Friday, 14 November 2014

It's almost Christmas!

Hi Honeys
Something has been happening recently. Shops are starting to get busier, people are carrying a LOT of shopping bags around between stores, TV channels have started showing way too many toy ads.... Yep, it's almost Christmas :)

Cute Christmas

Where has this year gone? I remember being told as a teenager that the older we get, the more time speeds up. Of course I thought at the time this was silly. I mean, there are seven days in a week, fifty two weeks in a year, right?

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Super Easy Extra Bedroom Storage

Hi honeys,
I hope everyone is staying warm in this miserable weather. I so miss summer! I've been trying to blog about our latest little organizing project for a few days now but life (and a rather nasty cough I've developed that even scares our dog, bless her) keep getting in the way.

Today though, I'm determined to share our little additional storage project, now complete and working fabulously. It's great to have a place to pop my e-reader or tablet at night and I'm already wondering how we coped without it.

Super Easy Extra Storage For The Bedroom

Friday, 31 October 2014

Scottish Caramel Shortbread Tray Bake

Hello honeys
I hope you're well and staying warm. The winds have gotten so chilly and the garden is full of leaves.  Each time hubby goes out to clean them up, next morning.... yep. there's more :)  Our furbaby Jade adores this time of year because she loves to play with the leaves :)

With the colder weather, Autumn brings a change to my kitchen too.  Hubby works really hard and I like to make sure he has a warming meal ready for him when he gets home at night.  Salads, although still appearing occasionally as a side dish, mostly disappear in favour of lovely warm casseroles & roasts with potatoes & tons of steamed veggies, as well as traditional Scottish dinners such as Mince & Tatties or Stovies.  I'll write a tutorial on both of these for you soon honeys.

Yesterday I was hit by the baking bug and made another family favourite.  Now I've seen this yummy treat online being called millionaire shortbread, but as a child growing up in the West of Scotland it was always referred to as simply "caramel shortbread."  It was a staple, served with custard, as part of school lunches at both Primary and Secondary school.  

Scottish Caramel Shortbread Recipe

The main difference between what is now called Millionaire Shortbread and the much loved school dessert of days gone by is the topping. Where Millionaire Shortbread has a top layer of chocolate, the version served to us in mid 70s "dinner schools" had instead a layer of chocolate sprinkles.

Anyone over a certain age in Scotland will smile if reminded of caramel shortbread, although maybe not so much when reminded of the "school custard" which had the uncanny ability to grow a "skin" over the top before you got your tray to your table :)  So, do you want to make some yummy caramel shortbread too?  Let's go....

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Yummy Tomato & Salmon Pasta

Hi honeys,
I hope everyone is well and not suffering too badly with the change in the weather.  The remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo hit us yesterday and what a windy day it was!

To cheer myself up and to have something lovely and warm ready for hubby getting home from work, I decided to do what I do best. I thought I'd whip up a yummy bowl of pasta, but what type? what to serve it with? Time for another kitchen experiment, and oh my was it delicious! Hubby even took some to work with him today for lunch :)

Delicious Tomato and Salmon Pasta Recipe

It really was yummy honeys, and best of all the ingredients are probably sitting in your pantry as we speak :) Let's get started then...... 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Delicious Apple & Cinnamon Tray Bake

Hi Honeys :)
As I write this our home smells gloriously of cinnamon & baked apples & it's just fabulous :)  I thought I'd share the recipe for the most delicious tray bake. It's super easy to make, looks (and smells) amazing when it's done and it tastes so, so, soooooo good!

There is something about autumn that just yells apples & gorgeous cinnamon to me :) Hubby adores anything with cinnamon so this is a favourite of his.  Why not serve it with whipped cream or even an old childhood favourite with lovely warm homemade custard :)

Delicious Apple & Cinnamon Tray Bake Recipe

Saturday, 11 October 2014

What To Do With Unwanted VHS tapes

Hello honeys,
I'm so sorry I've been missing for a few days. Hubby has had a weeks hols from work and we've been de-cluttering our home. We've been working on the back bedroom, and since it doesn't get used very often it had become a "catch-all" for clutter.

This room is our guest room and so we've made it a project to make it far more functional than just being a room with a bed in it. This room has a decent sized cupboard in it. It's not a walk in closet by any means but it's a two door cupboard (closet) that is the depth of a wardrobe? This wonderful cupboard was though unfortunately full of boxes. We had no idea what was stored in them since they'd been there since our last house move!

What we found was... VHS tapes! Lots & lots of VHS tapes. Well, who uses VHS in our modern age? The answer surprised me :)

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Pasta Bake in a Jar -pros & cons

Hello honeys,
I'm undecided still about the subject of todays post.  How does everyone feel about ready made pasta sauces?  Now I do tend to use a jar of bolognaise sauce as one ingredient when making my own Beefaroni, Hubby's favourite Lasagne and Beef Bolognaise Bake (along with tomatoes, onions & herbs) but this is something different. 
tuna pasta bake sauce review

This jar of sauce is supposed to be, literally, dinner in a jar. All you need to add is some of your favourite pasta and a little grated cheese as a topping.