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Pick Me Up! Special

Pick Me Up! Special

December 2020

Published by TI Media Limited Pick Me Up! Special Series is your monthly feast of the best real-life stories from Pick Me Up! The series comprises of nine ‘Seasonals' and four ‘Best Ofs', featuring the best of Pick Me Up! Each bumper issue is crammed with a variety pack of true stories, your favourite features, money-saving tips, laughs, health ideas, great looks, budget beauty, food ideas to put a smile on your face and 12 puzzles. A fun package to keep you truly entertained!

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
your pick me ups

Girl gang Celebrations with my group of friends. R. Crass, Bristol Piled high A delicious mountain of pasta in my local Italian. Tory, Sheffield New home Celebrated my friend’s first home with a takeaway night! Audrey, Manchester Top of the world Sunday morning hike with my partner. Mandy, Newport Feeding the ducks My children love nothing more than a trip to the park! Gerri, Portsmouth Cheers! This bar had over 400 gins! How could I possibly choose? Mollie, Bristol Cocktail club I’d like every cocktail I have to come with a biscuit from now on. Katy, Bath Being the best My daughter sent these gorgeous flowers in the post during lockdown. Theresa, Salisbury Eggcellent Brunch date with my sister in our favourite spot. Cheslea, Dorset…

7 min.
savaged

Chatting to a colleague in work, she seemed a little stressed out. ‘I can’t find a babysitter,’ Lily*, 33, groaned, as we were serving on the tills at the convenience store where we worked. ‘When do you need one?’ I asked her. ‘Well, I was hoping to go out for a bit on Boxing Day,’ she said. ‘I’ll do it,’ I told her, without hesitation. Lily and I had been friends for eight years after we met at the shop where we were regularly on shift with one another. ‘You deserve to let your hair down,’ I smiled. ‘Rachel, are you sure?’ she asked. I nodded and she squealed with delight, throwing her arms around me. When I told my husband, Wayne, 41, what I’d agreed to, he wasn’t happy. ‘But it’s Christmas time,’ he said. ‘And you’ve got a…

2 min.
roboco-op!

There are lots of people around the world who are convinced that one day, robots may just take over the world. And if you take a short walk around Milton Keynes, it's not hard to imagine why. With a fleet of robots strolling along the street in a straight line, it looks like something straight out of a Sci-Fi film. However, the people of Milton Keynes are more than used to seeing these car-like robots around town. Launched in 2018 by Starship Technologies, the firm originally partnered with Co-op in order to help deliver local residents their weekly groceries. The electric robots can carry up to two full grocery bags of shopping, making them perfect for those in need of some basic supplies. And it couldn't be simpler. After paying a monthly subscription of £7.99, customers…

2 min.
special delivery

As my partner pulled in from work, I could tell he was knackered. ‘I’m completely done in,’ Pete, 41, sighed. ‘I’m looking forward to a lie-in tomorrow,’ he said, falling onto the bed. Pete was a Hermes delivery driver, and with it being the peak of lockdown, his workload had almost tripled. With everyone ordering stuff online, I was lucky if he’d get home before 9pm. When we met 14 years ago, I already had Luke, 10 and Rebecca, six, from a previous relationship, but I soon added to my brood. I went on to have Layla and Josh with Pete. ‘No more,’ I decided. But a decade on, last August, at 37, I’d had the shock of my life - a positive pregnancy test. ‘It’s meant to be,’ Pete gushed. So, come April this year, me and my…

1 min.
our top 10 super easy tips

In association with Cake Week, baking extraordinaire Lily Vanilli has shared her top tips for better baking so everyone can enjoy creating beautiful cakes at home! 1 Light sponge Beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy for a super light sponge and delicate crumb. 2 Skip sifting When it comes to cakes, cookies or brownies, you can generally skip sifting. 3 Whisk evenly Incorporate your baking powder/ bicarbonate of soda evenly into dry ingredients before adding to a batter. 4 Be patient Ensure your oven is properly preheated to the correct temperature before baking. 5 Gentle press When your cakes are fresh from the oven, gently press the tops flat to even out any bumps. 6 Follow the guide Always follow a recipe’s advice for temperature. If it says cold butter – don’t settle for less! 7 Good quality ingredients Use the best…

5 min.
easy eats

Seasonal Spuds have teamed up with food writer Karen Burns-Booth from Lavender & Lovage to help you prepare for the festive season. Whether they're roasted, sauteed, mashed, fried or boiled - potatoes have been a staple in British kitchens for centuries and they make some delicious dishes! Gluten-free cheesy breakfast muffins Makes 12 INGREDIENTS: 200g mashed potatoes, cooled (Maris Piper or any other good all-rounder works well)85g melted butter, plus extra for greasing180g smoked lardons, or streaky bacon150g cornmeal or polenta2 teaspoons baking powder2 eggs, beaten184ml pot buttermilkSalt and freshly ground black pepper50g extra mature Cheddar cheese METHOD: 1. Heat oven to 200°C/ Fan 180°C / Gas 6 and brush a 12-hole muffin tin with some of the melted butter, or line with paper muffin cases. 2. Boil 200g of peeled potatoes until they are very soft,…