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Why You Need To Buy Adult Coloring In Books

March 28, 2016

There are many reasons why you need to buy adult coloring in books. Adult Coloring In Books are a fantastic way to relieve stress and calm the racing mind, I find getting my coloring pencils out and choosing one of my coloring books with pictures that are so inspirational and delightful, and color in even […]

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Adult Coloring Books for Guys – The TOP 20!

March 28, 2016

Adult Coloring Books for Guys – is a growing trend with more and more guys/men realizing that they need a creative and stress relieving hobby. Often times men work long stressful hours with additional travel times, have family commitments and need that ‘“little something” to lose themselves in, if only for a short time. I […]

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BEST GIFTS FOR WOMEN IN HOSPITAL

March 18, 2016

I have had 2 huge operations recently, and really know how a hospital stay can effect you. How you can easily slip into a deep sadness, and how BORING it can be.  This is why this post Best Gifts for Women in Hospital is so important to me as I write it from Personal Experience. […]

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The Spirit of Christmas – The Legend of Christmas Cake and where to BUY Christmas Cake

November 1, 2015

Christmas cake is an old English tradition which first appeared as plum porridge. It is claimed that the eating of the porridge on Christmas Eve, became popular because of the benefit was said to “line the stomachs” of the diners following a day of fasting. As time went by, dried fruit, spices and honey were added to the porridge mixture, which eventually lead to the Christmas pudding we know today.
Later it is said at some time in the 16th century, the oatmeal was removed from the original recipe, and butter, wheat flour and eggs were substituted. These new ingredients helped hold the mixture together and in what resulted in a boiled plum cake, which also had the effect of improving the texture and the flavour. These changes had a major influence on the popularity of the “Cake”.

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Christmas Crackers – Oh, What a Cracker – Pull!

December 21, 2010

How many Christmas Crackers will your family pull this year?
We have one each at the dinner table, plus then when friends drop over, we always have one for them to pull with us, plus some Christmas Cookies for them to take home.
But have you ever stopped to think where the idea of the Christmas Cracker with its little gift and silly hat and joke inside came from – well Sherlock here did some digging.
It seems that we owe the invention of the Christmas cracker to one Tom Smith, a baker of wedding cakes from Clerkenwell, London. The events that led to these wonderful creations are quite a story. One day in 1846, while he was enjoying the warmth of his fireplace, the crackle of a log gave him a new idea. He started experimenting to try to reproduce it in his sweets. By1847, he had been able to produce a product that when the two ends were pulled, the log fire crackle was reproduced. He did this by taking two strips of thin card and pasted small strips of saltpetre on them

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Wonderful insight into the history of the christmas cracker

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Under the Mistletoe – Mistletoe Tradition, Mistletoe History

December 18, 2010

We all know what happens under the Mistletoe (Don’t We?)
I’m sure after reading this, the mistletoe for you will never be quite the same again.
The history of Mistletoe sheds light on the role and significance of the evergreen mistletoe in Christmas festivities. It was believed in the ancient times, that the mistletoe tree could propagate from bird droppings. The Anglo-Saxon meaning of the name is dung on a twig
Mistletoe was believed to have magical powers of healing. The tree was sacred to the ancient Celtic Druids. The cutting of the mistletoe from the oak (mistletoes are parasites,) though they can grow on their own, signified the emasculation of the old King by his successor. Having the mistletoe decorated in the Christmas season, originated from the pagan customs. The famous axiom “kissing under the mistletoe” has its origin in the Norse mythology and Celtic rituals.

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The Smell of Christmas – Gingerbread – The History

December 16, 2010

What smells more like Christmas than gingerbread men baking in the oven?

The answer- Not much, turkey and stuffing are hard to beat, but gingerbread enjoys pride of place in some households.

Gingerbread dates back date back to “ancient times”, whatever that means, but it is generally believed that in the in the 11th century, Crusaders returning to Europe from the Middle East brought a new spice, ginger, with them.

The use of spice called “Ginger” now has widespread use for dealing with indigestion, stomach aches and an aid to digestion generally. It is readily available and recommended for travel sickness and features in many popular cuisines, maybe the best known being Asian food and they have probably been using it for even longer.

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A wonderful insight into the history of gingerbread.

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