Cinnamon Apple Fries 26

Back in 2013 we visited LEGOLAND Florida twice, yes twice and one of the highlights for me was the Granny Smith apple fries, which are delicious cinnamon apple fries. I have tried to bake these fries and also attempted to cook them in the air fryer, but trust me you need to actually fry these in vegetable oil to get the crisp coating.  The secret is to cook a few at a time in a really hot oil, that way the outside crisps and prevents the inside absorbing oil.


How to make button bracelets, a beautiful homemade gift 23

Is there anything better than receiving a homemade gift made with love?  This beautiful button bracelet would be the perfect Mothers Day gift or tween craft.  I would be delighted to be the recipient of this gorgeous unique piece of jewellery which was made by Utterly Scrummy Food for Family’s daughter. How to make a Button Bracelet


Spring clothes for boys 18

Oh how do I adore the lighter nights and warmer days  It makes going outside so much more fun.  I am currently working with Melijoe, a fab website filled with wonderful kids clothes and here are the MiniMad’s picks for spring clothes for boys.


How to make picture tile coasters 54

Picture tile coasters make great gifts for Mums or Grandparents and are so easy and fun to make. They also make great frugal teachers gifts.  We picked up our tiles from the discount section of the DIY superstore as the box was broken and it was £1 for 10 four inch tiles and we have been using images from our fab FujiFIlm Pop Books.


30 Frugal Mother’s Day Gifts – #FabulouslyFrugal 07/03 25

There is only a week until Mother’s Day in the UK and there really isn’t the need to spend a lot.  In fact most mothers would just be delighted with a handmade card and a lie in, trust me on that one! However, if you do want to spoil your mum on a budget then you have come to the right place.


Family recipes and free printable recipe card 1

There is something special about picking up a recipe book or a handwritten recipe that is marked with fingerprints, oil splatters and the holds in it all the history of the times that meal has been cooked for loved ones. My mum didn’t have a recipe book, she cooked from memory, she even baked from memory.  She was an excellent cook and other than a few notes in an old Mrs Beeton’s Cookery book from 1959 and a Bero Book with notes in and a few pages torn out of magazines.  Then she died so suddenly a lot of her fabulous recipes died with her.  


How to make simple paper roses and beautiful roses for Mothers Day 19

I love Mother’s Day.  Yes it might be overly commercial, but it is a wonderful reminder for us all that Mothers are amazing.  Plus with two little boys in the house that love giving and making cards and gifts it is the perfect opportunity for them to express their creativity. As much as I adore homemade flowers such as our beautiful cake case daffodils, nothing beats roses.


The Benefits of having a dog as a family 18

Can you believe that is is nearly two years since we brought Alvin in to our family.  He turns two on April 18th and we can not imagine life without him.  After being a cat family we have tuned in to a dog family and are really looking forward to watching Crufts this year! We have also had a great deal of fun the last few days watching these fab “Ninja Dogs” who will get you if you disrespect the chocolate in Balsen Pick Up Biscuits! We have a sneak peek of the advert for you below……..


Real kids bedrooms designed by regular Mums’ 20

There are loads of inspirational kids bedrooms on Pinterest, but a big part of me knows that my two boys will never have a bedroom like that.  Not down to the fact that I don’t have the imagination, but down to costs, size, time and the fact that they just would not keep it clean (well Mini wouldn’t). Don’t be disparaged by all the beauty that there is, here are some real kids bedrooms designed by regular mums’ like you and me.


The best Carrot cake in the world – c is for carrot 32

Yes I know it is a big things to say, but this really is the best carrot cake in the whole wide world.  We have tried others and nothing comes close and other people have made out best carrot cake in the world and agree with us. We do to even peel the carrots, just wash them and top and tail them.  This is a beautifully moist cake that is delicious and if you have kids that refuse carrots this will really turn them round. This recipe is great for making with kids as you do it all the mixing by hand.  


Pies, Cooking with kids 152

Hoorah! Its British Pie Week! We love pies in The Mad House, both savory and sweets ones and they are perfect for using with leftovers and also for cooking with kids.  So in celebration I have a cooking with kids pie special.  For the purpose of this round up, I am also including tarts and quiches which have a pastry bottom!  For those reader in the UK I have teamed up with pie makers Higgidy to celebrate British Pie Week, so do read to the end to see our fab giveaway.


101 Low cost activities for Spring Bored Jar 27

I can almost taste it, Spring is in the air and that means a whole new bored jar and a whole new list of low cost or no cost activities for Spring for kids and families.  Sometimes we just need a nudge in the right direction, some inspiration to encourage our kids away from technology and that is what this fantastic list is. Not sure what a bored jar is, well here I tell you how to make your own bored jar. Our Spring Bored Jar has all the below activities in and a bunch of chores too.  I hope that the added chores encourage the children to think twice before more »


15 Frugal Sensory Tub ideas – Low Cost or No Cost 24

Sensory tubs really are a delight for all the senses.  You dont have to fill them with expensive materials or items and often you can repurpose things to make a fantastic thrifty Sensory tub.  So I want to inspire you with these fab frugal sensory tub ideas. You really do not have to go out and buy expensive materials, you just need to take a different look at what you already have in your home and go from there.


Cake case daffodils 34

I love real flowers, I really do, but there is nothing that makes me smile more than than the handmade ones that grace my desk which have over time been made by my boys.  They are often so simple to make, but they last forever and these cake case daffodils are so simple to make, but look amazing.  Even better this is a mess free craft.


Tips for getting through the monotony of parenting 25

Being a parent can be a slog.  I am not going to lie there are times when I find mothering a monotony.  Now do not get me wrong, I adore my children and have come to know that I was born to be a parent, but heck there have been days and even months when I have wanted to tear my hair out over thinking about cooking yet another meal or wiping another bottom (thankfully baby days and toddler days are long gone). Kids thrive on routine, well at least mine do.  They like to know what we are having for dinner, what time is lunch and Maxi likes to be more »


Homemade flowers for kids to make 16

Spring is on it’s way in the UK and I for one am looking forward to spring flowers, but you can have flowers all year round and they mean so much when they are fantastic kid made flowers.  So We have a round up of homemade flowers for kids to make. These homemade flowers are perfect to give for Mother’s Day or to bring some Spring colour in your life.


35 Spring Lamb and Sheep crafts 30

My husband’s family are farmers.  Dairy Farmers, but the start of Spring is always heralded by the arrival of Spring Lambs.  2015 marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Sheep too.  So I have 35 Spring Lamb and Sheep crafts to share with you. We have a super selection of sheep and lamb crafts to marks the beginning of Spring, so lets get crafting.  There are some for kids, some for adults and some for you to do as a family (my favorites).  I love sheep crafts a lot and if you have any that I haven’t featured then please do add them to the linky at the bottom more »


B is for.. Banana Muffins – Cooking with kids 36

So here is part 2 of our fab new series the A-Z of cooking with kids.  You can find A is for Apple Muffins here.  Today is B is for Banana Muffins.  My kids have been know to allow bananas to turn so that they can make these as they are their favorite muffins in the whole wild world. These are simple to make, delicious, moreish and perfect for freezing.