Back to School lunchbox Ideas with Iceland and #PowerOfFrozen

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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

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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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Pepperoni Pizza Burgers


For those of you that don’t know, tomorrow (Thursday 25th August) is National Burger Day, so to celebrate I thought I’d create a new burger recipe. I’ve slowly become more adventurous with my homemade burgers over time, starting with nice simple homemade beef burgers and then moving onto oozy cheese-filled burgers, both of which are consistently popular on here month after month. This time I’ve decided to knock it up another notch adding toppings to create these pizza burgers.

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Building My Blog – July 2016

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Welcome to my 25th monthly blog update, all about what I got up to behind the scenes of Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen in July 2016.

Apologies that the post is a bit late this month. One of the reason I blog is that it is something I can fit around the boys and the summer holidays have meant that the balance between blogging and spending time with my family has shifted. We’ve been having a great summer with Daniel’s 6th birthday (keep an eye out for his cake over the next few days), a trip down to London and lots of days out, but it has meant that I’ve not had as much time on here as I usually do.

As you know (if you’re a regular reader) I’ve been slowly moving towards earning money from my blog so as the blog building has been a bit quiet, I thought I’d share some tips for getting started with sponsored posts instead.

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Cajun Tortilla Mini Quiches


I’m very excited to tell you all about a new collaboration I’ve just started working on. A few weeks ago I was approached by Oven Pride and asked to make some recipe videos to share across their social media based around days in my Food Calendar. I’d not actually tried Oven Pride when they approached me and I never work with companies whose products I haven’t tried and wouldn’t recommend, so my first step was to head out to the supermarket and stock up on cleaning products (my oven was seriously in need of a good clean to the point where I’d been considering hiring one of those external cleaning companies so the timing was perfect).

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#TheFoodCalendar – August 2016

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Welcome to the #TheFoodCalendar for August. I for one am getting very excited about the Olympics this month, so expect my blog to be very quiet over the next few weeks as I’m glued to the coverage on TV (and probably on my phone, iPad and radio all at the same time 🙂 ). I’m also looking forward to the return of the Bake Off but I can’t find a start date for it anywhere (so it’s not on the calendar yet), I’m guessing it’s been pushed back because of the Olympics coverage – if anyone knows when it starts then tell me because I don’t want to miss it!

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

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I know what you’re thinking, you wait ages for a giveaway and then two come along at once! This time I’m back with my monthly The Juice Premium giveaway, your chance to win a voucher worth £36 to treat yourself to a selection of delicious juices from their online store.

The people over at The Juice Premium are in the process of making a few changes and as part of this giveaway they’d love some help to choose a new name.

Before you give us your ideas, you’ll be needing a bit of information about their juice to help get your creative juices flowing…

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GIVEAWAY: My Summer Kitchen Wishlist and Win a £150 Steamer Trading Voucher

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I’m so very excited to bring you a new giveaway to win a £150 Steamer Trading voucher to use in their online store. As I’ve said before, Steamer Trading is one of my absolute favourite cookware stores – I can get lost for ages in their Chester store (quite literally as it looks tiny from the outside but goes back for seemingly miles and then up three floors ) browsing pretty kitchenware and cool gadgets.

When they offered me a £150 voucher to give away to one of my readers it got me thinking about what I would buy if I won (don’t worry I can’t actually enter 🙂 ). I suspect in reality I’d end up buying something very practical like a new saucepan set or some knives, but whilst they’d bring me lots of happy cooking hours they’re not very exciting, so as the sun is shining I decided instead to share a summer kitchen wishlist full of all of those things that will make sitting out in the sunshine even better…

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Mini Prawn Cocktail


This post is sponsored by Heinz.

As you know, I love a good recipe challenge and so couldn’t resist when Heinz invited me to create a new recipe to celebrate the launch of their new [Seriously] Good Mayonnaise. There was however a twist to this challenge… it had to fit in a spoon. My immediate thought was to rush out and buy a giant spoon but apparently that’s cheating so I had to think of something dainty.

I immediately started listing out all of the foods I think taste even better smothered mayo and once I’d thought of prawns I stopped. I remember once being on holiday with a big bag of cooked prawns and a tub of mayo and just eating the prawns dipped in mayo for lunch in the sunshine (oh so yummy!). As delicious as it is to serve up a prawn with a dollop of mayo on it, I thought this recipe should be a touch fancier so I decided to create my own version of the 70’s classic – the prawn cocktail.

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