sylvanian families forest nursery

When Sylvanian Families meet the Costello Family – Review

Sylvanian Family toys are huge favourites of my girls – they are just the sort of thing they love- lots of tiny pieces and many possibilities for variations. I’m not promising that they don’t occasionally find themselves hidden in a bike or a rogue dolls house too. They are really versatile. We were asked a… 

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lemon raspberry cream sundae

Lemon & Raspberry Cream Sundae – Summer Sweet Treats with #MorrisonsMum

This is the perfect dessert for a warm and sunny afternoon – Tangy raspberries with luscious dreamy lemon cream. The addition of toasted marzipan provides a wonderful texture and chewiness. We use homemade lemon curd which adds an extra wow but if you were really stuck for time (dreaded surprise visitors?) a jar would do… 

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toasted coconut sponges

Toasted Coconut Sponges with Caramel Sauce – Bake of the Week

This Caramel sauce is definitely my new addiction. Paired up with the delicious taste (and chewiness) of Toasted Coconut in a light sponge – You have a dessert made in heaven. These little cake are just as good made into a large cake (I have a large version cooling in the kitchen as I type)… 

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white chocolate hazelnut churros

Churros Bites with White Chocolate & Hazelnuts

Impossible to eat only one, I tell you! I much prefer smaller Churros to long thin ones – They are so much more convenient to eat. These are quite delicious on their own, simply rolled in sugar but for extra wow, try them dipped first in white chocolate, then chopped hazelnuts. I’m all about luxury… 

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cherry loaf cake

Cherry Streusel Loaf Cake – Bake of the Week

The Costello Kitchen was closed for a few days last week (to baking – we still manage to eat other things than cake!). BritMums and school stuff seemed to take over. The ovens are back on with a vengeance today though. I started with something hearty and easy to make – I reckon we can… 

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britmums live business card

The Disorganised Blogger’s Guide to attending BritMums Live

Well, its here. The night before BritMums . Bloggers up and down the land are prepared for trundling along to London in the morning. Blog posts have been written for weeks introducing sponsors, describing outfits, even detailing what has been packed in their bags. I’ve seen perfectly manicured nails through the wonders of Instagram. I… 

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lemon frangipane pie bake of the week

Lemon Frangipane Pie – Bake of the Week

I’ve decided to make something a little more challenging for this week’s #Bakeoftheweek. The past few weeks have been fairly easy and quick but every now and then, I like to get my teeth stuck into a proper project. (And then get my teeth stuck into the Pie! Sorry) This is a real summery pie… 

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giant question mark


Its day of questions … Can you help with any of these from The Costello house? From Violet: How does the internet work? I thought I’d start with a harmless but difficult one – She means as a whole, not how does our house get it? From Tara: How can I get a tail to… 

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fish chips minted peas

Healthy but Hearty Fish, Chips & Minted Peas – Uniform Foodies

Did you know that according to a national surgery of uniformed professions, Doctors’ favourite meal is Fish & Chips? I must admit to being rather surprised, hardly the healthiest meal. I’ve been sent the task by Uniform Foodies (a new recipe APP that launches today) to create a recipe based on one of the uniformed… 

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tips for self catering holidays

Self Preservation when Self Catering with Kids – #MatalanSummerTips

Its that lovely time of year again, our caravan has arrived home! All ready to be cleaned and filled to the gills for our many summer adventures. You may remember last week, I was involved in a Twitter Party all about sharing your holiday tips? Well, Matalan have asked me to share some of my… 

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coffee melting moments

Coffee Melting Moments – Bake of the Week

Having a bank of easy, quick biscuit recipes saves my bacon on so many occasions. I’ve talked endlessly about wanting the kids to eat less pre-produced food and snacks are one of our worst offenders. Last week was crazily busy (in a good way) but our eating habits did suffer. I declared on Sunday night… 

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