Mature Dating With The County Register

Mature Dating With The County Register

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Due to increasing numbers of people finding themselves alone in their 50s, 60s and beyond, the ‘mature dating’ industry is booming. However, many singles are under the false impression that they have just two choices: create an online dating profile…or resign themselves to a partner-less future.

The fast and ruthless world of internet-love just doesn’t suit everyone… particularly those who value their personal privacy and safety. Likewise, few people genuinely want to be alone.

Thank goodness, then, for traditional dating agencies like The County Register who have survived the internet dating explosion and continue to thrive. The County Register offers a bespoke matchmaking service for the more discerning dater. As Mike Parker, director, explains: “People join our personal matchmaking agency for many reasons but, primarily, it’s the need for anonymity, a lack of time and opportunity, sensitivity over entering – or re-entering – the dating scene, as well as the more specialised search that we offer compared with other agencies. It’s important to us that we have happy clients and will therefore do everything we can, to make sure our clients really do, at the very least, have a happy experience. We are possibly the best matchmakers in the UK today and have a reputation in the industry for integrity and honesty. We will be honest with you. Come and meet us without obligation, then go away and think about it. Safety is first and foremost in our minds for both men and women. The word ‘County’ means nothing more than the fact that we cover the entire UK and beyond.”

Founded by Heather Heber-Percy, who set up a small agency in the early 1980s, The County Register very much still has the feel of a family run business. Heather’s many years in the business have given her tremendous insights into human relationships. She uses these, together with her sympathetic interviewing skills, to gain a clear understanding of her clients’ needs and thus match them with suitable partners.

Traditional dating agencies, like The County Register, offer a real alternative to mature men and women looking for love away from the unpredictable world of online dating.
For more information, please call 0208 994 3500
email  enquiries@thecountyregister.com
or visit www.thecountyregister.com

 

 

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FITNESS WITH NIBBLES – THE WINNING FORMULA

FITNESS WITH NIBBLES – THE WINNING FORMULA

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They say that every successful creative enterprise is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration, which brings me to the ingenious invention of Nibble Protein Bites, by its founder Erin Moroney.

I say this because Erin is a true creative, having successfully run and co-owned a photographic business for more than 12 years, and was also an agency Art Director and Producer, so nothing to do with food – but she knew there was something wrong when she was constantly tired with low blood sugar, and her nails and hair suffering in the process.

As an avid vegetarian Erin felt she was doing everything right, but when she was told by her nutritionist that she was ‘protein deficient’, and as she was about to run a marathon, she knew it was time to take action for herself, her family and ultimately the rest of the world.

She had previously spent weeks trolling the supermarkets and health food outlets, and discovered there was a serious crack in the market for protein rich snacks.

Erin knew absolutely nothing about creating a food product, let alone launching it onto the competitive market place, but through sheer determination, serious research and her own creativity and passion, she now has her own Brand, which can be purchased in a number of leading outlets, including Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Ocado, to name but a few.

 

As Erin says ‘We use the finest natural ingredients including antioxidant-rich dried plum purée and a blend of toasted pumpkin/sunflower seeds and crunchy protein crisps (TELL ME MORE. .. ). The bites are super nutritious, with less sugar and more yummy flavours. Perfect for healthy eating on the go.’

Erin has now been nominated for the prestigious Catherine Awards from the Variety Club of Great Britain.

We are really excited to announce that Nibble’s founder, Erin Moroney, is a shortlisted nominee for a prestigious VARIETY CATHERINE RISING STAR AWARD.

Founded in 2016 by Variety (the children’s charity), the Variety Catherine Awards recognise the contributions of women in business. The Rising Star Award honours women who are making a difference in their chosen field and are “women to watch” for the future.

With awards across a range of sectors (including finance & banking, professional services, creative industries, science & tech, and retail/fashion), Erin is the only nominee from the food industry.

Erin started developing our innovative bites two years ago, after a long career in the creative industry.

The Variety Catherine Award judging panel includes:

  • Paula RadcliffeMBE
    • Lisa Francis – CEO, Barclays Private Bank, UK and Ireland
    • Kanya King MBE – Founder, MOBO Awards
    • Lesley Batchelor OBE – Director General, Institute of Export and International Trade
    • Lucy Choi – Owner, Lucy Choi London
    • Dr Maggie Semple – Owner, Maggie Semple Limited
    • Suzan Antonowicz – Head of International, Beauty, Fashion and Luxury – ESI Media – The Independent and Evening Standard
    • Christina Blacklaws – President, Law Society of England and Wales

This year’s nominees include Dame Natalie Sara Massenet, founder and former CEO of Net-A-Porter (Retail and Fashion Award); Charlotte Tilbury MBE, creative director of her eponymous beauty and skincare brand (Retail and Fashion Award), Anne Boden OBE, CEO of Starling Bank (Finance and Banking Award) and Joy Haizelden, team GB Paralympian (Sports Industry Award) amongst many others.

The awards are being held in London on the 13th of November 2018.

BEFORE WE SIGN OFF – WE HAVE TO MENTION THE BROWNIES
Made with lots of love for Austin & Julie x

Well, this is a slightly different story! Nibble Brownie Bites were inspired by Erin’s 12 year-old American niece, Julianna. Julie is a notoriously fussy eater who rarely ate any protein (but loved brownies). To help boost her niece’s protein intake (and lower her sugar consumption!), Erin set out on a mission to develop a brownie recipe that passed the Julie-test (ie. it couldn’t look too healthy otherwise she wouldn’t even try it!). Erin’s older nephew, Austin, is a chocoholic (and already a Nibble Protein addict) so he’d love these too. Roughly based on the original recipe, these bites would only include “brownie-stuff” (no seeds or healthy looking bits)—with some sneaky protein snuck in. The brownies proved so popular, they sparked a whole range (with a note to Austin & Julie on the back of every pack)!

And in total contrast to the first range, the brownies came together very quickly (most of the painful points had already been worked out!). You’d never know these little bad boys were 20% dried plum purée (and 18% plant protein).

 

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – DO YOU BELIEVE IN ANGELS?

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – DO YOU BELIEVE IN ANGELS?

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I have just ordered my all-time favourite film IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE for Christmas, so that the entire family can enjoy one of the most brilliant tear jerking movies ever made, which has certainly survived the test of time.

Do you believe in angels?  If you don’t now, you certainly will after meeting George Bailey, who has given up on life after losing all his money and is about to end it all when he bumps into Clarence, his guardian angel, who has been sent down to earth to save him.

George has created a lot of good will in his community, and done good for a lot of people, so it is payback time literally, and the entire town rally round and restore his faith in humankind.

Christmas is a magical time of year, and it is when miracles happen, but it did not seem so wonderful last week when a 90 year old lady, well known to her community as a kind and outgoing lady, was sitting in her communal gardens outside her home of 20 years.  She was approached by a lady who pretended to befriend her and was robbed of her entire Christmas savings of £1000 from her handbag, which she did not notice until the lady had gone and was looking for her house keys at her front door.

Betty called the police straight away, but it was too late and she was left distressed and devastated that she couldn’t buy gifts for her children, grandchildren and great grandkids.

Fortunately a living Angel, who is a close neighbour of Betty’s and a young mum herself, Hannah Hammond, stepped in and restored Betty’s faith by running a fundraiser in her name, and has managed to raise the entire £1000 from close friends and neighbours.

A few years ago friends of mine got together and decided to spend Christmas at our local shelter to help cook Christmas Dinner for the homeless.  We may not all be in a position to extend to this sort of help in our community, but we can certainly all make a difference perhaps by listening to a friend or neighbour who may benefit from just a few minute of your time.

So let’s all believe in angels this Christmas, and of course keep a very close ear for ‘Every Time a Bell Rings an Angel gets its Wings’ and that very angel could be you.

If you want to help Betty the ‘go fund me’ page is at https://www.gofundme.com/6adjh1k

It’s a Wonderfull Life available on DVD & Blu-Ray from Amazon Its-Wonderful-Life

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THE SCARS THAT BIND US

THE SCARS THAT BIND US

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We hear sighs from the middle aged to the elderly bemoaning their woes with Social Media, the youth of today, how values have changed.

Every generation has been condemned by their elders, from the revelry of the Rolling Stones to the depravity of the punk era.

As I was about to jump on the band wagon of groaners and seriously turn into my Grandmother, I decided to find a positive in today’s attitudes and if you look hard enough you can find it.

I remember seeing an episode of Mad Men where an elderly secretary died at her desk, and as the Advertising moguls were trying to impress a potential client, they hid the fact and practically carried her out in a bag to disguise the mortality on their premises, as if somehow it tarnished their glittering reputation.

Nowadays of course, everyone would get involved, in trying to revive her, in contacting her relatives, and it would be on social media within seconds, with the Agency would being commended upon their lack of ageism in employment.

Similarly with scars, both inside and out, and particularly the latter.  Years ago a top model ‘It’ girl told me that if you had a slight blemish or mole on your face you would be banned from the catwalk, and never be employed as a model or appear in a fashion magazine.  Scars were taboo.

In recent years however, scars have been celebrated more and more, with acid attack victims on the catwalk, as well as survivors from Breast Cancer revealing their scars instead of hiding them away.

In the recent Royal Wedding, Princess Eugenie celebrated her own special day choosing to wear a wedding dress that showed her scar, saying she hoped it would honour those who had helped her and inspire others with the condition of scoliosis.

Similarly, catwalk icon and Victoria’s Secret Angel, Martha Hunt required her spine realigned as a teenager, and she is proud to reveal the scoliosis scars of her operation as she says it confirms her strength.

As the years progress, the World as we know it changes beyond recognition, and sometimes not to our liking.  It is too easy to criticise and see doom and gloom – but if we look hard enough we can always find something beautiful in the darkness, and the celebration of scars really makes it all worthwhile and in fact binds us all together.

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THE HEART OF THE HOME – MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR

THE HEART OF THE HOME – MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR

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It was a real wakeup call when I was told several years ago that some kids don’t know where potatoes come from, because in my day it was babies – as I was convinced they were left behind a bush by the Stork!!

Seriously though, Jamie Oliver has improved children’s awareness of fresh food by his campaigns in schools, but there are still families who rely so heavily on frozen fries and convenience food through necessity, that they have missed a major trick which is less expensive, far more nutritious and psychologically sound – cooking together as a family.

We all know that time is not always on our side when both parents are working, or if you are a grandparent only seeing the family at weekends, but any time put aside to get everyone involved from the ages of five to ninety-five, will be incredibly beneficial.

I did it recently with my young grandkids – yes still can’t believe I am a grandmother – far too young, but here I am and making the most of it!

I hatched a plan with my daughter, who struggles to cook an array of meals with her three young children all under 8 with different tastes and demands, and her husband who is also quite particular about his food.

We decided to consult each member of the family and find out what they would like for a special lunch at Nanna’s.  The youngest said chocolate and the older twins wanted pizza and my son-in-law a vegetarian dish.

So we set out to incorporate all of the ‘tastes’ and opted for a vegetarian pizza full of health giving fresh vegetables followed by a fabulous dessert of fresh fruit and meringue with a chocolate topping.

I set up the kitchen with music themed to please everybody, from Thunderbirds to Peppa Pig & Taylor Swift to Michael Buble and then set out the vegetables and home grown tomatoes and herbs, the latter still in pots for the kids to see.

There was a good selection of salad and fruit to be chopped up, and the little one was given the task of setting out the table and folding up the napkins, as well as stirring the chocolate topping, under the watchful eye of Dad in case of too much ‘secret tasting’.

Once the vegetables had been chopped and whilst waiting for the meal to cook, the twins entertained us with their wooden spoon air guitars as we bopped around the kitchen.

The event went off without a hitch and I threw in some subliminal information about where and how long the ingredients had taken to grow, some of them in my own garden, and everyone was happy.  Plus it had given my daughter ‘food for thought’ of how to tackle meals times in future – with a bit of planning and lots of imagination.

FOR THE PIZZA

Ingredients

  • 6 small mushrooms, halved
  • 1 small courgette, sliced
  • 1 small yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 small red pepper, sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons  dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ready made 12″ pizza crust
  • 1 can pizza sauce
  • mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the mushrooms, courgette, peppers, onion, vinegar, water, 3 teaspoons oil and salt & pepper. Transfer to an oiled backing tin and grill on a medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until tender, turning once halfway through.
  • Brush crust with remaining oil, spread with pizza sauce. add the grilled vegetables and cheese. place in oven for 8-12 minutes at 180c or until edges are browned and cheese is melted.

FOR THE FRUIT & CHOCOLATE TOPPED MERINGUE

INGREDIENTS

MERINGUES

  • large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 12 oz choc chips

CHOCOLATE SAUCE:

  • 1 can Evaporated Milk
  • 6 oz choc chips
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • Fresh fruit or berries (blackberries, raspberries, peaches or strawberries etc)

INSTRUCTIONS

FOR MERINGUES:

Pre-heat oven to 150º c. Lightly grease a baking sheet.Beat egg whites, salt and cream of tartar in large mixer bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar; beat until sugar is dissolved. Gently fold in morsels. Spread meringue into ten 3-inch nests with deep wells about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until meringues are dry and crisp. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

FOR CHOCOLATE SAUCE:


Heat evaporated milk and bring to boiling in a thick bottomed saucepan.
Stir in choc chips,
Stir constantly, until mixture is slightly thickened and smooth.
Remove from heat; stir in sugar, vanilla extract and salt.
Drizzle meringues with Chocolate Sauce and fill with the fruit & serve.
Enjoy
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