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Foodie Friday – Nutella Cupcakes

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This one is pretty self explanatory this week. But hey we all love those simple recipes where you just throw it all together and something epic happens and yumminess is created.

These are a firm favourite at home and are perfect for parties or that saturday afternoon treat! Also perfect excuse to get the kids involved with so few ingredients nothing can go wrong even with a 3 yr old ‘helping’.

Would you add anything special to this recipe like cherries? Tell us below!

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Foodie Friday – Cupackes

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Everyone loves a cupcake, they are usually the cake of choice for young and old and they are a welcome distraction in our home. The kids just love mixing and watching their hard work to come to life and the decorating, however rubbish I am at it always cheers us up!

Here’s my easy peasy cupcake recipe,

100g caster sugar

100g self raising flour

100g butter or margarine

1 large egg or 1 small egg and a dash of milk.

Bake for approx 20mins at 180

Simply throw it all into a mixing bowl and mix until all ingredients are combined. Add any extras you want i.e.: chic chips, fresh fruit, glacier cherries etc, fold in and divide between cupcake cases.

Bake for approx 20 mins at 180 then decorate as you see fit. We often leave them as is. If you want chocolate ones substitute half of the flour for cocoa powder.

It really is as simple as that! Now go forth and bake ALL OF THE CAKES!

Foodie Friday – Eve’s pudding

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Eve’s pudding has become a family favourite in our house but I literally fell across it about 8 or so years agony accident when looking for a pastry-less fruit pie ( the husband hates pastry ).

I didn’t know what it was at the time but hearing it combined the awesomeness of a crumble but with a cake top, whats not to love?!

So here’s what you need if you want to give it a try yourself.

Fruit of your choice. (Its traditionally made with apple’s hence the name but any fruit will and does work, its particularly nice with apple and strawberries)

A simple cake recipe, I use a simple one:

100g caster sugar

100g self raising flour

100g butter or margarine

1 large egg or 1 small egg and a splash of milk

Line your cake dish with fruit, if you are using apples sprinkle with brown sugar (white works just as well its just for taking the bite from the fruit)

Mix up your cake recipe as normal then pour on top of your fruit then bake in a pre heated oven at about 160 for around 45 mins or until cooked through.

Leave to cool then cut and serve with a topping of your choice. Custard is always a firm fave but spray cream or ice cream in the summer is always welcome or just as it comes.

What fruit will you use for yours? Share your own versions below.

Sloppy Joes

For my first EVER Foody Friday post I thought I’d jump in with a family favourite of ours which is sloppy joes. Some of you may not of heard of it, its an American dish consisting mainly of mince, so this can be made for vegetarians with a mince substitute like Quorn.

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Ingrediants

500g of Mince ( this will feed 5 of us with a little spare for burritos for the day after so you may want to only use half or just get a 250g pack )

Handful of Mushrooms

An onion

Peppers (Any colour is fine)

Garlic Powder

BBQ sauce

Ketchup

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Method

Chop up the veg and fry it off in a pan with some oil.

Add the mince, whilst this is browning add 2 tsp of garlic powder and mix in

In a small bowl or a jug with cup measurements on put half and half of the BBQ sauce and Ketchup and mix together.

Once the mince and veg are cooked to your liking, stir in the sauce.

Once all the meat and veg is covered turn the heat down to simmer and allow to do so for approx 20 mins.

This could also be made in a slow cooker.

Serve with chips and garlic bread, or in buns as a deconstructed burger, or however you fancy it. Our fave is with potato wedges and garlic bread.

Mother’s Day gift ideas that say I Love You!

Mother’s Day is always a tricky one for me. My mum hates all that soppy stuff like stuffed animals and bunches of flowers, I get it, they can come across like empty gestures so I always try and either create her something or go safe and buy her a vintage pinnie or piece of jewellery. So if you, like me are starting to panic just a week from Mothers Day of what to buy their mum then check out my top picks for meaningful and long lastings heart felt gifts with none of that soppiness!

Benedict’s Bakery,  are focused on providing bespoke baking gifts with the highest levels of customer satisfaction and  will do everything they can to meet your expectations. With a variety of offerings to choose from, from gluten free pancakes to brownie mixes, there is something for everyone here.

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I chose the brownie mix with personalisation and wooden spoon, £8.99. Such a simple yet thoughtful gift with something left over to treasure for years to come.

For all those eco friendly mums out there, stop by Spirit of Nature. They have some amazing gifts everything from high end to pocket money, you are sure to find something very special here.

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This stunning perisian wool scarf is perfect, £25.95.

For something a little quirky and fun for mum this Mother’s Day check out Oakdene Designs Fairy Cottage Door wall sticker set.

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You can find them on Not on the High Street, £12

If your mum loves jewellery why now check out Two Ducks, this adorable bunny brooch is hand made and totally adorable!

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Available at Two Ducks, £12

How about this adorable rabbit wood clock, practical AND beautiful, who wouldn’t be made up to open this next Sunday?!

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Available from Tigerlilly Quinn, on sale at just £6.99.

Alternatively, this stunning fox dress is just divine!

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Made from 100% cotton and guaranteed to get you noticed, £28.00.

I hope this little round up has inspired you to go forth and make Mother’s Day epic for the special lady in your life.

Which would you choose?

Organix Toddler Meals – Review

We have had the privilege of reviewing Organix Toddler Meals on several occasions over the years and they never disappoint.

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The new additions consisting of soups and Mighty Meals is a real bonus for us. I have 3 very fussy eaters and at those times when I’m cooking something that not all of them will eat Organix come to my rescue, riding in on a white horse  *swoons*.

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They are quick and easy to prepare, just a minute in the microwave,  and even though they are considered ready meals I know what I’m putting inside them is only going to do them good. They are perfect for taking to restaurants  or to friends when I know they are gonna be fussy about whats on offer. Some of them can even be eaten cold, which for very impatient little people is a major selling point.

My youngest has never been convinced these style of children’s meals, she’s more of a chicken nugget  kinda girl, but our middle daughter loves them to bits! She loves having the opportunity to choose her own meal and I know the portion size is just right and there are none of those nasties loitering about inside. We are yet to come across one that she doesn’t like!

The new fruit gummies where a massive hit, even with my 9 year old! Let’s just say they didn’t see out the day.

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They are all big fans of  real fruit gummies and these are no exception! Full of flavour and kind to little bods you can’t go wrong. And a reassuring smile there from the Soil Association.

Organix have done it again with their wide range of choice and new additions, thumbs up from all here!

If you want to check out Organix new range of Todder Meals and snacks you can find them all here .

*All the meals where provided free of charge but all opinions are my own*

 

Homemade Dog Food

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When we decided to adopt a puppy it was a massive step and just like having children we talked about everything from the name to what food to give to her.

We rescued this little bundle of joy 4 months ago now and have finally moved onto raw and homemade dog food, well I say dog food but its not really its just food. All fresh and healthy with no fillers and all that junk they stuff into pet food and then charge you a pretty penny for.

I add a good mix of fruit and veg along with a good cut of meat or fish and she’s thriving on it. On the dog food she would often leave some, at almost every meal and her pooh’s where as big as a small elephant! Don’t get me wrong she isn’t a small dog, akita x pointer but blimey!

After some reading into a raw food diet I found that it was purely because that dog food is stuffed with junk that the body can’t use where as with a raw food diet there is very little that the body can’t use keeping you pooch in the best of health and with small land mines to clean away, double win in my opinion!

So for this recipe I have used potatoes, carrots, liver, pasta and an apple.

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I chopped it all up into small pieces along with some gravy and put it into the slow cooker on low. Just like making a casserole for yourself, just leave it in there for a few hours and bobs your uncle, enough food for a few days. As it’s fresh it keeps well or you could make even larger batches and freeze it to save yourself more time. Not to mention it costs pennies instead of pounds per meal. The pack of liver was enough for a full weeks worth of meals and was only 74p.

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Some other lovely things to give to your pooch are cous cous with tuna, rice with steak or mince and mash. Do stay clear of onions, grapes and raisins, chocolate, nuts and xylitol which is often used as a natural sweetener.

All pet dogs are derived from wolves, they even have the same digestive system so whatever is good for wolves is great for your dog, lets keep those pooches happy and healthy!

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Nala wants to know when lunch time is now! Can you blame her.

*if you are uncertain as to whether a natural diet is good for your dog please contact a vet first and gain as much info as possible before making the switch*

L xx