Cooking, Cakes & Children


Sunshine cake

We always seem to have a couple of oranges languishing in the fruit bowl and half a tin of pineapple hanging around so, very sensibly, Faith suggested I make an orange and pineapple cake. A girl after my own heart! A while ago I signed up to receive monthly food boxes from Flavourly and was very…

The Owl Dress

  I think it’s fair to say Faith is a little owl crazy! She has owl wall stickers, blinds and cushions in her room, she has owl handbags and purses, an owl water bottle and lunch box and asked for an owl birthday cake this year. So it wasn’t a huge surprise when, the day…

Patchwork owl birthday cake

In February my ‘baby’ was 6 years old. Where on earth does the time go?! At the moment she is owl obsessed. She has owls on her bedroom walls, an owl cushion on her rocking chair, owl fabric for her blinds and various other little owl toys and decorations. So, it wasn’t a huge surprise…

Chocolate, stout and ginger cake

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

Win an Abra-ca-Debora Pancake Hamper!

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

One Make a Month: January

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

Review: JUST EAT

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

Halloween pumpkins

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

Review: Cooking with the Nexus 7

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

Kimball Farm

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

Grocery shopping in the US

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

Guest post: My day in Boston

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

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