The Soho – perfecting summer evenings

The Soho Juice Co. kindly sent me a cocktail starter pack for the purpose of this post. A couple of years ago, my husband and my dad undertook a huge project to build a decking across our back garden. Prior to this, the area was totally unusable for the children, due to being set onto a hill. When the decking was complete, I was determined to spend as many evenings as possible relaxing out there with a cocktail. We have a beautiful view of the hills and the nature reserve behind, and it really is a fabulous place to spend an…

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BKD Mini Bakers Club: Review

Since Libby started nursery, it is rare for me to get much time on my own with her. When we do have a few hours to ourselves, one of the things we love to do is bake. Libby gets such a sense of achievement from creating something in the kitchen that everybody can eat and enjoy. That’s why we were both delighted when we were given the opportunity to review a subscription box from BKD Mini Bakers Club. They take the hard work out of baking by sending a little kit in the post, containing nearly everything you need to create…

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Fit for a Queen: Fruit tart recipe

This week marks the Queen’s official 90th birthday. To celebrate, I’ve teamed up with Kitchenways to make a Royal Bake that is Fit For A Queen. Royal Fruit Bouquet I have been doing quite a bit of baking with the girls lately, and there is more to come as birthday season is still in full swing. As a result, I decided it was time for a change from cake, so I decided to make a pie instead. The Queen is often given flowers and she wears lovely bright colours, often opting for flowers on her outfits as well. So that was the…

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British Sandwich Week: a recipe

As a child, sandwiches always meant some Marmite or a piece of cheese between some soggy slices of bread. It wasn’t until I got older and discovered the joys of home made bread and exciting fillings that I realised just how exciting sandwiches could be. So in honour of British Sandwich Week (8th to 14th May 2016), Central England Co-Operative have asked me to come up with a great sandwich combination and explain how to make it. Never one for taking things lightly, I’ve made my sandwich from scratch. Cheese and herb bread recipe I don’t have a bread maker, so I…

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UK Coffee Week – and why it matters

If you read my blog regularly, you are probably bored of me telling you how passionate I am about ethical shopping. In my humble opinion, voting with our wallets is one of the most important things consumers can do to change the world for the better. As a parent, coffee is an essential part of my diet. I can’t really function without it, but I’m also a bit of a coffee snob. It’s got to be good, strong, black coffee from a coffee machine or a cafetiere for me. I love a café that serves good coffee too. UK coffee week brings…

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