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Couples Weekend in Gleneagles 5 Star Luxury Resort

By Posted on 7 3 m read

We are back after spending 2 nights at Gleneagles Hotel Resort in Perthshire and it was amazing. As new parents we desperately needed a bit of alone time and this weekend was perfect. ( Click here to check out my post on some of the dumbest arguments we have had since becoming parents). When my partner told me that he had a deal for us to spend 2 nights at Gleneagles, I wasn’t really fussed. All I knew was that Gleneagles was a golfing resort which didn’t really appeal to me at all. It wasn’t until we arrived that my jaw hit the ground.

To say this place is lovely is an understatement. It is very traditionally old Scottish and the large grounds are spectacular. Not only is this hotel known for its golf course, but it also houses some of the country’s finest chefs such as Andrew Fairlie as well as a number of activities suited for everyone.

When you arrive at the Hotel you are greeted with bagpipes making you really soak in the Scottish culture. The decor is traditional chic keeping it classy and cosy at the same time.

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Lee had booked himself in to play golf all morning, so I took the opportunity to explore the hotel. I was impressed to find a little shopping arcade with quaint little boutiques to buy souvenirs, clothes and jewellery as well as a nail bar! As I worked my way further into the hotel, it felt like Gleneagles was a little village in itself.

There was a little brasserie with a small indoor terrace and a little french café where you could sit and have a coffee and croissant. Further on you had 2 indoor pools, one reserved for adults only with steam room, sauna and jacuzzi. Then you had a small but lovely heated outdoor pool as well as a fitness club.Weekend in Gleneagles

Weekend in GleneaglesThe Brasserie : The indoor terrace was just lovely!

Weekend in GleneaglesCoffee and Cake anyone?

After exploring I spent the morning at the gym and then tucked into the best breakfast buffet I have ever seen. Full Scottish Breakfast as well as a Pancake stand, Cheese and cold meat stand, Fruit Stand, and Cereal and baked goods stand. If wasn’t getting married in 9 weeks I would have spent the whole morning eating!

Weekend in Gleneagles

In the Afternoon I met up with Lee to explore the grounds and have a look at this world famous golf course and views. I got a few quick snaps before it started to bucket down with rain. So we headed inside to chill at the pool.

Weekend in Gleneagles

Weekend in Gleneagles

Weekend in Gleneagles

Weekend in Gleneagles

Gleneagles houses 5 different restaurants and 3 different bars. We were lucky enough to get a reservation at the Andrew Fairlie 2 Michelin Star restaurant to try their 10 course degustation menu. The entire staff were so lovely and really made you feel welcome. Unlike other posh establishments that sometimes make you feel like you are worthless. The staff at Andrew Fairly were very warm and informative. The food presentation was like artwork, it felt a shame to eat it but I am glad we did. It was absolutely delicious!

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On the Sunday we filled our bellies (again) at the breakfast buffet and then took a long walk around the grounds before taking off back home to join our little cherub.

I would definitely recommend staying at the Gleneagles hotel if you are looking for a Luxurious Romantic Getaway with your partner or with your family. There are heaps of child friendly activities to do and we saw lots of families enjoying the resort with their kids. Beware, it can get expensive and make sure you check your bill when you leave. We were overcharged £300! Thankfully we checked before paying.

Check out Gleneagles Resort at www.gleneagles.com

 

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Satisfy your Sweet Tooth with these Healthy Sweet Potato Brownies!

By Posted on 5 2 m read

I was never a huge eater of sweet things. Chocolate and cakes were never my go to indulgence. Give me a packet of crisps any day and I would devour them in 10 minutes. However once I fell pregnant that changed drastically. I don’t know what it is about being pregnant, but the general consensus I have from other fellow mums is that you become a major sugar junkie after you deliver your little bundle.

My once non sugar self, is now addicted to anything sweet. It amazes me the lengths I am willing to go to to be able to get my sugar fix. My usual lazy self would be willing to run a marathon if it meant I could shovel a whole chocolate fudge cake down my face. Don’t forget the cup of tea to go with it.

So what am I to do? I am a firm believer in keeping young and healthy through food, and there is growing evidence that sugar is the reason for most of our western health problems. More and more studies confirm that most diseases including cancer are a result of years of eating chemical laden foods packed with refined sugar that have little to no nutrients in them.

Even wrinkles and grey hairs are starting to be linked to poor nutrition and poor digestion! Yikes, I am doomed! So I have decided to take control nd try to wean myself of the sugar. But how? By supplementing with healthier sweet options!

This recipe is by far my favourite from one of my fav health gurus Deliciouslyella.com, These brownies are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free and the bonus is that they are packed full of nutrients!

SWEET POTATO BROWNIES

First you need

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes
  • 2/3 Cup of ground almonds
  • ½ Cup of gluten free flour
  • 14 Pitted dates
  • 3 Tablespoons of Pure maple syrup
  • 4 Tablespoons of cocoa. For added nutritional value use raw cacao powder

Steam the potatoes until they are soft and then blend or mix with the dates until you get a paste consistency. In another bowl add all the remaining ingredients together and then add the sweet potato mixture. Mix well and spread out onto a lined baking tin

 

Sweet Potato Brownies

Bake for 20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean on 180 degrees. Once finished allow to cool and dig in!

 

Sweet Potato Brownies

YUMMMMM!

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Why I Won’t Give My Son Cow’s Milk

As my son was approaching his 1st year, I could hardly believe how quickly time had past. My little chubby cherub was no longer a baby. He was approaching Toddlerhood. He could eat the big kids snacks. He could get fitted for his first shoes and of course he no longer needed breastmilk or formula. I was so excited to start this new journey. However when our health visitor strongly advised that we continue to give him 2 of bottles of full fat cows milk a day. My stomach turned. I didn’t want to give him cow’s milk and here is why

I am usually one to follow the advice of a health professional but this advice did not sit well with me. I hate cow’s milk. No scrap that. I absolutely love it, I could drink glass after glass when I was younger. Don’t even mention the word cheese to me. Having lived in France for 8 years cheese had become a part of my existence. No I love the taste of cows milk and all things made from cows milk, but its affects on the body, I hate.

Strong bones…or not

More and more health professionals are now advising against cow’s milk but why? With more research being conducted on the subject, new information about the real benefits of dairy have come to light. Previously praised for its bone enhancing abilities. Scientists now claim that it actually does the opposite. Countries with the lowest dairy consumption are those with the lowest rates of osteoporosis. How can this be? If dairy is full of bone fortifying calcium and minerals then how is it that the countries that consume the biggest amount of dairy and milk products have the highest rate of osteoporosis and lactose intolerance?

A study done on women in Sweden found that those who consumed more than 3 glasses of milk a day doubled their mortality rate.  The thing is that cows milk does contain a lot of calcium and vitamins. However our fragile little human digestive systems are just not able to process it like calves can. And that is where the problem lies. Cows milk is made for calves who have four digestive compartments in their stomachs. When humans drink it, it puts a massive strain on our digestive system. Causing inflammation which can lead to asthma, allergies and digestive issues such as IBS and even autoimmune diseases.

Better For Your Gut Without It

So why am I against dairy? As much as I love cheese, cream and yogurt, I have experienced a change in my health and digestion when I decided to cut it out. Once I stopped dairy my usually slow digestive system improved and general state of health felt a lot better because of it. My brothers who have suffered from severe eczema their whole lives have experienced significant improvements since cutting dairy. With them now being able to reduce their use of steroid creams and treatments.

So what do I do?

Considering all of the above, the idea of feeding my son 2 bottles of cows milk a day leaves a pit in my stomach. Could I be opening him up to digestive issues and allergies by giving him cows milk? If he no longer needs breastmilk, and I don’t want to feed him cows milk then what do I give him?

There are a lot of milk replacements out there, but which one is better for my son? In my household, we are nut milk drinkers. I drink almond milk and my partner drinks hazelnut. Though these are better than cows milk in my opinion, store bought nut milks are not as nutritious as homemade nut milk. Some brands only have 2% of nuts in their ingredients! Along with another array of ingredients I cannot pronounce. So do we ditch milk all together? Or do i start squeezing almonds to get the purest form of milk possible for my tot?

Got Goat’s Milk

With a bit of research i quickly discovered that Goat’s milk is a healthier alternative to Cow’s. Goats milk is easier to digest. It has less curd and contains less lactose. With fewer allergic proteins in the milk it does not cause as much inflammation in the gut like cows milk does and is full of minerals and vitamins. It also contains a higher amount of probiotics, which feed the good bacteria in your gut thus promoting a healthy digestive system.

My son loves it and while he is still young and growing. I will continue to use goats milk for his digestive system.

What are your thoughts?

 

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Quick and easy chicken and pea risotto for you and your tot!

Today has just been one of those days where I just cannot be arsed! With a sick baby and a sick fiancé it has been hard to juggle all the tasks that I need to do, plus look after them both. So when my partner told me that we couldn’t stick to our meal plan due to his stomach, and when I realised that I had no more prepared food for my bub in the freezer,  I just about flipped. How was I going to have time to think about putting something together for my partner, me and the baby, in such short time? But to my surprise, after a few minutes of racking my brains I came up with this easy yet satisfying dish that I was suitable for all three of us! WIN!

Here is what you will need

  • 2-3 Chicken Breasts
  • 250g of Arborio Rice
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of Frozen peas

1L of low sodium chicken stock

NOTE: If you wish to add more flavour then you can add 100ml of dry white wine. Don’t worry, cooked wine in meals is ok to serve to kids.

Add the tsp of coconut oil, when it has melted add the chicken. Brown the chicken on medium to high heat and then set it aside.

Chop up the onions and mince the garlic, and then add it to the pan. Cooking it until the onion is transparent. Add the chicken, rice, peas and the white wine (if you are using it) and stir for a few minutes until the rice is covered in the juices.

Once everything is mixed together and the rice is well covered, add the stock.

  • Let it simmer until all the stock has been absorbed and the rice is nicely cooked. Once done, turn off the heat and add some parmesan cheese, or nutritional yeast if you are avoiding dairy like me, and stir it all together. Voila!

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It went down a treat with both Gabriel and my partner having second helpings. My usual #mumfail was narrowly missed, at least for today anyway.

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