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Foodie Friday Is Now Open!

01/23/2015 12:33:03 PM

Foodie Friday is back open – I’m happy to announce a few changes as the lovely Otilia hands over the reigns to me: No more themes – All foodie posts are welcome – Recipes, Reviews, Roundups – If they are about food, shar > read more

Warburtons Sandwich Thins Challenge

01/23/2015 12:02:25 PM

I was one of life’s revelations to me, when I grew up, that sandwiches didn’t have to be boring – They didn’t have to be on white bread and definitely didn’t have to have butter on them. I wasn’t the most adventuro > read more

Behind the scenes at the GB Swimstars Synchronised Swimming Photoshoot

01/22/2015 05:52:01 AM

A couple of weeks ago, Millie got the chance to take part in a photoshoot by Simon from GB Swimstars. Simon specialises in photographing water sports activities so synchronised swimming is just up his street. I thought I’d share a couple of the > read more

Valentines White Chocolate & Raspberry Swiss Roll – Bake of the Week

01/21/2015 08:14:42 AM

There were times yesterday that I began to dislike this cake! How can something you have made over and over again, be so awkward? The moral of my story is ‘Do not bake when you are running around like a headless chicken and expect it to turn ou > read more

Italian Basil Chicken with Black Rice: UFUUD Review

01/20/2015 02:50:13 AM

Last month I was asked if I would like to test out the Italain Foodie website, Ufuud. Ufuud specialise in distributing high end Italian products all over the EU, directly where they have been produced. I have a bit of a love affair with true Italian > read more

Honeycomb Macarons – Bake of the Week

01/14/2015 11:11:58 AM

Now I know these aren’t the best pictures or the prettiest macarons you’ll ever see but believe me, they taste good!! I forgot to bang the tray with the macarons before baking to get rid of any massive air bubbles, so they did pop a littl > read more

NibNibs Snack Review & Giveaway

01/11/2015 06:20:23 AM

I always think at this time of year, you want your snacks to be really tasty. There doesn’t seem to be the same excuse for leisurely feeding your face … even though it is a strictly diet free zone here! Over Christmas I was sent a selecti > read more

Warm Sprout & Chestnut Salad – #FoodieFriday

01/09/2015 01:27:08 AM

I know! You’ve come for cake and I’m giving you salad! But before you run off, give it a go – You won’t get a tastier, heartier salad. This is my nod to healthy eating in January – Its definitely a diet free zone but at > read more

Epiphany Cake – Bake of the Week

01/07/2015 10:31:09 AM

Well, I’ve finally got back in the kitchen! It has taken a course of antibiotics (that thankfully seem to be eventually working) but I’m so happy. I’ve missed getting creative with recipes and the cupboards are positively bulging wi > read more

Happy New Year From The Costellos

01/03/2015 02:30:36 AM

Just wanted to pop in to wish you all a very Happy New Year from Casa Costello. We have started the year at a raring pace already – the girls have been in the pool for training and have a 5.30am start in the morning! We did manage to fulfil one > read more

The Costellos visit Winter Wonderland at Event City, Trafford Centre

12/29/2014 08:57:08 AM

Its been rather quiet around here over Christmas but we are still alive – Just! All those plans for the Christmas break slowly unravelled as one by one we dropped to a virus (Is that the most annoying word in the dictionary?). I am just beginni > read more

Behind the Scenes at the Food Banks – How we can REALLY help

12/17/2014 13:09:05 PM

There seems to have been a lot of talk this year about food banks. This is a good thing, yet not so good at the same time. Last week, I was asked by Oxfam and Unilever, if I would like to visit behind the scenes at a local food bank to see exactly ho > read more

Littlest Pet Shop Kingdom Reviews

12/06/2014 03:19:33 AM

Littlest Pet Shop toys came into our lives a couple of years ago with our eldest, Millie. A gift from her Auntie at Christmas, it was played with but never one of the massive favourites. I was asked a couple of weeks ago if my girls would be interest > read more

The Snowman & Snowdog Grotto – Trafford Centre

12/05/2014 10:17:28 AM

There’s something very magical about going to see Santa with your children. This is my 12th Christmas as a Mum and each year, we try to visit a different grotto. I’m not sure Santa recognises us at each event – I suspect that it mig > read more

Christmas Recipes Round Up – #FoodieFriday

12/05/2014 00:57:15 AM

Its getting exciting now – Less than 3 weeks to go before the BIG DAY. I’ve still got tons to get sorted but can’t help my mind wandering to Christmas Food (to be fair, my mind is never that far away from food!) This week’s #F > read more

Walkers Deli Crisps – Grown Up Crisps & Caramelised Onion & Garlic Dip

12/04/2014 00:49:17 AM

Crisps are definitely my go to snack when hungry and no energy. You know when people say they couldn’t live without bread or cheese, well my saviour is crisps every time (and maybe cake but that’s a post for another day!). Walkers Deli cr > read more

Christmas Cupcakes – Bake of the Week

12/03/2014 00:55:38 AM

I’ve enjoyed having a play with some Christmas Cupcakes this week. I’d forgotten how time consuming they can be though – and how quickly they get demolished in our house. These are batch 2 – The first lot got eaten before havi > read more

Walnut Crusted Cod with Spicy Puy Lentils #HealthyTreats with Rennie

12/01/2014 00:36:46 AM

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t eat cake EVERy day in our house. We do try to have a mix of good, healthy & nutritious food – especially this week in the run up to the National Synchro competition, when 50% are suffering with sore th > read more

Dairy Diary & Fantastic Food for Less Cookbook Giveaway

11/29/2014 02:50:34 AM

Dairy Diary definitely takes me back to my youth – I remember the milkman turning up in December with our copy of the next year’s diary. In fact, I could blame the milkman for starting my obsession with stationery and cookbooks! When I wa > read more

Degustabox Review – Foodies’ Surprise Box of Delights

11/27/2014 01:53:30 AM

I love knowing that I’m going to get a treat – who doesn’t like nice surprises? I’m working with Degustabox for the next couple of months to help promote their secret food boxes. Each month, recipients get a selection of food > read more

Gluten Free Angel Cake – Bake of the Week

11/20/2014 18:04:37 PM

I’m not going to pretend this is the prettiest cake you’ll ever see – it is so light and refreshing though. Even with heaps of cream. Very quick to bake although you really must take your time whisking the eggs and combining the res > read more

Ox Pasture Hall Hotel – The Perfect Mini Break

11/17/2014 15:32:33 PM

I’m making no apologies for this photo heavy post – A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to spend a couple of days at the most wonderful, scenic place, Ox Pasture Boutique Hotel near Scarborough. The pictures will mainly speak for thems > read more

Gousto – Home Recipe Kit Box Review

11/16/2014 05:58:20 AM

A couple of weeks ago we were sent a box from Gousto containing all we needed to make 3 different meals for 2. We didn’t get to choose which meals we had as we were reviewing the box but that added to our surprise of how much we enjoyed our exp > read more

Apple & Cinnamon Palmiers – Bake of the Week

11/13/2014 03:40:35 AM

I’ve been practising for our WI Cake & Bake Night this week – Our theme for next week’s get-together is Pastry. To be honest, there’s no shortage of ideas that I could use but once I started mooching in my recipes I came acros > read more

Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendar Giveaway

11/11/2014 07:01:37 AM

I’m not going to beat about the bush – I’ve got a brilliant giveaway for you. Who doesn’t like a chocolate Advent calendar – especially a Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendar? – Even my Mum has been known to partake (alt > read more

Win A Perfect Night In with Sainsbury’s

11/09/2014 18:01:56 PM

My younger self would despair if she could see how much I enjoy a rare night in now. I used to work with plenty of mothers who used to talk about what made their perfect night in. I swore I would never stay in, if there was the chance of a good night > read more

White Chocolate Cheesecake – Foodie Friday

11/07/2014 02:55:41 AM

Well, its soon come around to my turn to host Foodie Friday again. This week it is all things CHOCOLATE! One of my favourite subjects to discuss, I’ll be honest. To mark the occasion, I’m sharing my White Chocolate Baked Cheesecake which > read more

Peach & Clementine Bundt Cake with Drizzle Syrup – Bake of the Week

11/06/2014 06:23:29 AM

I needed to use up some peaches and clementines this week so there was only one option for Bake of the Week – My Peach & Clementine Cake. I love my Bundt tin and every time I use it, tell myself to use it more regularly. If you don’t have > read more

Individual Christmas Pavlovas with Prosecco Creme & Pomegranate – 100th Casa Costello Recipe!

11/02/2014 16:47:16 PM

Its that time of year again when we start to plan the Christmas Menu – Up and down the land, you hear people asking ‘Do you host Christmas Day?’. The answer is yes for us, its either that or go to my sister’s for Pot Noodle. I > read more

Little Crackers Juice Drinks – Giveaway

11/02/2014 10:41:32 AM

Well half term is over and hasn’t it flown? Its back to school for us tomorrow which means back to packed lunches. I have to admit we got into a rut of boring ham sandwiches towards the end of term – I have great plans for exciting pasta > read more

Halloween Cake Pops – Bake of the Week

10/29/2014 03:42:55 AM

I hope I’m not running before I can walk, but I think I may have finally cracked Cake Pops!! I’ve talked here so many times about not being able to master them – I’ve still got a long way to go before they are perfect but I > read more

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



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