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Christmas is coming! #GeorgeSecretSanta

I’m determined that I’m going to experience a full Christmas this year – Last Christmas I had proper grown up flu for 2 weeks beforehand then spent the next 5 weeks getting over it. I’ve started as I mean to go on, by joining in with quite a few Secret Santa projects – I like more »

Minion Eye Balls After School Snack

Getting creative with Minions at Tesco

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias One of the brilliant things about being a mum is being able to suggest random activities when they take your fancy. No-one blinks an eyelid when you suggest making fun stuff if you say you’re doing it more »

Orange Raspberry Swirl Cookies

Orange & Raspberry Swirl Cookies #Bakeoftheweek

I’m super happy to be back in the Costello kitchen. If you have read my post earlier today you will realise why I’ve not been around much. It hasn’t stopped me constantly thinking about and reading about food though, so the good news is, there are tons of recipes coming up! Some more after-school cookies more »

Sweden Stockholm

Sweden, Blogfest and Deafness

Its been a mad old week, that’s for sure. You may have noticed that things have been quiet around the blog – Life just simply took over. We started the week with a trip to Stockholm for Millie’s first ever International competition. I’ve known for a few months that we were going to Sweden but more »

Apple Walnut Oat Loaf Cake

Apple & Walnut Oat Loaf #FeelingFibrant Oats & Veg Box Giveaway

This is an advertorial feature. There are times when you want the feel and comfort of a piece of cake without the guilt of indulgence. Contrary to popular belief, I more than occasionally eat heathily – You can’t bake as often as I do without having a selection of ‘healthier’ recipes in the repertoire. This more »

10 Reasons to love Google+

10 Reasons to love Google+

I’ve got a feeling this blog post is about to divide opinion. I’m a fan of Google+ and have used it more and more this year. I know though, that many people haven’t had the same relationship with Google+ that I have. One of my most frequent discussions on social media is why I use more »

Aperol Mascarpone Trifle

Aperol Mascarpone Trifle

Aperol is a new discovery for me. I was approached a couple of weeks ago to try it but must admit to being unfamiliar with the drink. Its certainly not a new drink though – originating in 1919, it became a popular drink for young adults in Italy, post war. Aperol is a bright orange more »


Scouse – Bake of the Week #TravelodgeFoodies

If you didn’t know where I lived, you would never guess how close to Liverpool we are by my accent. The combination of a Dad from Leigh and 4 years at uni in Preston have given me a proper Lancashire accent. I do love Liverpool though – One of the best cities on earth. Its more »

Toasted Coconut Cupcakes

Toasted Coconut Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Frosting

Now aren’t you yearning for one of these? One of my favourite flavours of buttercream – light and not to claggy (I think that’s a word – you know, when it just sits in your mouth). The zesty citrus breaks through the homely toasted coconut cakes brilliantly. I was asked a couple of days ago more »

Homemade Pea & Ham Soup

Homemade Pea & Ham Soup – Secret Recipe Club

Well, we are definitely into autumn now the soup recipes come out! Another month has raced by so quickly and it is time once again for Secret Recipe Club reveal. I was partnered with the lovely Claire from My Hobbie Lobbie. Claire was very kind about my blog last month and it has been an more »

Hotter Store Opening Leeds

Stepping into winter with Hotter Boots

Its a sure sign that winter is on its way when the black boots come out. My trusty black knee high boots are a trusty companion during the winter months. Unfortunately my current pair were looking a bit battered and well loved but I wasn’t giving up without a fight. You see, I’m fairly well more »