Sunday, 16 October 2016

Santa Maria and Day of the Dead

We have Halloween coming up and I love a good scare lol but just after we have the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead which is celebrated with festivals, parties and wonderful food and drink to come at the start of November . A time to remember long gone family and friends with a smile. So while you may think going by the name that its a creepy thing, its not . Its a joyful time and the day perfect for a Mexican party.

So I got to try some Day of the Dead must haves

Santa Maria's Taco Seasoning Mix a blend f chilli, cumin and oregano. Combined with a favorite filling such as Chicken, Pork r vegetables and serve n a crisp taco shell for a fab Day of the dead meal.

A Mix of chilli, garlic, coriander and oregano, the Fajita seasoning mix is guaranteed to add Mexican flavour to get together. Simply fry with your meat or vegetables for a tasty meal.

 Santa Maria's soft Plain Flour Tortillas are the perfect base for almost any Mexican food from fajitas to quesadillas and burritos. Something  everyone should have in the cupboard.

We made up our own recipe's but I will share a Santa Maria one with you too.
So we made a spice beef mince fajitas. We used this recipe but where it tells you to use chicken we used mince beef as its one of our faves.

Spicy Chicken Fajitas

Serves 4


1. Slice the chicken , onions and red peppers into thin strips.
2. Fry the chicken ( or minced beef for us) in a hot pan until golden brown. Add the onions and red peppers

3. Add the seasoning mix and lower the heat to medium. Cook for 3 minutes
4. Heat the tortilla wrap according to pack instructions
5. Place salad leaves on each tortilla and p with the fajita filling and guacamole
6. Gold and garnish with lime and coriander
7. Serve immediately and enjoy!

We added some salsa and Tortilla chips to ours and it was yummy. We can't wait to try out some more meals using these great products. There is lots of information and ideas to make your Day of the Dead get going over at the Santa Maria so make sure you check it out.

Please note  I was not paid for this review just receiving a sample of the products

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Love Your Mouth Challenge

I recently got asked to take part in a  Love your Mouth  Challenge  all about oral health, and also to look at some facts. I was shocked at how people admitted to not brushing their teeth and also how many conditions are preventable is we have good oral hygiene. I know I can't go to bed without brushing my teeth and although I have good teeth, I have to be very careful with gum care.
The little survey was easy and simple to do, not many questions and it then told you recommendations for products for you. My products were
Corsodyl Toothpaste to help with bleeding gums and also Corsodyl Daily mouthwash for everyday gum protection.
I already use both and have done so for some time so I know they are both excellent products.The tooth paste leaves your mouth really clean and the mouth wash is not too strong .  I also got a cute little timer as its recommended you brush for at least 2 minutes. I thought the timer was a great idea and also wonderful for children. Start them young on oral health and it becomes second nature as they grow older.

I really hope you pop over to the web site for the challenge and to find out lots more information on oral health. It takes seconds but can be so important.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Tilda Aromatic Spices Rice Review

I love rice! In fact I could eat rice anytime sweet or savoury . I big fave in our house is the Tilda Range as there are so many yummy ones to pick and so easy to cook. So when I got the chance to try out a new one in the range I jumped at it.
We got to try

Tilda Aromatic Spices

Light Basmati  grains infused with fragrant spices. So easy to cook ever in the microwave for 2 minutes or stir fried with a little oil in 4 minutes. So light and fluffy and with a yummy delicate flavour. Would would wonderful with all kinds of meals.
I set my husband a task of making our evening meal with  the Tilda Aromatic Spices as he is such a great cook.
He made a yummy simple curry with beef and vegetables. On the side he made a mint dip and with the Aromatic spices rice it was a really yummy meal.

For lots more information regarding Tilda products pop over to their web site 

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

Monday, 26 September 2016

The Body Confidence Program Review

I was recently asked if I would like to take part in a lifestyle healthy eating plan by
Ru-tee at The Body Confidence Program. I went to the web site and was impressed by Ru-tee's experience in this area. After years of issues with her own body she developed her plan , not a diet but more a way of life. It is an 8 week online lifestyle transformation program based on optimising the body's natural circadian rhythm through diet and making small changes to how you live your life. Benefits are weight loss, increased energy , and confidence and promises 16 inch reduction.

I found the web site easy to use and the whole program simple and better still yummy food. All the measurements were sent and then we had a telephone call from Ru-tee. It was great to hear the other people that were  joining me in the journey and I got lots of information from Ru-tee to set me going.
It was very simple to start as you get a handy list , you can use the yummy recipes from the site or make up your own food using the food lists.
You have no worries as all the info is there and with e mail and social media it was super fast to get a reply to any question.

Every week we got new food lists and every week we had a phone call where we could ask questions and get help.
I lost inches every week which amazed me as I have very limited mobility so I can't do any fitness as well. I checked in with the facebook page and that really kept me going as you could see what everyone else was doing.
 There were lots of mind type things you could try to help you get away from the blame issue of weight gain.And lots of tips and hints to help you succeed . We were encourage to say weight reduction rather than weight loss and that has stayed with me.

I completed the 8 week course and I was very proud I did. I feel a drum roll coming on as I lost around 33 1/2 inches all over my body. Yes you read it correct 33  1/2 inches and reduced weight by about 10 pounds. I mainly reduced around my bust and waist but everywhere really.
So what have you to lose apart from weight and inches . You have everything to gain and I know I felt better and ready to push on to reduce my weight and more inches, in the future.
You can sign up or find lots more information over on the web site below. Good luck sign up today

Please note I was not paid for this review only receiving a sample course 

Monday, 19 September 2016

Lurpak and Game On,Cook Campaign

In my house we are Cook's by name but also Cook's by nature! Both my husband and I share a love of cooking. With him its general cooking and with me its baking. Its funny but up until a few years ago I hated cooking lol.
I was recently asked to take part in a campaign run by Lurpak. Now I did not need asking twice as I love Lurpak products and use them all the time. I was delighted to be given a £30  voucher to go and buy all my Lurpak and other products a real treat.
The Campaign states that that the average Brit spends more than five hours a week on social media looking at food culture but only 4 hours really cooking!

So Lurpak has come up with a new idea  with  Game on , Cooks Campaign which aims to tackle he problem head on by challenging Brits to turn off their screens and put the oven on. I think you will agree if you love to cook its so much fun creating your own dish.

So off I went to my super market for supplies! I knew it had to be cake because hey that's what I do best. I really love the Lurpak Cook's range and the cooking liquid is great for all cooking and I also like to use it to grease my tin. I then use a little flour and I find my cakes slip out of the tin with ease and no need to line.

I knew I was going to use my favourite recipe which is James Martins Madeira cake . Its a very easy one to follow and you get great results. I love to use Lurpak in cooking if I want it to be very special and it just tastes so good . I went for he unsalted and also the salted for my butter cream as I think it tastes the best!

I also got some of the spreadable as I was keen to see what was best. This type is great for everyday use as its super easy to use. I think you can use either but I went with the block butter this time.

I had to get all my other products with my voucher as well. Two bags of self raising flour, A bag of sugar, vanilla essence, baking power, 12 free range eggs,  As I had a chocolate ganache  under my fondant I had to buy double cream and chocolate. I like a 70% type but any will do I had to get 4 packs. Then I had to buy 4 packets of 500g's of sugar paste or fondant to cover with. A board to put it on as well. Altogether it came to £37.23 so I had to add a little, but that was fine.

Very soon it was baking. Once it was out I set about making it look fab as I could using the lovely butter to make the butter cream as well as the cake.  I think I did well with my £30 voucher plus the little extra,  and I do have some lovely Lurpak over to make something else, so watch this space. I hope you like what I made! Lucky for me I had my flowers already made and waiting for a yummy cake to decorate. I really enjoyed the Campaign and it made me think I must do more. Hubbie who is a past winner of a T.V cookery show said the same! He is already thinking of ways to use my spare Lurpak butter lol.

So jump over to the Lurpak web site at and join in the Campaign there are loads of fab idea for you to make !

Please note I was only given a £30 voucher in order to buy products for this post

Friday, 2 September 2016

Thomas J Fudge Crackers and Crispbread Review

Thomas  J Fudge is an all time fave with me! I have had the pleasure of lots of wonderful biscuits and crackers so I was keen to try the new range.
Ideal for those nights in and when you have friends round. The new Mini Wafers for nibbling and Cracker and Crispbreads for dipping and topping. Fab for your cheese if you are having a dinner party and even better to snack on.

The mini wafers come in three flavours:-

Punchy Jalapeno

 Containing paprika, cayenne pepper and real jalapenos. Small but with a huge bit of flavour. Not too hot but with a nice kick. Lovely with a dip

Thai Chilli

I really liked this flavour. So great and so light they melt in your month. Not hot at all but taste fab. I should add sorry the box is empty but they were so good I could not wait!!

Melty Cheddar

A lovely rich , buttery and cheese fix all in one go. So light and tasty I confess to eating the whole box to myself whoops lol

Almond and Cranberry/ Hazelnut &; Apple crackers

Yummy sweet and crunchy . Taste so yummy with a good mature cheddar, brie and slices of grape or apple. Look really fab and make them fancy or just run off with the whole box yourself.

Sunflower & Caraway/Pumpkin & sesame

This crackers are so versatile they can go with everything sweet and savoury. Add cheese and apple or avocado and bean dip, then enjoy.

Spelt Sourdough/Rye Sourdough Crispbread

Really nice and peppery once again fab with cheese. These are firmer and so easy to pile up with a yummy toppings like turkey and honey mustard.

The new Mini Wafer's along with the crackers & crispbreads RRP £2.25 will be available in Waitrose from now For lots more information about the  Thomas J Fudge range pop over to

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

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with Santa Maria!

This weekend is the UK last public holiday until Christmas, so it is always nice to celebrate another special day with yummy food. On the 16th September it is Mexican Independence Day, I am sure it is filled with lots of music and fun and great food.
Sadly we can't all be in Mexico so Santa Maria can help us to celebrate with its wonderful , authentic Mexican foods. Tasty taco to yummy fajitas, Santa maria have some easy and fast recipes so you can really get into the fiesta mood.

The first one to try is the  Fajitas. Really simple and easy to make perfect for family or for when you have friends round.Lovely mix of chilli, garlic, coriander and oregano, the Santa Maria Fajita seasoning mix really gives you the Mexican feel fast. You can use meat,fish or even just veg!

The other thing we got to try was the Santa Maria's pulled pork dinner kit.
Everything you need to make the most yummy pork centre piece dish. No cooking for hours and hours the dish can be ready in 90 minutes . Tasty mix of red onion and smoky chipotle BBQ sauce.

And last but not least was Tasty Tacos
A mix containing chilli, cumin and oregano and made to mix well with mince. Gives a really nice flavour not too hot but with a nice kick. There so many recipes you can truly make the dish your own.
We really love Santa Maria and I know we would be enjoying Mexican Independence day with one of all of these yummy things.
If you check out the Santa Maria web site you can find a whole range of products and ideas.

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