Double Baked Potatoes


What You Will Need:

4 medium russet potatoes

8 ounces lean ground beef

1 cup broccoli, finely chopped

1 cup water

1 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, divided

1/2 cup reduced-fat creme fresh

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

3 scallions, sliced

What To Do:

  1. Pierce potatoes all over with a fork.
  2. Place in the microwave and cook on Medium, turning once or twice, until the potatoes are soft (about 20 minutes)
  3. While the potatoes are in the microwave, brown the meat in a large skillet and boil the broccoli in water
  4. Once all is cooked, drain broccoli and meat
  5. Carefully cut the potatoes in half
  6. Scoop out the insides into a medium bowl
  7. Place the potato shells on a small baking dish
  8. In the bowl, add the cheese, crème fresh, salt and pepper, potatos, scallions and broccoli together and mash with a potato masher
  9. Place the mixture into the potato shells and top with shredded cheese
  10. Microwave on high until the filling is hot and the cheese is melted (2-4 Minutes)

Boon Bath Toys Turn Bathtime Into Playtime!



After a long day of playing in the park, dancing in the rain, and baking in the kitchen, a bath is a necessity for every child.


But we all know the best way to get through bath time is to turn it into playtime and thus far, we have found no better

way to do that than with bath toys from Boon, Inc.


The fun, PVC and Phthalate Free bath toys are safe for your child to chew on and do not absorb water, reducing

chances of mould and mildew.


Made with funky colours, unique textures and child friendly shapes, these water toys a sure to be a hit with any child.


Plus the bath toys include games like catching floating critters with a mesh net, a ring toss with floating posts and a

set of scrubble’s that squirt water.


To top it off, Boon, Inc. Donates 10% of their profits to charity.

In The News: Cacharel signs deal with AEFFE

Family run and family friendly brand Cacharel has signed a deal with AEFFE, an Italian group specializing in production

and distribution of luxury goods.


This will leave Cacharel to focus on creative direction, fashion shows and communication while

AEFFE Group take care of the production and distribution of all Cacharel collections.

Cacharel, which launched in the sixties, carries a number of collections, including women’s wear,

fragrances, eyeware,  jewellery, tableware, home furnishings and best of all, Cacharel Baby & Child. has the exclusive online stockist of the current season Cacharel Baby & Child in the UK.


Here are some of our favourite pieces that they carry:


Cacharel: Pink Dress With Mushrooms, £90.00



Cacharel: Grey Tweed Coat , £143.002926-0


Cacharel: Blue Mushroom Smock Top, £55.003052-0


Cacharel: Red Velvet Cord Trousers, £72.503531-0

Mini Chirstmas Tree for your Mini Me




This easy craft is a great way to spend the day with your kids by first taking them on a nature walk to collect

pine cones!


What You Will Need:

Pine Cones



Miscellaneous Decorating Supplies

Craft Glue

Paint Brush


Mini Pots, Candle Holders or String



  1. Start out by painting your pine cone green.
  2. When the cone is dry, decorate the cone as you see fit to make it look like a miniature Christmas tree!
  3. When the decorating is finished, add a string to the top to make it an ornament or place it in a candle holder!



Places of Interest: Buttercup Cake Shop



Most of us can count fresh baked treats as one of our many guilty pleasures, whether we enjoy them after baking with

the kids, during a supermarket shop at Sainsbury’s, or as a treat with our afternoon coffee, it always tastes good.


But if you are going to take in all those calories, why not REALLY enjoy it by staying away from ‘good’ and going for

the ‘best’ from Buttercup Cake Shop.


Founder Donna has been baking since childhood, creating her own recipe for the first time when she was 8. This

lifelong commitment to cupcake baking has led her to develop a diverse line-up of cupcake flavours that include

combinations like ‘The Elvis’ (banana cake with peanut butter frosting) and individual flavours that are sure to

give your taste buds a treat like vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, fantasy, banana, coconut, carrot, sticky toffee,

chocolate peanut butter, mocha and chocolate zucchini. 


In addition to the variety of flavours, seasonal flavours will be added to the line up like pumpkin, Dad’s favourite

apple, Christmas fruitcake and chocolate peppermint. There will also be fun decorations for the tops of the cupcakes,

in keeping with the Chirstmas theme, including snowmen, snowflakes, starts and mittens!


The Buttercup Cake Shop sells cupcakes online,, over the phone, and in store

at there three locations: 16 St. Albans Grove in Kensington (0207 937 1473), Westfield London Shopping

Centre on the first floor between M&S and The Village (020 8746 0333), as well as  Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent

(01322 386611).


These cupcakes are a great idea for birthdays, weddings, corporate events, holiday parties, new parents and thank

you gifts! They may not last as long as flowers, but they sure taste a lot better!

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