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Lemon and Ginger Scones

Lemon and Ginger Scones is a paid collaboration with Opies as part of their #FreetheGinger campaign.  These lemon and ginger scones are just perfect for afternoon tea and remind me of summers with my Mum and a nice big pot of fresh tea. The combination of lemon and ginger is refreshing and slightly fiery at the same time. They are brilliant serviced with butter, but also equally delicious with either clotted cream and lemon curd.


Red, White and Blue Layer Cake 3

Not only is it The Royal Wedding this Saturday it is also the final of the FA Cup and our patriotic Red, White and Blue Layer Cake is a super simple make perfect for any celebratory occasion. The secret to making a great Red, White and Blue Layer Cake is to use gel food colouring. that way you get a fabulous colour but also a light sponge with great taste.  I am going to admit that this is a very rough and ready cake and it would also look fab with less icing as a naked cake. Red, White and Blue Layer Cake Ingredients for the cake 375g/13oz butter or margarine softened to room temperature 375g/13oz more »


Chicken Sausages and Roasted Vegetable Traybake 304

Chicken Sausages and Roasted Vegetable Traybake is a paid collaboration with Richmond Chicken Sausages.  I was lucky enough to attend the launch of Richmond Chicken Sausages last week and after trying our some fabulous recipes using them cooked by Angelica Bell (who won celebrity Masterchef) I came home inspired.  They were truly delicious and have 30% less fat and 20% fewer calories (find out more on Richmond Foods Facebook Page).  I was really impressed with the fantastic taste and could see straight away how they would fit into our family menu plan.


Crushed Jersey Royals – Cooking with Kids 1

The first Jersey Royals usually herald the start of the BBQ season here in the Mad House and we are delighted to be working with Tesco to share with you our Crushed Jersey Royals recipe using Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes now that they are finally in season. You have the Beast from the East to thank for the season starting later this year! Tesco Jersey Royals are delicious, earthy and nutty and one of the traditional foodie signals that Spring has arrived.


Failsafe Chocolate Fairy Cakes – Handmade Mother’s Day 4

Failsafe Chocolate Fairy Cakes is a paid collaboration with Amazon to celebrate Handmade at Amazon and Mother’s Day. I am a huge fan of homemade and handmade gifts and as a maker myself always try to buy handmade when I can. This Mother’s Day Handmade at Amazon are celebrating the importance and power of handmade gifts and sent us a beautiful Jonny’s Sister ‘Mum’s Cakes’ Tin and Victoria Eggs Apron’s, which inspired Mini to get creative and bake a batch of our failsafe Chocolate fairy cakes and show me a mum who wouldn’t love a cake tin full of homemade cakes for Mother’s Day!


Terrific Fakeaways – Ditch the Takeaways with these amazing Fakeaways

Ditch the Takeaways this with these amazing Fakeaways.  Like the next person I love a good takeaway, but my wallet and waistline doesn’t always agree with me.  So I have scoured the internet to bring you some amazing fakeaways that are simple to make, delicious to eat and wallet-friendly.  Some of these are also slimming world friendly too – so do take a look at the recipes.


Non-alcoholic Drinks for Adults

Robinsons Fruit Creations: A great alternative to alcohol this festive season 8

Non-alcoholic Drinks for Adults is a paid collaboration with Robinsons Fruit Creations.  I am not really a drinker, in fact, I am often found to be cradling a cup of tea rather than an alcoholic one at parties, but that is due to the fact that I am not a fizzy pop girl and often there is no alternative.  This is where Robinsons Fruit Creations come to the rescue.  Fruit Creations is the grown-up squash for adults and contains twice the fruit of Robinsons single concentrate and designed for the adult palate.  


Simple Healthy Breakfast Recipes and Giveaway 404

I am always looking for ways to make mornings easier and for me, that means that simple healthy breakfasts are a must.  I have been working with Prices on their #Mumsontherun campaign and it really has opened my eyes to just how easy and healthy using canned fruit is for breakfasts.  We have already upped our porridge game with a decadent, but healthy peaches and cream porridge.

Fabulously fruity - simple healthy breakfast recipes that are fast, family friendly and oh so tasty.

Oreo Owl Cupcakes - Cooking with kids

Peanut Butter flavour Oreo Owl Cupcakes – Cooking with kids 3

How adorable are these owl cupcakes all made by Mini with Peanut Butter flavour Oreos.  We have been challenged by Oreo to produce a recipe using one of their exciting new flavours range that most suited our personality.   The options were Choc’o Brownie flavour Oreo – smooth, Mint flavour Oreo – cool, Peanut Butter flavour Oreo – nutty or Strawberry Cheesecake flavour Oreo – fruity.  Well seen as we are The Mad House there really was no choice – it had to be nutty! 


Simple Breakfasts with Canned Fruit – Mums on the Run 1

This post simple breakfasts with canned fruit is a paid collaboration with Princes. My house isn’t called The Mad House for no reason with two boys 14 months apart it has always been chaos here and I am most certainly not a morning person, however, I know the importance of breakfasts for all of the family.  So I am delighted to be working with Princes on their #mumsontherun campaign to share my family friendly simple breakfasts made with their canned fruit.


How to make the perfect Mashed Potatoes – Cooking with Kids

How to make the perfect mashed potatoes is a paid post in collaboration with the Tots100 and The Co-Op.   I am passionate about making sure that my children grow up with cooking skills to last them a lifetime.  I try to ensure that at least once a week I cook with each of them and now they are getting older they do the cooking and I am on hand if they need reassurance or help with anything.


10 Hot School Lunch Ideas for Kids perfect for Autumn and Winter 7

I am not going to lie,  but after 4 years of making packed lunches for Mini, it is not my favourite job, especially as he has an aversion to sandwiches! So when Herley’s got in touch with me to work with them on their lunchtime talks campaign I jumped at the chance as there must be lots of people like me who get stuck in a lunch box rut.


No Added Sugar Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

No Added Sugar Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies 7

When Barleycup challenged me and the boys to produce a recipe with their delicious gluten free and free from added sugars instant cereal drink I knew instantly that they would be the perfect addition to peanut butter and chocolate cookies.  I first was introduced to peanut butter cookies by Cass from Diary of a Frugal Family and they are such a delicious cookie, but remarkably simple to make.


Chocolate Shortbread with Salter Cook – Cooking with Kids 21

I am passionate about getting kids in the kitchen and getting them cooking, and anything that makes that easier and simpler is great by me. So when Salter asked us to take a look at their revolutionary Salter Cook range, which includes the Salter Cook 10kg Pro Bluetooth Kitchen Scale and the Salter Cook Bluetooth Cooking Thermometer that links to their cooking app, we decided to adapt one of the recipes we found on the app and make chocolate shortbread.

This rich 4 ingredient chocolate shortbread recipe is easy to prepare and keeps for several days in an airtight container. Perfect for cooking with kids.

Healthy After School Snacks 59

My boys are bottomless.  Sometimes it seems they do nothing but eat and when they get home from school they are ravenous.  So much so they will grab anything they can find and there is not thought to its nutrition.  So as a parent it is down to me to make sure we have a selection of healthy after school snacks available and to help them make the right choice.


White Chocolate Chip Cookies - Cooking with Kids

White Chocolate Chip Cookies – Cooking with Kids 8

Sometimes all you want is the perfect chocolate chip cookie.  Crispy on the outside and all chewy on the inside.  These white chocolate chip cookies never fail to hit their mark and they are simple to make and perfect for cooking with kids. So we are delighted to be teaming up with We Bake and sharing our recipe for the best white chocolate chip cookies I have ever eaten as part of their Half Term Bake Brighter Days community challenge.