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  • InBrand Collaborations, Family

    For The Easter Basket

    I’ve been playing Easter Bunny and putting together a little basket of goodies every year since Bella was born. I think Josh thought I was nuts going through the effort when she was just 5 months old but it’s just as much for me as it is for the children. Things like Easter, Birthdays and Christmas were never really a big deal in our family when I was growing up and I am determined for that not to be the case for my children. I love any excuse to celebrate and do something special for them.

    So I thought I would share some ideas for filling an Easter Basket. I did share a similar post a few years back here. As I have done this a few times before now, I actually already has most of the bits around the house. It certainly does not need to cost the earth or be super extravagant. This year I have kept it simple and just put a couple of Easter books in, a stuffed toy each, some bunny ears, a bag of Easter themed marshmallows and lastly some Kinder chocolate goodies from their Easter range which is available in all major supermarkets (apart from the Giant Eggs which are exclusive to Tesco and Ocado).

    Other good non chocolate items to include are things like hair clips/bows, play doh, craft supplies, bubbles, stickers and even clothes. In the first one I ever did for Bella I put a little Easter romper in there.

    We have some lovely plans with both family and friends this year and I can’t wait to celebrate Easter with our loved ones. There will be roast lamb, Easter egg hunts, my annual Easter cheesecake and lots of country dog walks I’m sure!





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    ***The lovely people at Kinder very kindly gifted us a hamper of Easter goodies in exchange for a mention in this post. All photos and words are of course my own***

  • InBrand Collaborations, Recipes

    Stuffed & Grilled Banana Boats With A Gooey Cadbury Creme Egg Ganache 

    As it’s Easter weekend I thought I would share a couple of new recipes with you that I have whipped up recently. The first is these amazing grilled banana boats with pecans, marshmallow and a gooey Cadbury Creme Egg ganache. I personally am always on the hunt for quick and easy desserts to serve when entertaining and these fit the bill perfectly! 

    What I love most about these banana boats is that they are a little bit different to your standard pudding but yet still super tasty. I would have never considered melting creme eggs into a ganache before but it works really well and tastes amazing. Although this dessert is definitely not one for the faint hearted as when paired with the gooey melted marshmallows inside the banana, it’s pretty sweet!


    Banana Boats

    • 6 large ripe bananas, unpeeled
    • 2 tbsps of chopped pecans
    • 6 tbsps of mini marshmallow

    Cadbury Creme Egg Ganache 

    • 4 Cadbury Creme Eggs
    • 100g butter

    Method For The Banana Boats

    1. Cut 6 x 12 inch sheets of foil. Heat your oven to 180 degrees
    2. With a sharp knife, make a deep cut lengthwise in the inside curve of each banana, being careful not to cut all the way through. Open the slit to form a pocket. Place each banana onto a sheet of your pre cut foil with the slit facing upwards so you can easily fill.
    3. Holding each banana in hand, fill the pocket with 1 tbsp of marshmallows and a few of the chopped pecans. 
    4. Seal the top of the foil leaving 3 inches of headspace. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the marshmallows go all gooey! 

    Method For The Cadbury Creme Egg Ganache

    1. While your banana boats are in the oven heat up a small amount of water in a saucepan and place a glass bowl over the top (like a Bain Marie).
    2. Place the 4 Cadbury Creme Eggs and butter into the glass bowl and stir gently until all the ingredients have melted together (this should take about 4-5 minutes). The mixture should be slightly gloss and quite runny.
    3. Set aside to cool for a minute of two. Once your bananas are cooked gently peel away half of the skin and drizzle the Ganache over the top along with some broken pieces of Cadbury Creme Eggs and extra marshmallows and nuts! 
    4. Serve immediately and enjoy!

    This recipe has been created by the bakers at Rinkoffs who have joined forces with Cadbury Creme Egg this Easter. If you’d like to try it for yourself before baking it, then Rinkoffs will also be selling a selection of gooey treats in the their bakeries alongside the sell-out Cadbury Creme Egg Crodough from 2016! 

    *** This is a collaborative post with Cadbury Creme Egg*** 

    Harriet XO

  • InFamily

    The Ordinary Moments ’16 #13 | Our Easter Weekend

    I love Easter. Almost as much as I love Christmas. I mean, two bank holidays, copious amounts of chocolate and big family get togethers. What’s not to love?! We had a very lovely and relaxing Easter Weekend which was wonderful considering we decided to start toilet training Bella on Good Friday, so I was expecting it to be suuuuuper stressful!

    Good Friday ended up being a very productive day sorting out our garage and taking ALOT of stuff to the tip. We then went over to my in laws in the evening for the obligatory Good Friday Fish & Chips, which was totally deserved after surviving day one of toilet training 😉

    I was up and out the house super early on Saturday as I took part in my first ever 5km park run! Eeee! I’d love to say it was a breeze, but it really wasn’t haha. Although it can’t have been thaaat bad as I’m planning to make it a regular thing 😉 While I was dragging myself around the 5km track burning my fish and chips off, Josh and Bella popped to the supermarket to get some last minute bits for the long weekend. On Saturday afternoon we had friends over for a little Easter afternoon tea, we don’t all get the chance to get together as often as we’d like now we are all leading such different lives, so it’s always so nice when we do get to catch up! Bella absolutely adores all her surrogate ‘Aunties’.

    We kicked off our Easter Sunday with croissants for breakfast as a little treat and Bella spent some time playing with her bits and pieces from her Easter basket which she was SOOO excited about, it was the sweetest thing! We then hosted a roast dinner for my side of the family which was delicious. I made miniature mini egg cheesecakes and they were divine. I absolutely love entertaining but the aftermath in my kitchen, hmm not so much 😉

    On Monday we headed to the in laws for roast lamb with all of Josh’s family, I think there was 16 of us in total! After lunch and more mini egg cheesecake, we had a little easter egg hunt in the garden for the kiddies which Bella really enjoyed. I remember her toddling around last year looking very confused by it all but this year she took it very seriously, especially as she realised there was chocolate and sweeties involved!

    Celebrating holidays with little ones really is something special. Bella had the best few days with all our favourite people and didn’t stop smiling the whole time… Although I’m pretty sure she consumed enough chocolate to last her until next Easter though. So of course, that may have been why she was loving life so much 😉

    My heart is pretty full right now and I feel so so lucky to have my little family. I’m excited to see what the next year holds for us, maybe this was our last Easter as a three?










    Linking up with Katie to share #TheOrdinaryMoments
    Thanks for reading,
    Harriet xo

  • InBella

    Bella’s Easter Basket

    One of my favourite things about Easter (apart from roast lamb and consuming copious amounts of mini eggs of course) is playing Easter Bunny. I love filling up a pretty basket with some cute goodies for Bella to open on Easter Sunday and this will actually be the third one I have done for her. I can’t wait to see her little face when she finds it, egg surprises are her favourite thing ever so the Kinder Bunny I have got is probably going to blow her little mind 😉 I know some people think it’s a bit over the top, but I really enjoy collecting all the little bits and bobs for it, it doesn’t have to be overly expensive and it’s become a bit of a tradition now which I love, I hope it’s something she remembers fondly when she’s older and something she may even go on to re create for her children one day.

    Bella was only around 6 months old for her first Easter so her basket included a soft toy, some Easter books, the cutest little romper and bunny ears of course!

    Her second one included more books, bubbles, stickers, a beaker, some marshmallows, a couple of mini chocolate treats and some bunny head boppers because naturally I lost the ears from the year before 😉

    Finally here’s a look at what goodies are in Bella’s Easter basket this year. I bought most of the bits from my local Sainsburys this time apart from the bunny ears which were from pound land last year.

     Daisy Headband (How friggin’ cute?!)

    Pastel Hairbands & Hair Clips

    Two Tubs Of Play Doh

    Bunny & Chick Marshmallows

    Usbourne Easter Sticker Book

    ‘Love’ By Emma Dodd Book

    Kinder Egg Surprise Bunny

    Smarties Filled Mini Chocolate Chick

    Bunny Ears (Re used from last year)


    Are you making an Easter Basket for your little one this year?

    Thanks for reading
    Harriet xo