Christmas Gift Guide 2016 – Women’s

Viola Collar from The Shirt Company

For the fashion concious lady we have these fabulous collars from The Shirt Company. I think they are fun and great for dressing up a going out or the smart business outfit. This is the Viola.

 

Peony in Black - The Shirt Company

 

 

This collar is not quite as formal as the Viola. It’s known as the Peony. Very pretty in black. The Shirt Company really has lots of pretty shirts and tops available on their online shop.

Why not take a look and treat someone this Christmas?

 

 

Passionfruit and Lemon Curd from Scarlett & Mustard

I love all types of curds. On toast, great for using in cakes oh and my favourite – on scones with Cornish clotted cream. Yum! This passionfruit and lemon curd is amazing from Scarlett & Mustard. Fresh and zingy. A great little gift. Why not add their blackcurrent & Star Anise, Lime & Mint and Toffee Apple curds to a little gift basket?

£3.50
The Book Of Everyone

 

A couple of weeks back I reviewed The Book of Everyone. These books really do make great personalised gifts. This one is for my husband for Christmas, but I’ve gone and ordered one for my sister as well.

I love the way they take you on a journey back in time. You can learn about the day you were born, What was the number one single, amongst other facts.

A great gift for that person you never know what to buy for them.

 

 

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Simple Gadgets That You Absolutely Need In Your Kitchen

I love to bake and cook in my kitchen. But sometimes I’m limited due to the time I have spare. Nowadays we have some incredible technology for the kitchen, but sometimes the simple kitchen gadgets really are the best. Here are a few of the gadgets that everyone absolutely needs in their kitchen. Just to make life that little bit easier.

A Kitchen Slicer

One of the most time-consuming parts of putting a dish together is preparing the vegetables. It can be such a chore. Especially when you’ve already had a busy day, and just want to put together something healthy but quick. Having a kitchen slicer on hand will save you time and hassle. When you can prepare fruits and vegetables quickly, it means you’re much more inclined to include more of the good stuff into your diet. Much cheaper than a food processor and just as efficient (if not more) when it comes to slicing. Plus if you have a smaller kitchen it takes up less space so you don’t have to clutter up your work surfaces with extra appliances.

Sliced apples and vegetables - Kitchen Gadgets

 

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Tips on a Healthy Kids Lunch with Hartley’s Your Lunchbox

Although baby girl is not old enough for her kids lunch just yet, I have been thinking up tips on a healthy kids lunch for my nephew who will be heading into year 1 in September to pass over to my sister. He is a picky eater and loves cheese!

With back to school is on the horizon  Hartley’s set us on a challenge to come up with healthy tips and ideas for kid’s lunch boxes. 

Tips on a Healthy Kids Lunch with Hartleys Your Lunch Challenge - Rachel Bustin

Hartley’s jelly pots are championing a campaign called Hartley’s Your Lunchbox. It’s all about helping parents create brilliant lunches and collecting an exclusive lunchbox through its collector scheme.

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The Branston Review

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved Branston pickle. Pickle on a ploughman’s lunch is just my idea of the perfect lunch. So when I was asked if I would like to review a selection of Branston pickles, sauces and chutney, I couldn’t refuse could i?

My husband is a lover of brown sauces, whether they are fruity, spicy or smoky he just goes mad for it! So I gave him the task of trying out Branston’s new rich and smokey BBQ sauce.

Branston's BBQ sauce and Hot dog relish

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My Sunday Photo 22/05/2016

Hello, this is My Sunday Photo. On Friday I recieved a lovely package from Canada from my sister. It ws full of baby clothes for baby girl ( which i will show you later in the week! ) and all these chocolate eggs for my husband and I. Unlike the eggs here in the UK which are foil wrapped, these eggs are in little plastic cases which split in half to open. Such a genius idea!
I don’t like Cadbury Creme Eggs, so my husband had them. Canadian Cadbury chocolate tastes different from the UK chocolate, in my opinion it’s not as nice. I would go as far to say it’s more of an atificial flavour.
The Fudgee eggs were the best. A superb fudgy centre, very chocolately and similar to a ganache. I got to have the Oreo one as well. That was very yummy. 
My Sunday Photo - Canadian Chocolate Eggs
Have you tried American or Canadian chocolate before? 

What did you think of the taste?



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7 Hints and Tips for getting the most out of a Slow Cooker

Well it’s Thursday again and I thought I would do another 7 Hints and Tips, as it’s been a while. This time it’s for using a slow cooker and some easy recipe ideas to go with it.
Earlier in the year we bought a slow cooker, and it has been a life saver with a new baby. I am sure we wouldn’t have been eating as healthy if we did not have it.
We have found we can eat so much more cheaply while using a slow cooker, great if you are on a strict food budget.
Beef and Vegetables

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