Gluten free, dairy free breakfasts. Option 14 – muesli Reply

So now I am starting to run out of my own breakfast ideas and have been going through my books to see if there are any ideas I could borrow and adapt. As Annabel Karmel is widely regarded as a ‘feeding the kids’ guru, I thought I would revisit her book for some inspiration. Yesterday’s porridge post seemed to go down well – with everyone but Zac, so I decided another healthy looking recipe would be good.

Quick and easy are the types of recipe that always catch my eye first, so anything that requires minimal mess, cooking and skill always comes out on top – and that is why I have just made my first muesli. I can’t believe I have never done it before – it took about five minutes. In my student days it was my favourite breakfast, yet I have never given it to the children. Obviously for the last 3 years we have been a gluten free kitchen, so you can perhaps forgive me for writing off any oat based meals. So now we know that gluten free oats are (mostly) suitable, I feel like exploring what else can be made from them apart from porridge.

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43 weeks to go – need to get started on the new plan Reply

Yesterday I received a ‘like’ from one of my blog followers – 400daystil40 – a blog written by someone trying to figure out life by their 40th birthday. It is a great read and the post that really inspired me is this one

Since starting my blog, I have been wondering where it might go. The writing and the cooking are both very therapeutic for me. On stressful days it really helps me and there have been rather too many of those of late. The interaction with my new found friends and followers has also given me a terrific boost and it has been lovely hearing from people who have found my blog interesting and helpful.

As I don’t have a job, and have little hope of getting one any time soon – extortionate childcare costs plus lack of school holiday care options equals no chance! Also, I used to work in marketing and it is a well-known fact (within the industry) that you are finished when you have kids unless you are willing to get a live in nanny, never see your family and work 10-12 hours a day 5 (or more) days a week. Also the salaries are relatively poor if you calculate your hourly rate, so it is hardly worth the effort.

So knowing that is ‘over’ I have often wondered if I can find a way to generate some income from my writing or establish a business associated with helping others dealing with allergy and intolerance and the challenges that come with it. I set up the blog about nine months ago and in that time have come into contact with many people who have done just that and seeing their great work has made me wonder what else I can do.

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