Thursday, 25 May 2017

Deliciously Easy Chocolate Cake & the best ever chocolate icing. {Recipe}

Life is too short to say no to cake. 

A few days ago I posted a photo on my social media of a chocolate cake I baked with my daughter. I was instantly hit with comments & messages asking for the recipe. 
Now to be honest, I kind of fluked the recipe - I combined a few different recipes from some old cook books. 
Anyway, I winged it & it turned out amazingly! I am so in love with this chocolate cake & I think it will be my new go to recipe. 
The icing is a chocolate icing I've been using for ages, it's so easy & delicious! 

Now a few things about this recipe - I baked mine in a 9x13 pyrex dish - I don't recommend using a glass dish if you haven't done so before (or you don't have the time to carefully watch it, I checked mine regularly & also ended up covering with foil for the last 10 mins). 
I like the idea of using glass as it doubles as the storage tray, but it was very temperamental to bake with. (If you have any tips for baking with glass I would love to hear them!)
Using a rectangular baking tin would be the easiest. 
I, like the rest of the female population, really dislike this word, but it is needed in this post -this cake was super moist - it is incredible!! You have to try it!
My cake was baked on Monday & 2 days later from being on the bench it's still very soft & delicious. I just stored it on the kitchen bench in the pyrex dish with some tin foil covering it. 
Enjoy this delectable treat, we surely have & this will be my go to chocolate cake recipe from now on!

I would love to know if you try this recipe out and your thoughts. 
If you do any variations or improve it in anyway - please leave a comment below. Or share your cake with me on my social media!
Snap Chat; Bindy_30 
Enjoy your cake!

Let's eat cake!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Sunday Series; encouragement for the discouraged.

Give God your weakness & He will give you strength.
Hello friends,
Happy Sunday!
Today's post is something that was just put on my heart & I felt I had to share - to be honest I have been struggling with what to write about this week & had chalked it up to as a missed week, but nothing like a last minute post! 
Well, I've just got my little man down for a nap & thought I would quickly write this up.
This post is for those of you that at this moment that feel discouraged. 
It maybe in life, yourself, your relationships, maybe you are in the trenches of Motherhood - whatever it is I am here to offer you encouragement.
I am going to be honest with you, lately I have been feeling VERY discouraged. 
My life is going through a rough patch - has been for awhile. It is a hurtful time for me & I am so over it. I am 110% done with the stress, nastiness & heartache.  
It's like we take 2 steps forward & 3 steps back sometimes. We know what we are feeling pulled towards & we are working on it but it feels like we have to go over 100 mountains &  down 100 valleys to get there. 
Our life has been chaos, pure chaos lately. Now a touch of chaos is alright - but constant chaos - I am not a fan! It's exhausting, frustrating & stressful. I like my life lived slow. And on top of all this I am sick - again! Nice job body, just what I need, my health condition to flare back up. 
Yesterday I made an effort for our day to be slow, I needed a day of nothing.
The kids & I did not much at all, our only focus was long cuddle sessions on the couch - this worked out wonderfully because Tommy decided to have a big cuddle nap on me so LuLu & I joined him. 
Last night I shared with some friends that I am feeling really discouraged & asked for those that don't mind doing so, to pray for me. Pray for my heart & our journey. 
This morning I woke up & I feel clearer & lighter. Our life hasn't miraculously changed over night - but I feel my mindset has.
Maybe it was our slow day yesterday, maybe it was the prayers, maybe it was both - either way I am feeling better.
So friends I want to say to you, if you are feeling stressed, tired, pushed to the end of your limits & discouraged - take a day off. 
Make nothing but slowness & love your priority for one day. I know as Mum's taking a day off isn't really plausible - but yesterday I still did basic jobs but I also focused mainly on playing & cuddles. So take a day & do something with your family that makes your heart happy. And if you are a faith believing person - pray, ask for prayers & just trust there is a plan.
We can only see the now - He knows the whole story and we have to trust Him.
A friend left a comment for me this morning that spoke right to me, she said something I say so often to my friends - but clearly I don't tell myself enough. 
Our trials make us, they are part of our story, they strengthen & define us. Take them as they come, grow from them & don't let them get you down. Focus on the joy - I tell everyone this! This is my message I try to imprint on people & I somehow was slipping with it. Find the little things & cherish & celebrate them. 
Life can be hard, hurtful, tough & down right stressful - but it is all apart of a greater plan, we just have to trust God (or whatever you believe in) with our journey & not be discouraged. 
So dear friends if you don't mind doing so, I ask you to lift us up in your prayers or send us some positivity & good vibes. 
And if you need the same done for you or want to share an encouraging testimony, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me on my social media... 
Snap Chat; Bindy_30 
Have a beautiful Sunday!

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

What Mums really need/want for Mother's Day! {2017}

The highest & noblest work in this life, is that of a mother. - Russell M Nelson.

Hello friends!
I know it's been a little while between blog posts!
Life got busy! It's always busy, but it got a even more chaotic. We are in the midst of some pretty big life decisions & sometimes something has to give, so it is sadly normally my little blog. 
I always try to post regularly on my social media though, so make sure you check out those accounts! (Listed below)
But lets talk busyness - being a Mum is just naturally busy, some days I feel like I don't sit down at all or get a moment of silence until after bedtime. Trent works big shifts, so I am on my own, from wake up to bedtime. But that is our life we chose & normally it's great & works for us.
But add into the mix even more chaos & stress & well, it just all gets a bit darn overwhelming.
So this brings me to my point, what Mum's really want for Mother's Day, no not want - NEED!
Silence & to be alone.
That sounds awful - but hear me out.
Having a minute (moment, 1 hour, 5 hours - whole day - whatever!) alone (once off, once a month or even regularly) can be life changing for Mums (well, anyone really, Dads too!) 
It gives us the ability to decompress, to breath - to calm our minds & hearts. 
You can read, watch a movie, go shopping, just sit in silence & think, take a long bath, go exercise, journal, clean - whatever! 
Everyone has different ways they like to be alone - you have to find what works for you - but it is crucial. Everyone needs this, especially Mums!
Mums never stop, we are always doing something & our minds are constantly full of 1 million thoughts & we are usually multitasking countless things.
Think of a Mum (or yourself) like a computer with 50 tabs open at once, all trying to download something - your computer is going to crash. Well, Mums crash & burn too if we don't slow down.
So if you want to give a Mum in your life something meaningful and special for Mother's Day this year, put down the dressing gown & slippers, step away from the foot spa & forget about the new vacuum. Tell this women who would put her own needs above her kids/family every single time that she has the day off. 
Then pack the kids up & leave her alone. 
(Well, you don't have to desert her on Mother's Day unless of course she thinks this is a brilliant idea - but just make a time & make her relax!)
I say this because the other night I was tired, stressed & I'm just mentally exhausted - my husband told me I was to take a bath, he poured me a wine, bought me in a lit candle & then took the kids out to pick up take out for dinner. 
He saw I was burning out, he knows when I'm teetering on the edge of crashing & he jumped in and saved me. And I thank him for that.
But not everyone has a husband, or one that can read the signs - so tell them! Tell them you are tired, explain this - or if you are a husband/partner, offer your wife time out and if you are just a Mum with a best Mum friend - offer to do a trade. Watch your bestie's kids for the day & then she can watch your's next time - so you both get a break at some point! Or if you are a Mum/in-law of a Mumma with young kids - jump in! You know how hard this gig is! 
Offer it just as a once off or make it a regular thing, doing so can change a Mum & her life. 
And remember it doesn't have to be some grand scale of time out/relaxation, it can be as simple as letting Mumma go out for lunch on her own, or eat breakfast in silence or doing the groceries alone. (My grocery shopping time is usually my "kid free time")
Please never feel guilty for admitting you need a minute or help, in order to care for others we must first care for ourselves. You can be a better Mother when you learn to take care of yourself, you are also a priority. Your mental, emotional & general health is just as important as your family's - don't put yourself at the bottom of the pile. We Mums hold it all together, we need to stay strong so we can!
To my Mumma friends, I hope you get a time out this Mother's Day, even if it is just an hour to flip through a magazine & sip some tea (*wine) - I hope you get a chance just to unwind. 
Take care & remember motherhood is a life changing role, we are shaping the next generation & for us to do our best job we have to be our best selves.
Let me know how you like to relax below or on my social media!
Snap Chat; Bindy_30 

Happy Mother's Day.