I was recently contacted by Phyto-Fit who produce nutritional products. They take pure fruits and vegetables and freeze dry them into a convenient powder. This can be sprinkled onto your food, added to soups, sauces and shakes.
I’m not a huge fan of supplements so I admit to initially being reluctant to try these products. I was however, pleasantly surprised. We were sent samples of four of the powders – Super Greens, Baobab, Carrot and Strawberry. We have been experimenting with what to do with these. We have added ‘Super Greens’ to a cottage pie and ‘carrot’ to a cheese sauce. The Strawberry and Baobab are lovely added to a milkshake. You can really taste the ingredients because they are so concentrated, a teaspoonful is all that you need.
This is a great way to add extra fruit and vegetables to any meal or drink and could be especially helpful if you have a fussy eater. I think as parents we have all struggled with this at some point. I love the idea of being able to add a ‘nutrient’ boost to my child’s diet. Of course there is no substitute for fresh fruit and vegetables but Phyto-Fit is a great additional supplement.
The powders themselves are certified by the organic farmers & growers association to ensure quality.
My little man turned 6 last week. How did this happen? It only seems like yesterday that I wrote this post about him turning two! This year we gave him a Bow and Arrow as he has become a real fan of archery since Grandad has been teaching him.
We decided to have his party at Pennywell Farm. After hosting many parties at home I kind of feel like I’ve got ‘birthday party burn out’ so decided to take the easy option! We planned a full day out and packed a picnic lunch, a birthday tea was provided as part of the party package.
When we arrived Thomas was given a lovely Birthday rosette which meant that everybody at Pennywell knew it was his birthday. All the staff that we met throughout the day made a huge fuss of him and he was made to feel so special.
The highlight of the day was a show by ‘Nutty Noah‘. As we knew he was going to be at Pennywell, this was another reason why we had the party here. We had seen his act before and it is just so funny! If you are looking for an entertainer for your child’s party I would highly recommend him. Don’t expect any educational slant on this act though…. it is purely designed around what children want and he had them all roaring with laughter! Expect lots of jokes about ‘pants’ and ‘wee’ and lots of silliness… just perfect for boys of Thomas’ age! Don’t worry, there are a few hidden jokes for mums and dads in there too! Here’s a video of Thomas joining Noah on the stage.
A few more photos from the day :
A big thank you to Thomas’ special friends who joined him on the day, and to my mum who helped us to keep track of all six children throughout the day. Luckily we came home with the correct number which is always a bonus!
I am no Nigella in the kitchen I can tell you. For one thing, I am normally cooking in my fleecy P.J’s and not a sexy negligee. I like simple recipes that I can rustle up whilst scanning Facebook and sorting out squabbling children. This recipe is super simple and can be ready in under 5 minutes!
4 tbsps Doves Farm, Self Raising Gluten Free Flour
3 tbsps Caster Sugar
2 tbsps cocoa powder
3 tbsps milk
2 tbsps chocolate chips (or any chocolate chopped up into tiny bits)
Mix all the ingredients together in a microwavable bowl. Cook in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes until the cake mixture has stopped rising. Best served with warm custard!
It’s not often I get truly excited by children’s toiletries. This range has really done it for me though. We were sent a lovely selection before Christmas and were asked to give an honest review of our findings.
We were sent Bubble Bath with Dragon Fruit Extract and Conditioner and Shampoo with Cloudberry extract. What is Cloudberry I hear you ask? Well a quick google tells me that it is a low growing, wild fruit which can be found in northern parts of the world, particularly in the Arctic! They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants. I don’t think I have come across many products with real fruit extract in them, I certainly haven’t seen any containing such exotic fruits.
My favorite thing about these products is the smell. I am in fact, sitting here smelling it as we speak! Both of my children loved using these and so far they have commented on the lovely smell every time we have used them. All of these products seem quite concentrated because you only need to use a little bit. The Bubble Bath is very effective at creating, ummm… bubbles. With just one squeeze you have a good load of bubbles, I haven’t really found this with most other natural products.
With 98% natural ingredients, these products are sulfate and paraben free. The shampoo is described as having a ‘tear-free’ formulation. I always take this statement with a pinch of salt BUT after a recent hair-washing incident, I waited for the screams when my daughter got some in her eyes. Much to my surprise she didn’t complain OR scream the house down.
So, The Good Bubble range gets the thumbs up from the Dixon family. I am particularly partial to the Bubble Bath. Now I just need an hour of uninterrupted bath time to enjoy it properly.
Good bubble can be purchased from Holland and Barrett and Ocado and are very reasonably priced.
Disclaimer: I was sent these products for review purposes.All opinions are my own.
Look at this beauty! This quiche is easy-peasy to make. It’s great for using up cold meat and vegetables after Christmas and is much healthier than a traditional quiche as it does not have a pastry crust. You can use whatever vegetables you have in the house really. Peppers work really well with this as do courgettes and mushrooms.
1 large onion, finely chopped
200ml double cream
100 ml milk
1 cup of grated cheese
2 Tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 cup of chopped broccoli
1 cup of chopped ham, or you could use bacon
2 Tablespoons of plain, gluten free flour (I used Dove’s Farm)
Take a 10 inch flan dish and grease lightly.
Gently fry your finely chopped onion and when soft, add this to your flan dish with the chopped vegetables and meat.
Mix the flour with the milk and cream, adding the liquid gradually until you have a smooth consistency. If it is too thick just add a little more milk.
Whisk together your eggs, milk, cream and cheese and gently add this to the ingredients in your flan dish. Season with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle a little more grated cheese on the top and transfer to the oven.
Cook at 190 degrees for about 30 – 35 minutes until the quiche is set
Eat straight from the oven or cold.
When I emptied out our tomato grow-bags recently, I was amazed to find a total of 3 frogs and two toads hiding in one of them! I’m so glad I wasn’t over-enthusiastic with my garden fork! They seem to love living in our greenhouse and we find some in there every year. At certain times of year our garden is full of toads and frogs. I’m guessing they like the fact that the garden is normally full of wet leaves and is not tidied up as often as it should be. I’m always surprised to find them hiding in the flower beds and under leaves, rather than in the pond.
As I wanted to give our greenhouse a good clean out, we decided to make our frogs and toads a little home. They needed a little encouragement moving in but they look quite happy in their new pad! You just need an old terracotta flower-pot which can be half-filled with some wet leaves. We are going to try to find a little tray to place in front of their ‘frog lodge’ to make a little pond for them.
Have you created any animal habitats in your garden?