I know that is only October but I make a lot of my Christmas food from scratch and make food gifts for that season too. Many of those things need to be made weeks, even months in advance so it is not too early to be thinking about Christmas. I have had this Good Food 101 Christmas Dishes for a couple of years. It was then 4.99. The book is only small. Handy if you don't have much space but if you have a ton of books like me it makes it harder to find.
Each recipe has a colour photo of the finished food with it. Most recipes contain only two or three stages in the method which is nice though each step can include several different things to do. I found all recipes easy to understand. They are both sweet and savoury and include mains, sides, starters, desserts, cake, drinks etc. The book is not divided into any sections obviously. There is just a tiny section name on the very bottom of the page for each recipe. Blink and you will miss it. I think that that is not very helpful
There are lots of traditional recipes like fruit cake, mince pies,cranberry sauce and stuffings. They Aldo have recipes which you may not think to look for like a suggestion for frothy cannelloni bean soup for a starter and pepper and honey roast root vegetables. I did wasn't sure about some of the twists on traditional that they had like using curry powder in stuffing for a turkey bug I am sure that others would welcome these twists. I made the Christmas cake from this book and maple glazed carrots (which I have continued making throughout the year because it does not have to be Christmassy), tian of root veg, mincemeat, chocolate brittle and crumble top mince pies. All recipes worked well. There are others I have my eye on for this year.I definitely recommend this book to any novice or experienced cooks.
My daughter had this grobag for age 6 - 18 months and she has now outgrown it but it was a well used and much loved purchase. I feel comfortable using the gro company for her sleeping bags as they are well established and provide a guide to safe sleeping on their website. They also provide a guide as to how warmly you should dress your child for bed and even enclose a disposable thermometer. I didn't use this as we had a thermometer already for her bedroom so I cannot comment on how well this works.
The bag was a nice cosy 2.5 tog which was good to use for most of the year except for the warmest part of the Summer. As it got colder I dressed her in more layers rather than use a thicker tog. The bag is soft and comfortable with a cotton lining and outer layer. It is easy to take on and off with poppers at the shoulders and zippers along the sides.
This particular pattern is interesting enough without being so bright and distracting that it's too much fun to get her to sleep. However on those occasions when our sleepy child was not happy about having her hair dried or whatever the dogs and cats on the front were useful to talk about and she enjoyed pointing them all out to us.
My daughter is a quite active in her sleep so I much prefer the use of a sleeping bag like this to contain her and keep her warm to a blanket which would be kicked off within minutes.
I highly recommend this sleeping bag and I bought the next size up from the same gro company.
I have bought quite a few different toothbrushes in all shapes and sizes for my toddler since she cut her first baby tooth and these turtle ones are my preferred ones. For a start they are inexpensive, at £1 each I can afford to buy them regularly as they get chewed up quite quickly and need replacing on a regular basis.
They come in a range of bright colours of pink, yellow, green, blue and purple and my daughter enjoys choosing which colour to buy.
The bristles are soft but they do a good job of cleaning her teeth.
The shape of the brush makes it comfortable for her small hands to hold the brush and clean her own teeth. Equally, it is easy for me or her Dad to hold and brush her teeth for her. The handle has a turtle shell pattern on it which gives a nice texture to hold which doesn't slip around and also is interesting for her to look at. In fact she gets quite excited about getting a new toothbrush and usually insists on holding the packaged brush all the way around the supermarket while we do the rest of the shopping. This enthusiasm is much appreciated when it comes to persuading a toddler to brush their teeth, as a less attractive and child friendly brush would make this twice daily ritual much harder work I am sure.
I highly recommend these toothbrushes for little people. According to the Tesco website they are BDHF approved.
I like the body shop products but usually my purchases there are limited to their make up range. I received this blueberry body butter as a gift and as gifts go, it was a nice one.
I love blueberries anyway so this was a good choice for me. It was a nice big tub with a good amount of cream in it - 250ml I think so I felt happy to use it generously. The cream applied really nicely after a shower and felt quite luxurious, not greasy at all. I really dislike moisturising cream that doesn't absorb into the skin quickly so I was pleased that this was good to use even straight out of the shower.
The smell was delicious, as with most body shop products, and made it a pleasure to use. I would happily purchase this or buy it for someone for a gift. I have looked at the prices of the body shop body butters and they normally retail at around £14 but it seems they often have special offers on. I have to say I wouldn't spend the full amount on this product, not because I don't think it's nice enough, just that I wouldn't spend that much on a moisturising body cream full stop.
The tub has a twist / screw lid and is large and flat and easy to store. It has a picture on the lid of fresh blueberries, which is nice. I would definitely recommend this product, its lovely. It is also suitable for vegans.
A break in Marseille will not disappoint you. In the past it did not have the best of reputations, but as European City of culture it has come up a long way and is well worth a visit. A week is not enough.
The scenic old port is the tourist hub, with several boat trips available from here. A visit to Les Calanques, a French national park along the coast to the east of Marseille is a must. These creeks, some only accessible on foot or from the sea are in an area of outstanding beauty. Regular boats link Marseille with L'Estaque, the haunt of many painters to the west, Pointe Rouge to the east and the Frioul islands, just off the coast,including the Chateau d'If (featured in "The Count of Monte Cristo").
Even if you are not a great church lover, a visit to Notre Dame de la Garde (accessible via tourist train or bus from the old port) is worth it for the panoramic views over the city, coast and Frioul islands alone. The only church I have been in where model boats and aeroplanes are suspended from the ceiling in gratitude for safety whilst travelling.
Another tourist train tours Le Panier, the district to the north of the port, partially destroyed by the Germans in the Second World War, but with enough old streets and squares remaining to make it well worth a visit.
If the history of the city interests you, I would highly recommend the Musee d'Histoire et Port Antique de Marseille situated 5 minutes walk to the east of the port (5 euros adult entrance). Using multiple exhibits and hands on modern technology it helps you to discover the story behind Marseille. My only criticism would be that there could be more English translation available.
Fort Saint Nicolas is closed to the public, but Fort Saint-Jean has been well developed as a tourist attraction in its own right. There are great views to be had from here of the Old Port and the surrounding area. Most of it is accessible for free, although there is a charge if you are interested in viewing the exhibitions inside. A walkway links it with the futuristic Mucem building.
Other places worthwhile to see are the Cathedrale de la Major overlooking the large modern port area, the grounds of the Palais du Pharo, presiding over the port entrance and the Palais Longchamps for its architecture and fountains.
Although Marseille is not a beach resort, it is possible to access by bus or car beaches of a reasonable quality at the Prado seaside park (created in 1975 from the excavations for the metro). Plage des Catalans nearer to Marseille is a typical city beach.
A trip to Aix-en-Provence by fast bus from the central station makes a good day out. Cassis and Avigbnon are still on our list.
We flew Easyjet from Gatwick. Although the terminal is very basic, there are frequent fast buses running into the city.
I always like to cleanse my face in the evenings and in the mornings to save time instead of using a cleanser I like to use a face wash or scrub in the shower. Generally a face scrub is my preference as I like to feel that it is cleaning my skin and softening it.
I have bought this Tesco cucumber facial scrub on and off for years now. It is not always on the shelves of my local store but when it is at just £1.50 for a 150ml bottle I think its pretty good value.
I like the look of this facial scrub bottle. It is white with some green and black writing and some pictures of cucumber. To me this doesn't look like a cheap item and I like how fresh it is looking. I also like that it has a flip top and is easy to open I the shower.
Opening up the top I am not hit with a strong scent, but this is a cucumber product and cucumbers themselves are fairly delicately scented. Certainly when really sniffing the cucumber is noticeable and nice and fresh.
The Tesco Directions read: Lather a small amount of facial scrub into wet hands. Apply to the face in gentle circular motions then rinse thoroughly with clean, warm water. Complete your skin care regime with other products from the cucumber range.
To be honest I do not really get much of a lather out of this product at all. Which to me is a shame as it would feel nicer if I did. Really for me the whole feel of this product on my skin is just a little bit off. Not only is there no lather but also there is not much of a scrub to it. The exfoliating beads are really gentle and barely noticeable so I don't feel I have had a good scrub at all after using this product. Despite this though after using Tesco Facial Scrub my skin does feel soft and hydrated, I would just like something a little extra so my skin feels a little fresher too.
The back of the bottle reads to avoid contact with eyes, to not use on broken or irritated skin, and if irritation does occur to discontinue use. I must say that I have no problem with irritation with this product. To me it feels very gentle and I get no stinging when it comes in contact with my eyes.
Overall I like this product. For me it is easy to use and gentle on my skin. I would prefer it to have a but more refreshing scrub to it, but, at £1.50 I will continue to buy this product as it cleans my skin nicely and I feel is a bargain.
When I was 17 my sister went away to uni and as a result I relucantly took over her household cleaning duties in our family home. Yes my mum paid for the cleaning to be done so it is not much or a Cinderella story as it meant I got a bit of spare cash each week. It was at this time I was introduced to Cream Cleaner and what it is used for and to this day I still use it.
Although back then I think my mum bought a brand name cream cleaner whereas I buy this Everyday Value version, which used to be marked as Tesco Value.
A 500ml bottle of Tesco Cream Cleaner is just 30p so a real bargain!
Tesco Everyday Value Cream cleaner can be used on a few different places. I always use it on my kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and the bath. I squeeze a decent amount out of the flip top bottle. I find that for best results I use quite a bit and leave it for 5 minutes or so as it goes a bit stiffer and is easier to use. I then use a thick scowering pad and scrub like mad to get any dirt or grime up from the sink or bath. This is certainly not a product that does the hard work for you, but I don't mind that as I know that I get the results out fro the effort I put in.
Tesco directions read: Shake bottle before use. For extra sparkle, buff with a clean dry cloth. Squeeze cream cleaner onto a damp cloth or directly onto surface.Wipe over gently and rinse away immediately. For heavy deposits, rigorous wiping maybe needed. Do not use on perspex, aluminium or glass. Mop up any spills immediately.
Rinsing the cream cleaner off can be a bit annoying as I find it takes longer than I think it should. Because this Tesco cream cleaner is quite thick it takes a good amount of time rinsing and wiping with a cloth to remove all of it. Also, when I rinse the bath I find I have to be careful not to wipe my legs against the rim of the bath white marks can go on my clothing and it doesn't always come out in the wash.
As I say, I always find I use quite a bit of this cream cleaner at once. But still I find one bottle lasts quite a while so it is still good value for me.
I recommend always wearing rubber gloves when using this product as it is pretty harsh on skin. However, it doesn't smell too strong and stink the place out which is good.
Overall I like this product. It is just 30p so great value. Although at that price not surprisingly the product doesn't clean the bathroom for you, but hey it only takes a little bit of elbow greece.
ABOUT: This product from Domestos is 3 x thicker than any other toilet limescale removers. It grips below the water line to remove all limescale and kills germs that live within it. It's also tough on stains. I purchased this product for the toilet at work, as we had run out of toilet cleaner and bleach so I thought I would try this on the toilets as the men's toilets always need a good cleaner as I find these are often worse kept than the ladies toilets. I purchased this in Aqua Marine scent but it also comes in Lime as well.
PRICE: I purchased a bottle of this from my local PoundLand store but you can purchase it from supermarkets and some local shops as well.
IN USE: I removed the lid but squeezing and twisting it and I then squeezed the bottle to squirt the gel under the rim of the toilet bowl. The product is a dark blue colour and does look very thick. They advise leaving the product for at least 30mins or longer if possible. You can then flush and re-apply the product again if you need to, to get rid of stains. The gel has a fresh scent to it although this can sometimes be a little over-powering if you use too much of the product.
You can see how thick the product is as it doesn't run down the inside of the toilet bowl as other toilet cleaners normally would. After leaving for about an hour and flushing the toilet bowl appeared to looked a lot cleaner and seemed to be free of the majority of the stain that were there before hand. There was also a slight shine to the toilet bowl as well which made it look clean and due to the Aqua Marine scent it smelt fresh too.
This is a brilliant toilet cleaner and definitely does help to remove lime-scale as I have noticed less build up of limescale when using this product on a regular basis. As the product is quite thick I tend to use it once or twice a week rather than everyday like I might with some other toilet cleaners.
OVERALL: A good toilet cleaner and limescale remover.
Brussels sprout - the much maligned old favourite, so long the vegetable of choice for bad school dinners, served for too long over-cooked, mushy and flavourless.
Growing your own Brussels sprouts is brilliant - and these little "mini cabbages" are actually delicious when cooked properly, even more so when you have the satisfaction of knowing you have grown them yourself.
I have been growing my own sprouts for years and they're really cheap and easy to grow. One packet of seeds usually lasts me a couple of years, and I tend to grow about ten plants onto adult hood, which is more than enough for Christmas dinner, with some to spare to give to the neighbours.
Start by propogating a handful of seeds in a tray or plugs, on a window sill or in a greenhouse. When the plants are about five CM tall, you'll need to thin them out. Then, when they are large enough to handle, transfer to their final growing spot. They aren't fussy plants, just make sure the soil is well drained, and with enough sun.
Once they are planted, they need quite a lot of water. The most important thing though is to protect them from pests - slugs, snails and worse - the cabbage white butterfly. You will need to protect your plants with cloches or netting or you'll end up losing them to an army of very hungry caterpillars. I plant mine next to other brassicas so that I can cover them all together.
Keep the area weed free and come the beginning of winter you'll have a lovely crop of sprouts, just ready for picking. Cook with pancetta and walnuts for a tasty twist. Yum yum!
Potatoes are a great crop to grow for both beginners and experienced vegetable growers.
It is so easy to get a really good crop of potatoes with just a few seed potatoes. Maris Peer, like most other seed potato varieties which are available in garden centres, are a great, hardy breed.
You need to busy seed potatoes about half a foot into the ground, about a foot apart. Put them into well prepared soil which has no big clumps or stones. Alternatively, they also do very well in grow bags - and you can get special ones which are designed especially for potato growing.
Potatoes will grow pretty much anywhere - they are known for being a very hardy crop. However, to ensure the best results, they will need to be well watered and the area needs to be kept free of weeds as much as you can. Protect from pests using cloches if you wish - but this won't be too much of a problem.
When the green shoots start to appear above the soil line, pile the soil p around them to make little mounds. This will encourage more tubers and will stop the potatoes from turning green in the sun shine. Discard green ones. Once the plants have reached about two foot tall and are flowering, the tubers are ready. You can lift them out with a fork. You'll be amazed how many you get!
The only big problem you could encounter with growing these potatoes is Blight - although this and other varieties are pretty resistant. If you notice that your plants have blight, get rid of them as soon as possible. You will need to burn them to stop the blight spreading.
A recommended crop for keen vegetable growers
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Somehow my now five year old daughter has become a real girly-girl. I first noticed this just before her second birthday, when she started to look at other little girls’ hair clips and hair bands closely. On one particular occasion she had an Oscar-worthy meltdown when I made her leave behind in the shop three hair bands she had been trying on simultaneously.
Our, or rather our daughter's, hair-care draw in the bathroom is filled with a wide variety of hair accessories. I bought our girl two packets of these butterfly “snap clips” approximately two years ago. Surprisingly, not one has been lost or permanently misplaced. This is probably because our daughter likes wearing these so much that she always wishes to know precisely where they are.
Hair clips such as these adorable butterfly clips from Claire's have been around for decades, albeit in a much more basic format. This range comes in several colors of butterflies. The butterflies are manufactured from some kind of wire and mesh. They are delicate to look at however in my opinion they must be quite robust given they have withstood my daughter’s manhandling for two years. The butterflies themselves can be manipulated into various positions, which our daughter adores doing. The different poses remain in their "new" pose with no problem.
These hair accessories stay in well yet they are not so “grippy” as to hurt the wearer. They are easy enough for a child of three or four (and upwards) to put in the hair themselves.
In summary, it is easy to recommend these fun hair clips.
This is a great product and you can even take the tray off. It is great to sit on the floor for baby to get off the back of his/her head. Great for feeding time. Great to sit outside and have your baby sit with you and enjoy the outdoors like my baby does. Easy to travel with. Light weight. My baby enjoys his. I would totally recommend this product to any of my family or friends and even strangers. We absolutely enjoy our bumbo seat in our house. They are so durable that I am sure it will last and make it through this baby and in the future the next baby, that is how durable and great these things are.
Having only just passed my test and still being a teenager, I had to find a car which was both cheap to run as well as being a low insurance group. The punto was a perfect choice, as well as being such a beautiful car, it is both cheap to run and part of a low insurance group. The car is spacious but not to big, making it ideal for young drivers! There are 3 cup holders although two are right in front of the gear stick making it impossible to put anything but some change in them. There is a large glove compartment and a relatively decent sized boot. The only issue I've had to far with the car is that the battery had run dry but that was my fault from leaving the lights on oops! The punto is also built on the floor plan of a Vauxhall corsa making buying parts a doddle. My only disadvantage is that the car does not have air conditioning making it very stuffy to drive in the summer but opening the windows isn't so bad, and it also saves you on petrol costs. It has been a brilliant first car for me and I don't have any thought on changing it anytime soon. Would definetly recommend to any young driver or someone who doesn't drive to far and is looking for a cheap run around. The amount of them on the roads really says everything you need to know. Go buy one.
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