Monthly Archives: October 2021

5 Easy and Delicious Pumpkin Recipes

 

Sometimes called the Jack-o’-Lantern, the carved-out pumpkin has a long history with Halloween and is considered an American import

However, the tradition of carving faces into vegetables, often turnips, has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, a celebration that marked the end of summer and the beginning of the new year on November 1.


Picking your pumpkin!

Pumpkin picking has become increasingly popular over the past few years with many PYO farms now offering a pumpkin patch.

This can be a fun family day out with many places offering additional activities such as children’s crafts, maize mazes, seasonal trails and delicious autumnal food and drink.


Carving ideas and tips

Once you have picked your perfect pumpkin consider how to carve it!

  • Try using an ice cream scoop to remove the pulp and some of the inner wall.
  • Draw your design on paper or use a pre-drawn stencil. Tape to the front of your pumpkin and use a fork or pencil to poke holes along the lines and use as a guide when you carve.
  • Use a rubber mallet or a hammer covered with a cloth and a cookie cutter to stamp out shapes such as stars, hearts or circles.
  • Drill lots of small holes all over the pumpkin.
  • Cut out windows and a door and create a Sweetie Shop; fill with sweets for trick or treaters.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on the inside of the lid for a pumpkin pie aroma.
  • No-carve pumpkins – painted pumpkins can look fantastic and are great for younger children.

What to do with the left-over pumpkin

1000’s tonnes of pumpkin gets thrown away each year but Dairy Diary has lots of ideas of what to do with the scooped out pumpkin flesh and don’t forget the seeds; they can be cooked and enjoyed too!

5-Easy-and-Delicious-Pumpkin-Recipes

Follow the links to our five favourite pumpkin recipes!

Streusel Muffins

Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin, Chorizo & Sage Frittata

Butternut Squash Velouté

Pumpkin & Ginger Risotto


And don’t forget the wildlife

When you have finished with your carved pumpkin it can be filled with seed and hung up as a bird feeder or chopped up into chunks as a treat for local wildlife.

Really Cute Conker Crafts

Whilst the children (and my husband!) adore collecting conkers, we end up with an annual stash that no one knows what to do with.

This year, we going to get creative and make conker creatures.

Materials
Conkers
Glue gun
Small twigs
White and black fine marker pens (Marabu Creative Colours)
Pink paper

Conker Bear
Drawn on eyes and feet
Glued on ears

Sleepy Conker Mouse
Curled up mouse asleep
Drawn on eyes
Glued on pink paper tail and ear

Conker Hedgehog
Upside down hedgehog
Drawn on spines and eyes

Conker Spider (great for Halloween decorations)
Twig legs with drawn-on eyes

Conker Bat
Paper wings and ears with drawn-on eyes.

Take a look at the new beautiful Notecards

Last year’s sold out!

We were so overwhelmed with joy at how quickly you snapped up the Notecard Set last year that we had to bring it back!

We are proud to present the beautiful new Notecard Set which contains:

  • 20 stunning notecards
  • four uplifting nature-inspired designs
  • envelopes and pretty co-ordinated stickers to seal your notes
  • pretty presentation box,  featuring the Dairy Diary 2022 cover image, with magnetic closure and ribbon

Your recipient will be delighted to open their card if you choose to buy them for yourself.

And maybe treat a friend to a whole set – it makes a lovely gift.

Discover what else is new for 2022 and browse through our amazing deals page!

Emily Davenport

I post regular blogs featuring food, family and fun. Ideas for days out, crafty makes, health and home, plus giveaways and, of course, delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible

Cooking for Vegan Guests

Two delicious vegan recipes

A couple of years ago, when we were exhibiting at the London Stationery Show, we met a colleague at an Islington vegan restaurant, I think it was called The Gate.

I love veggie food, but my former boss Nick – an avid fish and cheese-lover – was especially sceptical about the flavour of what he was going to eat. Apart from the dessert, which was quite strange, his scepticism was misplaced, and the main course, Miso Aubergine, was AMAZING.

Memorable meals out often inspire recipe writing
and that’s the story behind the recipe below.

I could never become vegan – I love cheese and milk chocolate too much – as well as working on Dairy Diary of course! But vegan meals can be delicious as part of a varied diet.

We often get requests for vegan alternatives from people who are cooking for vegan guests and have no idea where to start. Try the Miso Aubergine below, or the Vegan Sausage Roll recipe; vegan visitors (or you) won’t be disappointed.

Both recipes are featured in the 2022 Dairy Diary and the Dairy Diary Set – available to buy now!

Miso & Sesame Aubergine

Vegan Sausage Rolls

Emily Davenport

I post regular blogs featuring food, family and fun. Ideas for days out, crafty makes, health and home, plus giveaways and, of course, delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

Mental Health Monday

Autumn Wellness Routine

Each year, Sunday 10 October is recognised as World Mental Health Day, and it has given us the inspiration to share a few of our suggestions for winding down, taking a step back from busy life and improving our mental health.

Call a loved one to chat

Talking to someone about your feelings or even just having a conversation regarding the weather can have excellent benefits to your mental health. It can change your perspective on things you might be worried about, or simply make you feel valued and confident.

Light your favourite candle, put on some music or read a book

Take time to just sit and relax – you know the best way to do this. It could be the above or it could be going for a bike ride. One of our favourites is imagining we’re somewhere else (we’ve had a lot of practice at this over the past year or so). Get comfortable, close your eyes and picture your happy place, imagine the smells and the sounds that you can remember and focus on each detail as you unwind.

Cook your favourite meal

We all have recipes that take us back to a simpler time, perhaps a childhood memory? Gather the ingredients and take a few moments to prepare all the ingredients mindfully. Clean up as you cook so there isn’t an overwhelming mess to tidy afterwards. Take a look at the recipe section for inspiration.

Last, but certainly not least – spend some time with your Dairy Diary.

It is proven that those who write their plans in a diary boost their memory, mindfulness and communication skills. Read through the fantastic features and browse the delicious recipes too.

Read more about maintaining good mental health, and order free resources from Mentalhealth.org

Emily Davenport

I post regular blogs featuring food, family and fun. Ideas for days out, crafty makes, health and home, plus giveaways and, of course, delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

The Most Sought-After Wall Planner in GB!

No kitchen is complete without one

I’ve no idea how many we have distributed – millions and millions – but the product that I see EVERWHERE is the Dairy Diary Wall Planner.

My wall planner is the perfect size for listing school/work activities. Quick notes referencing who has packed lunch/PE/dentist etc that I can read at a glance when barely awake first thing in the morning.

This iconic planner has been delivered by milkmen and women since the 1980s and has been a valuable tool in planning millions of families’ lives ever since.

This year’s wall planner features two gorgeous recipe images, including the Strawberry Waffles recipe below, and has 6-months to view on each side.

Two of these must-have planners can be yours for just £2.00 plus P&P!

Buy

Strawberry Waffles

They taste as good as they look!

This stunning recipe is available in the new cookbook, More Taste & Less Waste.

Emily Davenport
I post regular blogs featuring food, family and fun. Ideas for days out, crafty makes, health and home, plus giveaways and, of course, delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

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