Sausage Pizza Roll Pinwheels

Sausage Pizza Roll Pinwheels

These savoury Sausage Pizza Roll Pinwheels are perfect for taking on picnics, serving at parties or adding to lunch boxes.
Sausage Pizza Roll Pinwheels

I love going on a picnic. I think this is because it is something I did a lot growing up with my family. It was a way of spending some quality time together with my parents and grandparents, and it always involved a walk in the woods or some park beforehand, to help us work up an appetite. My Mum always packed enough food so that we would never be left feeling hungry!

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Picnic Tips for National Picnic Week, 2015 with Higgidy

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This week is National Picnic Week and the boys and I have already managed to eat outdoors a few times this year, aswell as last Sunday at our nearby National Trust property, Arlington Court. I LOVE taking my boys on a picnic. It brings back such fond memories of my childhood because we had a lot of picnics, and it was always a great excuse to spend quality time together as a family and with our extended family as well. 

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Cakes, Cakes and More Cake Recipes Perfect For Sharing With Friends This Summer

With the beautiful weather we have been experiencing these last couple of weeks, it has been perfect for picnics and eating outside generally. Lots of opportunities to try out some picnic recipes this summer – as we are actually having one this year!
The week before last it was my turn to cook some cakes for the toddler playgroup that I take Jenson to every Monday morning, and with the weather being so lovely it was decided that we would eat the cakes outside at the local park. I love an excuse to get busy and do some summer baking – it was just a shame that the day I spent in the kitchen creating my cakes, was one of the hottest of the year so far!
Still, bake away I did and I came up with a selection of cakes which I felt would appeal to the mums, dads, grandparents and staff who attend the play group. Inspired by looking through the summer recipes from bakingmad.com I made the following cakes.
Makes 16
Ingredients:
175g self raising flour
25g cocoa powder
200g unsalted butter
200g caster sugar 
4 eggs
16 cherries, stone removed and chopped
100g Silver Spoon marzipan, chopped into small pieces
8 squares of white chocolate cut in half
Method:
Pre heat oven to 180oC / 16o c (fan)
Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and soft
Add the eggs and beat well
Fold in the flour and cocoa powder
Stir in the cherries, marzipan
Divide between the cake cases
Add a chunk of chocolate to each cake and push down
Bake for 20-25 minutes

Makes 9
75g self raising flour
25g cocoa powder
100g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar 
2 eggs
2 kitkat fingers crushed
100g cream cheese
100g chocolate spread
5 kit kat fingers, broken in half
Method:
Pre heat oven to 180oC / 16o c (fan)
Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and soft
Add the eggs and beat well
Fold in the flour and cocoa powder
Stir in the crushed kit kats
Divide between the cake cases
Bake for 20-25 minutes
Beat the cream cheese and chocolate spread together
Place into a piping bag and toop each cupcake once they are cooled completely
Top with half a kitkat for decoration
Makes 9
75g self raising flour
25g cocoa powder
100g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar 
2 eggs
100g cream cheese
100g chocolate spread
Silver Spoon Choco Beans
Method:
Pre heat oven to 180oC / 16o c (fan)
Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and soft
Add the eggs and beat well
Fold in the flour and cocoa powder
Divide between the cake cases
Bake for 20-25 minutes
Beat the cream cheese and chocolate spread together
Place into a piping bag and top each cupcake once they are cooled completely
Top with the Choco Beans for decoration
Ingredients:
200g self raising flour
200g unsalted butter
200g caster sugar 
4 eggs
Strawberry jam
Tub of ready made vanilla buttercream
Method:
Pre heat oven to 180oC / 16o c (fan)
Grease and line 2 x 8 inch cake tins
Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and soft
Add the eggs and beat well
Fold in the flour
Divide between the cake tins
Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and cooked right through
Once cool sandwich the two sponges with the buttercream and jam 
Great for eating outdoors (and indoors) and perfcet for sharing with friends outside in the sunshine
I was sent the following products from bakingmad.com for the purpose of this post
The recipes used, however, are my own.
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Higgidy Balsamic Onion and Mature Cheddar Quiche (A Review)

I love having a picnic and this week (17th – 23rd June, 2013) is National Picnic Week. With it being Father’s Day today I had planned for the boys and I to treat Daddy to a picnic lunch before he left for his week long course. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas and with it raining non stop all day there was no way we would be able to dine outdoors afterall.
To co-incide with a week of celebrating eating al fresco Higgidy, the makers of hand finished pies and quiches, have just launched their brand new limited edition Balsamic Onion & Mature Cheddar Quiche. I had planned to take some quiche out on our picnic as it is perfect for taking outside to eat as it can be eaten straight from the packet along side some potato salad, green salad and dressing. However, in the end I heated this yummy sounding quiche in the oven for 25 minutes and served our picnic at the table instead.

The quiche is sooo good! The balsamic onion chutney adds a sweetness to the palette which is unsual in a quiche but I liked it. Combined with the buttery pastry, the egg custard filling and cripsy cheese and onion crumbed topping really does make for a delicous picnic treat! It tasted just like homemade to be honest, which is what Higgidy strive to do with their range of pies and quiches.

It was a shame it rained and our al fresco picnic had to be cancelled but it was not a shame I got to try this delcious quiche – it really is very tasty and unlike any other quiche I have bought before. I cannot wait to try the Higgidy Smoked Bacon and Mature Cheddar Quiche which I have in my fridge, and fingers crossed I will be able to eat that one outside!

Higgidy Balsamic Onion and Mature Cheddar Quiche is available from Sainsburys priced at £3.79.
 For a limited time only from 17th June, 2013 Higgidy are giving away 2,000 little picnic cool bags to allow you to keep your individual picnic pie fresh. Perfect for lunch times at work or for a picnic in the park, or even in the car if it is raining (I did this a lot as a child!). Please visit http://www.higgidy.co.uk for further information on how to recieve your special bag.

(You can also follow Higgidy on twitter @higgidy and facebook www.facebook.com/higgidy)

I was sent vouchers to buy some quiche for the purpose of this review. All opinions and comments made about the quiche are my own and honest.

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First Picnic Of The Year (Country Kids)

 
Our boiler packed in on Wednesday and to say it has been very cold in our house would be an understatement. Plus no heating also means no hot water!! We are desperate to get a new boiler fitted! Therefore, Daddy sorted the problem out today by having to drive across the county to find a part our boiler required, the boys and I went out into the garden where it was far warmer than it was indoors.
 
It was so lovely to feel some warm sunshine on our faces because it has been bitterly cold the last couple of weeks. I decided to have a picnic in the garden at lunchtime – an excuse to use my new picnic blanket no less! – and so we could stay outside in the fresh air. As well as the boys having a picnic, some cuddly toy friends joined us for some luncheon too.
 

 

 

 

Jenson was a bit of a fidget and wouldn’t sit still and eat his food or drink his drink! I don’t mind too much about table manners when eating al fresco.
 

 

 

We had some ‘tea’ too of course in our fancy plastic-wear
 

 

 

And here is Burton being a little tea pot short and stout!
 

 

Burton picked me a daisy too and while I tried to remember the words to Daisy Daisy (and failed miserably – but luckily the boys are not familiar with the song so they weren’t any the wiser!), he put it in my hair
 

 

 

Being sunny I said the boys could have an ice lolly – what a treat!!! And a sticky mess – not so bad outside though.
 
 
Although trying to walk along the wobbly and uneven stone wall is not a good idea when you are eating your ice lolly! Luckily, he didn’t hurt himself.
 

 

 

The three picnic-teers!
(I dont know why I am pulling such a silly smiley face! )
 

 

My handsome boys – love them to bits 
 

 

Our impromptu picnic cheered us all up today, it was just lovely to eat outside again. It made me dream of warmer days and hopefully many more picnics to come this year and to be enjoyed. 
 
And the good news is that by the time we went indoors the heating was fixed – yaaaaay!!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall
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