Rio 2 Blue Parrot Cookies and goodie bag giveaway!


Today I have a cute cookie project you can make with kids – it’s inspired by the new Rio 2 movie and I’ve got a giveaway of Rio 2 goodie bags too!

Brazil, if you haven’t noticed is cool right now. Not only do they have the World Cup and Olympics on the way, [Read on...]

#PeachPieFriday Win new Kate Winslet Labor Day movie tickets and a LE CREUSET pie dish


Win a Le Creuset pie dish and Kate Winslet Labor Day movie tickets in today’s giveaway

Life may not always be peachy for three times married Kate Winslet but that’s probably what I like about her.

Ever since Heavenly Creatures – in which she plays a teenage murderer in New Zealand [Read on...]

Sugarcraft Showcase: Martha Swift of Primrose Bakery and a giveaway


For the latest Sugarcraft Showcase we have an interview with Martha Swift of Primrose Bakery and a giveaway of Primrose Bakery Celebrations, their new book. Primrose Bakery Primrose Hill Back in the icing sugar clouded mists of baking blog time, I pushed young Ted in his Bugaboo up Primrose Hill where he promptly fell asleep. Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 16.09.40.jpg bad-cupcake-photography.jpg You didn’t see many Bugaboos in Walthamstow then but amongst all the other yummy mummy buggies stationed under the trees my husband and I joked that Ted fitted in perfectly well – even if his less well heeled parents didn’t. … Having only started this blog a few weeks earlier, this trip to Primrose Bakery was one my earliest blogging “expeditions”. 201403131828.jpg And it’s a good job we went – fast forward five years and some five hundred plus blog posts later, I’m off to meet Martha Swift, partner in the very same Primrose Bakery to talk about the enduring popularity of cupcakes and their latest book Primrose Bakery Celebrations. Primrose Bakery Primrose Hill On the day of my visit, the frontage was masked by road works and orange cones so here’s the picture above I took back in 2009 and I’m happy to say they’ve kept the same sunny yellow paint that makes the shop shine out from down the street. Primrose Bakery Primrose Hill Inside it’s exactly as I remember – white shelving with cupcake themed gifts, glass display cabinet to ogle the cakes and chrome edge diner style tables to sit at. Primrose Bakery Primrose Hill Founders Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas met 16 years ago at their daily nursery drop off when their children were young.

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(CLOSED) October book round up and a PIE book giveaway


Pie by Dean Brettschneider features recipes for every type of pie and pastry dish, imaginable. From tarte tatin and pithiviers to empanadas and cobbler, it’s an imaginative mix striking a good balance between classics and contemporary dishes that would not look out of place on a fashionable bistro menu.

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(CLOSED) Giveaway: Renshaw Halloween Activity Packs (10 to be won)


Spook up your trick or treat trays by entering my Renshaw Halloween competition!


Each prize includes a Renshaw Halloween Activity Pack – comprising 5 x 100g packs of ready to roll icing in black, white, green, orange and purple [Read on...]

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