gift guide

Baking themed gift ideas & stocking fillers 

Todays featured post is All about The baking as a fan of food & baking myself, I’ve compiled a few must have things for baking themed gift ideas.

Naturally I have my own few creations which you can find at Icedrainbow.com. Here’s a small selection of my designs.

My 2nd feature is the lovely author @Heidi_swain on twitter. A Sunday times best selling author & her cherry tree cafe Book for fans of bake off & It’s on my Christmas wish list. You can read all about heidi & her other range of books on her website here

My 3rd gift idea for the baker is for one that loves to spice it up when baking A Dutch spice mx pack with windmill cutter from @vandotschspice on twitter, who’ve also given a kind discount code for their Customers . USE DISCOUNT CODE CUT20 for 20% off you can find that here



 Another great gift for foodies & everyone who loves baking. The foodie lovers calendar Or this fantastic tea towel from @myLegoman on twitter. You can find them here on their website.


lastly some essential baking ingredients from @FoodthoughtsUK on Twitter. I’ve used the cocoa powder Myself and it is the best. They do cocoa powder & nibs Great quality for baking chocolately treats. You can read more & find stockists on their website here.

I hope these baking essentials gift ideas and stocking fillers give you some ideas.

Thanks for reading & happy shopping.
Tom 

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Music Icons Art Series 

As a small business I’m always looking for ideas to add to the Website 

During This past year through quiet periods of slow sales I’ve been working Upto releasing my first and biggest art series yet.

All my paintings are digitally painted on my computer & then printed on GICLEE paper, which is a high grade fine art print paper. 

Each painting is designed proofed then printed & then finally numbered & signed. Various stars from Past Present & now have been made each one represented in my own unique style. 

Every single art print is a series of numbered prints from 25 or 40 to 50-60 Limited Edition prints.

Each print is in celebration of each artist This is just a small selection I’ve slowly released in Twitter & Facebook. 

I’ve produced one of ( as seen above ) David Bowie, pet shop boys, dame Shirley bassey, beverley knight, Cher,Madonna,Kylie Minogue,Freddie Mercury, Aretha Franklin,collabro,Lady Gaga, Stevie wonder,Whitney Houston & Elton john. 

I will have many more artists to release next year, but for now this is just a small taster of what I have released.

All of which are available to purchase via my website. Icedrainbow.com

Currently have an offer running until 10th December 2018 15% off on mostly all prints.


Thank you for reading x 

Tom 

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Alcohol themed stocking filler gift ideas 

Hello Everyone,

Todays Next instalment of gift ideas 
It’s always tricky knowing what gift ideas to get for family,friends & work colleagues.

So Today I’m Spreading a little Alocohol related items from myself @Icedrainbow on twitter & some of my favourite independent businesses.
First up is A selection of Tipple pins from me All of which can be found on my website www.icedrainbow.com Ranging from £7 

Alternatively I also do gift vouchers too which really helps you make a quick decision rather than wondering if they’ll like what you’ve bought them. 

2nd on my list is @5_littlepiggiesgifts on twitter, Now…  if you love being pampered what better way than a gift hamper full of pamper products Including a little bottle of Prosecco. This is just one of those fab gift ideas I personally would give to anyone they also do other types of gifts to you can check them out here on her website. 

Next on my list is @deadmansfingers on twitter a Cornwall based company who make sell small batch Spiced rum & They now also sell Coffee & Coconut too. Winning!

They’re on Twitter & you can find them stocked in many places across the uk as well as online. It’s one of my TOP 3 favourite rums HIC! I’ve baked with some of the original first bottle they produced and I’ve also bought a few in the last couple of years too. So if your fella or Partner love rum I’d highly recommend you try them out. This is their website deadmansfingers.com

Another of my top picks for gift ideas this season is the wonderful People @Beechschocolate on twitter, which I’ve had many of them to try for myself my favourite the Pink champagne & Prosecco truffles 😋 chocolate & booze what’s not to love! if your looking for some boozy treats then you’ll definitely want to try these guys out this is their website HERE

 

Lastly the fabulous @Premestatewine on twitter who I’ve also had the pleasure of tasting before on many occasions do some wonderful prosecco perfect for the festive season. You can find them via their website here.

Another company I follow on Twitter called @VonDotschSpices Selling this unique Dutch spice recipe to make your own liquor If you Want Christmas in a bottle? Liquid gingerbread with a kick? Make your own vandotsch speculaas liqueur Steven has also kindly offered 10% off with discount code ICE10 to find out more check out his website here 


All photos are copyright of the individual owners featured in this post.
I hope my small guide to some lovely gift ideas helps you out this season.
Happy shopping & Happy Christmas to you all.

Thank you for reading 

Tom ✨❄️

 

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Animal Lovers Stocking fillers Gift Ideas guide 

Hi Everyone,

here’s today’s Next instalment 

well It’s that time of year and you’re looking for more gift ideas for family,friends & work colleagues.

So here is Part Two of icedrainbow’s Christmas gift ideas Guide.

Today I’m Spreading a little Animal Love related items from myself & some of my favourite  independent businesses.

First up is A selection of animal pins & jewellery products from myself All of which can be found on my website Icedrainbow.com Ranging from £7 


Alternatively I also do gift vouchers too which really helps you make a quick decision rather than wondering if they’ll like what you’ve bought them. 

2nd on my list is @percycutetees on twitter aka Karl. Now… I’ve been following his work since he started. I’m a huge fan & I have a vast array of tshirts & some sweaters from him. All hand drawn designs then put onto apparel. Here’s his Very Popular Gorilla sweater ( Which I have! ) I just love his works of art & you can find his designs and products here percycute.co.uk


Next on my list is illustrator & print maker  @ruthjoyceart on Twitter with her beautifully made linograph prints &  handrawn works of art this is her beautiful stag & pug cards, She has a vast array of beautiful unique & great gifts ideas. All can be found here on her etsy account. 

Another of my top picks for gift ideas this season is this fabulous Range from @Tanyawarren  on Twitter, with her array of cute cuddly & hand crafted crochet teddies which I love! My Favourite is the unicorn & striped Giraffe. all of which can be found on her Etsy page Tanyawarren

Last on my list is @WildbunnyArts from twitter with her hand painted apparel & shoes. I mean to create such a thing on something such as awesome trainers. Her work is fantastic & so colourful  WildbunnyArts



All photos are copyright of the individual owners featured in this post.

I hope my small guide to some lovely gift ideas for the plant & gardener in your life helps you out this season.

Happy shopping & Happy Christmas to you all.
Thank you for reading 
Tom ✨❄️
 

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Gardening Stocking filler Gift Ideas 

It’s that time of year again Christmas is fast approaching & You’re looking for those gift ideas for family,friends & work colleagues.

So here is Part one of icedrainbow’s Christmas gift ideas Guide.

Spreading a little of what I have seen or Love that I think would help those pick some great gifts. I’ve also chosen to feature some independent businesses.
First up is A selection of products from myself All of which can be found on my website Icedrainbow.com Ranging from £7-25

Features items as follows:

sunshine yellow sunflower Pin badge, seasons change autumn leaves necklace, bright red Gerbera pin badge, cactus plant geek pin, Star gardener Pin, aubergine eggplant.

Alternatively I also do gift vouchers too which really helps you make a quick decision rather than wondering if they’ll like what you’ve bought them. 

Next on my list is @airplantgifts on Twitter with her beautifully made Reclaimed wood air plants. Ranging from £20 beautiful unique & great gifts. All can be found here on her folksy account https://folksy.com/shops/MissMatchedCrafts


Another of my top picks for gift ideas this season is this fabulous Range from Michael Perry aka @MrplantgeekShop on Instagram,

with his array of funny rude & plant themed tshirts & sweaters, which I love! My Favourite is the vodka and Violas tshirt. photo Credit ( @mrpoantgeekshop )  all of which can be found on his website https://mrplantgeekshop.com/ 

Last on my list is @nancyandnell1 from twitter who I won an Apple and cinnamon candle from a couple of years ago. The smell is amazing! and I just adore her handmade products, Anyway this year she launched some alternative & more luxury candle items perfect for plant flowers spice fruit lovers. All can be found here. www.nancyandnell.co.uk


I hope my small guide to some lovely gift ideas for the plant & gardener in your life helps you out this season.

Happy shopping & Happy Christmas to you all.

Thank you for reading 

Tom ✨❄️

 

Tommy Mr baker boy's Tucker

Moist Vegan Spiced Loaf cake recipe ( dairy Free adaptable & Reduced Sugar )

It’s that time of year again, for warm cosy nights in All things Spiced & Delicious.

Now this is a first for me and there’s always a first time for everything. I decided to give vegan baking a try something completely new to me.

Someone was kind enough to share one with me, A supermarket but I adapted & changed a few things to my needs because I didn’t wanted all the added extra ingredients.

After trying out my own recipe I’m pleased to say it came out better than I had hoped.

It’s Completely vegan and totally adaptable for anyone wishing to use it.

I did add raisins to mine but you can add what ever you wish to yours. 



Ingredients:

4 tbsp of golden syrup 

120ml Almond Milk or Soya if you have nut allergies) 

30ml oil

50g sugar 

160g Self raising flour 

1 tbsp of vanilla essence 

1 tsp of cinnamon 1 tsp of all spice 1 tsp of ginger 

Instructions

1. Set oven to 170 ( Fan assisted ) 

2. Set aside 1 loaf tin lined with baking parchment 

3. Add the milk oil vanilla essence & golden syrup into a bowl & mix well so it doesn’t separate. 

4. Then add the sieved flour spices and sugar into another bowl stir so it’s blended well.

5. Make a well Add the wet mixture to the dry & mix well till combined.

6. Pour into prepared cake tin.

7. Bake for Approximately 30-40 or until skewer comes out clean.
Leave to cool for 30 minutes before removing from the tin to cool completely.

Prep time 20 minutes baking time 30-40 minutes Total Time 60 minutes 



The best thing about this bake for me was that my other half didn’t even notice the difference because I didn’t say it was Vegan until afterwards.

If not serving on the day ( Whaaaat I did not Just say that) forget that I did who does that anyway Haha 😂 

No seriously! If you do Once completely cooled removed baking paper carefully & Place it in an airtight container & place in the fridge to firm up so it slices better. ( Plus cake always taste better the next day. ) 

Thank you for reading & if you do decide to try it then please let me know how it was for you.

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Travelling and holidays

Schools out for summer ! My 5 must have essentials for travelling 

Hey guys, 

So that’s it schools out for summer! 


Gosh who doesn’t remember being excited For prom, leaving that year or stressed about exam results and looking forward to having 6 whole weeks to have time out

And going on a break with family or friends whether it was on a caravan holiday or going abroad. 

So I Thought I’d share my “Always be prepared” 5 essentials when travelling” 

We’ve both been to many places on holiday Like many of you have over the years 

Isle of wight, Norfolk broads, Spain,Maldives,portugal, Egypt,

 (dreamt of going to Australia maybe one day)

And Now our next stop thanks to my amazing other half, quite a few months ago before Christmas only went and won us 2 tickets to New York Baby

NEWWWW YORKKKK of all the places. 

😆 I know right! 

We just couldn’t believe it so we’ve booked a time to go pretty soon and well….
One things for sure we definitely need essentials on holiday.
1. Comfortable shoes & hat: I never travel without A hat or some comfy shoes and my go to hat for quality is Loud Elephant because each one is unique quirky and stylish.  I also choose Adidas high tops for long walks or comfy converse low tops for summer choosing between the 2 depending on the weather. 

2. A Decent Suitcase:

I currently have a blue borderline one but so need to get a new one as it’s been with me for 10 years and isn’t up to scratch no more the other half always uses his trusty samsonite. 

3.toiletries & meds 
Another is Certain Toiletries & meds A must that you can’t not take! Plus my other half always makes sure we’re organised.


We always take the following
:
Imodium, insect repellent, headache medi stick a mint roll on (it works wonders) & anti bacterial Hand gel. 

4. teabags 
Because let’s face it! you can never get a decent cuppa abroad & who doesn’t love a proper cuppa (we do) 

5. Reading material
depending on your destination. If it’s a city break you’ll be to busy sightseeing. I love a good book whilst I’m awáy on a beach chilling which we haven’t done in forever.

So there’s my top 5 essentials for travelling. A pretty basic post but there you have it.

Do tell us if you wish what’s your essentials you usually take with you ? 

I can’t wait to share my latest trip with y’all from our New York trip soon.
You can follow me on my instagram for any posts including our upcoming trip.