Diet friendly banana and chocolate chip ice-cream

In this roasting hot weather I find myself reaching over for a tub of Ben and Jerries ice-cream. While this is delicious I’m betting by the end of the summer my already chunky thighs aren’t going to thank me. 

The solution? A creamy,  delightful, diet friendly alternative made out of frozen bananas. Calories per portion without chocolate chips: 107 calories. And with chocolate chips: 146 calories. 

Ingredients: (2 servings) 

2 large bananas

20g dark chocolate chips (optional) 

Method:

  1. Break bananas into thirds and place into a freezer bag. 
  2. Put in freezer for at least an hour
  3. Blend then mix in chocolate chips
  4. Enjoy and feel guilt free. Mmmmm =) 

Looking at the world through my daughter’s eyes. Part one. 

Every day I watch Evie inspect every little thing with a fascination that as an adult I find both confusing and enviable.

I wish that I could see the world in a similar way to how a baby does. The same level of excitement and wonder that I see in her beautiful little face. Unfortunately I can’t. However at the very least I can take a few photos from her viewpoint.

Each photo was taken with the camera in line with her eyes and tilted to the same degree as her neck. This first part is all about her playing with her toys and looking around from a babies height.

The world looks so different when your small,  enjoy this sneek peek into your child’s world.

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Happy facts to brighten up your day. 

Lately I have been feeling a little bit down and so I figured I would search the web for a few little snippets of happiness to cheer myself up. My efforts earned me quite a few smiles and I thought I would share them with you. Smile and enjoy. 

1) Cows have best friends who they spend most of their time with. If separated they can get separation anxiety. 

2) There is a type of jellyfish that can technically live forever by restarting its life cycle each time it gets old. 

3)Blind people smile when happy,  even when they have have never witnessed another person doing so. 

4)A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance. 

5)Otters hold hands whist sleeping so that they don’t drift away from each other and they also have a special pocket of skin to keep their favourite rock in. 

6)The minerals that we are made up of originally came from the inside of collapsing stars. We are all made out of star dust. 

7)Cancer death rates are down 20% in twenty years and keep decreasing as time goes on. 

8)Butterflies taste with their feet. 

9)Rats giggle when tickled. Though you need special equipment to hear them. 

10) A male pigs orgasam can last up to 30 minutes. Lucky pigs… 

11)There is a prison in Washington that takes in abandoned cats for inmates to look after as a form of rehabilitation. 

12)A group of pugs is called a grumble. 

13)A group of bunnies is called a fluffle.

14)Cuddling helps people to heal quicker because it releases a hormone called oxytocin. 

15) woman can orgasam whist giving birth. 

16) The actor that voices Winnie the pooh rings up sick children to help cheer them up. 

17) when two people are in love and stare into each other’s eyes their heart beats sync up. 

18) Every year hundreds of trees are accidentally planted by squirrels who forget where they have planted their nuts. 

19) A group of honey birds is called a charm. 

20) Octopi seem to like shiny objects and will often collect them. 

21) In the 1630’s tulips were worth more than gold and could be used as currency in Holland. 

22) Hand shakes are thought to have began as a symbol of peace because it indicated that the people’s hands held no weapons. 

23) Someone somewhere will be having the best day of their life. 

24) Baby bunnies are called kittens. 

25) when rabbits twist and jump out of excitement it’s called a binky.

26) The actor and actress who played micky and Minnie mouse married each other. 

27)  worms communicate by snuggling with each other. 

28) smiling lowers stress whether your faking it or not. 

29) giraffes can clean their ears with their own tongue. It’s around 21 inches long and super flexible. 

30) Honey is the only food that will ever spoil. 

31) In Sweden there is a rabbit show called Kaninhoppning. 

32) Dr Martin Luther king Jr engaged in a pillow fight on the day he was assassinated. 

33) Cows produce the most milk whist listening to the song ‘everybody hurts’  by REM.

34) Goats have accents. 

35) At one point very briefly you were the youngest person on Earth. 

36) Sea horses mate for life and travel holding onto each others tails. 

37) Male puppies will often just let females win when they play fight so that they can get to know them better. 

38) Dolphins have names for each other. 

39) There are window washers that dress up as super heros to cheer up sick kids. 

40) If you pretend to laugh for long enough you’ll start to laugh in reality. 

41) It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown. 

42) Every human being spent around half an hour as a single cell. 

43) A group of porcupines is called a prickle

44) apart from a sample in a lab small pox is completely extinct. 

45) A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in Indiana. 

46) Animals can dream. 

47) Cats bring you gifts because they think that you are just a rubbish cat who can’t hunt or look after yourself. 

48) There is a preschool in Japan that is designed to collect rainwater for the kids to play in. 

49) The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn. 

50) A baby giant panda is about the same size as a stick of butter. 

51) When Charlie Chaplin entered a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest he lost. 

52) A male penguin proposes to a female penguin with a pebble which has been specially picked out for her. 

53) Caligula named his favourite horse a senator. 

54) Eugene Cernan was the last man to step on the moon. He wrote his daughters initials there and they will probably last for over 500,000 years. 

55) This animal exists. It’s called a quokka and it’s got a permanent smile. 

56) A penguin called Nils Oliver was once knighted in Scotland by a visiting Norwegian regiment. 

57) No two dogs nose prints are alike. 

58) In April 1930 the BBC reported that there was no news so played piano instead. 

59) A cat version of the corgi exists,  it’s called the munchkin cat. 

60)  The Beatles use the word ‘love’  613 in their songs. 

61) We have less crime,  better health, longer lives and less poverty than at any other time in history. 

62) The chance of you being born instead on someone else was about 1 in 40 million. 

If these have made you smile please share with you friends and add a bit of happiness to their day. 

Mushroom Soup

Here is my recipe for a nice, healthy mushroom soup.  Low in calories and very nutritious, as well as being delicious and warming on a miserable day. I’ve used milk because it is much less fattening than cream and tastes just as good.


Ingredients:

25g butter

tbsp olive oil

tbsp plain flour

700g mixed mushrooms (Chopped into quarters and washed.)

3 cloves garlic (Finely diced)

1 medium onion (Diced up)

1 leek (Finely diced)

150ml  full fat milk

850ml chicken stock.

Salt and pepper to taste.


Method:

  1. Add butter and olive oil to a large pan and heat gently until butter is melted.
  2. Add in onions and mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes on a low heat.
  3. Add in garlic and  the leek and cook for 2 minutes longer. Make sure you stir it regularly.
  4. Add in the flour and stir.
  5. Slowly add in the stock 100ml at a time. Stir after each addition.
  6. Add in the milk and stir.
  7. Increase the heat and bring it to the boil and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
  8. Use a hand-held blender and blend until smooth.
  9. Add in salt and pepper to your own personal taste. Remember add it slowly, you can add more if needed but you can’t remove it if too much goes in.
  10. Serve with fresh bread and butter and enjoy.

A man’s guide to periods.

As I’m sure you are aware women go ‘on the rag’ once a month and during this time a lot of you guys are completely clueless. Some of you do and say some truly idiotic things and even the men with some basic tact know very little about this thing that half the population puts up with for their reproductive life.

I am here to give a handy bite sized guide! Here is a list of helpful facts and pointers to help keep your testicles safely attached to your body during the  more temperamental part of a ladies cycle.

You’re welcome.


  1. Periods usually last between three and seven days.
  2. They occur about every 28 days but every lady has a unique cycle that can (usually) range between 21 and 35 days.
  3. Most woman have their first period as a teen with the average age being 13 years old. This is another thing that varies greatly, I had my first one at age 7. I might have thought I was dying at the time.
  4. Most woman crave chocolate, sweets and carbs. You get brownie points if these get brought to us without them being requested.
  5. This however DOES NOT mean that you suddenly get a pass to make fat jokes.
  6. PMS  is a real thing. It makes us really irritated and emotional so perhaps this isn’t the best time to be making cracks about not letting us run for prime minister. We won’t nuke Russia just because our poor hormone addled brain can’t handle Putin being a big meanie. (Though I might make an exception for Trump if I’m entirely honest.) We’re more likely to eat cookie dough and bitch at Germany for not putting the toilet seat down. Big difference!
  7. When we complain about cramps don’t mock us and tell us, “it can’t be that bad.” Instead bring us painkillers, a hot water bottle and a massive hug as soon as possible. Period cramps vary greatly from woman to woman. Some woman breeze through them without a care in the world and others (like myself) feel like they have a tiny demon trying to claw their way out of their lower stomach for five days every month. Fun times, right?
  8. Don’t make insulting or derogatory comments about our periods, even if we do. We can joke about them, you can’t. Imagine it in the same way as you talking about your mother. You can say what you like but everyone else has to keep their mouth firmly shut.
  9. The main methods of catching the flow are: tampons, sanitary towels and moon cups. Tampons are little wads of cotton that  we have to insert into our hoo-ha and come as either digitally (with a finger) inserted and applicator types which have a plastic or cardboard wrap that pushes it in. Sanitary towels are sticky backed pads with or without wings that just sit in our knickers. Moon cups are reusable silicone cups that get emptied and reinserted when ever they fill up. These need to be sterilised in boiling water at the end of each period ready for next month.
  10. It is perfectly okay for a man to buy sanitary products and if you do pick them up for us it is in fact very much appreciated.
  11. It’s not harmful to have sex during her period. In fact some women get hornier at that time of the month and are quite happy to throw down a towel and carry on regardless. Other ladies aren’t so keen on the idea, so in other words? Whatever works best for the couple in question.
  12. PMS isn’t just mood swings, we have plenty of other reasons to be grumpy. Some examples of these include: cramps, back ache, sore boobs, achy legs, bloating, headaches and even diarrhea. My advice? Don’t be another reason.
  13. The phrase “you can’t trust something that bleeds for seven days without dying” should NOT be uttered without the clear understanding that doing so might in fact result in bodily harm.
  14. When a man asks us if we are on our period because we seem pissed off only one word comes to mind, ‘arse hole.’
  15. The start of a new monthly cycle is the first day of the period.
  16. Ladies ovulate once per month, roughly 14 days before their next period is about to start. For example: if she has a 21 day cycle she will usually ovulate on day 7 or if she has a 30 day cycle she will probably ovulate on day 16. The egg is good for about 24 hours and sperm can live for up to 7 days. These 7 days when an egg and sperm might meet are called the ‘fertile window.’
  17. Having a period is an excellent sign that a woman is in good health and even though we complain about them they are very reassuring.
  18. If our period is late and we don’t want a baby we will panic, even if we used every form of contraception available. Even if you are literally about to shit yourself don’t show it because frankly we have enough to worry about. It may affect you in some ways but believe me its HER body and she is more than aware of the consequences.

There you have it, a very simple guide to periods to help prevent the bitch fest that comes from her PMS mixing with your tendency to be a clueless arse.

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The second stage of love. 

I’m afraid to say that I’ve been feeling rather sentimental and have been thinking about how relationships change over time. I blame PMS…  Bring on the chocolate and junk food. 

I’ve come to the conclusion that ‘real love’  isn’t the flower and chocolate bringing passion of the beginning, its the ‘something more’ that grows over time. I think it is fair to say that my partner isn’t exactly romantic and doesn’t do grand gestures but to me that’s not a massively important detail. 

Yesterday I was feeling particularly cantankerous and depressed and he cheered me up with pizza. Other times I have been taken care of when ill, flowers have been brought when I’m upset and (albeit with grumbles at times) the baby has been taken care of so that I could have some well needed me time. Sometimes it’s the small stuff that matters the most. It’s the small stuff that makes life enjoyable even if it’s just a nice cup of tea at the end of a really crappy day.

Who needs romance when you can be brought to your knees laughing at a grown man and his silly antics. The latest one still makes me grin now…

My baby did some mega farts and so we decided it was time to change her nappy. I said, “wow those are some big trumps your doing for such a little girl” (In English slang Trump means fart) My partner looks down and seeing the brown stain said “they weren’t just Trumps they were a full on Donald…” 

I suppose you had to have been there to find it funny.

I know that I  can cry on his shoulder when sad, even when he (and sometimes even I) have no idea why. He will put myself and our daughter first before anything. 

I know that he loves me even though he finds it a difficult emotion to express, and I know that he will keep us safe to the best of his ability.

I feel very lucky to have him even though at times I wish I could kick his arse and if I’m entirely honest things aren’t always perfect.   I think that is what comes from two humans living in close proximity to each other. Arguments and petty annoyances which are quickly resolved (most of the time) with compromises and silly jokes. 

In short? I love my annoying pain in the arse and hope to spend many more years rolling my eyes at his antics.