It’s another Blogiversary!

Today celebrates my 6th year of my Insanely Normal blog.

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It’s been fun, although a little slack, and I know that I have said it time and time again, but that can now change…  I have a lot more time to be able to publish, and I have all sorts of ideas!

So, without further ado, let’s revisit my top three posts…

At number 3…

This post has somewhat amused me since I published it in 2014.  It was a review (a negative one at that!  And badly wrote, haha) about a local franchised café.  I can remember visiting the place – it was bloody awful, and I imagine nothing has changed, because I’m still receiving messages agreeing with my post!  You can read about the Pound Café in Huyton here.

At number 2…

2015 seems to have been the year that brought in most of my subscribers (hello stalkers!), and top of the shot (again), was my Christmas Ham post!  My second most popular post in 2015 was for my slow cooker sausage casserole…  With just under 10,000 reads throughout the year, it definitely got the attention it deserved, ha ha.  You can try the slow cooker sausage casserole recipe here.

Drum roll please, because at number 1…

Every Christmas, I make a ham.  It’s by far the best thing I have ever made, and you all seem to agree, as the amount of views that post has received is amazing!  I first published the post in 2012, and it seems to be a recipe that is used right throughout the year, as it’s always my most read…  My “best” stats for this recipe was on 1 December, 2016, when I had a little over 4,000 views – just on that day!  You can read my Christmas Ham here.

So, it seems that my stalkers like recipes and negative reviews!  Ha ha.  Yes, those were my top three posts in the past six years, and other posts in my top ten include more recipes, a holiday post, and how parenthood drives me crazy.

So, here’s to more exciting times – more recipes, more random stuff, and I may even through in a mini-comp somewhere…


Slow Cooker Sausage Casserole – Pic Heavy

More of a winter-warmer type recipe (but today has been relatively cold, hence this being our dinner tonight) this yummy casserole warms the cockles of your heart, and right through to your stomach.  This is a fab recipe for the whole family (my 3 year old loves it), and I think it all only cost me around £2.50 to make!!


1 pack sausages (I used Richmonds’ 16 thin sausages)

1/2 onion – diced thinly

1 tin peeled, plum tomatoes

1 tin baked beans (I used Branston)

1 or 2 drops of Tabasco sauce


1.  Lightly fry your sausages in your choice of oil / fat, until they appear to be a nice browny colour.  Ensure to turn them every now and again.



2.  When the sausages are nicely cooked, remove from the pan, and dry on a paper towel (to absorb as much grease as possible).  Leave the remaining oil in the pan.


3.  Lightly fry your diced onion in the fat / oil that is still in the frying pan.


4.  Turn the heat down on the frying pan, and chop your sausages up in to ‘bite size’ pieces.


5.  Place the peeled, plum tomatoes in to your ceramic pot of the slow cooker.  Strain the onions from the oil, and add to the tomato mix, and add one or two drops of Tabasco sauce.  Using a hand blender, blend until the mixture becomes smooth.


6.  Once smooth, add the sausages and the tin of baked beans (don’t bother to strain away the tomato sauce in the beans), and stir thoroughly to ensure the sausage ‘bites’ are all covered in the tomato mixture.



7.  Put your ceramic dish inside the slow cooker, and add the lid.  Turn your slow cooker to ‘high’, and leave to cook for 4 hours.


8.  The tomato mixture should now be bubbling away nicely, so give it a final stir before serving.  Enjoy x