This soup recipe is easy to make and very budget friendly.Soups are always a great way of using up vegetables that are beginning to go past their best and you don’t want to waste. They’re also easy to make, great to batch cook and a good way of sneaking veggies in to your meal plans. Ingredients 3 small sweet potatoes (or 2 large) 1 leek 1 red onion 1 carrot 1 teaspoon ground cumin 500ml chicken or vegetable stock (using a cube is fine) Method Roughly chop all the veg Soften the leek and onion in oil in a large saucepan for a few minutes, then add the cumin and stir though for a minute. Add the carrot and sweet potato and stir through so combined. Pour over the stock . If freshly made and hot, then let the soup simmer for twenty minutes until the vegetables are tender. If using chilled stock then bring to the boil first, then lower the heat and simmer. This can be eaten straight away or portioned into plastic boxes so you’ve an reheat later. If you like spicy food, this is delicious if you add some flaked chilli or a hefty portion of ground pepper before serving. Likewise you can make it milder with a swirl of yoghurt or sour cream added – great for kids! I like mine with chilli or olive bread. Like this? Why not share it? Facebook 0 Twitter 0 Messenger Google+0 WhatsApp Email LinkedIn0 Pinterest0Like this? Why not share it?
Why do we expect toddlers to deal with their emotions and challenges in the same way adults do? Is it fair to expect them to understand how they feel and concepts that even we as adults struggle with sometimes, like disappointment or anger? It’s easy to dismiss a “tantrum” or to get frustrated by your toddler throwing themselves on the floor because you’ve asked them to do something or you say no to them. I’ve had to go and have a few seconds in another room while I’ve calmed down on more than one occasion. I’ve likewise got annoyed with others who’ve given their unsolicited parenting advice or judgement about what I think is perfectly normal behaviour for a two year old. I’d like you to imagine a scenario. You’re happily sat reading a book that someone has given you. They’ve told you it’s a good book and that you’ll learn a lot from it. They’re right. You enjoy it. The words and pictures make you happy. You’re glad they gave you the book. Then something happens. The same person comes and takes the book from you, takes your hand and tells you it’s now time to go into another room and eat. You’re not hungry but they insist. Words don’t come although you’re certain you are making sounds. The bowl is full of the grainy, green gloop they sometimes make you eat. You never eat it but yet they keep giving it to you. They pick you up and… View PostLike this? Why not share it?
Dermaworks Eyebrow Serum If you’ve done the maths from my post about being an older mum you will know that I was in my teens and twenties though the nineties. In line with trends of the day I definitely overplucked to lick my thicker brows into shape. Of course now a more natural shape is de rigguer and I’ve struggled to get my brows anywhere close. But I also don’t have time to be off getting threaded or waxed! I’m not a huge fan of the heavy brow that looks a bit like Groucho Marx’s moustache but I have wanted a thicker, more natural look for a while, and even out my brows as one was a little thinner. I don’t tend to go for miracle cures but I discovered Dermaworks online and thought I’d give it a go. I’ve been using it twice a day for about seven weeks and now on my second bottle. I am really seeing results now. You just sweep it on your brows morning and evening and let it’s do its work. I still need to fill in a few gaps with powder but I really think the result is amazing! Apparently you have to keep using it to see the results, even if it’s a few times a week rather than everyday. I will definitely be keeping it up! Here’s my before and after. Bimuno Nutritional Supplements The lovely people at Bimuno sent me this delicious supplement, plus a host of other goodies… View PostLike this? Why not share it?
I always think being versatile is a great quality. It smacks of flexibility and being open minded and able to react to change. That’s something that all parents need! After all, consider how many roles you fulfil (cook, nurse, teacher, carer…) and how quickly things can change as soon as you have a “routine” nailed. I almost spat my tea out over the routine point! But I’m not writing about parenting today, but me. Yep, another opportunity to find out more about me thanks to a nomination for The Versatile Blogger Award by Kerry at Don’t Drop the Baby In a nutshell this is an opportunity to tag some other bloggers to post 7 facts about themselves. You post your 7 facts and then tag another 15 bloggers to do the same. It’s a great way of finding out more about the people behind the blog. So, here are my 7 facts. 1. I’ve had a LOT of different jobs and roles over the years. I’ve been a recruitment consultant, head hunter, communications manager, employment coach, bingo hall worker, shop assistant, enforcement officer, internal auditor and building materials estimator. I’ve been made redundant twice so that’s prompted me to think about what I do and my career choices a lot. I also bore easily. 2. The weirdest thing I’ve ever done as part of a job was sing “We’ll keep a welcome in the hillside” with Barbara Knox who played Rita Fairclough in Coronation Street. I was working for… View PostLike this? Why not share it?