From Christmas Decorations to Home Decor The Practical & The Indulgent
Dec05

From Christmas Decorations to Home Decor The Practical & The Indulgent

Christmas is a time of year where we take a look at our homes in a competely different way. From beautiful Christmas decorations to adorn our Christmas tree, sit upon the table or mantlepiece and even to light up the outside of our houses and lawns. To home decor to suit the winter seasons mood of warm colours to lift the gloomy days and nights. Christmas bedding, or perhaps a new throw or two to snuggle under on the settee and not...

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Simple Steps for a Stress-Free Dinner Party
Nov25

Simple Steps for a Stress-Free Dinner Party

Last week we had friends over for dinner – and I realised that a Stress-Free Dinner Party is the latest in the long line of things I appear to have conquered without being aware I’d done so. Our Friday night entertaining was nothing big, nothing fancy; just having some friends over for a few hours, and feeding them. Calling it a ‘dinner party’ would be seriously stretching it – and yet in years past this...

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When People Come To Stay – Rules For Good Hosts
Nov17

When People Come To Stay – Rules For Good Hosts

I was recently commission by Mobility Plus (stay with me here) to think about making homes guest-ready and welcoming. All thoughts & opinons my own, obvs. Planning for houseguests over the holidays? Don’t fret. Whilst yes, it’s an invasion on the normal household rhythm, and yes it does require a little more than simply pumping up the spare bed and pointing them to the spare duvet, it can also be fabulously fun. No one...

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‘Our top 5 family card games for Christmas’
Nov13

‘Our top 5 family card games for Christmas’

Don’t know about you, but our Christmas is filled with silly games in the evenings; no TV for us, we spend hours playing parlour games, family card games, Pictionary (our own version; no board, a hat full of Christmas-themed paper slips, and yes, we might even have our own flip chart & stand…) and the like. Every year we add a couple of new ones, but every year some of the old faithfuls come out again –...

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The Best Cheese Board – yes, of course you (don’t) need one.
Nov12

The Best Cheese Board – yes, of course you (don’t) need one.

I’m a sucker for a perfect cheese board. Of course we don’t get it out every week. But everyone loves sitting around at the end of a meal, nibbling on the cheese and accompaniments as you ‘fill up the corners’, finish up the wine and relax in the glow of a few hours spent in lovely company.And of course at Christmas, nothing beats it – and not just for when you’re entertaining. In the odd quietness...

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Better-Than-Butterkist Crunchy Butterscotch Popcorn Recipe
Nov06

Better-Than-Butterkist Crunchy Butterscotch Popcorn Recipe

While we were photographing for our ‘Ingredients for a Family Movie Night’ post, I happened to post on my Instagram Stories that I was making Crunchy Butterscotch Popcorn. I immediately and repeatedly got asked for the recipe – so here it is. We happen to have our own home-grown popcorn expert. Years ago, a very young Boy was fascinated by microwave popcorn – it was a rare treat, but watching it expand and pop...

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