This chilli recipe is incredibly easy to make and kids love it. You can use mild chilli powder to keep it child friendly, or add a hotter powder or chilli flakes or fresh chilli if you want it more spicy. The texture is so soft it’s beautiful with rice but also good with chips, wedges or a baked potato. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and then the slow cooker takes care of the rest. Perfect for busy parents! Ingredients 2 onions, roughly chopped or diced 500g lean steak mince 1 tin plum tomatoes 1 tin red kidney beans 2 tablespoons tomato puree 1 dessert spoon mild chilli powder 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon of salt A couple of squares of plain dark chocolate or a handful of chocolate chips 2 dessert spoons of flour   Method Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker and combine. Cook on low for 8 hours. Serve. … told you it was easy didn’t I?   Like this? Why not share it? Facebook 1 Twitter 0 Messenger Google+0 WhatsApp Email LinkedIn0 Pinterest0

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Before anything else, I’m going to label this with a chuffing big caveat THIS IS NOT ABOUT SINGLE PARENTING, this is about parenting on your own when there’s usually two of you. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to raise a child on your own so I’m not going to do anyone the disservice of pretending to know how you do it. What I’m going to be wittering on about here, is when you have a young baby or toddler and you are left on your own with the kids. Like most couples that are duos, we rely on each other to share the burden. In doing so you often fall into a routine. You may find you end up doing particular tasks or activities, or that one of you is better at getting little one to sleep than the other. The list could go on. But at some point you might find you are going to have to do a night, a few days, or even longer parenting on your own. This has happened to me a fair bit as we’ve gone long periods when Hubs has worked away during the week at very short notice, is away overnight for meetings, or even out of the country. We did get a short reprieve of the first few months of Small Boy’s life but not much longer. We do now get long stretches of weeks, if not months, when we are both at home, but I have learned… View Post

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Poorly serviced cars – or ones that are not serviced at all – are more likely to have problems on the road. This does not merely cause an inconvenience if you happen to break down, but it can lead to your car not being safe to drive. Why run the risk of putting yourself and your family in danger by not taking sufficient care of your vehicle. What are the car servicing and care basics that all motorists should know? Since having a family, I’m more aware that I know nothing about my car or the most effective and efficient ways of keeping it running well and safely. In all honesty, aside from the annual MOT or service I don’t give it much thought.  But like most parents I rely on a car so I asked the lovely people at DAT tyres to give me some tips! Tracking When your car’s wheels are out of alignment with one another, they will wear your tyres down unevenly. This means you can end up with a bald patch on the outer rim within a few thousand miles. Equally, the tracking of your car should be adjusted so that you can steer properly. Wheels that are unaligned will mean that you are able to swerve much less effectively. It could mean not being able to avoid a collision in some cases. Lighting External lighting is an essential safety feature of your car. Don’t just check that the usual lights, such as headlamps and… View Post

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