Monday, 29 September 2014

September Degustabox Review

If you read my blog you will know I was lucky enough to get the try the great Degustabox food delivery service. This review is for the September box and once again I was not disappointed by what was in it.
For a fee of £12.99 a month  including delivery ( you can cancel at any time) you can have a box all all kinds of new products to try.
So in my box this month was

Burts Lentil waves

Available from Waitrose in three tantalising flavours. Sour cream and chive, Lightly salted and my favourite Thai Sweet Chilli. Each batch of Lentil waves are flash cooked in the companies Devon kitchen and taste just as moreish as our traditional range of crunchy chips.
I loved them really nice flavour and crispy and best part the calorie count was good as well.

Jordans Simply Granola

Prefer the simpler things in life? This shiny new Simply Granola could be the one for your! A deliciously simple blend of crunchy baked oats with a hint of honey. Mmmmm , lovely on its own or with yogurt. Really nice and crunchy and not too sweet.

Pick up!

Bahlsen Pick Up ! Milk chocolate is a mouth-watering slab of thick milk chocolate sandwiched between two crisp biscuits. They are individually wrapped, locking in the freshness and perfect for on the go. Our new flavour, Black 'N white, consists of a thick bar of delicious white chocolate in between two cocoa biscuits. Totally yummy

Crabbies Alcholic Fruits

Crabbies Alcholic Fruits is a delicious new range of really fruity, fruit flavours ( with no ginger). With three delicious flavours to pick from. Black Cherry, Zesty Lemon and Raspberry and rhubarb, these mouth-watering drinks are made with up to 10% natural fruit juice containing no artificial colours or flavourings .
4 Pack £5.99  (4% vol)

Carnation Cook with it!

Add a delicious creamy taste to savoury dishes with new Carnation cook with it!. Made using fresh milk and half the fat of single cream. Cook with it is a versatile cooking creme, a great ingredient for favourite creamy dishes from carbonaras to curries, quiches and soups. Find it in stores in the with the carnation range.

Elizabeth Shaw

Elizabeth Shaw's brand new dark chocolate mint thins brings you delicate layers of quality dark chocolate with the crunchy mint sprinkles. The lightness of the chocolate with the crunchy mint makes them very moreish and although we say this is great to share with friends over coffee, you may find you want to keep them to yourself! Available in Tesco


Righteous are made using only 100% natural ingredients, these delicious dressings  are busting with flavour. They contain no additives, preservatives or thickeners, or anything that you wouldn't expect to find in your own kitchen. Available in tesco, Waitrose, Salisbury's, ocado and independent food shops.

And the last item in my box I saved to last because it was so nice.

Little Miracles

Little Miracles are a beautiful bland of organic tea and fruit juice. With ginseng and acai, it is the perfect pick-me-up morning, noon and afternoon. All the blends are sweetened with agave, less than 90 calories, free from artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners.
Available from Asda, Boots, Holland and Barrett, Sainsbury, superdrug, Tesco, Waitrose and WH Smith.

Really crisp and refreshing I loved them, really nice chilled from the fridge.

So if you fancy your very own box pop over and sign up today 

Please note I was not paid for this review only receiving a sample of the product

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Magic moments.: beautiful baby

Gosh it's Monday again. Is is just me or do the weeks just fly the older you get!  So as it's Monday it's link up day with the lovely
So in June I had my first grandchild . Nathan Charles was born in the 8th of June and we were so excited to meet him. Mind you he caused a stir as he was three weeks early !
His first few weeks had ups and downs but he seems to be doing so well now and growing fast.
Best part is in February next year he will be joined by a cousin as my daughter is expecting as well!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Docrafts Creativity Review

Today I got a little gift in the post. A copy of the new Docrafts Creativity magazine. I really enjoy Docraft products in general as they are really good and such a fair price. As crafters we are always looking to share money so we can do even more projects. The September issue is full of great projects in fact its full of them. Not just paper crafts but all sorts including a great necklace and cakes.
What I like is the wide range of projects for you to do and that in turn makes it value for money.
This issue came with some fee gifts which will be very useful with Christmas coming up. If you have not tried this magazine yet, then get it today.

I was not paid for this review just receiving a sample of the product

Fajita and Film Night with Santa Maria

Now I love a good movie and even better with some yummy food, so getting the chance to do both was a dream.
I got a lovely parcel in the post of all the goodies to make a lovely fajita meal everything was included and very easy and simple to follow. All from Santa Maria . They also have some lovely food ideas so well worth going over to the web site.

As an extra we also got a copy of our fave of all time "Goonies". If you don't know its about a group of kids who go on a fab adventure to try and save their home. I never get tired of it and can watch it over and over.
So hub (who happens to be an excellent cook) was set to make dinner and boy did it smell yummy. I think he did a fab job don't you?

It was all yummy although for me I would have used half the amount of fajita power as I found it a little bit hot. So why not go out and buy all this yummy food and get the movie and have a night in with some good clean family fun.

Please note I was not paid for this review only receiving a sample of the product

Birdseye Afterschool chief Challenge

This past week I was very lucky to get the chance to try out some Birdseye  products and the
#Afterschoolchefs Challenge. I don't have children at school but I did have a routine which we like to follow when the kids went back to school.
I know its difficult to get back into a routine after the relaxed days of the summer. When we came back from school I always got them to change out of their uniform. I always found it helped to save their clothes and I was always looking for ways to save money in that area. If homework was waiting that would get done and then I would get started on tea. I would often try and plan meals with the children so that they felt they had a say in what we had. I think it could be fun if they are younger to make a meal chart and let them help to menu plan for the day or week. I also used to make some things in bulk so I have ready things in the freezer for those rushed days when I didn't have time to cook from scratch .
Birdseye have a huge range and I went for vegetable's as they are our favourite. I was amazed at how much I got and this little lot came the £20.00

This you will agree there is a lot of meals to enjoy with this little lot. I do think that a good routine is great for the whole family and getting the kids involved has got to be good.
“This post is an entry for #Afterschoolchefs Challenge, sponsored by Birds Eye. Learn more on the Birds Eye Facebook Page.”

Please note I was not paid for this review just a voucher to sample the products.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Magic Moments: Wonderful Cakes and New Friends

Wow Monday again and time to link up with a lovely blog over at, and magic moments. Its such a lovely link up that makes you stop and think of those lovely things that have happened to you.  With all the negative things in the news these days its really nice to stop and smell the roses so to speak.
As you may or may not know I have a hobby which is cake decorating, to be honest this is one of a few craft items I enjoy.
Back in March I had the pleasure to visit cake international in London , with my friend Heather.  We had a fab day and also got to see so many fantastic cakes,  One which we both loved was made by a lovely lady called Claire from Clairella Cakes  We were amazed by the skill and the colour of her cake it was really beautiful.

We really enjoyed our day out and I always have fun with Heather which is great.
Then I heard that Claire was going to be running classes to make her now famous cake. I was really excited as my air brush skills are not good and I was delighted to get a chance to learn from her,
So Saturday was the big day and what a nice day it was. Claire has a lovely place to work and the company was good too! We all worked very hard and Claire laid on a fab (oh dear my diet) lunch for us. I was delighted with my cake and if you live anywhere near Essex you should check out
Clairella Cakes
So this is my cake .