Live Below The Line 2014 – Day 5

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Day 5 – Tuesday April 1st Yay Final Day!! and this blog post is a week late 🙂

Breakfast: Porridge with water and dollop of Strawberry Jam. And a pot of tea with milk. (This is always the same 🙂

50g of porridge = €0.04

Strawberry jam = €0.03

Reused Tea Bag = €0.02

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total: €0.14

 

10am Cup of coffee:

cheap and cheerful coffee 1 tsp = €0.08

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total for the cup of coffee, you could get used to the taste but does the job waking me up = €0.13

 

Lunch: Two rice cakes with cream cheese – again!! 

2 x rice cakes = €0.13

2 tsp of cream cheese = €0.20

home grown chives = €0.02

Total €0.35

 

Dinner: Rice with milk and sugar (I was feeling a little tired and needed some “comfort food”, hence the rice pudding)

30g Rice =€0.15

2 tsp of sugar = €0.03

50ml Milk = €0.20

1 tsp of Jam = €0.03

Total = €0.41

Afternoon pot of tea – reused tea bag €0.02 & drop of milk €0.05 = €0.07

 

Total spend for the day = €1.10, saving of €0.09.

Thank you to all that have kindly donated thus far, some generous people out there!!

If you would like to donate to my Concern fund to buy some animals and follow their journey to help the less fortunate, you can right here. You can also sponsor me personally.

To date we have raised a total of €200 – Thank you all who donated and with your support I have reached my target of €200 🙂 Yay!! The Concern fund page will stay open for some time yet so you can still donate. Thanks again everyone – that’s my Live Below the Line for another year. I have heard that the challenge will be coming to Ireland soon.

 

Live Below The Line 2014 – Day 3

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Day 3 – Sunday March 30th. I am still playing catch up with my posts I am two days behind as I was away for the weekend and the internet connection just didn’t want to facilitate my night time blogging! On Sunday I was at a birthday party for the lovely Lucy and the smell of baking was so gorgeous, Lucy’s mum is one heck of a baker! The most difficult thing about eating a controlled amount of food is the food handed back to you from your child, for me I am always eating it – big mistake I know. The saying kitchen pickers wear bigger knickers is also true for child scrap eaters….I brought my daughter and my nephew to the party and yes you guessed it I was handed sausage rolls, half munched buns and other really easy to just scoff pieces of food – so I had to dig deep. Dig deep I did and I was proud of myself and felt great.

Breakfast: Porridge with water and dollop of Strawberry Jam. And a pot of tea with milk. (This is always the same 🙂

50g of porridge = €0.04

Strawberry jam = €0.03

Reused Tea Bag = €0.02

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total: €0.14

 

10am Cup of coffee:

cheap and cheerful coffee 1 tsp = €0.08

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total for the cup of coffee, you could get used to the taste but does the job waking me up = €0.13

 

photo (60)Lunch: Bowl of butternut squash soup. (Yes this is the same too as I made enough for the weekend just to get me through) 

1/4 of a butternut squash (on offer as part of 3 for €2 vegetables so the math is €2/3=0.67cent each I only used a 1/4 of the butternut as the soups was divided into 4 portions 0.67/4  =  €0.17

1/4 of a onion = €0.08

Kale = €0.13

1/4 clove of garlic = €0.04

Salt & Pepper = €0.02

1/4 of a veggie stock cube = €0.20

Total €0.64

 

Dinner: Pasta & Tomato sauce 

20g of cheap & cheerful pasta shells =€0.12

I very small clove of garlic = €0.04

Salt & Pepper = €0.02

1/3 tin of value chopped tomatoes  = €0.10

Total = €0.28

Today I couldn’t afford my Afternoon pot of tea 😦

Total spend for the day = €1.19

Thank you to all of the lovely mum’s at Lucy’s party that donated. If you would like to donate to my Concern fund to buy some animals and follow their journey to help the less fortunate, you can right here. You can also sponsor me personally.

To date we have raised a total of €70 – Thank you all who donated and with your support I hope to reach my target of €200 🙂

Live Below The Line 2014 – Day 2

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Day 2 was Saturday March 29th and I found living away from home, with temptations EVERYWHERE very difficult.

Breakfast: Porridge with water and dollop of Strawberry Jam. And a pot of tea with milk.

50g of porridge = €0.04

Strawberry jam = €0.03

Reused Tea Bag = €0.02

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total: €0.14

 

10am Cup of coffee:

cheap and cheerful coffee 1 tsp = €0.08

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total for the cup of coffee, you could get used to the taste but does the job waking me up = €0.13

 

photo (60)Lunch: Bowl of butternut squash soup.

1/4 of a butternut squash (on offer as part of 3 for €2 vegetables so the math is €2/3=0.67cent each I only used a 1/4 of the butternut as the soups was divided into 4 portions 0.67/4  =  €0.17

1/4 of a onion = €0.08

Kale = €0.13

1/4 clove of garlic = €0.04

Salt & Pepper = €0.02

1/4 of a veggie stock cube = €0.20

Total €0.64

 

Dinner: Chipatti Pancakes with garlic mushrooms and dandelion salad!! 

3 medium sized mushrooms that I bought in the reduced isle the whole packet cost €o.45 =€0.11

I very small clove of garlic = €0.04

Drizzle of olive oil = €0.04

Salt & Pepper = €0.02

Chipatti’s are simply flour and water = €0.10

Total = €0.17

This was my favourite meal from 2013 LBLUK and I was looking forward to cooking it again – Chipatti’s are really yummy, take no time to make and cook and are great for kids to. Find out how to cook them here.

 

Afternoon pot of tea – reused tea bag €0.02 & drop of milk €0.05 = €0.07

Total spend for the day = €1.15 

A saving of €0.04……!

Thank you to all of the people who have sponsored me this far. If you would like to donate to my Concern fund to buy some animals and follow their journey to help the less fortunate, you can right here. You can also sponsor me personally.

So far I have raised €50 but still a bit to go for my target of €200 – your support means a lot and Thank You.

 

Live Below the Line 2014 – Day 1

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So day 1 Friday March 28th, is done and even though I had to go on a road trip from Wicklow to Cork it was actually OK – nobody was injured or eaten!

Unfortunately my Internet connection is down so I can’t do a proper post until tomorrow morning, but I can let you all know that one tea bag does indeed service 3 cups of tea!!

Food wise I ate porridge and soup but I will say I ate over budget at dinner time – I had a family engagement and to save myself the embarrassment of losing the plot due to lack of food, I did have a very small piece of chicken with my plain rice! But in all honesty it was a piece of chicken thigh which when I do the math probably was OK. What I am going to do just to make myself feel better is add an extra day onto my 5 day Live Below The Line 2014.

There is a link to my Concern page herehere
Where all funds will be greatly appreciated as I am taking charge of all cash raised and buying animals for some needy families. Thank you to those who donated so far – you know who you are and I am very grateful to you…!

Live Below The Line starts tomorrow!!

 

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OK – so I am going to be living on €1.19 for the next 5 days! (above is a very bad selfie getting the words in and avoiding the clothes horse!!)

Yep it can be done, and there are 1.2billion people doing the same thing everyday, but for them it is not a choice.

Live Below The Line is a global challenge to highlight the plight of so many living below the line and in impoverished conditions – £1, $1.50, €1.19 is what you have for your food and drink per person per day.

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This is my second year of doing Live Below The Line and I think I am the only person in Ireland doing this again. I could be mistaken and correct me if I am, love to hear from another LBL’er. Last year I raised over €360 for Unicef to be sent to the children in Syria. Thank you again so much, to all who donated. This year I am choosing Concern and hope to raise funds to buy some animals – I would welcome a fresh egg or glass of warm milk when I am running on fumes over the 5 days.

Every penny has to be accounted for when living on €1.19. Last year I reused my tea bag to divide out the cost per cup – you would be surprised how many cups you can ‘squeeze’ out of one bag. I also harvested and ate the following (you would never think to, but yes they are yummy!) Sea-weed, nettles, and dandelion leaves. You can check up my escapades last year on my blog here.

I hope to bring you all some stories of how I tried to chew my own hand off, or developed a taste for wall paper!! It is a difficult challenge but each day you complete you become more in touch with humanity and they ways you can adapt and help other people.

I love doing different things to highlight the plight of others and I always change things up and spot light different charities. Not forgetting those on our own shores who face difficult and impoverished conditions. Last Christmas I organised a Christmas morning fun run raising much-needed funds for Simon Community in my home town of Cork. We raised over €300 and the 5 people and 2 dogs who completed the jog through a very peaceful Patrick’s Street had a great time. Simon and I hope to grow this fun run to give those who don’t like the idea of a Christmas morning swim the chance to throw on their trainers and santa hat, where ever they are and what ever time they like to get up and run. On a day where it is not customary to exercise this is the challenge.

If you would like to donate to my fund please feel free to either A) Meet me in person and sign my collection card or B) Log onto My Concern Page and securely donate Here

If you don’t I might just have to EAT you all up, I will be sooooo Hungry!!

The Honest Company – “What’s Inside” Food Supplements?!

This is a little topical right now, as reports in the media lately suggest that food supplements are just a ploy by organisations to fool you out of money. I do agree there are a large number of supplements available that contain a fraction of what it says on the tin! I recently started on an Organic, Vegetable based multi vitamin to keep a pep in my step and I am taking the Solgar range. The Solgar brand couldn’t have come more highly recommended by my Aunt, who is a nurse, with years of experience and lots of courses under her belt in eating organically and the teachings of British nutritionist Patrick Halford.

The Honest Companies – “What’s Inside” information section on their site contained an excellent graphical explanation on Food Supplements.

Check out the other “What’s Inside” information Blog Posts on my Blog if you like this you will like all the others too!

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Today is World Environment Day – June 5th

World Environment Day

Today is June 5th, World Environment Day 

“The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your foodprint. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger. “

So today I am going to teach my family, like I do everyday, the importance of food and why we should NEVER take it for granted. It should be respected as a commodity just like gold. If you take a loaf of bread, the energy from the sun needed to nurish each grain of wheat, the nutrients from the soil that go into its glorious growth. The water, the human hands needed for production, the manufacturing, the distribution all for a slice of bread. Break it down and THINK about the energy and effort from the earth to produce FOOD. So why waste it so freely? Just because you have the money to buy as much bread as you wish should not be reason, it is actually harmful to teach our children that it is ok just because you can get more.

My attitude was always respectful towards food, this was given to me by my mum. If you didn’t eat what was on your plate then that was your lot, nothing was waisted in our house and we all had the knowledge of where food came from. It is simple to teach children about food production in ways that you would not think are meaningful but are little seeds that are planted in the minds of children. For me the following stand out the most from my childhood:

  • We had gooseberry bushes that needed to be picked each summer – we made jam and crumbles
  • We had chickens – I was in charge of the egg collection, we also ate one which was not as successful as my father hoped it would have been!!
  • We had a sea side summer house : blackberry picking was done, so was crab fishing and mackerel fishing in August. I still love nothing better than a freshly caught mackerel grilled with salt and pepper for breakfast, lunch or tea.
  • Rhubarb patch – crumbles and jelly
  • Spring onions for salads

Today if you feel the urge teach your children or yourself to break it down when thinking of everyday food. Respect it and enjoy it but never ever waste it.

I will be starting My Waste Free Home come July where I will be teaching the basics in dealing with ones own waste on their own land. One of the areas I will be documenting is food waste how it can be reduced and how to turn true leftovers into great compost using a hot composter. Check out the Facebook page and give it a like to keep in touch. It will be starting in my house on July 1st 2013 🙂

Happy World Environment Day XX