Comfort Food: Not so naughty Bread + Butter Pudding

March 17, 2017

It might be March but spring has definitely not sprung in New England. After another heap of snow last week the temperatures have remained decidedly low and wintery. 

The sun is shining and I can hear (although can't see so can only assume they are hiding somewhere warm) birds tweeting, there was even a snow drop peeking out of my front flowerbed.. before it got battered by storm Stella.

At times like this we need comfort food. Although as I'm still trying to stick with my healthy eating intentions of 2017 (and battling hormone induced bulge, which I swing back on forth on as to whether that gives me carte blanche to stuff my face because even if I starve myself the lbs keep piling on?!) I need comfort on a calorie budget.

This B&B pud is a cheeky little winter warmer that will give you the warm and fuzzies without quite as much of the stuffed and bloaties. It's not as sweet as the traditional pudding so add sugar to your taste (although, you know, not the point) or pile on some natural sweetness with some berries or baked fruit.

Bread and Butter Pudding
Serves 6

cinnamon raisin loaf (9 slices/ about ¾ loaf)
2 tablespoons Low fat spread
3 eggs
2 tablespoons raw cane sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon raw cane sugar, to top
4 tablespoons sliced almonds

Using almond milk in the place of cream for the custard, cinnamon for sweetness; less sugar; and low fat spread instead of butter makes this recipes a little more virtuous than it’s full fat cousin!

Butter one side of the bread slices, cut in half diagonally and arrange in the crock pot.


Mix together the eggs, almond milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Pour the custard over the bread and leave to stand for half an hour.

Sprinkle over the sugar and cook on high for 4 hours.

Top with the sliced almonds for some added crunch (and a little extra sprinkle of can sugar if  you have a really sweet tooth!)


JORD wooden watches for kid friendly high fashion + $100 JORD CREDIT GIVEAWAY!

March 07, 2017

Find out more about how to win $100 credit towards a JORD wooden watch of your choice, plus EVERY entry will get a $25 JORD egift code! 

Anyone that reads my blog or follows me on instagram knows I have two ridiculously adorable little boys. I'm pretty sure most will also know I also have a ridiculously adorable third boy in my life: my husband Charlie (soppy soppy soppy).

Charlie is my chief recipe taster (though he has two tiny usurpers on his heels there...), my best mate, and the father of aforementioned ridiculously adorable boys.

JORD thought that alongside being first in line for anything coming out of the kitchen, Charlie also deserved a bit of a treat in the form of a brand new watch!

JORD are makers of beautiful wooden watches. Wooden watches can be a bit hit or miss, they can sometimes look like a novelty or gimmick- not so with JORD:

"We are focused on creating timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle. We value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. We make our watches for people who don't just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go." 

I'm not sure that statement could be any more true than for a new, first time dad! JORD make both men's and women's styles to complement all aesthetics and personal tastes- my favourite is the Fieldcrest series in Maple (Mother's Day is coming up Charlie.. wink wink).

Charlie has never been a jewelry guy. He wears a wedding ring but nothing else except a watch, however since having the babies he's had to curtail his watch wearing. Charlie likes nice watches and his favourite is a big, heavy, metal bracelet piece that weighs about the same as one of the babies at birth. 

Since the day the babies were born Charlie's watch has lived in a drawer for fear of hurting one of our tiny boys. Even though the children are growing and getting bigger each day, the heavy, sharp metal bracelet still isn't ideal to wear around littles who now want to grab at and chew on everything in sight. 

Then along came JORD! We chose the Dover in Olive and AcaciaJORD's newest model, as we really like the light, clean looking wood and the striking metal workings of the watch face that are visible both front and back. 

It was awesome to be able to find Charlie a watch he loved, that didn't compromise his style, and has him completely worry free about wearing around the babies. 

The classic style of the bracelet and the intricate visible mechanics of the face look classic and sophisticated, perfect for day wear with his suit in the office. The light olive and acacia wood bracelet is clean and modern which perfectly matches his personal style, making it a great addition to a date night outfit (or rather date lunch with the kids!).

I've teamed up with JORD to offer one lucky winner $100 credit towards a JORD watch of their choice. What's more EVERY person that enters will receive a $25 JORD egift code once the contest ends... so you literally can't lose.

Simply follow the link here to enter

The contest ends on April 2nd at 11.59pm, all codes (both the winning $100 code and the $25 codes that every enter receives will expire May 31st 2017).

Wooden Wrist Watch