Chocolate and Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chocolate Peanut Butter Icing

chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes

If you were given the choice to spend £250 ($400) on one dress or £250 on one dress, a jacket, shoes and accessories what would you do?

Add to the mix that the money isn’t yours. In fact, not only is it not yours, it’s not anyone’s. That works because you are being given the items for free.

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Lemon & Courgette Cupcakes

Lemons & Courgettes

Back to school.

Three harmless words. Together, however, their alliance packs quite a punch.

I know the holidays can be hard for some. Working mothers have to fund potentially expensive
childcare or face being penalised for their absence. SAHMs with small children
are faced with endless hours of organised play which can be exhausting as well
as financially draining.

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Chocolate and Strawberry Layer Cake

Summer Tea Party

Summer Tea Parties

Summer’s here. Don’t tell the English weather though. As soon as it hears the rain will come. It’s like “hello July, hello torrential rain.”

So let’s talk hush hush.

I’ve got some great ideas for a summer’s day afternoon tea party. It’s the high-class picnic and all the better for it.

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Banana Cupcakes and Peanut Butter Icing

Banana Cupcakes

Communicating and Negotiating via Facebook

My daughter has 691 friends on Facebook. I’m not sure that’s even a lot in the world of teenage social networking. One of her friends has 728.

Thanks to mobile uploading she also has 1593 photos.

Between Facebook chatting with a small proportion of those friends, managing her photos, studying for her A levels (final exams), eating, sleeping and just generally having a life you wonder how she has any time to talk to her mother.

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Watermelon Frozen Yoghurt Popsicle



The MAD Awards 2011 announced their nominees last month and, like last year, I was lucky enough to be included. The awards have grown slightly in size and prominence and now include a Best MAD Food Blog. That’s the category you will find me in along with Maison Cupcake, Cooking Cakes and Children, Feeding Boys and a Firefighter and Jam and Clotted Cream.  They are all great blogs and I feel honoured to be nominated along with them. Please check out their blogs if you haven’t seen them before. If you would like to vote for me or any of the other nominees in any of the categories please head on over to the MAD Awards Voting Page. Obviously I would love your support! Voting ends Friday (yeah you could say I have slightly left this to the last minute…but then I wouldn’t be me now would I?).

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