Jamie Oliver’s Dream School

February 24, 2011

Class of 2nd March 2011…an interesting bunch and I can’t help questioning the selection process for the teachers!

I shall be watching this and taking notes!

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Life Lessons from Movies

February 15, 2011

Wise words from Hollywood…

{can you name all 40 films?…the answers are here!}

Guest Author: Rosamund Lupton

February 11, 2011

The best-selling author of Sister joined our Book Club last Monday.  We were delighted to welcome Rosamund Lupton and very keen to hear all about her debut novel which took several years of research, writing and some re-writing, and plenty of determination to reach the prized 3 for 2 tables at Waterstones.  Just days after Sister was published in September 2010, it was picked for Book at Bedtime on Radio 4.  The book became the fastest-selling debut novel at WHSmith and was voted the best book of 2010 by Richard and Judy Book Club readers.

Hats off to Rosamund for her achievements, persisting with a story she believed in…I wonder if any of the book group feel inspired to write after hearing Rosamund’s story?!

We all agreed that Sister was a compelling story; a superb combination of great characters, complex relationships, intriguing storyline and a brilliant twist at the end…all in all a terrific read and one the group would highly recommend.

Look out for her second novel, Afterwards, to be published in June and at this same time Sister will be available in bookstores across the Atlantic.  We wish Rosamund every success and look forward to welcoming her again to Book Club.

Rosamund’s recommended reading for boys and girls is Mr Stink by David Walliams…

Oh My Valentine!

February 6, 2011

Please forgive the indulgent day dreaming I am enjoying today as I research treats for Valentine’s Day…wouldn’t this be heavenly!  {Yes, I know it’s a hefty price tag for a box of chocolates that wouldn’t last very long in my hands, but like I said it’s a thing of dreams and this is not your average box of chocolates!}

…or how about this one with a personal message inside!

Still in my dream state; a romantic afternoon tea at Laduree.

And snap back to reality with a few baking thoughts on Valentine’s Day…doll up simple fairy cakes with butter icing, sprinkles and a fancy flower or bake some heart shaped sugar cookies.

{I found a very clever (and a bit fiddly) contraption on ebay to emboss these heart shaped biscuits with sweet messages.}

These pretty lollipop flowers have inspired The Artist and The Composer to get crafty and make up some valentine’s treats for their school friends and cousins.