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Gimme Five! Firewood essentials

Friday, February 27th, 2015

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selection of 5 firewood essentials | H is for Home

We removed what was left of our rotting, ramshackle garden shed last week. It left a nice big space for our new log preparation area – yes, that’s right, our new log preparation area!

We’re about to have two new wood-burning stoves installed and Justin is gearing himself up for the big day. He’s had his chainsaw sharpened and has been trawling the internet for other products to make a steady flow of logs easier. Here are five firewood essentials:

  1. Wooden saw horse: £34.99, Shedstore
  2. Log carrier with stand: £39.99, Presents for Men
  3. Lump hammer & log splitting bomb wedge set: £13.95, eBay
  4. BillyOh log store: from £119.99, Gardenbuildingsdirect
  5. Log splitting maul axe: £20.90, Amazon

Gimme Five! Gourmet chip ingredients

Friday, February 20th, 2015

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Home made gourmet chip ingredients | H is for Home

It’s the last few days of the annual National Chip Week.  We had our stipulated portion on Wednesday from one of our local chippies. I’d really miss chips on a desert island! Golden brown slices of hot fried potato (only Maris Piper or King Eddies will do ), steam rising, freshly sprinkled with lots of salt & vinegar.

Faced with yet another coconut, the craving would build & build – and I’d eventually go mad!! Fortunately, I don’t plan on getting shipwrecked any time soon – so here are our essentials for perfect home made gourmet chips.

  1. Sterling silver personalised chip fork: £54, Notonthehighstreet
  2. Vintage style French fries bags – set of 50: £3.59, Etsy
  3. Wildly Delicious malt vinegar sea salt, 125g: £4.99, John Lewis
  4. Artisan malt vinegar 250ml: £6.99, eBay
  5. Potato chipper: £11.99, Robert Dyas

Gimme Five! Pancake Day essentials

Friday, February 13th, 2015

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Selection of 5 Pancake Day essentials

Shrove Tuesday – or Pancake Day – is the day before the start of Lent and the countdown to Easter. We don’t make a batch every year, but it’s always worth the effort when we do.

Proper pancake-making kit can make a huge difference to proceedings. Trying to dislodge a stuck-like-glue pancake from a frying pan – I’m sure we’ve all been there; it makes you just want to chuck the lot in the bin – pan and all!

I love mine with sliced banana and chocolate spread; Justin’s more traditional. He likes lemon juice & sugar or maple syrup & bacon. What’s your favourite topping?

  1. Buckwud maple syrup 250g: £3.99, Ocado
  2. Peanuts comic pancakes paper napkins: £2.99, Butlers Online
  3. Citrus mister: £4.99, Lakeland
  4. Home made pancake and doughnut batter dispenser: £7.31, Auravita
  5. KitchenCraft pancake pan: £12, Leekes

Gimme Five! Valentine hearts

Friday, February 6th, 2015

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Selection of Valentine hearts gift ideas | @hisforhome

We’ve brought together the perfect Valentine hearts selection that will show your other half that you put a bit of thought into the day – it might make a change from flowers & chocolates.

Does anything say ‘I love you’ more than the gift of 250 Love Hearts mini rolls? ;-)

  1. Heart fabric: £3.76, Etsy
  2. Heart  bowl with ladle: £33, Royal Design
  3. Antique heart-shaped cheese mould: £33.60 each, English Abode
  4. Love heart envelope clutch bag: £25, ASOS
  5. 250 Love Heart mini rolls: £19.99, Love Hearts

Gimme Five! Bobble hats

Friday, January 30th, 2015

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selection of 5 bobble hats

We’re keeping with the cold weather theme in our Gimme Five! series.

I love hats – I’ve got all sorts – but I’ve not got a bobble hat. In my opinion, the bigger the bobble the better – one of these beauties has even got a double bobble!

  1. Nanny knit beanie: £21, The North Face
  2. Mustard yellow hand knitted Aran beanie bobble hat: £20, Etsy
  3. Helene Berman double pom pom beanie hat: £55.24, Jules B
  4. Jack Wills Thurlow faux fur bobble hat: £20.50, ASOS
  5. Slider bobble hat: £18, Notonthehighstreet