Snow cakes

We’ve been baking this week! As it is nearing Christmas and we have been learning about extreme weather in our home school, making snow cakes seemed a doubly good idea! These orange cupcakes are easy to make, look good and taste fantastic. We have also teamed up with who sent me this handy infographic which I would like to share to help you work out your baking time when cooking cakes depending on the size of your tins.  Trago[Read more]

Five Ways With Waffles #AD

A waffle maker and three different topped sweet waffles

I was gifted a waffle maker from the lovely people at VonShef and challenged to create some waffles. As I have an extremely sweet tooth of course I opted for sweet waffles! In order to make the waffles, you will need a waffle maker and I have to say, the one I used from VonShef is absolutely brilliant. I was a bit  hesitant at first as I have tried things like this in the past and normally end up making[Read more]

Quick and Easy Beef Tortelloni

Beef tortelloni easy recipe

I am taking part in the #MeatMatters challenge, where we were asked to create a family meal using lamb or beef which can be cooked in under 30 minutes. I chose to create a beef meal as beef is rich in protein and is also a source of iron which helps reduce tiredness and fatigue. It is also really tasty and a firm favourite with both my husband and my 11-year-old! Being a busy mum who works part-time, blogs and[Read more]

Hidden design cake

hidden design cake recipe

I made this hidden design cake for my daughter, LJ’s, birthday as she loves homemade cakes and each year I am tasked with thinking of a new cake! She is a huge Disney fan and her boyfriend booked them a holiday to Disney Land Paris for her present, so I decided to use a Mickey Mouse shape in the cake.  Hidden design cake Save Recipe Print Recipe My Recipes My Lists My Calendar Ingredients300g Stork or similar300g Caster sugar6 eggs300g Self-raising[Read more]

Do you know the difference between use by and best before dates?

According to the UK Food Standards Agency the ‘use by’ date is all about the safety of eating the food, so if the packaging has a ‘use by’ date, then you should never eat it once that date has passed as it is not safe to do so. Even if the food looks or smells ok, it could have bacteria in it which could cause serious illness. However, the ‘best before date’ is all about the quality of the food and[Read more]

My top 5 blog posts from 2014

I thought that it would be a good time for some shameless self promotion!No, seriously, I thought it would be nice to remind my readers of the most read posts of last year and show the posts to any new readers who might enjoy them. I haven’t included any of my competition posts as they always have many more views as of course people want to enter the competitions!So, in at number five we have – My blog planner A popular post[Read more]

An update to finish off 2014!

Hello out there! I can not believe that it has been nearly four months since I last posted, returning to a full time degree has been a lot more hectic then I imagined. Life has certainly been busy but I feel like I am getting things under control and I am hoping to start posting much more regularly! Going back to university has been hard. The work load is much larger then it was eight years ago, I am out[Read more]

42 days of summer!

The summer holidays are always a controversial topic with many parents dreading occupying their children for such a long time, other parents worrying about how they will manage with childcare during the long summer holidays and then the parents like myself, that actually can’t wait for the summer holidays as we have so much fun each year! No matter what your view on the summer holidays is, there is no doubt that they can be stressful if you are not[Read more]

Tuna pasta salad

I love having meals that can be thrown together quickly for nights where we are extra busy as it saves us from relying on a take-a-way which saves us money. It is also much healthier then most take-a-ways too and as I am a self confessed control freak knowing I have something quick and easy makes me feel much more in control of things which keeps me happy! I thought I would share with you one of those simple meals.[Read more]

Mango upside down cake

We decided to try a new twist on an old favourite so we substituted the well known pineapple for mango to see what it would be like and I have to say, it works really well. In fact my whole family said that they prefer the mango to pineapple in this cake and Faith really enjoyed cooking it with me. To make your own you will need; For the topping * 50g stork or similar. * 50g soft light brown sugar. * Small[Read more]