Hooray, it’s summer! And we are actually having some gorgeous weather! I took the above photo a few years back on Formby beach, a fabulous spot on the North West coast of England. I am so lucky to live where I do, I actually have a beach on my doorstep with a great beach bar/restaurant, we get the most amazing sunsets and if we could guarantee the weather we wouldn’t need to go on holiday, ever!

16th July

Another great reason for living where I do is having the Royal Liverpool golf course on my doorstep. I had a fantastic day at the last practice session before The Open starts tomorrow. The downside was getting home at 6.30 to three hungry kids and nothing in the fridge for tea! Fortunately, I had some sausages in the freezer so one of my favourite recipes was on the table in less than 30 minutes: Pasta and Meatballs, yum!

Pasta and Meatballs - lifestylebycaroline.com

7th July

I’m now counting down the days to my summer holiday, but also starting to panic about the packing! If you are going away, whether it’s a holiday with the kids, a singles jaunt or a weekend city break, there are some great tips out there. I have gathered together my favourites and hopefully these will prevent any pre holiday nightmares! …….. Holiday Packing.

Top tips for packing for a holiday

4th July

Independence Day! Are you planning a celebration this weekend? Why not try my “Cheat’s Strawberry Tart” It looks perfect and you could even make tiny individual ones…..

Strawberry tart

1st July

A great summer dish to get you in the holiday mood is Paella, the Spanish one pot dish full of flavour and goodness. Follow my quick and easy recipe for a lovely mid week supper dish, it’s also great for entertaining….