Vegan Pancake Mix For Fabulous Gluten Free Pancakes

Who would have thought you could make pancakes without eggs, milk or gluten? Sounds weird but luckily you can! This easy vegan pancake mix makes the most amazing light, fluffy pancakes, which is a good thing as the reluctant teen hoovers down pancakes like they are going out of fashion. He was getting quite peeved that I hadn’t…

Decorative Doorstops – How To Make a Doorstop Tonight

I love decorative doorstops as they’re so much more individual than store-bought ones and because you can make them for a fraction of the cost. Here’s how to make a doorstop, in simple illustrated steps. You’ll need a sewing machine for this project, but the process is very simple, so I’ve…

Teacher Appreciation Quotes Make Easy Homemade Gifts

Using teacher appreciation quotes in posters or in your thank you notes is a great way to say a heartfelt thank you to your teacher.  If you’re a dab hand with technology, it’s fun to get creative and to design your own posters or cards. I find PicMonkey super easy to use for poster-making…

Overnight Oats Recipe Ideas for Easy Healthy Gluten Free Breakfasts

For easy make-ahead healthy breakfasts, I’m swapping my morning porridge for this overnight oats recipe collection. Don’t get me wrong, I seriously love porridge. It’s the breakfast of champions as oats are super-healthy, gluten-free and vegan friendly. But, sometimes it’s good to try something new and some mornings I…

Frugal Simple Living Recipe – Spicy Veggie Fritters

What do you do with those tired old veggies languishing at the bottom of the fridge? The ones that are really a bit past their prime. If you’re a bit of a frugal simple living freak like me, I bet you’re always looking for economical new ways to use them up. I HATE throwing food away…

Simply Frugal Living – The Joy of Leftovers Soup

Over the last few years, we’ve had to become experts at simply frugal living. A financially incontinent ex-husband and a global financial crisis took their toll on my disposable income, so a lot of belt-tightening was called for. Frugal living is now a habit that’s deeply ingrained, but it’s one which enables…

Handmade Gifts for Teachers – Easy Homemade Gift Ideas

The boy and I made these handmade gifts for teachers from recycled aluminium (cat food) tins! We made them for more than one teacher, because the boy had so much fun planning and making them. They were fabulously popular with his teachers and they were a piece of cake to make.  The’re perfect for school fete days…

Free Bunting Template with Easy Homemade Bunting Tutorial

When the boy had outgrown and almost worn out a favourite pair of football print flannel PJs he was desperate not to part with them, even though the trousers were halfway up his legs! I promised  to make something with them that he would see every day in his bedroom. Using a bunting template I created, I made them…

Dating as a Single Parent – Tales From The Trenches

Who knew I would need to start dating as a single parent? Way back in the dark ages, before child, marriage and divorce, I had a handle on the dating scene. I had the usual assortment of first dates that went nowhere and others that were rather more successful. I didn’t feel like a total dating klutz. Fifteen…

Which Types of Green Vegetables Will He Actually Eat?

We had ‘that’ chat tonight. The big one. The one about which types of green vegetables the reluctant teen will actually eat. It wasn’t the easiest of chats as it’s fair to say he is still of the view that all green food is evil. He knows (or claims to know) about the benefits…