Thursday, 28 May 2015

Spinach and ham lasagne


400g spinach, chopped
1½ cups ricotta cheese
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2½ cups tomato pasta sauce
8 slices of ham
250g lasagne
1½ cups mozzarella, grated

1. Preheat oven to 180ºC.
2. In a baking dish, spread some of the tomato sauce, topped with a layer of lasagne sheets.
3. Then spread a layer of spinach, a layer of ham and a layer of ricotta cheese.
4. Repeat these layers three times and then top with mozzarella cheese and bake for 40 minutes until golden brown and bubbling.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Stop procrastinating

We all do it, but as they say, "Procrastination is the thief of time." It slows you down in achieving your goals and reduces your personal efficiency. There are several reasons why you may be prone to procrastinating, from fear of the task to simple boredom. Find out your reason and deal with it immediately!

To overcome procrastination:
1. Avoid negative thoughts about the task or the person who has allocated it to you.
2. Note the deadline by which the task should be achieved, and then stick to it.

3. Use your diary, a planner or worksheet, and set mini goals within the task to keep track of your progress.

With realistic planning and self-discipline, the task should be completed on time, with greater satisfaction and with less stress.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Layered vegetable bake

This tasty and healthy vegetable dish makes a great side to any dish, but it will also be a tasty meal on its own.

Olive oil
3 medium zucchinis, sliced lengthwise
3 eggplants, peeled and sliced lengthwise or into rounds
1 butternut, sliced into rounds
Handful of mushrooms, sliced
1 red onion, sliced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
6 plum tomatoes, diced
¾ cup crumbled feta cheese
¼ cup basil leaves, chopped Method:

Preheat the oven to 200ºC.
2. Arrange the vegetable slices in an oiled casserole dish, slightly overlapping. Continue to layer all the vegetables. Bake for 15 minutes, until tender.
3. Add the diced tomatoes and the juice. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Scatter with
the feta and basil. Bake for about 50 minutes until bubbling and crisp (check veggies now and then).

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

5 tips for a fun, safe bathtime

Bathtime can be a fun time to bond with your baby, especially for dads. But take care, there are also some potential dangers around bathtime.

1. NEVER leave a baby or toddler alone in the bath, even for a minute. They can slip under the water in a second and you won't even hear it. Make sure you have everything you need in the bathroom before putting baby in the water and if you have to answer the phone or turn off the stove, wrap him in a towel and take him with you.

2. Babies can get cold quickly so make the bath warm – but remember warm for him is cooler than a bath you would run for yourself. Test the water with your elbow and don't put your baby in the bath while the water is still running.

3. Use a baby bath stand or at least a rubber bath mat. Bathtubs and babies can be be very slippery, so try and make your little one as secure as possible.

4. You only need about five to seven centimetres of water for babies and for older children who can sit in the bath, the water should never be more than waist-high.

5. Don't let your child stand next to the bath while the taps are running and don't run more hot water in the bath while they are sitting in it. Children can get a third-degree burn from hot tap water in just a couple of seconds.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Winter 2015 issue

The Winter 2015 issue of Family Club should be arriving at your local store soon. It's full of delicious winter recipes, a handy pregnancy guide, tips on how to beat the winter cold and as always, some great opportunities to win big. We hope you enjoy it!

And be sure to check out our new Superdraw winners, competition winners and some more Family Club benefit winners.

Take some time to browse through the latest issue and and if you haven't already, pop into your nearest Lewis, Best Home and Electric or Beares store to sign up for all the amazing Family Club benefits.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Is it time to end the relationship?

Some relationships work with little effort, but many relationships have their fair share of confusion and questions. Before you have the talk about "where this relaitonship is going", consider these questions to help you decide if it’s worth pressing on and hoping for more.

1) Picture them in the arms of someone else. If you don’t mind, yes, this relationship is as good as over. If you feel jealous or upset by the thought, there’s still life in it.
2) Imagine being married to them and having their children. Is your first reaction terrific or stifling?
3) Try a few weeks apart to see how much you miss them. Often you don’t know, and nor do they, how much you mean to each other until you’re apart for a few days – though a few weeks is a better test.
4) Think of yourself in someone else’s arms. Do you like that image, or the feeling? If the thought of being with someone else makes you feel sad, it could be a sign that you still want your current partner.
5) How would you feel if you never saw them again? The likely outcome of walking away from your relationship is that you won’t see your partner again. How does that feel?
6) How will your partner react if you ask them about your future together? If you’re afraid to even ask the question, the answer is pretty clear.
7) Does your partner ever make plans beyond next week? If your partner goes cold at the thought of spending both Friday AND Saturday night with you, they clearly aren’t thinking of this relationship as something headed towards more commitment.
8) Do you spend time with each other’s parents? It’s a good sign if you spend time with each other’s parents. It shows commitment and that you are part of each other’s family.
9) Has the relationship moved on at all since you’ve been together? Or is it exactly the same as it was when you first got together?
10) Are you more like friends than lovers? Has sex become boring, routine, monotonous or even non-existent?

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Stuffed chicken breasts


250g bread crumbs
2 large onions, chopped
400g mushrooms, sliced
½ tsp dried thyme
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup mozzarella cheese
Salt and pepper to season
6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
2 tbsp olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
2. Add onions and mushrooms to a frying pan and sauté for 10 minutes. Stir in thyme and garlic and season with salt and pepper.
3. Cut a slit through the thickest portion of each breast half to form a pocket. Stuff each breast with two tablespoons of the onion and mushroom mixture.
4. Place the chicken breasts on an oven proof dish and sprinkle the tops with the mozzarella cheese. Then sprinkle with the bread crumbs and drizzle olive oil over the top.
5. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
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