Holiday Entertaining Without Stress

This is the time of year we all love to entertain, but with mile long to do lists and lots of pressures, it’s also the time we get most worked up about it. So how to enjoy holiday entertaining without stress? It’s easy when you know how. My husband and I love to entertain. We have given loads Read More…

Brandy and Mincemeat Cake Recipe

Brandy and Mincemeat Cake is the cake for people who don’t like fruitcake. It’s got all the Christmassy flavours we crave without the heaviness of a typical dark fruitcake. History of Brandy and Mincemeat Cake I have been making Brandy and Mincemeat Cake for years, and first blogged it way back in 2009. But this year, I’ve Read More…

How to Make a Wreath for Christmas

I love wreaths, especially those made of fresh foliage, flowers and plants. A little while ago I attended a flower school course at my favourite flower shop, Green Parlour in Pangbourne, where Emma, the owner, shared lots of great tips that could come in handy if you want to learn how to make a wreath for Read More…

Holiday Shopping Tips and Gift Ideas

Holiday shopping isn’t easy. From September onwards we are assailed by advertising and media images of perfect families with designer Christmas trees, gifts spilling out from under the pine boughs. It’s easy to be lured into buying things you really can’t afford as well as give you nightmares as you dread the arrival of your Read More…

Visiting Bath and The Bath Christmas Market

Nestled in the valley of the River Avon and dating back to the first century AD, Bath is one of my favourite British cities. So when my husband suggested visiting Bath and the Bath Christmas Market last year, I jumped at the chance. Luckily, my photographer son was able to join us and he captured Read More…