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This bank holiday weekend I was a Morrison’s Mum!  What does that mean?  It means that along with dosens of other bloggers I was chosen by Morrisons to do a food shop and create some yummy recipes with my family.

We had family coming round, my sister and her gorgeous family and Phill’s cousin Ryan with his very pregnant(!) fiancé Shannon.  We have a big garden and the weather was lovely it wasn’t raining, so like the good Northerners we are, we pretended it was sunny barbecued!

There was masses to choose from and lots of special offers.

Aswell as the usual suspects; burgers, sausages, chicken, I decided to make pulled pork.

 

pork joint at morrisons

Yes that’s me posing with a joint of meat and I feel as silly as I look!

slushie smoothie

I decided to buy tonnes of fruit and let Beth go crazy making smoothies and slushies.  No recipes needed, just fruit, a little bit of ice and some juice.   It was a noisy job!  The first time she switched on the blender, she came to me worried asking if it was supposed to sound like it was dying!!  Beth loved making drinks and her little cousin Hannah loved drinking them!

hannah mock tail

It’s definitely a fun activity and encourages children to experiment with different flavours and of course, gets them eating more fruit!

My sister Jenny and I ‘grown-upped’ some smoothies with a splash of Bacardi with varying degrees of success.  The smoothie with banana, strawberry and avocado was surprisingly yummy but too many kiwis made for a slightly crunchy second drink!

fresh fruit smoothie slushy cocktail

Smoothies aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but everyone loved the Dr Pepper floats!!

doctor pepper floats retro drinks flamingo glasses 50s

And strawberries!!

strawberries beth and hannah

The square plates and cocktail glasses were a far cry from the usual partyware offerings!   We invested in some serious disposable table ware as there’s nothing worse than washing up after a great day…..

morrisons mum party plates

….. and bubbles because there’s nothing more adorable than a troupe of children chasing them.

chasing bubbles

Ten  minutes later…..

bubbles

Pre-teen Beth: “I’m done with bubbles for the now”

Infant school Hannah: “I’m getting cross with bubbles now!”

Todler Matthew: “BUBBLES!!!!!!!!!!”

bubbles

Dogs never get bored of bubbles!

I’m a firm believer that even the simplest of things can be made beautiful with clever styling.  I decant everything I possibly can, I display rolls in baskets and ready made sauces in vintage china.  You don’t have to make everything yourself to make a table of food look personal and beautiful.

morrisons mum fruit bowl

Morrisons mum fruit bowl

It’s amazing how much more impressive you can make things look, just by taking them out of the packet…..

watermelon smiles

..or posing them with cute children 🙂

tomato and feta salad

Slice up a few tomatoes, some feta cheese and a bunch of basil leaves and you have a simple, striking dish.  No cooking, no hassle!  I’m all for that when there’s guests about to arrive!

What I did cook was pulled pork (recipe here)….

pulled pork

 

…..authentic American style potato salad (recipe here)….

potato salad american style recipe

 

…and Brazilian inspired spiced pineapple (recipe here).

brazillian spiced pineapple

 

I hope your bank holiday was as good as mine?

Love Rachel

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  • misshurn2010

    Wow looks like a feast for the ages! I love the Flamingo Glasses, I’ve got some myself. You definitely made some lovely dishes and looks like you had a fab time x

    • VintageFolly

      Thanks! I love those glasses. Hubster thought I was mad when I bought them 🙂

  • Alexandra Sarah Robinson

    Wow, looks amazing! All the food has me salivating to be honest.

    I completely agree with you in presentation making all the difference… I’m actually doing a trial of a shake based diet next week so this has given me some good ideas!! I’m not particularly looking forward to it but your pictures have cheered me up… If the kids can make smoothies look appealing, I jolly well can too!!!

    Ps I’m over 30 now and don’t think I’ll EVER lose my love of bubbles!!!

    • VintageFolly

      The smoothies were yummy….especially with a little splash of Bacardi haha!

  • Mummy’s Bubba

    looks like a such a good day and your food pics have left me drooling!! yummyyyy
    www,mybubbaandme.com

    • VintageFolly

      Thanks xxx

  • mysses magoo

    Oh Rachel, I’m so glad I read this before heading out to do the weekly shop, got friends coming over tonight and thought I’d just do the usual chips n dips, but pulled pork for 8 is.now on the menu! Got my vouchers for morrisons and a shopping list in my grubby paws as we speak! Thanks for this inspiration (again!) Xxx Samm xxx

    • VintageFolly

      More than welcome as always 🙂