Maraschino Cherry And Cream Cheese Brownies.

I was planning on baking some muffins at the weekend but got on Twitter and saw that last week’s theme for #TwitterBakealong was to bake some brownies with fruit in. #TwitterBakealong is great fun. You bake something connected with that week’s theme then upload a photo to Twitter along with the hashtag. The photo has…

Lighter Spaghetti Carbonara.

As I was driving home from work tonight (which thankfully took me all of 5 minutes) I was feeling shattered. I’ve been working in a local nursery today which I love but is very tiring. It was a massive struggle to get up this morning as it’s so dark. On weeknights when I’ve been at…

Soda Bread

I’m not experienced at making bread and would love to learn more. Recently I’ve come to realise that if I eat bread bought from the supermarket I feel bloated. I’m not gluten free but I feel as if there’s a lot of unnecessary additives in bread. I just wish I could bake my own all…

Sausage and Bean Casserole

I lovemaking sausage casseroles in winter, especially as you can put everything into the slow cooker and forget about it for the rest of the day. This morning I’d gone out shopping but wanted to get on with a few jobs when I got home. I wouldn’t be without my slow cooker. I thought something…

Chilli Beef Pasta Bake.

Every time I make a pasta bake for dinner, it always goes down well. This one has been no exception. From the second Eat Well For Less book, this is a perfect family meal which everyone will love. We had some minced beef lurking in the freezer from before Christmas and some penne. I always…

Suet-Free Mincemeat- How To Be A Domestic Goddess.

Until about five years ago I could never be bothered to make my own mincemeat. Why go to all that trouble when you can buy it readymade in jars? It was when my late mother in law told me that making your own mincemeat was so easy, that I thought I might as well give…

Pistachio Sablés 

    As I type it’s now a very wet and rainy September morning.  Most of the country’s children have gone back to school. I’m a supply teacher in my day job, which I love but as there’s no work around at the beginning of term I’m finally managing to catch up on my very…

Bean Enchiladas

I’ve been in a right tizzy today. Although I’ve only been at work this morning, I’ve been running around like a headless chicken catching up. I’ve also been trying to do some research into a change of career. All pie in the sky at the moment but we’ll see. My husband was going to be…

Chocolate and Salted Caramel Cookies.

I’ve had a day off work today. It was a great opportunity to catch up with my friends over in Leeds for lunch. They’re my cake club lovelies. We met initially through the now disbanded Clandestine Cake Club and got on so well we meet up regularly to put the world to rights over coffee…

Pot Roasted Beef with Roast Potatoes

I’ve had a wonderful Sunday. Very chilled and relaxing. I started off early this morning taking my son to work and came back to bacon and eggs cooked by my hubby. After that I caught up on the ironing, cleaned the bathrooms and then went off out for the afternoon with Mr SmartCookieSam. Although cold,…

Meatballs and Pasta

I’ve really enjoyed not having too much rushing around to do today. It’s been great as I haven’t fancied going out in the bitter cold. I’d rather stay at home. This morning I went to have my hair cut and as there is a lot of grey, it was a big job getting it coloured!…

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

I absolutely love Overnight Oats. They take minutes to prepare just before you go to bed. In the morning you can just take the jar with you to work or eat your breakfast quickly at home. As time is so short at home on a work morning, any quick but healthy breakfasts are a big…

Egg Fried Rice with Cheat’s Sweet and Sour Chicken.

Finally, a day off today! No dinner last night worth writing a blog post about. My dinner consisted of a cheese sandwich at 4pm on my ten minute work break. I was due to go home, feed the dog then drive all the way back to York to pick my son up from work at…

Berry Crumble Bars

As I type I’m struggling to think of what to write tonight. I’ve only been at work for the afternoon but I didn’t get home until 7.30pm. The traffic was absolutely awful. Now I’m sat on the sofa, with a cup of tea and my iPad balanced on my lap. I don’t think it’ll be…

Slow Cooked Ginger Glazed Gammon.

First of all I’d like to apologise for the dreadful photography in this post. I’ve not had time to take any photos today. I’ve had a busy day catching up on jobs and also it has been the only day where I could spend it with my children. My son wasn’t working and it is…

Pea and Mint Soup.

I’ve had a lovely relaxing day at home catching up. In fact this whole weekend has been like that. Every now and again you need weekends like that where you can recharge your batteries and be prepared to face the next week ahead. I thought I’d try and get ahead and sort out some lunch…