Tag Archives: Mothers Day

Cooking Up A Storm

19 Mar

Saturday I decided I was going to make a Chicken and Vegetable Pie a recipe I have been wanting to do for a while. The hubby loves a bit of pastry actually i think that maybe his favourite bit of the pie, but by the look of his empty plate I think he liked the filling too!


You can find the recipe here. I used any vegetables I had in my fridge plus the compulsory frozen peas and sweetcorn I also used puff pastry. It’s a pretty easy pie recipe and doesn’t need cream or a million different herbs or strange ingredient so you can pretty much whip it up with store cupboard ingredients. The only thing that takes a while is pre cooking the chicken but you can just pop that in the oven and kind of forget about it for 40 minutes. I was unable to take a picture of the full pie as everyone had started to tuck in before I got the chance. But here’s a look at the half eaten pie! I served it with some extra green Vegetables and good old mash potato.


I decided to doubled the pie ingredients and have frozen it as it will make a quick healthy midweek meal to have with some rice. Creamy Chicken and rice is one of my favourite dinners Yum yum.

I have also been baking again and had to share this recipe with you. If you like coffee cake you will love these. Give them a go super easy too. The icing was delicious and not at all sickly. You can find the recipe here


I made them for Sunday a joint celebration for Mothers Day because Mums Rock! and for Doolallytat JJ’s birthday as she will be in sunnier (hopefully) climes for her actual birthday. The cakes went down a storm and were gone in a flash and mum loved her Doolallytat creation handmade card.


So here was to a weekend of happy cooking and crafting xoxo


Any Excuse For Cake…

13 Mar

I’m off on a day trip out tomorrow to the lovely Wakehurst place where they have beautiful gardens and is home to the millennium seed bank, they are hoping by 2020 that they would have banked over 25% of the worlds wild plant species. The work they do is hugely important and the gardens are especially great for picnics and what is the most important part of a picnic….yep you guessed it CAKE!

I have been meaning to make a marble cake for such a long time and I love making cakes in my Bundt tin so I thought what can be better than a marble Bundt cake. I think my love of Bundt cakes is mainly because I like saying Bundt cake it sounds much more special than a cake baked in a regular tin and how easy they are to cut, which make them ideal for a picnic as you can cut them into easy to manage slices.

So you can find the recipe here. It’s super easy as you just bung the ingredients minus the coco powder (I use green and blacks as its my favourite and gives a lovely chocolate taste) into you blender. Then separate half the mixture, mix in the coco into one of the mixtures then dollop alternatively into your tin then the fun bit using a knife swirl the chocolate and vanilla gently together to create the marble effect.

A little top tip as I used to struggle getting my Bundt cakes to come out of the tin in one piece, I use a spray sunflower oil so you can get the whole tin coated and the cake should release like a dream.


So here it is…..And as I’m going to pre slice it to take it to the picnic I can have a slice with a cuppa and no one need know!



Yum yum!

Ready Steady Craft…

9 Mar

Well we are all boxed up and ready to go for tomorrows craft fair at Barties Boutique.


It seems like such a long time since our last fair but we are really raring to go and are really excited about meeting more fellow crafty types.

You can find out more about the day here: Barties Boutique

Please do pop down and say hello if you are in the area we would really love to see you.



All The Fun Of The Craft Fair…

7 Mar

Fate and Lemon drizzle cake pointed me into the direction of The Lime Cafe in Worthing last Saturday. After stopping off for a cuppa and the aforementioned cake I noticed they hold regular Craft Fairs called The Big Fab Barties Boutique……

So I got on the case and managed to book one of the last few spaces left for Saturday 10th March.

The building is an old church called St Pauls in Worthing and it is such a wonderful space.

We are so excited and have already started to get all of our crafty bits and pieces together including some new bits and bobs that we haven’t taken to previous fairs.

So if you are around and looking for some gorgeous handmade gifts maybe for mothers day or just some new shiny trinkets for yourself do pop along and say hello!

The Big Fab Barties Boutique, The Lime Cafe, St Pauls,Chapel Road, Worthing from 10.00am to 16.00pm (Longer Opening Hours)