A candle with a difference

August 1st, 2015

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Imperial Candles 100% natural soy wax candle in Calm Lavender

Have you noticed a change in me? Have you seen how calm & serene I’ve become recently? No? Well, just take my word for it. It’s all down to my new night-time regime.

Imperial Candles package arrived

Six weeks ago, a package arrived from Imperial Candles containing one of their 100% soy wax candles in Calm Lavender.

Imperial Candles 100% natural soy wax candle in Calm Lavender

That evening, my bath-time routine took a turn for the better. Bath run, bubble bath poured, lights off, radio on, candle lit and (the occasional) glass of red wine.

Imperial Candles 100% natural soy wax candle in Calm Lavender with a bubble bath

I haven’t looked back, this has my daily wind-down routine ever since! The fragrance is amazing, I close my eyes and breathe deeply, the day’s stresses melting away. But wait, there’s more, the candle contains a little extra. Each candle is made with a beautiful ring (or earrings or necklace) wrapped up in foil and suspended within it.

Ring suspended within my Imperial Candles Calm Lavender candle

It may be worth £10, it may be worth £2,000 – you won’t know until you’ve burned your candle to about a third of the way down and extracted the little package with tweezers. It took me 6 weeks of baths to get to this stage! As the saying goes, ‘good things come to those who wait’. Isn’t it beautiful?

Wearing the ring from my Imperial Candles Calm Lavender candle

Imperial Candles have very kindly agreed to offer two items from their range to H is for Home readers. A melon cucumber ring candle and a piña colada bath bomb.

Imperial Candles Melon Cucumber ring candle and Piña Colada bath bomb offered as prizes in our giveaway

For your chance to win one of these goodies, tell us what fragrance ring candle you would invent. Best of luck!

Imperial Candles giveaway

Gimme Five! Reading sunglasses

July 31st, 2015

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Selection of five reading sunglasses

Here I am, writing this post as I sit in the garden on a warm, sunny day. I’m wearing a pair of reading glasses with a pair of sunglasses over the top. I have to admit, it’s not the best look I’ve ever rocked. I’m not too proud or vain to say it… I look a complete fool.

If I only wear my sunglasses, I can’t read what I’m writing; if I only wear my glasses, I can’t see the screen for the glare. There’s only one thing for it – a pair of reading sunglasses. The decision is, do I go for cheap & cheerful, off-the-shelf – they’ll mainly be for wearing in the garden – or do I shell out for a decent pair with my proper prescription?

I spend up to 18 hours per day staring at various screens. And besides, I’ve completely fallen for the London Retro Caine pair (#5). They may be a bit steep at £95, but you get a second pair free – so a pair of glasses glasses and a pair of reading sunglasses!

  1. Large mock tortoiseshell reading sunglasses: £15, Marks and Spencer
  2. DiMarco plastic ready-made reading sunglasses: £44, SpeckyFourEyes
  3. EE Collection 10860: £79, Exclusive Eyes
  4. Sight Station Munro tortoiseshell reading sunglasses: £20, Debenhams
  5. London Retro, Caine: £95, Glasses Direct

Redcurrant cordial

July 30th, 2015

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Bottle and glass of home-made redcurrant cordial | H is for Home

Our bumper crop of redcurrants from the allotment has so far gone into jelly and a tart.

bowl or redcurrants and jar of granulated sugar

Today I made a bottle of redcurrant cordial or vinbärssaft in Swedish (although when I ran the word through Google Translate it came up with ‘coleslaw’! 😀

redcurrants and granulated sugar in a jam pan

A kilo of fruit only made about 600ml of cordial. It felt like a bit of a waste disposing of all that fruit pulp.

cooked and mashed redcurrants in a jam pan

But once I had that first taste I felt that the profligacy was worth it.

straining cooked and mashed redcurrants in through a jelly bag

It was fruity, tart and sweet, all at the same time – almost like cranberry juice but not at all dry. It’s delicious simply mixed with iced sparkling water, but can also be incorporated into cocktail recipes… and a dash in a glass of champagne is wonderful too!

Redcurrant cordial
Yields 600
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Ingredients
  1. 1kg/2.2lbs redcurrants
  2. 200g/7oz granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. Rinse & drain the de-stalked redcurrants in a colander
  2. Put the redcurrants and sugar into a heavy-bottomed saucepan or jam pan
  3. Put the pan over a medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves completely
  4. Using a wooden spoon or a potato masher, squash the fruit
  5. Turn the heat up high and boil for about 5 minutes
  6. Pour the redcurrants into a jelly bag and strain for about an hour
  7. Decant into a sterilised 1 litre bottle
  8. Once opened, keep refrigerated and consume within a week or two
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