Vegan – day 1 of I don’t know how many

First of all, Im back!

The unimaginable has happened. I have went vegan, only for a day, but seeing that I thought I´d be the last person on this earth ages ago to go vegan it actually has happened.

The thought has been going through my mind since I had my daughter. Simply because I got a little bit crazy with helping the environment and was looking online on how I could help the planet with changing some things in my lifestyle. More on that in another post.

It is scary how Ive came to realise farming animals is polluting the earth. I am not going to have a massive spiel on here about it lol I suggest you do your own research and come to your own decision, its always the best way!

So. I watched What the health on Netflix yesterday. and OH. MY. GOD. IF you’re going to watch it be prepared to go off meat, well at least for a day like I did, I am not keen on eating animal products today either, my partner suggested chicken for dinner and I almost spewed.

I might even go vegan a few days a week, this is all very undecided!

For me that movie was eye opening and made so much sense to me.

The only thing is, I dont have a clue what to have for my dinner now! I had some ready sweet and sour sauce, really good from Lidl, with chick peas and rice. There is some veg in the sauce and it was lovely!

My question to you guys is, what supermarket has the best selection? If there are any vegans reading this could you share some recipes please?

Xxx Sandra

 

Make your own baby food!

When my daughter was approaching weaning age I started looking into weaning, options and clever things to do! I am also in a bump group on Facebook with girls in Iceland that were all due in the same month as I was and were all still very active in that group sharing loads of things.. They gave me a lot of inspiration with so many things! If there is anything similar to that here in Scotland, or in the UK even, please give me info in comments 🙂

I started looking at these pouches you can get in the supermarkets and I was quite horrified with the prices on them from Ellas Kitchen, Heinz etc. and that is just for one meal!

So I hope this will give you inspiration to make your own!

I bought a kilo of carrots in Lidl for 0.59 pence! I peeled them all and cut both ends off and steamed them. 


After that I threw them all in my food processor until they were all mashed up, no bits what so ever. 

Then I put the mashed carrots in ice cube trays and in freezer tubs you can get from Nuby here. After they’re all frozen I take the cubes and put them in freezer bags but make sure I mark the bags with whats in them and the date I made them.

My daughter likes her vegetables and fruit mixed in with her baby rice just now and she will turn 6 months next week.

I am actually quite enjoying this and look at it as a little hobby. Lets not mention the money I am saving by doing all of this myself! That kilo of carrots will be mixed in with her baby rice, but the carrots will be 70% of the meal, and will last for 10 dinners! Which comes to 6 pence a dinner! If I would use just the carrots and no baby rice it would come down to 8 pence per dinner..

If you’re thinking this is a massive hassle it really isnt!

  1. Peel/cut up/rinse
  2. Steam
  3. Mash up in food processor
  4. Put in ice cube trays or freezable food tubs
  5. Once frozen put in freezer bags and mark them

I round up how long this took me in total and it was an hour..

Langar svo að mæla með því að mauka barnamatinn sjálf af því að það sparar svo mikla peninga og þá veistu líka að barnið þitt er að fá 100% hreina vöru! Eina sem þarf er að sjóða eða gufusjóða matinn og setja svo í klakabox eða í dollur sem eru einmitt ætlaðar fyrir að frjósa mat. Svo set ég allt í poka og merki hvað er í pokanum og dagsetninguna sem ég frysti kubbana á. 

Ég veit að þetta er að spara alveg fullt af pening heima líka og mér finnst þetta líka mjög gaman!

Happy baby mashing!

xxx Sandra

 

Stobo castle Spa – must visit

I was overly happy when I was offered to go to Stobo castle for two nights as I oh so needed a little vacay! I didn’t know a lot about the place other then it was very chilled out and you wore your dressing gown most of the day.. sold!

Stobo castle is just outside the lovely town Peebles in the Scottish borders region. The view from our room was breathtaking as all the winter colours were just perfect.


I had two treatments and got them both as a birthday present, a full body sugar glow body scrub and a mother to be full body massage so you can imagine my excitement. We arrived around lunch time and my Scrub was that afternoon and my oh my was it amazing! My massage was the next day and was just perfect. They have so many facilities you can use freely without getting any treatments, I suggest you have a look here.

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Since I am 33 weeks pregnant I used the pool quite a lot as its so refreshing popping in it to feel the weight off the bump lifted for a while. The pool has loungers on the side where you can relax, read a magazine or book with the scenery in front of you. There is also a tropical shower with heavy droplets which I loved – you can also change the setting to cold rain water. After my massage I headed to the relaxation suite where you relax and I had a great snooze there as it is completely quiet with relaxing music playing.

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There is a japanese garden just down the road where the winter colours were, again, so beautiful. It was a bit cold but just the perfect winter walk weather.

There is a true gentleman that works there at breakfast and lunch who is an absolut diamond. He is an older man who truly cares and loves what he does. James has been given the title “Employee of the decade” as he has worked there for 16 years. My love for older people grew even bigger when I met him!

The decor is just stunning and everything is so calm and peaceful so you can’t leave other then very relaxed and rejuvenated. I would stay for two nights so you can fully enjoy all the facilities, I spent most my time in the pool but can’t wait to go back and try out the sauna and steam room.

I have definitely caught the Stobo bug!

Tengdamamma bauð mér og mágkonu minni í spaferð í Stobo kastala við landamæri Skotlands og Englands. Ég mæli sko alfarið með svona slökun í enda meðgöngu þar sem ég kom heim svo ótrúlega endurnærð og fersk. Ég fékk meðgöngu heilnudd svo í afmælisgjöf og sykurskrúbb sem algerlega endurnærði mig! Það er svo margt annað í boði til að njóta án þess að panta einhverjar meðferðir, getið skoðað síðuna þeirra hér

Ég notaði sundlaugina óspart til að létta á bumbunni og slakaði á á bekkjunum við bakkan þar sem útsýnið er stórkostlegt. Það er japanskur garður rétt hjá sem var svo ótrúlega fallegur með alla vetrarlitina í trjánum og gróðri. Stíllinn yfir öllu er einstakur og svo ótrúlega mikil ró yfir öllu, enda eyðir maður öllum deginum í baðslopp! 

Ég hakka ótrulega til að fara aftur!

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Xxx Spa´d out Sandra

I have a.. soup! Mexican Chicken soup

Ég elska að malla súpur þegar veðrið er voðalega Októberískt.. já það er orð. Kalt, dimmt, vindur og rigning. Ekkert betra en að malla góða súpu já og svo er það eitthvað svo húsmæðralegt eitthvað. Ég allavegana fæ svo mikið egó og montið rýkur upp þegar ég malla eina góða. Skemmir ekki fyrir að gera auka og eiga svo í frystinum, sérstaklega fyrir mig sem tek alltaf með mér nesti í vinnuna – já og svo egóið þegar maður er spurður hvaða súpu maður sé með í vinnunni “Ég henti þessari fram úr erminni um daginn!”

Leiðbeiningar og hvað þarf í þessa er hérna fyrir neðan á ensku – ef það er eitthvað að vefjast fyrir ykkur endilega skellið í komment hérna fyrir neðan, ég elska komment.

English

When this season hits, the wet – not too cold  but still cold season, I love having soups for dinner! Making soup makes the house smell amazing and it gives me that feeling I am a superhousewife regardless of the time and effort it takes. It is relatively easy making a good soup, just don’t tell anyone that and the superhousewife label is yours!

Mexican Chicken soup is one of my favourites – a bit of a kick to it and very healthy.

I got the recipe originally online but I have made some changes to suit my taste – here goes:

You need

3 chicken breasts

1 red pepper

4 carrots

1 leek

5 cloves of garlic

1 onion

chili flakes or 1 red chili

1 tin of tomatoes

tomato puree

1 chicken stock cube

Double cream (I use at least 200mg)

Cream cheese ( I use small tub of philadelphia)

3 2,5 liters of water

Chilli heatwave Dorites, sour cream and grated cheese for later.

Heat oil in a big pot and put all the fresh vegetables and let them simmer in the oil. Add chicken stock cube, tin of tomatoes and garlic. Cut the chicken into fine little pieces and fry on a pan for 5 minutes, add salt and pepper and chilli flakes or fresh chilli. When almost cooked through add the chicken to the pot of vegetables simmering away. Lastly add the cream cheese and double cream and that is it!

The longer you let it cook over a small heat the better it gets, I usually give it about 2 hours.

When you are ready to eat it top it off with sour cream, grated cheese and the Doritos – this is a must!

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xxx Icelandic Sandra

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