Slow Cooker Chicken & Lentil Curry

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken & Lentil Curry

One thing I love to cook in the slow cooker is curry and Hubby was so impressed with this one I just had to share it – He said it tasted like ‘a proper one from the takeaway’!

Serves:Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 6 Hours on Low

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of dried chilli flakes
  • 800g diced chicken
  • 200g lentils
  • 600ml chicken stock
  • 300ml coconut milk
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 10 cardamom pods

Recipe:

  • Heat a frying pan and spray with oil. Cook the onion for a couple of minutes. Add the garlic and chicken and cook until browned.
  • Transfer to the slow cooker pot and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir, cover with the lid and cook on low for 6 hours.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken & Lentil Curry

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Love the Little Things – 5/52 – #LittleLoves

Another week and another #LittleLoves. This has been a weird week for me really as I spent last weekend in Manchester with my lovely chums and I haven’t had a day at work at all this week because of Hubby’s shifts – it’s my first day back today and then I’m playing catch up next week. So, here are my #LittleLoves for a weekend away, not going to work, complete unordinary week…

Read

This week I have actually started reading a real life book – with pages and a cover and everything! My lovely friend Jo lent me Gone Girl and I can’t put it down. Nearly at the end at looking forward to finding out who, what, where! I’ll let you know what I thought of it when I’m done.

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I’ve also got a new favourite children’s book – Julia Donaldson – Zog. Love the rhyming, love the dragons. Such a great book and if you’re looking for something new to read it’s a great length for a bedtime story.

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On the blog front, Brummy Mummy of 2 wrote a great post about second babies. Did your second child have a baby book? Nope, mine didn’t either! Apart from that, I have read a lot of blog posts this week but haven’t remembered to jot any down, but then again, I did start reading a book so all is forgiven!

Watched

Our baby monitor mostly. Little Man has been sick the last couple of nights and I can’t help but check the monitor constantly to make sure he’s ok.

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I’ve also had a few nights of catching up with Hollyoaks – I feel all the storylines coming to a head fairly soon. Hubby and I watched Undateables again. It was a great catch up one to find out how the previous people on the show are a few years later. Most are loved up! Yay! We’ve also started Season 2 of Game of Thrones. Far too much nudity and naughties but quite good underlying storylines.

Wore

Joggers and jumpers mainly. Lazy days at home. I’ve also put leggings on a couple of times when I’ve left the house but that’s about it. Nothing exciting on the wearing front this week. But I did buy the children bargain Elf Outfits for next Christmas. Oh yes, it’s January and I’m buying Elf Outfits. I am one of those people. They cost £4 each and come with matching tee and hat. I couldn’t resist! The photos are going to be all kinds of awesome.

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Heard

Ed Sheeran. I am a little bit in love with his Thinking Out Loud song and can’t ever hear it enough. If I was getting married now it would be a definite contender for a first dance song.

Made

Scones! I wanted to update some of the photos on my old recipe posts and so made Sultana Scones to freshen that post up a bit. They were lovely and I haven’t made them in such a long time.

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and lastly…

The kids and I have tried to fit in as much playing as possible this week with a playdate at a friend’s house – LP loves her chum Ben and they always end up playing iPad together. We don’t have one so it’s such a novelty for her.

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We also went to the park but it started snowing after about half an hour. Fun whilst it lasted though!

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What have you been up to this week?

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Weekend Box Review and a Free Box For You!

Although I work every Saturday, we often get stuck for ideas of things to do in the afternoon when I come home from work, on Sundays and even when LP finishes preschool during the week, especially if it’s raining. We were sent a Weekend Box to review and it seemed like the perfect things to pass the time in the afternoons and be a little bit creative too!

The Weekend Box gets sent direct to your door as part of a subscription service and aims to keep children occupied over the weekend, in those moments where you hear they say they’re bored or the time whilst you’re making dinner. It contains four activities with most of the things you need to complete them, instruction cards and stickers for when each activity is completed. It’s all posted in a really bright and fun box that fits through your letterbox – a great bonus as you won’t have to worry about missing a delivery.

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Our box had an Aztec theme and the activities were making an Aztec Parrot, making Mosaic Coasters, making Hot Chocolate and making Aztec Stamps to paint with. The main thing that was needed to use the kits was glue and scissors although the Hot Chocolate did need quite a few extra ingredients – 50g Dark Chocolate, 50g Milk Chocolate, 200ml Milk, 1/4 Tsp Vanilla Essence – the kit actually only contained flavourings for the hot chocolate and this was slightly disappointing although you do get an email to let you know which items are needed to allow you to prepare for the arrival of the box.

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LP loved making the crafts in the kit and she was able to do most of them with little help, although the Mosaic Coasters did need a lot of cutting and the Stamps needed a lot of sticking which she wasn’t that confident with.

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The time it took to make each of the crafts varied but each one would easily use up half an hour or so and would give the child something to focus on, doing something different and having the pride of finishing off a project afterwards – especially as they get a sticker for finishing the project!

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The whole Weekend Box was really nicely presented with bright colours and great activities with a different theme each time you are sent a box. The boxes cost £7.50 and although I probably wouldn’t get one every week, having one or two a month would definitely fill up those spare weekends. Weekend Box have given me a code to allow you to get your first box for free – just use code DONNA187 on their website and experience Weekend Box for yourself.

Disclosure: We were sent the above product for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

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Aiming for a Happy Tummy with Activia Fibre #HappyTummy

*This post is in collaboration with Activia

I have written often about how this year is all about taking good care of myself, getting fitter, healthier, losing some weight and really just caring more about my body and mind.

Activia got in touch to share with me their Activia Fibre #HappyTummy movement and so much of what they spoke about rang true with me. I’ve always found that when I feel good inside, I feel good outside and enjoy life more too. Activia want everyone to make more of life’s little moments with a Happy Tummy.

Personally, I know at this time of year it is easy to feel a bit meh after a December of enjoying ourselves, over indulging and making the most of the festive season. But now that January is here, and we have a whole new year at our feet I for one will be trying to get rid of that feeling as soon as possible so I can get back to moving more, doing more and really enjoying more as the weeks go by.

As regular readers will know, I am already eating healthier and am planning to include Activia Fibre with some meals to try to help my digestive wellbeing* and be closer to the healthier lifestyle that I have already started to achieve.

For me, having a happy tummy let’s me do so much more. I’m able to get up and ready earlier, make more of each day – days out, holidays and quality family time are all more enjoyable with a happy tummy.

So here are some of my top tips for having a Happy Tummy:

  • Have a healthy balanced diet. Don’t skip meals or try and live off fruit and vegetables and nothing else. Make sure you have all the food groups and have some Activia Fibre.
  • Try to relax as much as possible as a relaxed mind makes for a relaxed body and stress really isn’t good for you or your tummy!
  • Exercise, even just a little bit and it helps your whole body stay happy. There’s nothing better to get the happy feelings flowing than air in your lungs and colour on your cheeks!

So I’m taking part in the Happy Tummy Movement this month and you can join in too. Just share your #HappyTummy stories on Twitter or Facebook, keep a look out for the Happy Tummy stories I share!

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*Activia Fibre Topper contains wheat brand fibre that contributes to an acceleration of intestinal transit.The claimed effect is obtained with a daily intake of at least 10g of wheat bran fibre. Enjoy as part of a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle

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My First Home Competition

We were recently invited by Keepmoat to share LP’s first home and to help us do so we were sent a VTech Kidizoom Camera to help LP do a tour of our house. LP can’t get to grips with video at the moment so I tried to make this as simple as possible for her. In the end I thought I’d ask her questions and she could take a photo for the answer. So here’s how it went…

Where do you live?

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“Here! This is we house!”

Where do you play?

We play in here and do climbing and hiding and make tents.

Where do you help Mummy cook?

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In the kitchen, I stand on Daddy’s chair and do cooking!

Where do you eat lunch?

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At my table with Brother

Where’s your bedroom?

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There it is! My room!

Where do you sleep?

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In my bed, with my friends and my owl light. And a book.

Where do Mummy and Daddy sleep?

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In Mummy Daddy’s bedroom! I watch TV in Mummy daddy’s bed too!

Where does your Brother sleep?

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In Brother’s room!

Where do you clean you teeth?

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In the bathroom. I swim like a mermaid!

As you can see, the camera doesn’t take amazing photos but LP doesn’t seem to mind. I didn’t tidy up before we did this and our house is pretty much as it is on any normal day – it won’t be winning any home awards just yet! So there you have it, LP’s first home, through her eyes.

Disclosure: This is an entry into the Keepmoat My First Home Competition to win a £250 Toys R Us voucher. I was sent a VTech camera to enable us to complete this post but all opinions are my own.

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