Tradition review

Tradition revival and review Sitting here a few days after Christmas I’m doing my annual assessment of the good great and groan. Every year during the holidays I learn a little something new. I am a person who enjoys tradition. Repeat the great things we all look forward to. Ditch what didn’t work. Add new…

A Collection of Christmas Cheer – No.2 – Bailey’s Hot Chocolate

I was intending to post this for Christmas Eve, for what could be a more heartwarming, and cosy drink than sitting in front of an open fire, tree lights twinkling and a warm Hot Chocolate (with Bailey’s, mini marshmallows and topped with cream and a shake of chocolate powder, or grated chocolate … and of…

A wish for Peace at Christmas

A poem by Debbie Walker Christmas is traditionally a time of joy and cheer, but today my thoughts are with those who’ve suffered loss during this most difficult and extraordinary year. As our memories begin to crowd and the bells of pain and loss ring loud, I begin to wonder, if the only way through…

Winter’s Magical Eve

A poem by Deano Parsons. Winter’s Magical Eve.Villages lit by twinkling lightsThe chill wind shocks with frosty bitesWindow displays of gifts and treesWhile garden ponds begin to freeze. Festive garlands and mistletoeThe moonlight shines upon the snowPeople gather around log firesIcicles hang from cold church spires. Christmas Eve comes but once per yearA time to…

Italian Inspired Luxury Lemon Cheesecake

When I made my first ever cheesecake recently, I knew I was hooked!  As my family’s favourite flavour is lemon, the choice for my second cheesecake attempt was an easy one.  Feeling inspired by the Bailey’s concept, I decided that I could make this one based on the delightful Lemon liquor ; Crema di Limoncello. …

Facing Christmas following loss

How do we do Christmas after losing someone so precious? How do we prepare for festivities that seem like we’re celebrating and having fun whilst such an important person is no longer here with us? Thoughts and memories crowd in, take over and then literally overwhelm. Every day I miss my mum like crazy and…

Don’t Miss the Fun!

Are you aware that we update our ‘Magazine Front Page’ at the start of each month? There is a link to it, in our main menu on our home page. Well, since we are now well and truly at the start of the festive season, we have decided that this month our front page will…