Homemade Body Scrub

Source: smartschoolhouse.com via Claire on Pinterest

 

 

I seen this on Pinterest when I was browsing or wasting many hours looking at pretty things!  I thought it looked really nice and it looked really easy to make as well so I decided to give it a go.

You can find the original post here

It is made up of the following:

Source: smartschoolhouse.com via Claire on Pinterest

Off I went in search of what I needed, I couldn’t find standard Baby wash, the only thing that seemed to be available was Baby soft wash.  I am not sure if it is the same thing but I thought I would buy it anyway and give it a try.

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I also decided that I wanted to make the scrub a mint green colour as I found some labels to go on top of the jar from here which were more of a green colour and I thought it would look good together.

The ingredients on the original post are 2.5 cups of sugar, 0.25 cup of baby oil, 0.25 cup of baby wash and 1/2 drop of colouring.  For anyone in the UK, this works out as:

550g Sugar

75mls Baby Oil

75mls Baby Wash

You then put it all in one big bowl and combine together until smooth. See I told you it was really easy!  Using the baby soft wash worked just as well for me so if you can’t find baby-wash like in the original post then this appears to work just as well.

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I then printed out the sugar scrub labels on photo paper, cut out and attached to the top of the jar and added ribbon to finish of.  I am really pleased with the end result, it smells lovely and left my hands really soft when I tried some of it. I would really recommend making some and for under £4 for a 380ml jar it is well worth the money.

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Claire xx

Menu Planning Monday

Source: orgjunkie.com via Jennifer on Pinterest

 

 

This week I stayed the same, I am not surprised really as I seem to have developed a love for chocolate during the day.  I really must work harder on making sure this doesn’t happen this week.

Monday:. Pasta with extra vegetables.

Tuesday:  Chicken Stir fry with sweet chilli sauce.

Wednesday: Chicken Singapore Noodles from here

Thursday: Slow cooked beef stew  from here

Friday:  Spaghetti  & Meatballs from here

Saturday: Out for dinner with family.

Sunday: Going out for Lunch for Brother in Law’s 40th.

 

I seen this free printable here and I thought I would download it, the plan is to laminate it so that I can write down our meal plans for the week and stick it on the fridge.

Source: tipjunkie.com via Claire on Pinterest

Claire xx 

One mince = 50 dinners

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I picked this book up in my local Asda the other day for the great price of £3.  It does exactly what it says on the front and gives you 50 meals that can be made using mince that has been made up into a basic mince mix.

The basic mix to serve 4-6 people is:

1kg of fresh beef mince

1 Onion finely chopped

1 garlic clove finely chopped

Salt and Pepper

All of the meals are then based around this basic mix.  I decided to make the Chili from here last night.

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The recipe was for 6 so I adapted it slightly and made enough for 4 meals.  I also adapted it slightly to make it slimming world friendly by substituting the corn oil for fry-light.

Chilli Con Carne

2tbsp corn oil

2 onions thinly sliced

2 garlic gloves finely chopped

650g fresh beef mince

200g canned chopped tomatoes

5tbsp tomato puree

1tsp ground cumin

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tbsp chilli powder (I used mild)

1 tsp dried oregano

350ml Beef stock

400g canned red kidney beans, drained and rinsed.

Heat the oil in the pan, add the onions and garlic and cook on a low heat, stirring occasionally for around 5 minutes. Add the beef, increase the heat and cook for 8-10 minutes or until browned.

Stir in the tomatoes, tomato puree, cumin, cayenne pepper, chilli powder, oregano and stock, season to taste with salt and bring to the boil, reduce and simmer for 1 hour.

Add the kidney beans, re-cover and simmer for further 30 mins.

To be honest with you I didn’t have it on for an hour and a half as it was an after work dinner I made it within about 45 minutes and served it with slimming world friendly wedges coated in garlic and paprika.

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It went down a storm in our house, not too spicy which pleased the husband no end.  If anyone is around Asda I would recommend picking up this little book, sure you can’t go wrong with £3 as long as you like mince!

Claire xx

Crocheted Chunky Cowl

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My first project that I have been working on is a large granny square baby blanket for my new niece or nephew who will be born in August but I felt that I needed some smaller projects to work on that I can finish and get some sense of achievement from finishing.

On looking through the Internet I came across Stephanie’s site. She has some lovely things and this Chunky Cowl caught my attention. It looked an easy enough pattern to follow for a newbie like me so I thought I would try it.

 

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I used a 10mm hook which I picked up in Hobbycraft and Patons Big wool, I crocheted it up over the course of the day with lots of stops in between but it was very enjoyable.

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I am really pleased with it, it crocheted up really chunky and once you got used to using thicker wool and a big hook it was really easy.

 

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I have been wearing it loads since I made it and have had loads of compliments for it.  I am now planning on making one for my Mum for mothers day which I am sure she will love.

 

C xx

Meal Planning Monday

Meal Planning Monday

 

I’m very happy to report a 2.5lbs loss last week, planning in advance and sticking to it really worked for me. No pressure wondering what to make when I came home from work which was great.

So here is the plan for this week:

Monday – Slow cooked Lamb curry and rice

Tuesday –  Curried rice with mixed Veg.

Wednesday –  Penne Arrabiata

Thursday – It’s my birthday so we are heading out to a local Italian

Friday –  Chilli and Homemade wedges

Saturday – Homemade KFC style burgers with slimming world chips

Sunday –   Lamb chops, baby potatoes & vegetables

 

 

Learning to Crochet

Flores Multi color!!!

erika k via Compfight

I Decided last year that I would like to learn to crochet.  I am quite crafty and enjoy making things, in fact I DIY’d quite a lot of our wedding bits and pieces and really enjoyed it.  I had seen loads of girls on twitter starting to crochet and it looked really good so I decided to learn.

I only wish it was as easy as just deciding to learn!  Crochet techniques are quite hard to get your head around at the start and I swore so many times when trying to do my first set of chains.  I found looking at video techniques on the basics really helped me so I thought it might be good to share the videos that I found helpful with anyone who wants to learn.

Making a foundation Chain

UK Double Crochet

UK Treble Crochet

Crochet Circles

Crochet a Granny Square

There are so many modern things to crochet now, and I am looking forward to building up my skills and attempting to make some things for myself and as gifts for others.
C xx

Valentine’s Day

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Well Valentine’s day has been and gone.  I hope all of you who do celebrate it had a lovely time.  I know it’s all very commercialised and we don’t need one day to show our loved ones how much we care, but I do like to do something special just to remind each other how much we love each other.

We can all get so caught up in the big stuff of daily life that we can forget the simple things and I like Valentine’s to just be able to stop and sit and remember how much we love to spend time together.  We don’t do big gestures and we don’t spend too much money, a card, some flowers and a little bit of love hearts spelling out messages were all that were necessary to put two big smiles on our faces yesterday.

 

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Valentines 2My most favourite flowers from my gorgeous hubby!

And another good thing about Valentine’s day is it starts the countdown to my birthday on Thursday!

C xx