Wednesday, May 16, 2007
This can be served with almost anything, and it's incredibly easy! Just double the ingredients for bigger families. Mix a can of chopped tomatoes with some diced, lightly sauteed vegetables, anything you have around. I used onion, garlic, and peppers. To thicken it up, stir in a little ketchup. Let simmer for just a few minutes. I served it with lamb, and my husband said it was perfect!
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Does that special stuffed animal look not so special anymore? When you do your baby's laundry, place it inside a sleepsuit and button it up. Then tie the arms and legs together and throw it in the wash. Take the toys out before putting the clothes in the dryer. Of course this won't work for all stuffed animals, just use your best judgement.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Your newborn(s) are always going to need cooled, boiled water for something! It might be for making up feeds, or they might suddenly need a drink to settle their tummies. Often in the early months, mine would need a bottle out of the blue, and we struggled to get the water cooled fast enough. Try investing in two small jugs, to hold a pint or two, and keep them to the side. On the counter or in the fridge - just in case. Toss out after a few hours and start over.
I find it's easier to handle chores if they're assigned a certain day. For me, Sunday is Change the Sheets Day! I stick them all in the machine as soon as everyone is up and about. When evening comes, there are fresh beds to enjoy. They hardly have time to lose the lovely laundry scent before it's time to wash them again. I truly think we all sleep better because of this weekly wash.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Frozen oven chips don't have to be dull. Before you place them in the oven, drizzle with a little oil and sprinkle on some spice! Paprika, garlic salt, curry powder - anything you like! Mix through, to ensure all chips are coated. You can use a utensil, but I find just using my hands is easiest. It only takes moments, and the oven will do the rest.
There are lots of ways to save money when running a household, but buying cheap laundry essentials is not one of them. Cut price detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets often leave you with less than lovely laundry. Having soft, delightfully scented clothes will make you and your family happier all through the day. It's just not worth the nominal savings to settle for anything less.
Having tried a variety of nappy bags, I've found that the store brands are just as effective and strong as the higher-priced kind. Sainsbury's and Tesco both make perfectly strong, fresh smelling bags for a fraction of the price! After all, you're only buying them to throw away.