Thursday, 30 October 2014

Childproofing your home


Whether crawling or walking, there are many dangers around your home that your baby needs to be protected from. While accidents do happen, taking these precautions will help ensure that the results are only minor bumps.

Be vigilant
• There's no substitute for your eagle-eyed supervision. Never leave you baby alone, unless she's safely in a crib or play pen – and then only for a few minutes.
• Know basic baby first aid and keep emergency numbers handy.
• Staying hands-on also gives you the opportunity to teach your baby something that she can't have. Firmly say, "No, that's not for babies," and offer her something she can have, such as one of her toys. After lots of repetition, she'll eventually get the message.
• Make your baby's bedroom and, ideally, another room such as a family room, a safe haven for your baby. Then she can play in these spaces without you hovering so closely; although you should still stay nearby, she needs freedom to experiment in order to learn.
• Never leave your baby alone in the bath, he can very quickly drown in as little as an inch of water.
• Always check that there are no children around your car when you reverse and keep your child away from cars in your driveway.

In the kitchen
There are dangers all over the house, but the kitchen is potentially the most dangerous, so take note:
• Make sure you have covers for all open electrical outlets.
• Make sure pot and pan handles are always turned inwards and can't be knocked by your child.
• Hot liquids and foods must always be placed out of reach of your child and never on a tablecloth that can be pulled down. Also never carry something hot while holding your child at the same time.
• Cleaning supplies, medicines, vitamins, poisons, sharp objects and flammable material must all be kept out of reach or in a locked cupboard. Tie cupboards together tightly with string so they cannot be pulled open.


For now, pack away any precious heirlooms and other fragile valuables.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Potato lasagne


This dish is a budget-friendly twist on classic lasagne and it's a bit easier! Serve with a fresh green salad.

Ingredients:
15ml olive oil
2 tbsp thyme
2 cloves garlic
500g beef mince
1 cup mixed peas and carrots, defrosted
1 onion, diced
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 packet spaghetti bolognaise mix
2 packets white sauce
5 large potatoes
Grated cheese for sprinkling

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 160ºC.
2. Fry the mince in a little oil. Then add the onion, garlic, thyme and peas and carrots and sauté until soft.
3. Add the tin of tomatoes and the spaghetti bolognaise mix.
4. Parboil the potatoes and then slice them thinly.
5. Prepare the white sauce as per the instructions on the packet.
6. In an oven dish, layer the mince, white sauce and potatoes, finishing off with a layer of potatoes on top.
7. Sprinkle with cheese and bake in the oven for 90 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Grow your own vegetables


Veggies are good for a healthy lifestyle and essential for growing kids. Growing your own will not only save you money, it'll make sure your family gets healthy meals all year round.

Planning and layout

• Start by choosing the sunniest spot in your garden. All vegetables grow in full sunlight.
• Decide what vegetables you want to grow according to your family's needs.

• Getting the soil right before you start will make all the difference in the long run. Use lots of organic matter, such as garden and kitchen waste; let it sit for a few days to enrich the soil.
• If space is a problem, grow your vegetables in pots and containers on your patio.

What to plant
Rotate your veggies according to seasons and type of vegetable. This way you should get a regular supply. Here are some of our favourite, easy-to-grow vegetables.

Onion

Tip: Takes patience as they take four to six months to mature.
Nutritional value: Moderate amounts of protein, fat, fibre, calcium, phosphorous and potassium.
When to grow: January, February and March, then again in August.

Cucumber
Tip: Takes up a lot of space, but just one or two seeds will produce enough for your summer salads.
Nutritional value: Low in saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium. Good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium.
When to grow: Plant from August until January.

Tomato
Tip:
Tomatoes are easy to grow but they can overwhelm your garden bed. Use a stick to train them to grow up or plant them in pots.
Nutritional value: High in vitamin C, contain significant amounts of vitamin A and B, magnesium, phosphorous and calcium.
When to grow: January and February and again from August onwards.

Butternut
Tip:
Grows well in any type of soil but will require a fair amount of water.
Nutritional value: A rich source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and fibre.
When to grow: Between September and December.

Studies have shown that getting children involved right from the start of the gardening process guarantees they'll become more excited about actually eating their greens.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Home-made falafels


Falafels are tasty, meat-free and can be used in many different ways. Pop them in a pita bread with your favourite sauce for an easy lunch, or serve them with veggies and pap at supper time.


Ingredients:
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup chopped parsley
1/3 cup plain flour
1 egg white
1 tbsp olive oil
Pita bread

Method:
1. Place onion, garlic, coriander, cumin, chickpeas, parsley, flour, egg white, salt and pepper in a food processor. Process until almost smooth. Or place in a bowl and mash with a potato masher.
2. Using floured hands, shape mixture into balls the size of golf balls and flatten slightly. Place on a plate, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
3. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook falafels for four to five minutes until cooked through.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

10 questions to ask before you get married


Marriage is more than a party in the perfect dress – it's a life-long commitment. Have you asked yourself these 10 important questions?

Ask yourself:

1. Am I ready?

If you've been together for less than six months or are very young, your may still be in the infatuation stage and you might not have a real understanding of your partner yet. There's no rush, rather wait to be sure.

2. Why am I getting married?

Is it because all your friends are getting married, you're lonely, your biological clock is ticking or you want financial stability? If your reasons for marriage don't include loving, trusting and respecting your partner then you're not ready.

3. Do my trusted friends and family approve?

While it's your decision, family and friends that you trust can see through the romantic love that can cloud your vision. Consider what they have to say.

4. Do I have any nagging doubts?

Does your partner discourage you from seeing your friends and family or check up on you constantly and try to control you or put you down? Any behaviour that makes you uncomfortable could be a red flag.

5. Do I believe I can change my partner?

Don't think that you'll change your partner once you're married, only they can decide to change. There's a chances that the thing that bugs you now will become even worse once you're married.

Ask your partner:

6. Are we on the same page financially?

Money causes huge fights in marriage. Is one of you a spender and the other a saver? Will you have shared or separate accounts? Does one of your earn more than the other? If you can't discuss money matters and agree on how to handle them, then you're not ready for marriage.

7. Do we share the same views on work?
What are your work goals? Does one of you have longer hours than the other? Do you have to travel often? How are you going to handle household chores?

8. How will we deal with children?
Do you both want children? How many do you want and will you go back to work or stay at home? What are your views on discipline and education?

9. Are we compatible sexually?

What are your attitudes to flirting, infidelity and pornography? Are you comfortable to discuss things openly with no judgement?

10. Do we share spiritual values?

Do you belong to the same spiritual group or culture? If not, are you prepared to accommodate this and respect your differences? How will you raise your children?

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Chicken broccoli


This is one of our favourite family meals here at Club. Serve over rice with some carrots on the side to make it go further.

Ingredients:
200ml chicken stock
500g chicken pieces
250g broccoli
3 leeks, diced
100g butter
60g flour
350ml fresh milk
100g cheddar cheese, grated
1 egg, beaten
Breadcrumbs

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
2. Parboil the broccoli in salted water, drain and refresh under cold running water.
3. Place 40g of the butter in a frying pan and sauté the leeks until soft. Add the chicken and stir for a minute, then add the broccoli.
4. Place the remaining butter in a separate saucepan and melt. Add the flour, cook for one minute then add the milk and chicken stock. Stir to form a smooth sauce.
5. Season well and stir in the egg and 100g grated cheese.
6. Place the chicken, leek and broccoli mixture in an ovenproof casserole dish and pour the cheese sauce over the mixture.
7. Sprinkle over the breadcrumbs and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and golden brown.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Good advice for life


A few quick tips to try:

1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
2. Marry a man or woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversation skills will be as important as any other.
3. Don't believe everything you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want.
4. When you say "I love you," mean it.
5. When you say "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye.
6. Be engaged for at least six months before you get married.
7. Believe in love at first sight.
8. Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have dreams, don't have much.
9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt, but it's the only way to live life completely.
10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling or mean comebacks.

11. Don't judge people by their relatives.
12. Talk slowly, but think quickly.
13. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"
14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
15. Remember the three Rs: respects for yourself, respect for others and responsibility for all your actions.
16. Don't let a little fight injure a great friendship.
17. When you realise you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
18. Smile when you pick up the phone. The caller will heat it in your voice.
19. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
20. Spend some time alone.
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