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Bakersday Cake | Review & Giveaway


Hope you you all had a fantastic Christmas & New Year?

Right how about we kick the new year off with a Bakerdays cake review & Giveaway?  I know we are all probably sick of seeing and eating but who can refuse cake?

Cake is one of my weaknesses so when I was offered a cake from bakerdays to review I happily obliged. I was able to choose my own personal design to go on the cake or you can pick from their pre design options.

It came presented in a lovely little metal tin, with a note and a christmas cracker which I felt was the ultimate little touch.

The processing of the cake was so easy, choose your design, the flavour of sponge you want and then it gets delivered straight through your letter box hassle free.  The cake was delicious, fluffy and light and didn’t last very long. With some cake you can find that it is very sickly sweet but this wasn’t, the icing was perfectly gooey.

If you would love to be in with a chance of winning a cake for yourself or as a gift for a friend or family member then enter using the rafflecopter link below.  You have until the 29th January 2018 to enter.  GOOD LUCK!

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  • We were sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Meal Planning Monday | 18/12/2017

It’s the last week before Christmas and our very first family christmas as a married couple and with our little boy Freddie.  I’m getting very excited now especially with all the snow we’ve had made it so magical.

I do think I’m going to struggle this week but will do my best to stay on track and save those pennies.

So this weeks meal plan consists of

Sausage, eggs, chips & beans

Burritos & chips

Lasanga & Garlic Bread

Chicken Casserole with Rice

Indian Takeaway

Full roast with all the trimmings

Beef & Red Wine Pie, mash and vegetables

So that’s our last full meal plan before Christmas.

What’s on yours?



Meal Planning Monday | 11/12/2017


Well last week was a massive fail with our meal planning, so going to try and ressume myself this week with the run up to Christmas.  I do also need to go food shopping again but with the weather don’t fancy going out in it so may resort to doing an online shop, and the shopping can come to me.

This weeks meal planning consists of:

Butter Chicken Curry, Rice & Naan Bread

Pan Fried Pork with homemade sweet potato fries

Tuna Pasta Bake

Hunter Chicken Lasanga Parcels

Pitta Pizza’s and chips

Quiche, Rice & Salad

Full Roast Dinner with all the trimmings

Whats on your Dinner plate this week?

Degustabox | November 2017

Another lovely box from Degustabox with lots of yummy tasty goodies in.  This will be our fourth box now, but don’t have a firm favourite yet as love everything in them so far will decide once I receive Decembers box.

If you haven’t heard of Degustabox, It’s a monthly surprise food and drink subscription box, costing just £12.99. You can cancel them whenever you want and it’s a great way of trying new things. It arrives by DPD courier and I get an email and text message to tell me exactly what time it will arrive, so I can organise for it to be left in a safe place or delivered to our neighbours if were not in.

Planters Fruity Chocolate Crunch RRP £2.00

These looked yummy and very festive and will be great for nibbles when the family comes round.  The only things I’m not keen on is the nuts but the cranberries & chocolate buttons are delicious.

Cadbury Picnic Bites RRP £1.99

unfortunately neither my husband or I like these, but I’m sure we will find someone in the family that will.

Proper corn Perfectly Sweet Popcorn RRP £0.89

Popcorn is a big yes in our house, we love all flavours.  This was happily devoured while we were watching a movie together.

Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes RRP £1.39

I enjoy rice cakes and these are pretty similar, they make a quick, easy and healthy lunch snack.

Kallo Organic Stock Pots RRP £1.80

We received chicken. As one of the main meats we eat in our house they came in very useful.  These have so much flavour in and can be added to lot of different chicken dishes to add extra taste and flavour. I love that they are organic, gluten-free and so simple to use.

Taylors of Harrogate RRP £4.49

I’m not a lover of coffee but my husband is so this will certainly come in very useful for him and may now have to buy him a cafetière seeing as we don’t have one.

Rio Mare Tuna in Olive Oil RRP £3.00

We’ve had tuna before in another box but it’s something we always keep in the house.  It’s full of flavour but at £3.00 I do feel it’s expensive, so won’t buy this when shopping.

Alo RRP £1.99

I have done the Forever diet before and we had to drink it as part of it and I quiet liked it so am looking forward to drinking this.

The Jelly Bean Factory Super sour’s RRP £1.79

I got very excited when I pulled these out the box, these were opened immediately without a second thought of sharing them and I will be picking these up again on my shopping trips.

Filippo Berio Pesto

Unfortunately again this is another product Neither my husband or me like, but i’m sure we will find someone in the family that will like it.

Dalston’s Fizzy Apple RRP £1.89

I love all things apple so this went down a treat, so refreshing and even better when taken from the fridge cold.

Caramelised Red Onion Chutney RRP £1.99

I have never had this before, but gave it ago but it’s not something I like and couldn’t eat it so won’t be buying this again.

Weetabix Additions Apple and Raisin RRP £ 2.99

I love weetabix, and like apple and raisins seperately, but I was pleasantly surprised by these and actually really enjoyed them.  Another product to be added to my weekley shopping list.

If you like the sound of this box then head over to Degustabox to order yours NOW!

  • I received this box for the purposes of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Boozy Brandy Truffle

Every year, without fail I would help my mum make her christmas special treat that everyone in the family goes mad for, It’s my mums famous Brandy Truffles, they are definitely not for kids.

My sister in Law Rachel from Coffee, Cake, Kids wrote about them a while ago but I thought I would share it again with you all.  They are super easy to make and don’t require any baking.

All you need to make these are:

150g Bournville or other good quality dark chocolate
40ml brandy or rum
50g unsalted butter
60g icing sugar, sieved
50g ground almonds
Approx 16 small paper cases

Break up all of the chocolate into a bowl and put this over a pan of hot water or place in microwave (becareful not to burn it). Add the alcohol and the butter and mix until melted completely.  Finally mix in the sieved icing sugar and ground almonds until well blended.

20131223-201218.jpgJust leave the mixture in a cool place until it is firm enough to handle. Divide into approx even sized pieces and roll into balls. You can either grate any left over chocolate or use chocolate sprinkles, place on greaseproof paper and roll the truffles in it. And finally put into the little cake cases.

These are gorgeous. A little tub of them would make a fab gift for a teacher or family member – if you could resist eating them first!!

Meal Planning Monday 20/11/2017

We are fast approaching the end of November already. I don’t know where the weeks are going, before we know it will be Christmas.  Another week of food to think about as well.

Potato Casserole, Potatoes, Cheese, Gratin, Eat

Homemade pitta Pizza with Wedges

Creamy Butter Chicken & Rice

Pan Fried Pork

Lasanga with Garlic Bread

Quiche, chips & Salad

Tuna Pasta Bake

Beef Stew with Dumplings

What meals have you got planned?


Waking up with Native Coffee | Review

I am forever making cups of coffee in our house, especially for my husband who gets through atleast 5 cups plus a day easily.  We buy instant coffee mainly but do own a Dolce Gusto machine so we will occasionaly use that.

We were recently sent a 1KG bag of “Supercrema” Native Coffee Beans to trial.  These are priced at £9.95 and you can buy them here.  There are lots of others flavours to choose from so whichever matches your desire.

The coffee tasted as good as, if not better than a lot of the real coffees we have had before It also had that smooth creamy texture and taste that instant coffee always seems to lack.

Overall, this coffee looked good, smelled good and most importantly, tasted great.

*I was sent this products free of charge for the purpose of this review. However, All thoughts and opinions are my own.

DegustaBox Review | October 2017

Another Month, Another Degustabox.  This is our 3rd box so far and we are loving everything that is in them.  We really look forward to them every month.

What was in our October box?

Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs RRP £2.29

I can’t say I was overally keen on these, but they were ok.  I probably woudn’t buy them again but they are different.

Kabuto Noodles Thai Green Chicken Curry RRP £1.99

This is like heaven for me, my favourite food all in one pot. Perfect little lunchtime snack

Nuttvia breadsticks Snackpack RRP £1.70

I didn’t like these as i’m not a lover of chocolate spread but my husband certainly enjoyed the rest.

Michel et Augustin RRP £1.60

I didn’t get a look in with these as the husband ate them the night before the wedding but he said they were amazing and even better warmed up.

Feel Good Drinks Water Infusions RRP 2 x £1.20

These were so freshing with so much flavour, I will be looking out for these in the supermarket for sure.

Heinz No Added Sugar Hoops RRP £0.75

We love spaghetti in our house so these didn’t last long, as we had them with bacon & cheese puff pastrys with curly fries.

Valfrutta (Ciria) RRP £2.29

We have never had or tried anything like this before so was a new experience but can’t so we were overall impressed with it.

Pip’s Real Hot Chocolate coins RRP £1.50

With the cold night drawing in this was perfect for a cosy night in, snuggled in your Pyjamas watching TV.  It was quite rich for me but was nice.

Lee Kum Kee Sauce for Garlic Prawns & Honey Garlic Spare Ribs RRP 2 x £0.85

We love chinese food in this house so these were perfect for our chinese style tea one night.

Pulsin kids fruity oat bar orange choc chip RRP £0.59

I gave this to my nephew for his school lunch box and he loved it

And Finally

For the purpose of Halloween we received the following items in the October Box.

Pechkeks Misfortune Cookie RRP £1.50

I do love fortune cookies but had never heard of these.

Vimto Millions Gift Jar RRP £2.99

I love millions, and these were opened straight away and between me and the husband we demolished them  in one night.


Meal Planning Monday 13/11/2017

The nights are getting shorter not to mention colder so hearty winter food is required.

It is getting harder to think of meals to cook which don’t take much time especially with a baby.

Abstract, Beef, Britain, British, Brown, Carrots

My meals for this week are:

Homemade Toad in the hole with Onion Gravy

Beef & Red Wine Casserole with creamy Mash Potato

Cottage Pie, vegetables & Gravy

Creamy Cheese Chicken with bacon & thick cut chips

Homemade Chicken & Mushroom pie with Potato Wedges

Cheese & Bacon Puff pastry with Beans & Curly Fries

Roast Dinner with all the trimmings


Meal Planning Monday 23/10/2017

Last week was a different sort of week as the Fiance had booked us 4 days away in a log cabin in the heart of the Stoke country side in a place called Cheadle for my 30th so couldn’t plan meals untill we got there.

This week is going to be another very busy and it’s the week of OUR WEDDING so will have to be quick and easy meals.  Friday I will be at my mums, Saturday will be our wedding menu food and Sunday is my nephews birthday so will be party style tea.

Food, Salad, Spicy, Pan, Hot, Cooking, Meal, Pepper

This weeks meal plan consists of:

Chicken En Croute/Chicken Bake with Curly Fries

Burrito’s & Chips

Quiche, Rice, & Salad


Mum’s cooking

Wedding Breakfast Food

Party style Food

What is your meal plan this week?





What on your meal plan for this week?