Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Best Before or Rubbish

It is with a lot of interest I have been following any news articles that are out on whether we should get rid of the 'best before' date on food?

Does it make any difference?
Would it save a lot of food waste?

These are the important questions that are being asked at present by the European Union in their bid to save millions of tons of food that is carelessly wasted each year.
They state that on average, 15% of what we buy from the supermarket will get thrown away!
Most of this is because we will look at the date on it and it states 'best before xyz' so we work out it is past that date and out it goes!

As they have mentioned 'best before' is a guideline. It does not mean the food has to be used by that date, it is a guideline to tell you that they recommend it is 'best before' that date, however most things can be used up to even 1-2 years past this date, it just takes common sense when going to use the food.
Does it look good? Does it smell ok?

Just because those choclate biscuits say best before Feb 2014, believe me I think they will be fine today in May of 2014! Well when I am in need of choclate its good enough for me.

So it definitely gives us something to stop and think about.
How do we feel about the term 'best before'?
How does this affect the food we eat and use in our cooking?
Does rice and pasta really need to be thrown out just because it didn't get used before the best before date printed on the packet?

Definitely going to make me think twice before I throw something away based on the date rather than whether it is something I could incorparate in our menu for the following few days to use up than throw out.

However you have to remember to not get this confused with the 'use by date' on food which is definitely there for a reason and must be followed as it gives the date by which a product must be consumed rather than a recommendation.

Just some food for thought on a Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason.
Somewhere there is a plan and whilst some things may happen unexpected I do believe if it was meant to be then it would have been.
If it didn't work out then there was a reason why it was not meant to work out, usually because you go on to do something much better.

Take my job for instance.
I got turned down for a job I applied for last year.
This year I got a new job, different company but doing the same sort of thing in a round about way.
However the person that turned me down for the position is now someone who I work with occasionally. So whilst she gets to maybe see that I probably wasn't right for the first job she now gets to see what I am capable of and how with a little bit of guidance and teaching I may have been perfect for the job if given the chance!

For some reason, which I can not explain, last night I decided to check Blogger.
The address is on my tool bar and when ever I am on the internet I see it but I just pass over it.
Last night I felt I needed to view it and this in turn lead to me reading a post over at Notes on Paper.
The post was all about getting into blogging more and how to increase the posts you write.
Now we are not saying that everyone has to write 30 posts a month, just that if you are currently writing 2 posts a month and you would like to increase to 4 posts a month then this post may help you to identify some ideas on what you could write about.

Suddenly I have a series of posts to read to assist me with getting back into blogging.
It is almost as if Julie was writing this post just for me, as an encouragement, a teaching or just a gentle prod in the tummy to remind me that I can do it and here is some help along the way.

Now I have to go off to study and plan. See what is happening in my world that I can utilise and then come at this with some degree of force.

Catch you soon

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May May May

May I just say that I am amazed that we are now almost half way through this month!
At the end of April I decided that maybe I ought to get back into blogging, seeing as I have been away for a while.
So when I couldn't sleep at night I would lay there composing posts for the blog, I know sounds odd really doesn't it?
But suddenly I realise that we are half way into May and nothing, nada, nout.

So even though I am trying, I have to make a real effort to sit down and actually write something.

I was firstly amazed to come back to blogging and find that the site I used for my free background was no longer doing free backgrounds!
So whilst I sort something else we will have to go with this plain blogger one for now.

I wish I could say that I have heaps to tell you but we have been laying low whilst hubby recovers from his cardiac surgery so nothing much has been happening.

But that is all about to change....I know it will because I am determined to make it happen!
We will be here with bells on for the 2014 Scavenger Hunt starting in June and hopefully I can find my way around the new computer to work out how to up load photos to share with you all and how to store them in a new file.
Loving the new computer but getting frustrated with Windows 8!

Have changed my job so lots to tell you there, but that can wait for a rainy day post.

Hope you are all doing well and I will try to catch up with you all again soon.

Friday, May 02, 2014

It's Coming Soon

Yes that is right guys, all too soon it will be time for us to be more observant of our world around us as we try to take pictures of everything on Rinda's Summertime Scavenger Hunt

Are you ready?