Lamb Salad with Goats Cheese, Apricots and Almonds

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Sponsored by Lamb. Tasty Easy Fun.

So I have some exciting news for you all. I am now working with Lamb. Tasty Easy Fun as a Lambassador.

It’s a job I think I’m perfectly suited to as it basically involves cooking lots of yummy food with lamb (which I love), telling you all about it and trying to encourage you to do the same.

Sadly, judging by the size of the lamb shelf in my local supermarket, it’s not as loved as some other meats (I’d say that the beef and chicken sections are at least 4x the size) and that’s a huge shame as it’s so full of flavour and really versatile…

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Roasted Red Pepper & Chilli Hummus

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Sponsored by The Perfect Food.

One thing I always have in my kitchen cupboards is olive oil. I use it pretty much daily in some form or other; roasting veg, making bread, salad dressings or whipping up some hummus like the one I’ve shared here – it’s extremely versatile.

I’m really excited to be working with The Perfect Food, a project aimed at raising awareness of the health benefits of using quality European olive oil in your cooking, to encourage you to use it more in your kitchens. As well as enhancing the flavour of your food, extra virgin olive oil is also full of things that are beneficial to your health…

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Caramel Cupcakes

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A few days ago I shared my recipe for caramel buttercream (which you seemed to love), and what better to go with caramel buttercream than a delicious caramel cupcake.

As with all of my basic cupcake recipes I’ve tried to keep them as easy to make as it humanly possible (stick it in a bowl and mix it up – it really is as simple as that) and also to make sure that the caramel flavour really comes through…

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Caramel Buttercream

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Happy New Year! Welcome to my first recipe post of 2017 (although I did share Josh’s cars and lorries birthday cake in my gallery a few days ago).

Everywhere I look so far this year I’m seeing super healthy recipes for all those people who’ve made resolutions to eat a bit better this year (including me, although you wouldn’t know it from this!). I’m staging a little rebellion on here and sharing my caramel buttercream recipe because…

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The Cake Gallery

I love making decorated celebration cakes for my family so I thought I’d create a place to share them with you all. For the most part I make them up as I go along, but for the odd occasion that I think I could explain how to recreate them, I’ve also created a few cake decorating tutorials and useful recipes and I will be continuing to add more in future.

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated Daniel’s 6th birthday and he requested a construction site cake. Not just any construction site cake though, it had to be based on the toy construction site in his school. When he asked for it I had absolutely no idea what it looked like, but fortunately I know the teachers in the school quite well (as I volunteer to read with some of the children once a week) so they didn’t look at me too strangely when I asked if I could see it and take a few pictures. I was a little shocked to discover that it had a 1m high crane, but fortunately I managed to convince him that this wasn’t essential 🙂

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Building My Blog – November 2016

Welcome to my 29th monthly blog update, all about what I got up to behind the scenes of Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen in November 2016.

This month I’m going to be giving an update on the ads after introducing them in October and sharing our thoughts on Board Booster, as well as sharing all the usual numbers…

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Mince Pie Cupcakes with Brandy Buttercream

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Christmas seems to be coming up very fast now (far too fast, I’ve still got so many Christmas recipe ideas and no time to share them all!). I’m pleased to say that I’ve finally finished my Christmas shopping which is a huge relief. Thank goodness for next-day delivery otherwise I’d have a few empty-handed relatives on Christmas morning…

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Orange Liqueur Truffles

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Two things I love about Christmas are Chocolate Orange and liqueur chocolates, so I thought I combine the two together to make a truly indulgent festive treat – Orange Liqueur Truffles. They’re an adaptation of my super popular Baileys Truffles, and I hope you all love them just as much as you seem to love those…

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A Festive Snowball Cocktail

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Sponsored by Warninks Advocaat

One of the things I love about Christmas is the build-up, all the little things you do to get yourself into the festive spirit. For us Christmas actually starts in October (a bit too early I know!) when we help the boys write their lists for Father Christmas. We used to do it a lot nearer to Christmas, but we quickly realised that if you don’t pin little ones down to a finalised list, it’ll keep changing right up until the last minute. Using October half-term to browse round the toy shops and write our lists ensures that Father Christmas has plenty of time to organise and wrap the presents.

When the time comes to wrap up our presents, we try to make it as festive as possible (because it’s not the most exciting job otherwise!). We watch one of our favourite Christmas films (Love Actually or The Holiday), or something equally as seasonal like SPOTY or the X-Factor final, with some Christmassy popcorn and a little festive tipple. I’ve usually opted for a warm glass of mulled wine or cider, but this year my festive drink of choice is something a little different…the Snowball…

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