Outdoor furniture cushions

May is one of my favourite months of the year, especially when the sun is shining and everything just looks so much better in the sunshine.

So its always a time when I start thinking about sprucing up the garden again and getting out the garden furniture. 

Baking for a rainy day

I’m quite happy to have an afternoon of rain here at Sant Elia, it gives me the opportunity to catch up with some baking, I have a family who love cakes!!

So this afternoon it was bread and a tray bake.

This tray bake came from all recipes, although I’ve modified it a little.

Granny's Welsh Cakes

There are so many Welsh cakes recipes, but I could never deviate from Granny's recipe, as they are loved by all the family just the way they are.

Welsh cakes are cooked on a bakestone, of which I have two. The very best, my brother made for me years ago, it’s cast iron, very heavy but makes the most delicious Welsh cakes. The other I bought at a local cook’s shop, it’s made of a much lighter metal and is well travelled...so yet again was part of my check in allowance!

SIRT Granola recipe

As many of our followers know, I love the Sirtfood diet. I don't use it for weight loss, but you could do. I use this approach because of how the foods make me feel - healthy and full of energy.

I make up a batch of SIRT granola every couple of weeks, just by adding yogurt and some berries it makes a very quick and easy breakfast.

Pomegranates

When I was young...oh my word, (now I sound like my mother!) Pomegranates were the start of Christmas. They came into Mrs May’s fruit and vegetable shop at the beginning of December and I would be so excited, conjuring up all kinds of stories in my mind as to where these exotic fruits came from. Because of their colour and looking unlike any other fruit I’d seen, they had to come from the ‘Far East’, countries of richness, spices and magic carpets.

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I LOVE THE YOUNGER GENERATION

A teenage member of my family and I were looking through the Daily Telegraph on Saturday, well I was, she was just beside me checking the messages on her phone! I was reading the article, 'The things everyone should stop doing once they're over 70' by Shane Watson. 

HOW CAN STRESS AFFECT YOUR HEART HEALTH?

Everyone feels and reacts to stress in different ways, but it is how much stress, and how we react to it, that can lead to a variety of health problems.

More research is needed to determine how stress contributes to heart disease. But what stress may affect, are our behaviours and factors that increase heart disease: high blood pressure, increased cholesterol levels, smoking, lack of exercise and over-eating.

EXERCISE FOR A HEALTHY HEART

We all know by now how much exercise is recommended by ‘the experts’ to maintain a healthy heart.

But just to recap, the minimum amount of exercise we should be doing during the week is 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, or 75 minutes of more vigorous exercise.