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When I began the drive from Nottingham to Surrey, the thought of some great Italian food certainly kept me going, especially when I hit the M25 getting around London.  Fortunately, the Italian cookery masterclass hosted by luxury villa specialist Bookings For You and the Giovannini family certainly did not disappoint and made the 4 and a half hour drive worth it. One of the joys of booking a villa for your Italian holiday is being able to cook your own food.  Undoubtedly you will eat out while you are away, but

The summer has played havoc with my Slimming World progress.  I really believe that routine plays an important part in any weight loss journey, and the school holidays can really put a spanner in the works.  It got me thinking about easy meals I could make and I came up with this super tasty Slimming World Spaghetti Bolognese recipe and I thought you’d like to try it. Slimming World Syns List (Free Printable Download) New Slimming World Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake Being on holiday is a real problem for me.

Finding meals that the whole family enjoy can be tricky. I love spending time in the kitchen preparing nutritious offerings for Princess and Little Pudding and when I can throw one meal together that I know everybody will eat it makes life so much easier. Like most children, my brood would quite happily exist on pizza and other ‘unhealthy’ options, but knowing the importance of a balanced and healthy diet I do my best to incorporate wholesome and nourishing dishes into our weekly meal plans. French fries are definitely on

When I come up with a new slimming world recipe, I’m going to share it here on the blog.  This week’s recipe is slimming world ham and mushroom pasta, and it’s so east to make.  I’ve used fusilli in this version but you could easily change that and make slimming world ham and mushroom tagliatelle instead. We had inset day here after half term, which meant my two and four year old were at home together.  They were fine for most of the day, but when tiredness kicked in the

Social media has been full of heart shaped cookies for Valentines Day, but there are some men who like their cookies a bit chunkier.  I really wanted to make my other half some cookies as a treat, but wanted something a more man sized, and a bit more rustic looking.  He likes big cookies, and is always buying those bags you can pick up in the bakery at the supermarket.  With that in mind, my easy triple chocolate chip cookie recipe was born. My husband really isn’t the easiest man

It’s been nearly a month since my last Slimming World update and I thought I’d let you know how I’ve been getting on.  I have lost a total of 5 1/2 lbs in the last few weeks, and I’m really happy with the progress I’ve been making.  The total weight loss with Slimming World is now 1 stone and 5 1/2 lbs.  I think my Slimming World chocolate mug cake is saving me from my sweet tooth and falling off the wagon.  I’ve also been eating a lot more vegetables.  This

I was searching online for a Slimming World microwave chocolate mug cake recipe to make, and the recipes I found weren’t quite hitting the spot.  I got the impression that’s what a few people thought about the recipes they were finding too.  There was definitely something missing from the chocolate mug cake recipe so I decided to experiment and see if I could improve on what was out there on the internet. I think I’ve come up with the answer, so I thought I’d share my Slimming World microwave chocolate

If I was to make one prediction for 2017, it would be that we are going to be cooking more in the kitchen.  As we see the aftermath of Brexit take hold, food prices are set to start rising as soon as we enter the new year.  Our household food budgets will start to feel the pinch as the weekly shop starts to cost more money and packet sizes start to get smaller.  Savvy families will start to look at how they buy and prepare their food to make the

I think we probably all eat a little bit too much over Christmas, but it’s important to get back into a healthy diet as quickly as possible for good weight management.  The winter is a perfect time to eat well as we can pack stews full of vegetables and bust out the slow cooker to make life easier. No doubt you will have some leftover turkey, and you might be wondering what healthy meals you can cook with it to compensate for all those chocolates and mince pies you’ve been

Aruba is one of the lesser known islands in the Caribbean just off the coast of Venezuela.  For some reason it’s not quite as popular as it’s neighbours in the Lesser Antilles such as Trinidad & Tobago or Antigua even though it’s just as stunning as a holiday destination.

My son’s girlfriend likes to bake cakes.  It seems her whole family likes to bake cakes.  Whenever there is an occasion, someone bakes a cake.  She popped round this week and we got chatting about her cake making.  I demanded to know what her ‘go to’ cake recipe was and she told me all about the 6636 cake method.

It’s been a long while since I’ve shared any recipes on my blog to be honest, which I have to apologise to you for.  As life has got busier with growing children, finding the time to cook properly has been a real challenge. When I’m home alone with the 3 yo and 1 yo, getting a home cooked meal together is nigh on impossible.  I’m relieved everyone likes chips, but unfortunately my dieting efforts came completely unstuck. With Little Pudding and Princess now both at nursery 3 days a week,

At the weekend, we took the girls for another swimming session.  Princess gets really excited at the thought of going swimming now and we are able to use it as a motivational tool to encourage her to do things like….BEHAVE!  Bless her, she can be a little monkey, especially when he is tired. We wanted to try another pool this weekend, just to see if it was easier with the girls.  We tried to go there for our first winter swim, but they had had an event on so we

So this will be the last bank holiday before the new baby arrives, and as much as we want her here it’s also a time to enjoy our family just as it is.  What better time to be a #MorrisonsMum.  I’m really hoping my waters don’t break just yet 😉 I set myself a #MorrisonsMum mission of trying to feed the family for the entire weekend with the budget of £80 generously provided by Morrisons with good quality food that everyone would enjoy.  It had to be easy to prepare too,

I’ve not always enjoyed cooking.  In fact at some points in my life I have positively avoided it.   One of the people who has influenced me the most in my journey with food is Granny.  Granny loves food and everything that goes with creating tasty nourishing wholesome food and sharing it with friends and family.   At Granny’s everything happens in the kitchen.  There’s a lot of cooking, a lot of putting the world to rights and a lot of joy.  Granny has been kind enough to share with me

This Tomato and Bean Soup Recipe was inspired when I flicked through March’s addition of Psychologies Magazine. The first thing that jumped out at me was an article called ‘Perfect Harmony’, featuring recipes from Dale Pinnock’s book ‘The Medicinal Chef: Healthy Every Day’.     I love anything that helps me think about the food I am eating.  I’ve had a love hate relationship with food pretty much all my life.  I use food to satisfy my boredom, comfort my woes and give myself a huge pat on the back.     I

This spinach and lentil soup recipe has fast become a favourite in our house.  I’m a home cook, who tries to balance a busy life with trying to feed the family healthy food.  Corners have to be cut, and savings have to be made with both money and time. I know I find this a challenge and I’m guessing a lot of you out there do to.  I don’t feel bad if we indulge in the odd take away or grab the frozen chips from the freezer if time is

Chocolate spelt cake could be just what you are looking for if your looking for a wheat free spelt flour cake recipes.  This is definitely one of my favourite parts of writing my blog.  My virtual trip to Granny’s Kitchen.  It doesn’t quite beat the real thing but it’s a close second.  This chocolate spelt cake recipe is a real favourite, so I thought I’d share it with you, with Granny’s permission of course. Granny always comes up with some fab little treats.  I sent her a mini loaf tin

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