Mulled cider might be a new concept to you but I have a recipe that I really would urge you to try this Christmas.

Mulled Cider

Mulled pear cider

Serves 12.

 

  • 2L Waitrose pear cider
  • Juice of 6 clementines
  • 500ml pomegranate juice
  • 400ml dark rum
  • 100ml sugar syrup
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • Fresh mint to serve

 

Bring all the ingredients to the boil in a saucepan. Turn down the heat and simmer for 40 minutes. Ladle into glasses, garnish with fresh mint leaves and slices of caramelised clementine.

Check out more festive drinks ideas and add a little sparkle to Christmas.

Starting a new blog is a very exciting time and today Rachel shares her hopes for 2018 regarding her new blog www.rachbblogs.co.uk

Starting A New Blog

“I am really excited about starting my brand new blog and nervous at the same time. I used to blog, it was quite successful but I had a mental blip and hated it. I was stressed, tired and depressed. I thought the only way out into the light again was to completely delete everything. All my social media accounts and my blog.

Looking back now I still don’t know if it was the right thing to do or not but I can not change the past. It must have happened for a reason and it has given me a fresh blank canvas to start all over again.

I don’t particularly have a blogging niche as yet. I have so many ideas going through my head so I will see where my ideas take me!

In my head I see myself with a successful blog and gaining an income so I can work from home freelancing but in reality I don’t have enough technical knowledge to freelance haha! I can barely manage to work my blog (embarrassing I know!).

I have set myself 2 goals for 2018 blog wise.

  1. I will start taking regular breaks away from any computer screens.
  2. To increase my self confidence, to be proud of my blog and just enjoy writing. I worry far too much what others think. That must stop!

I am really looking forward to 2018. I plan to attend BlogOn in May which I am super excited about. I did not attend any blogging conferences last year. We are also planning on going to DisneyLand Paris, we have never been before so we are very excited!”

Why not give Rachel some support at the start of her new blogging journey?

Twitter https://twitter.com/rachbblogs

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/rachbblogs/ 

I think it was really brave of Rachel to speak so openly about starting a new blog. Will you be starting a new blog for 2018?

 

 

A third of the UK would rather go without Christmas dinner than broadband

First Utility Broadband launches a guide to a virtual Christmas.

 

36%[2] of UK population would miss out on Christmas dinner in favour of broadband

37%[1] of people rely on broadband to stay connected with loved ones this holiday

42%[1] of people also admit to relying on broadband to stream their favourite Christmas films.

 

Whilst the majority (62%[1]) of those video calling their family and friends simply call to wish them a merry Christmas, we’re also likely to share other pleasures via a video call:

●13%[1] said they would share a glass of wine

●13%[1] said they will open presents together

●10%[1] will eat their Christmas dinner with their loved ones

●10%[1] will show off their festive clothing ranging from a Christmas jumper to a cracker hat.
70% of video calls this year will be down to distance with people keen to connect with family and friends living abroad (37%) and in distant parts of the UK (33%). First Utility has launched a competition to pay for one lucky family to come together in person over the festive season.

Best times to speak to loved ones in other countries
This easy-to-use guide allows you to find the country you’d like to connect with, classified both by continent and by the top 20 most popular ex pat destinations.

Once you’ve found your country, you can match the time there with UK time, and decide whether you’d like to call them in the morning, afternoon or evening. Here’s a snippet:

 

 

 

Top movies to stream this holiday

First Utility Broadband research also revealed that broadband is also relied on for keeping the UK entertained over the holidays with almost half (42%[1]) of people planning to stream their favourite Christmas films. Based on the 2,000 people surveyed, First Utility has put together a guide for the top Christmas films to stream this holiday.

The top 5 are:

  • Home Alone
  • Elf
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Love Actually

 

 

https://www.first-utility.com/connected-Christmas

 

 

 


[2] Figures from research carried out by Opinion Matters between 01/12/17 and 06/12/17 with a sample of 2003 respondents

 

If you are looking for a mulled gin recipe to spice up your Christmas, try Mulled sloe gin with toffee

Mulled Gin

Mulled gin recipe

Serves 8.

• 1L apple juice
• Juice of 4 lemons
• 2 cinnamon sticks, plus extra to garnish
• 2-3 Waitrose dairy toffees
• 6 dashes Angostura Bitters
• 2 oranges, halved and sliced
• 300ml sloe gin
• Cranberries to garnish

How to make

Combine the apple juice lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, toffees and Angostura Bitters in a large saucepan. Gently simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the orange slices and sloe gin. Garnish with cranberries and cinnamon sticks.

So who will be giving this mulled gin recipe a try this festive season?

Today I meet mum blogger Katrina who shares the highs and lows of her blogging to date.

Mum Blogger

 

Why did you start to blog?

I started to blog when I had my son as a way to vent and moan and also boast and brag without bothering my friends daily who probably didn’t care.

How did you feel when you started blogging?

I felt proud of my son and my achievements of being a mother and wanted to shout about it.

How do you feel about blogging today?
I love blogging but I sometimes feel I need a rocket up my bum to get motivated.
What is your proudest achievement related to blogging?
Working with amazing brands that I could never of dreamed of working with.
What is the most exciting event you have attended as a blogger?
I haven’t attended any yet it’s a goal for 2018 though!
Do you monetize your blog and, if so, how?
I do have it linked to Adsense but have never made any money for the placements of the ads,
What do you find most challenging about blogging?
Being consistent with uploads is hard to do.
What surprised you most about blogging?
The amazing people you meet along the way. If someone would of told me this whole new network of friends and people I would have done it sooner.
How do you balance blogging and family life?
I only blog when my son is asleep to keep the family time sacred.
What would lead to you giving up blogging?
If people stopped reading my content. That would be heartbreaking and make me think what’s the point.
What is your top tip for a new or inexperienced blogger?
Go with your gut. If you want to post something do it. Everyone has opinions and blogging allows us to share ours.
Is there anything else you would like to share?

That I’m grateful for Kate and the work she does for the blogging world and Facebook groups she really opens up doors and opportunities.

You can find my blog at

 
You can chat to me onTwitter @trinimamablogs
and see my images on Insta @trinimamabebe1
Are you a mum blogger? Would you like to share your story with me?
Tammymum
The Pramshed