10 top tips for beginner bakers.

Baking’s pretty easy really, but a few tips can make things easier still. If you’re new to baking, I hope these ten pointers will give you a headstart on your recipe.

10 minute tea – super speedy chicken noodles.

As fun as it is spending hours making a dinner that draws nothing but complaint, sometimes I prefer to make something that takes 10 minutes and everyone enjoys. These chicken noodles are always close to the top of that list.

10 minute oat and banana muffins

Currently mad for oat-based baked goods, these healthy muffins are going down a storm in our house. Super easy, you can mix them in minutes and have them ready to eat in half an hour. Give them a try!

Chocolate and salted caramel layer cake.

I’m in the middle of working on some healthy baking options. This chocolate and salted caramel confection absolutely doesn’t fall into that category, but it really is rather nice…

Lemon flapjacks and Saturday mornings.

Working on the premise that anything containing oats MUST do you an awful lot of good, here is a recipe for lemon flapjacks that is so easy they could be on the cooling rack within half an hour. Bon appetit!

Books for 7-9 year olds.

Brilliant books do brilliant things for little people. Here are some good choices for your 7-9 year olds.

Best birthday parties – Cheshire and beyond!

I realised, last weekend, that I have thrown 15 children’s parties, making me experienced, if far from expert. Since it’s a proposition that seems to throw a number of my friends into the pits of despair, I have written a post with some different types of celebrations that have been tried and tested.
The venues and services listed are local to me, in Cheshire and thereabouts, but there will be equivalents, whereever you are.

Back to school

As the summer holidays wind up, here are a few thoughts about the return to school from a teacherly perspective.

The Clowance Estate, Cornwall – a review

This is just going to be a quick post – but after struggling to find much information about The Clowance Estate before our holiday there last week, it struck me that a review might be of use to other holidaymakers. (Just to be clear, we paid in full for our holiday and I have received…

Keeping the masses happy – best buys for holiday harmony.

Mid-Summer holidays, I have compiled a list of books and other activities that I have bought over the last year or two which may be of use in keeping your troops entertained and out of mischief during idle moments or rainy days.
All have been rigorously tested and approved by my little badgers.

Easy peasy birthday cake.

I am writing this from our holiday. I meant to write it before we set off, but birthday demands, end of term shenanigans and holiday packing left spare time in short supply. Apols, therefore for formatting of a poorer standard than usual – there are a number of things I am struggling to work out…