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sherry trifle recipe

My Grandad on my Dad’s side was famous for making a sherry trifle with so much sherry in it that after one bowlful you weren’t really fit to drive home. I’d guess I’d never really thought about it, but my Grandad’s sherry trifle is really the only time I have ever eaten a sherry soaked sponge, I mean, when else would you?? When I was making this reduced calorie sherry trifle with SPLENDA® then, and tasted the bottom sponge layer, I was back in their neat and tidy semi, slipping about on the parquet floor, getting the spoons from the sideboard in the dining room.

I made this Christmas sherry trifle to take to my breastfeeding group Christmas party this weekend. Although none of us have had our boobs anywhere near a baby for years, we still manage to remember to meet up most months for dinner. It’s a very special group of friends.

The trifle though stirred up some people’s not so positive trifle memories.

‘I’m not really a fan of all the jelly and tinned fruit,’ said my friend Helen, trying to be polite but looking a bit appalled at the prospect.

‘Don’t worry,’ I reassured her, ‘this is a very sophisticated trifle.’

And it really is. View Post

Do you remember a while ago I told you about how I’d had to spit in a tube and take a sample of my own poo?

It wasn’t one of the most GLAMOROUS things I’ve ever done in the name of blogging, but I was promised all kinds of interesting insights into my DNA and the workings of my gut, and I was kind of intrigued, so I thought I’d go for it.

A couple of weeks ago I got the results back on both tests and Atlas Biomed were right, I DID learn some interesting things about myself.

My original post talked a bit about how you collect your samples, so I won’t traumatise you with that again. Once your samples have been processed, you’re sent an email to let you know that your results are available online. You then log on and you get a dashboard full of information about different aspects of your health and diet.

Atlas Biomed DNA tests

Initially my recommendations were based just on my DNA and microbiome tests, but there is also the option to improve the accuracy of your results by completing a short questionnaire about your lifestyle and diet.

The stand out piece of information for me was a warning to follow up one of the results with a GP. Apparently I am a carrier of a disease called Haemochromatosis, which effects how the body absorbs iron. Atlas suggested I speak to a GP to find out more about the risks of passing on the faulty gene before I thought about having children.

Hmmm. View Post

I don’t miss much as a freelancer. I don’t miss having to be at an office by 9am every morning, I don’t miss being told what to do by people who I can’t help but feel are essentially stupider than me, and I don’t miss the politics of who said what to who.

I DO miss the office Christmas parties though. Free food, free drinks, photocopying each other’s bits. (Okay, so I never did that, but it’s always what happens in films.) It’s FUN. It’s the one time of the year when everyone gets that war time spirit and bands together, like ‘you know what? It might be awful here, but we’ve got each other! I love you guys!’

Etc etc.

When I get invited to Christmas blogger events then, I’m all over them like a hungry kitten with a can of tuna. You know that bit at the end, where a kitten is so desperate for the last scraps that they’re licking the tin until it’s sliding around the floor? That was me at the thought of the Iceland Christmas event I went to last Saturday.

Iceland Christmas food

I was extra excited because I already KNOW how ace Iceland’s Christmas range is. I’ve been working with them for around six months now and I’m sure you’re bored of me telling you over and over how impressed I’ve been with the quality of the food, but what can I say? It’s ALL TRUE. View Post

I was checking my direct messages on Twitter yesterday. I have it set up so that anyone can message me, even if I don’t follow them, so that I can be contacted by potential clients, bloggers asking for advice, fans wanting signed photos, that sort of thing.

One message was a photo.

‘That’s weird,’ I thought to myself, ‘is that just a hand?’

I looked again. It was a cupped hand, palm up.

‘What’s he holding?’ I wondered, ‘is that Caesar salad dressing?’

Oh.

(Not salad dressing.)

So my question here is, what the actual hell?? In what world is this is a normal thing to send a woman you have never even spoken to before? What part of someone’s brain tells them that this is okay? View Post

With Christmas fast approaching it’ll soon be the time when everyone starts saying, “New Year, new me”. But let’s be honest, nobody ever sticks to that. So, here’s a mantra you can stick to – “New Year, new bedroom”. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Whether you fancy just freshening things up or you want to make a big change, take a look at these five ways to give your bedroom a mini-makeover for the New Year.

Clean up your clutter

First things first – this idea won’t cost you a penny, just a little time and effort. Clear out your clutter and get rid of anything you don’t use, need or really want anymore. If you are low on storage then hide some of your clutter away in plastic boxes and shove them under the bed out of the way or in the bottom of your wardrobe. Once you’ve decluttered you can give it a clean from top to bottom. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.

New Year, new bed

As it’s nearly the New Year and you are planning to redo your bedroom, why not start off by getting a new bed? After all, we spend one-third of our lives in bed so it’s vital we get a good quality sleep at night – it’s essential for a good day. A bed is a long-term investment so you shouldn’t hesitate if you feel you need a new one. Just treat yourself. Head somewhere like Divan Beds Centre to find a super comfortable bed and transform your sleep experience.

New window treatments

Knackered curtains and old blinds will let a room down. While they can be expensive to replace it is well worth the investment to add value to your room and make sure they last a long time. If you are on a budget and don’t want to splash out, then shop around; you are bound to find some at a cheaper price. Windows are not normally the focal point of a room and you should often keep them neutral. Dressing them with plain curtains will do wonders for your room.

Add new colour and pillows

These are a must for a little revamp and you don’t even have to spend a fortune on them. You can even go to a fabric shop, find a fabric you like and cover your old pillows in them; this is a cheap and easy way for a new look. New colours can be put throughout the room with an accent wall, all over fresh coat of paint, ornaments and bedding.

Don’t forget the finishing touches

Finally, don’t forget the little finishing touches, such as some flowers placed in a vase on the bedside table or a plant. This will make the bedroom inviting and smell lovely, too. You could also add some fairy lights to a headboard or draped around a full-length mirror. Updating your accessories can make a big impact, you could try and repurpose other items from other rooms in your home. Remember, less is more.

How lovely is your new bedroom sounding already?