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Mocha tarts

Last week for Anya’s sports day I needed some picnic food that I could take with me so decided to experiment!
I tweaked my chocolate ganache recipe to include coffee and created these mocha tarts. The coffee taste is quite subtle so the kids also enjoyed them.
Ingredients
4oz plain flour
2oz hard marge or butter
1 egg

125 ml double cream
2 tbsp golden caster sugar
125 g dark chocolate, broken up
2 tbsp strong coffee
Method
1 Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
2 Add the egg and bring together to form a dough. Add a splash of water if required (gluten free flours absorb more liquid)
3. Roll out the pastry and cut out 12 rounds. Place in a tin and lightly prick each base.

4. Bake for 10 minutes at GM5 or until golden brown. Leave to cool.
5. Heat the cream and the sugar in a small pan until it simmers.
6. Remove from the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Let the chocolate melt a little, then stir until smooth.

7 Add the coffee to the pan and stir.
8 Pour the chocolate mixture into a jug or carefully spoon into the pastry cases.

9 Chill in the fridge for 2 hours until set.
I had some chocolate coffee beans in the cupboard so pressed them in to the top of the tarts after half an hour of chilling. You could also use chocolate curls, strands or sprinkles.
The filling can be eaten on its own as a dessert or check out my chocolate mousse recipe here.


Sweet Love at Bayside and Sweet Passions at Bayside

Sweet Love at Bayside
Emery and Dean have been building a firm friendship over the past few months. Emery decides to leave her home and move to Bayside to be closer to her best friend Desiree.
I like the introduction of the new characters whilst still maintaining the same feel as the Seaside books. I enjoyed the down to earth nature of the narrative including the need to pee in the opening chapter!
Both Dean and Emery want more from the relationship but don’t know how to approach the issue. The other problem is that Emery is technically an employee and doesn’t want to ruin her career if the relationship fails.
My one complaint is that it did feel a bit repetitive as the characters continually debated their feelings and questioned their decisions. But then I’m guilty of doing that in real life too so perhaps I’m being a little unfair!
Sweet Passions at Bayside
I read these two books in the wrong order! It actually didn’t matter. This is one of my all time favourites from Addison Cole.
Desiree is tricked into visiting her mother. I felt such fury at Lizza for being such an unreliable mother to her daughters and could really identify with Des’ need for order and plans.
I was really hoping for the relationship between Desiree and her sister to become stronger despite the pain of their childhood separation (I won’t reveal if it does…)
Then we have the romance. It started straight away and there was no angst just the beautiful development of love. They knew they were meant to be together. Both of them had family sadness: Desiree because of her mother’s personality and Rick because his father died.
I really loved this book. The romance was just perfect and left me with a warm fuzzy feeling 🙂

Two BRAND NEW Addison Cole sweet romance releases!

Sweet Love at Bayside (Sweet with Heat: Bayside Summers Book 1) by [Cole, Addison]

NEW RELEASE……..

Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod. Bayside Summers is a series of standalone romance novels featuring fiercely loyal heroes and sassy, empowered women. They’re fun, flirty, flawed, and easy to relate to.

In Sweet Love at Bayside…
As the co-owner of Bayside Resorts, Rick Savage has a fabulous job working with his best friends and brother, and a thriving business in Washington, DC, which he’ll be returning to at the end of the summer. Spending time with his family is great, but being back on Cape Cod has unearthed painful memories. When sweet, smart, and overly cautious Desiree Cleary moves in next door, Rick is drawn to the sexy preschool teacher, and she just might prove to be the perfect distraction.

Running an art gallery was not in preschool teacher Desiree Cleary’s plans, but after being tricked into coming to her impetuous, unreliable mother’s aid, she’s stuck spending the summer with the rebellious half sister she barely knows and a misbehaving dog. If that’s not frustrating enough, she can’t escape the sparks igniting with her strikingly handsome and pushy neighbor, Rick, who makes all her warning bells go off.


Passion ignites as Desiree and Rick spend long summer nights sharing heartfelt confessions and steamy kisses. For the first time in years Rick is enjoying life again instead of hiding behind mounds of work miles away from his family. Desiree has touched him in a way that makes him want to slow down. Only slowing down means dealing with his demons, and he isn’t sure who he’ll be when he comes out the other side.



About SWEET WITH HEAT novels…
Sweet with Heat books are the sweet editions of the Love in Bloom steamy romance novels by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Sweet with Heat books convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

Available to buy from …
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Sweet Love at Bayside (Sweet with Heat: Bayside Summers Book 1) by [Cole, Addison]

NEW RELEASE……..

Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod. Bayside Summers is a series of standalone romance novels featuring fiercely loyal heroes and sassy, empowered women. They’re fun, flirty, flawed, and easy to relate to.

In Sweet Passions at Bayside…
When Emery Andrews’s best friend, Desiree, moves away, falls in love, and opens an inn all in one summer, she feels her absence like a missing limb. Until she visits over the holidays and meets sinfully hot Dean Masters, who’s as easy on the eyes as he is to talk to. After returning home, what starts as a flurry of late-night flirtations quickly turns into a deep connection and unexpected friendship. Now, months later, Desiree offers Emery a job teaching yoga at the inn. Adventurous Emery jumps at the chance and heads for Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to reunite with her BFF and her new close friend, Dean.

After months of sharing their lives, and their secrets, over video chats and phone calls, Dean’s ready to move things to the next level. The fact that Emery seems oblivious to the sparks between them and has recently put her foot down about dating friends just means he’ll have to bide his time.

When Emery finds a man in her kitchen the first morning she’s there, Dean doesn’t hesitate to move her into his guest room. Maybe now Emery will see what’s right before her eyes-although that guy she’s got a date with might be a problem.



About SWEET WITH HEAT novels…
Sweet with Heat books are the sweet editions of the Love in Bloom steamy romance novels by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Sweet with Heat books convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

Available to buy from …
Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble KOBO iBooks GPlay Paperback

 

Also available in the Sweet with Heat: Bayside Summers Series

Sweet Love at Bayside

Sweet Passions at Bayside

Sweet Heat at Bayside (Releasing August 8th)

                                                        Sweet Escape at Bayside (Releasing February 6th, 2019)

More from Addison Cole!

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Series

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Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison is proud to be part of the Main Street Romance family, a partnership with bestselling authors Nancy Naigle, RaeAnne Thayne, and Chris Keniston, bringing sweet happy-ever-after love stories to the Main Street Romance community. Join them at www.MainStreetRomance.com ~ open 24/7 just for you.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.

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#StayClassyMama 111

Hello and welcome to the #StayClassyMama linky.
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How is your week going? Summer holidays started yet? Ours starts on Friday at 3pm! I am frantically trying to get all my work completed so that I can have 6 weeks off (blogging doesn’t count!) and the children are busy with school reports, water fights, discos and much more!

The featured post this week is this brilliant post from Digital Motherhood. Sometimes work can get us down. This post has some tips to make it a more positive experience and is a great reminder that we can make a difference rather than passively accepting unhappiness. Have a read!
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Wedding Wednesday: involving children in a wedding

I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago about whether children should be invited to a wedding.
Well, they are certainly coming to ours! A quarter of our guests are aged under 16 including my own 3 little ones.
So how can we keep them interested in the lead up and then entertained on the big day?
  • Involve them in the planning. Whether they are guests or part of the wedding party, let them have some input in clothes, accessories, food, toys etc.
  • Let them dress up and enact a wedding. Tell them what to expect so they know which parts of the day are more formal and which are relaxed.

  • Invite them to be bridesmaids or pageboys if appropriate
  • On the day itself, have colouring books and pencils/crayons for keeping them busy at the tables when they are not eating.
  • Find them a space to play at the venue. Children have lots of physical and emotional energy so ensure their safety whilst giving them the freedom to be kids.
  • Hire an entertainer. The DJ at my sister’s wedding had a bubble machine and kept the children captivated.

  • Get them to hand out order of service, wedding cake, confetti, bubbles, balloons or anything else!
  • Give them a list of your photos line up order so they can help get the guests in front of the camera at the right time.
We plan on having a huge tub of Lego available so hopefully ALL of our guests will have fun with that!
Have you got any tips you’d like to share?


Mardles: Under the Sea stickers and Stanley the Seahorse book

Last month I had the opportunity to try out Mardles for the first time with my children and I was happy to be given the chance to review more!

We were sent two underwater themed items (which is perfect as this is the topic Matthew is covering at school this term so he was able to help Anya and Zach with lots of ‘interesting’ facts).

The stickers pack contains 12 stickers, 2 of each design. Anya was delighted to have a mermaid while I enjoyed the graphics of the Ollie the Octopus best.

The book was great fun to read with the children. It has a rhyming text and bright colourful pictures. The pages that ‘come to life’ are really interesting and I preferred these to the stickers as there was a whole scene to move the character around in so it seemed more interactive.

Both the stickers and the book produce music or sound effects for the different characters and scenes which adds another sense to the play experience.

The app was already installed on my Kindle so the children could get straight on with bringing the characters to life. The app is free! There are no in-app purchases and no internet connection is required.
Mardles have a range of different characters to suit the many different interests of children: take a look at their website here.

*I was sent the book and stickers for the purpose of this post.


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