Choose a Lovely Day for a Picnic

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of the sunshine, grab a picnic blanket and head outside.  Your local park, a trip down to the beach, a spot in the countryside or even your own garden can make the perfect picnic pitch.

Picnic Bag and Mat

 

Top Picnic Picks

Sandwiches are generally considered a picnic staple, but there’s no reason why you can take along what ever you fancy!  Quiche, Sausage rolls, chicken drumsticks, cheese and crackers, salad, pate, fruit – the options are endless.  Just make sure you pack it away in a good cool bag, there’s nothing worse than warm cheese!

Cool Bag

 

A few tasty picnic treats for you to try

Quick and easy  potato salad

  • 750g new potatoes
  • 75ml buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon caster sugar
  • 100g sliced radishes

Cook potatoes until cooked through.  Whisk buttermilk, mayonnaise, vinegar and caster sugar.  Add the cool potatoes and add radishes.  Store in an air tight container so there are no spills!

Delicious ham and asparagus sub rolls

  • asparagus tips
  • good quality ham
  • butter
  • lemon juice
  • mini sub rolls
  • little salad cream

Cook asparagus in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes.  Wrap a piece of ham around 2 asparagus tips.  Mash butter with lemon juice and spread on to the sub roll. Add the asparagus wrap to each roll. like a hot dog.  Add a little salad cream if desired.

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Throw a Summer Party…..for the Children!

Now it is time for something for the children! Why not throw them their very own summer party? Or maybe they have a summer birthday and you want to celebrate at home? Here are some of our favourite ideas to make your party impress even the coolest kids!

Gummy Bear Jelly and ice lollies. Make up a batch of jelly and stir in some gummy bears. Fill jelly moulds and allow to set. Alternatively, using an ice lolly mould, place gummy bears in the moulds. Fill the moulds with lemonade and freeze for a really fun and coooooool treat. Why not try some other of your child’s favourite sweets? Gummy snakes and bugs or cola bottles?! If you are throwing a themed party these can be a great way of tying in with the theme.

Cake Push Pops, The latest craze in sweet treats, cake push pops are lots of fun! Use the mould to layer sponge, cream, sweets, icing, fruit – all of your child’s favourites! Simply push up the stem to eat.

Windmill straws in mocktails. Kids love to feel grown up so why not give them their very own grown up drinks?  Simply create a mocktail the children will like (anything containing lemonade, a dash of orange juice and some freshly chopped strawberries, apple and pineapple always goes down well) pop in a glass, add a funky, novelty windmill straw and the kids will be made up.

Transform your ordinary eggs into stars and hearts! Our plastic egg moulds are great for kids and adults alike. Simply boil your egg and whilst pliable place into the mould, close the lid, and voila! Eggs made fun!

Make mini, kids-sized sandwiches – they make the perfect party treat, fill with a variety of fillings and cut (or use our mini sandwich maker to make some really cool shapes) and serve! Mini sandwiches taste so much better than normal sandwiches, right?

 

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Home In Time For Dinner – People Search!

We need your help
You may have seen the BBC 2 series of programmes ‘ Back In Time For Dinner’ which features a real family experiencing what life was like in each of the decades of the 20th century.  The viewing figures are over 3 million per episode.
The next decade to be featured is the 1960’s and the programme makers would like Betterware to be involved.
(The 60’s was a time when more women joined the team, as part time working became an option for mums to earn a bit of money for the luxuries in life.)
Do you know a lady who worked for us back in the 60’s?
Maybe it’s a friend of a friend, a grandmother or an Auntie.  Could be just someone you know of but don’t actually know too well.  We have a short time window to find someone who used to be with us in that decade and we are asking for your help in finding them.  We realise they’ll be fairly elderly by now but they may be more than happy to share their memories with the TV family.

IF YOU CAN PUT US IN TOUCH WITH THAT PERSON WE WOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL.
IT WOULD BE FANTASTIC TO SEE SOME OF OUR COMPANY’S HISTORY SHARED WITH SO MANY PEOPLE.Call Rosie Smith on 0121 251 1223 or Sarah Lavell on 0121 251 1210
or email communications@betterware.co.uk
 
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It’s Party Time! Whip up some tasty delights.

Choose a lovely sunny summer evening and call your friends and family. It is time for a Summer party! And we have collected together some of our favourite ideas to make your party extra special.

Make home-made dips and tortilla crisps that impress.

Lime Spiced Tortilla Crisps

Preheat oven to 180 degrees c. Cut tortilla wraps into triangular wedges. Spread out wedges on a baking tray in a single layer. Combine some olive oil and lime juice in a bowl. Lightly brush this mixture over the wedges. Sprinkle the chips with a small amount of cumin, chilli powder and salt before baking in the oven for about 6mins each side until crisp.

Feta & Sundried Tomato Dip

Mix low fat greek yoghurt, crumbled feta, sundried tomatoes and a little olive oil. Season to taste and serve.

Sweet Chilli Dip

Mix 100g low fat soft cheese with 50g of fat free bio yoghurt. Stir in sweet chilli dipping sauce. And enjoy, it’s as simple as that and very tasty!

Place your tortilla crisps in  bowl, attach and fill our dip pouches and pass them round. Be ready to replenish them often as they are sure to disappear quickly!

Be creative with sandwiches and canapés. Impress your guests with dainty hors d’oeuvres made with our incredible canapé maker. Ideal for sandwiches, simply attach your chosen shape to the plunger, press into desired filling and stack the elements. With six different shaped heads to make your creations look professional.

Make your own Mini Burgers, fire up the BBQ and get preparing some tasty mini burgers. Try these scrummy sweet chilli turkey burgers as an alternative to the beef burger. And indulge your guests with a red onion relish – all prepared by yourself (they don’t need to know how easy it is)!

Sweet Chilli Turkey Burgers

Fry finely chopped onion in a pan with olive oil until soft. Mix together turkey mince, crushed garlic, chilli sauce, cumin, coriander, tomato purée, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, mixed herbs, egg and the cooked onions. Use the mini burger maker to form your burgers and pop them on the BBQ!

Red Onion Relish

Mix olive oil, lime juice, sweet chilli sauce, parsley and red onion together and your relish is ready!

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Help us raise £15,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity

We introduce our charity for 2015, The Brain Tumour Charity.

Every year, more than 9,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour and 5,500 people lose their lives within a year of that diagnosis.  It affects all ages, from children to the elderly, and it can kill at dreadful speed.  Rob Way’s own father in law died from the disease.
 
This is a cause close to my family’s heart and our company has pledged to raise £15,000 to help the Brain Tumour Charity fund research to help eradicate this kind of cancer.  It’s a terrible disease and the biggest killer of adults and children under 40 so it’s incredible that only 2% of all funding into cancer research is currently invested in finding a cure.”

 

HELPING TO RAISE AWARENESS AS WELL AS MONEY 

 

Betterware is giving 10% of the profit from every item sold in Catalogue 6/15 to the charity, so every item a customer orders will be helping to fight the disease. In addition, 20p from the sale of this limited edition Trolley Token will go towards the fund and many more people will be aware of the importance of fighting this kind of cancer. You can buy the trolley token here

Find out more here about the Brain Tumour Charity who aim to improve understanding, diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours.

 
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Summer’s here and with it the BIGGEST Catalogue 6 that we have ever produced!

We are delighted to present our 2015 Summer Sales Catalogue which went  ON SALE FROM MONDAY 13th JULY – which at 112 pages is 8 pages of fabulous bargains more than Catalogue 6/14.
There are over 350 outstanding savings across all product ranges, including our best selling lines, and savings of over 50% on many items.
And while Summer is foremost in our mind, we’ve added an unbeatable Christmas Clearance section with offers customers just won’t be able to resist.  Let’s get started!
There are many, many half price offers throughout the book,
like the 3 Tier Cake Pan, the Microwave Casserole Dish
and the Drawer Organiser.
Customers will find a huge Christmas Clearance section on pages 54 – 57, absolutely crammed full of festive bargains like the Christmas Canvases with £5 and £3 off, as well as the Rudolph T-Shirts with a massive £7 off.
On the back cover of Cat. 6/15 are even more savings on best selling products.
There’s a £1 saving on our ever popular Smear Free Window Foam.
 £3 off the Solar Owl Light
                                                 And the 6-in-1 Opener is down to £4.99
Customers can save £2 when they buy two of our best selling new lines, introduced in Catalogue 4/15, the Limescale Dipper and the Limescale Remover Gel.
Also New From JML

More people are doing it at home!  What’s that?  Giving themselves a pedicure!  And the new Pedi Pro Deluxe from JML at £17.49 will leave feet feeling soft and silky.  Helping customers make light work of cleaning carpets and upholstery is the new Miracle Dry Foam Kit at £13.49.
14 Incredible Front Cover Offers On Some Of Our Best Selling Lines!

See what we mean? 
There are savings of up to £12 on the Ceramic Frying Pans – one of our most popular products. 

Not to mention the cracking offer on ‘The Cracker Keeper’ which is down to £4.29

Another of our best sellers, The Demisting Pad, has a saving of £2.


OVER 60 NEW LINES!

 

 

As well as the outstanding offers and many clearance items, there are plenty of brand new products, across all the ranges.  Like the pretty Forget Me Not Top at £19.99 – the Cyclone Slim Stick Vacuum at £61.99 – the Therapeutic Beaded Eye Mask at £5.29 – The really handy Bottle Brush at £4.79 – the Moisturising Fingerless Gloves at £11.99 and the Moisturising Tips at £8.29.

 Please note: Not all of our Catalogue lines feature online and must be ordered via a Distributor.
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National Cupcake Week 2015 14 – 20 September.

National Cupcake Week 2015 will take place 14 – 20 September.  This competition is open to registered UK Businesses only. But that doesn’t have to stop you having some cupcake baking fun at home! Why not challenge your baking friends and have your own mini cupcake competition?

We’ve put together a list of tools to help you create your masterpieces. Be prepared for your friends to be amazed!

You’ll look like a master baker with this icing embosser; the quick and easy way to print intricate designs onto icing or fondant. Simply roll out the icing and press to imprint.

Our silicone bow mould is perfect for making intricate shapes from gum paste, royal icing, fondant or chocolate. Either carefully ease the icing into the mould after dusting it with icing sugar, or fill the mould and put in the fridge for a few hours to pop the shapes out with ease. Your icing will look impossibly ornate and ready to decorate with!

These easy to use sugar paste cutters will revolutionise your cake decorating! Ideal for use with sugar paste and marzipan, simply press down firmly to create the desired shape, then use the plunger to emboss the decoration with the pattern- ideal for decorating cupcakes!

This fondant stamp set is perfect for creating decorative motifs and patterns for cakes, cupcakes and cookies. It has a comfortable angled handle which holds eight interchangeable discs to create stunning cake decorations.

Add instant messages to your cakes, cookies, and icing with the Alphabet Message Maker! The letters click together to create your own personal message pressed into fondant, icing or biscuit dough!

Make delicious filled cupcakes. Trying to neatly remove the centre of cupcakes with a knife can be a slow and tedious task. This easy-to-use cupcake plunger neatly removes the sponge to fill with your favourite jam or buttercream.

You might also want to check out our handy blog guide on creating the perfect icing.

You can also share your cupcakes on the official National Cupcake Week Facebook page or via twitter @cupcakeweek. Don’t forget we’d love you to share your efforts with us also, especially if you have used any of our tools to create your masterpieces.

If you are a registered business and interested in entering in to the National Cupcake Week competition, see here for full details and entry form. The deadline for your entry is 17th July.

For more tips and ideas take a look at our Baking With Betterware and Plunger Cutter Inspiration boards on Pinterest.

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Scrumptious, Summer, Strawberry Surprises!

It is time for Wimbledon – and Wimbledon means Strawberries. Punnet after punnet of gorgeous strawberries!

Strawberries are not only juicy and tasty but they are also nutritionally an excellent source of vitamins C and K and packed with fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium.

But, what can you do when you have lot of strawberries which are going to go past their best? Try this fabulous Strawberry Tartlet recipe to use up those yummy berries.

Ingredients

For the Base:

  • 60g Butter
  • 225g Digestive Biscuits crushed

 

For the Filling:

  • 1 heaped tablespoon Caster Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Strawberry Jam
  • 6fl oz Water
  • 1 tablespoon Cornflour
  • 400g Strawberries Sliced

 

To Serve:

  • Freshly whipped cream or ice cream
  • White chocolate shavings

 

Equipment

Method

Line the tartlet tins with parchment paper.

Melt the butter in a saucepan, remove from the heat and add crushed digestive biscuits. Mix until combined.

Split the mixture between the tartlet tins and press down firmly to create a firm base. Chill (for at least an hour).

Place the sugar, jam, water and cornflour into a pan and bring to the boil. Then simmer for 1 minute.

Remove from the heat and add the sliced strawberries. Stir well until coated.

Split the strawberry mixture between the 4 chilled tartlet tins. Chill well until fully set.

Serve with freshly whipped cream or ice cream and sprinkle with white chocolate shavings. (TIP: use a cheese grater for this!).

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Garden Care In July

With the hotter summer weather now here it is time to sit back and enjoy your garden. There are still some jobs that will need doing however to keep your garden looking at its best.

A few tips for this month:

Keep new plants well watered remembering also to water vegetable and fruit crops regularly.

Hoe off weeds as these will thrive in the hot weather.

Cut back hanging baskets to encourage new growth.

Deadhead your roses

Keep bird baths topped up with water for your feathered visitors.

Most of all, enjoy your garden and all the hard work you have put in over the year.

For more tips take a look at our  In The Garden  board on Pinterest.

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Handy Travel Tips

Going away for a Summer holiday this year? Here are some handy tips to help you to prepare. The key to a stress free and enjoyable holiday is in the planning and preparation!

Keep your passport or travel documents safe in a wallet where you will easily be able to get your hands on them when they are needed. 

Keep a note of important phone numbers in with your important documents. Even if you are taking your phone which contains these numbers, it is a good idea to keep a copy in case you should lose your phone.

Keep your money safe. Wear a pouch, like the hideaway wallet containing your money, cards and phone rather than carrying a bag. Where possible, wear this pouch under your top layer of clothes to keep it from sight and reach. 

Leave early. It can be very busy and easy to get held up especially during peak times such as the school holidays.  Plan your journey and leave early. It is always better to be early and enjoy a rest and refreshments than feel you are rushing or risk being late.

Fill up your car the day before. If you are travelling by car, visit the petrol station the day prior to travel to avoid any unnecessary delays on your travel day.

Have plenty of refreshments to hand. Keep drinks and snacks to hand, especially when travelling with children to keep everyone fully refreshed and full of energy.

Fully charge your phone. If you are taking your phone on holiday with you, ensure it is fully charged before you leave and that you have packed any required chargers. 

Be ready for your dirty washing. Don’t forget to pack laundry bags in which to place any dirty or wet washing on your holiday to keep it away from your clean clothes.

And check out these handy travel laundry papers for any items of clothing you need to wash while you are away. Simply dissolve in warm or cold water to wash swimwear, underwear and socks with ease.

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