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Gousto Review, fresh recipe delivery box

I had heard about these fresh ingredients delivery boxes and had fancied trying one for ages. So when Tornado contacted me and offered me one to try I was really excited.

My children are fussy eaters and I often end up eating their boring children’s food, so it was really nice to have 2 days this week where we had “adult” food. But more importantly the recipes didn’t need loads of prep time and weren’t so complicated that I couldn’t help the kids with their homework while I cooked.


The box was delivered to my “safe place” because I wasn’t home, they carefully wrap the cold items with freezer packs and sheeps wool to keep it cold for several hours if you are out at the time of delivery:


The sheeps wool is a bit stinky, but it is environmentally friendly.

The selection of recipes to choose from is not huge (22 recipes) but there is a nice selection and changes frequently. I chose the Mushroom Dal with Coriander Chutney and Lemon Pepper Chicken with Tosemary Potatoes, but it was difficult making the decision there were 4 or 5 top contenders.

Neither recipe took over 45 minutes to make and both were surprisingly easy, my husband even made the Lemon Pepper Chicken while I was out, so it must be easy.

Both meals were delicious! The curry had lots of flavour and was juicy enough to have with rice and Naan Bread and the lemon chicken was amazingly flavoursome. They were really impressive recipes.

I was surprised how well priced they were as well, the 2 person box (with ingredients for 2 recipes) is just £27.49, which works out as £6.87 per serving, or it works out cheaper per serving if you increase it to 3 or 4 recipes, and even cheaper per serving if you use the family box (2 adults, 2/3 children) but personally my children are not adventurous enough to try these recipes.

We have a special offer code for you: enter TORNADO for a £40 discount spread on the first and second orders. 

*note: Gousto box was provided free in exchange for a review. This does not effect my opinion and all words are my own.

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Big Brekkie Fundraising for refugees

Personally I am Atheist, I know Epril was raised with religion and still visits church, but I have been raised with science as my belief. However, when I heard about this fundraiser I just had to get involved.

The news is full of pictures of war and refugees fleeing their homes, all these thousands of people are homeless and without food. The least we can do is run a fundraiser or attend one and try to get some money together to get them some food.

If you would like to host an event sign up here. 

Just a few hundred pounds can purchase fridges for a refugee camp and help to feed hundreds. It really is a project to get behind.

food · Recipes

Salted caramel Apple upside down cake recipe

This is an amazing cake recipe for pudding!

Recipe is sourced here

Ingredients:

Caramel sauce:

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 Apples skinned and sliced

Cake:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cup sr flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

For the sauce:

Put ingredients in saucepan and stir on a medium heat. It should take about 2/3 minutes to melt and thicken. Pour into your cake tin and layer the Apple slices on top.


Make up the cake batter: cream butter and sugar, add egg and milk, fold in flour and spices. Pour over the apple and caramel layer.


Bake at 160 degrees Celsius for 40 minutes. Take it out and let it cool for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a plate, sprinkle with salt to bring out the salted caramel sauce.


It is really delicious, especially served with custard!!

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Their Health In Your Hands

Every parent hopes to keep their children healthy. In fact, it’s the main thing we worry about. We go out of our way thinking about how to keep them safe. In some cases, we stay up at night worrying about it.

The bad news is, there’s no way to stop them catching sniffles and bugs when they’re in school. Children get close and personal, so you can assure they’ll catch a few illnesses along the way. The good news is, there are steps you can take to lessen the impact these bugs have on their lives.

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KNOW WHAT THEY NEED

We’re all aware that getting a good diet is essential for helping us fight illness. Who doesn’t reach for the oranges when a cold strikes? Your children are no different. Giving them what they need will help them fight any bugs they pick up.

Provide them with a balanced diet, including plenty of fruit and veg. That way, their bodies will be in the best position to fight illness. Of course, getting children to eat what they should isn’t easy. If you have a fussy eater, you may have your work cut out.

Get creative with how you present food to ensure they eat what they should. Making food fun is always a good idea. Showing it in a fun design, or playing games is your best bet. Never mind about not playing with food. If it gets them to eat what they should, it’s worth it.

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AN EMERGENCY HEALTH KIT

Every home should have a first aid kit. This is especially important where children are concerned. You need to stock up on cold medicine, painkillers, and anything else you think necessary. That way, you can get the medicine out the moment they start feeling under the weather.

A thermometer is always a good idea as well. You’ll need to keep a close eye on their temperatures. Make sure to keep this kit out of reach. If possible, don’t let your children know where it is. That way, you don’t have to worry about them getting their hands on what they shouldn’t.

FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND

There’s no need to rush your children to the doctors every time they catch a cold. Even so, it can help your peace of mind to have a doctor’s opinion. That’s why it’s worth looking into an online Dr App or something similar. That way, you can put your mind at ease without making unnecessary appointments or waiting around. Plus, this will allow you to act fast if their illness is something to worry about.

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A LITTLE TLC

For many of us, the comforting love we received when we were ill as children is something we remember to this day. Make sure you give that memory to your kids by giving them plenty of love when they’re unwell.

Cuddle them on the sofa, and treat them to their favourite foods. It can’t hurt to buy them a DVD or two to watch, either.

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ChewyMoon snacks for kids (and grown ups)

I saw an advert on Facebook for ChewyMoon, a free trial box so I just had to give it a try. 

My Jack is a massive snacker, he grazes constantly all day and it is really difficult to get him to snack on healthy food. Which is where I thought ChewyMoon would be a great idea. 

Check out our YouTube video of Jack and me exploring the boxes. 

Anyone can get a free first box from them off their website, they have the choice of a fruit box, savoury box or a variety box (which is a mix of both) and you can select a “no nut” box if you need it, unfortunately they are not suitable for allergy sufferers, the snacks are all packed at the same place so cross-contamination could occur. 

The boxes are nutritionally balanced and tailored to your child’s age, they are all natural with no additives. Once you have tried the box you can go back to the website and rate the snacks so you don’t get ones you didn’t like and get more of the ones you loved!

After the first box they are £4.93 a week including delivery and you can pause deliveries if you go away or cancel them at any time if you need to. 

Jack loved these snacks, as you can tell from him yumming it all up here:


ChewyMoon have been kind enough to offer one of our followers a months worth of ChewyMoon boxes completely free! 

To enter please use our rafflecopter below, one entry per item completed, open to uk residents only, open until midnight on the 30/04/17

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food · Recipes

Sausage pasta bake recipe

My kids love this recipe, it is really easy and you can adjust it to suit your taste.

Ingredients:

  • Sausages
  • Pasta
  • Vegetables
  • Tin of baked beans
  • Tomato purée
  • Worcester sauce
  • Tabasco sauce (if u like it hot)

Grill the sausages


Pre-cook the pasta and vegetables.

Put in a casserole dish and mix everything else in too (I said it was easy!)


I covered mine with grated cheese. Then bake in the oven for about 30 minutes until it is hot through, everything is pre-cooked.

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Confidence Is in More Than Just Your Appearance

When we talk about confidence, we typically associate it with things such as your personality, attitude, and ultimately your appearance. The more comfortable you are with your look, the more likely you are to have faith in who you are as a person and, as a result, take on life’s challenges without a worry. However, confidence isn’t just in your appearance. Once you’ve worked out, lost weight and picked out a good outfit to gain your confidence back, you might still feel like something is missing.

That something is probably your health.

Let’s face it, outward appearances don’t mean everything. We can hide things as best we can, but ultimately, our bodies are our temple and our body image should reflect how we feel inside. The most basic example is the consumption of water to flush out bad toxins in your body. Everyone knows that drinking plenty of water as opposed to alcohol or soda has amazing benefits for your skin that can really boost your confidence.

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Confidence in your body’s health

When you’re confident that your body is healthy, you’re more likely to take risks and do something extraordinary. However, if you’re worried that you might be developing an illness or that your fatigue is the result of overexerting yourself, then it might severely limit your options in life and it can be a debilitating state of mind.

There’s no use looking up online diagnosis websites to try and determine what your symptoms mean. There are some illnesses or conditions that have very obvious symptoms, but something as general as pain in a certain part of your body could be something trivial or it could be something serious. This is why it’s always recommended that you contact your doctor and schedule regular appointments to check on your overall health. It’s a lot better than sitting at home worrying that you might have a serious condition.


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Know the right places to visit

Doctors are very powerful people. Their words carry a lot of weight due to their profession which is why it’s essential that you pick a good doctor or medical practice that knows how to handle their patients. Specialised services are a step up from a general doctor and typically offer tailor-made services for patients of all genders and conditions. For instance, a smear test clinic is usually very welcoming to female patients and all the nurses, doctors and staff are trained to provide you with all the information and assistance you need.

A well-equipped medical practice is going to give you the confidence boost you need to be able to tell your doctor about your conditions. Condescending staff members that don’t care about your issues or who prescribe you useless medicines are not helpful. In fact, their negligence could be an incredibly slippery slope that you need to get off before they misdiagnose you and destroy your confidence. 

In short, if you aren’t confident in speaking to your doctor about your health, fire them and get a new one that understands you.