Week 1 #Project365 – 2015

Well here I am again starting year 4 of #Project365.

I was working on New Years Day, covering for sickness. When I got home I caught up with youngest son to see how his USA New Year went. He spent time making ‘dollar shirts’. His sister-in-law posted a picture to Instagram which reminded me of the one he made me a few years ago. I still have it in my purse.

On Friday after work I went to Waitrose to get part of my shopping. They had reduced loads of the Christmas stock and among it all was a few boxes of Hestons cocktail truffle chocolates. When I took the picture I hadn’t opened the box and assumed the box would be full but all it has is 12 Maltezer sized balls with different flavours of cocktails. But honestly who the hell paid £13.50 and was bitterly disappointed to see 12 little balls!! That’s over a pound each!!

Saturday was spent finishing the food shopping, buying a new toaster and looking for some new slippers for Him..When we got home a big blue box in the porch. Next has sent me catalogues… don’t know why as I’ve never opted in for them.  I dropped them a query on FB and they’ve sorted it out.

Short and sweet post for this week.

soosie wales,

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REVIEW: Hotel Chocolat Easter Goodies

I was recently approached by Hotel Chocolat to try an item from this years Easter lines. Well I wasn’t going to refuse was I?  I chose to try the Easter Pick Me Up .


Easter Pick Me Up , hotel chocolat

The packaging

Inside the box are 6 bunnies – lovely thick creamy white chocolate with an intense praline filling.  These were Hubby’s favourite.

Next up 6 Egglets – thick milk chocolate filled with a liquid Salted Caramel. I’m not keen on salted caramel but this one is really very subtle.

Lastly 4 Raspberry Zinger Egglets –  Thick vanilla seed speckled  pink chocolate with a sharp/sweet raspberry filling.  I can only describe these as LUSH!! I enjoyed nibbling the chocolate and licking out the filling taking my time over them!!  Can you tell that these were MY favourite??!

Easter Pick Me Up, Hotel Chocolat

Inside the box

The Easter Pick Me Up is a good choice if you want something a little more decadent to share with the family. Bunnies for the children, Egglets for older children and the Zingers for the grown ups.  It costs £13 – good value for a treat to share.

Why not pop over and browse the Hotel Chocolat Easter Range. Great selection and you’ll be sure to find something for everyone.


239/366 Lovely Chocolates

I won a box of Genevie chocolates – Thanks to Rhoda at Rhoda Reviews

I recieved a box of 24 chocolates in a lilac coloured box. Over the weekend we have been sampling some of them. My favourite so far is the plain chocolate one with a blanched almond on top. It was filled with a very soft marzipan flavoured centre. I love almonds and marzipan.
Eating them is an adventure as they do not come with a ‘what’s this one?’ card tucked inside. Some are also different to the website.

Although they are nice choccies, I still prefer Thorntons!

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78/366 Chocolate Pot surprise.

Postie came this morning with a parcel. I wasn’t expecting anything, on the back it said Coole Swan. I vaguely remembered they ran a competition and also had a Facebook post asking fans to email their details for a freebie.

Well inside the padded envelope was a chocolate Paddy – a solid chocolate sweetie and a chocolate pot. I thought this was just a chocolate lolly type sweet but the label on the back says to heat some milk and place the pot in the milk – it will melt and make a Hot Chocolate drink.
It looks too nice to use but I will be trying it out soon..

RECIPE – Banana and Chocolate Cake

RECIPE – Banana and Chocolate Cake

Do you have some ripe bananas that no-one wants to eat but don’t want to waste them? Do you like cake?? Then read on!

Most recipes on the internet uses a loaf tin but I only have a large one so I used a sandwich tin. It does rise up quite a bit so if you have a small loaf tin or a cake tin you may want to use that..up to you!!

To ring the changes you could also add chocolate chips or nuts.


4oz / 110g Butter or margarine
6oz / 175g Caster sugar – white or golden
2 medium eggs
2 medium to large or 3 small RIPE bananas
7oz / 200g  Self Raising Flour
1oz / 25g  Cocoa

Use either Imperial or metric measures!

Oven Setting and cooking time:

180C / 350F / GAS 4 – Cook for 40 to 50 minutes in bottom half of the oven.


  1. Preheat oven to temperature.
  2. Grease and line the loaf tin / sandwich tin / cake tin.. see above
  3. Mash Bananas – you can leave a few small lumps it will be ok..
  4. Cream butter and sugar
  5. Break eggs into a small dish and beat lightly to break yolks.
  6. Pour half the eggs into the creamed mixture and stir in.
  7. Pour in rest of eggs and stir until incorporated.
  8. Tip bananas into the mixture and stir in.
  9. Sieve flour and cocoa into the mixture a few spoons at a time and fold in with a large spoon.
  10. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and level off.
  11. Place in bottom half of the oven for 40 – 50 minutes.
  12. Check it is cooked by pushing a skewer or fine knife into the centre. If it comes out clean it’s done!!

Here’s the finished cake straight out of the oven.

Have a slice on it’s own hot or cold or top with cream, natural yogurt or custard.

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