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The Moments That Make Christmas

As a blogger, Christmas starts early. I published my Christmas Days Out recommendations back in September. Last week my meaningful Christmas gift guide went live. And now I have to admit I’ve got to a point where I’m starting to feel a bit festive. Which got me thinking, what are the moments that make Christmas? Christmas Moments For us, Christmas starts with a visit to Santa. We wrap up warm and head to a garden centre, theme park or even just a local pub or shopping centre. We order from the Christmas menu and take part in whatever festivities are going…

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Tea Tasting at Whittards in Grand Central Birmingham

A few weeks ago, I met with the team from Grand Central shopping centre in Birmingham and reviewed Caffe Concerto. I left there with a gorgeous goody bag and one of the things it contained was a little pot of strawberry mint tea and a tea infuser from Whittards. Since then, I’ve been enjoying both the tea itself and drinking from an infuser. So when Whittards asked if I’d like to go for a tasting experience, I couldn’t say no. In fact, anybody can just drop in to Whittards and experience tea tasting themselves. So if you’re passing you can call in…

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Co-op Easter treats: Review & recipe

Much as I loved Easter as a child, it’s been a long time since I had an Easter egg of my own. My family don’t buy them, my husband and I don’t buy them for each other and his family just buy one for the children. So when Central England Co-Operative asked me to review a few items from their Easter range, I jumped at the chance. I have literally years of Easters to make up for. I chose two fabulous looking, huge Easter eggs. The first egg I chose was the Brushed Gold Milk Chocolate Egg with Dark Chocolate…

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3 Simple Cocktails

Whether you’re having a cosy night in with a partner or hosting a dinner party, cocktails are a must. But they can be so complicated! Many recipes have a plethora of ingredients that I can’t find in the supermarket, let alone the cupboard. So, I drafted in some help. I’m neither a cocktail maker nor a photographer. Luckily, we have a family friend who is both. These 3 simple cocktails – both recipes and photographs – are courtesy of Scott Stockwell Photography. But I’m happy to say, I did drink them. And they’re fabulous! Cocktail 1: Raspberry Mojito Ingredients White rum…

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Simple Christmas survival cake recipe

Christmas is a time for giving and receiving, a time for remembering those less fortunate than you and spending time with your nearest and dearest. Meanwhile back in the real world, we’re rapidly approaching the time of year where we eat too much, overdose on sherry, argue with the in-laws and count down the god-forsaken minutes until we can go back to work. This simple Christmas survival cake recipe won’t change anything, but it tastes good and there’s enough brandy in it to make sure you’re half-soaked until New Year’s day. Ingredients To soak in advance:  3 x 500g bags of…

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