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Ginger & White Chocolate Hi Hat Cupcakes – Bake of the Week

10/23/2014 05:22:47 AM

Once you taste this White Chocolate frosting you will never want to go back to ordinary buttercream ever again! Believe me, this is one of the finest tastes in the world. The white chocolate matches perfectly with the spicy ginger cake. I covered the > read more

What to Bake & How to Bake It: Baking Book Giveaway

10/21/2014 06:15:49 AM

This book has a completely different feel to other baking books – Both in its content and the actual texture of the book. I was intrigued as soon as I opened my copy – Its a substantial sized book – If you gave someone this for a gi > read more

Chocolate Orange Pumpkin Bombe #UnileverHalloween

10/20/2014 15:44:11 PM

I’ve been wanting to make a Bombe for ages. I knew it wouldn’t be super easy, otherwise everyone would be making them, wouldn’t they? I was set the Halloween Challenge by Unilever when they sent me some products to come up with a Ha > read more

Chocolate Orange Pumpkin Bombe #UnileverHalloween

10/20/2014 15:44:11 PM

I’ve been wanting to make a Bombe for ages. I knew it wouldn’t be super easy, otherwise everyone would be making them, wouldn’t they? I was set the Halloween Challenge by Unilever when they sent me some products to come up with a Ha > read more

Autumn Picnics with #Vitapicnics

10/20/2014 13:31:56 PM

I’m going to let you into a secret – There’s a place I know. Its rather perfect. Don’t tell everyone – They’ll all want to go. If you’re thinking of setting out on an autumn picnic over the half term – > read more

Autumn Picnics with #Vitapicnics

10/20/2014 13:31:56 PM

I’m going to let you into a secret – There’s a place I know. Its rather perfect. Don’t tell everyone – They’ll all want to go. If you’re thinking of setting out on an autumn picnic over the half term – > read more

Monkfish Linguini – Foodie Friday

10/17/2014 03:12:16 AM

I’ll never forget the first time we had Monkfish. We had not long bought our first house and we were starting on our cooking journey – I’d just about mastered a chilli and Sweet n Sour, but wanted to experiment with fish. Someone ha > read more

Monkfish Linguini – Foodie Friday

10/17/2014 03:12:16 AM

I’ll never forget the first time we had Monkfish. We had not long bought our first house and we were starting on our cooking journey – I’d just about mastered a chilli and Sweet n Sour, but wanted to experiment with fish. Someone ha > read more

Makeaway v’s Takeaway with Sainsbury’s

10/16/2014 01:01:36 AM

We don’t have traditional Saturday nights – We area back too late from Synchro trainings and have to be up at 6am on Sundays. It often means that come Sunday nights, we need something really simple and quick. I’m a bit of a one for > read more

Makeaway v’s Takeaway with Sainsbury’s

10/16/2014 01:01:36 AM

We don’t have traditional Saturday nights – We area back too late from Synchro trainings and have to be up at 6am on Sundays. It often means that come Sunday nights, we need something really simple and quick. I’m a bit of a one for > read more

Double Chocolate Oaty Cookies – Bake of the Week

10/15/2014 10:51:03 AM

My kids are going to love me when they get home tonight – A true family favourite are these Oaty Cookies. I forget how much the kids love these – they were actually one of the first recipes I ever made. I think I added some nuts but have > read more

Double Chocolate Oaty Cookies – Bake of the Week

10/15/2014 10:51:03 AM

My kids are going to love me when they get home tonight – A true family favourite are these Oaty Cookies. I forget how much the kids love these – they were actually one of the first recipes I ever made. I think I added some nuts but have > read more

#MorningWin with Belvita

10/10/2014 04:59:42 AM

Ah, mornings – don’t we all just love them? Here’s how they go in our house … If we wake before 8.30 If the uniform is not dirty. If the ham is still in date, making lunch won’t make us late. If we find shoes, left and r > read more

#MorningWin with Belvita

10/10/2014 04:59:42 AM

Ah, mornings – don’t we all just love them? Here’s how they go in our house … If we wake before 8.30 If the uniform is not dirty. If the ham is still in date, making lunch won’t make us late. If we find shoes, left and r > read more

Apple, Date & Cinnamon Flapjacks – Bake of the Week

10/09/2014 16:58:40 PM

Sometimes you should just accept that things are not going to go your way – The first 2 times of making these Apple, Date & Cinnamon Flapjacks was one of these times – I came down with a rotten cold on Sunday evening but tried to ignore i > read more

Apple, Date & Cinnamon Flapjacks – Bake of the Week

10/09/2014 16:58:40 PM

Sometimes you should just accept that things are not going to go your way – The first 2 times of making these Apple, Date & Cinnamon Flapjacks was one of these times – I came down with a rotten cold on Sunday evening but tried to ignore i > read more

Welcome to Foodie Friday! Chorizo, Pepper & Chutney Pinwheels

10/03/2014 06:53:49 AM

I’m very pleased to have joined up forces with the lovely Otilia from Romanian Mum in celebrating all things food. Every Friday we will be taking it in turns to lead the Foodie Friday linky. We would love as many people as possibly to join in a > read more

Welcome to Foodie Friday! Chorizo, Pepper & Chutney Pinwheels

10/03/2014 06:53:49 AM

I’m very pleased to have joined up forces with the lovely Otilia from Romanian Mum in celebrating all things food. Every Friday we will be taking it in turns to lead the Foodie Friday linky. We would love as many people as possibly to join in a > read more

Pecan & Maple Brioche Rolls – Bake of the Week

10/03/2014 00:39:10 AM

Oh my! This just might be my favourite thing I have ever baked (I’m sure I’ve said that before?!) These Pecan & Maple Brioche Rolls aren’t necessarily the quickest bake ever but they are more than worth it. You do need to do the pre > read more

Pecan & Maple Brioche Rolls – Bake of the Week

10/03/2014 00:39:10 AM

Oh my! This just might be my favourite thing I have ever baked (I’m sure I’ve said that before?!) These Pecan & Maple Brioche Rolls aren’t necessarily the quickest bake ever but they are more than worth it. You do need to do the pre > read more

Bacon, Balsamic & Black Pudding Risotto – Organic September

09/30/2014 01:59:51 AM

We are coming towards the end of Organic Food Month and I’ve been trying to do my bit. I will admit to thinking in the past, that organic food was mainly for the rich and picky, expensive cuts of meat and teeny vegetables. I have been educated > read more

Homemade Bread with Sainsbury’s

09/28/2014 08:27:56 AM

I’ve talked before about my new found love for working with yeast – Its like a chemical experiment that suddenly I seem to get right and I love it. I’ve never used a pre-made bread mix though and wondered how they differed from boug > read more

Toad in the Hole & Gin & Lime Cake: Great British Dishes with Waitrose

09/27/2014 02:56:20 AM

I was set the challenge by Waitrose to recreate some good old Great British Dishes recently. I like to think that my cooking repertoire is fairly full of traditional British dishes that I will pass onto my girls as they grow older. There’s plen > read more

Award Winning Lemon & Lime Sandwich Biscuits – Bake of the Week

09/24/2014 07:57:59 AM

Award winning I tell you! Well, almost – I came second at our WI Craft Night. These biscuits were a miracle that they came to exist at all. I needed to be there by 6.30 but only got home at 5.15 … and still managed to make them, decorate > read more

No-Cheese Smoked Haddock Omelette – Cage Free Eggs from Sainsburys

09/21/2014 13:15:55 PM

I first started getting concerned with what eggs I used when I was at the peak of Aardvark Cakes’ wedding season. It wasn’t unusual to use 70+ eggs. I just couldn’t bring myself to use eggs from caged hens although they were signifi > read more

Cherishing Family Milestone Moments with Fairy

09/21/2014 06:52:22 AM

I like to think I don’t take any of my children’s milestones for granted. Everyone always says how quickly time goes by and that you will never get those childhood years back (I’m never quite sure how to take that!) Parents of teena > read more

Win 1 years subscription to OK! Magazine

09/18/2014 03:26:37 AM

Now I know I talk a lot about wine and gin, but even I have an alcohol free night sometimes. My mum isn’t a drinker either so we always have some soft drinks in for such occasions. I first tried Shloer 13 years ago when I was having Millie R > read more

Non-Alcoholic Peach/Mango Bellini Cocktail

09/18/2014 00:55:23 AM

One of my most favourite cocktail experiences ever was visiting The Living Rooms in Liverpool having their Peach Bellinis. Over the years (and it is years since I was in there!) I have messed around with various recipes to recreate the magic. I’ > read more

Apple Pecan Crunch – Bake of the Week

09/17/2014 17:03:12 PM

I promise you, you will never look the same way at Apple Crumble ever again after eating this! Much as I love a traditional dessert, sometimes they need a bit of refreshing. I suppose in posh circles this would be called a deconstructed Apple Crumble > read more

Muesli Brandy Snap Baskets – Eat Natural Cereal Review

09/17/2014 01:24:23 AM

You know I love a challenge, right? Well I do. I’ve challenged myself to come up with an alternative way of presenting and eating cereal – Eat Natural cereal to be precise. I love the idea of getting my girls to eat more cereals – N > read more

Book Giveaway: Deliciously Decorative Cookies

09/10/2014 08:46:19 AM

I’m well know for my love of books – Cookbooks, Cake Books, Reading Books – they are well and truly taking over the house! This book is one of the best I’ve seen so far though – I’m so pleased to be able to share a > read more

Sweet Chilli Oat Biscuits – Bake of the Week

09/10/2014 06:46:50 AM

I’m so pleased with this recipe – Completely made up of course, but pleased nonetheless. I’ve been demolishing Tesco’s Sweet Chilli Oat Biscuits for a while and its been bugging me that I’m paying for such a small packet > read more

Soreen Malt Loaf Rocky Road

09/07/2014 09:45:28 AM

I’ve always been a fan of Soreen Malt Loaf – It was like a big treat when my Mum used to buy it when I was a child. I’ve passed that love onto my girls thankfully – We now have to buy Soreen in 2′s as they don’t la > read more

Pear & Pecan Cake – Bake of the Week

09/04/2014 01:19:52 AM

I’m back! Still fighting my way through the mountain of washing and emails, but at least I’m back in the country. We had terrible internet connection in France this year so it definitely resulted in an enforced break from social media  > read more

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

Questions!

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



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