Monday, 23 November 2015

Decorating a 60th Birthday Cake the Easy Way + Giveaway

Happy 60th Birthday to my uncle! I wanted to make him a 60th birthday cake that was not too fussy and did not require too much time to create it. I settled for a simple sandwich cake, filled with lemon curd, fresh fruit (raspberries from my garden) and fresh cream. Decorated rather successfully, if I do say so myself, with a chocolate birthday message and a 60 chocolate button. All of which I made using Choco Writers. It tasted divine and was very light too. I will be using this recipe again but may add a different flavoured curd - possibly lime or passion fruit and orange. 

Decorating a 60th Birthday Cake

If you would like to try some easy cake decorating yourself, I am pleased to say that Choco Writers are offering one of my readers the chance to win a set of choco writers one, white, dark and milk chocolate. You can also see my Choco Writers review for more information.


If you are new to using the Rafflecopter widget to enter a giveaway, simply register with your name and email address to activate the Rafflecopter widget, which will collate all your entries. 

At the end of the giveaway once the winner is selected you will receive an email (using the email address you registered to use the Rafflecopter widget).

Giveaway open to UK residents only. Closing Date: 10 December 2015

Good Luck. 

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Friday, 20 November 2015

British Tea Customs - The Great British Brew

So  many interesting facts about The Great British Brew, which for the majority of the British population is tea. I, in common with over half of those of us that drink tea, enjoy it with milk and no sugar. I know that some of my readers who live elsewhere in the world will  find these facts most amusing. But I for one can identify with many of them,  the exception being 'a cup of Snargul' which sounds like a tea from Harry Potter book maybe? Oh, and anyone that know me will agree that I am somewhat fussy about how my tea is made - but then again aren't we all?

I hope you enjoy this fascinating insight into The Great British Brew, that Sykes Cottages have put together. I am sure you will have a favourite fact.  I will leave you with mine, that British tanks are equipped with tea making facilities - I kid you not!

The Great British Brew
The Great British Brew Infographic by Sykes Cottages
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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Gardeners Gift Guide - Gift Ideas for a Garden Lover

Christmas or Birthday shopping is always so much easier if someone does the gift suggestions for you. For those of you that know a gardener but are not green fingered yourself may find my Garden Lover's Gift Guide just the solution you have been looking for. Gift suggestions from the practical to the indulgent, budget to extravagant - happy shopping.

Gardeners Gift Guide

Gardeners Gift Guide by gardenteacakesandme 

 Kew Gardens Private Guided Walking Tour for Two  Nothing quite like admiring and enjoying someone else's garden. Red Letter Days £100

Burgon Ball Mini Snips Never without a pair of these when I am in the garden or £7.99

Burgon & Ball Square Cell Tray Tamper for planting seeds into individual cells £9.99
Secateur Sharpener  an essential tool to ensure one of the garden's most useful tools     remains in tip top condition. £5.47

 RHS Good Plant Guide Paperback a very useful compact book for identifying plants £9.99

David Austen Rose - Olivia Rose Austin a pink fragrant bloom from £16.50

Gardener's handmade soap take care of your hands in all weathers with Gardener's Scrub handmade soap. Support a local small business this Christmas such as Walk Mill Botanics based on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border.

Ladies Wellington Boot Socks from Heat Holders perfect for the colder weather or for winter walks, tog rated welly socks to keep your toes warm. £9.99

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Saturday, 14 November 2015

More than just a Dressing Table from Oak Furniture Company

When you initially buy a piece of furniture you usually have specific room and purpose in mind.  Yet by choosing the right piece of Oak Furniture, you can welcome a piece of furniture that can grow along with your family or follow you to a new home with a new purpose.   You may think a 'Dressing Table' is just that a dressing table, but do not let the label distracted you.  

Not just a dressing table
Not just a dressing table by gardenteacakesandme

 Oak Furniture Company Cadiz dressing table £199  / BOBBY multi coloured light / Scion yellow tea cup / Rectangular wall art, £39 / Brown window treatment, £40 / Throw pillow / Grey home decor, £22 / Parisian wall art / Stackable storage box, £16 / Anorak Hedgehog A5 Out & About Notebook / Yellow home accessory / Wood home decor, £79 / Modern home accessory / I am a white pencil / Muuto chair

Take the Oak Furniture Cadiz Dressing Table for £199. Perfect for today's modern desk, smaller laptops and tablets require less desk space. Smaller room sizes require clever use of furniture - perfect.  Create a funky modern look that will stimulate thinking and working.

Moving home and no longer require the desk or a dressing table for the bedroom? If you have a hall way you most certainly will want a side table. Some where to put your keys, small drawers for those endless items you need easily to hand.  A dressing table can be utilised in a walk through area.

So, if you are thinking of new furniture, consider oak furniture and the flexibility it offers  through out the home. Regardless of room identity and space. I know my first dressing table followed me to my first home - was sat at daily getting ready before going out, used to study at. Then following a move around used as a side table in my lounge. 

Hallway Welcome
Hallway Welcome by gardenteacakesandme featuring Oak Furniture Company

Oak Furniture Company Cadiz dressing table  £199 / Round light, £53 / Home decorators collection rug, £26 / Kate Spade square serving tray, £26 / Wall mounted coat hook / White home accessory, £79 / Present Time 4x6 frame, £36 / Umbra hook, £33 / Poncho Goldstein text sign, £30 / Fairy home decor / CB2 accessory, £20

Platinum & Pink Bedroom
Platinum & Pink Bedroom by gardenteacakesandme featuring Oak Furniture Company

Grey shades / Estiluz brushed nickel lamp, £530 / Safavieh non skid area rug, £110 / Regalia Tray Round Champagne, £10 / Chanel flower home decor / EFF blackout panel, £43 / Kate Spade pink toss pillow, £33 / NOVICA flower home decor, £24 / Pink home decor, £3.28 / Universal Lighting and Decor lit mirror, £66 / Paper wall art / LAFCO peony candle / Inspire Q gray linen headboard, £370 / Tom dixon furniture, £410 / Oak Furniture Company Cadiz dressing table £199

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Be quick! Send for your Free Trex 2016 Calendar

Last year I shared with you the opportunity to send for a free 2016 Trex calendar. Good news they are giving away almost 10,000 calendar's again this year! I have successful registered for a calendar the last few years, and have been quick to sign up for the 2016 calendar
Photo credit: Trex
They are very useful calendars plenty of room for you to write down your important appointments. Each month includes a recipe, using Trex - which I always have it he fridge. It is a dairy free alternative to butter.  They are very good quality, in previous years the calendar included Trex discount coupon. But I noticed last year they no longer included them, what a shame. 

I am sharing this with you because I think it is a great offer, not because Trex have asked me to. 

Be quick and register for a Trex calendar now. Good luck!