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Monthly Archives: April 2017

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…

Single Parents Travel – 10 Top Tips to Make Single Parent Travel A Little Easier!

Let’s be honest, for single parents travel of any description can be a complete nightmare! But it doesn’t have to be … it can be fun and incredibly rewarding.  So, here’s my collection of travel tips and tricks to help make your single parent holiday a stress-free adventure! 1. Do Your Research…

Single Parent Traveling With Kids – Tips from a Globe-Trotting Mum

Travel has been in my blood since I was very young, so being a single parent traveling with kids has been a great adventure. I grew up on a little granite rock in the middle of the English Channel (Jersey) and our extended family were all ‘on the mainland’! So, going to see family always meant hopping onto…

Pork Sausage Casserole – Gluten Free Winter Warming Goodness

My mum’s pork sausage casserole is one of the quintessential British winter warmer dishes I was brought up on. It’s old-fashioned, plain cooking at its very best and the perfect belly filling comfort food for a chilly day. Accompanied with a mound of fluffy mash and pile of seasonal green veggies, pork sausage casserole is…

Sweet Potatoes Recipes – Delicious Gluten Free Sweet Potato Moussaka

Sweet potatoes recipes are delicious, healthy and popular. Now  I know sweet potato moussaka sounds a bit weird, but bear with me because it’s totally delicious! Ever since I first visited Greece as a young girl, I’ve loved moussaka – maybe it’s that association with eating al fresco in the sunshine. But I…