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Gather around as I share a recipe

Friday, October 22, 2010

This is not my recipe. But I made it and calculated the calories so I will share it anyways!

Hokey Pokey. HoneyComb. Sponge Candy. Delicious. Since I am a kiwi we shall call it Hokey Pokey, coz that is what makes me happy :)

If you are unsure what I am talking about (it goes by other names) check here
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sponge_toffee

Yes my friends. Hokey Pokey. It is delicious, so easy and quick to make AND considering it is a big lump of melted sugar the calories aren't bad.

The whole lump has 344 calories.





And there is no way you will wanna eat the whole thing. It isn't healthy but if you are needing a sweet hit you could make this, have a bit and not feel bad!

So, my friends, follow these directions and you will have hokey pokey in no time

*WARNING! WARNING! Use you common sense people. You will be melting sugar. DO NOT do this with young children/ pets in the room. However older children may enjoy watching you make this as there is a cool chemical reaction at the end. Use your noggin, don't take risks with boiling sugar!*

You will need:
5Tbsp White Sugar
2Tbsp Golden Syrup
1tsp Baking soda

Saucepan
Wooden spoon
Pan - Line with baking paper and have it ready when you start. Trust me.


1. In a saucepan over a medium heat combine 5T of sugar and 2T of golden syrup.

2. Stir sugar and syrup constantly until sugar dissolves.

3. Once dissolved crank up the heat and boil the mixture.

4. Once it starts to boil turn the heat down again and let the mixture simmer for around 5 minutes, stirring.

* The mixture will bubble up and start to increase in size. This is normal and wanted*

5. After 5 minutes of simmering remove from the heat.

6. Add in 1t of baking soda and stir QUICKLY!!! The mixture will lighten in colour and foam.

7. Quickly pour the mixture into a prepared pan.

8. Leave to set. When it is cool it is ready! Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

The pieces can be dipped in chocolate if desired.

This would make an awesome homemade christmas gift! Cheap and very quick to make!

To clean to pan simply soak in warm water for a minute. The mixture stuck to the inside of the pan and to the wooden spoon will just dissolve away!

There ya go, an old favourite and sparkable in moderation.

I remember making this in 3rd form and it went so horribly wrong. I don't know what we did but it ended up like a soft caramel. Who knows? It worked tonight though!


  
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REEDSKI 10/22/2010 9:12AM

    I won't be making any but I love the fact that you took photos and taught me something new.

It does remind me of peanut brittle. (My aunt made the best!)

Thanks for sharing!

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CARLA-216 10/22/2010 7:08AM

    Another thought: after reading the Wikipedia info about it, this must be what the crunchy bits are in the honeycomb ice cream I had when in Northern Ireland. Ahh, I love learning something new every day. Thank you for the info and the recipe!

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NOTMILK 10/22/2010 7:07AM

    PS - add this one to the allergy team website - I think others might find it yummy!

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CARLA-216 10/22/2010 7:07AM

    Your last paragraph reminds me of my mom's attempt at making peanut brittle, which I think is also done by melting sugar (not sure). Anyway, my mom's peanut brittle would NOT come out of the pan she poured it in after it had cooled. Hard.As.Granite. She decided after that that it was just easier to buy peanut brittle. LOL

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BUBBLEJ1 10/22/2010 6:56AM

    LOL thanks! The last thing I want is someone hurting themselves with this, so I thought I may as well make it clear: Danger, Will Robinson!

Ah, I thought it might be called something different, so thanks for the info!

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NOTMILK 10/22/2010 6:46AM

    lol - love your cautions! I think that here in the states we call the second ingredient "Corn Syrup" - I'll have to get out the candy thermometer and give this one a shot.

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Be your own hero

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I saw the movie Whip It a few weeks ago. Loved it, but that is besides the point. One quote really stood out for me. It was when the main character, Bliss, is at the rollar derby. She approaches a team and tells them that they are her new heros. The reply is "Put some skates on. Be your own hero".

WOW.

Ever since then, that line, be your own hero, has stuck with me.

I used to read healthy living blogs because I admired these women. I thought they were awesome and strong. They were my heros. But I realised that reading these blogs was fine, but having these heros wasn't. So I put on my own running shoes with a mission to be my own hero. And it has worked! I'm not saying that I don't admire these women. I do. I still read their blogs everyday. But now I read the blogs for inspiration and tips on how I could do things differently. I am now my own hero. I run. I eat (mainly) healthy. I have my own blog and maybe one day I will inspire someone like these women have inspired me.

For now I am content being my own hero.

  
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MAGGIENCALI 10/22/2010 10:38AM

    Good for you and thank you for blogging this. You have given me food for thought. :)

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 10/21/2010 6:23PM

    Great blog! That quote gives a lot to think about... I guess I never saw myself as my own hero. Why not, why can't I be my own hero! Now I will have to figure out how to get there.... Congrats on becoming the hero you want to be!

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CARLA-216 10/21/2010 10:26AM

    What a great message! Similarly (I think?) I came to the conclusion some months ago that try as I might to find motivation elsewhere, it really truly has to come from within if I am going to be successful. I have learned to be my own hero as well, but do still look to others for jolts of energy or good ideas.

xoxo
Carla

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YAZMAMA 10/21/2010 10:08AM

    emoticon You know, under the motivational pages is an article about putting yourself first. That's exactly what you do when you become your own hero. It's hard for many people to look at themselves like that but you know, if you don't do it for yourself, no one else will. Good for you!

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PALEAN 10/21/2010 8:58AM

    If we don't save ourselves...no one will always be there to save us. We need to save ourselves..so we can help save others!! I like your blog today!

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LINDENSGIRL 10/21/2010 7:02AM

    Great thoughts. We can do it!

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NOTMILK 10/21/2010 5:49AM

    great thought! I need to be my own hero today.

I am totally quoting you in the daily Amazing Day post!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 10/21/2010 4:26AM

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PATDBSN 10/21/2010 4:21AM

  i need encouraging, i have been eating good and walking everyday, since may 15 and i have only lost 30 pounds. so help

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HIKINGSD 10/21/2010 4:11AM

    Good for you!

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CIVIAV 10/21/2010 3:51AM

    Thanks for this one and I will use it too. I remember thinking about where I get my support and I was so thankful about everyone but me. I will be my own hero.

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RIVERDLC 10/21/2010 3:41AM

    Wow. What a great way to be motivates. I am going to steal this. Hope
it's okay.

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GIVEUP30 10/21/2010 3:37AM

    emoticon emoticongood attitude

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Eat Pray Love

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Firstly, thank you to everyone who complimented my new hair cut. Support is nice with a drastic change. I keep talking to my boyfriend about it and telling him that now I have a ponytail 'nubbin' :) He is sick of me and is offering me to a good home!

I saw Eat Pray Love last night with my bestest buddy. It was a great movie. A little long, but it needed to be. A little slow to start but without the details at the start the movie would have had little impact. I kept leaning over and whispering to my friend "OK, we need to go to Rome, there are hot guys, we need to go to Bali, there are hot guys". Yes, I have a boyfriend. He knows. I would highly recommend this movie. It gives you a lot to think about but is still very enjoyable. And I think it has a good spark message. How, you ask? Well, listen and you will learn!

In Rome she adopts a positive attitude to food. She enjoys eating, enjoys moderation and knows that she is healthy with indulgences. Sure, she eats pizza and pasta. But she enjoys is. She doesn't feel guily. She is happy. I think this is an important message. Eat what you want in moderation and don't feel guilty about it!

In India and Bali she goes through a journey of acceptance. Accepting herself. Accepting that she can't control how others think and feel. Putting herself first and letting herself just experience life. I think learning to love and accept yourself is such an important message! Love youself and others will too!

Anyways, last week of uni assignments, so excuse my absence!

I am househunting and job hunting. I am calling the jewellers tomorrow to see what is happening with my application. I kinda need to know and I have found employers don't mind if you call and check because it shows that you want the job. One job I got because the guy just waiting until he got called. I got the job because I was the first one to call and ask about it!

Househunting is sucky because we have a budget and cats. Budget means small and bad location usually, so hopefully we will find something good! And a lot of places won't allow cats but will allow families with children. My cats are my children, and they are much cleaner than kids! Cross your fingers for us and our househunting!!

  
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EUPHRATES 10/20/2010 10:43AM

    I read the book and then saw the movie...and was actually fairly impressed that they did as well as they did. SO much of the book is internal processing, I was really dubious how it would translate to the big screen.

Good luck with the househunting!

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MAGGIENCALI 10/20/2010 8:48AM

    I saw the movie and read the book. Book was slightly better, but Julia Roberts was awesome. I had a hard time with it in the beginning until she went to Rome that's when I started liking the book.
Good luck with everything! :)

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TWINSMOMMY607 10/20/2010 7:42AM

    I read the book Eat, Pray, Love and had real issues with it. However, that does not mean I am going to not see the movie, I love Julia Roberts and I have found that a lot of movies made from books make a lot of changes, so hopefully it is better than the book was.

Good luck house hunting and with the possible new job!

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NOTMILK 10/20/2010 7:37AM

    I was wondering about that movie - I might just have to check it out...

PS - I am SURE you will find a new place for you and the kitties too!

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EKRED8710 10/20/2010 6:47AM

    Good luck with the house hunting! I was wanting to hear what someone thought before seeing the eat, pray, love movie. I'll have to check it out! Have a great day.

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Got me a haircut (pics)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I'm impulsive. If I decide to do something it has to be done. So I got an impulsive haircut!

I wore my hair down today and it was heavy and gross and annoying. So I got it chopped off. It was halfway down my back and now it is shoulder length and layered. And curly, coz apparently my hair is curly short and long. And while I was getting it cut I figured I may as well colour it too. From long and reddish to short and brown

Whaddya think?



Yes, I did take my mirror outside again to get light.

This is the shortest my hair has been in.....7 years. I had about a foot of hair off. It is a big change but I like it :)

  
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VIRGOGURL4 10/24/2010 9:27PM

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LEXIE63 10/24/2010 7:35PM

    You look great! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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PUFFPASTRY 10/20/2010 4:12PM

    You are so totally adorable!! Hey, and thanks for the kind comments on my Spark page -- I appreciate it! :) Now go rock out with your fresh hair! emoticon

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STARINTHENIGHT 10/20/2010 12:58AM

    I love it too!! It makes you look so sophisticated! You are lucky you don't have to do anything to get those pretty curls!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 10/19/2010 2:42PM

    It is so cute on you!

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ANITA012 10/19/2010 1:41PM

    Doesn't it feel good? I just recently got my hair cut too. It is nice when it feels light and airy and not weighted down. It's easier to care for and doesn't get oily so fast.
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MLAYESKI 10/19/2010 11:24AM

    Love it!

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MLAYESKI 10/19/2010 11:24AM

    Love it!

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MLAYESKI 10/19/2010 11:24AM

    Love it!

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MLAYESKI 10/19/2010 11:24AM

    Love it!

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MAGGIENCALI 10/19/2010 10:36AM

    I love it!!! It looks good on you. I did the same thing in August and was so glad I did. You're lookin good! :)

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CARLA-216 10/19/2010 10:34AM

    I love, love, LOVE it! It looks so bouncy and fresh. I bet you feel a few pounds lighter too, huh? (I say that because I have very heavy hair and I feel so much lighter after a cut.)

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LINDENSGIRL 10/19/2010 6:56AM

    I did the same thing in July. I've always had really long hair and decided to make a change. I went super short (above the ears) and I still feel liberated every day!

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BEANPOD77 10/19/2010 5:51AM

    Love it!!!!! emoticon

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PURPLE_PANDA 10/19/2010 2:56AM

    I think it looks great. I did the same a while ago, always had long hair. Woke up one morning and got it cut shoulder length. It felt different and strange for a little while and then i started loving it. Its going to grow back even better emoticon

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BARCLE 10/19/2010 1:31AM

    emoticon fantastic haircut - bet you feel as good as you look emoticon

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KAYKAYRUNNER 10/19/2010 1:28AM

    OMG!! I LOVE It!! Your new do is super cute!! emoticon

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ANAJAK 10/19/2010 1:22AM

    Looking hot chicka :)
ps. how jealous are you of people meeting. I'm pretty jealous :)

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TEAWONDERFUL 10/19/2010 1:03AM

    Looks nice. It's always nice to get your hair done. It feels fresh and exciting. Enjoy your new look. I think it looks great.

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LIBBYL1 10/19/2010 12:58AM

  looks fresh and gorgeous

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10K?

Monday, October 18, 2010

No, not $10000. Oh, I wish. A 10K offroad (read bush trail) fun run (read walk). My friend Caz emailed me this morning to see if I was keen. We are gonna think it over because a. it is a bit expensive and 2. it is a 10K trail walk on the west coast along a cliff. And we are average with heights. But it would be fun. And the worst that would happen is that we don't finish in time and we have to get a ride back to the start on the quad bikes. Hopefully manned by cute boys ;) (Seastar shows ya how to look on the brightside!)

So if we do this it will be the week before the other 5K and that will make 4 walks in 6 weeks :) I love doing this stuff, it is so much fun!

The main problem with doing these organised walks is that they are getting a bit expensive. But the walks thin out quite a bit over summer and pick back up around february, so these 2 will probably be the last ones for a little while.

So, again, very excited and I hope that if I get the job I went for that they are happy to work around my walks!

  
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BEANPOD77 10/19/2010 5:54AM

    Sounds like fun..and I am sure it's a beautiful spot..How soon do you have to commit? I understand the $ worries..will u know about the job in enough time to sign up still?
Whatever you decide, it will be right for you...
( hunky men on quads is a definite attraction ;-)
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MRS.PRINCIPAL 10/18/2010 6:13PM

    Sounds really fun, and I be the view from the walk is fantastic!! Hope you can do it.

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STARINTHENIGHT 10/18/2010 3:27AM

    I hope you guys end up doing it,, sounds like it will be a fun experience! I totally agree about the worst thing that can happen is the cute boys in the quad pick you up.

Isn't that the funny thing about jobs? You have the money to do things like 5ks and such, but now you have no time. haha emoticon

Hope you get the job anyways!

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