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As a general rule, we don’t normally exchange Mother’s Day gifts in our house. With my eldest child celebrating her 18th birthday TOMORROW,  I thought it was high time we made an exception to the rule. I think I’ve earnt it. I’m also thinking of it as more of a gift to celebrate the 18th anniversary of becoming a mother for the first time.

 

As the whole concept of Mother’s Day gifts is foreign to my hubby family, I’ve been asked to compile a wish list. I suspect with my mother-in-law flying in today (a couple of hours before I fly out to Sydney), the wish list might just be to help hubby with a gift for his mother. As I normally struggle to buy for my mother-in-law, I’ve asked a couple of my blogger friends to link up their gift guides as well.

 

There’s even a blogger giveaway incentive (details here). I’m hoping between us we might just have gift giving sorted this year.

 

WORTH CASING FOR MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS

 

Wishful thinking…

When it comes to retail therapy, bags (usually Jessica Bratich) are generally at the top of my list, followed very closely by shoes but unless I give specifics, they are not normally something I would suggest hubby go out and purchase for me as a gift. There’s just too much room for error and disappointment.

 

For anyone that might throw ‘it’s the thought that counts’ my way right now… I would say you haven’t met my colour blind, allergic to shopping husband and if I’m only getting one gift every 18 years I want it to be to my liking.

 

 

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Mother’s Day Gifting with Jessica Bratich

 

 

Mother's Day Gifting

Mother’s Day Gifting with Betts

 

As a golden rule, for all non essential purchases, especially bags and shoes, I try and shop the sales when I can and have a running wish list on the go over on Polyvore. A bit like Pinterest but mainly for your wardrobe.

 

 

From the Jewellery Case…

 

Agent Mystery Case Gift Guide from the Jewellery Case

 

Gifting jewellery is such a great way to mark a special occasion but it’s also such a personal thing and it can be hard to get it right. Often a gift voucher or taking the gift recipient shopping is a better approach, as is casing their existing jewellery collection to get a feel for what they like. Paying particular attention to shapes, colours and designs.

 

Up until a few years ago, I had a fairly minimalist approach to jewellery. Up until recently, I just didn’t do bracelets.I still don’t. Although I’m warming to cuffs.

 

Bracelets are the one thing missing from my jewellery collection and I must confess, I broke up with each boyfriend (there weren’t that many!) that tried to rectify that situation by gifting me a one. I may have even written that bracelet gifting was grounds for divorce into our wedding vows. To me, gifting me a bracelet meant you just didn’t get or know me and it was time to move on.

 

As I made no secret of my distaste for bracelets over the years, when my mother gifted me a Pandora bracelet for my 40th birthday, it was accepted with thanks but it went to the bottom of the drawer with every other bracelet I’ve been gifted over the years, as I decided if I should disown her or not. Still deciding. I’m turning 46 this year. Care to guess how many bracelets I have stored away?

 

Moving on from bracelets in a way… a couple of weeks ago, I attended a Mother’s Day accessories style session hosted by Vicki aka The Fashionable Mum for Jet Empire Jewellery. It was the perfect chance to get up close and personal with Jet Empire’s latest collection and select a few wish list pieces for myself as well as have a piece custom made for my daughter’s 18th.

 

Agent Mystery Case Gift Guide | Jet Empire Jewellery

 

I already have a number of Jet Empire pieces in my collection. It’s a local brand I’ve come to love and trust. Not just for the design factor or the life time warranty on all their pieces but the affordability factor.

 

I’m honestly not testing hubby here but I suspect not everyone has a bracelet aversion like me, so I’ve included a bracelet in my wish list below. BUT hubby if you do head here for inspiration… DO NOT under any circumstances think bracelets are a good idea for me.

 

 

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Mother’s Day Gifting from the jewellery case

 

 

There’s only one thing I love better than a good mystery and that’s a designer promotion! Jet Empire have a fab online Mother’s Day promotion running at the moment with 20% off and a FREE mystery gift with every order but you will need to order before May 4 for Mother’s Day delivery.

 

Jet Empire Mother's Day OFFER
 

From the Beauty Case….

 

Agent Mystery Case Gift Guide from the Beauty Case

 

 

The perfect way to keep things simple and on a budget. When it comes to Mother’s Day gifts on any budget, especially of the pampering kind, I don’t think you can go wrong with beauty gift packs.

 

 

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Mother’s Day Gifting from the beauty case

 

Target always seem to be on the ball and on target (pun intended) when it comes to affordable pamper packs and I wouldn’t mind any of the above selections.

 

 

From the Book Case….

 

Agent Mystery Case Gift Guide from the book case

 

Not hinting here for me, as I already own these fab books and the only real books I have time to read at the moment, revolve around my business diploma studies. All these books have resonated with me this past year and are on my worth casing list.

 

 

Mother's Day Gifting from the book case

Mother’s Day Gifting from the book case

 

 

Pure escapism with a little fiction because I love a good mystery from the talented Kim Carter. Mrs Woog’s Primary Confidential for the belly laughs. Nikki from Styling You for wardrobe inspiration. Kelly Exeter for self-help and support in general with the overwhelm I’m constantly finding myself in lately with the lead up to the launch of my new business, a blog agency (more on that coming soon)!

 

 

From my Blogging Friends….

 

I always get by with a lot of help from my blogging friends, even the #uselessblogger ones like myself. If you have or know of a great gift guide that would help in the Mother’s Day gifting stakes, please link it up here. There’s a month of advertising that you can utilise yourself or gift to your favourite charity, as well as a mystery prize up for grabs for one blogger that links up (more details here).

 


 

From the Case Kitchen….

  Agent Mystery Case gift guide from the kitchen  

Now I’m in two minds about gifting practical gifts for Mother’s Day. According to my mother, having been gifted a food processor one year from my father, it’s just not the done thing. Although her gifting my father a power tool was seen as acceptable. In her eyes, practical tools that chain you to the kitchen even more, are not acceptable. I should probably mention my parents are long since divorced but I don’t think it was a bad gift that lead to the divorce proceedings.

 

My take on this… gosh it’s a gift, it’s going to help you in the kitchen, perhaps make your life easier and it’s not a bloody bracelet. I can’t see the problem. I’m all for practical, especially when it aids productivity. WHAT DO YOU THINK?    

 

Which brings me to the Kambrook PowerMix that I’ve been road testing this month. I think it would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift. It’s certainly helping me bring more muscle to my kitchen endeavours and my family are loving the results. You could say I’ve finally found my baking mojo following our recent move where I found myself in a 1950s kitchen with a 1960s Fahrenheit oven and a chaotic cupboard posing as a pantry, where I almost lost the will to go on, let alone cook or bake.    

 

As I already own one, I was thinking (MAJOR HINT MR C & MY GIRLS) that I would love to combine all our favourite family recipes into a professional book with images. Perhaps even an eBook that I could share with family and friends for Christmas (even more practical).

 

 

 

My full review of the Kambrook PowerMix is coming soon together with a handful of tweaked family recipes. There’s also a fab GIVEAWAY (see below)!  

 

WIN WIN WIN

 

giveaway | Kambrook PowerMix Agent Mystery Case

 

 

Thanks to Kambrook, I have a PowerMix up for grabs for one lucky blog reader. Just follow the Rafflecopter prompts to enter. Super easy. I’m not going to make you jump through too many hoops for this one but it’s such a great prize (valued at $149.95) it would be worth jumping through a few rafflecopter hoops.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 

 

As another treat for the 18th Anniversary of giving birth for the first time, I’ve also taken leave of my senses parental leave and will be missing my daughter’s birthday and party tomorrow, as I fly across the country to Sydney for a blogger event and mini mystery tour. I mentioned last week how I wasn’t feeling one bit guilty about taking off {HERE}. That may change.

 

I must confess, I’ve had one chaotic week in the lead up to flying out, with my three girls only heading back to school on Wednesday after an excessively long school holiday break. It means I’ve had to try and squeeze a week of work into just two days, as well as prep for the Sydney trip and finish my latest major assessment for my business diploma studies. I had plans to do the majority of the 18th birthday party prep before I left but it just didn’t happen.

 

Hubby and Miss almost 18, assure me they have everything under control. I’m not convinced. The party is in less than 24 hours. The invitations only went out two days ago. Nothing, as far as I can see, has been done. Kind of makes me glad, I’m on a flight to Sydney and my mother-in-law is flying in but it also kind of makes me wonder if I shouldn’t be staying at home.

 

 

QUESTIONS… QUESTIONS… QUESTIONS…

GIFTS…practical or pampered? Or perhaps somewhere in between? What are you thoughts on the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Am I going to regret missing my daughter’s 18th birthday party?

Who wants to WIN a Kambrook PowerMix?

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  • Mish

    I would make my famous white chocolate & raspberry baked cheesecake. It would be super easy with the Kambrook PowerMix

    • I might NEED that recipe to test myself. Sounds delicious and everyone in my little family love cheesecake.

  • Kelly Hibbs

    I’d bake my fave chocolate cake for my son’s birthday with it. It would be amazing to win this!

  • Vicki | The Fashionable Mum

    You won’t regret missing the party I don’t think because you’ll be with me!! I’m sure Mr Case will do a fab job of keeping all those teenagers entertained.
    As for Mother’s Day, I love getting little treats from my kids, particularly home made ones, infact, if I had one of those Kambrook mixers they could make me an amazing Victoria sandwich using my mums recipe.
    X

    • I’m sure you will keep me suitably distracted. You should see the matching outfits I just found for us. Not. Kidding.

      I might need you to introduce me to your amazing Victoria sandwich.

  • Are you going to the bloggers brunch in Sydney? If so keep your eye out for me. Enjoy your time away.

    • YES! We catch the 2am flight over, so I’ll be the sleep walking blogging zombie. Please, please, please come find me. I insist.

      Also, thanks for linking up your gift guide. I can’t wait to case it.

  • I hope you enjoy your parental leave! I could do with a bit of time off at the moment. I loved the photo of your three girls in the last post. Life with girls is certainly very interesting isn’t it? Thanks for all the fab giveaways and link ups. xo

    • Me too. We are trying to pack a lot into the weekend in a blogging sense, so not really sure it qualifies as time off.

  • cleo

    I would create my Paris-brest cake with Italian custard and strawberries.

  • Stacey M

    If I won the PowerMix I would put it to the test by making a batch of macarons – yum!

  • I have been lusting for a PowerMix for some time because I have been very envious of my niece making the most delectable macarons. I’d be giving them a burl straight up I think.

    • I’ve never made them. I might need to add them to my recipe list for the test kitchen next week.

  • Louise M

    I’d make mango chicken and margaritas to go with them!

    • I might need to gate crash your party. Sounds divine.

  • Suzie E

    I would love to make a pavlova to knock everyone’s socks off!

    • Did you see my Nutella pavlova? I shared a pic to Instagram. Recipe coming soon.

  • Carly Williams

    I would make cookies!

  • Karen Edwards

    Oh lots of gluten free goodies on my list first up would be gluten free lemon muffins yum.

    • I’ve recently gone back to being gluten free. It just helps with the auto-immune disease but I struggle with recipes. This sounds perfect.

      • Karen Edwards

        Yes yummy recipes are hard. I have coeliac disease and lactose intolerant:(

  • Stav Mataia

    I would love to create my juicy blueberry And lemon skillet cake in a light cornmeal batter. A great low key way to get a sweet start to my day.

    • OMG, I might need the recipe for that one. Sounds perfect.

  • Sarahmary92

    Blueberry and custard muffins, super-sized. I would use fresh berries and creamy thick custard that would be heavenly to taste.

  • Pauline Olsen

    I’d love to attempt some deliciously scrumptious Lemon Meringue cupcakes. I think they’d be a wonderful addition to our family Mother’s Day high tea. Last year we all contributed finger foods and arranged them on tiered plates. Voila! High tea was served. It was so easy and successful that we’re doing it again this year – this time with a French theme for added ‘sophistication’!

    • Looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing a picture. We should team up in the test kitchen and come up with a recipe.

  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connect

    Seeing I am one of the worst cooks you will see, this might actually make me up to a normal standard of cooking. LOL

    • I’m pretty sure I can outdo you in the worst cooks department, which is why my hubby vowed to cook, clean and slave after me. This gorgeous appliances is certainly helping me find some kitchen mojo.

  • Alyse Li

    Actually, recently saw a buzzfeed video on how to make banana oreo ice cream and started craving it ever since. This’ll be the chance to make my mother something since she loves ice cream too :’)

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    Let’s be honest here – I wouldn’t be using the Power Mix, my husband would be! However I would suggest that he make me something light and fluffy – some gf scones would go a treat!

    • I love your honesty and your style Kirsty. Do you have a gf scone recipe? I might need to try that myself.

  • Kathy Bowdlert

    The Kambrook PowerMix would be put straight to work making a Golden Syrup Roll, think swiss roll only made with golden syrup and filled with fresh cream. It’s a recipe my Nan used to make, my Mum makes and I make with my Grandchildren…it’s a Mummy thing.

    • I love the sound of your golden syrup roll. Is it a secret recipe?

      • Kathy Bowdlert

        No, just a favourite, here it is….

        Golden
        Syrup Roll

        Ingredients

        3 Eggs

        !/2 cup CSR Caster Sugar

        ½ cup corn flour

        2 heaped teaspoons
        plain flour

        1 level teaspoon cream
        of tartar

        ½ level teaspoon of
        Bicarbonate soda

        ½ level teaspoon
        cinnamon

        1 level tablespoon of
        warmed CSR golden syrup.

        Extra CSR caster sugar

        Filling

        250 ml cream

        1-2 tablespoons of CSR
        golden syrup….beat together until thick.

        Method

        Preheat oven to 180
        degrees C, Grease and line with baking paper a Swiss roll tin. Beat eggs for 3
        minutes in mixer, add sugar and beat until thick and frothy. Sift flour and
        other dry ingredients in a bowl, add egg mixture and warmed syrup, fold
        together. Bake for 10 minutes. When ready, quickly roll in a slightly damp
        cloth that has been sprinkled with caster sugar until cool. When cold unwrap
        and unroll and spread with cream, reroll and set for an hour in fridge.

  • Karina Lee

    Macaroons. I love these delicate discs of yumminess and they are not too hard to make!

    • Are they really easy to make? I always thought they were difficult and have attempted them.

      • Karina Lee

        I made them once a while back and they turned out great, first time too. I was stoked. I have been itching to try again and see if it will work again!

  • CocoaLoco

    I would make Nanna’s Black Forrest Dream. It’s like Black Forrest cake but 100 times better. Its delicious and something out whole family goes crazy for at Christmas! Yum. So much easier to make with an electric mixer too, instead of Nanna’s old hand eggbeater contraption she STILL uses!

    • That sounds all kinds of wonderful.

      • CocoaLoco

        There’s always fights over the last piece.

  • Ashley peters

    I would love to make one of my chocolate sponge cakes with this mixer I reckon it would turn out just perfect

    • A chocolate sponge cake… I might need to try this myself.

  • Maxy

    I’m making a Mystery Cake! – dating back to the 1930’s It actually has a can of Campbell’s tomato soup in it which apparently you can’t taste. I love the quote I found below!

    “This is a pleasant cake, which keeps well and puzzles people while you are cooking other things, which is always sensible and makes you feel rather noble, in itself a small but valuable pleasure.” M.F.K. Fisher 1942

    • I love a good mystery and this cake sounds intriguing.

      • Maxy

        I think you should give it a go and put it to the taste test Mystery Case – if for no other reason than puzzling those around you while cooking other things!

  • Anastasia Xynos

    My mum’s favourite – sponge cake with a jam and cream filling.

    • My mum must be the only mother that doesn’t do sponge cake. As a result, I’ve never attempted one myself. Might need to change that.

  • My kids have already shown me a great big pile of pressies that apparently I will be receiving on Mother’s Day!!! They have gone way OTT this year – not sure why. Maybe now they both earn good money? Oh and I would *love* to have a proper mixer. Hubster bought me a Kambrook handheld one when we were engaged 27 years ago and it’s still going strong, but it does put me off making things that require several minutes mixing, such as chocolate mousse or meringue for lemon meringue pie. So I would definitely make one of these first!!!

    • My Kambrook handheld mixer was gifted to us for our wedding 20 years ago and it too is still going strong. Probably the only appliance that is. You would love the PowerMix.

  • lisa

    My kids have given me a list of things to make, cupcakes, cookies, cakes and slices, but I’m thinking a white chocolate mud cake will not only please me but also the three little bowl lickers too.

    • I love white chocolate mud cake. I should find a recipe to try.

  • Brooke

    Rather than bought gifts, I prefer the indulgent breakfast, made at home followed by a simple nature outing either near the ocean or in the rainforest. For me its about just being and being with those you love.

    • It’s normally the same for me as well, ie the being not the giving but I wouldn’t mind a change this year. It might make up for that year (not so long ago) that hubby forgot my birthday.

  • Jessica Maloney

    A gluten free birthday cake, since my twin sis was just diagnosed with Coeliac, 3 weeks before our 30th birthday!

    • Oh no. I feel her pain. It’s no fun being gluten free but the health benefits make up for it.

  • Sarah Fleming

    I am rather famous for my vanilla cupcakes. I make them for all family birthdays and events, they sell like hotcakes at cakes stalls and all the school Mum’s love coming to my kids parties just because they want these cakes, they all swear they are the best they’ve ever had. So I would be straight into whipping a batch up with my gorgeous new mixer if I were lucky enough to win!

  • Helga Grenkowitz

    My husband and I have a coffee break together every day. We will always have some kind of homemade ginger cookies or a nice slice of cake with it. We both love cheesecakes with different fruits in it, like pineapple, strawberries, peach or a coffee cake. Most of my cakes or cookies have either almond meal or hazelnut meal in it because we are nuts about nuts. 🙂

    • I love gingerbread cookies. I might need your recipe.

  • Tracy Andreatta

    I’ve restarted my weight loss this week & as usual I dream about all the yummy food lol .If I won I would make myself a big batch of brownies…mmmmm brownies by then I’ll deserve them & they can be my treat for being so good .

    • I wonder if there isn’t a healthy version of brownies and if there is, would it be worth eating?

  • Sarah from Bubsandbeans

    If I won I would make a Pavlova, my Nana always made the Pavlovas for us each Christmas and she is getting to old to do it now, it would be great to continue the tradition.

    • What a lovely tradition. I have so many great recipes from my nan. Just need to get in the kitchen more and try them.

  • Claire H Simmons

    delish orange and chocolate muffins, perfect to add to a mothers day picnic

  • Hi Raychael.. A drawer full of bracelets… Oh! I understand it when someone gives you a gift you can’t enjoy.. Never mind! Maybe they’ll be enjoyed by others! D x

    • My girls are all starting to get into jewellery but they’ve taken up making their own. I should actually regift them. Seems a waste for them to just sit there. Although some are engraved (cringe).

  • Lisa Abejja

    I would make my kids a Moroccan chocolate cake with a fudgy centre and rich chocolate ganache. So much sugar, so much chocolate but so darned good !!

    • Too much chocolate is never enough in this house, so I may just need your recipe.

  • Mariapen

    My favourite….Chocolate mud cake with caramel icing. I can’t get enough chocolate!

    • OMG. Can you share your caramel icing recipe… please!

      • Mariapen

        Melt 125g unsalted butter in small saucepan, stir in 3/4 cup brown sugar and 80 ml milk. Simmer for about 3 mins. Cool mixture for 10 minutes then gradually stir in 1 and 1/2 cups icing sugar until mixture thickens. ! . 🙂

  • Jacky Burkett

    In memory of my Mum I would (try!)create her famous coffee cake with goey icing and walnuts.

  • spog777

    knowing me probably a mess but if I succeed a tasty carrot cake would be on offer

  • Beksmum

    I would attempt a sticky date pudding, we all love it and I have tried one before but my old hand held mixer just didn’t cut the mustard and it was too chunky for the kids 🙂

  • Jennifer B.

    It’s my STRAWBERRY MERINGUE CAKE first: dessert cake unbeaten!
    Best celebration treat: nowhere else eaten.
    Easy but impressive, leaves everyone replete,
    Strawberries, whipped cream, sponge, fluffy meringue layers… Kambrook ‘PowerMixed’ and SWEET!!!

    • Looks fabulous. What’s the trick to the height. Mine always fall a bit flat but I do have a 1960s oven.

      • Jennifer B.

        Not sure! The sponge and meringue are baked together – 2 layers, one pan x 2. Maybe that’s it, and/or a killer meringue mix to start with. Serious beating required!

  • Sharon M

    A nice fluffy quiche lorraine!!! My thirty year old Kambrook hand held mixer still works but hasn’t got the speed anymore, a bit like me really 🙂

    • My hand held mixer is just over 20 years and still going strong too.

  • Eva Kiraly

    I’ve got a 50th Birthday party coming up so I’d have to cook up a beautiful cake for that, maybe a Malibu Torte or some sort of Rum cake, lets celebrate! 🙂

  • Adric Morrison

    I would make my special chocolate mousse sponge cake.

  • Lisa Abejja

    DYING to see who wins this gorgeous prize. I’m moving in to a gorgeous new rental home in 2 weeks and gosh my wonderful large kitchen is BEGGING for fancy mixer hahahaha

  • Michelle bondfield

    My first cake would be butterfly cakes in honour of my Dah who gave me my passion for creating beautiful cakes in the first place.

  • Lisa Lees

    I would love to win the PowerMix to try and have a go at making my own meringues. They are one of my absolute favourite desserts and never owned a food mixer before to try and make them for myself! Who knows what else I might try out?!?

    • My meringues have been hit and miss with our new oven.

  • tara

    a short crust pastry using my grandmothers recipe!

    • I’m attempting a short crust pastry too. Any tips for me?

  • Clinton M

    Of all trends matcha tea is my thang, so i’d experiment with this beauty of a whizz bang, matcha pancakes sound just divine, a breakfast treat that I happily predict would taste mighty fine!

  • Michelle

    I’d try making marshmallows. Always wanted to try but never had a mixer.

  • Adriene B

    Has anyone ever tried a cookies and cream cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory in America? Well that is exactly what I plan on making if I win the Kambrook PowerMix. With some help from my two little girls who love to cook, we would start by making a base with crushed oreo biscuits, then whip some sugar, philly cream cheese, eggs and more crushed oreos to make the cheescake. I would then bake it in the oven, as who doesn’t love a good baked cheesecake. To finish off, I would make a chocolate ganache and spread a fine layer on top. Afterall, you can never have enough chocolate. Am I right? Then I would whip up some fresh cream to decorate, with mini oreo biscuits as a final touch. But if it was up to my girls, Jas would want me to make a mars bar cheesecake and Cassie would want me to make a cheesecake that tastes like a snickers chocloate bar. Whatever we make I know it will be ‘death by chocolate’.