November 2023

St'Andrews Day Sweet Treat

St. Andrew’s Day Sweet Treat

Every year on the 30th November, Scotland, and Scots around the world, celebrate St. Andrew’s Day.  It is a day dedicated to the honouring of Andrew the Apostle, patron saint of Scotland.  Andrew was a fisherman from Galilee and one of Jesus’ twelve apostles.  St Andrew was never actually in Scotland so, how did he become its patron saint? As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. St. Andrew’s Day – Who is St. Andrew? Back in 60AD,the Romans ordered that Andrew the apostle be crucified in the Greek city of Patras.  Andrew did not consider that he was fit to die in the same way as Jesus.  As such he was crucified on a diagonal cross on the 30th November 60AD.  This X-shaped cross became known as Andrew’s symbol and is now represented by the Saltire on the Scottish flag. Legend There are various stories or legends about how Andrew ended up being Scotland’s patron saint.  One legend says that Andrew built a Church in Fife during his extensive travels.  This town is now called St. Andrews.  However, it is not clear whether Andrew ever did travel to Scotland.   Another legend says that whilst Andrew never went to Scotland his bones did.  It is said that a monk in Patras was told by an angel to hide Andrew’s bones.  Taking them from their resting place in Constantinople the monk was to place them at the ends of the earth.  However, the monk became shipwrecked off the coast of Fife at a place called Cennigmonaid (now St. Andrews).  It is said that the Celtic months who were already settled there erected a chapel to house a sarcophagus possibly containing Andrew’s bones and relics. Another story says that when King Angus in Scotland was preparing for a battle against the English in the 9th Century, St Andrew appeared to him in a dream.  Having promised the King victory in his dream and seeing an X symbol (Andrews symbol) appearing in the sky on the day of the battle the King vowed that if they won, St Andrew would be made the patron saint of Scotland. Scotland did win the battle and it is said that the King, true to his word, proclaimed St. Andrew as Scotland’s patron saint.  The Declaration of Arbroath Scots have been honouring St. Andrew since around 1000 AD.  However, it was not until the signing of The Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 that he officially became Scotland’s patron saint.  The Declaration is a letter written by the barons and the community of the kingdom of Scotland to the Pope.  In it they ask the Pope to recognise Scotland’s independence and acknowledge Robert the Bruce as the country’s lawful king. St. Andrew’s Day Celebrations Whilst Scots have honoured St. Andrew for thousands of years it wasn’t until the 18th Century that a specific day was dedicated to this practice.  And, it might surprise you to learn that the date for this celebration, the 30th November, was established in Charleston, South Carolina and not in Scotland itself. In Scotland itself St. Andrew’s day only became a public holiday in 2007.  On this day Scots celebrate Scottish culture in general.  Celebrations include dancing, music, food and drink but are still less prevalent than Hogmanay and Burns Night celebrations. St. Andrew’s Day Food Any St. Andrew’s Day party must have traditional Scottish food and drink.  Popular choices include Haggis – a type of pudding made with sheep liver, heart and lungs, mixed with beef or mutton suet, oatmeal and seasoning.  The mixture is packed into a sheep’s stomach and boiled.  I have to say that this is not a dish I have ever had. And, to be honest I am feeling somewhat sick just thinking about it as I type!  That said, it is a hugely popular and traditional dish at Scottish celebrations and is typically served with Neeps and Tatties.  Neeps (swede) and Tatties (potatoes) are baked and  smothered in butter – now this dish I could get behind! Another traditional Scottish dish enjoyed during St. Andrew’s Day (and other Scottish celebrations) is Cullen Skink.  This is a soup made from smoked haddock and milk.  Deep Fried Mars Bars Strangely, this is another really popular Scottish treat.  One day I will visit Scotland during St. Andrew’s Day and will be sure to try some of the delicacies listed above. For now, I am giving in to Dani’s demands for deep fried Mars bars! Again, much as I love all things sweet, a deep fried Mars bar is not something I have ever found myself craving.  But, for the purposes of the blog, I am giving it a chance.  That said, a simple fried Mars bar will not cut the mustard (eww mustard!) So, I’m trying this Sundae with air fried candied bacon, salted caramel ice cream and whiskey toffee sauce instead.  I mean, now this sounds D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! Right? Air Frying We gave in to buying an air fryer this summer. It is simply one of the best purchases we have ever made!  We are a family of four so we chose this 9.5l Air Fryer and have been using it constantly.  The oven hardly ever gets used now as it is so quick and easy to use the Air Fryer.  If you haven’t yet invested in one I highly recommend that you do – you will not regret it.  These accessories are also a great investment when buying an Air Fryer.  The baskets help minimise the grease on the Air Fryer itself and the racks allow you to have an extra cooking layer. Whilst Air Frying is generally healthier, a “deep fried Mars bar” requires precisely that…deep frying!  So, for this recipe, I will leave the air frying for

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Christmas Books For Your TBR List

The Top Christmas Books For Your TBR List

Christmas, the season of giving and receiving, making memories, family traditions, and eating tons of delicious food. But also, a time to slow down, watch heartwarming Christmas movies, and read late into the night. Our top Christmas books for your TBR list will have you smiling, laughing, and feeling good throughout the festive season. As a child, Christmas, along with summer, was the only time I was allowed to stay up late reading. I wasn’t allowed to watch TV, but reading was fair game. I have the fondest memories of reading in bed, cosy with a cup of tea. The house was quiet, and I felt as though I was literally in heaven As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. The Christmas Bookshop – Jenny Colgan Carmen, accustomed to her job at a local department store, faces uncertainty when it shuts down. When her sister, Sofia, proposes an opportunity in Edinburgh—a charming bookshop with a spare room in her house—Carmen hesitates, reluctant to accept help. With limited options, she arrives in the snowy city just a month before Christmas. Unbeknownst to Carmen, the shop is struggling, and she must turn things around before the owner is forced to sell. Sofia doubts a miracle can save the store, but this Christmas, Carmen might just surprise everyone. The Christmas Bookclub – Sarah Morgan A Lifelong Friendship…… Each year, Erica, Claudia, and Anna come together for their book club holiday. Bound by years of friendship and a profound love for books, they share a connection that goes beyond words… A delightful Christmas retreat……Meanwhile, in the charming Maple Sugar Inn, Hattie excels at turning her guests’ dreams into reality. However, this Christmas, all she craves is to survive the festive season. Juggling the responsibilities of running the inn and being a single mother, Hattie is on the verge of exhaustion. The beginning of a brand-new story…? Throughout a week filled with events, Hattie discovers that the friends are harbouring untold truths. Yet, nothing prepares her for how intricately her story will weave into theirs. Will this Christmas mark the conclusion of the book club’s narrative, or will it herald the beginning of an entirely new chapter? This Christmas – Emma Heatherington Two strangers. One double-booked cottage. This Christmas promises to be unforgettable… Rose, who used to love Christmas, retreated from the festive season after a life-changing year. She hasn’t returned home for the holidays since. Charlie faces his first Christmas alone, a season that’s supposed to be the most wonderful but feels otherwise this year. Seeking solace and seclusion, Rose escapes to a cottage in rural Donegal to spend the festive season alone. However, when Charlie opens the door to Seaview Cottage, the two strangers discover their holiday rental has been double-booked. Anticipating a solitary Christmas, they find an unexpected twist. Their lives may take a profound turn if they decide to share this holiday season together… One Day In December – Josie Silver Laurie is sceptical about love at first sight, dismissing it as a movie fantasy. However, a chance encounter on a misty bus ride changes everything when she locks eyes with a man she believes is “the one.” Unfortunately, the bus drives away, and Laurie thinks she’s lost him forever. To her surprise, he reappears at a party later in the year as her best friend Sarah’s new love. Despite trying to move on, Laurie wonders if fate has different intentions. Merrily Ever After – Cathy Bramley Merry fulfils her dream of having a family for Christmas by marrying Cole, a father of two. However, as she navigates her growing business, wedding preparations, and her new role as a stepmother, her dream starts to unravel. Emily eagerly awaits the New Year for a fresh start. Prioritizing her family over her own happiness, she discovers a photo in her father Ray’s possessions that could alter everything when he moves into a residential home. With past secrets emerging, will this Christmas be a magical memory for Emily and Merry? That Festive Feeling – Heidi Swan House-sitting in Nightingale Square for Christmas, Holly, newly single and uncertain about her career, plans to use the time to make life decisions.  During her early morning walks, she befriends May, an older lady who is also new to the area, and her dapper Dachshund Monty. A firm friendship quickly blossoms. Then, a chance meeting with the attractive Bear at the local pub adds to the appeal of her stay.  As the community celebrates the season, Holly must navigate distractions and make important decisions about her future. Will she find the festive feeling this Christmas? The Christmas Holiday – Philipa Ashley Krystle, longing for the warm family Christmases she never had, dedicates herself to creating perfect holidays for others. Her booming festive business leads her to rent a secluded house in the Lakes for the ultimate yuletide getaway. However, fate intervenes with a broken-down car, a flooded river, and Max, a man who dislikes Christmas. Undeterred, Krystle is determined to show Max the joys of the holiday season and melt his Grinch-like heart. Can Max, in turn, reveal that life’s magic often lies in unexpected moments? The Wedding Christmas Guest – Susan Mallery Reggie Somerville reluctantly returns home for her parents’ lavish Christmas wedding a year after being dumped by her fiancé. Facing town gossip, she unexpectedly runs into her first love Toby, stirring up old feelings. Meanwhile, Reggie’s sister Dena, single and intentionally pregnant, finds herself distracted by a handsome musician checking into her inn. A snow-kissed moment makes her question her Christmas wishes. As the Christmas wedding approaches, the sisters may discover the most unexpected gift of all – love. Snowed In For Christmas – Sarah Morgan Stuck in a snowstorm with the Miller

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Your Guide To A Memorable Christmas Eve Box

Christmas family traditions play a big part in our family dynamics. A few years ago, in the era of my trusty Cricut machine ownership, I discovered Christmas Eve Boxes. I delved into a whirlwind of research and crafting, determined to fashion the perfect Christmas Eve box for my kids.  Fast forward to today, my kids are all grown up, and my Cricut has found a new home. However, I do have grandkids, which is why I felt compelled to carry on the tradition and create magical boxes for them too. While personalized boxes remain my top choice, there’s no reason you can’t whip up an amazing Christmas Eve Box on a budget. Especially if you have more than one child. What Are Christmas Eve Boxes? Christmas Eve boxes have gained massive popularity in the past few years. They are typically packed with small gifts such as festive treats,  Christmas activities for kids, pyjamas, socks and books. They are meant to be opened on Christmas Eve, and it makes for a wonderful family tradition that can be passed down through the generations. The size of the box depends on how much you want to pack inside. I love customising mine with printables. For example, a nice list certificate from Santa, a heartfelt letter from the big man himself, and even shipping labels straight from the North Pole addressed to your little ones. The possibilities are endless.  Now. let’s dive into all the festive content needed to create a memorable Christmas Eve Box that will be a cherished memory for your children. As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. Items Needed To Create A Wonderful Christmas Eve Box Complement With Our Free North Pole Printables Enjoy And Make Memories We sincerely hope that this blog post has provided valuable guidance in creating a heartwarming Christmas Eve Box for your cherished little ones. Merry Christmas from us to you! Milly & Colleene Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy:

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Stocking Fillers

Stocking Fillers for £10 and under

‘Tis the season to be jolly! And what better way to spread Christmas cheer than with thoughtful stocking fillers? In this blog, we will explore a delightful collection of goodies that won’t break the bank but are sure to bring joy. Read on for our suggestions for stocking fillers for £10 and under. As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. Stocking fillers for Dad Sports/DIY Gifts Food/Drinks Gifts Book gifts Games and Tech Gifts Toiletry Gifts Perfect presents for Mum Candles, Beauty and Toiletry Gifts Books and Inspirational Gifts Misc Gifts Stocking fillers for Teens Tech and Useful Gifts Beauty and Toiletry Gifts Stationary and Books Games Sweet Treats Fun Gifts for Kids Novelty Games Puzzles and LEGO Stationary Games Misc Gifts Gifts for Babies and Toddlers Happy Shopping With a little forward thinking and planning, we can find affordable gifts which the whole family will enjoy. We hope that these suggestions help you plough through your shopping list in a stress-free way! Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy:

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Maple Pecan Cake

Thanksgiving Desserts

Hello and welcome to our final instalment of this year’s Thanksgiving series:  Thanksgiving desserts. As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. As I sit down to share the final instalment of our Thanksgiving series, life’s unpredictability has thrown me a curveball.  This month has brought with it the usual whirlwind of afterschool activities with a dash of unwanted surprises thrown in!  This month, my two boys have faced foot and knee injuries and a bout of tonsillitis, turning our carefully planned schedule into a series of doctor’s appointments and extra TLC.  Add to this my crazy need to make sure the house is deep cleaned and painted just before Christmas as well as work commitments and I have found myself with less time than I wanted in the kitchen. But fear not, as I have managed to salvage a moment of sweetness with this delightful Maple Pecan Cake. Maple Pecan Cake I know that Thanksgiving is synonymous with pie but, since I’m also sharing my granny’s famous apple pie recipe with you, I decided that instead of pecan pie, I would share this delicious maple pecan cake recipe with you instead.  It really went down a storm when I shared it with family, friends and work colleagues so I hope you enjoy it as part of your Thanksgiving celebrations too. I think that together with apple pie your Thanksgiving desserts will be absolutely to die for! I have to admit that as delicious as this cake was, I probably would reserve it for a once-a-year treat as I really do not want to bring about diabetes in my loved ones!  The amount of sugar in this treat is absolutely insane!  It literally has a bowlful (practically a whole packet) of icing sugar for the frosting!  But, hey, it’s Thanksgiving and a time to indulge with loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving Milly and I would like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!  May you have a happy and blessed time with your loved ones. Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy:

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Black Friday Deals

Amazon – Black Friday Deals 2023

There is nothing we love more than a good deal. So, when Black Friday rolls around every November, we jump on the thrilling ride of hunting for great deals. However, there is a downside to all this excitement, the overwhelming crowds. In the past few years, we’ve found solace in the world of online shopping. Personally, as an introvert, avoiding crowds and the neverending long queues has become a priority. For individuals like myself, the prospect of enjoying the comfort of home while snagging fantastic deals online has turned into a therapeutic experience.  So, if you are seeking the joy of Black Friday shopping without the hassle of navigating the crowds, you’re in the right place.  Explore these top Amazon Black Friday deals and indulge in the convenience of shopping from the cosy confines of your living room. Don’t forget to pour yourself a good cup of tea, or a glass of wine. Enjoy! As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. Electronic/Appliances Fitness Deals Hair Care Products For The Kids Transform your child’s Christmas into a magical extravaganza with our enchanting collection of Free North Pole Printables! Immerse them in the spirit of the season with these delightful additions to create an unforgettable holiday experience! Kitchen Deals The Best Deals In Beauty Products Conclusion As the excitement of Black Friday approaches, the overwhelming crowds need not be a deterrent. Embrace the convenience and tranquillity of online shopping from the comfort of your home with Amazon’s top Black Friday Deals. For those seeking a stress-free and enjoyable shopping experience, this is your ticket to a festive season filled with savings and satisfaction. Say goodbye to queues and hello to the joy of hassle-free holiday shopping! In need of more gift guides? Check out our Wine Lovers Gift Guide or Bakers Gift Guide Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy:

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Elf On The Shelf: Is It One Of Your Christmas Traditions?

Christmas is a time of magic and tradition. From choosing and decorating a tree to singing carols and visiting a crib.  Wearing Christmas jumpers and baking cookies for Santa are also long-standing Christmas traditions.  More recently, however, you may have seen and heard about The Elf On The Shelf.  But, what exactly is The Elf on the Shelf and is it one of your Christmas traditions?  If not, should it be? As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. The Elf on the Shelf is a tradition which started only as recently as 2005 with the publication of a children’s book of the same name written by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell.  The book tells the story of a magical scout elf which is sent by Santa to keep an eye on children and provide him with daily reports.  Every day, the elf returns from the North Pole and part of the fun is searching for the elf to see where he will appear next. Pros of the Elf on the Shelf Tradition Cons of the Elf on the Shelf Tradition When deciding whether you want to start this tradition, be sure to carefully consider the following downsides to adopting an elf: Also, if your elf needs a magic top-up after being accidentally touched, sprinkle some glitter dust, cinnamon or sugar to help him “recharge”. Should I Adopt An Elf? Deciding whether to adopt an elf and introducing another Christmas tradition to your home will in essence come down to your values, other traditions and whether this will be a fun activity for your family or one which will cause unnecessary stress. If you do have an elf or will be looking to buy one this year, then we have you covered with 24 fun ideas. Elf’s Arrival When we first adopted our first elf Pluto, our doorbell rang and we found this big present direct from Santa.  Now when Pluto returns (together with our latest elves, Snowball, Icicle and our reindeer Cutie!) their entrances will range depending on how creative we are feeling! If you want to have a grand entrance you can have the elf swing in on a parachute or zip lining from a high spot in the house.  Another way to reintroduce your Elf is to have them arrive with a tiny suitcase or personalized note from Santa. Elf’s Movie Night Set up a mini movie theatre with popcorn and a tiny screen, featuring the Elf’s favourite holiday film. Elf’s Snow Angels Sprinkle flour or powdered sugar on a countertop, and have the Elf make snow angels. Elf’s Artistic Side Set up a small canvas, paint, and brushes for the Elf to create a tiny masterpiece. Elf’s Baking Adventure Have the Elf attempt to bake mini cookies in the dollhouse kitchen.  Make sure that your Elf is adequately dressed with these cute chef accessories.  Elf’s Yoga Class Position the Elf in various yoga poses with miniature yoga mat and props. Elf’s Elfie Set up a tiny photo booth with props and a miniature camera for the Elf to take “selfies.” Elf’s Post Office Have the Elf deliver tiny letters or messages to the kids. Elf’s Fishing Trip Create a fishing scene in a small bowl or sink, with the Elf “catching” mini fish. Elf’s Gift Wrapping Show the Elf wrapping tiny gifts for the kids, complete with a miniature gift-wrapping station.  Add some sweets (candy) to tiny gift-wrapped boxes for an extra little treat. Elf’s Candy Shop Create a candy store scene with the Elf as the shopkeeper, surrounded by mini candy and treats. Elf’s Bookworm Have the Elf reading a tiny book to other toys or stuffed animals. Elf’s Spa Day Set up a spa scene with the Elf relaxing in a small bathrobe bathrobe and towel, surrounded by mini spa products. Elf’s Science Experiment Create a simple science experiment setup with the Elf as the scientist.  Use a science set or place some Skittles around a plate with a note telling your little ones to add some water and watch for the magic. Elf’s Game Night Arrange a game night with the Elf playing board games or cards with other toys. Elf’s Wrapping Mishap Show the Elf caught in a tangle of wrapping paper and ribbon. Elf’s Workout Routine Position the Elf with miniature exercise equipment, like tiny weights or a yoga mat.  You can also have your elf falling after a skating attempt! Elf’s Sleigh Ride Create a sledge or sleigh using small objects, with the Elf ready for a ride.  A fun option is creating this with chocolate treats – this doubles up as a little gift for your little one. Elf’s Sweet Tooth Have the elf perch on a mountain of cans to reach the counter and treat jar and surround him with empty candy wrappers and a guilty look on his face. Toasty Elf Make an elf toast with a note saying “Brrrr it was really cold but now I’m really toasty! Elf’s Snowball Fight Set up a snowball fight scene with cotton balls as snowballs. Elf’s The Floor Is Lava Have your elf hanging off a piece of furniture with a note saying “The floor is lava” Elf on the Shelf Redecorates the Tree Grab a roll of toilet paper and wrap it around your Christmas tree.  Place your elf on the top of the tree holding on to the end of the tissue! Elf Cereal Spelling Have your elf spell his name or a note with cheerios. Elf’s Goodbye Note On Christmas Eve, have the Elf leave a heartfelt goodbye note, thanking the kids for the fun and memories. Top Tip: A great way to name your Elf is to use an online name generator! These ideas should

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Mashed Potato Casserole

Mashed potatoes are no doubt a timeless classic.  They are more than just a side dish; they are the ultimate comfort food. Their creamy, velvety texture and delightful taste make them a cherished favourite for many. Whether it’s part of a simple meal or an elevated side dish to grace a special occasion, mashed potatoes stand as a culinary symbol of comfort and versatility.  Our mashed potato casserole will certainly not be overlooked and your guests will definitely be wanting seconds! As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. Comfort in Every Bite For children, mashed potatoes are often an introduction to solid foods. Their soft, smooth texture makes them easily palatable and digestible for young ones. The familiar taste and simplicity offer a sense of comfort, making mashed potatoes a go-to meal for parents. During illness, when the body craves something light yet nourishing, mashed potatoes become a gentle source of sustenance. Their easy-to-digest nature, combined with the energy from the potatoes, provides comfort and solace during times of sickness. Elevating the Simple Spud Beyond their role as a comfort food, mashed potatoes possess incredible versatility. While they shine as a simple and satisfying dish, they can also be elevated to grace any table for diverse occasions. The journey from simple to sensational begins with the right ingredients and technique. Incorporating butter, cream, or milk, and various seasonings can transform mashed potatoes from a basic side to a rich, flavorful delight. Herbs like rosemary or chives, and the addition of garlic or cheese, can elevate the taste profile, adding layers of complexity to the dish.  Our mashed potato casserole will soon be one of your favourite side dishes. Perfect for Every Occasion Mashed potatoes, when crafted with care, become the perfect accompaniment for any occasion. They complement hearty roasts at a festive dinner, enhance a casual backyard barbecue, or even stand alone as a star dish in a vegetarian or vegan feast. Their adaptability makes them a staple that seamlessly fits into any culinary setting. If you are making our mashed potato casserole as part of your Thanksgiving or Christmas menus, be sure to check out our guide to perfect turkey and search our page for our delicious side dishes and desserts to compliment your dinner menu. Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy:

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Creamed Leeks

Leeks, with their mild onion-like flavor and subtle sweetness, are a versatile and nutritious vegetable that can elevate the taste of any dish. Creamed leeks, in particular, offer a delightful way to enjoy this underrated veggie. Not only do they bring a velvety, rich texture to your plate, but they also pack a nutritional punch that can benefit your overall well-being. As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. Vitamins and Minerals Leeks are a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and folic acid. Vitamin K is essential for bone health and blood clotting, while vitamin A and C contribute to a healthy immune system.  Leeks also contain folic acid which can aid in the prevention of certain birth defects. Antioxidants They are loaded with antioxidants and help combat oxidative stress in the body, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases and supporting overall health. Fibre Leeks are a great source of dietary fibre, which supports digestive health, aids in weight management, and helps prevent constipation. Delicious Not Boring! When cooking vegetables you want to add ingredients that help enhance their flavour.  I mean, who wants a bland, boiled side dish?  Certainly not us!!  That is why we love this rich recipe for delicious creamed leeks.  Not only are they delicious but are jam packed with antioxidants, fibre, vitamins and minerals – what’s not to love? Add them to your Sunday Roasts repertoire or as a side dish for your Thanksgiving or Christmas Turkey together with crispy roasties or our creamy mashed potato casserole. Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy:

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Cauliflower Cheese

Cauliflower cheese is a dish first prepared in the 17th century which has come to become a timeless classic.  It is a simple dish but one which has surprising health benefits.  With its rich velvety cheese sauce it is certainly the ultimate comfort food.   As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. Nutrient Rich Cauliflower is a powerhouse of nutrients.  Packed with vitamins C and K, folate and fibre.  These nutrients support a healthy immune system, bone health and digestion. Low In Calories Cauliflower is low in calories (at least until you add the cheese!) but in any case, cauliflower cheese offers a lower calorie alternative to macaroni and cheese making it a great option for those watching their carb and calorie intake. Rich In Antioxidants The antioxidants contained in cauliflower can help reduce inflammation and may lower the risk of certain chronic diseases. Versatility The combination of cauliflower and cheese makes for a versatile dish that can be easily modified to suit various dietary preferences such as by using a low fat cheese or adding different herbs for a flavourful twist. Whether served as a side dish or a satisfying main clause, this classic recipe is sure to please your taste buds. We love serving this as a side with our Sunday Roast Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy:

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