Easter bakes with lots of the chocolate stuff!

My children just love sweets; I remember when my first son was born, I attempted to convince him that raisins were sweets; it worked for a little while anyway. Now I have four older children they certainly know what they like.

Recently I saw an idea circulating about Facebook – someone had made crème egg muffins, which looked superb. In our house we prefer brownies; all the children go mad for them as they are lovely and moist. We used our normal chocolate brownie recipe (listed below) and then part way through the cooking dropped the halved frozen mini crème eggs into each section of the mix.

Ingredients for our standard chocolate brownies + buy one packet of mini crème eggs (freeze the night before)

  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 100g milk chololate
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 95g plain flour
  • 45g cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 275g sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 160C and grease a brownie baking tin (if you have one) or a normal tin if you haven’t.
  2. Melt the butter and dark chocolate together in the microwave.
  3. Break the eggs into a bowl and tip in 275g sugar. Beat until the mix has become thick and creamy.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture over the eggy mixture, then fold together.
  5. Sieve the cocoa and flour mixture over the combined mixtures. Gently fold in and pour into the baking tin.
  6. Bake the mixture for 15 minutes then press the Cadbury’s Crème egg halves into the mix. Put back in the over for another 5-10 minutes.

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My daughter (aged 10) loved making them, and we loved eating them! They were really straightforward to make and are the perfect Easter themed chocolate dessert. The result looks much more complicated than it is and it’s a really lovely tasty treat for the children too (and not too big either!)

Giveaway with Slummy Mummy

Not everyone loves swimming but it’s an important skill to teach our children. I have had a fear of water since almost drowning in the local pool at age 7, since the children were born I have tried to build water confidence in myself so that I don’t pass my fear of water onto my children. I took all of them to baby swimming classes and we regularly go to Centre Parcs now they are older. They all love the water, luckily!

Anyway, my second giveaway (I am going to attempt monthly or at least bi-monthly ones) is for a lovely set called SwimaSong which helps build water confidence in babies. It contains a lovely towel, song disk, reward chart and helpful tips for encoranging your child to like the water – more details can be found at the SwimaSong website.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Photoblogging challenge with Thomas Cook Travel


When I saw that Thomas Cook were running such a superb competition to win a £5000 travel voucher I just had to enter. If you want to enter too all you have to do is write a blog post and include your own images representing one of the four elements, or a few of them, or maybe all of them. A link to the competition details are here, just write your entry and include the hashtag #ExploreTheElements and nominate 5 other bloggers who also might like to enter. The important T&C’s of entry can be found here.

As you all know I am a keen photographer, I’m rarely seen without a camera; and in fact when I had my children as babies I was more likely to have a camera in my bag than a spare nappy. Anyway, those days are definitely in the past and my youngest is now 7 and my eldest 14. I still love to photograph so I just had to have a ‘shot’ at this competition.




It had to be my self-portrait of outward spirit that I chose for this entry. It is my only self portrait entered, I enjoy self portraits as it makes you think about the character you wish to portray. Anyway, I love pyrotechnics and this seemed like a relevant photo to enter. It was done on a tripod with self-timer, so I had time to place myself within the frame correctly. I am both fascinated and scared by fire, a certain level of fear is always good!



I drove past this in the car and I reversed up to take another look, the only camera I had with me was my iPhone so this is taken on an iPhone but I just love it. I am seriously into 1940’s history and reenactment and to be it feels quite relevant to post this as it is the WW1 Centenary is now here. It is incredibly important to remember the significance of the poppy to veterans and families of those who didn’t come back. I saw this scene as I was driving home, it was such a nice day and landscape I got all the children out of the car to appreciate it too. I’m not sure they did, they were all moaning at me for getting them out. But I loved the resulting photo and what it represents.




For the water entry it was an easy chose. I love Lyme Regis, so this photo of my children playing in the distance had to form my entry for the water category. I love the challenge of photographing water and the choices you can make when shooting it give such different results. Long exposures make the water glass-like and atmospheric, short exposures freeze droplets unable to be seen by the human eye. This was taken on my father-in-laws infrared camera with a super wide angled lens it really gives stunning saturation and a slight colour shift to the scene.




To represent air I chose a photograph I took of a friend flying a Harvard over Cambridgeshire. Flying to me is still an amazing feat, I was simply buzzing after doing this shoot, it was incredible, the scenery was amazing as we flew over local landmarks. I love the freedom associated with it, the ability to travel and see new sights.



As part of this challenge I have to nominate 5 other bloggers who might like an opportunity to take part, these are :-

Chantelle @ http://fatmumslim.com.au/  https://twitter.com/fatmumslim

Di @ http://superlucky.me/ https://twitter.com/superluckydi

Lisa @ https://twitter.com/twinstiarasblog

Helen @ https://twitter.com/ActuallyBlog

Vicki @ https://twitter.com/mrsd_daily

Of course Terms and Conditions do apply, more about the competition can be found here. Good Luck!