20 January 2017
18 January 2017
Beetroot was a food I craved during my second pregnancy so I have a fondness for it. It is a vegetable that looks amazing and has great health benefits but I'm not always that sure on how to eat it without it just being slices on a plate or soaked in vinegar. I usually end up using it is soups, but in a cake, it's a little different.
It always important to include more vegetables in our meals, in any way that we can. But now that they are getting older, I’d rather see my boys growing up knowing what they are eating and becoming a fan of healthy food, if possible, rather than eating vegetables and not actually being aware of them.
- 250g cooked beetroot (For ease I use the vacuum-packed plain cooked beetroot)
- 100g dark chocolate
- 200g plain flour
- 200g unsalted butter* or margarine, melted
- 200g sugar (brown or white or a mixture)
- 3 large eggs
- 3tbsp cocoa powder
- 2tsp baking powder
16 January 2017
Here are five ways that our family is saving money this month and throughout 2017.
Swap School Dinners for Packed Lunches
Actively Look for Vouchers
Make your own lunch
Do you have any more tips for saving money as a family? I'd love to know them.
PS I’m linking up with this Cass, Emma and Becky in this week’s ‘Five Fabulously Frugal things I’ve done this week’ linky.
13 January 2017
1. What is it?
2. So who races?
|Stella in the Bubble|
3. Where do they race?
4. Why do they race?
5. What's the best bits?
My favourite track is Sub Zero because it's really slippery and hard for the other racers but it's easy to flip over too. I also like coming first!
11 January 2017
10 January 2017
Which plants to put where?
- Bathroom is the Boston Fern – Likes indirect light and moderate warmth. As well as being easy to find, inexpensive and can put up with some neglect, it is also one of the best filterers of formaldehyde.
- Kitchen is the Aloe Vera - Is extremely good at filtering our formaldehyde. It loves the sun so is the perfect plant to keep near a kitchen window. It's juicy gel can be used to help heal accidental burns and wounds and insect bites.
- Bedroom is the Gerbera Daisy – One of my all-time favourite plants (It was my chosen bloom for my wedding day). The gerbera daisy plant has lovely blooms that bring cheer to any space and releases extra oxygen into the air during the nighttime. Making it an ideal sleeping accompaniment.
- Living Room is the Rubber plant – Not only stylish this plant with its big, shapely leaves can make a statement in any living space but it also excels at removing chemical toxins (especially formaldehyde) from indoor air and needs less light than many other plants.
5 Reasons to have houseplants:
- Increased positive feelings and reduced feelings of anxiety, anger, and sadness.
- Reduction of sound levels and stress levels.
- Control of humidity and have a cooling effect.
- Improved concentration levels.
- Give interiors a spacious, looked after and clean feel.
|My Peace Lily takes it place in my kitchen, next to the Christmas Poinsettia (while it lasts)|
The Peace Lily Plant (Spathiphyllum)
- Is a popular choice for offices and homes and one of the easiest houseplants to care for.
- Brightens up a living space with its dark green leaves and white “flowers” - technically it’s a leaf that grows over the flowers.
- Is excellent at cleaning the air of the room it is in. As well as benzene and formaldehyde, the Peace Lily can help to get rid of acetone, a chemical released by electronics and certain cleaners.
- Enjoys medium to low light. A peace lily in low light will bloom less and will look more like a traditional foliage plant.
- Is far more tolerant of underwatering than overwatering - check them once a week to see if they need to be watered. And wash or wipe down the leaves at least once a year. This will help it process sunlight better.
For more information, the Royal Horticultural Society has lots of advice on which houseplants are best.
6 January 2017
However, there is always the cost to consider. As a treat, they are great, but order more frequently and it can soon make a big hole in your disposable income.
To order the equivalent from a local takeaway delivery service would have cost nearly £50.
The Mexican Family Feast:
- Quorn Chilli with onion, mixed peppers, Quorn mince and red kidney beans
- Garlic cheese bread
- Chop one onion and fry until lightly cooked in a pan on the hob.
- Chop ½ red pepper, yellow pepper and green pepper and add to onions
- Add chopped garlic and chilli powder and stir.
- Add the Quorn mince, chopped tomatoes and red kidney beans and simmer.
- Add water if necessary. Flavour with a stock cube or gravy powder and my special ingredient of a spoonful of cocoa powder.
- Continue to simmer for 15 – 20 mins. Taste to check heat add more chilli powder if required.
- Half the avocado, remove the stone and scoop out the flesh with a spoon into a bowl.
- Add a dash of lemon juice, a tablespoon of tomato puree and a pinch of chilli flakes and mash together with a fork until smooth.
- Mini tortilla wraps - 2 packs £1.00
- Uncle Ben’s Mexican Rice £1
- Avocado £0.75
- Quorn Mince £1.49
- Savers Tortillas £0.46
- Savers Dips £1.08
- Bread Sticks £0.38
- Onion £0.16
- Chopped Tomatoes £0.30
- Mixed Peppers £0.48
- Red Kidney Beans £0.30
- Grated cheese £0.25
- Lettuce £0.40
- Garlic Cheese Bread £1.00
- 4 Cornettos £1
Not only was it fairly inexpensive, it was a lovely family meal. We all sat together around a table sharing food. We filled the tortilla wraps to make tacos with rice, chilli, lettuce, dips and cheese. We topped the nachos with the same and also dipped them, the garlic bread and bread sticks in the dips and guacamole. Then finished it off with an ice- cream!
The boys have described it as great, fantastic and fabulous.
Time: Half an hour to prepare and cook