7 WeightWatchers Points: Easy Chickpea Balti

This recipe is calculated using WeightWatchers ProPoints. 7 We get an organic vegetable box every week. Over the winter the selection is fairly unvaried, meaning that we get a lot of chard. It goes very well in an omelette with cheese, but let’s face it, you can’t eat an omelette every day, and we WeightWatchers miss our curries. So here is a really simple vegetarian Balti, complete with protein, serving 3 people adequately, or 2 hearty appetites for 11 points: You will need: Low cal cooking spray 1 onion, diced 2 cloves of garlic, minced One head of chard (or …

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Extreme Close-Up

My Silent Sunday this week was an awesome shot (and I don’t normally like to big myself up, but it was awesome). I had lots of great responses about how amazing my iPhone was for getting such an incredible shot. And I had this comment from MyMumdom: Oh bugger! How did that slip me by? Thinking cap on, Mummy took another look at that photo and remembered what she had actually been trying to capture when she accidentally got a great close-up of a bumblebee. We were noticing how many different varieties of daffodil there are on our walk to …

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How to Blog – Video Tutorial: Wot So Funee?

I am thrilled to welcome back an old favourite. This type of post, showcasing the funny things our children say and write, was the very reason I began this blog, and what better way to bring back the #funee than with a video tutorial on how to blog and use social media. Ladies and Gents, I give you – GG, all her own work: Do your kids make you laugh? Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list… <a href=”https://actuallymummy.co.uk/wot-so-funee” title=”Wot So Funee?” target=”_blank”><img src=”https://actuallymummy.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/WotSoFuneeBadge.gif” alt=”Wot So Funee?” style=”border:none;” /></a> I am trilled and elated to …

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12 Weightwatchers points: Sweet and spicy vegetable noodle stir-fry

This is yummy, cheap, and can be made with any vegetables you have hanging around. It serves 2 adults and contains 12 Weightwatchers points per person: You will need: 2 tbsps sesame oil 1 tbsp lime juice 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp honey 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2-inch piece of ginger, grated Few dried chilli flakes Green leafy vegetable, such as spring greens, cabbage or pak choi, shredded 1 carrot, cut into strips about 2 inches long 1 small courgette, cut like the carrot 100g dried noodles, cooked and drained Whisk together 1 tbsp sesame oil with the lime …

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Cakes for book-lovers

Alien's love underpants cake

Have you ever heard of an Edible Book Festival? No, neither had we, but when Zoe, at Playing by the book announced she was hosting one on her blog, we headed straight over. Up for grabs was an original drawing by Emma Chichester Clark, of Blue Kangaroo fame, and all we had to do was make an edible representation of a favourite book. Well, we didn’t have to be asked twice, and immediately set about baking a cake representation of the Sword in the Stone, having recently enjoyed King Arthur and the Mighty Contest from the Crazy Camelot series by …

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Rock Choir Flash Mob at St Pancras International

Mummy has written previously about performing with Rock Choir, at Wembley Arena. She’s off to support McFly at Wembley stadium next weekend, but first there was the small matter of a Flash Mob to join today at St Pancras International station. Attempting to look nonchalent, then joining in with the show – a flash mob. Today, Rock Choir performed flash mobs across the country to help raise money for Sport Relief. Mummy was privileged to be a part of it all. And I wasn’t as embarrassed as I expected to be 😉

Are Linky’s a thing of the past?

Friends, I have bad news. Sunfun is not well. It started off quite hale and hearty, then succumbed to the affliction that is Silent Sunday. It spluttered its way through for a while, laughter being the best medicine and all that, but in the end the virus took a hold, the Silent bacteria grew, and this linky could no longer resist the onslaught of flashlights and zoom lenses. Today the #sunfun linky will breathe its last breath and become a thing of the past. Don’t worry, we’re not bitter; the Lady of Silent Sunday is still our great friend, and …

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366 Photography Project

It has been a week of fun and games. Some of them welcome, others not so much. First off, we trashed the house with Daddy whilst Mummy celebrated the birthday of her great friend Annie, with the help of some double chocolate brownie after-eight mint cupcakes (yes you read that right) made by @cheetahsinshoes. They were a huuuuuuuge success! The rest of the week has been spent appreciating the sunlight, sneaking into our hallway in the early mornings to catch the mirrors on Mummy’s mobile, drying the laundry in the breeze outside (simple pleasures), and coaxing the flowers out of …

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It’s SunFun!

Friend, whilst having torch shone into her eyes by annoying little brother:Stop shining that light in my eyes Brother: But I’m torchering you! And here’s something else to make you laugh – on Monday Mummy is going to be on 3 Counties Radio, wittering to Nick Coffer, who sounds very lovey and professional. That’s bound to be funny. Tune in between 1pm and 2pm on 95.5fm to hear what stuff and nonsense she talks about, and then you’ll know what I have to put up with 24:7 😉 Now, did you write something funny this week? Stick a link in …

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76/366 A strange piano lesson

I had a banging headache tonight. I didn’t mention it until we were on our way to piano lessons, and I didn’t play it up. It was a headache. Stuff happens. The Bug was off for 24 hours with a 40 deg temperature, but was fine afterwards. I did the classic sit down on a chair that wasn’t there any more thing at school and hurt my back. Either one could have been the cause of my headache. Who knows. My piano teacher had a headache too; wisdom toot troubles apparently. We practiced my Chante Arabe – trickier than it …

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How to tie dye with natural colours

Tie dye done with natural colours

Our school is twinned with a school in the African town of Kano. Often during learning we talk about Kano, and the things that children learn there. Sometimes we look at photos of life there and the things which are typical of people in the town. Our teacher is quite spontaneous and loves to craft (once she filled an entire table with school glue and got us all to throw glitter at it to see if we could make a clear collage!) so when we got talking about photos we had of the people in Kano sitting around pits in …

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72/366 Photos: A fashion show

Every year at school there is a fashion show, at which children get to model lots of different items, and parents get to lighten their cheque books after a rocking show and a glass of wine. This year I was selected for the year 2 end of show dance routine. We all wore the blue and white Mary Quant-style dress and delivered our hastily-rehearsed moves to the screams, yells and cheers of family and friends. I was so proud darling. You looked absolutely stunning, you got your moves all sorted, and you modelled with a gorgeous smile on your face. …

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Listography: Mummy’s Top 5 Cookbooks

Listography this week at Kate Takes 5 is Top 5 Cookbooks, and Mummy couldn’t resist. Here are the cookbooks in our house: We have lots. But funnily enough there are actually only 5 that she really uses. Good Housekeeping: it holds all the classic recipes from Sherry Trifle to Boeuf Bourgignon, from a Victoria Sponge to jointing and roasting a turkey. And the best ever orange and almond cake, containing a whole, boiled, puréed orange. It sounds odd, but it is lush! Full of rich casseroles, stodgy puds, and cosy soups – the best of which is Roasted Pumpkin with …

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70/366 Photos: The Good Samaritan

Yesterday we went to Grandma’s; only we never got there. Grandma lives 2 hours away, and halfway there, as Mummy pulled into a fuel station, she hit a kerb, and burst a tyre. Can you imagine how many people came to her rescue? How the good people of Essex rallied round to help her in her panic, occupying a filling point while queues of impatient drivers honked their horns angrily? That’s right, not a single one. Luckily there was a Macdonald’s drive-through nearby so Mummy locked us in the car, with strict instructions not to move and set the alarm …

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App of the Week! #SunFun

Daddy must have most of the available ‘daft-apps’ on his iPad; he is glued to it 24/7 and it goes everywhere with him (and I mean everywhere). There is even an app called Talking Poo, would you believe? But last week he discovered a free TRANSFORMERS Cyber Toy app for iPhone and iPad by Glu Games Inc; I guarantee you will want it. Check out the moves on this dude:   And here is Daddy’s painful attempt: The app is free, but I’m pretty sure you will end up paying the nominal fee for all of Bumblebee’s mates, so you …

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A short story about self-harm

There was once a little girl with a temper. A bit like the girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead. She was helpful, kind (if a bit bossy), mature, supportive, funny and clever. She was an incredibly determined little girl, who learned things fast and loved to read. One day the little girl started piano lessons. She never wanted to practice, but her Mummy sat with her and they both played together. She got stuck a few times, because learning the piano is hard. When she got stuck she flew into such tempers that she cried, screamed, …

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How children learn to read and write at school

I wrote a post recently about my loquaciousness and use of intricate words, and the irony of the fact that I don’t always know how to replicate them appropriately in my writing at school. I sailed through my reading bo0ks and declared myself a ‘speed-reader’ to my year 1 teacher. Mummy hasn’t known how to read with me, because I prefer to read by myself, or to be read to while my brain switches off: so not up for a challenge before bed! Last week Mummy was a school pupil herself when parents were invited in to discover the processes …

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