How to Keep Motivated when Blogging

Friday, June 30, 2017

Discover 11 essential ways to keep motivated when blogging and prevent blogger burn out!

Discover 11 essential ways to keep motivated when blogging and prevent blogger burn out!

For the last two weeks, we've been talking about blogger burn out: How to Make a Comeback after a Blogging Break and How to Identify Blogger Burn Out. Today, I'd like to continue on on the topic and discuss some methods and tips for keeping the spark alive in your blogging:

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Review of My Healthy Kitchen Gluten Free Ready Meals

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Don't stress about lunch; enjoy a flavourful, better-for-you gluten free ready meal from My Healthy Kitchen and totally win at your midday meal!

Don't stress about lunch; enjoy a flavourful, better-for-you gluten free ready meal from My Healthy Kitchen and totally win at your midday meal!

When it comes to being gluten free, lunch times are a battlefield. Pretty much everything everybody typically eats for lunch is a no go when you can't have gluten. Bye-bye tasty sandwiches, sayonara pots of pasta, hasta luego wraps and burritos. Instead, when you're gluten free and it rolls noon, you're usually left with some sorry sad sandwich on tiny hole-filled bread or last night's leftovers.

But here to shine a light on your weary lunch is the champion of gluten free ready meals from My Healthy Kitchen. These folks know their gluten free grub and are providing three outstanding meals that will instantly catapult your lunch from bland to bangin' and make you the envy of the lunch room. Promise.

A Reveiw of My Healthy Ktichen Gluten Free Ready Meals

I chose to have these ready meals for lunch because it was such an easy solution to a difficult problem. But you could have them for dinner, if you prefer! They're so filling and full of so much good-for-you goodness that you won't complain!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for My Healthy Kitchen. I have been compensated for this post, however all opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. Should you choose to purchase the product, I will not receive a commission or any monetary compensation. You can review my disclosure policy in full here.

23 Gluten Free 4th July Treats

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Celebrate Independence Day with 23 gluten-free 4th July treats: from slushies to slurp to patriotic cookies to munch! Here's how to do July 4th drinks and desserts without the gluten!
Gluten-free 4th July treats

From this weekend and for the next few days, Americans all around the world will be gearing up to celebrate Independence Day! Here are 23 fantastic gluten free 4th July treats that will make the coeliac in your life happy! Every single drink and dessert featured here is 100 percent gluten free, perfect for celiacs. Who's ready to celebrate?

Gluten Free One Pot Chicken Chorizo Paella

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

This 20 minute, one-pot Spanish rice dish is full of succulent chicken and chorizo and will be a new family favourite! It's also naturally gluten free and dairy free, too!
This 20 minute, one-pot Spanish rice dish is full of succulent chicken and chorizo and will be a new family favourite! It's also naturally gluten free and dairy free, too!

Yield: 6 to 8
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Gluten Free 20 Minute Chicken Chorizo Paella

This paella recipe will be a new family favourite; I guarantee! You won't believe how tasty and how it quickly it is prepared, either! If there are three things most kids love, it's chicken, rice and sausages. This classic Spanish dish features all three; plus, it's the kind of thing that, after you make it the first time, you'll be able to make it with your eyes closed!

Glutenfree Spanish Paella

There are a few secrets you should take into consideration before making this dish:
  1. Use boneless and skinless chicken thighs--they are much more juicy than breasts and will cook faster
  2. Use a good chorizo, one that you would happily eat on its own
  3. Don't be shy with the saffron and the smoked paprika--they really make the dish what it is
  4. Don't be afraid to swap out or add in ingredients that you'd like to eat
  5. If you can't find paella rice, you can use risotto rice or simply white long grain rice 
  6. Do not stir the paella while cooking; a nice crunchy crust will form on the bottom and the edges that will be to die for. Your kids will probably turn up their noses and complain that it's burnt. Let them. There'll be more for you to savour; no sense wasting the goods on fussy eaters; it'll be our little secret
Easy Gluten Free Spanish Paella Recipe

Ingredients:

For the paella
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 lemon, halved
1 garlic clove, minced
2 bay leaves
130 grams chorizo, diced
150 grams frozen peas
300 grams white long grain rice*
400ml chicken stock
750 grams chicken thighs, boneless and skinless, cut
a few strands saffron
fresh parsley
sea salt (optional)
black pepper
*Note:  You can use paella rice, but it'll take longer to cook.
Need a conversion? Use this handy chart.

How to Make Quick Chicken Chorizo Paella

Easy Paella Recipe

Whenever we go to Spain, there are two things we live off of: delicious paella and ice cold sangria. Paella in Spain is so tasty and varied--you'll find some with nothing but seafood plucked straight from the warm Mediterranean or you'll find some full of a variety of meat. I'm not naieve enough to believe that my homemade, 20 minute quickie even comes close to what the authentic dish tastes like, but it is a close second and a nice treat when we're home and dreaming of Spain's sunny weather!

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Instructions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the onion and garlic until fragrant and the onion is translucent.
  2. Add the rice and mix well to toast it. Add the bell pepper and allow to sizzle for about a minute.
  3. Pour in the chicken stock, chicken thighs, chorizo, saffron, paprika and bay leaf and cover, leaving to simmer and allowing the liquid to absorb. This should take about 20 minutes. *Important tip: try not to stir the paella; you want a nice crunchy crust to form on the bottom to make it as authentic as possible.*
  4. Once most of the liquid has absorbed, finish with a good squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of fresh parsley. Season with pepper and sea salt if necessary.

Gluten Free Spanish Rice Recipe

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5 Ways to Identify Blogger Burn Out

Friday, June 23, 2017

Learn the 5 telltale signs of blogger burn out and how to spot them creeping into your blog!

Learn the 5 telltale signs of blogger burn out and how to spot them creeping into your blog!


It happens to veteran bloggers and it happens to newbie bloggers. It happens to food bloggers and fashion bloggers, lifestyle bloggers and tech bloggers. It happens to bloggers in the UK and bloggers in Asia. It happens to female bloggers and it happens to male bloggers. It happens to thirty-something bloggers and it happens to bloggers in their 60s. No matter what you blog about, no matter where you live, you could be effected by blogger burn out.

Blogger burn out is when a blogger simply stops blogging and it's happened to me on more than one occasion. I like to think of blogger burn out being a bit like a form of depression, and as such, the symptoms are similar. Today, I'd like to share 5 telltale signs of blogger burn out so you can spot them before they sneak up on you:

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Gluten Free Cottage Pie with Twice Baked Mash

Thursday, June 22, 2017

This classic gluten free shepherd's pie is bursting with seasonal vegetables, succulent steak mince and topped with luscious velvet twice-baked mashed potatoes!
 This classic gluten free shepherd's pie is bursting with seasonal vegetables, succulent steak mince and topped with luscious velvet twice-baked mashed potatoes!
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Gluten Free Cottage Pie with Twice Baked Mash

A cottage pie is similar to a shepherd's pie but the main difference is in the type of mince used. Where a shepherd's pie uses lamb mince, a cottage pie uses beef mince or ground beef. This dish is classic comfort food and can be enjoyed year round, but is especially great this time of year when the produce is at its sweetest and ripest. To make it even more indulgent, I topped it with a downright decadent double baked mashed potato, giving it the creamiest, most velvety finish imaginable!

This classic gluten free shepherd's pie is bursting with seasonal vegetables, succulent steak mince and topped with luscious velvet twice-baked mashed potatoes!

When I'm cooking for the blog, keeping the food hot long enough for me to take photos can be a real challenge. So I avoid having to nuke cooked food in the microwave and rest my dishes on stone tiles--they're perfect conductors of heat, and keep the dishes nice and warm! Stone tiles, like the Retro Marengo collection I used in these photos, also make perfect trays for serving hot food from. My tiles come from Sabbini, where they have a huge collection of the some of the most gorgeous stone tiles, I've ever seen!

13 Best Refreshing Watermelon Drinks

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Keep cool and hydrated with 13 best refreshing watermelon drinks! Serve any of these at your barbecue, picnic or 4th of July party for an unforgettable thirst quencher!


It is officially the first day of summer! It's the time of year again, when the days are long and the nights are balmy! Before you slide into your flip flops and hit the beach or head to the park for a picnic, whip up one of 13 best refreshing watermelon drinks to keep you cool and hydrated when the days are hot! Make any of these drinks adults only by slipping in a shot or two of your favourite tipple, too!

20 Minute One Pot Gluten Free Moroccan Sausage Stew + MOR Sausage Review

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This 20 minute, one-pot Moroccan stew is packed with veggies but the star is the gluten free MOR sausages spiced with harrisa paste and bursting with chickpeas, red peppers and delicious pork!
This 20 minute, one-pot Moroccan stew is packed with veggies but the star is the gluten free MOR sausages spiced with harrisa paste and bursting with chickpeas, red peppers and delicious pork!
Yield: 4-6 servings
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Gluten Free One Pot Moroccan Sausage Stew

With it warming up here in Manchester, being in an un-air conditioned kitchen is pretty much as unbearable as it gets. Plus, running the oven all day just adds to the overall heat in the house and nobody needs that when it's well into the 80s. The weather really makes this dish perfect for this time of year; it's a shame that stews are generally reserved for colder months, when they are just as comforting and can be made lighter and perfect for summer.

This 20 minute, one-pot Moroccan stew is packed with veggies but the star is the gluten free MOR sausages spiced with harrisa paste and bursting with chickpeas, red peppers and delicious pork!

This recipe is the epitome of cooking for the lazy. Virtually everything comes from a tin or a can and all you have to do is open, drain and pour. This is a hallelujah recipe because it's so easy, so yummy and effortless. You don't even have to mess around with adding lots of seasonings for flavour because the sausages have it under control. And those sausages?

This 20 minute, one-pot Moroccan stew is packed with veggies but the star is the gluten free MOR sausages spiced with harrisa paste and bursting with chickpeas, red peppers and delicious pork!

They are 100 per cent gluten free pork sausages filled with Moroccan spices, cauliflower, chickpeas and red peppers from the amazing people (and my new bezzie marras) at MOR. Each serving of these sausages contains much less fat than standard sausages.The fine folks at MOR have also used veggies that are high in protein, fibre and vitamins B6, C and K--basically, these are healthy sausages, guys.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for MOR Food. I have been compensated for this post, however all opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. Should you choose to purchase the products, I will not receive a commission or any monetary compensation. You can review my disclosure policy in full here.

Creamiest No Churn Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Monday, June 19, 2017

Indulge in the creamiest no churn vanilla bean ice cream anytime you like this summer! Made in minutes and ready to eat straight from the freezer; just dish it up or fill a cone!

Indulge in the creamiest no churn vanilla bean ice cream anytime you like this summer! Made in minutes and ready to eat straight from the freezer; just dish it up or fill a cone!

Yield: about 2 pints
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Creamiest No Churn Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Picture it: a blistering hot day, a welcome and cooling breeze every now and then and the most delicious gourmet-style ice cream you've ever tasted but made by you. That's what you could have when you whip up this ice cream. I promise you, it's so good and so easy. You don't need to fuss around with an ice cream maker and you don't have to worry about frozen milk leaving nasty ice crystals in it. You'll be left with smooth-as-anything, dead creamy vanilla bean ice cream. And if you're a vanilla fiend like me, go right ahead and boost the vanilla to insane amounts. It'll taste even better.
Indulge in the creamiest no churn vanilla bean ice cream anytime you like this summer! Made in minutes and ready to eat straight from the freezer; just dish it up or fill a cone!

We've been making this ice cream since 2013 and using it (without the vanilla) as a base for lots of other lovely flavours. It truly became our go-to flavour and it works so well with a thick wedge of gluten free chocolate cake. Match. Made. In. Heaven.

Win $50 Cash Today

Sunday, June 18, 2017

You guys, today is my blogiversary! Anyonita Nibbles first started 7 years ago today!! Back then it was called Poems and Plates and it was a little bit different from what it is today, but I cannot believe I've actually stuck with this blog for so long! That's longer than my oldest child has been alive, y'all. That's nearly 1/4 of my life. Okay, okay, I'll stop.

To celebrate Anyonita Nibbles's 7th blog birthday, I, along with 5 other fantastic food bloggers, will give you the chance to win $50 USD in cash paid via Paypal!! What would you do with $50 cash????

I'm so thankful to have teamed up with my blogging tribe to offer you this giveaway! Here's a little bit more about us and our blogs:

 Ronda is a family-friendly food blogger at Kitchen Dreaming, who can show you how to take the foods your family loves and make them quicker & easier to prepare like these Easy Beef Empanadas.
 Sarah is a food blogger at Sarah Cooks the Books, a cookbook collector and fiction novelist who makes recipes that are easy and delicious, like this Whole30 strip steak with salt-and-vinegar smashed potatoes

Dee is the publisher of Cooks&Books&Recipes, where she shares recipes from cookbooks, chefs, and restaurants. For example, how about this recipe for Slow Cooker Lamb Barbacoa (Barbacoa de Borrego) from famed Chicago Chef Rick Bayless? 

Megin is the creator of VMG206, where she shares ways to create and live a beautiful life like with these last minute scrumptious cream cheese danishes.

Natasha is a single mom and lifestyle blogger at Epic Mommy Adventures sharing advice to help other single parents like these 9 tips to have a better relationship with your baby daddy!

To even stand a chance at winning, you need to enter! Here's how you do that; simply follow the prompts in the widget below to enter. There are some actions you can only do once, like following me on Instagram or Pinterest, but there are other options that you can do every day the giveaway is live such as tweeting about it! Choose as many options as you'd like--the more you do, the greater your chances are of winning!

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How to Come Back to Blogging after a Break

Friday, June 16, 2017

Discover the 6 steps necessary to come back to blogging after a break and get back into your groove!

Discover the 6 steps necessary to come back to blogging after a break and get back into your groove!

Don't let the irony of today's post get lost on you. I'm kick starting a series on how to come back to blogging after taking a break because I have just come back to full-time blogging after taking a break myself. Since my return, I've noticed that there are a lot of bloggers currently on breaks or just trying to get back into the swing of things, too. I hope you take inspiration from this series and that it aids you in getting your blog groove back!

The reason why bloggers take breaks is just as varied as the number of blogs there are in existence, but the number one reason I've found is simply burn out. Honestly, though, why you stopped blogging isn't relevant for the tips I'm going to share with you today. Here's how to come back to blogging after a break:

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DIY Your Breakfast with Troo Granola's Toasting Kit

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Rethink breakfast and transform your morning with a gluten free, vegan-friendly toast-it-yourself granola from Troo!

Rethink breakfast and transform your morning with a gluten free, vegan-friendly toast-it-yourself granola from Troo!

Stop what you're doing, because I want you to pay attention. I've got the most incredible, delicious, fragrant, heartwarming breakfast ever imagined to share with you. You see that lovely bowl of yum up there? It's filled with yogurt and granola that I toasted and sweetened myself in my own oven just minutes before devouring. It's a TIY (toast-it-yourself) granola kit from the geniuses at Troo and it will change your life.

Rethink breakfast and transform your morning with a gluten free, vegan-friendly toast-it-yourself granola from Troo!

I first fell in love with the idea of Troo Granola scrolling through some of the popular gluten free hashtags on Instagram and was blown away by their brilliant concept: make your own granola fresh each morning and make your day a bajillion times better. (Okay, so that whole making your day better isn't a marketing promise; it's just my experience of what happened and I'm 98 per cent certain it'll happen to you too.)

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Troo Granola. I have been compensated for this post, however all opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. Should you choose to purchase the product, I will not receive a commission or any monetary compensation. You can review my disclosure policy in full here.

8 Ways with Gluten Free Spaghetti

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Take an ordinary packet of gluten free spaghetti and elevate it with these 8 clever variations!
 

When you have to eat gluten free, your meals are in danger of becoming repetitive. Whether you're recently diagnosed or a gluten-free veteran, here are 8 delicious and completely creative ways to have spaghetti. Throw out the bolognese sauce and fire up that boiler! You're just 10 minutes away from a truly delicious gluten free spaghetti dinner!

Best Ever Gluten Free Coconut Shrimp

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

You'll feel like you're on holiday when you bite into these delicious gluten free coconut covered prawns!
 You'll feel like you're on holiday when you bite into these delicious gluten free coconut covered prawns !

Yield: 4 servings
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Best Ever Gluten Free Coconut Shrimp

No matter what you call them--shrimp or prawns--cover them in coconut and everybody loves them! This dish is a taste of the islands and if you close your eyes and take a bite, you'll feel like you're on holiday!

You'll feel like you're on holiday when you bite into these delicious gluten free coconut covered prawns!
Coconut shrimp is one of those staple American dishes--popular all over the country in restaurants and bars. Whether you use teeny tiny baby shrimps or big king prawns, the combination of sweet shrimp with even sweeter coconut dunked in spicy and sweet Thai chili sauce is absolutely superb. Seriously, my mouth is watering just remembering how delicious this dish was.

The Sustainable Way to Binge Read Magazines

Monday, June 12, 2017

Discover the sustainable way to binge read magazines, declutter your life and save money!

 Discover the sustainable way to binge read magazines, declutter your life and save money with Readly!
My husband and I are magazine obsessed. He has an entire 6 foot tall bookcase devoted to a lifetime  of magazines he loves and I'm well on my way to collecting as many. The problem is, after paying a premium for a glossy magazine of your favourite topic, you don't want to chuck it in the recycling bin after use. At around £4.99 per 'zine, those 150 or so glossy pages of inspo can cost you a small fortune.

In an effort to declutter, save cash and be more sustainable, we drastically reduced our magazine consumption ... and then we discovered the Readly app and all our magazine pet peeves and problems were solved. Readly wants you to discover their app too and are offering you a free trial! Jump to the offer!
Discover the sustainable way to binge read magazines, declutter your life and save money with Readly!
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Readly. I have been compensated for this post, however all opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. You can review my disclosure policy in full, here.

The Sustainable Way to Binge Read Magazines

Discover the sustainable way to binge read magazines, declutter your life and save money with Readly!
 Whether you're an avid e-reader, or a traditionalist, you'll love the affordability, ease and options you'll find with Readly. It's the best kept secret for magazine lovers! At your fingertips you've got an entire virtual newsstand, all you have to do is open a magazine and read. No waiting ages for downloads, no blurry, pixelated PDFs, it's clean, crisp and unbelievably cool.

Discover the sustainable way to binge read magazines, declutter your life and save money with Readly!
Cook along with recipes from cookery magazines on the Readly app.

One family can share a subscription on up to five devices for just £7.99 a month. That's thousands of magazines for less than you'd pay for two magazines! Each family member can have their own account, including password protection to keep children safe and to give you peace of mind, letting them browse their selected magazines at their leisure.

Discover the sustainable way to binge read magazines, declutter your life and save money with Readly!
Unwind with Readly and an entire virtual newsstand at your fingers.

My account is a mix of all my favourite interests: there are loads of cooking magazines like BBC Good Food, BBC Easy Cook, Food to Love, Olive and Delicious and gluten free magazines too like Easy Gluten-Free. But then I've saved Yoga Journal, Thrive, Psychologies, Mollie Makes, Wanderlust, The Lonely Planet, Elle Decoration and The Week. If I went to the shops and individually purchased the latest edition of each of those, it would cost me over £50 and I'd be left with a stack of magazines to either dispose of or try to find space for on already crammed bookshelves. No thanks.

But with Readly, all of my favourite magazines and new titles I'd never even heard of are available to me for less than £10 a month. I can flip through a current  or a previous issue of a magazine any time on my phone or tablet whether I'm connected to wifi or not. It doesn't eat up a ton of space on your phone, either. It truly is the perfect solution to staying current with your favourite magazines in an economical and eco-friendly way.

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Don't take my word for it, guys. I've got an incredible one-month free trial just for you! There's no credit card required and no commitment. It's no strings attached; all you have to do is download the app to up to five of your devices and choose some magazines to read. Then sit back and read! Start your free one month trial today! 

Some of our favourite things about the app:
  1. One subscription covers the whole family. My husband, our son and myself each have our own accounts with our own magazines all for £7.99 a month.
  2. You can print magazine pages from within the app.
  3. You can go back to past issues of the magazines and read those.
  4. You can view magazines from other countries! There are thousands of UK and Ireland magazines, but you can also view titles from the United States, Australia, Canada and beyond! 
  5. You can search magazines. Simply type in what you're looking for and Readly will search all of the magazines in the database. Then they will take you to the page within the magazine that your search result is on.
  6. Your place is saved, so you can pick up reading where you left off.
  7. No wifi? No problem! Read on the go! 
  8. Adult accounts are password protected so kids can only view what you've authorised them to view.
  9. One subscription is good for multiple devices. We've got Readly on my iPhone, my husband's iPad and my husband's Android phone.
  10. Our monthly spend on magazines (usually around £50) has decreased to less than a tenner. That's cheaper than two coffees.

Unwind with a snack while you binge read: