Gimme Five! Grown up Halloween treats

October 24th, 2014

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selection of 5 grown up Halloween treats | H is for Home

We don’t have children and our young nieces & nephews don’t live nearby. That means that we’ve never really got into the swing of Halloween. But then we thought – what about a grown up Halloween? Surely adults are catered for!

Well, what do you know? We are! Along with the expected ghoulish and witchy fancy-dress costumes, we found a few fab things to make an over 18s Halloween soirée go swimmingly.

  1. Pumpkin tap kit – Halloween draft beer drink dispenser: $29.99, eBay
  2. Pack of six skeleton Halloween lanterns by hunkydory home: £8.75, Notonthehighstreet
  3. Le Creuset petite pumpkin casserole: £25, John Lewis
  4. Crystal head vodka: £60, Fortnum & Mason
  5. Blood bath shower gel: 3 for £20, IWOOT

Chilli, garlic, ginger jam

October 23rd, 2014

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red and green chillies | H is for Home

We had a mini glut of chillies following the small crop of our own being suddenly boosted by gifts from friends who had a greenhouse full! A chilli jam seemed like the best course of action – chilli, garlic & ginger jam to be precise.

It’s a very flexible preserve suitable for adding to Indian, Chinese or Thai dishes – lightly brushing on barbecued meats & vegetables – or giving cheese on toast a real kick! The cooking process filled the house with wonderful aromas and these little jars of intense flavour are excellent additions to the store cupboard or larder.

Chilli, garlic, ginger jam

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Makes about 200g

Chilli, garlic, ginger jam


  • 12 chillies (choose from finger/cayenne, serrano, jalepeño etc depending on how mild or fiery you like it)
  • 1 large or 2 small garlic bulbs
  • 75g ginger
  • 75ml rice wine vinegar
  • 75ml water
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 150g palm sugar, crumbled or soft brown sugar


  1. Peel the garlic and ginger and de-stalk the chillies (don't remove the seeds) before pulsing in a mini-processor for about 20 seconds
  2. Add the purée to a medium-sized saucepan with the vinegar, water, lime juice and sugar
  3. Warm on a low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves
  4. Turn the heat up to high and boil rapidly for 10 minutes
  5. Decant into sterilised jars before securing the lids tightly

Salvation Furniture

October 22nd, 2014

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Salvation Furniture table in our kitchen diner

Adelle recently entered an Instagram competition hosted by Notonthehighstreet. People were invited to post a #shelfie – an image of a shelf in their house. The prize was a Kanteen table from Salvation Furniture.

Salvation Furniture table in our kitchen diner

Lo & behold, our shelfie won!

detail of the top of our Salvation Furniture table

The table is made from lime-washed, reclaimed wooden boards with a metal frame beneath. We like the character of the wood – and the rustic, vintage industrial look. It makes a great dining table and we were tempted to leave it in our kitchen diner, but we already have a nice baker’s table that acts as our food preparation & eating area. Fortunately, the table is also perfect as an office desk or craft station so it will put to good use upstairs.

Is a wet room right for you?

October 21st, 2014

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Aquadart wet room walk through from the Bella Bathrooms website

So – is a wet room right for you? There’s certainly no shortage of reasons to consider installing one. For starters they look great!   The selection of photos we’ve chosen to accompany this post testify to that. A well-designed wet room should be clean and minimalist. You can luxe it up with added extras – glass panels, power showers, underfloor heating, anti-fog mirrors, heated towel rails and sun tunnels. Bella Bathrooms has a huge selection of quality bathroom, wet room and shower accessories.

Wet room leading out onto a patio areaimage credit: Skona Hem

They’re easy to clean & very hygienic. Consider installing downstairs off the rear entrance or in a garage/boot room for washing dirty people and dogs before entering the house! Having said that, wet room technology has moved on tremendously and they’re certainly not limited to the ground floor.

Black and white tiled wet roomimage credit: Terry’s Blinds

Wet rooms are ideal for people with mobility or accessibility problems – no climbing in & out of baths or fighting with conventional shower cubicles.

Minimalist wet roomimage credit: Remodelista

They add value to your property – installation can be from as little as £1,500 but can add £10,000 upwards to the value of your house…

Wet room installed into a loft spaceimage credit: House to Home

… and they’re a great option for an awkward/restricted shaped or sized room – suitable for studio flats, loft conversions… even the space under the stairs!

Wet room in Dairy Cottage in the New Forestimage credit: Dairy Cottage

Having listed all the potential benefits, it can all be undone by poor execution. Install with care & caution. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Great haste makes great waste”. Preparatory planning & works are essential in installing a wet room. Properly waterproof the space, provide adequate ventilation, install non-slip flooring such as rubber or natural stone tile and you don’t need to be reminded about the dangers of mixing water and electricity! If you follow a few simple rules then there’s great scope for design expression. You’ll be left with a beautiful space that will enhance the quality of your life & home.


Etsy List: Hexagon Hive

October 20th, 2014

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'Hexagon Hive' Etsy list by H is for HomeDid you know that the hexagon – a six-sided polygon – is the most efficient and economical shape in nature? That’s why bees build their honeycomb using this shape. Unlike circles, hexagons leave no gaps when interlocked. And when compressed, the shape makes the structure even stronger… clever bees!

When you look into it, you’ll find there are lots of hexagons in nature – the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, snowflakes, turtle shells, snakeskin, even groups of bubbles!

Hexagon Hive
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