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Spend Less Time Cooking And More Time With The Kids This Christmas

5 Dec

I absolutely hate peeling spuds, the whole tasks really grinds my gears. Not only does it somehow make the tips of my fingers sore but I also seem to lose half a potato to the bin by the time I’m done!

What a time consuming, boring task!

Over the years my peeling of potatoes hasn’t really improved despite the increase in family size. A great example would be Christmas Day… Its on this day that I seem to spend the majority of the morning stuck in the kitchen peeling veg instead of enjoying the festivities with the children. Yes… I do enjoy cooking but I’m not a massive fan on the preparations side of things.

But seriously, its not just about peeling potatoes, its more the issue of missing important family time to the kitchen.

The video from Aunt Bessie’s highlights my point perfectly. If anything I feel somewhat envious of the mothers ability to get dinner on the table so quickly therefore allowing her more time with the family.

With this I thought I’d have a go at sharing some of my ideas on ways to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with the family this Christmas.

1- Frozen & Ready peeled Veg – This year I’ve decided to do a mix of my own roast potatoes and that of Aunt Bessie’s. I’m also going to opt for some ready prepared veg. Given the child’s father is with us for dinner he will be doing the peeling and if I can get away with it, the cooking too.

2 – I will prepare the sausage meat stuffing for the Turkey on Christmas Eve. If I’m feeling really lazy I could just add some sausage meat to some packet stuffing! However, I do love homemade stuffing and given I don’t do it that often I’ll make to effort.

3 – This year I plan on not over doing it when it comes to the selection of veg on offer! I always do this and find I have it being cooked on all four hobs as well as in the steamer. I don’t know why I do this every single year, especially given there is always loads left over. I just never learn!

4 – I plan on making a really fancy dessert this year and will again make this on Christmas Eve. I’m planning for it to be a dessert that can be served cold so I’m not required to spend longer than needed in the kitchen come Christmas Day.

5 – the last few weeks I’ve seen the shelfs in the supermarkets filling up with treats. Some of which have been on offer and actually look incredibly tasty. These include nibbles and party foods that you tend to serve Christmas during that of the early evening. This year I will most defiantly be stocking up. Who wants to return to the kitchen to spend even more time preparing food instead of eating from a tin of Quality streets while watching the ‘Polar Express’ with the kids?

Oh… And like stuff isn’t stressful enough this year, but I’ve found myself needing a new built in cooker or replacement door as our cooker door has quite literally fallen off and smashed into a million pieces. So, unless I pull the pennies together and fast, Christmas dinner will have to be elsewhere…. Actually is that such a bad thing?

Whether your having the whole extended family over for Christmas or its just you and the kids, its important to remember that as great as Christmas dinner can be, its nowhere near as great as the time spent side by side with those you love.

This Post contains a sponsored video. However, all words are honest and that of my own.

AT LAST UPDATED VIDEO’S

7 Feb

Yep your more than welcome to say it! The videos on my vodpod widget haven’t changed  forever.

Every time I have logged in which I must add has been a great deal this last week. updating the vodpod was always my number one Intention ! So why have I only just managed to do it today then. I’m sure that being a mummy to a 3rd child is making me lose my marbles.

What I found so hugely funny was the fact that  5 hours later the Mac is still running I have been on and of between feeds and nappy changes and some how in this time my vodpod is still being neglected. Come on woman it’s just a few videos get on with it! Well after god knows how many months  here I am with a newly updated pod. Yes it’s back at it’s best and displaying some well-chosen, informative and educational  autism related video’s.

I know what your thinking! They better be something special as we have had to make do with the old stuff  lol. Well got a little bit of everything so I’m sure you will find one you like.  As always any feedback via the blog comments would be fantastic. This way I get some ideas on what video’s I need to be displaying. If anybody finds a great video that want to share send me the URL and I will get on to it.


Monday finds (week 1)

19 Jan

This is week one of my project Monday finds. All my finds are based on or around Aspergers and ASD. They are all finds I have come across though the week. ENJOY:)

Aspergers web wing
Join the aspergers web ring or any other ring that interest you. You can join in forum chats, create your own profile, submit your blog to the ring directory or create your own ring. Do all this at http://webring.com

Meetup.com
There are many meetup groups you can join. Chat online and attend meet ups in your area once a month. Visit
http://aspergers.meetup.com

Get a free DVD
The website for the treatment centre in America are offering free DVD’S just fill out a short form. Visit
http://www.autismtreatmentcentre.org

One for the UK
Read about the Dore programme and how they can help with many developmental disorders. Visit
www.dore.co.uk/dvd.aspx or www.dore.co.uk

Great read.
If you love great reads then read this!
All cats have Aspergers
It’s a playful look at Aspergers
Get it at Amazon for $9.99 visit www.amazon.com

Any problems with these links then you will be able to find them all in my sidebar:)

A great social network

12 Jan

If like myself you enjoy social networking and you have a child with autism or Aspergers then your going to love what I’m about to share.
Model me kids is a social network devoted to asd. Once signed up your provided with your own page and URL. Join groups, blog, upload pictures and vids, chat with members and lots more. Model me kids also provided me with some great tools and widgets that you can use on facebook, myspace and more. Do you have a site or blog? If yes you can use these widgets on your site:) since joining I have made contact with a number of nice people and gained some fantastic information.
Model me kids is one of a kind in social networking sites on the net today http://modelmekids.ning.com
If u find link not to work please find this link in my sidebar under links.

School run

9 Jan

Don’t we all just love doing the school run “Not”. But the few hours break it gives us to do them chores or a bit of me time is wonderful. But it seems to fly before you know it your back at the gates picking them up.
As some of you may well know my mornings of school runs are just pure hard work. With my son’s late nights he is not best pleased with the whole let’s get up and get ready for school thing. He is hard to get ready and out the door making his little sister late. First few days back after the Christmas break they were unable to even attend due to the household having a lack of sleep. His sister being kept awake and me not having a wink of sleep. Well there back and fingers crossed his not done to badly:) meaning I have had a bit of me time well housework time. But housework time fell’s like a great time right now 🙂

Aspergers sites.

10 Dec

When i first heard that my son may have Aspergers i wasn’t sure where to turn for help.

If your new to my world then I’m guessing you are in search of some answers and like myself have turned to the Internet find them. I hope that this site helps you along but I’m a mother not an expert. And as this blog is fairly new i fault i would share some off the great AD sites that have helped me  over the past few years.

www.aspergerfoundation.org.uk

www.AspergersSociety.org

www.oaasis.co.uk

www.assupportgrouponline.co.uk

www.aspergers.com

www.aspect.org

 

Getting a diagnosis

10 Dec

Are you worried that your child or someone you know has Aspergers. There are many sites on the web that offer help on getting a diagnosis. Please note that this is not an easy process. Be prepared a  for long wait.

discuss your concerns with your GP or if it is a child you are concerned about you could speak to his or her school. They may have a educational psychologist that could help.

The best way to avoid a long wait would be to chose the most costly option which is to go private. There is a great organisation which goes under the name of Oaasis. They offer a great deal of  information and support on all things AD. And if you are thinking on taking the private route this organisation really can help. To contact Oaasis you can phone them on there free number 0800 902 0732 or visit there web site at www.oaasis.co.uk.

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