Slow Cooker

Mum’s the Word 7-Day Slow Cooker Challenge (linky)

So, as you’ll know if you’ve read this blog in the last 6 months, I’ve become a bit of a slow cooker addict. Husband bought me one just before Christmas (insisting it WASN’T a Christmas gift because he ISN’T a misogynist and wouldn’t buy me appliances as a Christmas gift, not that it matters because I LOVE my slow cooker and it’s one of the best gifts he’s ever given me!) and I’ve been on a bit of a culinary adventure ever since. It’s allowed me to be so much more organised, helps us to eat better and for less money and, most importantly, has encouraged me to think outside the box a little when it comes to our meals.

On a good week, I use the slow cooker three times, on a bad week not at all and just lately I feel like I’ve neglected it altogether so I wanted to kick-start my love for slow cooking with something big. I’ve decided to do a whole week of slow-cooker meals, using it to make dinner every single night for a week, trying something we’ve never had each day. I’ve done a meal plan and done a shop for all of the ingredients (I had a voucher for £18 off of a £60 shop at Sainsbury’s, so it’s worked out to be outrageously cheap!). The shopping didn’t arrive ’til 2pm and my Dad was here visiting with us, so I didn’t have time to get a meal on today, but I’ll be starting tomorrow and I plan to blog each meal with the recipe every single day, giving you an idea of how easy each meal was to prepare.

It got me thinking that, if I were to set this as a challenge to others who could also share their recipes each day in a special linky, then we’d end up with a HUGE repository of slow cooker recipes that everyone could enjoy – so who’s with me?! It’s simple. Make a plan for 7 days worth of slow cooker meals and blog along with me each day. You don’t HAVE to start tomorrow, you can start at any time you like, just make it a whole week of slow cooker dinners and come back here with your 7 links! And, because I’m slow-cooker mad, I’ve even made you a little badge for your posts, which you can grab below, and it will guide all of your readers over to the linky to enjoy all of the recipes.

I’d love it so much if you can get involved. I’ll be back tomorrow with the first of my slow cooker recipes, and I’m still trying to source some GOAT meat for one of them, a meat I’ve never cooked nor have the girls and I eaten before so this really is an exercise in pushing boundaries and testing our palates. Come back tomorrow to see what’s first!

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Closer to Nature – Photo Linky

I’ve been totally slack with getting a Closer to Nature post up the past couple of weeks, so apologies to anyone who’s been patiently waiting to link up any nature photos! Here’s my photo for this week:

I took a photo of this moth, sitting on our living room wall, a couple of weeks ago and fiddled about with contrast and lighting in Picasa and I think it came out rather well! We’ve had something of a moth infestation this summer, but I read in the news that that’s happening because of their woodland habitats being levelled, so I didn’t begrudge them a place to sleep. I do have a couple of items of clothing with holes gnawed in them though, which takes the mickey a bit!

So, now it’s your turn, I want to see your nature snaps and you can use the widget below to link up. The rules and details are here if you need them.

 

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Closer to Nature – A Photography Linky

After I put this up two Tuesdays ago, I had a really healthy response to the idea and had 14 or 15 people link up, which I was completely thrilled with, so as promised I thought I’d do it again. Welcome to Closer to Nature!

As with last time, there are no real hard and fast rules other than your photo must be something nature related, but that leaves a heck of a lot of scope for your imagination to go wild (pardon the pun…!). Also, don’t forget to visit the others and leave some comment love, we all like a bit of that 🙂

There’s a linky widget below and button code in the sidebar, I can’t wait to see your photos, here’s mine:

Wild flowers.

This was taken on the day that Husband and I decided to take our daughter to Hadleigh Country Park, home of Hadleigh Castle and now the site of the Olympic Mountain Biking track. While we were there, there were loads of fenced off areas and mysterious portacabins dotted around the place, so I’ll be curious to see what it’s been left like after the Olympics. It’s been a site for mountain bikers for many, many years, Husband and his friends have spent many a happy hour hurtling down those hills, but apparently once the Olympics has buggered off, people will have to pay to ride the trails, which I think is a bit of a cynical move by the council, to be honest. Hopefully the flowers will all still be there to enjoy for free…

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Closer to Nature · Photos

Closer to Nature – A Photography Linky

On this week’s Silent Sunday entry, my friend commented and said “You guys are very Attenborough on a Sunday, love it!” and I realised that I really do love taking photos of nature, creatures weird and wonderful and generally anything that makes a good macro shot!

I decided that, in honour of the school holidays and the good weather we’re having, that I’d do a little linky where you can get ‘Closer to Nature’ and post your best nature photos. There are no rules other than that it must be a photo of something nature related, but it can be just a photo or have a story with it. I’ve made a little badge too, that you can add to your post, which is in the sidebar and will link back here to everyone’s posts.

Have fun, I can’t wait to see your photos! If enough people link up, I may do it again throughout the holidays.

Here’s mine – Husband took it using my Canon Ixus compact camera with the macro on:

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