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My best kitchen appliance – Crock-Pot Sauté Countdown Slow Cooker, 5.7 Litre

The best kitchen appliance I have ever bought has to be a slow cooker.  I have been cooking with Slow Cookers for 8 years now.  I bought our first slow cooker when I got married. A young couple, recently out of university, and starting our fledgling careers. We were often out the door at 7.30am and only back home… 

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How to update your blog with etsy

Update Your Blog With Etsy

From time to time I get the urge to spruce up the look of my blog. Like a room in your house that you use everyday, I have grown a little tired of my blogs decoration and wanted something a little different. So I’ve been busy gathering ideas and inspiration.  Many a happy hour has been spent pinning to Pinterest. However it was Etsy where I… 

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A Frozen Place

The river is A frozen place Held still beneath The trees of lace.   The sky is low. The wind is gray. The radiator Purrs all day.   Excerpt from the poem ‘January’ by John Updike   -6c today.  Took a really quick drive around the lanes to take some photographs of the stunning frozen scenery.  The… 

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Growing towards the light

I feel like the hyacinths sitting on my kitchen shelf.  I’m leaning, reaching, seeking any possible light I can find.  The dark, bleak weathered days of January are here.  They have so far alternated between rain, grey skies and bitter wind with the very occasional afternoon of eye squinting low sunshine. However I may have found one… 

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Slow New Year

Happy New Year to you all and thank you for all the lovely words about my last post.  I enjoyed putting all the Christmas photographs together and getting back to the sort of blog post I used to do.  More reflective.  More like a journal.  That’s the mood I’m in.  If you don’t mind indulging me, this… 

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Capturing Christmas

Sat beside the fire on Christmas Eve night I was glad to feel that fimiliar slow, comfy warmth of Christmas.  As much as I had worked towards a simple Christmas there were still things that made me feel rushed and harassed. But sitting there reading to our three children I felt calmer. I could at last enjoy the… 

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Winter spiced apricot compote recipe

Apricot Winter Spiced Compote Recipe

  Give your breakfast a warm winter spiced twist.  This apricot compote goes beautifully with thick greek yoghurt or you may even like to add it to your porridge.   I made this batch in the slow cooker as I like it to slowly simmer with the spiced smells filling my kitchen.  However it is just… 

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easy leftover mincemeat cookies

Mincemeat Cookies Recipe

 Serve these for a seasonal afternoon treat with a cold glass of milk.  They combine the warm Christmas sweet spice flavours with a soft oaty cookie texture.  Makes approximately 20.  

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Thrifty Homemade Christmas Gift

We made these Thrifty Homemade Christmas gifts for the children’s teachers this year.  They were well received and very easy to pull together.   Also the final cost for making each one came to around £1.29 each if you use supermarket prices.   However these could be made even cheaper if you buy some of the items… 

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Christmas salt dough ornaments

Easy No Bake Salt Dough Decorations

  This is a perfect activity to do with children.  It requires very few ingredients and can be made really quickly.  This can be left to dry or if you prefer can be ‘cooked’ in the oven.  You might also like to add cinnamon or cloves to make them smell delicious.  I would recommend adding at… 

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Braised Red Cabbage and Apples

I make this Braised Red Cabbage and apple recipe every year.  We enjoy eating it on Boxing Day with the cold cuts of meat and some crispy homemade chips or wedges.  It also goes really well with sausages and sweet potato wedges.  The children really enjoyed helping with this recipe.  I did the chopping while they… 

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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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