When baking cookies if you run out of sheets to put them on then just turn a baking tray upside down and drop the cookies on that.

Store cookies in an air tight tin with a slice of bread as the moisture from the bread will keep your cookies soft and fresh.



I thought I would start looking for something a little bit different for Valentine’s Day gifts and came across ‘Sweet Treats for Her’ Hamper from Clearwater Hampers.

A perfect gift for anyone who has a palette for Afternoon Tea and all that goes with it. The hamper contains a delicious selection of biscuits, cake, chocolates and English Tea, and at £26 including delivery what more could one ask for Valentines Day.




Twinings have got this amazing Earl Grey Tea Caddy which can be personalised as a gift for someone at Christmas.  You just add your own message and they will print it on the front of the caddy.

It contains 100 tea bags and an absolute must-have for all flavoured tea enthusiasts.

Add a little sparkle to your friends and family’s Christmas with this iconic Twinings caddy filled with 100 teabags of Classic Earl Grey tea. It’s £7.50 but they only have limited stocks left so you will need to buy it soon before they run out of stock.



National Baking Week is 17th – 23rd October, 2016 and is to promote baking with the family.

There is no better time than during National Baking Week to set yourself a baking challenge and spend some Homemade Family Time with friends and family.

There’s such a variety of recipes available and they want you to try something new and tackle more challenging bakes. If you’re pushed for time why not search for a recipe that can be made in under 30 minutes? If it is something sweet you fancy why not search their range of tempting deserts? And for Homemade Family Time, look no further than their Baking with Kids recipe section, perfect to give you all the inspiration you and your family need to get into the kitchen!

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The Bramley Apple Pie Week is from 3rd – 9th October, 2016.

To celebrate Bramley Apple Week 2016, the top 1,200 chefs in the country, according to The 2016 Good Food Guide, were invited to show their support by sharing their signature Bramley recipes.

Recipes were shared by Michelin starred chefs including Mark Poynton, Galton Blackiston and Atul Kochher and award winning TV chef Cyrus Todiwala. These innovative and unique dishes showcased the versatility of Bramley and inspired people to get cooking.

A competition ran across owned social media channels, encouraging interaction from consumers. Cooks and fans were asked to post a picture of their favourite Bramley dish with the hashtags #LoveBramley and #BramleyAppleWeek, generating interaction around using Bramley in a wide variety of ways. A winner was chosen by Mark Poynton, Michelin starred chef/founder of Alimentumrestaurant, Cambridge.

Two high profile bloggers were also engaged in the activity: Holly Bell, Recipes from a Normal Mum, created a video for the Bramley YouTube channel for how to cook a Bramley apple and cinnamon crepe cake; Lavender and Lovage promoted Bramley Apple Week to her large following, creating a savoury sausage and sage baked apple with roast chicken. Both encouraged support of Bramley Apple Week across their social media channels. Lots more information on the Bramley Apple website.




This morning I had a McMillan Coffee Morning with some friends (15 of us) and we were able to raise an amazing £240 for McMillan with our cakes and raffle.

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Everyone arrived with their array of home made cakes and biscuits from carrot cake to cheese cake and muffins. We had a raffle and played the two ‘guess’ games that McMillan sent us and were all astounded when we added up our funds to find we had raised £240.00

I think it’s such an easy and fun way to raise money that once a year a day should be dedicated as ‘The World’s Biggest Fundraising Coffee Morning’ so that other charities could benefit and I think lots of money could be raised. If every business small or big held it as well, can you imagine how much money could be raised???

I will certainly do another one next year and hopefully raise even more money. 7663727_da9cd11cb5_m



Biscuiteer’s is one of my favourite biscuit makers. I use them for surprise gifts or just to enjoy myself.

Their unique Wimbledon range is such fun that you would expect to find them available at Wimbledon itself.

Entitled ‘Anyone for Tennis‘, their £30 biscuit tin theme for Wimbledon includes everything you’ll need to score an ace: racket, strawberries and cream, sunglasses, ball, even a scoreboard!





The Village Kitchen Cafe in Edwinstowe opened it’s doors today at Church Farm.

Proprietor Lucy Bartle is no newcomer to the cafe business after running a successful one in Mansfield (Lucy’s) for a number of years.

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This tiny cute shabby chic cafe is full of charm and homeliness with a menu to suit most. It’s set off a courtyard next to Edwinstowe Church where legend has it that Maid Marion and Robin Hood were married.

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With over 13 loose leaf teas to choose from you are sure to find one to your liking. My husband had the home made soup and a toasted sandwich of chicken with bacon and mayonnaise.

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I had a toasted crumpet and a piece of there delicious lemon cake.

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The tea choice from Novus is explained with an infusion card for how long your tea should infuse for and it comes with a Speculoos Belgian Biscuit.

Although not yet on the phone you can find The Village Kitchen through your satnav at Unit 7, Church Farm, Edwinstowe, Nottingham, NG21 9NJ. Parking is easy as it has a car park behind it. Good luck to Lucy, I am sure she will do very well in her new venture.