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    Mint Choc Chip Cake Recipe – A Fun Family Bake

    Mint choc chip is a classic ice cream combination and works just as well in cake form. It always reminds me of being a child as it was my favourite ice cream flavour (funnily enough, it’s also my son’s favourite now!) My mint choc chip cake recipe packs in lots of minty flavour with extra chocolate chips to decorate because, well, you can never have too many chocolate chips! I used dark chocolate chips as these give a real classic flavour to the cake but if you prefer milk chocolate, these can work just as well. All the ingredients can be picked up at local supermarkets such as Asda and…

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    The Top 10 Family Films of 2019 – A Round Up

    As a family of 3, we spend pretty much every Saturday evening watching family films. Movie night is one of our favourite nights of the week. A time when we all snuggle up on the couch with our ‘movie night snacks’ watching our latest choice of film. It then seemed only fitting that I start a yearly run through of our top 10 family films of 2019. These are in no particular order (mainly because I just couldn’t choose) and I’ve popped a link through to each film on IMDb so you can see a little more about them and read a few other people’s reviews too. The Lion King…

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    Grandma’s Almond Shortbread – A Simple Recipe

    This year I’ve decided to get back to exploring some more of my Grandma’s recipe book. Now I’ve already had to hit google numerous times to try and work out what some ingredients are as the recipes are 60 years old, so I thought I’d start with a simple one. The humble shortbread (with an almond twist). Shortbread is an oldie but a goodie and one that takes a little time (to rest) but is super easy for all levels of home bakers (and newbie bakers). I’ve popped an easy print recipe below and if you want to try any of my Grandma’s other bakes after baking the Almond Shortbread,…

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    Toffee Apples

    This year was the first time we’d ever made toffee apples and I have to say it was great fun (and sticky, very sticky!) We learnt the hard way that the secret to making good toffee apples is actually a thinner rather than thicker layer of toffee. I’ve popped what we used and how we made them below. But first, a few more tips. Tips If the toffee starts to harden and set, simply heat the bowl up in the microwave in 10 second bursts. The apples need to be at room temperature. We keep ours in the fridge and this caused the toffee to set almost instantly on our…

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    Mini Ghost Cakes

    Bruce is a huge fan of Halloween at the moment but I do have to admit that I’m just not all that into it. I mean, it is weird because horror is probably my favourite film genre so you’d think I’d be all up for decorating the house in spooky stuff. I think that’s just it though, I’d rather keep all the spooky stuff in the TV or on the cinema screen! Mini ghost cakes were my answer to a mum who likes creating cute little bakes and a 7 year boy who wants to make me jump at every given opportunity! They were actually made from a gluten free…

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    Simple Chocolate Cake

    This is a super simple chocolate cake recipe. The amount will create 6 cupcakes or 1 x 8 inch cake. If you would like to create more cake layers or cupcakes, simply double the quantities in the recipe. Once your cakes are cooked, you can decorate with buttercream. For ideas of how you might want to decorate your cakes, or for more chocolate cake recipes, have a look at the links below: Mini Ghost Cakes Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes Chocolate Cupcake Suprises Mini Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes Super Chocolatey Chocolate Cake

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    Chocolate Buttercream

    Chocolate buttercream is simple to make but just takes a little time. To make sure that the buttercream is light and fluffy, you need to whisk the butter for at least 5 minutes before adding the icing sugar and cocoa powder. This buttercream recipe makes enough for 6 cupcakes or enough to coat 1 x 8 inch cake. To make more, simply double or triple the quantities. You can use the buttercream alongside my simple chocolate cake recipe. If you’d like some further baking inspiration, you can view all of my recipes here.

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    Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

    After creating my first ever no bake cheesecake (I can’t believe I didn’t actually do this sooner!), my husband requested that orange be added to the recipe. Well, in my eyes, you can’t have orange without chocolate right? It seemed that my baking (and none baking) friends also agreed, so over the past couple of weeks, I’ve set to work to create my ideal chocolate orange cheesecake recipe. All the ingredients were sourced from my local Asda supermarket so no specialized cake shop visits needed. It took a few attempts but the Chief Taster (7 year old child), husband and I all agree that this is the chocolate orange cheesecake…

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    Back to School List

    Intro If you’re reading this in late August (in the UK) and you’ve not already been out and bought this year’s school uniform then you might want to keep reading. It’s no secret that school uniforms can cost an absolute fortune and I for one, spent way too much when my son first started school. It was only later in the year (when he’d ruined 3 £15 jumpers and a £45 pair of shoes) that I discovered that you could gain the same quality for a fraction of the price at the local supermarket. Where to Shop For me George at Asda wins for the school uniform essentials for it’s…

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    Byhappyme Name Tag Review

    *The product in this review was gifted. The Problem Every year I search the internet, ebay and amazon for the best name labels for my son’s new school clothes. By the best I mean, the easiest and quickest to use, and the ones that will last the longest. I’ve moved away from spending hours trying to get my pen to work on the shiny plastic clothes labels and last year discovered iron on labels. There was still a problem though, the time! It took forever! Well, not actually forever but what felt like never ending hours spent carefully separating each label followed by an often failed attempt to iron them…