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Autumn Life Hacks for Families

Cherry Good teamed up with Sabina, author of lifestyle and parenting blog 'Mummy Matters,' to find out her life hacks for Autumn ...  

 

I have no idea where this whole concept of ‘life hacks’ came from but everywhere you look these days there’s a ‘life hack’ for something. So what is a life hack?

Noun: life hack

1. A strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one's time and daily activities in a more efficient way.

"This useful website offers good life hacks for better use of your time and your technology."

We all find our own ways of doing things, ways to save time and perhaps cut a corner here or there. However once you have little people in the household, I don’t know about you but I find that time always seems to be in short supply. I used to be on time or early for everything but these days my beans ask me most days “are we late Mummy?” because more often than not, yes we are! It’s not intentional, it’s just circumstantial but I'm working on it!

With Autumn upon us I thought I would share with you some of my Autumn life hacks which will not only save you time but money too!

 

Safety on slippery floors in the home

Socks

 

Since we had the new floor tiles laid in the kitchen we have discovered the perils of super shiny floors. When the weather was warm and we walked around with bare feet, the floor didn't pose a problem but now the days are getting cooler we have been slipping and sliding around. Beanie Boy (our accident magnet) has fallen over countless times and I was seriously worried that we had made a mistake in our choice of flooring. 

Hubby and I both said that we needed to buy the Beans 'grippy' socks and it was whilst searching online for suppliers that I found a great little tip, to paint puffy fabric paint onto the soles of socks.  Not only is this a great tip for safety, it's one the Beans can do themselves so it will be a fun craft to do together and it will make them more excited about wearing their new socks!  Guess what we will be doing this weekend?!

 

Love your lint roller

For the longest time I’ve had a lint roller sitting in my wardrobe doing absolutely nothing. We haven't got pets so we have never had to worry about getting animal hairs on our clothing and in general we rarely wear clothing which isn't suitable for the activity.  Then I discovered the benefits of a lint roller for cleaning!

It's amazing what tips you can find on Pinterest. I have since used a number of lint rollers to clean around the home on lightshades, curtains and window blinds. Then, when crafting with the Beans one day, Jelly Bean managed to tip over a pot of seed beads.  Being a keen crafter I wasn't happy to hoover them up and loose them so instead I used the lint roller to rescue them. All I needed to do was gently brush them from the lint roller back into the jar, the crafting clear-up possibilities with a lint roller are endless.

 

Mix up your Menu

Menu

 

This Summer I have LOVED eating salads but with cooler days approaching I'm definitely starting to crave more comforting foods.  After a busy day of household chores, entertaining Jelly Bean and stressful teatimes with the Beans the last thing I feel like doing is getting my head around what to cook for Hubby and I.

Since then, a friend recommended Supercook.com to me; if you know what recipe you are looking for you can search for it or you can select items from your kitchen cupboard and see what recipes you have available to you. Not only does this save you money, it also saves you from needing to head out to the shops to buy something when you already have everything you need in your cupboard.

                                                           

Make-Ahead Breakfasts

Brunch

 

I don't know about you but I find it really difficult to get out of bed once the dark mornings start coming back. The temptation to stay in a cosy warm bed when it's still dark outside is sometimes just a little too much and I often end up running out of time for breakfast.

Rather than keep grabbing something unhealthy because it's quick and easy I looked to the internet once more for suggestions and found this amazing post on healthy ‘Make Ahead Breakfasts’. Even my Beans will eat some of these and they’re great to prepare ahead of an early start to give us a fighting chance of getting out of the door on time. 

Do you have a favourite 'make ahead breakfast' that I haven't discovered already?  It's always nice to find extras.

 

Sabina Green - Mummy Matters

Biography

Parenting and Lifestyle blog about Sabina's family of 6; the things they do, the places they go with reviews of the things they love.

 

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Back to School: Three Things to Power up your Breakfast

With the kids back at school, the morning routine is in full swing again - packing school bags, organising lunches and making sure homework is complete - it’s hardly surprising that breakfast can end up being a grab-and-go meal.

Thankfully making a delicious and healthy breakfast to set children up for the school day doesn’t have to be time-consuming. Check out some of our Cherry Good breakfast ideas to help you on your way.   

 

Porridge with Berries

With the summer coming to a close and mornings feeling a little chillier we’ve found ourselves reaching for a warming bowl of porridge at breakfast time. Oats can be a great source of fibre, releasing energy slowly throughout the day which can help keep little tummies fuller for longer. Why not top off their porridge with some deliciously fresh cherries to really set them up for the day?

 

 Cherry Jam on Wholemeal Toast

For those really hectic mornings, a slice of wholemeal bread topped with jam can give your family a much needed burst of energy. Keep breakfast exciting by popping a selection of jams and spreads on the table in the morning for your little ones to enjoy.

 

Greek Yoghurt and Fresh Fruit

Have you considered having a dollop of Greek yoghurt with cereal in the morning? Greek yoghurt has more protein than any other yoghurt preparing children for an active day and, is also packed with probiotics for happy little tummies. We love adding fresh berries on top for one of our five a day.

 

Once your table is set up for breakfast with one (or all) of these delicious dishes, grab a carton of chilled Cherry Good from the fridge to round off your children’s’ breakfast with a refreshing, fruity finish. Cherry Good Light is also available for those who are watching their calorie intake but are still looking for a great tasting juice.

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Cherry treats to see you through the August bank holiday weekend

The summer is coming to a close and the kids will soon to heading back to school but it’s not too late to have some fun in the kitchen. Ahead of the August bank holiday weekend, we’ve picked three of our favourite summer cherry recipes that you can make at home. So grab your aprons as it’s time to get cooking!

 

Cherry Good Sorbet

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You will need:

1-2 pounds of frozen Cherry Good juice- frozen in ice cube trays

3/4 cup of simple syrup (Simple syrup is equal amounts of sugar and water boiled together until the sugar has completely dissolved, creating a sweet syrup. Allow to full cool before using.)

1/4 cup of lemon juice (1 lemon squeezed)

Pinch of salt

 

Method:

1. Pop your frozen cherry juice squares, syrup, lemon juice and salt into a blender and pulse until smooth. This should take you around two minutes.

2. Once your mix is smooth, eat immediately or pour into a container to store in the freezer.

 

Red Velvet Choc-Cherry Muffins

Muffins

You will need:

100g butter, softened

140g golden caster sugar

2 large eggs, beaten

225g plain flour

25g cocoa powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

150ml buttermilk

28ml bottle red food colouring (natural food colouring won't look as bright as an artificial one)

100g glacé cherries, roughly chopped, plus extra to decorate

 

Method:

1. Heat your oven to 180C and line a muffin-tin with cases.

2. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until fluffy then slowly add the eggs, folding them into the mix.

3. Sift the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and salt and fold into the mix with a spatula until there are no lumps.

4. Add the remaining buttermilk, food colouring and cherries then pour into the muffin cases before baking for 20 mins until the muffins have risen.

 

Cherry and Almond Cookies

Cookies

You will need:

Basic Cookie Dough (or make your own)

1/2 cup dried tart cherries, chopped

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup almonds, toasted and chopped

 

Method:

1. Add your chopped, dried cherries to the cookie dough, folding them into the mix until they’re evenly distributed.

2. Add the almonds and bitter chocolate before dividing up your dough into small mounds.

3. Place your cookie dough mounds on a greased baking tray, ensuring plenty of room is  left for them to expand whilst cooking and then pop them into the oven at 190C for        around 15 minutes until they’re golden brown on the top.

 

There you have it, three simple and easy desserts which are perfect to enjoy  over the weekend. You could even invite some friends over and have a small bank holiday buffet with some delicious Cherry Good Juice for everyone to enjoy!

Why not send us photos of your delicious bank holiday weekend treats on Twitter; we’d love to see them.  

 

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About The Montmorency Cherry

We adore the delicious tart taste of Montmorency cherries and we’re certainly not the only ones. Harvested from the ‘cherry belt’ on the shores of Lake Michigan in North America, each year over 90,000 tonnes of Montmorency cherries are produced to satisfy our cherry needs.

Other than their delicious flavour and bright red colour, not much is really known about these popular fruits so we thought we would share with you five things that you probably didn’t know about the Montmorency Cherry…

  1. Although Montmorency cherries are grown primarily in the US, Canada and France, they were first discovered by the Ancient Romans beside the black sea
  2. Did you know that Montmorency cherries are named after one of the oldest and most well-known families of the French nobility?
  3. Cherry Good is the only juice brand in the UK who use Montmorency cherries    
  4. One cherry tree can make up to an amazing 30 pies’ worth of fruit each year- yum!
  5. When Montmorency cherries are almost ripe, songbirds will regularly visit the cherry trees to make sure they get the best pickings! 

Do you have any other cherry facts to add? Share them with us @CherryGoodJuice, we’d love to hear them!

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A Berry Cherry Good Cheesecake

At Cherry Good, there’s nothing we love more than making delicious desserts using a selection of fresh summer berries.

So when Helen, author of The Crazy Kitchen, came up with this wonderful Cherry Good Berry Chocolate Cheesecake, we simply had to give it a go! Made using a variety of different berries, Cherry Good juice and delicious dark chocolate, this pud is the perfect summertime treat. Not only is it quick and easy to make it’s also a great fun for kids. Just make sure they don’t eat all the toppings first!

If you’d like to give the cheesecake a go, click here for the recipe and tag us in all your pictures on Twitter as we’d love to see the finished product!

 

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Have a Cherry Good 'Brit-nic’ this Summer

To celebrate #InternationalPicnicDay which took place on 18th June we have been asking the nation about their picnicking preferences in order to reveal the ingredients to a perfect ‘Brit-nic’ – that stands for ‘British Picnic’ in case you were wondering!

With over 10 million of us enjoying a picnic at least five times every year, it’s hardly surprising that we’ve turned it into an art. So if you’re looking to have the perfect Brit-nic this summer, check out our following top 5 tips inspired by the nation.

Cherry Good’s guide to the perfect Brit-nic

  1. Take chicken salad sandwiches on white bread with crusts left on and cut into triangles – it’s the UK’s favourite!
  2. Invite lots of friends and family members
  3. 40% of Brits have admitted to eating a picnic in their car to escape a downpour so make sure there is lots of room just in case
  4. It turns out when it comes to picnics we are happy to ditch the tech so take a good book, ball game or enjoy some casual people watching
  5. And finally remember to stock up on Cherry Good!

Remember to Tweet us pictures of your Brit-nic using the #Britnics hashtags and keep an eye on our Twitter page as we have some exciting competitions coming up @CherryGoodJuice

 

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Cherry Banana Mug Cakes with Whole Heartedly Healthy

This month we’re loving this cherry-tastic recipe from one of our favourite foodie bloggers Whole Heartedly Healthy. These Cherry and Banana mug cakes are a fabulous little afternoon treat AND they’re even gluten free! Made with fresh cherries, Cherry Good juice, Greek yoghurt and coconut powder, these little cakes are truly scrumptious and can be made in a matter of minutes - now that’s what we like to hear!

If you want to give them a go then check out the recipe here. Don’t forget to tweet us a picture when you’re done.

Follow us @CherryGoodJuice

 

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Cherry Good Car Games

 

Cherry Good teamed up with top blogger, Attachment Mummy to find out what her fail-safe car games are to make travelling with children a breeze this bank holiday…

With the second May bank holiday and half-term on the horizon, many parents will be planning lengthy car journeys with a certain amount of trepidation.  Travelling with small children can be challenging and, as everyone knows, requires Everest-level organisation.  Snacks, drinks (Cherry Good to Go is perfect for popping into a packed lunch box), nappies, changes of clothes, books, toys, cushions, blankets, the list goes on; and that's before you've even done your holiday packing!  And, how can you keep the endless cries of "Are we there yet?" at bay?

One way of supplying much-needed car-based attention and entertainment are simple, old-fashioned car games, with not an electronic gadget in sight!  Taking inspiration from the colour of Cherry Good…here are 3 of our favourite car games that involve colours which will hopefully help your journey go by swimmingly as well:

 

I Spy...something red

This classic game can be easily adapted for pre-schoolers by making it a colour game instead of an alphabet one.  "I spy with my little eye, something... Red" One person spies something, the others have to guess what it is.  And repeat, often. This game is easy to learn and little ones love it!

Cherry Good Car Cricket (adapted for younger kids)

Each passenger chooses a colour, except red.  The youngest steps up to the 'wicket' first, earning one 'run' for each car of their chosen colour which passes.  But when a red car passes, they are 'bowled out' and the next player takes their turn. The winner is the player with the most runs at the end of the game/journey.  

Spotting Game

A simple extended scavenger hunt and great for observational skills, pose questions such as: Who can spot five red cars?  Who can see ten ladies driving?  Shout out whenever you see three people in a car?  Who can spot five cars with dogs in? etc.  It's simple but our girls (3 and 5) love this one!

 

And some other games to give a go…

 

20 Questions

This should be fine for children aged 4 and up.  One person secretly thinks of animal, vegetable or object.  The other players then take turns asking yes-or-no questions, such as "Do you find it in the bathroom?" or "Can it fly?" or "Does it grow in the ground?".  The answer can only be yes or no, remember!  After the players have asked 20 questions, they must guess the answer.

 

Telephone Whispers

The first player whispers a story to someone else in the car.  That person whispers the same story - as close to a word-for-word recount as possible - to a third person, and so on.  The last person to hear the story repeats it aloud for everyone else to hear.  The original story will invariably get lost in translation slightly, with laughable results.

 

Yellow Car

The simplest game of all, but endlessly engaging and competitive, this game simply involves spotting any yellow cars, or vans, or lorries, that you pass.  For each yellow car you call, you win 10 points.  Some people keep a tally, but our game of yellow car is on-going, with every journey punctuated by shouts of "Yellow car, ten points!"

 

I hope those ideas help your car journeys go well, and help your family have lots of fun too!  Enjoy your travels.

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Leta ElliottAttachment Mummy

Biography

Leta is a professional blogger and digital influencer, writes and consults on parenting and home education, and has a background in research, teaching and academia.  She has three daughters aged 5 and under, and lives by the sea in West Sussex.

Attachment Mummy is a popular parenting and lifestyle blog launched in March 2012.  Written in a magazine style, it covers family life, food, parenting, reviews and much more.

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Hooray for May!

May is one of our favourite months of the year – it’s packed with bank holidays which means lots of four day weeks.

Whilst we may not be planning a Bank Holiday BBQ thanks to the Great British weather, we will be planning on having an extra-long lie in on Monday. We’ll be rustling up a delicious breakfast in bed with a fresh fruit salad and Greek yoghurt, followed by Eggs Benedict and not forgetting a glass of Cherry Good Light. In the run up to summer we’ve decided to switch over to our lighter version which has only 32 calories so we can ensure we’re feeling our very best yet still enjoying a taste of the good life.

What are your Bank Holiday plans? Tweet us @CherryGoodJuice

 

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Coachella’s Hot Trends

It’s getting hot hot hot here in the UK but it seems it’s getting ever hotter over in Orange County where the Coachella Festival is now in full flow - and we’re not just talking about Madge and Drake!

We don’t know about you but all the gossip and trend spotting has us hooked, and if you are anything like us and sad that you’ve missed out on this year’s Coachella, fear no more, check out our top tips for recreating the latest fashion trends:

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The 70’s are making a comeback, again.

 

  • Dig through your Mum and Dad’s wardrobe for some ‘vintage’ items. If you don’t find anything you like why not use some of the materials to design your own outfit.

 

  • Only a few years ago we would recoil at the thought of wearing double denim but it seems it’s back in fashion. Pull out those jeans, jackets and denim style shirts and embrace DD.

 

  • ‘Street Style’ is another big theme this year so grab those ripped jeans and crop tops in true Coachella fashion.

 

  • And lastly why not team any of the above looks with a cheeky glass of cherry good juice to keep you cool while you’re looking your best in the sun. 

     

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A Cherry twist on a traditional Easter recipe

At Cherry Good HQ, we’re counting down the days to an indulgent Easter weekend, full of tasty treats and that oh-so-delicious Easter egg chocolate.

We can’t think of a better way to kick off the Easter weekend than with a toasted hot cross bun and a glass of refreshing Cherry Good. But, we don’t mean ordinary hot cross buns. Why not include cherries for a delicious, zesty kick?

Be sure to tweet us a picture of your perfect Cherry Good breakfast @CherryGoodJuice.

Ingredients: for the buns

500g strong white bread flour
½ tsp salt
2 heaped tsp mixed spice
50g caster sugar
50g butter
200g dried cherries
7g sachet easy-blend dried yeast
200ml milk
2 eggs

Ingredients: for the crosses & glaze

3 tbsp plain flour
Honey for brushing

Preparation

Tip the flour into a bowl along with the salt, mixed spice and sugar.

Chop the butter into cubes and rub into the mixture using your fingertips. Stir in the cherries then sprinkle over the yeast and stir in. Gently heat the milk so it is warm but still cool enough to touch. Add the eggs and beat in, before puring into the dried ingredients.

Use a blunt knife to mix the ingredients into a moist dough, then leave to stand for five minutes. Take the mixture out of the bowl and cut into eight equal pieces, shaping them into buns on a floured surface. Place on a baking sheet and cover loosely with cling film.

Place in a warm, dry place for around 45 minutes-1 hour for them to rise. Mix the flour with 2 tbsp water to make a paste. Pour into a plastic food bag and make a small slit in one of the corners. Pipe crosses on each of the buns and place in a pre-heated oven at 220C/fan 200C/gas 7.

Bake for 12-15 mins until risen and golden. Leave to stand for a few minutes before brushing all over with honey as a glaze. Don’t forget to pop an extra cherry on top for decoration!

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Keep a spring in your step as the clocks go forward this weekend

The clocks going forward this weekend signals the start of Spring, and as such, a good sleep will be needed to ensure that you’re on top of the world and ready to spring into this beautiful season. Here at Cherry Good HQ, we take sleep very seriously. Take a look at our handy sleep tips to ensure that you keep the spring in your step this weekend as the clocks change.

 

  • Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise, so as well as working out, allow yourself the odd lie in instead of an early morning run (I’m sure it won’t be that hard to convince yourself!)
  • If we don’t get enough sleep we are more likely to have bigger appetites as leptin levels fall (leptin is an appetite-regulating hormone), promoting an increase in appetite. This puts a whole new slant on if ‘you snooze you lose!’
  • As well as the above beauty sleep is actually a thing! During sleep, your skin is able to repair any damage (UV rays, dirt, etc.) and regenerates new skin cells, so with a good night’s sleep you could have more radiant skin before you know it. 
  • We are the only mammals that willingly delay sleep. Don’t be afraid to sleep when you’re tired, however early it may be! Sometimes your body just needs the rest.
  • Perfect your relaxing bed time rituals. Whether it’s reading, meditating, or listening to some calming music, build this into your routine. And make sure you switch off your mobile devices at least 20 minutes before you go to sleep to ensure quality rest.

 

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Treat your Mum this Mother’s Day with a Delicious Hot Chocolate Cherry Pot

Why not warm your Mum’s heart this Mother’s Day and show her how special she is with a delicious hot pot of cherry and chocolate gorgeousness? You could make this the perfect finale to a beautiful dinner, giving you and your mum a moment to sit and spend time together. After all Mother’s Day only comes once a year, so why not push the boat out a little?

Fancy giving it a go? Tweet us @CherryGoodJuice and share a picture of you and your Mum using #CherryGoodMum to be in with a chance of winning one of three cartons of Cherry Good to help you recreate this luxurious treat.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon berry jam 
  • 1/4 heaped teaspoons baking powder
  • Tiny pinch of salt
  • ¼  cup Cherry Good Original
  • Small handful of pitted cherries

Preparation

  • Mix everything (except the fruit) together until smooth, adding the Cherry Good Juice last until the mixture is thick but easily spoonable
  • You can mix a few cherries through the batter if desired otherwise spoon into a ramekin no higher than 2/3 of the way up and top with the fruit
  • Microwave for 60 seconds on high, or you could bake in the oven if you prefer

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Enjoy fashion month with our stylish Cherry Good Louboutin Cocktail

Mocktail

Our front row invitations must have got lost in the post this month, but we definitely haven’t let that spoil our fun. Whilst the fash-pack flocked to NYC and London to watch a host of the top shows, we have instead been swooning over the cherry colours of the Christopher Kane collection catwalk and enjoying a Cherry good Louboutin cocktail in the comfort of our own home. If you’re yet to try it, then what are you waiting for? With a delicious blend of fresh raspberries, goji berries and Cherry Good even Carrie Bradshaw would be proud.

To create your own Cherry Good Louboutin cocktail then follow the instructions below and be sure to tweet us a picture of your creation @CherryGoodJuice

Ingredients

Handful of fresh French raspberries
15ml fresh lemon juice
Splash of Himalayan goji berry liquour
Teaspoon freshly grated ginger
70 ml measure of Cherry Good cherry juice drink
35 ml measure of grey goose citron
Crushed ice

Preparation

Don’t shake the cocktail mixer, the ice will dilute it.
Finish with a sprinkle of pepper
Garnish with a cherry

 

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