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Recipe // Veggie Soup in a Jar

The trick with this soup is to mix it with different flavour hits to create new tastes every day. You can change the grated vegies and greens you use in this base recipe according to seasonal availability. Create your own army of jar soups in advance and stash them in the fridge for up to 1 week. You’ll need a mason jar, or other heatproof jar with a lid, that holds approximately 440 ml (151/2  fl oz). Serv ...

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Colour Me Happy // December 2016

haven contributor and artist extraordinaire Mrs Red has put together a boredom-busting colouring-in sheet especially for haven readers. Keep this bumper edition of haven handy in case you need to put this page under the nose of a bored child at some stage these school holidays! Click here to download your free copy. ...

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Art Therapy

Whether you boast an artistic streak or are flat out differentiating your macramé from your crochet or your acrylics from your oil paints, research has proven art is the perfect therapy “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life," Pablo Picasso Anecdotally, artists the world over will tell you that art is therapy. But did you know that many, many studies have also proven that same point? In 20 ...

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Recipe // Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder with Mint Chutney

This slow cooked lamb shoulder with a mint chutney is probably one of my most cooked meals, especially when entertaining a crowd as it can be prepared ahead and requires no time of me in the kitchen once the guests arrive (I hate missing out). This makes it a timely recipe ahead of the festive season and one I know you are just going to love. The chutney is optional but highly recommended. We make it spicy, ...

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Recipe // Creamy Mexican Chicken

I love to cook – it’s almost a kind of creative release when I step into the kitchen. I rarely plan too far beyond a core ingredient (generally protein) and never really know what’s going to happen until I check out what veggies and flavour boosters are in the fridge. This is basically how I bring recipes together to share with you. I put together a combination of flavours in a first run and if I think it i ...

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Recipe // Creamy Lemon Thyme Dip

It’s always handy to have a good homemade dip to take to social gatherings during the festive season. This dip is especially good because it has a boost from one of nature’s most protective and nourishing vegetables - cauliflower. Its delicious, creamy texture often appeals to kids so it’s sure to be popular. Ingredients 250g (approx. 2 cups) cauliflower florets 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 1 ...

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Super Seed

I love to make my own healthy roasted nut mixes but, with nuts off-limits in most schools, I now mostly make various seed mixes. Seeds are a rich source of essential fatty acids, protein, vitamins and minerals. The limit for various flavour combinations is only your imagination. To get you started, the five variations below are divine. For each recipe, start with 150g (about 1 heaped cup) of mixed seeds eg. ...

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Holiday Art & Craft Ideas

You are off on holidays – great stuff! While you have packed all the essentials for yourself and the family, what about your family’s down time? How will you fill that time? It’s a very important aspect of any holiday. Whether you are travelling via a long-haul flight or when you arrive at your destination, there should always be down time in any family holiday. Time to just relax, regroup and not do much. ...

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Art Projects with Mrs Red // Lots of Lines

Why not make up your own colouring page via this simple project that kids of any age can have a go at. You most likely have colouring-in pencils, gel pens or textas lying around from the recent colouring-in book craze so there is no excuse to not have a go at this fun project! The great thing about a project such as this one, is that you have to take your time with the layout and draw your lines slowly. Kid ...

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