Goats cheese & cherry tomato tart

This Recipe is so quick to make from start to finish & feeds the whole family.

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 125 g  soft goat’s cheese
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 300 g  cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Small handful basil leaves, torn

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Preheat the oven to gas mark 7. Unroll the pastry sheet on to a large baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Crumble the cheese over the pastry, leaving a 1cm  border around the edge. Sprinkle half the over the cheese and tomatoes & season.

Cook the tart in the oven for 25min or until pastry is golden and risen. Drizzle over the balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and garnish with torn basil leaves. Serve warm with a green salad.

Chicken & vegetable pie

Ingredients

  • 500g skinless, boneless cubed chicken breast fillets
  • 4 carrots sliced
  • 150g frozen garden peas
  • 75g butter
  • 1 onion diced
  • 5 tablespoons plain flour
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 400ml chicken stock
  • 150ml milk
  • 1 packet shop-bought puff  pastrypie1
    1. Preheat oven to Gas mark 7.
    2. In a saucepan, combine carrots, peas. Add water to cover and boil for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside to cool.
    3. In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onion in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt & pepper. Slowly stir in chicken stock and milk. Simmer over a low heat until thick then set aside.
    4. Prepare the chicken gently fry or boil in the stock.
    5. Add the chicken to the mixture  & place into the pie dish. Leave this to cool then you are ready  to cover the pie mixture with pastry (i used shop bought ready rolled puff pastry) seal the edges by pinching  the edges & trim away any excess pastry. Make  small slits in the top to allow steam to escape & brush over with milk or egg.
    6. You then bake in the preheated oven for approx 30 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown. Cool then serve with mash & veg.

      Even my fussiest eater enjoyed the pie you can add more veg or meat & it fed a family of 6. This recipe is super easy to make,enjoy!pie8

Recycled tub treat gift box

Treat Gift Box

This craft is really quick,simple & can be adapted to suit all occasions Mothers Day,Fathers day,Birthdays. For this craft you will need one small tub, coloured papers,double sided tape or glue, pencil, compass, scissors,shredded paper & some treats.

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Take your tub & measure the width, cut a length long enough to wrap around the tub & another for the inside of the tub. Then you need to draw & cut two circles one to fit inside and another for the lid (it’s best to use a compass for this). Fix it all into place using the double sided tape or glue then add some decoration, we used a sweetheart print but any embelishments would look nice. Our paper is from trimcraft.co.uk

Once you have attached all the pieces together add your shredded paper & choose your treats,this is such a simple craft to do with the kids.enjoy!

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Easter chick treat bag

Recycled tube craft: Easter Chick

Easter is fast approaching which means it’s time to make lots of Easter/Spring inspired craft with the kids. We created this little chick from a recycled tube & they make the perfect place to hide little treats for Easter.

For this craft you will need a pencil, ruler, scissors, double-sided tape, coloured paper, orange foam, googly eyes,  shredded tissue, ribbon & some treats.

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firstly secure one end of the tube with double-sided. Then measure a length of paper to fit around the tube, fix this into place with the double sided tape. Then cut a beak  & feet shapes out of the orange foam, fix them into place onto the tube then add the googly eyes. Add the ribbon, shredded tissue paper & add the treats.

This little chick would make the perfect hiding place for treats during an Easter egg hunt or for children to make for their family & friends.

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Homemade Vegetable Soup

This is a really simple recipe that will feed a big family it’s super healthy & low-cost.

Ingredients

100g cabbage & leek

350g (6 carrots)

½ turnip

750g (6 potatoes) Maris Piper

1 white onion

300g broth mix

2 x stock cubes

1 litre hot water

a pinch of salt & pepper

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  1. Peel & chop (dice) the vegetables.

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2. Add all the ingredients to the pan,adding 2 vegetable stock cubes then add the  1.5 litres of boiling water stir until the stock has dissolved (simmer until all the vegetables are soft approx 45 min-60min) or if you are using a slow cooker (approx 2.5 hours) add a pinch of salt & pepper.

3 When the soup is ready serve with crusty bread, such a simple healthy & nutritious meal for a family.

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LoveOlli bag review

LoveOlli Bag Review

I was chosen to review a LoveOlli Animated Nature Shopper Bag. The bag arrived wrapped in tissue with a beautiful business card (i will be recycling into my crafting). I was quite surprised at the size of the bag it’s so much bigger than i imagined and the quality is amazing as  i was expecting a thin canvas bag.

loveolli.co.uk/…/animated-nature-shopper-bag

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The fabric print is beautiful and features different designs depicting birds, flowers and stamps to the front & back which gives it a lovely vintage feel. The faux leather detailing to the base of the bag & handle are another sign of great quality. The bag is lined with a beautiful floral print fabric and has 2 pocket inserts inside deep enough for a purse,pens, keys mobile etc…. and the oil cloth material of the bag is a great feature as it will keep the contents of the bag dry.

This bag is perfect for shopping trips measuring a generous 37cm X 39 it’s big enough to fit quite a few items inside. Personally i needed a sturdy bag to carry my art materials, sketch books can be really heavy so a sturdy well stitched bag is needed, i fitted lots of setchbooks, pencil case & a notebook in  & there was still space for more.

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Overall i think this bag would make a great gift, it’s a great quality item that is made to last & after all you can’t have too many bags especially one this beautiful. Please go and check their website out they have some beautiful items & gift ideas  you will find them at the link below.

loveolli.co.uk.

Recycled Tube Bugs

My kids love crafting, so we decided to make these little recycled tube bugs they are super easy to make, they are lovely on their own but could be used to decorate Spring/Easter crafts & bonnets.

Materials you will need  : Decorative paper, double sided tape,pipe cleaners,gems, scissors, pen, ruler & glue.

cover the tube in decorative paper & fix it into place with double sided tape. Cut some wing shapes & heart antenna then simply add your chosen decorations.

My kids had great fun creating them & they are such an easy craft it would be suitable for the youngest of crafters.

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Rice Lane City Farm

Rice Lane City Farm holds fond childhood memories for me it’s tucked away in the heart of the city it’s a little oasis away from the hustle & bustle of city life. Entry to the farm is free & this includes any activities during your visit although we always enjoy our visit so like to leave a donation .

The farm has a  stable block with pigs goats & poultry, there is also a children’s petting area with a pony, ducks, geese, chicks and rabbits which is always a big hit with my kids (and me). The farm & woodland cover 24 acres with a small park/play area on site so there is plenty to do &  it’s a great place for kids to explore,enjoy a  family walk or have a family picnic & go on a nature hunt in the woodlands. The farm is very active in  the community & has lots of events throughout the year so it is worth checking out their website for dates & times.

http://ricelanecityfarm.org.uk/

Rice Lane City Farm