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16th January 2020

Feeding the Squirrels

My mother-in-law has lots of squirrel visitors to her garden. They eat most of the food she leaves out for the birds and they’re always knocking the seed holders over and tipping the seed on the patio.
Her dog, Chichi loves sitting at the window watching the squirrels!

We had some mixed nuts in shells leftover from Christmas and this morning I took them for the squirrels.
We spent a good half hour watching them and taking photos 🙂

squirrel eating a nut
squirrel climbing up to the bird house
squirrel eating a nut in the bird house
squirrel on the bird house
squirrel in the tree
squirrel on the birdhouse
squirrel on the birdhouse
squirrels in the garden

Asparagus and Mushroom Pasta Slimming World Recipe

We’re cutting down the amount of red meat we eat and making all our family meals vegetarian so we’re starting with this asparagus and mushroom pasta from Slimming World.

asparagus and mushrom pasta

Asparagus and Mushroom Pasta

Serves 4
Syn free


  • 500g asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 500g dried tagliatelle or spaghetti or linguine
  • 400g mushrooms, sliced if large
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 roasted red peppers in brine from a jar, drained and sliced


  1. Cut off the asparagus tips and set aside. Roughly chop the stalks and cook in a saucepan of boiling water over a high heat for 6 minutes or until tender.
  2. Remove with a slotted spoon and put in a food processor with 150ml of the cooking liquid. Purée, season to taste and keep warm.
  3. Top up the pan with boiling water and cook the pasta according to the pack instructions, adding the asparagus tips 3 minutes before the end of the cooking time.
  4. Meanwhile, spray a large non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat.
  5. Add the mushrooms and fry for 3 minutes then reduce the heat to low, add the garlic and fry for a further 1 minute.
  6. Drain the pasta and asparagus tips and return to the pan. Stir in the peppers, mushrooms and asparagus sauce and serve in shallow bowls.
asparagus and mushroom pasta slimming world vegetrian pasta

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Recipe from Slimming World