02 September 2015

A (Child-Free) Week In Funchal, Madeira


I had never travelled abroad without the children before last month and the thought of doing so until recently had never even crossed my mind. I love family holidays and the laughs and smiles from the Mini Mes playing in the sand is something that makes my heart melt time and time again. 7 full days without them was something I couldn't imagine but as their dad agreed to have them the Mr and I were able to jet off for a relaxing trip away together, just as a couple, for the very first time.





Being all inclusive we indulged in both food and drink (lots of cocktails and desserts were consumed) and everything was beautifully presented, so fresh and vibrant for each meal. We were able to sit where we liked for breakfast and lunch, including on the terrace with amazing views of the dolphin filled sea and palm trees. I liked that we had a specific table for dinner where their dress code was

Madeira Cake Recipe

 
 
 
I'd not made a Madeira cake in quite a while but on a rainy day recently Minxy scrolled through the cook books and I was happy to see her select a recipe for one to adapt. With hints of lemon and a super soft sponge it's ideal for afternoon tea. It's also incredibly easy to make so it's ideal for children to bake themselves.
 
 
Ingredients
 
170g butter

01 September 2015

The Funny Things Kids Say and Do

I'm thankful that as the Mini Mes get a little older the less likely it is for them to say something really cringe worthy in public! I've not had any moments where my cheeks have turned crimson and I've wished for the floor to swallow me up for quite a while but there have been many times when they have made me giggle with their cheeky and quirky ways.
 
 
 
 
The Mr generally walks the dog by himself in the evenings, just after dinner, but the other day we all decided to go as a family for some fresh air. It's always nice to run about through the fields, play

31 August 2015

Mars Bar Cheesecake

We were really happy to see the return of The Great British Bake Off just a few weeks ago and we've been inspired to make a few recipes of our own based upon the theme from each episode. We've made a moist Madeira Cake and a variety of breads but dessert week is always my favourite. I have a very sweet tooth and this cheesecake we made is filled and topped with chocolate sauce, caramel and chunks of Mars. Gooey and delicious!
 



 
Ingredients
 
For the base
350g biscuits (we used chocolate digestives)
130g butter
 
For the chocolate sauce
2 heaped tbsp cream
60g chocolate
 

29 August 2015

Sausage Lollipops and S'mores - Tesco Flame Academy

 No Bank Holiday weekend is complete without a BBQ and although many of us will be eating al fresco over the next few days a nationwide survey showed that only a fifth of us are confident behind the grill!
 
Tesco has recently launched Flame Academy, a recipe hub which is really simple to navigate and is split into different ideas based on your skill level. There is something for the beginner right through to the pro with dessert ideas and vegetarian options available also. There is the chance to add ingredients to your shopping basket online to make it even quicker to plan your food and if the weather isn't on your side you can adapt them for your oven with ease.
 
We were sent some goodies from Tesco to put some of the recipes to the test!
 
 
 
 
 
BBQ Sausage Lollipops
  • 400g (14oz) pork chipolata sausages, joined together                     
  • 1 red pepper, cut into 4 thin strips with potato peeler
  • 1 courgette
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes

26 August 2015

#HolidayAtHome with Carpetright


Forking out for school uniform and new shoes over the summer can be a little expensive so you may want to think about having a #HolidayatHome with Carpetright! There is no need to pack your bag and catch a flight abroad or spend money on local attractions to have a good time with the family this August, you can have lots of fun without passing your front door for a fraction of the cost.

 


 
Den Building
Whether you want to build a cardboard castle or a furniture fort, getting creative and making a hideout with the kids is really entertaining. Sneak in some snacks and pop on a movie too to enjoy.
 

25 August 2015

Decorative Lamps From Lighting Majestic (PLUS Your Chance To WIN)

When designing a room it's important to pay attention to each aspect. From the wallpaper and flooring to the furniture, cushions and lamps, everything, big or small, makes such a difference to the overall feel of your space.
 
If you're searching for contemporary lights to complete the look then Lighting Majestic might have the perfect product for you. This family operated retailer, has a large range of items for your home to illuminate every ceiling, wall, desk and bedside so there won't be a dark corner in sight while setting the mood you desire!
 
 


This beautiful lamp is just one of many from their website and there is a chance below to win one worth £52.80. This Searchlight lamp with polished chrome, mosaic detailing and a matching shade is modern and smart in appearance and being quite neutral in colour it would match most interiors well.



24 August 2015

Two Tone Star Biscuits - Mini Makes

It was a bit of a wet and wild weekend with plenty of thunder storms across the country so we decided to stay snug indoors and have fun as a family, baking. While I was busy making moist Madeira cake and crispy baguettes with Jamster, Minxy made a collection of treats by herself including American style muffins and these delicious chocolate biscuits.
They are really simple to create but the finish is rather pretty!



 

Two Tone Star Biscuits

Ingredients
(makes 16)

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