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Meals in minutes

Monday, October 11, 2010

I love cooking. I love nothing more then being it my kitchen creating delicious food. But sometimes I just want a quick meal, I just want food. Enter burgers!

Yes, burgers. Make them at home and save a the calories!

I just put a veggie patty in the oven for 12 minutes. While that is cooking away I defrost a burger bun and cut the veggies. Now do squats for 10 minutes. When the oven beeps put the now defrosted and halved burger bun in the oven for a minute. Do lunges while waiting.

Build your burger! Today I am having a veggie patty, lettuce, cucumber and aioli. Aioli is high in calories, so I use about a tablespoon.

Frozen to plate in less then 15 minutes with very little effort.

What are your go to quick meals?

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BUBBLEJ1 10/12/2010 1:06AM

    We don't have Boca burgers :( We do have the lean cuisine steam bags though, we got those like 2 weeks ago. I will have to try one!

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MAGGIE805 10/12/2010 12:47AM

    Boca burgers are the best.But I don't know if you have them there. They come in different varieties, Southwestern, Italian, good stuff. I have also discovered, which again I don't know if you have those there either, is Lean Cuisine Steam Bags. They are bags with food in them and just microwave them for 5 min and you have a healthy, yummy meal.It's awesome.

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DIANE2110 10/11/2010 7:38PM

    That sounds so good. I tried veggie burger a few years ago and thought it was awful. I would imagine that they have improved since then. I'll have to pick some up next time I'm in town. Never thought of aioli but now I know that would be the perfect addition to the veggie patty. Thanks for the tip! : )

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RRP546 10/11/2010 7:23PM

  i like a good hambuger

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I have the radishes

Monday, October 11, 2010

You may recall that my goal for the month is to try a new veggie, because I generally hate them. I have radishes, and they shall be my veggie. I think I MAY have had a piece of radish long ago. But I didn't mean to and I can't be sure, so a rasish counts as a new veggie! AND they were free. Guess who's (super cool) aunty has a veggie garden!? Mine. Aunty gave me a head of lettuce and a few radishes.

* Please, someone tell me what to do with a radish *

In other news....

Saving money is going well! Our fortnightly shopping bill is hovering a little over $50 with just over a week to go until the next pay cycle. My goal was $100 a fortnight, so we are on track. And I saved $3 by getting a lettuce from my aunts garden, since we needed one anyway, and this isn't a nasty iceburg one.

We are saving heaps of money by my boyfriend taking his lunch instead of buying it. He could spend $20 a day on takeaways, and packing a lunch costs around $3-5, depending on what is in it, so there are definate savings! The only catch is that my boyfriend suffers from a condition called lazyness. Guess who makes the boyfriends lunch... I don't mind too much, gotta do what ya gotta do! I just make him a sandwich (cut into triangles. Next week I'm gonna start leaving notes saying things like 'have a good day at school'. I find it very funny), throw in a piece of fruit, a few muesli bars and something sweet like a biscuit. Takes me 2 minutes, so all is well!

I got to skype my 'little sister' tonight. She moved in England and I miss her lots! I can't wait for her to come back, she wants to move in with me when she does, but it might be a while :( We call each other sisters, but we have just been neighbours and friends for nearly 20 years. We are as close as sisters (I imagine, I actually have no relationship with my real sister). So anyways, I got to skype with her and she looks well. She is enjoying England but is homesick and was happy to talk with me for over an hour. Isn't technology awesome?

Wow, rambling blog. And I'm sleepy.

T - T - T - Thats all folks!

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CARLA-216 10/11/2010 10:27AM

    I've only ever had radishes raw, either by themselves for a snack, or in a salad. I like them as long as they're not real spicy. Good on you for trying them! Let us know if you like them.

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Hey all

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Right, I'm back, kinda.

The general gist of what went on is this:

My mum heard something about me from another family member which was untrue. Instead of coming to me she had a breakdown and did a whole lota stuff, including going missing. A lot of hurtful things were said, and although mum has now found out that what she was told was untrue the damage for me has already been done. I am upset that my mum blamed me instead of talking to me, and dealt with the problem by going off the rails. My mum has a history of mental illness, so this is how she deals with things. This is not the first time she has gone off the rails. I had to rush to her about a year ago when she threatned to kill herself. That was awful, and I ended up going off the rails for about a week, drinking a lot etc. I told her that this is not a normal way of dealing with things and that she needs to stop and get some help.

As of today I have talked to her. She has apologised, but like I said, damage is done. I told her to get help. See a doctor, get new meds, see a therapist, sort her issues out with my father, do what ya gotta do, but she needs help. Until she has gotten herself back on track I have explained that I need to step back. I will decide when I am ready what kind of relationship we will have in the future, if any.

Now, for better or worse, my whole life has changed.

My boyfriend and I were going to move in with my parents in a few weeks time to save money. This now can't happen. This is my choice so I have to deal, but I don't think me living with my mum will help the situation at all. This has come at a very bad time because I have just quit my job and it is the end of the year and my boyfriends work starts dropping off in about a month. Now we have to move (we were living in one of their rental houses) and pay a bond and rent somewhere else, which we haven't budgeted for or saved for. Luckily I had made a savings plan for the trip, so that money can go on a bond and deposit, as well as being back up for over the holidays when my boyfriend is earning a small salary. We both plan on getting summer jobs, however if that can't happen for whatever reason we should be covered. If we get a flatmate we can afford rent and bills, but only if we get a flatmate. We are looking at moving to a nice beach suburb where the rent is pretty good and it is close to my boyfriends work, so his petrol bill will be halved, at least, next year. And the cost of living is quite cheap up there too. AND its super flat so I can run, walk and bike everywhere! I could bike to the supermarket with a backpack. How ecofriendly is that!

My parents offered to pay for my school fees next year. This now isn't happening. I will have to get a student loan, which isn't too bad since it is interest free, however I was really looking forward to grauating debt free. Oh well, life is tough. As well as the student loan I will also have to get the student living loan, since I won't be able to work as much as needed AND go to uni. The living allowance needs to be paid back and will add to the debt, but we don't have much choice. I MAY be able to apply for a living allowance that doesn't have to be paid back if I can get my doctor to agree that it wouldn't be in mine or my parents best interests for me to live with them or have them supporting me. It is a long shot, but at least that wouldn't have to be paid back. I know, I know, taking tax payers money. Well I have paid tax for 6 years and never gotten so much as a refund, so I don't feel bad. The boyfriend and I will continue to pay tax for the rest of our lives, so 1 year isn't gonna kill anyone.

We are currently saving like mad, trying to find a flatmate and trying to find a house that is happy to take our 3 cats! We keep getting email saying "you can have 2 cats" which doesn't help. I mean, they are our children, I'm not choosing one to get rid of! And how much does one more (housetrained!) cat matter?

Hopefully everything will work out. Like I said, my life is going to be a lot different, but hopefully it will be a good different! Thanks everyone for your support so far, it means a lot

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CARLA-216 10/11/2010 2:25PM

    Good thoughts to you for a smooth transition!

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MAGGIE805 10/10/2010 10:04PM

    It sounds like you've got a lot going on. I don't know what to say, except you sound like you're in a good place for right now. You are in my thoughts and I hope everything works out for the best.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 10/10/2010 9:23PM

    Sounds like you are taking care of yourself first for a change. Good for you. Starting out life with student loans isn't the end of the world. Many people do that. You are controlling how you react to others, they will control how they react to you, don't let them force you into something you don't want just because it is cheaper. It won't be in the long run. Take care of yourself and it will work out in the end.

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Stepping back

Friday, October 08, 2010

I may not be around much in the next few days. Major family dramas here and I'm being blamed. I'm very hurt and angry and I really don't feel like I can blog and concentrate on sparking right now. I have no appatite, I have had a coffee and a special K bar today but I can't force myself to eat anymore, I feel sick. I'm going to try and get down a smoothie.

Since I'm not eating I'm not working out. I may try a light, short walk this evening but I'm not going to push myself.

See you in a few days guys!

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LEXIE63 10/9/2010 1:45PM

    I am so sorry you are going through this. We are here for you, whenever you feel like being here. I really hope that whatever is happening is resolved as soon as possible.
Take care of yourself Honey.
Lex xxx
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VIRGOGURL4 10/8/2010 10:01PM

    Sorry about the family drama :(

I understand that you need a break from Sparking now, but remember to relax. Do something to cheer yourself up, whether it's getting your nails done, watching a movie, or drinking a cup of cocoa. Even if you only have five minutes, do something.

And as always, you can SparkMail me if you need support.

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KAYKAYRUNNER 10/8/2010 9:14PM

    Oh! I'm so sorry to hear about the family drama you have going on!! What a bummer!! && It sounds like its affecting you to an horrible extream! I hope that things get better for you soon!! && If you EVER need someone to talk or even just vent to, I'm here for you girly!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PURPLESPEDCOW 10/8/2010 8:35PM

    Is there any thing that you can talk about? I would be happy to listen. You can sparkmail me if you want to talk privately. If not, I understand and hope that everything works out for you.

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Study buddy

Friday, October 08, 2010

Today I went to hang out with my study buddy. I looooove studying at my friends place, I get so much done. It is quiet, I can't access the internet and my friend makes sure I don't just talk and talk for hours on end. Oh, and her mum feeds me. What more can a girl ask for? So I got heaps done and am feeling a bit calmer about my assignments.


Her mum commented on how skinny I'm getting! Her mum is such a sweetie, and as soon as I walked in she was telling me how great I am looking. Such a nice confidence boost!

Soooooo...studying and skinny... What else.

Got my final pay check with my correct last name on it. If you missed my status, I was annoyed that my boss got my last name wrong on my final check and I had to go back into work to get a correct one. My former boss apologised and looked a little embarrassed, so alls well that ends well. And now I have 1/5 of my trip money saved. Yahoo! Just need another few thousand dollars and I'm golden.

I have worked out a great way to save money. We are eating what we have in the house. I know, shocking, right?! We have so much food in the house and since we are moving (just down the road) in a few weeks I have decided that we are going to eat what we have. My food shopping this week cost around $20 because all I got was a few fresh things and a couple of stay ingredients to complete a meal (pasta sauce to go with the pasta and mince etc). $20 a week on grocceries will save me heaps of money! It should take us around 3 weeks to eat through our food and we should save around $150. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.

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NOTMILK 10/8/2010 7:30PM

    excellent plan! I love cleaning out the cupboards!

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CARLA-216 10/8/2010 10:45AM

    Smart move to eat what is on hand. Moving is a PITA in general, and moving food is a real big PITA! LOL Plus you're saving much needed money for your trip.

Enjoy those compliments...you've earned them! Ride the momentum it gives you to create more success! emoticon

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LEXIE63 10/8/2010 7:27AM

    Your happy is practically flying off your page. Nice! :-)
Lex xxx
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POLK-A-DOTS 10/8/2010 7:18AM

    Great job on your weight loss journey thus far! So many questions after reading your blog....what are you taking in school? (or what do you want to be when you grow up? LOL!) and where are you going on your trip?

Keep up the great work....and keep eating through those cupboards....moving is so obnoxious...and just think of the boxes you are not going to have to pack due to just eating at home too....(in addition to saving money)


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