Hello family! A very exciting time at GRASP HQ this week getting ready for our first proper event TODAY! We're going to be hosting a stall at Pembury Christmas Fair this afternoon - if you're local to Hackney, do come by and say hello (1 Atkins Square, E8 1FA, 12-4pm). As well as checking out our first products, you can enjoy delicious food, get stuck into some festivee crafts, and even spot Santa on his rounds!
Thank you also for your replies to my email last week asking what you want to see from SUDS. Your feedback is always appreciated and you can always send any thoughts or recommendations in reply to one of these emails!
This week: a virtuous but indulgent weeknight veggie dinner; free Christmas crafts printables and DIYs; refillables to cut your plastic consumption; and Paddy and Christine McGuinness' doc on autism.
Celeriac, potato and beetroot gratin
I get a fruit and veg box delivered once a week - a costly but effective way to increase the family's... fruit and veg consumption. This recipe for a spruced up gratin is a great way to use not one, but three trusty winter vegetables, lovingly swamped in a delicious cheesy sauce. Double up and make a big batch to last the week.
Paper chains and drinking games
Meri Meri have some lovely FREE printables for paper chains and other Christmas crafts, available here. Alternatively, find a whole host of Christmas decoration DIYs here at Country Living - some do look a little elaborate, while others are simple glue-gun-and-paint jobs with things you have lying around the house.
Refillables are the new eco trend
No longer just a quirky hippie trend, refill shops are cropping up everywhere from high street to village square - but what does a return to shopping habits of old have to offer in a world where we are so used to (and even rely on) quick, convenience shopping? Brook takes a look at 4 refills-based brands that are making big gains in sustainability, and what they're doing right.
Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism
In this one-hour BBC documentary, Paddy and Christine McGuinness, whose own three children have been diagnosed with autism, talk to other families and experts on living with and having autism. These days it can be hard to separate fact from fake on the internet, especially on complex conditions like autism, so to hear from people in their own words can be really eye-opening.
And finally... poo tickets
I'm not making word of the week a regular feature (unless... I do?), but please make time this week to incorporate the term 'poo tickets' into your family's vocabulary. Definition? Individual slices of toilet roll. It's Urban Dictionary official (warning: I do not recommend you click through and scroll down to find the definition of "poo ticket run").