Mozzarella Joe’s and the children’s menu giant pizza

mozzarella joe's giant children's menu pizza

When eating out, childrens menus are a mixed bag.  Some like Pizza Express tend to get them pretty spot on (although I’m not sure that N by the age of 10 will be satisfied with the kids menu) as do Bella Pasta with their 2 younger and older kids sizes.  I also like places like Cotswold Wildlife Park who have sandwich lunch boxes, but hot meal options across the standard menu with small and larger choices at good prices.  At… Continue Reading “Mozzarella Joe’s and the children’s menu giant pizza”

10 tips for the best camping snacks

Top tips for camping snacks - Bubbablue and me

If you don’t have permanently hungry children at home, don’t be surprised if they turn into ravenous ‘hangry’ creatures when you go camping. There’s something about being in the great outdoors that makes everyone hungry. But with mealtime routines often more relaxed, sometimes you just need to pump them full of camping snacks. When we’re on holiday, we have more ice creams, and I’m also a bit more relaxed about snacks. Mainly because when we’re camping, although we take an… Continue Reading “10 tips for the best camping snacks”

How to prepare for Christmas early

Get prepared early for Christmas - Bubbablue and me

In the past I always prided myself on being really organised for Christmas. It helped that it was always a nice family day, and even though we never had a big family Christmas, it always had its traditions.  But the older I get (and being married to a man who is a definite Bah Humbug about it, and has to work on it), I’ve slackened off.  Christmas always seems to happen, but it would be nice to be a bit… Continue Reading “How to prepare for Christmas early”

Pizza Express party confidence

birthday party at pizza express - bubbablue and me

In the past N hasn’t been a keen party goer. He’s gone along to some, to others he’s refused.  And there’s always a time beforehand when he says he’s not going. But all parties so far were with lots of other children he knew.  This week, N went to his first party where he didn’t know anyone other than the party boy. It was his old best friend from nursery and he was having a Pizza Express party. N had… Continue Reading “Pizza Express party confidence”

Planning food for camping

Camping food ideas - Bubbablue and me

We love going camping with friends, but our camping food experiences have been very different. The first year we were keen and eager, grouping together to buy ingredients and then cook for everyone, with people taking the lead each evening. But it always seemed to be the same people doing the work, and cooking for up to 16 kids and then another 8-10 adults was manic. (Post contains affiliate links) So the second year we either sorted out own by… Continue Reading “Planning food for camping”

Walking on air with Salomon walking shoes

Receiving walking trainers to review in the height of summer, not only that but 30 degrees heat of summer, was probably not the brightest thing I ever did.  But I like to think ahead, and I do usually drive around with a pair of walking trainers in the boot of my car just in case.  I was sent a pair of Salomon walking shoes to try them out. Now I am a walking shoe fan.  I’ve never really worn boots… Continue Reading “Walking on air with Salomon walking shoes”

It’s too damn hot – day out at Feast Waddesdon Manor

Feast at Waddesdon Manor - Bubbablue and me

I really don’t deal with heat well.  It’s obviously a family thing because our mum hated the hot weather (despite or maybe because of living in various hot countries as a child) and my brother despite tanning really easily, isn’t a fan either.  It just makes me want to sit in a cold room somewhere and not do anything.  But for the second year, Waddesdon Manor’s Feast has fallen on a super hot weekend.  When I buy tickets in advance… Continue Reading “It’s too damn hot – day out at Feast Waddesdon Manor”

Tortilla desserts – alternative uses for tortillas

Quick fruity tortilla desserts - Bubbablue and me

Anyone else have family who don’t get that excited about you trying different recipes?  The OH isn’t a great fan of my new recipes, but sometimes you just have to try them, and they turn out well or not.  For summer I hate being stuck in the kitchen cooking hot puddings, so we tend to have a lot of strawberries and ice cream, eton mess, quick easy fruit tarts etc.  But I had some stand and stuff tortillas and thought… Continue Reading “Tortilla desserts – alternative uses for tortillas”

Easy peasy 3 ingredient mini muffins

Easy 3 ingredient mini muffins - Bubbablue and me

I’m all for easy cooking.  That’s probably why I’m a fan of Nigella’s cook books* (affiliate link), because her recipes don’t go wrong, even if you just throw a bit in of something and a different amount of something else. My kind of cooking.  So when I was looking for an easy and quick pudding I turned to my 3 and 4 ingredient cook books.  I have a lot of them, because they’re so handy for simple tasty food, and… Continue Reading “Easy peasy 3 ingredient mini muffins”

Weird food combinations that taste great

Weird food combinations that taste great - Bubbablue and me

I admit, I love food.  Plain food, not fussy posh restaurant food. Good simple meals, good quality food, with too much sweet stuff.  It’s my failing.  (I do have some food vices as well, but we’ll pass over that quickly) Recently I’ve noticed a lot of friends eating ‘strange’ food combinations for snacks or meals.  And it got me thinking about the odd mix of flavours that I like. Hence the weird food combinations post.  Because everyone has something a… Continue Reading “Weird food combinations that taste great”