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Raspberry & Almond Scone Slices – Bake of the Week

08/05/2014 15:15:56 PM

I call these scones but really I suspect they are a mixture of scone and biscuit because of how I cook them. They are twice cooked because I love the proper crunch of the exterior and the softness of the inside. I use double cream because when I firs > read more

Kids go Free over the Summer with CBeebies Magazine

08/01/2014 15:08:50 PM

There is much excitement in Casa Costello tonight – tomorrow sees us trooping off to Alton Towers for the day courtesy of CBeebies Magazine. I’m solo parenting (with a little help from my niece) as Mr C has got to work, but looking forwar > read more

Apple & Pineapple Eve’s Pudding – Bake of the Week

07/29/2014 15:33:08 PM

I knew I loved this dish long before I knew it was called Eve’s Pudding. Many moons ago, my primary school used to serve this on really rare occasions. I don’t remember much about my school dinners but I do recall just loving this – > read more

Homemade Ice Lollies: Peach Melba Smoothies – Center Parcs Family Blogger Challenge

07/25/2014 03:12:21 AM

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Hotter Shoes – Not Old Lady Shoes! Win a £20 Voucher.

07/24/2014 06:53:26 AM

There’s a major bonus to working from home … you can wear your slippers to work! Now you can picture just how glamorous I am, can’t you? Seriously though, I have noticed a massive change in my feet since I left office work and staye > read more

Silent Sunday

07/20/2014 01:26:01 AM

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Chocolate Piñata Cake

07/20/2014 01:26:01 AM

EDIT: The story behind the Chocolate Piñata Cake …Maybe not the neatest or best decorated cake I’ve ever made but certainly one of the quickest. I’d made the cakes on Friday morning (2 shallow and one deep in case you are intereste > read more

Cadbury’s Twirl Ice-Cream Cupcakes – Bake of the week

07/19/2014 03:16:22 AM

There’s not just Cadbury’s Twirl ON these cupcakes, there’s Twirl IN them too! AND in the sauce! A triple dose of chocolatey-ness! Last week, Cadbury’s asked me if I could find it within myself to come up with a recipe using t > read more

Toffee & Pecan Roulade – Bake of the Week

07/11/2014 15:14:34 PM

Remember the caramel recipe from last week? I promised that there would be follow up recipes, using the leftover caramel (well, the bits I didn’t eat straight off the spoon!). This is a dessert that me & Mr C buy as our treat once in a while. I > read more

Paddington Bear joins forces with Warbeartons

07/08/2014 18:46:09 PM

Psst! Don’t tell my kids but I’m rather partial to a Bear. Not just any old bear, but Paddington Bear. Just the sound of his name and the sight of his blue duffle coat transports me back to my childhood. It was always a disappointment tha > read more

Lemon & Raspberry Cream Sundae – Summer Sweet Treats with #MorrisonsMum

07/02/2014 16:41:28 PM

This is the perfect dessert for a warm and sunny afternoon – Tangy raspberries with luscious dreamy lemon cream. The addition of toasted marzipan provides a wonderful texture and chewiness. We use homemade lemon curd which adds an extra wow but > read more

Toasted Coconut Sponges with Caramel Sauce – Bake of the Week

07/01/2014 09:38:28 AM

This Caramel sauce is definitely my new addiction. Paired up with the delicious taste (and chewiness) of Toasted Coconut in a light sponge – You have a dessert made in heaven. These little cake are just as good made into a large cake (I have a > read more

Churros Bites with White Chocolate & Hazelnuts

06/26/2014 08:33:57 AM

Impossible to eat only one, I tell you! I much prefer smaller Churros to long thin ones – They are so much more convenient to eat. These are quite delicious on their own, simply rolled in sugar but for extra wow, try them dipped first in white > read more

Cherry Streusel Loaf Cake – Bake of the Week

06/25/2014 16:34:38 PM

The Costello Kitchen was closed for a few days last week (to baking – we still manage to eat other things than cake!). BritMums and school stuff seemed to take over. The ovens are back on with a vengeance today though. I started with something > read more

The Disorganised Blogger’s Guide to attending BritMums Live

06/19/2014 11:00:05 AM

Well, its here. The night before BritMums . Bloggers up and down the land are prepared for trundling along to London in the morning. Blog posts have been written for weeks introducing sponsors, describing outfits, even detailing what has been packed > read more

Lemon Frangipane Pie – Bake of the Week

06/17/2014 06:18:53 AM

I’ve decided to make something a little more challenging for this week’s #Bakeoftheweek. The past few weeks have been fairly easy and quick but every now and then, I like to get my teeth stuck into a proper project. (And then get my teeth > read more


06/14/2014 02:44:19 AM

Its day of questions … Can you help with any of these from The Costello house? From Violet: How does the internet work? I thought I’d start with a harmless but difficult one – She means as a whole, not how does our house get it? Fro > read more

Healthy but Hearty Fish, Chips & Minted Peas – Uniform Foodies

06/13/2014 08:51:45 AM

Did you know that according to a national surgery of uniformed professions, Doctors’ favourite meal is Fish & Chips? I must admit to being rather surprised, hardly the healthiest meal. I’ve been sent the task by Uniform Foodies (a new rec > read more

Self Preservation when Self Catering with Kids – #MatalanSummerTips

06/12/2014 03:42:31 AM

Its that lovely time of year again, our caravan has arrived home! All ready to be cleaned and filled to the gills for our many summer adventures. You may remember last week, I was involved in a Twitter Party all about sharing your holiday tips? Well, > read more

Coffee Melting Moments – Bake of the Week

06/10/2014 06:46:14 AM

Having a bank of easy, quick biscuit recipes saves my bacon on so many occasions. I’ve talked endlessly about wanting the kids to eat less pre-produced food and snacks are one of our worst offenders. Last week was crazily busy (in a good way) b > read more

It may be messy but its ours – The Costello Shelfie

06/06/2014 15:52:38 PM

We’ve all heard of selfies, but have you heard of the ‘Shelfie’? Its exactly what you think it is, a picture of a shelf. I’d love to be showing you a neat and today, freshly dusted, everything precisely where it should be shel > read more

If we were at Center Parcs … Its all about the food!

06/06/2014 03:02:06 AM

Do you ever play the ‘This time last week/this time last year’ game? I’m really bad for it – I’m always reminiscing about brilliant holidays that we have. I’d like to let you know about a competition running at the > read more

One Direction Bento Box

06/05/2014 03:31:50 AM

It seems the craze for Bento boxes is getting bigger and bigger. For people new to Bento, they are packed lunches. You are ‘supposed’ to have a variety of smaller items rather than just a buttie and an apple. I say ‘supposed’ > read more

Homemade Naan Breads – Bake of the week

06/04/2014 08:50:16 AM

I’m loving this focus on getting a Bake of the Week up every week. I’ve always baked since getting my own house but haven’t always been so religious about photographing them and finishing off my bakes properly. Having to have a reci > read more

The Day we went to Sarsons’ Cookery School with Nick Coffer

06/02/2014 03:44:46 AM

I’ve been hopping on trains up and down the country like a mad woman during the past month. Most of the trips have been to take or pick up Millie from England training but a couple of weeks ago, me & Violet went on an adventure all of our own. > read more

Share your Holidays Tips with #MatalanSummerTips

06/01/2014 02:43:46 AM

What are you doing between 8pm – 9pm this Thursday 5th June 2014? I’d like to invite you to take part in a Twitter party. For just sharing your tips on how to survive, and even enjoy, your Summer Holidays with Kids, you have the chance to > read more

Homemade Lemon Iced Gems – Bake of the Week

05/28/2014 01:41:33 AM

We eat biscuits like they are going out of fashion in this house. A packet can disappear in instants. I’ve really cut down though on how many biscuits we buy this year. I’d much rather bake the biscuits so we know exactly what the girls a > read more

Peach & Almond Loaf Cake – Bake of the Week

05/23/2014 01:20:59 AM

Another instalment in the Use Your Loaf recipe collection. Celebrating all that is good and versatile about the beloved Loaf Tin. This is one of my nicest bakes – I am so pleased every time it turns out. Particularly, as peaches sometimes have > read more

Crime & Underpants

05/16/2014 15:35:29 PM

Now that’s a catchy title? Nope, this isn’t a recipe containing undies *ponders if they would work?*. This is a post to give you just a little window into our world this week. I try to add the odd snippet of info into my recipe posts but > read more

Salmon with Herby, Spicy Vegetables

05/15/2014 00:59:38 AM

I’m feeling a bit under the weather today – Nothing serious, just an annoying cough and achey. The sort of day that reminds you that you really shouldn’t eat cake for your lunch EVERY day! Whenever I feel a bit inside out, I always > read more

Passion Fruit Poke Cupcakes – Bake of the Week

05/14/2014 00:53:05 AM

I’ve been wanting to bake ‘Poke’ cupcakes for ages. I’m not convinced that they are that different from when I’ve baked extra flavour cupcakes before and let sauce seep in though. Basically, you bake a cupcake as normal > read more

Bank Holiday Bacon – #MorrisonsMum

05/10/2014 16:58:03 PM

Like most people, we love Bank Holidays in our house. 2 rare days off together mean some precious time spent at home. I try to spend at least one afternoon at home in the kitchen and this last Monday was no exception. The kind people at Morrisons han > read more

Walnut & Coffee Battenburg – Bake of the Week

05/06/2014 03:46:45 AM

I’m not for a minute going to suggest that this was an easy cake to assemble. I think that’s blatantly obvious from the pictures (taken in the dark, trying to disguise the many lumps and bumps). What I can say about this Coffee & Walnut B > read more

Old El Paso – Review

05/02/2014 16:57:41 PM

Discovering Mexican cuisine was one of the great moments in my life. Seriously, up until then I didn’t know how much I loved spice and a kick. There are very few cheesy dishes but plenty of tomato based meals on a Mexican menu which really suit > read more

The Costellos Go Ape Junior – Delamere Forest

05/01/2014 03:32:32 AM

If you go down in the woods today … you’ll find a lot of people swinging about having a brilliant time! A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to the opening of the new Go Ape Junior at Delamere. You can only imagine how excited the girls > read more

Passion Fruit & White Chocolate Profiteroles – Bake of the Week

04/29/2014 08:30:30 AM

Choux pastry is a marvel – I love how it comes together in a pan in a huge stodgy ball but by the time it comes out of the oven its light and airy. The profiteroles pictured are the second lot I made yesterday (and pictured in the dark so the p > read more

Duck & Hazelnut Risotto with Maille Hazelnut Oil

04/25/2014 04:59:37 AM

A short while ago I was invited to test out a couple of Maille products and come up with an original recipe using at least one of them. I will admit to previously thinking that Maille was solely about mustard, which I don’t tend to use loads of > read more

Hazelnut Ficelle – Bake of the Week

04/22/2014 03:54:16 AM

… or scrawny baguettes as Mr C likes to call them. My love of baking bread is still on-going. This was the most successful outcome yet and had me squealing every time I saw how light, airy and perfect they were inside. After all the sweetness o > read more

Sainsbury’s Cake Book Giveaway & Review

04/21/2014 12:16:29 PM

Its pretty common knowledge that I cannot resist a cake book – I’ve had to start limiting myself to only ones that are really good as space is rapidly running out. (I’m still hoping that one day I’ll get my haven of peace in t > read more

Caramel & Pecan Fudge – An Alternative to Chocolate at Easter

04/19/2014 16:04:41 PM

I try every year to come up with an alternative for giving an egg at Easter. Fudge is incredibly versatile – you can just serve it up on a plate or gift wrap and show a little more thought. This is a crumbly type of fudge that I’ve made m > read more

Mushroom & Nut Filo Parcels

04/19/2014 04:02:14 AM

There’s just some short cuts in life that are too good to miss. Using bought Filo pastry is definitely one of them. I’d love to say I always make my own pastry but life really is too short when it comes to Filo. The secret to working with > read more

Mini Marzipan Birds’ Nests Tutorial – Center Parcs Family Blogger April Challenge

04/16/2014 14:53:54 PM

Even I think these are cute! Tiny mouthfuls of marzipan with a mini egg all disguised as Birds’ Nests. For people that are rather fond of grammar, I’ve had massive arguments with myself about where the apostrophe goes! I’ve was set > read more

Raspberry, Almond & White Chocolate Loaf Cake – Bake of the Week

04/14/2014 16:11:41 PM

We had a wonderful day yesterday – an impromptu visit to Abersoch, one of our favourite places in the world. We couldn’t fit in a night away but decided to go for it and do the 2.5 hour journey and back in one day. With LOTS of stops and > read more

Easy Peasy Mackerel Pate – 5 Ingredients or less recipe

04/12/2014 15:04:52 PM

Warning! You may get seriously addicted to this! This is easily one of the simplest but tastiest recipes ever. I first had this Mackerel Pate at my Auntie’s for lunch a while ago and knew Mr C would love it. He is a massive mackerel fan but I&# > read more

Quorn Ambassador

04/11/2014 07:24:58 AM

I’m very pleased to announce that as of April 2014, I am now a Quorn Blog Ambassador. There are various reasons for this, but mainly the desire to improve my health and eating habits. I’m never going to be a diet queen – I love cake > read more

Caramel Coconut Creation – Bake of the Week

04/09/2014 10:59:43 AM

This one took me completely by surprise by how popular it was. I say was because it is long gone. This was definitely one of those ‘messing around’ recipes that just seemed to work. It started as needing something to give the kids the nex > read more

When Casa Costello visited Center Parcs, Whinfell

04/06/2014 10:33:51 AM

We are well known for a our love of holidays and equally well known for our love of Center Parcs. Even before we became Center Parcs Family Bloggers, we had spent several holidays both at Whinfell and Sherwood Firest. We were in no doubt that we woul > read more

Stuffed Bacon & Worcestershire Sauce Sweet Potatoes

04/02/2014 04:34:04 AM

Now, I know these don’t look pretty but Oh My, they are absolutely gorgeous! I can’t tell you just how tasty they are – you’ve just got to make them and see. They’ll never be neat enough or easy to eat to be served at a > read more

Frozen Inspired Food – Marshmallow Olafs

04/01/2014 07:04:20 AM

It was a very exciting day for my children yesterday. Violet has never been the same since we took her to see the movie, Frozen just after Christmas. She has lived and breathed that film. Like a lot of children, she knows every word of every song. Sh > read more

Oaty Cookies – Bake of the Week

03/31/2014 17:20:17 PM

These are perfect to bake with toddlers. They don’t use too many ingredients, not too complicated and they are robust enough that even a toddler can mess around with them and they still turn out. I’ve never found it easy baking with toddl > read more

Sticky Gingercake – Bake of the Week

03/25/2014 02:10:51 AM

Well, we’re back from a fantastic time at Center Parcs. Lots more about that to follow but for now I want to share my latest Bake of the Week entry. I make this Sticky Gingercake a lot when we are going somewhere for a few days – It lasts > read more

Painting with Kids – Center Parcs March Challenge

03/21/2014 02:27:03 AM

I was always a bit scared of painting with my first 2 children. It always seemed like a lot of hard work and an activity that could easily get out of hand. There’s something that makes me feel all ‘Earth Mothery’ about getting the p > read more

Happy St Patrick’s Day Cake

03/17/2014 13:31:54 PM

Happy St Patrick’s Day – Have some cake! (and possibly some Guinness to wash it down with!)How will you be celebrating or do you not bother? I’ll be going to a cookery demonstration tonight with WI pals and maybe persuaded to pop in > read more

Mini Lemon & Lime Scones

03/14/2014 01:37:30 AM

Scones or scohnes?! Which are you? Being a northern girl, I’m definitely a Scones with an ‘o’ rather than an ‘oh’. Even though I love the comforting taste of scones and love how quick and easy they are to prepare, someti > read more

Vegetarian Chickpea and Lentil Curry

03/10/2014 02:33:13 AM

I’ve never thought of myself as a real meat-eater but every year 2 days come along that test me in meal preparation. They are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday – I was always brought up not to eat meat on those days and have memories of Mum & > read more

Nutella Bread – Daring Bakers February

02/28/2014 07:34:35 AM

It doubled in size! It doubled at last! You know in a recipe when it says ‘leave to prove until it has doubled’? That’s the bit where it usually fails for me. At most, I tend to have a tiny twitch of yeasty activity but at long, lon > read more

Baked Cadbury’s Creme Egg Cheesecake

02/23/2014 13:42:18 PM

Warning! If you are on a health kick, you might want to look away NOW! When I posted an Instagram picture of this going into the oven, someone described it as ‘Heart Attack alert’. This is definitely a recipe for small portions (and its n > read more

Wigan Food Festival 2014

02/23/2014 07:11:57 AM

Its not often you find someone from St Helens talking freely about Wigan – The 2 towns have a fierce rugby rivalry. When food is involved though, that’s different! I was invited a couple of weeks ago, to the preview dinner of the Wigan Fo > read more

Pancake Fillings from East India Company – Review

02/22/2014 02:24:08 AM

I’ve rambled on before about how often we have Pancakes in this house – Its definitely not a once a year occasion. I’m slightly more conservative than the kids – Its hard to get me to deviate from a lemon/sugar topping/filling > read more

Cinnamon Sugar & Pecan Popcorn and The Great British Sewing Bee

02/19/2014 09:47:12 AM

I’ve been meddling with the popcorn again. Last time, the event was New Year, this time it is the return of the Great British Sewing Bee. Very unusually, both my sisters and me were round at our Mum’s for a child free evening (if you coun > read more

Knorr Gravy Pots Review and the Ultimate Yorkshire Pudding Recipe

02/19/2014 02:56:34 AM

There’s one meal that I can guarantee my 3 girls will devour in silence – A Sunday Dinner/Sunday Roast (whatever you call it they still eat it!) Whether we go out to eat on a Sunday (not very often) or cook a meal here (not that often eit > read more

Tractor Cake & Rice Krispie Treats Tutorial

02/13/2014 01:21:44 AM

I’ve come out of retirement AGAIN! My brother-in-law was 40 last week so out came the sugarcraft equipment. Since I last did a ‘proper’ cake, our one and only sugarcraft shop in St Helens has closed so it was a bit of a challenge to > read more

Life as a Synchro Mum

02/05/2014 00:58:01 AM

2 years ago we set out on a journey that we had no idea would take over ours and Millie’s life. 2 years ago last week, Millie attended her first ever synchronised swimming lesson in Manchester. God knows why we thought it was a good idea to all > read more

World’s Best Cakes: Cookbook Review

01/28/2014 04:58:00 AM

I’ve mentioned before how much of a cookbook addict I am. Every now and then, though, a book comes along that I just can’t get enough of – You know the sort, you take it to bed to read, you have a list as long as your arm of recipes > read more

Chicken Leftovers Casserole with Herby Dumplings

01/24/2014 06:05:00 AM

When Sainsbury’s challenged me to come up with a recipe using leftovers, I knew straight away one that I would chose. Me, Derm & Tara love this dish – M & V pretend they hate it by taking it for a walk around their plate/bowl – whic > read more

Food Technology – The start of a new era

01/16/2014 16:47:14 PM

There is great excitement in the Costello household this evening. Tomorrow sees the 11yo’s first ever practical Food Tech class (At school – obviously the 11 years that I’ve been trying to teach her in the kitchen don’t count! > read more

Jersey Black Butter Review & La Mare Chocolate Giveaway

01/16/2014 01:22:54 AM

When I was asked by the people from Jersey Tourism and Travel Service, if I’d like to test some of their local food, I was very intrigued. I’d never heard of Jersey Black Butter before but it sounded so mysterious. I loved the thought of > read more

Bacon, Mushroom & Tomato Arancini – Daring Cooks January 2014

01/14/2014 11:06:00 AM

If I had to describe Arancini, I’d say they are Fried Risotto Balls. I have to admit when I saw what they were, I did think was it worth the effort – Risotto is one of my most favourite meals and I couldn’t see that by frying it in > read more

Chocolate Orange Swiss Roll

01/09/2014 16:00:39 PM

This house is a diet free zone in January, I’m afraid. What we do believe in, is plenty of home cooked, delicious and comforting food for what some consider to be the most depressing month of the year. We live with an athlete and its my job to > read more

East India Tea Company – Afternoon Tea Hampers

01/06/2014 09:15:58 AM

I’m well known for my love of a good brew – I’m seldom seen without a cup in my hand. What better to accompany a good cuppa than a biscuit? When the East India Company sent me some First Estate Assam tea and Butter Shortbread biscui > read more

Celebration Popcorn & Some Foodie Resolutions

12/31/2013 17:23:27 PM

I’m having the most perfect New Year’s Eve tonight. We went to the Pantomime at the Liverpool Empire earlier with the girls, been for a delicious Italian meal at Il Forno in Liverpool, had drinks at our friends for a few hours afterwards > read more

Winter Hands and New Babies – with Dettol

12/31/2013 04:47:53 AM

I was set the task by the good people at Dettol to come up with some tips of how to look after your hands. Its due to get a lot colder shortly and from my experience, hands soon start to suffer. Before I had babies, I didn’t appreciate how many > read more

Apple Fritters – With and Without Sage

12/30/2013 01:48:15 AM

I’m all over the sales this year – no, not clothes, shoes and handbags. I’m talking about the bargains to be had in the food aisle. So far we have devoured a turkey from Tesco that should have been £32 but on Boxing Day was reduced > read more

Panforte – Nibbles for Visitors

12/28/2013 16:22:11 PM

I always thought that Panforte had to contain chocolate. I loved it when other people made it but never really felt inspired to make my own – There was always enough chocolate around our house at Christmas to sink a ship. When I started researc > read more

Turkey, Chestnut, Bacon & Prosecco Oven-Baked Risotto

12/27/2013 15:46:22 PM

Well doesn’t this recipe just scream LEFTOVERS?? And you would be right, My sister arrived yesterday with a turkey bought from Teseco – It should have been £32 but was reduced to £4.95. She obviously couldn’t leave it there for th > read more

A Christmas Message …

12/24/2013 14:26:37 PM

Thought the Minions could say it better than I could! Wishing you A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my posts, commented and taken part in competitions during the past year. I hope everyone has someone to sha > read more

Stollen Recipe

12/23/2013 04:36:26 AM

Stollen is a German fruitcake said to sometimes contain marzipan – Sometimes??? Every time in our house. I wasn’t sure whether it was classed as a bread or a cake but my research has declared that it is most definitely CAKE. All other Sto > read more

Peach, Marzipan & Amaretto Crumble

12/22/2013 02:37:04 AM

Sometimes we just need a comforting, hot,easy dessert. One that uses up fruit about to go past its prime is even better. I’m guilty of buying peaches but forgetting to use them. I know my girls like them but unless I chop them up and plonk them > read more

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