Frankie & Benny’s New Kids Menu: Review...

Off the kids menu : The ice cream candy shop...

Last week we were kindly invited to Frankie & Benny’s to try out the recently launched new kids menu. Being big fans of the Italian-American restaurant chain we were very pleased to be asked.

Our favourite restaurant of theirs is in the Meadowhall Shopping Centre. This time though we went to the one in Nottingham. We met my Husband from work and off we went, all with bellies rumbling.
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Fajita And Film Night From Santa Maria...

Last week we had a Mexican feast and film night. Thanks to Santa Maria (previously Discovery Foods).

They sent us a lovely parcel filled with lots of tasty things for us to try out.  Perfect for our Mexican themed dinner. Best of all we all got to make our own fajitas with the toppings of our choice. We got sent a lovely selection of things including in our parcel~

Wholemeal tortillas,
Nacho rolls,
Fajitas seasoning,
Red jalapeños,
Onion and garlic dip,
Guacamole style topping.

We love making fajitas, we serve them with chicken dippers, chilli con carne all kinds of meat and salads. I picked chicken to go with our fajitas, so we could really tasty the dips and toppings. We all enjoyed the sauces, nacho, tortillas and dips and had a fun meal together. My favourite dip was the onion and garlic, perfect with the nacho rolls. My daughter loved the guacamole topping, not to spicy. Only my 2nd oldest son was brave enough to eat the jalapeños though, haha..

We also got to pick a film to make a special night of it. My daughter is a big Frozen fan so we selected that off their list. After we had finished all our delicious food and I had done the washing up, me and my daughter went to watch Frozen for a little mother and daughter girly time..

Me and my daughter watching Frozen with Ana and Elsa...

About this post~

I was gifted this parcel full of yummy food from Santa Maria. All thoughts are my own honest opinion and I was not paid for this post...

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The Deck Restaurant : Butlins Bognor Regis Review...

Food glorious food... 

Warning a post full of yummy food...

Self-service buffet, eat as much as you like!?! Yes please...

Whenever we go away, there is nothing I like more than having food included. As a stay at home mum making food all the time, it's nice to let someone else do the cooking for a change. Even if it is only a short break.

We visit Butlins a few times a year, we always like to have our food included. Sometime we have food in the Deck Restaurant, others in the various restaurants Butlins have available for Half Board guests. We tend to go for whichever deal is on offer at the time.

As a family of 6, 4 boys (who love to eat) and 2 girls who have sweet tooth. We all have a love of good  food. Buffets are great, everyone gets to choose exactly what they want to eat. Butlins also have a specially prepared children’s buffet menu, great for the little ones to help themselves.

On our Butlins Ambassador trip to Bognor Regis a few weeks ago, all our  ~ The Deck Hotel Restaurant included in our break. This was perfect for us, staying her before  we knew exactly what yummy food was in store for us.

Here is a sample breakfast menu, they certainly cater for all tastes.
  • Cereals.
  • Yoghurt.
  • Fresh fruit.
  • Cold meats.
  • Freshly prepared omelettes. (a chef waits for you to choose your fillings).
  • Warm pancakes
  • Croissants 
  • Danish pastries.
  • Cooked breakfast.
  • Porridge.
  • Kippers.
  • Selection of fruit juices.
  • Warm drinks, including a variety of teas, coffees and my favourite hot chocolate.
  • Cold water.

Dinner time is always fun in our house. It's difficult to keep everyone happy with a set meal.

Buffet meals are a nice change them. Everyone was coming back with a different dish. Who would have thought of mixing fish fingers and chicken nuggets together with cheese!?!  The only problem was someone would bring something back you had not noticed that looked tasty. This tempted you to go back for extras (whoops the diet went out the window!!)

Again a great selection of tasty food for Dinner
  • Salads.
  • Pasta.
  • A different carvery every evening.
  • Fresh vegetables.
  • Selection of fruit juices.
  • Warm drink, including a variety of teas, coffees and hot chocolate.
  • Cold water.

My favourite part of the day.

Treat time...

The Deck has a great selection of cakes, buns, fruit, warm puddings and ice creams to choice from. Trouble is you cannot eat all of them, even though I did try!!

You can also purchase drinks, great if you fancy a nice glass of wine with your meal.

New places that have opened this year in Bognor Regis Butlins are Scoop ice cream parlour and The Diner. We would have loved to try them out, obviously we were all so full from wonderful food in The Deck.

Need another holiday again this summer now..

About this post-

We are proud to be part of the Butlins Ambassador program where we got to choose a 4 night stay in the Wave hotel and review our time here...
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Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...

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Week in Instagram...

Wow how quickly has this week gone?

Time just flies by!!

Yeah weekends, good food, wine, treats, weekend t.v and film nights....

Hubby was off work on Saturday, so we got to go shopping. 

Meadowhall was pack but I was not coming home without new shoes!!

Got to wear my beautiful new scarf c/o School Gate Style


Old boots new style...

Looked great with my Primark dress...

Hubby brought home pick and mixes, yummy was on offer at Tesco.

Now I'm sure here is a trick to get more sweets in a tub?

Any ideas anyone? Hehe...

Sunday we went to Nottingham.

Beautiful day and I even had to wear my sunglasses.

Yeah for summer...

Top~ Republic

Scarf~Petticoat lane market

Jeans~ Citizens Of Humanity Selfridges

Shoes~ Converse

We got taken out for Breakfast..

Breakfast always tastes better when someone has made it.

Yeah not a gazillion pots to wash either!!

Enjoying the sunshine selfie...

My new converses I brought at Meadowhall...

More up-cycling, another one to add to my 'to do list tutorials'!!

Hows your week been?

Full of sunshine, butterflies and good food like mine I hope ...

Linking up with- Weekend blog hop

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Welsh Beef Christmas Chunky Cottage Pie...

Serves 6

Cooking Time- About 2 ½ hours

  • 900g (2lb) Lean Welsh Beef braising steak, cut into cubes
  • 15ml (1tbsp) Oil
  • 2 Red onions, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 Garlic clove, crushed
  • 100g (4oz) Tinned chestnuts
  • 15ml (1tbsp) Flour
  • 15ml (1tbsp) Tomato ketchup
  • 150ml (¼pt) Beef stock
  • 150ml (¼pt) Ale
  • 5ml (1tsp) Dark brown sugar
  • Pinch allspice
  • 900g (2lbs) Potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • Little milk for mashing potatoes (approx 8 x 15ml)
  • 1 Red onion sliced
  • 25g (1oz) butter
  • 5ml (1tsp) Soft brown sugar
  • 15ml (1tbsp) Fresh thyme, chopped

  • Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 180˚C, 350˚F.
  • Heat the oil in large ovenproof pan with a lid. Add the onion wedges and cook for a further 1-2 minutes.
  • Add Welsh Beef cubes and brown. 
  • Add the garlic, chestnuts, flour, ketchup, stock, ale, sugar, spice and season. 
  • Bring to the boil and then cover with lid or foil and place in oven for 2 hours until the meat is tender.
  • Place prepared potatoes in a large pan, add just enough boiling water to cover and fast simmer with the lid on for about 10-15 minutes until soft.
  • Drain potatoes and mash with a little milk.
  • Heat the butter in small pan and slowly cook red onion slices for 2-3 minutes, add sugar and continue to cook until caramelised and browned. 
  • Add the onions to the mash and stir through the mashed potatoes.
  • Remove the Welsh Beef from the oven, sprinkle with thyme leaves and pile the mash on top. 
  • Return to oven for about 20 minutes until mash is golden.
Serve with Seasonal Cheer!!

Recipe and photo credits- Welsh Beef Christmas

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New Snacking Products From Whitworths Review...

Today In the post I received some new handy snack size healthy treats from Whitworths for us all to try out.

These packets are the perfect size for one person and a smart idea if your on the go.

Great to pop into your bag if you miss breakfast, a good idea for lunch box treats or perfect if you fancy a nice healthier treat.

Blueberry & Seed Shot-
  • Dried fruit, seeds and yogurt coated combination.
  •  25g.
  • 98 calories per pack.
  • Ideal for lunch boxes.
  • Great for cakes and desserts.
  • Suitable for vegetarians.

Raisin And Chocolate Shot-
  • A mix of golden and crimson raisns with plain chocolate balls.
  •  25g
  • 88 calories per pack.
  • Ideal for lunch boxes
  • Great for cakes and desserts.
Cherries and Berries Morning Munch - 
  • Ready to eat fruit and nut mix.
  •  70g .
  • 295 calories per pack.
  • Perfect for breakfast and lunch boxes.
  • Source of fibre, vitamin E, and copper.
  • Suitable for vegetarians.

Banana Frootz -
  • High fruit buttons for children.
  • 18g 
  • 65 calories per pack
  • Ideal for treats or lunch boxes.
  • Suitable for vegetarians.

Pineapple Frootz-
  • High fruit buttons for children.
  • 18g.
  • 65 calories.
  • Ideal for treats or lunch boxes.
  • Suitable for vegetarians.

Sunny Raisin-
  •  Milk and white chocolate coated raisins for children.
  •  25g.
  • 108 calories per pack.
  • Ideal for treats or lunch boxes.
  • Suitable for vegetarians.
Sunny Raisins-
  • Raisins coated in a caramel flavour milk chocolate.
  • 25g.
  • 107 calories per pack.
  • Ideal for treats or lunch boxes.
  • Suitable for vegetarians.

Cinnamon Apple Morning munch-
  • Ready to eat fruit and nut mix, cinnamon coated dried apples and yoghurt coated raisins and punpkin seeds.
  • Ideal for breakfast or lunch.
  • Great for cakes and desserts.
  • Source of fibre, vitamin E and copper.
  • Suitable for vegetarians.
 Now I can't wait for the children to get home to try them all out, bet there is a fight for the chocolate raisins!! 

Think I might makes some mini cherries and berries muffins for a nice treat...

About this post- 

I got sent 8 treat size snack pack for the purpose of this review and I was not paid for this post.

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Roasted Duck Breasts With Blackberry And Port Sauce

Enjoy a relaxed five star Christmas dinner for two or double up for extra guests.

Prepare the blackberry and port sauce and pack the sliced sprouts into a plastic bag earlier in the day, then roast the duck breasts while the potatoes dauphinoise bake, for an easy Christmas dinner.

Serves 2

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 34-42 minutes
Stand 5 minutes


Blackberry and port sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme or a pinch of dried
  • Pinch grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons port
  • 300ml (1/2 pint) good chicken stock
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 100g (4oz) blackberries
  • ½ teaspoon cornflour mixed with a little water, optional
Roast duck
  • 375g (13oz) pack of 2 duck breasts
  • 175g (6oz) Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • Pinch grated nutmeg
  • Steamed asparagus and Potatoes dauphinoise to serve

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onion and carrot and fry over a medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring from time to time until the vegetables are a deep golden brown. 
  • Take the pan off the heat and add the garlic, herbs and nutmeg then the vinegar and port.
  • Return the pan to the heat and cook for 2 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated then add the stock and salt and pepper and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until reduced by about one third. 
  • Strain and reserve.
  • Preheat the oven to 220oC (425oF) Gas Mark 7. 
  • Slash the skin of each duck breast, 4 or 5 times then rub in a little salt and pepper. 
  • Add the breasts skin side downward to a cold frying pan and cook over a low heat for 6 minutes until the skin is just turning golden. 
  • Turn them over and cook for 1 minute.
  • Lift the duck out of the pan and transfer to a rack in a small roasting tin, skin side uppermost. 
  • Roast for 10 minutes for rare, 15 minutes for medium or 18 minutes for well done.
  • Meanwhile, pour off most of the duck fat from the frying pan to leave about 1 tablespoon, add the sprouts and stir fry over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes until softened and golden brown around the edges. 
  • Add the garlic, nutmeg and a little salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute. 
  • Cover and keep hot.
  • Allow the duck breast to rest for 3-5 minutes. 
  • Add the blackberries to the sauce and warm through. 
  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, add the cornflour and bring the sauce to the boil, stirring. 
  • Carve each duck breast into 4 or 5 slices. 
  • Arrange the sprouts on serving plates, top with the duck and spoon over a little sauce, serving the remainder in a small jug. 
  • Accompany with steamed asparagus and baked potatoes dauphinoise.
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Recipe and photo credit by Seasonal Berries

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Chicken Tonight Review...

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely people at  Chicken Tonight as they have recently expanded their range with a brand new selection of Tonight sauces. A few days later they sent me this wonderful hamper full of goodies to let us try out the Tonight range and have some fun too.

 I was asked to share some of my fun meal creations and names each one as a themed night for each day of the working week.

Monday- Student Tonight

I name this meal with thoughts of my oldest son in mind who is off to University on Thursday. He love a good home cooked meal so what better meal to start? Along with the Cottage pie Tonight sauce, I  added mince beef to the sauce and cooked it, then added pre cooked and mashed potatoes, grated cheese and served with cooked vegetables. This is an easy to follow recipe that he can also try when he is away from home. After I added the creamy mash potatoes and grated cheese, popped it in the oven for 10 minutes to let the cheese brown. Yum everyone loved this meal.

Tuesday- Chilling Tonight

For a nice relaxing Tuesday night we all shared a spicy Mexican Chile con Carne. For a fun and very tasty mid week meal I cooked the Chile con Carne  Tonight sauce up with mince beef, served it up with cooked rice and sprinkled cheese on top. My children love this meal as they know I always add tortilla chips as side. Sides also included tortillas and cheese done in the microwave for a few seconds and me and my husband had a nice glass of wine. Perfect meal and not a bit wasted!!

Wednesday- Dads Tonight

My husband love sausages so I named Wednesdays meal, dads Tonight. I made the children's dad this, as he loves sausages. This is a easy recipe as you just have to fry the sausages and transfer into an oven proof bowl with the sauce then leave it, to let the oven cook it. Once cooked I left him to watch his favourite dvd whilst I caught up in blog land.

Thursday - Mums Tonight

Yes this one was one for me, one of my favourite meals as I love curries.  This Tonights sauce is Mild Curry. Another easy recipe where as once you have fried the chicken you can leave it to cook in the oven. So using some free time,  I had a nice soak in the bath with lots of lovely bubble waiting for the curry to cook.

Friday- Movie Tonight

Friday night is mostly always a meal and a movie. We all enjoy Fridays and what better than getting ready for the weekend with good food, a movie and a nice cold drink?  What better day to try out Spicy BBQ Tonight and bring look forward to the weekend.

About the new and improved Tonight range

The Tonight range includes six delicious new flavours, making it easy to conjure up a show stopping hearty meal in a matter of minutes. The new sauces are inspired by Britain’s favourite recipes - all you need to do is add meat and serve with your preferred accompaniment.

Each of the sauces will offer Brits a family meal favourite - with all of the flavour and none of the fuss.

Now includes-

  • Beef and Ale Casserole
  • Spicy BBQ
  • Chile con Carne
  • Mild Curry
  • Cottage Pie
  • Sausage Casserole

It is available in all major supermarkets now, RRP £1.99.

About this review-

 I was sent this hamper to make some fun meals, I was not paid for this post and all thoughts on the meals and Tonight sauces are my own honest opinion.

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Running, Spinning and Repeat...

Outfit ~
Top ~ Kookia via charity shop
Jeans ~ Firetrap
Sandals ~ Crocs
Over the last few days I have noticed that you can really feel the Autumn chili in the air starting to settle in. It has got me packing some of my summer clothes away, reaching for my warmer clothes and finding out my warm snuggle dressing gowns and pj's.
Yesterday morning it was really fresh and even my daughter woke up and said she had been dreaming it had snowed, she had noticed the change in temperature too. The nights are also turning cooler and darker evening are getting earlier, very quickly now. Was lovely to see it still like summer on Monday in the day, where has the sun gone today? We did do really well this year for wonderful weather especially in the summer holidays when we needed it the most.
I have really been making the most of pushing myself into exercise this week, no excuse now the children are back at school. My 13 miles run on Sunday got me into running long distance again and the last few days in a morning ( before I have time to change my mind)  I have been really enjoying spinning class, today I still managed to do a 6 miles run with my trapped nerve.

What is it with spinning though that makes you hungry?

Since getting home today I have not stopped eating.

3 slices of honey on toast,
2 biscuits,
1 turkey cob
Half a packet of Liquorice allsorts
 glass of full sugar cherry cola,
1 bottle of water
2 cups of tea

 Ekk its not even lunch time yet!!

So now my new training is Running, Spinning, Showering Eating, Eating, Eating Sleeping and Repeat...So far so good! Just hope I don't put on weight with how hungry it makes me...
 Off to find some lunch now..

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Crispy Crunch Fruit Sundae : Easy Way Towards Your 5 A Day...

Over the weekend we have had fun making our own recipes, as we were invited to take part in the Jordans Recipe Challenge. Our idea will be posted over at their website for two weeks, so we wanted to come up with something fun, easy to make, tasty and healthy!!

We toyed with the ideas of flapjacks, cookies and fruit crumble but still needed to find something a little bit healthier. My children said "can we add lots of fruit" and I opened the fridge to find natural yogurt so that is how we came up with our recipe. They loved making these and had lots of fun layering up the ingredients. 

To start we made mine so we could set out a method of how to make them up. Then the kids mixed and matched all their favourite things, layer by layer, so they all had their customised recipes. The best part was eating them, they never left a thing and loved them as an afternoon treat instead of chocolate.

Chef Edd Kimber (winner of Great British Bake Off 2010) will choose a winner and two runners up and the winning recipe will be published in the Jordans Cereals newsletter.

We want to share our fun, fruity and healthy breakfast, brunch, snack or supper time treat, we have called it -

Crispy Crunch Fruit Sundae

  • Jordans country choc crisp
  • Jordans fruit and nut muesli
  • Jordans super fruity granola
  • 500g Natural yogurt
  • 300g Strawberries chopped
  • 2 Bananas sliced
  • 300g tinned cubed pineapple drained or fresh
  • Honey (optional)
  1. Chop all your fruit into bowls and get everything ready to spoon in.
  2. Layer up, starting a few tablespoons full at a time with cereals,yogurt, fruit and repeat 3 times spoon a little yogurt at top the add a little bit of each fruit and cereal on top.
  3. Squeeze a little honey on top for flavour
  4. Try using different fruits, flavoured yogurts, one or more cereal and topping for a completely different treat.
  5. We are hoping to try blueberries, Kiwi and raspberries this weekend

Big thumbs up all around and LOTS of "mum when can we have another!!"

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