Get organised in 2017: 8 great ways to use your diary

Great ways to use your 2017 diary

8 great ways to use your 2017 diary

Dairy Diary 20171 Write all your ‘need-to-know’ information in the Useful Numbers section.
I find it really embarrassing that I can’t remember my car registration plate, but a quick peek in my diary reveals all!



Memorable dates stickers2 Use your dates reminder stickers to note everyone’s birthdays.
You’ll never miss that important date again.




Dairy Diary 20173 Jot non-local contacts’ details in the Family & Friends section of your diary.
Have you ever got to the post office to post a card or parcel only to realise that you don’t have the address details to hand?



Dairy Diary 2017 recipes4 Be more inventive at mealtimes.
We all get stuck in a rut, cooking the same meals week-in-week-out. Vow to cook the Dairy Diary recipe every week and discover a whole host of new favourites.

Dairy Diary 20175 For other meals, jot ideas on the relevant space in your diary.
You can easily see what you’re planning to cook and write your shopping list accordingly.

6 This may seem obvious but write everything down, yes everything!
If it’s on paper it’s out of your head and gives you a better sense of wellbeing.

Diary Diary 2017 notes7 Keep all your jottings in one place.
Instead of scribbled lists on various different pieces of paper, write all your thoughts and ideas on the Notes pages at the back of your diary and you’ll always know where to find them.



notes-pocket8 This one may seem a little strange, but I’ll reveal it anyway!
Over the years I’ve discovered, with much trial and error, which colours suit me best (and the colour you wear can make a huge difference to how well you look), so I have a handy colour chart made from paint swatch cards hidden in the pocket of my diary for quick reference. Et voila, no more bad choices when clothes shopping!


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Recipe of the Week: Christmas Flapjacks

Christmas Flapjacks

Christmas Flapjacks

These moreish treats are really simple to make and taste simply delicious.

And because they’re packed
with oats they’re perfect for
keeping you fuller for longer.

Wrap in foil and take with you on a long walk or wrap in cello with a pretty ribbon and give as a gift.

Click for the recipe.

Christmas Flapjack recipe


Dairy Diary Favourites CookbookThis recipe is from Dairy Diary Favourites, the brilliant new cookbook which celebrates 35 delicious years of Dairy Diary recipes.

Find out more.






Must-Have Christmas Bakes plus Win a Baking Set

Must-have Christmas bakes

Must-Have Christmas Bakes


It might be hectic, but this is my favourite time of year for baking.

I love the fact that you can call on friends you seldom see with a Christmas card and something scrumptious and catch-up on life’s latest events.

Get your pinny on folks and then
go spread some happiness!

Here are my favourite Christmas bakes – they’re all really easy to make but taste just fantastic.


Dainty Iced Gingerbread
Cute mini gingerbread, decorated with icing and tiny silver balls – the perfect gift when visiting friends.

Christmas Flapjacks
With pecan nuts, ginger and cherries, these flapjacks are really special. Pop in a tin, wrap in ribbon and give as a gift.

Mince Pies with Marzipan
A delicious twist on the ubiquitous mince pie, these little morsels topped with marzipan are perfect for the festive season.

Mincemeat Bakewell Squares
A delicious recipe with a crisp pastry base, succulent mincemeat and a fluffy sponge topping.


Dairy Diary Favourites CookbookAll these recipes are taken from our fabulous cookbook, Dairy Diary Favourites, which is packed with recipes that you (and all your friends!) will adore.








Win this really useful baking set


Win a Christmas Baking SetEnter our competition to win these fantastic prizes.

I REALLY wish I was allowed to enter this one. They make great additions to any baker’s stash.

Make baking a breeze with this fabulous Vonshef Baking set, which comprises:

  • Digital Jug Bowl Scale
  • 3-tier cooling rack
  • Fabulous 3-tier cupcake carrier











Competition: Win an amazing Christmas baking set

Win a Christmas Baking Set

Win an amazing Christmas baking set

Dairy Diary is giving you the chance to win everything you need to creative gorgeous Christmas bakes that will wow your friends and family!

Make baking a breeze with this fabulous Vonshef Baking set, which comprises:

  • Digital Jug Bowl Scale
  • 3-tier cooling rack
  • Fabulous 3-tier cupcake carrier




Christmas Mincemeat Cakes

Impress family and friends with these wonderful Christmas Mincemeat Cakes.

One of the inspirational weekly recipes in the 2017 Dairy Diary, Britain’s favourite diary since 1982!

Christmas Mincemeat Cakes







5 simple steps to help you drink more water


5 tips to drink more water

5 simple steps to help you drink more water

Pretty much every morning I remind myself to drink more water and by the end of the day I’ve usually only managed to drink about 4 glasses.

We all know water is good for us. Amongst other things it’s great for your skin, helps ward off headaches caused by dehydration and even helps to counterbalance diuretic drinks such as tea and coffee, which make us need the loo more often.

I decided to be proactive and put a plan in place to make sure I do actually drink the recommended 1.5-2 litres water every day. This plan included drinking really cold filtered water, sometimes flavoured with fruit and setting my phone alarm to remind me to drink.

After following my plan of action
for a week, I can confirm that it
does really work.

I have had no headaches, my skin feels less tight and I do feel much better.


Here’s the plan:

  1. Buy a water filter jug for the fridge (and possibly one for your work fridge), so the water tastes fresh and cold.
  2. Use a tall glass or bottle to drink from to ensure you have access to more water even when you’re busy.
  3. Use the alarm on your mobile phone to remind you to drink and keep a tally chart of how many glasses you’ve had in your Dairy Diary.
  4. Add lemon or lime slices, or even some fresh mint to your water. It tastes delicious!
  5. Follow your tea or coffee with a glass of water.



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Here’s a taster recipe….. perfect for serving with a bowl of hot soup.

Savoury Bacon & Herb Loaf recipe

Savoury Bacon & Herb Loaf

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 60 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 327 per portion
Fat 11g (5.2g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing


  • Streaky bacon 50g (2oz), chopped
  • Onion 1, peeled and finely chopped
  • Celery 2 sticks, chopped
  • Self-raising flour 225g (8oz)
  • Butter 25g (1oz), softened
  • Milk 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Chopped parsley 1 tbsp
  • Dried mixed herbs ½ tsp


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Grease a 450g (1lb) loaf tin or 16cm (6in) cake tin.
  2. Dry fry bacon in a frying pan for 2 minutes, then add onion and celery and cook for 5 minutes until soft.
  3. Sift flour and ½ tsp salt into a bowl and rub in butter.
  4. In a jug mix milk with egg and herbs and season. Add to dry ingredients with bacon mixture and mix together. Spoon into tin and bake for 50-60 minutes until risen and golden. Cool on a rack.







Recipe of the Week | Spanish Tapas Platter

Spanish Tapas Platter

Enjoy a relaxed evening with friends with this simple Spanish-inspired recipe.

Spanish Tapas Platter

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 553 per portion
Fat 33g (13.9g sat) per portion

  • Potatoes 275g (10oz), peeled and thinly sliced
  • Chorizo 75g (3oz), chopped
  • Red onion 1, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Garlic 2 cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • Paprika 1½ tsp
  • Eggs 6, beaten
  • Shelled raw prawns 180g/200g pack
  • Butter 25g (1oz)
  • Serrano ham and/or Salchichon 175g (6oz)
  • Manchego cheese 75g (3oz), cubed
  • Olives 110g (4oz)
  • Chargrilled peppers and/or tomatoes 175g (6oz), drained


  1. Place potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Cook for 5-7 minutes until just tender. Drain.
  2. In a frying pan fry chorizo with onion and 1 clove garlic for 5 minutes. Add potato. Mix 1 tsp paprika with eggs and season then pour onto potato. Cook for 10-15 minutes until just set.
  3. Fry prawns in butter with remaining garlic for 4 minutes or until cooked. Dust with paprika.
  4. Brown omelette under grill then cut into quarters. Place onto a board and serve with prawns and all remaining ingredients.

See the recipe on the Dairy Diary website


Dairy Diary 2017

This recipe is taken from the 2017 Dairy Diary, Britain’s best-loved and must trusted home diary, available to buy now.

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“ Have been buying this for years. I use it to plan our menus and it has lots of useful information. This year is has a section on local folk lore. Good recipes too. Wouldn’t be without it.”
Review by Eva, online.


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