Thursday, 26 November 2015

#ComeDinewithFV And ME!

I go to my parents every year for Christmas dinner, they kindly lay on all the food and drink and we get to enjoy their wonderful hospitality.  I know really that our turn is long overdue so when this competition came along from Furniture Village with a chance to win a dinner party package I just had to enter!  If I was lucky enough to win then I could spoil them with the sparking wine and indulgent luxury chocolates and begin to repay their kindness and generosity.  Let’s be honest my parents are not getting any younger and its my turn to make a fuss of them.

The hamper prize of course would certainly make it that much easier to host a dinner party, but the biggest highlight for me would have to be the Emily dining table and 4 cross back chairs from Furniture Village.  Our current dining table is if I am honest lacking, its been used a lot and its legs are a little wonky and the top is covered in marks from the boys crafting experiences.  On top of that it only has three chairs as one broke and has been replaced with a garden chair (so now you know why my dining room does not feature on my blog!).  The dining table is pretty central to any dinner party, it should create an impact, but mine creates it for ALL the wrong reasons.  When I eventually replace this one I will have to ban children’s crafts within a 1-mile radius of my new table!!!

The competition is simple enough to enter you just create a Pinterest board featuring your favourite dining table from Furniture Village along with five other products from their site to help you set the party scene.  It was a good excuse for me to work on something current on my poor neglected Pinterest page (I did kind of abandon it when I got addicted to instagram!).  Although this competition is quite a lot of fun so well worth creating a Pinterest account if you do not currently have one, as you also get to pick three celebrity guests you would like to join you at your party!  Is it wrong that I only want eye candy there?

I think it would be the dashing Hook from Once Upon A Time and Sam and Dean from Supernatural (I think they are handy to have around in case of an emergency, and let’s be honest my cooking is as scary as any supernatural event!).  I would want a relaxing dinner not an intellectually challenging meal, I just want to gaze into their eyes and swoon a little!  Forget asking burning questions, I will be too busy trying to ignore my burning food… (I hope they all like takeaway!).  I would choose the Hoxton dining set its lovely, throw in lots of baileys, an open fire and a good board game and I would be in my element.

When you have completed your board make sure you have filled in the form on their website detailing why you chose those three guests and including the URL of your Pinterest board.  Good luck with the competition, you can now see my entry here if you fancied having a nose!

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Introducing the Riverford Companion & A Recipe Box #Competition

It’s getting very cold and we are definitely starting to feel the chill.  It’s time to think about wholesome inviting food that will comfort us through the long dark winter months, plenty of tasty soups and stews to fortify us and warm our bellies.

I was excited with the delivery of my new cookbook as it had lots of recipes that make vegetables sound exciting!  Plus rather helpfully the recipes aim to be quick and simple so easy enough for those always in a mad rush (getting children from various playdates and school activities) to squeeze in the time to make them.

The Riverford Companion autumn and winter cooking with a veg box compliments those that already use Riverford for the delivery of their seasonal organic veg.  They wanted to make cooking with their veg boxes a pleasurable experience.  It’s certainly easy enough to navigate around the cookbook it is sectioned into recipes concerning a particular vegetable and also comes with lots of useful guidance about how to prep and store each one.  I think it gives you the confidence to experiment with vegetables you might be unfamiliar with using, for us that would be the pumpkins, which we only ever buy as Halloween decorations!

The roast potatoes with lemon, rosemary and thyme look amazing!  

I might just have to try my hand at a few of the recipes and then impress everyone with my newfound cooking knowledge.  The recipes are broken down well and very clear so even a novice cook like myself should be able to manage them.  I like the fact they offer variations at the bottom so you can alter the end result slightly if you wanted.  I think my mum will wonder what’s going on if I presented her with one of the many delicious recipes!

At the back of the recipe book you have a section of useful basics, all the things you need to know about making soups, stock, risottos and dressings.  The book is available to buy for £12.99 from their website, it would make a wonderful gift for the family foodie, bound to inspire them to incorporate different vegetables in their meals.  It really is a good price for an attractive hardback book with very tempting pictures, prepare for your mouth to water!  The hardest part for me is deciding which recipe to attempt first, I want to get cracking straight away.

It such a shame Riverford do not deliver their recipe boxes to my area, please do check before entering the competition, I would hate for you to be disappointed if you did win.  But the good news is they do hope to keep on expanding so I am sure they will get round everyone one day!  Much easier than having to head to the shops, shopping with children is an experience (to put it politely!)… So if you can avoid it by ordering recipes boxes then all the better!

If you would like to enter the competition to win a Recipe Box (worth £39.95) then please fill out the form below by the 15th of December.

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First Santa

I can’t believe how quickly Christmas is coming; we have even seen our first Santa already!  I wonder how many we will see before Christmas.  The boys were not entirely convinced about this one, so I said I thought perhaps it was one of Santa’s helpers rather than the actual Father Christmas, to which one of them said I definitely think its two elves in there, one on the others shoulders!  It is funny what goes through their minds.  But best of all it’s another year of believing and I want to hang on to that.  The boys also had a chance to decorate biscuits and have their face painted.

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They have made me smiles lots lately, just the little things they do, my youngest has been collecting the nibs off coloured pencils and pretending they are his gems… whenever I see another little pile of the “gems” I beam.  He has always been something of a collector, coming home with pockets laden with all kinds he has managed to salvage from the school field, but at least the latest collection is very colourful!

I am enjoying the build up to Christmas; we have quite a full calendar of events ahead of us, with school plays (my two are featuring as a rat and a dog this year), grotto visits and festive dinners.  Our local theatre has had more exciting things to do lately too; I enjoy supporting them as much as possible.

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I have been feeling a bit more tired than usual the last few weeks but I think its because I have been busier than usual behind the scenes on my blog.  After my successful fundraiser I moved onto starting to write my Baby Shower Gift Guide feature ready for a surprise baby shower next week, I have kindly been gifted £360 worth of wonderful presents for a friend so I am sure she will be delighted when she finally sees them.  Although I have vowed that is my final baby shower, so please friends take note NO MORE BABIES please.