FOUR OF THE BEST TEAS TO HELP YOU SLEEP…

According to an article on Step to Health, six of the best teas to drink to help you sleep well are –

1.   Chamomile and Tila – Tila is known for being a natural sedative which is highly recommended for relaxation and for relieving tension.I think we all know about how relaxing and calming Chamomile is.

2.  Lemon Balm – has an acidic aroma. Using its flowers and leaves to make teas helps one get a deep sleep.

3.  Mint Tea –  it contains anti-inflammatories and sedatives, and is a great way to get a better night’s sleep.

4.  Passion Flower and Valerian – Passion flowers contain natural anxiolytics and acts as a natural tranquilizer and Valerian is one of the best known natural sedatives. Although its taste is not very pleasant, it induces sleep and reduces nervousness.

 

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SULTANA, BANANA AND CINNAMON COOKIES…

Ingredients

85g/3oz Butter
55g/2oz Brown Sugar
1 Banana (mashed)
1 Egg (beaten)
115g/4oz Self Raising Flour
55g/2oz Oats
170g/6oz raisins
1 tsp Cinnamon

Method

Preheat oven to 180C, 350F or Gas 4
Beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy
Add mashed banana
Add beaten egg
Sift the flour
Fold in the oats, raisins and cinnamon
Spray your baking sheets (2/3 depending on what size you want)
Drop heaped teaspoonfuls onto baking sheet, making sure you leave enough room to spread
Bake for 10 – 20 minutes until brown.

HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT…

It’s The Cake & Bake Show in Manchester from 9th-12th November and is well worth a visit.

It’s the UK’s biggest baking event, The Cake and Bake Show are returning to EventCity Manchester.

Visitors can expect to pick up plenty of tips at the Cake and Bake Super Theatre and enjoy the chance to shop in the market stands and Free From Exhibition.

Plus new this year, the Baking Academy, have brought Tate & Lyle and the Sugar Craft Zone who will give you lots of inspiration.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Great British Bake Off alumni Candice Brown and John Whaite will also be showcasing their baking skills along with master patissier Eric Lanlard and TV personality, chef and author Rosemary Shrager.

Lots of great gifts you could pick up for Christmas. Just pop over to the Cake and Bake Show website for more details.

FREE CAKES AT THE VILLAGE KITCHEN :)…

Take advantage of our special ‘Friday Freebie’ when you come into The Village Kitchen. Enjoy a FREE slice of cake on a Friday when you purchase a meal and a drink to enjoy after your meal or to take home for later. We have a delicious choice of cakes to choose from including Victoria Sponge, Carrot Cake, […]

via IT’S#FRIDAY FREEBIE AGAIN AT THE VILLAGE KITCHEN… — The Village Kitchen…

9 OF THE BEST CHOCOLATE ADVENT CALENDARS FOR £10 or LESS…

Up to Snow Good Advent Calendar – 24 festive chocolate penguins, Santas and snowmen – by Hotel Chocolat for £8.00

Lindt Bear Advent Calendar –  a selection of Lindt milk chocolate behind each window, plus a full size 100g novelty chocolate figure for £10.00

My Protein High Protein Chocolate Advent Calendar – A high protein chocolate behind each window, crafted with delicious cocoa butter and each chocolate coin is free from artificial sweeteners and ingredients, and is suitable for vegetarians, too! for £4.99

Carluccio’s Advent Calendar – Packed with milk chocolates, some with a gianduja filling, there’s a foiled winter-y face to greet you from every window! for £9.95

Montezuma’s Organic & Vegan Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar, Natural Collection – the Montezuma’s advent calendar features large chunks of organic dark chocolate behind every door and is the ideal way to build up the excitement to Christmas Day! for £9.99

Cadbury’s Heroes Advent Calendar – Open a little door each day in your countdown to Christmas to find a Heroes chocolate – it may be Creme Egg twisted, Wispa, Twirl, Dairy Milk Caramel, Dairy Milk, Fudge and Cadbury chocolate Eclairs, for £4.99

Thornton’s Large Snowman Advent Calendar – Hidden behind the snowy scene are 24 delicious milk chocolates to take your little ones right up to the big day. They’ll also have three cute milk chocolate snowmen and a milk chocolate plaque that they can personalise with a name, for £7.00

Kinda Santa Advent Calendar – Hidden behind each door is an assortment of filled milk chocolates including 12x Kinder Chocolate Minis and 12x Kinder Chocolate Minis with Cereals for £3.00

Moo Free Advent Calendar by Aldi – Snap up this multi-award winning dairy-free calendar and enjoy all the flavour of milk chocolate advent calendars but without a hint of dairy, gluten or soya all for just £2.99.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE LOAF CAKE RECIPE?…

A few years ago I published this book on ‘Over One Hundred Tips on Baking Cakes’which I am now in the process of updating and adding ‘loaf cakes recipes’, to the book.

If you have a favourite loaf cake recipe and would like to be featured in my book which will include the link to all your media sites then please pm me asap so that I can get it done for final print on November 5th. The book is also available at a local tea shop.

If you have any of your own copyright free pictures then please send these as well.

Look forward to hearing from some of you.

BUYING FAIR TRADE COFFEE TO HELP OTHERS…

When you choose Fairtrade coffee, not only can farmers build a better quality of life for their families and communities, they can invest in growing better quality beans too.

Fairtrade coffee farmers invest at least 25 percent of their Fairtrade premium in improving productivity and quality.

Choose Fairtrade coffee and you’re also supporting farmers to fight the challenges they may face.  These include the effects of a changing climate, low and unpredictable incomes and in some coffee-growing communities, there may not be enough food available for three to four months a year.

Being part of Fairtrade has meant better knowledge about protecting the local environment and the chance to plant other crops and buy livestock to put more food on the table.

Around 125 million people worldwide depend on coffee for their livelihoods. Coffee is the most valuable and widely traded tropical agricultural product and 25 million smallholder farmers produce 80% of the world’s coffee. But many of them fail to earn a reliable living from coffee.