Sunday, 29 March 2015

My Sunday Photo

The Little Man in his Easter bonnet/cowboy hat.
He wouldn't dress up for World Book Day.
Refused to wear anything Red for Comic Relief.
Always wears his uniform on Own Clothes Days.....
but thoroughly enjoyed making his Easter Hat and wearing it school.
Well done Little Man, I'm proud of you for taking part!

(I would have straightened his tie but this was taken at the school gates and we were already 5 minutes late)


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Key Lime Cheesecake

I love cheesecake, it has to be one of my favourite desserts. There are many recipes and I particularly like chocolate cheesecake, but another favourite is citrus cheesecake and in this case Key Lime.
I have made Key Lime Pie before which was really nice but although I've made a lemon cheesecake I've not made a lime one before. I do think a citrus tang goes so well with a rich creamy cheese though.

This is a classic no bake cheesecake recipe with a twist. I am adding the Key Lime by using Sugar and Crumbs Key Lime flavoured icing sugar. I've recently discovered Sugar and Crumbs products when we made our mini Strawberry Milkshake cheesecakes for Kids in the Kitchen. I used the remainder of the pack to make some butter cream for some cupcakes at the weekend and they were really scrummy. It's not that hard to flavour your butter cream but Sugar and Crumbs offer such a varied range of delicious flavoured icing sugars you can really come up with something totally yummy really easy. The packs are, as you would expect, slightly more expensive than regular icing sugar, but they do have lots of added flavour and they come in handy resealable bags.


  • 100g ginger biscuits
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 500g full fat cream cheese
  • 150g key lime flavoured icing sugar
  • 150g double cream


I prepared the cheesecake in a 7 inch tin lined with tin foil which makes it easier to remove the cheesecake. It is also possible to use a loose bottom tin.

Put the butter in a small saucepan and melt gently on a low heat 
Crush the ginger biscuits with a rolling pin.

Add the biscuits to the melted butter and stir until completely coated.
Put the biscuit mixture into the tin and press down firmly with a back of a spoon until compact.

Put the base in the fridge to set.
Put the cream cheese into a large bowl and add the icing sugar, combine well
Whip the cream until it forms peaks and then fold gently into the cheese and icing sugar.

Pile the cheesecake mixture on top of the biscuit base and return to the fridge to set

When ready, in about 1 hour, you can take the cheesecake out of the tin.

The cheesecake was really creamy with just a tang of Key Lime. The Ginger biscuit base added the sweetness.

I was sent some packets of Sugar and Crumbs Icing sugar and asked to come up with cheesecake recipes. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Sugar and Crumbs also do flavoured cocoa powder and cake decorations. 

Monday, 23 March 2015

Kids in the Kitchen - Bread Rolls

Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen. This week Boo decided she wanted to make some bread rolls. We have the recipe for you but first I'd like to say thank you to last weeks linker.

Take a look at these fabulous  Mini Free Formed Apple Pies from Tickle Fingers. Easy enough for the youngest chef to get stuck in with.

Each week we welcome anyone to come and share their recipes that encourage kids into the kitchen. You are welcome to link up new or old recipes and please do come back as many times as you please. Each linky is open for a month and each week I will cook something new with my children and blog about it. My posts always include a mention for anyone who has joined in and all entries are also posted on my Pinterest Board. I will also tweet about your posts and recipes. I really look forward to see what everyone has been up to each week in the kitchen.

Bread Rolls

This week I had both girls in the kitchen. Star doesn't often join in, she says that when Boo gets her own restaurant she will be the waitress, which I think means that she doesn't much enjoy the cooking. However, Boo really wanted to make some bread this week and Star wanted her to play with her, so she made a deal, help her cook and then they can play together. I sometimes wonder which one is the eldest! Of course Star had to be a little silly and there was twice as much mess as usual, but it was lovely to see them working together.


  • 450g strong white bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp easy-blend dried yeast
  • 1/2 tsp caster sugar
  • 200ml warm milk
  • 100ml warm water


  • sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and stir in the yeast and sugar.
  • make a well in the centre and add the milk
  • add the water a little at a time, stirring until you have a soft dough
  • turn out the dough and knead for about 10 minutes
  • place into a lightly oiled bowl and leave until doubled in size
  • divide dough into ten equal pieces and shape into flat rounds about 9cm diameter.
  • place the rounds onto a lightly greased baking sheet spacing hem well apart
  • cover with a clean tea towel and leave for 1/2 hour
  • preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6
  • brush the rolls with milk 
  • bake the rolls for about 15 minutes until lightly browned.

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

My Sunday Photo

Well, it had to be!

I remember the last solar eclipse back in 1999. I'd taken the day off work and I took the kids (now the grown-up kids) and my mom to the Licky Hills to see it. We'd had to abandon the car halfway because there were so many people trying to get up the road at the same time. We all walked together and stood on the hills. It was pretty amazing.
It did feel weird that this one was in the morning and the kids (the young ones) had gone to school. Still, something to remember.
I had no photos of the first one I saw. I did take some but I didn't have a digital camera and none of them turned out.


Monday, 16 March 2015

Kids in the Kitchen - Mini Strawberry Milkshake Cheesecakes

Welcome to this week's Kids in the Kitchen, where we invite you to share the recipes you've made with your children.

Last week we had two more recipes from Tickle Fingers, an incredibly delicious and oh so easy to make Plum Fool and a fantastic way to get your kids to eat oily fish with a colourful Sardine Couscous Salad.

Everyone who joins in gets linked up on our Pinterest Board and I will also tweet your posts as well as mentioning you here on my blog the following week. If you don't know what to cook, then check out our Pinterest Board for inspiration.

Mini Strawberry Milkshake Cheesecakes.

This week we were sent some lovely flavoured icing sugars from Sugar and Crumbs.
One of the packs was flavoured Strawberry Milkshake so we decided to make mini cheesecakes.

I had some little glass jars to make them in, they were recycled from (rather expensive) deserts brought from the supermarket. I couldn't bear to throw them away (and I wanted to get my money's worth) You could used ramekins or little glasses.


100g Chocolate cream biscuits, (Oreo's would be a nice alternative)

250g cream cheese
50g Sugar and Crumbs Strawberry Milkshake Icing Sugar
100ml double cream

100g white chocolate
100ml cream
a few drops of pink food colouring

The ingredients should make six mini cheesecakes. I made seven so I stretched it a little but it only showed when it came to the chocolate topping. My aim was to completely cover the top, but I ended up with just enough for a disc of chocolate on each cheesecake.


We decided we wanted the base to be crumbly rather than set as in a regular cheesecake.

Put the biscuits in a bag and bash them with a rolling pin until crushed.
Divide them between the serving dishes.

To make the cheesecake layer;

Add the icing sugar to the cream cheese and mix thouroughly.
Whisk the cream until stiff and then fold into the cheese mixture
divide between the serving dishes
Place in the fridge for 1-2 hours until set

To make the chocolate layer;

Heat the cream gently in a pan
When warm add the chocolate and food colouring and stir until completely mixed
Divide between the serving dishes.

The mini cheesecakes where a big hit. We loved the way the flavoured icing sugar added that extra flavour to the cheesecake, it was even a hit with the Little Man who doesn't normally eat cheesecake but loves strawberry milkshake.

Boo loved the pretty pink packaging of the icing sugar and I like that it was easily resealable. We only used a small amount for this recipe but I'm sure I'll be able to use it again. I'm often adding flavours to my butter cream so it will be nice to have an icing sugar to hand that is already flavoured.

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Saturday, 14 March 2015

My Sunday Photo

This weeks photo is real old.
I mean, really really old.
So old I had to scan it.

It was taken at a Christmas party in 1985 and it's me and my mom dancing......but can you tell what we are dancing to?

Happy Mother's Day
Happy Memories
In memory of my mom, miss you every day xxx


need a clue to the dance? There was lots of pineapple pushing going on!

Friday, 13 March 2015

Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud

I will admit that we have not been getting out much lately. The weekends have been spent cooped up at home. Even at half term the only time we ventured out was to  go somewhere else indoors. 

This week we had a really sunny day and it happened to be the day I was invited to the Little Man's school to come and enjoy their mud kitchen.

 I wasn't really sure what to expect.
There was lots of mud!

The kids put on some old clothes and wellies and were told to just enjoy themselves.

 Mud can be so much fun.
There were buckets of slushy water to help make more mud.

There were lots of utensils to help carry the water and slushy mud from one place to another.

There were pots and pans, ladels, shovels, spades, spoons, kettles, trays everything you need to make the perfect mud pie or leaf lasagne or worm bolognese. The kids had so much fun.

Hooray for sunny days and glorious mud!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Goodbye and Thanks for all the Laughs - A Tribute to Terry Pratchett

It was January 1998 and I'd just started a new job.* The computer had Internet access, I'd never seen the Internet before. I'd used computers for documents, spreadsheets and letters, but this World Wide Web was totally new. I was lost.
"What do I do?"
"Well, start with a search, type something in the search box, maybe your favourite author"
I typed....Terry Pratchett

Can you remember the first Internet search you made?

Yesterday the round world lost a great author, a man who could make you laugh out loud when reading his books. He wrote about things so familiar yet in unfamiliar ways. His world was pure fantasy.

"Humans need fantasy to be human"
I began reading about the Discworld when someone** loaned me The Light Fantastic. Then I had to go and read the first book The Colour of Magic. I was hooked straight away. I can't tell you my favourite book, I can't tell you my favourite character, I love too many.

I love Death, everyone has a fascination with the Grim Reaper and the Death in Terry Pratchett's books is just doing his job.

“DON'T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death. JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.” ― Terry PratchettGood Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

I always had a soft spot for Carrot Ironfoundersson the six foot six inch dwarf (he was adopted).
Then there is the patrician Havelock Vetinari, "if it ain't broke don't fix it"

There was a time when I felt quite attached to the witch Magrat Garlick because I had a passion for magic charms and jewels (and lots of bad hair days)

Of course, having been a librarian myself, I can't help but have a connection with The Librarian, Ook, who was turned into a monk....Orang-utan. Until you've visited the library stacks it's hard to get a real impression of L-space.***

The Discworld is a whole world of characters to explore, from humans to witches, to vampires and trolls and many more. There are even other dimensions to discover like Death's Domain or Valhalla. My heart breaks to think that it will grow no more, but there is plenty to read over again.

"I believe everyone should have a good death, You know, with your grandchildren around you, a bit of sobbing. Because after all, tears are appropriate on a death bed. And you say goodbye to your loved ones, making certain that one of them has been left behind to look after the shop." Terry Pratchett
Reading this, I believe Sir Terry met my nan.

This is how his friend Rob made the announcement on Twitter

Apart from being a fantastic author which a huge fan base Terry also campaigned for Alzheimers Disease and he was the Patron for Dignity in Dying.

Fundraising for RICE in Terry Pratchett's memory.

" is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away..." The Reaper Man

During my single years I went out on a date and we were chatting in a bar...

Me:    "Do you read much"
Date: "yes, a bit, there is this one author that has me laughing out loud"
Me:    "Terry Pratchett" (Said as a statement, not a question)
Date:  (laughs) "only a true fan would be so presumptuous"
Me:    "I'm right, aren't I" 
Date:  "of course"

I'm sorry if this post is a little all over the place, or if I'm not making complete sense. I feel real grief, like I've lost a true friend. Writing this is both easy and hard at the same time. 

Goodnight Sir Terry, Rest in Peace. I will keep reading. I will keep remembering just like I was there.

*In a library
**my apologies 'someone' I really can't remember your name, I can remember your face but not your name. When it comes back to me I will replace the someone.

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Dreaming of Sailing Away

One of my biggest regrets in my life so far is not travelling very much. In fact, I've not left this little Island I call home, not ever.

I'm not keen on hot sunny places, the sun gives me headaches and I never sunbathe. The thought of sitting around a pool or on a beach all day doing nothing but relaxing fills me with dread, I'm bored just thinking of it.

I hate spiders and insects that bite or cockroaches or any of the critters you take for granted in other climates. My skin crawls at the thought.

On this Island I feel safe, we have no deadly insects or animals (well not roaming freely) we have no dangerous earthquakes or tsunamis, we have no active volcanoes and even our weather is calm compared to other countries, what's the loss of a garden fence in a hurricane compared to the loss of an entire town elsewhere?

So my friends, I have not ventured far..if anyone asks if I have been abroad I say yes, I have been to Ireland!

Just one more little factor in my lack of travel, I'm a little bit scared (read ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED)  of aeroplanes. I can't say flying because I've never flown, but  I quite like the idea of flying, I just don't fancy getting into one of those awful flying machines. Maybe that's something I will have to conquer one day. Maybe.

Next year I have a savings plan which matures and all along I have said that I will use it for a cruise and finally leave my beloved Island and venture somewhere else. Now, I've been looking around and I've found some fantastic no fly cruises. I'm so excited. I'm thinking that most people looking at these would opt for a trip to  Portugal and the Canary Islands, but I'm going to do something a little different. I want to go to Norway! I so want to visit Bergen,
 A city with its feet in the sea, its head in the skies and its heart in the right place - full of infectious enthusiasm, and happy to share it with visitors.
Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag / Robin Strand -

Then my cruise would take me to Alta where I would be able to see the Northern Lights, how amazing would that be? The cruise also takes in Honningsvag, Alasund and Stravanger.

So, there will be no sunbathing by the pool for me, I'll be wrapped up warm enjoying the snow and amazing views that Norway has to offer. 

Northern Lights in the Lofoten Islands (Photo: Aurora Borealis/ )

This is a collaborative post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Monday, 9 March 2015

Kids in the Kitchen - Chocolate Brownies

Welcome to this week's Kids in the kitchen.
I am a Happy Egg Tastemaker and this week I had a lovely surprise in the post, this fantastic book of chocolate recipes by Eric Lanlard, it's signed too.
I'm going to be making everything in it!

For starters though, Boo chose to make Devilish Chocolate Brownies.

First I'd like to say thank you to everyone who joined in the linky last week.

From Tickle Fingers, Traffic Light Scones which look and sound absolutely amazing.
From the Free From Fairy, Roo cooks up a gorgeous Vegetable Pasta witch Crispy Bacon and Seeds.
From the Dairy Free Farmhouse, J makes delicious looking Dairy Free Chocolate Krispie Cakes
And From the Beesley Buzz, Miss T makes Gingerbread Shortbread

Thank you everyone and please remember that all recipes are kept together forever on my Pinterest Board.

The linky runs for a month and you can join in anytime and as many times as you like. It's all about the sharing.

Devilish Chocolate Brownies.

This is from Eric Lanlards Totally Chocolate. We did use milk chocolate when the recipe suggests using dark. The children prefer milk chocolate,,,,although, I will be tempted to make them again using dark chocolate, after all, you can never have too many brownies can you?


200g chocolate
150g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
2tsp vanilla extract
150g golden caster sugar (we didn't have golden, so we used regular)
3 eggs 
75g plain flour
2tbs cocoa powder
1tsp salt
100g chocolate chips


First I preheated the oven to 180C/gas mark 4 while Boo greased and lined a 19cm square shallow baking tin.

Then Boo broke the chocolate up into pieces and put it with the butter and vanilla into a bowl. I put the bowl over a pan of hot water and Boo stirred it until it melted.

I removed the bowl from the heat and Boo stirred in the sugar and then we left it to cool.

The next step was for Boo to break the eggs into a bowl and beat them.
Then she measured out the flour, cocoa powder and salt.

Then she stirred the eggs into the cooled chocolate mixture.
The next step was to sift in the flour, cocoa and salt and fold it into the mixture.
She then added the chocolate chips.

We poured the mixture into the prepared tin and baked for 25 minutes. We then turned off the oven and left the brownies inside for a further five minutes.

We left them to cool completely in the tin before cutting them into small squares.

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Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I've also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I've loved. If I don't love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It's always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I'll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.
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