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!

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

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.

 

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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!

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!

Get your kids to eat everything with this amazing new book from the Author of A Mummy too (Recipe inside)…

Getting kids to eat everything you’d like to is a huge challenge for every parent. One minute they love something, the next – detest something with no reason behind that change of mindset. Introducing Get Your Kids to Eat Anything: The 5-phase programme to change the way your family thinks about food by Emily Leary. 

This book may just be the U-turn for those parents stuck in the limbo of the same five recipes every week on rotation, or those with fussy little eaters that you can’t get head nor tail of their likes and dislikes from week-to-week. It helps you to promote discovery, change the norm and to educate children in new tastes and textures, with work sheets inside to track likes and dislikes from the recipes you try. It even includes some unusual strawberries and cream pasta – which is high on our list to try, along with so many of the recipes. (The recipes are great for the entire family and perfect for me to prep with the impending arrival this summer!)

Plus keep your eyes peeled as we plan to bring you our try at some of Emily’s amazing recipes too!

CURRIED FISH FINGERS (websize), Emily Leary, Get Your Kids To Eat Anything

Curried Fish Fingers with sweet potato chips

This recipe is great when you start to introduce your family to more exciting foods because it looks familiar but has great new flavours to explore. Sweet potato fries are a great colour and naturally sweet, so will win over younger palates with ease.

SERVES 4 | PREP TIME: 30 MINS • COOK TIME: 25 MINS

For the chips

  • 500g (1lb 2oz) sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of pepper

For the fish fingers

  • 240g (8½oz) skinless cod fillets
  • 50g (1¾oz) plain flour
  • 1 medium free-range egg, lightly beaten
  • 50g (1¾oz) dried breadcrumbs
  • pinch of pepper
  • ½ tablespoon garlic granules
  • ½ tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • ½ tablespoon ground coriander
  • oil spray

1. Preheat the oven to 200C (400F), 180C fan, Gas Mark 6.

2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into chips about 1cm (½in) thick. Put them in a bowl and mix in the cornflour with your hands. Add the garlic granules, paprika and olive oil and mix again, then tip onto a nonstick baking tray in a single layer and sprinkle with pepper.

3. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn and bake for a further 10–15 minutes until crispy on the outside and soft in the middle.

4. Meanwhile, slice the cod into 2cm- (¾in-) thick fingers.

5. Set up 3 bowls: the first containing the flour, the second the egg and the third the breadcrumbs. In a small dish, mix the pepper, garlic granules and spices together, then stir half into the flour and half into the breadcrumbs.

6. Dip a fish piece into the flour to lightly cover. Shake off the excess, then dip into the egg to coat, then into the breadcrumbs to cover. Repeat with every piece of fish, placing on an oiled baking tray as you go. Spritz all over with oil spray.

7. Bake for 12–14 minutes until just golden (break one open to check the fish is cooked through). Serve with the chips.

TIPS

  • If your family are keen on spice, try upping the cumin level and adding a little chilli powder for a more pronounced kick.
  • Once you’ve got the hang of the crumbing method, you can flavour the crumbs to your liking. How about a lemon and herb crumb for breaded chicken goujons?

Get Your Kids to Eat Anything: The 5-phase programme to change the way your family thinks about food by Emily Leary, is published by Mitchell Beazley in March 2019, £16.99 – Buy it on Amazon

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!

Top to bottom: (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

The Electric Jukebox that serves up fun for the whole family!

The Electric Jukebox that serves up fun for the whole family!

Stuck for the perfect gift this Christmas? Then check out this @roximusic gadget – perfect for the entire family it’s a music trivia quiz, music streaming device and karaoke machine all-in-one that plugs straight into your tv! It’s simple and easy to use… and you can start playing straight out of the box!


ROXI is the ultimate family entertainment hub. In just two minutes, you can enjoy unlimited music streaming for a year without the hassle of having to subscribe to the likes of Spotify. Unlike traditional music streaming services, it enables friends and family to listen, sing and play together, powering the experience through the TV. Music is constantly updated from every decade and genre in a jampacked catalogue containing 29 million tracks. You can also take inspiration from your favourite music artist as ROXI tastemakers like Robbie Williams have created their own special playlists. 

Extra features: 

  • Music trivia game, ‘Name That Tune’ – hours of fun for the family as you test your knowledge naming music from different decades and genres
  • The remote doubles as a microphone so you can ‘Sing with the Stars’ – with tens of millions of tracks to choose from and on screen lyrics, it serves up hours of endless karaoke fun 
  • ROXI believes music has the ability to help kids with learning difficulties, improve confidence and even aid spatial awareness. That’s why ROXI has installed a music therapy feature to the device, for all your ambient soundscape needs

ROXI – Music System, £99.95 – tryroxi.co.uk / Amazon.co.uk