Chocolate Crunch Meringues

Sponsored by McVitie’s

When McVitie’s asked me to create a recipe using their new Digestives Nibbles I was really excited. I’ve been a fan of McVitie’s ever since I was a child, with penguins and clubs a regular feature in my lunch box for school, and I love their Jamaica Ginger Cake (ooh, I haven’t had any for ages, I really need to go and buy some 🙂 ).

When they sent me the samples of their new nibbles to try I realised that for once I was ahead of the game. I’d actually already given them a try at a friend’s house a few weeks ago…

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All-Day Breakfast-In-The-Hole

Before this series of The Great British Bake-Off started I’d enthusiastically planned to join in with lots of other bloggers and bake along, trying out one (or all in some cases) of the challenges from a particular week. I hadn’t really thought about how much time these bakes take (they’re not really simple mix it up and chuck it in the oven type bakes are they!) and so my baking-along plans have gone a bit awry. However, this week by pure luck I happened to have a recipe planned that actually fits…

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Warm Salmon & New Potato Salad

Sponsored by Iceland

I’m back with another recipe using some delicious Iceland frozen salmon fillets. I’ve mentioned before how much I love the frozen fish from Iceland, it really is excellent quality and value for money. It came as absolutely no surprise to me when Iceland told me just how many awards their fish has won – it’s a very impressive list!

I’m trying (with pretty good success I’m pleased to say) to be a bit healthier at the moment. The recent Olympics and Paralympics has inspired me to get a bit fitter and take up running (I’ll save how it’s all going for another day)…

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GIVEAWAY: Win A Voucher For The Juice Premium Worth £36

I’m back with my regular The Juice Premium giveaway where you can win a £36 voucher to treat yourself to some super yummy juice. As I mentioned last time around the people at The Juice Premium are busy rebranding and they really appreciated all of your comments and suggestions on the new name. This month’s question is a little bit more about the rebrand so I hope you’re feeling helpful again 🙂 Before we get going with all of that, here’s a bit of background about The Juice Premium for anyone who hasn’t come across them before… The Juice Premium …

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Easy Soda Bread – Perfect For Baking With Children

Anyone who follows me on Instagram will know that over the summer I spent a bit of time in the kitchen baking with the boys. I didn’t actually do as much as I would have liked as the weather was so lovely it seemed a shame not to be outside enjoying the sunshine (especially after last summer which, as I remember, was pretty rubbish). The fact that we were so busy having fun is also the reason it’s taken me such a long time to get this written up – sorry. We’ve always enjoyed baking together but have usually stuck to sweet treats (cupcakes, cookies and even a chocolate soda bread) so I wanted to get them into more savoury baking.

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Fruity French Toast

Sponsored by Genius Gluten Free

I consider myself extremely lucky that no one in my household has a food allergy or intolerance. Sadly I know far too many people who do and it can really impact on their lives, constantly checking labels, asking about ingredients, ensuring they don’t accidentally eat something they shouldn’t and then dealing with the (sometimes life threatening) consequences if they slip up.

Not really being faced with dealing with food allergies, means that I don’t always know what to offer friends to eat that are. My go-to baked good for any gluten free friends is always meringues but I guess you can’t serve them all the time 🙂 When Genius Gluten Free invited me to sample some of their products I thought it would be a great idea. I’d love to learn to do more free-from baking, but with a long list of other things on my to-bake list it’s going to be a long while before I get around to perfecting any. Knowing what’s available to buy and, more importantly, what tastes good to offer to my coeliac friends seemed like a great idea.

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Building My Blog – August 2016

Welcome to my 26th monthly blog update, all about what I got up to behind the scenes of Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen in August 2016.

This month I’m going to be talking about whether switching to an Instagram business account is a good idea and finding a blog planner that really works.

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Back to School lunchbox Ideas with Iceland and #PowerOfFrozen

Sponsored by Iceland

I mentioned when I shared my recipe for Chicken & Vegetable Pasties last week that I’d be back working with Iceland again soon. This time they’ve challenged me to think about using the #PowerOfFrozen in my children’s lunch boxes. I have to admit that when it comes to the boys’ lunches (or Daniel’s up until now because Monday is Josh’s 1st day!!!) I’m really boring. Cheese or ham sandwiches, fruit, chopped up salad bits and a drink (with the occasional treat thrown in every now and again). I’m not a morning person and therefore anything that takes more than 5 minutes to make or requires more than a minimal effort is out of the question.

I absolutely love challenges like this one because it forces me to break out of my routine and try something new. I’ve never really incorporated frozen foods into the boys’ lunch boxes, but having experimented with it over the past week and tested my creations out on the boys I can safely say that I will be in future.

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20 Delicious Coffee Morning Recipes & #TheFoodCalendar September 2016

It’s time to let you know what’s in The Food Calendar for September. I’m struggling to believe we’re already into September, my boys will be back at school next week (or starting school for Josh!) and I feel as though I’ve not done half of the things I planned to do during the summer holidays. That said anyone taking a look at my Instagram Stories will have noticed we’ve managed plenty of trips to the beach and our local park for picnics so I feel we really made the most of the sunshine.

One of the things I look forward to in the Autumn term is the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning (this year it’s on the 30th September), it’s the perfect excuse to bake a cake and catch up with some of the parents and grandparents from school over a cup of tea. If you’re going along to one (or any other coffee morning/bake sale for that matter) and you’re not sure what to make then here’s some delicious recipe inspiration for you.

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Easy Chicken & Vegetable Pasties

This post is sponsored by Iceland.

We’ve been really fortunate this summer that the weather has been great and we’ve spent a lot of time out and about at the park or the zoo. There have though been a few miserable (weather-wise) days where we’ve stayed at home and I’ve used these as a bit of an opportunity to get the boys involved in the kitchen. They both share my enjoyment of cooking and in the past I’ve always got them to join in with cakes and biscuits. However, there’s a bit of me that’s aware that I should probably help them to develop slightly wider cooking skills, so this summer I’ve been trying to stick to savoury instead (well except where they helped to make Daniel’s birthday but that was a special occasion so doesn’t count 🙂 ).

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