I find even the best eye creams to be under whelming in their effectiveness. This might be the pragmatist in me with a hint of age related cynicism. I naturally assume that anyone who raves about anything to do with the best eye cream is selling something or has been...
With the country still in the Covid-19 lockdown this is very unusual May Bank Holiday weekend. Normally we would be at the seaside or enjoying a visit to a National Trust property but this weekend we'll be enjoying a barbecue in the garden, walking around the village...
Just a quick post to let you know that we now have a new Gift Ideas for Fans of Strictly Come Dancing page. We'll be updating this whenever there is a new Book, DVD, CD or other related product that we think would make a great gift idea. So if you know someone who...
This £5 Emergency Bar of Chocolate from Shelter is a great gift idea this Christmas and the money will go to help fight the housing emergency.
What are the green, eco alternatives to traditional Christmas trees? This blog gives you some great green alternatives.
Reusable wooden advent calendar I spotted this in the gift shop at Wimpole Hall (National Trust) this weekend and thought what a great idea. So many of the advent calendars we see are a mix of cardboard and single use plastic and hard to recycle. This on the other...
Recommended Christmas Reading
An A5 hardback Christmas Planner with gold decorative detail and an elastic closure.
It has sections for a Christmas card list, present ideas, planning festive feasts, keeping family favourite recipes and a calendar for planning.
The Christmas planner can be re-used year after year – for at least 5 years
The organiser also includes 2 paper pockets and a zip lock pocket for keeping receipts, lists or magazine clippings – it has hundreds of reviews on Amazon and a 4.5 star rating. Click here to see it on Amazon.
This is now a classic, when it came out Jamie Oliver said he’d been working on it for over ten years. With classic recipes for every part of Christmas dinner, veggie alternatives, clever ways to use up all of those leftovers, top tips for cooking meat perfectly, and even recipes for edible gifts and Christmas cocktails – Jamie really has thought of everything! It’s one of the best selling Christmas cookery books of all time with an Amazon rating of 4.6 out of 5. Click here to see it on Amazon.
With her no-nonsense approach and inspirational ideas, combined with reassuring advice and easy-to-follow, reliable recipes, Nigella Christmas is guaranteed to bring comfort and joy, and make sure the season of good will stays that way.
This book haw everything you need to make your Christmas easy and enjoyable, from party food ideas and scrumptious cakes and puddings to the main event itself – turkey with all the trimmings, a vegetarian Christmas dinner or a wide range of delicious alternatives. It has hundreds of glowing reviews and a 4.7 star rating on Amazon. Click here to see it on Amazon.
Delia’s Happy Christmas has 150 recipes, plus menu plans and shopping lists, illustrated with full-colour photography. There are recipes for all your favourite traditional dishes – Delia’s Classic Christmas Cake recipe has been in print for over 50 years and has never been bettered.
As we know organisation is the key to a successful Christmas. If you follow Delia’s Christmas calendar, you will be sure to create a very special Christmas. And even if you don’t, there is always Delia’s The Last-Minute Christmas – a chapter for those who leave things to the eleventh hour. 4.7/5 Star Rating on Amazon – click here.