Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Napkin Blings!!



Whenever I use my fabric napkins I always adorn them with my handmade napkin rings. These delightful napkin rings are incredibly easy to make and will liven up any dining table. And what's more, they are perfectly customisable so you can make your own unique napkin rings simply by choosing your favourite colours and style of beads. 



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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Trend I Love - Wallpaper...

I am absolutely delighted to confirm that wallpaper has made a huge comeback in recent years! I love wallpaper so much that I have included it in every room of my house (apart from the kitchen and bathroom). Wallpaper began its resurgence with the implementation of the 'feature wall', where one wall of a room features a striking wallpaper and the other walls of that room remain more neutral.

I used a striking, black, textured wallpaper from Graham & Brown as a feature wall in my 'Black & White' themed Home Office.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Two Winter Dessert Ideas

Check out this scrumptious Chocolate Pavlova and delicious Plum and Banana Crumble, two fantastic winter dessert ideas, featured below ...

Chocolate Heaven ... Extra Chocolatey Chocolate Pavlova

Two desserts I absolutely adore are pavlovas and anything chocolatey and this recipe combines the two (plus it even includes some fruit, so I can pretend it's good for me too!)

The Finished Product


The chocolate pavlova base is a Nigella Lawson recipe that she recommends as a summer dessert but I think that the chocolate cream I've combined with it adds a richness that will see it through the winter months also.




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Yummy Plum and Banana Crumble

This crumble is absolutely delicious and so simple to make. The bananas effuse an incredible toffee-like flavour and the tartness of the plums perfectly counter-balance the sweetness of the crumble mixture - all in all this is a delightful dessert!


If I'm serving crumble to guests at a dinner party I like to make individual portions in ramekins. The ramekins bestow the crumble with an elegance that just can't be achieved when the crumble is served at the table and often ends up being dolloped onto guests dessert plates!



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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

The Incredibly Useful Weekly Meal Planner

Does the thought of deciding what to cook for dinner tonight fill you with dread? Are you struggling to make up packed lunches for your family without sending them off with the same sandwiches everyday? If so, then using a Weekly Meal Planner could be just what you're crying out for! Now, I know that the thought of weekly meal planning is not going to inspire a sense of delight in many of you, but please still read on because you can actually gain fantastic benefits from including this simple tool in your weekly schedule.

Weekly Meal Planner

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