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5 Positive Things to Do

Positive Thinking

I’m not sure if positive thinking is a learned behaviour…

or if it’s within our genetic make-up, maybe a bit of both. I’m lucky (I think) to be a natural optimist, but my parents did teach me to notice and focus on the beauty around me – from a stunning rainbow to a simple pattern of raindrops on a window pane, and I think that this appreciation of small things makes me more prone to positivity.

It does us all good to step back once in a while and have a think. An article on positive thinking in this year’s Dairy Diary says this:

‘A step towards positive thinking is to take time to appreciate life in general, and your own life in particular. Remember to stop and smell the roses – that may be a well-worn notion but it works.

‘Some people call it living in the moment, becoming aware of everything around you – sights, smells, sounds, tastes, your feelings, yourself. Focus on things as they are at that moment, accept them without judgement, and you will start to see things you have taken for granted in a new light.’

 

Here are 5 things that we can all do this week to help us feel more positive.

  1. Pay someone a compliment; if you think notice someone wearing a pretty dress, doing a good job or being kind, tell them, even if it’s a stranger. It will make them feel good and you feel good too.

  2. Look for beauty in nature; from the dew on a flower to an early misty morning or even birdsong, there’s always something you can find, notice and appreciate.

  3. Find somewhere quiet and concentrate on your breathing for a few minutes. Breathe in slowly, hold for a count of six, breathe out slowly. Feel the sensation of breathing.

  4. Sometimes we so used to being surrounded by negativity that we hardly notice it. Take a few days break from TV; the news, documentaries or even soaps can make us feel very downcast. Listen to some music that you love instead.

  5. Do a little good turn. Something simple like baking a cake for a friend or a neighbour. Why not try the Dairy Diary recipe below. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it.

Raspberry & Macadamia Cake

  • Servings: 10 slices
  • Time: 90 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 368 per portion
Fat 25g (11g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Macadamia nuts 125g (4½oz)
  • Light brown sugar 50g (2oz)
  • Caster sugar 110g (4oz)
  • Unsalted butter 175g (6oz), softened
  • Eggs 2
  • Almond extract a few drops
  • Self-raising flour 150g (5oz), sifted
  • Raspberries 200g (7oz)
  • Milk 2 tbsp
  • Demerara sugar 1 heaped tbsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Grease and line a 900g (2lb) loaf tin.
  2. Whizz macadamia nuts in a food processor until finely ground.
  3. Beat together brown sugar, caster sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in eggs and almond extract then fold in flour and nuts. When combined, gently fold in raspberries and milk.
  4. Pour cake mixture into prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes (you may need to cover with foil). Remove from oven, scatter with demerara sugar and return to oven for 5 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in tin.

 

A Dairy Diary recipe.

 

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Recipe of the Week: Oatie Melting Moments

Oatie Melting Moments recipe

These scrumptious little morsels remind me of some biscuits I first made in home economics at school.

They are a little bit retro but very very nice.

Oatie Melting Moments

  • Servings: 24 biscuits
  • Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 74 per portion
Fat 4.2g (2.5g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 110g (4oz), softened
  • Caster sugar 75g (3oz)
  • Egg yolk 1
  • Vanilla extract a few drops
  • Self-raising flour 150g (5oz)
  • Rolled oats 25g (1oz)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/170°fan/Gas 5 and grease two baking sheets.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then beat in egg yolk and vanilla.
  3. Stir in flour to give a soft dough, knead until smooth, then divide into 24 portions. Form each portion into a ball, then gently roll in oats.
  4. Place on baking sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

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Top 8 Colourful Gardens to Visit

Top Gardens to Visit

Colourful Gardens to Visit

The nights and mornings are getting lighter at last and it’s getting a little bit warmer. So now’s the time to think about venturing out, and enjoy what the UK has to offer.

This year’s edition of the Dairy Diary has a feature on colour in our gardens and also includes this list of stunning gardens to visit.

Gardens to Visit

The white garden at Sissinghurst, Kent

Hidcote, in Gloucestershire, famed for its twin red borders

The winter gardens at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Great Dixter in East Sussex, for unusual colour schemes

Beth Chatto Gardens, Essex, for garden artistry

The herbaceous border at Arley Hall, Cheshire

Harlow Carr, the RHS garden in Yorkshire, pushing the boundaries of design and planting styles

Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland, described as a ‘theme park for gardeners’

Check opening times and facilities before visiting.

 

I can personally recommend Hidcote, which is just gorgeous, and Dunham Massey, which is at its best at this time of year.

You could forego the expensive afternoon tea on offer and instead take with you a flask and some scrummy melting moments.

 


 

 

Oatie Melting Moments recipe

Oatie Melting Moments

  • Servings: 24 biscuits
  • Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 74 per portion
Fat 4.2g (2.5g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 110g (4oz), softened
  • Caster sugar 75g (3oz)
  • Egg yolk 1
  • Vanilla extract a few drops
  • Self-raising flour 150g (5oz)
  • Rolled oats 25g (1oz)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/170°fan/Gas 5 and grease two baking sheets.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then beat in egg yolk and vanilla.
  3. Stir in flour to give a soft dough, knead until smooth, then divide into 24 portions. Form each portion into a ball, then gently roll in oats.
  4. Place on baking sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

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Recipe of the Week: Savoury Bacon & Herb Loaf

Savoury Bacon & Herb Loaf

This Dairy Diary recipe is a delicious savoury bread perfect to serve with soup on #homemadesoupday.

Savoury Bacon & Herb Loaf

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 70 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 327 per portion
Fat 11g (5g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

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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.

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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

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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

 


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