Friday, 18 November 2016

Top Ten - My Woolly Jumper Wish List


Endurance Jumper


Now that there's a nip of winter in the air and the days are getting shorter I've been feeling the need to cosy up and indulge in a generous dollop of  the word that's on everyone's lips at the moment: hygge. And I reckon a good place to start is the oh-so-snuggly jumpers that have been hitting the shops recently. For a peek at my top ten, read on...

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Book Review - In a Manhattan Minute - by Helen J Rolfe

In a Manhattan Minute by [Rolfe, Helen J]

In a Manhattan Minute is the latest novel by Helen J Rolfe (www.helenjrolfe.com) who has become a favourite author of mine. To get the low-down on this novel, read on...

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Holiday Post - Isle of Arran Summer Visit



The beautiful Isle of Arran (www.visitarran.com) is one of my favourite ever places to visit and the Scott family enjoyed a wonderful holiday there this summer. For a peek at our holiday snaps, read on...

Monday, 10 October 2016

Book Review - Single by Christmas - By Rosa Temple


Single by Christmas: A funny, heart warming, feel good, Christmas romance by [Temple, Rosa]

I was contacted by the lovely Rosa Temple (rosatemplewrites.blogspot.co.uk) who offered to send me an ARC of her latest novel, Single By Christmas, in exchange for an honest review. Of course, I jumped at the chance and devoured the novel in a couple of days! Here's what I thought...

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Posh Fish & Chips with Minted Mushy Peas


This new Scott family favourite is inspired by the salmon fish finger recipe in Fearne Cotton's amazing new cookery book: Cook Happy Cook Healthy. For my recipe, read on...

Friday, 12 August 2016

Yorkshire Lavender - A Summer Visit!


Yorkshire Lavender (www.yorkshirelavender.com )is a place we love to visit as often as possible, and the summer months are most definitely the best time to do so. When we called there a couple of weeks ago it looked absolutely stunning...

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Down the Garden Path





Fancy a wander around my garden? Well, grab your wellies, a mug of tea and follow me down the garden path...

Friday, 5 August 2016

Summer Reading List - Third Instalment!



So, here's the third, and final, instalment of my Summer Reading List...

Monday, 1 August 2016

Summer Reading List - Second Instalment!



Here goes with the second instalment of my Summer Reading List. I'm sure you'll agree we're pretty spoilt for choice with the wide range of great reads by some amazing authors...


Friday, 29 July 2016

Summer Reading List - First Instalment!



Okay, so you're off on holiday, your suitcases are packed, your passport's in that secret little zippy place in your handbag, your sunnies are on and you've been waxed and polished as if your life depended upon it. The only problem you have is choosing what reading material to pick from the vast array on the shelves of the Duty Free shop. Well, here's where I step in to help with a few fabulous recommendations...

Friday, 15 July 2016

Get Running!


At school I never really enjoyed sports – I suspect it may have been something to do with a particularly unpleasant teacher who rejoiced in pupil humiliation! – so when an equally sports-shy friend suggested to me that we take up running as a way to keep fit I initially laughed hysterically before I recoiled in horror when I realised she was serious (but then, she was on the other side of a couple of glasses of wine!). I could think of nothing I would rather do less. However, after agreeing to test our running ability (or lack of it) on the quietest (and flattest) route we could think of, and very nearly talking ourselves out of it on several occasions, we bit the bullet and decided to give it a try…

Monday, 4 April 2016

Roast Tomato Soup


This is another Scott family favourite that's easy to make. Read on for the recipe...


Like the Roast Sweet Potato, Thyme & Cumin soup what I love about this one is that it contains very few ingredients, is so easy to make and yet tastes absolutely delicious. Oh, and all those cheeky little antioxidants, particularly lycopene, which is boosted in the cooking process of tomatoes, make it super good for you, too.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

300g tomatoes (preferably vine which give a more intense flavour)

1 medium red onion
1 clove of garlic
1tbsp raw coconut all (I used Lucy Bee - www.lucybee.co )
400g tin of chopped tomatoes or passata will do just as well
1 litre vegetable stock (I used Swiss Vegetable bouillon powder by Marigold Health Foods http://www.marigoldhealthfoods.com/)
pinch of salt & pepper
Creme fraiche/soured cream/single cream to garnish
Croutons
As a delicious alternative you could add a bunch of fresh basil


METHOD
Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4).
Place the coconut oil on a warmed baking tray and allow to melt.
Slice the tomatoes in half, chop the onions & peel the garlic.
Place on the baking tray and, using your hands, make sure everything gets a good covering in the coconut oil.
Roast for 25-30 mins or until soft and caramelized (don't allow the onions to burn or they will make your soup taste bitter).
While the tomatoes are roasting you can make up your stock in a large saucepan.
Once the tomatoes, onions and garlic are ready add them to a food blender together with the tinned tomatoes/passata (now would be a good time to add the basil if using) and blitz until smooth.
Add to the stock and heat through until piping hot.
Serve with a dollop of creme fraiche/soured cream/single cream, croutons and garnish with some torn-up fresh basil leaves.


This soup goes really well with a nice crusty bread spread with a generous helping of creamy butter.

I hope you enjoy this as much as we do.


Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Roast Sweet Potato, Thyme & Cumin Soup


My family love soups and this one is our absolute favourite. It's a doddle to make, tastes so delicious and, thanks to the sweet potatoes, it's jam-packed with vitamin C. For the recipe, read on...

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Coconut Oil


Coconut oil is getting a lot of hype at the moment and ever since I bought a jar of Lucy Bee Raw Coconut Oil (www.lucybeecoconut.com) I can truly appreciate why. My family love it so much it’s now a staple in the Scott household and, if you’re not yet a convert read on, you could be pleasantly surprised and maybe even persuaded to give it a try…

Friday, 4 March 2016

Lush Golden Handshake Hot Hand Mask

The cold, biting winds and chilly temperatures winter brings play havoc with my hands, leaving them dry and chapped so I'm always on the look-out for something to soften them up. I gave the Lush (https://uk.lush.com/) Golden Handshake hot hand mask a try.  Did it work? Why not grab a cuppa and read on...

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Wickham Hall - Cathy Bramley


Wickham Hall by Cathy Bramley (http://www.cathybramley.co.uk) started life as a four part serial originally available to download as an e-book. However, some wonderful person decided it would be a rather fine idea to put the four together, encase it in a very pretty, eye-catching cover and publish it as a lovely, lickable paperback. And I’m so glad they did. If you’d like a quick peek at what it's about, then read on…

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Neal's Yard Remedies - Beauty Sleep Concentrate


For those of you who’ve visited my blog before you’ll already know I’m a big Neal’s Yard Remedies fan and the Beauty Sleep Concentrate is the latest product I’ve tried, tested and welcomed as part of my skincare routine. If you’d like to know more about it, read on…

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Christian's Cafe Bistro - A Hidden Gem!


Always on the hunt for somewhere good to eat, the Scott family stumbled across the rather fabulous Christian's Cafe Bistro in Harrogate a few years ago. We were so impressed we've been popping back whenever we're in that neck of the woods. If you'd like to hear more about it, then read on...
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