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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!

 

 

 

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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2013 diaries | How to cook the perfect Traditional Turkey Roast

The perfect Traditional Roast Turkey recipe

The perfect Traditional Roast Turkey recipe

How to cook the perfect Traditional Turkey Roast this Christmas

It can seem a daunting task, but with a little planning and organisation the perfect traditional Christmas dinner is easily achievable.

And to make things simple for you we have gathered together our favourite festive recipes and published them online as the Dairy Diary Favourite Festive Recipes.

Included in the collection is the Traditional Turkey Roast recipe which will guide you through the whole process of preparing and cooking:

  • The perfect roast turkey
  • Chestnut stuffing
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Turkey gravy

Dairy Diary Favourite Festive Recipes is formatted for mobile devices as well as your PC. So you can easily read the ingredients list when shopping and use the recipe on your phone or tablet in the kitchen – or you can print the recipe if you prefer.

In addition to the Traditional Roast Turkey you will find an inspirational choice of recipes for the whole festive break including starters, main courses, puddings, party food and drinks.

And it’s FREE, so why not check it out now?

Competition | Win a Bumper Christmas Card Craft Kit worth £50!

Competition | Win a Bumper Christmas Card Craft Kit worth £50!

Win a Bumper Christmas Card Craft Kit worth £50!

It feels very special to receive a hand-made Christmas card. It is such a personal, loving gift.

With this marvellous craft-kit you can make beautiful cards that are unique and that your family and friends will treasure, and you can create them in no time whilst perched on the sofa watching Coronation Street!

With over 250 colour-coordinated items including:

  • Christmas papers
  • Card blanks
  • Double-sided tape
  • Stickers
  • Ribbons
  • Cross stitch kits
  • Buttons
  • Embellishments
  • Bows
  • Gems

Enter now.

Dairy Diary 2013 | Weekend recipes from the 2013 diary

Beef Casserole and Lancashire Scones recipes

The weather has taken a turn for the worst again with much of the UK forecast to experience lower temperatures over the next few days at least.

So we have a couple of suggestions to brighten your weekend.

This warming Beef Casserole recipe is simple and quick to prepare and can then be left to cook for a couple of hours while you get on with other things. Serve with a creamy mash and you have the ultimate comfort food!

Freshly baked Lancashire Cheese Scones are so moorish.  Sunday mornings are perfect for a little home baking and at just 30 minutes these little beauties are well worth the effort. The aroma is irresistible!

Why not share with your friends?

Have a safe and warm weekend.

Win this Hamilton 12 Piece Dinner Set from M&SLast chance this weekend
to win a Hamilton 12 piece
dinner set from M&S.

If you haven’t entered the prize
draw closes on Monday.

Beef Casserole recipe is taken from the Dairy Diary 2013.

Lancashire Cheese Scones recipe is taken from the new Take a Box of Eggs Dairy Cookbook.

2013 diary | Ten things you should know!

Ten things you should know from the Dairy Diary 2013

The sheer volume of things we need to know on a day-to-day basis is staggering. Far too much to be able to recall at a moment’s notice.

Here’s a list of 10 facts that you may need to know in the next few days – see how many questions you can answer.

Do you know…

  1. whether to tilt the head forwards or backwards to stop a nosebleed?
  2. how many years a Tin wedding anniversary celebrates?
  3. when Sagittarians are born?
  4. what is the maximum size for a Royal Mail letter?
  5. how many level teaspoon measures equal one tablespoon?
  6. how many grams (approx.) equal 16 oz (1lb)?
  7. when is the next partial lunar eclipse?
  8. how to remove deodorant stains from clothing?
  9. how many hours ahead of London is Tokyo?
  10. which form of exercise involves no strain, just slow, relaxing movements to tone your body?

How did you do?

You will find the answers to these questions and hundreds of essential facts and figures in the Dairy Diary 2013. There’s so much in it! Take a closer look…

Answers

  1. Forwards; pinch the soft part of the nose for 10 minutes (seek medical advice if the bleeding does not stop).
  2. 10
  3. November 23 – December 21
  4. 240mm x 165mm
  5. Three
  6. 450
  7. 25 April 2013 shortly after 8pm.
  8. Sponge with a hydrogen peroxide solution; apply heavy-duty liquid detergent to the area; wash.
  9. Nine
  10. Pilates

The Dairy Diary is Britain’s best-selling home diary (30+ million sales since 1982) and is available for just £6.99, making it the perfect Christmas gift for family and friends.

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