Things your mother should have told you!

1. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

 

2. Store your opened chunks of cheese in tinfoil. It will stay fresh longer and not go mouldy!

 

3. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

 

4. Add a teaspoon of water when frying minced beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

 

5. To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

 

6. For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt After eights in bowl over hot water and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

 

7. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

 

8. Leftover snickers bars (yes I know there really is no such thing so you will have to buy some)  make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!

 

9. Reheat Pizza

Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

 

10. Easy Devilled Eggs

Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

 

11. Expanding Frosting

If you really haven’t got the time to make your own , When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

 

12. Reheating refrigerated bread

To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

 

13. Newspaper weeds away

Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go. Cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

 

14. Broken Glass

Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.

 

15. No More Mosquitoes

Place a Bounce or other make tumbledryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

 

16. Squirrel Away!

To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it.

 

17. Flexible vacuum

To get something out  from under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

 

18. Reducing Static Cling

Pin a small safety-pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing tights. Place pin in seam of  trousers and … guess what! … static is gone.

 

19. Measuring Cups

Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out. (Or spray the measuring cup or spoon with Pam before using)

 

20. Foggy Wind shield?

Hate foggy wind-shields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

 

21. Re-opening envelopes

If you seal an envelope and then realise you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

 

22. Conditioner

Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair.

 

23. Goodbye Fruit Flies

To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2′ with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

 

24. Get Rid of Ants

Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it ‘home,’ can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

 

25. Tumble Dryer Filter

Even if you are very diligent about cleaning the lint filter in your dryer it still may be causing you a problem. If you use dryer sheets a waxy build up could be accumulating on the filter causing your dryer to over heat. The solution to this is to clean your filter with a toothbrush and hot soapy water every 6 months.

Not sure how many of these actually work but I can vouch for a few….  Have to say though I don’t seem the have that pesky squirrel problem myself lol

Sparkys Adventures!

Sparky is the class mascot… every weekend or so one of the kids gets to bring him home and write in his book what he did.

Well Ali came home with him at the beginning of the holiday.

So this is what he put in Sparkys book

What sparky did when he stayed with me by Ali Smedley

Sparky set up his own Moshi monsters account so he could play on the computer.

 

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He may like to play at other people’s houses so if he wants to the link is

http://www.moshimonsters.com/home

And his owner name is

sparkysadventures

and the password is

sparky

He also came with me to the cubs cardboard box camp out

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We also went to Hornbys and looked around the shop and museum and then made a model and afterwards Sparky had a burger king.

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Another day out Sparky came on was to see Greenwich.

He saw the Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum and lots of other places in Greenwich. I think Sparky enjoyed his visit with me.

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Well I don’t know about Sparky enjoying his visit but Ali enjoyed having him stay with us…  for a boy who doesn’t do toys he loves stuffed toys..   to the point where he was rather upset to see Sparky go……  hmmmm  Not impressed at the fact that Sparky  cost over £25 to £35 to replace but we will see what happens and if he can wait as Ali has decided he may like his own Sparky for his birthday.

 

 

Living in a box

While I was having fun on the internet last Friday night
*it’s not as bad as it sounds, well actually it may have been worse than it sounded, but not what you think… well yes it may have been what you probably thought but it wasn’t real honest, or was it?  No it couldn’t have been because Allan looked on his phone and was in hysterics, Just as well he knows me well.

Anyway……… the boys were sleeping in cardboard boxes!

They went on the cub crazy camp with Allan

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All the colours of a Rainbow….. The Bruises of all Bruises

At last the bruises have gone… and its only taken three weeks.

I am not accident prone honest… But when I do end up with a boo boo I have a good one…
Although its usually burns……….

or broken bones…… or getting bitten by a 4ft long Iguana

Or More Burns

So what’s the latest thing.
Well before I start I would like to say it’s not my fault..
I blame Allan… Well it has to be someone’s fault

Maybe I could blame my dad.. after all it was his scooter we were charging up in the middle of the kitchen..
YES! It was my dads fault.

ok It was my fault, I was making a cup of tea and just not looking where I was walking.. I tripped over his scooter base in the kitchen and bashed myself against the counter top…….
And I mean bashed.
I bruised my arms. legs, and erm chest…… ok boobs to be exact.. I had black boobs for three weeks.  I bet my nipples were blacker than Whoopi Goldberg’s and I still have a lovely big lump there…. Although the nurse at the doctors says I should leave it another three weeks before they need to check it out again if it’s not gone.  (I went for my Asthma clinic and she could see some of the bruising and asked.)
Anyway to prove that I had bruises with lots of colours in.. Here are a few pics of the ones on my arms..
you are lucky I never took any of my chest lol
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Busy Busy Busy, Let’s play catch up

Yes I know I always say that.. and to be honest the only reason I am finding the time now is because Allan has taken the boys on a cubs sixer (Alex is a sixer) and seconders  crazy camp out in cardboard boxes at one of the local scout HQ halls.  Ali has gone along even though he isn’t officially a sixer or seconder with the cubs  he is a lodge leader with the beavers and due to go up to the cubs at Easter.

Anyway I digress, the only reason I have time now is that I am on my own and not crawling into bed.

Well I say on my own… of course Amber is here… or not here… she is out as per usual, but will no doubt come in during the early hours of the morning. and I have Shelby here… My little weekend visitor, We tend to have her here every weekend now from Friday to Monday so her mum can get some much-needed rest and one to one time with her other daughter.. Shannon who is now 6 week old or will be in a few hours.  Shelby is 14 months old and as good as gold and the boys love having a part-time sister.  Alex because he loves little ones and is always making a fuss and playing with her and Ali because she doesn’t actually live here full-time.. He secretly likes her but wouldn’t admit it.. but you see him talking to her when no one is looking..

So what else has happened..  Ali has so far been well, thank goodness… still on major medication but if it works then that’s all I worry about.
Despite the weather being lousy and it raining most of the time.. when we have dry days we are out with the boys, we took them both and Shelby to riverside country park a couple of weeks ago… it was a lovely day apart from being muddy but the kids all enjoyed a day out in the fresh air.
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Oh yes… Alex had his Class play… He was a miner and had to get up and tell the tale of how hard the children had it in Victorian times and how what it was like,  As it goes it wasn’t that hard to find the outfit for him… we borrowed his granddads flat cap, he had the brown t-shirt and cut up shirt from his Tudor day and as we didn’t have any tatty brown trousers.. actually we didst even have any good ones as I have to say it’s not a colour I would go out and buy for trousers for the boys… so we compromised and found an old pair of pj bottoms that were too small and I had put in the Phil the bag ready to give to our local christmas lights, I’m sure they wont mind getting them next month instead.

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Lets see what else………

One had luncheon with the Mayor 

(ok that’s a slight exaggeration, It was a buffet lunch )


With All the courses I have done, some were through our housing association , I had taken some sugarcraft ones and cake decorating along with doing the learning champion course with Allan, it was doing these which got me into the learning bug in the first place…. then I went on to the Adult education College and started enrolling in other things.   Anyway we got an invitation through the post inviting both Allan and I to a celebration of Achievement,  we thought it was just to push the 2014 courses so we said we would go along..   When we got there we had to sign in which we thought was strange and then we saw some familiar faces……  And another familiar face.. Sue.. As we know her through our being members of the Friends of Milton Creek Country Park.  

Sue who we know very well, Is the Mayor of Swale.
And she was wearing her bling..
So the days events went like this
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And then it was out turn to receive our awards from Sue , we got a certificate and a nice boxed pen…  (the pen was rather lumpy to scan lol )
Afterwards she came over to talk to us and the first thing I said was it makes a change to see her with her Hair done and the bling… we usually see her dishevelled and in wellies. or attending meetings in her civvies.
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I have to admit it was a nice surprise..  we hadn’t expected to have all this.. like I said we just thought they were rolling out the new courses for this year that were going to be available.  There were official pictures taken of us receiving our awards but we haven’t got a copy yet.  but we were in the papers
(that’s twice in two weeks for Allan and not once for being arrested lol )

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Thankfully I was at the back of the picture in the paper and its so bad quality I can’t be recognised.  But I am there next to Allan   He is in the white and black shirt on the left-hand side of the picture at the back and I am in a red top with my badge between my boobs lol Depending on what the official pictures are like I may post one on here when we get them. 

(I avoid any public pictures of myself because of the Arsehole I call a husband still, Hence the reason why I don’t even have a profile picture of me on facebook) 

Well  that is it for now!  Phew!!!

 

Hedge Laying at Milton Creek Country Park

Allan was very busy last month and if you read above this is what he was up to.  you cant miss him, he was the one in the high viz coat that looked like a hitman

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The Green Man

It is thought the word hedge may come from the old English ‘Hege’ or Anglo Saxon ‘Haga’, and the art of hedge laying is thought to go back many centuries. Some form of it starting with early settlements as a means of stock control, marking boundaries or as a defensive wall, (similar to dead hedges). In fact Julius Caesar wrote in 55BC about a tribe from Flanders called the ‘Nervi’ who; “Cut into slender trees and bent them over so that many branches came out along the length; they finished this off by inserting brambles and briars, so that these hedges formed a defence like wall, which could not only not be penetrated but not even seen through”

As agriculture evolved over the centuries, hedgerows became an essential part of farming, not only being boundary markers or a means of stock control but by providing wood for fuel…

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A Week

A few weeks ago well,  Tuesday I watched my youngest child close to death.

To the point he was in Resus in A and E at the hospital before being admitted to HDU.

  The next week he was back at school (he went back last Monday but couldn’t play out or do PE for a week,)

He is now back to laughing, giggling, arguing and being stroppy with his brother.

Ok he is on some serious steroids and other medication at the moment. And like me will have to use a preventer inhaler possibly for the rest of his life.

But you know what I am so proud of him.

He took everything in his stride, He did what the doctors asked of him, ok he didn’t talk back to them and very rarely he even gave eye contact but we had no refusals of anything, we had no total meltdowns in the hospital.  For a child who thrives off routine and anything else causes major problems, He was a star.
Yes I know he was too ill at first to object to anything but even the day they let him out and wanted to run a few last tests he was a star.

Today he is back at school and hopefully back to normal.  he can go out for playtime, he can do PE and he is arguing with his brother………..

Normal services have been resumed!