Melting Moments – Recipe Alert!

These are so delicious you may want to make them and then hide them for your ‘me time’!!  However, if you are feeling generous the entire family is sure to really enjoy these biscuits.  This is another of my Gran at the Seaside’s recipes, so I hope you like – do let me know what you think.


8 oz margarine
6 oz caster sugar
1 egg
1/4 teasp vanilla essence
10 oz S.R. flour
2 oz crushed cornflakes

Mix marg and sugar, beat in egg and vanilla.

Stir in flour, mix in dough.

Wet hands and roll mixture in balls and then roll them in the cornflakes.

Bake on a greased tray 350degF. for 20 minutes.

Cumberland Cookies (or Gran's Cookies!) – Recipe Alert!

Another of my Gran’s recipes, which despite my terrible long term memory, I do remember having these delicious cookies at my Gran at the Seaside’s house.  They are quick and easy to make, but do remember to take them out of the oven when still soft otherwise you may break a tooth!!


2 cups S.R.flour
1 cup  rolled oats
1 cup soft brown sugar
1 teasp.bicarb of soda
1/4  hard margarine (Stork or similar) (I think its about 2 oz)
2 tabls. syrup
1 teasp. ginger powder
pinch salt

Put marg and syrup in pan to melt. Mix together in a bowl the flour, oats, sugar, ginger and salt. Add the bicarb of soda dissolved in a little warm water, and then add the melted margarine and syrup.  Mix well and roll into balls. Place on a greased baking sheet and flatten a little with a fork.  Bake in a moderate oven about 15 mins.

Cold Tea Fruitbread – Recipe Alert!

This is such an easy recipe to make, but a goodie.  This came from my Gran and I remember her making it, so I hope you will enjoy it too.  Its really nice still warm and buttered along with a cup of tea and putting your feet up for 10 mins.  Also great for packed lunches and a quick snack.

Fruit Loaf :-

8 oz mixed fruit or just sultanas if you prefer
1/4 pint tea
4 oz soft brown sugar
8 oz S.R. flour
1/4 teasp. mixed spice
1 egg
1 tablesp. marmalade 

Leave fruit to soak overnight in tea.  Add all ingredients and mix well. Place in greased tin 325deg F. for 1 1/4- 1 1/2 hours.

Teaching an old dog new tricks!

I realised the other day that I had done nothing for myself, as in ’me time’ in seven years, yes you read that correctly, seven years – shocking isn’t it!!  Basically pre marriage and kids.  So this obviously required immediate correction.

I had spotted a sewing course for free machine embroidery on another blog and decided this would be just the thing to get the ‘Me Time’ ball rolling.  So my husband was informed that he would looking after his kids for two days and a night (for the first time ever!) and I arranged to attend the course with my Auntie.

It was fantastic, a full day of sewing, learning a great new craft (which I will continue), eating lovely home made cake and generally relaxing.  I did manage to produce a finished article of my own design no less – a family tree cushion – see pics!  And would highly recommend the course if you fancy a great day of sewing – get in touch with Lara Sparks.

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