Sunday, 19 January 2020

Re-use and Re-purpose - Jars and bottles



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At Country Matters Hexton we have a new supplier of jams, pickles and marmalades.  Most of the jars are re-used, the labels are soaked off, and then put in the dishwasher and ensured they are fully sterilised before adding lovely homemade produce...no more jars going to recycling until they have been reused a few time

So you can always pop your jars back at the shop, any we can't use we drop off at the glass recycling.  And we love it if you have taken the time to remove the labels and given them a wash.

There are lots of ideas on the internet to re-purpose a jar, have you thought about giving it a go?

Food in a jar, some jam jars have lovely wide necks and perfect for sundaes and trifles, ideal if you are organising a party, no need to buy lots of new dishes:



Tealights - so many ideas for these, and now with the battery lights so readily available even easier. Add lace, raffia, hessian.  If doing loads it is probably worth investing in a hot glue gun.



Or you can get really creative with paints and make vases from interesting shaped bottles:





Friday, 17 January 2020

VE Day Celebrations May 2020


This year celebrates the 75th anniversary of VE Day, and the May bank holiday will be on Friday 8th May.  Are you thinking of holding something to celebrate, maybe just a few friends around for a tea party in the garden?

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Bread - in a bread machine



We regularly stock Allinsons breadflour and yeast, making bread in a bread machine is so easy.  Maybe you have one tucked away in a cupboard and have forgotten about it?  Now is the time to get it out and give it another go, using this foolproof method.

I normally dust with flour and forgot before I put it in the oven.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Date crumblies - Recipe


Not posted in a long time, so thought a recipe would be good.  Please visit our Facebook page

A recipe given to me by a friend many many years ago, and not really sure what to call them.  They do make me think of the 'winter' as they have dates in them.  Bit like flapjacks with a lot less oats.

I make them in a 11 X 7 tray



Friday, 14 June 2019

Re-use and re-purpose - Garden planters


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I will admit to buying this on a market new - so more of a re-purpose than a re-use as it had no lid, but with a lick of paint it now matches the garden, there are brush marks, but it is fine for the garden!

We have lots of plants suitable for pots, and they and a great splash of colour to your garden.


Thursday, 13 June 2019

Re-use and re-purpose - plastic bottles - mini cloches

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I completely forgot about this - so will post now, so that you can all be prepared for next year.

Did you want to plant out a few vegetable plants in the garden and it is a bit early as the nights are a little cold, you can put a cloche over the top and they should be fine from April onwards - you may even be OK in March too.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Carrot & Fruit cake with honey



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This was a recipe I found in a book, and decided to give it a go - it was fab, and I would definitely recommend making it, we have carrots and honey in the shop - it is lovely and moist.








Saturday, 1 June 2019

Re-use and re-purpose - Garden planters


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We have a selection of plants for the summer, and here is an idea to put them to use.....

Have you got a tired old saucepan, that has a bit of character?  or a colander or something similar?  There are some interesting things in the shop that could fit the bill.

Well how about planting it up?  The colander here is perfect as it already has drainage holes, no worries about drilling them, but you will need to add them, or if that is not possible put a lot of stones/crocks in the bottom, and make sure you do not over water.


Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Barton Springs

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Barton le Clay is only a few miles away and has it very own natural spring, the hills are chalk and part of the Chilterns, and worth a discover if you are in the area.  Hexton Country Matters is only down the road, so pop in and visit us too..

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Supplier Spotlight - Nick Peace - Woodturner

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We have a lovely selection of woodturned items.  Nick Peace has been woodturning for 6 years, since he retired, and loves to keep himself busy with his new hobby.

Here is a selection of items that he has made and are available in Country Matters Hexton.