Posts in SEASONAL
Inclusivity and Representation - Our responsibility as Business Owners

I had this post all scheduled to go and then I got scared. I had all of the ‘what if I say the wrong thing’ or ‘do I really have something useful to add to the conversation around inclusivity and diversity’ fears. But you know what - this is too important for my own ego to get in the way. If I say something stupid or offensive, let me know! I’m still very much a learner here.

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Foraged Plum Crumble Recipe

Aren't these late summer evenings just magical? Last week I enjoyed an alfresco dinner in the garden, finished off with a foraged plum crumble as the evening drew into a pink sunset - perfect.

After moving to our house in the spring I was really surprised and happy to find a plum tree on one of our dog walking routes, which is currently heavily laden with  perfectly ripe plums.

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SEASONALJosephine Brooks
Autumn Rituals - Make Your Own Soy Wax and Essential Oil Scented Candles

Autumn feels like a time for rituals. Lighting the fire, cosy evenings in, hearty meals and of course lighting candles. Not only do I love to burn candles in the evening when I’m hunkered down next to the fire in an oversized blanket but I also love to have a candle burning as I work. 

 Having that lit candle on my desk seems to help me focus. I don’t know whether it’s the warm amber glow or the scent, perhaps a mixture of both. But it’s now become a work-day ritual of mine.

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SEASONALJosephine Brooks
Foraged Blackberry Jam Recipe

I made some foraged blackberry jam this weekend and gave them some pretty floral toppers, perfect for last minute thank you gifts or just prettying-up your home - it makes them a treat to open.

This recipe is super simple and I love that you can easily find blackberries in hedge rows along country lane and footpaths during August and September

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SEASONALJosephine Brooks
My Tips on Recharging Your Batteries This Summer

Back at the beginning of July I mentioned on Instagram that I was feeling super burned out. I’d done my quarterly planning and worked out all of the projects I was going to work on in June and then, on a whim I decided I’d move my website over to Squarespace and give myself a couple of weeks to do it. That was on top of all of the other projects I was working on oh and plus working part time.

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SEASONALJosephine Brooks
Easy Dog Treats Recipe

This one won’t get you wanting to lick the spoon but you will gain a new four legged best friend! My mum's dog goes mad for these doggy treats, they’re clearly super tasty. Here’s my easy dog treats recipe which will get you into the good books of many a pooch.

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Growing Your Side-Hustle is a Marathon, Not a Sprint. Here's Why

A few years ago after a breakup I decided I’d sign up for a half marathon. That’s the kind of thing you do when you go through a break up isn’t it? I chopped my hair off really short and signed up for this half marathon. I did make it to the end, barely but I made it, and i’ve not been running since. Well, apart from the odd job which I describe as ‘interval training’ because there are a few walking breaks dotted throughout my run.

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SEASONALJosephine Brooks
Creative Business & Nature - The Parallels Between

When the days are getting longer and spring is finally making an appearance, the idea of getting outdoors starts to get more and more appealing. Last week I did something I haven’t treated myself to in a while, a whole day of exploring new places and photographing the beauty of spring. At the end of the day I felt refreshed, recharged and content.

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SEASONALJosephine Brooks
Seville Orange Marmalade Recipe

Marmalade is definitely a part of fond childhood memories. Eating endless amounts of this sweet and sticky treat on muffins was an essential for cold winter days. Later discovering the satisfying ritual of tea and toast again made marmalade a staple for my cupboards at university. Here’s my mum’s recipe for the best orange marmalade

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SEASONALJosephine Brooks
Banishing Winter Blues - 14 Ways to a Happy January

Short days and long, dark evenings, freezing weather with plenty of rain. That's a British winter for you and it can very easily get you down. But, there are lots of things I love about winter and lots of ways to embrace the dark evenings and cold weather. I thought I’d gather up the simple things I do over the winter months to fend off the cold and the dark (which sometimes feels like it drags on forever).

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SEASONALJosephine Brooks
A White Christmas in Shropshire

I was in Shropshire for the weekend and only noticed that snow was forecast as I turned up at my mum's. The prospect of snow always gets me all excited like a small child. We have a traditional sledge that my grandpa had made many years ago stashed away in the garage and I couldn't wait to dust it off and head for the Shropshire hills.

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SEASONALJosephine Brooks
The Easiest Way to Make a Tote Bag

Something i’ve been trying to do recently is remember my bloody bags when I go shopping! Reducing plastic waste is something we can all do more of and one way that I do that is by reusing shopping bags. But I’ve also discovered a really easy way to make gorgeous tote bags using tea towels, yes tea towels! It makes the process so much easier and really straight forward, no sewing patterns needed.

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SEASONALJosephine Brooks
My Super Easy Mince Pies Recipe

Prepare to really lap up the brownie points this Christmas when your guests see that you've made the delicious crumbly pastry too, using this winning mince pies recipe. This recipe makes around 15 – 20 mince pies depending on how thickly you roll the pastry.

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SEASONALJosephine Brooks
My Mums Delicious Vanilla Fudge Recipe

Who doesn't need a sweet pick me up when the cold weather rolls around? Vanilla fudge is the perfect seasonal treat and makes excellent stocking fillers as well. My mum and I have made this vanilla fudge recipe every Christmas since I can remember and I love that it’s become part of our Christmas traditions.

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SEASONALJosephine Brooks