behind the scenes at the food banks

Behind the Scenes at the Food Banks – How we can REALLY help

There seems to have been a lot of talk this year about food banks. This is a good thing, yet not so good at the same time. Last week, I was asked by Oxfam and Unilever, if I would like to visit behind the scenes at a local food bank to see exactly how they more »

hasbro littlest pet shop toy review

Littlest Pet Shop Kingdom Reviews

Littlest Pet Shop toys came into our lives a couple of years ago with our eldest, Millie. A gift from her Auntie at Christmas, it was played with but never one of the massive favourites. I was asked a couple of weeks ago if my girls would be interested in trying out a new selection more »

santa's grotto trafford centre

The Snowman & Snowdog Grotto – Trafford Centre

There’s something very magical about going to see Santa with your children. This is my 12th Christmas as a Mum and each year, we try to visit a different grotto. I’m not sure Santa recognises us at each event – I suspect that it might not ALWAYS be the ‘real’ Father Christmas We were lucky more »

christmas recipe roundup

Christmas Recipes Round Up – #FoodieFriday

Its getting exciting now – Less than 3 weeks to go before the BIG DAY. I’ve still got tons to get sorted but can’t help my mind wandering to Christmas Food (to be fair, my mind is never that far away from food!) This week’s #FoodieFriday them is all things CHRISTMAS – In fact we more »

walker's deli pita chips

Walkers Deli Crisps – Grown Up Crisps & Caramelised Onion & Garlic Dip

Crisps are definitely my go to snack when hungry and no energy. You know when people say they couldn’t live without bread or cheese, well my saviour is crisps every time (and maybe cake but that’s a post for another day!). Walkers Deli crisps have brought out a new range of crisps specifically aimed at more »

christmas tree cupcakes with a hidden surprise inside

Christmas Cupcakes – Bake of the Week

I’ve enjoyed having a play with some Christmas Cupcakes this week. I’d forgotten how time consuming they can be though – and how quickly they get demolished in our house. These are batch 2 – The first lot got eaten before having their pictures taken, when I was out. Cardinal sin in the world of more »

walnut crusted cod spicy puy lentils

Walnut Crusted Cod with Spicy Puy Lentils #HealthyTreats with Rennie

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t eat cake EVERy day in our house. We do try to have a mix of good, healthy & nutritious food – especially this week in the run up to the National Synchro competition, when 50% are suffering with sore throats! I have been asked to share a favourite #HealthyTreat more »

dairy diary giveaway

Dairy Diary & Fantastic Food for Less Cookbook Giveaway

Dairy Diary definitely takes me back to my youth – I remember the milkman turning up in December with our copy of the next year’s diary. In fact, I could blame the milkman for starting my obsession with stationery and cookbooks! When I was asked if I would like a copy of the 2015 Diary more »

sweet chilli dipping sauce

Degustabox Review – Foodies’ Surprise Box of Delights

I love knowing that I’m going to get a treat – who doesn’t like nice surprises? I’m working with Degustabox for the next couple of months to help promote their secret food boxes. Each month, recipients get a selection of food – the intrigue is that you never know what you will get. I received more »

marzipan puppy chow

Marzipan Puppy Chow/Christmas Crack Recipe – Foodie Friday

Please Note: Not to be shared with dogs! I have no idea why this sort of snack is called Puppy Chow – All I know is that it is delicious and very addictive. I have numerous combinations of Puppy Chow – The original version should contain peanut butter but I much prefer my almond version. more »

gluten free angel cake

Gluten Free Angel Cake – Bake of the Week

I’m not going to pretend this is the prettiest cake you’ll ever see – it is so light and refreshing though. Even with heaps of cream. Very quick to bake although you really must take your time whisking the eggs and combining the rest of the ingredients. This cake is all about the air. Fat more »