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Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

Natural Christmas Garlands


Anything that gets me outdoors as November races by, is a very good thing indeed. My husband will probably tell you different, but I haven’t suffered badly with SAD for years, not since I taught drama in blacked out room all day.  This year though, I feel like I am fighting harder than usual to keep happy, despite all my efforts to get ahead. Something creative, that involves a walk to collect the materials, is normally just the thing to pull me through black clouds.

After pondering where our Christmas style comes from earlier this week, and sharing some Scandinavian home ideas, I was quite struck by how much all that came together in these pictures I took of the Christmas garlands we made.


I love the simplicity, these were a real pleasure to collect for and so easy to make. Our house is Victorian, we have high ceilings, nooks and crannies and lots of hallway, so our house drowns out decorations fast, but these are a really quick and thrifty way to decorate.


We collected them on a walk very locally, along the river, behind the back of the leisure centre, past local schools, we didn’t have to wander far to find some great things to include. The whole family helped, and we soon collected a mix of red and black berries, dried out seed pods, tiny pine cones, thistle heads and evergreens. A great mix of colours and shapes.

To attach them simply make a slip knot, as you would to start crochet or knitting, slip something into the knot and tighten, this makes it easy to add on without tangling and the bunches hang neatly.

I used straw coloured raffia in the den which goes well against the black surround and tiles. I kept to quite simple shapes in this room. The red raffia looked good against the white fireplace in the living room and the green of the kitchen units. I used bigger bundles here, you can play around for a different look. In the book I found this craft in, My First Nature Activity Book  – they also suggest using these outdoors, or when camping, which I loved the sound of too. You can also tie little bows in different colour raffia around each bundle, but I like them simple best.


Lots more little crafts to come, but I couldn’t wait to share these as they are so cheap, easy, involve getting outdoors too.

Come back tomorrow for a Nutella Viennese biscuit?

House Fantasy: Scandinavian Christmas


My latest house fantasy is ‘Scandinavian Christmas’, to inject some warmth and hygge this winter. Scandinavian means lots of things to me, from candles, to birch wood, to using nature in the home, to simple geometric shapes, stars, reindeers, to warmth and simplicity. But mainly simplicity. It means having a house – quite unlike mine I should add – that isn’t cluttered, that has a place for everything, no matter how big or small it is. I think we all dream of simplifying life around this time of year, of cutting back to what is really important don’t we?

I can dream…

I loved the soft grey, white and red of the Kilburn and Scott products by Gallery pictured above, but I also I really like the idea of black, white and red in the image below, also Kilburn and Scott by Gallery. It’s a really easy combination to put together and make an impact with.

Scandinavian Home

The intricate geometric patterns on this Bloomingville Candle Holder captured my attention. They would look great on a mantlepiece combined with some pillars candles, lanterns, fir cones.  Or a really great centrepiece for a more minimal Christmas table.

The Ragged Rose Bunting is such a quick and lively way to add a splash of colour to a room, or cheer up a staircase or hallway.

This Fjorde and Co Bench bench is an effective way to create a cosy corner at a table, and perhaps encourage people to sit for longer too, I love the idea of having the back and sides to keep some cushions (and wriggly kids) in place.

I’ve had my eye on this Etol Design Fisherman’s Blanket for some time now, at last I finally have a whole decor scheme to fit it in.

Tomorrow I have a lovely nature garlands, perfect for a Scandinavian Christmas home. Closely cropped – my house is a mess – but a wonderful homage to the colours and aesthetics of Scandinavia don’t you think? More lovely, and slightly less tightly cropped pictures, tomorrow.


At Home: Where does your Christmas style come from?

My house smells of oranges, chocolate and glue gun, a sure fire sign that Christmas isn’t far away. I can’t wait to share the fruits of our Christmas crafting labours, but what I was pondering while making was: where does your Christmas style come from?

When I was a child my family travelled to Scandinavia several times. My parents were definitely heavily influenced by Scandinavian design and I grew up amongst birchwood chairs and tables, with pictures like Carl Larsson’s Breakfast Under the Big Birch Tree on the walls, and piles of books by Swedish children’s authors

Breakfast under the Birch Tree

While we never went to Scandinavia in Winter, we always picked up simple decorations on our travels to bring home for our Christmas tree. We had a tiny reindeer made of straw, simple wooden stars. Our tree was always a fairly modest real tree with simple decorations and white fairy lights. By the mirror in the living room for years we had a little wooden instrument bought in Sweden, you pulled back the wooden balls on strings and they hit into strings and made a lovely sound.

Dad always led the tree decorating when we were at home, a gentle sprinkling of lametta to add sparkle, but tinsel was and still is banned.

So when I think of Christmas, I think of quite a minimalist Scandinavian style – I’ll be sharing some lovely ideas on that this week, do check them out.

I love using nature to decorate our home too. Later this week I have garlands made from nature to share, a really beautiful, cheery and thrifty way to decorate your home, and they are so simple to make.

I also spent quite a few Christmas holidays in Munich as a teenager, I love characterful wooden decorations and the German House style advent calendar I featured a couple of weeks ago.

Overall our tree is always pretty eclectic, it is more about the sentiment behind the objects than the overall look, just like when I was little, things the kids make take pride of place. Each member of the family has different ideas about it’s style of course, and I don’t know about you, but I find things are forever being tinkered with and moved round the tree.


How about you? What inspires your Christmas style?

I had a little look at the inspirations at Wayfair.

Glamour? Kimberley at Swoonworthy has curated a glam Christmas over at Wayfair.


Traditional? I am loving the stag head coat hook in this collection.


Modern? I love the idea of foxes, simple throws and giant paper lantern stars in this collection.


If you missed out last week, I shared my gift guide, lots of lovely Christmas ideas there. There’s also a lovely Cauliflower Cheese Soup, perfect for quick and tasty dinners.

Have a lovely week!



Image Credits – 1 Shutterstock Two little Santa Decorations, 2, Carl Larsson, 3,4,5 via Wayfair.

Roasted Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup

On a cold and rainy October day I went to Eden Hall Spa last month, to review the new Clarins’ treatments and tasted this amazing Roasted Cauliflower Cheese Soup.

It was a day of blissful Clarins’ treatments; of warming body and relaxing minds in the sauna, steam and jacuzzi; of toasted tea cakes and coffee snuggled in the lounge under fluffy throws and cushions. This was followed by a three course feast which started with this warming Cauliflower and Cheddar Cheese Soup. Ian the chef came out to talk to us and generously offered to share the recipe.

It’s like the best cauliflower cheese, but a million times yummier in soup format.

Roasted Cauliflower Cheese Soup


  • 3 Cauliflower heads
  • 3 large baking potatoes
  • 2 litres of vegetable stock
  • ½ litre of Cream
  • Salt & Pepper as required
  • 50g Extra Mature Cheddar (grated)


  1. Roast Cauliflower in the oven at 180˚C for 40 minutes
  2. Boil Potatoes until soft
  3. Add Cauliflower and potatoes into blender, with vegetable stock, & blend until smooth
  4. Pour contents into a saucepan, add cream & cheese. Season with Salt & Pepper and reheat gently.

The A Residence Christmas Gift Guide

This week, having committed to doing all my own gift buying and organising this month (read more about simplifying Christmas in this post) I thought it only fair to share a Christmas gift guide. Shopping at Wayfair is often surprising, I am forever stumbling on new product lines and items I didn’t know they sold.

From those tricky people you will only know what to buy when you see it, to presents for kids, gardeners and foodies, there’s something in this Christmas Gift Guide for all. Plus find the best bargains, by following the links to the relevant Wayfair Daily Sales, some of the items featured came from current sales.

A Residence Blog Gift guide - from I know it when I see it, to foodies, gardeners, kids, friends and families, there is something for everyone at Wayfair.co.uk

I’ll know just the thing when I see it…

With some people it’s a case of browsing until something totally unique or completely them jumps out at you, (that’s why I love flicking through a Christmas gift guide or two with a cup of tea and some peace and quiet).

Moroccan Lantern, Pentagon MirrorMap wall ClockCow HeadFloral Suitcase TidysPsycho Wall ArtBeetle mugretro camera tin

View the full range of gifts for him and gifts for her.

A Residence Blog Gift guide - from I know it when I see it, to foodies, gardeners, kids, friends and families, there is something for everyone at Wayfair.co.uk

Gifts for Kids

Wayfair is especially great for play tents and kitchens, but don’t overlook the little bits and pieces too.

Photo Wash bagChildren’s Swim Bag, Little Prince Stars Mug SetNativity StatuetteChildren’s Cooking SetPintoy KitchenWild West Play Tent

View the full range of gifts for kids.

A Residence Blog Gift guide - from I know it when I see it, to foodies, gardeners, kids, friends and families, there is something for everyone at Wayfair.co.uk

Gifts for foodies

Wayfair has everything from practical sets to stylish modern gadgets and vintage and retro style classics. For family friendly foodie gifts I love the pancake pan and the retro waffle maker. Check out the newly launched Prestige Vintage Kitchenware collection, I love the Blue Striped casserole, there is a competition to win the full set here.

Cook Book StandPasta Factory Gift SetKitchen blow torch setEclectic Liqueur glass setUlster Weavers ApronCheese SlicerMorphy Richards Blender

View all gifts for foodies.

A Residence Blog Gift guide - from I know it when I see it, to foodies, gardeners, kids, friends and families, there is something for everyone at Wayfair.co.uk

Gifts for Gardeners

Wayfair has a huge garden department with everything you need for a stylish garden.

Landhaus Birdfeeder, Sophia Laurhen garden hen sculptureFallen Fruits Deer hookFallen Fruits boot stand, Garden tool apron, Ceramic Planter Set, Pinecone Bird Feeder

View the full range of gifts for gardeners.

Have you spotted anything I missed? Any great present ideas this year? I’m looking forward to making some too, I will be sharing some crafts and recipes.

At Home: A quiet weekend of reflection

Christmas giving

It’s been a quiet weekend of reflection. I heard about Paris as I was about to go to bed on Friday night, both my kids seemed extra clingy and fell asleep on me on the sofa – a pattern that continued throughout the weekend, although we only briefly touched on discussing world events. Immediately I messaged my family who live in Paris, and who we visited this Summer, they were disgusted and angry, but all safe.

Saturday morning passed in a haze of news reading. The things I planned to share this week on the blog seem inconsequential now, small victories over the home to do list. We pottered, I don’t know about you, but I struggled to settle to anything. We watched as social media imploded with people trying to make sense of recent attacks all across the world.

Thanks to all those who let me know my post resonated about embracing Christmas early – it’s good to know I am not the only one trying to slow life down and get to grips with life.  If anything I have realised I am making more time to be able to do more charity things, but that makes me happy. It’s hard to think about Christmas preparation isn’t it, when there seem to be so many people in the world who need support. There are so many ways to give, and if we all do something, it makes a huge difference, here are a couple of ideas:

This morning I ploughed on with organising my Faux Ho Ho for ActionAid,  I am hosting a fake Christmas, ahead of the big day to raise money for millions of children round the world who are homeless. It;s a simple idea, so many of us have pre Christmas gatherings with friends and family, so why not use it as an opportunity to raise some funds for a charity? I am opening my doors to Nottingham bloggers, a lovely bunch who I don’t get to see in real life often enough. We will swap blog tips, make our virtual office real for an afternoon and eat some Christmas goodies. We’ll donate towards ActionAid’s campaigns to change lives across the world. I am looking forward to sharing some snaps on the blog.

I am also excited to share Wayfair’s plans to further support their chosen charity Habitat for Humanity, more news on that coming very soon. Habitat for Humanity Great Britain helps the poorest and most vulnerable people lift themselves out of poverty by partnering with them to build their homes and communities. There’s lots of scope for bloggers to help too. I don’t know about you but I feel now is the time to really come together and help others.

While pottering in a book shop I picked up a fascinating book Happiness by Design, and learnt so much about happiness being not about what we have or do, but what we give our focus to. It’s hard to know what to do when the world seems full of fear, but I need to focus on bringing some happiness to it.

My daughter and I popped into our local craft emporium and stocked up with some things to do and make. I’m looking forward to sharing lots of those ideas on the blog and have a new crafty hobby I can’t wait to share. We also baked some chocolate marzipan heart shaped biscuits, something else the world needs more of now – love. I will share the recipe very soon.

Another surprise this weekend was discovering one of my posts had gone viral. How to make bath bombs, a lovely idea for Christmas gifts, and so easy the stunning ones in the post were made by eight year olds.

Then there was a long walk and the collecting of bits and pieces for some gorgeous decorations. I love bringing nature into my home, it’s not just summer flowers and Autumn leaves, Winter is a great time for shapes and colour. More on that to share soon too.

Have a good week whatever you are up to, and come and check back for some heart warming recipes, crafty ideas and seasonal ideas.

One last thing, as I drove home from my running group earlier, John Lennon’s Imagine came on the radio, I wound down my window and turned up the volume and let the words spill out into the world.

Vegetarian French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup is a great winter warmer, and with cheese topped toast it's a meal in itself. Find out how to make the vegetarian version.

Last week I tested out Vegetarian French Onion Soup, the perfect soup for Bonfire Night, but such a lovely winter warmer that I will keep making it, now I have rediscovered it. French Onion Soup is traditionally made with beef stock, but I have some great ideas for how to get the same deep colour and taste as a vegetarian.

My Dad and I were making Treacle Toffee at the same time, so decided to throw some treacle in, I’m not including that tweak in the recipe here, but by all means try it if that flavour appeals, or use more sugar, onions have a lovely sweetness and this dish works well with both sweet and savoury flavours.

I based this on a BBC Good Food recipe, but made some veggie tweaks.

Vegetarian French Onion Soup

50g butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1kg onions, halved and thinly sliced
1 tsp sugar (we used dark brown sugar but whatever you have is fine)
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 tbsp plain flour
250ml dry white wine
1.3 litre hot vegetable stock
2 tsps of Miso or Marmite.
1 baguette
Vegetarian cheese grated. Traditionally this is served with Gruyere, but it isn’t usually vegetarian, so Cheddar, Mozzerella and Parmesan cheeses that are vegetarian are all good substitutes.

  1. Melt the oil and butter and gently fry the onions for 10 mins with the lid on the pan. Then add the sugar and fry until caramelised. You need to be brave here, the onions need to caramelise a golden brown colour to get the soup the right colour, so keep a close eye and keep stirring, don’t let them burn.
  2. Add the garlic towards the end of the onions cooking
  3. Add the flour and stir
  4. Increase the heat and add the wine
  5. Add the stock and Miso or Marmite.
  6. Simmer for 15-20 minutes
  7. Check the flavourings, at this point you can add more Marmite or Miso if you think it needs it. Season with salt (if it needs it, Marmite is salty) and pepper.
  8. Slice the baguette, toast one side and then turn over, add cheese and toast the other.
  9. Serve the cheese on toast in the dish or by the side, depending what your guest prefer.

These mini casseroles from Prestige would be fabulous to cook this in, do check out the amazing give-away we have this month, you could win the whole Prestige Vintage collection.

I was too busy having fun with fireworks and family, and the kitchen was dark by the time we had made ours, so no photos today, but the gorgeous image of Homemade French Onion Soup is from Shutterstock.

At Home: Why I am embracing Christmas early this year

Embracing Christmas Early

I’m realising the secret to really loving life and living more slowly is organisation. This dawned on me as I was reading Good Housekeeping magazine on a train home from London. Bear with me, I can’t stand that title either, it seems so wrong in this day and age, but, in my defence a good blogging friend was in it and it has some great articles. The more I read, the more I realised, if you want to have a great house, eat amazing food and enjoy some creative time, then you have to be organised.

For years I have resisted that, routine can also feel like such a burden, but I am at long last coming to the conclusion it’s the only way to be in control, and make space for the little things, which are the big things.

When my son was born, seven years ago at the end of November, we organised everything for Christmas before his arrival. Although a newborn sends everything upside down, it was the most wonderful month of enjoying being together at home, slowly letting Christmas traditions unfold and gradually venturing out to enjoy December unravelling with others. I’ve never forgotten that feeling.

Normally I stubbornly refuse to have anything to do with Christmas until December – I have no space in my head for it – but something changed with this year’s Autumn festivities. I threw myself into Halloween with my kids and we had an amazing time, running through the misty local streets dressed up and hunting houses with pumpkins made us all feel so alive.

Bonfire night came and I really felt something change in myself as I watched Mr A launching rockets at the bottom of the garden, the kids shouting out with excitement, my Dad launching cheeky banter at Mr A.  Rather than feeling like a chore and something extra to arrange, as festivities do when you are stressed, it felt like the most important thing in the world. By the time the sparklers came I had tears in my eyes, happy ones. These are the magic moments you never want to forget.

I decided right there that I want to really enjoy December, no tearing around madly trying to tie up work and organise Christmas at the same time.  I don’t want to be heading just for one big day, I want December to be savoured. Even before the holidays, there are so many lovely things to do in December, so many people to catch up with, so many things I could do for others – I always mean to donate to my local food bank for example. If I free up some time next month by organising as much as possible this month, I think December could feel quite different.

Here’s the plan:

Do all my Christmas shopping this month
Get it all wrapped this month
Make all the plans with family this month
Have another clear out, we’re doing really well on this, just a few more corners of the house to go and a trip to the charity shop in time for what we donate to be sold before Christmas.
Write my Christmas cards, meaningful ones, with letters.

Last night my daughter begged to play with the Christmas craft kit Baker Ross sent us to try out. It felt a little strange to be making Christmas decorations in November, but having the time to actually enjoy it with her was wonderful. Suddenly we realised it was past her bedtime and we were surrounded in glitter and paper, we’d been chatting about so many things. I can’t imagine having the headspace for that in an over packed December.

It might seem ambitious, but I have a good feeling about this, I think I am on to something. What do you reckon?

Image – Presents on a white chair, Shutterstock

Style Challenge: Advent Calendar Activity Ideas (Giveaway)

Advent Calendar Hanging Bucket

This year I have fallen completely for Christmas, I am going to be so organised this month and  savour every moment of December this year.  So when Becky, Jen, Amanda and I decided on Advent Calendars for this month’s Style Challenge, instead of rolling my eyes, and muttering it was ‘still November’, I was all over it. I found some gorgeous calendars and lovely advent calendar activity ideas. I also have one to giveaway.

In my 80s childhood advent calendars were simple pictures, however, I can’t resist an advent calendar you can make your own. Although it means a little bit of preparation, it is a fun ritual that my kids love. Normally our advent calendar just has sweets in, but I’ve been toying with the idea of adding some messages, pictures and tasks too.

I love the simple Hanging Bucket Advent Calendar from House Additions at Wayfair UK (pic above). Anything that hangs rather than taking up limited table space is a very good thing. An even thriftier option is the Santa Peg set, like a mini washing line you can peg notes or wrapped sweets to. You can reuse them year after year and they look more appealing than chocolate advent calendars.

I don’t think I can keep on top of a daily activity for my family, especially now they are at school; Christmas is a busy time, so be realistic or it’s no fun. I like the idea of including fun ideas for things we can do at the weekend as a family.

Advent calendar activity ideas

Activities for the weekend

Write a Letter to Father Christmas
Let’s Buy a Christmas Tree
Decorate the tree
Let’s make Christmas biscuits
Let’s Play a board game together

A little bit of bribery can work wonders…

Treasure Hunt time – if you help write your Christmas cards I will give you a clue as to where the treasure is hiding.
It’s present wrapping day! Hot chocolate and treats when it’s done.

I like the idea of tying in with things we are doing anyway…

Good Luck in your Christmas Show today! Let’s have a treat afterwards?
We’re going to the theatre!

I also love the idea of rituals

Let’s have a mince pie, hot drink and watch a Christmas film
Let’s get your favourite Christmas books out
Christmas Craft Time!
Let’s bake something Christmassy

I think some thoughtful ones are important too

Today I need you to be spies and come home with 3 ideas of what your teacher might like for a present
Time to make a card and present for Grandma!
Let’s make and send a Christmas card to someone who doesn’t get much post
Let’s take everything we don’t need to a charity shop

If you need more ideas, Pinterest is full of advent activity printables, here are some I picked out:

Follow Penny Alexander’s board Advent Calendar Ideas on Pinterest.


Do you have an advent calendar tradition in your house?

Why not see what Becky from A Thrifty Home, Jen from Love Chic Living and Amanda from The Ana Mum Diary came up with for this month’s Style Challenge?



Wayfair have a range of advent calendars. I have one German Christmas House Advent Calendar, by Best Season to giveaway, just tell me about your advent calendar traditions in the comments and fill in the rafflecopter to register your entry and claim extra entries. Check out the amazing Prestige Vintage Kitchenware Giveaway too.


a Rafflecopter giveaway
Terms and Conditions There is one prize of a German House Advent Calendar as outlined in the blog post. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding employees and relatives of Wayfair and A Residence. Closing date for entries is 20/11/2015 One entry per person Entrants must log into rafflecopter and comment on the blog. Optional entry methods are to follow on Twitter, Facebook and tweet on Twitter. The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries The winner will be informed within 1 week of the closing date and will need to respond with a postal address within 14 days or a new winner will be chosen The winner’s name will be available on request This is a joint promotion between Wayfair and A Residence. Entry to this confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.  

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My favourite kitchen memory – Prestige Vintage Kitchenware Giveaway

Prestige Vintage - Roast Dinner - Landscape (2)

Last week as my Dad and I cooked up a feast of Bonfire Night French Onion Soup, and Treacle Toffee with my Grandma’s recipe, we became nostalgic and began leafing through the cook book my Mum made me when I left home, which is full of recipes and memories from all culinary corners of my family. Dad has promised to dig out Mum and Grandma’s old cooking ring binders too, there is nothing better than recipes that have stood the test of time. Just like well thumbed family recipes, Prestige Kitchenware has been part of family life since 1938. There is something so evocative and cheerful about the Prestige Vintage collection, which is now available at Wayfair.


Prestige Vintage - Apple Pie - Portrait (2)

Favourite Kitchen Memories

My Grandma ran a colliery canteen so she knew how to knock up a feast, Sunday visits always involved an amazing spread. Dad always tells the story about how he snuck into Grandma’s pantry to steal some glace cherries when she wasn’t looking, but Grandma had filled an old cherry jar with pepper instead, so thinking it was still something sweet he took a mouthful and got more than he bargained for.

My favourite memory has to be baking with her, she could bake without scales, she was so used to judging the ingredients by hand and eye. I loved her vintage pinnies, her pantry full of ingredients, her cake stands and her china tea cups.

My Dad can’t stand the chintz, he loves simple design, but we both agreed the Prestige range is the best of both worlds –  evocative of another era but so functional and cheery too – simple vintage. I am absolutely in love with this range and can’t wait to get cooking with it this month.

We love the stripy mixing bowls, and they are the perfect size, weight and durability for kids to use in cooking, although mine seem to be enjoying eating their cereal out of them at the moment – everyone just loves these bowls – they are so cheery in the morning. My mother in law fell for them too, they are the first thing people notice in the kitchen now.

Prestige Vintage - Home baking - Landscape (1)

I also love the red and blue enamel roasting tins, I went for red and will be making some Sunday roasts in these this Winter. The oven to table ware is gorgeous too, the range has lots of shapes and sizes, perfect for old fashioned winter warming pies and casseroles, and for serving sides of veg.

I’ll also be making some new favourites this Winter, I’ve chosen a red rectangular baker so I can recreate the amazing Moussaka I ate on holiday in Greece this summer. But I also have my eye on a Veggie Shepard’s Pie to cook in it – recipes coming soon! And this is the Winter where I am going to crack casseroles, in a gorgeous red casserole dish, although the stripy ones are stunning too.

Prestige Vintage - Shepherd's Pie - Landscape (1)

I love the little ramekins, and the individual casserole pots, I find they are great for enticing little people to eat up. This brings back happy memories of when mine were really small and I would stick mash on all kinds of leftover stews and casseroles in a ramekin or casserole dish, and they would tuck in. It still works now of course, never to old for tricks like that. Magic!

Prestive Vintage - Creme Brulee - Portrait

The Prestige Vintage Giveaway

I am so excited about this giveaway, it has the power to totally transform someone’s kitchen!

Prestige Vintage - Roast Dinner - Landscape (2)

This is a pretty incredible prize. In your choice of red or blue, a full set of the entire Prestige Vintage Collection. This prize includes:

  • A nine piece Prestige oven to tableware set including various sizes of casseroles, oven dish bakers, pie dishes and ramekins.
  • A full set of Prestige Enamelware including striped casseroles, saucepan, milk pan, roasting pans and mixing bowls.
  • A full set of Prestige Counter Top Ware including the large, medium and small canisters and a set of three canisters for tea, coffee and sugar.
  • A Food Preparation set –  a timer and kitchen scales.

You can see the Prestige Vintage collection in the Prestige Online Shop at Wayfair UK.

To enter

  1. just leave a comment below recounting your favourite kitchen memory, if you need inspiration, I have shared mine above.
  2. Then complete the rafflecopter to register your entry and unlock more entries. a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will be sharing lots more recipes over the month as I try out my new Prestige Vintage kitchenware, so stay tuned for some winter warmers!

Winter Recipes

In the meantime, if you are looking for winter warmers, why not try:

Sausage Casserole   Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust   Stewed Apples   Baklava


Terms and Conditions There is one prize of a full set of Prestige Vintage Kitchenwares as outlined in the blog post. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding employees and relatives of Meyer Group, Wayfair and A Residence. Closing date for entries is 30/11/2015 One entry per person Entrants must log into rafflecopter and comment on the blog. Optional entry methods are to follow on Twitter, Facebook and tweet on Twitter. The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries The winner will be informed within 1 week of the closing date and will need to respond with a postal address within 14 days or a new winner will be chosen The winner’s name will be available on request This is a joint promotion between Meyer Group, Wayfair and A Residence. Entry to this confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

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