piñata birthday cake

Chocolate Piñata Cake

EDIT: The story behind the Chocolate Piñata Cake …Maybe not the neatest or best decorated cake I’ve ever made but certainly one of the quickest. I’d made the cakes on Friday morning (2 shallow and one deep in case you are interested) then I had 15 minutes to decorate on the Friday afternoon before we… 

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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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shelfie blog competition

It may be messy but its ours – The Costello Shelfie

We’ve all heard of selfies, but have you heard of the ‘Shelfie’? Its exactly what you think it is, a picture of a shelf. I’d love to be showing you a neat and today, freshly dusted, everything precisely where it should be shelf but I’m not. Actually what you are seeing is everything current about… 

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restaurants at center parcs

If we were at Center Parcs … Its all about the food!

Do you ever play the ‘This time last week/this time last year’ game? I’m really bad for it – I’m always reminiscing about brilliant holidays that we have. I’d like to let you know about a competition running at the moment to win a free family break at a Center Parcs of your choice. All… 

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One Direction packed lunch bento box

One Direction Bento Box

It seems the craze for Bento boxes is getting bigger and bigger. For people new to Bento, they are packed lunches. You are ‘supposed’ to have a variety of smaller items rather than just a buttie and an apple. I say ‘supposed’ to because really, who can dictate what you should do with a packed… 

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naan bread recipe

Homemade Naan Breads – Bake of the week

I’m loving this focus on getting a Bake of the Week up every week. I’ve always baked since getting my own house but haven’t always been so religious about photographing them and finishing off my bakes properly. Having to have a recipe to share and a decent pic every week is also challenging me to… 

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Cutest freckles ever on this chef!

The Day we went to Sarsons’ Cookery School with Nick Coffer

I’ve been hopping on trains up and down the country like a mad woman during the past month. Most of the trips have been to take or pick up Millie from England training but a couple of weeks ago, me & Violet went on an adventure all of our own. We had been invited by… 

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tips for holidays with young children

Share your Holidays Tips with #MatalanSummerTips

What are you doing between 8pm – 9pm this Thursday 5th June 2014? I’d like to invite you to take part in a Twitter party. For just sharing your tips on how to survive, and even enjoy, your Summer Holidays with Kids, you have the chance to win one of 10 x £20 Matalan vouchers…. 

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homemade iced gems recipe

Homemade Lemon Iced Gems – Bake of the Week

We eat biscuits like they are going out of fashion in this house. A packet can disappear in instants. I’ve really cut down though on how many biscuits we buy this year. I’d much rather bake the biscuits so we know exactly what the girls are eating. These Homemade Lemon Iced Gems go down really… 

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