Posts Tagged ‘competition’

Tartan blanket giveaway

Friday, August 1st, 2014

'Tartan Blanket giveaway' blog post banner

pile of tartan blankets available from Buy-a-Kilt

We’ve teamed up with buyakilt.com to offer not one, but two of our lucky readers the chance to win one of their lovely pure wool tartan blankets.

pile of tartan blankets available from Buy-a-Kilt

Buyakilt.com is an online Scottish retailer of – yes, you got it – kilts! But along with kilts, they stock a huge array of Tartan fashion, gifts and homewares.

You can choose from any of their tartan blankets featured on this page. Entering is simple, all you need to do is comment below saying how you’d use your blanket if you won. You can improve your chances of winning by liking them & us on social media.

Good luck!

Tartan blanket giveaway

Transform your doors with Handle Kingdom £50 giveaway

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Handle Kingdom blog post banner

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 HandleKing.co.uk. 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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cakes & Bakes: Baking Mad cupcakes

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

""Baking Mad cupcakes" blog post banner

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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
http://hisforhomeblog.com/cakes-bakes/cakes-bakes-baking-mad-cupcakes/

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!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sharing with…

Domestic Superhero Catch a Glimpse Button Photobucket

Rain rain, go away!

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Rain rain, go away banner

detail of white felt cloud and multicoloured rain drop mobile on rain rain, go away poster

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

large cardboard box with overflowing packing beads

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!