Valentine’s Day – the Isle of Man way

I’m not a massive Valentine’s Day fan – February is all about the pancakes for me!!
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Just in case you LOVE valentines, I’ve put together a little blog post to get you ahead of the game and getting the best valentines presents ever for your love 😍😍
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How to say ‘I love you’ in more than words?
If your Manx then you NEED to get a card from island of social @islandofsocial – they’ll totally express your feelings in just the right way!

Or how about letting a ballon do the talking?! There’s some GORGEOUS balloons available from little big balloons –
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Flowers are never a bad idea! And there’s so many beautiful options for flowers on the Isle of Man 😍
My faves are –

Flower girl – @flowergirl_iom http://www.flowergirl.im/

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The flower studio – @flowerstudioiom http://www.flowerstudio.im/

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And Robinson’s flowers – https://www.robinsonsflowers.im/?gclid=CjwKCAiA1ZDiBRAXEiwAIWyNCwrznVTHKy_HpC7fXlyl0Kga2XeH4nZIl_4PTIuRBKcFb_Ha96e6ea7-ceb9-4272-bc11-f9d8be140efc0WDFQEhoCQVsQAvD_BwE

Why not treat your loved one to a voucher from their fave pampering palace? Everyone loves to be oameoered and if it’s free – even better!!

My fave places are –

Nails – nails at lime studio http://www.limestudio-iom.com/book-now/

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Hair – passion https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Hair-Salon/Passion-142869039121968/

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Massage – libra massage https://m.facebook.com/urbansportsmassage/

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Tan – peel tan https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=576265149225038&ref=content_filter

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Beauty salon – glamper van https://app.shedul.com/online_bookings/65082/link

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Full on pamper day / spa – the Kings spa – http://www.kingspa.im/

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lingerie is nice but hard to buy right!! And nothing says I love you more than a personalised snuggly jumper 😍 choose one of the gorgeous designs by Kate of stripe and shine or message her to design your own!! I love this lip stick print one – how valentinesy is that?! – @stripeandshine https://www.stripeandshine.com/

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Want something a little different for your valentines meal out? We are so lucky in the Isle of Man to have the most amazing restaurants and food establishments but what about treating your loved one to a cooking experience instead! @cookshackiom is an amazing, fun and tasty experience and a voucher is perfect for a gift!

 

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Or if you don’t want to cook then @noabakehouseiom and @thealpine_cafe are perfect relaxed venues to eat amazing food with your love ❤️

Is your loved one still in their ‘new year new me’ phase? Well done ruin it by buying chocolates, why not send them a fruit basket instead? Gorgeous options from Robinson’s available – https://www.robinsonsflowers.im/prod_cat/C_fruit-basket_12.html

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Or how about making fitness fun for them by getting them a monthly pass to Active souls training sessions (I would only buy this if they themselves are wanting to get fit…….. you don’t want a black eye in return for your present!!) 😂😂
These sessions look great and perfect for making a work out a joy – https://www.activesouls.co.uk/blog

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Or how about a romantic golf lesson for two with your very own golf pro!! I can highly recommend @charliesimpsonproshop Charlie Simpson – he’s a really lovely guy and you and yours will have a brill time that’s for sure!

How about a romantic break away in a cute little holiday cottage? @harrys_cottage in peel has all you need for a perfect break from reality with your love 😍 http://www.isleofmancottages.info/

and @islandescapesim has some AMAZING venues for rent too! Go and check out their local deals 😍

 

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And of course the biggie – jewellery 💍 whether it’s the essential prop for popping the question or a pair of earrings you’re looking for then Element isle has you covered. We got our wedding bands from here and they are stunning 😍 really different and stunning – go have a look! – https://www.etsy.com/shop/clairepearse

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So many wonderful things you can buy your Partner or wanna be partner. Shop local if you can coz it’s so special and different that way too!!

Hope I’ve given you some inspo and I’ll be back with loads of pancake ideas on the real day we should celebrate in February hahaha 😂😂😍😍❤️❤️

Vegan pesto

Lots of people have asked how I make my nutfree pesto. I made it the other morning so i wrote it down. I also use vegan cheese so this is safe for school, vegan , ridiculously easy to make and delicious!!! 💚💚

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💚 you need –

. 💚25g basil

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💚1 garlic clove

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💚40g vegan Parmesan (I used @violife_foods)

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💚Zest and juice 1 lemon .

💚60ml extra virgin olive oil .

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💚💚💚whack it all in the @nutribulletuk and whizz – easy as that! Store in a sealed container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

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Perfect for school lunches!! .

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Miss 3 took hers the other day in her @oogaababy bowl with lid and some fruit in her @innobabyllc tub 😍

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Enjoy!!

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#vegan #veganrecipes @thefeedfeed.vegan @thefeedfeed #pesto #veganpesto #nutfree #nutsafe #glutenfreevegan #nutfreevegan #nutfreepesto #safeforschool #pestopasta #tasty #clean

Carrot cake porridge

Carrot cake for breakfast?!! 🥕🍰

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Sort of! Carrot cake oats 😍😍

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Sweet and spicy and everything a carrot cake should be but #refinedsugarfree #vegan #glutenfree but in a bowl and healthy enough for breakfast !

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🥕50g gluten free oats

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🥕200ml soya milk

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🥕1 large carrot, peeled and grated .

🥕1 tsp cinnamon

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🥕1/4 tsp ground ginger .

🥕pinch nutmeg .

🥕1 tbsp @sweetfreedomuk fruit syrup

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🥕1 tbsp sultanas .

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🥕🥕put all ingredients in a pan and bring to the boil, heat on a simmer for 6 minutes until thick and creamy .

🥕🥕serve in 2 @bamboo_bamboo.uk bowls .

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Literally the nicest porridge I’ve ever had! I’ve seen this idea on IG a few times and have been desperate to try it myself 😍 it is SO GOOD! Give it a go guys! PERFECT autumn morning fodder 🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂

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Getting pretty sick of saying ‘the girls wouldn’t even try it’ so I won’t tell you that……🙄🙄

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#oats #porridge #glutenfreevegan #carrotcake #carrotcakeoatmeal #carrotcakeoats #carrotcakeporridge #warming #spices #cinnamon #yum @thefeedfeed @thefeedfeed.vegan #showusyouroats

Apple and blackberry chia jam

Is there anything more autumnal than Apple and blackberry EVERYTHING?!! 🍏🍎

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I love making this apple and blackberry jam with added chia from @thechiaco for added goodness!! 😍

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You need –

200g blackberries, rinsed .

2 apples, peeled and chopped .

1 shot chia .

1 -2 tbsp maple syrup .

2 tbsp water .

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Add all Ingredients, apart from the chia seeds to a pan, bring to the boil and simmer until apples are soft and reduced.

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Mash the mixture down with a potato masher or back of a fork

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Remove from heat

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Add chia shot – mix well

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Transfer to @ballpreservinguk jars

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Set in fridge for at least 4 hours or over night .

Enjoy!!! .

This is perfect on toast or stirred into warming porridge and topped with chopped apples and fresh blackberries 😍

You can use any fruit at all! I often use blueberries on their own with the syrup and chia seeds – delish

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Happy Wednesday guys 🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂

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#homemadejam #chiajam #appleandblackberry #appleandblackberryjam #autumn🍁 #autumfeels #tasty #clean #vegan #glutenfreevegan #spon

Slow cooker vegan curry

At last!!! A food picture on a food account 😂😂 .

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Been getting all excited for Christmas and focusing on what our @elfontheshelf has been doing rather than focusing on food 😂

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Just popped this sweet potato, butternut squash, lentil and chickpea curry in the slow cooker 😍 prepping for the week! .

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Inspired by @littleveggieeats magic curry to make this #vegan curry for the week but tweaked it a bit and made it in the slow cooker. .

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I’ll post the recipe when I serve it unless any wants it now?

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Cosy Sundays are the BEST 😍😍

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Here you go @jodie_leex – just for you 😘( ps totally just bought ready chopped sweet potatoes and butternut squash from marxies 😂😂)

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🌱300g red lentils, rinsed well

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🌱350g butternut squash, peeled and chopped evenly

. 🌱350g sweet potato, peeled and chopped evenly .

🌱1 onion, diced

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🌱2 tsp garlic purée

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🌱1tbsp tomato purée .

🌱1 1-2 tsp curry powder .

🌱1tsp coriander (ground)

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🌱1 tsp garam masala .

🌱1 tsp cinnamon .

🌱1 tsp ground cumin .

🌱400mL can coconut milk- full fat .

🌱400g can of diced tomatoes, including juices .

🌱1 400g can chickpeas, drained .

🌱3 portions of frozen spinach .

🌱600ml vegetable stock .

. 🌱🌱Add all to slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours . .

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#curry #foodprep #vegan #glutenfree #glutenfreevegan #slowcooker #slowcookermeals #crockpotmeals #tasty #clean #dairyfree #eggfree #nutfree #veggies #sweetpotato #butternutsquash #winterwarmers #comfortfood #slowcookercurry #eattherainbow #healthy #filling #yum @thefeedfeed.vegan

Hidden veggie pasta

🚨Mum down 🚨

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Sorry for the lack of posts recently but I’ve been feeling like 🐶💩 for a while and worse this week. The girls have been happy living off chippy chips (thanks Mr BTF) spaghetti hoops and beans for the recent but thought I’d best get some goodness in them today.

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It’s nothing earth shattering, but it’s vegan and can be gluten free. It was minimal effort as I’m still not feeling great but it got 6 different veggies in us all 🙌🏻

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You can use fresh but I had a bag of frozen Mediterranean chargrilled vegetables in the freezer (aubergine, courgette, peppers, onions and cherry tomatoes) which I cooked for 30 mins, threw in a food processor with a tin of chopped tomatoes and 2 portions of frozen spinach, a tbsp of tomato purée and 1tsp garlic purée and whizzed.

Mixed it up with cooked pasta (gluten free for me) and it was a hit. First meal I’ve eaten in a few days and the girls cleared their plates as did Mr BTF ✌🏻

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Hurry up summer – I’m ready for you now 😪

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Massive respect to single parents or parents who’s parents work away or single carers or anyone doing this stuff on your own – YOU’RE AMAZING!! It’s not fun when there’s someone to help when you’re poorly so you guys rock 😘😘

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#glutenfreevegan #vegan #veganuary #pastaforthewin #poorlymama #poorlymum #singleparentsrock #pasta @buddyandbear #meditteraneanvegetables #chargrilledveg #hiddenveg #sneakyveg #5aday #pastasauce #veggiesauce #tomatosauce #pastalovers #foodiesofIG #FAMILYFOOD #quickandeasymeals #meatfreemonday @thefeedfeed.vegan @thefeedfeed

Salmon tray bake

I’ve not done a tray bake in AGES but saw some lovely salmon fillets at @robinsonsiom yesterday so knew what to make for a quick and easy tea tonight. .

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The girls did try some but I had to bribe them with a Jaffa cake to eat a piece…….. they weren’t fans! They had Macdonalds for tea after school with some friends to celebrate breaking up for easter hols tomorrow 🙌🏻🙌🏻

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This dish was inspired by my gorgeous girl Kayla @thefamilyfoodproject ✌🏻✌🏻

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You will need- .

🐟2 boneless salmon pieces dressed with;

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🐟1tsp garlic purée

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🐟1 tbsp sesame oil

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🐟1 tsp honey (no honey under 12 months) .

🐟1 tbsp lemon juice

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🐟sprinkle of sesame seeds

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Placed on tray with extra lemon and asparagus .

Bakeat 200c for 25mins.

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I honestly find this one of the tastiest meals I’ve found on IG – see for yourself! .

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#dailyfoodfeed #feedfeed #salmon #toddlermeals #healthykids #healthylife #tastyhealthyfood #sheetpanmeal #realfood #quickandeasymeals #omega3 #pescatarian #wholefamilyfood #healthy #clean #tastytoddlermeals #babyfood #toddlerfood #blw #weaning #babyledweaning #familymeals #eatclean #healthyfamilyfood #easytoddlerfood #quicktoddlermeals #homemadefood #funfoodforkids #theytrieditatleast

One tray summer chicken

One pot meals for winter – one sheet meals for summer ❤️❤️☀️☀️

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I’m not about faffing in the kitchen for hours or doing loads of Washing up but I don’t want to miss out on flavour! .

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1 sheet meals are where it is AT!! So easy and so tasty!!

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For this balsamic chicken and roasted veg you need – .

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☀️ 2 chicken breasts, halved

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☀️1 yellow pepper (sliced and de-seeded)

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☀️ baby tomatoes on the vine

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☀️4 garlic cloves, peeled and halved .

☀️ fresh @staarvey_farm thyme .

☀️I red onion, quartered .

☀️ drizzle of balsamic vinegar .

☀️drizzle of olive oil .

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☀️☀️preheat oven to 180c

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☀️☀️line a pan with baking paper .

☀️☀️place chicken, peppers, onions, tomatoes and garlic on the tray, top with thyme and drizzle with oil and vinegar

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☀️☀️ bake for an hour, turning the chicken half way

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☀️☀️ I served with pasta in a homemade tomato sauce that was just 1 tin chopped tomatoes, 2 tbsp tomato purée, 1/2tsp garlic purée and splash of balsamic vinegar and 1 tsp sugar – whizz in @nutribulletuk and warm through 😍😍

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I got all my Ingredients from @robinsonsiom – love how I can get so many local products there!! .

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Quick and easy and tasty AF 😘

Jam filled strawberry cupcakes

🍰Summer baking 🍰

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I was up at @robinsonsiom again yesterday and saw these beautiful edible flowers from @staarvey_farm and was inspired to make these mini Victoria sponge cakes ❤️

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I got all the ingredients from Robinson’s and most of them are Manx! Robinson’s have their #summeroflove open day at their cooil road store tomorrow, 30th June from 10am where there will be showcasing the best local suppliers, tastings, samples and fun kids activities! Get yourselves up there! .

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If you want to recreate these delicious cupcakes you will need –

Ingredients. .

❤️❤️For the sponge – .

❤️175g @iomcreamery butter, at room temperature .

❤️175g @laxeyflour self-raising flour

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❤️150g caster sugar

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❤️½ tsp baking powder

. ❤️3 large @closeleecefarm eggs

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❤️½ tsp vanilla extract

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❤️❤️For the icing:

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❤️175g @iomcreamery butter, at room temp

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❤️½ tsp vanilla extract

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❤️350g icing sugar, sifted

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❤️❤️For the filling-

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❤️Manx strawberry jam

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❤️❤️For the decoration .

❤️@staarvey_farm edible flowers

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❤️Dehydrated Manx strawberries .

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❤️❤️directions . ❤️In a large bowl add all the ingredients for the sponge and mix well in a mixer

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❤️preheat oven to 180c and line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake cakes

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❤️evenly split the batter between the cases and bake for 22-25 mins

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❤️leave to cool and then with the top of a piping attachment (or a teaspoon) scoop out a hole in the top of each cake, fill the hole with a tap of jam and replace the scooped out cake.

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❤️mix the icing Ingredients in another mixing bowl and pipe on top of each cake

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❤️decorate with the gorgeous flowers and the crumbled strawberry (a fresh strawberry on top works just as well!)

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Let me know if you make them!!

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Happy summer days! ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

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#isleofman #localproduce #manxtothemax #edibleflowers #pretty #baking #homemade #cakes #cupcakes #victoriasponge #robinsonsiom #familyfunday #iomlovinglocal

Watermelon ice pops

Watermelon pops!!

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Quick quick! Go and cut up your watermelon, stick some lolly pop sticks in each piece, freeze for an hour at least, melt some dark choc and dip each bit in and sprinkle on some funfetti sprinkles and enjoy!!

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You can freeze for longer if you like (or while you’re at work today!) just make sure you leave it out for a bit longer to soften up before you eat ✌🏻

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*please be careful when giving to younger kids as frozen bits of food can be a chocking risk * .

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DELISH!!

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Vegan by the way if you use dark choc and vegan sprinkles! You can sprinkle with coconut, sliced almonds, rock salt, freeze dried strawberries – ANYTHING!! Let your imagination run wild!! .

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Let me know if you make these I’d love to see what you decorate them with! .

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#monday #watermelon #watermelonpops #frozenwatermelon #hothothot #summertime #healthieroptions #kidapproved #eattherainbow🌈 #iglollies #lollypop #melonpop