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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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July blog report

July – Blog report

I’m incredibly late with this report due to illness and the late publication of the Tots100 and Foodies100 ranking towards the last few days in August.  However I’m determined to keep these reports going as it appears that many found last months useful.  Here is a breakdown of my activity, the blogs ranking, income and… 

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Foodie Day Out in Wiltshire: Foodfest at Great Chalfield Manor

Last Saturday I managed to persuade my family to come on a foodie adventure with me.  ‘Where we going?’ my three year old son eyed me suspiciously. ‘It’ll be fun. I promise.’ ‘What will be there?’ my eldest asked pulling her gaze momentarily away from Saturday morning telly.  ‘Well…there’s a really interesting house and pretty gardens and… 

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Blackberry Smoothie

The children and I whisked up this smoothie for breakfast the other day.  We really enjoyed it.  The colour was impressive too.  Using blackberries, strawberries, and banana helps make this breakfast a great way of getting fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants at the start of the day.  Adding the coconut milk helps increase the vitamins and mineral content… 

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Blackberry and apple crumble

Making Blackberry and Apple Crumble with Children

Every year without fail the first recipe I have to make with freshly picked blackberries is a crumble.  It’s a good family favourite and one that can easily be made by children.    Perhaps what I really love about a crumble is that you can’t go wrong.  There’s no fiddly pastry-making techniques, no resting, no delicate… 

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