Monday, November 12, 2018

Food Spotlight: Review - Niederegger Marzipan

 Disclosure: A sample was sent for my review. All views are my own.


It's getting around to that time of the year again...the holiday season. My mind conjures up visions of getting together with loved ones and also I think of all of the yummy treats that are around. I love it when I find out about some delicious treat that is new to me.

Recently I've had the opportunity to try some delicious sweet treats by Niederegger. They were beautifully packaged and they're definitely getting me into the holiday season already. The packaging is lovely, but the taste is even better! The taste just epitomizes all things festive, but they can be fantastic to enjoy at any time of the year.

Niederegger is a world famous marzipan brand which makes luxury marzipan in their factory in Germany. Their flavours include bittersweet classic chocolate, orange, apple strudel, caramel brownie, espresso and so much more. These are fantastic and utterly delicious treats! The marzipan is pure enjoyment and Niederegger is a brand of premium quality. Niederegger was founded by the pastry chef Johann Georg Niederegger in 1806. He was responsible for the company’s rise to fame and the worldwide reputation still enjoyed by Niederegger marzipan to this day.

Everything that I've tried so far has been delicious, so it's hard to choose a favourite, but I especially enjoyed the apple strudel flavour. I love apple anything, so this wonderful treat was a sweet revelation for me. I'll be coasting towards Christmas and all through the holiday season and beyond on a delicious tasting journey of discovery into the world of marzipan.

If your mouth is watering now and you'd like to know where to get this luxurious treat, then head on over to Chocolates Direct. They are the home of premium chocolate, candy and confectionery gifts. They are also the official online retailer for Niederegger marzipan. Chocolates Direct is a chocolate lover's paradise!

If you'd like to try Niederegger marzipan, you can find them at www.chocolatesdirect.co.uk.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Election Day 2018

To all my fellow Americans, today is the day! If you haven't already done so in early voting, please make your voice heard and go cast your vote. 

I made sure to cast my vote too.
 We're in this together.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Food Spotlight: Wild and Game

*Disclosure: One sample was sent for my review. All views are my own.

Like a great many of us, I’ve grown accustomed to eating fish, chicken and beef throughout my life, with a variety of fruits and vegetables thrown into the mix. However, I like it when I have the chance to try a type of food which is new to me. There is so much variety out there and so much to experience.

Recently I’ve had the opportunity to try something new…pheasant, which was the main ingredient in a pheasant tikka masala ready meal from Wild and Game. It was great to experience a new taste.

Wild and Game is a not-for-profit company whose mission is to put game (especially underused birds) more firmly on the UK menu through their new range of high quality ready meals and other offerings. For those who don’t know, game usually describes meat from animals and birds such as grouse, pheasant, partridge and hare. The meat is low in fat and high in protein.


Besides ready meals, the company supplies pies, pasties, sausages, pates and packed game for home cooking. The idea is to offer familiar food favourites while substituting the usual beef or chicken with game in their place. The ready meals include a wide variety of dishes using game, such as: grouse with mushroom and peppercorn sauce; pheasant breasts with pancetta, mushroom and cider sauce; pheasant breasts Florentine; and pheasant tikka masala.

The company’s product range is growing rapidly, with the aim of making good use of the large amount of game that currently goes to waste in the UK. The harvesting of game from the British countryside goes back many centuries. It was once seen as a luxury food and was priced as such, but game meat is now more readily available.

As I mentioned, I tried the pheasant tikka masala and I loved it. It was delicious. I found myself trying to discern whether I could taste a whole lot of difference between pheasant and perhaps chicken. If I had been served this and not been told that it was pheasant, I would have probably not easily been able to tell the difference. I think that because I was aware that I was eating pheasant, I may have been able to detect a slight difference. However, after having eaten this delicious dish, I’ve come to realise what I think is the point here. I don't think that the company is trying to say that pheasant or whatever particular kind of game you’re eating will taste the same as the meats which you’re used to. The point is that game can have its own distinctive flavour and exist alongside the usual sources of meat which we enjoy and be just as enjoyable. I know that I enjoyed the pheasant tikka masala and I would love to try other game in the future.




Wild and Game’s products are available from its website at www.wildandgame.co.uk.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Great Deals at LatestDeals


The leaves are starting to change colours and there’s an autumn chill to the air. Before we know it, Christmas will be here. Even though we’re a couple of months out, it’s not too early to start planning out your Christmas list. When I am planning my list, I have a think about the different people in my life and I think about what they like. It’s always fun when you can find something that they’ll actually like rather than yet another pair of socks.

A good place to start is LatestDeals.co.uk. LatestDeals is a great resource for discounts, special offers, vouchers, coupons, freebies and some of the best deals around. This website is a one-stop shop to find some of the best deals on a variety of products, including fun things for the tech lover in your family.

LatestDeals currently have a number of deals, voucher codes, etc. from retailers like Amazon, Argos, and Currys on Garmin tech products. This includes sales on Garmin watches, fitness trackers, sat navs and dash cams.

Garmin is known for good quality products at a reasonable price. They are most well known for specializing in GPS technology such as sat navs. These can be used not just in your car but also while you are out and about hiking in the hills, boating on the water or taking part in sporting activities,  They also produce dash cams which can be a very useful tool on today’s roads,

Garmin also compete in the wearable technology market alongside Apple and Fitbit, producing a number of fitness trackers and smartwatches for both the amateur and the more accomplished athlete. They can help you track your progress against your fitness targets and provide insight into the amount of calories you burn or steps you take while exercising,

So, if you are seeking gifts for the fitness lover in your family or the tech savvy devotee or if Uncle Joe just needs help finding his way around town, then LatestDeals is a great place to start your Christmas shopping!

Gift-giving is a wonderful part of life. We take note if we can of what our loved ones enjoy and the thrill is in finding just the right thing to genuinely surprise them or put a smile on their face, The cherry on top of the cake is finding a resource which can point you in the right direction during your quest for that special gift. 

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Fall 2018


One of my favorite seasons is arriving this weekend...Fall aka Autumn!!! (By the way, my other favorite season is Spring.)

I love all of the vibrant colors in the trees and the way the fallen leaves scatter across my path as I walk along. There is so much beauty.

I've written about Fall a lot on this blog, even if it's just sharing a photo or two. Here are a few of my Fall-ish posts over the years if you'd like to check them out:








I hope wherever you are in the world...whether it's Autumn where you are or Spring in the southern hemisphere, I hope that you enjoy the renewal of this new season.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Starting a Clothing Brand

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Creative people come in various forms. They may like one or many of the following pursuits: writing, painting, making music, dancing, singing, or sewing, along with many other ways in which they may choose to express themselves. At the centre of many creative lives, is the need for self-expression. If the creative person is lucky and dedicates themselves, they can possibly make their creativity into a brand which they can share with the world.

As the saying goes, if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life. There is work to be done certainly and it may be a challenge, but working on something that you love gives you the drive and the determination to see things through when things get challenging. As I mentioned at the beginning, there are many ways to be creative. One way that really sounds interesting to me since I love fashion, is taking a love of sewing and putting that entrepreneurial hat on to start a clothing brand. With the combined power of a more entrepreneurial society, the rise of social media, and the existence of companies such as Sewport, who can help you find apparel manufacturers,  it has never been easier to make the dream of starting a clothing brand come true.

 


Sewport is an excellent resource for clothing manufacturing, which can help designers bring their designs to life. They have created an opportunity where anyone who may not have connections in the industry, can find the best matching manufacturing partners.

Before you embark on this journey of starting your own clothing brand, here are just a few of the things which you may want to consider, such as:

1) Fulfilling a Need

Even though starting a clothing brand is very centred within self-expression for the designing creative, there is also a market need to be considered, from a business standpoint. Successful businesses often build upon a foundation of fulfilling a need for their customers. How many of us have had a thought of something that we’d like to be able to have in real life, in order to serve a purpose, but that particular item doesn’t exist? Or sometimes we may discover a product in a shop and we may recognize that we’ve had a similar idea but didn’t pursue it or we may say to ourselves, “Why didn’t I think of that?” These thoughts could have possibly been the seed of an idea, but perhaps we didn’t see how our ideas could be taken forward. If you have an idea about creating a brand, perhaps think about the need that it fulfils. This also can help in the development and can help generate ideas of how to market the finished product.

2) Self-Belief and Seeing How It Can Be Done

Sometimes when we come up with a great idea, we can be our own worst enemy and shoot the idea down before we even get going. The doubts might start to creep in and the ‘what ifs’ may start rearing their ugly heads. When we are going for our dreams, this is the time when self-belief is of the utmost importance. We have to believe that we can do it and visualize along the way while we are working, to help ourselves truly see that it can be done. One of the prohibitive thoughts, which is actually a very practical one when thinking of starting a clothing brand, might be the worry about costs. The thing is, you don’t have to be rich to start your own clothing brand. There are so many resources out there to help you along, such as Sewport, which can point you in the right direction to bring your ideas to life. 

3) Thinking About Who Your Customers Will Be

This can go along with fulfilling the needs of customers. It is important to identify who might be your “ideal” customer, but this doesn’t have to be a limiting condition. This can be an opportunity to think about what you or your friends would like to see available in the marketplace. Do you want to make leisure wear, evening wear, or something in between? Will there be a particular demographic which you will be skewing your clothing towards? Or do you want to create products which have a wider appeal? These are all great things to consider and this can help to focus your vision about what you want to create. And ultimately, it’s important to craft what you want to create and to produce a product that you can be proud of.

4) Find a Production Source

This is definitely where a company like Sewport comes into the picture. As I mentioned earlier, they can offer the tools which are extremely vital in finding the right sources to bring your clothing designs to life. Their current focus is on the fashion industry, but they aim to scale to other products such as accessories, furniture & decor, arts & crafts, cosmetics and machinery as they go along in the upcoming quarters. Sewport solves some of the problems of users by removing the complexity and by guiding designers through the process of sourcing and manufacturing their fashion products.

 


5) Find Your Village

Even though you may be creating designs on your own, it never hurts to have people in your corner. This may take the form of perhaps having a partner. However, even if you go it alone, it is important to have support along the way. Find other people who are like-minded. Connect with others who are interested in clothing or setting up their own clothing brands…those who are starting out and those who have already embarked on what you are pursuing. They may be able to give you some insight into what starting a clothing brand entails and they can be valuable sources of connectivity and information. Also, it's good to find people who can support you in your dreams while you support them also.

 6) Introduce Your Product to the World

This is where the marketing begins, after you’ve put the work in and turned your creativity into garments. This is just as important as the creating, because you have to let the world know what you have to offer. It’s a great idea to have been building some amount of a social media presence in the background whilst you’ve been creating your products. Using your own social media accounts in order to drop little hints about what you have coming, is a good tactic. Once you launch your clothing brand, you can go all out with promoting the beautiful designs which you have created. Also, it is important to contact lifestyle and fashion influencers/bloggers and other news outlets, in order to enlist their help with getting the word out about your clothing brand. Sending a few sample garments out and negotiating with influencers can possibly help get your creations the coverage which they need out in the wider world.

7) Think Like a Business Person Even If You Don’t Feel Like One

You may have a designer’s heart, with creativity coming out of your pores and this is great. However, you must also put on your business hat. Once you create something and put it up for sale, you are a business owner. Embrace this. If you think that you’re simply not great at the business side of things, then ask for help and learn as much as you can. This goes back to finding your village. When you have people around who have your back and who are willing to point you in the right direction, this is invaluable.  

8) Enjoy the Process

Enjoy the journey and the process of creating your clothing brand. Learn from it. Grow from it and you will improve as you go forward. And remember… enjoy the fact that you’ve started your very own clothing brand and seen your dream come true.