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Christmas Food Festival at Great Chalfield Manor 2014

Saturday 13th December. Cold and crisp. Fields were white and roads were slippery.  Great Chalfield Manor looked as impressive in the bright December sunshine as it did in the warmth of August.  It’s only four months since I was last here enjoying some of the best food Wiltshire has to offer. I returned this time with my eldest daughter, her… 

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Spotty Herberts – a shop for children

                  At first I thought I had missed the turning. It’s a Friday morning and I’m winding my way along the busy Box Road coming out of Bath. I’m on the search for a shop with a name that makes me smile – Spotty Herberts. A shop which… 

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How To Dry Orange Slices

It has taken me several years and many disasters before I found the perfect way to dry orange slices.  I love making these.  It is incredibly easy, once you know how, and the smell while they are drying always makes me feel like Christmas has arrived.  What you will need to make dried oranges: Oranges Sharp… 

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My Charity Challenge – Christmas

Are you looking for a Christmas bargain? Need a special dress for a Christmas do? Perhaps you are in need of some extra dinner plates or glasses for those extra guests coming for Christmas lunch? Or just need to buy some Christmas cards?Then why not have a look around your local Charity shops? You maybe surprised at what… 

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Teacher gifts

Gift Ideas For Teachers

I find buying for our children’s teachers quite difficult.  I have been guilty of doing a last minute dash to the supermarket & buying wine, chocolates or flowers. My teacher friends tell me that they are perfectly happy with a bottle of wine and who can blame them?  By the end of the Christmas term I think most… 

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Create a christmas planner

Create A Christmas Planner

Since introducing this idea 6 years ago my Christmas planning has been a lot easier.  It can really help you turn your Christmas preparations from frazzled, disorganised, and expensive into peaceful, organised and budget friendly.  I first came across the idea of a Christmas planner through an American website called Flylady.  It was a great… 

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Apple Pie Punch

Apple Pie Punch

We made this non-alcoholic apple pie punch recipe the other weekend.   Having been out for a walk with the dog we had came back home cold, muddy and in need of a bath.  The ingredients were quickly all put into the slow cooker and then bunged them all in the bath.  While we scrubbed the mud out of… 

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Chickpea Curry

Fast or Slow Chickpea Curry

This curry could also be called ‘Your child will constantly surprise you‘.   At the tender age of one and a half, having only experienced the food I had prepared, my eldest tried this chickpea curry. It was her very first curry and she loved it.  Her nursery were the ones that had given her this culinary experience.  Being… 

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Blog Report – August & September 2014

Ah pants! I have 2 months of reporting to catch-up on!  Before I try and think up a good excuse (I haven’t got one) let’s just dive straight in: Here are my viewing stats over the last few months. Number of sessions has consistently been around 1,700 each month for the last 4 months.  Pages viewed per… 

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Inside Neston Farm Shop cafe

Food In Wiltshire – Neston Park Farm & Visit Wiltshire

Each time I walk into Neston Farm Shop and café  it is with a feeling of gratitude that a place like this exists where I can take the children.  Situated on the outskirts of Atworth, Wiltshire it is a place where I know the food and drinks will be delicious and the atmosphere is warm and relaxed…. 

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Italian Rice Cakes with Parma Ham, Basil and Mozzarella

Sometimes a recipe can immediately get my tastebuds racing.  Just from simply scanning down the list of ingredients I feel I already know how it will smell, taste and feel.  This recipe for Italian rice cakes was a fine example of this.  Having been kindly given a bag of Amira basmati rice I was on the search for something new… 

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WIN £150 to spend at Wayfair

Fancy winning £150 to spend on your home?  Wayfair and I have teamed up to offer £150 to one winner to use at wayfair.co.uk. You can use the £150 to choose from a zillion things for the home on their website. Perhaps you fancy some new dinner plates, a food processor or a slow cooker?… 

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Blackberry and Apple Crumble Muffins tin

Blackberry and Apple Crumble Muffins

Another delicious recipe for using this year’s glut of blackberries.  This combines a crunchy crumble topping with a fluffy soft sponge muffin underneath.  After the children had experienced making the crumble topping for our blackberry and apple crumble this recipe felt like a great way of using those skills and building on them.  This recipe introduces the… 

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