December 21, 2012
If you love Miranda Hart and her hilarious show ‘Miranda’ then this book is one for you. Packed full with funny stories and quotes it is the perfect festive read!
Well hello to you dear browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn’t tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence?
Does everybody struggle with the hazards that accompany, say, sitting elegantly on a bar stool; using chopsticks; pretending to understand the bank crisis; pedicures – surely it’s plain wrong for a stranger to fondle your feet? Or is it just me?
I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences – from school days to life as an office temp – and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you too dear reader) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life’s rocky path.
Because frankly where is the manual? The much needed manual to life. Well, fret not, for this is my attempt at one and let’s call it, because it’s fun, a Miran-ual. I thank you.
Get hold of it from all good book stores and Amazon now!
December 20, 2012
No doubt most of our lovely readers are well and truly getting in to the Christmas spirit now, and with that in mind, we’re looking at some top picks for festive treats from various supermarkets to help inspire you before you do your big Christmas food shop!
Here’s what we love from Sainsbury’s right now and why. Look out for top deals and big savings everywhere the closer it gets to the big day….
The BEST Christmas pudding ever!
Sainsbury’s Hidden Cherry Centre Christmas Pudding, Taste the Difference.
This has to be the most luxurious, over the top Christmas pudding that we’ve seen yet and we LOVE it. A real treat that would look amazing on the Chistmas table, and taste just as great.
Sainsbury’s Chocolate Biscuit Selection
Chocolate biscuit selection – a selection of delicious milk, dark & white chocolate coated biscuits. Typically 30 biscuits in a pack.
Sainsbury’s Hero Shortbread Selection
A selection of shortbread shapes and dark chocolate chip shortbread rounds
8 varieties of shortbread shapes & dark chocolate chip shortbread rounds. Typically 34 biscuits.
Sainsbury’s Viennese Biscuit Selection
Viennese biscuit selection – a selection of sandwich creams, chocolate and plain Viennese biscuits. Typically 35 biscuits, 10 varieties
10 Varieties of cream, chocolate and plain Viennese biscuits.
Mince Pies to go mad for!
Sainsbury’s Brandy Rich Mini Mince Pies, Taste the Difference
All butter pastry with a mincemeat & brandy filling
All butter pastry filled with sweet fruity mincemeat and a dash of brandy…it’s Christmas in a pie
Sainsbury’s Clementine & Cranberry Mince Tarts, Taste the Difference
6 shortcrust pastry clementine and cranberry mincemeat tarts toopped with an Almond Streusel. A wonderful take on the traditional mince pie!
Pick up all of these along with plenty of meats, veg and festive tipples for the big day at Sainsbury’s stores or online: www.sainsburys.co.uk
December 20, 2012
It is that time of the year when we all have food on the brain! So to help out our lovely readers with some delicious food inspiration and as an excuse to drool over lots of lovely Christmas treats ourselves, we’ve picked some of our top Asda food treats this year!
Extra Special Prawn, Salmon and Avocado Tian and Crab Cocktail Tian
The elegant Extra Special Tians are perfect for tantalising taste buds while the turkey roasts in the oven!
Extra Special three month matured, hand-decorated Star Christmas Cake
Beautifully decorated versions of the traditional Christmas cake are sure to satisfy even the most demanding, sweet toothed guests. This three month matured Star Cake combines all butter fruit cake with glacé cherries, nuts and strands of citrus peel soaked in brandy, and is hand finished with glittering sugar paste icing.
Chosen by you Chocolate Sparkle Cheesecake
For those who fancy something a little different to the traditional Christmas pudding, our Chocolate Sparkle
Cheesecake will add some glamour to your festive celebrations with an indulgent topping of milk and white
chocolate curls and flakes!
Extra Special Bake at Home Christmas Joint – Orange and marmalade.
There’s nothing more festive than the scent of oranges mixed with cloves, so this bake at home gammon joint is the perfect choice for a fragrant Boxing Day lunch. Serve alongside Chosen by you Cranberry Topped Pies– a classic pork pie topped with a sweet and tangy cranberry chutney for a seasonal twist!
Chosen by you 3D Ronnie the Reindeer Cake
Asda’s Santa Cake is made with four layers of moist Madeira sponge filled with smooth butter cream and raspberry jam, covered in soft icing and hand decorated to look just like Santa. His trusty sidekick, a 3D Ronnie the Reindeer Cake, is also four layers of chocolate sponge with the scarf, hat and infamous red nose placed on by hand!
All of this and loads more is available at Asda right now for those of you who are just thinking about doing that all important big Christmas food shop!
December 18, 2012
Asda have a lovely selection of products this winter. One of our favourite ranges has to be the ‘Made with Love’ range. The festive red and the homely products available make them perfect for stocking filler gift ideas this year.
Head over to your local Asda or visit their website for more info: http://www.asda.com
December 18, 2012
Jura distillery has Christmas all wrapped up this year with its award-winning Superstition whisky, which comes with a generous measure of good fortune for all lucky recipients.
Superstition, with its mysterious spirit, unique style and character, has a subtle taste of spice, honey, pine, peat and a whisper of smoke – ideal flavours to complement the festive season.
The community of Jura, known as Diurachs, regard the island as a place of myth, legend and intrigue and for thousands of years good fortune and mystery has enhanced island life.
In recognition of these mythical qualities, the Egyptian symbol of good fortune and immortality, the Ankh cross, is displayed on the front of every bottle of Superstition. Islanders believe everyone can enjoy some good fortune by holding the Ankh cross firmly in the centre of your palm while pouring the malt.
Jura distillery manager, Willie Cochrane, said: “Superstition encapsulates the island’s mystical properties and the superstitious nature of the islanders. One particular Diurach is believed to have lived to see over a hundred Christmases on the island, so I for one like to believe Jura Superstition does bring good fortune.”
“Superstition’s lightly peated taste with hints of smoke and spice is perfect to warm up even the coldest winter’s night. Its honey and spice flavours also perfectly complement a range of Christmas dishes, working especially well with cheeses. Or for those having an alternative to turkey, it works well with meats with added tang such as gammon steak, salted pork or game.”
Jura Superstition is available to purchase online at www.isleofjura.com/shop for £36.99. A great Christmas gift or a brilliant festive tipple!
December 18, 2012
Party season is most definitely in full swing right now and we’re all putting on our glad rags, ready to head out to Christmas parties, work-do’s and of course, those New Years eve parties that will follow after the Christmas festivities.
This week we’re looking at some of our top picks from the ebay fashion scene and here’s a few of our top favourites as pictured above!
Everyone loves a bit of sparkle so these Moda in Pelle shoes are just perfect in silver or gold, depending on your personal preference! Pair with a glamorous French Connection shrug to keep your shoulders warm in this cold weather, a fab dress and a clutch or shoulder bag with a bit of festive glitz!
Take a look at the interactive 3D lookbook here: http://thegridcreative.com/ebaylookbook/winter12v1/index.html or head over to www.ebay.co.uk
December 17, 2012
St Stefanus is the perfect gift for the beer aficionado in your life, it is an unpasteurised high fermentation beer that is refermented in the bottle. It is brewed using three different yeasts, one of which is the Jerumanus Yeast strain from Sint Stefanus, which gives the beer its distinctive flavour. After brewing, the beer is stored for a minimum of three months before cellar release. Read more
December 17, 2012
If you’re on the lookout for that final gift for her stocking, you are in luck as the new Limited Editions cremes from Imperial Leather have just been released! Read more