That title’s a bit of a mouthful isn’t it? ‘A Mexican feast with McCoy’s Muchos’. Try saying it after a few shots of tequila, see how you get on.

I’ll tell you what DOES make for a bit of a nice mouthful, (smooth Middleton, smooth), and that’s Muchos – three feisty Mexican flavours of folded tortilla crisp from McCoy’s, the UK’s number one ridged crisp.

To be honest, I tend to think of myself as more of a Jaffa Cake kind of girl than a crisp person, but when I sat down with a bag of Nacho Cheese flavour Muchos last week, (just for research purposes you understand), I found myself half way through a sharing bag before I’d even got to the first ad break in Celebs Go Dating. They’re just too damn moreish. That crunchy texture, the flavour… I had to get Belle to take them away from me in the end.

New McCoy's Muchos

Available in Smoky Chilli Chicken, Nacho Cheese or Sour Cream & Onion, you could quite easily just chomp your way through a big bowl of Muchos and dips with friends, but I thought it might be nice to use them as part of a feast. View Post

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You have probably heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Others will tell you to have breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and supper like a pauper. Well, the one thing that is clear to all is that breakfast is really important. It determines your performance throughout the day and also helps in maintaining your health.

Many people want to enjoy a good breakfast but never really want to do what it takes to make one. However, making a great breakfast doesn’t have to feel like work for you anymore. Here are some tips you can use to make the best breakfast every day for yourself and your family without any fuss.

  1. Have the Right Equipment

Just like making anything else in the kitchen, to get the best breakfast means you need the right equipment. You will need to have toasters, pans, whisks, blenders, coffee makers, kettles, tea maker and everything else necessary to get things right.

Most of these items are affordable and easy to get. While some will only be useful during breakfast others you will be using when preparing other meals also. You can get high quality appliances online at Village Bakery.

Having the right equipment makes the work easy for you even if you have to make breakfast for the entire family. You also get to enjoy making healthy and good breakfast because it will not feel like a chore, first thing in the morning.

  1. Learn Some Recipes

Eggs and coffee have become synonymous with breakfast for most people. While it is advisable to start the day off with a lot of proteins, eggs are not the only thing you can make. To get your breakfast right just like the rest of your cooking, you have to put in some effort and learn some recipes.

The recipes you can have for breakfast are endless really. Consider having every food group in your breakfast and a fruit too.

  1. Consider Your Kids

Children are selective when it comes to what they eat. They only want things that are sweet and they have no consideration for health unless that is coming from an adult. It is important therefore that you learn to cook things that will be healthy and enticing for your kids to have.

Cereal and milk is not the only breakfast that they should have. Try making a healthy smoothie for instance or juice. The growing body of the child needs nutrients and fuel. Giving them breakfast ensures that they are unlikely to snack on junk food, lose concentration and focus and become cranky or stressed.

  1. Consider Healthy Food

Breakfast just like the rest of your meals should be healthy. Your breakfast should be full of healthy proteins, fibers, fats, vitamins and carbs. This provides the body with the energy it requires to get through the day.

The fibers and proteins keep you full for long reducing the chances of overeating later on or snacking on high carb, high sugar items. When you have a healthy breakfast it overall improves your health and that of your family.

Breakfast is important and should be made a habit for the entire family.

Sport is one of the best ways to pull a group of complete strangers together. Whether you are starting up a local community rugby team or simply want to play five-a-side football with work colleagues on a Monday night, sport is an excellent way to meet new people and have lots of fun.

However, there is more to sport than just football. In a recent article, I asserted that having a Plan B isn’t always the best option – but that doesn’t rule out having alternatives and if you fancy a change of sport, carry on reading. Some of the more unpopular sports are just as enjoyable, if not more so. I looked at four of the craziest sports around and came up with these reasons you guys should get involved.

Quidditch

A sport that evolved after the popularity of the Harry Potter books, quidditch may have been played by wizards and witches for almost a thousand years, but it’s a relatively modern game in the muggle world. Already, though, it is being played across the globe, with a number of international events and competitions. Seemingly, it would be fair to say that quidditch – first played in England in 2005 – is one of the most exciting and entertaining new sports around.

This is one of the only sports that allows men and women to compete on the same team. In fact, the laws of the game specify that teams are allowed a maximum of four players of the same gender on the pitch at any given time. I wish I’d known about this when writing about things to do in Edinburgh, as the sport is very popular up in Scotland.

The shape of the pitch is essentially the same as it is in the Harry Potter movies and that helps bring the magic to the sport. The main difference is that the golden snitch is a tennis ball attached to a player’s shorts and the two seekers compete to catch the snitch before the other. Keep an eye out for quidditch coming to a place near you in the coming years!

Bandy

First played in Cambridgeshire over 200 years ago, Bandy is a team sport played on ice. Its main objective is to score more goals than your opponent. The sport is considered a form of hockey but is played in halves of 45 minutes like football, rather than three periods of 20 minutes as in ice hockey.

There are 11 players from each team on the bandy rink at any time and the rink is the same size as a conventional football pitch. Players use bowed sticks and a small ball rather than traditional ice hockey sticks and a puck – it really is a very exciting sport to watch.

Bandy has a World Championship tournament and an annual World Cup, which is the biggest bandy tournament for club teams and is held in Sweden. The Elitserien is one of its most popular competitions, resulting in bandy odds being listed on Betway’s betting site, alongside the usual odds for football, basketball and cricket. It isn’t just for men either, the women’s bandy game is growing at a rate of knots.

Chess Boxing

A hybrid event that combines two traditional sports: chess and boxing. In a nutshell, the competing players fight in alternate rounds of chess and boxing. It is now popular in Germany, the United Kingdom, India and Russia. It is one of the strangest sports around but is an absolute must-watch when it’s on television or in your local area.

With 11 rounds – six for chess and five for boxing – a victory in either discipline wins and ends the contest. Chess and boxing rounds alternate, with the first and last rounds being chess rounds. Every round lasts a total of three minutes, as per traditional boxing rules. Breaking Muscle discusses chess boxing becoming an Olympic Game, a status the World Chess Boxing Organisation aims to bring to the sport – that would certainly be interesting!

There are a few methods of victory, either by knockout or technical knockout, checkmate, defeat due to exceeding time for chess play, disqualification in either sport and resignation in either sport. In the case that neither chessboxer wins in regulation and the chess game ends in a draw, the fighter ahead on boxing points wins the bout.

Worm Charming

Worm charming is usually performed to collect bait for fishing purposes but it does take the form of a competitive sport in certain areas of the world – East Texas, for example. It is quite a rare skill but it may survive and flourish for generations to come – and would not look out of place for during a quiet break in the Cotswolds!

Perhaps the strangest of the four sports covered, professional worm charming started in a Cheshire school many decades ago. The first World Worm Charming Championships were held in 1980 and it has been an ever-present annual event since. The current world record for total worms raised is 567 – set by a 10-year-old back in 2009.

The rules for worm charming are strange too. The regulations state that a player’s plot should be no greater than three metres by three metres. In addition, competitors must place all worms back in the ground after that particular round.

So if you’re bored of the same old sports, don’t just sit on the sidelines: try your hand at some of these exciting activities instead!

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If you’re thinking about having matching shirts made up for a group of people, such as team members for a restaurant or some other business, then you might be wondering what type of shirts you’ll need to be looking for. You might have heard the terms “custom shirts” and “tailored shirts,” but what is the difference between them? Granted, they are similar in nature, but there are some key differences between the two that can make deciding which one is better for your project a bit easier for you.

Fit

Perhaps the main difference between custom shirts and tailored ones is the way they are made. Custom shirts are simply shirts that are all made in the same manner with the same design. Tailored shirts, on the other hands, are shirts that you buy and then have tailored to fit the same. Tailored shirts are usually tailored towards each individual’s measurements to make them fit on the individual the way that they are supposed to. Tailored shirts can sometimes make for a more uniform look in the way that the shirts fit and the way the design is displayed. Custom-made shirts, on the other hand, are not necessarily tailored to fit each individual the same way. Rather, they are all designed exactly alike, and each individual wears them to create a sense of unity and to match.

Price

Perhaps one of the most deciding factors in which type of shirt you’ll go with is the price. If you want to design your own custom t-shirts, this method can certainly tend to be less expensive than the tailored one. Custom shirts can be ordered online, and they are usually cheaper when you order them in bulk. Sometimes the more of a custom shirt you order, the cheaper each unit will be. Tailored shirts, on the other hand, usually cost more than custom shirts because each individual shirt must be tailored to specific measurements for each individual. This takes more time and care since a template must be changed for each shirt.

Which Type of Shirt Do I Need?

Determining whether you need custom-made shirts or tailored shirts consists of evaluating your needs as well as your budget. First, determine what your shirts are going to be used for. If they are going to be the shirts for a relatively casual fast food restaurant with laid-back vibe, then you can probably go with custom shirts. If they’re going to serve as matching shirts for a kid’s baseball team or other youth group, they can probably be custom-made. However, if the shirts are going to be matching ones for a legal team or four- or five-star restaurant, then you might want to consider going with tailored ones that will ensure they fit each individual the way you want them to and give you entire unit a polished look.

Making the decision between custom and tailored shirts is not always easy, but it doesn’t have to be overly difficult as well. Evaluate your needs and your budget to make the wisest choice.

Raising kids is hard, and raising them alone is even harder. That means you’re going to have high standards for your perfect car. It needs to be big enough for a growing family, have the best safety features available, be reliable and easy to maintain, easy to drive and handle and of course have kid friendly upholstery and the latest family friendly features while all at a single parent price.

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1. Hyundai ix35

The Hyundai ix35 is a great choice for a family car. It’s relatively cheap to buy and offers fantastic value for price. One of the best things about it is its space. The Hyundai ix35’s boot is one of the largest in its class which makes it perfect for soccer mums and dads and those with young children who need to fit in the stroller and groceries in the back. The Hyundai ix35 is easy to control, with light steering and responsive pedals. In a 2014 JD Power customer satisfaction survey, the ix35 came 23rd out of 109 cars, and 5th out of the 15 off-roaders in the survey.

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2. Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey is an award-winning minivan, so it’s no wonder it features on this list for the top cars for single parents. If you have a lot of messy kids, this is the car for you, with an in-built vacuum system. It’ll keep you and the kids happy on longer journeys with a rear-seat entertainment system and SiriusXM Radio. Of course, a family mini-van wouldn’t be complete without the best safety features and the Honda Odyssey doesn’t disappoint. It comes with a 5 star overall safety score from NHTSA and was recognised as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.

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3. Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento, like the Honda Odyssey is perfect for larger families or single parents who frequently chauffeur their children’s friends around too. It has 3 rows of seating so perfect for larger getaways or big school drop offs. Like the Hyundai ix35 it’s relatively cheap and great value for money being just shy of $20k. If you love this pick and have a little more money to spend, you can also opt for the optional panoramic sunroof and DVD entertainment system.

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4. Buick LaCrosse

While many parents are now opting for SUVs, minivans or wagons, the humble sedan is still an excellent choice for parents on a budget and for those with smaller families. The Buick LaCrosse is just under $35k and is a lot of fun to drive with a sporty and luxurious presence. While a humble sedan, the Buick LaCrosse is still super roomy with a spacious back seat and a large enough trunk to haul sporting equipment, strollers and groceries. It also offers premium convenience features so you won’t be left wanting.

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5. Volkswagen Atlas

The Volkswagen Atlas is the perfect choice for larger families with a passenger capacity of 7 and a car seat capacity of 5. It has loads of legroom for your family’s comfort even in the third row and is easy to manoeuvre, handling like a much smaller car. Installing car seats is super simple with lower anchors. For those with mummy brain, you can check if your doors are locked and see where your car is parked with the Atlas Car-Net App. The standard warranty also covers 6 years or 72,000 miles – double that of many other brands.

Can you believe that this easy lamb curry is the final scoop of lamby deliciousness in my series of lamb recipe posts? I’ve made five different lamb based recipes now over the last few months, including treats like these lunchtime lamb meatballs and roast neck of lamb with honey and lemon. (Probably good for colds.)

I have to say that taking part in this project with the ‘Lamb. Try It, Love it’ campaign has definitely made me more inclined to buy and cook lamb. Six months ago lamb was one of those things that I would eat if I was in a restaurant but not something I would buy to cook at home. I always figured that lamb was probably a bit too expensive for me, or that I wouldn’t know how to cook it well, but turns out I was wrong on both counts.

Even something like an overnight lamb curry doesn’t have to be complicated, as I’m about to show you.

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