Mary Berry’s Austrian Chocolate Cake

My sister Natalie has spent the last few years living in London in pretty much one room and sharing a kitchen. Since she moved there she hasn’t really been able to bake too much and it’s something she really likes to do… and I like to reap the rewards from. So, when she came to stay at the beginning of December she broke out the cake tins and decided to bake! As Natalie will be living with us for a little while soon she already has a lot of her things here and that includes cook books and baking equipment…

Looking After Your Dog Despite a Busy Schedule

Sometimes having a busy schedule is just unavoidable. Whether it be work commitments, family commitments or a mix of the two, schedules are now, more often than not, busy. And, you can probably agree to the fact that your own schedule is not as easy or as free as it once was, can’t you? But, just because your schedule is busy, why should that mean you aren’t allowed a dog in your life when you really want one? Yes, you can look after that dog of yours whilst still retaining your busy schedule — you just have to take heed

Air Fryer Parsnips

One of Erin’s favourite foods when she was about 1 was parsnips. If we would go out for a carvery or a roast dinner these would be her food of choice. Sadly, she’s been going through a fussy stage lately and won’t each much at all so I thought cooking up some air fryer parsnips might do the trick. The great thing about air fryer parsnips is that you can do them a few different ways. If you follow the recipe below you can either serve them with a roast dinner or you can have them in chip style! These

Air Fryer Carrots

I am a pretty fussy eater and I don’t actually eat that much veg. However, something I have with every roast or Christmas dinner is carrots.  I love them but I have only ever cooked them in the same way and they can get pretty boring after a while. While I was in an experiencing mood I wondered whether or not you could cook carrots in an air fryer. Here’s out the air fryer carrots turned out! To start with, I cut the carrots into bigger chunks and I quickly realised that they would take a very long time to

Air Fryer Roast Potatoes

One of the best bits about a roast dinner for me is the roast potatoes. I know some people tend to choose mashed potatoes instead but I’m quite happy cook both normally because I love them both. The problem for me though is that roast potatoes tend to take forever. If I cook them in the oven I par boil them first and then they still take a good 35-40 minutes to cook. We also have quite a small cooker and when you add in meat or sausages etc. and Yorkshire puddings, it doesn’t leave much more room. Luckily, air fryer

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

Brussel spouts, whether you like them or not, are a traditional part of Christmas dinner. I, personally, am not a fan myself but my husband John LOVES them. The problem with Christmas dinner is that there is so much to do, only a certain number of hobs available on the cooker and not enough time to really do everything you want. I want to spend Christmas Day with my family, watching Erin opening her presents and having fun so I decided to experiment a bit and see what I could cook in my air fryer. The great thing about this

Swagbucks Swago: Holiday Shopping Edition is Back!

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American Breakfast Waffles In Under 15 Minutes

Ever since our holiday and wedding in Orlando back in 2013 I have had this massive love for American breakfast waffles but unfortunately, have never been able to make any. Earlier this month we received a new waffle maker from Dunelm to help us out for Christmas Day breakfast and it is amazing! American breakfast waffles are so much easier to make than I thought they were. I had visions of me messing them up like I normally do with crepes and I thought I’d do something really wrong with the recipe. The problem with looking up recipes on the