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Jam Doughnut Muffins from The Cook & Enjoy Baking Book

Jam Doughnut Muffins from The Cook & Enjoy Baking Book
 
I've had this book by Parragon Books for a couple of months now.  I received a mystery parcel from them - I knew it was a recipe book, but I didn't know the title until it arrived for review.  It's called Cook & Enjoy Baking and it contains 100 recipes for the everyday cook.
 
Inside you will find a selection of pretty simple recipes for cakes, small cakes & slices, cookies, desserts, bread & savouries.  I enjoy baking, when I make the time for it, and of course, the kids are always raring to go.
 
After a quick flick through, I decided that I would give the Jam Doughnut Muffins a try, mainly because I already had the ingredients in the cupboard and fridge and I didn't want the distraction of a shopping trip.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Musical Review

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Muscal Review
 
If you are looking for something to look forward to in boring old January, then I can seriously recommend that you try to get hold of some tickets to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  Back in early December we went to the press evening of the show at the Lowry in Manchester and we loved it.
 
When I was much younger, I vaguely remember watching the film on the television, but I will be honest, I didn't know the storyline before I went, apart from the family did up an old clapped out car.
The main attraction for me was the fact that Jason Manford was playing a lead role as Caracatus Potts and I do enjoy watching him as a comedian, so I was really looking forward to seeing him in a different guise.  Other famous names in the show are Claire Sweeney who plays Baroness Bomburst and Charlotte Wakefield as Truly Scrumptious, amongst others. 

5 Cosy Winter Bedroom Ideas


Now that Christmas has passed, the full realisation that it is Winter, has become all too apparent.  I tend to spend the build up to the festive season in a post Autumnal haze and then find that I'm left with cold, dreary winter days. It doesn't have to be doom and gloom though.  There are simple ways to create a cosy bedroom during the winter, without having to completely transform your room.  In fact, I often find that focusing on doing the room up, gives my mind something to think about instead of the winter blues kicking in.  Check out these fab ideas for ways you can make your bedroom cosy.

KEEPING YOUR HOUSE WARM THIS WINTER

KEEPING YOUR HOUSE WARM THIS WINTER

Winter is here which means heating bills are on the up and we need to find new ways to ensure we’re well heated and insulated throughout the long cold months. It’s pricey but with the right heating appliance you can find something which works for your wallet while also keeping you warm.

How you can prevent a Christmas fat-berg crisis

Fat-bergs
 
Everywhere I look this week, there's food - lots of food.  Chocolates, cakes, mince pies, and we've even had another Christmas dinner this last weekend.  I love festive food, but it is usually quite high in fat.  As a seasonal treat, I don't mind the extra calories when it tastes so good, plus everybody is over-indulging so we're all in the same boat really.
 
At this time of year, everybody seems to be gearing up for the main event on Christmas day, with the majority of families choosing to cook a roast turkey with all the trimmings.  It's just so good, but have you ever considered how you dispose of your cooking oils and fats on the big day?  If you add up the amount of fats and oils that must be used on Christmas day after a big breakfast and Christmas lunch, it must be an incredible amount.
 
The guys at United Utilities have been in touch to ask me to help spread the word about how we can all be more careful with how we get rid of waste oil products in their aim to prevent the increase of the dreaded fat-berg.