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Potato Cheese and Onion Pasties

Potato Cheese and Onion Pasties

These delicious cheese and onion pasties make a great filling lunch idea served with a little salad or baked beans.

Crunchy Homemade Coleslaw Salad

Crunchy Homemade Coleslaw Salad

This simple low cost crunchy homemade coleslaw salad is perfect for a hot summers day. It makes a great addition to any cold meats or delicious on jacket potatoes.

Spiced Apple Sauce Cake Recipe

Spiced Apple Sauce Cake Recipe

This spiced apple sauce cake is great for using up left over apple sauce. Its a cheap and easy cake to make and goes along way. I normally make one and then freeze some for another day. It is delicious served warm with homemade caramel […]

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you are looking for a quick and easy chocolate chip cookies recipe this is my go to recipe. It comes in handy on many occasions when we fancy something yummy and chocolatey.

Delicious Homemade Crackers

Delicious Homemade Crackers

Theres always a time in our lives where we are looking through our cupboards for something to make a cheap lunch. These homemade crackers are wonderful with a little soft cheese and cucumber or sliced or grated cheese with a little pickle. We quite enjoy […]

Easy Sultana Cookies

Easy Sultana Cookies

If funds are running low and you fancy something sweet, these sultana cookies are very cheap and easy to make. Just 10 minutes in the oven and you have freshly baked cookies for the family.

Make Your Own Gravy Mix

Make Your Own Gravy Mix

It is so easy to make your own gravy mix. Of course you can buy a mix but to know exactly what has gone into it has to be a good thing. I always like to have a jar stored in my pantry, it will […]

Homemade Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Homemade Hot Cross Buns Recipe

There is nothing quite like homemade hot cross buns served lightly toasted with butter for breakfast with a nice cup of tea.

Chorizo Spaghetti With Tomato Sauce

Chorizo Spaghetti With Tomato Sauce

This delicious chorizo spaghetti meal is ideal for a go to meal. It is one of those comforting meals we go to when we haven’t got anything planned. Spaghetti with tomato sauce is a favourite for children, so I am sure this recipe will go […]

Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe Perfect For Cookies

Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe Perfect For Cookies

This homemade peanut butter recipe is so easy and quick to make. I use it mostly to make peanut butter cookies. I decided to make it myself and it turned out really well and perfect for my needs. You can make it a little more […]

Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe

Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe

This easy caramel sauce recipe is amazingly creamy and so delicious. It can be used in brownies, cupcakes, pies but our favourite one is pancakes.  With this sauce drizzled over them they are amazing.  This simple homemade caramel sauce is quick to make. If you […]

How to Make Marshmallow Fondant Icing

How to Make Marshmallow Fondant Icing

Homemade marshmallow fondant icing is so much nicer than the bought one and comes in cheaper too. I must confess that I did use to buy it until one day I decided to try and make my own. From that day I have never looked […]

How to Make Bread flour

How to Make Bread flour

Have you ever decided to make bread and when you go to your pantry you have run out of bread flour?  It has happened to me on many occasion. The strange thing is I never seem to run out of plain all purpose flour.  I […]

Homemade Bread Maker Mix Recipe

Homemade Bread Maker Mix Recipe

I just love to have this bread maker mix stored in my pantry.  It makes it so quick and easy to make up a loaf of fresh bread to start the day, also it is so flexible and can be used in many different recipes. […]

Lemon Curd Biscuits Recipe

Lemon Curd Biscuits Recipe

If you like lemons like I do you are going to love these lemon curd biscuits.  They are very simple to make but taste like you have spent much of your time in your kitchen baking them.  I use homemade lemon curd for these cookies […]

Simple Sponge Mix for Your Pantry

Simple Sponge Mix for Your Pantry

Another great time saver is this simple sponge mix.  I like to spend a little time over the weekend weighing up my various mixes for the pantry and this mix is always a favourite.  Once its weighed up and stored in a jar, making cup […]

Delicious Lemon Cupcakes

Delicious Lemon Cupcakes

We just cannot get enough of these delicious lemon cupcakes.  Having the sponge mix already waiting in the pantry it becomes a quick and easy treat for the family.  Be careful though as one may not be enough! Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups of sponge mix […]

Peanut Butter Cookies Easy Recipe

Peanut Butter Cookies Easy Recipe

If you like peanuts you are going to absolutely love this peanut butter cookies recipe.  They are soft and chewy but also have a nice crunch to them.  In my opinion one of the best cookies out there. You may like to use my simple […]

Homemade Cream Soup Mix

Homemade Cream Soup Mix

I really like to keep this cream soup mix in my pantry as it comes in very handy to use in different meals.  It has a few benefits in that it is healthier and cheaper too, so it is a win win. This mix is […]

Oat Biscuits Made Easy

Oat Biscuits Made Easy

If you have had a stroll around my website you will see I have posted a mix for oat cookies.  Having the mix on hand can give you home cooked biscuits in a matter of minutes. Ingredients to make 12 biscuits. 310g oat biscuit mix […]

Hot Chocolate Mix for a King or Queen

Hot Chocolate Mix for a King or Queen

Having a jar of homemade hot chocolate mix in the pantry comes in very handy on those cold wintery days.  It is so easy to make just a single mug by just adding a few teaspoons to your favourite mug and filling up with boiling […]

Slow Cooker Beef in Red Wine

Slow Cooker Beef in Red Wine

  If you are looking for a real comforting plate of food this slow cooker beef in red wine may be the one for you.  It is delicious served with mash potato or even crispy roast potatoes.   500g braising steak 4 large carrots 1 […]

Homemade oat biscuit mix ready to go

Homemade oat biscuit mix ready to go

  With our busy lifestyles there are always times we need biscuits in a hurry, whether its for hungry children, husbands or someone popping in for a quick cup of tea.  Once this oat biscuit mix is made up it takes a matter of minutes to […]

Fruit Bread Mix for Breadmakers

Fruit Bread Mix for Breadmakers

This fruit bread mix is so handy to have stored in the pantry.  It doesn’t take too long to make up but when you are running short of time its easy to prepare just one loaf for the breadmaker turn it on and that’s it […]

Delicious Fruit Loaf Recipe for Breadmaker

Delicious Fruit Loaf Recipe for Breadmaker

This fruit loaf recipe has become a firm breakfast favourite in our family, its a job in itself keeping enough in the bread bin to go around.  It makes a lovely change rather than just having plain toast and it is very reasonable price wise […]

40 Amazing uses for coffee filters

40 Amazing uses for coffee filters

Who would have thought that coffee filters could be so useful.  They have many different uses that they are worth putting on your shopping list!  Below are a few ideas on how these little gems can be so handy.   1. Cleaning windows and mirrors. […]

Millionaires Shortbread Recipe Easy

Millionaires Shortbread Recipe Easy

This week we wanted something sweet so I made millionaires shortbread.  This recipe is so easy and quite quick to make.  It’s certainly a favorite in our house and great for the children as a treat.    

Chinese Plum Sauce Recipe

Chinese Plum Sauce Recipe

Having a glut of plums from the tree, I thought I would eventually try and make Chinese plum sauce.  There are many recipes to use plums up in desserts but not so many savoury ideas.  This sauce turned out very well, making a few tweaks […]

Simple Sausage Casserole for the Family

Simple Sausage Casserole for the Family

With autumn on its way and the evenings closing in there is nothing nicer than ending the day with this delicious sausage casserole.  Served with crusty bread or mashed potato it makes a super family meal.  This recipe is very easy and quite quick to […]

Easy Homemade Plum Jam Recipe

Easy Homemade Plum Jam Recipe

There is nothing quite like homemade plum jam is there, buying supermarket jam doesn’t even come close to the taste of homemade.  I eagerly wait each year for the plums on the tree to be ripe so I can get into the kitchen and make […]

School Iced Sponge Cake Recipe

School Iced Sponge Cake Recipe

This school iced sponge cake is another quick and easy recipe and fun to make with children.  I used to make this years ago most weeks but you forget about recipes when you come across new ones don’t you.  The family were certainly pleased to […]

Leftover apples for the freezer

Leftover apples for the freezer

Its always a job thinking how to use leftover apples that are just about ready to throw away.  We had a lot of apples from the tree this year but unfortunately there were plenty that were not so good.  Not wanting to throw them out […]

Easy Potato Wedges

Easy Potato Wedges

These easy potato wedges make a super addition to a meal or can be served on their own with a dip of your choice.  These wedges are crispy, delicious and a more healthy option to chips made in a fryer.

School chocolate concrete recipe

School chocolate concrete recipe

I have a lot of people asking if I still have the chocolate concrete recipe from my school days.  I thought it may be a good idea to put the recipe on my blog and hopefully it will take people back in time.    Even […]

Cheap cottage pie recipe

Cheap cottage pie recipe

When making any meat dishes such as this cheap cottage pie recipe I do not use a lot of meat.  We are not really big meat eaters as you have probably already seen but this way also keeps the cost down.  This makes a lovely […]

Simple rice dish for dinner.

Simple rice dish for dinner.

If you have a busy day and are looking for a simple rice dish for dinner this one is very cheap and easy.  You could always prepare the vegetables beforehand and keep them in the fridge.

simple cookie recipe

simple cookie recipe

I think everyone looks for a simple cookie recipe at some point, maybe you are in a hurry and have visitors coming.  I make these cookies most weeks for the biscuit tin, the main reason being that I always have the ingredients in the cupboard. […]

Easy ways to use your glut of tomatoes

Easy ways to use your glut of tomatoes

Every summer seems to bring the tomatoes all at once.  When you have a glut of them it can be daunting on how you can use them before they go bad.  Or you may even see them very cheap at the local market if you […]

12 ways to keep your grocery bill down

12 ways to keep your grocery bill down

The grocery bill seems to be the most difficult to keep down, especially when shopping with the family.  I have now got the family onboard and its become a bit of a challenge on how low we can keep it.  Which I must say Im […]

Quick and Easy Tomato Bruschetta

Quick and Easy Tomato Bruschetta

This quick and easy tomato bruschetta is a perfect summer snack or it would also make a super tasty starter for your family meal.

Apple Crumble Recipe

Apple Crumble Recipe

A delicious apple crumble and custard is definitely a family favourite!  Its that time of year again to harvest the apples.   There is nothing like a good old British pudding to complete your meal.  As with all of my recipes this is another reasonable […]

Cherry and Almond Shortbread

Cherry and Almond Shortbread

If you like bakewell tarts as I do, you are just going to love these cherry and almond shortbread cookies. These are delicious with a nice cup of tea and ideal to make if someone is popping in.

Easy homemade tortilla recipe

Easy homemade tortilla recipe

Todays dinner is homemade Tortilla.  This recipe is so easy and one of the cheapest meals you can make for your family.  I know you can buy these already to pop in the oven but they are no where near as good as home made ones! […]

Is home cooking making a come back?

Is home cooking making a come back?

I would really like to think that home cooking is making a come back.  I am sure there are lots of people that do but there are still many families that do not have warming homemade dinners.

Lunch Box Pasties Recipe

Lunch Box Pasties Recipe

If you are looking for lunch box ideas, these lunch box pasties may just go down a storm.  I am not going to call them Cornish pasties as they are not!  After living in Cornwall most of my life true Cornish people would soon pull […]

10 Ways to use up your leftover bread

If you are looking for ways to use up your leftover bread, this post may help you.  I love to make my own bread but always find the last leftover bits get wasted and end up in the bin.  Not one for wasting food so […]

Golden syrup recipe

Golden syrup recipe

Golden syrup is one ingredient that I use a lot of in my baking, especially with the Christmas baking.  Unfortunately sometimes I do run out so I have to make do with making my own, although very delicious and is similar to Tate & Lyle […]

Easy Cauliflower Cheese Recipe

Easy Cauliflower Cheese Recipe

I am a lover of vegetables and this cauliflower cheese is so easy and quick to make, we normally have it served with ham or chicken.

Up your savings by living frugally

Up your savings by living frugally

You can save a great deal by living frugally and carefully keeping an eye on your expenditures.  We all have necessities but they don’t need to cost an arm and a leg.  We all need houses, cars and groceries but we have the control over […]

Cheap lentil and tomato soup recipe

Cheap lentil and tomato soup recipe

If you are stuck for ideas for a week day dinner this cheap lentil and tomato soup is a quick but very filling meal.  Sometimes it is lovely to have something a little different than plateful of  meat and potatoes.  This soup is also quite easy to […]