I love washing dishes!

November 18, 2014 at 7:10 AMCoombeMill

A few weeks back I mentioned an old family favourite brand Servis that was making a comeback in the UK. Their new range of domestic appliances are looking to offer that little bit more to make your household chores a little bit less; music to my ears with a busy house and six children.

I have not one but two dishwashers in my kitchen, spoilt perhaps but with eight of us there is always one on the go and they get treated quite harshly. One was well past its best with holes in the cutlery tray, a broken seal on the door which leaked and a tablet dispenser that was jammed shut. Ordering my new one from Servis was easy and the delivery was taken in excellent condition, though the delivery company gave us a bit of a run-around sorting out a date.

My new Servis dishwasher  

Plumbing in the new Dn61039SS machine was very straightforward and Nick had it set up in my kitchen in minutes and ready for loading.


Plumbing in the machine


It has 3 handy loading sections inside with a Millie style up rack for extra cutlery and long knives making loading efficient and easy which is a bonus when all six of my children are carrying up empty dinner plates and glasses together.


 Empty and Full


Visually it is a huge improvement with its clean lines and switch digital dashboard, though it did worry me that this would be difficult to operate.  I needn't have worried as it came with a huge operating manual I didn't even need to glance at. Having switched the machine on it told me it needed salt and rinse aid and selected a program all by itself! I then had some handy up and down arrows to change to one of the other 9 programmes if I chose before pressing an obvious "go / play" button; simple as that. There is even a handy interior light, I've never seen that in a dishwasher before. 


Dishwasher Buttons


However I have saved the best till last. This dishwasher is really quiet! Check out this video clip with me right up next to the machine mid way through a 50 degree wash and I was tickled by the clock telling me how many minutes of the program were left to run.



Did this super quiet machine clean any dishes?

Well just check out this sparkle and that's on Tesco value tablets! Like any dishwasher it is important to ensure it is loaded with the arms free to turn and the gunk removed from plates.  


Clean Plates and Glasses


Would I recommend a Servis dishwasher?

Oh yes, without a doubt.  You can even have it is a stylish silver if you prefer.

There we have it, I love washing dishes because Servis does it for me without any fuss, noise or mess!


Disclaimer: I am delighted to be working in partnership with Servis and ordered this dishwasher free of charge in return for my honest feedback which you have here. 

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Coombe Mill Lamb Burgers

November 16, 2014 at 2:30 PMCoombeMill

Last Sunday was our annual bonfire party. For regular friends and guests who join us for this event there is an expectation of of an ample warming barbeque to warm you against the chilled November air and the smell of the very best Coombe Mill Pork sausages. This year for the first time ever I looked in our store freezer the day before to take out the usual 100 prime sausages in preparation only to find just 20 remaining. I cursed my growing teens and tweens and wondered what to do. I could pop into Tesco during Scout Remembrance Parade and empty the shelves there, but no one would be fooled they were Coombe sausages and somehow it felt like cheating. I hunted around the freezer for what was filling it up. The answer was lamb! With a quick change of plan I took out several large bags of lamb mince and decided this year it would be Coombe Mill lamb burgers made to my own special recipe. On the night all 100 burgers were eaten and I promised to share the recipe so here it is. 


Coombe Mill Lamb Burger


Ingredients for approx 20 burgers

1.2 kg Mince

300g onions

2 fat cloves garlic

1 tablespoon mixed herbs

A few leaves of fresh sage, mint and rosemary to taste

Salt and pepper

3 slices medium thickness white bread

1 egg

Oil to fry

1.2 kg Mince  300g onions  2 fat cloves garlic  1 tablespoon mixed herbs  A few leaves of fresh sage, mint and rosemary to taste  Salt and pepper  3 slices medium thickness white bread  Oil to fry  1 egg



  1. Make the breadcrumbs in a food mixer and set aside. 

  2. Place the onion, garlic and all herbs in the food mixer & whiz into small pieces.

  3. Add the mince to the onion & herbs and whiz. 

  4. Add the egg and salt and pepper and whiz till a fine consistency is achieved.

  5. Combine the breadcrumbs, you don't need the mixer for this or if you do use it a low setting is fine and the breadcrumbs easily soak in. 

                           Steps for Making Lamb Burgers

  6. Form burger shapes from the mixture

  7. Heat a deep fat fryer or place oil in a pan and seal the burgers for approximately 15 seconds in the fryer, 15 seconds each side in a frying pan. This stops them falling apart when you handle them on the BBQ.

  8. BBQ or cook in a hot oven 200 degrees for approximately 20 minutes 

Final Steps for Making Lamb Burgers.jpg


To Serve

Perfect in fluffy baps (bought or homemade) with sauces of your choice and sliced cheese or with homemade chunky chips.  They went down a treat with young and old alike at our bonfire party and for a midweek supper.


Coombe Mill Lamb Burgers, made for sharing

Variations on Lamb Burgers

To Make Vegetarian Burgers instead replace the meat with drained  tins of chick peas and kidney beans and proceed as above. 

For an alternative flavour try swapping the herbs above for mild curry powder or paprika. Oregano and thyme also work well.

Other mince meat such as Pork,  Beef or Turkey will also work for burgers, the quality matters more than the animal it is from. Have some fun and experiment with your favourite seasonings using the base recipe. 




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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

November 14, 2014 at 11:30 PMCoombeMill

Remember, remember the 5th of November

Well actually it was the 9th of November in our case! We attended the local village party on the 5th and learnt about safety and firework crafts last week in our activity hour and this week it was time for our own Coombe Mill party. I spent hours making 100 burgers from our own lamb mince (recipe here tomorrow), slicing as many rolls and laying tables of extras and drinks. In between the boys had Parade to attend.

There is too much to do all in a day and most of the bonfire building had taken place during the week leading up to the event. This year the Bonfire represented a medical field hospital and Felix helped Nick to build it.

Making a Medical Field Shelter for our Bonfire

Our Effigy was an Ebola Man all suited and booted.  The children were rather proud of their guy Fawkes and rightly so. 


Ebola Man as Guy Fawkes Effigy for Bonfire Night 2014


The weather on the day was not helping us at all, we moved from sunshine to rain and back again in the blink of an eye. The kids' efforts to wipe the furniture down were soon in vain and even the gazebo we put up keeled over in one of the downpours.


Setting up the BBQ in Sun and Rain


I was determined we would carry on, as I was onto burger round 80 to 100 by then and the forecast going forward was no better. Nick was staring out at the rain when inspiration struck and we relocated the barbecues to the Log store. It had served us so well on Halloween for all our party games and had lighting which made it ideal. In the end the showers held off for our evening's entertainment and the BBQ crowd spilled out onto the lane.


BBQ at the Log Store


Nick left me in charge of the BBQ and handing out sparklers to the children while he slipped off with Ebola Man under one arm to light the bonfire and set the rockets and fireworks in place.  


BBQ and Sparklers for Bonfire Night

The sound of the first firework was our queue to walk along the path and watch the display.  Nick has become the local expert and delivers a wonderful display all at a safe distance. I can never resist a photo of everyone watching as well as the fireworks themselves.


Bonfire Night 2014 at Coombe Mill


With full tummies and happy children everyone made their way home just as the rain returned. In the end we timed things just perfectly. My greatest delight after this event is to see the tractor and trailer locked away and Farmer Nick safe indoors with me again. He may have done it many times before but I still worry for his safety each year.   


Joining in with Country Kids

Country Kids is a linky to encourage children to enjoy the outdoors.  Fresh air is good for us all and even though it may feel hard in winter to dress up warm and leave the comfort of central heating, doing so is refreshing, invigorating and good for mind and body. So please stay with me, grab the badge and share your outdoor family fun.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

A Day in this Dad's Life stayed with us for half term and shared in our day of Halloween Fun

A bonfire party with a fairground looks heaps of fun for Diary of the Evans Crittens

Kids and Gardens go Den making in a purpose built National Trust Area. I am determined to set up a designated area like this at Coombe Mill for 2015 

Practical science experiments are fun and educational. Let Kids be Kids shares some great ideas in the garden

Bewilderwood looks like a great day out as experienced by Mummy of Two

My Travel Monkey makes the most of an easy day out from Coombe Mill via the Rock to Padstow Ferry 

A Trip back to the beautiful countryside of home brings a lifestyle question forward for Motherhood Journeys 

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B Organic This Christmas

November 13, 2014 at 12:20 PMCoombeMill


If like me you suffer from dry skin then this time of year can feel harsh. Cracked lips, dry hands and tight skin around my joints are aggravated by the damp cold weather and the central heating indoors. For me this is a new development but for two of my boys they suffer every year with eczema while my daughter spends her life requesting lip balms and tubs of vaseline for her lips only to find she then can't prize the lids open on her own. Dry skin is a common complaint as are skin allergies. All too often I go to use a moisturiser only to discover an ingredient in the moisturiser itself has aggravated my skin even more.  It seems skin conditions baffle the medical profession too who decided my last outbreak was some sort of viral reaction!

I have taken things into my own hands and found a brand that likes my skin and that of my family.

Hurrah for B Organic Skincare 

B Organic Skincare Range

You only need to read Our Story on the B Organic website to see why this range works. It was begun by a Mum just like me trying to combat eczema and dermatitis in her young daughter. From early beginnings Aycin has built up a brand which is now sold online and stocked by major retailers. She has received some great reviews on her products and won numerous awards to be proud of across all categories from expectant Mums to newborn babies all with no nasty chemicals yet smelling good enough to eat or fragrance free.  

I am lucky enough to have 5 wonderful products on test here with me:

I don't have any babies now but I am in love with the kids body and bottom balm and it has worked wonders on my son's eczema which has been raging on his thighs. Being Fragrance free he is happy to wear it and not smell girly and the moisture effect is perfect. His eczema really has begun to recede after just a couple of day's regular use. To be honest think this is my overall favourite product, it is so versatile I could actually use it for all the family's moisturising needs and it is so effective a tiny pea size amount is all  you need making it economical too. 

My daughter has loved the feel of the shampoo on her hair and the matching lavender scent in the soothing body balm on her lips and round her mouth. Move over Vaseline this screw top tub is just the ticket and smells delicious!


Testing B Organic Skincare Range


The body wash is in our utility room for everyone to use and I have commandeered the body lotion to combat my own dry skin and it absorbs so quickly leaving my skin soft.


B Organic Body Wash and Body Lotion


This range is worth shouting about, it looks good, smells divine and the balms are really intensive making them worth every penny.


Product Size


Soothing Body Balm with Lavender and Chamomile 

60ml     £13

Baby & Kids Soothing Body & Bottom Balm Unscented 

60ml £9.95 

Baby & Kids Lavender Body Lotion

150ml £9.95

Ladies Body Wash with Grapefruit and Lemongrass 

150ml £14

Win this wonderful selection worth £46.90

For your chance to win this lovely selection from B Organic Skincare with Coombe Mill Holidays enter the rafflecopter giveaway below. It would make a perfect Christmas gift for family or friends, a treat for yourself or perfect in the kids christmas stocking. 

Make yours a B Organic Christmas and be hooked for life.

Good luck to all taking part and remember to check the terms and conditions for the giveaway.


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Disclosure: I was sent these products free of charge to test with my family. All opinions on the range are my own based on our experience.

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