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  1. WARNING WARNING Mother's Day is early this year! Sorry to bring you out of your little bubble of comfort thinking you have all the time in the world to find that perfect gift for your well deserving Mother…but you haven't. It is so much earlier this year, why? Well that’s just what our calendars are saying! Sunday 11th March. Write it in your diary, put a note in your phone, cover your house in sticky notes..whatever is needed to not let you forget.28693738_1942924162467932_1425842575_o

    We think we are all pretty aware of this and can agree, but mums are basically Queens! Slightly off track, but did you know that the King's wife is a Queen but if a Princess is crowned Queen then whoever she marries or is married to can only be a prince consort as there is no higher station, and well Queens are pretty amazing and so is your mother!

    With this special warning you have no excuse but to definitely spoil your mum and you can do this without having to spend a fortune. Super hero, Queen, superhuman, whatever you want to call her, we can all agree that ourown mum is one in a million. Here at Beautifully Gifted we want to help you spoil her, but obviously you know your mum best and know what she loves - like a bagaholic, chocoholic or just loves flowers. 28537112_1942924092467939_1807085406_n

    Whatever it is, listen to your inner feelings and follow your heart, but if you're a bit lost we've put together a few ideas to make her feel like royalty.

    Breakfast in bed is always a winner, be it a full English, trusty porridge or even the typical toast. Even without the most spectacular culinary skills you cannot go wrong with this recipe for pancakes (we know we haven't long had pancake day but you can never have too many)!

    Ingredients:

    100g plain flour

    2 eggs

    300ml semi-skimmed milk

    1 tbsp sunflower oil
    or vegetable, plus extra for frying

    pinch salt

     Method:

    1. Put the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and crack the eggs into the middle. Pour in about 50ml milk and 1 tbsp oil. Start whisking from the centre, gradually drawing the flour into the eggs, milk and oil. Once all the flour is incorporated, beat until you have a smooth, thick paste. Add a little more milk if it is too stiff to beat.

    2.  Add a good splash of milk and whisk to loosen the thick batter. While still whisking, pour in a steady stream of the remaining milk. Continue pouring and whisking until you have a batter that is the consistency of slightly thick single cream.

    3. Heat the pan over a moderate heat, then wipe it with oiled kitchen paper. Ladle some batter into the pan, tilting the pan to move the mixture around for a thin and even layer. Quickly pour any excess batter into a jug, return the pan to the heat, then leave to cook, undisturbed, for about 30 secs. Pour the excess batter from the jug back into the mixing bowl. If the pan is the right temperature, the pancake should turn golden underneath after about 30 secs and will be ready to turn.

    4. Hold the pan handle, ease a palette knife under the pancake, then quickly lift and flip it over. Make sure the pancake is lying flat against the base of the pan with no folds, then cook for another 30 secs before turning out onto a warm plate. Continue with the rest of the batter, serving them as you cook or stack onto a plate. You can freeze the pancakes for 1 month, wrapped in cling film or make them up to a day ahead.

    Serve to mum on a pretty tray with a nice cup of breakfast tea (in a bone china cup of course), and don't forget a single flower in a small vase - we promise you she will be delighted.

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  2. As the saying goes "Behind every great man is an even greater woman". While this is all 28829726_1948966948530320_76016351_nwell and true, we like to see women as individuals in their own right who are more than capable of achieving great things with or without a man.

    If you want to see amazing women then you need to look no further than your own mothers - they are all pretty special people. However, we also have a very interesting set up within the Barns at White House Farm. Every single one of the units which you know and love is run by strong women who built their business from the ground up through sheer detirmination and really hard work. Running a business is no small feat and all these amazing woman make it look easy. We are so proud to call them our neighbours and our friends.

    International Woman's Day is not about giving special treatment and recognition to women, it is actually somewhat the opposite. Woman are still not always treated as equals, many being under paid, unrecognised and quite often treated as property. Here in the UK we are   more fort28822530_1948966991863649_915462594_ounate than many, but there are still issues to be resolved   including pay gaps and so called 'up-skirting', and this is why   supporting women in business is so important. Beautifully Gifted   support so many female designers including Sophie Allport,   Caroline Gardner and Lisa Buckridge to name a few, and it is   something we are trulp passionate about.

     So we want to ask you to take a minute to recognise all the   amazing women in your life because if they disappeared   tomorrow, it would be a very different world.

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