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Gimme Five! Advent calendars

Friday, November 27th, 2015

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Selection of 5 advent calendars

Advent starts on Sunday so you only have a couple of days left to get your hands on your advent calendars! They’ve been around since the 19th century and are traditionally used to celebrate the run up to, and prepare for, Christmas Day.

It wasn’t always about scoffing a chocolate a day – although I wholeheartedly agree with that undertaking – the 24 compartments once held a different bible verse, prayer or poem. How about filling them with something different and unique – handmade sweets, a daily artwork, ‘activity’ coupons or individual figures to slowly make up a nativity set? I like the idea of filling each of mine with an advent candle – or little scented tea lights like these from IKEA.

  1. Reusable fabric advent calendar – Christmas tree: £40.76, Etsy
  2. The Advent Calendar – Truffles for Two: £26, Hotel Chocolat
  3. Wooden LED lit advent calendar by The Forest & Co: £29.50, Notonthehighstreet
  4. Wooden Houses advent calendar: £40, John Lewis
  5. Susanne Kaufmann 2015 advent calendar – £99, Liberty

Gimme Five: Yoghurt makers

Friday, November 20th, 2015

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selection of 5 yoghurt makers

We both remember having yoghurt makers at home when we were children. We also remember them being used a couple of times and then languishing in their boxes at the back of the cupboard, never to be seen again. I recall home made yoghurt as being ghastly – little more than sour milk!

We eat quite a lot of yoghurt in this household. It usually forms part of breakfast, and sometimes dessert. Fudge has a couple of spoons in the morning too as it seems very good for his digestion in terms of reducing gas (we won’t dwell on details, but a good tip for dog owners that one). Our tastes have become a bit more refined since our childhood days. We like a bit of creamy richness, not too sweet & not too sour – blueberry, figs, strawberry and vanilla are favourite flavourings.

If you make your own, you can enjoy it plain & natural or squeeze over some runny honey, pop in fresh fruit, add it to cereal and even cook with it. I sometimes use it in my bread dough and Justin adds a few dollops to curries.

Yoghurt and yoghurt makers have come a long way since the 70s. We have a couple of favourites. The robustness of the Cuisineart and the flexibility it gives of making just one small jar at a time or up to six 125 ml pots + two 250 ml pots – as well as it doubling up as a cheese maker – makes it a real contender. The favourite though, is the cute Me & Yo; of course this was going to be the winner with it being bright orange and all!

  1. Cuisinart YM400E yoghurt and cheese maker: £69.85, Amazon
  2. Klarstein 1 litre Me & Yo: £22.90, eBay
  3. Steba yoghurt maker: £47.99, Wayfair
  4. EasiYo mini yoghurt maker: £7.49, Lakeland
  5. Vonshef digital yoghurt maker: £49.99, Domu

Gimme Five! Wireless speakers

Friday, November 13th, 2015

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Selection of five wireless speakers

Christmas must be approaching – some definite present hints have been heard recently! Justin’s mentioned wireless speakers 3 times in the last week. Not exactly shoe-horning it into any random subject, but the moment music or bands are mentioned, up the subject pops.

It would be great actually, to have a premium music streaming service like Spotify working in conjunction with wireless speakers dotted around the house. No more wires or CD cases cluttering up rooms. We’ll keep hold of our vinyl collection, but we’d love to move into the 21st century with a wireless system too. Perhaps his dreams will come true – here are some favourite wireless speakers for various budgets that we’ve identified as possible buys.

  1. Minx Air 200 wireless music system with Airplay, Bluetooth & internet radio (black): £299.95, Amazon
  2. Bose SoundTouch 10 wireless multi-room speaker: £169.95, PC World
  3. Sonos PLAY:1: £169, Sonos
  4. LG Music Flow P7 portable Bluetooth speaker with leather carrying case, oak: £149.95, John Lewis
  5. Spotify multiroom speaker: £129.99, Philips