Potato print wrapping paper

Is it just me or do you hate spending money of wrapping paper? I mean it’s lovely stuff but bearing in mind most people just tear it and throw it straight in the bin it seems really wasteful. I’m not the most eco-conscious person in the world but even I feel bad about this even if you do recycle it.

So what I tend to do is buy a really big roll of brown wrapping paper (GP Globe Packaging 750mm x 100M Heavy Duty Brown Kraft Wrapping Paper Roll 90gsm – 100 METRES). You can leave it there if you like! Just a add a pretty bow or a ribbon and it looks simple and classy. If you want to jazz it up feel free to add stickers for kids or do what I do and add some really retro potato prints decorations.

Simply grab a fairly fresh potato and slide in half. Go to cupboard and pull out whatever cutters you happen to have. I had some nice stars that I use at Christmas for mince pies. You can also (carefully) grab a knife and carve whatever design you like. Dry off the potato and pour some paint into a dish so it creates a shallow dipping area.

Layout the paper on a big table or even to a wall if you paint isn’t very drippy. Secure with tape so it doesn’t roll up. Then taking a small dip of paint press the potato on the paint and then the paper. I recommend testing on some normal scrap paper or newspaper if you have it first to learn how much paint gives you the best looking impression you like.

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Freeze ahead breakfast sandwiches

Breakfasts are my favorite meal. I wake up super hungry and get progressively less hungry as the day goes on. In contrast my husband is exactly the opposite and will happily not eat all day but will love a big dinner at night.

I also love hot food in the morning but don’t necessarily have time to make it. This led on a recipe hunt for easy heat up breakfast foods that didn’t require me to go to a fast food place or eat cold cereal.

What I found was a complete array of lovely make ahead sandwiches and egg casserole dishes so I’ve combined a couple of recipes to make this one.

Ingredients (Makes 4 sandwiches):

  • 5 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • Sausage meat (sausages or patties it doesn’t matter)
  • 4 english muffins (although next time I’m going to try it with croissants)
  • 4 slices of cheese


  1. Crack the eggs into a large square shallow dish. Be sure to spray it first so they don’t stick
  2. Add the seasoning and mix up
  3. Cook off your sausages or meat and crumble up
  4. Add the sausages to egg mix and bake for around 25 minutes until brown at 200 degrees c
  5. Toast your muffins and lay on a piece of cheese on each one
  6. When the egg/sausage mixture comes out cut into 4 squares and lay on the muffins
  7. Wrap each sandwich in foil and freeze
  8. When you want to re-heat (as tested this morning) REMOVE THE FOIL and wrap in a piece of kitchen/paper towel
  9. Zap in the microwave for 1 min and 30 seconds

I couldn’t find my exact Jamie Oliver dish i used to make my eggs but I’ve linked a similar one below:





Update on making your wedding confetti

I just wanted to update you on how the wedding confetti turned out.

The petals kept didn’t rot or brown and kept their shape in their little lace cups. We bought a wooden box to put them in that we now eat to keep.

And ultimately they were a complete pleasure to walk under… Wedding photo

Creation post..


Wedding confetti make

If you want the doilies you can get them cheaply at:
36 Assorted Paper Doilies

Wedding Favours honey rum and matches for sparklers

For our wedding I wanted some personalized favours but really didn’t want to pay lots of money for them. We also wanted to tailor them to our family and this particular brand of honey rum is special to us.

For the rum favours I bought a set of miniature bottles from eBay and some personalized stickers. On our last trip to Gran Canaria we brought back some of our beloved rum and using a funnel I filled each bottle and sealed them up.

We were also having sparklers in the evening so I bought a multipack of matches and used some of the leftover stickers to really make them special.


Amazon link to the bottles I bought:
130 x Small Glass Bottles with Corks, Perfect for Wedding Favours

And if you’d like our honey rum:
Ron Arehucas Miel, Rum-based liqueur with honey from the Canary Islands, 3 economy Pack 3 x 700 ml

Just a reminder that I also have a wedding planning online if you are planning a wedding and need some practical advice.

My spice collection

One of the best things I’ve doing over many years is building up my spice collection. Every recipe I’ve tried has generally meant I needed a particular type of spice. I don’t like spending too much money so I tend to buy different brands and get the most volume for my money. I also like to pick up different spices and herbs when i’m on holiday if I’ve had a recent local meal and want to try and recreate it at home so I ultimately end up with a whole load of ugly; mismatched containers.

As a result I bought a load of glass jars (see link below) and some labels that I think are usually used for making jam. Every time I now buy a new spice I create a new jar.

I also have larger jars with my homemade gravy mix (which I’ll include a recipe for soon) so using the same labels on them keeps my whole collection looking a bit organised.

A tip though if you do this is to make a note of the expiry date of the spices in a little book or an a spreadsheet online. The alternative option and a general rule of thumb is to completely replace and refresh your spices every couple of years if you are worried. This isn’t just for health reasons but really old spices just don’t taste the same.

Spice collection Homemade gravy mixture

If you want some of the types of jars I bought see below:
Nutley’s 8oz Hexagonal Jam Jar with Screw-Top Lid – Gold (Pack of 6)

Healthy lunch boxes

Healthy lunch boxes prepared

After quite a lot of rich food I’ve been trying to eat a bit healthier at work so have been making an effort to put together some simple lunch boxes.

These boxes are from Amazon and are perfect because they gave just the right amount of little compartments.

Yingwei VWH 5 Compartment Bento Style Lunch Box Picnic Food Fruit Container Storage Box For Kids Adult (Pink)

Today whilst I was making dinner I browned off some chicken breasts in the oven and cut them into small chunks. In the other compartments I made a little salad with red onions and tomatoes. I have some tiny bottles of olive oil so I keep that on my desk to make a little side dressing.

For dessert I added some watermelon chunks and some strawberries.

Wimpy Nottingham

This is going to be a bit of a strange review and probably 25 years too late but I wanted to make you aware if you weren’t already that there is still the most perfectly retro Wimpy restaurant available for you to go and try in the UK.

On a random day out in Nottingham we were exploring this lovely little city and after finding a videogame bar and even a videogame museum (go to the Toast Bar inside if you ever head that way too!) we fell across a Wimpy.

The decor; the tables including having your burger on a plate are incredibly retro but most importantly the burgers are still as perfect as they were in the 1980s. The buns are floury and the meat is cooked well.

We now go back whenever we can and hope it gets to stay around as long as it can.

Please go and enjoy it or let me know if there’s another one we need to go and visit.

Wimpy Wimpy burgers Nottingham

Dr Botanicals

May’s beauty finds

I don’t normally cover a lot of Health and Beauty items but in the interests of sharing a balanced set of lifestyle hints and tips and the fact I’ve discovered not only the best beauty finds in May but I they are of the year!

Firstly I’d highly recommend the Dr Botanicals pomegranate sleeping mask. I think I got this in a monthly beauty box but you seem to be able to get it on Amazon with a Dr Botanicals gift set (link below). If you put this on before you go to bed you wake up with lovely soft and clear skin. I used to walk up with slight lines from the pillow and that’s gone away on 2019, excellent! When this runs out I’m going to buying the larger version. I’ve also recommended to my sister and she fed back exactly the same results.

The next items is Caudalie face spray. I found this by watching some beauty vloggers on You Tube and they were using it as a makeup setting spray like Mac fix pro. I do this but also if you just need a little pick me in the day to really refresh your skin it makes such an incredible difference. It also smells amazing!

Happy trying…

Caudalie Beauty Elixir – 30ml



Dr Botanicals – Vegan Skincare – Coco Noir Sensuous Night Repairing Moisturiser 50ml, with Pomegranate Sleeping Mask

P.S. I’ll try and do the same in June as I’ve lot of good beauty items already purchased … eek.


Quick and easy Lamb Biriani

Hello fresh inspired lamb Biriani


Another Hello Fresh recipe review for today. Lamb Biriani. It absolutely was not all what I expected and will definitely take the recipe and probably add some more chunky bits of lamb and probably move the whole dish to my slow cooker. It was really refreshing to get inspiration though for a meal I’d not really ever had before.

The recipe details are above but in essence you brown off the meat; add the sauce and then the rice and jet all the flavors mix together. Remember to put a lid on as the rice dies continue cooking in the residual steam.

I loved the addition of sweet raisins as I love any meat and sweet dish and I’d highly recommend serving with soured cream.

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Easiest fried Chicken burgers

Tonight’s dinner is a cheats one.

I had a sudden craving for fried chicken but didn’t really want the grease from a takeaway. Aldi in the UK has some really good prepared meats and they have at the moment sone southern fried chicken pieces. You simply pop them in the oven and you are good to go.

I added a toasted bun; mayonnaise, iceberg lettuce and a little splash of chili sauce. That definitely hit the craving spot!

Chicken burger recipe