• Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake

    Have you ever thought about making a slow cooker chocolate cake? I really wish that I was with the 3% of the human population that really disliked chocolate, but unfortunately, I can hold my hand up and say that I am a fully-fledged chocaholic. Cadburys, Galaxy, and Nestle are top of my list, but when it comes to posh choccy you can keep it! Slow cookers are a dream for making cooking easy but many only use them for meals.

    In this recipe, I am letting you all in on the secret that you can make chocolate cake in a slow cooker too! This slow cooker chocolate cake is a game changer!

    First though a money-saving tip:

    The first couple of days in December are the best for buying chocolate, you can pick up unsold advent calendars for pennies, and spend an evening going through 24 little scrummy chocolates and even store them, ready to pop into brownies or meltdown into dipping sauces. Genius right! The same can be done with Easter Eggs or Valentine’s chocolates.

    Now this super simple slow cooker chocolate cake is magic, it has three advantages! Firstly, its ruddy lush, secondly it is something that you can prepare and leave, and thirdly your house will smell like a chocolate melting pot.

    Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake

    All you need to prepare this dish is a Slow Cooker, your favourite chocolate and a basic chocolate cake mix, which you can pick up in Lidl or Aldi really cheaply. You can of course choose to make a cake mixture from scratch, but save yourself the time and effort by just using a cake mix you have picked up.

    I fancied being a tad healthy and used mint aero and matchmakers (mint is a leaf, so in my books that means a tad healthy !) but I have previously used Chocolate orange (OMG !!!) Galaxy, you name it. A fab previous cake I made was with Maltesers, and I added 2 tbsp of Horlicks in the cake mix, which gave it a really fab taste, but have a play around and please comment with any fab discoveries.

    Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake

    So start off with your cake mix, and separate it into two portions. Grease the slow cooker bowl with some butter and pour half of the cake mix in the bowl. Then add a layer of your chosen chocolate.

    Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake

    Then pour the remaining cake mix on top and add another layer of chocolate. Cover with the lid, turn the slow cooker on high and just leave it for around two hours. It should be really moist and gooey. A lovely slow cooker chocolate cake.

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    I saved a piece of aero to crumble over the top and served it with Ice cream, but it goes well with cream or on its own. I hope your all grabbing your coats and are off to buy a shed load of chocolate and if you’re as weird as me, you would be licking the computer screen as the pics are so ruddy lush. Anyway gang, here are some pics of a chocolate orange cake that I made. Enjoy, try and share (ha, ha !) and let me know what you think.

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    Go forth, chocolate lover, and create away! I can’t wait to see your slow cooker chocolate cake.

    Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake

  • Simple Homemade Cocktail Recipes

    Simple Homemade Cocktail Recipes

    So we are well into our lockdown, and unfortunately the novelty for some is really wearing thin. While I was in my mile long Aldi que this morning, I had the idea of making some supa dupa cocktails. These are officially on the naughty list, taste brill and most importantly, are really easy to make as one of the main ingredients is ice lollies, Yep, you did read it correct….Ice Lollies. 

    They make such a fantastic and affordable ingredient and are incredibly tasty too – plus are perfect for sipping on a hot summers day!

    With more of us socialising among ourselves, extremely short for cash and unable to go out to have a real fancy cocktail, these bad boys taste just as good and are a fraction of the price, with one cocktail coming in around 70p.

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    Homemade Cocktails

    I am doing four basic cocktails and I am using 4 alcohol bases along with the relevant ice treat. My first cocktail will be The pina colada and with Aldi’s new coconut Lollies, and these makes it taste like your almost in Jamaica !

    Pina Colada

    • x4 coconut lollies
    • 3/4 carton of pineapple juice
    • 1 cup of cocobay
    • A handful of toasted coconut (pop coconut flakes in a dry frying pan and toast until brown !)
    1. Pop all of the wet mixture in a blender and blend until you have a lovely consistency.
    2. Pour over some ice and pop the toasted coconut on top to serve.
    3. If you fancy being very ruthless, add some condensed milk.
    Pina Colada

    The strawberry split

    If you have an outrageously decedent sweet tooth, how about a strawberry Split with a kick !

    You will need..

    • 4 strawberry splits
    • 1 cup of The Illusionist Strawberry Marsh Mallow gin
    • 4 scoops of strawberry ice cream
    • Squirty cream and strawberry syrup to decorate.
    1. Pop all of the ice cream and gin into the blender, and blend until you have a smooth but thick consistency. Pour into a glass and decorate with the cream and syrup.
    The Strawberry Split

    Iced Lemon deluxe

    This tart concoction almost makes you feel like your having the healthy alternative.

    You will need….

    • Half a tub of Lemon sorbet
    • 1/2 cup of Lemon sherbet liqueur
    • 1 litre of lemonade
    • Lemon to decorate
    Iced Lemon Deluxe

    The jog on Terry…..

    This has to be my favourite as it combines my favourite flavour of chocolate orange with compatible gin.

    You will need…..

    • 4 chocolate orange lollies ( I used magnum minis)
    • 1/2 cup of chocolate orange liqueur
    • 1/2 pint of whole milk.
    • Cream, chocolate syrup and grated orange peal to decorate.
    The Jog On Terry

    You might also like this mermaid rum cocktail or these fabulous cocktail garnishes.

  • Simple Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe

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    Is this the real life?

    Is this just fantasy?

    Caught in a landslide

    No escape from reality

    Open your eyes………

    When this was played on the radio yesterday, it really rang true! Seriously what the Jeff is going on? It’s like we are living in a film, but not with zombies, just brain dead people walking around and having day trips out as if its a holiday!

    The Doctors and nurses pleading with us to stay home, yet a good 25% are sticking their fingers up to these heroes, the hero’s that will be saving their arse in their time of need !!!! GGGRRRRRRR Rant over ( but I could go on, and on, and on !!!!!!). However, we are all (most) stuck in our homes, trying to keep the kids entertained, stopping the sibling rivalry, trying not to continually scoff ( I am struggling !) rearranging every cupboard and trying to get over the shock of having an empty washing basket!

    My poor dog Millie is hiding because she has no paws left, we are all individually taking her for a walk every day, but now when someone now shakes her lead, instead of doing fifty excited 360* turns, she now looks at us with utter exasperation!

    I have always kept my freezer stocked, its a habit I have carried on since being a stewardess. You see, I always worried the kids would run out of food if I was stuck somewhere, so there was always an abundance of grub to keep them going. I stood back from the bulk buying, however, I did get some extra soups and tins of tomatoes, pasta etc. So easy to make some pasta and perhaps a quick and simple tomato pasta sauce recipe too.

    I really, REALLY want to avoid having to go out, so I have planned to utilise everything I already have, which will not only save me a bit of money, rotate my freezer and dry stores and also give me a bit of purpose, as I am sure I will be bored shitless soon.

    I have scouted through my freezer and planned all of my meals for two weeks, any leftovers will be for lunch the following day, and I can also jazz it up a bit so that it doesn’t become a bit repetitive. If I have mashed potato left, I will mix with some cheese and chutney, whip up some pastry and make pasties, left over curry or Bolognese can go into a jacket spud  etc.

    Pasta is a great staple to have during these times, as it’s super frugal, leftovers can be turned into a pasta bake with extra ingredients and you can experiment with sauces. I never EVER buy jar sauces, as they are generally full of rubbish (check out the ingredients ) are expensive and taste just OK. I love to make a tasty and simple sauce, using a tomato based one. Everyone in the house loves my tomato pasta sauce recipe so I hope you do too!

    Here is a really simple tomato pasta sauce recipe, it freezes really well and is super simple to whip up.

    Simple Tomato Pasta Sauce recipe

    • . 1 Tin of tomatoes
    • 1/2 tsp of salt
    • 1 tsp of sugar
    • Fresh Basil chopped.
    • A good pinch of black pepper
    • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
    • Cup of grated cheese.

    1. In a pop everything in a saucepan except the cheese, slowly let it simmer for about five minutes.
    2. Let it cool and blend it with a soup blender or transfer it to a blender.
    3. When it is a nice smooth consistency, pop it back on the hob let it simmer and add the cheese, mix it well and add to the pasta.
    4. To make the sauce go further you can add grated veg or Tuna to make it more substantial. I often add red wine and parmesan or white wines to my sauces but nothing too expensive.

    If you would like any help or have questions on how to be a frugal cook and make your food go a bit further, then please leave a comment.

    If you like this, you might like this slow cooker bolognaise.

    Stay Safe,

    Kelly x

  • Cardamom and Pistachio Syrup Cake

    This cardamom and pistachio syrup cake is unlike anything you have ever tasted!

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    Cardamom and Pistachio Syrup Cake

    If your watching your weight and being so good in the process, then please look away, close the page or be prepared to lick the screen ! This cake is off the scale as it is both dripping in syrup and sex appeal. 

    Cardamom is a huge deal in the Indian world of cooking and flavours many of their deserts, but you can find it in curries and even rice dishes.  Often it is used whole, but I removed the outer shell and crushed my cardamom pods in the pestle and mortar so that the flavour would be stretched. Pick these up super cheaply in your local Asian Supermarket, or be prepared for them to be double the price at the Supermarket. 

    Cardamom and Pistachio Syrup Cake

    I decided to make this banger and combine the regular sponge cake, with an exotic element of the Cardamom and Pistachio to make something a little different. This was a task set to both myself and the Twins for the Shop Smart show. I can sometimes shoot myself in the trotter as I like to go a bit weird and different, but I think it’s always good to try something new and interesting. My granddad, would only ever eat a roast and three veg, and I am sure if he had tried a Korma or Adana Kebab, it would have rocked his world, but oh well, it is what it is !

    Fortunately, The family loved my idea for the cake and asked for the recipe, which always makes me smile.  So,here is the recipe, you could change the cream for fat-free yogurt, but really, if your eating a syrup cake, does it really matter ?

    Cardamom and Pistachio Syrup Cake

     

    Cardamom and Pistachio Syrup Cake

    3 eggs
    200g sugar
    juice of half a lemon
    5 cardamom pods
    ¼ cup of pistachio (grated)

    200g SR flour
    200g Butter
    vanilla essence

    runny honey

    mascarpone

     

    Cardamom and Pistachio Syrup Cake

     

    Pop the oven onto a mid heated setting (180*) and grease/line the baking tin of your choice. Melt the butter and add the sugar, give it a nice little whisk and then slowly add the flour, eggs, cardamom and vanilla essence, stir this really well and pour into the baking tin. While this is cooking, pour a cup of sugar into a pan, add the lemon juice and a drop of water and stir until the sugar dissolves and you have a nice runny syrup, remove from the hob. When the cake has finished cooking ( around 25 minutes), remove from the oven and pour the syrup over the cake while it is still in the baking tin. Let it cool for five minutes and turn it out onto a serving plate.



     

    Mix the mascarpone with some of the honey, so you have a nice thick but slightly runny mixture, pour this over the top of the cake and then sprinkle the grated green pistachios over the top, to make it look so darn pretty.

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  • Moroccan lamb recipe from C5 Shop Smart Save Money

    A Moroccan lamb recipe that the whole family will enjoy.

    So Yesterday saw the launch of the third series of Channel 5’s Shop Smart Save money and what a build up that has been !

    The team and I have literally travelled the whole of the UK since January and to say it has been tough is an understatement. I think we have graced the majority of the UK,s train platforms, met ever kind of passenger from Chatty Patty to Miserable Mick and seen some of the most beautiful scenery along the way.

    Our first port of call was at the fab Mousley House cookery school in Warwickshire to show a family of four how to do a Lamb dinner on a budget of £20 or less . They family usually spend around £40 on a single roast for the four of them, and both the girls and I were given a mission to show them the bargain light !

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    The Twins decided to cook a traditional roast with some impressive Yorkshire puddings, and they have kindly shared the recipe on their blog. This went down really well and was followed by a Lemon Victoria Sponge cake. However, I wanted to opt for something a little different and decided to make a simple but effective flavoursome lamb dish. I love Arabic flavours and they are still relatively new to our shores, so with a bit of a gamble I prepared Moroccan lamb with Orzo rice followed by a Cardamom and pistachio syrup cake. This came in at a fab price of £14.85 which worked out at £3.71 per person, But most importantly, the family really enjoyed the meal and were pleased with there new taste discovery.

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    Shop Smart Family Pic

     

    The majority of my shop was picked up at Lidl, even the  leg of lamb which was around the £7 mark (Not an advert !). If you fancy having a go at this recipe, have a gander at the recipe below and please let me know how you get on.

    Good Luck, happy Easter and may you scoff loads of chocolate eggs without feeling guilty !

      x x

    Moroccan lamb

    Leg of Lamb
    2 cups long grain rice
    1 cup Orzo rice
    Aubergine finely diced
    red onion finely diced
    red pepper finely diced
     1 cup of plain yogurt
    fresh parsley

    75g Butter

    2 chicken stock cubes
     2 tbsp. dried mint
    olive oil
    salt
    black pepper
     2 tsp cumin
     2tsp ground coriander
    2tsp all spice
     garlic 2 cloves crushed

    Turn the oven on to a medium heat and put half a cup of water into a roasting tray. Make several scores in the lamb and pop to the side. In a bowl mix half a cup of olive oil with the  crushed garlic, spices and 1 tsp of salt and pepper, mix this well and then massage into the lamb. Cover the lamb loosely  with foil and then pop into the oven to cook for 2 hours, baste a couple of times while cooking. Throw the chopped veg into the bowl of spices and toss around so they pick up the last remaining bits of spices. Put the veg onto a baking tray, ready to go into the oven at the last 30 minutes of cooking time for the lamb.

    Dissolve the stock cubes in some boiling water and heat 75g of butter in a pan, put the orzo in and cook until it is golden. Add the rice and coat well in the butter. Add 2 tsp of salt and the stock, turn the heat down and cover. Cook until the water has disappeared, keep the rice covered until you need to use it.

    When the lamb has been removed from the oven, let it sit tight for around 15 minutes and then carve. If you fancy making a gravy, put some cornflour into the lamb juices and stir to get a paste, add some of the left over stock (slowly!) into the paste and stir over a low heat until it is hot and bubbly, but remember to continually stir the gravy or it will go lumpy. Serve with the rice and veg, but do sprinkle some fresh parsley over the top as this will add some extra taste that will compliment the lamb and also make it look prettier.

    if you like the idea of serving it with a nice mint yogurt, just add 2 tbsp of dried mint to some natural yogurt with a good pinch of salt and  granulated sweetener, stir and serve.

    Moroccan Lamb
    Moroccan Lamb

  • Spanish chicken and chorizo casserole recipe

    chicken and chorizo casserole

    This is probably one of my most favourite recipes that I wrote for C5 Shop smart show, it was designed for a fab couple called Lydia & Jimmy and it had to be low-cost, full of flavour and also Weight watchers friendly. This is where this chicken and chorizo casserole came into being.

    Luckily for me, they loved trying new foods, and as a boring palate is not on my agenda, this was right up my street and I could be adventurous as I liked. I had a gorgeous local weight watchers consultant called Rachel pop over and worked out the points and it came in at 12 points for the whole dish.

    The damn chorizo was the big player with 10 points for 75g but as it’s the star of the show with its smokey flavour, I really didn’t want to tell it to jog on, so I decided to keep it. This is a fab dish on its own, with rice or even a jacket spud, and its on the oh so easy cook scale, as you just bung it all on the slow cooker and forget about it for three hours ! Again, I bought my chicken from Muscle foods, portion them into portions of 3 and 4 and then freeze them, which makes life so simple.

    Chicken and chorizo casserole ingredients

    To create this chicken and chorizo casserole you will need:

    4 chicken breast (skin removed)

    2 red onions finely diced

    3 crushed fresh garlic gloves

    Tinned tomatoes

    2 tsp paprika

    1 tsp thyme

    1 diced celery stick

    2 chicken stock cubes made into one pint of stock (2 points)

    diced mixed peppers

    good handful of chopped parsley

    Cannellini beans

    75g diced chorizo (10 points)

    Seasoning

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    So as this is a super simple dish, pop everything into the slow cooker, cover and turn it on high, blow it a kiss and tell it you will see it in 3 hours.

    Shred the chicken with two forks, to get the pulled chicken effect and serve with your chosen condiment.

    Buen provecho.

    chicken and chorizo casserole

     

  • Shop Smart Save Money Channel 5

    Ok, your reading my blog, so that shows you’re a super savvy and super smart kinda thang. With inflation on food on the up, our wages pretty much staying the same (gggrrrr!) and disposable income getting smaller, now is a fab time to get yourself financially clued up to the max.

    Smart shoppers save money!

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    Shop Smart Save Money C5

    I have joined forces with Fiona Philips, Gaby Roslin and the brainbox of the money world Andy Super Cash, to bring a weekly hour-long show to share with you the latest deals, savvy shopping tricks and top tips on how to make your buck go further.

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    Every week my savvy shopping Rivals the twins Joleisa and I go head to head to try to fetch you the best shopping bargains and give you shopping tips along the way.

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    So please join my greatest fans ( AKA my mum and Nan !) and check out Shop Smart Save Money for yourself, the smile inducing and cost saving tricks we that we all share.

    Channel 5 Wednesday 8pm & Saturday 7.30pm

    Catch you soon….

    Kelly XX

    Why you should visit a Discount Store !!!

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  • Turkey Samosas Recipe

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    Turkey Samosas only 20p EACH !

    We had several children over for tea last night, and I thought I would shy away from the usual pizza and chips, I had picked up some reduced Turkey mince and I had a bit of a brain wave. I always try and show my children different foods and tastes, and some times they like it and sometimes I get a big “JOG ON !” but it is always worth a try.

    This worked out super frugal at around 20p for the turkey samosas, and I made my own pastry which was simple, cheap as chips and much tastier than I expected. These can also accommodate a whole batch of fillings, so use up veg, meat or even cheese with these.

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    For these turkey samosas you will need….

    250g Turkey mince

    2 carrots grated

    1 onion chopped finely

    2 tbsp curry powder

    2 tsp salt

    4 cups of plain flour

    50g butter

    1 tbsp coconut oil

    Oil for frying

     

    turkey samosas

     

    Heat some coconut oil in a large pan and add the onion , fry until they are clear, add the mince and the carrots and fry until the mince is no longer pink – you want to make sure your turkey samosas are well cooked.

    Add the 1 tsp of salt and the curry powder and mix well. Feel free to add potatoes, sweetcorn etc to the mix.

    turkey samosas

    Put the flour, salt and softened butter into a large mixing bowl and slowly add water, your aim is to make the dough form a ball that will be stretchy and not too sticky. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes, I always imagine someone that has hacked me off, and before I know it, I have a perfect dough ball.

    turkey samosas

    Turn it out onto a floured surface and pull the dough into 8 pieces (if you want big samosa leave the balls bigger, if you want small ones, make smaller balls !)

    turkey samosas

    Roll out the balls into a circular shape and  cut down the middle of each circle. Wet the edges of the pastry and roll up into a cone, push some of the mince ingredients into the cone, but try not to overfill it. Seal the edges and get ready to deep frying.

    Deep fry them until they are a light brown colour and place them on kitchen towel to absorb the access oil. Wait for several minutes before serving, We also made a batch of feta cheese samosa’s as we had a vegetarian in the group and they were equally yummy.

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  • Delicious CBD Edibles To Try With Your Friends This Winter

    Cannabidiol is a natural substance found in the cannabis plant. It’s one of the most abundant compounds and has been found to have various health benefits. It has also been used for recreational purposes. There are many ways to consume Cannabidiol products like oils or tinctures, but some people prefer using edibles like gummies. You can find the best CBD Edibles at CBD.co.

    CBD Edibles To Try With Your Friends This Winter

    1. Gummies

    One of the easiest ways to consume Cannabidiol is through edibles, and gummies are a popular option. They’re made from cannabis plants and taste like fruity candy. In addition to being tasty, they’re easy to eat because they’re so soft.

    The gummies are available in different flavors, such as sour watermelon and cherry limeade. You can also choose between regular or high potency—the latter will have more Cannabidiol per dose but also deliver a stronger effect that may not be ideal for first-time users.

    2. Coffee

    CBD coffee is one of the most popular ways to consume Cannabidiol. It’s easy to make at home and a great way to start your day—and your friends will love it. The coffee can be made with any coffee, but we recommend using an excellent French roast or espresso blend for maximum flavor impact. If you want something on the sweeter side, try adding some honey or agave syrup before steeping your coffee grounds in hot water.

    3. Honey Sticks

    These honey sticks are the way to go if you want to add a CBD-infused treat to your morning routine. They pair well with hot or cold drinks and can be used in various ways—spread on toast or mixed into cereal, oatmeal, or even yogurt.

    4. Hot Chocolate

    All you need to get started is CBD oil, cocoa powder, and milk. The recipe can be made with or without sugar, but this version calls for it due to the richness of the chocolate. If you prefer to sweeten your hot chocolate naturally with stevia instead of sugar, simply omit the latter ingredient and add 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder.

    4. Coconut Oil

    Coconut oil is an excellent carrier for Cannabidiol, but you want your final product to have the right amount of THC. One drop of tincture per tablespoon of coconut oil should be enough if you want a small amount of THC. Two or three drops will do the trick if you want more THC.

    How to use it?

    It’s best to infuse the coconut oil at room temperature and then chill it in the fridge after it has been infused for about four hours. You can also heat the coconut oil on low heat before adding your drops or tincture—the hotter the temperature, the faster it will work its magic on your body.

    The effects should kick in within 20 minutes when using an edible with this potency; however, they may take longer depending on how much food/liquids are consumed and how often they’re used together.

    5. Tea

    One of the best ways to get your daily dose of CBD is through a cup of tea, but you may be wondering how to infuse your tea with Cannabidiol. If so, keep reading! First, buy some dried cannabis flower and grind it up small enough for any kind of tea brewing method. 

    Next, combine the ground-up marijuana with boiling water at a 1:1 ratio. Let steep for 4-6 hours before straining out any plant matter using cheesecloth or coffee filter paper. Finally, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to preserve freshness.

    Why Are CBD Edibles Gaining Popularity?

    CBD edibles are gaining popularity because they offer a great way to get the benefits of cannabis without the high. It is a cannabinoid that’s non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t make you feel “high” like THC does. Since they don’t have any psychoactive effects, the edibles are easy to consume anywhere and anytime—they’re especially useful in situations where smoking or vaping isn’t appropriate.

    This is why many people choose to use them instead of smoking or vaping cannabis: since there are no smoke particles in them, it’s much easier to use these products indoors without getting caught by friends or family members who might not be as open-minded about your choice of medicine. For example, if you have relatives staying over for Christmas dinner this year and need an alternative method of medicating besides smoking, consider whipping up one of these tasty treats for dessert.

    The Legal Status Of CBD Edibles

    CBD is legal in all 50 states, but the legality of these products can vary. Why? Because CBD comes from hemp, it’s not controlled under the Controlled Substances Act. Hemp is a naturally occurring plant with less than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana, meaning it cannot get you high.

    Edibles are a great way to get your dose of cannabidiol after work or on the weekend with friends, but before you dive into sipping hot chocolate or eating some minty brownies, be aware that each state has different laws surrounding edible cannabis products.

    How To Consume CBD Edibles For Optimal Results?

    To help you take full advantage of your edibles, we’ve compiled a few tips to help you maximize their effects.

    • Eat Them On An Empty Stomach:

    Your body will absorb CBD more readily if it is not competing with other nutrients for absorption and use.

    • Start With A Small Dose:

    The recommended starting dose of CBD is 5mg per day. If you haven’t used edibles before, start with half that amount and wait two hours before consuming more to assess how your body reacts to the product.

    • Don’t Over Consume:

    There is no way of knowing how much CBD one needs until they have tried it out first-hand; therefore, it’s essential to take caution when using this product.

    Summing It Up

    The holidays are the perfect time to try out new things with your friends. Whether you’re looking for a fun activity or trying to find something quick and easy, your local dispensary offers plenty of options.

  • 5 CBD Oil Recipes That Are A Must Try This Christmas

    It’s Christmas time, the season of goodwill and cheer. And it’s no secret that one of the best ways to spread some of that cheer is by cooking up a storm in your kitchen. But don’t just make the same old thing year after year—this year, try one (or all) of these tasty recipes using CBD OIL as an ingredient.

    1. Blue Cheese And Fig CBD Sauce

    1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped.  Heat the oil in a pan until it gets hot enough for frying. Put the fig preserves and mix well until they become smooth, then add the blue cheese dressing and mix again to ensure everything is combined. Pour this sauce over your favorite dish or use it as a dip for your favorite veggies. 

    You can also refrigerate it for later use, but keep in mind that you have to consume it within 2 weeks. Assemble: Spread toast with fig-blue cheese spread, top with prosciutto slices and another slice of toast, and repeat until all sandwiches are assembled. Serve immediately. Time to eat.

    2. CBD Cauliflower Cheese

    2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes (you can replace this with parmesan cheese)

    Salt and pepper to taste. For the sauce: 1/2 cup cashews soaked in water overnight then drained 2 tbsp coconut oil 2 tbsp nutritional yeast 2 cups filtered water 3 tsp onion powder 2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp salt Pepper to taste Make the sauce by blending all ingredients until smooth. 

    You may need to add more water until it reaches your desired consistency. Place your cauliflower florets in an oven-safe dish with olive oil and bake at 200C/400F for 15 minutes or until they’re tender but not mushy. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan over medium heat, then add your butter/vegan alternative, followed by onions and garlic; once melted, stir in mustard before adding cooked cauliflower and some salt & pepper. Pour over the cashew cheese sauce, ensuring enough coverage, so everything is covered evenly, before serving hot with crusty bread slices and enjoy.

    3. CBD Panna Cotta

    Ingredients

    • 1 C of coconut milk
    • 1/3 C of water or tea (parsley, mint, ginger root, lime juice)
    • ¼ Tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 Tbsp CBD oil (or more to taste)

    Instructions

    • Mix all ingredients and heat in the microwave on low until boiling point (~2 minutes). Leave to cool slightly.
    • Pour into glasses or ramekins and refrigerate for at least 4 hours until set firmly enough to be sliced into wedges like an ice cream dessert.

    4. CBD-Infused Chocolate Orange Tart

     

    • Start by making a chocolate orange tart base.
    • Mix the ganache as directed, and add the oil (the amount will depend on your preference). You can use a small scale to weigh your ingredients or just eyeball it if you’re not too fussy about measurements!
    • Spread the ganache evenly over your tart base, then place it in the fridge for about 20 minutes until set (while you wait for this step, go ahead and make some whipped cream).
    • Remove from the fridge and top with whipped cream and orange zest before serving.

    5. CBD-Infused Mince Pie

    To begin, preheat your oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Next, you must prepare your pastry base in a food processor by adding the flour and baking powder before pulsing until evenly combined. Now place this mixture onto a lightly floured surface and roll out into an approximately 14-inch circle before cutting out twelve discs using a cookie cutter or glass (you will have enough dough left over to make another three small pies). 

    To prevent sticking when transferring these discs onto a tray with parchment paper sprayed with oil. Bake at 200°C/400°F for 25 minutes until golden brown, then remove from the oven immediately before cooling completely before serving either warm spread onto fresh bread slices as sandwiches filled with salad greens such as rocket leaves mixed with spinach leaves along with thinly sliced tomato slices dressed lightly.

    Benefits Of Consuming CBD Oil

    The oil is a natural supplement that can help with many health issues. CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it won’t get you high as THC does. Instead, it helps your body fight diseases and ailments through the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system regulates mood, pain sensation, and appetite, among other things.

    The oil has many benefits, including:

    • Helping to manage stress and anxiety.
    • Pain relief without being addictive or dangerous like opioids are.
    • Sleep aid without causing drowsiness as over-the-counter sleeping pills do.
    • Weight loss by acting as an appetite suppressant

    Appropriate Dosage Of CBD Oil

    The appropriate dosage of the oil depends on various factors, such as the person’s condition and response to the treatment. A general rule is that a recommended dosage is 2-4 mg daily, but the best way to find out what works for you is by starting with a low dose and increasing it gradually.

    The Legal Status Of CBD Oil

    The oil is legal in the UK and can be bought online or in stores. The legal status of Cannabidiol in Canada is similar to that of the US, making it a safe choice for all Canadians. In Australia, CBD oil is also considered safe to use and purchase without needing a doctor’s prescription. New Zealand has recently decided to relax its laws surrounding cannabis products, including the oil, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t stock up on your favorite recipe this Christmas.

    Things To Keep In Mind While Using CBD Oil In Food

    While CBD oil for pain management is significant, it has some things to keep in mind. Here’s what you need to know:

    • Do not use the oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. No evidence using CBD oil during pregnancy or while breastfeeding is safe for the baby.
    • Do not use the oil if you have a history of heart disease or high blood pressure (hypertension). The active ingredients in cannabis have been found to have a potentially dangerous effect on the heart rate.
    • Do not drive or operate machinery after taking the oil, as it can cause drowsiness in some people – although this varies from person to person.

    Bottom Line

    In this article, we have covered the best CBD oil recipes to try at home for Christmas. No matter the occasion or who you are cooking for, these recipes are great for everyone! So why not give one of them a try and see for yourself?

  • 5 Tips To Consider While Shopping For High-Quality CBD Capsules

    CBD Capsules are a convenient and easy way to take CBD oil and offer several benefits. For one, they allow you to control your dose of Cannabidiol more precisely than other methods, such as vaping or tinctures. They also don’t have any flavor, so you don’t have to worry about the earthy taste of Cannabidiol oil. In addition, these capsules are easy to take with you on the go, and they don’t require any special equipment. Pop a capsule in your mouth and wash it down with water. CBD capsules are a great option whether you’re new to Cannabidiol or looking for a more convenient way to take it.

    Why Do People Prefer To Buy CBD Capsules Online?

    Online stores offer a level of convenience that many people find appealing. You can browse through various products and brands without having to leave the comfort of your own home. In addition, online retailers often provide more detailed product information than offline stores, making it easy to compare brands and products. Online stores also offer a more comprehensive range of prices, meaning you can find a product that fits your budget. Finally, many people prefer to buy CBD capsules online because they offer discretion. You can deliver the products to your door without worrying about anyone seeing them. For these reasons, many people choose to buy Cannabidiol capsules online.

    5 Tips To Consider While Shopping For High-Quality CBD Capsules

    1. Make sure the CBD capsules you choose are non-GMO and gluten-free

    When it comes to choosing suitable CBD capsules, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, make sure the capsules are non-GMO and gluten-free. This ensures that the capsules are made from high-quality ingredients and are unlikely to cause any adverse effects.

    Additionally, non-GMO and gluten-free capsules are more likely to be effective, as the digestive process won’t degrade them. Finally, look for capsules that are third-party tested. This means that an independent laboratory has verified that the capsules contain the amount of CBD listed on the label. Third-party testing also ensures that the capsules are free of contaminants. By following these tips, you can be confident that you’re choosing the best Cannabidiol capsules.

    2. Look for high-quality, organic CBD capsules

    While many people are now familiar with Cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis plants, they may not be aware that CBD comes in various forms. One popular option is Cannabidiol capsules, which contain a concentrated dose of Cannabidiol oil. When shopping for Cannabidiol capsules, looking for high-quality products made with organic ingredients is essential. Additionally, you should ensure that the capsules you select provide a consistent dose of Cannabidiol. Generally, it’s best to start with a lower dose and increase gradually as needed. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that you’re getting the most out of your CBD capsules.

    3. Capsules can be more expensive than other forms of CBD

    You may have seen cannabidiol, or CBD, advertised as an all-natural way to manage various medical conditions. Cannabidiol comes in many forms, including capsules, oils, tinctures, and topical creams. While Cannabidiol is generally considered safe, it can be expensive. Capsules are one of the most expensive forms of Cannabidiol, but they offer several advantages over other forms:

    1. Capsules are easy to take and can be taken with or without food.
    2. They provide a precise dose of CBD, making it easy to know how much you are taking.
    3. Capsules are discreet and can be taken anywhere.
    4. Capsules are shelf-stable and do not require refrigeration.

    If you are considering taking Cannabidiol, capsules may be a good option. However, talk to your doctor first to ensure they are right for you.

    4. Check the dosage and ingredients before purchasing

    CBD Capsules are a popular way to consume CBD; however, there is a wide variety in quality and effectiveness on the market. It is essential to check the dosage and ingredients of these capsules before purchasing, as some products may not be suitable for your needs. For example, some Cannabidiol Capsules may contain synthetic cannabinoids, which can cause side effects or may not contain enough Cannabidiol to be effective. 

    Furthermore, the bioavailability of Cannabidiol is affected by how it is ingested, meaning that capsules may not provide the same level of relief as other methods, such as tinctures or vapes. However, these capsules are easy to take and provide a discreet way to consume Cannabidiol, making them a popular choice for many consumers. Ultimately, it is essential to do your research before purchasing to ensure that you get suitable capsules.

    5. Make sure the company is reputable and has good customer service

    While cannabidiol is now legal in many parts of the world, the market for CBD products is still unregulated in many countries. Thus, finding a reputable and reliable supplier of Cannabidiol capsules can be tricky. Here are some factors that can help you find a company to trust:

    Do your research: Read online reviews, talk to friends and family, and look for red flags such as unrealistic claims or no contact information.

    Check the website: A professional website should have clear and accurate information about the company and its products.

    Look for third-party lab reports: Reputable companies will have their products tested by independent labs to ensure quality and safety. Make sure the lab reports are recent and easily accessible on the website.

    Contact customer service: A good customer service team should be able to answer your questions quickly and effectively. Be wary of companies that are difficult to get in touch with.

    By following these tips, you can be sure that you’re getting high-quality Cannabidiol capsules from a company you can trust.

    Conclusion

    Shopping for high-quality Cannabidiol capsules can be a challenging but rewarding process. By researching and finding a reputable supplier, you can get a quality product that meets your needs. CBD capsules are a convenient way to take Cannabidiol and can be taken with or without food.

  • Why Should You Try CBD Bath Bombs Before 2022 Ends?

    The year 2023 is fast approaching, and it’s vital that you’re prepared for what’s to come. What better way to prepare than by taking a bath with CBD bombs? The health benefits of this ancient practice are numerous and profound, especially when combined with the healing powers of CBD bath bomb.

    How Do CBD Bath Bombs Work?

    CBD bath bombs are made with a unique blend of Cannabidiol and other natural ingredients. They dissolve in the water and create an aromatherapy experience that’s relaxing and soothing. Cannabidiol is absorbed into the body through your skin, making it perfect for pain relief and overall wellness.

    The best part about buying Cannabidiol bath bombs is that they’re easy to use! Once you’re ready to take a bath, drop one in the tub and let it dissolve while you relax on top of some bubbles (if you want). You can even try using them as foot soaks: add one or two drops of oil onto wet feet before stepping into warm water for 20 minutes!

    5 Reasons To Try CBD Bath Bombs Before 2022 Ends

    #1 They are made with all-natural and vegan ingredients

    One of the most important things to consider when choosing a product is its ingredients. CBD bath bombs are made with all-natural and vegan ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals entering your body. This makes them safe for anyone of any age to use, even if they have sensitive skin or allergies. Not only are these products safe and reliable, but they also smell great! They come in many different scents like vanilla lavender or coconut lime verbena — if you can imagine the scent, then there’s probably a Cannabidiol bath bomb out there for you!

    These products are great for relaxing and can help with aches and pains related to stress or anxiety. The perfect way to end a long day is by taking some time out of your life just for yourself — whether that means taking a bubble bath or going on vacation somewhere exotic.

    # 2 CBD Helps Relieve Pain and Soothe Skin Conditions

    You can manage most skin problems like eczema and psoriasis with CBD. The anti-inflammatory properties of Cannabidiol help reduce itching, irritation, redness, and dryness. It also works as an antibacterial agent that helps with fungal infections such as ringworm or athlete’s foot.

    CBD bath bombs are also great for people who suffer from chronic pain, as they can help to relieve the symptoms of that pain. Cannabidiol has anti-inflammatory properties, which means it can fight any swelling or inflammation in your body. This can help people with arthritis or other joint diseases feel better overall and reduce the medication they need each day.

    CBD has been proven effective in reducing pain caused by nerve damage (neuropathic pain) from conditions such as diabetes or fibromyalgia. This is because it reduces inflammation at the cellular level, which aids in the healing process of damaged nerves by restoring their function more quickly than usual.

    # 3 Helps Manage Stress and Anxiety

    CBD is a natural way to help manage stress, anxiety, and depression. The chemical compounds in Cannabidiol are known as cannabinoids, which interact with our endocannabinoid system (ECS).

    This interaction helps relieve symptoms related to stress, anxiety, and depression by increasing levels of anandamide. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood, sleep patterns, and appetite. It also increases serotonin production in the brain, which makes us feel happier when we’re under stress or feeling anxious.

    # 4 Healthier, Smoother Skin and Hair

    Another thing Cannabidiol can help with is dry skin. If you’ve ever had dry skin, you know how uncomfortable it can be. The oil helps to restore hydration and moisture to the skin by opening up your pores and allowing moisture to penetrate your skin more easily. This means that the moisture will be absorbed into your skin much faster than usual, leaving your face feeling soft and smooth after using it.

    CBD also helps with hair growth because of its ability to repair damaged tissue in the body. This makes it an excellent treatment for people who want thicker hair but don’t want to resort to surgery or other invasive methods of getting there!

    #5 They can make your bath more relaxing.

    CBD bath bombs can be used to help you relax, which is something that everyone needs more of in their lives. If you’re going to be taking a bath, the scent and the fizzing will help calm your nerves. You can also use Cannabidiol bath bombs when taking showers if you don’t have time for a full bath.

    They can also be used as foot soaks or as part of your nighttime routine to help ensure that bedtime goes smoothly and helps eliminate any stress from the day before.

    Things To Keep In Mind While Using CBD Bath Bombs

    It would be best to keep a few things in mind while using Bath Bombs:

    First, it is essential to use the bath bomb in a tub of warm water. This will help dissolve it faster and get to its effects sooner than if you drop it into some cold water.

    Secondly, the best time for using Bath Bombs is when you have about 15-20 minutes before getting into your bathtub. This way, everything can unfold adequately and allow time for absorption by your skin or body and any other products you might use (such as soap). It is usually recommended to do this at night so you can relax completely after getting out of bed!

    Thirdly, make sure not everyone around has allergies! If there are any ingredients that people around us do not like, we may want to avoid those areas where they could be exposed, such as on our hands or faces.

    Finally, it is essential to remember that you may not feel the effects of a bath bomb until after getting out of the tub. It can take up to 20 minutes before you start feeling the effects, so ensure you have enough time before going in!

    Conclusion

    All in all, CBD bath bombs are a great way to relax and get some much-needed pampering. As long as you have the right ingredients, they can be effortless to make at home. CBD bath bombs and CBD body butter benefit your skin. It provides nourishment and nutrients to your skin. If you’re looking for something new in your life and don’t know where to start, try these adorable little balls!

  • 9 Easy Ways To Decorate A Cake

    Nowadays, making a cake at home is not a problem. You simply find a recipe online and follow it. The process is actually very interesting and the results are simply delicious. Although, a cake without decoration is like a birthday without presents or peony delivery. So, while your homemade cake might be tasty, it should also be decorated properly.

    Here are easy ways to decorate a cake that everyone can manage.

    Go Naked

    There is nothing wrong with a naked cake, that is a cake without any frosting on it. The look of the beautifully baked cake is a sight in itself. If you want to add the berries and other decorations on top, go ahead. But be sure that once the cake is cut the taste is the only thing that will matter.

    Roll It

    Despite that in our mind we usually picture a round cake, it is actually can be any shape or form. The rolled cake is a great option here, it is easily done and even does not require additional decorations. Simply take sponge cake, put the filling on it, and roll. This cake is also easily cut into servings.

    Cover It

    This is not the easiest way but with a bit of practice, you will be creating real art. Mastic is a sweet mass that pastry chefs use to decorate cakes and other desserts. It is soft and malleable so you can cut out interesting figures from it, like flowers, or just cover the cake with a whole sheet. The more difficult figures can be cut from it, but when they dry, they can start to crumble, so it is better to use other “materials” for this.

    Create a Pattern

    Icing is a classic way to spice up the look of a cake. It is most often used in confectionery when creating wedding cakes. However, no one stops you from making a birthday cake with icing. What is more, it is considered a universal way to ornament because patterns created with it do not melt and stick well to any cake. Usually, such a décor looks like an ice pattern on the glass.

    Get Rustic

    Chocolate is the most common ingredient in a cake. You can buy it at any store, and you do not need any complicated tools to work with it. The simplest way to decorate a cake with chocolate is by sprinkling it with shavings. This can not be easier, just grate chocolate and sprinkle the cream-soaked cake.

    If you want something a little more original then take a vegetable peeler and with it create long thin pieces of chocolate that you can too put on your cake. The resulting curls look very effective and rustic, being a beautiful addition in their own right.

    All-Over Piping

    This is also a good way to decorate a cake. Basically, you can buy a can of whipped cream and simply put it on your cake in any formation that comes to your mind. It is advisable to eat the cake with whipped cream right away. It will not hold the shape for very long, so put the whipped cream right before serving.

    Flower-Fetti

    If all of the above seems too complicated, you can do something very simple – cover the entire surface of the cake with something like powdered sugar, cocoa powder, or store-bought sprinkles.

    However, the sprinkles do not stick to the dry surface of a plain cake. So, before decorating the cake, make sure that its top and sides are completely covered with something like cream, frosting, or jam. Sprinkles should be applied immediately after coating, as long as the “sticky” base is not frozen.

    Fruit-Forward

    It seems that there is nothing easier than covering the cake in fresh fruit. Such a solution could indeed be considered the easiest if it weren’t for one “but”. Fruit is not very eager to stack on the baked cake. So, without cream, icing, or jelly, it is practically impossible.

    Make It Abstract

    If you do not like non of the above you can go all-in and decorate will whatever you have at hand. Make your own unique cake and if it turns out abstract you know you are on the right track.

    FAQ:

    • How Do You Decorate a Plain Cake?

    You can put some berries on the sides and sprinkle it with cocoa powder or powdered sugar.

    • What Do You Put On Top of a Plain Cake?

    Сoco powder and powdered sugar are the easiest options. Whipped cream can also be a great choice.

    • How Do You Make a Cake For the First Time?

    Thanks to the internet you can find plenty of easy-to-make cake recipes. Just pick one and try it out. For the first cake, we recommend leaving it plain and not trying complicated decorations.

    • What Can I Use to Decorate a Cake?

    Basically, anything you want. Chocolate and simple frosting are the most popular choices. Some people like to use real flowers for such decorations, just remember to take them off so that no one eats them by mistake.

    • How Can I Make My Cake Look Fancy?

    In our opinion, cake covered in mastic looks very fancy. Especially if you will be able to create additional decoration elements, like eatable flowers.

  • Simple ways to make saving easier

    Getting started with saving can be difficult, to say the least. But once you fall into good habits and routines you may even start to enjoy it. The key to good money and saving habits is making them relevant to your sense of direction, ambition and purpose in life. A few handy tips and tricks can go a long way too – see some of these below.

    Keep track of your savings balance

    If you want to remain accountable for your saving efforts then you’ll need to keep track of your progress. A good way to do this is to open an easy-access savings account and make the account balance easily viewable on your phone or create a chart to stick somewhere in your home. 

    Seeing the balance increase will be a positive motivator and should reinforce good habits, whilst not seeing the balance creep up should be a negative motivator that should drive you to take saving more seriously.

    Set goals

    Goal setting is powerful in every aspect of life but it’s crucial when it comes to saving. Outline your savings target and a certain date and work back from there to identify how much you need to save per month to hit your target. If the goal is tied to an important milestone such as putting down a house deposit or booking your wedding then you should be much more committed to the process.

    Save on payday

    It’s preached by every seasoned saver, but saving on payday or before you start spending all your money is the most effective way to put a nice chunk of cash aside every month. 

    You should be budgeting your money, including all your income and outgoings, to predict how much you can realistically save without putting yourself in financial jeopardy or relying on credit throughout the month. If you leave it until the end of the month to save, you’re more than likely going to have spent most of your salary or wage already.

    Find ways to reduce your biggest costs

    If you’re finding it difficult to save, it could be because your expenses are too high leaving you with little to no disposable income. Budget your money and see if this is the case. If it is, look to reduce your biggest expenses such as rent, utility bills or luxury spending like eating out and shopping. The money you save here can be put straight into savings and you won’t notice that much of a difference in your day-to-day life. 

    If you’re weighed down by debt repayments, focus on paying these off as soon as possible to save yourself money in the long term and then save the money that you would have used for repayments instead.

  • How to make fork biscuits

    When we fancy something sweet then knocking up these fork biscuits uses just three ingredients and takes just a few short minutes to knock up. They remind me of my childhood, making these with my mum before devouring them still warm from the oven.

    The recipe is ingrained in my mind and I can make them in my sleep – one of the first recipes that I remember making.

    The original recipe comes from Mary Berry and there are lots of variations about – you can add cocoa powder to make them chocolate-y, or drizzle melted chocolate over the top of them.

    I am a traditionalist when it comes to my fork biscuits – I want the creamy, crumbly taste and texture with no changes.

    Who is Mary Berry?

    Mary Berry might be known to many of us from The Great British Bake Off, but in fact she has been gracing our screens from the 1970s!

    She trained at The Cordon Bleu in Paris and since then has achieved many accomplishments including becoming the cookery editor of Housewife magazine and has written over 80 cookbooks. You can find out more about Mary Berry here.

    Ingredients for fork biscuits

    Baking fork biscuits takes just three ingredients.

    You will need:

    • 150g self-raising flour
    • 50g caster sugar
    • 100g butter

    How to make fork biscuits

    Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas mark 4.

    Prepare your baking tray by using either greaseproof paper or grease your tin with butter.

    Beat the butter in a bowl to soften.

    Gradually beat the sugar and flour into the butter.

    Use your hands to bring the mixture together into a dough. If you need to, add milk a tiny bit at a time.

    Roll the dough into 12-16 walnut-sized balls. Space out the balls on your baking sheet.

    Get a fork and dip it into cold water. Use the fork to gently flatten the biscuits.

    Place into the oven for 15 minutes.

    Leave to cool on a wire rack.

    Enjoy!

    How to store fork biscuits

    The truth is that you might not need to store these fork biscuits for long because they taste amazing and every time you pop into the kitchen you might be popping one into your mouth.

    That said, if you do need to store your fork biscuits then just store them in an airtight container for up t0 7 days.

    You might like this nut liqueur!

  • Flowers At Lidl

    Flowers are a universal symbol of beauty and love. In different cultures, they are used to convey messages and feelings that are unique to that region.

    In Western culture, flowers are often given as a token of love or appreciation. They may also be sent as sympathy flowers or funeral flowers.

    Having fresh flowers in my house always lifts my mood and helps me to feel inspired and creative. I try to always make sure that there is money in my budget for fresh flowers, however buying flowers at Lidl is a great way to get fresh flowers on a budget.

    What are the benefits of buying fresh flowers?

    Whether you are buying flowers for yourself or a loved one, there are loads of benefits to having fresh flowers within your home.

    Some of the benefits of buying fresh flowers are:

    They can make people feel better and they can decrease anxiety.

    They can increase happiness.

    They make people feel more creative and inspired.

    They provide an opportunity for self expression.

    Buying flowers at Lidl is a great way to save money on flowers and keep your home looking happy.

    Where are the flowers at Lidl from?

    Although Lidl originated in Germany, Lidl GB is committed to sourcing within Britain (you may have seen that their fish, meat, poultry and dairy are sourced within Britain) and the same goes for their flowers, where possible.

    Iconic British flowers are sourced within Britain, including:

    • Daffodils
    • Gladioli
    • Hyacinth

    Of course the British climate cannot provide all the flowers found at Lidl, so other countries where Lidl flowers are sourced from include:

    • The Netherlands
    • Italy
    • Colombia
    • Ecuador
    • Ethiopia
    • Kenya

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    Fairtrade flowers at Lidl

    When buying flowers at Lidl you might be concerned about how they have been sourced.

    In 2020 Lidl launched a range of Fairtrade flowers, sourced in Kenya.

    The Fairtrade flower supplier who Lidl use has established a range of programs and opportunities to support their employees, the local community and the environment from investing their Fairtrade premium. This investment is wide ranging, from building new classrooms to avoid overcrowding at the local schools, to funding new hospital equipment, as well as reforestation projects and adult education courses.

    Flowers at Lidl

    Lidl sell a wide variety of flowers, often changing throughout the year.

    Some of the verities you can find at Lidl include:

    • Lilies
    • Roses – keep reading to see what different coloured roses traditionally mean.
    • Peonies
    • Gerbera daisies
    • Daffodils
    • Tulips

    Lidl also sell seasonal flower bouquets for Easter, Christmas and summer throughout the year.

    Rose colours and their meanings

    Did you know that traditionally, roses and their different colours have different meanings.

    Red roses are used to express love and admiration. They make a fantastic Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one.

    Yellow roses are for friendship. Yellow is a bright and cheerful colour, which is perfect for telling someone that they are a great fried. However, shy away from gifting them to a romantic partner because they can represent jealousy and infidelity.

    Pink roses can represent a variety of things depending on the hue. THe most common are gratitude and congratulations, however they could also be used for greiving.

    White roses represent innocence as well as new love. It is known as the bridal flower and appears in many bridal bouquets.

    Whilst blue roses do not exist in nature, they can still be purchased. Therefore blue roses represent mystery.

    How to keep your flower arrangement look its best

    Whether you have spent £2 or £20 on your floral arrangement, these tips will help you to keep them looking their best.

    1. Cut the stems before placing them into a vase.
    2. Cut back or remove extra leaves on your floral arrangement.
    3. Change the water every 2 – 3 days.
    4. Use the flower ‘food’ that comes with your flower arrangement to prolong their life.

    Can you order Lidl flowers online?

    At the moment you can only get flowers at Lidl from visiting a store – they are not available to order online.

    Get flowers delivered straight to your door

    If you are unable to get flowers at Lidl then you might want to consider Freddie’s Flowers, where you can get flowers delivered weekly or fortnightly.

     

  • 6 Pro Tips to Cook Perfect Slow Cooked Lamb Recipe

    The lamb shank recipe features fresh rosemary, tomatoes, garlic, red wine, and tender lamb in a slow-simmering, simply a heavenly sauce. Excellent with mashed potatoes flavoured with roasted garlic to help sop up the delicious sauce. Since all the preparation is handled at the beginning, this dish is wonderful to prepare for guests. All you need is to get the basics right and allow enough time for the dish to bloom in a heavy-based casserole. This post will provide pro tips to significantly raise the taste of slow-cooked lamb recipes and become a great cook.

    Pro Tip 1: Select the Correct Sort of Meat:

    You substituted another meat cut because you didn’t have the one the recipe called for, and you ended up with braised lamb shank that is rough, dry, and oily. Before you substitute, remember that it’s ideal to use tough meat cuts when simmering something for an extended period. Utilising collagen-rich meats, such as lamb shank and shoulder, is a terrific idea. Trim the lamb before cooking or plan to remove some fat before serving to reduce fat drippings.

    Pro Tip 2: Sear the Lamb first:

    Before putting the heavy-based casserole in the oven, there’s something one must understand. By pre-browning the meat, one may retain more taste and the succulent juices in a tasty lamb shanks recipe. Add a little rub or spice to the meat to add flavour. This quick step has a huge impact. It only takes a few minutes.

    Pro Tip 3: Don’t Sneak a Peek!

    Do not be tempted to open the casserole lid and peek! Heat escapes from the casserole every time the lid is opened, so your meat will take longer to cook. Consult the food-safe thermometer to determine if the lamb is at the right temperature.

    Pro Tip 4: Make the Sauce Thicker

    Don’t discard a slow-cooked lamb if it’s drowning in broth! Since the lid is closed on a casserole, juices do not evaporate. They might be thinner than the preferred result. Transfer them to a pan and add cornstarch or flour to make a thick gravy.

    Pro Tip 5: Avoid Overcooking:

    You can be overcooking your recipes if your family routinely gives your slow-cooked meals poor reviews due to the mushy sides, chalky meat, and one-note flavours. Stick to the time suggested for the recipe because it depends on several variables. Varying the temperature or time in a recipe might destroy all intended tastes or can also make the meat unpalatable.

    Pro Tip 6: Think Outside the Box:

    Undoubtedly, slow cooking is a traditional process, but that doesn’t mean you cannot bring your own flavour to your dish to spice it up! Apart from the technique and process, you can play around with the ingredients. For example, you can use some soft polenta instead of mashed potatoes.

    Final Thoughts:

    Slow cooking can elevate any tough meat’s flavour. Following the proper techniques and processes will ensure you hit all the right flavour notes and desired tenderness. Remember to add your secret element to the recipe to personalise the taste as per your family’s liking.

  • Summer Prize Giveaway from Top UK Bloggers

    In summer, it is important to keep hydrated, wear SPF and have a good time. That’s why I teamed up with some bloggers to bring you this giveaway. There are some fantastic prizes for you in this giveaway, so don’t miss out.

    The summer season is here! To celebrate the arrival of the long-awaited season, I teamed up with a bunch of bloggers to bring you some fantastic prizes.

    So, what are you waiting for? Enter the giveaway below and get your hands on these goodies!

    Summer Prize Giveaway

    Over 50 top UK bloggers have come together to offer one lucky winner an amazing prize package to ensure your summer will be spectacular! We have an MSpa Hot Tub with £100 towards running cost as well as some other lovely prizes for one lucky winner…read on to find out more!

    The Prizes

    An MSpa Aurora Hot Tub with £100 to go towards running costs Thanks to the incredibly generous folk at MSpa, our lucky winner will receive a stunning MSpa Hot Tub worth £949.99. The MSpa Aurora Urban Series U-AU061 features a striking black out-wall fabric with six colour light design. The transparent inner wall is printed with silver stripes, creating an elegant look even in the daytime. And at night, when the light is on, it will look incredible in your garden! The MsSpa Auroa Urban Series U-AU61 comes with:
    • All-in-one control box and wired controller
    • Heat tech anti-icing system
    • Three levels of bubble speed
    • 03 ozonator to kill odors and bacteria
    • Energy saving timer
    • Smart filtration
    • Child safety lock function
    • Antibacterial fabric
    • UVC sanitiser
    Not only that, we will give you £100 towards the running costs of your hot tub!

    Amazing Garden Toy Bundle from Jaques of London

    Now for the kids. To keep them happy this summer our friends at Jaques of London are offering our winner the below prizes:
    • 1 x swing
    • 1 x skittles game
    • 1 x rapid rocket
    • 1 x gardening set
    Jaques of London has been inventing and making toys and games since 1795. They care about our children’s future and create games that nurture children’s development and education. Not only that, but they also care about the environment. Their toys are sustainably and ethically sourced, with each order being replanted into new trees.

    Citronella and Lemongrass Soy Candle and Room Spray insect repellent

    Get rid of those pesky bugs with the help of a Citronella and lemongrass soy candle and spray from Lumiescents. We love summer but we do not love the pesky insects that come with it! That’s why we are offering our winner this max strength blend of insect repelling essential oils Citronella & Lemongrass from Lumiescents. Our winner will receive this as a room and linen spray and as a beautiful soy wax candle. Perfect for those summer walks, or lazy back garden bbq’s. The insect repellent from Lumiescents are a summer must have.

    Melomania 1+ True Wireless In-Ear Monitors (in white)

    We have the Melomania 1+ wireless in-ear headphones in white for our winner, which feature custom-designed 5.8mm Graphene-enhanced drivers. You can listen to all your favourite tunes whilst out and about this summer.

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  • Lidl Bakery – Everything You Need To Know

    Whether you are looking to save money or just grab yourself a tasty treat, there is no denying that the Lidl bakery is well worth a visit. The goods are freshly baked in-store throughout the day and offer a wide range of baked goods from brownies to pizza slices. Keep reading to see all you need to know about the Lidl bakery.

    Who is Lidl?

    Lidl is a global chain of discount supermarkets in Europe.

    The first store was opened in Germany in 1973 by the Lidl-Werke Karl Albrecht GmbH.

    Lidl is often compared to Aldi, although they are in fact different stores, offering alternative brands and different pricing.

    What is the Lidl Bakery?

    The Lidl bakery launched in stores in 2011, and they offer a selection of pastries, pizza, breads, sweet goods and more.

    The Lidl bakery items are prepared daily, meaning that they are fresh and topped up throughout the day.

    The Lidl bakery is self-serve, where customers can use the tongs provided to place their chosen bakery items into bags and take the bag and items with them to the tills to pay.

    As you can see from the photos, some of the Lidl bakery favourites are sold fast, so you might not always be able to get your hands on your favourite Lidl bakery item.

    Get a free Lidl Bakery Item

    The Lidl Plus App is full of money saving coupons and incentives, and if you scan the app and spend £50 or more in a calendar month you will get a coupon for a free Lidl bakery item, to be used within one week.

    Don’t forget to activate the coupon in the app to ensure your free bakery item total is taken off at the till.

    Lidl Bakery Happy Hour

    From Monday to Saturday you can enjoy 30% off the Lidl bakery products using the Lidl plus app.

    Simply visit your coupons and activate the Lidl bakery Happy Hour coupon.

    Then from 7pm to store closing you can get 30% off the Lidl bakery products.

    Lidl Bakery Breads and prices

    Tiger Loaf – 75p

    White Sourdough Boule – £1.29

    Low GI Multiseed Cob – £1.39

    Petit Pain – 19p

    White Crusty Roll – 19p

    Italian Style Panini Roll – 25p

    Cheese Topped Roll – 29p

    Stone Baked White Roll – 25p (5 for £1)

    Sandwich Baguette – 22p

    Large French Baguette – 69p

    Lidl Bakery Sweet Pastries and prices

    Lidl Bakery All Butter Croissant

    All Butter Croissant – 39p

    Chocolate Hazelnut Croissant – 45p

    All Butter Pain au Chocolat – 49p

    Maple & Pecan Plait – 49p

    Apple Turnover – 49p

    Apricot or Cherry & Custard Lattice – 49p

    Belgian Bun – 55p

    Lemon Drizzle Bun – 55p

    Filled Blueberry Muffin – 59p

    Deluxe Triple Chocolate Muffin – 59p

    Deluxe Salted Caramel Muffin – 59p

    Ring Doughnuts (pink or chocolate) – 25p

    Chocolate Filled Doughnut – 59p

    Ring Filled Doughnut – 55p

    Jam Filled Doughnut – 35p (3 for £1)

    Toffee Yum Yum – 49p

    Pastel del Nata – 49p

    Chocolate Chip Cookies – 39p (3 varieties to choose from)

    Ultimate Chocolate Brownie – 59p (2 for £1)

    Cinnamon Bun – 99p

    Lidl Bakery Savoury Pastries and prices

    Vegetable Pizza Slice – 69p

    Margherita Pizza – 69p (2 for £1)

    Goat’s Cheese & Tomato Focaccia – 69p

    Cheese Twist – 69p

    Pretzel – 39p

    Lidl Bakery Christmas Specials and prices

    Christmas Muffin – 69p (chocolate orange or Speculoos)

    Our Lidl Bakery Favourites

    Here’s the thing…we are yet to have anything from the bakery at Lidl that we don’t enjoy.

    The pretzels are delicious, especially if you have some mustard to hand. They have provided many a cheap, on the go lunches to save getting a takeaway or meal deal.

    The brownies are a real treat – they are so chocolatey and hard to replicate at home, unless you are using a brownie kit.

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  • Five cheap and cheerful desserts from around the world

    A delicious dessert is the perfect way to end any meal, isn’t it? For people with a sweet tooth, there is always room for dessert. Whether it’s a gooey chocolate brownie or a rich and creamy homemade ice cream, finishing on a sweet treat is generally the done thing. 

    Around the world, desserts form an integral part of any meal, while also being steeped in history. For example, in some countries, people consume desserts in the afternoon with a cup of tea, while other cultures might have a specific dessert for breakfast or in the evening. There are more popular dessert options than others also. For instance, while some people might enjoy the odd fruit-themed slot game, tucking into a fruit-based dessert doesn’t appeal. Likewise, some people despise coffee in desserts, while others don’t even like chocolate. Thankfully, we live in a world where people with a sweet tooth have most definitely been catered for! In fact, there are some delicious treats being served up in a number of countries. Some options don’t cost an arm and a leg either. Let’s take a look at five below. 

    Brigadeiro

    A tasty treat from Brazil, brigadeiro is made using three main ingredients – unsalted butter, cocoa powder, and condensed milk. An affordable dessert, the aforementioned ingredients are rolled together to create small truffle-like balls. Dating as far back as the 1940s, the dessert was originally created as a cheap and tasty snack that uses just a few ingredients. While it’s not the most intricate of desserts to make, it’s certainly packed full of flavour. For Brazilians, brigadeiro is a favourite. 

    Trifle 

    A British classic that contains layers of deliciousness, trifle includes sponge cake, fruit jam, egg custard, chocolate, meringue, and essentially anything you like to create the ultimate bowl of goodness. The sponge is usually soaked in brandy or port, although there are a number of variations. Usually served in a glass bowl, trifles can come in all shapes and sizes, while also being alcoholic or non-alcoholic. A dessert that stems back to the Victorian era, trifle is easy to make and doesn’t need to be expensive. 

    Revani

    A classic from Greece and Turkey, revani is a simple and relatively cheap dessert to prepare. Featuring semolina, sugar, and flour, with optional flavours being added including the likes of vanilla, lemon zest, or rose water, this sweet but light delight is gorgeous. People occasionally sprinkle desiccated coconut or ground pistachios on the top of the cake also, while whipped cream and fresh fruit is also favoured. A dessert that can also be found outside of Greece and Turkey, revani is well worth baking for yourself if you’ve never tried it. 

    Egg Tart

    A famous dessert from China, the classic egg tart contains flaky pastry with a creamy egg custard centre. Believed to have been influenced by western offerings, egg tart is similar to a British egg custard although not as creamy. As such, an egg tart is easier to make and kinder on the wallet, with most of the ingredients requiring little investment. While making an egg tart can go wrong on occasions, it’s certainly worth nailing it in the end given its amazing taste. 

    Meringue

    A go-to Swiss favourite, meringue is probably best paired with fruit and cream, but it can be enjoyed on its own. While it looks sophisticated and can be seen in upmarket restaurants, meringue only contains egg whites, sugar and some kind of acid, such as cream of tartar or vinegar. It’s easy to make, light to eat, and it can pair beautifully with mixed fruit or chocolate.

    How can we forget delicious cakes when we talk about dessert? While these desserts certainly curb your cravings, cakes can do the same. Click here to browse different flavors and order them from the online cake shop Dubai.