how to make mini marzipan birds' nests

Mini Marzipan Birds’ Nests Tutorial – Center Parcs Family Blogger April Challenge

Even I think these are cute! Tiny mouthfuls of marzipan with a mini egg all disguised as Birds’ Nests. For people that are rather fond of grammar, I’ve had massive arguments with myself about where the apostrophe goes! I’ve was set the task of designing (and making) a Bird’s Nest as part of my involvement… 

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Delicious loaf cake recipe using raspberry, almond & white Chocolate

Raspberry, Almond & White Chocolate Loaf Cake – Bake of the Week

We had a wonderful day yesterday – an impromptu visit to Abersoch, one of our favourite places in the world. We couldn’t fit in a night away but decided to go for it and do the 2.5 hour journey and back in one day. With LOTS of stops and a Huuuuge picnic. Of course, no… 

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mackerel pate recipe

Easy Peasy Mackerel Pate – 5 Ingredients or less recipe

Warning! You may get seriously addicted to this! This is easily one of the simplest but tastiest recipes ever. I first had this Mackerel Pate at my Auntie’s for lunch a while ago and knew Mr C would love it. He is a massive mackerel fan but I’d never understood why, until this. Its dirt… 

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Brand food blogging ambassador

Quorn Ambassador

I’m very pleased to announce that as of April 2014, I am now a Quorn Blog Ambassador. There are various reasons for this, but mainly the desire to improve my health and eating habits. I’m never going to be a diet queen – I love cake and the taste of food (and wine) too much…. 

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Caramel Cookies with chocolate & coconut

Caramel Coconut Creation – Bake of the Week

This one took me completely by surprise by how popular it was. I say was because it is long gone. This was definitely one of those ‘messing around’ recipes that just seemed to work. It started as needing something to give the kids the next day and being really tired. I knew I wasn’t up… 

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Family Holidays at Center Parcs

When Casa Costello visited Center Parcs, Whinfell

We are well known for a our love of holidays and equally well known for our love of Center Parcs. Even before we became Center Parcs Family Bloggers, we had spent several holidays both at Whinfell and Sherwood Firest. We were in no doubt that we would thoroughly enjoy our recent break but it was… 

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sweet potato bacon worcestershire sauce

Stuffed Bacon & Worcestershire Sauce Sweet Potatoes

Now, I know these don’t look pretty but Oh My, they are absolutely gorgeous! I can’t tell you just how tasty they are – you’ve just got to make them and see. They’ll never be neat enough or easy to eat to be served at a posh dinner party or as canap├ęs, but sometimes you… 

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frozen olaf food

Frozen Inspired Food – Marshmallow Olafs

It was a very exciting day for my children yesterday. Violet has never been the same since we took her to see the movie, Frozen just after Christmas. She has lived and breathed that film. Like a lot of children, she knows every word of every song. She spends many an hour ‘researching’ the film… 

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oat cookies biscuits

Oaty Cookies – Bake of the Week

These are perfect to bake with toddlers. They don’t use too many ingredients, not too complicated and they are robust enough that even a toddler can mess around with them and they still turn out. I’ve never found it easy baking with toddlers – I always get stuck after the whisking of the eggs –… 

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ginger cake gingerbread recipe

Sticky Gingercake – Bake of the Week

Well, we’re back from a fantastic time at Center Parcs. Lots more about that to follow but for now I want to share my latest Bake of the Week entry. I make this Sticky Gingercake a lot when we are going somewhere for a few days – It lasts really well and the stickiness gets… 

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painting in the garden with kids

Painting with Kids – Center Parcs March Challenge

I was always a bit scared of painting with my first 2 children. It always seemed like a lot of hard work and an activity that could easily get out of hand. There’s something that makes me feel all ‘Earth Mothery’ about getting the paints out and letting the children be creative. Since I became… 

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