It’s Christmas!! OK, it’s not quite here yet but I imagine that you’re in the throws of working out what’s going to be appearing centre stage at your Christmas feast, so would welcome a few ideas on what to buy to add to your shopping list and a something that you might find interesting should you find yourself at a loose end.
I must admit I’m a big fan of nibbles. I can’t go an evening watching I’m a Celeb without a bowl of something to savour after dinner and this year if it’s not crisps, then it’s nuts. I love nothing more than a big bowl of salted or roasted peanuts to work my way through but this year Forest Feast have bought our their first Christmas Collection so they have to be the ones to try if you haven’t already. I had the pleasure of trying 3 bags of their range over the last few weeks and if you want a bag of nuts that you can eat with merriment, without fear of crunching down on a less than perfect nut (we’ve all had that in cheap bags I know) then give these beauties a go.
The Sweet and Savoury range has got to be by far my favourite, Vanilla Cashew and Cranberry Fruit and Nut selection being the best since you are treated to juicy cranberries chopped up and mixed with the delectable vanilla cashews. It’s so moorish that I devoured the whole bag in just under 30 minutes with Andy not even getting a look in. Although to be fair I am going to rave about Forest Feast anyway as I have a cupboard full of their premium fruit bags which are my go to for something sweet rather than diving down the biscuits or chocolates, plus their Medjool Dates are my go to for sweetening my own Almond Milk so it’s not as if they’ve had to twist my hand behind my back to give them a rave review. I’d confidently shout from the roof tops about the quality of their goodies since they feature so heavily in my day to day regime. No brainer. Nuts are good for you too, so pop into a supermarket near you, grab a few bags and get supporting that immune system of yours for a healthy New Year.
Bit of Downtime
Last month I found myself in limbo. Andy was still having treatment, but this time for the lymphedema that the radiotherapy had left him with, as well as going back and forwards visiting his specialists who were tracking his progress. So I had to fill my days with something to keep my head straight. Last year I took a course with NCC Home Learning to top up my Media and Marketing knowledge and although I didn’t manage to finish it since Andy had health issues which threw me into turmoil, this year I decided to take a Creative Writing course with them.
For those that don’t know about NCC, they are an online courses that you can take in your own time, with access to a tutor if and when you need one to explain in more detail as well as paper courses which although do cost money to take, easily allow you to spread the cost over 12 months interest free with deposits starting at £35. The courses range from Teaching, to Criminal Profiling with sections for you to choose from depending on which industry or career you are looking to excel in or just learn about. They even have 2 GCSE courses that you can take for Foundation Mathematics and Higher Mathematics for those of us that may not have gained those qualifications ourselves at school and think they are more knowledgeable and more willing to learn now they are older and wiser.
Once you’ve signed up for a course, you will be sent to their training portal where your information awaits you to click and dive in. Then it’s up to you how much time you take to complete the course. You have set modules to complete, with the chance to gain a certificate right at the end of the course which you can download and proudly display, or add to your CV as being achieved.
Now I’ve done a few modules from the Creative Writing one that I’m taking right now and I can honestly say that it’s really easy to do. The site itself lays everything out for you very clearly, so you don’t get distracted to be able to complete them. There’s also no pressure, it’s purely easily learnt and absorbed information, ideas and examples for you to work with in your own way so can develop your own style which I always found difficult in a classroom setting. Learning on my own being able to see exactly what it what with references to works, helpful hints and tips and plenty of room to express your own knowledge, hopes and inspirations. It’s another way to propel yourself forward in your chosen career and NCC Home Learning is the easiest way to do it.
I’ll keep you posted on how I find it as time goes on, but I can see with December being far too cold to venture out and having time on my own to fill, it won’t be long before I finish the course. Time and effort is indeed all you need to make yourself more worldly.
Right Ladies and Gents, that’s the first little introduction to what’s being eaten and what’s going on this December in our house. Today’s question is this: What’s your favourite Christmas Soup? Let me know in the comments below and you might be featured in the next article with us creating that very soup! Don’t get too excited now…
Til the next time.