Win £1000 with Hilarys Crafts Competition

 Are you crafty? Do you have a blog? How would you like to win £1000? Hilarys Blinds are giving you the chance to do just that with Hilarys Crafts Competition for bloggers. The challenge is to take a 1m square of fabric and transform it into something amazing. A soft toy, a cushion cover, a bag, even a dragon – the choice is yours. The entries will be judged and the winner will scoop £1000 prize. My Creation I haven’t done any sewing for a long time, apart from sewing on the odd button and taking up trousers for my son. When I was younger I used to make felt animals but that was a long time ago. As Hilarys had kindly asked me if I would let people know about the competition I decided that I had to have a go at making something myself. I chose to use the Safi Turquoise fabric shown above and used part of it to make a little dog. It took me the weekend to make him and I am quite pleased with how cute he turned out. He reminds me of a little Scottie dog. I found the buttons for his eyes … Continue reading →

Winning Recipes

You may remember some time ago my recipe for Singing Hinnies was one of six short listed to go into the Intu Great Taste Cookbook. The recipes then went to public vote, the three recipes from each region with the greatest amount of votes were chosen to feature in the recipe book. I was delighted to find out that my recipe was one of the ones chosen to feature in the book, which was available at all Intu shopping centres this weekend as part of the Great Taste weekend. I want to thank everyone who voted for my recipe. I went over to the Metro Centre at the weekend to pick up a copy of the cookbook and find out what my recipe looked like when it had been professionally photographed. This is the page from the book. It is really exciting to see my name in print next to my recipe. As a blogger I have to be a professional photographer, editor, features manager, seo consultant and many other things for my blog. I am learning new things every day and it is nice to know that a professional can take my ideas to a whole new level and … Continue reading →

Turkey Al Kabsa

Some time ago I took part in the Red Tractor Recipe challenge where I was challenged to come up with recipes using Red Tractor ingredients. In case you are not aware products bearing the Red Tractor logo show that the food has been produced in the UK on independently inspected farms and has met food assurance standards for food safety, hygiene, animal welfare and many more. It covers all sorts of products from meat, to vegetables to cooking oil. Now British Turkey have combined with Red Tractor to come up with a new Blogger Recipe Challenge. Bloggers have been challenged to create a recipe using British Turkey and two Red Tractor approved ingredients, the theme is Arabian Nights. When I think of Arabian Nights I think of the tales from one thousand and one nights, where a Persian King marries a different woman every night and has her executed in the morning to prevent her being unfaithful. When he marries Scheherazade she tells him a story but does not end it, he needs to keep her alive in order to hear what happens the next night. Needless to say she survived. The stories are all full of magic, flying carpets, … Continue reading →

Walkers Crisps Announce Flavour Finalists

You may remember a while ago I told you about a competition that Walkers Crisps were running where people were invited to “Do Us A Flavour“. The idea was that people would send in their ideas for new crisp flavours and Walkers would choose six finalists. These six final flavours would then be made so we could try them and vote for the one we liked best. The judges David Walliams and Marco Pierre White have been busy testing flavours and have finally chosen the six finalists. The flavours are: Ranch Racoon Chip Shop Chicken Curry Hot Dog with Tomato Ketchup Pulled Pork in a Sticky Barbecue Sauce Cheesy Beans on Toast Sizzling Steak Fajita   These are now on the shelves and you can vote for your favourite flavour at The person who designed the flavour that wins will receive £1million and the five runners up with win £10,000 each. Walkers crisps sent me the finalist flavours to try out and see what I thought. I have to admit to being intrigued by Ranch Racoon. Racoon is not something that I have ever tried but the flavour is very tasty, you can really taste the ranch dressing. I … Continue reading →

Make Summer Amazing and Win £100 Amazon Voucher

It is Summer, long warm days stretch ahead filled with promise. Children are looking forward to the time off school, but parents may be wondering how they are going to fill the time. I have memories of spending long hot summer days in the garden, as a child,  watching clouds or sitting in a tent painting a picture or making bugs out of stones with paint and glue. Activities do not need to be expensive to be memorable, an imaginative idea can fill a day with smiles. Hillarys Blinds have come up with a great list of ideas to help you “Make Summer Amazing. All you need is a little imagination and a bit of time. Some take minutes, some take all day but all are guaranteed to get your smiling and fill your days with fun. Win a trip to Ireland by writing a blog post In conjunction with the list of ideas they have also launched a fabulous competition for bloggers. The prize is a trip for two people to experience the magical Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) and includes: Return flights to Ireland  for two people Car hire for two people (mid standard car including insurance etc) Two … Continue reading →