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Too much to think about? Here’s something that may help…

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Autumn heralds cooler crisp days and falling leaves and also the busiest time for Dairy Diary

While the daylight hours become shorter our days actually become longer as there are never enough hours to fit everything in!

I recently read about busy corporate executives wearing the same outfit every day so that they have less to think about and it gave me an idea. No, I won’t wear the same outfit every day (I’m not a corporate executive!) but I could create a weekly meal plan so that I have less to think about.

Having sat down with my Dairy Diary Recipe File to write our list of favourite meals I soon discover that the weekly meal plan needs to become a three-weekly meal plan as we have far too many favourites to fit into one week!

From this though, I now have three shopping lists that I can speedily scan and add to my online shopping basket each week.

And I no longer have to think ‘what’s for dinner’? As it’s all written down.

It may seem a little repetitive, but for those times in life when you have just too much to think about it’s actually a really useful solution.

 


 

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Recipe of the Week: Bobbing Apples Cake

Bobbing apples

Who remembers bobbing apples from childhood?

This was always one of the games at my birthday parties until one of my friend’s got too worried that it would ‘ruin her hairdo’ – we were 11!!

This clever, seasonal and scrumptious cake pays homage to this classic game.

 

Bobbing Apples Cake

Bobbing Apples Cake

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Inspirational weekly recipesTo find plenty more amazing recipes and plan your 2020 visit here to buy the next Dairy Diary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

What is bobbing for apples?

Bobbing for apples has been an autumn tradition for hundreds of years. Despite its presence at Halloween parties and festivals today, however, its origins are more rooted in love and romance than tricks and treats.

In fact, it began as a British courting ritual, popular among young ladies and their potential beaus.

Read more from history.com

 

Learn something new!

Try something new

Be inspired to discover new pastimes

 

More than just a diary; the Dairy Diary features a fabulous and triple-tested recipe every single week.

AND a myriad of information and feature pages – 50 pages to be precise – to inform and interest its readers.

Here, I share a really interesting feature from the 2020 edition. I hope you feel inspired.

 


 

Learn something new

Do you have a secret ambition to speak Greek, make jewellery, throw a pot, grow tomatoes, knit a Dr Who scarf, build a drystone wall, take fabulous photographs, dig up the past? Or perhaps your inner adventurer yearns to learn the salsa in Cuba. Whatever it is, now’s the time to do it.

If you accept the challenge of learning something new, you’ll quickly discover the benefits that giving the brain a workout can bring.

It’s no exaggeration to say that it can be life-changing, although absorbing and enjoyable are probably more to the point. It’s great to feel you’re spending your leisure time doing something worthwhile and, who knows, you may discover a talent you didn’t know you had.

Once embarked on your quest for knowledge, you often get to meet like-minded people, and making new friends is always a joy. Any incipient boredom is staved off and with an active mind you tend to adapt more quickly to life’s inevitable changes. And, by no means least, the sense of satisfaction you feel when making progress is second to none, a real confidence booster.

Whether your reasons for taking the plunge (literally, if learning to swim is high on your list) are any or all of the above or to increase job prospects, for personal development or just to be happier, there’s no time like the present.

 

Have a go

What to learn and to what level may decide themselves, or not, but they still need considering carefully. Learn a language? Great! But which one? Where do you go on holiday most often? That may be the one. Do you feel an affinity to a specific language and think you’ll find it easier to pick up than some others? That may be the one. Take your time to decide.

Be inspired but realistic when deciding what level of commitment you are prepared, or able, to give. Dropping out is not a good feeling (despite any initial relief). Why not try a day or weekend course before committing to anything longer term? Fun and friendly, it may well lead on to bigger things if you want it to. In any case, knowledge is never wasted.

You could even combine dipping your toe in the learning water with a holiday – a relaxed state of mind, no day-to-day distractions, nothing else pressing to do. Sound good? Take a look at ‘learning something new’ on responsibletravel.com for ideas and possibilities galore. Whatever you want to do, it’s all there for the discovering.

 

 

Where to look

The internet is awash with online courses and video instruction, although that cuts out the social aspect of lifelong learning. Check for local opportunities but for more specialist activities, you may have to go farther afield. For courses in every craft imaginable, from wood turning to soap making, around the country, check craftcourses.com

The Open University
Flexible in-depth learning with a degree to show for it. Most courses have no formal entry requirements, you have a tutor and student support group.

Open Learn
Nearly 1000 free courses produced by the Open University in eight subject areas, and you can start right away.

U3A (University of the Third Age)
Great for socialising while learning for anyone no longer in full-time employment. Join your local branch for classes and activities arranged by the members for the members.

Museums and galleries (such as the V&A)
‘Spend a weekend, a term or a whole year learning from the experts.’ Subjects reflect the Museum’s collections. Check specialist museums, too. For example, the Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick (derwentart.com) runs drawing classes and workshops.

The National Trust
runs courses in all sorts of subjects from gardening and wood carving to rag rugging and photography. The Hayloft Learning Centre at Knole in Kent offers a whole range of traditional skills, such as stained glass and perfume making. Look for others along the same lines.

Craft material suppliers
Many offer courses, in sewing, for example, jewellery making, cake decorating.

Learn a language
If you want to learn a language, try Duolingo (fun and free).

 

 

 

 

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Recipe of the Week: Chestnut Mushroom Soup with Blue Cheese Toasts

Chestnut Mushroom Soup with Blue Cheese Toasts

There are certain classic food pairings that were just made for one another; particularly in the world of cheese.

 

Cheddar and apple, brie and cranberry, blue cheese and mushroom. In this gorgeous soup, we enjoy the latter.

This recipe is taken from our Quick After-Work cookbook, which is crammed full of equally delicious recipes that can be ready in 30 minutes or less. Click here to find out more.

 

Chestnut Mushroom Soup with Blue Cheese Toasts

 

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3 Super Soups from our Superb Quick After-Work Cookbook

Quick-After-Work-Soups

September is now well underway and autumn is almost upon us.

 

The nights begin to draw in and the mornings are dewy.

Soups are the perfect fodder for this in-between month when we’re not quite casserole-ready but summer is behind us.

These three flavourful and filling soups are perfect for mid-week eating (especially with a chunk of crusty bread!)

Taken from our new cookbook; Quick After-Work, they can all be on the table in half an hour or less.

 

Smoky Tomato & Red Lentil Soup

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Chestnut Mushroom Soup with Blue Cheese Toasts

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Caribbean Prawn & Mango Soup

 


 

Quick After-Work CookbookQuick After-Work Cookbook

Gorgeous midweek meals that are easy to fit into your busy lifestyle.

The Quick After-Work Cookbook features easy, speedy recipes and big satisfying flavours that just hit the spot!

£8.99

 

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