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Make a warming glass of blackberry mulled wine

With the evenings getting colder and Christmas nearing, it’s time to warm up with a festive favourite. A nice hot glass of mulled wine, made even tastier with blackberries added.   Ingredients 350g frozen or fresh blackberries (and some to garnish) 300ml apple juice 50g caster sugar 4 cloves ½ cinnamon stick, 1 vanilla pod…

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Slow Cooked Beef Casserole

If you want a recipe to please the whole family then try this traditional beef casserole, slow cooked for a guaranteed tender dish that is sure to please everyone. (4 Hours Cooking Time, Serves 5) Ingredients 2 Celery Sticks 1 Chopped Onion 2 Big Carrots 5 Bay Leaves 3 Thyme Sprigs 1tbsp Vegetable Oil 1tbsp…

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Fundraising inspiration for Children In Need

Children in need are a fantastic charity that provides financial aid to UK projects that support disadvantaged young people. Each year the public supports and engages with the charity helping to raise awareness by organising their own fundraising campaigns. If you are looking to get involved ready for next year then here are a few…

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Get the perfect roast potato

Getting the perfect balance between a crisp outer layer and a fluffy inside to your potato can take practice. But hopefully this recipe will give you that perfect potato first time. It takes 15-20 minutes to prepare, 50 minutes to cook and serves 4. Ingredients 1kg of potatoes 100g duck or goose fat, or 100ml…

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Preparing your car for winter

Deicing your car With temperatures starting to drop it won’t be long until the frosty winter mornings return and we start the process of deicing our cars. If you keep your car outside the best way to avoid ice forming on your windscreen all together would be to cover it with a towel or even…

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Preparing your car for winter

Deicing your car With temperatures starting to drop it won’t be long until the frosty winter mornings return and we start the process of deicing our cars. If you keep your car outside the best way to avoid ice forming on your windscreen all together would be to cover it with a towel or even…

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Tips for a spectacular fireworks night

Having your own fireworks display? We have put together a few ideas to help turn your garden into an enchanting place with a spectacular fireworks display. The Bonfire Choosing whether you have your bonfire on the ground or in a firepit. Either way make sure it is manageable and also have enough fuel to keep…

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Tips for some fun festive foods

The start of December is here which means Christmas is only a few weeks away! Decorations are starting to go up and the Christmas adverts are out in force. Christmas can be a stressful time with all the planning so we have put together a few festive food ideas that are simple and sure to…

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Carving a spooktacular pumpkin

Halloween is almost here so it’s time to get creative and carve that pumpkin into the most spooktacular Jack O’Lantern you can Below are a few tips to help your carving go more smoothly, so your efforts aren’t wasted.   1. Choose your pumpkin wisely Take the time to find your perfect pumpkin. A wobbly…

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Halloween Treats

Looking for some simple but tasty Halloween treat ideas? Why not take a classic gingerbread man and turn him into a mummy using piped icing. They only take 45 minutes and the mixture can make 30, making them perfect for a party. Ingredients 350g Plain Flour 1tspn Bicarbonate of Soda 2tspn Ground Ginger 100g Butter 175g…

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