Banana Bread 🍌

Hey Guys 👋🏻

I did a spot of baking this weekend after a busy week at work. I find it quite relaxing (as long as the recipe is simple!)

I made a Banoffee pie for a family BBQ (Link to my blog post recipe here ) & a banana bread cake. This one is for my mum. I had plenty of left over, very ripe bananas!

Let’s take a look at the recipe…

(The recipe I followed)


1. ʜᴇᴀᴛ ᴏᴠᴇɴ ᴛᴏ 180ᴄ/160ᴄ ꜰᴀɴ/ɢᴀꜱ 4.

2. ʙᴜᴛᴛᴇʀ ᴀ 2ʟʙ ʟᴏᴀꜰ ᴛɪɴ ᴀɴᴅ ʟɪɴᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴀꜱᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ꜱɪᴅᴇꜱ ᴡɪᴛʜ ʙᴀᴋɪɴɢ ᴘᴀʀᴄʜᴍᴇɴᴛ.

3. ᴄʀᴇᴀᴍ 140ɢ ꜱᴏꜰᴛᴇɴᴇᴅ ʙᴜᴛᴛᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ 140ɢ ᴄᴀꜱᴛᴇʀ ꜱᴜɢᴀʀ ᴜɴᴛɪʟ ʟɪɢʜᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ꜰʟᴜꜰꜰʏ, ᴛʜᴇɴ ꜱʟᴏᴡʟʏ ᴀᴅᴅ 2 ʙᴇᴀᴛᴇɴ ʟᴀʀɢᴇ ᴇɢɢꜱ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴀ ʟɪᴛᴛʟᴇ ᴏꜰ ᴛʜᴇ 140ɢ ꜰʟᴏᴜʀ.

4. ꜰᴏʟᴅ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴇᴍᴀɪɴɪɴɢ ꜰʟᴏᴜʀ, 1 ᴛꜱᴘ ʙᴀᴋɪɴɢ ᴘᴏᴡᴅᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ 2 ᴍᴀꜱʜᴇᴅ ʙᴀɴᴀɴᴀꜱ.

5. I ꜱʟɪᴄᴇᴅ ᴀɴᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ʙᴀɴᴀɴᴀ ʟᴇɴɢᴛʜᴡᴀʏꜱ ᴀɴᴅ ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇᴅ ᴛʜɪꜱ ɪɴᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴀᴛᴛᴇʀ ᴛᴏ ᴅᴇᴄᴏʀᴀᴛᴇ.

6. ᴘᴏᴜʀ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍɪxᴛᴜʀᴇ ɪɴᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘʀᴇᴘᴀʀᴇᴅ ᴛɪɴ ᴀɴᴅ ʙᴀᴋᴇ ꜰᴏʀ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ 50 ᴍɪɴꜱ, ᴏʀ ᴜɴᴛɪʟ ᴄᴏᴏᴋᴇᴅ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ. ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴏᴀꜰ ᴀᴛ 5-ᴍɪɴ ɪɴᴛᴇʀᴠᴀʟꜱ ʙʏ ᴛᴇꜱᴛɪɴɢ ɪᴛ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴀ ꜱᴋᴇᴡᴇʀ (ɪᴛ ꜱʜᴏᴜʟᴅ ʙᴇ ᴀʙʟᴇ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ɪɴꜱᴇʀᴛᴇᴅ ᴀɴᴅ ʀᴇᴍᴏᴠᴇᴅ ᴄʟᴇᴀɴʟʏ), ᴀꜱ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛɪᴍᴇ ᴍᴀʏ ᴠᴀʀʏ ᴅᴇᴘᴇɴᴅɪɴɢ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ꜱʜᴀᴘᴇ ᴏꜰ ʏᴏᴜʀ ʟᴏᴀꜰ ᴛɪɴ.

7. ᴍɪx 50ɢ ɪᴄɪɴɢ ꜱᴜɢᴀʀ ᴡɪᴛʜ 2-3 ᴛꜱᴘ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ ᴛᴏ ᴍᴀᴋᴇ ᴀ ʀᴜɴɴʏ ɪᴄɪɴɢ.

8. Cᴏᴏʟ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛɪɴ ꜰᴏʀ 10 ᴍɪɴꜱ, ᴛʜᴇɴ ʀᴇᴍᴏᴠᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴀ ᴡɪʀᴇ ʀᴀᴄᴋ.

9. ᴅʀɪᴢᴢʟᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ɪᴄɪɴɢ ᴀᴄʀᴏꜱꜱ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛᴏᴘ ᴏꜰ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴀᴋᴇ.


(Credit: BBC Good Food Recipe, Link above)

Let me know if you have a go at this recipe!

What’s your favourite thing to bake?

Until Next Time,

Roseanne 🙂

Halloween Bat cupcakes 🦇

I hope you enjoyed Halloween on Thursday 🎃

What did you do?

If, like us, you are celebrating Halloween this weekend then this little recipe will be right up your street.

These bat cupcakes are super cute, chocolatey and my ultimate favourite flavour combo, chocolate orange.

They are perfect for the spooky season, a Halloween party, to make with the kids or to just to help you indulge with a cuppa this weekend.

So, enjoy!

What you’ll need…

  • A chocolate cupcake packet mix (12 cupcakes)
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 tbsp oil
  • Water
  • Chocolate buttercream icing
  • Orange extract
  • Jaffa cakes
  • Jaffa cake nibbles
  • White choc drops (for eyes)
  • Icing tubes (to draw on the fangs)

What you’ll need to do…

  • Make the packet mix as instructed
  • This usually entails adding your egg, oil and water to the packet mix and stirring.
  • Separate into your cupcake cases evenly.
  • Cook in the oven (See individual packets for times/temps.
  • Whilst the cupcakes are cooking, mix some orange extract into your chocolate buttercream.
  • Leave your cakes to cool before decorating.


  • 12 Jaffa cakes
  • A pack of Jaffa nibbles
  • Chocolate orange Buttercream
  • Icing
  • White choc drops

  • Top each cupcake with a generous helping of chocolate orange buttercream.
  • Cut each Jaffa cake in two, to create wing shapes.
  • Pop the wings either side in the icing.
  • Pop two nibbles in between the wings for the eyes.
  • To add detail to the eyes, use a little leftover buttercream to stick a white chocolate drop onto the nibbles.

Eat & enjoy!

I hope you like this little recipe idea, they taste heavenly or should I say devilishly good 👹

🎃🎃 Happy Halloween 🎃🎃

My May half term diary ☀️

I love doing a diary for each school holiday, it’s a great way of remembering what Ive got up to, a 21st century diary 👍🏻

Friday 24th May 2019

Me & Tim got some good use out of our Unlimited Cinema cards tonight by watching two films!

We watched ‘Detective Pikachu’ followed by ‘Rocketman’.

Both were really good. We had already seen Detective Pikachu and we just wanted to see it again, great for any Pokemon fans ✌🏻

Rocketman was also really good but not my fave of the recent biopic films.

Saturday 25th May 2019

Today I met up with my friend and her boys at the park. I took Noah & Casey with my to play with her boys.

They loved the bus ride.

We had a great time at the park, enjoying the sunshine and playing with all of the boys 💙

Me & Tim took the boys to see ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’. This was Casey’s pick as he loves cats 🐈 & he really enjoyed himself.

In the eve, once I’d dropped the boys off, me and my friends met up again and had a Chinese together at a local buffet restaurant. So good.

& a great opportunity for a catch up!

Sunday 26th May 2019

A busy weekend rounded off with a family day trip to Cambridge for some retail therapy.

Me & Tim drove down with my twin sister Sarah, Noah & Casey, whilst my older sister Charlotte drive down with her husband & Evie.

It was a lovely day and we enjoyed shopping (First stop, Primark of course!) Followed by some yummy lunch from our favourite Italian which we introduced to everyone, Aromi 👌🏻 Their veggie pesto lasagne is the one.

The kids loved the play area too.

Monday 27th May 2019

Cult Cafe for Tea, Cake & Games.

This has become our bank holiday Monday tradition and it’s great.

We usually chill on the bank holiday ans as the weekend was busy this is what we did. In the afternoon we decided to get out for a bit, Cabin fever was setting in!

This was really lovely ♡

Wednesday 29th May 2019

Today, with work, we visited a local farm.

It was a lovely day, really chilled It was fun being outside and visiting a farm I hadn’t been to before either.

Friday 31st May 2019

Today we met my friends little boy, Finley ♡

We hadn’t met him before and it was lovely to have cuddles he is adorable.

& it was a great excuse to get the girls together and have a bit of tea & cake.

Our friend was home for the weekend too which was great timing.

We went to my other friends in the evening for dinner which was great too.

Sunday 2nd June 2019

To round off the half term we decided to again take advantage of the lovely warm weather by taking a trip to Felixstowe.

‘Oh, I do like to he beside the seaside… 🏖’

We enjoyed a lovely meal of fish & chips, Mr Whippy & doughnuts on the beach. We had a lovely stroll along the prom before heading into the pier for some amusements. The perfect afternoon.

I even had a little paddle 🌊☀️ The weather was great.

I hope you enjoyed or are enjoying your half term!

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 23: Festive afternoon tea 🍰

Yesterday afternoon I hosted festive afternoon tea, at our flat, for my mum and two sisters. The kiddies came along too.

I thought it would be a fun way to start the Christmas hols and we all love afternoon tea so why not!?!!

What was on the menu?


Egg mayo



Mums ‘Blasts from the past’

Victoria Sponge

Mr Kipling Candy Cane slices

Jam tarts

Mini Mince Pies


Cheese pastry Christmas tree

Pigs in blankets &

Quorn cocktail sausages (Veggie)



PG tips Tea

Yorkshire Biscuit brew tea


Fruit Juice

It was really yummy and fun to think of ways to make normal afternoon tea festive.

A tasty & fun family afternoon.

Happy Christmas Eve eve!

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Raspberry & Almond slices

Cake, glorious cake!

Need I say anymore…

If, like me, you believe that cake is life then this blog post is going to be right up your street.

I love doing a spot of baking and this time I have taken inspiration from a recent dessert I had at a family meal.

These jammy, marzipan, spongy treats are layered perfection and are a great accompaniment to a cuppa.

Without further ado here are my Raspberry & Almond slices…


I followed the recipe on the BBC Good food website, because it’s just brill and their recipes always work so well. Check it out for yourself –> BBC Good Food Raspberry & Almond slices

First up,


1. Roll out that shortcrust pastry into the bottom of your traybake tin and cut to size.

2. Prick with a fork and leave to chill in the fridge for 20 mins.


3. Whilst this chills prepare your almondy sponge.

4. Cream together your eggs and sugar. Add the rest of your ingredients into an electric mixer and whisk until combined. Be ready to smell the most sumptuous sponge mixture, it’s divine.


5. Once the pastry has chilled, bake in the oven for 8-10 mins until it is cooked but not too coloured.

6. Leave to cool for a little bit then it’s time to add that fruity, jam layer.

7. Dot the jam over the pastry, no need to spread! & sprinkle over your just thawed frozen raspberries.


8. Pour over your sponge mix, sprinkle with flaked almonds and bake for 35-40 mins.

9. Leave to cool before cutting into your slices (or desired shape)


These jammy bars are made up of a few simple componants that work so well together. The frozen raspberries are a tangy hit to the tongue and the flaked almonds add a delicious crunch.


Enjoy and let me know how you get on if you give these a try.
What’s your favourite flavour combination?

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Afternoon tea: Aqua Springs 

So on Sunday we treated mum to a spa day and afternoon tea for her birthday! Her birthday was back in September but we thought half term was the perfect time to indulge. We went to Aqua Springs Spa in Colchester which is brilliant and a lot more reasonably priced than most spas, plus you can spend as long there as you like! 

If you’ve been around here before you’ll have noticed that I have reviewed a few afternoon teas (I love cake, ok!?) I mean are you even human if you don’t.

Here are the links to those if you want to check them out too…

Afternoon tea: Suffolk Food Hall

Afternoon tea: The Salthouse Harbour Hotel 

Afternoon tea: Patisserie Valerie 

So let’s get into why we’re really here, the food. I just love the mixture of things that afternoon tea brings together and it was perfect as a little treat alongside the relaxing spa. So let’s take a look.

We had a stand between two people and each stand had three tiers:

Tier one (bottom) was the savoury, a selection of sandwiches

  • Egg
  • Ham
  • Cucumber 
  • Cheese 
  • Tuna

The sandwiches were lovely, delicate finger sandwiches. The only thing I would say was that this tier could have done with something else savoury such as a little savoury tart or a sausage roll as there was alot more on both of the sweet layers.

Tier two (middle) was the scones with cream and strawberry jam. Each person got two full sized scones which was awesome. There was a really good amount of jam and cream too, you each got an individual mini jar of strawberry jam and a mini pot of cream between two. There was also some fresh strawberries on this tier which was nice. 

Tier three (top) was the cake tier.

  • Mini pieces of lemon drizzle cake
  • Mini macaroons (Pistachio, lemon, vanilla, coffee, strawberry & chocolate) 

You got three pieces of lemon drizzle each (nice and moist!) And three mini macaroons too, the variety of flavours was amazing and the meringues were chewy and crisps. 

Also served with the afternoon tea was a cup of either tea or coffee. You only got one hot drink with the afternoon tea which wasn’t quite enough, we weren’t sure if you could ask for a refill or not.

Of all the afternoon teas this one was the cheapest at £9 per person. Although I have said that there are several things that could have been added to this (because nothings perfect) for £9 it was absolutely brilliant. 

Until next time, 

Roseanne 🙂

Victoria Sponge Birthday Cake recipe 🎂

Hi guys 🖑

So I took to Twitter last week to see what you guys would like to see in my next blog post, And food won! 

This coincided with the making of my Mum’s birthday cake, her birthday was on sundayy, so I thought that, that could be the focus of this blog post because, who doesn’t love a good cake let’s be honest 👐

I used a Mary Berry recipe from the BBC food website, although she isn’t on the GBBO anymore (still hurts) she is still the queen of baking 👑

  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 225g/8oz caster sugar, plus a little extra for dusting the finished cake
  • 225g/8oz self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 225g/8oz baking spread, margarine or softbutter at room temperature, plus a little extra to grease the tins

Let’s take a look! 

My sponges aren’t very neat, but they tasted good!! 

Next up! Jam & buttercream…

Voila! Mum chose fudge pieces and white chocolate as her toppings…

The finished cake, it’s quite a beast. Not perfect but I was really pleased with the rise of the sponges and the taste.

Top tip: Let the sponges cool before pulling off the baking parchment from the bottom of the sponges!

Mary Berrys Perfect Victoria Sponge!

Until next time, 

Roseanne 🙂

Creepy cupcakes for Halloween 🕸👻

Inspired by Zoellas vlog and bake off I had a go at some creepy cupcakes ready for my sister Halloween film day/night. To see what we got up to for this take a look at my sisters blog post here.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4tbspWater boiling
  • 40gCocoa powder
  • 3Egg(s) (free range)
  • 175gButter (unsalted)softened
  • 165gUnrefined golden caster sugar 
  • 115gSelf-raising white flour
  • 1tspBaking powder rounded 

    You can also find the recipe here 🍰

    I love Mary’s recipes as she goes for the ‘mix it all in together’ approach, which makes life a lot easier for even the most serious of bakers! 

    I started by weighing out all my ingredients carefully…

    I prepped the chocolate writing fluid next by placing it in a jug of boiling water.

    This helps the chocolate inside to melt ready for your piping. I would recommended buying two tubes of this if you haven’t done much piping as I used loads just practicing and then I ran out🙈

    Once everything was ready I used my food processor (lazy I know!) to combine all the ingredients.

    The mixture looks silky and smooth when it’s combined, good enough to eat like that!!

    I like to use an ice cream scoop to put an even amount of mixture in each cupcake case. I couldn’t find any funky Halloween cases so I opted for spooky silver ones.

    Whilst they were cooking I attempted piping…

    Once my baking prong came out clean from the cupcakes I popped them on the cooling rack, the house smelt divine.

    I cheated with ready prepared chocolate buttercream as I was pushed for time but the recipe I have linked includes what you’ll need to make chocolate buttercream too.

    Here they are…

    The piping isn’t great but I tried my best! Some didn’t go to plan so I improvised with shop bought ghost marshmallows to top half of them 👻

    I got very excited when Zoella herself liked my picture of my cupcakes 🤗

    Screenshot it of course haha 🙈

    For Zoellas vlog on how to make these cupcakes follow this link- Zoella

    I hope you enjoyed this blog post!

    What’s your favorite thing about Halloween? 🎃


    Afternoon tea 🍰☕

    One of my favourite meals has to be afternoon tea and my mum enjoys it too so, when a offer came up on Groupon for Afternoon tea at Patisserie Valerie I thought why not! The Groupon was for afternoon tea for 2, £19 instead of £25.

    Me & my mum decided to go this week as it was almost the end of the voucher validity and it’s half term.

    I was really looking forward to this and we weren’t disappointed!

    Here’s the 3 tier cake stand of treats! 

    The bottom tier consisted of little finger sandwiches (cucumber, ham & mustard, smoked salmon, chicken & pesto, egg & cress) as well as a little vegetable tartlet each.

    The middle tier was the scones with clotted cream and jam. you get a mini plain and fruit scone each which was nice.

    The top tier is all about cake. You got a mini chocolate eclair each (mum swapped hers for a coffee macaroon as she doesn’t eat chocolate) a chocolate mousse cake slice, a Carrot & walnut slice, a fruit mousse slice and a mini Victoria sponge. 

    I’ve had afternoon tea a few times at the Salthouse hotel in Ipswich, this is quite a high end version at £17.50 each but I have to say I was very impressed with Patisserie Valerie’s. The selection was nice with lots of different sandwiches, yummy cakes & different scones too. Great value for money 👍

    Definatly one to try if you are a fan of afternoon tea like me.

    Where have you tried afternoon tea? Any recommendations?

    Until next time, 

    Roseanne 🙂

    The final wedding update (15) ♡

    Here it is, my final wedding blog post! I can’t believe I’m saying this but it’s a just over a week since the big day, a fact that has made me feel pretty sad this week.

    It was AMAZING.

    The cool thing about doing this blog after the wedding is that I can include lots of pictures without ruining anything for the guests.

    Apologies but it’s a long one.

    The Thursday before the wedding me and Sarah started the wedding prep by getting our nails done. We got acrylics with gel polish. I them.


    The Friday before we spent all day at Wantisden Valley setting up. Although at times it was stressful I loved bringing it all together and finally seeing our vision  in the flesh.


    Here are some pictures of the venue slowly coming to life….


    The ceremony room

    I loved the pink and green flowers for the chairs and the Daily Prophet programmes.


    The table decorations


    The flower centrepieces that I made from Pinterest looked fab on the tables, I was really pleased that all the hours of cutting and pinning were worth it, they added a unique and handmade twist to our table centrepieces.


    More of the venue including the photo booth & our Honeydukes themed sweet shop


    Outside the venue

    It took us from 11am until 6pm when the barn closed to get everything ready but it was SO worth it and went really smoothly with all our helpers pitching in.


    The next day it was all systems go from 8.30 am! First stop, hairdressers. My friend from work left us a bottle of Bucks Fizz for us to enjoy whilst we had our hair done which was lovely. It was really nice getting our hair done professionally and to see Sarah and Roxys hair as they didnt have a trial.

    My hair looked as lovely as the first time, I really started to feel like a bride when they put my veil and tiara on too.

    Next stop, Charlotte’s to get ready.


    Choccy crossaints, demolished and make up beautifully applied by Demi and it was soon 12.15 and time to leave for the venue. When the car pulled up it was so much more amazing than I ever imagined. Without a doubt it was one of my favourite bits of the day ♡




    Wedding car selfie with Dad!


    I don’t think I’ve ever been as nervous as I was walking down the aisle and standing doing my vows but, it was really lovely too, a special moment between me and Tim. People don’t lie when they say it’s a bit of a blur and that wasn’t just because of the tears!!



    After the ceremony me and Tim went for a short drive in the wedding car which was one of my favourite moments of the whole day, it was lovely to take some time together alone on our special day.


    Next up it was Pimms o clock, brushetta canapés and photos with our guests.


    Once we had taken all the photos it was time for the speeches and wedding breakfast.


    The speeches went down a treat as did the food.

    Our caterers were the Mobile Pizzeria and the food was fantastic!! We had antipasti to start with pizzas, rosemary & garlic potatoes and salad for main. Dessert was either Eton Mess or baked apples with ginger biscuits. All delicious.

    Here is our gorgeous cake made by my mum’s friend Gill, she did such a fantastic job!! We loved it.

    I saw the design for this cake in a shop window and gave that design as the basis for Gill to follow. Our little Venetian masks that we got in Venice when we got engaged looked great on top too.


    Cutting our cake


    We chose Stand by me by Ben E King as our first dance song. It was Tim’s suggestion and I thought it was a lovely and different choice for a first dance song.

    I really enjoyed this too ♡ although it’s wierd everyone watching you dance and I kept standing on my dress haha.
    You can’t see them, but I actually had cream sparkly converse on instead of my heels!!

    All that was left to do after that was to party the night away…


    It was lovely to see more of our friends arrive in the evening and we had more yummy food from the Mobile Pizzeria, pulled pork baps and Mac n cheese.

    Our DJ Paul Allen was amazing and kept us and our guests dancing all night! Me and Tim even had a game of Mr & Mrs which was a lots of fun.

    Iyla (my sister Sarah & her husband Dans niece) caught our bouquet! She was so excited bless her.

    At the end of the night we had our final song Never Forget by Take That and Paul let off two confetti cannons in our pink and green colour scheme, that was really cool and an awesome way to end a fantastic day!

    It was the best day of our lives and was as amazing as we had hoped. The planning, preparation, money and stress were more than worth it ♡

    I loved this little summary of the big day from Tim’s cousin Emma…

    Tim and Roseanne became Mr and Mrs Byford with an amazing, original and heartfelt wedding. Roseanne was the chilled-est happy, beautiful bride – Tim was a beaming, witty (seriously loved your speech) and proud groom. The cake was awesome (who made it?!) the wedding breakfast was Pizza!!! There were chocolate frogs and it was in middle earth. Roseanne won Pinterest. Pimms and canapés in the sunshine. Big group pictures and a baby A who covered his suit in smears of goats cheese. Fast forward to chocolate fountain, delicious pulled pork baps and tasty mystery meat pies and some class music and dancing. Dancing to a bunch of early 00s hits, so glad to hear year 3000 played.
    Meanwhile Tim is in the midst of becoming a Pokemon master. Suddenly everyone has put their tie around their head, crazy wedding tribe. Particularly great with Tim’s bow tie. Glad we got Stacey’s Mum and some sk8er boi in there. Classic disco. Beautiful Congo line.
    All tied up with Take That ‘Never Forget’.

    So how does it feel to get married?

    I’ll finish with this quote from Giovanna Fletchers latest book ‘Always with Love’

    ‘I needed to know that I’m unequivocally and unquestionably loved, and that whoever I choose to give my fragile heart to can be trusted to house it and keep it safe alongside their own.’

    Until next time,

    Mrs Byford 🙂