Welcome to my wine giveaway courtesy of the folks at the Organic Wine Club.

Wine Giveaway

Organic Wine Club

Organic Wine Club is an independent organic wine retailer that cares deeply about organic produce, soulful and delicious natural wines. They believe in healthier lifestyles and provenance. They partner with passionate artisan winemakers and invite you on a journey to discover and enjoy fantastic wines made naturally, without additives, sulphites or preservatives.

 

Wine Giveaway

How nice would it be to enjoy a glass of wine that is full of life, vibrant and expressive, without headaches or allergies triggered by sulphites and additives?

Would you like to win a bottle of wine? How about 3 bottles worth £40.55.

The wines are:

https://organicwineclub.co.uk/products/redentore-delle-venezie-pinot-grigio-2015-italy-no-added-sulphites?variant=29865397571

https://organicwineclub.co.uk/products/tragolargo-2015-monastrell-rafa-bernabe-alicante-spain-no-added-sulphites?variant=34171237774

https://organicwineclub.co.uk/products/aroa-2015-garnacha-tinto-navarra-spain-no-added-sulphites?variant=34197850574

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Twin Mummy and Daddy

Here’s a shallot soup recipe for your delectation. Don’t think that’shallot because this wonder also includes a tasty goats cheese crouton.

Shallot Soup Recipe

The delicious soup is slow cooked to bring out the sweet caramel flavours of the shallots. Topping with a goat’s cheese crouton makes the soup a filling meal for those colder evenings.

Shallot soup recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

Ingredients for shallot soup recipe

500g Shallots
30g butter
3 garlic cloves, finely sliced
2tsp sugar
200ml dry British cider
1L good quality beef stock
1 bay leaf
2 slices of sourdough bread, cut in half or to fit in the top of the soup bowls
1 log of goats cheese

Method for shallot soup recipe

Prepare the shallots, pouring a kettle of boiling water over them leave to soak for 2-3 minutes then drain and run under cold water. They should now be easier to peel. Peel and finely slice ready to cook.

Melt the butter in a large, heavy based saucepan with a lid.

Tip the shallots, garlic and sugar into the pan. Stir well then put the lid on the pan and cook for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

When the shallots are softened and browned, stir in the cider and the stock, season, add the bay leaf and bring to a simmer. Cook, with the lid on, for an hour.

When ready to serve, heat the grill, toast the bread and slice the cheese into 4. Ladle the soup into 4 bowls. Put a slice of cheese on each piece of toast and lay one in each bowl. Put the bowls under the hot grill until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

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What  is your favourite soup recipe?

Linking up with Creative Mondays

We have recently done a real-life escape to the country all of our own. It feels lovely to be in a beautiful home with gorgeous grounds.

One of the things I really love about our new place is the light in every room. The lounge is dark enough to be cosy with a woodburner but still light enough. Every other room is bathed in sunlight on summer days and better days in the autumn and winter.

Escape To The Country

The house has a third floor or two actually as we have 2 staircases hitting the ranks of those with wings in their home own in a way. There is one huge room at the top of one staircase and at the top of the other there are 3 rooms which has become my teenager’s pad.

I love the idea of large roof windows in a room, which will create a really light and airy space. I have recently  discovered from VELUX that you  can make different choices for roof windows from the classic to the top hung to the automated. When converting a loft, this would be a big decision to make depending on your own individual circumstances.

Light is good for the soul and I always feel happier with light rooms particularly bedroom and study spaces. Roof windows are a fabulous way to inject that light and then all you need to decide is whether you want to invest in a funky blind to jazz up the room too.

Escape To The Country

My 16 year old says a blind is all well and good but he fancies a stylish futon too for his room and is looking at the IKEA brochure right now.

Are you making home improvements at the moment?

Would you like to escape to the country?

Please leave a comment and let me know what you are up to.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cuddle Fairy

EL

Here’s a comforting butternut squash soup recipe perfect for chillier Autumn days.

Butternut Squash soup recipe

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

1 large fresh squash

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled

7 cups water

1 tablespoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

 

1/2 cup heavy cream Fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish (optional)

Method

1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the heavy cream in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 35 minutes.

2. Using a hand-held immersion blender, purée the soup until silky smooth. (Alternatively, cool the soup slightly, then purée in a blender in batches, making sure to leave the hole in the lid open to allow the steam to escape.)

3. Stir in the heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Taste and adjust seasoning (depending on the sweetness of the vegetables, you may need up to a tablespoon more sugar).

4. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with fresh chopped thyme or thyme sprigs, if desired.

Founder of the Lexington brand, Kristina Lindhe comments: ‘’Why not set up the table outdoors on a warmer day? Grab your knitted sweater, a wool throw and enjoy! Don’t worry about making everything perfect- you can achieve a charming look with a few personal details such as decorating with seasonal greens and vegetables. A checked tablecloth, classic napkins and our Details collection will make everything perfect!’’

Leave a comment if you try the butternut squash soup recipe.

Fancy some tips for getting free stuff from companies?

Imagine getting loads of free stuff – the thrill of not having to eat into your limited income freeing that up for essentials and memory-making experiences.

Here are some tips I was sent by Sam on how to get free stuff and save money as a result.

“All of us love to save some money on our everyday expenses. Some of you might shop for coupons and discounts for this purpose. In fact, some of you might be using referrals to save some money on your next orders. On the other hand, there are many of you who prefer to trawl the internet in search of the latest freebie offers by manufacturers. Even though I do all three of these things to save money on my daily expenses, I prefer freebies since you don’t have to spend anything to get free stuff.

The problem with the majority of individuals searching for freebies in the United Kingdom is that they will search Google for the websites that offer free samples and not do anything further than that. This method is not enough to find the best free products and samples offered by numerous manufacturers in the United Kingdom. On the other hand, it is important to remember that getting a freebie is a privilege and not a right as most people would think. There are many other techniques that you can use to shop for freebies on the market. In fact, I use websites, apps, coupons, and write to companies asking them for freebies in exchange for product reviews. Here are some of the most important methods of getting freebies from companies in the United Kingdom.

 Websites

 Freebie websites have the latest information on the free samples offered by leading manufacturers in the UK. They give you the chance of getting freebies by testing them or offering a review for the particular product. Just searching for “free stuff UK” will bring up a list of websites that give you free samples. But there is one big disadvantage of relying only on websites when hunting for freebies. You may get into a frenzy of applying for freebies that you don’t use. For instance, there is no point in getting baby food samples if you don’t have a baby. On the other hand, there are many webmasters that try to scam the innocent searcher by asking for their phone numbers selling it to companies. That is why it is important to have strict rules on what freebies you want to have and don’t want to have when looking for freebie websites, you can check outWOW Freebies which is a great free stuff site in the UK, who update daily with all the latest free stuff. You should also beware of surveys that won’t allow you to say “not interested” in irrelevant questions and request for your phone number to win a competition. It is better to skip such surveys.

 Apps

Apps are great to find free stuff from various companies in the United Kingdom. In fact, if you are on o2, you should download o2 Priority app for this purpose – you can download it without being a customer of theirs. I can’t reiterate enough the importance of this app to get free stuff from various companies in the UK. In fact, I have got so many free samples from my lovely app such as coffee, gifts, food, drinks, chocolate, full size toiletries, storage boxes, wrapping paper, clothing, and much more items. In fact, earlier this year I got an England Rugby shirt and a 500ml Nuva water from Boots. I can write for a whole day if I have to list all the freebies I got only from this one app. Unidays ID is another great app for students – it has gotten me some freebies and a lot of student discounts from time to time.

 Writing To Manufacturers

 This works great when getting freebies from various companies across the United Kingdom. In fact, this is something that I’m learning to do more often than not. You can write to a manufacturer asking for a freebie in exchange for an honest product review for the product. It helps build a great business-client relationship too. If you have a blog, you can easily offer a product review on your blog for your visitors to read. Even though many people don’t do this, it is a great way to get freebies – especially full-sized products from manufacturers.

 Facebook

 This is another great way of getting some good quality free samples in the United Kingdom. Most of you may have friends involved in direct marketing or MLM. Most of my friends involved MLM play games on the Facebook profiles – where you all say a word, and the last individual to say the exact word before the host say it wins a free sample. I have managed to bag some of the best freebies that way without having to spend a penny on them.

 There is another advantage of hunting for freebies. In fact, you will get a couple of free vouchers with the free samples so that you can stretch your budget a bit further. All this will help you save a lot of money in the end. In fact, there is much more to freebie hunting than just browsing online.”

**This post was in collaboration with WOW FreeStuff**