This is a sponsored post, I was sent a goody bag by Oxo to use on Mother’s day but wasn’t told what to write. All words and opinions here are my own.

I have the same attitude towards mother’s day as Valentine’s Day, which is the concept is a good one but the commercialisation isn’t.  So in our house I kept it simple on Sunday and gave the lady of the manor a real gift rather than some overpriced gift that says mummy on it.

Our day went a little something like this; creep out of the bedroom at 6.30am to get a chatting Henry out of his cot and leave the lady of the manor to have a lie in. Go downstairs and have enough time to make a cup of tea before Matilda makes an appearance.

BBQ cooked breakfastThen breakfast with my 2 favourite little monkeys, which mainly involved telling Matilda to eat her cereal and not try to call the squirrels to come nearer the window. Plus of course persuade Henry that the correct way to eat breakfast isn’t with your feet on the table.

We also somehow found time to make a simple card with Matilda in charge of the ‘stick stick’. If she’d had her way I think I probably would have been stuck to that card along with half the contents of the cupboard.

The lady of the manor appeared around 9.30am, fully rested and recovered of course, so it was time for breakfast number 2. Now in my opinion no mothers day is complete without a bacon sandwich or 2 but we are still without a cooker in our new house so I had to think outside the box. So it was that I found myself in the garden cooking a full English on our gas BBQ (not just a pretty face am I?), which incidentally may become a regular Sunday brunch activity when the weather warms up.

I guess you must be getting pretty jealous now right? A perfect day so far? But wait there’s more.

DSC_0908In the afternoon my 2 commis chefs and I (with a little help from the lovely people at Oxo) knocked up what I can only describe as the world’s greatest Bolognese. I’m afraid I can’t give you the recipe as it’s a well protected family secret but there was some excellent left over slow roasted meat, an Oxo cube or 2 (of course) and a dash of Worcestershire sauce.

Love getting the little ones involved in cooking and beginning the education of where food comes from, how it tastes and how to prepare it. Matilda is also a dab hand at stirring (with a shiny new wooden spoon from Oxo).