No-waste Strawberry & Raspberry Sorbet

You know how it goes: you buy some punnets of strawberries and raspberries and there’s some left over that is a bit mushy and less appealing to eat whole. You let them hang around in the fridge for a while longer, hoping they’ll magically improve, and then bin them (hopefully in the compost bin!).

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Homemade Lavender Bath Salts

There’s nothing quite as relaxing as a lavender bath in the evening to help de-stress and get a good night’s sleep. There are many sites on the internet who will extol the virtues micronutrient this and detoxification that, but I’m a much simpler creature: I like baths. I like it when they smell nice. Salt baths make my skin look healthier and softens up the hard bits of skin I get from all my gardening and manual tasks.

It’s not uncommon for about 350g of salts to be sold for between £6 and £40! I knew I could beat this price so set about comparing the ingredients and online recipes before arriving at my own which works out at about £2 if I use a bit a of a mix of salts, £1.20 if I stick to just good old sea salt. In short, you can save 66-95% by making your own.

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Super Simple Blueberry Gin


Specialty Gin has really taken off in the last couple of years and it seems everyone is reclaiming the “Mother’s Ruin”. Visiting upmarket bars with shelves of unusual gin infusions or buying a delicious bottle for yourself can be eye-wateringly expensive!

But, did you know it’s cheap, quick and easy to make your own gin infusions at home?

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