Monday, 19 November 2012

Save a Life for Free

Gosh is it that time already?
This is what I find myself saying repeatedly these days, and here I say it in relation to a rather long gap between postings. But the exciting thing about that is that I have been exceptionally busy having interesting times. We have just had a wonderful weekend with family where LO was spoiled rotten, awarding giggles and drool-filled kisses to his entertainers, inspiring them to keep up the good work. Having pointed to a painting, and seen two real live horses today, it seems that LO now calls horses Gary, but that is a story for another day...

This blog will be about what I did last weekend -- as in the ethos of this blog, it was free. But more importantly, I think as many people as possible should learn what I learned.

Last weekend I learned something that I hope I will never need to know.
I went on an Emergency First Aid for Babies and Children course. The piece of mind this has given me is second to none although I do hope I never need to use it. The course is run for free but, those of you who can, please leave a donation and feel comfortable in the knowledge that you could have saved a life.

Delivered by cheery Alan, a first aider with experience spanning from keeper of Victoria Park to Great Grandad of 13 (I hope I remembered that correctly), and the accolade of representing the Red Cross at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day, the session was presented with ease, making it bearable for those who may be affected by what is a potentially emotive subject, especially if like me your emotions have been on red alert since conceiving and you have had to give up TV for the risk of blubbing at every seasonal-themed advert.

We all mucked in, even trying out a defribulator, but despite our best efforts, none of our plasticated models came to life. Actually I'm quite glad of that - a Steven King novel this was not! This hands-on approach made for an easy way to remember the techniques, which are actually very easy.

I can 't stress this enough, please do check it out:

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Happy Halloween

or Samhain to those of you who are pagan. We had a lovely day yesterday, Daddy carved a pumpkin and the wee man has spent most of the time pointing at it and saying wow! He is currently trying to make trumpet noises by blowing through the cut holes (I should point out that it is no longer lit)!

Good news, I should have my phone back at the end of this week which means lots of lovely photos for the blog yippee! LO was dressed as a vampire in his tuxedo babygro and one of my scarves as a cape - quite the charmer, we might need to do a re-take. I must say the tux babygro has been a favourite - we can drag it out for any occasion from birthday bash to Chicago gangster at a murder mystery party, and now dracula. It has no feet so has lasted far beyond the age on the label, but best of all it's a babygro, so if you're at a party, there is no need to wake and change him into pyjamas late at night.

So the money saving part of this blog is not a pumpkin soup recipe. I imagine that pumpkins will be getting cheaper in supermarkets over the next week and I am bored of making soup with the innards so sought out alternative recipies. Lo and behold, I found two in one book: the Abel & Cole Cookbook (which came free with a veggie box). A staple book in our family as the instructions are easy and the results always delicious. Although we now get our veggies locally, the quality from Abel & Cole was unbeatable and they have plenty of free and delicious recipes online, so do take a look

Chicken and Pumkin Casserole
This is very easy to make. I'm a fan of 'one pot wonders' - delicious nutritious, feeds masses, and easy to clear up. This one got the thumbs up from the grandparents too. It involved browning the chicken (8 small pieces) and onions (1/2 mug) in oil and butter. Adding chopped pumpkin (or squash - 2 mugs) and carrots (1 mug), stock (1.5 mugs) and sage, and leaving to simmer for 30min. Top with cashews or walnuts and serve with a hunk of bread.

This was followed by a custard pumpkin tart which I served with sweet seasonal and apples.

Of course, don't forget to bake the seeds with just a touch of oil, season with salt and pepper and eat while they're warm and crispy.

Delicious, so get out there and take advantage of the cheaper seasonal produce.