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2020 is coming to an end - What a Year!

What a year!  2020 has seen a massive change in family life, the High Street, businesses and the way we generally do things.  As someone with a small business I could not have planned for a pandemic. All businesses have a kind of plan. A plan that might be money related. A plan that might be events related or a plan that’s family orientated but no one had a plan with COVID-19 in mind. At the start of the year I had a lot of corporate orders in my diary, weddings and other celebrations where my cookies would stand out as delicious but with a purpose.  And on the 23rd of March the country entered lockdown number one. This was a...

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Jack of All Trades Master of None!

Blog - Jack of All Trades Master of None When I first set up a business I decided that I would do all things cakes and bakes. I even chose my first business name for that purpose. Holmestead Cakes and Bakes was born in October 2016 when I left my job as Operations Manager at Grimsby Citizens Advice. The name encompassed everything that I thought I might do at some point in my new chosen career. My background has always been office-based but my passion has always been cooking, baking and cake decorating; something I probably got from my Nanna who was a great cook and worked for some major companies in Derby where I was born such as Rolls...

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Oooooh Baby Baby!

Have you wondered why so many babies are born on 26th September? We look at celebration babies and lockdown babies and special cookie treats for new parents and grandparents

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Love You Mum! But is it Mothers Day or Mothering Sunday?

Have you ever wondered about the history of gift giving on Mothers Day or Mothering Sunday?  History of Mothering SundayLike many traditions Mothering Sunday began with a religious purpose. Held on the fourth Sunday in Lent and exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday,. It was a originally a day to give thanks to the Virgin Mary who was also known as Mother Mary. Such celebrations required people to visit the main church or cathedral in a family's area that they called the 'mother' church. The practice brought families together on this special day and allowed children who generally worked as domestic servants from as early as ten years old, a chance to take a day off to join their family...

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