Making Mash

cooking mashed potatoes with a preschooler

cooking mashed potatoes with a preschooler

I’m not a great fan of potatoes mostly because I don’t like cooking them.  Round my way, they come covered in soil which makes the process of cooking them even more labour intensive.  As far as I’m concerned, if you’re gonna eat a white grain, you might as well cook some pasta that is ready in 8 minutes with no washing, no peeling, no mess.  So, having bought a couple of kiloes of small potatoes, I was keen to cook ’em up and be rid of them.

What a pleasure it was when I invited my 4 year old to give me a hand with this task I hate.  She thought peeling the blessed things was great fun (they were pre-boiled) and had even more fun cutting them up and then mashing.   To my surprise she even ate them afterwards which I was delighted with as she normally turns her nose up at all things potato not deep-fried!

HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU THROW AWAY?

As one of my goals this year is to make more money, I got thinking this week of how I could spend less.  The answer was staring me in the face, as answers generally do once you know the question to ask.  The answer was food.  It’s not that I’m generally not economical – the problem is that I don’t really plan ahead.   I’ll also go out and buy a bunch of fruit and veg. in a bid to eat healthily and then they end up rotting away.

1 cauliflower

half pack of lentils

100 gms ricotta

1/4 pk of rocket

200 gms spaghetti

2 apples

1/4 carton orange juice

Can you spot my good intentions above?  Why isn’t it ever the cookies that go rotten?  I was brought up to hate waste and that list does make me feel guilty.  It’s at least the equivalent of a day’s food which many a hungry mouth would’ve been happy to have.

So, I guess, my goal for next week is less waste more prep.

 

 

 

Magnetic Letters

Santa brought a bunch of fridge magnet letters which my daughter showed very little interest in after the first session of sticking them to the fridge.  Once she did that, my toddler of course immediately plucked them off and I kept finding them all over the house.  One day when cleaning I had a brainwave which helped to keep the preschooler occupied while I got on with my tidying.  I tried to explain how magnets work and encouraged her to find metallic things around the house.  It worked in that it kept her entertained for a while but we’ll need another couple of sessions I think before she really gets the concept!

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Blogs & Money

Checking in with my blog today I’m a little disappointed with myself to find that it’s been over a week since my last post.  I’ve hardly gotten off to a fantastic start and the first month of the new year isn’t even over yet!

Oh well.  So be it.   I guess the direction of this blog has already changed course.  Now I think I will just let it a little personal space on the web to play around with.  Honestly speaking, I may have had a hope of making a buck or two with this when I first started out.  Realistically speaking though I think my chances of this are slim.  As I’ve surfed the web, I’ve found tons of sites all claiming that heaps of money can be made blogging and they are all trying to sell me things!  So, blogging as a way to make cash online is probably not for me.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed on my new gamble – an online lingerie store!  I’ve invested all off….hmm…better check….well…about 100 Euros in stock and I’m waiting for it to arrive.  Hopefully my other half will have my new URL up and running soon.  And who knows?  I could become the next great lingerie supplier on the island!

Well, okay.  Maybe my online lingerie store won’t work.  I’ve always wanted my own business though and this was just so cheap to set up – it’s worth a shot.  Can’t wait to see if I do actually get any sales!  If not, I guess I have a life-time’s supply of lingerie on my hands!