Wednesday, 30 May 2012

"Summertime Scrumble" Piperade


I made this quick and easy lunch for my family the other day and it went down really well so I thought I would share it on here :) It was really yummy and healthy.


"Summertime Scrumble" Piperade (Serves 2 adults + 2 children)

1 x onion, diced
1/2-1 x yellow pepper, deseeded and diced
1/2 x courgette, grated
4 x tomatoes, diced
large handful parsley, roughly chopped
10 x eggs (or 2 per child and 3 per adult - mine served 2 adults and 2 kids)
salt and black pepper


Heat some olive oil in a frying pan and add all of the veggies. Leave to fry for 10mins. It will look extremely yummy already so refrain from eating it just like that. I know I had to try really hard to stop myself because it looked delish!

Heat some oil in another frying pan. Beat two (or three for an adult) eggs in a jug then add to the pan. Add a quarter of the veggie mix, season well with salt and black pepper and stir it all together. Keep stirring until the egg is cooked through. Repeat for the other portions. Finished :)

Delicious served either hot or cold and would be GORGEOUS with a crusty bread roll and butter <3



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Be Your Best Mom - guest post


I did a guest post today for the lovely Milena over at Be Your Best Mom. Head over to see the Jar Lid Pincushion I made for her :)

Monday, 28 May 2012

Mint Stuff I've Seen #15

After much thinking, I have decided I need to cut my blog time down and spend more time with my beautiful girls. They are growing up too quick and I have been missing too much spending so much time blogging. I am now going to post Monday, Wednesday and Friday with a few homeschool posts thrown in on some Saturdays.

Now on to this week's Mint Stuff :) I have decided to start my pintrest board back up. It is called Mint Stuff and it is where I will pin all of the mint things I feature here on Mondays. You can find it here.

This Week's Features


Cheesy Sausage and Potato Skillet - Talking Dollars and Cents


Beach Towel Dress - Crafterhours


How To Make Sushi - Potholes and Pantyhose


Desert Beauty Dress - MADE

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Mediterr-Indian Sausage and Chickpea Stew


I added so many different flavours to this stew, I wasn't sure exactly what to call it. Half Mediterranean and half Indian. It was very yummy anyways and that's the main thing :)

Mediterr-Indian Sausage and Chickpea Stew

4 x sausages (I used gluten free), cut into bitesize pieces
1 x large onion, diced
2 x garlic cloves, crushed
1 x small yellow pepper, deseeded and diced
1tbsp tomato puree
2tsps garam masala
200g tin chopped tomatoes
100g chickpeas, cooked and drained
zest and juice of half a lemon
handful fresh coriander, chopped
rice to serve

Heat some olive oil in a large pan, add the sausages and fry until golden. Add the onion, garlic, yellow pepper and garam masala to the pan. Cook for 5mins until veg has softened. Add the tomato puree, leave to cook off for 30 seconds then add the tinned tomatoes and chickpeas with a splash of water. Mix all together, bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15mins until the tomatoes have thickened and become more sauce-like and the chickpeas have heated through. Mix in the lemon zest and juice. Serve over a mound of rice with the coriander sprinkled on top.

Delish!

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Sandpaper Numbers


I took part in a blog trade last week and traded blogs for the day with Shirley over at Motivated Mommy of Two. It was so much fun and she came by and shared how she organised her linen closet. I decided to share a tutorial for Sandpaper Letters on her blog and thought I'd put it on here this week just in case anyone missed it :)


My eldest little girl is 3 and she has just started to show an interest in learning her numbers the past few weeks. I am all for child-led learning so I wasn't really pushing it until I saw she was interested. I've been trying to get her to learn her numbers for the past few weeks but we have both been getting quite frustrated that she wasn't picking it up. She can trace over a number I have drawn for her like a pro but ask her to draw one herself and she gets herself into a right state!


I bought a book full of Montessori-based learning activities a while back and decided to look in there for inspiration on how to help Leyla learn her numbers. I found this activity in there and, from what I have read about them, they are brilliant!


To make your own Sandpaper Numbers you will need:
  • piece of paper
  • few sheets of sandpaper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • sheet of card
  • hole punch
  • pva glue and brush
  • sticker reinforcements for holes 
  • keyring


Draw out the numbers 0-9 on a piece of paper. You don't want them to be too small. Mine ended up being just over 2" tall. Cut them out using the scissors then draw around them onto the sandpaper. Cut out squares of card big enough to fit your numbers on. I cut mine to be 3" squares.


Hole punch a hole in the top left corner of each square then glue the sandpaper numbers on in the middle of the card. Make sure to get the glue right to the ends of each number to make sure the edges are glued down properly and don't lift. I drew a black dot indicating where to start forming each number, just to help her out a little.


I stuck the reinforcement hole stickers on each card, one on each side, then left the glue to dry for a few hours. I took the metal ring from a keyring I had and threaded the cards on.

To use the cards, first show your toddler each number and, using your first two fingers, draw on top of each of them to show how they are written. Help your toddler to do the same. The feel of the sandpaper will help them to understand how to make each number. Practice each number a few times before moving on to the next one.

These cards have really helped Leyla to understand how the numbers are formed.

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Blog-A-Pal-Loosa Day 14

It's the last day of Blog-A-Pal-Loosa. It's been such a fun few weeks and we've had some amazing giveaways. Good luck to everyone who entered and well done to everyone who's already won :)

Find more Blog-A-Pal-Loosa giveaways here

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Yeah, today is my day. I am so happy you stopped by to check out this treasure chest of a giveaway that you just might win!

I agonized for days about this giveaway & what I wanted to giveaway since I have never done this before, I thought I wanted to add items that I would use & were related to my blog; home decor, thrifting, DIY, Cooking & Fashion.  



Here is what I came up with:



I had this piece of beautiful fabric on hand, maybe used for a bulletin board~


A Lovely Scented Candle~


Butterfly Drawer/Door Pull~


Paper Flower for a wreath, gift or as an accent on a vase~


Small Frame, these take paint so nicely, should you care to change the color~




Cupcake Bath Salt after a day of DIY'ing


A Nice Book to cuddle up with~  
                                      

Necklace & earring set, to make you feel more beautiful than you are~


This was my thrift store find, a new wallet~


Add some bling with these~


Ball of Lip Gloss~


I believe in the written word, Note Cards~

 

Craft Paint & Decorative Ribbon to get your creative groove on~


Decorative Serving Dish~


So come on over to 

Thank You & Many Blessings

Nina
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