Bring the sunshine home with LSA International

Bask in the sunshine at home with this glorious sunny yellow bud vase from LSA International

Find these dinky little vases (14cm high) in a variety of colours to suit each individual room decor, coming in opaque white, purple, yellow, blue, smokey brown, pink, green and aqua! This means you can have consistency throughout your home without even thinking about it!

But yours online at lsa-international.com or online and in-store at John Lewis

Care for a cocktail…? Try British Cassis for your friday night top tipples

Love a cocktail? But also love blackcurrant? Then this White Heron Drinks British Cassis is for you… it comes with a little cocktail menu, and it’s perfect for a right royal knees up!

Grab yourself a bottle now, and work your way through their suggestions (responsibly please) plus take a peek at their cocktail suggestions online at whiteherondrinks.co.uk/cocktails 

To make the cocktail as shown… 

Pour 50ml (double shot) cider into a chilled champagne coupe [like these beauties from IWOOT ] then shake 50ml British cassis, 50ml pineapple juice and 25ml orange juice altogether, then add ice and shake until cold. Pour over cider – Voila!

It’s super tasty and frothy too! Garnish with blackcurrants on a skewer.

*Heads off to make another…* 

Celebrate British grown tomatoes with some tasty recipes!

Mid May was #britishtomatofortnight and we delved head first into enjoying tasty british grown sweet tomatoes, with this tasty piccolo and lemonade tomato and soft cheese bagel…  Thanks to @britishtomatoes and @standagencyuk who sent us the most juicy fresh selection of these sweet vine tomatoes (the varieties are listed below)!

 

Piccolo – a premium cherry tomato on the vine… Very sweet with a distinctive flavour that provides a long lasting experience. The best in its class, a real favourite for snaking and salads, but can also be used in a range of hot dishes.

Lemonade – Yellow Cherry/Baby Plum (on the vine) A real break from the norm. A pale almost translucent yellow fruit that has an amazing flavour unlike anything else. A real crunch when bitten into and a wonderful addition to brighten any dish

Royal Star – Speciality Orange Cherry (on the vine) With a colour that is so unusual and a flavour to match, this variety provides a point of difference on both colour and taste, it is a lovely addition to any salad.

Join us in discovering some more amazing recipes below!

British Tomato and Seafood summer pasta

SEAFOOD & TOMATO PASTA
Seafood pasta is always a classic, only made better with great British tomatoes. This deliciously simple dish combines the two for a perfect summer dish!

Serves 2 Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking: 15 minutes

3tbsp olive oil
4 British Large Vine Tomatoes, skinned and finely chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
Few drops of balsamic vinegar
160g small scallops
180g tagliatelle or linguine
200g cooked, peeled prawns
2tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus extra to garnish
6-8 British Piccolo Tomatoes, halved
30g Parmesan cheese, finely grated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Add the chopped tomatoes and red onion and cook over a low heat for 10-12 minutes, until very soft, adding a splash of water if needed. Season with salt, pepper and a few drops of balsamic vinegar.
2 Meanwhile, cook the tagliatelle or linguine in lightly salted boiling water for 10-12 minutes, until tender.
3 Add the scallops to the tomato mixture and cook for 2 minutes, then add the prawns, parsley and piccolo tomatoes. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute, until heated through.
4 Drain the pasta. Gently stir through the tomato mixture and share between two warmed serving bowls or plates. Serve, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and extra parsley.

Cook’s tip: No scallops available? Use a few more prawns and add a handful of thawed frozen peas. To skin tomatoes, put them into a heatproof bowl. Pour over boiling water and leave for 15-20 seconds, then drain. The skins will be easy to peel away.

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BRITISH TOMATO SHAKSHUKA
Perfect for breakfast or brunch, this British tomato recipe tastes fantastic with crusty bread to mop up all the delicious juices.

Serves 4 Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking: 25 minutes
Suitable for vegetarians

500g British medium vine tomatoes
2tbsp olive oil
2 large onions, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 red peppers, deseeded and sliced
1 yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced
1/2tsp cumin seeds
1tsp mild chilli powder
1tbsp tomato puree
2tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus extra to garnish
4 large eggs
50g feta cheese, crumbed
150g thick Greek-style yogurt
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Crusty bread, to serve

1 Halve the British tomatoes and set to one side.
2 Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan that has a lid. Gently fry the onions,
garlic and peppers in the covered pan for about 10 minutes, or until very soft.
3 Add the cumin seeds, chilli powder, tomato puree and parsley, stirring well.
Season. Add the tomatoes and cook over a medium heat for about 8-10
minutes, uncovered, adding a splash of water if it begins to look too dry.
4 Stir well, then make 4 spaces among the ingredients. Crack the eggs into
these spaces and cook gently for a further 8-10 minutes, until set. If you like,
grill the top for a few moments to set the surface of the eggs.
5 To serve, crumble the feta cheese on top and sprinkle with extra parsley.
Season with a little extra black pepper. Put the yogurt into a bowl and sprinkle
with a little chilli powder. Serve alongside the Shakshuka with crusty bread.
Cook’s tip: This is great as a sharing dish, where everyone just eats straight
from the pan!

Whatever you do – make sure you try your local tomatoes. Don’t refrigerate them, no matter how tempted you are either, as they loose their true flavour. Do what you can to support and celebrate British Tomatoes all year round!

Welcome in wildlife with Wilko

Wilko is well known for home decor, cleaning, beauty and of course their pick ‘n’ mix… but did you know they also sell lots for the garden?

The Wilko Wild bird, easy-clean small bird table, £10

We spent the last few weeks doing bits and bob around the home, but due to the current situation and not the best of weather everything has now been put on hold. As soon as the sun started to shine we got our new Wild bird easy-clean bird table, £10 and put it up!

Super simple to put up, it took twenty minutes, that’s all. The instructions are clear and straightforward, and made it easy for a novice to put up! It has a little flap to undo and clean off any old bird seen and poop etc too.

We’ve now propped it up in the garden ready to invite all of the birds in… and maybe the odd squirrel! Have hung up the bird feeder too, ready for some seed, and will wait and put up our fat ball holder in the autumn, filled with juicy fat balls from Wilko to keep our feathered friends going through the end of the year!

Discover Wilko’s full pet and outdoor range online at Wilko.com

AD | #gifted items from Wilko were sent with no obligation to post!

Have Salmon-else this festive season

This festive feast is Salmon-else… tuck into @lafamigliarana New Salmon & Ricotta fresh tortelloni. Tasting of freshly smoked salmon thanks to the chopped not blitzed centres this is fabulous served with just a drizzle of olive oil; it’s our absolute favourite filled tortelloni because it’s full of flavour, ready in two minutes and simply served with a drizzle of oil that’s all it needs!

Available exclusively in Sainsburys stores nationwide

If you’re feeling extra special and you’re feeling the pressure to impress this Christmas try this creamy lemon and prosecco recipe…

RECIPE

SALMON TORTELLONI WITH PROSECCO & CREAMY LEMON SAUCE 

 

Difficulty level: Easy 

Cooking and preparation time: 15 minutes

Serves 2 

INGREDIENTS

1 pack of La Famiglia Rana Smoked Salmon & Ricotta Tortelloni1 shallot peeled and chopped1 tbsp butter 125 ml Proseccopeel of 1 organic lemon cut into strips2 tbsp lemon juice125 ml crème fraiche chives choppedsalt and pepper 

METHOD

Melt butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat and sauté the shallot for about two minutes until soft and fragrant. Add lemon peel and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add Prosecco and lemon juice, bring to boil and lower heat to medium. Simmer for a couple of minutes, add crème fraiche, stir well and cook for a few more minutes until slightly thickened.

In the meantime, cook the tortelloni for two minutes in a large pot of salted boiling water. Strain delicately with a skimmer and tip them into the pan along with two tbsp of pasta cooking water. Mix delicately,

Divide between two plates, garnish with chives and serve. 

Super tasty… don’t you agree?

Relax and unwind with Sanctuary Spa

🛁 As the weather gets chillier what’s better than a nice hot bath to relax and unwind with some candles burning bright like this @sanctuaryspa signature scent heart candle from their Christmas collection this year! 🛁

Sanctuary Spa Signature Scent heart candle, £6 at Boots stores nationwide

 

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Home Sweet Home enhanced with I love cosmetics!

Keep your home smelling summery sweet with I Love Cosmetics Violet dreams collection! Created for both home and body this fragrance is available in reed diffusers and candles for home, plus body washes, bath salts and even body sprays!

If Violet dreams isn’t for you they have an extensive range available from £3.99 online at ilovecosmetics.co.uk in scents ranging from raspberry to elderflower and cucumber! (Which is delish by the way!)

Grab yours now and keep smelling sweet!

(This week online – GET 2 HOME SCENTS FOR £20 WITH CODE HOME2420 *Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or offer & 30% off the strawberries & cream scent!)

Keep lunch boxes and water bottles clean and fresh with Milton… plus WIN! One of two bottles!

Summer is starting to show it’s face and it’s the perfect time to head out with the family for a picnic! Keep everything clean and sterilise lunch boxes, water bottles, re-usable coffee cups, plastic tableware and cutlery by following these simple steps using Milton Sterilising Fluid.

  1. Prepare a solution using just 6ml (1/4 cap) of Milton Sterilising Fluid per litre of water and immerse items in solution for 15 minutes

2. Rinse with cold water

You can also clean lunch boxes, water bottles and any other plastic items using the new and improved Milton Antibacterial Wipes with ‘no rinse’ & food safe formula. Parents can use them to wipe clean soothers, teats, teething rings plates and cutlery without worrying about the need to rinse afterwards. The formula is bleach free, preservative free and fragrance free, they kill germs quickly and leave no residue or odour so they are perfect for disinfecting babies’ small accessories as well as their general environment including high chairs, potties, changing mats, car seats, and buggy chairs/handles.

Milton Sterilising Fluid (500ml) – £2.35, Milton Anti-bacterial Surface Wipes – £2.19 All products are available at Boots, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, John Lewis, Mothercare, Ocado and Superdrug.

 

ENTER NOW!

To enter to win one of two prizes which include a bottle of Milton sterilising fluid and a pack of the new Milton antibacterial wipes head online to our Pinterest, Follow us & comment on the post, additionally visit all of our social media channels @asofreckles on Facebook / Twitter & Instagram to enter there too by following us, and commenting on the post! (Retweeting of on Twitter) Simple!

*Milton will then send you the prize directly. Competition open for one week only from 30th June – 7th July 2019. Not endorsed by Facebook Instagram Pinterest or Twitter. The prize was also gifted to us too! Teddy not included!

Light up your home with these fab solutions from Lights.co.uk

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Our @lights.co.uk #colja wall lamps have finally gone up! These semi-circular LED  plaster lamps will suit any room and we can’t wait to show you ours! They went up super easily, with a simple slip over technique, and a two point attachment to the wall (they even come with a pair of white gloves per light to ensure that you don’t mark the lights as you fit them with grubby finger marks.) To make life even easier the price includes the energy rating A+ LED bulb too, saving money on buying and the electricity!

We love the fact that these are super bright LEDs which shine brightly from both top and bottom, illuminating everything in both directions! Want one to colour match to your wall? Just paint it the same colour as your wall – whatever the colour!

Semi-circular ‘Colja’ LED plaster wall lamp, £33.90, shop it here

Lights.co.uk have so many affordable lights from their wall light range, take a peek below – you will find a style for every room on your house!

Check our our favourite picks: (Our bedroom fave) Julita black-gold wall light, £23.90, shop here; (For the phone user) Fabric Wall light – Xavian, £79.90, shop here;

Plus to add elegance to your living rooms pick from these two:- Twisted LED wall light, £112.90, shop here; Curved wall light – Ivan, £69.90, shop here.

Head online to lights.co.uk for more fabulous lighting options for EVERY. SINGLE. ROOM!

Hello 2019… and hello new! Dive into Everhot kitchens for every home.

150 Marine Blue (FLAT) V1 (2), (HI RES)

2019 has made a call for house renovation, and a kick up the bum for us as we’ve had some exciting news over Christmas – and we need to be ready for another little person joining the family!

Kitchen may not be first on our priority but we’ve been looking at every option we have… and the cold bitter weather and the need to ever be a bit more energy friendly to assist with the bills had led us to look at the full range of Everhot cookers…

An Everhot is a cooker where the kettle’s always poised to make a fresh coffee, where cakes are evenly baked and where the family can warm their hands while you enjoy a glass of wine.  Providing the beating, warm heart of the kitchen, it will quietly provide a steady heat all-day while using less than half the energy of a comparable range cooker.

A good range cooker should last a lifetime. Instead of needing 35 amps of electricity – like its major rivals – an Everhot is designed to work on a ‘trickle feed’ of less than 13 amps. This means (quite apart from much lower energy bills) it is particularly well suited to running off solar panels and water turbines. (Which could also lead into our VERY future plans – but will keep the cooker relevant to our household forever)

Everhot say that their blue sky thinking means that its cookers are also easy to control and great to cook on and there is no need for servicing or any complicated flues or pipes – making it easy to take your Everhot with you when you move home too.

We spotted this gorgeous just launched NEW Marine Blue cooker (they offer 15 colour options so there really is an Everhot for every kitchen – see below) which would look fabulous in a new modern or even a country kitchen. The marine blue would look amazing in a sea/river side kitchen looking our onto the scenery.

Everhot cookers, fifteen colours are: Dusky Pink, Fern Green, Aubergine, Black, Blue, Burgundy, Cream, Dove Grey, Graphite, Green, Sage, White, Teal and the NEW Victoria and Marine Blues.

Everhot 150 (Marine Blue), from £10,275; Everhot 90 (Dusky Pink), from £6,575; Everhot 100+ (Aubergine), £7,695;; Everhot 110 (Teal), from £8,775

Buy yours now or find out more online at www.everhot.co.uk

Pop the corks of gorgeous scent in your homes with I Love Cosmetics…

Candles can bring the feeling of warmth and the scent of care to your home… iloveofficial have just expanded on their collection of gorgeous scents into candles and reed diffusers!! Presented in a drawstring bag, these make for perfect gifts to yourself & others! They are super gifts for those living the Vegan lifestyle too – being vegan, cruelty free and no nasties  in the UK made products.

Elderflower fizz is a light and clean fragrance great for every single room! I love describe the fragrance as… As the rain gives way to bright sunshine, and the air is filled with the creamy vapour of lacy elderflowers, it is time to embrace the rejuvenating spirit of summer with this delightful presse, blending luscious fruits and watery cucumber, with delicate floral interludes. This vibrant fruity accord has opening notes of apple & cucumber, leading to a heart of lemony elderflowers and jasmine to create a beautiful floral freshness.

(It truly is delightful – and we have not only the home scents but some of the cosmetic beauty range too… unfortunately not all of them… YET!)

Add to your collection of Elderflower Fizz & other fabulous scents, from £5, online at ilovecosmetics.co.uk

*Keep your eyes peeled this November and December for other fab Christmas gifting ideas!

Have fun with nature with InterPlay

🐞🐜 Make Father’s Day fun for little ones with My Living World animal worlds… watch them set up, nurture and learn about some of nature’s smallest creatures together… 🐜🐞

Shop the wide range of fun kits online now with Interplay, and head to our instagram to watch our stories and journey with our kits! 

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