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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Sweet Treats for Your Valentine

As Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share my recipes for home made sweet treats that would be ideal for your Valentine. Of course these don't have to be saved just for Valentine's Day and can be eaten all year round, but what a great excuse to eat some heart shaped food.

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More sweet Valentine recipes from fellow bloggers :

Raspberry Coconut Ice Pops - Casa Costello

White Chocolate & Raspberry Cupcakes - Lovely Appetite

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting - A Strong Coffee

Valentine's Day Chocolate Tart - Easy Peasy Foodie

No Bake Cheesecake Pots - Basement Bakehouse

Coconut Mango Waffles - Recipes from a Pantry

Fruity Mini Cheesecake - The Intolerant Gourmand

You can find these recipes and more on my Valentine's Day Pinterest Board :

Friday, 10 February 2017

Swagbucks Chocolate Dipped Team Challenge

Here's another fun team challenge to help you earn SB from Swagbucks! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 

If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes!

They have one themed around Valentine's day - the Chocolate Dipped Team Challenge begins Monday, 13 February. 

Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:
1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team. Pre-registration is going on right now! If you don't already have an account, you can sign up on this page as well.
2. Starting 13 February at 4pm GMT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.
3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far. 

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card! 

Not only that, but if you earn 300 SB before 1 March, you'll get a 300 SB bonus (as long as you've signed up under me)!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 40 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 20 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, February 17th and will expire on Tuesday, February 28th at 7:59am GMT or 11:59pm PT

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Revive your Lunch-Life - Sea Salt & Black Pepper Crackers for Soup

It's easy to get into a bit of a rut with lunches and sometimes you need to think outside of the box a little to put a bit of spice back in your lunch-life. It should be easy for me as I work from home and have the world at my feet when it comes to ingredients (unless it's a day like Monday when I was talking for too long after the school run and missed my grocery delivery, whoops!), but I often find myself not knowing what to eat for lunch.

The Covent Garden Soup Company asked me to be part of their Revive your Lunch-Life campaign and to create a recipe to accompany one of their many soups.

Sea Salt & Black Pepper Crackers for Soup

I love soup, especially home made, but I can't always be bothered to spend my morning peeling and chopping to make a batch of fresh soup. Plus, y'know, I would want some fresh crusty bread and thickly spread butter to dip into it, and plain bread doesn't hit the spot for me.

These sea salt and black pepper crackers, however, do hit the spot. They are salty but not so salty that it leaves you gasping for water, and they are the perfect amount of peppery, which for me is quite peppery, and are great dipped in soup as they stay crispy.

Sea Salt & Black Pepper Crackers for Soup

It was hard to decide what flavour soups to get as so many of them sounded so tasty, such as Chicken and Chorizo Jambalaya, Boston Bean & Monterey Jack or Broccoli Pea & Pesto, but that decision was taken out of my hands when I reached my local Tesco as they only had a handful of flavours in stock. I went for Slow Roasted Tomato, as tomato soup is always a big hit in this house so I knew I wouldn't be alone in eating it. With just 84 calories per 300g serving (half a standard carton), it was a healthy option too.

The crackers are easy to make, and make a great alternative to bread, whether you eat your soup at home or on the go, and are made from just a few ingredients found in most store cupboards. If you use white flour you may need to reduce the quantity of water as wholemeal flour tends to need more.

Sea Salt & Black Pepper Crackers for Soup Sea Salt & Black Pepper Crackers for Soup

How do you revive your Lunch-Life?

This recipe has been commissioned for The Covent Garden Soup Company

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Play & Earn with Swagbucks Swago

Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It's a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly. With Valentine's Day around the corner, why not do your gift shopping online and earn cash back while you're at it?
Here’s what you need to know to get your 200 SB Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):
  • Shop Swago will begin on 6 February at 4pm GMT, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change colour signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • The game ends 9 February at 8pm GMT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

If you sign up to Swagbucks during February using my referral link & earn 300 SB before the end of the month you will receive a bonus of 300 SB during the first week of March. If you sign others up using your own referral link and they do the same you will receive 300 SB for each referral.


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