Monthly Archives: December 2012

Help your New Year’s Eve go with a bang!

Party ideas for New Year's Eve

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Help your New Year’s Eve go with a bang!

Ok, so I may not actually be following my party planning tips – yet!

With three small children and no babysitters, we usually struggle to stay awake to toast in the New Year in our pjs with a glass of lukewarm Prosecco and a few peanuts. However, in a few years’ time I will make up for it with a few fabulous parties! Excuse me if I start to sound like Pippa Middleton, but here are my plans for future New Year’s Eve gatherings, and how I celebrated pre-children.

I always think it is more
appropriate to offer a buffet
rather than a sit-down meal.

Then everyone can circulate and chat easily without having to converse with those sitting next to them. It also means that I can invite more people without worrying about chairs. I set the scene with sparkly silver decorations and lots of candles. I am old-fashioned too and absolutely LOVE party games. Charades and Pictionary or Cranium always evoke plenty of laughs, especially after a glass of champagne!

Lots and lots of delectable nibbles and delicious things to drink. I like to provide a mixture of shop-bought snacks and homemade. This enables me to enjoy the preparation without getting too stressed out. Mulled wine is a wonderful start to the evening but I also provide something non-alcoholic for the drivers and non-drinkers.

One really easy (old Dairy Diary!) drink I have made on numerous occasions is a jug of cranberry juice heated in the microwave with brown sugar, orange peel and freshly squeezed orange juice. Strained into glass mugs and served with a slice of orange. Delicious!

And for the food? A range of cheeses and crackers and grapes is easy and always popular. I offer bowls of crisps and homemade dips, as well as some succulent stuffed olives. I cook a few good quality pizzas and garlic breads and slice thinly.

And for your homemade goodies? They vary from year to year, but here are just a few of the best from Dairy Diary past and present.

Dairy Diary Festive Recipes for party food and drinks

If you’re entertaining on New Year’s Eve you will want to make the preparation as easy and hassle free as possible.

We have put together a super collection of our favourite Dairy Diary and Dairy Cookbooks festive and party recipes so that you can plan ahead to ensure that you enjoy the party too! They include…

Dairy Diary Favourite Festive Recipes has been formatted for mobile devices and PCs, so you can easily read the ingredients when shopping and follow the recipes in the kitchen or print from your computer. Take a look now http://www.dairydiary.co.uk/festive-recipes

 

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind…….. Happy New Year all!

 

 

 

Christmas Eve

Treats for Christmas Eve

Well, the man himself arrives tonight! Have you been good?

I am hoping that my other half has realised that I DO actually want two rolls of posh wallpaper for the bedroom and that buying for the house, makes for a happy me. We will see…..

Christmas Eve is usually quite quiet in our house, with last minute wrapping and preparations for the big day. I wonder if we should do something more festive in future? Maybe start an open house tradition and invite everyone we know to pop in for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.

In other European countries in is traditional to open gifts on the night of Christmas Eve (we won’t tell our children that!) In most parts of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, children are commonly told that presents were brought either by the Christkind (Christchild), or the Weihnachtsmann (Santa Claus). Both leave the gifts, but are in most families not seen doing so.

My little boy is so concerned that Santa Claus delivers to him that he has erected two signs at Grandma’s house, one at the back in case he comes straight from the North Pole and one at the front in case he goes to our house first! Ba Humbug Mum has refused to buy a sign for home.

I have been browsing through all
the Dairy Diary recipes for
Christmas Eve-appropriate goodies.

This is my shortlist. Perfect for guests or just to snuggle in front of the fire with.

Have fun everyone and Merry Christmas!

Great ideas for party food and drinks

Dairy Diary Favourite Festive Recipes collection

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Great ideas for party food and drinks

If you’re entertaining over the festive break you will want to make the preparation as easy and hassle free as possible.

We have put together a super collection of our favourite Dairy Diary and Dairy Cookbooks festive recipes so that you can plan ahead to ensure that you enjoy the party too!

  • Starters
  • Mains
  • Puddings and bakes
  • Party food and drinks

The Dairy Diary Festive Recipes collection is available FREE at
http://www.dairydiary.co.uk/festive-recipes

Dairy Diary Favourite Festive Recipes collectionFestive Recipes has been formatted for mobile devices and PCs, so you can easily read the ingredients when shopping and follow the recipes in the kitchen or print from your computer.

Take a look now http://www.dairydiary.co.uk/festive-recipes

 

 

Competition | Last chance to win a Debenhams Giftcard

Win a Debenhams Giftcard

Last chance to win a £25 Debenhams Giftcard and treat yourself in the January sales!

The winner will be chosen on Friday 21 December and to ensure that you can use the giftcard in the January sales we will despatch it the same day via Royal Mail Special Delivery.

The Debenhams Giftcard will be delivered on Saturday 22 December or Monday 24 December; we will advise the winner.

Enter now

 

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Festival of Winter Walks

Festival of Walks

 

Festival of Winter Walks

I am sitting looking out of the office window at the amber sun illuminating a crisp and frosty landscape and I am itching to be outdoors. It may be cold, but when wrapped up warm (armed with a flask and homemade cake), this is my favourite sort of weather to walk in.

The Ramblers Association honour it with a Festival of Winter Walks, which runs from Saturday until the 6th January. Hundreds of walks take place around the country during the festival. All are free, fun and open to anyone and everyone from toddlers to grandparents. Chosen and led by Ramblers volunteers, the walks will showcase Britain at its wintry best.

Many of the walks are short and
family-friendly, although there are
always plenty for the seasoned hiker too.

The festival typically includes:

• Walks across England, Scotland and Wales

• Hundreds of walks under five miles

• Festive-themed walks

• Walks for people in their 20s and 30s to get out walking.

Don your walking boots and search for a walk near you here.

 

Deep Dark Brownies recipeBut don’t forget to take a little
something to share …
Deep Dark Brownies.

You can tell your fellow ramblers
the recipe is from the fabulous
Take a Box of Eggs cookbook!

 

Competition | Win a Debenhams Giftcard

Win a Debenhams Giftcard competition

 

Competition | Win a Debenhams Giftcard

Treat yourself in the January sales

The winner will be chosen on Friday 21 December and to ensure that you can use it in the January sales we will despatch it the same day via Royal Mail Special Delivery.

The Debenhams Giftcard will be delivered on Saturday 22 December or Monday 24 December; we will advise the winner.

Simply answer the question, “How many copies of the Dairy Diary have been sold since it’s launch in 1982?”

Hint, the answer can be found on the Dairy Diary home page.

Enter here

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

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