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Christmas | Gingerbread Recipe & Pomander Craft Project

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

The presents are sorted, the Christmas cake is ready for decorating, and the festive celebrations are reaching their peak: what better way to enjoy the final days in the run-up to Christmas than with some tasty seasonal baking for the whole family to get involved in. See below for a great recipe for gingerbread biscuits, as well as a bonus craft project that’ll have your home smelling delightfully fragrant throughout the festive season.

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Topics: baking, Christmas

6 Reasons to Opt for a More Plant-Based Diet This Year | Expert Advice

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

The health benefits of plant-based diets are well reported, but there are also other advantages for increasing the amount of vegetables you eat. Hugely versatile, vegetables go well with pastas and starches and can even be used as the basis of a whole meal.

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Topics: healthy eating, nutrition and health

Sourcing the Best Healthy Ingredients | Expert Advice

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

It’s the first week back at work for most of us, and the ardour behind those New Year resolutions is beginning to fade. The indulgence of the festive season may have prompted, as it usually does, a revival in the desire to eat healthily, but it can be difficult to maintain these good intentions if it doesn’t always feel like the easier option. To help you see how easy it can be, we’ve compiled this basic guide on how and where to source the best fresh organic produce, so that you can enjoy eating well!

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Topics: healthy eating

6 Reasons Why Vinegar is the Ultimate Cleaning Product | Expert Advice Made Easy

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Most of us think of it as little more than a delicious condiment to add to our fish and chips, but vinegar is also an effective all-purpose cleaner that is perfect for use around the home. In fact, records show that vinegar has been produced commercially and used for all kinds of cleaning from as early as 3000 BC! Remarkably versatile, antibacterial and safe, vinegar is a simple, eco-friendly option that is great for regular use. Today we’re going to look at how it can be used in the kitchen: kitchen surfaces and items are used on a daily basis, and their role in food preparation means that it is highly important to keep these areas hygienic. There is no end of its uses there, from dealing with soap build-up in dishwashers and microwaves, to tackling food containers that have been stained and scented by strong foods and liquids. With a few of these quick and easy solutions you can make the most of this miraculous product and keep your kitchen and cooking implements free of germs and unpleasant odours.

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Topics: kitchen and home, vinegar

Gardening for Beginners | Springtime Planning

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Spring is almost here!

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Topics: expert advice made easy, Gardening, Digging and Planting

Healthy Eating Recipes: Pasta with Courgettes, Rosemary & Lemon

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

So, it's Day Seven into the new year, a full week after those resolutions have been determinedly made; enough time indeed for the initial enthusiasm to wear off and ambition to fade. Now is the time to stay strong! We have vowed to make this year a great one, to be a better person, to make those steps towards a happier and healthier life. What better way to keep up the good work than with a simple low fat recipe that doesn't compromise on taste  – that can even fill you with that heady optimism to believe that everything is possible, that eating healthily really isn't difficult at all.    

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Topics: quick and easy recipes, healthy eating, cookery

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