Mushroom stew with Opies Pickled Walnuts

When Opies asked me to create a recipe using pickled walnuts, I looked around for inspiration. I enjoy pickled walnuts but I’ve only ever had them on their own as part of a buffet. I’d never thought of cooking with them. When I looked for recipes, lots of people were using them with a meaty stew. I could see the attraction, the pickled walnuts would cut through a flavourful broth and give it some extra depth. A vegetarian stew with basic ingredients We’re vegetarian and eat vegan as much as possible. So, I decided to create a “meaty” stew that…

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Choosing wallpaper for a child’s bedroom

Years ago when the girls were little, we made the decision to put them in the same bedroom so I could have the spare room as my office. At the time I needed it. Working from home with children as young as they were, I had to have a dedicated space. As time passed, the girls learned to love sharing. They’d play together, chat as they were falling asleep and enjoy each other’s company. There was one problem though. Libby doesn’t need as much sleep as Lia. This came to a head a few days ago when Lia asked if…

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Thursday photo #289

When does Christmas start in your house? I’m not really a Christmassy person. Our tree goes up after the children break up for the holidays. They are absolute believers in Santa, but they don’t get anything huge from him. I only allow them to ask for one thing from Santa rather than having a long list. My one concession to early Christmas is mince pies, I’m more than willing to eat those as soon as they appear in the shops. It has amazed me that people already have their lights up and presents wrapped. We went to our first Christmas…

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Tech Will Save Us Electro Dough Kit Review

Tech Will Save Us describe their kits as, “So fun, they’ll never see the learning coming.” From the moment we opened the kits to when we finally tidied them away, learning didn’t cross my mind. The girls were immersed in their own little world of imagination. Creating little stories in pop-up scenes complete with dough sharks, dragons and submarines. Telling tales of fairies, enchanted forests and unexplained lights. And almost as a side issue, they were creating electrical circuits to illustrate their imaginary worlds. About Tech Will Save Us Electro Dough Kits Each Electro Dough kit has a different theme.…

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Christmas gift ideas for book lovers

Book lovers are my favourite people to buy Christmas gifts for. Books are also my favourite gift to receive. If you’re buying for someone you know well, it’s a gift you can put a lot of thought into. Find out what they’ve already read, which genres they love and what sort of book they’re looking for next. You might just buy their new favourite book, or inspire them with the gift you choose. For adults Life Force: The Revolutionary 7-Step Plan For Optimum Energy by Susan Scott Life Force is a practical, interactive book to guide you to improved energy…

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