Monday, 13 November 2017

Irish Cream Cheesecake Balls

It's that time of the year again where everything can contain alcohol. We seem to get October and all of a sudden we are making beef ale stews and adding sherry to trifles. So this recipe will not fail when it comes to the alcohol.


Ingredients
320g of chocolate digestive biscuits
250g Mascopone
100ml Irish Cream
200g white chocolate
100g dark chocolate

1. Smash up the biscuits to create a fine biscuit crumb.

2. Add the mascopone and Irish cream to the biscuit crumbs.

3. Make balls from the mixture (around 20) and place in the fridge for 20mins.

4. Melt the white chocolate and cover the balls.

5. Drizzle melted dark chocolate over the topos the balls then return to the fridge until you are ready to demolish them.


I really enjoyed make these, they are super easy and really tasty. If you fancied your cheesecake balls to taste more strongly of Irish cream then use less mascopone and add more Irish cream.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Weird And Wonderful Foods

The other day I sat down with something a little bit different for my lunch. A chicken and mushroom pot noodle, Sandwich. Now I do like a pot noodle but I only really have one in a Sandwich. Apparently this isn't to everyone's taste but then not everything is. I took to social media to see if I could find some other obscure food combinations, I was not let down at all.

A common theme seemed to be Sandwiches and that literally anything in-between two slices of bread was edible. Here are a few you may enjoy or might want to try:
Lettuce and Bovril
Bacon crisps in a ham sandwich
Strawberry jam sandwichs with salt and vinegar crisps
Cheddar cheese and jam sandwiches
Mint sauce sandwiches
Twiglet sandwiches
Bovril and cream cheese sandwich
Pea Sandwich with ketchup
Marmite, cheese spread and ham on a cracker Ok so this is cracker based but sounds amazing and like it would work well in bread.



Another main ingredient in weird food combinations is crisps. I'm not a huge crisp lover I have my flavours and I'm not too experimental with them but other people are and that makes some tasty combo's:
Ready salted crisps dipped into salad cream
Cool Doritos dipped into cookie dough ice cream
Ready Salted crisps with milk chocolate also flavour of choice dipped in melted chocolate
Crushed chilli heatwave Doritos on top of tuna pasta bake, or any pasta bake
Cottage cheese with crushed up crisps
Quavers with Gravy
Wotsits on top of a pot noodle

I'm not sure as to how these combinations came together. Some I think are an amazing taste sensation and others I think are a recipe for a dodgy tummy. For many of my odd combo's they stem from being a child or a young woman with hardly any money and just bread and a pot noodle in the kitchen. One of the oldest combo's from my childhood that I do not have anymore is a drink I made. I would get a cup of coke and add a couple sachets of sugar (as if there wasn't enough) I would then add several little milk creamer pots, give it a stir and down it went.

I just want to thank the following for sharing their weird and wonderful combinations.
Nick from Baddadu.com
Katy from Katykicker.com
Aleena from mummy mama mum
Pete from household money saving
Anna from meanniebee.com
Sarah from tobygoesbananas.co.uk
Lynne from mad maddens
Kate from mummy kate
Rebecca from Queen Bee Becca
Alex from better together home
Sharon from Everyonesbuckstopshere.co.uk
Cat from rock and roll pussycat
Georgina from geegardner.co.uk














Monday, 6 November 2017

Purple Vouchers Book

I have recently been sent a Purple Vouchers Book and if you live within the Leeds, Wakefield and Doncaster area it could really benefit you. I have been telling all my friends and family about it and have suggested to them it would make a great Christmas gift. So the book is full of great discounts and free entry into some amazing places. Each book has a membership card that you need to show when using the vouchers. When you register your card online you are entered into a competition to win a car as well so just think you could win a car just by saving money.

Since receiving my book I have used a voucher at Country Baskets (local craft store) which was £10 off of a £30 spend so I bought a few festive items. I have plans to use one of the vouchers for soft play at Xplore which I know the kids will love and also the voucher for bingo where hopefully I will get lucky and win big. I was really surprised by how many great deals are within the book, I'm yet to find any better deals online. As a working family we do sometimes find it difficult to make the pounds stretch and this can result in the kids spending a school holiday doing nothing as we are busy working overtime but now we can look in the book and find somewhere to go that will be cheaper for us. This is a book that I will happily purchase in the future. A few of the deals include:
40% off entry to Lightwater Valley
2 for 1 entry to Diggerland
Free Burger King
2 for 1 Subway
You can find a list of the deals here



Table Tots, Andy and Jude provided me with this book as they are promoting it and selling it at events and on their website website.  The Purple Vouchers book can be purchased at Table Tot's sales with £5 from every book purchased going to charity, Martin House Children's Hospice. If you are unsure of what Table Tot's is it an independent event organised in Yorkshire with more than 60 events a year, Baby and Children's sales, indoor markets, Christmas craft fairs and New Winter indoor boot sales. I will be posting more about Table Tot's as I'm due to have my first ever selling experience with them, I'm usually just buying everything so it is something I'm looking forward too.

You can find a list of all the up coming Table Tot's sales here.