This Fall/Autumn Activities, Crafts and Food Roundup is a showcase for all my favourite Autumn things to do with kids and as a family. One of the things I love best about where I live is the distinct change in seasons and being able to celebrate what those seasons bring and mean. Autumn here is a riot of colours, smells and feelings. Woodsmoke from fires and bonfires leaves as beautiful as flowers and crisp apples ripe for cooking and eating.
Peanut butter and Jelly Scones is a paid collaborative post with SKIPPY® peanut butter to celebrate summer. So when I think of afternoons in the garden or picnics in the park, I always think of scones. They are a summer favourite and an English classic, so I decided to combine the classic American flavours of Peanut Butter and Jelly and create some delicious peanut butter scones to be served with seedless raspberry jam (or jelly as it is called in the US) using my boys favourite SKIPPY® peanut butter which is creamy and delicious.
The best Easter desserts to make this year that almost look too good to eat. I love Easter and all the delicious sweets and candy that this time of year brings and I also love baking, so when you combine the two what do you get? Yes fabulous Easter desserts that are delicious to eat and fun to make.
Smoky Beef and Crispy Potato Hash with Eggs is a paid collaborative post with Oven Pride for their #TasteDon’tWaste campaign. I love a dish that feeds my family and leaves empty dishes all round and that is what this Smoky Beef and Crispy Potato Hash with Eggs does. Not only that it is simple to make and tastes delicious and you can use leftover mince and onion.
We love pizza here, it is a weekly tradition, but during lockdown, yeast was in short supply. So I adapted a naan bread recipe to make an easy no-yeast pizza base. My boys have been making pizza since they were little and I also have a fabulous pizza dough that is perfect for making in a bread maker.
What We Cooked At Home During Lock-Down is a paid collaborative post with Simply Cook. Food has been one of our constants during lockdown. Initially, the worry that the world and his wife were stockpiling and with me shielding we couldn’t get our regular order, and then it gave us something to look forward to. A home-cooked meal, with set meals on certain days of the week helping to delineate and define what day it was.
These Savoury Cornbread Muffins are made from scratch using polenta and flavoured with spring onions, mature cheddar, chilli and sweetcorn. The first time we had cornbread was at brunch when we visited Boston years ago and I have loved it ever since, but whenever I make it at home I find it too dense and not crispy enough. Then I had an epiphany when making dumplings for Sunday Dinner that I could make cornbread muffins, like dumplings for my chilli.
This is my Sister in laws Szechuan Beef recipe and makes a fabulous Chinese fakeaway, that is simple to prepare and a real family pleaser
Serve with white rice or brown rice and if you like, you can complement it with a side of veg such as broccoli or crisp cool salad to make it a balanced meal for all the family.