I just love this time of year. Not just because there are many holidays and events to look forward to, but we have many birthday celebrations in the family from September to December. This is such a busy season, and I’m always on the hunt for great gift ideas. I’ve got to be really prepared and organised, as we never let an occasion pass us by without some sort of party or family fun weekend. This post is all about being ready for any occasion with Prestige Hampers.
I’ve been a big fan of DIY hampers since I can remember. Hunting down all the perfect products to complete a hamper is so much fun. However, time constraints now apply as I am older and responsible for my own little one, so finding a bespoke hamper has to be quick and simple. Take this lovely example, aptly named ‘Simply Delicious’…
Founders Stone Shiraz 75cl
Founders Stone Pinot Grigio 75cl
Belgian Chocolate Mint Thins 125g
Sweet Chilli and Lime Yorkshire Crisps 100g
Mint Chocolate Cremes 150g
Minty Crisp Dark Chocolates 50g
Biscoffee Cappuccino Coffee Shortbread 160g
Belgian Fancy Truffles Cocoa Pieces 200g
English Afternon Tea 25s 50g
Monty Bojangles Pistachio Marooned Truffles 100g
After Dinner Coffee Pouch 56g
Cheesy Nibbles 175g
Mrs Bridges Ploughmans Chutney 230g
Naturally I had a very keen Alice wanting to inspect each and every gift to make sure it was up to scratch!
I simply love how so much thought has gone into creating this hamper- the green colour scheme is something I would definitely look for when choosing a perfect gift, also the mixture of sweet and savoury is a definite crowd pleaser.
This hamper is priced at under £100, and Prestige Hampers have gifts to suit every kind of budget. They also have gluten free and vegan hampers which I haven’t seen anywhere else before.
If you’re tight on time but still wanting a personal and excellent quality gift, you can be ready for any occasion with Prestige Hampers.
View the incredible range of Christmas hampers online!
Next up, head to my autumn vibes edit for a look at what’s new in my wardrobe this season.
PR Samples included, all thoughts and views my own
It’s about time I visited the topic of my culinary skills again after the successes of my pumpkin soup post during labour. Two well-known facts for those who are familiar with my lifestyle is that I love to cook and I am a coeliac. Just the other day I was hungry (as per) for something new, quick and unbearably good to sooth my hangry self. So I decided to grab a few items and head on down to my mum’s new kitchen (cheeky I know) to make something great. Here’s some quick and easy gluten free food with Copper Stone Pans.
These pans are ultra non-stick, so depending on what you’re cooking, you won’t have to splash in the oil or butter. Plus, the extremely tough, scratch-resistant coating combined with a forged aluminium body and steel base means these pans are built to last. Here are the ingredients I used to make a scrummy pesto pasta dish in ten mins flat:
- Cherry tomatoes
- Gluten free green pea fusilli
- 100% pure rapeseed oil
- Pesto (2tbsp)
- Creme fraiche (2tbsp)
- Spinach leaves
- Schar gluten free bread
There are many benefits to using rapeseed oil such as its non-greasy qualities, not to mention a great choice for cooking health wise too. I put the smallest dash in one of my Copper Stone Pans along with the tomatoes and mushrooms while my pasta cooked in a saucepan.
Once they looked nice and sizzly, I added the pesto, creme fraiche and the spinach leaves.
In my smaller pan, I decided to toast my gluten free bread with some of the rapeseed oil. This worked so well, and who needs the hassle of grilling bread when you don’t own a toaster?!
The toast was just how I liked it – the quick and easy gluten free food with Copper Stone Pans was a success! Hassle-free, super yummy and best thing of all, the pans just needed a wipe down and that’s it!
The Copper Stone Pans range from £19.99-29.99 and are available from www.JMLdirect.com. Suitable on gas, electric, induction and ceramic hobs.
This is a sponsored post, PR samples included
Today marks Alice’s eight week milestone! I really cannot believe how we are almost at the two month mark. She has come such a long way since the 16th October and what better way to celebrate her being here than cake! I’ve teamed up a remarkable and innovative online service who have helped by creating a fabulous, personalised letterbox cake. Make sure you keep on reading to enter my competition to win your very own personalised cake! We are welcoming Alice to the world with Bakerdays today, and you can celebrate with us!
Alice’s letterbox cake is quite literally a cake that can fit through your letterbox. It is perfectly designed by experts, so all I had to do was choose the text and a rough design scheme. I was so blown away by the final design and finish- it was such a shame to cut into it!
Alice loved it too, of course she didn’t actually eat any but she was certainly interested and wanted a hold!
The cake was ordered gluten free and had all her birth details on it. The colour scheme was her favourite colour- purple! There are so many options for the filling and sponge- just take a look online! There are loads of ready to order designs to choose from if you don’t want to make one up from scratch.
Alice was fully pooped after all the excitement, so all that was left to do was eat the yummy cake!
So my friends, would you like your very own personalised letterbox cake? Enter on Twitter by retweeting the competition tweet and enter on Facebook by sharing the competition post. To gain an extra early entry, all you have to do is COMMENT BELOW!
Competition ends 7pm on Tuesday 12th December, winner will be chosen at random by all valid entries. UK only.
For coeliacs and those who are gluten free, it sometimes sucks when all you’re craving is
a gorgeous burger or some fried chicken. Even living in one of the
world’s most popular cities sometimes has its limitations when it comes to living gluten free. It’s not easy when you’re out unless you have scoped out the
area you are travelling to to see what’s about. So here’s where Niche
comes in. Located just a 5 minute walk from Angel, Niche is
a completely gluten free restaurant. I want to tell you all about my visit there and why, for me, the only way is Niche
So we (my partner in crime Paul) arrived for around 7.30 and were immediately seated near the window. It is a quaint place that can seat around 25 people. The lighting is relaxed and chilled and the music is lovely so it’s a perfect place to take your gluten free bestie or your partner.
The menu is laid out on the table so you can begin to feast your eyes over all the possibilities as soon as you are seated. I went straight in for the starters and ordered the Parmesan and cheddar doughnuts. As I said, fried food is a tough one to find as a coeliac! Paul had the soup of the day which was tomato.
Both were really lovely and flavoursome and the presentation flawless- we each paired the starters with homemade lemonade. For the mains, I had to go for the Cheeseburger with extra avocado. It’s not every day I get to order a burger with the bun! It was so beautiful when it came out, I didn’t want to eat it… but I did 😉 Paul had a fantastic sausage and mash- I nipped a bite from his plate too, it would be rude not to sample his dish!
By this time we were both feeling full as the generous portion sizes settled, but I had my eye and heart set on ordering a cheesecake and so that’s what I did. The passion fruit cheesecake was lovely. Sadly my dessert was far too much for me to finish it all off after the first 2 courses, but somehow Paul polished off his chocolate brownie with ease. I must say that both desserts were delightful and I wished I could have finished mine!
Needless to say I really recommend Niche
to all gluten free Londoners and travellers as it is
such a fantastic place. The
service was sublime, the
food divine and not a drop of wine in sight! Go check Niche
out now and see for yourself how great the
dining experience can be for coeliacs. We sometimes forget that our diet does not control us, we can decide where we want to eat. The only way is Niche
when you’re looking for some extraordinarily good gluten free food so thank you so much Niche for hosting us!
For more things to do around London, I went to a spectacular rooftop not long ago- find out where it is by clicking here