Apricot Fudge Slice

I made this Apricot Fudge Slice recipe this week. It was so yummy I knew you would want to make it too!

You know how I love to pretend that I own a Thermomix? (Well I like to pretend that my food processor is my Thermomix.) This recipe is actually for the Thermomix but I used my food processor as the recipe instructs and it worked out just the same.

Apricot Fudge Slice

I found this Apricot Fudge Slice recipe over here on the Vorwerk website. I usually can’t stop myself from changing recipes to “improve” them, but this one is just right the way it is written so I didn’t meddle with it.  It reminds me a lot of my Grandma’s Bars recipe (the chocolate version) that I posted a little while ago.  You need to check that out if you missed it. It’s here.

This recipe is super easy and quick to make which is why I am giving it to you! You are going to love it and it’s a good one for the kids to help with, especially because you don’t need the oven.

Hot Tip

You will notice in the recipe that it requires 200g or 1/2 tin of condensed milk.  I always double the recipe to use up the entire tin and also because one batch of this stuff is never enough. You are going to congratulate yourself for doubling this recipe after you find out how delicious it is and your family gets hold of it.

Of course this is perfect for the school lunch boxes and I think it would be a great slice to bring along to give to friends and family over the Christmas season (which is coming like a steam train!).

Make this simple Apricot Fudge Slice at your house and I’m sure you will love it as much as we do over here!

Trina xx

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Chewing gum off clothes

Have you ever wondered how to get chewing gum off clothes? Today I wondered this! This afternoon one of my daughters came home from school with chewing gum on her school sports shorts. She had sat in it on the train during a school excursion.  Then she tied her school jacket around her waist and sat in it again so it was also on that (great…).

Chewing gum on school shorts

Jacket with chewing gum

Once I had been presented with my latest cleaning assignment,  I started doing some research. I remembered hearing that ice can help get chewing gum off clothes but I didn’t know what to do with it.  Do I rub it on? Leave overnight? Combine with anything?

I turned to Pinterest (my favourite resource) and did a quick search. Within moments I had found what I was looking for.  Yes, you use an ice cube.

Let the ice cube sit on the chewing gum for a minute or so, causing the gum to freeze. Then, in theory,  you simply scratch off the gum with a butter knife (obviously being careful not to damage the fabric ). I was dubious. It all sounded a bit too easy.

Nevertheless I was going to give it a try.

 

The ice cube did indeed freeze the chewing gum on the clothes after only about 30 seconds I reckon.

Ice cube for chewing gum

Then I started started scratching with my butter knife. Some bits came off easily and some bits needed some more forceful scratching with my fingernail. It did flake off after a bit of scratching.

Butter knife for chewing gum

The jacket is made of smooth raincoat material so the chewing gum came off easily, while the sports shorts are textured. This was more of a challenge.

Chewing gum on textured fsbric

I had to scratch a bit with my nails, a bit with the knife, then reapply the ice and repeat the scratching. I did this a couple of times and it worked!  All the chewing gum came out of the shorts too! I could then just chuck them in the washing machine and the job was done.

Chewing gum off clothes

Has this method worked for you? Do you have a better way of getting chewing gum off clothes?

Trina xxx

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Slow Cooker Chicken & Sweet Corn Soup

We were all battling head colds here recently so we needed some healing Slow Cooker Chicken & Sweet Corn Soup. The day we were at our worst, at around lunch time, I set up the slow cooker, dumped in all the ingredients, and all afternoon we enjoyed the delicious aroma of chicken soup filling the house.  We had bought a yummy loaf of Panna de Casa bread for the occasion and were all looking forward to the warm crustiness it promised.

I’m sure you all probably make this soup at home.  It’s super easy and not much effort, even when you are feeling pretty rough. I did actually struggle to the supermarket to buy the chicken and fresh spring onions, but you could skip the spring onions if you had to – not the chicken though!

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Sweet Corn Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken & Sweet Corn Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 large chicken breast (500g), cut into four large chunks
  • 2 tsp powdered ginger (use fresh ginger if you have it)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 420g can creamed corn
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 pkt chicken noodle soup mix (optional)
  • 3-4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker bowl.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients on top of the chicken (except the egg).
  3. Turn slow cooker on HIGH for 4-6 hours.
  4. Just prior to serving, use two forks to shred the chicken.
  5. Then beat the egg lightly and gradually stir in the egg in a thin, steady stream.
  6. You can garnish with extra spring onion.
  7. Serve with warm, crusty bread.
http://trinamichellehouse.com/slow-cooker-chicken-sweet-corn-soup/

There’s really not much to this recipe.  It’s super easy, tastes delicious and is good for your body when you are feeling unwell.

The ingredients here are minimal and so very cost-effective. This slow cooker chicken and sweet corn soup recipe can feed a crowd. You could add extra stock and another can of creamed corn (+ extra chicken) to make it feed lots and lots of people.

This soup is very filling and makes a great meal when paired with bread.

Slow cooker chicken and corn soup meal

 

Stick the ingredients in your slow cooker and enjoy this healing chicken and corn soup at your place tonight. This is so good for a busy day, letting your slow cooker do the work.  It’s also a good one to make for family and friends who might need a meal. It freezes well and can be reheated whenever you feel like delicious comfort food.

Let me know if you make a soup like this one. Do you have a go-to soup for when you feel under the weather?

Trina xx

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“Kisses From Katie” by Katie Davis

I have just finished reading “Kisses from Katie” by Katie Davis.  This book belongs to one of my daughters and she enjoyed it so I thought I’d read it too.

Kisses From Katie book review

I found “Kisses From Katie” to be so inspiring and easy to read.

Katie Davis

Katie is a young American woman from a comfortable  home in Tennesee who feels an undeniable call to the people of Uganda.  She feels God leading her to this place of poverty, sickness, death and devastating living conditions. Yet the people of Uganda capture Katie’s heart.

After Katie finishes High School, in December 2006, she embarks on a short trip to Uganda with her mother to volunteer in an orphanage. She falls in love with the children she encounters and finds it difficult to leave when her time is up. Once back in America, Katie quickly organises her return to Uganda.

As “Kisses From Katie” progresses, Katie tells of how she comes to live permanently in Uganda, establishes a charity called Amazima Ministries and adopts 14 little girls!  Her house is chaotic, yet full of love and laughter.  She nurses countless people back to health and in the process shows them Jesus.  This is the part that means the most to Katie.  Her Christian faith is at the forefront of everything she does. Through prayer and praise to God, Katie brings joy to people’s lives. She reads them the Bible and teaches them about the awesome love of God by showing them love like they have never experienced before. She also established a charity called Amazima to help fund her work with the children and families.

I wondered how Katie’s life is going now, as it has been over ten years since first embarking on her Ugandan journey.  I found out that she is now married and has had a baby son.  Her name is now Katie Major and you can read about her in her new blog over here.

I found Katie’s story so inspiring because she changed so many people’s lives at such a young age.  At the age of eighteen, I would not have had the self-confidence to do what she did. I wouldn’t have had the courage or the faith.  Faith that God knows best.  God has my life in the palm of His hand and God will guide me to great things if I just let him.  That’s what Katie did.

Trina xx

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Tasty Shepherd’s Pie

This recipe is for a very Tasty Shepherd’s Pie. I was visiting one of our neighbours a while ago and she shared a recipe for Shepherd’s Pie that she had found in her study, hand-written on a scrap of paper. I copied out the recipe on my own piece of scrap paper and took it home, vowing to “give it a go”. It was delicious! I kept the flavours essentially the same, but varied the method to make it simpler, quicker and using less dishes. I also added more vegetables to boost the nutritional content of the dish.

Normal Shepherd’s Pie is delicious but THIS Shepherd’s Pie has delicious flavours.  My children absolutely love this when they see it baking in the oven. It exudes a wonderful aroma throughout the house. This recipe is definately one on permanent rotation at our house.

Tasty Shepherd’s Pie

Yield: 4

Tasty Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients

  • 500g beef mince
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 Tbsp mustard pickles
  • 1 Tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 2 potatoes + 1 sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups tasty cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C.
  2. Place an oven-proof pot on medium heat and add the oil. Then add the onion and saute for 5 minutes or until soft.
  3. Add the beef mince and brown, breaking it up as it cooks.
  4. Once the mince has browned, add the remaining sauces and flavourings.
  5. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and arrange the potato and sweet potato slices on top of mince mixture.
  7. Top with grated cheese.
  8. Cover the pot with a lid (or aluminuim foil) and place in the oven for 50 minutes.
  9. Remove the lid and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes or until the cheese on top is golden and bubbling.
  10. Remove from the oven and serve.
http://trinamichellehouse.com/tasty-shepherds-pie/

What I love most about this meal is that all the ingredients are always in my pantry. It is easy to make and I’ve managed to turn it into a one-pot wonder.

One thing to keep in mind when making this recipe: it makes enough to serve 4 but without leftovers.  If you want to make extras to serve more people or to have enough for lunch the next day, either double the recipe or bulk it out with more vegetables. Grated zucchini and spinach leaves are good ones to add.

Tasty Shepherd's Pie in dish

Also: your mince mixture should be a “wet” mixture, and not have a really runny sauce. If your mince mixture is too runny, you can thicken it with Gravox or a cornflour and water slurry.

I hope you will give this Tasty Shepherd’s Pie a try at your house. It really is very tasty and has flavours that make you want to eat it again and again.

Trina xx

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