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3 Savoury Pie Recipes

When I first realised I was gluten intolerant, pies quickly went off the menu, but I missed them a lot.  A bit like pasta, gluten-free pastry has come on leaps and bounds in the past 5-10 years.  Therefore pies are no longer relegated to special occasions only.   Below are 3 of our most favourite savoury pie recipes which we as a family love.  Simple and easy to make, and perfect for cooking with kids.

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Jamie Oliver’s Chicken Pot Pie

We love Jamie Oliver’s ‘5 Ingredients – Quick and Easy Food’ Cookbook.  And this one-pot chicken pie recipe is a perfect weeknight supper recipe, for all the family.

  • 2 onions
  • 600 g free-range chicken thighs, skin off, bone out.
  • 350 g mixed mushrooms
  • 1 bunch of fresh thyme (30g)
  • 375g block of all-butter (gluten-free if needed) puff pastry, cold.

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Cheesy Leek and Potato Pie

There are lots of veggie pie recipes out there, but I must admit finding one that all the kids like isn’t easy.  This supersized Cheesy Leek and Potato ‘pasty’ has just the right balance to keep everyone happy, and is super easy to make.

  • 3 leeks, cut into chunks
  • small knob butter
  • pinch dried rosemary or thyme
  • 450g potato (1 very large baking potato is perfect), chopped into thick slices
  • 140g melting cheese, such as cheddar, cut into small chunks
  • 500g pack shortcrust pastry (gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 egg, beaten


Traditional Beef and Ale Pie

Being Scottish, Steak Pie is part of my heritage.  Hogmanay isn’t Hogmanay without Steak Pie.  This recipe is really simple and again another great one to get your kids cooking.

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 750g stewing beef steak, cubed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp plain flour (gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 x 440ml can Guinness or other stout
  • 1 beef stock cube (gluten-free if needed)
  • sprig thyme leaves
  • 1 x 375g pack ready-rolled shortcrust pastry (gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten


So there are our 3 favourite savoury pie recipes, what’s your favourite filling?  And do you prefer sweet to savoury, I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Fay x

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Mental Health Facts

Day 111 - A Mental Health Emergency

Mental Health Facts

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UK Deaths: 44,220

UK Cases: 285,416

Worldwide Deaths: 534,861

Worldwide Cases: 11,448,554



This Week

So this week has seen lockdown relax even more in the UK. Although Leicester is the first place to come under ‘local lockdown’.  So, unfortunately, they were not able to relax restrictions after an outbreak there.  The U.S., Mexico and Brazil seem to be struggling with high numbers too.  Pubs and hairdressers opened yesterday. I don’t even want to look at the news for images from the pubs.  Sorry Boris, but don’t tell people to be sensible and then open pubs at 6 am…

But what are the wellbeing implications of being in lockdown for so long, I wanted to look at some mental health facts so far.

What We Know

Suffering from depression and anxiety, I know first hand the impact that COVID-19 and lockdown have had on my mental health.  So I’m interested to know some of the mental health facts surrounding lockdown.  Mental health disorders account for almost a quarter of the total burden of ill health in the UK.  It is felt that the pandemic and our response to it could have direct implications on the nations mental health.  Furthermore, the reduction or lack of access to mental health services will only serve to aggravate the situation even further,


Charity Mind has said that ‘The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic will leave a deep and lasting scar on the mental health of millions in this country. The devastating loss of life, the impact of lockdown and loneliness, and the inevitable recession that lies ahead will affect all of us.’

  • More than 50% of adults and over 33% of young people said that their mental health has gotten worse during the period of lockdown restrictions.
  • Loneliness and boredom have been a major issue for young people. With 18–24-year-olds the most likely to see loneliness affect their mental health.
  • People with experience of mental health problems are more likely to see their mental health worsen as a result of coronavirus restrictions.
  • People with eating disorders, OCD, PTSD and personality disorders are affected more than those with other diagnoses.
  • 65% of those whose employment status had changed (furlough, redundancy) said their mental health had gotten worse during the pandemic.
  • More than 1 in 4 young people were self-harming, which made them twice as likely as adults to cope in this way.
  • 32% of adults and 28% of young people did not access support because they did not think that their issue was serious enough.

Source (and to read the full report):

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 A Mental Health Emergency?

These are just a fraction of the facts that have come out of the survey since the start of lockdown. To read the complete report, just click above.  There is clearly going to be a lot of treatment and self-care required after this.  Mind’s research has already made an impact though, by highlighting how coronavirus has affected mental health.   The more that we talk about the effects and how we are feeling throughout this period, the more we raise awareness.  Let’s ensure that our wellbeing is the top priority as we begin to emerge from isolation.

Fay x

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Dyslexia and Maths

A common misconception about Dyslexia is that it just affects reading & writing, but it can also affect Maths too. Dyscalculia is a learning difference that means a child has a difficulty understanding numbers.  It should not be assumed that all children with dyslexia suffer from dyscalculia (although a high percentage do) or that all children with dyscalculia will suffer from dyslexia.

Dyslexia in itself poses problems with maths and algebra.  Children with dyslexia have difficulty using and understanding symbols and words.  They can also have difficulty with understanding concepts of time, sequence and order.

Make a Difference

The BBC series of films featuring KS2 and KS3 pupils who have dyslexia are a great watch.  Designed to support teachers, these are a must-watch for parents too! The films offer practical suggestions on how best to support dyslexic children, as well as honest and raw accounts of their experiences.

The film on dyslexia and maths gives great insight into how dyslexia can affect maths.  So refreshing to hear from the kids themselves as to what struggles they face, as well as what helps.

Tips to Help with Dyslexia and Maths

  • Number reversal – This is one of the earliest signs of dyslexia.  Wall displays, magnetic numbers, or placing numbers in front of children to refer to are a great way to help.
  • Times Tables – Children with dyslexia can struggle with memory, so times tables prove difficult.  Using games and memory aids are a brilliant way to help.  Such as using your fingers to remember the 9 times table (I only learnt this when training as a TA a couple of years ago – Thanks Mr M!).
  • Word Based Maths – Words just add to the confusion and can distract from the actual task.  Learning to scan and highlight only the important text is a great skill to learn.  Prompt cards can also be useful.
  • Telling Time – Like a lot of children, children with dyslexia can struggle with telling the time.  It might be an idea to use a digital clock first before attempting an analogue, and visual guides/tricks can be used to help remind children of minutes, hours, past and to.
  • Visualisation – Many dyslexic children can visualise maths problems, so giving visual props (Numicon, building blocks, lego etc.) and number lines are a great way to help children make the theory real.



The best thing you can do as a parent is to educate yourself and then use that to help your child/children.  If you can understand their learning difference then it will make a huge difference in their development.  For more hints and tips see the resources below.

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I hope this helps any of you in the same position as me!  And if you need to offload, then I’m here. I can’t believe how much I’ve learnt over these last few months. #bethechange

Fay x

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Improve Your Mood

Day 103 - 5 Tips To Improve Your Mood Everyday

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UK Deaths: 43,514

UK Cases: 310,250

Worldwide Deaths: 498,284

Worldwide Cases: 9,965,869

Improve Your Mood Everyday

Some days life is easy, life is good and everything seems bright.  But during ‘lockdown’ and/or suffering from a mental disorder then a lot of days aren’t easy, aren’t good and really don’t seem bright at all.

It is estimated that around 1 in 5 of the world’s children and adolescents have a mental disorder*. Depression is one of the leading causes of disability, affecting 264 million people*.  And almost a quarter of adults living under lockdown in the UK have felt loneliness, raising concern about the long-term risk to mental health**.

*Source: WHO

** Source: MentalHealth.Org

The significance of mental wellbeing and knowing how to improve your mood daily has never been more important, for ourselves and for our kids…

5 Tips To Improve Your Mood Everyday

1. Connect with People

Good relationships are a great way to improve your mood and help your mental wellbeing. There are lots of things you could try to help build stronger and closer relationships.  Call a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while.  Sit down with the family for dinner.  Volunteer in your local community, a great way to help and connect with new people at the same time.

2. Mindfulness

There has been a lot of talk about mindfulness over the last few years.  Basically it’s all about appreciating the present. This includes your thoughts and feelings as well as the world around you.  Practising mindfulness can improve your mood every day and is a great coping strategy for anxiety, depression and stress.

From keeping a journal to meditation, read more about mindfulness and how to practise every day.

3. Get Active

Exercise is not only great for your physical wellbeing, but it is a great way to improve your mood too.  Whatever takes your fancy.  So if going to the gym and pumping iron for several hours is your thing then do that.  If cycling or swimming or tennis is your thing, then do that.  There is so much available online nowadays, you don’t even have to leave the house to stay active.  However even something as simple as taking a daily walk for 10/15 mins a day.

For some simple free ideas to get active, click here.

4. Learn a New Skill

Studies show that learning a new skill can also improve your mood.  Giving you a sense of purpose and boosting your self-confidence.  This doesn’t need to be a whole new hobby, there are lots of different ways to learn a new skill.

It can be as simple as learning to cook a new dish, or re-decorating a room at home.  Maybe you have always fancied learning a musical instrument.  Or maybe go back to college and take a class in something you’ve always wanted to learn more about.

5. Give To Others

One of the easiest and most rewarding ways to improve your mood daily is to give to others.  This can be the simplest act of kindness, like a smile or paying a compliment to someone on the street.  Or maybe check on an elderly neighbour and check if they need anything.

If you’d like to do more then why not look for ways to volunteer in your local community.  Maybe work some hours in a local charity shop, donate food or time to your local food bank.

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It really isn’t easy to improve your mood sometimes, especially when you are stuck in a rut or at a low point.  But by making that effort to do even the littlest of things once a day, it can make all the difference.  We can do this, together.

Fay x

The mental health charity Mind also offers information about the 5 ways to wellbeing.

If you are worried about yourself or someone you love, then please check out this NHS list of helpline and support groups.

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Top 5 Lotus Biscoff Bakes

Lotus Biscoff Bakes

I’m not sure about you but bar going to the hairdressers (what’s that again?) up until a couple of years ago, Lotus Biscoff was not on my radar.  However, these gorgeous biscuits are now widely available and have become a huge favourite in this household.

Not only that but you can also buy in a spread, and the options for baking with it and the biscuits, have exploded.  So here are 5 of my absolute favourites…

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Lotus Biscoff Brownies

These super chocolatey brownies are swirled with Biscoff Cookie Butter Spread making THE BEST brownies EVER!

  • 200 g Dark Chocolate
  • 200 g Unsalted Butter
  • 4 Medium Eggs (or 3 large)
  • 275 g Caster Sugar (white or golden)
  • 90 g Plain Flour
  • 35 g Cocoa Powder
  • 200 g Chocolate Chips
  • 150 g Lotus Biscoff Biscuits (chopped)
  • 1/2-3/4 jar Biscoff Spread

Lotus Biscoff Bakes

Biscoff Cheesecake

Rich and full of caramel flavour, this cheesecake is perfect for a weekend treat and those Biscoff loving kids at home.

  • 250 g Lotus Biscoff biscuits
  • 100 g unsalted butter, melted, plus extra to grease
  • 500 g cream cheese
  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 300 ml double cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 150 g smooth Lotus Biscoff spread
  • 50 g Biscoff biscuits

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Biscoff Explosion Cookies

With a dough made from Biscoff cookie crumbs and stuffed with a scoop of creamy Biscoff spread …these soft and chewy cookies explode with yumminess!

  • 14 Biscoff/Lotus cookies, ground into fine crumbs
  • 5 1/4oz all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4oz unsalted butter
  • 2oz creamy Biscoff cookie butter
  • 3 1/2oz packed light brown sugar
  • 2 1/2oz granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 14 tablespoons Biscoff cookie butter

Lotus Biscoff Cupcakes

Lotus Biscoff Cupcakes

Awesome, super simple Biscoff cupcakes with a Brown Sugar Sponge, Biscoff Buttercream and Biscoff Biscuits!

  • 150 g Unsalted Butter
  • 150 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 3 medium Eggs
  • 150 g Self Raising Flour
  • 150 g Unsalted Butter
  • 300 g Icing Sugar
  • 200 g Biscoff Spread
  • 1-2 tbsp Boiling Water
  • Biscoff Spread
  • Biscoff Biscuits


Easy Biscoff Cake

A super easy recipe, but it also has that ‘showstopper’ appeal when you decorate it.

  • 300 g Butter Unsalted
  • 300 g Sugar Light Brown
  • 300 g Flour Self Raising
  • 6 Eggs Large
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder Heaped
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 160 g Butter Unsalted
  • 330 g Icing Sugar
  • 1 Jar Biscoff Spread Smooth or Crunchy
  • 1 Packet Biscoff Biscuits


So there we go, 5 super delicious Lotus Biscoff Bakes for you to try at home, remember to tag #howfelicityfinds when you share.

Fay x

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Day 97 - Not An Easy Day

Father’s Day

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UK Deaths: 42,632

UK Cases: 304,331

Worldwide Deaths: 467,555

Worldwide Cases: 8,958,945

This Week

It’s Father’s Day today, and the weather is so changeable, so no golf today.  This week has seen Dominic Raab make an absolute fool of himself over the ‘Take a Knee’ tribute, likening it to something out of Game of Thrones and completely missing the point.  We are starting to see localised outbreaks across the country, but the threat level has been reduced from 4 to 3?  Our ‘world-beating’ track and trace app has been thrown out in favour of the Google and Apple app. And unbeknownst to us, the app has been downloaded to our phones.  Not quite sure how I feel about that.

Father’s Day

Nearly 15 years ago to the day we lost our father.  Diagnosed with MND the previous year, his decline was so quick.  I hoped that he would live long enough to see his second grandchild born, but instead I attended his funeral just over 3 months pregnant.  However, what we did have was time.  Time to spend with him, time to try and get our head around what was happening, time to create more memories.

Fathers Day

The Pandemic

Today is always a hard day, I have to stay positive and happy for the boys and for my OH, it’s his day after all.  In a way, it provides some distraction from the constant reminder that my dad isn’t here anymore.  But this year brings new sadness, a pang of deep sadness for all those who this year will be without their fathers because of Coronavirus.  Robbed of the time to come to terms with, the time to create any more memories, even just the time to say goodbye.

No time to say goodbye

I think that’s the thing that is the hardest about right now.  People all across the world are losing loved ones without the chance to say goodbye.  So let’s take a moment to think of all those who have lost someone during the pandemic  Those who have a loved one in the hospital now, fighting to live. Who have spent Father’s Day without their father for the first time…

Fay x

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Reluctant Readers

Another week has passed, another struggle with Samuel and his learning.  As I said I’m determined to educate myself so I can fully understand his struggles, figure out his learning style and aid his development as much as possible.

His ergonomic pencil arrived on Tuesday.  When I handed it to him, his face lit up and he said: “It’s so comfortable”.

Make a Difference

The BBC series of films featuring KS2 and KS3 pupils who have dyslexia are a great watch.  Designed to support teachers, these are a must-watch for parents too! The films offer practical suggestions on how best to support dyslexic children, as well as honest and raw accounts of their experiences.

The film on reading gives great insight into how dyslexia can affect reading.  So refreshing to hear from the kids themselves as to what struggles they face, as well as what helps.

Tips to Help Reluctant Readers

  • Coloured Overlays – bright white paper can add to the visual stress that often occurs with dyslexia.  Coloured overlays can help accuracy and comfort, as well as reducing headaches.  Schools should have, or they can be purchase from the BDA, as well as places like Amazon.
  • Reading Ruler – letters, words even sentences can be missed when children with dyslexia read.  Using either a finger or reading ruler can help with tracking whilst reading. Again available widely including Amazon
  • Dyslexia Friendly Fonts – Printing text off on coloured paper and in a larger and dyslexia-friendly font can also aid reading.
  • Dyslexia Friendly Books – Books published with friendly fonts and on tinted paper can aid reluctant readers. Companies such as Barrington Stoke specialise in such books.
  • Reading Aloud – Do not insist on reading out loud in front of the class/others unless the child wants to.  Or give them the text in advance so they can prepare.


Homeschooling with Dyslexia

I have personally found this really tough.  I think it is hard enough to homeschool your own children when it is ‘thrust’ upon you in a pandemic.  However, to try and homeschool a child with additional learning needs or support required is a whole different kettle of fish.  You know when they say dogs can smell your fear, I think kids are the same with homeschooling…

Reluctant Readers

I hope this helps any of you in the same position as me!  And if you need to offload, then I’m here.  It really isn’t easy but we are all in the same boat #strongertogether

Fay x

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Summer Chicken Breast Recipes

5 Super Simple Summer Chicken Breast Recipes

Summer Chicken Breast Recipes

The weather is working up to summer now, and I for one can’t wait.  There are so many benefits to the sun being out.  It makes everyone smile, we can spend as much time as we can outdoors and BBQ’s (OH’s favourite).  The good weather also makes me start to think about summer meals, light and fresh and easy to make.  We all love Chicken in our house, but I always seem to serve it up the same way.  So I thought I’d check out some new recipes for inspiration.  Here are 5 ‘Super Simple’ Summer Chicken Breast Recipes to try, I know I will be…

Recipe Info

All summer chicken breast recipes are based on serving 2 people, so just double up for 4. Or for a more economical and quicker cook then why not slice the breast in half, right to left.  And all are super easy too.

Salsa Fresca Chicken

Not only does this look super easy, but also super tasty!  Beautifully fresh and zingy, perfect for a BBQ or a picnic in the garden.

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  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • Pinch of Salt & Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups fresh Pico de Gallo / Salsa
  • 1 cup Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • Fresh Corriander, chopped to garnish (optional)


Stuffed Hasselback Chicken

This super simple recipe is just chicken stuffed with mozzarella, tomato and basil.  It’s a delicious recipe to enjoy for dinner any night. You could even swap out the basil for spinach and the mozzarella for ricotta, whatever you fancy.

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Mozzarella cheese; sliced
  • Grape/Plum tomatoes; sliced in half
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Italian seasoning – or your favourite seasonings! Garlic powder, fresh garlic or even oregano are also good.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive oil


Nutty Chicken Satay Strips

These strips are great served hot or cold.  A great dish for a BBQ, but also perfect for keeping in the fridge for when the kids are peckish (when are they not!)


  • 2 skinless chicken breasts, cut into thick strips
  • 2 tbsp chunky peanut butter (no palm oil)
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • Few shakes of soy sauce
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • cucumber fingers to serve (optional)
  • sweet chilli sauce to dip (optional)


Creamy Garlic Chicken Breast

This one-pot recipe is the ultimate weeknight dinner, ready in just 30 minutes! This versatile meal will be a family favourite, just choose your favourite accompaniment.

Summer Chicken Breast Recipes

  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced in half
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • all-purpose flour for dusting
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 shallots, finely minced (or 1 small onion)
  • 2 tbsp finely minced garlic
  • 300ml chicken broth or stock
  • 250-300ml heavy cream
  • black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Oven-Baked Chicken Breasts

This simple 5-step method by ‘Gimme Some Oven‘ is easy to make and customize with your favourite seasonings.

  • 2 skinless chicken breasts
  • Butter or Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Smoked paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper


So there we go, 5 super simple summer chicken breast recipes!  There is no excuse for pale and boring chicken anymore with these recipes, one for every night of the week.  If you do try, remember to tag #howfelicityfinds if you share on social media.  Or comment below, I’d love to know how you got on.

Fay x

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