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Transform your doors with Handle Kingdom £50 giveaway

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

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stainless steel door handle from Handle Kingdom

We have a great GIVEAWAY starting today, you could be the lucky winner of your choice of modern door furniture worth up to £50.

We’ve teamed up with Handle Kingdom, one of the UK’s leading modern door furniture retailers who said they’d love for one of our readers to receive a £50 voucher for them to spend online.

If you haven’t already done so, you must check out their website. We’ve already had a little peek and picked out our favourite handles, the curved and brushed stainless steel door handles which sell for less than £5 per pair We think they’re fantastic value for money while boasting a modern designer appearance.

Enter our giveaway below and you could be the lucky winner receiving £50 to spend at All you need to do to take part is like or follow the Handle Kingdom and H is for Home Facebook pages using the submit widget below then comment here on this post telling us the name or model and price of the door handles you’d choose from Handle Kingdom should you be the lucky winner.

The competition is open until Sunday 19 July with the winner selected at random on Monday 20 July. Wishing everyone the very best of luck and a big thanks to Handle Kingdom!

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Cakes & Bakes: Baking Mad cupcakes

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

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chocolate and ginger cupcake with Silver Spoon chocolate flavoured icing and chocolate beans supplied by Baking Mad

 Baking Mad kindly sent us a package containing some cake-making bits & bobs to review last week.

selection of Silver Spoon cake making ingredients from Baking Mad

I’ve never posted a cupcake recipe as part of our Cakes & Bakes series to date, so this seemed a good time to start.

cake batter in cupcake cases waiting to go into the oven

I couldn’t decide what kind to make so I opted to do a little pick & mix.

cupcakes iced with Silver Spoon chocolate flavoured icing

I made up a batch of general cupcake batter and added extra ingredients to make cinnamon & apple, poppy seed & lemon and chocolate & ginger. Here’s my recipe..

Cakes & Bakes: Baking Mad cupcakes

Yield: Makes 12

Cakes & Bakes: Baking Mad cupcakes


  • 85g self-raising flour
  • 70g plain flour
  • 120g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas mark 3
  2. Line muffin tins with cupcake papers
  3. In a small bowl, sift the flours and set aside
  4. In a larger bowl, cream the butter & add the sugar gradually, beating until fluffy
  5. In a measuring jug, lightly beat the eggs then add them to the butter & sugar mixture
  6. Add the dry ingredients bit by bit, alternating with the milk
  7. With each addition, combine until the ingredients are incorporated well but do not over beat
  8. [At this point I divided the batter into 3 equal parts and added: (1) 1tbsp poppy seeds, zest & juice of 1 lemon, 2tbsp self-raising flour (2) ¼ Bramley apple, cored & grated + 1tsp ground cinnamon (3) 1tbsp cocoa powder, 3 pieces of crystalised ginger, finely chopped]
  9. Carefully spoon each of the mixtures into cupcake liners, filling them to about the ? mark
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean
  11. Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes or so
  12. Lift the cupcakes out of the tin on to a wire rack and allow to cool completely prior to icing

My icing skills aren’t the best – I’ve got shaky hands! Using the icing tube was a doddle – and there’s no wastage – I just screwed the cap back on and popped the tube in the fridge for next time.

cupcake with a bite out of it with a small mug of coffee

All the cupcakes were delicious, perfect as little tidbits to have with an afternoon coffee!

selection of Silver Spoon cake making ingredients from Baking Mad

We’re hosting a giveaway of the 4 items we didn’t use – only open to UK-based folks we’re afraid! :-( – you can enter below!
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Rain rain, go away!

Friday, May 14th, 2010

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We got very excited this morning when this large package arrived from the U.S.

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We hadn’t ordered it… we’d won it!

large cardboard box opened revealing rain rain, go away poster and mobile

It’s a fabulous prize from interior decorator/graphic designer Dee Adams, author of one of our favourite blogs, deedee9:14

detail of handmade raincloud mobile hanging from our kitchen window

Rain rain, go away poster designed by Dee Dee Adams

The giveaway consisted of this cute little cloud & raindrops mobile from The Butter Flying Etsy shop and a framed poster designed by Dee herself.

raincloud mobile in its new home hanging from the sash window in the kitchen above the herb seedlings looking out into the back garden

We’ve found good homes for both. The cloud mobile is hanging from the kitchen window, watering the seedlings beneath – and Dee’s poster is now hanging in our bedroom. It’s a lovely illustration whatever the weather!

Rain rain, go away framed poster designed by Dee Dee Adams

Having said that, it’s a very apt artwork for us – we live in Todmorden in the Pennines, one of the wettest places in the country!

We’re winners!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

How fantastic – We won a competition a few days ago to name a gorgeous new range of stationery from the lovely people at Fabulous Stationery!

Thanks to Fabulous Stationery‘s Jay, Trish & Bruce and Holly of Decor8 for selecting our Winter Metro entry.

We can’t wait to pick out our prize – it’s going to be tough – such an amazing selection from which to choose!

Q is for…

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Now we’ve got to the letter Q we realise that we should have saved our Jens Quistgaard blog for the ‘Q’ rather than use it up for the easier option of ‘J’. It’s a bit like saving the blank tiles for those special words in a game of Scrabble.

But it’s done now so we’ve decided to do something completely different today- hope you find it fun!

We’ve devised a quiz where you’ll find the answers in some of our previous posts. Like all quizzes, there’s a prize for the first correct submission.

When you’ve found all the answers email them to us at

Here goes then!

In what month did we launch our H is for Home website?

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We’ve got a particular soft spot for which colour?

What day is the flea market on in Todmorden?

What’s the name of our dog?

Who designed these?

What’s the name of this range by Denby Pottery?

We’ve got a nickname for the lady that does our knitted items. What is it?

Which company produced this?

Which famous 1960s fashion designer was known to have sourced Welsh wool fabrics for her creations?

What two-word name is commonly given to mid-twentieth century textured West German ceramics?

So, what’s the prize then? Well, we’ve just received some fantastic kitchen textiles by Skinny laMinx.

We’re stocking these screen printed aprons and tea towels in various designs & colours.

So we’ll put up for offer this matching cooks apron & tea towel – it’s the Orla pattern and you can choose to have it in this green chartreuse – or sharkskin colour.

The prize goes to the first email we receive with all 10 questions answered correctly.

Good luck!!