I hope everybody has enjoyed the extra days off and maybe managed to get out in between the awful storms. We managed to get into the garden and tidy up the plants. My first daffodils planted in autumn are just starting to bloom.
Hoping that we have a warm spring and can all get out and about.
Thought I would add my pictures of spring and Easter, we have been enjoying far too much chocolate and cakes!
But an unusual Easter present came in the form of a spud!!
Mesa Sunrise’, the best-kept secret in gluten-free cereal, is now available nationally in every British supermarket chain - reflecting the amazing fact that 60% of all households ‘now buy ‘free-from’ foods.
In fact, Britons are now spending a staggering £100m more on these products than they did a year ago, a 26.9% increase.
I admit I used to view gluten free with trepidation. My Granny has free from foods on occasion, she did way before I came to care for her, years ago I tried a few also and as I have said before some can also be well a little free from taste. But years have gone on and companies are really investing in good quality 'free from' products and having reviewed a few, I am now less hesitant.
I was asked to review a Nature's Path breakfast cereal and already having bought other varieties, it was an easy yes.
We loved the appearance, small flakes that are golden and I see why the name sunrise was picked.
I tried first with milk, I like the delicate sweetness, no need to add sugar for me, the taste is hard to describe, they seem familiar, almost like cornflakes, but more flavoursome and they are very crunchy.
I gave Granny a bowl the next morning and she loved them, so much so she commented, these are nice, she preferred the cereal with sugar. I have since bought another pack as we like to have a variety of breakfasts. For people who need to eat gluten free meals, I would recommend, also for people who fancy a different cereal.
Mesa Sunrise’s success isn’t just down to being bought by people who are gluten-intolerant, or who suffer from coeliac disease. Instead, most people now buying it are doing so for healthier lifestyle reasons. In fact, 99% of those who purchase gluten-free products in the UK are non-sufferers (all figures Kantar Worldpanel, 2015 ).
Mesa Sunrise, which is also organic, proves that ‘gluten-free’ doesn’t have to be taste-free. Its delicious and crispy multigrain flakes are made with corn, buckwheat and flaxseed, plus the ‘ancient grains’ of quinoa and amaranth. The latter two are considered superfoods that have provided mankind with essential vitamins, nutrients and fibre for thousands of years.
Mesa Sunrise is available in supermarkets, good independents and health food stores. RRP £3.00/355g.
Nature’s Path is a family-run company based in Vancouver, Canada. Founded in 1985 by Arran and Ratana Stephens, all its products are vegetarian and organic. Arran previously (in 1967) opened Canada’s first-ever organic supermarket. He was inspired by his father Rupert who told him to care for the land and “Always leave the soil better than you found it.”
In North America, Nature’s Path is actively involved in opposing GMO foods and constantly pursues the goal of sustainable development. @NaturesPathUK / naturespath.co.uk If you fancy trying some Nature's Path have offered me 6 boxes to give away. Ends 11th April
If you love dreaming about your 'Ideal Home' then I have a lovely giveaway today.
I have visited the Ideal Home Show for may years as a child with my Mum and Granny when it was at Earls Court. More recently at Olympia where it is now held.
For a freebie lover its a great place to get some goodies, samples abound. But the best of all is going around the show homes for me, I am always amazed that six or so full size houses are inside a show. From country cottage to state of the art homes, they just are the highlight, with that I will hand yo over to Thomas Sanderson who are kindly giving away the tickets.
Excitement is building at Thomas Sanderson as our team of expert designers put the finishing touches to our show-stopping presence at this year’s Ideal Home Show (running from 18th March – 3rd April 2016 in London).
Thomas Sanderson is the main sponsor of A Traditionally British Home, one of the full size houses within the show, which we’ve styled in conjunction with celebrity designer Linda Barker.
Five winners will each win a pair of tickets to this year’s Ideal Home Show, where you can tour every room of the four-bed house to see stunning styling trends, be inspired by the hottest home colour schemes for 2016 and learn more about Thomas Sanderson’s stylish energy-saving solutions and home automation window blind products.
Now have I got a lovely giveaway to warm up January.
New The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve has arrived in Waitrose and online.
The bottle to me looks like I would have seen it in paintings of Scottish history centuries ago, but its brand new and Chris loves it so much he said he does not want to share it.
I am not a whisky drinker, so I had to get his review style.
His all time favourite whisky is a well know single malt with a similar start to the name. This had a lot to live up to.
Yet it did, he said its sublime, smooth and tickled his tonsils like an angel, haha, he sometimes is very amusing and tries to review in my style, but gets carried away with daft expressions.
I think you get the idea. He said "It is seriously good" after I glared at him, this his usual response to something that is better than the norm and trust me if he says that it must be.
The Glenrothes’ Vintage Reserve was first tasted at a Guinness World Record-setting event (the Lord Provost of Glasgow’s Burns’ Night Supper in Jan 2015) but is now finally available nationally in Waitrose and via Ocado, whiskyshop.com and royalmilewhiskies.com.
It’s the latest whisky from the award-winning Single Malt, The Glenrothes - owned by the Queen’s wine and spirit merchants, the 317 year old Berry Bros. and Rudd.
RRP £39.00 (70cl). 40% ABV.
I have one bottle to giveaway to two winners from lovely people from The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve.