• A 6 year old boy in his bedroom sat on a snuggle seat beanbag and reading where's wally
    Mum Life

    Snuggle Seat Beanbag Review

    *The Snuggle Seat Beanbag in this review was gifted to us The (Seat) Struggle is Real! After having a little wooden chair since he was about 1 year old, it’s safe to say that Bruce had well and truly ‘grown out’ of using it for anything other than a ‘random stuff’ shelf. I was hoping that it might have lasted a little longer, especially after he started to really enjoy reading and writing and so needed somewhere to sit. His favourite position had become the classic sprawled out child on the floor. Not necessarily my favourite, as in doing so he would incidently knock every toy over in his path.…

  • A plate of chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream. 1 is cut open to show the chocolate spread inside.
    Baking

    Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream

    We always have some Nutella or similar chocolate spread in our house but it occurred to me that I’d never actually used it in my baking! Considering how much we like it, that did come as quite a shock. As I love the actual texture of Nutella, I didn’t want to simply stir it into the mixture but rather have it in the cake as a little suprise as you eat it. The result…fantastic! So I couldn’t not share the recipe (it makes 12 by the way). Why not give them a try? Ingredients – Cake 200g butter 200g caster sugar 4 eggs 2 tsp baking powder 40g cocoa powder…

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    Leopard Print Cookies

    Why just wear leopard print when you can decorate treats with it! As well as looking great, these cookies are tasty and crumbly. The recipe makes between 8 and 12 (depending on the size of your cookie cutter) and can be used for party table additions or in packed lunches. Why not give them a try? Ingredients – Cookies 100g butter 75g demerara sugar 1 small egg 1 tsp vanilla bean extract 200g plain flour Ingredients – Icing and Decoration 3 egg whites 400g icing sugar 1 tsp liquid glucose 2 tsp lemon juice Gold and black edible paint / gel colouring Step 1 Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees…

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    Baking

    White Chocolate Cake Pops

    Cake pops were (up until recently) something fairly new to me. I’d never made them previously but can honestly say that after making these, I have no idea why I hadn’t!!! They are delicious! I think it’s possibly because the buttercream is mixed in with the cake pieces, it forms a really smooth and creamy cake consistency. I’ve made mine using white chocolate (current fave) but if you’re more partial to milk or dark, simply switch that element. Ingredients – Cake 100g softened butter 100g sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp baking powder 100g self-raising flour Ingredients – Buttercream and Decoration 90g butter 1 tsp vanilla extract…

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    Knowsley Safari Park

    I first visited Knowsley Safari Park as a child and continued to do so throughout my teens and as a young adult. My little family are very much animal people so love to spend time with furry and feathered friends both big and small. My boy is currently 6 and is fascinated by pretty much any animal. With Knowsley Safari Park being so close by, I knew that a trip there would be perfect for him. Location If you live in the North West of England, you may have already been to Knowsley Safari Park. It’s located within easy reach of both Manchester and Liverpool. If you haven’t or you’re…

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    Cheese Scones

    I’m usually more of a sweet toothed person but when it comes to savory, I love cheese! Cheese Scones weren’t something that I’d made previously but my Grandma’s classic scone recipe was so tasty that I thought, why not try giving it a twist. I can certainly say that these will now be made on a regular basis as they’re too good not to! They’re super easy to make and didn’t take a long time to prep or to bake (approximately 30 minutes in total). The recipe below makes 8 regular sized scones, perfect for family snacks. Ingredients 230g self-raising flour 1/2 tsp salt 45g butter 100g mature cheddar 140ml…

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    Mini Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

    These mini chocolate raspberry cupcakes are a great idea for a kids party and the decoration can be tailored to your theme. I made these for the family as treats throughout the week and both my husband and son love them. They’re much smaller than normal cupcakes (about 1/4 of the size) and this recipe makes 24. I used shop bought raspberry jam but if you’re a jam maker, feel free to substitute this for your own. Ingredients – Cakes 100g butter 100g caster sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp baking powder 100g self-raising flour 25g cocoa powder Approx. 8 tsp raspberry jam Ingredients – Buttercream 80g butter 1 tsp vanilla…

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    Baking

    Mum’s Apple Crumble

    If I could name one thing that I loved eating as a child, it would be my Mum’s Apple Crumble. She used to make this every now and again as a treat following Sunday Dinner. Until making this myself, I hadn’t had any sort of crumble for over 10 years and my son had never even tried one! It’s safe to say that after making (and eating) this, it certainly won’t be the last crumble made in our house now. My mum kindly sent over the recipe and also mentioned some variations for future bakes. Why not try the recipe with one of these variations to the Bramley apples? Pear…

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    Mum Life

    Would you have Another Child?

    I’ve been wanting to write a post about this for a long time and something made me think more about the question recently. As a parent, you’re asked so many questions by so many different people. It starts from when you’re pregnant: “Are you planning to breast feed?” or “Have you thought about co-sleeping?”. When your baby is born, you get asked a lot about their development: “Can they lift their head yet?” or “How long are they sleeping through at night?” There is one question though that’s asked about a parent’s intentions in relation to their family. This one is usually asked of those with newborns and quite little…

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    Baking

    Chocolate Cupcake Suprises

    A recipe for 12 light and fluffy chocolate cupcakes with creamy chocolate buttercream, white chocolate decoration and a hidden suprise! I have always wanted to try out some chocolate work so with my latest cupcakes I thought I would attempt some white chocolate decoration. Well, it was certainly not as straight forward as it looks! First of all the chocolate went everywhere, so I had to master the art of either moving fast of squeezing the piping tube gently (preferably both). Then after a while, the chocolate obviously started to set. The latter wasn’t as much of a problem because, honestly, it was easier to work with then. After all…