Nut Butter Blondies


I’m liking this recipe! I had to make a few adjustments and I’d like to try adding other ingredients – it’s definitely a keeper! 

Original recipe:

I switched peanut butter for almond butter, omitted the coconut sugar, honey instead of maple syrup, used dates instead of chocolate and whizzed them with the main ingredients.

Next time I think I’ll try adding vanilla or maybe get some cocoa nibs or perhaps just some cocoa powder! 

James Martin’s Cola Cake

James Martin’s Cola Cake



250g self raising flour
300g golden caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
3 heaped tablespoons cocoa
2 eggs
teaspoon vanilla extract
200ml milk
250g butter
75ml milk


200g icing sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
2 tablespoons cola
100g butter

Loose bottomed 9 inch cake tin, buttered.
Large mixing bowl.
Small mixing bowl.
Small pan.

Preheat oven to Gas 4/180C.

Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa into a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and mix. Add the eggs and vanilla.

In a pan melt the butter and cola, making sure it does not boil. Take off the heat and add in the milk.

Start to combine the eggs/vanilla/flour mix then pour in half the liquid mixture from the pan. Give it a quick whisk (by hand) then add the remaining liquid and wish until lumps have gone and bubbles start appearing. It is quite a runny cake mix, this is how it should be! Pour into your prepared tin and bake for 50 mins to 1 hour – a skewer should come out clean.


For the icing put the icing  sugar and cocoa into a small mixing bowl, mix. Melt the butter and cola in a small pan, again, make sure it does not boil. Turn off heat and pour half into the icing sugar, whisk to combine (by hand again) and then add remaining liquid and whisk until smooth. Pour over your cake and leave to cool. Once cool remove the cake tin ring and enjoy!

Lovely by itself or warm with ice cream!

Folksy Friday – lets have cake!

Was cake decorating yesterday so there is my theme – cake!

Cute mary janes – Kawaii tea and cake shoes by Pop and Moo, £19.70.


White Ceramic Cup Cake Candle Holders by Lauren Ceramics, £15.


Cup Cake Pocket Mirror by Lilyloom, £3.50.


Purple 3 tier Plate Cake stand by In Wonderland Designs, £15.


Delicious cake in a jar by Joyinajarcakes, £3.25.


Cake Topper Rustic Cake Topper Love Birds by Melys Weddings, £7.50.


Yummy Cup Cake Birthday Card! by Love, Lucie, £3.50.







Strawberries and cream, white chocolate muffins!

Strawberries and cream, white chocolate muffins :: keep it simple

These are quite naughty but very nice!! I had some cream that had just gone out of date and needed using up and some strawberries that needed using, I thought white chocolate would work well, which it did! My Great Auntie was visiting this weekend so I took some to my Mum and Dad’s yesterday where she was staying. They were well received!


250g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g sugar
6 tbsp oil
125ml cooled stewed strawberries (I used about 350g strawberries, quartered and simmered for about 20 minutes, lid off)
250ml double cream
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
100g white chocolate
50g white chocolate chunks
pinch salt

Preheat oven to gas 4/180°C and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases. Sieve the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Add the sugar. Place the 100g white chocolate, broken in chunks, into a pan with the oil (I used the pan I’d stewed strawberries in) and heat on a very low heat, stirring often, until chocolate has melted. Beat the eggs and vanilla into the cream with a fork. Then pour into the flour, along with the melted chocolate and oil. Use a spatula to fold together until combined, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl until combined. Divide between cases, filling them 3/4 full. Sprinkle some chocolate chunks on top then bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown on top and skewer comes out clean. I got 15 out of this mix so needed to do a second batch in oven as I only have one tray!

Strawberries and cream, white chocolate muffins :: keep it simple

I need to get some more plates for using for photographs!! Our every day plates aren’t very photogenic!

Apple, carrot & prune muffins for baby led weaning!


225g wholemeal self raising flour
100ml sunflower oil
2 eggs
2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
2 apples, peeled and grated to the core
50g ground almonds
1tsp vanilla extract
1tsp cinnamon
75g prunes, chopped

Preheat oven to 180°C/gas 4 and line a 12 hole muffin tin with cases.

In a small bowl mix oil, vanilla and eggs.

Sieve the flour into large bowl, mix in carrot, apple, almonds, cinnamon and prunes. Make a well in the middle and pour in liquid ingredients. Fold in gently until mixed. Dollop desert spoonfuls into cases and bake for 15-25 minutes till golden brown. I made 20 smaller cakes instead of muffins which took 20 minutes.

I might try adding a small banana next time as found mixture a little dry! Will report back on that one!


Just call me Quasimodo!


Today’s five positive things..

  1. Not cancelling. This morning when I woke up I felt a bit rough – my skin has flared a bit, I’ve done something to my back and I’ve got a blocked milk duct (if I had to describe it with a film character it would be Quasimodo!) I had a friend coming to visit this morning and I very nearly cancelled. But, I jumped in the shower and pulled myself together instead! Skin felt much better after showering, my friend came and we had a lovely catch up! I’d not see her since Violet was a few weeks old and she now has a five month old little boy so finally got to meet him! He was full of smiles and had a lot to say, and found Xander highly amusing!
  2. Finishing my skirt! I’m so pleased with it!
  3. Cake! Baked a carrot cake today, think it’s only the second time I’ve done one! It’s just cooling then I’m going to (hopefully) enjoy a slice with a cup of tea! I shall blog it tomorrow if it’s as delicious as it looks!
  4. Children laughing. While I was upstairs getting Violet to sleep, Millie and Xander were watching a bit of Big Bang Theory. Most of the humour goes over their heads but I could hear Xander giggling away at something, he then came upstairs and told me about it as he’d found it so amusing!
  5. Crochet. Got the rest of the evening to myself as Webby is out working so going to get my crochet bag out, got some ends that need weaving in! Good night!

Ooooh! Look what the postie bought me!

  1. …Fabric! For skirt number two! I love it! Can’t wait to get started on it though not sure if I’ll get chance this side of Easter but we’ll see!fabricIsn’t it gorgeous?! Thank you to Stitch Fabrics for their super quick delivery!
  2. Another delivery! A friend popped in unexpectedly this morning with a box of six homemade carrot muffins with ‘Happy Easter’ written on top, such a lovely thing she is! And they’re delicious! Yum
    Don't think they'll last long!
    Don’t think they’ll last long!


  3. Baby led weaning. We’re doing baby led weaning with our third child, Violet. It’s the first time we’ve done it but it seems to be going very well! Does seem to make a lot of sense to wait until they can actually put things in their mouths themselves! Today we tried a new food – toast pizzas – and they went down a treat!
  4. Mum & Dad’s for tea! My brother and his family went too so that meant cuddles with a newborn and watching my five year old son and my nearly four year old niece run around like loons! Scrummy dinner, thanks Mum!
  5. Ten years! Last but not least, my husband and I have been together for ten years today! I think thats pretty amazing 🙂 We met in a pub where I was working as a barmaid and he’d come to show his friends his beloved VW Beetle, that’s my first memory of him! But it was another four months before we got it together, and now here we are, three children, a house and few cars later! We’re very lucky, love you Mr. xx

Rice Krispie Cake!

Tomorrow is a friend of mine’s birthday so today she came over for a cuppa and I made this cake! Usually I’d make cupcakes but I thought I’d try this idea after seeing Rice Krispie cupcakes on Pinterest. I found a recipe online, which was straight from a Rice Krispie packet years ago but instead of doing cupcakes, made two batches in sandwich tins and then made one big cake!


I used an icing recipe from one of my books: 125g of butter at room temperature, beaten with an electric whisk until pale. Then add half of 240g of icing sugar, a bit at a time, whisking each time, then add 2 tablespoons of milk, then the rest of the icing sugar.I also added a bit of food colouring and some strawberry essence! Theres a thin layer of icing in the middle and then I swirled the top and sprinkled on some strawberry curls!



It went down a treat! 🙂


Cola cake – a cake made with coca cola!

Try it, it’s delicious!

This is a James Martin recipe, and you can watch him cook it here:

You may notice that I use different quantities of milk and cola for the cake, but this is because a friend told me the quantities in his book are different to the video, I have tried both, they are both delicious, the one on the video has more liquid and makes a much more moist cake, I thought it wasn’t cooked when I cut it, but it was fine!