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Blueberry Orange Cheesecake Bars (+ our family holiday to Tenerife)

Blueberry Orange Cheesecake Bars (+ our family holiday to Tenerife)


Blueberry Orange Cheesecake Bars
We're back home in Cornwall after a lovely week away in Tenerife. We stayed in Los Gigantes, a stunningly picturesque resort on the west coast of the island and couldn't have asked for better weather, food and scenery. Most importantly the kids had a fantastic time, were well behaved (usually!) and really enjoyed sampling traditional Canarian cuisine (particularly the papas arugardas or Canarian potatoes, which they had with EVERY SINGLE meal).
kids
The highlight of the trip (other than relaxing by the pool) was most definitely our ascent of Mount Teidi (the 3rd largest volcano on the planet) and despite a bit of altitude sickness, the views from the top of the cable car were out of this world. I'm not usually one to return to the same place twice but I have a feeling we will in this case. There is so much more of the island left to explore and 7 days just wasn't long enough!
Mount Teidi Cable Car
The hotel we stayed at was the 3* Globales Taimamo Tropical and I have to admit to being a bit apprehensive about staying here after reading some less than positive reviews on trip advisor. As it was, I'm not sure they stayed at the same place as we did! The staff were lovely, the pool area was fab for kids, accommodation basic but clean and the food very tasty. The moto of the story is don't always believe what you read on the internet!
Globales Taimamo Tropical
Back to reality and now that I've got through the 7 loads of holiday washing, I thought it was about time I updated the blog with a brand new recipe. It looks like we've bought the sun home with us as the weather forecast next week is for warm sunny days. Therefore, I thought these summery fruity blueberry and orange cheesecake bars would fit the bill. I made these cheesecake bars originally on a rare sunny day back at the beginning of March, born out of a need to use up some cream cheese and creme fraiche in the fridge. They turned out lovely and light with the fruity blueberries and orange zest complementing the creamy cheesecake perfectly.

These cheesecake bars really do make the perfect weeknight dessert for those warm sunny evenings around the corner.
Blueberry Orange Cheesecake Bars

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE CHEESECAKE BARS

  • Change the fruit by using raspberries and lemon instead. Strawberries would work well too.
  • Use ginger biscuits for the base instead of digestives for something a bit different.
  • Serve the cheesecake bars with clotted cream for an indulgent dessert.
  • The cheesecake bars can be frozen for up to 3 months, just pop them into a sealed container to prevent freezer burn.
  • If using straight away, store the bars in the fridge to ensure they stay firm.

OTHER CHEESECAKE RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE



Blueberry Orange Cheesecake Bars

BLUEBERRY ORANGE CHEESECAKE BARS


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Blueberry Orange Cheesecake Bars

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 52 MINStotal time: 67 mins
A fruity light cheesecake bar recipe flavoured with blueberries and orange.

ingredients:


  • For the Base:
  • 9 Digestives, crushed
  • 2 TBSP Light Brown Sugar
  • 55g Unsalted Butter, melted
  • For the Cheesecake:
  • 280g Cream Cheese
  • 150g Creme Fraiche
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • Juice and Zest of 1 Orange
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 125g Blueberries

instructions:


  1. Line a 20cm square tin with baking paper and preheat the oven to 170°c (150°c fan).
  2. Mix together the base ingredients, press into the tin and bake for 12 minutes, Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
  3. In a large bowl beat together the cream cheese, creme fraiche, eggs, orange juice and zest and sugar until thick and creamy. Stir through the blueberries.
  4. Pour the cheesecake mixture over the base and bake for 40 minutes. Leave to cool before putting in the fridge for an hour. Cut into squares.


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Join us on our annual Easter Egg Hunt (in sponsorship with Cadbury)

Join us on our annual Easter Egg Hunt (in sponsorship with Cadbury)


Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
No Easter would be complete in this house without our annual Easter Egg hunt involving copious amounts of chocolate eggs of varying shapes and sizes. This year we were lucky enough to receive some yummy Cadbury Easter Eggs to include in our hunt and let's face it, Easter wouldn't be Easter without a Cadbury egg of some description (the Cadbury Easter Egg Super Hunt Pack -RRP £6.99- is particularly handy for all your Easter Egg Hunt needs!).
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
As well as the traditional family favourites, this year Cadbury's have added this super cute Peter Rabbit Dairy Milk Egg to the range, to celebrate the release of blockbuster motion picture Peter Rabbit (released on the 16th March). The Easter Egg retails at £6.99 which is amazing value considering you get a soft toy included too. My almost 11 year old still has a 'thing' for soft cuddly animals so took Peter under her wing straight away!
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
This time last year we were on holiday in the Lake District exploring Beatrix Potter's House and surrounding countryside which inspired her series of famous children's tales.
Beatrice Potter's House
Lowen and Rory loved exploring her small farmhouse (Hill Top House) and seeing with their own eyes the views that were depicted in her much loved books, including Peter Rabbit. It was absolutely beautiful and no wonder that it inspired Beatrix so much.
Beatrice Potter's House
Getting back to this years egg hunt, and hubby LOVES nothing better than hiding our family favourite Cadbury Mini Eggs around the garden for the kids to find. Luckily our much loved mini eggs now come in handy treat size packs so we don't have to worry about health and safety issues (like the time he hid mini eggs in the guinea pig hutch - the guinea pig is still alive you'll be pleased to know!).
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
To round off our early Easter celebrations we cracked open a Cadbury Egg n Spoon and held our very own egg and spoon race around the garden. The Oreo Egg 'n' Spoon eggs in particular are YUMMY.
Egg n Spoon race
Obviously I hid the Cadbury Creme Eggs from the kids so I could devour them all by myself once they had gone to bed.....I also found they go surprisingly well with red wine.
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
To help get you in the Easter spirit don't forget to download the brand new book - Tale of the Great Easter Bunny - which is a collaboration between Cadbury and Saturday's star Frankie Bridge. The downloadable book is a re-adaptation of the same story created by Cadbury 20 years ago and celebrates the Easter Bunny story over the Easter season. The story follows siblings Jack and Molly as they discover a series of mysterious clues and embark on an enchanting Easter Egg Hunt with the their parents Tom and Sarah....my kids loved it!

Cadbury are also holding lots of Easter Egg Hunts throughout the country over the Easter weekend. Here in North Cornwall there is one running from the National Trust shop in Boscastle (down by the harbour). To find out where your nearest Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt is then just enter your postcode on their Easter page.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Cadbury. All thoughts are my own.
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An Eggcellent Easter with M&S

An Eggcellent Easter with M&S


M&S Easter Eggs
It's chocolate egg time of year again and if you're looking for Easter Eggs that are a little bit special, you needn't look further than these gorgeous chocolate eggs and bunnies from M&S.

We were lucky enough to review a selection of their luxury Easter Eggs from big ones to really small ones. Here's what we thought of the selection we were sent.


Hand Painted Belgian Chocolate Egg £12

M&S Easter Eggs
A stunning hand painted egg crafted in exquisite Belgian chocolate, filled with mini Marc de Champagne shimmered truffles. This a proper adult egg and perfect for your loved one.

Have a look at the whole range of hand-crafted eggs here.


Dippy Egg £10

M&S Easter Eggs
The kids adored this cute dippy egg with it's caramel filled yolk. It's quite a large one so you'll need several sittings to finish it!

Quails Eggs £5

M&S Easter Eggs
My personal  favourite, these miniature quails eggs are just like mini eggs but bigger. Crispy candy shells filled with a milk and white chocolate centre and perfect for Mummy's who don't want to feel the guilt of eating a whole Easter egg! There are 12 in the pack so enough to last a few evenings after the kids have gone to bed. Or maybe just one if you're anything like me!


Milk Chocolate Bunny

M&S Easter Eggs
A smaller version of Bennett Bunny that we reviewed last year. This hollow milk chocolate bunny is great for smaller children and my nearly 3 year old loved biting the ears off.

Disclosure: I received a selection of Easter Eggs from M&S. All thoughts are my own.
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Mini Egg Marshmallow Krispie Nests

Mini Egg Marshmallow Krispie Nests


Mini Egg Marshmallow Krispie Nests
This year is flying by! I really can't believe we're less than a month away from Easter. During the recent snowy weather, the kids and I got creative in the kitchen and developed some yummy Easter treats with our all time favourite Easter confectionery, Mini Eggs! These cute marshmallow krispie nests were one of our creations and they make a great rainy (or snowy!) day activity for kids. We filled the nests with chocolate spread and mini eggs but of course you could try other fillings and sweets.

The nests will keep for up to 5 days in a sealed container (if they are left out too long the krispie bits will soften), so a great one for making ahead of time.
Mini Egg Marshmallow Krispie Nests

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE MINI EGG NESTS

  • When trying to get the nests out of the muffin tin, use a metal teaspoon to ease them out gently. Freezing them will help.
  • If you're not keen on chocolate spread, use Biscoff spread or jam instead.
  • Replace the mini eggs with other sweets if you wish.

OTHER EASTER RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Mini Egg Marshmallow Krispie Nests

MINI EGG MARSHMALLOW KRISPIE NESTS


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Mini Egg Marshmallow Krispie Nests

prep time: 20 MINScook time: total time: 20 mins
Quick and easy krispie marshmallow Easter nests with mini eggs.

ingredients:


  • 45g Butter
  • 300g White Marshmallows
  • 6 Cups Rice Krispies
  • Groundnut oil to grease muffin tin
  • 8 TBSP Chocolate Spread
  • 36 Mini Eggs

instructions:


  1. Grease 1 x 12 hole muffin tin and 1 x 6 hole muffin tin. Set aside.
  2. In a large pan, melt together the butter and marshmallows over a low heat until combined. Take off the heat.
  3. Stir through the rice krispies then place spoonfuls of the mixture into the muffin tins. Push the back of the spoon into the middle of them to create a nest for the eggs.
  4. Place the krispie nests into the freezer for 30 minutes before easing out carefully with a spoon.
  5. Warm the chocolate spread in the microwave for 10-20 seconds to soften then spoon into the nests and top with the mini eggs.


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Comté Cheese Ploughmans Scones For Mother's Day

Comté Cheese Ploughmans Scones For Mother's Day


Comté Cheese Ploughmans Scones
We've decided to do something a little different for my Mum this Mother's Day. Instead of taking her out for our usual roast lunch, the kids and I have decided to invite her over for Afternoon Tea!

My eldest two children are getting quite proficient in the baking department so I've given them the job of preparing and making a Mother's Day Afternoon Tea for their Nana. As you can imagine their offerings are mainly cake based, so to give things a bit of balance I've developed these cute savoury Comté ploughmans scones in association with Comté cheese.
Comté Cheese


A BIT OF HISTORY

Comté is a french cheese made from unpasteurised milk in the Franch-Comté region of southern France. The region is home to over 2,500 family run farms dedicated to producing the highest quality raw milk that is required to make Comté cheese. Today, Comté's methods of production are still based on the original co-operative approach and artisan traditions it was founded on over 1,000 years ago. Each day it is lovingly crafted in 153 small village cheese dairies known as fruitieres. Often situated in the heart of the village, these dairies receive milk from farms within an 8 mile radius to guarantee freshness. Due to its distinctive nature, cultural value and economic importance, in 1996 Comté was  awarded the exclusive Protected Origin Nomenclature which recognises it's reputation around Europe.

The unique nutty, peppery notes of Comté work so well in these ploughmans scones and complement the chutney and apple perfectly. I'm sure my Mum will love them and they will make the perfect addition to our Afternoon Tea on Mother's Day.
Comté Cheese Ploughmans Scones

 TOP TIPS FOR MAKING CHEESE SCONES

  • Make sure the butter is fridge cold before using.
  • The recipe can easily be doubled if you are serving a crowd.
  • The scones are best served warm but can be reheated in a low oven the next day.


OTHER AFTERNOON TEA RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Comté Cheese Ploughmans Scones

 Comté Cheese Ploughmans Scones


Yield: 6 sconesPin it

Comté Ploughmans Scones

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 35 mins
A savoury cheese scone recipe made with comté cheese and served with apple slices, chutney and cheese.

ingredients:


  • 225g Self Raising Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 TSP Baking Powder
  • 55g Butter, cubed
  • 100g Comté Cheese, grated
  • 90ml Milk
  • Milk and Extra Cheese for topping

instructions:


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°c (180°fan) and lightly flour a baking tray.
  2. In a bowl sieve together the flour, salt, cayenne and baking powder.
  3. Rubi n the butter until breadcrumbs from then stir through the cheese.
  4. Gradually add the milk until a soft dough forms. Put the dough on a floured work surface and roll to 2cm thickness.
  5. Cut 6 scones out with a round pastry cutter then glaze with milk and sprinkle with extra cheese.
  6. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until golden. Serve warm with apple slices, chutney and slices of comté cheese


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Luxury Mothers Day Hamper from Hamper.com

Luxury Mothers Day Hamper from Hamper.com


Luxury Mothers Day Hamper from Hamper.com
It feels like Mother's Day has crept up on everyone this year. It falls on Sunday 11th March 2018 which is NEXT SUNDAY!! If you're a bit stuck for what to get your mum, then look no further than these beautiful Mothers Day hampers from Hamper.com.

I was lucky enough to be sent a Mothers Day Luxury Hamper to review, which I guarantee will be a hit with any mum next Sunday.
Luxury Mothers Day Hamper from Hamper.com
The hamper comes beautifully packaged in a turquoise blue gift box and contains the perfect mix of foodie treats and the all important bottle of wine!
Luxury Mothers Day Hamper from Hamper.com
 The Strawberry and Clotted Cream Shortbread is made by Simply Cornish and uses Cornish clotted cream, Westcountry butter and strawberry pieces to make a scrumptious light crisp treat. There is also a Belgian chocolate bar with a 'best mum in the world' wrapper, some fluffy pink heart marshmallows and some creamy Scottish fudge.
Luxury Mothers Day Hamper from Hamper.com
The wine is a yummy pink Pinot Grigio Rose, the perfect wine to enjoy on those long hot summer evenings that will hopefully be here in the not to distant future (I'm typing this whilst the temperature is minus 5 outside).
Luxury Mothers Day Hamper from Hamper.com
Next day and named day delivery is available so you have plenty of time to order a hamper for your mum before the big day next weekend. What are you waiting for?

Disclosure: I was sent a Luxury Mothers Day Hamper to review. All thoughts are my own.
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