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Pop up restaurant with a difference

Pop up restaurant with a difference

Food and poker what a combination. Though actually far from a gambler myself I have a soft spot for a game of poker from some quite funny memories from my younger years, possibly best not shared here today. But poker can be lots of fun unless you are playing it in some back street club ‘Lock, stock and two smoking barrels’ kind of style then perhaps it is not! Anyway I totally love this idea of … Read entire article »

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Monday Mutters – It is good to talk

Monday Mutters – It is good to talk

It is good to talk, I am sure that was an old B.T advert. All to true that how having a chat with someone can really help. Life these day’s is stressful, my life is stressful and what helps me cope is talking to people. Not holding things in and keeping them to myself. In return I am thankful that people also talk to me. The art of listening is something that I have perfected … Read entire article »

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Slow cooker spicy pulled chicken

Slow cooker spicy pulled chicken

In our house I don’t have many slow cooker successes. I make a great stew and dumpling don’t get me wrong. I always add the dumpling and finish them off in the oven so they have gorgeous crispy tops! To add an extra deep richness to a beef stew I add 4 squares of dark chocolate towards the end of cooking. Try it as it makes the most gorgeous rich sauce. Takes a regular beef … Read entire article »

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Beat the winter blues with new activities

Beat the winter blues with new activities

Beat the winter blues with new activities Now is probably the hardest part of the winter. We’ve had the excitement of Christmas and New Year, got through January – perhaps feeling virtuous because we joined in ‘Dry January’ at the same time – and now it’s February. It’s winter still, the trees are bare, it rains all the time, snowstorms feature in world news and spring still seems a long way off. But, with most families enjoying … Read entire article »

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Finding meal inspiration what works for me

Finding meal inspiration what works for me

We all suffer from it, the what to cook for tonight or the rut of cooking the same old week in week out. Yep, I get it too! Meal planning is the key thing at the moment to save money and get organised but I don’t know I get a bit bored of doing the planning too! I quite often do it back to front, I know I am a rebel. I wrote about it here.I … Read entire article »

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Leaving a legacy

Leaving a legacy

If you are anything like me, your heart goes out when you’re watching adverts with people or animals in need of so much help. Meeting the eyes of a charity worker on the street, you know you’re going to stand there listening, thinking right now you can’t quite afford X amount to another charity. Or, bow your head instead, apologising and saying you’re in a hurry.   I can leave you  feeling very guilty, and, well, that … Read entire article »

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Monday Mutters – Feel the tension and trying to let it go

Monday Mutters – Feel the tension and trying to let it go

I quite often check in on myself and realise how tense I am. I yet again have had a few panic attacks, nothing major but ones that made me not be able to cope with going into Tesco’s so I had to go into a smaller Waitrose instead! Don’t laugh that is an expensive problem, lovely stuff but not sure my budget would stretch to such prices on a regular basis! Anyway I can but joke … Read entire article »

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Low fat apple pie oat cookies

Low fat apple pie oat cookies

These are a lower fat and lower sugar version of my spicy oat cookie cakes with the addition of the apple pie flavours. As it seems the thing to do right now, reducing sugars and fat too I thought I try and lower the fat and sugar in a household favourite. I also love apple pie flavours so with the spices and the addition of dry apple pieces with using apple puree to help reduce the … Read entire article »

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Emotional eating Creme Egg versus watercress

Emotional eating Creme Egg versus watercress

My Monday Mutters did not appear, I had two children off school and some how the day slipped away. After last weeks ‘self care’ list I was more than happy to drop everything and sit on the sofa keeping a poorly 13-year-old company, which gave me the perfect excuse to sit and relax too. Oscar doesn’t get ill very often but this virus as really knocked him out. Putting him off his food, which throws out … Read entire article »

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Remember blue skies when day’s are grey

Remember blue skies when day’s are grey

I know I wrote something similar a few years ago. Yesterday was gorgeous and sunny. The sky was picture perfect blue, it was also a sunny day metaphorically speaking too. A double celebration of the blue skies. Today not only has the sun gone away, so has the blue sky and again metaphorically speaking too. A day by day, sometimes hour by hour life is what I have come to expect for the time. On the … Read entire article »

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