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Lip-Smacking Lockdown Lemonade

So, during these worrying of times, we’re back with a lip-smacking bang to keep the kids thirst kept at bay. This really is a treat in our house, not for the every day but a recipe the children love to make on sunny days.

Inspired by Allegra McEvedy who has written a cookbook inspired by the stories of Enid Blyton, why not give the kids a lesson on the art of making Lemonade? It really is so simple and I can promise the results are totally worth it! My kids delight in reading out and copying down the ingredients and method, the measuring and weighing and the jolly good shaking!!! Most of all, they love the outcome and it certainly quenched our thirst during these warm days in the Uk. Let’s get going!


3 lemons

2 limes

100g caster sugar


Start off by quartering the fruits and then let the kids squeeze out the juices into a jug. You should end up with about 150-200ml of juice. Place the skins to one side.

Next up, place the juice into a jar, add the sugar and 250ml water. Place the lid on top and get the kids to give it all a good old shake until the sugar dissolves.

Add 1 litre of cold water and the squeezed out lemon and lime skins. Give it all a jolly good stir!! Add ice and Enjoy!!!

Homemade Cornish Pasties – The Quick Way

Here at Mums In Real Life, we’re all about balance. We mix the smoothies, we shake the day off with exercise and then we have a yummy meal in the evening.


This meal was no exception! So easy to make and, real feel good tea time fodder for these miserable rainy days!

Basically, these are a hug in pastry and are very simple to make!

Want to know more about the humble yet mighty Cornish Pasty…check out this link:


Quick Flaky Pastry:

350g 5% Fat Mince Meat

175g Swede (peeled and finely diced)

2 medium sized potatoes (peeled and finely sliced)

1 small onion finely diced

1 egg (beaten)



Preheat the oven to 200•C (fan).

On a floured surface, roll out the pasty and cut out some circles (I used a breakfast bowl).

Next up, mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and season well.

Spoon out the mixture onto each Pattie shaped pastry. Then smear some egg alongside each piece of pastry.

Gently fold over one half of the pastry and seal the edges.

Twist the edges over and use a fork to gently press it down (optional).

Use the rest of the egg to coat the pasties, pop onto a baking dish and cook for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn the oven down to 160•C Fan and cook for a further 40-45 until golden brown and cooked through.

No more messy spoon marks on your worktops!

Here at Mums In Real Life, we use the hanging hook on our pans to hold our spoons! Very random, but it’s a bit of a cleaning hack as we don’t need to clean the kitchen tops 👍🏻

Got any helpful hacks to help us out? Here at Mums In Real Life we’re always keen to hear any helpful hints!

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Afternoon Tea

If you are looking for a cooking project this weekend, this is the one for you! It took a while as I made everything from scratch (except the sausage meat), but it was worth it!

Scotch Eggs:

I whizzed 3 slices of brown bread & some mixed herbs in a blender to make breadcrumbs and boiled 6 eggs. I set up a little production line…plate of plain flour, sausage meat (which I rolled out in cling film), beaten egg then the bread crumbs. When the eggs were peeled, boiled and cooled I started on the messy but satisfying task…

Roll egg in flour, wrap egg with sausage meat, roll in beaten egg, roll in flour, roll in the breadcrumbs. Then repeat x 5

They went into a preheated oven at 180• for 25 minutes.

Sausage Rolls:

I made up a flaky pastry (available in recipes) and used some shop bought Pork & Leek Sausage meat.

After rolling out the pastry into an oblong, I cut into 3 strips and added the sausage meat.

I brushed one side of each strip and folded over to seal.

I then placed them on to a baking tray, cut into 2 inch (ish) sections and used scissors to make 3 little snips in each one. I then baked for 20mins in a preheated oven at 200•c.

Later on at tea time, I plated straight up onto a cake stand. I added some Prosciutto, crackers, chunks of cheese, Cherry Toms and Carrot Sticks.

My kids eyes nearly popped out of their heads when they saw this. After heavy scrutiny, my youngest asked what the ‘green bits’ were in the sausage rolls. I was honest (Leek). I reminded everyone of our pledge to try new foods (remember Tahlia’s tips) one nibble, two nibbles, three nibbles…GONE!

Mum point!! Yay – I’ll take that 👍🏻