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February 24, 20200

Ditch the can and get out the pan – homemade baked beans, here I am! One of the cool things about
making your own baked beans is that you decide what ingredients go in the pot. Using ultra-nutritious cannellini beans also means you retain bionic (super) powers for hours after you’ve eaten them!

Ingredients

  • Dash of olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • Ground pepper for seasoning
  • 2 x 425gm tins of cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup tomato puree
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • Five-grain bread for toast

Method

  1. In an electric fry pan, heat oil over a medium heat.
  2. Add onion, garlic, and pepper.
  3. Cook until onion is soft and starts to look clear. Keep stirring.
  4. Drain beans in a colander in the sink, and add to pan with ½ cup water.
  5. Simmer until beans have softened. If beans are not soft after 7 minutes, add ¼ cup more water and keep cooking.
  6. Add maple syrup, tomato puree, mustard powder and another ½ cup water.
  7. Simmer until sauce has thickened, then season to taste with a few rounds of ground pepper.
  8. Serve with toast, using cookie cutters to make interesting shapes.

 


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February 10, 20200

If there’s one holiday that’s purrfect for getting the family crafting, it’s Valentine’s Day. February 14 is all about showing your loved ones how much you care for them and nothing says that better than a handmade gift from the heart. 

We’ve rounded up some fantastic Valentine’s Day crafts that the important people in your life will love, and best of all, they can be made at home with only a few simple materials. From personalised photos frames and cards to sweet treats and green gifts that reduce your impact on the environment, there’s something for everyone. 

So forget pricey store-bought presents, and get your family together for creative fun on the international day of love.

Personal cards

The simplest gifts are the most meaningful. Handmade cards are always a hit with family and friends. Kids can try tracing the outline of their hand for a picture parents, grandparents and relatives will cherish. Or attach folded hearts to the front of your card for a pop-up, 3D effect that will be memorable. 

Decorated jar 

Grab a glass jar and get filling! Take pieces of coloured paper and write down fun things you and your loved one can do together, things you love about them or top it up with their favourite sweets.

Hand-picked bouquet of flowers

Who doesn’t love a bunch of beautiful, fresh flowers? Collect them from your own garden or ask a neighbour or friend if they could spare a few blooms. Bonus points if you decorate a glass jar and fill it with flowers perfect way to display your gift. 

Sweet treats

Nothing says ‘I love you’ better than some delicious homemade baking. Get into the kitchen and whip up a favourite sweet treat, or if you’re looking for inspiration, we love these double chocolate cupcakes. https://justamumnz.com/2017/02/23/double-chocolate-zucchini-carrot-muffins/. Not only do they taste great, the recipe includes a couple of hidden vegetables so they’re a great healthy option. 

Love letter 

Tell someone how much they mean to you in a handwritten letter. Taking the time to think about the people in your life and why you appreciate them shows how much you care and is a lovely keepsake for years to come.

Personalised photo frame

This is the gift for those who love crafting but want something that doesn’t require too much skill or time. Take a plain wooden frame and make it your own, using colour, decorative stick-ons and anything else that takes your fancy. Include a photo of you and your loved one for a seriously sweet gift. 

Grow a seedling

Nothing could be simpler. Plant a seed in a personalised pot and give it to your loved one. As they care for it and watch it grow, they’ll always be reminded of you.

For more Valentine’s Day craft inspiration, click here https://retrohousewifegoesgreen.com/valentines-day-gifts/, or check out #valentinesdaycraftsforkids on Instagram.
For eco-friendly gifts, click here https://www.bustle.com/p/12-eco-friendly-valentines-day-gifts-for-your-earth-friendly-partner-8132873

There’s no better gift than something from the heart. So whatever you choose to make your loved ones this Valentine’s Day, a personal present handmade by you, is sure to make them smile.