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8 Tropical jams to spark creativity in kiddies

8 Tropical jams to spark creativity in kiddies

I love jam, I have it on a lot of food; jam on toast or jam on scones (perfect for a family picnic in the garden). It seems to be my happy food during lockdown. It’s now getting to that time of the year when the fruits are starting to grow and will soon be ready for picking, so we can make our very own jams. The following are Tropical Jams that I wish the supermarkets would sell, or I could get hold of the fruits to make it ourselves.  VIEW the POST

#recipe SKIPPY® Peanut Butter Sweethearts

#recipe SKIPPY® Peanut Butter Sweethearts

We love peanut butter baking recipes in this house and we are big fans of SKIPPY® Peanut Butter. We found this sweethearts recipe on their website, they have a lot more recipes and ideas too. This recipe makes around 30 sweethearts, so plenty to eat during lockdown and also leftovers to freeze for another week. VIEW the POST

Creating a beautiful family Afternoon Tea at home

I love Afternoon Tea, it is my favourite thing to go out and enjoy with family and friends. So, when Daddy had the idea to recreate an Afternoon Tea experience at home, for the kiddies, I jumped at the chance. Did you know it’s National Tea Day on Tuesday 21 April 2020 too, so a perfect activity for the family. I think we made it look really authentic and the kiddies really loved it. Here’s what we did to make our special family Afternoon Tea at home during lockdown…

Mother’s Day with Craft Gin Club

Mother’s Day with Craft Gin Club

As you know, I am a huge Gin fan and when I found out about Craft Gin Club I couldn't resist. It is a monthly subscription that is a perfect gift idea for Mum this Mother's Day. If you are a Gin fan and want to try different flavoured gins each month this is a fantastic way to try them as each month it is different and a surprise. VIEW the POST

Our family meal at Carluccio’s in Milton Keynes

Our family meal at Carluccio’s in Milton Keynes

What is important, to us, for a successful family meal out is a good kids menu, child friendly activities and friendly staff. If the children do not feel engaged, or the food choices are not child-friendly it just wouldn't be successful. That's why we love Carluccio's, the children's menu is healthy and the staff are so super friendly. We always have a wonderful family meal together. Italian food is my favourite and this place is just one of my special places to eat. VIEW the POST

Afternoon tea with Santa at Dobbies Garden Centre

Afternoon tea with Santa at Dobbies Garden Centre

We were super lucky to have a fabulous treat at Dobbies Garden Centre in Milton Keynes yesterday. We only had afternoon tea with Santa. It was fabulous and the kiddies loved it. There are some fun Christmas activities going on at Dobbies this year, including breakfast with Santa and Santa's Grotto. Check out events in your local store. VIEW the POST

A stress free Christmas Dinner with COOK

A stress free Christmas Dinner with COOK

I have been super lucky this weekend as I got to try out a stress free Christmas Dinner with COOK and have a practice run before the big day. We shared our yummy meal with friends and had a lovely Sunday eating delicious food, that took a grand total of 70 minutes to cook. I couldn't believe how delicious the food was, how easy it was to cook and the quality of it all. VIEW the POST

Making our own vegan nut milk #worldfoodday

What better way to celebrate World Food Day than by making our own, healthy, vegan nut milk? I love cashews and a cashew nut milk is so yummy. I use nut milk when I bake, it brings a little extra flavour to the desserts I find, and I love the texture of the nut milk. This recipe is a twist on the tiger nut milk recipe from Buy Whole Foods Online. 

Kids eat for £1 at Carluccio’s this Summer #gifted

Kids eat for £1 at Carluccio’s this Summer #gifted

We love Italian food and with the Summer Holidays nearly over, we needed to make the most of the fabulous offer Carluccio's are running until September 3rd: Kids eat for £1 - this means a starter, main, dessert and drink all for £1. It's a great deal, especially, if like us, you are running a bit low on funds towards the end of Summer! Here's what we chose... VIEW the POST

A meat free Easter meal from M&S

A meat free Easter meal from M&S

It's not just any meat free Easter meal... sorry I couldn't resist. I love a challenge and this Easter M&S challenged us to make a yummy Easter Sunday lunch for the family to enjoy and I think we cracked it. It was perfect after a busy family day and everyone had clean plates. M&S have such lovely meat free options, it was difficult to choose, here is what we made: VIEW the POST

Some thrifty tips to help with the food shop

Moving house has been quite an ordeal over Christmas, New Year and my birthday. Lots of food has been eaten, however our budget has shrunk. We have had to pay out a lot more money than ever before as we’ve bought our first house. Here are some tips on how we keep the cupboards stocked up and our tummies happy. And our obsession with garlic bread…

6 Healthy meals for a quick frying pan meal

6 Healthy meals for a quick frying pan meal

When it comes to healthy eating, you should have a variety of quick-and-easy recipes on hand that you can whip up when you’re on the go. A high-quality frying pan is the most versatile cooking tool for simple, healthy meals. Here are six frying-pan-meals that will suit your healthy habits and busy lifestyle, some non-vegetarian options too. VIEW the POST

How to manage a healthy diet with a hectic schedule

How to manage a healthy diet with a hectic schedule

When you are running a family home, it can be easy to forget about your diet. Along with school runs, homework and other commitments such as balancing a busy work schedule, too, it can be understandable that your health may take a hit. Read through the below tips to get inspired on how to manage a healthy diet along with a hectic schedule easily. Just through a little consideration and changes in your day to day routine, you can benefit yourself and your family, and make sure you’re enjoying the best possible diet, even if you feel like you’re on the go 24/7.VIEW the POST

Healthy breakfast ideas for kids (and busy Mums)

Looking for new ways to get your kids to eat breakfast or find that you simply don’t have time to give your kids the healthy breakfast you want to before rushing out the door to school? Breakfast has long been acknowledged as the most important meal of the day, but it is also the meal that we dedicated the smallest amount of time and effort to.

How to brew top quality coffee right at home

How to brew top quality coffee right at home

Isn’t it great to wake up to a freshly brewed cup of coffee every morning? Most people want a great cup of coffee but do not know how to brew the best quality of beverage from the comfort of their home. No need to worry. Here are some useful tips on how to make the perfect cup right in the comfort of your kitchen:VIEW the POST

My favourite vegetarian meals #NationalVegetarianWeek

My favourite vegetarian meals #NationalVegetarianWeek

As some of you know I stopped eating meat a couple of years ago now, it was more of a thing I had to do instead of choosing to do. I thought it would be hard to think of meals to replace meat but it really wasn't. There are so many things to cook and so much colour too. Over the years we have come across some delicious recipes and here are a few of my favourite vegetarian meals.  VIEW the POST

Dining decisions – Sticking to your diet goals when eating out

For anyone on a diet, a dinner invitation can cause some serious panic. Armed with too many menu options and tempting guilty pleasures, dining out can be one of the greatest tests for anyone trying to cut the calories. Sticking to a diet doesn’t mean you need to be a social recluse or dread the weekly catch up with your mates. You can dine out successfully and enjoy your experience, simply by learning how to navigate any menu. Here are some tips that will help you eat smarter and stick to your diet goals while dining out.

Pair your favourite chocolate with the best wine this Easter

Pair your favourite chocolate with the best wine this Easter

I love chocolate and I also love wine, I didn't realise that wine was a good accompaniment for chocolate until GiftsOnline4U sent me this thorough infographic. From Asti to Port there is a chocolate Easter egg for each. You can plan your Easter meal dessert appropriately, according to your favourite chocolate.  VIEW the POST

The best 5 vegetarian Sunday roast dinners

The best 5 vegetarian Sunday roast dinners

As a vegetarian the most popular question I get asked is "What do you do for a Sunday roast dinner then?". This is partly due to the fact I love Sunday roasts and also their horror that I might not be able to enjoy a Sunday roast! Of course I can. It's my favourite meal of the week as we all sit around as a family. It has been a big learning curve testing what works well with roasted vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. So, here is a list of my favourites:  VIEW the POST

A Bear Nibbles fun family game with Super Sour Yoyos

Do you like playing games with the children? That include treats? Oh, healthy treats? Then I have the perfect game for you. Bear Nibbles sent us a package that contained enough Super Sour YoYos and YoYos to play a game of roulette, or two! The children and grown ups loved it. Such a great idea and it was really fun watching their cute faces when they had a sour treat!

Setting up the most romantic dinner imaginable

Setting up the most romantic dinner imaginable

A romantic evening with your partner should be a relaxing and enjoyable bit of alone time, but that doesn’t mean the preparation process is quite as stress-free. If you’re the one who planned out the evening then you’re probably realizing you now have to cook the food, get the drinks, and set up the kitchen or dining room ready for this evening. If you’ve no idea how to do any of those things well then don’t worry. It’s the thought that counts most, and your heart is in the right place. Of course, it’s still important that you actually do a good job on a practical level, so here are some tips on setting up the most romantic dinner imaginable. VIEW the POST

How to feed a large family on a budget

How to feed a large family on a budget

It’s no secret that the cost of living is forever on the increase. And, with wages stagnating, many parents are struggling to feed their families a healthy, balanced diet. It’s all too easy to invest in fries, pasta and rice and feed these to your family day in, day out. However, if you take the time to prepare your meals in advance, shop at discount stores, and are willing to cook meals from scratch, there is no reason why you cannot feed a large family healthy meals on a budget. In this article, we’re going to provide you with a list of tips to follow that will help you do just that.VIEW the POST

Healthy Summer after-school snacks from Googly Fruit

If you’re little ones are anything like mine, before we have even walked through the school gates they are saying they’re hungry and thirsty. I have a new brand to introduce to you, to help solve this problem! Googly Fruit Organic are the new fruits in town offering a healthy snack for the little ones. They are on a mission to help children have a life long friendship with fruit. The idea being that not only are the snacks tasty, but they are fun too. What other fruit snacks offer googly eye stickers too? 

BEAR Alphabites: a happy by nature breakfast for kids

BEAR Alphabites: a happy by nature breakfast for kids

I say for kids, I find them delicious too, they are suitable for the whole family. As you may already know BEAR create naturally healthy products by using 100% natural ingredients. Yes, 100%. From after school snacks to that all important meal of the day, breakfast, BEAR have it covered.VIEW the POST