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How To Make Blackberry Gin

I’ve never tasted Gin. Ever. I’m a 42-year-old Gin virgin!
Gin seems to be everywhere at the moment. B&M are even selling a Gin advent calendar. There are loads of different flavours around. I figured rather just having a bottle of plain Gin at our Christmas party, I’d make a flavoured one and seeing as it’s Autumn now and blackberries are in abundance, we’d try making a blackberry Gin.

Blackberry Gin

Ant is very much looking forward to this being ready. We put it all in the jar on October 1st and his birthday is in the middle of November so it’ll be ready in time for him to celebrate!

Blackberry gin


  • 300g Blackberries
  • 110g Caster Sugar
  • 70cl Gin

You Will Need:

  • Sterilised Bottles
  • A large jar


  1. Place the blackberries and sugar into a large sterilised jar. You can sterilise the jar by washing in hot soapy water, rinsing well then drying in a pre-heated oven 120C/Gas 1 for 10-15 minutes. If using a Kilner jar, boil the rubber seal as the heat from the oven will damage them.
  2. Pour the Gin into the jar and seal. Give it a good shake.
  3. Shake it every day for about a week to make sure the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Leave it for at least 4 weeks before drinking. It can be left for up to 3 months.
  5. When you’re ready to transfer to a bottle, remember to sterilise it first then strain the mixture through a muslin cloth. You don’t need the berries anymore but they’ll be lovely served over some vanilla ice cream or in a glass of Prosecco


I’m taking part in Blogtober18 with Mandi at Big Family Organised Chaos

Steak And Guinness Banquet Pie #GBBOBlogers2018

This is a bit of a rush post because I had to wait for Ant to make the pie for dinner tonight. He had to make two pies for dinner, a steak and Guinness banquet pie, so I could do this blog post, and a Slimming World friendly chicken and leek pie, because Aiden and I couldn’t have any of the banquet pie!

Banquet Pie

I’m going to add the recipe tomorrow because I’m too tired to concentrate tonight but I’ll share the pictures with you 🙂

Ant was very proud of his pie. He did underestimate how long it was going to take him so we ended up having dinner later than usual, but that was ok because it’s Friday.

It’s the first time he’s made a pie like this and everyone agreed it looked amazing. I didn’t taste the pastry, but I did taste the filling and it was delicious.

steak and Guinness banquet pie for Great British Bake Off Bloggers bake along

steak and Guinness banquet pie for great british bbake off bloggers

steak and Guinness pie for Great British Bake Off bloggers bake along


I’m baking along with Jenny from Mummy Mishaps and Helen from Casa Costello

Casa Costello

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I’m also taking part in Blogtober18 with Mandi at Big Family Organised Chaos

Pumpkin Carving Design Ideas

They always look so easy to do, but when you actually start to carve a pumpkin you realise you were kidding yourself and they’re not easy at all! We’ve tried a few different pumpkin carving designs over the years but inevitably we go back to good old triangles for the eyes and nose and a jagged mouth.

Mind you, we did manage a couple of different designs in 2016, but it wasn’t all plain sailing!

Halloween pumpkin carving

Kaycee Halloween pumpkin carving

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

I really want to try carving a better design in one of our pumpkins this year so I’ve been checking out designs on Pinterest.

I love this cannibalistic pumpkin and what’s more, there’s an excellent tutorial to show us how to do it.

cannibalistic pumpkin carving from
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This tutorial from The Telegraph has links to pumpkin carving design templates.

pumpkin carving from The Telegraph
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3D pumpkin carving You Tube tutorial
Image Source & Tutorial

If you have a pumpkin design you’re proud of, please feel free to share a link in the comments 🙂

I’m taking part in Blogtober18 with Mandi at Big Family Organised Chaos

Why I Love Autumn #Blogtober18

I love Autumn for many reasons but the main one is because it means Christmas isn’t too far away! Below are 5 more reasons why this is my second favourite season. My first is Winter because, you know, Christmas!

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Disney character I identify with #Blogtober

Disney Character

When I first asked myself which Disney character I identified with, my first thought was, I have no idea!

Then my second thought came crashing in…

It has to be Belle from Beauty and the Beast, purely because of her love of books. I can totally identify with her when she sees that library and I’m always totally jealous!
Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite movies. I sing along badly! with all the songs and cry with her when she thinks the Beast is dead.

Disney Belle
Disney Belle

I’m taking part in #Blogtober16. It’s a post every day during October with a different prompt. Tomorrow find out what superpower I’d most like to have.

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This is a collaborative post

Piercings and Tattoos #Blogtober16

piercings and tattoos


Another short one I’m afraid. I don’t have any tattoos. I’ve often thought about getting one but never had the courage. I’m a bit wimpy when it comes to any kind of pain. I really can’t stand something being sore for days on end. Also, knowing me, I’d end up regretting my choice and have to visit Zapp Laser Studio’s tattoo removal services!
It’s just too big a risk for me!


I did go a bit wild with piercings when I was younger. Well, I say wild, what’s wild for me would be tame for others!

I had my ears pierced when I was 13. My dad was against me having them done and wasn’t very happy when my aunt took me to have them done for my birthday. I looked after them really well and loved wearing earrings for years.

When I was 18 I decided to have them done again. I had them done on the lobes next to my first set then later decided to have one at the top of my right ear.
I had a gold and ruby stud in the top.

A few months later I had another at the top of my right ear and my nose pierced. I loved my nose piercing but it wasn’t as easy as my ear piercings. It would fall out all the time, even when I bought ones that bent inside my nose. It fell out without my noticing most of the time and it would start to close up. I had to have it redone a couple of times. Having to go into town to keep having it redone was annoying so I just gave it up as a bad job when I was about 22.

I still have the first holes in my lobes from when I was 13 but all the others have closed up now.

I’m taking part in #Blogtober16. It’s a post every day during October with a different prompt. Tomorrow’s prompt is: favourite concert you have attended.



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