Blueberry Crumb Pie

I am a huge fan of desserts – especially pie!

Captain America unfortunately cannot eat many desserts as he is allergic to dairy (except cheese) and chocolate…..which rules out many desserts! He is, however, a HUGE fan of pie…..and blueberries! Needless to say, this Blueberry Crumb Pie got devoured!

It was a huge cheat dessert and SO SIMPLE to make, especially as I cheated and bought pie crust!

For the avid readers among you – you will know about my dislike for making pie crust  and my many not so successful attempts at making my own! Yes, I know it’s really easy and all you need is__________ (fill in the blank) Trust me I have tried many a ‘fail safe’ recipe and I still end up with a mediocre crust. This time I bought a frozen pie crust and it was delicious!

The blueberries were in season and exceptionally cheap so this was not only easy, but cheap!

The balsamic vinegar is a tip I read a while ago and I tried it with a few pie fillings and it was wonderful – but it MADE this recipe – it really brings out the flavor of the fruit, cuts the overly sugary-ness of a normal pie filling and added a zing to the berries! No-one could taste the difference and the few people I told were very surprised!


If you can find a small bottle of Balsamic Brandy Glaze (it is often sold in smaller foodie stores, olive oil shops etc) BUY IT! It is well worth the money, you can use it in so many more recipes than you would expect and it lasts for ages! You will not regret it!

Now onto the recipe for Blueberry Crumb Pie!



1 ready-made pie crust

32 oz blueberries

3/4 C sugar

2 tsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp cornstarch

1 tsp balsamic brandy glaze (optional)

For the crumb topping:

1 C flour

1 C brown sugar

1 C oats

1/2 C butter, melted


In a small pan heat the blueberries, sugar, balsamic vinegar and balsamic glaze for a few minutes until the blueberries become coated and start to disintegrate.



Remove from the heat, allow to cool for about 10 minutes and add the cornstarch, stirring it to thicken the sauce.

Add the mixture to the pie crust (follow the instructions on the packet for how best to handle the pie crust) and set aside.


In a small bowl, mix the flour, oats and sugar, then add the melted butter and rub together using your fingers to form the crumbs.

Gently spoon the crumb topping onto the pie ensuring all the filling is covered evenly

Bake at 350°F for about 30 minutes, checking occasionally so it does not burn. Cook until the crumb topping is golden brown.


Strawberry Banana Marble Cake

I am on a strawberry kick this week! How can you not be at this time of year!

I found this super easy recipe for a Strawberry Banana Marble Cake and I just had to make it!


Thanks to Averie Cooks for the wonderful inspiration for this delicious Strawberry Banana Marble Cake – I made a few key changes to make it my own (and you know me-I can’t just follow a recipe!) and the results were wonderful.

It’s a very moist cake, slightly denser than your average cake but with a lighter finish and rich strawberry and banana flavor – a perfect combination!



Yield: one 9×9-inch pan

3/4 C granulated sugar
1/3 C liquid-state coconut oil (melt in microwave before using)
1/4 C milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 C ripe mashed bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
3/4 C Strawberry puree

about 1 C powdered sugar
2 tbsp fruit juice (I used cranberry to make the frosting pink!)


Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9-inch square pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together granulated sugar, coconut oil, milk, and vanilla.

Add the bananas and stir to combine.

Add the flour, baking powder, optional salt, and stir to combine. Batter will be lumpy; don’t overmix or cake will be tough.

Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.

Pour over the strawberry puree unevenly over the top of the cake.


Using a spoon, lightly mix the puree with the cake batter making a swirl pattern


Bake for about 40 minutes, or until center is set and slightly spring to the touch, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.

Place pan on a wire rack and allow cake to cool fully before glazing. While cake cooks, make the glaze.

Glaze – To a small bowl, add 1 cup confectioners’ sugar and juice, and whisk until smooth. Depending on desired consistency, you may need to play with sugar and juice ratios slightly.

Evenly drizzle the glaze over the cake before slicing and serving.



30+ Mouthwatering Ice-Cream Recipes

I LOVE Ice-Cream!

It’s one of my favorite desserts and I love it in all it’s forms!

I have been so excited seeing delicious recipes pop up all around the internet – especially those shared at The Pretty Pintastic Party every Friday which was the foundation for this 3-+ Mouthwatering Ice-Cream recipes!


When I dug a little deeper I found some incredible recipes for cakes, popsicles, ice cream, granitas and even some dairy-free options which are a plus for Captain America!

I hope you enjoy these 30+ mouthwatering ice-cream recipes as much as I did – check them out – click on some of the links to visit the sites and see the recipes in full and show the creators of these delights some love!

Happy Summer!!


Fruit Based Ice-Cream


Guri-Guri Hawaiian Ice-Cream by My Pinterventures

Lemon Coconut Ice-Cream by Sweet & Spicy Monkey

Coconut Lemongrass & Hibiscus Ice-Cream by What’s On The List

Roasted Fig & Ginger Ice-Cream by Blahnik Baker

Spiced Apple Ice-Cream by Gidget Goes Home


Ice-Cream (non-fruit)


Vanilla Bean Ice-Cream by Gidget Goes Home

Bubblegum Ice-Cream by TipToe Fairy

‘Adult’ Almond Joy Ice-Cream by Seduction In The Kitchen

Maui Snow White Russian Ice-Cream by Seduction In The Kitchen

Malted Banana Ice-Cream with Peanut Butter & Chocolate Covered Pretzels by Eat It & Say Yum

Banana Nut Butter Soft-Serve by Raia’s Recipes

Skinny Red Velvet Cake Ice-Cream by My Big Fat Happy Life

Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice-Cream by Meatloaf & Melodrama

Mexican Spiced Chocolate Ice-Cream by Gidget Goes Home


Sorbets, Granitas, Sherbets & Semifreddo


5-Minute Peach Sorbet by Captain America & His English Rose

Coconut, Lemongrass & Hibiscus Granita by What’s On The List

Sweet Cherry Coconut Sherbet by Sweet & Spicy Monkey

Guilt-Free Mango Banana Ice-Cream by Boogieboard Cottage

Peach Mango Sorbet by Lori’s Culinary Creations

Berry Sorbet by Lori’s Culinary Creations

Mango Lemon Semifreddo by Swirl & Spice

Simple Lemon Sorbet by Gidget Goes Home


Ice-Cream Sandwiches


Nutella Cookie Ice-Cream Sandwiches by The Baking Fairy

Easy Lemon Ice-Cream Sandwiches by Meatloaf & Melodrama

Peanut Butter Fudge Ice-Cream Sandwiches by Delightful E Made

Banana Berry Frozen Yogurt Bars by Flourishing At Home



Vanilla Sugar Cookie Popsicles by Little Miss Celebration

Mango Popsicles by First Time Foods

Healthy Popsicles For Kids by Caroline Nixon’s Blog

Ice-Cream Cakes


Oreo Ice-Cream Cake by Coffee With Us 3

Brownie Reese’s Ice Cream Cake by Mom ‘n Daughter Savings

Ice-Cream Cake with Circus Animal Crust by Food Faith & Fitness

Ice-Cream Cake with Crunchies by Thrifty Treasures

Celebrate 4th July Round-Up: Food

4th July is fast approaching and I wanted to celebrate one of my favorite holidays in style with a Celebrate 4th July Round-Up!

Yesterday I did a decor and crafts round up which you can find HERE

Today it is all about FOOD! You all know how much Captain America & I LOVE food, cooking and recipes so I am really excited by the ones featured here.

I also included a few of our personal favorites and for some more 4th July recipe inspiration check my Celebrate 4th July post from last year!

I am delighted to share these exceptional creations with you! They caught my eye from The Pretty Pintastic Party a link party I co-host every Friday 

Now onto the Round-Up:



Spirited Star Waffles by Kenarry


Burgers & Hot Dogs


1) Oven-Baked Chili Cheese Dogs by Foody Schmoody

2) Blue Cheese Stuffed Burgers by My Family Mealtime

3) Turkey Burgers by Captain America & His English Rose

4) Chipotle Burger by A Mother’s Shadow


Meat & Grilling


1) Mango BBQ Chicken Skewers by The Housewife In Training Files

2) 3 Ingredient Pulled Pork by Mommy On Demand

3) Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs by Recipes For Your Daily Bread

4) Deviled Chicken Drumsticks by Living The Gourmet


Salads & Sides


1) Slow-Cooker Baked Beans

2) Italian Pasta Salad by Memories By The Mile

3) Tri-Color Pasta Salad by My Life Abundant

4) Best Ever Potato Salad by Delightful E Made

5) Red Cabbage & Broccoli Slaw by Captain America & His English Rose

6) Foil Roasted Potatoes by Captain America & His English Rose

7) Roasted Corn Salad by The Housewife In Training Files


Sweet Treats


1) Fruit Puree Shooters by Little Miss Celebration

2) Banana Cream Pie by Yesterfood

3) Red, White & Blue Cookie Stacks by Coffee With Us 3

4) Banana Nut Butter Soft Serve by Raia’s Recipes

5) Apple & Ginger Pie by Living The Gourmet

6) Malted Banana Ice Cream with Peanut Butter & Chocolate Pretzels by Eat It & Say Yum

7) Red, White & Blueberry Bowl by Meatloaf & Melodrama

8) Marshmallow Treat Fruit Skewers by Melissa’s Cuisine

9) Star Chocolate Cupcakes by Sizzling Eats




Captain America’s Iced Tea by Captain America & His English Rose

White Chocolate, Coconut & Blueberry Blondies

White Chocolate, Coconut & Blueberry Blondies.jpg

Captain America had a craving for Blondies [insert joke about him marrying one!]

He never craves sweet things, and is allergic to most dairy products and all chocolate, except white-hence the development of White Chocolate, Coconut & Blueberry Blondies!

I have never made Blondies before, so I set about on Pinterest searching for a recipe, which I found on Deliciously Yum. I then adapted it and added our favorite ingredients to make White Chocolate, Coconut & Blueberry Blondies.

I would like to tell you they were a huge success, that Captain America’s sweet tooth was satisfied and all was well in the world…..however, apparently, as of this recipe, Captain America claims he dislikes dried fruit in dessert items (although his favorite cookies are my White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies), so I found him i the kitchen devouring the Blondies after picking out the blueberries! Yes, really, I wish I was making this up!

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I have since declared that I will never try and make him the perfect sweet treat ever again, because every time I do he is never quite satisfied! All the more for me!

In spite of all of this, the White Chocolate, Coconut & Blueberry Blondie recipe was a huge success-just not with Captain America!

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Apple Cranberry Gluten-Free Crisp

Gluten-Free Apple Cranberry Crisp

I am a huge fan of Apple Crisp!

It’s one of my all-time favorite desserts.  I decided to try this winning combination of apples and cranberries as a bit of a twist on a classic dish creating the perfect Apple Cranberry Gluten-Free Crisp.

I also don’t usually eat gluten-free but I have many friends who need to – so to make sure they were able to eat a delicious dessert when they came for dinner I developed this incredible gluten-free crisp topping.

This is a great dish to make for a large party or group event as it serves 10-12 servings.

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Celebrate St Patricks Day

St Patrick's Day Party Ideas 2

Traditionally, I am not really one to celebrate St Patricks Day!

Ironically it is much more common to celebrate St Patricks Day in America than it is in the UK.

I never really did much before but seeing so many wonderful suggestions and recipes around the Internet I am feeling inspired to get in touch with my Irish roots!

You maybe surprised that someone with the last name Cataldo has Irish roots, but my maiden name was Kelly – and you don’t get much more Irish than that.  

We know very little about my extended family, because many of our family records, along with thousands of others, were destroyed in huge fire in 1922 at the Dublin Public Records Office. What we do know is that my Dad’s grandparents were Irish and came to Liverpool, where his Dad was born, where my Dad was born and where I was born!

I therefore stake my claim to Celebrate St Patricks Day in style!

I have always been a little reluctant to celebrate some of the aspects associated with this day as I don’t believe in chance, luck or superstition, so I don’t really want to ‘glorify’ any of those things. However, I was delighted to discover this little piece of Irish folklore – it says that one of St Patrick’s teaching methods included using the shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish people…now that I can go along with! Bring on the shamrocks!

For those of you who don’t know St. Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland.

I mentioned that I was inspired by many suggestions and recipes to help celebrate St Patricks Day in style, so here is my best of what I have found from some blogging friends!

I hope you are as inspired as I am!

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My First Cheesecake

My First Cheesecake

I made my very first cheesecake a couple of weeks ago.

I have been wanting to do this for a while but to be honest I had read so many posts and recipes that made it sound VERY technical and a lot of work, often with poor results I had been putting it off.

However we had friends coming for dinner, left over pumpkin puree in the freezer and I was feeling brave!

I turned to a usually reliable ‘friend’, Martha Stewart for a recipe. I have my issues with the woman, and I was very irritated by what she said about bloggers last year but I must admit I have found most of the recipes on her site to be a great starting point, especially when I haven’t cooked or baked something before. However, this particular recipe was a DISASTER! The directions were poorly written, the comments were all over the place with some people saying they made this exact recipe and it was perfect right through to total disaster cheesecakes….I was freaking out!

We did end up with the most delicious pumpkin cheesecake I have ever eaten….and I am not even exaggerating!

It was rich, yet light, creamy, very pumpkin-y, not too sweet, a hint of pumpkin spice (it’s a shame it was February – it was the perfect Fall dessert!) It was so so good…and I actually made it!

Here it is in all it’s glory……….

My First Cheesecake

That however, is not the end of the story! Let me tell you all about it so you can learn from my mistakes!

Note that I said it TASTED good! It did! It really did!

Unfortunately, it looked like this………………. 

Cheesecake Grand Canyon

Which gained it the nickname “The Grand Canyon Dessert”

Well I still had to serve it to my friends not knowing how it actually tasted so I needed a good comedy spin when I placed this in the table after our wonderful main course!

Yes it did what I feared most…..split, well more like created a cavern, right in the middle of the cheesecake! Like many of the comments and recipes I had read and feared, it happened to me! Why? I have no idea.  Will it happen next time? Probably! Could I serve this to anyone other than close friends….yes because I am not that proud and taste is way more important than the final look, right?

So the reasons this recipe made it to the blog are varied:

1) This proves I fail in the kitchen (just in case you thought I was a genius who always got it right LOL!)

2) So you can learn from my mistakes

3) You can comment below and help me figure out what I did wrong?? HELP ME!!

4) So I have a record of this recipe because I WILL be making it again because it was that delicious! Hopefully next time without the ‘Grand Canyon effects”

So tell me recipe, cooking, dessert, cheesecake genius friends out there….what did I do wrong and how can I make it better next time??

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Simple Desserts: Apple Tart

Simple Desserts Apple Tart

I love dessert but I am not a huge fan of making it!

Cakes and baked goods of more of my scene so when an occasion calls for dessert I kind of make it up as I go along, hoping something fabulous will come out of it!

Such an occasion did arise while we were in England recently, some family friends came for dinner so I offered to help Mum cook, she immediately put me in charge of dessert as she isn’t a fan of making them either!

The other challenge for us is that Captain America is allergic to so many dessert related ingredients – we eat very little of it (for those of you that don’t know he cannot eat milk based products – so no milk, cream, ice-cream or sour cream, no dark or milk chocolate, only white (which I hate!) and no orange citrus!)

I remembered a recipe I saw The Pioneer Woman do a while ago, she said it was her go-to dessert when she needed something quick.  Apple Tart! My family LOVE apple desserts, so I got to creating this little delight – which is so quick and easy it should not be possible….but it is!



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Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Bread

Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Bread

I LOVE this Pumpkin Cranberry Bread!

It represents many of my favorite things about this season.

It’s really easy to make and delicious.  It produces a relatively healthy, moist loaf, and if you add the walnuts it adds a wonderful crunch to the texture. I recently made these for a bake sale at church and it went down a storm!

Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Bread

It keeps well in an airtight container for about a week, or you can freeze it.


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