Sugar And Crumbs - Review

As a huge cake lover, I was more then delighted to try Sugar and Crumbs flavoured icing sugar Coffee flavour and Salted Caramel, I was delighted to also try their Chocolate cherry cocoa powder...what is absolutely fantastic about this amazing range is there are so many amazing flavours to choose from.
Sugar and Crumbs produce 24 naturally flavoured icing sugars from Key lime to Velvet Vanilla amongst many more amazing flavours...Sugar and Crumbs also produce 5 naturally flavoured cocoa powders. which make cake baking a whole lots easier.

Each pack of icing comes in a resealable pack and priced at £1.99 for 125g taster pack to 250g at £2.99 and 500g pack at £4.99.
Cocoa powder costs only £2.99 for 125g, 250g £4.99 and 500g £8.99.

I couldn't wait to get started and test my baking skills along with these awesome icing sugars and cocoa powders.

I first made some yummy Chocolate Cherry Cakes as soon as I opened the packed I was greeted by this amazing cherry smell and as the cakes baked the Chocolate Cherry aroma filled the kitchen, the cakes tasted absolutely amazing and were delicious warm straight out of the oven and would have also been amazing with fresh cream.

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

Cupcake ingredients
4 0z Butter/Margarine
4 0z Caster sugar
2 eggs
3 0z self raising flour
1 0z cocoa powder
1/2 tbsp milk

Preheat oven to gas mark 4/180c/350f
cream butter and sugar together
Beat in eggs
fold in flour and cocoa powder..adding milk...beat until light and fluffy
Spoon mixture into cases until they are half full
bake in the oven 15-20 minutes until inserted skewer come out clean
cool on wire rack

verdict - Rich and full of flavour..amazing 

Chocolate Cupcakes & Salted Caramel Butter Cream

Cupcake ingredients
4 0z Butter/Margarine
4 0z Caster sugar
2 eggs
4 0z self raising flour
1 tbsp Cocoa powder

Method as above

Butter Cream
250g butter
500g sugar and crumbs icing sugar incorporated
1/2 tablespoons of milk
add desired food colouring

soften butter then add in sifted icing sugar...add milk and slowly mix together until all icing sugar in Incorporated then blend using hand blender until soft and light consistency
This butter cream mixture should ice approx 12/15 cakes depending on quantity used per cake.

verdict - The salted caramel was an amazing flavour, I could never imagine to create such a flavour without Sugar and Crumbs...delicious

Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes

Cupcake ingredients
4 0z Butter/Margarine
4 0z Caster sugar
2 eggs
4 0z self raising flour
1 tablespoon cocoa powder

Method as above

75g icing sugar
3/5 tablespoons of water depending in Constancy desired
I made my icing to a running yet thickish consistency i spoon onto the cupcakes and ensure all was covered before adding glitter sugar then leave for icing to harden.

verdict - an amazing coffee flavour not overpowering just perfect....I loved this icing and will most defiantly use this when making a larger cake.

I was ever so delighted with the results and had very tasty cakes with icing flavours that I would have had difficulty creating myself...absolutely delicious.
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Nintendo Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Battle Tournament 2014

Select winners can also take part in the official Play! Pokémon Video Game Championship series
Calling all Pokémon players! The search for the best Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video game experts in the country is now on – as the Nintendo Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Battle Tournament 2014 is announced. As well as a quest to find some of the best Pokémon Trainers, Nintendo is also on the hunt for any new Pokémon players who want to test their skills and battle with their ultimate Pokémon teams. Great prizes for winners include a trip to Tokyo and Nintendo products. Four players will also receive fast track entry to take part in the UK Pokémon Video Game Championship series, organised by The Pokémon Company International, taking place in May.
The qualifying events kicking off on 1st March at selected GAME stores and shopping centres across Great Britain, will then lead to a Grand Final taking place in London in April. The two top placing Trainers from the ‘Ultimate Pokémon Expert’ and ‘Junior Expert’ age categories at the Grand Final will then be offered fast track entry to the Pokémon UK Video Game Championships event this coming Spring, meaning they skip straight to the second round.
Qualifying regional events will start at the Birmingham Bullring and at GAME Brighton on 1st March. Pokémon fans of all experience levels can battle, enjoy StreetPass with other attendees and prove their prowess onPokémon X and Pokémon Y, available now on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
If you think you have the skills to take on some of the best Trainers from across Great Britain, or simply want to have a go to try to win one of the exciting prize packages, then register to enter at Do you have what it takes?
The four titles up for grabs include:
Ultimate Pokémon Expert - The winner of the prestigious “Ultimate Pokémon Expert” title – a category open to those aged thirteen years or older - will earn themselves a week-long trip for two to Japan, the birthplace of Pokémon. They’ll be able to immerse themselves in the Pokémon world by visiting the Pokémon Center and also explore all of the sights of Tokyo. Recommended for seasoned Pokémon players the “Ultimate Pokémon Expert” title will test your Pokémon skills to the limit. The first and second place winners in the Ultimate Pokémon Expert category will receive fast track entry to the second round of the official Play! Pokémon UK VGC event this Spring.
Junior Expert - Younger Pokémon Trainers (12 or under) itching to compete can enter the “Junior Expert” category. In this competition, a weekend trip for the whole family to Alton Towers theme park with hotel stay is up for grabs, for whoever comes out victorious. The first and second place winners in the Junior Expert age category will receive fast track entry to the second round of the UK Pokémon Video Game Championships event this Spring.
Ultimate Team - The “Ultimate Team” competition is exclusively for two family members (one aged 16 or older, and one 12 or under) who want to team up and take on other families in a four-player Double Battle. Successful teams will have the chance to win a £250 Nintendo UK Online Store voucher and a group trip for four to one of the world’s best gaming shows: EGX London 2014. This event takes place in Earls Court London, from 25th – 28th September and offers visitors the chance to play the biggest games before they are released.
Pokémon Apprentice - New enthusiasts can enter the “Pokémon Apprentice” title; where complete newcomers to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y can battle it out to receive a mega bundle of Nintendo 3DS games up to the value of £300.
The winners of each category will be crowned at the Nintendo Grand Final in London on 26th April.
Whether you’re young or old, novice or expert, the Pokémon X & Pokémon Y Battle Tournament 2014 is calling on you to show you’ve got what it takes to win the title.

Tour dates

Bullring, Birmingham - 1st March
GAME Churchill Square, Brighton - 1st March
GAME Murraygate, Dundee – 2nd March
Intu Eldon Square, Newcastle - 8th March
GAME Hamleys, London - 8th March
GAME St. David’s Centre, Cardiff - 8th March
WestQuay, Southampton - 15th March
GAME Meadowhall, Sheffield - 15th March
GAME Castle Street, Banbury - 15th March
Bluewater, Kent - 22nd March
GAME Back Of The Inns, Norwich - 22nd March
GAME Victoria Centre, Nottingham - 22nd March
Intu Trafford Centre, Manchester - 29th March
GAME Westfield Stratford City, London – 29th March
Intu Braehead, Glasgow - 5th April
GAME Cribbs Causeway, Bristol  5th April

N.B. all location details can be found here -

Regional Heats - Overview
Qualifying formats are single elimination knock-out for each tournament
All tournament rules will adhere to the official rules for the VGC 2014 Season, as written by The Pokémon Company International, unless stated otherwise
The winner of each tournament heat will be entered into the Grand Final in London on 26th April
Grand Final - Overview
The final event will take place at a London location on 26th April 2014. The final is date specific and cannot be transferred or postponed to a later date. Finalists should ensure availability on this date.
The regional finalists will be the winner of each regional heat; finalists will be notified by the event team immediately after each regional heat, and will be confirmed via telephone or email by 7th April 2014. Winners must confirm their attendance at the final by replying to the notification email with confirmation of receipt by 14th April 2014.
In the event of a regional winner not replying by 14th April 2014 to the notification of winning, the runner-up from that heat will be invited to the final and the previous winners shall forfeit their position in the final and corresponding prize.
In the event that a finalist drops out within 48 hours of the final, the number of finalists will be reduced accordingly.
Additional terms and conditions will apply for the tournament final and these will be presented to all finalists in advance of the final taking place.
Ultimate Pokémon Expert
For players aged 13+
Players must bring their own console and copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y for use in the tournament
Battles are conducted under Double Battle Flat Rules.
The Grand Final prize is a trip to Tokyo for two people (to include one adult) for seven nights, including flights, accommodation and a trip to the Pokémon Centre.
The first and second place winners in the Ultimate Pokémon Expert category will receive fast rack entry (first round byes) at the Official Play! Pokémon UK VGC event in May. Winners will be placed in the appropriate age category for the Play! Pokémon series events based on The Pokémon Company International rule set for the season.
Junior Pokémon Expert
For players aged 12 or under
Players must bring their own console and copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y for use in the tournament
Battles are conducted under Double Battle Flat Rules
The Grand Final prize is a family trip for four to The Alton Towers Theme Park & Resort, including 3 nights’ accommodation and weekend access to the theme park.
The first and second place winners in the Junior Pokémon Expert category will receive fast track entry (first round byes) at the Official Play! Pokémon UK VGC event in May. Winners will be placed in the appropriate age category for the Play! Pokémon series events based on The Pokémon Company International rule set for the season.
Pokémon Apprentice
Players can bring their own console and copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y for use in the tournament, or we will provide you with a console and game with a pre-set team
Battles are conducted under Double Battle Normal Rules
All Pokémon entered as part of the team may not hold items, including Mega Stones, or exceed Level 50 in their normal state
The Grand Final prize is a bundle of Nintendo 3DS games coming out in 2014, plus a collection of Pokémon Trading Card Game packs
Ultimate Pokémon Team
For family teams of two. The older player must be aged 16+, and the younger aged 12 or under
Players can bring their own console and copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y for use in the tournament, or we will provide you with a console and game with a pre-set team
Battles are conducted under Four Player, Double Battle Normal Rules
All Pokémon entered as part of the team may not hold items, including Mega Stones
The younger team member’s Pokémon may not exceed Level 50 in their normal state. The older team member can enter Pokémon at any level
The Grand Final prize is £250 of Nintendo UK Online Store Vouchers, plus a trip for four to London including tickets to theEGX London exhibition

Guest Post.

Easter With The Kids

Easter in Edinburgh with the Kids

Edinburgh is a magical place to explore with children and Easter makes it even more special, with lots going on to ensure you get the most from your stay here. A tradition that's been kept alive for years is egg rolling. Join others as they roll eggs down Arthur's Seat to see who's will go the furthest without cracking - or perhaps enjoy an Easter Egg hunt, gathering as many Easter Eggs as you can? Some of the best things to do in Edinburgh at Easter include:

Easter Egg Trail

Take part in one of the Cadbury's Easter Egg Trails at one of the National Trust Scotland properties. Georgian House in New Town, Gladstone's Land in the heart of the Royal Mile, Preston Mill and Phantassie Doocot in East Linton, Newhailes near Musselburgh and House of the Binns near Linlithgow are all hosting Easter Egg Trails. Children can follow the trail, solving clues along the way to help them win a special chocolate surprise. From beautiful Georgian houses to castles and stunning country properties, each egg hunt is as different as the property at which it's held. A great day out that children, and chocoholics, of all ages will enjoy.

Brick Wonders

This new attraction has been created solely from Lego and is available to view at the beginning of the Easter school holidays, on the 5th, 6th and 7th of April, between 10am and 4pm at Riddler's Court, a beautiful old merchant's house just off the Royal Mile. Brick Wonders is a must see for Lego fans, featuring ancient, natural and modern marvels. The exhibit includes an airport, a replica of a pyramid and even the Aurora Australis, which is sure to delight the stargazers among us.

Peppa Pig's Big Splash

Showing at the King's Theatre in Edinburgh on the 12th and 13th of April, Peppa Pig's brand new show is sure to be a hit with Peppa fans young and old. There'll be singing, dancing, games and jumping in muddy puddles as you join Peppa on this magical adventure. You'll see Peppa and friends raise money to fix the leaking nursery roof, setting up a fete and holding a puddle jumping competition. Lots of fun for little ones.

Mammoths of the Ice Age

This great interactive exhibition comes to Edinburgh all the way from The Field Museum of Chicago and is showing in the National Museum until the 20th of April. Here you'll be transported back in time thousands of years as you discover animals of the ice age in the UK's first exhibition of its kind. Joust with mammoth tusks, touch the replica teeth of a mastodon, find out what mammoth fur feels like and meet Lyuba, an exact replica of a 42,000 year old baby woolly mammoth. You'll discover lots of interesting facts about the gigantic furry ancestors of our modern day elephants through hands on play and discovery. A great family friendly exhibition for children of all ages.

Edinburgh is a wonderful city to visit with children, add in some great Easter activities and you'll have them begging to return year after year for a fun packed family holiday.

Guest Post.

Half Term Fun

I really enjoyed lasts weeks half term, as it's a very rare occasion that I get to spend the time with my boys. I managed to get three days off from work, so I wanted to make the most of the days with the boys and spend some quality time having fun.

Monday - We went to the natural history museum it was a really enjoyable experience ....we hadn't been for a good few years (when the boys where much younger!) So it was amazing to spend some quality time exploring and sharing our experiences with each other....we had a wonderful time.

Tuesday -A trip to my sisters house, my boys have a really good bond with their cousin as they are quite similar in age...and love the same things..we had a wonderful day at her house chilling out.

Wednesday - Movie time with my sister and her son to watch.... Mr Peabody & Sherman...awesome movie.
Then a trip to local park to join in with some community fun..... making smoothies. That evening we headed off to a family wedding, it's always nice to dress up and eat some amazing food...and catch up with the family.

Thursday/Friday the boys had some quality time with their grandma whilst I went to work.

Friday evening- A naughty takeaway followed by a late movie night at the cinema to watch the Lego Movie!!!! Everything is Awesome (this is the theme tune to the movie)!!! we had a great giggle and a wonderful family bonding time together x
Saturday - shopping trip, new glasses for me, a long drive to look for a new family car. Late evening Chinese takeaway and family time. The perfect half term xxx

Our magic moments xxx


Special K Granola - Review and Competition

Special K is launching its first-ever granola and it comes in two varieties
 Raisins & Red Apples; and Cranberry, Pumpkin Seeds & Almonds - bursting with real fruit and nut inclusions.

 I was ever so delighted to be given the opportunity to sample these amazing granola's ahead of there release...I was amazed at the amazing flavour and texture...
Cranberry, Pumpkin Seeds and Almonds - Crunchy and tasty with a lovely taste of cranberry...I really loved this granola is was delicious...serve with milk or yoghurt or fresh fruit.

Raisins and Red Apples - I adore this one it has to by my personal favourite I loved the crunch along with the softness of the fruit, with multi-grain clusters with dried apple and raisins, I couldn't help but eat it directly from the pack it tasted so amazing. Each granola is also fortified with 6 B vitamins and iron.....Making it perfect for any time of the day.

As we all know getting into shape in the New Year can be tough – there are times when you crave a delicious treat but you still want to feel good about your choice.
Now women can enjoy more of the taste they love at breakfast thanks to Special K which has launched its first-ever granola for slimmers.

Women are set to go fruit and nuts for new Special K Granola with its delicious five grain recipe, made from Oats, Barley, Wheat, Spelt, and Rye- and it’s 30 per cent less fat than most other granolas.*

Special K Granola will be in all major supermarkets from February 2014, with a RRP of £2.99 for a 370g bag.

This is one tasty bag that should be on everyone’s shopping list in 2014 - you’d be nuts not to.

For more information visit

Competition Time - Now it's your chance to get your hands on some of these amazing new Special K Granola Packs.

One Lucky Winner will WIN X2 Cases of Special K Granola Each Case contains 6 Packs of each variety.

(One Winner will WIN 12 packs of Granola in total)

Simply follow the instructions below

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Schwartz - My Chili Obsession - Minced Lamb And Potato Curry

Schwartz, the leading herb and spices brand, in partnership with McCormick, a global leader in flavour, has unveiled The Flavour Forecast 2014 - 125th Anniversary Edition. This report, developed annually by Schwartz and McCormick's experts around the world, highlights five top food trends and more then a dozen emerging flavours that will impact the way we eat in the coming years.

Schwartz challenged me to choose one of my favourite food trends from this years top five and share my recipe.

This years top 5 trends
1,Chillies Obsession - food lover seeking a chili thrill.
2,Modern Masala - Indian food breaking free with modern interpretations.
3,Clever compact cooking - big flavours bring cooked in urban kitchens and making the best of what is available.
4,Mexican World Tour - Mexican flavours are making their way across the globe.
5,Charmed By Brazil - The worlds attraction to Brazilian cuisine is heating up with a mix of global influences.

My favorite trend has to be the Chillies Obsession, I love spicy hot foods so this was perfect choice for me.
Here is my favourite Keema (Minced Lamb) Curry Recipe using some Schwartz Spices.

500g of minced lamb
4 Large potato's diced
4/5 Tablespoons of oils
5 Schwartz cardamon pods
3 cloves
1/2 Cinnamon stick
4 Tablespoons of tomato puree
2 Onions - cut into small fine pieces 
3 Teaspoons of Schwartz minced garlic
1 Tablespoon of Schwartz chili powder
1 Teaspoon of turmeric 
1 Teaspoon of Schwartz Garam masala
2 Tablespoon of Schwartz ground coriander
1 Tablespoon of Schwartz ground cumin
1 Heaped teaspoon of minced ginger
4 Fresh tomatoes blended into a paste
salt to taste approx 1 tablespoon
1 cup of water
Fresh coriander (chopped)
1/2 Green chili (optional)

Heat oil gently fry cardamon pods/Cinnamon stick and cloves for a minute.
Next add the onions and cook until softened, then add all spices fry for a minute,
Add tomato puree and blended tomatoes, cook for a further 5 minutes.

Next add minced lamb and cook on a medium heat until meat is browned,
then add 1/4 of a cup of water and cook for 5 minutes, then add in diced potato and continue to cook until potatoes soften on a medium heat.
Add the rest of the water as and when needed,as water evaporates.

Cook for 30-40 minutes until potatoes are cooked. Garnish with fresh coriander and green chilies (optional) and serve with basmati rice.

In 2014 global flavour leader McCormick, parent company of UK leading herbs and spices brand Schwartz is celebrating its 125th anniversary.
The year long celebration kicks off with the launch of the 125th edition of the Flavour Forecast and the Flavour of Together programme, with the goal of connecting people around the world as they share 1.25 million stories about special role food and flavour plays in our lives
Get involved and share your story at

Sharing this post as part as Schwartz challenge - I was given the herbs and spices to enable me to create my favorite trend, All views are that of my own and I remain honest.

Our Museum Adventure

We have eaten a fair few boxes of Barny bear shaped snacks in our home.
So when we had the chance to sample these amazing two new varieties Strawberry and Apple we were delighted... The cool looking sponge cakes are individually wrapped,which make them perfect for packed lunches. and the perfect accompaniment to our packed lunch for a latest adventure....A trip to the Museum.

The Barney sponge bears are soft sponge with a very tasty filling....we really love the new flavours.

Yummy Strawberry Barney sponge cakes.

Delicious Apple Barney sponge cakes.

We started off our day with a walk to the tube station.

We were very excited as we arrived at the Museum.

we explored.......

The mammals.

The bugs...not one of my favorite areas.

The earth and volcanoes.

Then stopped for some lunch and a tasty Barny snack....yummy.

Before heading to look at the minerals of the earth 
and the birds....amazing.

Our awesome Little adventure

This post is an entry for BritMums ‘Winter Little Adventures Challenge’ sponsored by Barny, individually wrapped bear-shaped sponges with a hidden filling. Find out more about Barny here

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