The Ultimate Christmas Cake Recipe

Over the past few years I have gotten into making my very own Christmas cakes. Last year I made one. This year I’m attempting two! I always use the same easy Christmas cake recipe. I’m not sure how I came about it. I think over the years I have added my own bits to it. Now it really is the ultimate easy cake recipe. I think the most effort needed is to weigh out all the ingredients.

The Ultimate Christmas cake recipe

Easy Christmas Cake Recipe

Ingredients for your Ultimate Christmas Cake

  • 525g Currents
  • 225g Sultanas
  • 225g Raisins
  • 110g Mixed Candied peel finely chopped
  • 165g Glace Cherries halved
  • 300g Plain Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 300g Butter
  • 300g Soft Brown Sugar
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 6 Large eggs
  • 3 tbsp Brandy

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Shopping for Wide Fit Shoes

I have always had large wide feet. When I left Primary School my feet were a size 6. It wasn’t much fun. All my friends had cool shoes but mine were just big and clumpy.

Now I’m a size 9. It’s not much fun as an adult trying to find shoes that fit either.  Most high street shops stop at size 8. At work I have to wear safety boots and mine are the men’s ones. I couldn’t squeeze my wide and rather long feet into the women’s safety boots.

I know there are women out there like me who dread the high street shopping for wide fit shoes. But lucky nowadays with online shopping, it’s opened up a whole new world that is so much closer to home. With just a few clicks you can find the perfect pair of wide fit shoes in an instant, and have them delivered straight to your door.

Shopping for Wide Fit Shoes

I always look for comfort when buying shoes, more than what they look like.

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The Perfect Lazy Night in with Soreen

I love this time of year. A Lazy night in is exactly what you need after a busy day at work. With the dark evenings and cold weather, tucked up in front of the TV is just perfect.

Now if you are like me I must have snacks while I’m watching TV especially if it’s a great film!

The perfect little snack around at the moment is these little squidgy cake bites from Soreen. They are extremely moreish and trust me one is not enough!

Lazy night in with Soreen Squidgy cake bites
The Squidgy Cake Bites Come in this cute little sharing tub, which I did share with my husband. Although I could have eaten the lot!

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Things To Consider Before Buying A Pet

Christmas is coming and we’re all racking our brains about what we can get our children, partner and family. Pets always prove popular gifts, especially to the children. But there are many things we need to consider before parting with cash.

Space

If you’re buying a dog it needs to have a good amount of space. Of course, it depends what type of dog you’re buying, but still it needs to have a good space in your house, preferably a space for its own bed, and a decent sized garden to explore. You need to consider how far away parks are too, if they’re miles away are you prepared to travel everyday to give your pet a runout? If you don’t have hardly any space then perhaps you can consider buying a cat, who can go out on their own. Or if you don’t fancy that something tank based like fish or a hamster. These can be placed in an almost decorative fashion and will delight the children too.

Money

Pets are like humans, they get ill, they need food, and they need equipment. You might be able to afford the initial outlay for the pet but can you afford the monthly outgoings for food and healthcare. You may need to buy medication like trifexis tablets or even fork out for operations. You’ll need to pay someone to look after your pet when you go on holiday. The costs are less with other animals, but they should still all be considered before purchasing an animal of any kind.

Things to consider when buying a pet

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Time

If you’re an incredibly busy person with little time for hobbies and relaxation then you should really reconsider buying a pet. Primarily because they will take time out of your day. If you enjoy going for walks then a dog could be for you, because it’s something you need to do every single day. Of course other family members can help, but depending on how old your children are, they may not be able to take your pet for a walk themselves. You need to consider you time constraints, particularly if you’re thinking of buying a dog.

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Wait! Don’t Shop Online Before You Do This

Shopping online can be one of the most convenient ways to buy things. Whether you’re doing your food shop or buying Christmas presents, there’s absolutely no need to leave the comfort of your own home. But you shouldn’t shop online until you’ve read this first. Take a look…

Read Reviews

Before you buy anything online, make sure you read reviews. Reviews are going to give you a good idea of whether what you’re buying is actually worth the money. Something might look good on paper, but when you look a little closer, it turns out to be a waste of money. This is why reviews from real customers are so valuable.

Make Sure You’re Getting The Real Deal

Some sites online tend to sell ‘fakes’ designed to look like the real thing. You want to make sure you’re getting the real deal when it comes to shopping online, so make sure you do your research. Research the sites, look at reviews, and see if there are any telltale signs that the product might be fake. For example, there are all kinds of fake charm bracelets on eBay claiming to be Pandora, but you can tell they’re fake on close inspection. Make sure you know you’re buying the real thing before handing over your cash.

Compare On Different Sites

Different sites might offer genuine products, but different prices. Make sure you compare different sites before you buy anything, or you could be missing out on huge savings.

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Look For Codes And Offers

If you really want to make huge savings, make sure you look for codes and offers first. Discount codes at Plusvouchercode can come in useful. There are lots of different places you can look, so make sure you take a few minutes before buying to be sure.

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6 Popular Engagement Ring Styles

Are you ready to start shopping for an engagement ring? Maybe the settings have you confused? Before you start shopping, here are a few engagement ring settings worth knowing about.

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  • Solitaire and Prong Settings

A prong setting is the most popular and classic setting for an engagement ring. The prong is the tiny metal claw that tightly grips the diamond and keeps it in place. The prongs can be pointed, V-shaped, rounded or flat, and most feature four or six prongs.

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