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“Keep Calm
Bake Cookies”

Wind and rain has attacked most of the UK today. Reports are that one person has been killed in a freak hailstorm, the South Coast is being lashed with rain and floods and the North of the country is seeing a complete whiteout with Snow…


So what can you do? Bake cookies! Technically we cheated, and these are made from ready prepared dough courtesy of Waitrose. They even came with the cutter and decorations!


There were shortbread stars and gingerbread man – the Oranges from yesterday are no longer making the house smell Christmassy so this was a great replacement. I’m not sure what we can do on the orange thing – any suggestions to prolonging the beautiful smell would be gratefully received!


The image below – well we’re not quite sure what we intended that one to be. Suffice to say it’s a definite mess and not ginger-bready in the slightest! Bits of leftovers combined to make it…


And the whole time we were baking? Buddy snuck onto the sofa to relax in his favourite chair with my favourite blanket…!


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“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
― Carl Sagan

As I type this, I’m really hoping that the object I photographed today turns out alright! I haven’t baked anything in a while, and I decided today that I wanted to make something that was relatively low in calories, and quite healthy – but tasty at the same time. I scoured the internet and found a recipe for Apple Betty – so me being me, changed it all around!

I used my new mixing bowl – bought yesterday on an evening shopping trip to John Lewis with my Mother. We invested in a large and a small one, and came to the agreement that she could buy the matching milk jug. Everybody needs a matching milk jug of course. It looks pretty!

The recipe said to use cinnamon. But I only had Apple Pie Spice which basically smells the same anyway. It smelt really good actually, cooking away in the oven this evening. I was quite pleased with achieving a yankee candle smell for less price than their housewarmer jars! And I just peeked – the end result looks awesome, even if I do say so myself…


340g/12 0z Eating Apples

57g/20z Sultanas (I used half this amount as nobody likes too many!)

8 eggs

42g Artificial Sweetner

Dash of Vanilla Essence

2 pots of Vanilla with Chocolate Sprinkles Mullerlight Yoghurt

Apple Pie Spices / Or Cinnamon


  • Peel Core and slice the apples. Put them into a shallow (ish) dish and sprinkle the sultanas over the top. Beat the eggs with the artifical sweetner and vanilla. Add the yoghurts and beat again. Pour the mixture over the apples and sultanas and sprinkle it with the spice. Cook in a moderate oven 190 degrees/Gas mark 5 until set which is approximately 40 minutes.

The taste, because I had to try a bit of course – is something akin to bread and butter pudding. Of course with much less calories! It’s light, fluffy, not too dry and quite filling (yes I only had two bites – so far!)

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