I still cannot believe it is December, in a few weeks when all the Christmas festivities are over we will be ringing in the new year. I do very much hope that 2018 is a fresh start for the world we live in, and I very much hope this beautiful world looks forward to days of peace and happiness.
As you may know this year was a big year in our household, now my living room as a beautifully enlarged living room and my home is complete. We have the space we so wanted and a lovely large dining table to dine around.
But I think it is true to say that once you start decorating or building your home, you start getting ideas. How can I add more to my home? What little changes can make my home even nicer?
I attended Crown Paints press event a few weeks ago, and they have some wonderful ideas and colours for those of you wishing to add something new to your homes in 2018!
Crown Paints – Spring/Summer Colour Influences –
Crown Paints has been manufactured in Britain since 1777, starting out in a small independent print shop in Darwen, Lancashire, where its headquarters remains.
A lot has happened over the last 200years, but it is still their mission to empower homeowners to realise the potential of colour. Paint is not just about home decoration, it’s about using colour to turn an ordinary space into something personal.
Crown Paints has a fantastic team of colour influencers who have put together the trends for 2018. Consultants, specialists and designers who have colour at the heart of everything they do and inspire people to decorate their homes with colour.
Crown Paints Trends for Spring/Summer 2018 –
“This trend is about working with the simplicity of straight lines, keeping to slim black outlines in furniture and lighting as well as on walls gives a new and sophisticated look, a modern elegance.” Judy Smith (Crown Colour Consultant)
“Brave, bold and provocative. With big blocks of colours and strong geometry that’s breaking free from the restriction of the walls.” Justyna Korczynska (Crown Design Studio)
Bloom is the romantic token of nature at its most magnificent, with fresh floral tones on a long spectrum from lively greens to deep seated pinks and purples. This artistic interpretation picks out the wide brush strokes on an abstract canvas, combining all the fresh colours of a beautiful English garden.
I found the Crown Paints Spring/Summer colour influences absolutely inspiring and refreshing. I could see so many possibilities, so many ways to transform rooms in our homes beyond just floral wallpaper, or champagne coloured paint.
If you are looking for fresh ways to brighten up your homes, or a specific room, have a look at what Crown Paints has to offer.
I think that if you asked me which kitchen staple I could not do without, it would have to be my favourite go to Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I use it in everything! Cooking, drizzling on salads, and even just poured in a bowl to dip fresh bread into.
Not only is olive oil super healthy it needs to taste fantastic too. But I am always willing to try new things and could not wait to try this new ‘Olive & Chai Oil’ which is on the market.
The Product –
Andean Sol brings you healthy and nutritious superfoods from the Andean region of South America – a wild and remote expanse of diverse cultures and landscapes.
From the sun-baked foothills and windswept Altiplano to the peaks of Patagonia, the Andean region offers an abundance of unique and wholesome foods.
Andean Sol only supplies superfoods that is sourced directly from local farmers and cooperatives in South America. This ensures traceability and the highest quality product at all times. They proudly commit to reinvesting 5% of profits back into the communities in which they work.
Andean Sol Extra Virgin Chia Oil not only tastes amazing – it contains approximately 64% omega-3 fatty acids (ALA), the highest of any known plant based sources of omega-3. The chia oil is cold pressed so that it retains the maximum level of nutrients, active substances and flavour possible. The result is a delicate, vibrantly golden coloured oil that has a delicious light and nutty taste.
I haven’t really used too much chai in my cooking but I am sure you have all heard about the benefits of using chai.
I found out some great facts about chai on the Andean Sol website,
“New scientific research on chia seeds showed them to be an impressive plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids, the lack of which in the modern diet contributes to numerous diseases including cancer and heart disease. In addition to being an impressive source of omega-3s, studies showed chia seeds to be high in antioxidants, dietary fibre and plant protein.”
So what better reason to incorporate chai into your daily diet. My boys aren’t always keen on eating seeds when they are visible in foods, but the olive & chai oils are a perfect way to get the benefits of chai without them being visible.
To give the oils a go with my family I decided to make this super yummy recipe using Extra Virgin Chai Oil in place of my regular Olive Oil. And it tasted just as yummy, actually a bit lighter in taste than using regular Olive oil. So a great healthy addition.
Courgettes cooked in Extra Virgin Chai Oil with dill & parsley
Ingredients – (enough for 4)
– 4-5 medium sized courgettes
– 2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
– bunch of fresh parsley (finely chopped)
– bunch of fresh dill (finely chopped)
– 2 tables spoons Extra Virgin Chai Oil
– Sea salt & black pepper
– 2 cups warm water
– 1 large onion (finely diced)
Prepare all the ingredients and set to one side.
Mix together in a large bowl the parsley, dill & garlic.
Peel and slice the courgettes in long thin strips.
Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add the chopped onions and cook over a low heat until cooked and caramelized.
Lower the heat. Line the pan with a layer of the sliced courgettes. Like you are lining a lasagne dish with pasta.
Like making lasagne add a layer of the parsley dill mixture over the courgettes.
Next another layer of courgette strips.
Then another layer of the parsley dill mixture.
Continue until all the ingredients are used up. Add the water. Sprinkle on salt & pepper. Now leave to cook over a medium heat until the courgettes are soft to taste.
Enjoy cold with a dollop of yogurt! 😋
Find out more about these oils on the Andean Sol website –
It’s that time of the year, planning gifts for the ones you love.
The buying of gifts is a definate art. And I think that this year edible gifts will be the most popular.
Who wouldn’t want a beautiful array of yummy Christmas treats to enjoy over the festivities. After all Christmas is a time to eat, drink and be merry!
The Gift –
Prestige Hampers specialise in just that, wonderfully luxurious hampers filled with delightful goodies for the whole family to enjoy.
I was sent the most amazing hamper, a breathtaking Union Jack wooden case which is a show stopper in itself. But when opened your are surprised even further. As you unpack the case you find some delicious drinkable and edible Christmas delights.
Celebrate Christmas with this British inspired hamper. This hamper is filled with the very best traditional beverages and gourmet food produces to make the festivities that much better. All of these delectable treats are beautifully presented in a large Union Jack suitcase for the ultimate patriotic finishing touch.
Mulled Winter Punch 75cl
Elderflower and Rose Presse 75cl
Red Velvet Crunch Biscuits 150g
English Breakfast 40g
Milk, White and Dark Chocolate Classics 120g
Shortbread Festive Shapes 60g
Vine Fruits Christmas Pudding 112g
Iced Fruit Cake 400g
Dark Chocolate Bar 60g
Mackays Christmas Marmalade 113g
Mackays Christmas Preserve 113g
Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Yorkshire Crisps 100g
Handmade Smoked Oatcakes 125g
Union Jack Wooden Case
All I can say is if I received this for Christmas I would be one very happy mummy! The packaging, the delicious delights inside, the drinks; all just so perfect!
The chocolates, biscuits, preserves, very generous bottles of festive drinks will be savoured with delight in the coming months.
I think any family or friend receiving this or any of the other hampers this Christmas would be over the moon with delight.
To order your hamper for the ones you love, don’t delay, and head to the Prestige Hampers website now –