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Chocca Mocca Caramel Cake

Chocca Mocca Caramel Cake

Chocca Mocca Caramel Cake


If you’re looking for a cake that is super easy to make and really yummy then this is the cake for you.

What you need:

2 Teaspoons of instant coffee powder/granules
2 Eggs
2 Tablespoons Cocoa
6oz/175g Butter (at room temp)
6oz Golden caster sugar
2 Tablespoons Golden syrup
8oz/200g Self-raising flour
4 Tablespoons Milk
100g Chocolate Caramel Bars (We used the Cadbury’s Caramel Buttons)


100g Chocolate Caramel Bars
2oz/50g Butter
2 Tablespoons Milk
4oz Icing Sugar, sifted

Preheat the oven to around Gas Mark 4 (180c).

This recipe is based on using an 8 inch round tin. Butter and line the tin.

Mix the coffee, cocoa and two tablespoons of hot water to form a chocolately/coffee paste.

Put the butter, eggs, sugar, syrup, flour, milk and cocoa paste in a bowl and mix with a mixer (or by hand). Add in the caramel chocolate pieces.

Add the mixture to the tin and bake in the oven for about 50 – 60 minutes.

To check that it’s ready I use a skewer which I poke into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean it’s ready.

Once it’s ready leave it for about 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.

Whilst it’s cooling, make the icing.

Put the caramel chocolate pieces into a pan and heat gently so that it melts, add in the butter and milk and stir until all melted (make sure you stir all the time). Remove from the heat and add in the sifted icing sugar.

Leave to cool whilst the cake is cooling.

Once the cake is cooled, spread over the icing and your good to go.

We decorated ours as it was for Daddy’s birthday which we took to the Donkey Sanctuary. We did have some spare caramel chocolate buttons, but these disappeared!!


Recipe – Chocca Mocca Caramel Cake

#Serenz Allergy Relief Review

#Serenz Allergy Relief Review



*Sniff Sniff*




#Serenz Allergy Relief

This is the sound to our life during allergy season.

I must confess that I don’t have much sympathy for Daddy’s plight with Hayfever, and get really annoyed with him with the constant sneezing and sniffing. Oh and don’t get me started on the moaning.

He’s just started a new job and has been to quite a few houses that have cats, which has only made things worse.

He’s tried tablets, sprays, eating local honey, homeopathic remedies, decongestants and probably a few other things that I can’t remember.

At my day job people drop like flies to hay fever so it causes quite a lot of disruption.

When we were asked to try #Serenz Allergy Relief I was really quite excited that we have a solution both to ease Daddy of this really annoying illness, but also to free the rest of us of this burden.


#serenz allergy relief

So how does #Serenz work?

#Serenz is a handheld device which you can keep easily in your bag which uses carbon dioxide to gently cleanse the nasal passages to relieve taller symptoms of nasal congestion, itchy, runny noses and sneezes.

When you first open the product you have to activate the device by using the blue key (which comes with it). Once this is done you can use the as and when you experience allergy symptoms.

It’s very simple to use by placing the nosepiece into the nose making sure there is a tight seal between your nose and the nosepiece so the gas does not escape.

You have to make sure that you either hold your breath or breathe through your nose during use which is 10 seconds per nostril, pushing the button during this time continuously.

What did we think?

The instructions were very clear and the product was very easy to use. When we read the instructions before using, we were slightly cautious as one of the precautions is that it is normal to experience a temporary nasal stinging or smarting sensation and/or watering eyes, but it did say that this was not harmful and would not last long. As most allergy sufferers would agree, it gets to the point where you would try anything to relieve the symptoms so on we went.

It’s a good size which would easily fit in your handbag and is very simple and easy to use. It can be a burden taking tablets every day so an alternative natural option is nice to have. Daddy did have stinging in his nose when  used, and had some improvement of his symptoms which was on parr with taking one a day tablet equivalents with a definite reduction in nose blowing!

The #Serenz Allergy Relief is £19.90 to buy and can be bought at Weldrick’s Pharmacy Online and provides 40, 10 second cleanses which is the equivalent of 20 cleanses for each nostril.

For more information and updates you can visit the Serenz Website



• Please note that we were sent a #Serenz Allergy Relief free of charge for the purpose of this review.


Family Bucket List – The Donkey Sanctuary

Family Bucket List 2016 – The Donkey Sanctuary 

The Donkey Sanctuary

It’s Daddy’s birthday tomorrow but I’ve got to work so we thought we’d have a day out today and have some fun.

The Donkey Sanctuary had their annual Summer Fair so we thought we’d head there for the day with a picnic.

It was completely heaving when we arrived.

There were loads of stalls, entertainment and activities to do as well as being able to see all the lovely donkeys.

We went with family so it was really nice being able to spend the day together.

The boys had a go at welly wanging and Isabelle had a go at a human fruit machine. I so should have recorded it as there were hands sticking out of holes holding up fruit and when the bell rang, if they were holding up the same you won.

Isabelle won a knitted donkey on the tombola which she loved, and she then made a bear on a stall which was similar to Build a Bear.

We had a huge picnic and then Isabelle presented her birthday cake that she took ages to make yesterday. It was a Choca Mocha Cake (recipe to follow).

The Donkey Sanctuary

The place was packed and there were dogs everywhere. We didn’t think to bring Charlie with us, so we know for next time we visit.

After eating and listening to music we went for a walk around to see all the donkeys.

The Donkey Sanctuary

So what do you call a cross between a donkey and a horse?

A honkey or a dorse.

Well it’s a mule actually. I didn’t even know that this was a thing until we saw two horses, and the keeper in the pen told us they were in fact mules. They don’t look very donkey like, more horsey.

All in all it was a lovely day and we’d definitely go again.

Lisa – 

And that is another tick off the Family Bucket list 2016.

#southwestdaysout – Open Air Cinema

#southwestdaysout – Open Air Cinema

Urgh I feel totally jaded today.

We went to watch The Jungle Book at the Open Air Cinema hosted by Exeter Phoenix.

We don’t normally do activities later in the evenings (especially a school night) with Isabelle as we know that we’d pay for it the following day due to her lack of sleep.

However, as it’s the school holidays (so technically only a school night for Mummy and Daddy) we thought it would be a nice thing to do.

We packed some snacks, a blanket and some warm clothes and off we set.

The gates opened at 7.30pm with the film starting at 9pm.

When we arrived at 8pm there was quite a lot of people already there and the screen was being put up. There were food and drink stalls at the back, and then the rows of chairs in front with the blanket area at the front.

We chose to sit of the floor with a blanket as we thought it would be much nicer to be able to huddle together when it got colder later on in the evening

We set ourselves up and Isabelle arranged the snacks and eagerly tucked in.

#southwestdaysout Open Air Cinema


It was a nice atmosphere with some people coming as they were, and other people bringing along cushions, blankets, huge overflowing picnic baskets and looking like they were setting up camp for a week. We even saw a family walk across with each child carrying a beanbag to sit on.

#southwestdaysout - Open Air Cinema

There was a bar there so Daddy and I could have a drink. I had half a pint of Fanny’s Bramble cider (Tee Hee) which was lovely. I loved the fact that there was food on sale, and even a Deliveroo pick up point. Looking around there were people with Dominoe’s Pizze, Macdonalds, gorgeously packed up picnics and there was even a couple behind us who had proper plates, glasses, knives and forks and napkins.

#southwestdaysout - Open Air Cinema

I was worried that Isabelle would get bored before the film started, but I think all the hustle and bustle of the people around us made the time fly.

The film didn’t start until 9.25pm and it was just starting to turn a bit chilly. However, snuggled up on our blanket we were absolutely fine.

#southwestdaysout - Open Air Cinema

The film was AMAZING!

#southwestdaysout - Open Air Cinema

We really enjoyed it, and it was a lovely experience for Isabelle.

We had a lovely walk home led by Isabelle by torch light and finally made it home for 11.40!

We would definitely do this again, and at £5.00 a head it was a total bargain.

It would have been even better if my alarm hadn’t gone off at 5.30am this morning!!

Oh and *tick* – Another one off the list.

Lisa x 

Simple Mackerel Pate

Simple Mackerel Pate Recipe

Simple Mackerel Pate Recipe – As a mum I love to keep things simple, and as a family we’re quite good at making meals that double up into a couple of meals or more.

Cooking a chicken as a roast, making a pasta dish the next day and a stirfry for the following day is quite a usual occurance and is great for us as working parents.


I have to confess that Daddy is the main meal maker in our family and has a far better eye for making a meal from anything and everything, including whipping up a meal on the day before shopping day from the randoms left if the fridge/cupboard.

I will share some of these recipes with you as well as our firm family favourites.

One of my fave meals at the moment is mackerel salad. It’s really easy and quick to make. We usually buy the peppered mackerel fillets and grill them to make them extra crispy. We make a salad with lettuce leaves, rocket, red peppers, cucumber, tomatoes and beetroot and top it off with a side helping of potato salad (will share the recipe at some point).

Anyway, I always save some of the mackerel fillets to make Mackerel Pate for me and Belle the following day.

How to make

So to make the pate, you have to add mackerel fillets (we normally save 2 – 3) and put in the whizzer (aka blender), whiz it through for about 30 seconds, add a good squeeze of lemon and then about 3 good tablespoons of mayonnaise.

If you don’t have a whizzer you can mash up the fillets with a fork which makes it slightly chunkier, but Isabelle prefers  the smoother version.

Put into a bowl and then make a pile of toast.

Voila! Simple Mackerel Pate.

Easy lunch for you and your little!

Lisa x