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Children belong in the kitchen

Children belong in the kitchen?  ‘RealIy’?, I hear all the moms out there ask, as they imagine the mess and how much longer it will take to prepare dinner. What about the sharp knives and the vegetable peelers and the mess? I am one of those.  If it takes more than 30 minutes to prepare, […]

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Listeria hysteria- Listeriosis

Listeria hysteria, is it valid? Listeria or Listeriosis whatever you call it has been around for years. Is the hysteria over the listeria outbreak warranted? In my opinion it is too little too late. The outbreak was bound to happen, and here’s why. Food safety in South Africa South Africa does not have a central authority […]

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2018 Family Calendar

Family Calendar The family calendar is a central focus of the home. This allows everyone to see what is happening at a glance.   It is the big picture. Things like birthdays and anniversaries, public holidays, school terms and other major events.   It can also include activities which happen on a regular basis, such as weekly […]

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There’s a vegetarian living in my house!

There’s a vegetarian living in my house! One of the members of our home is a vegetarian and the rest are all big meat eaters.  This in itself would not be too much of an issue but she is also not exactly a fan of fruit and vegetables! As a teenager, in the olden days, […]

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Interesting times – a curse or not?

Interesting times May you live in interesting times, is thought to be a Chinese curse, however, there is no proof of this. The first time this sentence appears to have been used was in 1936 by the British Ambassador to China, Mr. Hughe knatch-Hugessen. In recent months this has been our home life. I like […]

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Is your timing right?

Timing An important aspect of successful meal planning is timing. When you draw up your meal plan one of the main components you need to keep in mind is your daily routine and how much time you have to make that particular meal. A couple of weeks ago I made a new recipe for the […]

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Planning a picnic

Going on a picnic can be both fun and exhausting. Fun as it is great way for family to spend time together. It is exhausting, as you need to organize the food and cold drinks, cutlery and crockery to take with you. Planning a picnic is quite an undertaking, especially if you have small children. […]

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Why you need a calendar?

Organised Chaos Calendars Creating a calendar for the family, helps avoid the clashing of schedules. I know in our house we often seem to go for ages with nothing and then 5 events on one day. How many do you have? If your school has 20 children in a class and you have 3 children […]

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Car find cleanout

This week we tackle the car, this is a fairly tough task, for those mom’s with little kids. keeping the car clean! Every time you get into the car you bring the outside in with you! Then the kids eat or drink in the back of the car so, inevitably, there is spillage, whether it’s the […]

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Never Ever Again!

Never again! Never again will I try to do anything but monthly planning and shopping! My trial! Over the last two months I decided to try out weekly and fortnightly meal planning and shopping and I hated it and so did my family. I forgot to plan the meals; I forgot to load the shopping […]

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