Thanksgiving Countdown: Pumpkin Pie

It's just 5 days until Thanksgiving and I cannot wait! We will be celebrating with a big family dinner at mom's, with each of us bringing our allocated dish. There will be roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, carrots and green beans and then there's the Thanksgiving dessert. But while dessert is the dish that me and my sweet tooth … Continue reading Thanksgiving Countdown: Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving Countdown: Biscuits & Gravy

Catching up with family and friends is fantastic, but every meeting is held over brunch, lunch or dinner. So while I thought my waistline was going to be endangered by the legendary American portions, it is in fact back home in England where I can feel the pounds invading my hips. The food in America is … Continue reading Thanksgiving Countdown: Biscuits & Gravy

Thanksgiving Countdown: Skillet Cornbread

I've just arrived in the UK and am SO excited to be back. I love living in Seattle, but as Dorothy said "There's no place like home" and who could argue with a girl in such fabulous shoes?!!! But there was something rather disagreeable waiting for me in the arrivals lounge at Heathrow - not my family, my girlfriends, or even George … Continue reading Thanksgiving Countdown: Skillet Cornbread

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies

Today is always one of the hardest days of the year for me, because today is my husband's birthday. That's not to say it isn't a day of happiness and celebration, because it most definitely is, but like many other men, my husband is insanely difficult to buy a gift for. He is the man who has everything, … Continue reading Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies

Sticky Toffee Apple Cupcakes

Remember, remember! The fifth of November,  The Gunpowder treason and plot! The 5th November is Guy Fawkes night in the UK, an annual celebration of Guy Fawkes' failed plot to blow up the House of Lords with gunpowder and kill King James the First. Every year we now celebrate the survival of the King with large bonfires, topped with a … Continue reading Sticky Toffee Apple Cupcakes

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chilli

The evenings are drawing in and there's a brisk chill in the air, so I've been seeking warmth and comfort in whatever which way I can. One morning, looking out at a grey sky full of rain clouds I decided to make a bold move and re-light the fires of an old flame. I don't think my husband will mind, … Continue reading Slow Cooker White Chicken Chilli

Halloween Fright Night Fudge

Why do the weekends always go too quickly? Especially when they are great weekends like the one I just had. It was typically cold, wet and grey outside, but I spent most of it inside, cosy and warm, huddled up on the sofa with my hubby. I didn't even have to cook as our Mom … Continue reading Halloween Fright Night Fudge

Spookadoodles Halloween Snickerdoodle Cookies

Trick or treat? Trick or treat?  Let's bake something good to eat,  Something spooky, scary and mean, Spookadoodles for Halloween! It's just one week until Halloween, and yes, I'm still excited! I have eaten so much pumpkin I'm starting to turn orange and my waistline is steadily becoming pumpkin-shaped due to all the Halloween candy I've devoured. By the … Continue reading Spookadoodles Halloween Snickerdoodle Cookies

Ghoulishly Great Halloween Cocktails

With Halloween being just two weeks away you're probably 'up to your neck' in Halloween planning - finding the perfect Halloween costume, buying 'Trick or Treat' candies, and organising the Halloween party of the century - and what party is complete without signature cocktails? So, being a self-confessed cocktail advocate, I thought it only my duty to share this definitive guide on how to … Continue reading Ghoulishly Great Halloween Cocktails

Three Ingredient Pumpkin Oreo Chocolate Brownies

We 'Millennials' are often criticised for falling victim to the law of instant gratification. Instant gratification is basically the desire to have what you want and to have it now.  Imagine the scene... ...I'm having a fantastically successful girls night in when the unthinkable happens - we run out of wine. Do we go without??? Do we stop … Continue reading Three Ingredient Pumpkin Oreo Chocolate Brownies

Halloween Pumpkin Spice Pops

It's only 17 days until Halloween (my first in the USA!) and I'm as excited as Buffy at a Vampire party! Halloween is a huge occasion in the USA and they certainly know how to celebrate. The stores are brimful of Halloween treats, from Pumpkin flavoured Oreo's and Pumpkin Spice Lattes to eye ball shaped bubblegum and gravestone … Continue reading Halloween Pumpkin Spice Pops

A Pumpkin Bread Affair

My husband has another love. He has been very open about his love affair and I have known about his "weakness" for a few years now. But who am I to complain? Especially as I also share in this particular love fantasy. So when he returned from a business trip away this week, I thought we could both be there to welcome … Continue reading A Pumpkin Bread Affair

Baked Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

What's better than a hot, fresh doughnut? A hot, freshly baked pumpkin spice doughnut, that's what!!! That's right, this recipe doesn't call for a dreaded deep fat fryer and the associated hours spent red-faced on the treadmill trying to burn off the calories afterwards. These doughnuts are baked in the oven and are guaranteed to make your … Continue reading Baked Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

Pumpkin Pie Pops

Fall has officially hit the States. How do I know? PUMPKINS!!!! With Thanksgiving and Halloween approaching, the entire country looks like a scene from the horror movie "The Birds", only the birds have been replaced by a tsunami of pumpkin. Pumpkin scones, pumpkin bread, pumpkin Oreo's (these are SO good!), pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cereal, pumpkin … Continue reading Pumpkin Pie Pops

Manhattan Beach, LA

Forgive me for gloating, but I have just had a GREAT weekend. Not only did I escape to the sunny climes of Hermosa Beach in LA for the weekend, but I got to spend it with two of my most favourite people, my mom- and sister-in-law. It was one of those weekends where nothing mattered, there were … Continue reading Manhattan Beach, LA

Old McDonald’s Ice Cream Sandwiches

This week my husband convinced me to try something new. Something that I had never experienced before and was not totally convinced I would like. But she who dares wins, right?!!! And once I had tried it I wanted more. I was even shocked I had never done it before and at my ripe old age too - … Continue reading Old McDonald’s Ice Cream Sandwiches

No-Churn ‘Peanut Butter Explosion’ Ice Cream

Who doesn't love ice-cream?!! Vanilla, strawberry, cookie dough, mint choc chip, in a sundae, on a pie, or spooned straight out of the tub, I find it hard to believe that anyone could resist the gorgeousness of ice-cream. So hold on to your hats, for I am about to share with you a recipe for the mother of all ice-creams … Continue reading No-Churn ‘Peanut Butter Explosion’ Ice Cream

Can’t Get To IHOP Banana Pancakes

My name is Sonia and I am an IHOP junkie - OK I admit it, it's not the poshest of places, but IHOP the 'International House of Pancakes' is my food mecca! I'll always remember my reaction when my husband took me for my first brunch at what is now our local IHOP on Capitol Hill. "You're … Continue reading Can’t Get To IHOP Banana Pancakes

Peanut Butter Ice Rockets

Those who know me, know that I LOVE peanut butter. I almost love it more than chocolate, and I definitely wouldn't want to get into an "it's me or the peanut butter" type of fight with my husband! Whenever the opportunity arises I make sure I'm getting my fill - chocolate peanut butter cups, peanut butter on toast, in sandwiches, on … Continue reading Peanut Butter Ice Rockets

Strawberry & Coconut Popsicles

Ugh! I hate this time of year. It's hit that time when we never know what to wear or what to do. One day the sun will be shining - hurrah! Only to met by grey skies, drizzly rain and a "fresh" wind the next. What's even worse is when the change of weather doesn't happen on … Continue reading Strawberry & Coconut Popsicles

Football Football Everywhere, Even in My Drink!

When I left the UK I thought I had finally escaped all things football. No more having to endure a whole week of football forecasts on TV, followed by a weekend of matches and then a Sunday evening re-living the 'highlights' all over again. At last, I thought, I never have to hear the word … Continue reading Football Football Everywhere, Even in My Drink!