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In The Kitchen

Arranging a cheese platter – in pictures

Here’s an update on my original cheese platter post.  This one gives you step-by-step instructions in pictures.  The different cheeses are described by their country of origin but these varieties are being made in many other countries now and should be easy to locate in your supermarket or deli.

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In The Garden

Potted plants in small garden spaces

There are lots of ways to make the most of your small garden space.  You may not be able to grow the range of vegetables your parents and grandparetns grew on the bigger slices of land that were typical in the mid-late 20th century.  But that doesn’t mean you need to go without a garden…..

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About Children

Teddy Bear Race Cars

We’ve all had tiny teddy biscuits, or animal biscuits for birthday parties. (My children only had these for special occasions). What a great idea to put them together with mini chocolate bars and smarties to make these cuties for a party. So simple. So effective.  Let the children help. They’ll have so much fun. Teddy…..

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Around The House

keep those insects away

Here’s a handy and easy to prepare insect repellent that is safe on most skins, even babies. Use equal amounts of dettol, baby oil and water. Mix together and put into a spray bottle ans spray on to a makeup remover pad or similar so you can wipe it on to small children without the…..

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Money Matters

Back to School Means Money Woes

Hard on the heels of the expense of Christmas and holidays comes the start of the school year; uniforms, stationery and school fees. Education in state schools is supposedly free, but these expenses, along with extra school activities are the responsibility of parents. Read more

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At Work

Career coaching advice

Whether you have recently lost your job, want to change your career, seek to further the career you have or are about to enter the workforce, the keys to success are similar. It involves successfully answering three questions: ‘What do you want to do?’, ‘What skills do you bring to the marketplace?’ and, ‘What will others…..

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Arranging a cheese platter – in pictures

September 17, 2016: Arranging a cheese platter – in pictures

Here’s an update on my original cheese platter post.  This one gives you step-by-step instructions in pictures.  The different cheeses are described by their country of origin but these varieties are being made in many other countries now and should be easy to locate in your supermarket or deli.

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Welcome to Ask Mum Now

In New Zealand we're reaching the end of summer - though some people wonder where that was. In many parts of the northern hemisphere the winter has been marked by severe storms, rain and flooding and colder than usual temperatures.

While the northerners are beginning to see signs of spring (even in Denmark according to my son) in New Zealand we are into end of summer harvesting from our gardens. In our garden the zucchinis are almost done, green beans are coming through with enough to freeze and I'm picking heaps of tomatoes. The excess of tomatoes will be heading for jars of pasta sauce to use during the winter.

Cucumbers got too dry so these didn't make the cut this year but lettuces and spring onions have filled out salad bowls along with tomatoes and herbs, especially basil all from the garden. lettuces in old tyre

I don't try to grow everything we eat as we have a fresh market of locally grown vegetables every Saturday where I can get other vegetables that don't grow so well in our garden...read more