Blogmas Day Eighteen: My favourite Festive Snacks 😋🎄🍽

I LOVE festive food (& food in general) and Christmas is one of those times of year where we indulge a little more, enjoy a few of our favourite snacks and have a nice time.

… I like having some of these, particularly, at Christmas as they make me feel super festive, but obviously alot of them can be had at other times of the year!

Here are some of my favourites…

A absolute festive staple.

This is one of my favourite chocolates. I would of course eat this at other times of the year but, I often just get the grab bags or bars, saving the actual chocolate orange for christmas time.

It always feels so festive, perhaps it’s the Christmas/clementine similarity.

And thanks to old Saint Nick, I always get one in my stocking.

Now I do only eat these ones at Christmas! Mince pies.

These are a treat that I have started to like only over the last five years or so, and I love them throughout November and December.

Me and my work friend did a mince pie taste testing this year so look out for that in a Blogmas post to come.

Shortbread is my favourite type of biscuit and I LOVE them at Christmas. I especially love the M&S Christmas, musical tins. These little packs of Chritmas trees are delish too.

Tesco’s Christmas shortbread selection tins are my favourite in terms of taste, super delicious and with lots of sugar on top.

PRINGLES! The ultimate crisps.

I try not to eat tooooo many because they really are addictive!! So I always get these for Christmas as they are a buffet essential 👌🏻

Sour Cream and Chive are my absolute fave.

Hot Chocolate is a Christmas must have!

Perfect for the cold weather and these are a couple of my favourites.

I recently discovered the Cadbury hot chocolate and how good it is. I’m sure I’ve tried it before but not made it well, because I can’t get enough of it now!! I was definatly making it wrong Haha.

Mint hot chocolate is my favourite flavour and there is something about the minty taste that makes me feel super festive.

Hot chocolates are so cosy 🥰

Crackers & cheese are a Christmas must have. Great as a little snack or part of an epic buffet.

& finally…

Our tipple of choice!

It’s got to be a nice, ice cold fruit cidar. I don’t really drink casually, but I do love to have a few of these in the fridge, ready for the festive period 🎄

It’s one of the times of year that I do actually fancy a casual one here and there.

What are your favourite festive snacks?

Until Next Time,

Roseanne 🙂

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 🙂

Blogmas Day 21: Our Festive Snack table 🎄😁🍴

As I have said previously, the festive food goodies are one of my favourite bits of Christmas.

It’s great to enjoy some yummy treats, surrounded by friends and family.

There are a few treats that we get every year and this year we (mainly me haha) have taken that a bit further and have been creating a ‘Festive snack table’.

Everytime we’ve gone to a supermarket or seen a tasty, tempting snack we’ve picked it up for the table and it’s starting to look rather good.

This is great for cosy evenings and if any guests come over during the festive period.

Here’s what we have included on our snack table…


Festive chocs are a must! Especially for a chocoholic like me!!

A Christmas classic is the matchmaker style chocolates. I picked these up in Aldi in both the chocolate orange and mint flavours.

I also got a selection of truffles.

We have the new Malteaser truffles that are amazing and, my husband’s favourite, the Lindt Lindor truffles. I picked those up in the original milk chocolate flavour and the new Mint flavour, they look so festive 🎄

You have to have a tub of chocolates at Christmas time, it’s a must. Whether your favourite is Heroes, Celebrations or Quality Street these just feel so Christmassy.

My favourites are Heroes (Cadburys ftw!) Where as my husband’s is Celebrations.


Shortbread is my absolute favourite biscuit and a Christmas must have. I love those festive tins too. I have my favourites, the Tesco tin, and I’m also trying out the Aldi shortbread too.

Mince Pies

I’ve really been enjoying mince pies this year and I’ve been testing as many different ones as I can (It’s a tough job but someones gotta do it!!)

Co-op have come out on top so far but I’ve also been trying the Tesco, Aldi and M&S ones, just to be sure! Haha.

Specialty items

I discovered my love of Panattone last year when I was gifted one, so this year I purchased one of Aldi’s Pandoro, I can’t wait to try it.

Savoury Snacks

Our savoury snack choices this year were of course Pringles and Aldi’s version, stackers as well as Twiglets and Mini cheddars.


These cute Robin treats were part of Aldi’s Christmas range and we couldn’t resist. On the right is a hollow chocolate robin character and on the left is a chocolate orange celebration cake.

I hope I can bring myself to cut into them, they are pretty cute!!

So, that’s our snack table! What’s your favourite festive snack?

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 🙂

Mini Slimming World food Haul 🍴

I’ve grabbed quite a few different and new Slimming World friendly products this recently during our weekly food shops so I thought I would fill you guys in. 

Let’s start with savory…

Butternut squaffles

These are so tasty and a great alternative to high syn waffles and chips. Butternut squash is an S too which is great and it means a less carb loaded meal which is nice to have sometimes. 

Skin on Sweet potatoe chips 

Sweet potatoes are quite hard to cut up and I was feeling a bit lazy haha. These are super tasty and a yummy alternative to normal potatoe chips.

Courgette lasagne sheets 

Again these were a nice alternative to pasta lasagne sheets and are an S which is even better. These can just be layered inbetween the usual mince and cheese sauces without any need to be pre cooked! Much quicker, less faffing about.

Heck chicken sausages

These sausages are so yummy and only 0.5 syn for 2. I know it may seem wierd as they are chicken but they make a nice alternative to pork sausages and have a really nice flavour. The Italia ones with mozzarella & tomato are my favourites.

Porky lights sausages 

These are so tasty and only 0.5 syn each which is awesome for pork sausages. These are so good! Their only downfall is the price so I try to grab them when they are on offer.

Hula hoop pufts, ready salted

These crisps are really nice and great as a snack. They are 3 syns a bag which is really low for crisps.

And sweet…

Muller light Yoghurt 

Completely free and so yummy. An excellent dessert, snack or addition to a packed lunch.

Fibre one squares 

These fibre one treats are only 4 syns each, and trust me they are worth it! The chocolate brownies in particular are as good (if not better) than many cafe brownies. They also come in Lemon drizzle and salted caramel flavour. 

Chocolate coated rice cake bars 

These are a great chocolate fix and I love having these as a snack at work. These are 4.5 syns per bar. I also have these in chocolate orange flavour which is my favourite.
And of course…lots of fresh fruit and veg! This is probably the bulk of our weekly shop but so worth it and super good for you. We always have apples, Pears, strawberries & raspberries (when available) and lots of salad veg such as toms, peppers, cucumber etc as these are my favourites to eat.

I’m going to do a post soon with some yummy Slimming World recipes so if you liked this post keep your eyes peeled for that 👍

Until next time, 

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas day 23: Festive baking 

This is so wierd, I planned to do my festive baking today at the beginning of the week and I got a notification today on Facebook telling me that day 22 of last year’s Blogmas was festive baking too, how wierd. So looks like Dec 22nd is Blogmas baking day! Although this year I have had to post it on the 23rd as I already had a post ready for today, anyway…

I did plan to do these in more than one post but the time has completely got away from me (seriously where has Blogmas gone?!?) and so I’m doing it all in one mega baking blog post. 

So, what’s on the menu?

  • Mini heart mince pies
  • Chocolate orange cupcakes 
  • Gingerbread men 

    First up, Mince pies! I made these using a Slimming World recipe, you can check that out here

    My little helper!

    I went for a heart on top (less festive than a star I know) as I couldn’t find my small star cutter. These still look lovely and the hearts are quite cute.

    These went down a treat in class, since these were ready and Slimming World friendly I thought I’d take them to my class that day as we were having our Christmas party. They didn’t last long at all.

    Next up, chocolate orange cupcakes!

    These were made using a Mary Berry recipe, Queen of baking who else could be better!! Check out the recipe here 

    I have to admit that I used pre made icing as I didn’t have time (or enough bowls!!) to make this too, thanks Mrs Crocker for saving me 👍

    I used the chocolate orange minis in the grab bags to pop in the middle (a yummy, gooey surprise) and to decorate on top of the cupcakes as these are a better size than the large segments of a full chocolate orange 🍊🍫 That’s just my preference but it worked really well.

    This cupcake set came from TK Maxx and was only £4.99. It comes with cupcake cases of two different designs and four different Christmas cupcake toppers. I love this cute little set! It would also make a lovely gift for any baking fans. 

    And finally, gingerbread men!

    I’ve never made these before (& to be honest my sister did most of the prep for these ones anyway) but these are soooo good and they smelt so Christmassy.

    This recipe is again from Queen Mary Bez and I found it on the BBC Good Food site (best site for cooking & baking, failsafe recipes galore!) gingerbread men recipe

    These smelt amazing and taste so yummy. From this recipe they are a tasty mix of a shortbread biscuit with a yummy taste of ginger to them. If you wanted to have a stronger flavoured biscuit I’d recommend adding more ginger and the cinnamon to add that spice. I didn’t add the cinnamon to mine as I hate the stuff, yuk.

    I really liked how these looked when they were done so I didn’t add any decoration to them but you could pipe on detailing or add sweets for buttons and features if you wanted to.

    Noah was such a good little helper and he loved rolling out the doughs and cutting out the gingerbread men (and tasting them at the end too of course)

    A fun, festive and yummy way to spend an afternoon. I can’t wait to have a cuppa at work with a gingerbread man and I’m going to serve the cupcakes at our Christmas party tommorrow!

    In my beauty advent calender today…

    A gorgeous red lipstick! 💋 I love how many different lipsticks you get with this advent, it’s perfect for starting a lipstick collection & since I only really had liquid lipsticks before this has been great for me. I’ve found a new love for creme lipsticks throughout December! I’ll definatly be wearing them more often now.

    Here’s a swatch…

    You can’t beat a festive red!

    It’s Christmas eve eve, 2 days to go! 😁

    Ho Ho Ho 

    Roseanne 🎅