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Highclere Castle – The Real Downton Abbey

The history of the real Downton Abbey – Highclere Castle near Newbury – is every bit as exciting as the much-loved television series. Not only that, but the real life characters who lived here at Highclere Castle were every bit as interesting. The best thing is, you can actually come and see the real Downton Abbey Read More…

Nigella’s Italian Breakfast Banana Bread

Although my favourite Nigella book is still How to Be a Domestic Goddess, both for it’s writing style and its recipes, Nigellissima, Nigella’s take on Italian cooking, definitely has a place of honour on my bookshelf. One of my favourite recipes from the book is Nigella’s Italian Breakfast Banana Bread. As Nigella points out, Banana Read More…

Great Ideas from The Hearth and Soul Hop Link Party

It’s time once again for the Hearth and Soul Hop Link Party! This week I’ll be featuring some great ideas from last week’s hop. The party is open from now through Saturday and we welcome all family friendly posts whether they be about home, family, travel, self improvement, crafts or DIY. And of course we love Read More…

Raspberry and Rose Jelly and Cream

My Raspberry and Rose Jelly and Cream always brings back memories. These crystal dishes are part of my earliest experience of being in the kitchen with my late Mom. Mom was a great believer in not letting special things “gather dust in the cupboard”, of using them as regularly as possible and enjoying them. So when Read More…

Quick and Easy Crab Melts

My Quick and Easy Crab Melts are seriously delicious and oh so versatile. They are great for a light lunch or brunch with some chips or a salad, or you can cut them into small slices or squares and serve as appetizers, on a buffet, or at a cocktail party. Perfect for warmer days when you Read More…