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Apple Scones Recipe

With an abundance of apples this year, I’m trying lots of new recipes to use them up! Today we have a recipe for Apple scones and we’ve served them with bramble jam and cream. Delicious!

Apple Scones

apple scones with chantilly cream and bramble jam

Ingredients

  • 225g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 50g butter
  • 4 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 125ml milk, plus extra for brushing
  • Fresh cream and bramble jam to serve – we got ur bramble jam from Tesco

Method

  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7
  2. Tip the flour into a large bowl with the butter then rub in using fingers until the mix looks like fine crumbs.
  3. Stir in the sugar and cinnamon, add the apple and give everything a mix.
  4. Pour in the milk and stir it in quickly, then fold dough over 2-3 times until it’s a little smoother.
  5. Tip onto a lightly floured surface; pat into a round about 3cm deep.
  6. Dip a 6cm cutter into some flour then cut out scones, flouring the cutter each time.
  7. Squash offcuts lightly back into a round and repeat until all dough is used up.
  8. Brush tops with a little milk then place on to a lightly floured baking sheet and bake for 18-20 mins until risen and golden.
  9. Allow to cool on the tray.
  10. To serve, split scones then spread with a dollop of cream and a spoonful of bramble jam.

 

 

I’m taking part in Blogtober18 with Mandi at Big Family Organised Chaos

Chocolate Apple Slices

These chocolate apple slices are a great addition to a Halloween buffet. They’re great because they’re not too big. Chocolate dipped apples or toffee apples can often be too much for a child, especially if there are lots of other goodies on offer.

Chocolate Apple Slices

You’ve probably seen me mention once or twice about our abundance of apples this year. I’m trying every which way I can to get them used up!

Ingredients

Each apple makes about 3 slices, depending on the size of the apple. We used 250g of milk chocolate to make 6 apple slices

  • 2 Eating Apples
  • 250g milk chocolate
  • Halloween sprinkles
  • Lolly sticks
  • Baking sheet lined non-stick parchment

Method

  1. Cut the apples into 3-4 slices. Slice the rounded ends of the 2 end pieces and discard so all the slices have 2 flat sides.
  2. Break the chocolate into pieces and melt. You can do this by placing the bowl over a pan of boiling water, ensuring the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water or by microwaving. If you microwave the chocolate it’s best to check it every 20 seconds or so as it can easily burn.
  3. Insert a lolly stick into each apple slice and dip into the melted chocolate.
  4. Place on the baking sheet.
  5. Continue until all the slices have been dipped.
  6. Sprinkle the Halloween sprinkles over the chocolate apple slices and refrigerate until the chocolate has set.

chocolate apple slices

 

 

 

I’m taking part in Blogtober18 with Mandi at Big Family Organised Chaos

Mummy Pizza Pies – Fun Food For Halloween

I was going to write a recipe for these mummy pizza pies. Then I came across an excellent one that was already on Eats Amazing so instead, I got Ant to make them for dinner the other night using the Eats Amazing recipe 🙂

Mummy Pizza Pies

Here are a couple of our Pizza Pies. They all thought they were delicious and I reckon we’ll be making them again soon; especially seeing as I couldn’t try them because of my diet!

Mummy Pizza Pies

 

For more fun Halloween food ideas, check out my Pinterest board.

 

I’m taking part in Blogtober18 with Mandi at Big Family Organised Chaos

Win A Halloween Yankee Candles Gift Set

I’m a huge Yankee Candle fan; I usually get given them as Christmas and birthday gifts and I love to receive them.  I’ve been known to treat myself occasionally, especially when they’re on offer in the January sales. In fact, I’ll be posting next month […]

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Slow Cooker Pork And Apple Casserole

I love meat that has been cooked in a slow cooker and pork is one of my favourite meats. We also have an abundance of apples this year so this recipe for pork and apple casserole will help to get them used up!

Pork and Apple Casserole

pork and apple casserole slimming world recipe

Ingredients

  • 700g pork steaks, all fat removed and cubed
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, finely sliced
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 2 medium cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 75g red lentils
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes dissolved in 450ml of boiling water
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Method

  1. Put everything in the slow cooker and put it on low.
  2. Cook for 6-8 hours then serve with mashed potato and your choice of vegetables.

 

 

 

I’m taking part in Blogtober18 with Mandi at Big Family Organised Chaos

10 Things To Do On Rainy Days

We had the hottest Summer this year than we’ve had for a long time. Just about everyone loved it. I didn’t. I’m not a Summer lover and have to say I was glad when Autumn arrived!
Autumn, however, brings with it rainy days and if we don’t have some ideas to keep everyone occupied, we all end up watching too much TV.

Here are some things we enjoy to do when it’s rainy outside.

Activities For Rainy Days

  1. Family Board Game Day – KayCee collects Monopoly games so we have plenty of different kinds to choose from.
  2. Design A Family Board Game – KayCee and Ella had great fun making a Very Hungry Caterpillar board game when they were younger. It’s a great way to spend a rainy day and at the end, you can all play the game together.
  3. Make Your Own Moon Sand – I’ve never tried this, but I really want to. I think I’d have as much fun playing with this as Ella would!
  4. Baking – A rainy day activity list wouldn’t be complete without baking of some sort, whether it be cakes or cookies.
  5. Rock Painting – We did this last year and everyone enjoyed it, including me. We still haven’t varnished our rocks yet so we’ve not been able to put them in the garden. We’ll have to do it soon because they’re too nice to be stuck in a box!
  6. Indoor Treasure Hunt – Ella and her friends often make treasure hunts for each other. They choose a prize and hide it then write a series of clues for the other one to follow. You can also get loads of printables from Google if you wanted to create one for your children but didn’t want to write all the clues yourself.
  7. Washable Stained Glass Window Painting – The lady who writes this blog put the tape on the outside but obviously, that won’t work if it’s raining. This can be done indoors as long as you protect the floor under your window.
  8. Make Gloop – Cornflour, water and some food colouring can keep children entertained for hours with homemade gloop.
  9. Make Some Story Sacks – Ella loved bringing home a story sack when she started nursery. I’d never heard of them before, but thought they were a brilliant idea.
    You can make them for all ages and stages of development.
  10. Get Outside & Play In The Rain – When I was a child my friend and I used to go outside in bare feet and squelch our toes in the mud when it rained hard! We loved it when the rain was pounding so hard it bounced when it hit the floor!
    A rainy walk in the woods can be great fun for all the family 🙂
Ella loves rainy days
We got caught in a downpour on the way home from school. Everyone else was running, we were taking our time and enjoying the feel of the rain on our skin 🙂

 

What kind of things do you like doing on rainy days?

I’m taking part in Blogtober18 with Mandi at Big Family Organised Chaos

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Pumpkin Carving Design Ideas

They always look so easy to do, but when you actually start to carve a pumpkin you realise you were kidding yourself and they’re not easy at all! We’ve tried a few different pumpkin carving designs over the years but inevitably we go back to good old triangles for the eyes and nose and a jagged mouth.

Mind you, we did manage a couple of different designs in 2016, but it wasn’t all plain sailing!

Halloween pumpkin carving

Kaycee Halloween pumpkin carving

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

I really want to try carving a better design in one of our pumpkins this year so I’ve been checking out designs on Pinterest.

I love this cannibalistic pumpkin and what’s more, there’s an excellent tutorial to show us how to do it.

cannibalistic pumpkin carving from Chopcow.com
Image Source & Tutorial

This tutorial from The Telegraph has links to pumpkin carving design templates.

pumpkin carving from The Telegraph
Image Source & Tutorial
3D pumpkin carving You Tube tutorial
Image Source & Tutorial

If you have a pumpkin design you’re proud of, please feel free to share a link in the comments 🙂

I’m taking part in Blogtober18 with Mandi at Big Family Organised Chaos

Why I Love Autumn #Blogtober18

I love Autumn for many reasons but the main one is because it means Christmas isn’t too far away! Below are 5 more reasons why this is my second favourite season. My first is Winter because, you know, Christmas!

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Blogtober 2018 – I’m taking part, are you?

I took part in Blogtober 2016 and really enjoyed it. I’m not sure why I didn’t do it last year, but I’ve decided to take part in this year’s Blogtober 2018. I like having blog prompts to work with because it means I can get […]

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