooner rather than later, although both children have been over but they are too young to remember it unfortunately. Until then, we have my second home and their first, to experience and live in.

I am very much in love with Scotland and its people, but certainly not the weather but I think the other two outweigh that and I want to take some time this summer to explore the places that I still haven’t been too and also re visit the places I have spent time in and loved.  One of these places would be Stornoway. This is the most beautiful Island with equally beautiful people and we are lucky enough that we have many friends up in this part of Scotland that we can visit and stay with.

It was never unusual for me to pack thunderpants into the car at 05:00am , to catch the Ullapool to Stornoway at 10:25 and drive the 200+ miles just to go and visit friends for a few days whilst the husband stayed in Glasgow to work but I ama bit of a free spirit and spontaneous , so it was never anything that took much planning.

Their beaches are some of the mid stunning that I have ever had the pleasure of seeing, better and more beautiful than those abroad. They aren’t overcrowded at all and it’s not unusual to just outch

The drive up North never gets old with me and I never tire of the views at all. I wish that I could spend a bit more time in the smaller towns like Kingussie, Dingwall, Gairloch and head up even further to Achiltibuie and the Summer Isles.. we spent some time there visiting my sister when she was working up in one of the hotels and it was absolutely stunning. I always wanted to be one of those families who could tour the North in a motorhome and just decided on a day to day basis, what to do and where to go.. no agenda as such but a relaxed time taking in things like views, food, getting a feel for the town and people and enjoying the experience.

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Summer ,Summer,Summertime

Summer,Summer ,SummerTime…

Time to sit back and unwind! Hasn’t the weather been absolutely amazing?! For a Canadian who has lived in Scotland for a number of years, this weather is more what I am used to!

I get homesick every summer as I know that people will be hitting the beach, having great BBQ’s and just enjoying family and friend time. So this weather has been a welcome distraction to me this year, especially due to how crazy this weather has been!

So tonight see’s us hosting our first and hopefully not the last, BBQ for friends and family. We have the firepit ready as well as the marshmallows for later, the meat and rolls… All I need to do is prepare the back garden and make it look somewhat presentable!

As most of you know, I haven’t been indulging much when it comes to alcohol because of my on going fitness regime and the fact that I am getting far too old (ripe old age of 35), for hangovers. It’s also not fair to deny the kids their weekends because I’m too tired to put in much effort! However, as tonight is a long awaited get together, I am pulling out all the stops and I’m going to make COCKTAILS!

I am also planning on blogging about them because there is a challenge being run by Red Hot World Buffet asking bloggers to create their own cocktail.

If you fancy your chances why not visit as you can see a list of what is currently there , my favourites so far are the Caribbean Cream and the mudslide, although I am partial to a Long Island iced tea….

What is your favourite cocktail or mocktail?

Suicide Prevention Advert:SAMH

Consumerism, sexual exploitation,soap operas, songs etc… and we are worried about an advert raising awareness for suicide prevention, SAMH’s campaign in Scotland before the watershed? Are you kidding me? We subject our children as young as 5 with lines in songs “I’m sexy and I know it” , we teach children as young as 8 about sex education but when it comes to mental ill health and discussing suicide, we turn away. Why? what are we really afraid of?

Again, listening to BBC radio this morning(Kaye Adams show) and some people were up in arms because they felt that having an advert like that where kids could see it, would be creating “difficult” conversations with kids where by adults would need to explain what suicide is, what happens,death etc.  Surely this isn’t a bad thing? Surely raising awareness, having the discussion and opening up lines of communication, a dialogue between children and parents or care givers is a GOOD thing?? Apparently not for some…

This worries me a great deal, why is it taboo? as the SAMH website( http://www.samh.org.uk/our-work/suicide-prevention)clearly states, 2 people per day die due to completing suicide! 2 PEOPLE! This is alarming , sad and if an advert reaches many people including children and it helps to raise awareness, how can it be a bad thing? I wonder what the statistics are in the rest of the UK? Its 2 people too many in my mind, and if it creates an “awkward” conversation, so be it, we need to try and do all that we can to help people that can’t see any other way out and I believe the “Two too many” campaign,(http://www.samh.org.uk/our-work/two-too-many.aspx) is amazing and will help a lot of people, one which I will be supporting and promoting and not only because I myself have had issues with mental health but because I am passionate about raising awareness and providing information that may help save someone.

There are ways that we can help those affected , please keep an eye out for their adverts which will be available on line, in news papers, and on TV. Talk about it with people, children, etc and lets stamp out stigma.

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