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The very first Women’s Institute was formed in 1897 in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada as a branch of the Farmer’s Institute it brought women from isolated communities together and offered training in home economics, child care and those aspects of farming that were traditionally done by women, such as poultry keeping and small farm animal […]

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Would you believe it the summer holidays are nearly at an end, where have six weeks gone? These delicious biscuits will make a nice treat in school lunchboxes when the children go back after the holidays and they are perfect for little fingers and thumbs to make. Strawberry Jam Drop Cookies 125g Butter or Margarine 1 tsp Vanilla Extract 190g Self […]

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To celebrate National Jam Week next week, 18-24 June 2012, why not make some delicious Strawberry Jam. Strawberries are one of the first fruits to come into season but they all seem to ripen at once and do not have a very long ‘shelf life’ once picked, so why not turn your crop into a delicious treat […]

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We were at the allotment at the weekend and Jemima, being a lover of all fruits, was going round asking which berries she was allowed to pick.  She set about the redcurrant bush and before I knew it she’d filled a tub full of red currants…and along with the red ones there were green ones and […]

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The blackberries seem plentiful and quite early this year, so I thought it was time to dig out the jam jars and put my own little bit of autumn in a jar.  This recipe is tried and tested and easy to do.  You will get around 3 jars of juicy jam at the end, so […]

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Although it may seem slow Spring is on its way, in our garden the frogs have been croaking, the buds on the early Clematis are nearly ready to open, the snowdrops are up and the Primroses are in flower. Primroses have to be one of my favourite flowers; they bring back happy childhood memories of […]

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A lot of children will be enjoying half term this week whilst many others will have to wait until next week, I love half term as it usually includes Halloween and Bonfire Night, every year I try out new treats and decorations here are this year’s ideas:   Mummified Sausages Ingredients 8 Sausages (long and […]

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This morning there is a faint smell of vinegar in our house, yesterday I made Red Tomato Chutney using the crops that I had grown, Tomatoes (Large fleshy beef variety that contain very little juice or seeds), Onions and Bramley Apples, I made a large batch which produced 13 jars of this wonderful chestnut brown […]

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The Autumn Raspberries are ripening fast in the warm weather and can be picked daily they are delicious with cream or ice cream but freshly picked Raspberries have a limited shelf life of about 3 days in the fridge, if you have a glut make them into delicious jam or freeze them in a single […]

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At Christmas you may have been treated to some delicious exotic fruit to eat such as Avocado, Kiwi, Mango or even Papaya, I think it is fun letting children try new fruits and educational too: Why not find out more about each fruit. Where does it come from? How does it grow? What does the plant/tree […]

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