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Christmas | Mince Pies Recipe & Christingle Craft Project

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

The holiday season is upon us! Whether for you Christmas is a time to remember the birth of Christ or simply rejoice in the festivities that brighten up a dark winter, there is much to enjoy. In today’s blog we’re offering a classic Christmas recipe – mouthwatering Mince Pies – as well as a fun seasonal craft project for all the family.

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Topics: baking, Christmas

Best-Kept Secrets of Europe: 9 Stunning Winter Destinations

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

It won’t be long now before it’s that time of year again and you can indulge in plentiful Christmas feasts, all the while going crazy trying to guess what presents are hidden in the boxes under the tree. But time has this infuriating habit of pressing pause when you’re desperate for it to fast forward, and as a result the Advent weeks often feel more like centuries. We feel for you here at Flame Tree: here are 9 winter destinations in Europe you should definitely consider as an early Christmas treat to keep you distracted while Santa does his thing.

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Topics: Travel

Arranging Your Garden | Grow Your Own

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

The fresh scent of Spring is in the air, the birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and it is time to start that container garden! We've talked about choosing the proper container and picking the right compost and today it's time to discuss arranging your pots and choosing the right colour scheme.

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

Kitchen and Home: Bicarbonate of Soda Projects for Kids

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Summer is here, the school holidays have started – but how to keep your children entertained? Well here are some really fun and creative projects you can do, all using the magic of bicarbonate of soda (or alternatively you can use baking soda) – that handy substance you might just have lying around in the cupboard.

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Topics: kitchen and home, bicarbonate of soda

Expert Advice: Feral Cats and How to Help Them

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

We all know and have probably loved a cat or two, but have you stopped to think of the cats on the streets lately? News items about the growing population of feral cats are becoming more and more frequent. This is being seen from rural Pennsylvania and the busy streets of New York City all the way to Australia. Either posing a threat to other wildlife or causing political controversy, these feral cats are becoming the norm. Some live short, dangerous lives in deplorable conditions. Others are welcomed as working cats around factories and farms. Because of the perceived dangers to humans, other species, and the cats themselves, and out of compassion for the animals, many people campaign to encourage people to spay and neuter their pets and support the humane control of feral cats. The great debate of what to do with them shouldn’t be approached without first knowing them.

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Topics: Handy Petcare Guides

Homemade Bread Recipe: Rosemary and Olive Focaccia

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

I am so suggestible when it comes to food! The Great British Bake Off episode on Bread – talk about food porn – had me craving that awesome freshly baked bread vibe you only get when you do it yourself. So I had a look for a yummy homemade bread recipe and turfed up this tasty focaccia – thought I would try something a bit different from your classic loaf…

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Topics: quick and easy recipes, cookery

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