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Autumn Mushrooming

Autumn is the perfect time for putting on the wellies and getting out and about mushroom hunting.Mushroom

Field Mushrooms are usually found after rain in fields grazed by cattle or horses and sometimes in parks and on lawns.  It has a white cap and grows between 3-10cm diameter, umbrella shaped with pink gills underneath that change to red-brown then dark brown as they get older. They can easily be confused with other poisonous mushrooms so if in doubt don’t eat them!!  Why not involve the whole family and make it a competition to find the most or the biggest mushroom.

If the Mushrooms manage to elude you this Autumn why not try growing your own, they’re ideal for children and
perfect for the winter months.

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Winter Warming Tomato Soup

If like us you’ve been busy growing your own over the summer and have bumper haul of tomatoes (or even if you haven’t and you go out and buy some), we thought we’d share our favourite tomato soup receipe with you, perfect for the colder Autumn months and we think it tastes better than the tinned version!

  • 3 lb ripe Tomatoes
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1 Large Carrot
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Puree
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Puree
  • 2 pinches dried mixed herbs or fresh if available
  • 3/4 pint Vegetable Stock or Chicken Stock
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Our Top 5 for Autumn Fun

The nights are getting darker and at Dylan and Grace we’re considering putting the heating on so Autumn must be well and truly here.  But there’s still fun to be had and below we’ve listed our top 5 things to do in Autumn.

1)   Blackberrying – Who knew crawling around in prickly bushes could be so much fun, plus there’s the added bonus of a blackberry crumble at the end of your hard work.

2)   Conker Fights – crack open those horse-chestnuts and get your conkers ready for the annual autumn cocker fights.  There’s also an old wives tale that if you put them in the corner of your house it keeps the spiders away! Continue reading

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Olympic Torch Excitement

On Monday the Olympic Torch reached day 52 of its travels around the uk and visited our little village.  There was much excitement as all the residents lined the streets with flags and whistles, children had their face painted and the local pubs got involved with bouncy castles, BBQs and music to keep us going whilst we waiting.  There was a wonderful atmosphere as the village came together to cheer on the torch bearer and to see the handover of the torch to the next runner.  Here at Dylan and Grace we’re very much full of Olympic spirit, so check back soon for some fun and sporty ideas for the your Olympic launch party!  In the meantime, here are some interesting facts about the torch.

  •  8000 circles perforate the torch design representing each of the 8000 torch bearers
  • The triangular shape of the torch symbolises a series of “three’s” the Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship; the three words that make up the Olympic motto – faster, higher, stronger and the UK hosting the Olympics for the 3rd time.
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Hooray for Some Sunshine!!

Hooray, finally the rain stopped and some sunshine put in an appearance.  We took the opportunity to get back into the garden and get planting.  We’re on a vegetable growing mission this year, we’ve got leeks, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, tomatoes and onions amongst others, already out in their planters or growing in the greenhouse, our 7-year-old concentrated very hard whilst wrapping the runner beans around the canes and planting lots of lettuce, she had a bit of help with our mini gardeners kit which includes gloves, spade and a fork all suitable for little hands.  We all finished up very muddy and a bit proud of ourselves, we can’t wait for them all to grow so we can enjoy some fresh vegetables through the summer.

We also decided to plant something a bit different, popcorn seeds which grow into popcorn we can actually eat.    The children had great fun planting them and we’re all very excited to watch them grow, we’ll keep you updated as to how we get on but why not buy your own and let us know how you do!

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Rainy Day Fun

Well it’s raining, and doesn’t look like stopping any time soon, at Dylan and Grace we love to have fun whatever the weather so thought we’d share with you our top 5 things to do in the rain.

1) Put on your wellies and raincoat and head outside.  Jumping in puddles is sure to put a smile on your face and when you get home be sure to warm up with a lovely hot chocolate!

2)  An afternoon of creativity, Dylan and Grace have lots of craft kits to choose from but this sock dog is one our favourites.

3)  Camping doesn’t have to be just for outdoors, grab some blankets and drape over furniture to create your own indoor tent.  Furnish with lots of cushions, sleeping bags and blankets for a cosy hideaway

4) Dig out a board game and get the whole family involved in an afternoon of competitive game playing

5)  Get baking, whip up some tasty treats in the kitchen.  Here’s one of our favourite flapjack recipes for you to try;


110g light brown sugar

175g butter

175g porridge oats

1 tablespoon of golden syrup


1)  Heat the sugar, butter and golden syrup in a large saucepan until melted.

2)  Once melted, take off the heat and mix in the porridge oats

3)  Spoon mixture into a square baking tin and bake in the oven for 40 mins on 150’c

4)  Remove from over and cool for 10 mins before cutting into slices, wait until completely cool before removing from the tin

Whatever you choose to do, have fun and let us have your ideas for things to do on a rainy day.




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New Product Excitement

At Dylan and Grace we love finding new and exciting products for our customers and the first of our new Spring range arrived at the office last week.

There was much excitement as we opened the boxes to the first 3 new lines for Spring.  They’re already on our website but here’s a brief description of each of them! Continue reading

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Easter Egg Hunting in the Garden

The Easter Bunny arrived early this week and we spent a while in the garden hunting out the treats that he left behind!

Armed with our homemade easter gift baskets we searched high and low for the goodies, the boys not doing quite so well as the girls in the finding stakes.  It took a while as the easter bunny had hidden some of them very well but once we had found everything we shared out the treats.

And this year it wasn’t all about the chocolate (although we did get a fair bit of that!), we also had some Funky Seeds so we can grow our own popcorn plants and a magnifying glass for insect hunting in the garden – so there’s still fun to be had once the chocolate’s gone!


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Our Top 5 Mothers Day Gifts

Spring is in the air and with it comes that special day where we can all say thank you to our, wonderful mums!  Mothers Day is on the 18th March so why not make it extra lovely this year with some of our top 5 gifts for mums.

1) Breakfast in bed – our favourite luxurious treat, whether its toast or a full english, add a daffodil and a cup of tea and its a winner!

2)  Cake – always a yummy treat and we’ve got just the think to help, our cupcake and cookie party set comes complete with recipes, decorations, stencils and even a cake stand to show off your creations.

3)  Chores – mums love a rest so why not take over the washing up, vacuum the carpets or help out in the garden.  Get mum to put her feet up with a good book and a cup of tea, we know she’ll appreciate it.

4)  Homemade Gifts – why not get creative and make your gift this year.  We’ve got some fab products that we’re sure you’re mum will appreciate.  How about a worlds best mum medal using our medal making kit, which comes with glitter and sequins.

5)  Relaxing bath – run a nice hot bath, add some candles and some lovely bubbles and mum can relax in peace and quiet for an hour or so!

However you decide to treat your mum this Sunday we know she’ll appreciate it.  Happy Mothers Day!!


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Pancake Day Fun

We love any reason for a sweet treat and pancake day is the perfect opportunity!  We’ve been busy in the kitchen rustling up some delicious pancakes and have been experimenting with lots of different toppings.  Here are our top 5!

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