I Love my lightbox

Having seen pictures of light-boxes all over social media, I really liked the idea of them. A little fun way of leaving messages/reminders around the house, or to add words to pictures.

All the light-boxes I seem to be looking at varied in  price between £29.99 and £40 and upwards if you wanted coloured letters etc.



So when I eventually saw a post on Instagram which said they were available from The Range for £14.99, I decided I needed to get one. Our nearest Range is some distance away but this weekend whilst visiting our sons in Birmingham we made a special trip to the Range in Erdington and had a good look around.


Of course we couldn’t find them, but eventually once we’d asked a couple of different assistants, The last one was found underneath the Valentines Day display table.


The light-box is battery operated or mains, although doesn’t actually come with a mains adapter. So we put in 4 AA batteries and on it came. There are plenty of letters to spell lots of phrases, so now some imagination and inspiration is all that is required.


I did notice the image on the packaging was a light box displaying Christmas 2015 and did think it was very apt as this is very much a fad of the moment……..but we all love a good fad!

OCGsundaybest – Four of the most gorgeous pics on IG this week – 14/2

Here are my pics for this week,

All of these ladies have such fab Instagram accounts please visit their accounts to take a look





Congratulations to everyone who tagged their pics with #ocgsundaybest this week.

Time to start potatoes for a summer harvest

Who doesn’t love the taste of new potatoes, warm out of the pan, dripping with melted butter?


Credit: bbcgoodfood.com

There is no doubt that homegrown ones are so much tastier than any shop bought ones and they are so simple to grow and really don’t need that much space.

If you want to guarantee a crop to eat during the summer months, you need to get started now.potato plantcredit: pinterest

I buy my seed potatoes from our local garden centre, I like to buy quality as that will ensure we get a good crop.


I like to buy first earlys, these are potatoes that can be planted out in March and will be ready to pick by July/Aug

Potato Guide

When you get them home, the first thing you need to do is ‘chit’ the potatoes, what that means is you encourage the potatoes to form sprouting roots. I lay the potatoes on a tray on a sunny windowsill in our utility room.

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They will sit here for the next 4 or 5 weeks until nice healthy shoots appear.

I look forward to getting onto the next stage…………



Gluten Free Baking – Chocolate Eclairs


I couldn’t help myself, they were serving chocolate eclairs for pudding at school this week. Just watching people devour that lovely chocolate coated, cream filled patisserie, my mouth was watering. Of course, to my knowledge, you can’t buy GF eclairs, not round here anyway but you can buy GF profiteroles from Tesco so they can’t be impossible to make! In those famous words….how hard can it be?

I tend to take a ‘normal’ recipe and see if I can substitute in GF flour. Quite often due to the fineness of GF flour it often takes more than the recipe calls for, the key is to work out how much more.

I set about with an online recipe and by a little trial and error modified the recipe until the consistency felt right.

The ingredients are fairly straightforward;

150g GF self raising flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp sugar

150ml water

75g butter

2 eggs

Start by sifting the flour into a bowl and add the baking powder and sugar.

Melt the butter and water in a saucepan on a low heat, then bring to the boil.

As soon as it is boiling, remove from the heat and add the flour mix in one go. Using a wooden spoon beat to form a soft dough.

Allow to cool a little then add the eggs to the mix and beat thoroughly to mix them in, initially it will feel like they don’t want to mix in, but keep going they will eventually form a smooth shiny dough.

Break off balls of dough and form them into eclair shaped pieces, lay them onto a grease-proof covered baking tray.

Bake in a preheated oven 170 deg for 25 mins. remove from the oven, turn over and pierce the underside to release the steam. allow to cool for 10 mins.

Cover in melted chocolate and fill with squirty cream



#OCGsundaybest -Four of the most gorgeous pics on IG this week

This is the first week I’ve ran a little challenge #OCGsundaybest. I’ve asked my Instagram followers to tag a picture they would like to be considered for feature on my IG feed and blog. I’ve had to some fab entries (search #OCGsundaybest on IG to see all the entries)

it was a really difficult choice but here are the 4 that really stand out for me, see if you agree, comments welcome.

The winner this week is @annierudsky

With the 3 runners up




Well done to all 4 for their delightful pictures , check out their beautiful feeds on IG?