Monday, 15 December 2014

Guest Post: Meet Natalie of Sophisticated Mumma Blog and a Special Christmas Recipe to Share

I am so excited to be sharing my blog space today for the very first time ever by featuring a special guest post from a blogger whose work I really enjoy reading.

I have been stalking Natalie's blog, the Sophisticated Mumma, for many months now. I really enjoy visiting her space on the web and reading her posts which range in topic from beauty to fashion and cuisine. I especially enjoy her great reviews of products and she has been responsible for me spending more than a few pennies over time, thanks to her up to the minute, informative style. (I am pretty sure that's great, being influenced to spend cash!)

Visiting Natalie's blog is like browsing an enjoyable magazine; it's light and fresh and very approachable in style. Please do support her space by paying a visit to her website here and following her blogging journey on social media. You can find her on Bloglovin'Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram too.

Finally, please also give her lots of comment love at the end of this post! (She has after all, donated a post she had intended to publish on her own blog and if you're a blogger too, you know how much work goes on behind the scenes!)

And now it's over to Natalie!

Hi, I'm Natalie from Sophisticated Mumma blog. I'm a Beauty Therapist (who happens to be a Mum of four) and I love to post all things Beauty, Fashion and Food. Jody has been a sweetheart and has requested me to share a festive recipe with all you lovely readers!

Now, part of my family is Scandinavian, so it makes perfect sense to incorporate a little Nordic influence into our festivities.

A really lovely sweet treat is 'Knack' which is basically Swedish for 'crack.' It's a kind of toffee, totally naughty but very, very nice.

Traditionally the Knack is made by boiling the ingredients up until it gets to a certain temperature and then it all gets a bit too scientific with boiling temperatures and such like. As I prefer to whip these up a little quicker, I use the good old microwave.

You will need:

16 mini cake cases (I use silicone ones from Coles),
100ml cream,
100ml Golden Syrup,
80g or 100ml Raw Sugar,
2 tablespoons of finely chopped almonds.

Use a microwave proof container, (ideally a large jug) and mix the cream, Golden Syrup and sugar together.

Pop it in the microwave on a high setting for approximately 7 mins.

(It will bubble quite high and needs to boil or it will be soft and chewy, however note that too long will result in needing a new set of teeth!)

Take the container from the microwave carefully as the contents will scald if handled without care.

Quickly pop the chopped almonds in the same container and stir them through.

Immediately pour into your mini cake cases as the mixture will quickly harden.

Place in the fridge to cool / set and then place in an airtight container.

Ideal for adults, older children and fans of the Daim lollies sold in Ikea.


Natalie, When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging in March of this year, so I'm a newbie and the blog is still evolving. I actually started the blog as I was so inspired by my Instagram contacts and their own blogs. I felt, I too had something to offer the blogging community especially as I have informed beauty knowledge. I believe anyone can inject a bit of glamour and pampering into their everyday without spending a fortune.

What are your three favourite posts you've published and why?

Keeping up with the festive season, a recent post, was about prepping skin for the holiday season. It's a quick, yet effective way to incorporate a quick pamper session into your shower routine.

Another recent post offers Summer alternatives to a pair of shorts. I mean, shorts are great and all that, but, (and it's a big BUT!), I prefer something that covers my legs a bit more. This post is for the ladies out there who, like me, prefer an alternative.

Finally, a post I compiled a while back. It's actually a rather important one on finding a good Beauty Salon. I constantly hear lots of horror stories with botched treatments or infections passed to clients and it really annoys me. The industry needs more regulation, however decent Therapists do uphold an industry standard, so here's a few pointers on what to look for in a Salon.

How will you be celebrating Christmas Day?

Christmas Day we will be having the extended family over to our house for a good old Aussie BBQ. Seafood, steak, the festive trimmings and just, hopefully, a relaxing day.

Thanks so much for sharing your blog here Natalie!
It's been great to get to know you some more and I can't wait to try your special recipe!
Have you heard of Knack before?


  1. Not heard of Knack - and had to check out your alternative to shorts post...just to see...

  2. Knack sounds similar to the toffees I used to buy on school cake days! I'd always get it stuck in my teeth but so worth it!

    1. Happy days hey? I always went the the sweetest things too :-)

  3. I've never heard of knack before, but it sounds delicious. Thanks for linking with Mummy Mondays #Team MM

    1. It is delicious! I'm making more tonight as the last batch went in a flash :-)

  4. "Knack" is new to me... I will be trying this recipe very soon. I know Miss 7 and Master 4 will be happy to help me...Yummo!

  5. Knacks sound good I never heard of them either

    1. It's nice to be able to share some Scandinavian tradition with you all :-)

  6. Love that recipe! So easy. Awesome to be introduced to Natalie too :)

    1. I can't wait to try it Alicia! Thanks everyone for stopping by! ❤️

  7. Thank you Jody! I've so enjoyed being featured on your Blog today! :-) x

    1. You're so welcome lovely Natalie - it was fun! xx

  8. Swedish crack... Love the sound of that haha sounds delish!

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