Day Zero Challenge List …. 101 things in 1001 days

My Day Zero Challenge List


A few of my friends are doing this and have posted their lists, reading through them I thought what a great idea – I often think wouldn’t it be good to do this, that or the other and then either forget or don’t do anything about it … so it is now a challenge, and I love a challenge. I don’t have my full 101 list yet and hope I can come up with a few more before my time runs out. Anyway here is a little bit about Day Zero and my list so far.

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My 101 Things in 1001 Days

Jan 01, 2013 – Sep 29, 2015

  1. Show C how to roller-skate
  2. Find 101 meaningful things to put on my Day Zero List
  3. Take photos of all C’s artwork from preschool and make a collage
  4. Laminate some ‘writing’ sheets for C, with the alphabet, numbers and his name
  5. Be kind to C in 10 new/different ways, create a list
  6. Create a Day Zero Account
  7. Make a family memory jar for 2013
  8. Skip for 10 minutes a day – and keep a log
  9. Learn to roller skate and get signed off for Roller Derby Basics
  10. Roller Derby – complete 25 laps in 5 minutes
  11. Roller Derby – score points as Jammer
  12. Have a girls night out at least once every quarter
  13. Have a birthday picnic at the park with extended family
  14. Dye my hair purple
  15. Read a book a month – minimum
  16. Finish compiling my Recipe Index Folder
  17. Attempt a new sweet recipe every month
  18. Attempt a new savoury recipe every month
  19. Create a Blog
  20. Do a Wing Walk
  21. Discover a new kid craft for C every month
  22. Decorate for Valentines Day
  23. Create a new blog document at least once a month
  24. Complete a minimum of two activities on my Pinterest ‘I want to Board’
  25. Sell all those things gathering dust that you had planned to sell
  26. Clear out the boxes of books and videos in the attic
  27. Create picture videos of Charlie for every year
  28. Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet
  29. Continue laser tattoo removal
  30. Write a letter to myself to open on my birthday in 10 years
  31. Find a personally inspirational quote and work it into a piece of art or home décor
  32. Complete a colouring book
  33. Camp in the Garden with C
  34. Learn 50 new things by clicking the random articles button on Wikipedia
  35. Go to the Theatre and watch a show
  36. Teach C the ‘Time Warp’
  37. Buy Hubby some flowers just because you love him
  38. Cook a candlelit dinner for hubby for no reason
  39. Make a map picture of our pre baby holiday destinations (Pinterest)
  40. Take Mother in Law out to lunch
  41. Update my website
  42. Create a bucket list
  43. Write C a wish for you letter
  44. See if I can get someone to sign up to Day Zero because of my blog
  45. Put £2 coin in a jar for every completed challenge on this list – and spend wisely
  46. Enter some competitions
  47. Use your Diary
  48. Learn Joomla
  49. Learn how to create an ebook
  50. Write and publish an ebook
  51. Listen to your favourite music everyday
  52. Leave feedback online for stuff you buy
  53. Read a newspaper at least once a week
  54. Clear up those magazines and create a cuttings folder for bits you want to keep
  55. Design a dream home just for fun
  56. Create a workout schedule and try to stick to it
  57. Move all those pictures on your hard drive onto CD or USB
  58. Go to Oxford and do the open top bus tour
  59. Invite an acquaintance in for coffee and get to know them better
  60. Take C on a public transport adventure using buses and trains
  61. Go to a museum
  62. Remember to take your vitamins – daily
  63. Create a daily to do list and do it
  64. Have a random day
  65. Make a birthday list and remember to send cards
  66. Send an anonymous gift to someone


Well here we are on the 1st January 2013 and I have come up with the remaining 35 of my 101 things to do … guess this means I complete goal #2

67 Tweet More
68 Donate nectar points to charity
69 Walk part of the Ridgeway
70 Learn to make an Origami animal
71 Customise 3 items of clothing
72 Find 50 recipes with apples and create book
73 Buy Martha Stewarts Encylopedia of Crafts
74 Buy Guitar Hero 6: Warriors of Rock – Guitar Bundle (Wii)
75 Make a list of unusual Christmas Gift Websites
76 Read 5 books that will change your life as recommended in Essentials Magazine
77 Cook Valentine Cookies for family and friends
78 50 Questions that will free your mind
79 Listen to 26 bands I’ve never listened to, starting with each letter of the alphabet
80 Make a sock monkey
81 Plank for 1 minute
82 Try a Cocktail I have never had before
83 Go stand up paddle boarding
84 Go Pony Trekking in Wales
85 Instead of Birthday Gifts ask family to buy you a gift for World Vision
86 Go meat/fish free for a week
87 Invite F and N to dinner
88 Plant a tree
89 Create 20 my own Hint or Tips for Pinterest
90 Run PC Clean up Monthly
91 Memorise a Poem
92 Give away 20 books
93 Ask 10 friends to suggest one book, and read them all
94 Write a letter to myself to be opened when the 1001 days is over
95 Try on my wedding dress
96 Create something with C’s old wellies
97 Buy 10 CD’s
98 Give away 20 DVDs
99 Help Organise a Theme Night Fundraiser
100 Volunteer at Church
101 Volunteer to do something at C’s school


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Real Food That Kids Will Eat

Well  this week I have been searching for REAL food recipes that kids will eat – and after seeing numerous images of non-healthy snacks served in muffin tins as kids food I resorted to a good old fashioned cook book (BBC Good Food 101 Recipes for Kids) and Google – and have started my own board – REAL foods that KIDS will love Check it out here.

I am not saying that little man dived in and ate it all … after all it is introducing new foods which can take a few attempts. However he did eat something and Mummy and Daddy enjoyed these enough to eat them again without feeling like we are on a ‘kids food diet.

So here you are, some tried and tested recipes for KIDS that I have picked up on Pinterest or pinned from my favourite sites.

First up was a Spicy Sausage Pilaf (source and method)



  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-6 sausages, cut into 1cm pieces
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 225 g basmati or long grain rice
  • 125 ml white wine, optional
  • 600 ml strong chicken stock
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped

As there are only two adults and 1 child I did half quantities, and there was just enough for one hungry daddy, one not so hungry mummy and little man. I left out the Chilli and the white wine as I can be quite heavy handed and did not want a tiddly toddler with a burning mouth. I made the mistake of using skinless sausages (little one loves them) and they stuck as not great for frying and will use skin on sausages next time, I also added a little extra stock as hubby does not like ‘dry’ food so wanted so moisture left.


This was really tasty and really simple (not much washing up) – hubby said it was like a ‘curry gumbo’ – because of the extra liquid and gave it the thumbs up.

Simple Sunday – English Muffin Pizza (source link)also called Baby Pizza



  • 3 English Muffins split
  • 1 Small can of pasta/marinara/tomato sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese (sticks or ball)
  • Oregano to taste
  • Desired toppings

We are rarely home on a Sunday so have a traditional roast in the week if we are having one. I always try and do a simple supper on a Sunday and found this recipe on pinterest. I used a jar of pizza topping instead of the passata, and had grated cheddar and mozzarella in the fridge so used that instead of the sticks/balls.  For a topping I defrosted a 100% beef burger and chopped this up into small cubes.

The great thing about this recipe is that little hands can help – and if ‘C’ makes it, he tends to eat it.

I don’t know whether American English Muffins are different from breakfast ‘Muffins’ but I found that oven cooking made the bases go quite hard so next time I would just grill them to keep the bases nice and soft .. and/or I may try using a puff pastry base instead of the muffin and then oven cooking them.

I don’t like to waste food and am left with 3 muffins and half a jar of pizza sauce that I have no other use for so next time I make these I am going to build some and freeze them uncooked and see how well they thaw and cook.


Hubby tucked into 4 of these – with french fries and a salad and loved the non peppery pepperoni on the top (burger), and because these are not dissimilar to the occasional pizza slice ‘C’ has he was happy to tuck in with little encouragement.

Eggs and Bacon Chinese Style – Egg Fried Rice (source)



  • a mug full of American long grain rice
  • a cupful of frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 back bacon rashers, roughly chopped
  • 1 small red pepper , chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves , thinly sliced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 heaped tsp Chinese five-spice powder

‘C’ is great with fruit and vegetables, getting him to eat meat or any other form of protein (eggs, tuna etc) is a different matter. I saw a kids fried rice recipe on pinterest but did not have a couple of the ingredients – ho hum, wouldn’t be making that then. It was time to turn of the laptop and I still had yet to decide what to make for supper. As I was looking for food for kids I grabbed my BBC Good Food ‘101 recipes for kids’ book of the shelf and guess what, it had a recipe for Chinese Egg-Fried Rice … Yippee!

All the good food books are tried and tested and I have not tried a recipe yet that has let me down.  This was really easy to prep, minimal washing up and it tasted great so when we had done eating I checked of the BBC Good Food Website and found the same recipe under a different name – so I pinned it onto my Food Glorious Food Board.

OK I realise now that I forgot the garlic, and I used 2 medium eggs as no large in the pantry. I also substituted the american long grain rice for Basmati (lower GI).


This is a winner, nice and light and fresh, and the five spice gives it a great flavour – hubby covered his in soy sauce and then had some of mine naked and couldn’t decide which he liked best. C picked out all the peppers and had some of the rice .. but for once with a new dish he did not push it away and say ‘yucky’. Hubby is a meat and two vedge kinda guy and he would have like more meat … so next time I am going to add some chicken and maybe some prawns and make it more of a ‘special fried rice’ or half the recipe and serve with a rack of ribs.

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Originally published: August 2012

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Coming Soon …..

Day Zero Challenge List …. 101 things in 1001 days.
Bucket List ….. all the things I’d still like to do.
Real Food that Kids Will Eat … pinterest inspired recipes, but did they work?
Tips and ideas for getting ahead for Christmas 2013.
This month in my kitchen ….. new bakes and recipes, or old tried and tested to share.
Kicked the Bucket … things I have done that should have been on a BL.
Roller Derby – my journey into becoming a Derby Girl.