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Thursday, 31 March 2016

Fruit Trifle..

My husband loves trifles so I made him this earlier this week. 

It took me a few days to make as we ate all the trifle sponges I made and I had to make some more again the next day!!

Fruit Trifle:

  • 1 Strawberry flavour jelly tablet (that make 1 pint of jelly).
  • 2 Medium eggs
  • 75g Caster sugar
  • 75g Self raising flour
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extracts
  • 4-5 Tablespoons strawberry conserve
  • Sprinkle of caster sugar
  • 1 Oranges
  • 500g Ready made fresh custard
  • 300g Double cream
  • 125g Blueberries

  1. Make up 1 pint of strawberry jelly in a bowl, then night before or with plenty of time to leave to set. Leave in fridge until needed.
  2. Make the trifle sponges up the night before too or a few hours before you need them. Pre-heat the oven to 200c fan.
  3. Grease and line a swiss roll tin.
  4. In a bowl whisk eggs, caster sugar, self raising flour and vanilla extracts together until thick and creamy.
  5. Pop the mixture into greased swiss roll tin and move the tin around to make the mixture even.
  6. Bake for around 8-10 minutes.Until nice and light brown.
  7. Place some grease proof paper out and sprinkle the caster sugar on it. 
  8. Take your cake from the oven and transfer upside down from tin onto the sugar paper.
  9. Remove the grease proof paper.
  10. Spread around 4-5 tablespoons of strawberry conserve all over the cake.
  11. Roll the cake longways, until all cake is rolled up and you have a long swiss roll style base.
  12. Cut whilst warm into 12 slices.
  13. Leave to cool.

Making the trifle up:
  1. Arrange the swiss roll trifle sponges around the bottom and up the sides of a big glass dish.
  2. Peel the orange and cut down the segments to make little orange cubes.
  3. Take the jelly from the fridge and mix up with a spoon. Tip on top of the sponge and orange.
  4. Spoon the custard on top.
  5. Pour the double cream into a bowl and whisk with an electric mixers until thickly whipped.
  6. Pop on top of the trifle.
  7. Wash and arrange the blueberries on top.

Do you like trifle?


Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe..

Who can resist a traditional Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe? I know I can't.

(I love a bit of cake, especially when I have done a long run as I know I have earned it then ;))

This cake is filled with whipped cream, strawberry conserve, raspberry yogurt and fresh strawberries.

What's not to love?


Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe:


Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries..

Do you have any chocolate that needs using up from Easter?

How about melting some down and making some chocolate dipped strawberries?

Strawberries and chocolate are a match made in heaven make a delicious treat and a healthier alternative to a bar of chocolate.

How To Make Chocolate Dipped Strawberries:

Make: 20 strawberries

Prep time: 30 minutes 
Cooking time: 10 minutes


19 Ideas To Use Your Mason Jar ...

I love to use Mason jars for crafting and making some recipes up in. How much fun can using a glass jar be!? Food, flowers and candles all look so good inside them too.

Today I am sharing some fun ideas to use them for.

19 Ideas To Use Your Mason Jar:


Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Strawberry, Banana And Peanut Butter Smoothie..

I love it when strawberries are in season. This means the shops sell them cheaper and we can buy more. More for smoothies, yummy!


Monday, 28 March 2016

Passion Fruit And Pistachio Cake...

The Crumbs Sisters use Lizi’s Granola to create a stunning Passionfruit And Pistachio Cake.

Famous online bloggers, vloggers and all round recipes masterminds, The Crumbs Sisters have combined forces with Lizi’s Granola to produce a delicious and original Passionfruit & Pistachio cake specially for your celebrations.

This cleverly designed cake infused with Lizi’s Passionfruit & Pistachio Granola is an original alternative, making it a nice change for home baking as well as being a great conversation starter.

The best thing is, it looks harder than it is!

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Daffodil Cupcakes...

Fancy making some Daffodil Cupcakes?

Daffodil Cupcakes Recipe:

Makes 12 cupcakes:




My Sunday photo..

Chocoholic right here!!


Saturday, 26 March 2016

Dr. Oetker's Giant Chocolate Bunny Bum Tours The UK‏ ..

Hi everyone.

I have some fun photos to share with you today. A few days ago you may remember that I posted about The giant bunny bum in London And Manchester? Have a read of the post, it has some interesting stats: The Bunny Bum

Today I am sharing some of Dr. Oetker's Giant Chocolate Bunny Bum Tours The UK‏ photos, how cool!?

Dr .Oetker has kindly let me share so of the photo's from the tour starting in London and moving up to Manchester:

The Bunny Bum in London:


Peanut Butter Jelly Smoothie..

I made this yummy smoothie today after my run to the park with Mollie the Border Collie.

Peanut Butter Jelly Smoothie:

  • 2 Medium bananas
  • 1 Teaspoon of peanut butter
  • 1 Teaspoon of strawberry jam
  • 100ml Semi-skimmed milk


10 Easter Ideas To Make With The Children This Weekend...

Me and my daughter love to craft and bake yummy cakes. When she has time off school, especially at Easter and Christmas we love to share ideas on how to get crafty.

First up we write lists, we love making lists!

Today I am sharing 10 ideas to keep your little ones busy this weekend.

10 Easter Ideas To Make With The Children This Weekend:

1.) Bake Some Cakes:

Make some fun Easter Chocolate Cupcake. Find a fun recipe to try out and make.

Everyone in our house loves cupcakes and how sweet are these Easter cupcakes?

Friday, 25 March 2016

Children Spring Cocktails..

Hi, how has your week been? Are you ready for the weekend? I know I am.

Last week I was making some fun alcoholic cocktails recipes up and I surprised the children by making these alcohol-free fruit punch cocktail ones up for them. 

They tasted so yummy, we ended up having the same ones a few days in a row!!

Would you like to try some too?

You too can make the alcoholic or non-alcoholic, depending on your preference.

They are so lovely to sip at night on the garden throughout the Summer weekends.


Kale And Fruit Smoothie..

Do you like to make up tasty smoothies?

Do you also like to add vegetables to them?

Today I am sharing a go-to smoothie that I am loving at the minute:

Kale And Fruit Smoothie. This smoothie has got Strawberries, banana, kale and peanut butter in it and is all mixed together with your favourite choice of milk. Yum Yum!!

Serves 2


Bunny Bum Cupcakes...

Last week Dr Oetker asked me if I would like to recreate these Easter Bunny Bum Cupcakes.

How cool are Dr. Oetker bunny bum cupcakes, pictured above!?

I am not the most creative baker but I thought how sweet they are and wanted to try and make them with my daughter. Could we make some half as good?

Haha read on to see how our cupcakes turned out...

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Sunflower Cupcake..

Spring is in the air and how sweet are these sunflower cupcakes?

Sunflower cupcake:

Makes 12 cupcakes gold or brown cases


Home Made Trifle Sponges..

I made these trifle sponges yesterday ready for a trifle I was making today.

I like to buy shop bought ones when I am in a hurry and make my own when I have more time.

We love trifles, so it is good to mix them up a bit. I mostly make them up around Christmas, Easter and birthdays.

Just like my Grandma use too.

Passing on a family tradition.

Trouble is they were so yummy, me and the children ended up eating most of them.

I now have to make them up again! Ha!! No worries, they are quick and easy to make.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Easter Chocolate Nest Cake..

Fancy making a Easter Chocolate Nest Cake?

Pre heat the oven to 180C gas mark 4

Bake for 50 - 55 minutes in 2 separate 6” baking tins

Spicy Seafood Paella...

One of our favourite meals has to be paella. Even the children all love this too. My husband set us off loving this, as he used to go away to Spain a lot when he was younger. I never went abroad until I was mid 20's but once I went and tried it, I loved it too.

We like it served with lots of different seafood in ours, instead of chicken.

I usually buy 2 king prawn seafood mixes but the husband fancied having more mussels in this time.

Granola Parfaits With Strawberries And Blueberries...

I love breakfast (the most important meal of the day)  and one of my favourite things to make is granola and fruit parfaits. Layering up fruit, cereal and yoghurt, what is not to love? 

I love breakfast so much, the most day I have 2 breakfasts. One before I walk Mollie The Collie and once after walkies!!

A glass Mason jar with Granola, Greek Yogurt, Blueberries and Strawberries make such a tasty and yummy breakfast, brunch or afternoon snack. Delicious! 

Sometimes I like to make them up, put the lid on them and have them when I have come back in from a run when the yogurt has soaked into the granola. Quicker to eat them too.

I love to make my healthier homemade granola recipe up but as soon as I make it, we eat it all up. So today's recipe is with some shop bought granola with strawberry pieces. You can adjust this recipe to what you have in at the time too.


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Ball Mason Jars Review..

Last week I was sent these sweet Ball Mason jars to review.

I am a big fan of making smoothies, salads or treats and serving them up in a glass jars. These will be perfect for serving my food and drinks in. Ever since they arrived I can not stop using them. They are adorable.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Pyrex Cake Dish Review..

Last week Pyrex kindle sent me a glass cake dish to try out, review and recreate their Mother's Day Cake.

How yummy!?

I have always cooked my cakes in tins or silicon trays. I had never cooked a cake in a glass dish before. This was going to be an interesting new way to bake tasty cakes.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Plum Beautiful Cheesecake Tarts..

Are you a cheesecake fan?

Do you love plums?

Looking for a nice treat for the week ahead?

If so, do you fancy making and trying out these Plum Beautiful Cheesecake Tarts?

They look delicious, don't they?

These quick-to-make desserts are just the thing when you want to impress, without having to go to too much trouble. Result!

Plum Beautiful Cheesecake Tarts:

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes

Serves: 6


Vintage Inspired Tablescapes...

Throughout February and the month of love, this was my vintage inspired tablescape.

I love to dress my table up and take pictures, do you?

It makes's it look pretty and inviting for dinner.

I was planning Valentine's day table setting and I had some beautiful flowers I got as a lovely Valentine's day gift and they matched one of my dinner tableware sets perfectly.

Pink, red and yellow roses went perfectly with my Johnson Brothers Eternal Beau collection. I love dinner set and have had it years and years. It could even be vintage now.

You can pick up bits and bobs from this collection at car boot sales and charity shops as the shops don't sell many of these sets now.

It was really popular, back in the day so if I have needed anything adding to my collection, I ask my Mum or Mother in law to keep an eye out for it. Perfect if I break something too.

I am now planning a nice Spring table makeover now.

Maybe with an Easter theme!?

I do have a sweet tablecloth with little bumble bees and ladybirds on it too, so maybe something along these lines. The trouble is when you have a loud pattern on your tablecloth, you need a plain dinner set so not to make you table crowded. Lucky I have my pale green set then.

Anyway, back to my vintage inspired tablescape:

I planned my table around a beautiful bunch of coloured roses my husband brought me. This dinner set matched them lovely as they already have pink flowers on them.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Hot Chocolate Treat..

After today's 5 KM Parkrun race we had a little treat for doing well. We love to run Parkrun and all ran our best. 

After we went home for a nice shower and a yummy cooked breakfast. 

Later on, we went shopping in Chesterfield and a visit Grandma. We all stopped off at their favourite pub and we all had yummy hot chocolate and creamy for a special treat.



Peachy Goat’s Cheese Bruschetta...

Happy Saturday. Today I have a lovely weekend treat to share with you all:

Peachy Goat’s Cheese Bruschetta.

When you fancy something quick and tasty – and just a little bit different – this is a great choice!

Perfect weekend snacks.

 These make sweet nibbles too if you're having some family and friends around too. I would love to be served up these if I  was visiting someone. Would you too?

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 5 minutes

Serves: 2


Friday, 18 March 2016

Laetitia’s Lovely Plum Crumble Cake..

Today I have a lovely treat to share with you:

Laetitia’s Lovely Plum Crumble Cake.

How delicious!?

This delicious creation can be served hot as a pudding, or cold as a cake.

It’s made with a mixture of rolled oats, wholemeal self-raising flour, melted butter and muscovado sugar, layered with South African Laetitia plums.

The layers are repeated so that there’s a lovely colourful topping of fruit. It’s divine served with crème fraiche, cream, ice cream or thick Greek yogurt.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Spring Is Just Around The Corner..

I love this time of year for spotting signs of Spring.

Don't you?

Spring Is Just Around The Corner and I am so happy thinking about it.

Groundhog day has been and gone, and the countdown is underway.

Here are a few of the things I think about when I think of Spring.


Paddy’s Day Breakfast Feast...

Today is Saint Patrick's Day. Do you celebrate this day?

Are you looking for a big special breakfast to serve up on Saint Patricks Day?

How about trying this Paddy’s Day Breakfast Feast?

'Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March'.

Imagine this, 2 slices of BFree bread, toasted. 2 pieces of Irish black pudding grilled and then mashed. ½ a soft avocado, mashed up too. Topped with 2 eggs, poached and a sprinkle of Himalayan sea salt. All served up with a handful of rocket. How tasty?

Serves 1-2 people


Beetroot, Pomegranate And Orange Smoothie...

Are you a fan of juicing fruit and vegetables up to drink.

Maybe for breakfast or a mid-morning snack?

Are you trying to add more vegetables into your diet?

Today I am sharing a Beetroot, Pomegranate And Orange Smoothie recipe with you.

Do you fancy trying out this tasty juice?

Serves 1

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: none

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

The Bunny Bum..

Today I am sharing some fun news with all you keen bakers out there: 

Dr. Oetker and baking expert Juliet Sear, created entirely edible seven foot tall Bunny Bum that took over 110 hours to create using more than 3,000 bars of Dr. Oetker Fine Cooks’ Chocolate.

How cool is this cake!?

The giant Bunny Bum has popped up in London Potters-field today. If you are around the area today it will be a must-see. I wish I could pop down and see it but it is too far away.

The Bunny Bum is at London Potters Field today and hoping to Manchester Piccadilly on Friday!

If you are around any of the areas on these days look out for it. I am sure you will not miss this giant bunny bum if you are :)

Keep popping back here as I have some more news on this story coming up also a recipe post on how to make some cupcake bunny bums too.

If you can not pop over to London or Manchester, not to worry as here is a video on the Dr. Oetker's Giant Chocolate Bunny Bum tour:

How yummy does this look!?

Fancy making some smaller Bunny Bum Cupcakes? You can find the recipe here:

Dr. Oetker Bunny Bum Cupcakes.

What do you think? Sweet aren't they?

Perfect for any party, especially if you have someone who loves bunnies.

Let me know your thoughts below, also let us know if you get to make them.

The BBunny Bum was commissioned by Dr. Oetker and crafted by baking expert Juliet Sear, the entirely edible seven foot tall Bunny Bum took over 110 hours to create using more than 3,000 bars of Dr. Oetker Fine Cooks’ Milk and White Chocolate. 

How cool. I wonder how big you could make one before it was too big. If you know what I mean?


Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Skinny Shamrock Shake...

Happy Tuesday. I hope you're having a lovely week so far? How was your weekend?

Today I have a recipe post to share with you: Skinny Shamrock Shake: perfect for St Patricks Day.

Are you looking for something a little different for breakfast?

Are you a fan of fruit smoothies or smoothie bowls?

What about adding spinach into them too?

I love making smoothies with spinach in them. It makes the milk turn green, how cool?

How about trying out this Skinny Shamrock Shake?

Perfect for those seeking a healthier alternative to the traditional green-coloured shakes.

This smoothie is full of yummy ingredients. With one cup of spinach, 1 tasty banana to make the smoothie thicker, ¼ of a tasty avocado, 4 tablespoons mint, ½ cup of Greek Yogurt and a cup of almond milk or milk of your choice.

Celebrate this St Patrick's Day with this indulgent creamy Shamrock Shake with a minty flavour twist.

Monday, 14 March 2016

5 Food Pantry Ideas.....

I am a huge fan of upcycling, refashion old clothing and repurposing old items. I love to recycle old bottles and jars and anything else that gives me an idea along the way. 

What about old crates too. 

There are so many ways to reuse new or old crates and today I am sharing a few ideas with you. 

Sometimes I receive them in a delivery and always find a neat way to use them again. They just look too go to throw away.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Granny Smith’s Golden Delicious Tart...

Granny Smith’s Golden Delicious Tart.

This easy tart gives you two bites of the apple, by using a combination of South African Granny Smith and Golden Delicious varieties.

Using a circle of puff pastry, the apples are arranged haphazardly on top of a wonderful mixture of ground almonds, butter, sugar and egg for a sensational treat.

Spinach Smoothie..

Hi, how are you today? Me, I have felt so much better!!

I am glad to see the back flu once and for all!! Nothing worse than being ill. Especially when you're a mum and the children depend on you to make their food and clean their clothes. 

I keep trying to be healthier and get lots of fruit into my diet to try and get my strength back up. Trying hard to get my five a day into my food diet. 

Two smoothies a day, every day last week to get some vitamins inside me quickly. I really hope it is working. It sometimes takes you ages to feel yourself again. I hate being poorly. Getting your strength back can also take time too.

I mostly had blueberries in every smoothie last week and they always have a banana in them!! So yummy and tasty. The great thing about having bananas in them is that it makes the smoothies nice and thick too. We love thicker smoothies rather than the thin ones.

A few days ago I just picked up a pack of spinach so I had a nice change. It was delicious!!


South African Pear And Gingerbread Muffins..

South African Pear & Gingerbread Muffins.

You’re going to love these gorgeous muffins!

They taste sublime topped with mascarpone cheese and lightly caramelised South African pears.

Yes, please!

How To Make South African Pear And Gingerbread Muffins:

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes

Makes: 12

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Royal Gala Apple, Pork and Cashew Nut Stir-fry...

Fancy making a nice and tasty stir fry with added fruit?

Crisp, crunchy South African apples taste so good in this stir-fry, made with tender strips of pork fillet, cashew nuts and sesame seeds – with aromatic hints of ginger and garlic.

Royal Gala Apple, Pork and Cashew Nut Stir-fry:

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes

Serves: 4

Friday, 11 March 2016

Red, Pink And Yellow Roses...

Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so are you...

There is nothing quite like a rose is there?

Red roses, yellow roses, pink roses, how beautiful are all roses?

I took these pictures a few weeks ago of some beautiful flowers my husband brought me for Valentine's day.

How lucky am I?

They look stunning.

The roses were stunning and such sweet colours not forgetting they smelt lovely too. So exciting being brought presents, especially flowers and roses are my all time favourites.


Thursday, 10 March 2016

Bubble Gum Plums With Caramelised Popcorn..

Bubble Gum Plums With Caramelised Popcorn, what a beautiful combination!

Whenever I hear the word bubble gum it brings back fond memories of being a child. I use to love bubble gum.

This mouth-wateringly delicious recipe is made with South African Flavorking plums, which have a beguiling taste of bubble-gum.

A simple and delicious recipe in which you flavour your popcorn and fry your plums. One thing to decide is, will you be adding some vanilla ice cream to the dish whilst warm?

You must try them!

How To Make Bubble Gum Plums With Caramelised Popcorn:

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 5 minutes

Serves: 4

Chocolate Flapjacks..

Chocolate flapjacks, yum yum!!

I made this yummy chocolate flapjack recipe up earlier this week. They do not look too special but taste amazing. Fair play!!

I did start out with the intention of making something healthy, as always.... but then as I started making them up something strange happened:

In dropped the chocolate!! on it own, of course ;)


Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Book Folding Art...

Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to upcyle old reading books?

Do you have old books you do not want to throw away but are never going to read again?

(I know we do!) What about learning the art of book folding?

We have a shelve full of books in the garden shed and same again in the garage that we are never going to read again.

Have you seen book folding art before? I love it. I have seen so many amazing works of art all over Pinterest.

I am loving this way to up-cycle your old books into something amazing.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

BerryWorld Strawberry Smoothie...

Hello, today I have a yummy smoothie recipe to share with you.

Love smoothies? We do here. Anything that helps towards our five a day, gets my approval!

We all love strawberries here. I would add strawberries to every smoothie I make if I could. I love adding strawberries to my smoothies and smoothie bowls.

Indulge that sweet tooth with this refreshing strawberry smoothie packed full of succulent strawberries.

Fancy making this BerryWorld Strawberry Smoothie? The great thing about smoothies are they have some of you 5 a day fruit in them, plus they are so quick and easy to make. Also, they taste delicious!!

How to make a BerryWorld Strawberry Smoothie:

Serves: 1

Preparation time: 5-10 minutes

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