Monday, 15 August 2022

A Tiny, Simple Hack To Waste Less, Save Money And Make Having Your Lemon Water Each Day So Easy!๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ‹

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to recommend any products, and this is not meant to be health advice!  If you have any health questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor or heath care professional honeys, hugs x


Hi Honeys
How are you today?  I hope your week is off to a fabulous start๐Ÿค— 

We're been experiencing another heat wave here and have been melting away all week.  According to the little digital wotnot upstairs in our bedroom last night, it was 28.5C.  I know that might not seem overly warm to some of you lucky people who live in sunnier climes, but here in the west of Scotland those kinds of temperatures can melt furniture! Well, they can certainly melt wee Rosies๐Ÿ˜€ 

I had the electric fan running all last night which, along with her chill mat, seemed to help our furbaby Jade.  It's so, so important to make sure our furbabies are safe in warmer temperatures honeys. They can't tell us when they're in distress.  You can find some useful tips to help keep furbabies cool here (there are some useful tips for us humans too๐Ÿ’–) 

What didn't help our baby were the thunder storms that raged, really raged, last night until after 2am this morning.  The lightning too.  I had to switch off the electric fan (for a very short time) and close the curtains during the worst of it because the lightning got close I think?  It literally lit up our bedroom, twice! I was watching tv but the lights were all off (Hubby was sleeping since he had work early this morning. The rain was battering against our bedroom window too.  Such a scary storm.  Jade and I hugged each other and I know she was as relieved as I was when it was over.  


Back to todays post...


Do you drink lemon water honeys?  It's just water with a little lemon juice added (although you can add other things such as a little honey, which I do if I feel a cough or a "tickly" throat starting.  

My day usually starts with getting my first load of laundry going and then I boil the kettle to make my lemon water.  Until very recently, that meant simply adding boiling water to a cup (although I recently changed over to a tiny teapot - an upgrade to my little morning treat๐Ÿ˜Š) and then dropping in freshly sliced lemon.

Around a year or so ago, I bought my tiny glass teapot from Ikea and started using one of the beautiful mugs a dear friend gave me. I so love those mugs. (Thank you Miriam, love you honey x)  As it turned out, my tiny glass teapot holds exactly the right amount for two cups of my lemon water๐Ÿ‹ Yum!


So, Rosie, why do you drink lemon water then? 


I started drinking my lemon water each morning as another step in my self care project.  For so many years now, I kept telling myself that I need to take better care of myself, and I really have tried.  My main issue though is that I'm just the world's worst at seeing anything even remotely concerning myself as a priority.  I have a set-in-stone mental block that will immediately tell me how selfish I'm being.  

Thing is honeys, time is passing (too fast, it feels like) and I have an invisible trailer I'm dragging behind me, chock full of chronic illnesses. I have stubbornly high blood pressure, my lungs have been trying to kill me since I took my first breath and, not content with having rheumatoid arthritis, I also have to be very greedy and have osteo arthritis in my spine too.  Added to this, the fact that I'm still living like a complete hermit with prize winning hermit skills. Seriously, the only time I leave the house is to go to medical appointments and its gone on for so long now that it just can't be healthy.

As I said, I am the world's worst at looking after myself and don't ask me why, but my lemon water is one of the few self care habits I've stuck with.  

I can't promise you miracles just because you start your day with a little lemon water but I've read so many good things online about it, like this article at Holland & Barratt site, and that's why I started.  At the very least, it means I'm drinking a little more water and I know I don't drink nearly enough. 

The easiest way ever to make sure you have your lemon water each day...

OK Rosie, what's this new hack you're all excited about then?


It's true!  I am excited๐Ÿ˜Š I know. Excited about lemon and water.  I should get out more, as the old saying goes.  I don't go outside honeys, keep up.  This, and seeing a butterfly at the window a few days ago, are Christmas to me! ๐Ÿ˜Š 

This hack has made my life so much easier, helped me to keep doing something, just for myself, that's healthy and is even saving us money too! (Get on with it Rosie!) Oops. Sorry honeys, told you I was excited๐Ÿ˜„

Well, while waiting for the machine to finish a load of laundry (exciting I know lol) I was watching some of my favourite home organisation channels on Youtube.  This is where I had my "wow" moment ๐Ÿ˜ฒand as with everything else in life honeys, all it needed was a wee bit of preparation...

Saving money and avoiding waste...


My usual routine with my lemons is to keep them in the fridge, so they are always chilled.  This also seems to, in my experience anyway, make them last longer.  I don't know about you honeys, but any produce, not just lemons, we buy now seems to last only days, and in some cases it's already sprouting or going soft when you get it home. 

I worked in retail for about fifteen years and I'm seeing the kind of quality in our weekly shop that never would have made it to the shopfloor years ago.  I used to be able to buy my lemons, and other produce, and they'd last me all week, now unfortunately I'm having to bin one or two of them unused because they simply "go off."  Even in the fridge!  

The answer is, of course, to be more aware when grocery shopping.  Look (very) closely at all of your produce before adding them to your shopping trolley or cart.  It makes no sense, the way things are financially for everyone right now, to waste money buying items that will go in the bin before they can be eaten.  

If I juice all of my lemons at their best, that is to say when they're brought home with the shopping, and immediately freeze them they'll then last me weeks or even a full month because I can buy as many as I would need for that time.  No more waste and money saved. 

Prepare, prepare, prepare...


So honeys, when you get home with your shopping, make a cuppa and get your breath back and then it's time to get to work.  This means meal prepping.... of a fashion.  All of your lovely produce will last so much longer if you take that extra bit of care to wash and prep it. 

Isn't it worth an hour or so and a tiny bit of work to be able to plan your dinners for the week and then to have all of your ingredients all prepped, in the fridge and ready to go?  

This absolutely applies to all of our produce, but for the purpose of todays post, back to those lemons and our daily lemon water.๐Ÿ‹    

Having found the freshest, yummiest lemons in the grocery store.  First thing is to wash them, I'd do that even if I wasn't going to prep them.  Even if I was just going to put them into our fridge I'd wash them first. Yes, I'm a germaphobe honeys๐Ÿ˜Š  All of our produce though, when it gets home from the shops, is washed in warm, not hot, water with a little white vinegar, then rinsed again in fresh cold water.  

Ordinarily, what I (used to) do is to place those lovely clean lemons (I really don't like germs) into their designated space in the fridge and take one out as and when needed.  I did experiment with slicing them and then freezing the slices but it ended up being a pain, having to freeze them all lying flat before I could then pop them all, once frozen, into a ziplock bag.  

Did it a few times but with arthritic hands and wrists... nope. I'm not always having a "good" day.  Fellow "spoonies" will understand what I mean, sending you gentlest hugs dear ones๐Ÿค—and wishes for the best day, full of spoons๐Ÿ’–

Then, thanks to a lovely lady on Youtube, I learned about this....

Prevent waste by juicing lemons as soon as they're bought and then freeze into cubes to have ready for your daily lemon water.

The photo above shows all of the juice, squeezed from three packs of four lemons, twelve in total. This was all of the lemons in our latest grocery shop, plus four lemons from the fridge.  They were all washed carefully, then juiced using our little electric juicer, poured into the above silicone mould and immediately frozen.  

They were fresher than I've seen from our weekly shop in quite a while, so I was very keen to get them juiced and frozen as soon as possible to preserve all of that lovely fresh and healthy goodness.๐Ÿ‹

Choosing your moulds...


The mould shown makes very large cubes, certainly much larger than usual ice cubes.  I originally bought this mould in order to make chocolate teaspoons one Christmas.  Have you seen those honeys?  Basically, each mould is filled with melted chocolate, I added tiny marshmallows to mine too๐Ÿ˜Šand then a small spoon (I used tiny wooden ones) is stood up in the chocolate mould before the chocolate hardens again.  

The chocolate spoons, basically a tiny spoon encased in chocolate, is then wrapped and a pretty ribbon tied around the wrapper (I used baking parchment) for them to be gifted๐Ÿ’– To enjoy these chocolate treats, they are stirred into a cup of warm milk until the chocolate has melted and you have a yummy chocolate drink. They make lovely little gifts around any of the holidays or as tiny extras to be placed in gift baskets.   

Back to our lemon water then, although now I'd quite like a lovely mug of warm chocolate now. Oh well, maybe later lol๐Ÿ˜Š

The reason I decided to use the large cubed mould was because, as I said earlier, I now always make my lemon water in my little teapot.  This teapot holds exactly two cups of my lemon water.  One cube is equal to a whole lemon. 

Of course if I was only making a cup or glass or lemon water I'd use a smaller mould.  In fact, when I first tried freezing lemon juice I actually used one of my favourite moulds and this does make smaller, more average sized cubes but they're in the shape of penguins.๐Ÿง  As you can see, there is quite a difference in size.. 

Prevent waste by juicing lemons as soon as they're bought and then freeze into cubes to have ready for your daily lemon water.

I've had this adorable ice cube mould for so many years and I think it will always be my favourite๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿฅฐ

How could anyone not smile when their morning lemon water is made using frozen lemon juice in the shape of little penguins :-)

Once frozen, I placed the lemon juice cubes into a ziplock bag and back into the freezer.  As you can see, the bag has some little penguins inside too๐Ÿ˜Š  

Prevent waste by juicing lemons as soon as they're bought and then freeze into cubes to have ready for your daily lemon water.

I haven't had any problems at all with cubes sticking together in the freezer and I do love that all I have to do in the morning is to boil the kettle and add a (large) cube of lemon juice to my tiny teapot.๐Ÿ’–  

Of course, as a bonus, and during the current heatwave I can allow my lemon water to cool and place it into the fridge for a lovely cooling, and healthy, drink๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ˜Š  

The easiest way ever to make sure you have your lemon water each day...

No more having to slice or squeeze lemons freshly each day.  Unless I want to, and add an extra slice or two as I did here.  

The only downside to using our little electric juicer is, as you can see in the image above, the lemon water seems cloudier and you can see bits of the inner flesh, or pith, of the lemon in it. The smaller, penguin shaped lemon cubes had far less of this skin because they were squeezed using a hand squeezer.  

It's fine though, I thought it actually added a little extra zinginess (is that even a word lol) and if it ever bothers me, for future lemon cubes, once juiced, I'll pour the lemon juice through a strainer to remove the excess pulp bits. 

This is truly life changing for me honeys, it really is.  I haven't lost the battle to arthritis yet but, well, let's just say the fight is getting harder.  Anything, even tiny lemon cubes, that helps make daily life even a wee bit easier, is a blessing and I'm so grateful to have found this wonderful little hack.๐Ÿ’–

My inspiration...


My inspiration for this clever idea that's making my mornings so much easier is a lovely lady who has one of the best channels on Youtube.  Her name is Noemi and you can find her Youtube channel, called Scandish Home here and her Instagram page is here.  I can't say enough good things about this wonderful lady and the amazing content on her channel.  Please do visit her page honeys, she seems so friendly and her videos are so full of information and always make me smile.  There's DIY, recipes (gluten and dairy free) homemaking, home organisation and so, so much more to learn there๐Ÿ’–     

Just for teaching me how to freeze all of my lemon juice so that painful bones don't stop me from having my morning lemon water, although she's taught me so much more, I owe this lovely lady so much.  I don't think she'll ever see this post but just in case she does, thank you so much Noemi, wishing you so many good things and sending you so many hugs๐Ÿค—  

Over to you dear ones, do you make lemon water?  Have you found any tips or hacks you want to share?  If so, please share in the comments section below.  

I hope you're having the best day, so full of happiness that it makes your face ache from smiling so much๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’ and just in case you forgot honeys, you matter, you're needed ๐Ÿค—

Till next time, hugs always x

Be you honeys, you matter, you're needed.  Hugs always, Rosie x

Saturday, 2 July 2022

Rosie And The Hanging Herb Garden...

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products, just sharing my latest little project that's  making me smile x

Hello Honeys,

Today has been laundry day and you know me, any day with laundry in it is a good day ๐Ÿ˜Š I've always loved doing laundry.  Some of my earliest, happiest memories have laundry in them.  Sitting at the table in my Grammy's kitchen, with milk and biscuits or maybe some hot chocolate in winter time with lovely, warm, buttery toast.  While I was at the table, munching happily on my toast (or biscuits) Grammy would tell me about her childhood, her school days. All the while she'd be doing her laundry at her sink.  

No washing machines back then honeys. Grammy had two huge (to me, but I was only little) Belfast sinks, side by side.  One sink was very deep and the other one more shallow. Standing between the two sinks was a huge "wringer" that Grammy fed freshly washed clothes and bedding and towels through to squeeze the water out. To wash she had her "wash board."  Looking back, it must have been back breaking work but Grammy always smiled and sometimes she sang๐Ÿ’– 

Laundry has become a bit more of a challenge recently, but every time my spine yells when I bend to take things out of the washing machine and move them into the dryer, I think of my beloved Grammy and how she'd work though her laundry, chatting and smiling and singing๐Ÿ’—  I miss her every single day, but some days it knocks the wind out of me honeys.  Sorry, being too serious x  

While I wait for the dryer to finish running and the other load of washing to complete it's cycle, I thought I'd share some pics of my latest little project, as I promised yesterday๐Ÿ’ 

Rosie & The Hanging Herb Garden -My latest little project has been such fun! No more growing herbs on kitchen window ledges :-)

I've wanted to grow some favourite herbs at home for so long honeys. Nothing huge. I'd just love to be able to add tasty, fresh herbs to our meals instead of reaching for the jars on our spice rails.  We did try once before and had some success actually, but that was such a while ago so, time to try again. 

A dear friend, Sarah (thank you honey x) bought me a beautiful box with lots of packets of seeds inside.  So, wanting to try growing them, I was thinking about where I could sit them to have the best chance of any available sunshine.  We do live in Scotland honeys.  You'd have more chance of finding a UFO, complete with Martian crew members wearing we love Mars t shirts, as find a sunny day here most of the time ๐Ÿ˜Š  We do appreciate (rare) sunny days when they appear though ๐Ÿ˜„  

Of course my first thought was to put the planters on the kitchen window ledges, but then where would I put all of the cookie jars?  We do have quite a few.... another collection to downsize... someday ๐Ÿ˜Š  

Inspiration...

Then, it happened!  I had an idea!  I remembered the spare rails, and their matching containers, we had upstairs. There are so, so many uses for those hanging rails from Ikea.  We have them dotted around all over the house.  

We haven't ever replaced the doors in this house.  Neither of us really like those plastic doors everyone seems to have now, so these solid wood doors are fine for us.  Well, the back door that leads out into the garden, via the kitchen, has a long, narrow window set into it and it's a sun trap-on days we see the sun. I mentioned my idea of a hanging herb garden to Hubby, using the spare Ikea rails and this happened...

Rosie & The Hanging Herb Garden - My latest little project has been such fun! All it needed was a couple of rails and containers from Ikea :-)

I'm so, so happy with this project honeys! It's not in the way, the seeds are clearly getting enough sunshine (even in Scotland ๐Ÿ˜Š) and how fabulous to be able to (hopefully) have lots of lovely fresh herbs on hand to inspire dinner choices.

In our guest room upstairs we store (very tidily) our collection of baskets, bins and anything else that helps with home organisation. Hubby calls it our "home Ikea" ❤  As we've downsized our home this past couple of years, donated things we no longer use or need, it's left us with so many empty organisers! We've even donated lots of those too. Now, that's something they don't talk about in all of those countless home organisation books I've read (and those books, of course, add to our clutter!)  

Back to those rails then honeys ๐Ÿ˜Š I actually went back upstairs today, to our "home Ikea" and brought another rail, and two more containers downstairs with me.    I think I'll ask Hubby to add the extra rail between the two rails on the door already...   

Rosie & The Hanging Herb Garden - My latest little project has been such fun! All it needed was a couple of rails and containers from Ikea :-)

As you can see honeys, there's plenty of room for an extra rail...
   
Rosie & The Hanging Herb Garden - My latest little project has been such fun! All it needed was a couple of rails and containers from Ikea :-)

Can you see the difference in the photo above? It was taken only a few days after the other photo, taken when the herbs were originally placed by the window on the back door.  

The spring onions, or scallions to our cousins across the pond (they're called sybies - pronounced "sigh-bees" here in Scotland) well, they were already growing so well on the kitchen window ledge, but look what's happened at the back door...
 

Rosie & The Hanging Herb Garden - My latest little project has been such fun! All it needed was a couple of rails and containers from Ikea :-)

The spring onions have taken off honeys! They've grown so much in only a few days! Oh, and before I forget, you might notice I've added a third container to this top rail.  It isn't in the sun, so isn't used to try to grow herbs, but instead I put it there to act as a storage place for Hubby. So far, he has a small torch there (we also have two others by the front door in case of power cuts) and the keys for his sheds outside where he keeps his lawnmower and other garden tools. I'm sure we have a pack of the hooks for these rails, I'll have to find them and add one for his shed keys.   

As you can see, there's not much happening with the chives yet, but it's only been a few days and I'm sure they'll catch up. 

Moving to the other two containers,on the lower rail, there is a bit of a shock...
 
Rosie & The Hanging Herb Garden - My latest little project has been such fun! All it needed was a couple of rails and containers from Ikea :-)

Look how quickly that cress is growing!  

Again, as with the chives, not a lot happening with the basil, but as I said, it's only been a few days, almost a week?  So, I live in hope to have some lovely, home grown basil to add to my pasta dishes ๐Ÿ˜‹

Another great thing about this project is how inexpensive it was as well.  Free really, since we had a couple of spare rails, and containers, upstairs. Even if I'd had to go buy them though it wouldn't have been an expensive project.  When we bought these little rails, they were around £1 each and the containers cost 50p each.  I'm not sure how much they are now, but the range is called Sunnersta (and I still miss my much loved Bygel rails.)  

Do you grow herbs honeys?  Do you have any hints or tips you'd like to share?  Thank you for keeping me company today, it means more than I can say ๐Ÿ’–  Till next time dear ones, stay safe, hugs always x 
 

Thank you honeys for being so sweet, hugs always, Rosie xx

Thursday, 30 June 2022

Cute Platinum Jubilee Mementos And Starting A Hanging Herb Garden...

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to recommend or promote any products, I just wanted to share my tiny collection of memorabilia from the recent platinum jubilee. Hope it makes you smile x

Hi Honeys, 

How are you today? All well I hope?  I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while, both hubby and I have been ill for a few weeks now.  Some kind of cold/flu bug (with the worst, most annoying cough) that's going around.  I'm so grateful it's not covid (apparently) but it's so not fun honeys ๐Ÿ˜ž

I feel like a large truck has run over me. Everything really hurts. Thing is though, I'm a terrible patient. I have no time for pity parties, and there are things I want to be getting done. An example of this is the first two weeks of this month.  Hubby booked time away from work, holiday time, and we had all these plans to get things done around the house.  Then, of course, we were both hit by this awful bug and not a thing was done through the holiday.  So frustrating. 

Those home projects will always be there though, I suppose.  I'm just hoping they won't have to wait another whole year is all ๐Ÿ˜Š  Summer in Scotland is very fleeting.  Sometimes it barely appears at all. We do get (a lot) of very pretty rain though.  Lovely to look at through the kitchen windows while having a cuppa but not so great when your project for the day was to organise a little seating area on the patio. 

One of the pluses (if there is such a thing) to being stuck on the sofa hugging a hot water bottle (and our furbaby Jade ๐Ÿ’—) was that I was able to watch all four days of the fabulous coverage of Her Majesty The Queen's platinum jubilee.  There was so much to see and watch!  Every year I look forward to trooping the colour and this year's was beyond perfect!  

Watching the beacons being lit was so beautiful and the concert was a lot of fun and had so many special guests.  I'll leave some links for you at the end of this post so you can see for yourselves dear ones, I can see why so much planning, over 18 months of work, had gone into it.  It was so worth it and a joy to watch ๐Ÿ’–  

In spite of promising myself not to, I do seem to have collected (thanks to hubby and a dear friend, Sarah - thank you sweethearts xx) some Jubilee mementos and I thought I'd share ๐Ÿ’–    

Adorable platinum jubilee mementos and starting a herb garden :-)

We really are trying to downsize the house honeys, as you know, so even though I was so excited about the Jubilee, I was equally determined not to collect too many souvenirs  - not even a biscuit tin ๐Ÿ˜Š  So, before I share our little collection, why not go grab a cuppa (and maybe a cookie) and I'll meet you back here after the page break? See you in a few minutes honeys...

Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Easiest, Yummiest, Low Carb, Gluten Free & Keto Friendly, Two Ingredient Waffles ๐Ÿ˜‹

Disclaimer:  I have not been paid to promote any products or stores.  I just wanted to share a little smile, and my latest favourite way to cook eggs ๐Ÿ˜Š 

Hi Honeys 

How are you today? All well I hope?  No sunshine today unfortunately, just grey skies but no rain (yet) either so there's that ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I know, rain is necessary for crops,for our gardens, for wildlife and I actually think that it's very beautiful, calming to watch and also to listen to.  

There are so many videos on Youtube of the most beautiful scenes with the only sound being the rainfall.  I adore them and have so many of them bookmarked.  They're wonderful to fall asleep to as well.  One of my latest favourites is of a lovely zen garden and there is a gorgeous sunny garden full of bird song too๐Ÿ’–  Being Scottish, we get a lot of rain. Really. A lot. So, any rain free days are always welcomed and if the sun appears too?  I celebrate by pegging out laundry๐Ÿ˜„

A lovely gift and discovering chaffles...

On to today's post then honeys.  As I mentioned in yesterday's post, Hubby bought me the most adorable little gift just before the weekend.  So when we had time, off we both went into the kitchen and had the most fun ๐Ÿ˜„ 

Of course we also made a bit of a mess too until we figured out how to use the tiny waffle maker... Important tip!  Don't over-fill it! lol ๐Ÿ˜„      

Easiest, Yummiest, Low Carb, Gluten Free & Keto Friendly, Two Ingredient Waffles

This latest addition to our kitchen is definitely going to be one of my favourites honeys.  How have we never owned a waffle maker before?  We do eat waffles, but they tend to be the frozen ones from Iceland and arrive in a box of ten.  Now, to find out that we can (so easily and quickly) make healthy waffles without any additives or E numbers?  Count me in! 

I have to admit when Hubby surprised me with this tiny waffle maker, I was ridiculously happy.  I mean ridiculously so.  How could I not be honeys? It's teeny tiny and so adorable! I can't help it!  I've always been a sucker for anything cute ๐Ÿ˜  

Unboxing and getting carried away with cute!


I'm convinced that if I looked up adorable in the dictionary there would be a photo of this tiny waffle maker sitting next to it ๐Ÿ˜  No, LOL. Of course there wouldn't!  It would be a photo of our furbaby Jade ๐Ÿ’– (please don't take offence any furbaby parents out there, I'm sure we'd all see our own furbabies in that dictionary๐Ÿ’•) 

Having been handed the world's tiniest ever box designed to hold a kitchen appliance (sqeeeee!!! sorry, cute attack again...) I opened it and saw this...

Easiest, Yummiest, Low Carb, Gluten Free & Keto Friendly, Two Ingredient Waffles - The cutest little gift from Hubby!
 
Inside, as you can see, there was a little booklet and underneath that was the tiny waffle maker itself.  Tiny really is the word honeys because, as the booklet says, it measures 4 inches across (that's 10 cm.) 

Easiest, Yummiest, Low Carb, Gluten Free & Keto Friendly, Two Ingredient Waffles - The cutest little gift from Hubby!

First thing we did was to wash the cooking plates before it's first use.  Unfortunately, the plates don't come off so we had to use a damp cloth, being very careful not to dampen anything near the electrics of the unit.  

Then it was off in search of a recipe to use.  Did I have to peel and cook potatoes? I mean waffles are always made from potatoes aren't they? OK, off to to Pinterest we went then... 

There are so, so many recipes online for waffles!  We had to narrow it down somehow and given we just wanted something simple to try out the tiny waffle maker we looked for the most simple variety of waffle, with the least amount of ingredients.  Well, we somehow managed to land on practically a tsunami of recipes for something referred to as "chaffles." 

What's a chaffle?


A chaffle is a waffle created from only two ingredients (although we did see recipes which also included almond flour honeys, but we didn't use any and our little chaffles were delicious!)
 
Easiest, Yummiest, Low Carb, Gluten Free & Keto Friendly, Two Ingredient Waffles

On we go to savoury yumminess then honeys...

Chaffles Ahoy!


Ingredients 


2 large (or 3 medium) eggs 
Grated soft cheese - use your favourite honeys. We used Scottish cheddar (what else ๐Ÿ˜Š) but you can use any cheese that will melt easily.  

Directions


1.  Switch on the waffle maker and allow it to pre-heat.  Important! Please keep the waffle maker well away from wee ones! Also, don't ever wander off to answer the phone or anything else and leave it switched on honeys! Please be careful ๐Ÿ’–

2. Fetch a small bowl and beat the eggs together. 

3.  Add your grated cheese.  I would start by adding around 2 oz (64g or  ½ cup ) of grated cheese and keep adding a little more if the mix is still too runny.  It really is a case of trial and error but it's such fun and would make a great, fun afternoon with wee ones.    

4.  Using a dessert spoon, very carefully spoon the mixture onto the waffle plate.  Use less than you'd think is needed honeys.  We learned (in a very messy way) that the egg swells up and the cheese... well, it melts ๐Ÿ˜Š  

5.  Close the lid of the waffle maker and don't open it to check on it until at least 3 minutes has passed.  If the lid is opened, even to check, before then, it'll end up such a mess with bits stuck all over the plates and.. aw, just yuk! Go on, guess how I found that out? lol ๐Ÿ˜Š  So, don't be tempted to peep dear ones.  Let the wee waffle machine do it's work and let the eggy, cheesy mixture cook.   

6. When cooking time ends, very carefully open the lid and remove the chaffle onto a waiting plate being careful to use a heatproof spatula, tongs or something similar so as not to burn your fingers.  Don't use a knife or anything sharp because it'll scratch the non stick surface.

7.  Enjoy!  

Final thoughts and tips..


  • The time it takes to cook each waffle (or chaffle) will possibly vary depending on your waffle machine?  In this teeny tiny one, it is three minutes but apparently it can take 4 or 5.  Trial and error with the first couple of chaffles will show you how long is perfect for your machine.
  • Before spooning your mixture onto the pre-heated waffle plate, we found it "released" or lifted cleanly if we sprinkled just a little grated cheese onto the plate first.  No idea why, Hubby thinks it's something to do with the "oil" in the cheese?
  • Because these are only made from eggs and cheese, they're high in protein, low in carbs (I read so many times that they are around 1 carb each? not sure if that's net or not honeys sorry) they're also apparently gluten free and even keto friendly!
  • Why not try adding little extras to your mixture such as chopped onion or spring onions (scallions to our cousins across the pond and sybies - pronounced "sigh-bees" - to us in Scotland)  
  • These fabulous little chaffles can be frozen! Why not meal prep/make them in batches.  Allow to cool and then place into a (re-usable) clip seal bag or a container and pop into the freezer.  No need to defrost them.  To heat and eat, just heat in microwave for a few seconds (no longer than that honeys) or for a crispier chaffle, just toast it on lowest/shortest time setting (it'll take no time at all to warm them) in your toaster. 
As you can see honeys, we had ours with a sliced (beef steak) tomato and they were absolutely heavenly!  

Easiest, Yummiest, Low Carb, Gluten Free & Keto Friendly, Two Ingredient Waffles

I expected them to taste overly eggy but they didn't.  In fact I didn't really taste the egg, but they did taste savoury and were sooooo good!  

Do you remember what I said about adding extras to your chaffles honeys?  Making these little chaffles are a fabulous way to use up fridge left-overs. I had a little glass container with some garden peas and sweetcorn in the fridge I'd cooked for dinner the night before, added them to the egg & cheese chaffle mixture and this happened... 

Easiest, Yummiest, Low Carb, Gluten Free & Keto Friendly, Two Ingredient Waffles - Why not add fridge left-overs to your chaffles? These chaffles have some left over garden peas and sweetcorn we had left from dinner the night before.

Hubby was working from home that day so I asked him for a review ๐Ÿ˜Š  He said *they were very tasty, he liked the veggies added, that he liked both versions of the chaffle, that the ones with the veggies added were more "filling" and he'd definitely eat them again.  He suggested trying chaffles with tiny pieces of crispy fried bacon added. *Much loved Hubby review ๐Ÿ’–

Have you tried chaffles honeys?  Am I late to the party as usual and discovering something everyone else knew about ages ago? 
   
Enjoy the rest of your day dear ones and thank you so much for keeping me company, it means more than I can say ๐Ÿ’– Till next time, hugs always x

Hugs always, Rosie x

Monday, 30 May 2022

How I Store (And Protect) My Favourite Bags ๐Ÿ‘œ๐Ÿ‘›๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ผ

Disclaimer:  I have not been paid to promote any products or stores.  I just wanted to share a tiny organising project that has made me smile x

Hi Honeys, 

It was such a beautiful day yesterday!  Bright and sunny all day and (with Hubby's help - thank you sweetheart x) I managed to get lots of laundry done and even pegged outside ๐Ÿ˜Š  Hubby also cut the grass and fitted another feeder on the apple tree for our feathery visitors as well.  

In the afternoon, we had a lot of fun in the kitchen trying out the tiny, adorable waffle machine Hubby had brought me home as a surprise gift.  I'm starting to feel a little more like the old me honeys, it's taken such a while but I think I'm starting to find the old Rosie again.  My mobility is still terrible, but I'm a stubborn wee thing and I'll get there eventually.      

I think Summer is starting to arrive (hopefully) and I'm so looking forward to being able to sit outside in the garden with our furbaby Jade and Hubby once we get our little seating area set up๐Ÿ’–  

How I Store (And Protect) My Favourite Bags...

Today though, I thought I'd share one of my very recent little organising projects.  It's a silly thing to be so happy about but I really am honeys ๐Ÿ˜Š   

So, as always with posts chock full of images dear ones, why not go fetch a cuppa (and maybe a cookie) and meet me after the page break for details.  See you in a minute then dear ones... 

Friday, 20 May 2022

Almost Instant (And Healthier) Cinnamon Rolls

 Hi Honeys,

How are you today?  All well, happy and enjoying a beautiful spring I hope?  It was a grey, overcast day today in Scotland but we have our first peony rose of the year in the garden๐ŸŒน The lavender, and the apple blossom on our little apple tree, are both being visited by friendly wee bees๐Ÿ and we have so many feathery guests, including lots of baby birds, visiting the feeders every day.  It's such a joy to be at the kitchen window and watch them playing on the grass and flying in and out of the apple tree to the feeders๐Ÿ’–

I'm starting to feel better too honeys.  I'm finally reaching the end of a "flare" of arthritis and I'm starting to feel (almost) human again.  How is it that I always forget how painful it can be?  I mean, as fellow spoonies all know, chronic illnesses with their associated baggage of aches, pains and exhaustion are awful but I always manage to forget how bad they can be once the latest episode of more-extreme-than-usual ouchiness has passed. Till the next flare of course. 

For anyone currently suffering a "flare" I'm sending you lots of gentle "spoonie" hugs and prayers that it will pass soon so you can feel better dear ones. Stay strong and take care of yourself ๐Ÿ’–  Self care is not selfish, it's essential ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’‹ 

Even as I type that last sentence, I know I'm not living by it properly right now honeys.  I do try but I suppose I'm a work in progress and sometimes drained body batteries win the argument๐Ÿ’–

Onwards to today's post then, dear ones.  I thought I'd share a little hack to making a quicker, maybe even a healthier, version of one of Hubby's favourite treats.  Hubby cares for me in so many ways, from practical things (he's been doing our weekly grocery shop for so long now, ever since my mobility became so poor) to making every day so much better just by being there and being as supportive as he always is (thank you sweetheart, love you x)      

Almost instant (and healthier) delicious cinnamon rolls...

One of Hubby's favourite treats are cinnamon rolls.  Every visit we've made to Ikea has usually included a visit to their food hall to bring home a pack of their ready to bake cinnamon rolls.  Another of his favourites is puff pastry, added as a topping or side to dinners, such as with steak in gravy or to a chicken hot pot.  So I do try to add it to dinners when I can as a treat for him.  

Hubby and I have been having the best time in the kitchen recently trying out lots of recipe hacks and food experiments, but mostly just laughing and having the best time.  One of these more recent giggle sessions in the kitchen, resulted in an experiment that combined two of Hubby's favourites - the aforementioned cinnamon rolls and puff pastry ๐Ÿ’–   

So, giggles and grins aside, although those were the most fun bits ๐Ÿ˜Š  Did it work?  Did they taste as good as they ended up looking?  What about making them healthy? What do you mean you didn't use any sugar?  

OK, I'll tell all honeys but first, why not go grab a cuppa (and maybe a cookie or two too ๐Ÿ˜Š) and I'll meet you after the page break for lots of photos and a super easy way to make the most delicious treat in no time at all. See you in a few minutes...

Saturday, 2 April 2022

Embracing The New And Catching Up...

Hi Honeys, 

The past two years or so haven't been great have they, but we've finally arrived in my favourite season of the year and, given everything happening in the world, maybe its time to start to make plans instead of worrying about the future. I'm talking to myself most of all here honeys. No more moping about Rosie!   

I've spent most of the last year or so practising my super-hermit skills and hiding away from the world. It really does have to stop now though.  It's gotten unhealthy. Yes honeys, no matter how difficult it is to stop it, the hiding-away has to end.  

Time to find the old Rosie. The one who full-on-belly-laughs, the one who sees rainbows instead of clouds and just irritates all sense out of co-workers by wearing a huge smile all the time. The one who is just grateful for every single day and annoys all patience out of everybody around her by only seeing the best in every situation. 

Of course, a good part of my sun-is-always-shining persona has always been a mask, having battled depression for so many years.  Over time though, I found that just being around people seemed to naturally blend with the genuine gratitude I felt for all of the blessings in my life.  The result was that happy, always-smiling Rosie. Even on bad days.  For bad days I have my coping mechanisms, among them, visiting my beautiful beach.  The same beach that helped me through a CT scan.     

I'm sure smiley Rosie is still in here somewhere, waiting to be found again. It's been over a year honeys, it's past time to pull up my big girl pants, put on my most determined expression and go find her...

Moving on and embracing the new: (Trying) to give up my self-imposed hermit life and find my way back...

I have a feeling that this post, since it's a catch up on what's been happening, might well end up being a bit of a read ๐Ÿ˜„  Why not go grab a cuppa and maybe a cookie (or two ๐Ÿ˜Š) and meet me back here after the page break...