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Gift Guide for Her - Let’s hear it for the girls!

So gents, listen up as this post is for you! Us lady folk think that it is you guys that are hard to buy for but, under that cool, calm exterior, I suspect that you too feel the same way about us – am I right? I’m sure that you have some wonderful women in your life (wife, girlfriend, mother, sister, aunty) that you are looking to find ‘just the right gift’ for this festive season… Well, look no further, don’t get your tinsel in a tangle, as here is our handy ‘Gift Guide for Her’. You are sure to find something that makes her face light up like a Christmas tree on Christmas Day:

 

Has she had a busy day at work, with the kids, in the garden – why not get her to put her feet up with a long, cooling drink to unwind with? Fancy a pre-dinner aperitif? Who doesn’t like a tasty G&T with ice and a slice? Our G&T boards come with regular engravings or why not switch it up with our quirky, fun and unusual neon boards for those funky ladies in your life? What’s not to like (and they’re great value too!) and paired with a bottle of her favourite gin you are sure to make it to her "favourite" list! 

 

These book ends are not only stylish and timeless but, accompanied with her most loved classic novel or the latest book from her favourite author, they will make the perfect, thoughtful Christmas gift.

 

These cute solid oak bowls are the idea place for her to safely pop her rings whilst doing the gardening or washing up, drop the car keys into, stash all of those precious random little items she finds in the kids’ pockets etc. This gift could be complimented with something small and sparkling for a Christmas she’ll always remember…

 

A few basil leaves added at the last minute to a pasta sauce turn a good dish into a great one! A sprinkling of parsley on top of a steaming bowl of soup or over a crisp piece of fish makes all the difference. These handy yet beautiful herb tray pots mean that these vital ingredients are handily right there where you need them - on the window sill. Why not gift with a packet of her favourite herb seeds?

 

Just to give you a heads up, the last day for ordering pre-engraved or outlet items in order for the elves to deliver them in time for the Big Day, is this Sunday (19th). So don’t delay, order today! Remember to take advantage of our outlet offer and save 15% by using the code OUTLET21 at the checkout.

Happy shopping chaps! The perfect gift is just a click away.

p.s. If you are a lady reading this & have spotted something that rather tickles your fancy then be sure to forward this on and share it so you can send a subtle (or not so subtle!) hint to that loved one of yours!

You know where I am if you need me....Merry Christmas, Love Charlotte x

 

Great Gifts For Guys

Shopping for my husband Sam is the worst! I genuinely have the loveliest intentions every year to find him the perfect present... then I start looking… and I really struggle. I honestly think that men are so hard to buy for, although I’m sure that they wouldn’t agree!

So, if you are stuck for solutions for the many lovely gents in your life, then let me help you out with my five Great Gifts for Guys:

  • Bits and bobs bowl Where are the keys? That question is the bane of my life! Give them a designated drop off spot, along with the other paraphernalia that he drags out of his pockets: coins, phone, screws, receipts, mints and golf tees! Personalise it however you wish or simply use one of our favourite engravings.Oak Bowl
  • Tablet charging block This is such a brilliant invention! A chunky oak iPad or tablet stand with his name on it (plus a handy hole underneath for the cable-we’ve thought of everything!) – the perfect docking spot to charge his iPad. It’ll looks stylish and neat on his desk, in the kitchen or next to the bed and he’ll never misplace his iPad again (hopefully)!
  • Shot glass tray The best on the market by far! This solid oak shot glass tray is the most beautiful piece of kit. With glasses included and the design allowing you to hold it from both ends, thus avoiding any spillages, this is a serious investment piece. Perfect for dinner parties and soirees, après ski or shoot parties. Personalise it to mark a memorable occasion and present with a bottle of spirit to kick start the celebrations.
  • Wine and bottle rack.  The boot of my car has been clanking recently each time I take a bend – he’s going to need somewhere to store all those lovely bottles of wine you’ve bought in for your guests plus those he’ll be gifted at Christmas! These are both visually appealing and a practical storage solution. What’s not to love?
  • Bottle opener These are such a simple yet practical design. They look incredible on the wall, next to the fridge, in your home bar or outside by the BBQ area. Choose inscriptions from ‘OPEN HERE’ or ‘BEER’ or your own words for a really special and unique gift

I hope that this gift edit helps you and gives you some much needed inspiration when buying for those cheeky chaps in your life.

As always of you need any help please do just drop me an email or pick up the phone.

Thanks Charlotte xx

RECIPE - MmmmMince Pies!

I really love our Mince Pie Christmas Boards - a perfect place to serve mince pies over the festive period and a great little platter for all those gorgeous Christmas munchies. This little gift creates a legacy, something that will become an heirloom and will be part of your family’s Christmas festivities, traditions and memories. 

Here is one of the best mince pie recipes that I’ve found (it’s Paul Hollywood’s, I think) and I really enjoy making them. The hardest part is making sure that one gets saved for Santa!

So here we go:

You will need a deep muffin mould with 12 holes, a round pastry cutter and a fluted pastry cutter.

Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 375g/13oz plain flour
  • 250g/9oz softened butter
  • 125g/4oz caster sugar
  • 1 medium egg

For the filling

  • 2 x 400g/14oz jars mincemeat
  • 2 tangerines, zest grated and flesh chopped
  • 1 apple, finely diced

Method

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

To make the pastry, rub the flour and butter together then stir in the sugar. Add the egg, together with a splash of cold water and mix until it just comes together as a dough. Do not overwork. Wrap the pastry in cling film and pop it in the fridge to chill while you make the filling.

To make the filling, tip the mincemeat out into a bowl, grate the zest of the tangerines into the mincemeat, then peel and chop the fruit. Throw the tangerine and apple pieces into the bowl and mix by hand.

Take the pastry out of the fridge and roll it out to about a 3mm/1/8in thickness. With a round pastry cutter, cut out 6 x 9cm/3½in discs of pastry. Press the pastry into the muffin cups and fill each one with a good helping of the mincemeat mixture, so that it reaches three-quarters of the way up the side.

With a fluted pastry cutter, cut out 6 x 8cm/3¼ in pastry circles for the lids (slightly bigger than the top of the muffin cups). Place a lid on top of each pie and gently push down. Sprinkle with some extra caster sugar.

Bake for 20 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Dust with icing sugar and serve warm with fresh cream, custard or ice cream.

Heaven!!

Serve on a From The Oak Tree solid oak mince pie board. The perfect place to present Father Christmas with his well-earned Christmas Eve offerings, remembering to include a sherry (and perhaps a carrot for Rudolph!). In the morning you’re sure to find some crumbs and you may be lucky enough to find a stocking filled with gifts in exchange!  

As always, if you have any questions about any of our products then please head on over to the contact page and I’d love to help. I’m not totally sure that I can help you if your pastry doesn’t quite turn out as expected though – I just tend to pour another Baileys!

Cheers Love Charlotte xxx

Don't forget the Teachers...

What a year (and ¾) it’s been! This week I’ve been doing some reflection and one conclusion I’ve come to is that I’m very grateful for the stability and consistency that school and my kids’ teachers have given us as a family; a friendly, smiling face to greet them every day, routine, structure and familiarity, not to mention the normality of seeing their friends. Let’s not forget those special people who, in these challenging times, have gone above and beyond. A class teacher, teaching assistant, form tutor, key worker at nursery, pre school assistant – the list is almost endless…

Some of my close friends are in teaching and I know from them that the ‘personal touch’ is what truly makes a gift special. Why not gift one of our wooden bookmarks, made extra special with a personalised message, to be used in school for keeping track of the current class story or at home for some much needed and deserved down time?

Or a mini bits and bobs bowl inscribed with your favorite teacher’s  name for those stray items in the classroom? A tea and biscuits board for those precious 5 minutes at breaktime? 

                             

Perhaps a tablet charging block sat on his/her desk in the classroom or for the all important home schooling we are all so familiar with. 

Lastly, if like some people I know, you have an amazing class rep, why not join forces to give a joint from the whole class like our ultimate oak tidy rack or chopping board!

        Oak Chopping Board

Don't forget that if you want something personalised allow a little extra time- please do contact me with any queries, I'm always happy to help and I want you to give the best teacher gifts ever!

Love Charlotte x

 

Autumn's here so why not cosy up with a delicious heart-warming soup?

Now that Halloween outfits have been packed away, sweets scoffed and fireworks fizzled, we’ve been enjoying hunkering down in the evenings in front of our log fire with our 4 legged friends at our feet.

On our blustery family dog walks at the weekend we really noticed that the fields are littered with beautiful red, orange and gold leaves – Autumn is well and truly here! Thank goodness for our boot jacks to keep our hands clean and our wall hanging welly boot rack to keep our boot room mud and clutter free on our return!

              

With 4 kids, 5 dogs, 2 businesses and a plethora of family hobbies, ranging from rugby to riding, meal times often have to be quick and easy for us but that doesn’t mean they can’t be hearty and wholesome too. Why not warm your cockles with a steaming bowl of butternut squash soup, with this quick and easy to prepare recipe, enjoyed with a slab of crusty bread sliced on beautiful solid oak bread board and served on a unique oak Soup & Serving platter! It's a hit with my whole family!

Ingredients (serves 4 so we double it for our family giving us extra for seconds or to freeze!)

  • 1 butternut squash, about 1kg, peeled and deseeded
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 2 mild red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 850ml hot vegetable stock
  • 4 tbsp crème fraîche, plus more to serve

Method

  • STEP 1  Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
  • STEP 2. Cut the squash into large cubes, about 4cm/1½in across, then toss in a large roasting tin with 1 tbsp of the olive oil.
  • STEP 3. Roast for 30 mins, turning once during cooking, until golden and soft.
  • STEP 4. While the butternut squash cooks, melt the butter with the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan then add the onions, garlic clove and three-quarters of the chillies.
  • STEP 5. Cover and cook on a very low heat for 15-20 mins until the onions are completely soft.
  • STEP 6 Tip the butternut squash into the pan, add the stock and crème fraîche( if desired) , then whizz with a stick blender until smooth.
  • STEP 7 Return to the pan, gently reheat, then season to taste. Serve the soup in bowls with swirls of crème fraîche and a scattering of the remaining chopped chilli.

Cheat Tip: Use a soup maker. If you don’t have one, put it on your Christmas Wish List!

           

Joint gifting ideas for families

I’ve recently escaped from the office and workshop and high tailed it off to a couple of fabulous events that have really got me excited and tingly about thinking what I would like to give to my nearest and dearest this festive season! However, I am always initially a tad daunted by the length of my list!! Fear not, I have some handy suggestions for you up my sleeve…

Like me, I’m sure you love nothing more than all being gathered around the family table with grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins and sharing in the joy of a delicious home cooked Sunday roast with a glass of red in your hand.  So why not join forces with your siblings to give the joint gift of one of our solid oak personalised carving boards to your parents?  Nothing says ‘I love you’ or ‘thank you for being you’ more than your own words etched into our exquisitely hand made boards.

Oak swing makes a perfect joint gift

Or why not put on your Santa Wishlist a bespoke swing for all the children in the family to share from their collective aunties and uncles? With 4 children in our house, I know that we are bursting at the seams with ‘stuff’ after Christmas! This gift will not only get them out enjoying the fresh air but will create memories that last a lifetime (as will our swing!).

How about a gift that the whole family can enjoy with your own quirky inscription on our solid oak coat rack and complimentary welly boot rack?

So many ideas to choose from…

Use your loaf (one of my fav breadboard inscriptions!), be savvy and team up to give a joint gift and enjoy a little gift from me to you and take advantage of our  Early Bird discount if you order before the 26th November! (£10 discount with Code EARLYBIRD at the checkout for all orders over £100!)

You're welcome! Love Charlotte xx

Engraving Ideas

I often hear from customers wanting to buy an oak gift from us but they aren't entirely sure what they would like engraved. Obvious choices for personalisation choices are dates and names but there are plenty of quirky memes, sayings and inspiring quotes that look fabulous engraved on our solid oak gifts.  Sometimes peoples choices are so good that they are engrained in my own mind and you can go around and around in circles trying to come up with something different or something more individual but really as the old saying goes " there is no point reinventing the wheel".  So here are some suggestions for engraving on your gifts:

Chopping Board engraving Ideas:
NICE BAPS
STILL CUTTING IT ( @50 / @40 or alternatively 
CUTTING IT FINE
CRUMBS  ( Insert name) is 50!
CHOP CHOP
THE FAMILY BOARD
BAKED AND RAISED THE (Insert name) WAY
DADDY"S ROAST
CARVER (Insert name)
VINTAGE
WELL MATURED
GOOD FOOD - GOOD FRIENDS - GOOD TINES
Swings give us such a fabulous starting point for engraving, here are some of my favourites:
TO THE MOON AND BACK
REACH FOR THE STARS
PUSHING FIFTY (or insert age)
STILL SWINGING AT (insert age)
AIM HIGH
I CAN FLY
FLY HIGH
I CAN FLY HIGHER THAN A MOUNTAIN
FLYING WITHOUT WINGS
SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT
THE SKY'S THE LIMIT
AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH

 

These are by no mean exhaustive - be as creative as you can - enjoy choosing your engraving. Be inspirational, be endearing, be creative! 

 

Have a great day Love Charlotte xxx

 

 

Self Feeding Fire- Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Nights Feast!

 

With a heat wave set to be with us over the next week ( have I read that correctly or dod I dream it?) and with the summer holibobs upon us I thought Id share a little outside living creation with with you.

Rewind to the summer of 2018, I was forty that summer and had a festival birthday party planned. A weekend of good food, alcohol, the best friends a live band and dancing into the early hours. I never thought it would be featured on Tv until I was asked to take part in Channel 4's Jimmy & Jamies Friday Night Feats DIY build. 

I was sent to Jimmy's Farm in Ipswich to meet the man himself and build a self feeding fire which we could recreate at my part and serve the most gorgeous veggie chilli to all our guests on the first night of the weekend along side a cool film crew!   

So if you are stuck for something to do over the next few weeks I would highly recommend this ( instructions below)... and for the delicious chilli recipe click here! 

Sadly it was served on a rustic wooden board...but not one of ours!  Damn why did I miss out on the opportunity to gift a gorgeous oak chopping board and a salt and pepper pinch? Those that know me will realise I wont make that mistake twice! 

 Let me know how you get on, Love Charlotte x 

 

 

 

 

Looking after your oak chopping board

We adore our oak chopping boards and we know when you receive yours you do too. When they arrive with you it’s almost too good to be true. They are so heavy and solid, soft to touch and all fresh and warm in colour.  Over time their charm will live on, they will gain character in form of knife marks, burn marks, water marks and will start to show signs of usage and age. Roll with the bumps and grazes along the way and you will have your very own unique chopping board.

I get so many questions from customers about how to restore their oak chopping boards to it’s former glory or how should they be looked after to ensure it is a chopping board of beauty for many years to come. Whether you prefer the ‘well used’ look or a ‘pristine’ oak chopping board it is best practise to look after your wooden chopping board with a little TLC.

Our chopping boards arrive with a small care sheet. In order to keep your chopping board in best condition we advise against immersing it in water, avoid considerable changes in temperatures and to avoid black marks do not place aluminium or soft metals on them.  

Should you get unsightly marks on them then a light sand with a fine grit sandpaper will help remove the marks. Always do this with the grain so not to create excess scratch marks. Then apply a food safe oil ( we use mineral oil) using a clean cloth to increase its longevity and increase it's lifespan. 
Another way to increase the life of your board is by turning it over from time to time to avoid it cupping and loosing shape.  Your chopping board is made from several pieces of oak that are glued together to increase its strength and reduce cupping.
 

There is a little saying: 
"Oil it once a day for a week, once a week for a month, once a month for a year, and then once a year for the rest of your life.”

Follow this and your board will owe you nothing! Any further questions please contact me. You can buy your oil here

Sending you an "oil" lot of love , Charlotte xx 

 

 

Memories Of Childhoods Gone By On A Garden Swing

The weather may be a little grizzly and a tad bit windy but the evenings are certainly lighter and hanging in our gardens with friends never seemed so appealing. After a tricky 12 months, life is seemingly on the up.  

There is no better way to enjoy your garden in my eyes than swinging leisurely on a swing- taking in the fresh air and the sun beams on your face and perhaps a delicious tipple in hand. You see a swing is not just for children, it is glorious way to conjure up childhood memories. It transports you to the times where you felt giddy in your tummy, where there were no worries and where time wasn't so precious. 

I remember swinging and shouting "higher ,higher" as it just never seemed like I was being pushed hard enough. I remember the "topsy turvy" tummy feeling and that split second of worrying about the falling feeling. I reminisce about the pure JOY I experienced and the shrills I used to make. The queues I used to stand in for just "one more time" in the local park. 

If you can, transport yourself back to those simpler times. Can you remember those feelings of Joy?

Oak Swing

Checkout out our joy givers. If you want to create some more long lasting memories with one of our oak swings please go to our Garden Collection. 

Sending Love, Charlotte xxx

 

Wonderfully Wooden Gift Ideas for the Children

Shop small, shop independent, shop local are all familiar words of Christmas 2020 but when it comes to those gorgeous children of ours and their gifts from Santa its so easy to just reach for the Argos catalogue, tap tap on amazon or head to the larger toy shops to invest in annoying, breakable, loud and often plastic toys!

I've noted all of my favourite solid oak goodies that are just perfect for those  children in your life enabling you to buy sustainable gifts, cutting down on the plastic and in turn saving the planet and gifting a solid solid and beautiful present  that will be around for many years to come.

Here are my top Christmas picks for the little (and not so little) family members:

Oak Christmas Plate
  • Christmas Board: Let' start with my most favourite oak Christmas product. It wouldn't be Christmas without a mince pie and glass of port or milk for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph on Christmas eve. The Christmas eve / Mince pie board is our very own take on the Christmas eve rage! It's a beautiful solid oak board that can be personalised with your child's name or simply stick with the question Naughty or Nice,? Piled high with mince pies or Christmas morsals it really will look the "Reindeers Doohdah's" and you will most certainly be the flavour of the month


  • Book Ends: I remember receiving some book ends as a child and I treasured them so much. These solid, heavy bookends will hold their books upright on a windowsill or shelf and just like a good story will last a lifetime. Personalised them with their name, initials or a quote and wrap them up, together with a really good book for the most perfect and complete present.
  •  A Personalised Swing: Nothing reminds me of my childhood more than soaring through the air on a swing. That giddy feeling that used to hit my tummy on the downward motion still makes me smile and the nagging I used to do to "push me higher, higher, no even higher" takes me right back! Our oak garden swings are just gorgeous and I promise you the children will agree. Personalised with their name or a special motivational quote you will be sure to get them enjoy the outdoor air come rain or snow this winter.

  • A dippy egg board. Are you a top slicer or a tap tap tapper? However you choose to eat yours I'm sure that the children in your life are following suit and if they think boiled eggs are eggcellent then they will love having their egg safe and up right and arranging their soldiers ready for ultimate dipping on their special oak dippy egg board! Personalise with their name to make them feel egg-stra special!
  • Tablet Charging Block For Teens and Tweens what better present than something to charge their tablet or phone.  Whether they have their devices in their bedrooms or not you will both be thrilled to have somewhere personal to put it where the wires are hidden away and tangle free.  The device block is a great stand too enabling them to watch films hands free, listen to music with out vibration, tik-tok or participate in a zoom or google classroom whilst multi tasking.   

 

    Presents for the young people in your life needn’t be things that will only last a few months. be the ultimate present giver with all of these gorgeous oak goodies that can be passed down to their on children.   Imagine being part of that legacy!

    As always, if you have any questions about any of our products then please head on over to the contact page and I’d love to help or email me at charlotte@fromtheoaktree.co.uk or call me on 01664 650075 x

    Love Charlotte xx

     

    Gift Ideas For The Men In Your Life

    Shopping for Sam is the worst! I genuinely have the loveliest intentions every year to get him the perfect present... then I start looking and I really struggle. I really think men are the most impossible to buy for - even though they would totally disagree.

    So, if you have a man knocking around, and are stuck for solutions, then let me help you out with my five great gifts for guys.

    • A bits and bobs bowl Where are the keys?  That question is the bane of my life!  Give them a designated drop off spot, along with the other paraphernalia that he drags out of his pockets; coins, mints, phone, receipts, golf teas and screws! Personalise it however you wish or use one of our favourite engravings.
    • A tablet charging block. This is such a brilliant invention. A chunky oak iPad or tablet stand with his name on it. A great place to charge his iPad, with hole underneath for the cable. It looks cool by the bed, on his dask or in the kitchen and hell never misplace his iPad agin! (yeah right!!)

    • A welly boot rack. Keep the mud outside where it belongs with this welly storage. Whether you choose a small rack just for him or a larger one for the whole family, the wellies are stored upside down, allowing them to dry off and stay fresh. Well, as fresh as wellies can be expected to be
    • A shot glass tray. The best on the market by far! This solid oak shot glass tray is the most beautiful piece of kit. With glasses included and the practicality of being able to hold it from both ends, this is a serious investment piece. Perfect for après ski or dinner parties when we allowed to celebrate during normal life and great for shoot parties too.  Personalise it with a memorable occasion and present it with a bottle of spirit to celebrate
    • A bottle Opener. These I s such a simple designate such useful one too.   They look incredible on the wall, next to the fridge or outside by the Bbq area. choose from BEER , OPEN HERE or choose your won personalisation for a real special and unique gift! 

    I hope that this gift edit helps you and gives you some gift inspiration when buying for those cheeky chaps in your life. Head to the Home Bar Collection before you head off elsewhere!! 

    As always, if you have any questions about any of our products then please head on over to the contact page and I’d love to help.

    XXXCharlotte

     

    Shop Small & Shop Independent at these Christmas Virtual Fairs

    Shopping small and Independent is such a great thing to do. There are so many unique & individually sourced clothes, gifts and home accessorise out there but its just finding out where! 
    That's where the virtual events come in! They work hard to get exciting small brands to feature with them and they tell many, many people about their offers. Some also raise money for charity.
    In my bid to get as many people shopping small I thought I would make life easy as possible for you and I have listed the fairs in this news post.  Please see below for all the links and my offers:
    The Online Christmas Fair that continues until the end of December ( each participating brand will be using the code OCF2020) but all have different offers.  
    This is unique with it's own hotline number 07432154924 for people who are not as of-fait with online shopping.
    The Early Early Christmas fair uses the code EECF20. This will continue through to the end of January and each participant will be donating 20% of their sales made with this code to the Soldiers Charity.
    By Beautiful Brands  This will be held on the 3rd-4th November. You need to sign up on their website to shop and to receive the unique code. 
    Swishmas: run by Swish for it. 1st-18th Nov'. use the code SWISHMAS
    At Home with Country Living: 6-8th November Sign up via their site to receive the participating brands list 
    The Wonderlist Secret Sale event -15th-17th November Sign up in link to receive the sale list.
    Daisy Trust Fair 30th Nov-1st Donation of £5 on the day on their site for an exclusive shopping list/
    Red Shops at Christmas 4th-6th December- Sign up and receive an online event  and all the businesses taking part and their discount codes. 

    Shop Small, Shop Independent.

    With the biggest shopping season of the year nearly upon us I think it’s really important to address our own shopping habits. 


    This year I have made a pledge to myself to shop small, shop independent and shop local when I can.

    There are so many reasons to do this! By supporting independents you are supporting entrepreneurs who work tirelessly around the clock to keep the costs of their products down and their energies in creating something a little different. Small business owners don't have massive advertising budgets and wear so many hats that larger brands would employ numerous people to do. When you shop with a small brand you are not just a number. Along side making their products they maintain a personal and friendly serviced it really is true what they say:  many small business owners actually do a little happy dance every time they make a sale.

    By supporting your local shops and stores you are supporting the community. Online store owners and bricks and mortar shop owners spend the money they make on your purchase to put their child through ballet lessons or on their child’s rugby sub’s.

    I urge you to have a go at shopping small and independent.  With so many wonderful Indi brands now online it is now a perfect climate for shopping alternatively ou can purchase from your local small independent stores on the phone and via social media. Give it a go. I can honestly say you’ll get a buzz from knowing how much good you are doing!

    Please do take a look at our online store for any gifts you may be buying and don’t forget I’m here to answer any questions you may have.

      

    My Favourite Oak Gift Products!

    I have so many favourite products right now but I decided it important to narrow them down and pick just six. I have selected a small selection of oak gifts that may well be considered as perfect presents for your loved ones. With so many amazing new brands and small indie businesses out there and the most wonderful array of hand finished personalised gifts and products for you to choose from I thought it would help if I took some of the pain out of trailing through reviews and time figuring out the things would make the best gifts for you.

     

    So here goes:

    The Bits & Bobs Bowl 

    Oak Bowl

    Simply my favourite product of all time just because it emulates an oak tree. You can almost count the rings in the bowl and the grain shows through so beautifully. There are three sizes, Mini , Small and Large. They are are great for change, keys, trinkets, cufflinks, earrings and an all manner of bits and bobs! Engrave with a name or something witty. One of my favourite to date is "onandonandon" which made reference to the middle drawer in overtones house 

     

    The G&T Board

    This is one of our mot iconic oak gifts. Its super popular and every Gin and Tonic lover really needs one to cut their lemon, limes cumbers or any other delicious addition they need to make the prefect G&T.


    Egg Rack

    Oak Egg Rack

    Eggs are kept at their optimumm freshness at room temperature and this is such an attractive solution for any contemepory or country kitchen. If someone has their own hand then this is such a great way to store them and looks really great with a witty message and personalisation. Eggcellent I hear you say!

     

    Chopping Board 

     

    Our chopping boards are gorgeous, solid, long lasting and unique. An oak gift that will last a life time and look beautiful the whole time. Every kitchen needs a solid oak chopping board and these really add that little bit more personalised with dates, names and words to celebrate that special someone!

     

    Door Stop

    This beautiful solid oak door stop is made from natural Green oak and is a great example of a beautiful sustainable gift. Paired with a natural manila rope 

    This is a list of all of my favourite products this week - I am sure they will be different next week as they are all such gorgeous oak products I can never really decide for sure! 

     

    Check out our collections to decide what your favourite gifts and start creating your oak gift lists! 

    https://fromtheoaktree.co.uk/collections

    The Kitchen Loving Dad: Gift ideas for Fathers day

    Does your dad like long lasting gifts that are that little bit different? We have some wonderful Fathers day gift ideas from a range of Oak kitchen gifts, Oak chopping boards and oak welly boot racks. All items can be engraved and personalised with your choice of words.Read more

    The Dirty faces From Behind The Oak Tree

    We are Charlotte and Sam and together we make up the partnership from Behind The Oak Tree. 

    We created the four most wonderfully crazy, gorgeous and pretty cheeky human beings and are living in the midst of a on-going, life long renovation project- and we love it!

    From The Oak Tree  has been such a great addition to our family lives. It brings so much joy to so many people.  I can't actually believe how our beautifully simple oak gifts look so bloomin' gorgeous once engraved, sanded and oiled. It makes me squeal with delight.  It's true what they say- small business owners do a little happy dance when they receive an order

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    It's A Family Affair!

    In 2015 Sam and I had a vision. We wanted to create something that we could work around our young family- something we could create together, Sam could produce and I could market and sell. From The Oak Tree was born through a simple vision, some very hard work, long hours and real elbow grease.  

    Our children were witnesses to this hard work and the whole process. Then 9,8,6 & 3 years old they accompanied us to meetings, slept in the truck at events, helped oil, stamp and handed out numerous leaflets! It became part of their normal life and our 5th baby.

    A couple of years ago when Claudia was 11 I noticed she had made a video on her iPad....it shows me that our hardwork hasn't gone un-noticed. Our children really do believe in us and From the Oak Tree really is a family affair!!

    Please take a minute to watch her hard wok and really appreciate how little and cute they were!!! LOL

    Charlotte xxxx ( and Claudia xxx)

    Recipe For Jamie Oliver's Veggie Chilli

     

    Self Filling FireSelf Feeding FireOn 18th January 2019 I was featured on Channel 4, Jamie and Jimmies Friday Night Feast on the DIY build. The recipe for the vegetarian chilli was delicious and the feed back at CHARFEST was great- so I thought I'd Share....Divide the ingredients down as per the people you are feeding. This would be perfect in a hotpot or slow cooker if you don't fancy the self feeding fire build!

    Veggie chilli – (serves 25)

    3 onions
    6 garlic cloves
    2 leeks
    3 red peppers
    2 red chillies
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    3 tablespoons ground cumin
    3 tablespoons ground coriander
    3 tablespoons ground smoked paprika
    3 tablespoons dried oregano
    2 cinnamon sticks
    3 tablespoons tomato puree
    350g dried red lentils
    350g dried green lentils
    3x 400g tins red kidney beans
    3x 400g tins black beans
    3x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
    2 litres vegetable stock

    Peel and finely chop the onions and garlic, then trim and finely chop the leek, red pepper and chilli and place into your largest, heavy-based pan over a medium heat with the oil. Fry for about 5 minutes, or until softened. 

    Add the spices, dried herbs and tomato purée and cook for a further 2 minutes.

    Stir in the lentils and the beans, followed by the chopped tomatoes and the stock. Bring it all to the boil, then reduce to a low heat and let it bubble away for at least 1 hour (or until thickened and reduced) stirring every 15 to 20 minutes, then season.

    Serve scattered with coriander leaves, lime wedges, tortilla chips, guacamole and a dollop of soured cream on the side.

    Self Feeding Fire