Kinship Of Oxford

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 Today I thought it would be great to focus on an awesome business being run from my new home, Oxford! Kinship is a quirky on-line store that has a great mix of gifts, homeware and jewellery, a great place to look for those more unusual gifts without paying the premium prices some sites charge!

Owner of Kinship, Rosie says:

‘I set up kinship of Oxford 2 years ago to be a great online gift shop, based in Oxford, selling a cornucopia of interesting and varied gifts. I buy from UK designers and small businesses and where possible buy products that are made in the UK as I believe that traceability is really important and makes the end gift more special as a result. The focus of the range is on fun, quirky and colourful products curated into one cohesive shop.

We aim to only stock items we truly love and have enjoyed using or testing, and in turn hope that you enjoy and cherish them too. Price is also key when putting together the range. I want to make sure that you can choose from a wide range of gifts around £10 and £15 as well as having a few extra special items over £50.’

Kinship also have a great physical presence with there regular pop up events,  you can keep up to date with future events on the sites Twitter feed @KinshipofOxford

You can take a look at what’s on offer over at the website! KinshipofOxford.com and there is even free UK delivery over £30, what could be better?

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A Weekend In Dartmoor

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Last November Paul and I booked a weekend away in Devon, We absolutely loved it so I thought I’d share some moments from the trip. As you can see above we stayed in an amazing cottage. Log fires, delicious breakfast and brilliant hosts, I cant recommend them enough and you can find them here . Near Tavistock this was the perfect base for some adventures; wet weather was a bit of a damper so we headed to the Eden project on day one which was just as I remembered it from when I visited as a kid! The next day we headed to Postbridge and took a 2-3 hour walk to the amazing waterfall you can see above. We even navigated just with maps, no fancy gadgets here.. the area was pretty boggy and had lots of mini rivers cutting off sections so we had to do some jumping over (which was pretty scary!) We headed back in the evening and enjoyed a bath, got the fire going and then went for a meal at Taylors which was exceptional. We were so sad to leave; it will hold a place in my for a long time and I’m dying to go back!

Deliciously Decorated with Charlotte White

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 As a bit of a hap-hazard baker one of my new years resolutions was to take a little more time and be a little more precise with my baking. Needless to say being asked to review ‘Deliciously Decorated by Charlotte White‘ came at just the right time to inspire me to push myself with my cake decorating skills. Now I must admit the cakes in this book felt a little daunting, they really do look amazing, so I’ve eased myself in gently with these sugar paste roses. I’m hoping to test my skills further next month with me Red Nose Day Bake Off; but for now here’s how I got on. I think these cakes would be fab for valentines (well I missed the boat there) but also for Mothers Day.

Still a long way to go I think but with some practise I think I could get the hang of this! The instructions were so easy to follow and I’m pretty pleased with the results! Overall this is a great book with loads of ideas- I’d say that some cakes here seem quite daunting for a novice like me, but for those with a little experience this is a great book for inspiration and new ideas. As well as that it has some delicious cake recipes to act as your base to the decoration- there’s a particular salted caramel cake that is happening for sure!

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 I’d recommended investing in some cake decorating goodies to take full advantage of this book, I’ve listed a few here to get you thinking!

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Piping Set // Fondant Cutter // Silicone Icing Mat

~Disclaimer: I was asked to review this book- but all opinions are my own!~

Deliciously Decorated by Charlotte White (£16.99 hardback, Available from 12 February 2015) @restorationcake

Red Onion & Apple Sausage Rolls

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Sausage Rolls

 Why not spin the classic Sausage Roll on its head with a touch of red onion and apple!

Ingredients

Red onion (half only – finely diced)

 Apple (doesn’t have to be a cooking apple) (half only – finely diced)

1 Tsp Wholegrain mustard

1 block of Jus- Roll puff pastry

16 sausages, skins taken off

1 beaten egg

Method

Pre-heat and oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

Finley chop the onion and apple and add to a bowl. Add the sausage meat, mustard and seasoning.

Roll out the pastry into long rectangles onto a floured surface and lay the sausage meat mixture in a long sausage shape down the middle. Brush the sides of the pastry with the beaten egg and fold over the pastry, egg wash again to seal.

Cut into the desired size and place on a baking tray. bake for 15-20 min

Enjoy your Sausage Rolls warm

Happy Christmas all!

Canine Christmas List

Canine Christmas List

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Its’ not just people that deserve gifts- and having no children means that the main love in my life (excluding Paul of course) is Bonnie, a rather crazy, a little bit weird, usually very muddy (but lovely) Sprocker Spaniel

It’s getting rather close to Christmas but here’s a little list of Bonnie’s (*Cough* my Christmas wishes)

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Natural Gingerbread Bones By Fetch and Follow // Wicker bed by Prestige Wicker // Tweed and Leather Collar by Mutts and Hounds

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Barbour Quilted Dog Coat // Dog Treat Jar from BHS // Sausage Treats From Innocent Hound

Only a few days left for her to make sure she’s  on the nice list!

Christmas Hamper Recipe Ideas

Making a Christmas hamper is a great way to get a present sorted for those more tricky family members. Here’s a go-to list of all the recipes and ideas you’ll need for your hamper this year.

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Chocolate Truffles //Pomegranate and Vanilla Vodka //Lemon Curd //Hot chocolate //Granola //Baked Camembert kit //Rosemary Infused Oil //Honey Roasted Nuts //Cheese and rosemary sablés

 As well as all this don’t forget about displaying your items, here’s a few ideas on what you can grab to present all your delicious goodies

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Butchers Twine // Luggage Tags // Kilner Jars // Label maker // Curling Ribbon // Raffia // Christmas Stamp // Ribbon // basket

Have fun guys!

Seasons greetings

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Christmas Jumpers For 2014: The Top 5

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1 JOLLY- Isme.com // 2 NICE BAUBLES – Littlewoods // 3 PULL ME - Tesco // 4 Boden // 5 Joules

I know it’s a little early but you really can never be too early when it comes to jumpers and Christmas right? Traditionally my personal mantra has been ‘the uglier the better’ …well in terms of knitwear anyway. But this year I thought it would be nice to go a bit classy and have a look for some jumpers you may actually wear again. So here they are the top 5!. Keep your eyes peeled for a doggy version next week!

Happy Shopping!

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Sadly usually overlooked I’ve been inspired to over haul my downstairs loo this week- and im determined to get it looking good for Christmas (after all its where all my guests end up at some point…)

Ill be painting the existing cream (blergh) walls white for a fresher look and the back wall that sage green we discussed for the hallway. The rest of the room will be a little homage to my current obsession with copper….

 Beautiful frame from H&M which ill be filling with some autumnal leaves

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 This copper rusted basket that will be attached to the wall for reading material…

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A copper vase for the window sill…

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And this amazing copper mirror

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& Maybe this bowl but its £200, that one can go on the Christmas list!

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I’ve also found some other gems on the Sainsburys site:

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and how about this planter by INSEKDESIGN?

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What do you think, is there a place in your home for this new trend?

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