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#MeatMatters Lamb Koftas with Yogurt dip, pita bread and carrot ribbons.

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Sorry Vegetarians / Vegans this is not a post for you….I have been given £10 and 30 mins to come up with a tasty Lamb or Beef family meal that is both reasonable and fast.

So I decided to cook a version of something that we have made quite often as a family and enjoyed. While Lamb may not be everybody’s first choice, did you know it can help combat fatigue, its full of vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, zinc and potassium and are naturally rich in protein. So please give it a go.

INGREDIENTS

Mince Lamb 500g 
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
Ground black pepper 
A small handful of mint leaves (chopped)
A small handful of parsley (chopped) 

150g Natural yogurt 
Ground black pepper 
A small handful of mint leaves (chopped)
Chives (chopped) 
Pinch of salt

3/4 Pita Breads 

2 Medium sized carrots.

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To start lets make the Koftas,

Open the packet of minced lamb and add the garlic powder,  a good grind of black pepper,  and the chopped herbs.  Using your hands mix this all together. You can coat your hands in a little olive oil this can make it easier. Take a piece of the mixture and roll into a ball, then slightly flatten to form a pattie. You should get around 10, I managed 11 this time. Out these in the fridge for about 30mins, or make ahead in the morning for dinner in the evening.

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Now for the yogart, easy peasy. Mix together with black pepper, a pinch of salt, chopped mint and chives. Again this can be made in the morning and set aside for later on.

For the final touches, Grill or toast the pita bread for a few mins using kitchen scissors cut into stripes. For the carrots, cut the tops /tails off and peal the outer skin. Continue pealing the carrot into ribbons.

The Koftas need at least 6-8 mins on each side until brown on either side in a hot pan. I tend the drain of any excess fat about half way throw the cooking, this helps to keep it extra healthily.

 

Serve up with all the sides and your done. My 5 year old loved it so I hope its a hit with your family too.

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This post is an entry for the #MeatMatters Challenge, sponsored by Simply Beef and Lamb. Visit https://www.simplybeefandlamb.co.uk/ for some extra ideas and inspiration.  (AD)

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A New addition to my handbag, the @britmums #MyAquaphor Challenge, sponsored by Eucerin.

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It is that time of year again, the winter is upon us and with that comes some harsh weather and dry skin. Therefore I’m delighted to be taking part in the #MyAquaphor Challenge, with @Britmums an sponsored by Eucerin.

My hands always need a bit of TLC in the winter however I am very bad at having any kind of skin care routine at all. It mainly just consists of washing my makeup off and finding the nearest moisturiser.

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This however has really mad my hands feel different and given them a very needed boost. My knuckles are not their normal flaky dry selves. I have even started using on my daughters dry eczema patches. It doesn’t feel like a normal hand cream or moisturiser its more like a smooth gel, I really love it my hands feel instantly softer.

Here is a little bit about the Aquaphor ;

  • Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm gives dry to very dry, cracked and irritated skin the SOS care it needs
  • Formulated with only seven ingredients, Aquaphor is gentle enough to be used on highly irritated skin as well as on sensitive baby skin and also in the nappy area
  • Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm protects the skin by creating a breathable protective barrier, allowing oxygen and water vapor to circulate to and from the skin, allowing skin to ‘breathe’ and strengthen its natural barrier function
  • The Eucerin Aquaphor formula was first introduced in the US market in 1925 and has been a household staple ever since – long trusted for its effectiveness in repairing a wide range of skin SOS cases.

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After carrying it about for just over a week now the Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm has now become a permanent member of my handbag and will continue to be there for some time. 

“This post is an entry for the BritMums #MyAquaphor Challenge, sponsored by Eucerin. Discover the benefits of Eucerin https://www.eucerin.co.uk/products/aquaphor/soothing-skin-balm-45ml”

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Gifts for under a fiver? #sdfiverchallenge

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Its Christmas! Ok it is not Christmas but it certainly might feel that way with Christmas ads and the shops have been geared up for Christmas for many weeks.

Christmas is an expensive time of year for us all. Although I plan and budget pretty well. I often find that it is the stocking fillers, Christmas eve boxes and preschool raffle little presents that stack up.

So when BritMums send me the Sportsdirect.com £5 Christmas Challenge  #sdfiverchallenge. I was surprised as to what gifts you could get for under a fiver. And it wasn’t just Sports Equipment and clothes which you might expect. The gift section on the website is fill of toys, games, arts and crafts gifts. Lots of the items are kids favourites too, Minions, My Little Pony, Starwars etc.

In total I was given £30 to include the fiver postage too. So what did I end up with for this. The answer is… quite a lot.

Gift Mug & Chocolate Minions set.
Monkey Tree Game.
Elf Door.
Playdoh – TrolleyBag.
My Little Pony- Art Set.
Paint Your Own Unicorns and Fairs.

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The Elf door and the Playdoh bag I choose as extra’s for Matilda. The Elf door was very reasonable at £2.49 and I had been thinking this would be a great addition to the Elf on the shelf fun this year. The Playdoh bag as this is one of Matilda’s favourite things still to do however our Playdoh and the cutter etc still currently reside in a carrier bag!

The others gifts will be extra’s for other friends and family with little ones.

The £5 Post and packing adds a bit however if you were buying a few items I think you would find this saved in the overall costs. Plus many of these bargains will be found in-store too.

On the whole I would certainly recommend having a look for yourself on the Sportsdirect website under the gift section. There really is lots to choose from.

Note – I purchased these items using a voucher I was sent for free. All opinions are my own. This post is an entry for BritMums #sdfiverchallenge Christmas Challenge, sponsored by Sportsdirect.com.

#TearsIntoSmiles A plaster fixes everything?

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When I sore the latest drive with BritMums and Elastoplast, it could not have arrived at a better time for me and Matilda.

Matilda had been chasing pigeons at the park and after several shouts from me to “slow down” and “run on the glass”. She managed to face plant straight on the concrete!

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Minor Cuts and bruises are part and parcel of growing up. It seems to be a constant battle of letting her find her feet and having fun at the the same time. Yet always telling her to be careful too. However you cannot wrap them up in bubble-wrap, however temping that might be!

When faced with a “donk” my normal reaction is, where did you hurt, then cuddles then “be brave your a big girl”. I always find best to try not to dwell on it, once you know there is nothing serious.

We were sent some Frozen and Star Wars plasters to try out along with a garden game to have some fun in the garden. Matilda was taken straight way with both sets of plasters. She is a fan of Frozen and Star Wars. Although as Dad likes Star Wars as lot he is allowed to share those according to Matilda!

 

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Elastoplast say “Bumps, cuts, scratches and the tears that come with them are all part of childhood. We’ve been helping parents to comfort their little ones for over 90 years, and we know there’s no substitute like a cuddle from a parent. Healing is about much more than a great plaster. This is a chance to share our experiences of playing outdoors, comforting children and the different approaches to parenting. Together we can raise healthy and happy children!”

Having plasters with fun characters on is a good way to distract. It seems to have made yet another scratch from the garden into an exciting event. Only issue i have now is she wants them all the time, even for the dolly’s and teddies. So I will be buying more before I know it.

We love being out doors as much as possible as are always out in the garden and down the the park. However of course that comes then with hazards and the occasional scratch and bump.

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As an additional little note; Matilda was due her Pre-school boosters last week. I have to say she was very brave and playing Doctors is one of her favorite games right now which helped a lot. We even took her Doctors play set with us. Later replacing the nurses cotton wool with one Frozen and one Star Wars plaster on each arm. Which then took us 2 days to persuade Matilda to take off in the bath!

“This post is an entry for the BritMums #TearsintoSmiles Challenge, sponsored by Elastoplast.http://campaigns.elastoplast.net/plastermoments/uk

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#ThankGoodness BritMums along with Dolmio challenge.

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BritMums along with Dolmio challenged Bloggers  to create a #ThankGoodness mid-week meal from a shop of simple ingredients found in a lot of kitchen cupboards.  A simple, and good meal with a jar of Dolmio Bolognese.

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We made the Classic Bolognese with our sauce however then tried to come up with some alternative ways to use that other than the with classic Spaghetti. Nothing wrong with Spaghetti of course too.

 

Bolognese Yorkshire Puddings

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Roasted Carrots / Courgettes / Aubergines

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Bunny Chow – Dolmio Way. A South African dish, normally an Indian fusion with a curry inside a cut out loaf.

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This made a great family meal, all really quick and easy to do mid-week too. Matilda loved it. Especially pulling at the bits of bread and dipping in. Defiantly a jar of Dolmio is something good to have handy to use.

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Dolmio Bolognese Original 500g sauce is 100% natural. In each jar, you’ll find at least 10 juicy diced tomatoes, a dollop of tomato puree, half an onion, a tablespoon of sunflower oil, a couple of cloves of garlic, a handful of herbs including basil, a teaspoon of cornflour, a teaspoon of salt, a pinch of pepper, two teaspoons of added beet sugar for taste, a squeeze of lemon juice, a splash of water and nothing more. In fact, a jar provides a family of four with one of their 5-a-day each and that’s before you add any further veg to the meal!

“This post is an entry for the #Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge, sponsored by Dolmio.   www.dolmio.co.uk/thankgoodness.”

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2015 in review

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My review of 2015, which is not bad as I only started it up this year and a few illness have kept me from writing lots. I hope to keep it going in 2016, mainly as a hobby and just see where it takes me. Happy New Year

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 750 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 13 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.