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I've got a new favourite Christmas recipe. It's not for Christmas cake and it's not for mince pies: it's for [...]

By |December 11th, 2016|Recipes|3 Comments

Super easy breadless lunchbox ideas

If I had £1 for every time I’ve silently thanked God – or more specifically Nick Clegg – for the [...]

By |October 10th, 2016|Parenting, Recipes|15 Comments

How to make a Frozen cake in 12 easy steps

If the very thought of conjuring up a Frozen cake fills you with dread, then read on. It may sound [...]

By |August 29th, 2016|Parenting, Recipes|45 Comments

Easy peasy mince pies

There’s nothing like making your own mince pies to get you into the Christmas spirit. The mincemeat bubbles over the [...]

By |December 10th, 2015|Recipes|16 Comments

#Marguerite100: The BEST English scone recipe EVER

Today is what would have been Marguerite Patten’s 100th birthday. In case you haven’t heard of her she was one [...]

By |November 4th, 2015|Recipes|24 Comments

How to make a Frozen birthday cake featuring Olaf out of fondant icing

There was no question what BB’s birthday cake was going to be this year: the only option was a Frozen [...]

By |August 26th, 2015|Parenting, Recipes|14 Comments

Easy kids cupcake recipe: banana & raisin ‘bread’

I had planned a different post for today, but it’s raining cats and dogs here so I thought I’d share [...]

By |July 13th, 2015|Recipes|6 Comments

‘There’s SEAWEED in my Bolognese!’

It wasn’t seaweed, it was spinach (pictured), which was swiftly extracted by a shrieking BB and left on the side of [...]

By |April 21st, 2015|Baby, baking, Discipline, Family life, Food, Health, Parenting, Recipes|6 Comments

Purifyne Cleanse review: an internal makeover for your body

Cold pressed, ready to drink fresh detox juice delivered straight to your door. Doesn’t that sound fantastic? There’s never been [...]

Abra-ca-Debora pancakes review: yum yum!

It’s Pancake Day, it’s Pancake Day it’s P-P-P-P-P-P-P-P Pancake Day! We LOVE pancake day in our house, so I thought [...]

By |February 9th, 2015|Baby, baking, Craft, Family life, Food, Health, Newborn, Parenting, Recipes, Reviews|4 Comments

Apple cakejacks: you MUST try this recipe!

I’ve been running out of things to feed BB. She’s hungry ALL the time. She’s even been waking up in the night saying she’s hungry. She hasn’t got worms (I checked) so I can only put it down to a mammoth growth spurt. I’ve upped the portion sizes of breakfast, lunch and tea but even so pudding after tea has been going on and on and on with repeated requests for ‘something else’. After finding myself resorting to biscuits on one too many occasions I’ve been baking some healthier alternatives in a bid to fill her up, and my latest discovery is a hit: apple cakejacks (pictured). They’re basically a cakey sort of flapjack with fresh apple through the middle and lots of cinnamon. Even better, they’re SUPER easy. I found the recipe in Mumsnet’s Top Bananas cook book, but thought I’d reprint it here in case you don’t have a copy. […]

By |February 6th, 2015|baking, Family life, Food, Health, Parenting, Recipes|4 Comments

Mother’s ruin: Misery Guts is back at work and mum has gone home

The babymoon is over. Misery Guts is back at work, my mum has gone home and BB, Little B and I are on our own, forging new routines and getting to grips with being three. It’s definitely a case of the blind leading the blind, and means only one thing: by 7 o’clock I need a drink. Sadly I can’t indulge as often as I’d like owing to the small issue of breast feeding, so I’ve decided that when I have one it’s going to be a good one. Pictured is this week’s tipple: a mother’s ruin gin cocktail after the nice people at Greenall’s sent me a bottle of their new wild berry blackberry and raspberry infused gin. Misery Guts didn’t need much prompting to whip up one of the signature serves: gin, vanilla syrup and lemon juice with blackberries and raspberries. It was absolutely delicious, although I only dared to have a few sips for fear of going to bed and waking up to find Little B on the floor/under the duvet/etc etc. […]

By |November 26th, 2014|Breast feeding, Family life, Food, Health, Parenting, Recipes|0 Comments

Thanks to the garden we switched the telly off for TWO WEEKS

Living in a fourth floor flat means being able to run through a door into a garden isn’t an activity which features in BB’s usual routine. So when we decamped to my parents’ house in Dorset while they were sunning it in Spain for two weeks BB thought all her Christmases had come at once. She pram pushed (pictured), she scootered, she ran barefoot in the grass, she watered the plants and ate breakfast, lunch and dinner in the great outdoors, leaving CBeebies mercifully switched off for almost our entire trip, which has got to be a holiday in itself. With her 3rd birthday falling slap bang in the middle of our holiday and with the garden at our feet it was the perfect opportunity to throw a birthday barbecue and try out a set of garden games we were sent by Two Little Fleas, who are encouraging families to spend more quality time together by playing outdoors this summer. […]

I managed to pull off a recognisable Peppa Pig cake using Brio…

Apologies for the radio silence. We’re one week into our two week holiday in Dorset, and while I thought I’d post as normal for one reason and another it hasn’t turned out that way. But before it’s too late I thought I’d share the result of the plans for BB’s 3rd birthday cake which have been going round in my head for the last month (pictured). It took more than four hours and a lot of rolling up icing and starting again but I managed to pull off a recognisable Peppa Pig eventually. I’m not sure Mary Berry would approve of my methods: I used Brio level crossings to mould the house into a square (the only things I could find that were small and solid enough) and the daisies were shop-bought, but apart from that I did it myself with the help of a hemisphere cake tin from Lakeland (I’m thinking this can be used to make owls/hedgehogs/princess dresses in the future). […]

By |August 18th, 2014|Craft, Family life, Food, Parenting, Recipes|0 Comments

What’s wrong with a big pot yoghurt poured into a bowl and eaten with a spoon?

It’s been almost 10 years since Ella’s Kitchen pioneered the squeezable ‘pouch puree’ baby food concept and despite claims the format is no match for real fruit/veg and is no substitute for a ‘proper meal’ blah blah blah it’s fair to say the market is now awash with copycat brands. Which is why I was surprised to discover that gourmet yoghurt brand The Collective’s new Suckies are the first fresh branded yoghurt pouches on the market for kids. You’d think Petits Filous or someone would have thought of it before – why has it taken so long? Needless to say BB’s eyes lit up when a polystyrene box full of samples landed on our mat for the purposes of review this week. Like Ella’s Kitchen, Suckies come in brightly coloured pouches which became instantly referred to by BB – and no doubt countless toddlers – as ‘the red one’ and the ‘green one’ as opposed to their proper names. […]

By |July 23rd, 2014|Family life, Food, Health, Money, Parenting, Recipes, Reviews, Weaning|0 Comments