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I must be mad to do a review on broccoli, I mean what can you say about it?
Well I decided to do some research, for the first time ever -as all of you know, I only write about the actual product not about where it was actually made as some of you brilliant people do, so I have spent most of today 26/9/07 researching the great green vegetable "the broccoli" (as I don't have to be in work till 4.30p.m) so I hope you find my research a good read.
I am mad on greens, I love cabbage, runner beans, peas and of course I love broccoli but the strangest thing too is that my children loves it. I always buy it frozen because I find to be very convenient and always handy if you looking for a meal to make, as often I have found myself to rummage through the cupboards looking for a half decent meal for the kids and end up taking the last of all my vegetables out of the freezer and making a cooked dinner. Now I do like frozen broccoli but on one occasion (while shopping online) I decided that I would like to try fresh, so I conquered on and law and behold my shopping came and there it was this rather large bag of fresh broccoli, I am so useless with weight that I ordered quite a lot of it, it cost me £2 which was a bargain but I had to get rid of it fast because as you know fresh don't last as long.
Now I will begin with my research on this amazing vegetable.
Broccoli has been around for more than 2000 years, The name "broccoli" comes for the Latin word brachium, which means "branch," or "arm." Americans have grown it in their gardens for only about 200 years! The first commercially grown broccoli was grown and harvested in New York, then planted in the 1920's in California. A few crates were sent back East and by 1925 the broccoli market was off the ground. This vegetable is highly recognized for its anti-cancer nutrients. It is a cruciferous vegetable and member of the cabbage family which is helpful in preventing certain types of cancer.
*Now the word cancer to me is a scary one as my mum has had it twice, so I was quite shocked to hear that broccoli can prevent this.
Did You Know
That broccoli consumption has increased over 940 percent over the last 25 years! It's a good source of Vitamin A, and vitamin C, potassium, folacin, iron and fiber. Broccoli has as much calcium ounce per ounce as milk and contains a few important phytochemicals: beta-carotene, indoles and isothiocyanates. Phytochemicals prevent carcinogens (cancer causing substances) from forming. They also stop carcinogens from getting to target cells and help boost enzymes that detoxify carcinogens. So next time you sit down to eat and broccoli is on the menu. Remember it really is good for you!
*A lot of confusing words there I thought, so I will put it bluntly, a very good source of IRON and it is a very good laxative and of course very healthy for you.
How To Select Fresh Broccoli
Choose bunches that are dark green. Good colour indicates high nutrient value. Florets that are dark green, purplish, or bluish green contain more beta-carotene and vitamin C than paler or yellowing ones. Choose bunches with stalks that are very firm. Stalks that bend or seem rubbery are of poor quality. Avoid broccoli with open, flowering, discoloured, or water-soaked bud clusters and tough, woody stems.
*Now personally I didn't know that, so next time I visit Asda I will be certainly be making sure they are not yellow, lol.
Store broccoli unwashed, in an open plastic bag and place in the crisper drawer of refrigerator. It is best if used within a day or two after purchasing.
*Don't be like me and buy bucket loads and end up wasting most of it.
Fresh vs. Frozen
Packaged frozen broccoli differs from fresh in its nutrient content. The flower buds or florets are richer in beta-carotene than the stalks. Manufactures typically cut off most of the stalk before packaging it, so frozen broccoli may contain 35% more beta-carotene by weight than fresh broccoli. The downside is that frozen broccoli has twice as much sodium as fresh (up to 68 mg per 10 oz. package), about half the calcium, and smaller amounts of iron, thiamin, riboflavin, and vitamin C.
* Sodium: is for all who don't know is salt, which as you know too much is very bad for you, so fresh seem to be winning in my books.
Preparation and Cooking
The best way to cook broccoli is to steam, cook in the microwave or stir-fry with a little broth or water. These methods are better than boiling. Some of the vitamin and mineral content are lost from the vegetable and end up in the cooking water when they are boiled. Cooked broccoli should be tender enough so that it can be pierced with a sharp knife, and still remain crisp and bright green in colour
Eat florets as a nutritious snack. Try them with a low-fat dip, or include them in your favourite salad. Think about adding two vegetables to your dinner menu, and include broccoli or another cruciferous vegetables several times a week.
This is a laugh, I have never cooked fresh broccoli and when I was looking at it I got kind of scared as all the research I did today could have come in handy. So what did I do? Call my mother -in -law of course. The first thing she said was what a good girl I was in buying fresh and that I will never go back to frozen. Which I would agree but I really need to learn how to weigh first. And then she went on to tell me how to cook it.
Firstly cut the florets, then add to salt water (pinch) and boil for 5 minutes, I repeat 5 minutes no longer as they will all come away and you will end up with soggy broccoli.
I cooked my broccoli (as instructed by mother-in-law) and served on a plate with carrots (fresh) potatoes, chicken and gravy mmm
While digging into my Sunday dinner and noticed that the broccoli was in fact very greener that frozen and the texture was indeed less soggy in fact it wasn't soggy at all. On tasting it I noticed that it was a lot crunchier than frozen and the taste was a great deal stronger.
I have to say that I am really happy that I tried fresh broccoli, it tastes so much better than frozen, it takes less time to cook and indeed is a lot much better for you, even though I do find the frozen to be more convenient, after reading and researching about frozen and the amount of salt it contains, I thing I am going to be a fresh chic for some time.
I have put together a few recipes for you guys who don't like broccoli (like my husband) and maybe sway to eat it.
Beef Broccoli Stir Fry
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 tablespoon of cornstarch
1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon of minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
3/4 pound of lean round steak
2 teaspoons of vegetable oil, divided
1 small bunch broccoli
2 carrots, sliced diagonally, 1/8 inch thick
1 bunch green onions
3/4 cup of beef broth or water
Combine first 6 ingredients in bowl; stir until mixed. Slice steak across the grain 1/8 inch thick; toss with soy mixture and let stand 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cut broccoli florets from steam; peel stems and slice 1/4 inch thick. Heat wok or large skillet over high heat; add 1 teaspoon oil. When almost smoking, add beef and stir-fry 1 minute, remove beef. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Add vegetables, stir-fry 1 minute. Add broth and cook, scraping bottom of wok until vegetables are tender, 5-7 minutes. Return beef to wok and heat through. Serves 4.
Low Fat Broccoli Dip
One 16 ounce carton of Light sour cream
One 10 ounce package or box of frozen broccoli, thawed & drained
1 can of sliced water chestnuts, chopped
1 package of Knorr or Lipton vegetable soup mix
Mix all ingredients and chill 2 hours before using. Serve on party rye or pumpernickel or allowed crackers.
I hope you enjoyed reading my review. :)
I have done it!!
Yes, I have started a slimming club going called "Y B Fat" I am really desperate now and seeing as it is only costing me £1.50 a week (cheaper than other slimming clubs) I thought I would give it a whirl.
It say's on my piece of paper that I am allowed either 1 low fat yogurt OR fromage frais OR cottage cheese OR muller rice, so I opted for muller rice STRAWBERRY flavour.
I bought a multi pack which contained six muller rice 3 was plain rice and the other was strawberry and rice.
All the cartons are slightly smaller than the original ones as they are snack size and contains 150g.
The lid that I removed before putting in microwave was a foil lid with a picture of strawberries on the front.
Nothing different to any other rice pudding other than it has a good dollop of strawberry jam the texture is much the same too nice and thick and creamy looking.
I have to say that I have to be in the mood for rice pudding, I am not a lover of it but as I am on a diet and fancied something warm and sweet and this sort of hit the spot for me.
I decided to mix my strawberry in the rice pudding so it turned it pink and then indulged in the creaminess of the pudding, which tasted very sweet and divine I have to say, the only thing that I disliked about it was the smell it was a bit too sweet and found by the end of the tub I felt a bit sickly other than that it was a really nice dessert very sweet and a very nice taste of strawberries.
I am really glad I picked these little gems as I find them very versatile, they are really handy for kids lunch boxes because of their size and they are also low in fat less than 3% to be exact and they are a good source of calcium 17%and they no have to artificial colours or preservatives and the great thing is that they can be eaten hot or cold.
If having it hot then heat up in microwave for just 90 seconds (in a 650 watt microwave)
Energy 109 cal
Carbohydrate 2.2 g
Calcium 17% of rda per serving
My kids love these as I have exchanged a packet of crisps for 1 of these to make their lunch a bit more healthier and a great source od calcium, if you are on a low fat diet then these would be great! Although a little sweet they are great if you have a bit of a sweet tooth.
I bought these at just £2 which works out 33p each which I think is reasonable price for this product.
I Hope you liked reading my review. :)
The past few months I have been trying to stick to a house hold budget, something that I havent done for a while, you know what its like the more money you got the more money you spend and I thought that my finances needed some control before I start my new job as I would end up spending my wages on unnecessary stuff.
Walking around my local store- Asda, I tried to find things that would cut down my food bill. On looking around for a nice yoghurt/dessert for my children I came across smart price chocolate flavoured desserts which was a bit different to my usual brand I would buy like munch bunch for e.g.
Well what can I say about the look? Other than it is quite dull and boring, plain white and green ,the logo Asda smart price written on it and in bold letter 4 chocolate flavour dessert and thats basically it, the actual dessert comes in 4 clear cartons that you break off and come at a price of 48p that is 12p per carton, so very cheap and cheerful.
On opening this frightening product I noticed the contents was less than appealing to me in fact it looked like a bad episode I had when I eat a kebab a few months back, (sorry for those of you being sick right now) But I had to try it as I am doing this review, as I was whirling this dessert with a spoon I noticed the texture to be very runny so its making it more less appealing to me to try it.
The smell is in fact chocolaty so I think I might blind fold myself for the next step because I can honestly say that If I look at it then I wont eat it.
The taste is Yuk! Sorry to be blunt, blindfolded or not, it is chocolaty but it leaves this most horrible after taste and it sticks your tongue and pallet together it actually made me want to get a glass of water as it made me quite thirsty and even then I could still taste it. The only way I explain the taste is milk with a hint of chocolate.
Now as I said in the start of this review I did buy this for my children so I put together some questions and answers from their own thoughts.
10 year old girl.
What do you think of the packaging? Very boring
What do you think about the contents? The colour is horrible and it is runny.
Do you like the contents? Yes, it tastes like chocolate.
So there you go, it is more desirable for children than adults only because it is a chocolate dessert.
*Contains milk and Soya
*May contain traces of nuts/or seeds.
Typical values per 100g
Energy 438kj/104cal, protein 2.4g. Carbohydrates 19.1g, of which sugars 12.6g, fat 2.5g, of saturates 1.7g, fibre 0.8g, sodium 0.05g, equivalent salt 0.1g.
* Funny note*
It can be used other ways, if your husband likes it for e.g. instead of buying those expensive chocolate rubs you could use this instead hehe.
Hope you enjoyed reading my review.
In it a bit weird how so many of our husbands/boyfriends have so many bad habits and to be honest with I cant believe I am sharing them with you but I need to get it off my chest. So
1.Remote control hog.
I like watching my soaps, Eastenders and Coronation street and I have few other programs too like Jackal and Hyde. I dont ask for much really so when I am in the middle of watching my programs he turns over and puts a reminder on the programs that he wants to watch. How annoying.
Last night we had an argument, a very small one, about me watching Titanic now I do have this on video but I wanted to watch it ,as it was on and then started to make huffy puffy noises and said that he didnt want to watch this cr*p, but I have to sit every weekend and listen to grand prix and every time he comes home from work the sport is always on- but do I complain? No.
2. Greenies in the car.
Yes, you heard me right. My husband loves to pick his nose in the car and flick it on the carpet, yuk! Or if it is not raining flick it outside. He also does it in public places too it really doesnt matter where we are. The excuses I have is that he is a carpenter and the wood goes up his nose, but honey, there is a time and place.
3. My bum had a cough.
Well that is my polite way of saying I have farted to my children. Now he farts all the time, you can always tell when he is going to have flatulence is when he haves Sunday dinner or kebab and then watch out!
But most embarrassing is when does it in front of friends and family too he does not give too hoots, if I did in front of his mother I would be shamed.
4. Poo in the bedroom.
I have an en-suite and whenever we go to bed my husband sees fit to go and have a sh*t in there when I snuggle up in bed, only this morning I woke up to sound of diarrhoea and this most disgusting smell, I keep telling him that he may as well poo in the bedroom. He never close the door too, I think he likes me to watch him wipe his ar*e.
The subject of my en-suite toilet is that when he does christen it he leaves loads behind, I mean, come on! You dealt it, you clean it.
6. Use a clipper.
Yes, he loves to pick his toe nails, in fact he likes to make those annoying noises to go with it too and I have to sweep them up, he picks them till they bleed in fact.
He dont just pick his nails he picks his scabs too till they bleed. Once he caught impetigo because he picked his scabs so much he infected himself. Silly moo.
8. Catching flies.
After the long spray of the air freshener I do eventually snuggle up for a good night sleep until I hear my husband gasping for air, with his mouth wide open. I have to hold his nose to let his brain know that his mouth is for breathing and then I shove him over so he lays on his side. I wish I could do a video review on this actually I would be really funny. The title would be How to conquer snoring. I could give step by step instructions.
9. Too much air causes wind.
I dont think my husband actually chews his food, he seems to swallow such a mouthful too and makes this most annoying noise, he even gulps down hot tea/coffee.
I keep telling him to chew his food and then ends up with ghastly wind. He even makes noises with his teeth too.
10. Clothes, shoes and boxers.
Maybe every husband/ boyfriend is the same I dont know but he treats all my furniture as a clothes horse, he takes his shoes off anywhere, he leaves his boxers on the en-suite floor ready for me to take downstairs, I mean dont they know where the washing machine is or the laundry basket for that matter.
And these are my 10 most annoying habits my husband has:
On a good note though, I do love my husband very much and even though I do moan about his bad habits I still wouldnt change him for the world.
Here are some ideas too, for you to forget about such annoying things.
1.Make a little loving gesture every day for one full year.
2.Cuddle on the sofa and watch a movie.
3.Take a bubble bath together.
4.Walk on the beach in the moonlight.
5.Make love to him/her every night until he/she asks you to stop.
6. Give him/her twelve dozen roses on all their special days.
7.Keep a journal of your romantic fantasies. Share it with your soul mate
8.While your love takes a shower, write the words "I love you" in the condensation of the bathroom mirror.
9.Spend one solid hour exploring various kissing techniques.
10.Unplug the TV set. Put a note on the screen saying, "Turn Me on Instead".
Hope you enjoyed my review. Clair x :)
Its Tuesday evening and my husband and I decided to do our weekly shop, but when we got there we decided that we were too tired to do a big shop and decided to get some odds and ends instead.
Walking around the store deciding what to have for tea, we both agreed to have curry, now me personally I am not a lover of currys but I know my husband loves them and took upon myself to opt for one.
We came across a jar a lot of curry jars on offer for a £1, so we picked up a jar of Tikka Masala by Pataks, grabbed the poppadums, husband grabbed the microwave rice and off we went to checkout. Now I do personally like to make my own homemade meals but never tried making my own curry and being so tired I was not willing to get out the cook book and start running round like Delia Smith.
Now if you are a woman you know that it is not very easy getting your man in the kitchen but when it comes to curries my husband thinks that he is the best (even though it is in a jar) but I have to encourage him so being as I was tired I gave in and let him cook it.
Right ok we will start with the actual jar which is 540g, it has a nice big label in the front with Pataks Tikka Masala written in the front, at the side it says creamy tomato with lemon & coriander. It has a lovely picture of Tikka Masala in a dish.
Per ¼ jar
Fry chicken pieces in to a frying pan with a little oil, once cooked add the Tikka Masala sauce and simmer for 15 minutes.
Nice added with rice and poppadums or whatever you fancy.
~Not for the faint hearted~
Now I am not a lover of hot curries and this was a tad too hot for me, I really do like to taste my curry but unfortunately I couldnt taste it much due to the fact it was making my mouth numb, it tasted very spicy and I could taste a hint of tomato in it, but could not taste the lemon at all maybe because it was so hot.
The colour was quite orange maybe to do with the fact that it has paprika in it you could also see the bits of green maybe that was the coriander in it .
The amount in the jar on the other hand was a lot my husband and I shared this jar and it was more than enough for me so we could have easily shared with another person or maybe two.
~Do I like it or not~
That is the question, well no, mainly because I dont like spicy curries, I would probably go for a milder one next time, instead of my mouth going numb I would rather like to taste my food.
Now some important facts:
Its gluten free
Contains mustard & dairy ingredients.
Suitable for vegetarians.
Free from artificial colours & flavours.
Once jar is opened you must use immediately.
But can be stored in your cupboard unopened for 18 months.
So if you do like a medium curry then it is to your liking, but if you like it nice and mild then it isnt for you .
I am giving this 4 stars, because overall I think it would be a nice curry for someone who doesnt mind the numb mouth.
Hope you liked reading my review. :)
Never done one of these yet, so i thought i would go and give it a shot.
1. How long, on average, does it take you to get rid of someone trying to sell you something over the phone?
Right for starters, I dont even answer the phone unless it is someone I know (I have a screen on my phone to see who is calling me, lol) If I do happen to answer the phone I wait until they talk first, if they answer by saying How are you today ma am? Then the first thing I say is Dont want nothing, not interested
2. What is the most expensive object you have ever broken on purpose? ('when angry' counts as 'on purpose' even if you regretted it soon afterwards)
Well thats an easy one, you see my tin opener refuse bluntly to work for me and being a person with no patience what so ever I went and banged on to my work top which made a dent. Husband was not amused.
3. If you buy something for 99p with a £1 coin, do you really want the 1p back?
Well of course I do, it goes in my penny jar for rainy days. No offence but we do sort of earn pennies on here, dont we?
4. What was the last thing you shouted while alone in a car?
GET OFF YOUR BLOODY MOBILE!!!!!! Are some people really stupid. Not being funny or nothing but I cant drive one handed, can you?
5. What is your typical path through a supermarket?
Lol, lol I was in my local supermarket the other day and I noticed that I didnt need any bleach or dishwasher tablets, but I still went down that aisle because I knew that if I didnt I would ruin my routine. The first aisles I hit are the fruit and vegetables and end up with the frozen last.
6. Do you lick the underside of the foil top when eating a pot of yoghurt?
No I dont lick it I use a spoon, it really goes through me when someone does that, yuk! (my husband does it)
7. How many greetings cards have you sent in the last 12 months?
I am not that bad when it comes to cards, even though I do think are a waste of money. I have to estimate about 6 I have sent to but thats not including my kids friends. Christmas time I am really good too I sit there writing my Christmas card list and then get the kids to deliver hehe.
8. A criminal maniac invites you to "Pick a city for destruction, Mr. Bond." Which one do you choose?
Right I have to say the French Im afraid, we visited Disney world Paris this march, an my children were queuing to see one of the Disney characters and I have to say that they were rude, and didnt feel like we were wanted there. I know all of them are not like that it is the only place that has come to mind.
9. Which font do you use most often?
Tricky one-I have to say Times new roman because its the one that comes on first lol.
10. If you had the choice between a petrol chainsaw or a bread knife, which would you use for felling a small tree with a 1" diameter trunk?
I like things that come in big sizes so it would have to be a chainsaw.
11. On a scale of 1 to 10, how confident are you that you know when to use a semicolon?
Me personally sub zero, being pushed from pillar to post, lack of education due to circumstances, regretfully that is my answer. I could easily look it up on the web but I am being honest and truthful with this review.
12. What proportion of the CDs you own are in their original cases right now?
OMG I would say 50%. Why does that happen? Maybe its the fact that they break very easy.
13. Favourite colour black or white?
Difficult question as they are the colours and regular wear a lot lately, I will have to say black as this colour is very slimming and seeing as I have a very big bottom it comes quite in handy.
14. How accurate is the time on your watch?
As accurate as big Ben.
15. What you wearing right now.
Nothing-only joking. Well its Sunday today and I am wearing my lazy Pyjamas, with fluffy cats on.
16. Have you ever written to, emailed or telephoned a newspaper, radio station, TV programme etc? If so, what did you say?
I actually emailed x- ray about my house (Westbury) my bricks were falling out by my front door and I ended up on TV because they wouldnt come out and fix it even though the house was still under warranty. So due to my appearance on television they have since come out and fixed it.
17. Do you, in the most fundamental depths of your soul, give a crap about the extinction of the Red Cockaded Woodpecker?
18. What is the cheapest thing youve bought with a debit or credit card in the past month?
Sunday dinner down local supermarket, came up to £21.
19. Favourite books?
I am going to be boring here and say mills and boon, I am a sucker for romance.
20. What is your most favourite meal?
My favourite is meat and vegetables, yes a good old fashioned Sunday dinner.
Bring it on mmmmmm.
And there we have 20 questions answered, hope you enjoyed as much I as liked answering them.
Breakfast does not enter my head in the mornings, I have to get up, get the older kids sorted, force my 3 year old out of bed -as she is always tired, get dressed, get their lunch ready, all out by 7.45a.m ready for breakfast club. That is my routine every morning accept for weekends of course. Then I have to tidy up- as in pick up all their pyjamas (you know how it is) they dont know where the washing basket is that time of the morning , do my cleaning and then relax
Once I have done all my chores I get to have my breakfast, by that time I am really hungry. So I grab my bargain of the week ,shredded wheat . Hey! That rhymed.
¬¬Whats in the box¬¬
The box I have before me is yellow with the logo 100% whole grain wheat Shredded wheat on the front and is of course made by nestle. On the back is a free voucher for any sport activity such as.. Squash, golf, badminton, martial arts and swimming etc. I think they are trying to encourage kids to do more sports. I have 18 delicious biscuits inside, which are divided into 6 packets, 3 biscuits in each, which I am now going to tear open.
¬¬Cold or warm¬¬
On placing my 2 delicious biscuits in a bowl, I was trying to decide on whether or not to have them with cold or warm milk, COLD MILK nah, not for me, I much prefer warm milk. So I pour some milk into a cup and pop into the microwave for about one minute meanwhile I sprinkle on a little bit of sweetener, as being on numerous amount of diets I have made myself used to not having sugar and resumed myself to sweetener. But of course you can use sugar- if desired or even have honey or if you are not a sugar, honey, sweetener person, you could try fruit. Right lets get back on to my breakfast, I then pour my warm milk over my biscuits and immediately I smell the whole grain. Mmmm
¬¬Tasting is believing¬¬
Now I like my biscuits to be soggy, so I make sure that my biscuits are right into the milk before I start delving in, Now the only way I can describe shredded wheat is that they remind me of hay, now they dont taste like hay, but when in the mouth they have a stringy feel, hence the name I suppose, they taste really wheaty and still smell divine, I could quite easily have had more.
Now the good thing about these is that there is nothing added, just whole wheat, so good for your heart and body. One more important thing too is that it contains no salt what so ever Government advice is that we should be trying to reduce out salt intake. The population should, on average, aim to have no more than 6g of salt a day and children should have less.
Now there was a special offer in my local supermarket 2 boxes of cereal for £2 so I paid £1 for this box of cereal, bargain!
I also know that they come in different kinds too for e.g. Bite size varietys with honey not and also fruitful.
I have to say I love these cereals, not only do they taste nice but they are so versatile as well, like you might decide on not wanting to have milk but have it with cream instead or Soya which may be a favourite for vegetarians, you could also add all different types of fruit as well. And you could also crumble it over your favourite desserts.
I am giving this cereal 5 stars Just because it is so versatile.
Look out summer holidays ahead and there is nothing worse than bored children, regardless of how many christmas presents they had they still say "I'm bored" being a mum of four children i have an endless task of entertaining my children, i live in a little estate, so it is quite safe for my children to play, but if it's raining then i am pulling my hair out as you can imagine.
So here is a few ideas to keep your kids entertained this summer.
Play dough... Any child likes play dough - even adults, so here is a recipe to make it.
1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon oil
1/4 cup salt
Mix all ingredients, adding food coloring last. Stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth. Place in plastic bag or airtight container when cooled. Will last for a long time.
Finger painting... Every child likes getting messy young or old and i personally like getting my hands dirty too.
An old fashioned recipe..
1/2 cup powdered laundry starch
3/4 cup cold water
1 packet of gelatine
1/4 cup of cold water
1/2 cup powdered detergent
Mix first 2 ingredients and in a seperate container, allow gelatin to soak in the 1/4 cup of cold water. add hot water to the starch mixture and boil until the solution is clear, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and stir in gelatin mixture and soap until fully dissolved and thickened. Pour 1 cup into each 3 containers (old coffee jars with plastic lids are great) and add food coloring to each.
Home made paint roller... To make a neat paint roller for your kids to paint with, all you have to do is pry the top off an old roll-on deodorant bottle and fill it with thinned finger or poster paint. Replace the top and away you go.
Messing around... Cut old shirts off the sleeves and use as coveralls when your child is eating or painting.
Baubles, bangles and beads... Keep children amused for hours by giving them things like macaroni, beads, spools, buttons, yarn and other ods and ends you may have around. These things can be strung to make necklaces or bracelets or glued on paper plates to make amusing faces or collages.
*note* Please be careful with young children.
Trace-a-friend!... Lay large pieces of paper on the floor and get one child to lay down on it. Another child draws around them and then the paper can be cut out. Have the kids draw in their own faces or each other's. Its should keep them busy for hours!
Secret messages... Have the children write messages or draw pictures on oieces of paper using a candle or white crayon. Have them paint over it with some weak watercolour paints and their artwork or messsage is magically revealed!
Garden maze... Kids love mazes. Create your own by placing garden furniture in different positions and have them crawl through it. Tie ropes between the furniture to increase the difficulty, or have them hold a potato in each hand while they're negotiating the maze.
Short distance calls...Take your garden hose, remove the head and slip a plastic funnel into each end. Secure the funnels to the hose with adhesive tape. You now have a great 'hose telephone' that the kid's will spend hours on, with no busy signal!
My daughter loves this one.
I'm forever blowing bubbles...
For a fun slant on bubble blowing, let your kids use a variety of household items to create different sized and shaped bubbles. Here's a few ideas: garlic press, slotted spoon or a yoghurt cup with the bottom cut out.
And now my last idea which is my favourite, neighbours might not agree.
Chalk... Cheap and cheerful and kids love it every year i buy it, big chunks of it, the kids draw on all the pavements in a multitude of colors and it is easily washed off. (last year i played hop scotch) lol
I hope you liked my ideas and hope they keep your children entertained.
I never thought i would be writing review on vinegar, so why you might ask am i writing about it. well...
I was getting ready for my 30th birthday party and my friend came over to french plait my daughter's hair and to my horror she had found head lice. Now i had no time to sort her out so thought as it is the weekend i would go and get some stuff the next day, but being hung over the next day it went completely out of my head and only remembered till the sunday. So i thought well i will try a little vinegar, why? you ask, well my mum used to use it on my hair when i was a child so i thought i would give it a shot, so first i decided to grab one of the crawly little mites, put it on a piece of kitchen roll and put a little vinegar on it and it died.
So there i was putting all this vinegar and remember my daughter saying "I smell like a fish and chip shop" and i have to say, it really worked.
So that is one good use for vinegar.
I have gathered some more ideas on vinegar as well, which i have gathered form friends, family and with a little research too, and never realised how many uses it had, so here they are.
Window cleaner...A quarter cup in a quarter of water makes a good window cleaner. When you use vinegar in your water to was h windows, dry with newspapers. Your windows will sparkle!
Floor cleaner... Add half a cup of vinegar to a gal. Of water to keep your vinyl no wax floors clean and shining.
Carpet and stain remover...Take a trigger spray bottle and fill with one part white vinegar to seven parts water. Saturate stain with ninegar solution. Let dwell for a few minutes and blot thoroughly with a clean, white cloth. Repeat until stain has gone.
And there you are, a few helpful tips on why vinegar is so useful, not just for chips, but as a good household cleaner and i have heard that cidar vinegar is a good fat buster too.
For those of you who read my review on hair care this is a review on homemade masks and scrubs as promised.
I like homemade things because they are not only cheaper but you know where the ingredients are coming from, they are not only natural but they are not tested on animals too.
~~~~So first lets let off some steam~~~~
Face sauna... Enjoy a gentle facial steaming to cleanse pores and bring color to the cheeks. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add lemon juice and mint leaves. Remove saucepan from the heat and place on the counter. Cover your head with a towel and allow towel to drape over the steaming pot. Steam for 5 minutes, and splash face with cool mineral water. Pat dry.
Oatmeal scrub...Thsi treatment acts as a great scrub and remove blackheads and other skin impurities. Mix together 1/4 cup coarse oatmeal, 1 tsp. Honey, and enough buttermilk to make a paste. Apply to the face and neck, making sure not to cover the eye area. Using with fingertips, massage gently in a circular motion. Allow to dry and rinse with cool, refreshing water.
*Tip* Don't answer the door.
Oatmeal mask...Mix 1 tbs. Oatmeal with the white of an egg. Apply to face and allow to dry. If you have very dry skin, apply some mayonnaise after the mask, and rinse with warm water. If the skin is oily, smooth on some plain yogurt after cleansing.
Not these are not for eating, ok.
Avocado & egg-white mask (for normal skin)...Make a paste of 1 medium avocado, mashed, 1/2 tsp. Lemon juice and the white of one egg that has been beaten until frothy. Apply to skin and allow to dry. Rinse with cool water.
Egg yolk & olive mask (for dry skin)...Mix together the yolk of one egg, slightly beaten, and 2 tsp. of olive oil, added in drops to the egg. Apply this heavy cream an allow to dry. Rinse with cool water.
Strawberry mask (for oily skin)... Add 1/2 cup mashed strawberries and 1tsp. of lemon juice to form a paste. Apply and allow to dry, then rinse with cool water. You can substitute cucumber or tomato puree for strawberries and ejoy the same result.
Apricot delight... Before going to bed, put 6 dried apricots in water to soak. The following morning puree apricots in a blender. Apply to face and leave on for 5 minutes. Remove with tepid water.
~~~Not for those unwanted spots~~~
Blackheads and oily skin... It's said that a cure for blackheads and oily skin is to apply a mask of milk of magnesia once a week or so.
*Tip* Why not apply the masks before you jump in shower, the steam helps the skin absorb the ingredients in the mask and you will leave with a glowing complexion.
No more spending money on toners and moisterisers, here are a few cheaper versions.
Toners & Astringents.
Witch hazel... A terrific and inexpensive toner. Buy it at your local drug store and dab it on with cotton wool.
Ph-Balanced toner... The juice of obe lemon combined with a quart of minerla water makes an excellent skin toner or astringent. Dab on after cleansing, for a refreshing lift.
Cucumber astringent... Blend a few pieces of cucumber and strain through a small tea-strainer to remove pulp. Mix cucumber juice with several drops of honey and stir. Refrigerate in a small covered bottle. Dab on with cotton wool after cleansing, for a fresh, tingly tone. The mixture will keep for several days and is well worth the effort to make it.
The perfect moisturzer... Water is the best moisturizer for skin, but mineral water is even more vitalising. wWash is even more vitalising. Was out an unused small spary bottle and keep on your dressing table for instant freshness. After spraying your face lightly, Rub in a dab of petroleum jelly to seal the moisture in.
Another moisturizer... Apply glycerin (suoerdrug) and rosewater to a slightly moist face.
Yet another... If the skin arounf the eyes is dry, rub some castor oil ont he area.
Relieving puffy eyes... Place a slice of chilled cucumber on each eyelid to relieve tired eyes. Take a 15 minute rest and enjoy the soothing feeling.
*Cold tea bags will also relieve tired eyes*
When blemishes occur.. Dab a drop of lemon juice on the blemish the aid the drying process.
Makeup remover... Baby oil is a natural for removing makeup. Freshen up after with witch hazel.
I have tried and tested all these and i can say they do work, i personally think that they are better for you than factory made products.
Not only they that they are much cheaper too.
Hope you liked reading my review :)
Over the years of having perms and colours put on my hair i have had a lot of advice given to me by various hairdressers, so i thought i would share my advice with you on keeping your hair in top shape.
Great money tip
Commercial shampoo can be diluted with water to half strength without altering it's ability to clean hair.
Baby powder sprinkled on your hair is an excellent emergency hair freshner and especially if you want to get rid of greasy hair.
If your family members all seem to have differnet hair types requiring differnt shampoos, try using baby shampoo, which is equally effective on dry, oily and normal hair.
For beautyful highlights...
Add the juice of a lemon to a quart of water and apply to hair when rinsing. This will bring out the highlights in blonde hair. Brunettes can add a few tablespoons of cider vinegar to the rince water for extra -shiny hair.
Fill a spray bottle with flat beer, to use a setting lotion. club soda works too.
Homemade setting lotion: mix 1 teaspoon unflavoured gelatin into 2 cups of boiling water. Let it cool and then pour into spray bottle.
***Now here are some natural homemade treatments****
Home protein treatment...
Save on costly salon treatments. Blend 1 tbs. Lemon juice and 3 whole whipped eggs in the blender. Apply to clean damp hair and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Rince with cool water. This treatment aid damaged ends and leaves hair shining.
Take 2 beaten egg yolks and add a teaspoon of gin or vodka, hic! (don't drink it) After you've washed your hair, towel dry and massage the mixture into your scalp. Leave it for 5 mins and then rinse.
Hot oil treatment...
Don't waste your money on hot oil treatments, baby oil works as just as well, apply warm oil to scalp and hair roots and massage gently, cover with warm towel, fresh from the dryer. Wait 15mins before shampooing.
** Mayonnaise could also condition hair. Apply in the same manner as oil.
Add 2 tbs. Epsom salts to your shampoo bottle and shake till dissolved. When shampooing, rub mainly into the roots and scalp to treat the most oily area. Use every other time you shampoo.
You are going to scream at this simple recipe for the awful snowflakes.
Crush an asprin tablet until powdered, and add to your normal shampoo. Shake well until powder is dissolved. Evidently, the acetylsalicylic (hope i spelt that right) acid in aspirin is the same ingredient used in many commercial dandruff remedies.
And that is it i am afraid i wish i had more to share, but if i do have more advise i will certainly let you know, i have some face treatment advise so watch this space. :)
Detox your body
These last couple of days i have been smoothie mad, not only are they good for you but it helps the digestive system too, here i have put together some recipes for you to enjoy as well as helpful advice on what each recipe provide.
MANGO MAD this is my number one top favourite . It's very filling and tastes heavenly- and it's a great way of getting your bowels moving, hence the liquid algae.
1 large mango, peeled, stoned and roughly chopped
2 bananas, peeled and roughly chopped.
Liquid algae (the most easy-to-digest form of vegetable protein and a powerhouse of mineral nutrients) can be found in any health store
1 handful each of blueberries and raspberries, to serve.
Blend the mango, banana and liquid algae until smooth and creamy. Put the blueberries and raspberries in a tall glass, reserving a few raspberries. Pour the smoothie over the berries and serve garnished with the reserved raspberries.
This recipe requires you to have a juicer, which you can pick up from e.g Argos etc.
COOL AS A CUCUMBER. this is a great skin revitalizer! it's also one of the easiest juices to make because cucumbers have a very high water content, which makes them naturals for juicing.
1 cucumber, halved lengthways.
2 celery stalks, trimmed.
1-cm pice of fresh root ginger (optional)
Drop into a juicer and away we go. perfect skin.
WAKE ME UP!!!!!
This is a great wake me up juice.
6 carrots, trimmed
1-2 apples, roughly chopped
1-2cm piece of root ginger.
Back to the blender.
If you like anything that ends in berries then this is for you, i would say this is for your mojo.
1 handful of strawberries
1 handful of blueberries
1 handful of raspberries
1 large banana, peeled and roughly chopped.
Blend until smooth and creamy then serve.
Ok here is one for the kids. :)
2 plums, stoned
2 nectarines, stoned and quartered.
2 ripe pears, cored and roughly chopped.
Half a handful of blueberries
12 strawberries, hulled.
Add 120ml water. blend until smooth and creamy then serve.
I do love smoothies because i know where all the ingredients are coming from.
As well as loving them, my kids love making them and i even add a little icecream to make milkshake, which is a great way of getting all those healthy vitamins inside them.
Hope you enjoyed reading my review you lovely people.
*Note this is also done by me on ciao* same name
This is going to be the begining of my life, because if i tell it all i would have to write a book.
I was in junior school when it all started, i was an only child with blonde curly hair, i remember my mum being stopped in the street just to say How pretty i was, as my mum always put dresses on me.
My mum and dad divorced when i was just a baby, my mum had left my dad one day, when he was in work and moved back to swansea where her family was.
I mum had brown hair and brown eyes, me on the other hand was blonde with blue eyes, so i was a constant reminder of my father and she hated me for it, she would always say " you look exactly like your father" why coudn't you have looked like me?
I wasn't a very naughty child, i didn't take drugs ,didn't smoke and didn't drink i just irritated her. i remember sitting on the sofa watching t.v and if i moved she would kick me and tell me to "stop twitching".
In those days it was safe to walk down the shop, so i used to go on a regular basis and get a tin of cat food, pint of milk and maybe a loaf of bread and i remember my mum writing a list and wrapping the money in it.
We had very heavy snow one day and it was the type of snow you couldn't get out of your door, you had to dig yourself out, my mother told me to go the shop for a tin of a cat food, off i trotted and then i dropped the money ,a £1 coin, i panicked i went to the shop keeper and he tried to help me find it, i told him that my mum would be mad with me if i was to come back with nothing, the snow was really thick and i couldn't find it, so i made my way home with nothing.
I walked in and explained what had happened but she wasen't having any of it, she whacked me across my face and her ring caught my eye, all i felt was my eye getting bigger that i couldn't see out of it, she had given me a black eye, she started to panic and run a flannel under the cold tap and pressed it on my eye, she seemed to panic but that never stopped her from giving me another pound and sending me down the shop again.
The shop keeper looked at me and asked me what had happened, i told him that a gang of boys hit me on the way home, but he knew i was lying.
I would have a set time to come in and always came in early but if i was 1 minute late she would ground me for 2 weeks, i remember one time i was late she hit me with a rolling pin and she would tell me that i can't use my hands any more now as i bruise her.
You would think being an only child i would have been spoilt and well loved, asi have 4 kids of my own i cant understand how my mother could have been so nasty to her own child.
My mum was a very cold person, not a loving woman at all, i used to get very excited when my mum used to come home from a night out, she used to be very loving with a few drinks inside her, we used to stay up late and fall asleep listening to war of the worlds, sad you might think but ths was the only affecton i used to get and worshipped every bit.
My mothers night was a regular thing, always i would have someone new looking after me, until she left me with a friend of a friend one night and found myself in a police station the next day.
You see the guy she left me with liked small children and even thought i was young, i still new about the birds and the bees and knew what he was doing to me was not right, so much so that the stupid man made a mistake, he had written on a newspaper (sorry if ths offends people) Will you su** my c*** there was a box for yes and a box for no, i ticked no, he must have been disturbed as he didn't throw in the bin, so that was the evidence against him.
So i was a very confused child by the time i went to comp, but met someone and my hormones was flying everywhere, I WAS IN LOVE omg for the first time ever i felt wonderful.
Well until he dumped me that is oh and then my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer, what else could happen to me. i held her hand while she went through all the surgery but she was a very tough woman and didn't seem to care what was happening to her. i know that i couldn't cope anymore and decided to take my life with a few pills, maybe i was selfish, but i was crying out for help, when i look back now and nobody was there.
I had been put into care a few times, i remember being put into a foster home for 6 weeks, kind of creepy that was as the woman who was looking after me used to want a good night kiss everynight, yuk!
I bet you are wondering where my dad is in all this...
Well you see my dad had his own life, he had got remarried and she had a daughter, he had his own sweet precious life and mine wasn't important to him anymore, but my dad was the best in my eyes i knew that he wouldn't hit me or leave me with nasty men, i remember i used to write letters to him to ask if i could have a pair of skates for my birthday or a new bike, but i knew i wouldn't have it. i would wish sometimes he would come and rescue me.
At the age of 14, my mum went out again but i was old enough to stay on my own, i used to have friends in the house to keep me company behind my mums back but this particular night i didn't, instead i went to bed early and woke up to a banging noise, there was someone in my room taking my stereo, i screamed and he ran, along with the t.v, video and other things. I went across the rd to phone the police and was very scared, the police came and my mum came home and was threatening to kill me if the police didn't take me away, she blamed it all on me, i screamed at her to not let the police take me as i couldn't go back to care but she didn't listen.
I was sitting in a chair in the office, not in cell for me to sleep in a chair in the middle of a room waiting for a emergency social worker to show up, it was about 6a.m before he showed up, he went mad with them for the way they treated me.
He took me for breakfast and asked me what i wanted to do, i said i wanted to stay wth my gran (dads mum)
we made our way to aberdare, and soon as my gran seen me she gave me a big hug and put me to bed.
I woke up and came downstairs and there was my social worker, after i explained what happened, my gran agreed that it would be a good idea if i stayed with there for a while.
Happy ever after.
I am going to end this now guys i have had enough of the depressing stories i have experienced.
I lived with my nana and grandad for a while and settled in school but they wasn't getting any younger so they decided the best thing for me was to go into care and have foster parents and maybe my mother and i might get back together.
Far from it.....
I am really going to cut this short as i was shipped from piller to post
First i was happy at my grandparents house, then i got sent to childrens homes in aberdare, then i got sent to the homes in port talbot ,then i was shipped to foster parents back to Swansea ,NO WONDER I FAILED MY GCSE'S. I went to 3 different schools in my last important years of my life.
Well i was quite settled in foster care, there was another foster girl there who seemed to apart of the family but they never treated me like family.
I met a man and fell in love quite strongly but i was geting pressured into have sex, well i was only 15 and was really not ready to make that commitment, so i can understand his frustration when he slept with my best friend behind my back.
So i decided enough was enough and went back to live with my mum, i thought that she would have missed me and everything would be ok, but it wasn't.
I then went and lived with my aunty (mums sister) i started work and went out every saturday night with my friends and started gaining independence and confidence until i met up with my ex friend (who slept with my boyfriend)
Who became friends again and she told me that she was still with him and that they were living in their uncles house who was renting it to them, after a few visits they asked me to move in (mad you might think) but i think deep down i was still in love with him but wouldn't do anything to hurt my friend or him as i wasn't like that and would never go down to their level.
My friend often went to bed early and tim (made up name) used to stay down pretty late, not very nice when you were sleeping on the settee (thats another story) till one night he came onto me and we ended up having sex, yes i wasn't a virgin anymore at sweet 16.
1 month down the line I'M PREGNANT and he denied it completly so i moved out and was on my own.
I went into a hostel for a while, then move in with my mum until i had the my son, he was born on xmas day on a sunday and on the wednesday i came out of hospital who should be walking in was tim and his family, as he was visiting his girlfriend (my ex friend) who just had a baby, who was born boxing day.
Ok i am going to confuse things even more now....
I had settled into mother hood really well and got my own home and even my dad kept in touch and was a good grandad to my son.
Right remember when i said tim went behind my back with my friend, well she happened to be going out with someone called kevin as well, so me and kevin got hurt, so guess what??? we are today MARRIED yes wierd i know but it was meant to be, we have been together for 12 years and married for 6. I have 4 children now and love them to pieces and there is never a day goes by where i dont say i love you.
As things are today my mother hasnt bothered for 3 years and my dad bothers when something tragic happens like me and my car accident last week, but i really don't care no more as i have my little family and nobody will hurt me again.
Sorry if my english and puncuation is not up too standard, it's only due to lack of education, due to me moving around a lot. And if i bored you because it was so long.
Ok this review is about a matter of the heart.
My kids and i was involved in a car crash tuesday 15th of june, due to some nutter who so fit to pull out out straight in front of me.
Luckily me my children and i are fine.
My husband phoned to say he ran out of petrol and that i had to pick my children up from after school club in my Corsa.
My children were confused on why i picked them up and not daddy so explained that daddy had run out of petrol and that i had to get some for him.
On the way on the main road i notice a driving instructor pulling out quite fast, thinking to myself that he was making a mistake doing that, then all of a sudden a red car follows hence the crash.
All i can remember is a bag exploding in my face and smoke everywhere and my kids screaming in horror, i tugged at my seat belt and opened the door and grabbed my 3 children to safety.
Meanwhile one of my friends happened to be driving past (which i am grateful for)
What friends are for...
My friend might i say was fantastic, she took my kids away and kept me from killing the ar** that pulled out on me, i was shaken and being sick everywhere, my kids cried for a while but were ok and i have been left with whiplash (thankgod) my car on the other hand was not.
I have to say that i am so relieved that my kids remembered their seatbelts, for once i never reminded them, so all the times i got in the car and said " put your seatbelts on" i am so proud that all the nagging sunk in with them.
So my message to you is make sure you and your children have seatbelts on, my windscreen smashed due to inpact of the airbags, but that could have been one my kids heads.
I said that it would never happen to me, but it did.
I used to look forward to winter months because i knew my mum would make lentil soup.
This dish is so addictive you will end up having more than 1 bowlful.
It's a favourite in my house and its excellent in getting those important vegetables into your kids as you can add as many veg and type as you desire.
1 cup of lentils.
8 slices of bacon cut up in pieces
potatoes (what ever amount you desire)
Salt for seasoning
Basically you cut everything up and plonk it all in a big pot or a large saucepan fill with water to cover all the veg Let it come to the boil then simmer till potatoes are cooked or when desired thickness has been reached.
Me personally i turn it off leave it for an hr or so and then re-heat as this makes it really thick and lush.
You have to try this as it is a very wintery soup and i wouldn't be suprised if you have more than 1 bowlful.
You could also try experimenting with different veg i have put in swede before now.
Its a recipe my mum gave to me who is no longer in my life and i am sharing with you.