Monday, 22 October 2012

Mint Stuff I've Seen #26

This Week's Features:

DVD Coloring Case - Handmade by Stacy Vaughn

Homemade Cocoa Oatie Nakd Bars - Peachy Palate

Herbal Decongestant Salve - Frugally Sustainable

Canvas Project - Virginia & Charlie


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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Guacamole Recipe

I love this recipe. Guacamole is so delicious, so good for you, so versatile and most importantly, so easy to make!

All you need is one medium, very ripe avocado, 2 tbsps lemon juice, some salt and pepper and a pinch of mixed herbs. Mash the avocado into a bowl, add the other ingredients and mix in well.

Serve it on top of a jacket potato, in a sandwich or wrap, on top of a spicy chilli, just eat it plain or use it as a dip for tortillas.

Absolutely delicious!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Mint Stuff I've Seen #25

This Week's Features:

Natural Room Scents - The Yummy Life

Salt Dough Footprint Keepsakes - The Imagination Tree

Jelly Filled Cupcake Donuts - The Chubby Vegan

Seven Lessons Your Daughter Needs You to Teach Her - Mommy With Selective Memory

DIY 3 Strap Bra for Backless Tops and Dresses - Acid Dreams and Sugar Highs


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Sunday, 7 October 2012

Green Hummus Recipe

A while ago I posted a recipe for Red Pepper Hummus. I love that recipe but thought I would like to try a version made with leafy greens. I am always trying to find new ways to get leafy greens into my kids diet. So far I have had good results with blending them into a lentil soup but I needed more ways. I can't just give them lentil soup every night, as much as they might want me to :P

I decided to see whether hummus with added leafy greens would actually be palatable. Most leafy greens are quite strong tasting but then so is hummus so I was hoping that the taste of the leafy greens would be masked.

I used cavolo nero in mine since that is what I received in my veg box this week. You could use any leafy green you wanted, such as kale, spinach, romaine lettuce etc.

Green Hummus Recipe

1 cup chickpeas, cooked (or about ½ cup dry)
1 cup cavolo nero (or other leafy green), roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp tahini (optional)
1 tbsp hemp oil
3-5 tbsps lemon juice
1 ½ tsps cumin
salt and pepper
½ cup cold water

First of all, you will need to cook your chickpeas if cooking from dry. You will need to soak them overnight and then cook as per packet instructions, usually for 10 mins on rapid boil then an hour on a simmer. Mix all ingredients except water in a food processor. Blitz together, adding water as necessary to form a smooth(ish) paste.

Serve with vegetable sticks or a warm pitta bread. Yum!

I might not be around this next week because me and the kids are going visiting my Auntie Sandra. I'll have to see how easy it is to get online while I'm there so I might be around but probably not. See you when I get back :)

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Crochet Coffee Cup Cozy

I like to crochet whilst watching TV and the other day I found myself making flannel after flannel just to keep my mind busy while I was catching up on my soaps. I needed something quick and simple and useful aswell since I now have more flannels than any one house could ever need :P

I decided to try my hand at making a coffee cup cozy. I have had eczema on my hands since I was younger and the skin on my hands has gotten really thin after years of using steroid creams on them. I always find that cups of coffee burn my hands so I can't hold them when they are first made. It's hard enough carrying a 3 year old, 2 year old in her pushchair and all the things that two young children need, never mind juggling a cup of coffee that's burning your hands aswell. Not fun!

Crochet Coffee Cup Cozy

You will need:

DK yarn
4mm crochet hook
3 buttons, sized to fit buttonholes


1. ch12, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across (11)
2. ch1, turn, sc in 1st st, ch2, sk1st, sc in next 3sts, ch2, sk1st, sc in next 3sts, ch2, sk1st, sc in last st
3. ch1, turn, sc in 1st st, sc in chsp, sc in next 3sts, sc in chsp, sc in next 3sts, sc in chsp, sc in last st
4-40. ch1, turn, sc across (11)

You should end up with a long rectangle that fits around your cup and three buttonholes at the very start of the rectangle.


41. ch1, turn, sc in 3sts (3)
42-48. ch1, sc across, bind off
49. with wrong side of st facing and working at the other end, join yarn in the third st, ch1, sc in 3sts (3)
50-56. ch1, sc across, bind off
57. locate the middle three stitches, join yarn in the third st, ch1, sc in 3sts (3)
58-64. ch1, sc across, bind off

You should now have three straps on your cozy for the three buttonholes you worked earlier. Check the fit around your cup and make sure the cozy fits snugly. Shorten the straps a little if necessary. I found this size was good for a medium sized cup.

Weave in all ends and add a button on the end of each strap.

Flower: Using contrasting yarn, I made a simple flower as shown in this tutorial, and stitched it on to the cozy.

Very cute!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Mint Blogs I've Seen - NorthShore Days

This week I am going to be spotlighting a blog written by a lovely lady that I met on Facebook - NorthShore Days!


Natalie has some awesome tutorials on her blog! Here are some of my favourites :)

Cute, aren't they? Go and check out more awesome stuff at Natalie's blog, NorthShore Days.

If you want me to spotlight your blog then get in touch at mammymadeuk at gmail dot com :)              

Monday, 1 October 2012

Pre(Home)school Week 2

Week 2

  • Reading - encourage her to memorise nursery rhymes
  • Writing - draw the outline of a path and have your child draw lines following the path without going outside of the lines
  • Maths -  practice counting numbers 11-20
  • Home economics - teach your child about basic hygiene and why it is important
  • Art - do watercolour painting on a large piece of paper
  • Music - compare how different instruments sound when played
  • Science - go on a walk around the neighbourhood and ask your child to point out hard vs soft things
  • Physical education - play follow the leader around the house
  • Role play - play library, make a library card together then give your child a bag, ask her to pick a couple of books to "take out", then have her bring them to you to stamp, read them that night in bed
  • Turkish -  teach your child how to say her favourite foods and drinks in Turkish

Leyla did really well keeping in the lines of the path! She drew a few lines and every one was inside the lines. She actually found this activity much easier than I thought she would so I will have to find some harder activities for her.

We made a song out of the numbers 11-20 and sat together and sang the song together over and over. She is still not perfect at this but getting there!

My brother visited last week and him and his girlfriend bought the kids an easel. They absolutely loved it and painted a brilliant watercolour picture on it.

Both kids absolutely loved playing library. Will definitely be doing that one again!

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