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For a free face mask raid the kitchen cupboard!
Mix a mashed up banana, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp orange juice and raw oatmeal together then apply to your face.
Leave for 10 minutes then rinse off to reveal brighter looking skin.

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This morning I have spotted a this biiiig bird flying around on neighbours rooftops. The first thing that came to mind was who was expecting a stork.
Well it was actually a crane, but looked so surreal to see one on rooftops, imagining it is a stork and it has just dropped somebody’s precious packaging a gift of life πŸ™‚

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I came across this idea on Facebook and had to share. I think it is a brilliant idea to have on a table and getting kids and adults eating their fruits and veggies πŸ™‚

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As I have mentioned my dad is visiting us and he should follow a strict diet for his diabetes. Thus we have been quite inventive to cook some healthy yet interesting meals that can tickle his and our imagination.
This meal is one of those.
It is quick to prepare and is full of surprise.
Of course having a little one who is keen to help is a bonus.
As while I was grilling the chicken she was busy putting the prepared igneredients into a food processor. Before you start worrying the food processor was off from mains. I sized it all of course.
Then put some basmati rice in a microwave desirably glass bowl, pour twice as much boiling water and cook at 800 for 20 minutes. I also added some curcuma for it’s brain neurons restructuring ability.
The coriander chutney is a little on a spicy side. If you’ve got a child who doesn’t eat spicy, you can simply serve it with ketchup – as I did. And as it is on a spicy side we couldn’t have the seconds πŸ™‚
This will be one of the dishes I will be making after heavy meals like Xmas dinners. As it is light and one serving fills you up quickly.

Seriously I typed more then I cooked this.
P.s.
I added 400 ml of chicken stock to brazen chicken as we like our meat well cooked.

The result is one yummy dish for around 546 kcal per serving!
Bon appetite πŸ™‚

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Yesterday I came across with an article that states the cinnamon is one of the super foods. The laboratory studies show that if people sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon it will reduce blood sugar levels. As we now live with my dad who has a diabetes this piece of info backed up by solid research was quite useful to take on board. Besides it tasted good and Christmassy.
So this morning while cooking the usual oat porridge that can get gruesome, we added some cinnamon and jazzed it up with fruits. Having a child means the latter goes as soon as the red fruits reach home. But on a hot plate of porridge frozen fruits are just a treat too.
So why not to treat yourself to winter warmth and stay healthy too and accompanied with warm vanilla chai latte, bliss!

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It is if it is not your kids birthday party, of course.
Yesterday we went to my daughter’s friend’s birthday party. I wanted smth casual chic and that offers plenty of possibilities to chase the child, to catch a falling cake, to jump to the ceiling (don’t ask) and all the other situations that our little ones can imagine to put us through.
I bought this merino wool dress, because it has a decent length, a little bit drilling to the bottom and a v cut to the front. The front opening was too big so I saw a little black piece to keep my modesty. Then teamed this burgundy number with golden accessories and boots with little kitten heels. Overall look was way better then in photos though πŸ™‚

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This is a moist,tender and delicious cake that has fraction of the fat in it, thanks to the buttermilk and oil.

Serves 12:

1 tablespoon plus 1 1/4 cups sugar

2 cups unbleached all purpose flour

3 tablespoons poppy seeds

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1 cup buttermilk (look further how to make your own)

3 tablespoons canola oil (I used sunflower oil)

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Make your own buttermilk. Just add half tablespoon of white wine vinegar to milk and leave it while you are getting on with the rest.

2. Preheat the oven to 180C or 350F. Lightly oil a 6 or 8 cup pan. Sprinkle the pan with 1 tablespoon of sugar, tapping out the excess.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

4. In another bowl, whisk the egg until frothy. Whisk in the 1 1/4 cups of sugar, buttermilk, oil, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla. Gradually add the wet ingredients to dry ones, whisking until just moistened. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

5. Bake the cake 30 or 40 minutes, or until a cake taster (toothpick) inserted in the center comes out clean. Loosen the edges and invert onto a wire rack. Let cool completely.

Just took this one out of the oven. The smell is heavenly.

This has now become one of the family favourites. I can see myself baking this again and again. Happy days πŸ™‚

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