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He is isn't he. Heston that is, though I'm sure your brother is all you say he is. I'd love to go to the Fat Duck one day. Living on the other side of the globe can't be that big an impediment, can it?
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2010 on 2010-04-16 Appreciation at La Mammina
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Mar 15, 2010
Ho capito tutto, e sono felicissima che tu mi abbia trovata!
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2010 on Back at La Mammina
I know, where would we be without our blogs to look back on. Glad you are back too!
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2010 on Back at La Mammina
Thanks, it's good to be back!
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2010 on Back at La Mammina
Yep, it is big news. Her name is Zoe and she was born on the 20th Oct 2009. She is pretty much a dream baby. It's just the other two who make me want to tear my hair out! I'm glad you kept La Mammina stored away somewhere there!
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2010 on Back at La Mammina
Thanks, it's good to be back! That's the croquembouche I made for my Grandma's birthday. Profiteroles stuffed with pastry cream (some chocolate and some vanilla) stuck together with toffee and then covered with spun sugar. It was delicious!
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2010 on Back at La Mammina
Thanks, it's good to be back!
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Hi Molly, I've been off the blogging radar for a while. But I'm still around. I just wanted to say that our family has gone through our ups and downs in the budgeting arena and I have come to one conclusion. The place to make savings is not in the family food allowance. You should get the things you like to eat/ are good for you. These are not things that you should compromise on. I'm not saying that families should be wasteful. Everything should be used each week or each fortnight depending on how you shop. But a dollar or two saved here or there for going without something that is enjoyable to eat and good for you is not going to make a difference in the grand scheme of things. If you want to save money in your household budget attack the big things like contracts, utilities, insurance etc. Make deals, negotiate and get yourself some big savings each month. Swap companies if you don't get the reductions you are looking for. Remember, food is expensive and you are not going to be able to feed your family of five for the same amount of money that you spent 5 years ago for example. I still think your challenge is great and it is good to use things up. Just make sure that once you finish this challenge that it becomes a regular habit to use things up. The night before our weekly shop we have usually eaten up all the fresh stuff, so I do have to make use of what is in the pantry and we have some very slap dash meals, but if we eat one meal a week like that, then so much better for getting value out of what we have. By the way, I can recommend an excellent book on managing household income which is so different and such a better way to look at things. It is called All Your Worth by mother and daughter duo Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi. I hope I'm not being too preachy but reading that book made me breath a whole lot easier and meant that I didn't sacrifice the simple, wonderful things in life. Like good food. Best of luck with your challenge. It really does get you to be very creative.
Toggle Commented May 29, 2009 on Up for a challenge? at MommyCoddle
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Amanda, have you tried making sourdough bread? It is such a thrill, no need for yeast and such great flavour. There are heaps of recipes on line and there is a great book by Dan Lepard. You have to leave the bread rolled up in a tea towel for quite a while and I have often thought about making some dedicated linen wraps for them, rather than using my hole-y old tea towels. I love your bread bags and I must make some for myself. Do you bake your bread in a cast iron pot inside your oven for a better crust?
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2009 on bread love at SouleMama
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These are very cute. I, too, would love to win. Thanks for the chance.
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It's definitely food for thought and I am increasingly hearing (both from people in your situation as well as so called experts who don't have children) that the responsible thing to do is to be an active member of the paid workforce. I don't like hearing it, especially as I have made the choice to stay at home with my kids. I'd like to think that society values mothers who stay at home, by protecting them when difficult situations, such as your own, arise. But perhaps the bottom line is that it does not. And society is deciding for us that the place to be is out of the home, earning money, contributing to the economy, nurturing out own self worth, setting a shining example. But society is made up of us. We all contribute to it and the collective group seems to value monetary wealth and productivity. I don't know if it is right or wrong (well, it does feel a little wrong to me) but at the end of the day, we have to feed our families and you have to do what you can to get by. Even if it doesn't seem right?
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2008 on Decisions. at Berlin's Whimsy
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