James and I had so much fun launching the #summerbakingchallenge. For the rest of August, the Dr. Oetker Summer Baking Challenge will set a baking challenge every Sunday on Facebook.

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Dr Oetker carried out a survey to celebrate the launch, which revealed that Mary Berry is the celebrity who most reminds them of their own mammies in the kitchen.

The Great British Bake off star topped the poll ahead of Cork native Darina Allen (23%) who came in second place and proving Irish mammies are a persuasive bunch, Mrs. ‘Go-on-go-on-go-on’ -Fr. Ted’s housekeeper, Mrs. Doyle, came in third place (21%).

Regardless of what was in the oven though, a whooping 80% of mothers remember their own mother baking when they were growing up and 78% even remember how much they loved licking the spoon! I know that was certainly my favourite part when my granny was baking!

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An overwhelming 90% voted that the smell of freshly baked goods is the most welcoming scent a house can have. So round up your mini bakers and get messy baking to create new family memories this August!

All you have to do is share your photos on to the Facebook page to win a KitchenAid mixer and weekly prizes of Dr. Oetker baking goodies.

This competition will add a sprinkle of fun to baking with the family this summer.

For lots of tips, recipes and baking inspiration check out @DrOetkerBaking and #SummerBakingChallenge


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Win a retro 3-in-1 dessert maker with thanks to new Ariel 3-in-1 Pods

According to the recent Ariel “All the power you need” report which surveyed the household habits of 6,000 women across Europe, over a quarter of women surveyed (28%) buy multifunctioning products to save space, saying they make daily life easier and simpler (76%). Ariel 3-in-1 Pods feature an innovative multi-compartment design and unique formula that keeps the ingredients separate until they are released into the wash, unleashing a deep clean that lifts and removes stains, while helping to maintain the brightness of your clothes.

The celebrate the launch of the new Ariel 3-in-1 pods, we have a retro 3 in 1 Dessert maker to give away. This handy device contains three sets of interchangeable non-stick coated plates. They are all dishwasher safe and easy to clean and even include a list of handy recipes you can try out.

In today’s time poor world, where our lives have been enhanced by ever more compact technology, we need to be able to rely on high performance multi-functional products to tackle even the toughest cleaning challenge, new Ariel 3-in-1 Pods deliver all the convenience and performance you would expect from small and powerful technology. So take the stress out of laundry and let the load keep up with your lifestyle – rather than the other way round.

You can be in with a chance of winning this prize by answering the question below

New Ariel 3-in-1 pods clean, lift stains and brighten your clothes in one easy step.



Terms & Conditions Prize cannot be exchanged for cash or alternative. Prize cannot be sold. Competition open to Republic of Ireland residents only. One entry per person. Winners will be notified by email and published on site. An alternative winner(s) will be chosen if the winner(s) cannot be contacted or if the prize is not redeemed within 30 days. Free delivery nationwide (Republic of Ireland only). Entrants must be over 18 and a permanent resident in the Republic of Ireland. Only fully completed and valid entries with be entered into the draw. Editor’s decision in relation to selection of winner is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Standard competition terms and conditions apply. Competition closing date is 27th of OCTOBER 2013