Patchwork owl birthday cake

Patchwork owl birthday cake

In February my ‘baby’ was 6 years old. Where on earth does the time go?! At the moment she is owl obsessed. She has owls on her bedroom walls, an owl cushion on her rocking chair, owl fabric for her blinds and various other little owl toys and decorations. So,...
Chocolate, stout and ginger cake

Chocolate, stout and ginger cake

For Christmas, my sister paid for my brother-in-law and stepdad to have a tour of West Berkshire Brewery. We often buy our beer from there, especially over Christmas time or for family get-togethers, so Dale and I thought we’d buy ourselves places and tag along too! And I’m so glad...
One Make a Month: January

One Make a Month: January

I have come to realise that since starting my new job, time for crafting and making has slipped and I miss it. So, now I’ve settled into a routine and (almost!) got on top of the housework, the girls and I have decided we will set ourselves a target of...
Sausage and apple plait

Sausage and apple plait

I do love a nice, simple supper dish and this was super easy to do. I’m one of those crazies who actually quite likes making puff pastry but, really, who has the time to make it from scratch?! Certainly not me on a week night when I’m picking up various...
Iced Bakewell Slices

Iced Bakewell Slices

I think it’s fair to say that Bakewell Tart is one of our family’s favourite treats. It’s the one thing that is always requested at family gatherings and is always the first to go! So, when I found some pastry that needed to be used up in the fridge and...
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Win an Abra-ca-Debora Pancake Hamper!

Win an Abra-ca-Debora Pancake Hamper!

Pancakes are always a firm favourite in our house and we seem to have developed a tradition of making them for Sunday breakfast every week. However, I’ll let you into a secret… I don’t like making them! The batter usually turns out ok but at least one always sticks to the pan, it’s tricky to...
Review: JUST EAT

Review: JUST EAT

One rule we have in our family is that we sit down and eat together as often as possible – every meal at the weekend and as many times during the week as we can. As with all families, we have a hectic schedule with numerous after school clubs, parties and irregular working hours, but...
Halloween pumpkins

Halloween pumpkins

We’ve never really done much for Halloween in our house before. Last year was the first time we took the children trick or treating and it was actually a really great atmosphere out there. This year a friend brought round a couple of pumpkins for Grace and her friend to carve. As you’ll see from...
Review: Cooking with the Nexus 7

Review: Cooking with the Nexus 7

It will come as no surprise to you that I spend quite a lot of time in the kitchen! Far too much of that time is spent baking and I have amassed quite a cookery book collection to feed my habit. But as much as I like looking through books (and yes, I often take...
Kimball Farm

Kimball Farm

We’re very lucky to have Kimball Farm just a couple of miles down the road from the hotel we are staying in. Despite what the name suggests, Kimball Farm is more than just a farm, in fact it’s more of an amusement park. It is most famous for its delicious ice cream and, as the...
Grocery shopping in the US

Grocery shopping in the US

Grocery shopping in America has been quite a different experience to my usual shopping in the UK. Partly, I guess this is down to the fact we’re on holiday and partly due to that fact that you can buy such different things over here – a lot of which my waistline will not thank me...
Guest post: My day in Boston

Guest post: My day in Boston

Today I have a guest post from my 5 year old daughter, Faith. She wants to tell you all about our day out in Boston yesterday… Yesterday I went to Boston. I went on a train with mummy, daddy and Grace. First I painted a necklace at a craft stall. Then we found a fountain...
Summer in The States

Summer in The States

We have arrived Stateside! Those of you who follow me on twitter or Facebook may have noticed that we are spending the summer in the USA, just outside Boston. Dale had to come out here for 5 weeks to meet with clients and colleagues so we grabbed the opportunity for an extended family holiday. We get...
Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies were a special request from Faith. She decided that she wanted cookies as an after school treat, which gave me the perfect excuse to bake! I added some milk chocolate chips to them, also at her request, but you could either leave them out or experiment and add other things – white chocolate...
New Whiteley Shopping Centre

New Whiteley Shopping Centre

Those of you who live locally in Hampshire may remember the old Whitely Shopping Outlet Village, which closed down a couple of years ago. Whenever I visited, it always felt a little sad and neglected, often like a ghost town. So, I was was very intrigued when I was invited a couple of weeks ago...
National Vegetarian Week and an asparagus, mozzarella and pesto tart

National Vegetarian Week and an asparagus, mozzarella and pesto tart

This week is National Vegetarian Week. To be honest, we don’t eat a lot of vegetarian food. We all love vegetables and eat a wide variety but, on the whole, they are usually an accompaniment or side dish. So, when I was challenged by Asda to go vegetarian for a week, I jumped at the...
Lemon and ginger loaf cake

Lemon and ginger loaf cake

Having taken a little blog holiday, I’m back and raring to go! Did you miss me? I’ll pretend you all chorused ‘Yes!’ – it’s good for the ego! I’m also excited to report that I have a new oven. A shiny new, oven that actually works! I don’t want to jinx myself here, but so...