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Italian Rice Cakes with Parma Ham, Basil and Mozzarella

Sometimes a recipe can immediately get my tastebuds racing.  Just from simply scanning down the list of ingredients I feel I already know how it will smell, taste and feel.  This recipe for Italian rice cakes was a fine example of this.  Having been kindly given a bag of Amira basmati rice I was on the search for something new… 

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WIN £150 to spend at Wayfair

Fancy winning £150 to spend on your home?  Wayfair and I have teamed up to offer £150 to one winner to use at wayfair.co.uk. You can use the £150 to choose from a zillion things for the home on their website. Perhaps you fancy some new dinner plates, a food processor or a slow cooker?… 

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Blackberry and Apple Crumble Muffins

Another delicious recipe for using this year’s glut of blackberries.  This combines a crunchy crumble topping with a fluffy soft sponge muffin underneath.  After the children had experienced making the crumble topping for our blackberry and apple crumble this recipe felt like a great way of using those skills and building on them.  This recipe introduces the… 

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July blog report

July – Blog report

I’m incredibly late with this report due to illness and the late publication of the Tots100 and Foodies100 ranking towards the last few days in August.  However I’m determined to keep these reports going as it appears that many found last months useful.  Here is a breakdown of my activity, the blogs ranking, income and… 

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Foodie Day Out in Wiltshire: Foodfest at Great Chalfield Manor

Last Saturday I managed to persuade my family to come on a foodie adventure with me.  ‘Where we going?’ my three year old son eyed me suspiciously. ‘It’ll be fun. I promise.’ ‘What will be there?’ my eldest asked pulling her gaze momentarily away from Saturday morning telly.  ‘Well…there’s a really interesting house and pretty gardens and… 

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Blackberry Smoothie

The children and I whisked up this smoothie for breakfast the other day.  We really enjoyed it.  The colour was impressive too.  Using blackberries, strawberries, and banana helps make this breakfast a great way of getting fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants at the start of the day.  Adding the coconut milk helps increase the vitamins and mineral content… 

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Blackberry and apple crumble

Making Blackberry and Apple Crumble with Children

Every year without fail the first recipe I have to make with freshly picked blackberries is a crumble.  It’s a good family favourite and one that can easily be made by children.    Perhaps what I really love about a crumble is that you can’t go wrong.  There’s no fiddly pastry-making techniques, no resting, no delicate… 

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Bunch of ripe blackberries

Blackberry Picking

This year we are being completely spoilt by a glut of blackberries tumbling over our garden wall.  Glistening, plump, juicy and ready for us to pick.  They started ripening in early August this year due to a sunny stretch of weather in July.   I love picking these fruit with children.  Listening to their excitement as they… 

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Our Holiday to Twitchen House, Woolacombe Bay Caravan Park, Devon

We have just returned from our first family holiday and we ALL had a fantastic time.  Prior to going I had been thinking that this holiday was ‘all about the kids’.  We had chosen a caravan in the UK for economic reasons, for sure.  However our eldest has always wanted to stay in a caravan and the UK… 

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#nynystyleproject July

Style Project for an unstylish Mum #nynystyleproject

Anyone who follows me on Instagram or read last months emailed newsletter knows I have been attempting to do something totally out of character for me – a style challenge.  It’s a project set up by ModernMummyUK with the idea that each day of the month we have a set ‘prompt’ that we try and incorporate… 

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June Income Blog Report

June Blog Report

I thought it would be helpful and fun if I gave a sneak peek into the statistics behind Grubby Little Faces each month. I am just a little bit nervous about revealing all.  It makes my blogging very transparent but I think it could really be interesting to record for myself and anyone else who is… 

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Snickerdoodles – gluten free and paleo

  I just love the name of this little treat. Snickerdoodles. I think it sounds like something you would eat at Hogwarts or while climbing up to the top of Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree.  This is a classic American cookie which you can create in less than half an hour.  I even made this with… 

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Slow cooker beef hash recipe

Pretty Ugly Slow Cooker Beef Hash

When I create a meal that everyone enjoys, and wants more of, it feels great.  To be able to add another recipe to my list of family favourites makes me want to punch the air and dance. It also makes me incredibly eager to share the recipe on this blog so you can try it… 

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