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Simple Mothers Day Cupcakes That Say – I Love You

Simple Mothers Day Cupcakes That Say – I Love You

| February 28, 2014 | 11 Comments

Have you noticed its staying lighter now for longer.  I’m feeling it most when I pick up the children in the afternoon, the sunshine we’ve had for the past couple of days is helping too.  Yesterday, when we got home, it felt like such a lovely day, that after our walk home from school we all baked together.  Some cupcakes that would be perfect for the upcoming Mothers day I think.  We choose toppings with a little nod to love to decorate them with. Continue Reading

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Breakfast Survival

Breakfast Survival

| February 21, 2014 | 5 Comments

Imagine the scene.  You have managed to wake yourself and your children up, but now you have to get them clean, dressed, bags packed, school lunches made, cheques written and homework checked, as well to eat breakfast and have a drink before you leave in the morning.  You also need to navigate arguments, requests to have another sleepover or have the TV on.  Add to that walking the dog, getting yourself dressed and showered.  For me break fast survival each morning is all about preparation and routine.  Yes it really is a struggle some mornings, but if you put everything in place you are more likely to succeed.

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Simple Smoothies : My New Years Resolution Series

Simple Smoothies : My New Years Resolution Series

| February 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

As part of this series, I have been testing out my new Kenwood Kmix blender.  Its been great, the only thing I’m not enjoying is the extra hand washing of the glass blender, but it’s just a case of putting it in soak straight away, and then its really easy.  I can’t tell how much of a difference having a smoothie for breakfast has made to me, instead of my usual two VERY strong coffees.  I’ve been experimenting with ingredients and thought I would share three of my favourites with you. Continue Reading

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Baking With Fruit : Cookbook Review

Baking With Fruit : Cookbook Review

| February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

I love working with Parragon books, and so do the rest of the Ana Mum Diary team.  Each month I get sent a new recipe book to try out, and they get to eat the results, what’s not to like!  This month, was perfect for me as it was entitled ‘Baking with Fruit’.  We love fruit, and I love baking cooking with fruit, so I knew this would be a great one. I’m not a brilliant cook, but I am a bit of a foodie, so I love trying new things, and I am attempting to get better at it.  No one ask Tall Dad about the risotto I made the other day OK?

There was lots of recipes and photographs to tempt me,  I am a huge pudding fan (especially warming ones) though don’t often make them.  As I flicked through the book I saw many recipes I would love to try, from comforting warm dishes, for this blustery weather as well as lighter summer ones. Continue Reading

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