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watermelon sorbet with lime
Gorgeously sweet and juicy watermelons remind me of our family holidays we had in Turkey over the years. They are such a welcome treat on a hot day! And with hardly any calories it makes for the perfect healthy non dairy, vegan, gluten free and sweetener free treat. If...
water melon fruit bowl
Summer is on its' way and with any luck (please let it be a good summer!) this will mean plenty of outdoor eating and entertaining! Having a fresh fruit salad on stand by is always a great choice for dessert after a heavy meal. And this gorgeous watermelon fruit bowl creates the perfect centerpiece (and talking point!)...
Jack Daniel's soap dispenser, Jack Daniel's bottle, upcycle Jack Daniel's bottle, recycle Jack Daniel's bottle, reuse Jack Daniel's bottle, make own soap dispenser
Re-using old bottles are such a cool and easy way to creating a quirky soap dispenser for your home. So with Father's Day coming up why not give this project a go? Or, you like the look of it, but don't have a spare bottle? Don't worry, "SoapdiJour" on Etsy‌ have got your covered! They've got...
Home made hummus, hummus, home-made hummus, quick hummus recipe, hummus recipe
Hummus is traditionally served with flat bread, but equally delicious as a dip with carrots, celery and cucumber. Or try it with crackers or tortillas. Sprinkled with a bit of chili or paprika .. stop it .. I'm making myself hungry! But the great thing about hummus is that's so...
Meatloaf, meatloaf surprise, meatloaf with hidden eggs, meatloaf with egg and bacon
I like presenting foods that have an element of surprise and this meatloaf certainly ticks the box! Now, I mean a surprise as in a good thing. Not as in a Rachel's trifle surprise in Friends kinda thing (For those of you who don't know what the heck I'm on about - here's the clip :) ...
Vegan fudge, vegan fudge recipe, pecan fudge, fudge recipe
OK, I admit .. I'm not vegan. But our daughter is, so we try to cut down on the amount of meat we consume and aim to have a few "veggie" days a week. And we try to find vegan alternatives for some meals and treats, especially when she's back home from Uni. Like this vegan fudge...
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Apparently "fudge" was first created when a recipe for making caramels or toffee was "fudged". The recipe went wrong and woohoo‌ our "fudge" was created! Huge big thank you to whoever messed up on their cooking skills that day! I love fudge .. all types of fudge really. But I also...
marbles, shattered marbles, cracked marbles, marble jewellery
I just love shiny and sparkly things (apart from mirrored furniture - it's just too much effort to keep those fingerprints off!..). And I'm not talking expensive diamonds. Anything that sparkles in the light will do. So when I found some marbles lying around the house recently it was a great opportunity to...
planter, punny planter, etsy planter, funny planter,
I love plants .. despite being somewhat of a self confessed plant killer! (If you feel my pain, check out this post for 10 easy maintenance houseplants). And with every plant, of course, comes choosing a gorgeous planter that best suits your home and personality. There's such a great variety of planters available...
Candle, candle holder, DIY candle holder, nautical candle holder,
Living near the sea-side of course it's inevitable that we've got quite a few nautical accessories in our home. What am I saying? - our downstairs toilet looks more like a beach hut than a real beach hut! :) - seriously, I'm not kidding ... And since we love using candles in our home, creating this...
Spring wreath, DIY spring wreath, DIY wreath, Spring, Make your own Spring wreath
Spring is by far my favourite season. I just love the lush green everywhere and the promise of better weather ahead (yes, even in the UK!) Having a spring wreath in your home is a great way to invite spring into your home and bringing the outdoors in. With the days getting longer and summer on...
Whether's it's Christmas or summer, we always have loads of candles around in our home. They are just such a great way to create an atmosphere in your home (or garden during the summer months). As much as I appreciate the LED ones for safety reasons, there's nothing like a good old fashioned real candle (in my...
DIY coasters, easy coasters, tile coasters, make your own coasters,
Making coasters is such a simple and fun project to do! It's great for getting the kids involved for a rainy weekend craft afternoon or during the holidays. I often struggle finding coasters that I really love and end up settling for coasters that are just .. well .. OK....
Pringles, Pringles tube, cotton pad holder, make up, upcycle Pringles,
It always seems such a waste throwing a Pringles tube when you've munched your way through the crisps. Especially as they so sturdy. And of course, if you, like me, love craft projects, you're always looking for something pretty ordinary to make pretty and extra-ordinary :) Of course the Pringles tube is great for...
Pimms, Pimms Lollies, Pimms ice lollies, summer, Pimms Oclock, Pimms O'clock, summer time, summer recipies, summer time
I think the title of this post says everything you need to know! Summer will soon be here and these Pimms and lemonade ice lollies are a great naughty (but oh so nice!) alternative to ordinary ice lollies. They are not suitable for children, but very suitable for adults. Great to...
Everything about a little bunny is just adorable. I just love their ears (especially when they are floppy!), their cute twitchy nose and clumsy Thumper feet. Don't judge me, but I even love its little bunny butt :) Easter or not, who can resist a little fluff ball like this when they...
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I just love flowers! I adore their bright colours in our home, whatever the season. Mind you, giving flowers as a present or when you are going to friends for dinner can be an expensive business! A nicely wrapped bouquet can set you back £15 or more in no time at all. To help...
upcycle, decoupage, furniture, ideas, crafts, fashion, clothes, projects, DIY, storage
One of the things I absolutely love about craft and DIY projects is recycling and re-using old things in a "crafty" (see what I did there? ;) ) way. So this week I rescued some old music sheets from the recycling bag after I had an "aha" light-bulb moment. What was I thinking throwing them away? I...
cashew milk, home-made cashew milk, vegan, gluten free, recipe, benefits, uses, how to make cashew milk, smoothie, ice cream
Not everyone can or wants to drink cow milk. You may be dairy intolerant, or vegan? Or maybe you just don't like the taste of ordinary cow's milk. Whatever the reason, there are so many alternatives available in the shops now. Almond, soya or hazelnut milk to name a few. And let's not...
pesto, pesto chicken, pesto recipe, pesto easy, pesto basil,
I absolutely love pesto, especially if it's to throw together an easy summer pesto pasta. It's so full of flavour! It may surprise you how easy and quick it is to make your own pesto. You can have it on the table in less than 10 minutes and it's soooo much tastier than...
Emoji egg, Emoji Easter egg, Easter egg, Emoji DIY egg, Emoji Easter, Emoji, Easter project, Painting Easter eggs
I absolutely loved painting Easter eggs as a kid. But then I had to grow up and somehow life gets in the way of doing things you enjoy doing. (Not that I want to paint eggs for a living, but you know what I mean..) However, now I get to do it as part of this...
spring, spring display, spring tray, spring designs, spring tray designs, tray designs, vignette, vignette tray,
Do you love the Spring tray ideas that are around on Pinterest as much as I do? They are such a great way of adjusting the look of your room depending on what colour you chose for your accessories. I've put together 40 spring tray ideas, organised in 8 different colours so you are...
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We all love receiving money for a birthday or other occasions, right? I know I do ;) However, to give money to someone as a present can feel a bit, well .. "mehh" .. It's not like the same excited feeling you get when you see someone unwrap your present with anticipation of what their present...
Easter Bunny, Bunny, Easter, Easter decoration, cheap Easter decoration, cheap decoration, decopatch
I just love the feeling of having spring around the corner. Not as much as I love actual spring actually being here, but still .. it's the promise of better weather and sunshine to come! Adding a few spring touches to your home is a great way of inviting some...
Easter, Easter treat, deviled eggs, devilled eggs, Easter recipe, Easter idea, Easter decoration,
Easter breakfast with the family is tradition in our house. I just love experimenting and finding different things to do for the different seasons. Either with the decorations or the food. Or both :) I love these happy little fellows as an idea for Easter. It's a nice way...
marbles, old marbles, recycle marbles, ideas for marbles, marble ideas, solitaire game, make your own solitaire game, re-use marbles, how to use marbles,
You may recall my post about 45 things to throw out without feeling guilty that I wrote a while back. Well, while I was clearing out I came across an old, (boring .. and I mean boh...ring.. !!) solitaire game that we've had for absolute aaaages ... at the back of the cupboard .. gathering dust.
socks, lost socks, prevent lost socks, keep socks together, keeping socks together, sock clip,
Are lost socks driving you crazy? I don't know what happens to them between putting them in the machine and taking them out! However, I'm pretty convinced that our washing machine is some sort of black hole leading to another universe. Before I found out about some of the methods below we...
great Mother's Day presents, Mother's Day presents, presents for Mother's Day, Mother's Day, ideas for Mother's Day, Mothering Sunday, what to give for Mother's Day,
Mum would love something different for Mother's Day (31st March 2019 in the UK) this year! Give her a change from the usual bunch of flowers and chocolates. Show her how much she means to you by getting her something as unique as she is. And stay in her good books for the rest of...
frugal living, leftovers, use leftovers, soup, croutons, make soup,
I don't know about you, but as soups go, I particularly love the "rustic-style" ones. No fuss meals where adding certain ingredients such as pasta or vegetables really add to the feel and the flavour. The use of certain leftovers in your fridge can be a great addition to your creation. For that reason,...
Easy starter, peri peri prawns, prawns, King prawns, starter, great starter, Piri Piri,, Peri Peri, curry, recipes, healthy, starter, garlic, pasta, salad
Entertaining and cooking is great fun, but it can also get very stressful. No wonder Gordon Ramsay swears! ;) But entertaining can also mean a simple meal with friends without spending hours and hours slaving over a hot stove. After all, the most important reason for you to have friends round in the first place...
Quick Banoffee pie, quick dessert, quick banoffee recipe, banoffee pie,
Banoffee pies are always a great way to finish off your evening meal when you are entertaining. I love making these little banoffee pies as individual treats for guests as you can really "jazz" them up by personalising the presentation plates or adding a message. What will you need?
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Are you looking for a different way to give a standard "box of chocolates" as a present? Then creating this chocolate bouquet will be right up your street! I absolutely love this way of presenting sweets or chocolates. It's so versatile and you can change the look of it, depending on what sweets and colours you use.
45 things to throw out today, things to throw, declutter, what can I throw, things to get rid of,
Did you know that it is estimated that on average we spend about 30 minutes a day looking for lost items?! In one year that's over a staggering 182 hours of our valuable time wasted! That's 182 hours that we could have spent with our friends or family. Or doing a hobby we "no...
houseplants you can't kill, easy to look after plants, indoor plants you can't kill, easy to look after indoor plants, indoor plants, easy maintenance plants, easy maintenance indoor plants, easy maintenance houseplants,
I absolutely love having houseplants. There is something about having some lush green plants around to transform your living room or bedroom into a peaceful place. Unfortunately I'm not great at looking after them ... poor things. I try, but I have to admit it .. I'm a plant killer .. :( Life...
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The ironing is piled high. Dishes are collecting in the sink. The bathroom needs to be cleaned and the kitchen floor needs mopping. You've worked hard all week and now you're having to spend the weekend working to keep on top of housework. It sucks! Having an organised house (especially when working full time)...
apple pie, Dutch Apple Pie, Apple pie with cream, apple pie for dessert, perfect dessert,
OK, so I know I'm biased, but there is nothing like a slice of original Dutch Apple Pie. It's not like any of the apple pies you've tasted in England (or anywhere else). You can have it for dessert, or as a treat with a cup of coffee next time you've got visitors.
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Some of the links in this post are affiliate links which means that I earn a very small commission, at no extra cost to you, if you chose to use my link. However I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending you the product as I think you'll love it! I like to think...
anti gravity cake showstopper, cake, birthday cake, antigravity cake, showstopper cake,
It took me a while to pluck up the courage to make this cake. I'd had it pinned on Pinterest for aaaages but it looked so challenging that I kept putting it off. Until my son's 18th birthday when I decided to take the plunge. And this photo was the result so I was pretty pleased...
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This post contains affiliate links which means I will earn a small commission if you use my links, at no extra cost to you. I absolutely love this recipe and have no hesitation in recommending any of the products to you as I'm sure you'll love them as much as I do.
Soup with pastry lid, starter, great starter, original starter, soup starter, talking point starter,
You'll love this one. It's such a simple idea and so easy to make, but looks great and is always a conversation starter at the dinner table. Depending on who you've got coming for dinner, you can make this soup starter as simple or as complicated as you like. Want...
minestrone soup, minestrone, easy minestrone,
I'm quite fussy when it comes to soup, but I do love a good mug of minestrone soup. Maybe it's because with the pasta it feels like a meal in itself. Or because minestrone can be adapted depending on the season we're in. Courgettes, cabbage or peas - whatever takes your fancy as anything goes!

Let's eat

watermelon sorbet with lime

Simple 2 ingredient Watermelon & Lime Sorbet

Gorgeously sweet and juicy watermelons remind me of our family holidays we had in Turkey over the years. They are such a welcome treat on a hot day! ...
water melon fruit bowl

How to make a watermelon fruit bowl

Summer is on its' way and with any luck (please let it be a good summer!) this will mean plenty of outdoor eating and entertaining! Having a fresh fruit...
Home made hummus, hummus, home-made hummus, quick hummus recipe, hummus recipe

10 minute recipe for homemade hummus

Hummus is traditionally served with flat bread, but equally delicious as a dip with carrots, celery and cucumber. Or try it with crackers or tortillas. Sprinkled with...
Meatloaf, meatloaf surprise, meatloaf with hidden eggs, meatloaf with egg and bacon

Hidden egg surprise Meatloaf with bacon

I like presenting foods that have an element of surprise and this meatloaf certainly ticks the box! Now, I mean a surprise as in a good thing. Not as...
Vegan fudge, vegan fudge recipe, pecan fudge, fudge recipe

Vegan Salted Maple Pecan Fudge

OK, I admit .. I'm not vegan. But our daughter is, so we try to cut down on the amount of meat we consume and aim to have a...

Get crafty

Jack Daniel's soap dispenser, Jack Daniel's bottle, upcycle Jack Daniel's bottle, recycle Jack Daniel's bottle, reuse Jack Daniel's bottle, make own soap dispenser

Make a soap dispenser from a Jack Daniel’s bottle

Re-using old bottles are such a cool and easy way to creating a quirky soap dispenser for your home. So with Father's...
marbles, shattered marbles, cracked marbles, marble jewellery

Make your own shattered marbles jewellery

I just love shiny and sparkly things (apart from mirrored furniture - it's just too much effort to keep those fingerprints off!..)....
planter, punny planter, etsy planter, funny planter,

How to make an “Etsy inspired” punny planter

I love plants .. despite being somewhat of a self confessed plant killer! (If you feel my pain, check out this post...
Candle, candle holder, DIY candle holder, nautical candle holder,

From storage jar to nautical rope candle holder

Living near the sea-side of course it's inevitable that we've got quite a few nautical accessories in our home. What am I...
Spring wreath, DIY spring wreath, DIY wreath, Spring, Make your own Spring wreath

Easy spring wreath – no craft experience required!

Spring is by far my favourite season. I just love the lush green everywhere and the promise of better weather ahead (yes,...