Winter soup

What do you do with a large cauliflower? You might paint a face on it (?!), play messy football, roast it with spices, or make a winter warming soup. If you live in a cold climate, soup is always a winner. So, here’s the thing. I’ve been feeling very creative recently, wanting to try out new recipes since I became vegan about 2 years ago. Today I was faced with a very large cauliflower and a list of options running through my head. Here’s my recipe for Cauliflower, Lettuce and Sheese Soup. Maybe you’ll give it a try. I’m off to serve up a bowl of the steaming nectar, along with some bread. Yummy. Oh, happy new year everyone!! (almost forgot, seems like ages since the festive season already). Much love, Anita.😊🥣

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Lighten up!

The Sun God Ra is flexing his limbs in my part of the world this morning, coursing rays of love and light all over this land.  I rose at dawn to see pink clouds smeared across the sky and could almost hear the dew-topped grass, and all the tiny creatures contained therein, trembling in anticipation of another day on Earth.  I was surprised by the main story on the Scottish news today!  Read on to find out more.
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Bring me sunshine!

Morecambe and Wise came into my mind this morning along with the song, “Bring me sunshine” which they used to sing at the end of every show (for those who don’t know them, they were a comedy duo on UK television in the ’70s – that’s the 1970s – so last century!!).   Their song and dance routine always made me giggle, especially the silly little skipping dance at the end.

What’s at the heart of all this?  Sunshine! Light! Laughter!  I had glanced at my wall calendar for June 2018 this morning and noticed that I had drawn in a big sun symbol on the majority of the days.  This is something I do to uplift my spirits on a low day, so I thought I’d share some more sunny, silly ideas with you today.

So, why not think, say or do something silly to bring a smile to your face and help lift the spirits of others.  Here are a few suggestions for you (I’d love to hear yours!  I’m always on the look-out for good ideas):

  • watch a short Morecambe and Wise video on YouTube (any will make you giggle)
  • find a really good joke (from a book, or google (?) and share it with others).  Here’s one:

  • draw a big sun on the calendar if it’s a beautiful sunny day, and colour it in with yellow highlighter.  Encourage others to do likewise.  Here’s my calendar for June:

  • record your pet snoring and share with your friends or on social media.
  • see the funny side in everything today.  Laugh out loud as often as you can.  It may freak people out, but it will be infectious.  Check out laughter therapy.
  • Make it your mission to get others to smile/laugh today. eg:  smile at them; compliment them; hold the door for them; give them some chocolate.  Share your results with us / others.
  • Follow your intuition.  If you see something that you think will make someone smile/laugh, don’t hesitate with excuses.  Just make them a gift of it and brighten up their and your day.

I leave you with this iconic song from ELO, Mr Blue Sky.  Just click on the image below to listen, and have a happy, sunny day!  Anita.😎

 

Plastic is not fantastic!

April 22nd is Earth Day 2018 and the campaign being highlighted this year is ending plastic pollution.  There’s an excellent pdf to read through if you want much more information on how the plastic we produce and throw away is seriously damaging our world, our marine life and ourselves.  Here’s the link to the downloadable pdf: Earth-Day-plastic-pollution-pdf.

What can we as individuals do to make a difference?

  1.  If you don’t do already, RECYCLE all your household waste, using the recycling bins provided by your local Council waste department.  If you don’t recycle, all your waste goes into landfill and can take hundreds of years to break down – and some of it never does.  Leave a nicer present to your children and grandchildren by helping to reduce the mountains of landfill rubbish.
  2. Much of our plastic packaging comes from food shopping.  When you are next at the supermarket, try these suggestions:
    • pick the fresh produce which is not wrapped in plastic.
    • favour glass and canned packaging over plastic.
    • Ask supermarket staff for paper bags to place unwrapped fruit and vegetables in.  If we keep pestering supermarkets, they eventually change their ways to retain our custom.
    • Take your own reusable non-plastic shopper bags to pack your food at the checkout.
    • Ask the supermarket manager when they will be introducing “plastic free aisles” such as those in Ekoplaza Dutch supermarket stores.  Plastic-free means using alternatives to plastic packaging – compostable biomaterials made from plants and trees.
    • Ask when they will eliminate plastic packaging in their own-brand products, as one UK frozen-food supermarket chain (Iceland) has already pledged to do by 2023.
  3. Use bio-bags (100% compostable and biodegradable; made from corn starch) for home bin liners and doggy poop bags.  I buy mine online but some local Councils have a supply of bio dog poop bags which you can uplift for free.
  4. If, like me, you don’t like the metallic taste of water straight from the tap, you could consider buying a filter tap for your kitchen sink rather than buying bottled water.  I’ve only just started researching these filter taps and they seem very expensive!!!  So, the search continues.
  5.  Stop buying antibacterial cleaners, complete with plastic packaging.  A study carried out by the BBC television programme Trust Me, I’m a Doctor showed that bacteria grow back within 20 minutes of using antibac products, and that soap and water were much more effective at keeping bacteria at bay for longer.  There’s a good article in The Telegraph about this.  I’ve also started using bicarbonate of soda mixed with a little water to make a paste.  I wipe this all over the surface to be cleaned (it’s great for restoring a stained sink to sparkling white!), leave a few minutes, then wipe off.  It’s really effective.  If you add vinegar, it reacts with the bicarbonate of soda and fizzes as you clean.  Who knew cleaning could be such fun.

I hope you’ve found some of these suggestions useful and food for thought.  If you’d like to share any of yours with others, please do leave your comments.  Anita.

 

Being Lydia! fabulous review of Acts of Kindness from your Armchair.

What a lovely review of my book from the fabulous https://beinglydia.com. Why not check out her blogsite. It’s so uplifting!

“Acts Of Kindness from Your Armchair” (RAOK) by Anita Neilson is a very easy read. At the same time, it is full of practical and easy ways to show kindness to yourself and those around you.

Anita is writing for those of us who, like herself, are mostly housebound due to chronic illness. How can you feel kindness toward yourself when you are isolated and not feeling well? How can you reap the benefit of helping others to feel better about yourself if you aren’t able to get out amongst other people? This book shows you how through suggestions and practical applications.

Part one is dedicated to learning to be kind to yourself. Anita talks about …….”

Click on the link below to read the full review.  Thank you Lydia!

Book Review – “Acts Of Kindness From Your Armchair”