November Degustabox | Subscription Box Review

November Degustabox review

I was really excited for November’s Degustabox, which was the Christmas box. I can’t help it, I love Christmas and get excited by anything related to it! The Degustabox delivery day is the best food day of the month for me. Noah loves to help discover what is inside it too, and help set all of the products out for photographing.

  • Enjoy 10 to 15 surprise products, many are completely new to the market!
  • Receive your Degustabox every month filled with goodies.
  • All for much less than you would pay in the shops!

So what was inside the November Degustabox?

November Degustabox review

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Slimming World weigh in – the first post target one…

weekly weigh in

I think last week’s weigh in had to be my favourite one ever; I reached target! It took a few days for it to sink in, but I didn’t really go overboard in celebration like I might have expected to… In actual fact, I was still on plan for most of the week. I did have a Subway for lunch on the day of weigh in, but it was the first thing I’d really had off plan.

I don’t usually eat heavily on a weigh in day, but I decided that I had my target range to ‘play’ with, so it didn’t matter so much. Of course, it doesn’t mean I should do it all of the time, which I won’t; I just won’t restrict myself so much on a weigh day any more!
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Lekto Woodfuels | Review

Lekto Woodfuels review

Now winter is well and truly here, I’m finding that I am needing the heating on pretty much all day. But as I mentioned in this post, we have a solid fuel boiler which means lots of wood and coal is needed for the next few months!

We do have lots of trees that need cutting down, that we can use; but then they need drying out and that takes a long time. We also have lots ‘lying around’ that my father in law left behind  (that’s a whole other story), but this involves chopping too, so it ends up being lots of hard work!

Purchasing from Lekto Woodfuels takes away all of that hard work; the wood fuel is delivered so you can put it on your fire or stove immediately.

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Fail-Safe Meal Ideas for When Fussy Eaters Come to Dinner

Fail-Safe Meal Ideas for When Fussy Eaters Come to Dinner

Fussy eaters can be the bane of your life if you’re hosting a dinner party. Whether they’re fussy kids whose parents choose to give you an advance list of likes and dislikes, or adults who just sit at the table and pick. To help, we’ve got the perfect list of fail-safe meal ideas that will please even the most difficult of diners.

Start with the basics

Homemade baked beans are fun, easy to make and recognised by everyone. Buy a tin of haricot beans and add water, a couple of tablespoons of ketchup, a pinch of salt and pepper, some bacon, some vinegar and some sugar. You don’t have to go overboard on the dry ingredients – just a pinch will do.

Mix all of the ingredients together, place in a dish covered with foil and bake for around 40 minutes. Of course, you’re welcome to leave the bacon out of the recipe for a vegetarian take on this classic side dish.

Enrol the kids in the preparation process and they may just be more inclined to eat it. They may even tell other guests just how good the dish is because they helped to make it.

Keep it simple with fun and playful veggies

The number one rule when entertaining fussy eaters is to keep your meal simple. Everyone loves spuds, so add a touch of fun with McCain Smiles. Any fussy eaters will be so distracted by the joy on their plate that they’re unlikely to be looking at the accompaniments to the dish.

Most kids insist that they hate broccoli, but it’s probably only because they’ve heard their friends say the same thing. Try this quick and easy chicken and broccoli recipe in a bid to convert your diners.

Add some sesame seeds and peanuts for extra taste and you’ve got a fantastically easy dish, and maybe even a new broccoli fan.

Add a dash or two of colour

Jamie Oliver has a lot of children, five at the last count, and he does know a thing or two about fussy eaters. He suggests that simple, colourful recipes are the way to feed fussy eaters. Homemade burgers are a good place to start and you can always add a colourful salad to encourage your darlings to enjoy cucumber, tomatoes and other fresh and tasty veggies.

You could always go a step further by making some fantastic dips or inventive salads, as long as the plate looks appealing. Remember that we eat with our eyes as well as our taste buds.

A few more tips…

Encourage fussy eaters to get involved in the cooking process and you’re sure to have more luck when convincing them to try something new. If that’s not possible, it’s another good rule of thumb not to always tell your guests what they’re going to be eating in minute detail. When dining, keep things light-hearted and don’t be tempted to keep checking in on your guests to see what they’ve eaten. Let fussy eaters explore their plate at their own pace and you’ll find that many are more than willing to give things a go all by themselves.

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Easy filo mince pies | Recipe (Slimming World friendly)

Easy filo mince pies

Christmas is upon us, and that means lots of festive food consumption is underway! Though for a lot of us, I think it has been for a couple of months already, as seasonal products seem to enter stores earlier and earlier these days.

One of my favourite Christmas foods has to be a warm mince pie, with lashings of double cream; not so good for the waistline, but mighty tasty! I usually make my own mince pies with shortcrust pastry, but this year I decided to use filo pastry instead; mainly to cut down the syns*! They are still really good though, especially fresh from the oven when they are warm and still crispy.
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#IWouldMiss | The reality of living in the sticks!

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We’ve been living in the countryside for over a year now. It did take me a while to be persuaded to move, as I’ve always been a town girl and lived the ‘easy’ life. The thought of a peaceful life and fresh air was an obvious attraction, but there were negatives I considered too. In the end, it was kind of fate and sad circumstances that swayed our decision to move to the countryside, but I’m glad I changed my mind now as it’s one of the best I have ever made. Read more

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Lemon & blueberry surprise cupcakes | We Bake with Dr Oetker

Lemon and blueberry surprise cupcakes - We Bake with Dr Oetker

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram then you may have seen a few weeks ago that I was asked to be a founding member for the new Dr Oetker We Bake community. It’s kind of a cross between Instagram and an online baking club! You can upload photos of your bakes to the community to share with other members, check out others bakes, and also join in community and personal challenges where you can win some amazing prizes!
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Finding a photographer with Bidvine

Finding a photographer with Bidvine

The first time we ever hired a professional photographer was for our wedding – almost eight and a half years ago! Though it seems like such a long time ago, I still remember how stressful it was; researching different photographers for our needs, meeting with photographers, making sure they were within our budget. We didn’t have a very big budget, but looking back now I wish we had put more into it. Obviously I love looking back on my wedding photos, but now I am into photography myself, I realise that we could have chosen one with better skills. The end results weren’t great, and I had to edit some of them myself. This is not something you want to have to do after your wedding. Read more

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Slimming World weigh in – the one where I reach target…

weekly weigh in

Last week I had fairly mixed emotions after my weigh in. On the one hand. I was happy because I had another good loss of 2lb; on the other hand, I was a little frustrated because I only had that half a pound left to reach my target. I didn’t let it put me off though; if anything, it made me just that little bit more determined! I’ve had plenty of half pound losses before, so surely I could do it this week?

I was on plan for most of the week. In fact, I guess I was on it all week. With it being Children in Need last Friday, we usually have some nibbles to watch it with but I did plan ahead and made some low syn sausage rolls, some syn free hummus to have with veg sticks, some low syn mince pies, and some of those mini cheese squares that are half a syn each.
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Christmas on a budget – Tips for Parents

Christmas on a budget – Tips for Parents

Christmas is a hectic and expensive time of year. From festive parties, to food shopping and gift shopping the bills add up quickly. Not to mention the dreaded electricity and heating bills go up this time of year. It can be a particularly stressful time if you have a large family to buy for.

Here are 6 pointers I have put together to guide you through this festive time of year.

Budget

Have a budget. Before you go splashing the cash make yourself a budget. Budget for gifts and for food shopping and then stick to those budgets to avoid overspending. Christmas is just one day of the year so don’t start the new year in debt; spend sensibly. Read more

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