Afternoon Tea Week with Spode

When Spode got in touch recently to team up with them for Afternoon Tea Week, how could I refuse? Renown for great products I was thrilled to say yes. I love a good afternoon tea, endless Earl Grey with lots of finger food. There’s plenty of worse ways to spend a few hours. The thing is I’d actually been looking to update the crockery at home. I’ve been doing a lot of purging recently, it feels good to…

Four Days in Rome

Hello! Buongiorno! I wanted to share with you what we did on our recent child free holiday to Rome, Italy. Before I get into the details of our city break to the Italian capital, I’m going to give you a little backstory. My husband and I first went to Rome together in February 2006, we’d known each other only six weeks. It was most definitely a whirlwind romance and I suppose you could say it sealed the…

Spring Treats & Recent Discoveries

It’s Spring! Or at least it felt like it today. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, tulips and daffodils were peeping through the ground. I thought I share a few of the things I’ve been enjoying lately. The things that have helped me through the dark mornings and the wet school runs, whilst waiting for Spring to arrive. Popcorn Well, who doesn’t love popcorn. The Mister loves sweet and I love salted so we’ve…

Warming Christmas Cocktail

Cranberry, apple, almond and tea: A Hot Punch recipe. Today I’m joining in with the #UKHomeBlogHop organised by the fabulous Kimberley of Swoonworthy. So WELCOME if that is how you’ve found me, especially if you’ve arrived via TidyLife which is the blog before mine in the Hop. This space is a lifestyle and interiors blog, which I hope is down to earth. We are doing up our home so there are lots of renovation posts but also…

6 Great Spots for Free From Food

It’s becoming increasingly common to be affected by food allergies and food intolerance’s. Whether it’s yourself, or a close friend or family member, it seems rife in today’s modern world. There are a few explanations for this which I’m not going to go into on here- after all, you don’t come here to read about scientific theory right!? As well as food intolerance’s and allergies, many people are becoming more mindful of what they eat, perhaps cutting…

Winter Recipe – Chicken Noodle Soup

Gosh I’ve made this so many times recently I could probably do it with my eyes closed. This Chicken Noodle soup Recipe is easy, but it can be lengthy, it is really worth it though so read on. This recipe works on the basis that you’ve had a roast chicken the night, or a couple of days previously. I’m talking about the crucial ingredient of this soup- a chicken carcass. So these chicken bones might have…

Thomas Dakin Gin- A Manchester Gin

You probably know I’m a big fan of Gin. It hasn’t always been that way, a Scottish friend got me into it at University. I actually used to hate it, but I suppose gin can be an acquired taste, one that grows on you. So when I spotted the Manchester finally has one to call its own I just had to try it. Thomas Dakin Gin is named in honour of the man who founded the…

Vegan Strawberry & Banana Muffins {easy bake cake}

Hey there! How are you? I’m feeling really rested and refreshed after a weekend away without the children. More on that later this week but for now I thought I’d share this really easy vegan cake recipe that I made with my eldest daughter. I love baking, I find it really therapeutic and since I realised that being allergic to dairy and eggs didnt mean I’d have to give up cake, its been brilliant. Vegan cake…

The Gincident- A boat full of gin in Manchester

You may remember back in 2012 I went on a little cruise from Castlefield along to Media City and there was a LOT of gin involved, aka the Gincident. Well I’ve been lucky enough to have just been on another one- what’s not to like about a boat full of gin? The Liquorists run these jaunts. Er. stop reading now if you dont want to hear more good things about why I love these guys… Ok,…

Gorgeous Gingerbread Vegan Biscotti

I have rubbish allergies to dairy and eggs which means vegan baked goods are the order of the day. These Gingerbread Biscotti with Lemon Glaze always cause a bit of a stir and I’ve been chased in the past for the recipe! So here it is- credit where its due its from the book Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar from the writers of Post Punk Kitchen. You’ll need the regular baking equipment but because this is an American recipe you’ll need…

The Gincident!

Well what happened? It got a bit sunny here in Manchester and I got a bit lot drunk over the weekend, so I kind of fell off the metaphorical blogging horse. I’m well and truly back in the saddle again now though and need to tell you all about Gin. Actually I cant do that as I cant remember that much (hic!) something about duch courage…? Anyway what I can tell you is that The Liquorists are absolutely ace. They…

Manchester Vegan Afternoon Tea

Just recently I entered a competition on Twitter, to enter I had to retweet and follow Bistro 1847, a vegetarian restaurant I’d visited around Christmas time for a Tweet up with two lovely vintage pals. I really didn’t think I’d win but I DID! The Bistro is in city centre Manchester close to Manchester Art Gallery and five minutes from St Peters tram stop. The prize was afternoon tea for two, normally around £15 each, and you can choose a vegetarian or vegan option. As many of you…