House and Home

House and home, craft and organise, make, mend, renovate, renew and clean.

This Cornbread recipe is great for a family dinner and it’s so versatile too. It’s a great way to use up leftovers. Plus it’s a bit unusual because of its American heritage, so it might not be something you’ve had before. I have served it to visitors and it’s been very well received. It looks lovely when it comes to the table all golden in a big pie dish! The Hairy Bikers’ original recipe for Texan Cornbread was my starting point, and it uses beef mince as the filling. It has a lot of chilli and cheese, which I’ve always…

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Sponsored post – we were given Chalkola Chalk Pens to review but all words and opinions are my own. We’ve had some great fun this week with Chalkola pens. My teenage and tween-age children have both enjoyed these fun chalk markers mainly because I’ve let them draw on the windows! Chalkola pens easily wipe off glass and are ideal pens to decorate windows and mirrors or even the fridge. Of course they’re good on chalkboards too and I tested them on the kitchen cupboards with good results. They’re a versatile alternative to a dry erase marker. I’m pleased these pens seem to get…

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Are you wondering what to do with leftover mincemeat? Delicious, fragrant and fruity, it is a favourite part of my Christmas feasting. But now it’s January I’m just not in the mood to make mince pies again. Mincemeat lasts quite a long time so I haven’t rushed to use mine up, but now all the Christmas cheese and turkey is eaten and only the last quarter of the cake remains, it’s come to my attention that the mincemeat is sitting there without a clear plan for it’s future. There are lots of mincemeat cake recipes around and I often make one…

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My favourite type of photography is wall art. This isn’t a true category in photographers’ circles. I am not sure if I can call my work “fine art photography” because I don’t sell or exhibit professionally. I’m not sure what the true definition of “fine art photography” would be. So “wall art” is what I call it in my head, and if it makes it onto the wall then for me this is the highest accolade. For many years I got sidetracked into photographing people in the studio and at weddings, but I felt disquiet doing this. Really, I prefer…

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Christmas pudding is a traditional food and sometimes it’s nice to use a traditional recipe. I come from a very large family and for decades we used my Grandma’s hundred-year-old Christmas pudding recipe. However, eating it was tough going for some of us. It felt rich, thick, heavy and the children didn’t like it. Does this sound familiar to you? Do you sometimes cop out and eat ice cream instead? Many years ago a lady gave my Mum a slightly different recipe for Christmas pudding. She didn’t even know my Mum very well, but was so passionate about this recipe that she was keen…

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