• 2 hour easy bread. No knead and delicious

    I once had a bread maker and made bread twice. Twice. Things are going to change with this 2 hour easy bread though! Cooking and baking are two things I adore, yet I have never made actual, homemade bread. It always seems too long to wait for, too much of a hassle and too many ingredients that I don’t have. 2 hour easy bread Well actually it’s super easy, super fast and the only ingredient that I don’t readily have is yeast (this even uses just regular plain flour!) It’s also really good for kids to get in and make with you, the dough is quite forgiving as Dexter manhandled…

  • Ad -Schwartz recipe mix – easy Chilli

    If you read my blog you’ll know by now that I love cooking. It’s something I really enjoy, especially creating meals for my family or batch cooking to store in the freezer for homemade ready to go meals. I have to admit that I don’t usually use a recipe mix either. One of our staple ingredients is minced beef – especially 5% low fat content minced beef. I can make lots of meals from one pack and I know that my family are getting a good hit of protein as well as something filling and nutritious for a meal. One of our family favourite recipes is Chilli con carne. This…

  • (Ad) YHA London Oxford Street – At the centre of the action

    One of my favourite places in the world to visit is London. It holds many special memories and I love everything from the the hectic crazy traffic, smell of the dusty busy tube to the huge array of eateries. I just love it and have always wanted to take the boys to explore the delights. I was contacted by YHA to see if I would like to review a stay during December and see what festive sights and scenes I could enjoy. We choose YHA Oxford street due to its central location and the perfect base to explore from as it’s located perfectly within tube zones 1 & 2. I’ve…

  • Pumpkin picking at Llynclys hall farm shop

    It’s already nearly that time of year where the crisp leaves have fallen on the floor, the tights and boots come out and it’s time to get pumpkin picking ready for Halloween. There is nothing quite as fun as going to a pumpkin patch and selecting a pumpkin that’s just right for you and your family. In our local area there are few quite a few pumpkin patches but one that we really loved visiting last year was Llynclys Hill farm shop. The pumpkin display I don’t think can be beaten and they are striking to see. Llynclys Hall farm shop As the name suggests there is a farm and…

  • How to make sloe gin

    It’s that time of year where the berries are starting to flush deep reds and purples ready for picking. My absolute favourite thing to do and something that has turned into my little tradition is to make various foraged berry gins, vodkas and whiskeys. The most famous one must be good old sloe gin. In this post I will show you how to make sloe gin. Getting the sloes It can be a little a little tricky to find the ripe, deep purple sloes unless you have a patch in your local area that has a few sloe bushes. All I can say is look for the long thorns in…

  • Our first family trip to Birmingham

    This is a collaborative post. Even though we live just about an hour from Birmingham, it’s one of those places that we never really explore even though there are plenty of destination space on our bucket list. I have been itching to take the boys because there is so much for them to see and do outside of our pretty little town. You really are spoilt for choice in Birmingham, a vast array of places to eat, traditional and modern takes on bars, children’s activities and numerous hotels to provide a pit stop for a hard days shopping at the bullring – or maybe even you are travelling a bit…

  • Butter making in a jar boredom buster

    The cries of “I’m bored” are enough to send any one stir crazy and of course the 6 weeks holidays is littered with the phrase. I’m still pretty exhausted from having another bout of pericarditis and so keeping the kids occupied whilst trying not to over do it is always the challenge. This butter making in a jar activity is super easy to let them get on with and they are always fascinated by it, not the mention there is something to make yet another snack with at the end! What you will need A really clean jam jar or Kilner jar Tub of double cream, ours was 500ml Salt…

  • Lavender fields to visit in the UK

    You can’t help but notice the colour palette if the UK along side the changing months, the yellow of Rapeseed, pastel delphiniums, Red fields of poppies and right now, July & August, is the time to find out a lavender field. Not just for the blue, violet, pale pink and white tones, but the classical relaxing scent of lavender itself. With the help of some fabulous bloggers, I have put together a mini guide of the best lavender fields in the UK. So please let me know if you have one you love and we haven’t added! Morbrook lavender, Underton – Shropshire I have added this because its right on…

  • Our £9.50 Norfolk Sun holiday to Caister-on-Sea

    Almost annually we go on a Sun holiday and we love them. We have had such great experiences and been to so many different places and at a fraction of the cost and, it becomes a sort of addiction to go again! Now this isn’t an Ad or a sponsored post this is just because I think giving a Sun holiday a chance is one of the best things you can do, especially if you have kiddies and want a quintessential seaside holiday, which I always do as it reminds me of my childhood. This year we decided to go to Norfolk, it was my families go to holiday of…

  • #AD – date night at Bodega Cantina Birmingham

    Myself and my husband live in a small town that isn’t too far from Birmingham, yet we have been to London more times than we have been to Birmingham! How does that work? Anyway, the perfect opportunity came for us to go to Brum and try some new food when Bodega Cantina asked us to see what we thought of their new menu. First impressions Walking up the the restaurant and inside was mind blowing, it was totally not what I expected. Vibrant colour, fun decor and amazing lighting filled the high ceiling main strip of the restaurant. There was seating down stairs too and a small waiting area. The…