Yes, treats could possibly be coming your way thanks to my latest competition designed to celebrate Mums everywhere. Now I know that motherhood isn’t for everyone and I totally respect that, but for those of us who have chosen to have children I do think a little bit of recognition from those we serve, is really well deserved.
Mother’s Day originated in England and dates back to 1908 and although the date changes around the world, for example in the States it’s celebrated in May, it is the third most globally celebrated date on the calendar.
I have often said, that because my own mother passed away when I was so much younger, I didn’t really get the opportunity to have a relationship with her as an adult, which I would have relished, and I do think when we ourselves are young we take so much for granted.
Once you go on to have kids of your own, you begin to realise so much more. I’m forever saying to my two “one day you will understand, just you wait until you have children of your own!” So I’m all for bigging up the Mums, our unsung heroes. I think that is one of the reasons why I continue to nominate my own mother as my inspiration for International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on March 8th. So I was wondering who would be your female inspiration?
While you are pondering that thought, let me tell you about my Mother’s Day competition. Here is your chance to win either yourself or your Mum an armful of goodies, courtesy of some of our QVC friends, starting with some beautiful blooms from Peony flowers. The whole selection will be worth over £100.
All you need to do is answer the following question…
Mother’s Day in the UK is on Sunday March 11th, but in which month is Mother’s Day celebrated in the US?
Just answer below before the closing date, Monday 5th March. The winner will be selected at random and announced during that week. Full terms and conditions for the competition can be found here.
In the meantime, if it’s a Mother’s Day gift you are after, leave it to QVC to come up with some fantastic ideas.
Yankee Candle has a superb Mother’s Day gift set comprising the gorgeous Fluffy Towels fragrance and the ever popular Lemon Lavender, all wrapped up in a beautiful boxed set. If you love giving flowers then look no further than Peony, simply the most realistic faux flowers I’ve ever come across. Seeing is believing and there are so many arrangements to choose from. Two of my favourites are the Peony rose set in a stunning marble cube and the Peony pink hydrangeas in a glass vase, both of these arrangements come in gift bags ready to give.
However an amazing gift for the Mum who loves to bake would be the ultimate baking accessory – a KitchenAid mixer! Now I know the price is certainly not for the faint-hearted, however these machines are like a lifetime investment and if you have always fancied owning the Rolls Royce of mixers, there is a brilliant opportunity to grab one of these beauties at a Today’s Special Value price. In fact, you’ll be able to take advantage of the TSV price a few days early, as I have it on good authority you’ll be able to enjoy the savings from 27th February!
Having put the mixer to the test, I have to say I was so impressed. I followed a simple lemon cake recipe, as a treat to myself, and ended up impressing the whole family. It was the lightest, fluffiest cake I’ve ever tasted and the best bit was I literally threw the ingredients in the bowl. If the KitchenAid can make a master baker out of me then there is hope for us all!
If you fancy trying the recipe for the lemon cake I’ve popped it down below, also don’t forget to enter the competition, and whatever you end up doing on Mothers Day I hope you have a great day.
• 225g butter, softened
• 225g caster sugar
• 275g self-raising flour, sifted
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 4 eggs
• 2 tbsp milk
• 1 lemon (large, or 2 small – zest for the cake, juice for the topping), grated
For the topping
• 175g granulated sugar (if you like it crunchy or 150g icing sugar if you like it smooth)
• lemon, juiced
1. Preheat oven to 160’C/325’F/Gas mark 3
2. Grease your cake tin and line with greaseproof paper
3. Add the butter to the bowl and then your dry ingredients on top making a large well at the top
4. Crack eggs into the well and beat for a 2 full minutes if using an electric whisk or 3 minutes if beating by hand until you have a creamy mixture
5. Pour the mixture into your tin and carefully flatten the mixture down
6. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until a skewer comes out of the cake clean
7. Leave your traybake to cool for 5-10 minutes
For the topping
1. Mix lemon juice (from the lemon you used for the zest in the cake mixture) and sugar in a small bowl
2. Spoon mixture over cake while it’s still warm (not hot) so that the sugar starts to melt and absorb