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Picture Your Life…

Do you remember the days when you had to buy film for your camera, and wait weeks for your photos to be developed?

Isn’t it brilliant how easily we can take photos now? Lots of people don’t even bother with a camera as their phone will do the job for them! Then there are those times in your life when you want the pictures to be so perfect that you’re willing to pay a professional to take some photographs for you.

When I got married we paid for professional photos on the day, and recently we had  some professional photo’s taken of my two boys. I love taking pictures, looking at pictures and remembering the occasion on which they were taken. The only problem is, with all this digital technology, sometimes I don’t get the full benefit because I leave photo’s I love on a memory card or c.d. instead of displaying them as they should be – in the house for everyone to see!

So when Canvas Design offered me a canvas print of a photo of my choice, it was a very difficult choice to make. My children and my marriage are the foundations of my life so I wanted something to encapsulate that. I do have a large print of the boys on display so I picked a wedding photo.

I emailed the photo to Canvas Design on Wednesday and on Monday morning there was a delivery man at the door. Delivery is free in the UK (and yes, this does include Northern Ireland, not just the mainland, yippee!) It felt like Christmas morning as I unwrapped the canvas from the layers of bubble wrap and corrugated cardboard which had kept it safe on it’s journey. Inside, as well as the canvas itself, there was a hanging kit! Brilliant, that saved me going on a trip to the shops!

 

I was surprised by how heavy the frame was and the quality of the canvas is just superb. I love that the picture is stretched right around the frame so that the edges blend in. It just so happened that I had a bare patch of wall on which to hang my lovely new canvas!

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It’s not a traditional wedding photo, which is perhaps why I haven’t displayed it before. However it is undoubtedly one of my favourites. I love it for the same reason that film directors love to end films with the happy couple walking off into the sunset. It not only represents the happy ending of one chapter, but the start of a new story also.

As a young girl I pictured my life as an adult, knowing years in advance what I wanted. Right now, I have to say, it’s pretty much as I imagined, and now I have a beautiful canvas to remind me how lucky I am. Why not try your luck and see if you can win a beautiful canvas of your choice, anything from 6″x6″ to 40″x40″! These retail from £7.99 (6″x6″) to £59.99 (40″x40″)  100% pine frame, printed on 100% cotton. Just enter the rafflecopter below.

If you don’t win this time, you can still purchase a canvas directly with Canvas Design and, if you enter code Blog15 you will receive 15% of your order (and don’t forget, delivery is free in the UK).
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Term and conditions:

Open to UK residents only

Competition will close 11.59pm on 17th March

Winner announced on 18th March

Winners must provide me with their name, address, mobile no. and email a copy of the picture they wish to use.

If the winner cannot be contacted the prize will be redrawn

Winner’s details will be passed to Canvas Design

Entries which cannot be verified will be disqualified

Mydaysni decisions in all matters relating to this post will be final.

 

Disclaimer: Canvas Design sent me this canvas free of charge. Product claims should be verified by the manufacturer. All opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced by any third party. For more information see my Disclosure Policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potato Bread Recipe

Who could live without potatoes? They’re cheap and filling and incredibly versatile…and sometimes you make too many!

Well here is a perfect simple local potato bread recipe for using up any leftover potatoes you may have, though there’s nothing wrong with making these just for the sake of it!

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You will need:

240g peeled boiled potatoes such as Maris Piper (mash these or use a potato ricer if you have one)

120g plain flour

20g butter

pinch of salt

a little oil for frying

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Knead together all the ingredients until you have a pliable dough. Then roll out the dough on a floured surface.

This recipe will make around 6 potato breads which I  simply cut out of the dough. If you would rather, you can cook them as a whole and then cut them into pieces at the end (this is the traditional way). Personally I find it easier to work with smaller pieces.

You should pre-heat a frying pan to a medium heat and spray with a little cooking oil.

Add each potato bread (or farl as we in Northern Ireland like to call them) and fry on each side for 2-3 minutes. They are ready when they have taken on a mottled effect.

Traditional Potato Farl

Traditional Potato Farl

Your potato bread is ready to serve immediately or can be reheated later.

To reheat, fry in a little oil, grill, or toast.

Serve as part of a cooked breakfast (the local favourite being an Ulster Fry), or toast and serve with cheese.

This is a really fantastic recipe, which could easily be adapted by adding extra ingredients, such as some fresh herbs, onions or cooked meat such as bacon pieces.

Have fun experimenting!