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Butter Cake

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

My sister has come to visit for the week. We are very close and I love having her here. She does make me laugh. She is a keen runner and this is copied from her running log:

"This morning, we got dressed and went out for a run together. After a few yards, Dawn started talking about Butter Cake, which sounded delicious. She asked her husband is he still gets Butter Cake when he goes running . It seemed a bit of an odd conversation, but I had luscious visions of a slice of cake with a cuppa on our return. Sadly, I eventually worked out she was talking about *buttock ache* which is an altogether different beast."

I now feel like I ought to be feeding her cake. If anyone knows of a recipe for Butter Cake, please let me know!

We took a similar route to yesterday, but with additional laps round the forest so 4 miles covered in the sunshine. A good start to my 2013 goal of 1000 miles.

I don't think I've mentioned that I've been persuaded me to join the Moon Joggers on Facebook. This involves pledging to running and walking 1000 miles during 2013. I have joined a team of Sparkies which includes a dog, so I only have 200 miles to do. I've persuaded Lynda to sign up too, but forgot to mention that I'm in a team - she's got the full 1000 to do ....... So to cut into the mileage a bit, we went for a lovely walk round Brasschaat Park this afternoon. A meal in a local pub topped off a lovely day. I'm ready for a bit of a nap now emoticon

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SOOKIE 1/4/2013 12:11PM

    emoticon That was too funny and that butter cake sounds delish!!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/3/2013 8:02AM

    LOL . . . got the recipe for "buccock ache" but not Butter Cake! LOLOL Sorry, that just made me crack up. Hope you do get your recipe!

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ECOAGE 1/2/2013 10:35PM

    emoticon Funny!

I immediately thought of Pound Cake. It gets it's name because it uses a pound of butter, a pound of flour, and other ingredients.

Here's a link to Pound Cake and Butter Cake recipes:

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WILSONWR 1/2/2013 8:00PM

    That's funny!!

Sounds like an impressive objective - 1000 miles. Best of luck!

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BARB4HEALTH 1/2/2013 4:12PM

    Cute story! I have a recipe somewhere for hot milk cake which is an old recipe from a Taste of Home mag. Can find it for you if you like. It is good!

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POOKASLUAGH 1/2/2013 2:40PM

    Wow butter cake really does sound delicious...

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ALIHIKES 1/2/2013 2:25PM

    Love the joke! I'd MUCH rather have "butter cake" than "buttocks ache"!

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UNSWEETMAMA 1/2/2013 2:23PM

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LIS193 1/2/2013 1:52PM

    Ah dutch boterkoek - not like cake at all but a dense buttery subtance. Think shortbread with 2-3 times the butter, no crumbly at all. I remember my mum making it when I was growing up. I'll try and get the recipe off her.

Recipe for the other buttercake... running, bridges and rover's revenge (doggy lifts) :)

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STONECOT 1/2/2013 1:26PM

    I can give you a recipe for butter Madeira if you want!!! It's lovely, and you can add lemon, or cherries, or coconut, or fruit, to give a variety of delicious cakes!


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May all your dreams come true

Monday, December 31, 2012

I'm back in blustery, grey Antwerp after a fantastic holiday in the sun. We had a great time and all came back feeling refreshed and rejuvenated - well, apart from the jetlag. We visited all the Disney parks - what a vision that man had, although I couldn't help wondering what he would have made of the excessive crowds over the Christmas period and the high pricing of low quality food....(I'm allowed to be a bit "Grumpy Old Woman"ish, I have a Big Birthday looming). We also enjoyed exploring the local area and relaxing back at the house we'd rented. Best of all, it was lovely to spend quality time together as a family, with no interruptions from work/school/life.

So we find ourselves at New Year's Eve, traditionally a time for navel gazing. A time for looking back at our accomplishments and looking forward to future goals. Suffice it to say, 2012 has been another good year for me, I feel very blessed to live the life I live. I have one or two big fitness goals to aim for in 2013, it's good to have a focus. I'm planning to do the Brussels 20K in May and the Dodentocht (Death March) 100K in August. Tonight we will be going into Antwerp to see the new year in with the annual fireworks display over the River Schelde.

Wishing all my friends in Sparkland a very happy and healthy 2013, may all your dreams come true. See you on the other side!

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WILSONWR 1/1/2013 10:17PM

    You have some ambitious goals, but that's the way to do it! Best of luck in all your endeavors this year!

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1BEACHWALKER 12/31/2012 11:21PM

    Glad Florida was good for you & the vacation went well! Love the pic of the Cinderella castle! Hope you have a wonderful 2013-as good as 2012, if not better! emoticon emoticon

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-VIXEN- 12/31/2012 10:37PM

    Happpppppppy New Year!! :)

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UNSWEETMAMA 12/31/2012 10:39AM

    And to you, too.

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JACKIE542 12/31/2012 9:59AM

    Happy you had a great family vacation. I hope all your dreams come true in the coming year. emoticon Happy New Year.

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LIS193 12/31/2012 9:46AM

    So glad you had a wonderful vacation in Florida :)
Great goals for the new year!
Have fun tonight at the fireworks.

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Do they know it's Christmas?

Monday, December 24, 2012

Sat here in the sun listening to Christmas songs on the radio, somehow it doesn't feel like Christmas Eve. We're having a lovely holiday but Christmas has taken a back seat. Yes, there are decorations up and we're being wished "happy holidays" wherever we go. (Strange in itself, is it politically incorrect to wish someone a happy Christmas? We lived in the Middle East for 3 years where Christmas was very definitely not celebrated. We were, however, wished Ramadan Kareem and Eid Mubarak during their celebrations and took it with a smile in the spirit it was intended.)

My daughter announced at breakfast that she isn't excited this year as she knew she wasn't getting a sack of surprises tomorrow. We decided to exchange one small gift each (small enough to fit in a suitcase) and we have a few presents under the tree to open when we return home. But it's a very scaled-down version of our usual Christmas splurge.

I need to have a gentle chat with her. I want her to appreciate Christmas presence rather than Christmas presents. She already has everything she could possibly need or want. I want her to realise that we are so lucky. We have good friends who love and support us, we are blessed with our health and have excellent healthcare when we need it, we have no money worries and can afford to take expensive foreign holidays, we have the most wonderful loving family. I want her to realise how lucky we are to live the life we live.

I saw this quote a few days ago. Sums it up nicely.

“Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more....”
― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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SPARKFRAN514 12/26/2012 10:04PM

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family I still say Merry Christmas and its 12/26 as far as know its Christmas until 1/6/13 hope your daughter enjoyed her gift I like the Quote and this is another one to think about Its not the size of the gift but the thought that counts. MERRY CHRISTMAS MERRY CHRISTMAS emoticon

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/24/2012 3:03PM

    Love the quote. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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BEBOP4ME 12/24/2012 2:21PM

    I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, as i wouldn't be offended if someone wished me well for another holiday i did not celebrate. It is intended as an expression of happiness and i truly wish people well, regardless of whether they celebrate the holiday.

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-VIXEN- 12/24/2012 11:44AM

    One of my favorite holiday quotes ever! :)

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IAMWINNING 12/24/2012 11:39AM

    Dawn, I appreciate your blog. Wherever I go, I always wish people a "Merry Christmas" no matter what they say first or in return. Many people smile a big smile when I say it, and even if they've said 'Happy Holidays' first, they'll respond to me with "Merry Christmas." Seems not everybody is going to allow political correctness to ruin their spirits. : )

God bless you.

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LIS193 12/24/2012 11:06AM

    Great blog! The political correctness in the U.S. is so over the top at times... you sometimes feel you're on a different planet :)
Your DD may miss the tradition of the sack of gift more than the actual gifts. Being away for Christmas is so different. Enjoy your holiday and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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DETERMINED_ME 12/24/2012 11:05AM

    Merry Christmas! May it always be in your heart and may your daughter come to realize what Christmas is really about!

I am working with our children to understand that it's not all about presents as well.

Enjoy your day in the sun!

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STONECOT 12/24/2012 10:58AM

    Maybe your daughter cannot appreciate these things because she's always had them. Like when I was a girl eons ago, we were always told to eat our dinners because of the 'starving children in Africa/Asia/ etc' and we went 'yeah, yeah,' it needs the experience of almost losing these things to make us appreciate them, or it's just words. You truely cannot put old heads on young shoulders.

Enjoy your Christmas

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JACKIE542 12/24/2012 10:49AM

    Love your blog and the quote does say it all. have a great time. emoticon

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WILSONWR 12/24/2012 10:41AM

    Great blog. Hope you're having a wonderful vacation!

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Funday in Florida

Friday, December 21, 2012

Today we woke up to clear blue skies, as we have every day this week here in sunny Orlando. However, when we stepped out of the door it became obvious that the weathermen had predicted correctly - temperature had fallen 20 degrees overnight emoticon We swopped shorts and Tshirts for jeans and hoodies and set off.

We had arranged to meet up with an Australian family who live near us in Belgium and who had coincidentally also booked a Christmas in Florida. Somehow, despite huge crowds, we managed to find them in Hollywood Studios. Our 13 year old daughters are in the same class at school, so it was a great chance for them to enjoy some "teenage" conversation. The husbands (who had never met before today) seemed to get on well and I certainly enjoyed putting the world to right with my pal Sally - helped the time we spent queuing for activities fly by! They fly down to Miami tonight for the 2nd week of the holiday, we'll see them back in Antwerp on New Year's Eve.

We've planned to meet up with a Brazilian family from Antwerp on Boxing Day (26th) and I've just had a phone call from some friends in Texas who will be here next week and want to see us!

One of the Biggest Loser challenges for this week is to give yourself the gift of activity with family, friends or by yourself. I think I've got this one covered!

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LIS193 12/24/2012 11:07AM

    What fun to meet other families on your holiday! It sounds like you're having a blast!

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PUDLECRAZY 12/23/2012 6:32AM

    How much fun to be able to hook up with friends while you are here. Enjoy!

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UNSWEETMAMA 12/22/2012 12:28AM

    Nicely done!

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WILSONWR 12/21/2012 10:41PM

    Glad you're having a good time! You even get to visit with friends from back home. Take care and have a great vacation!

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JACKIE542 12/21/2012 9:59PM

    Very happy you are having a great time Too bad it got so cold.

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1BEACHWALKER 12/21/2012 9:44PM

    Sorry you had to be here on one of the coldest days we have had in a long time! I am freezing!!! Brrrrrrrr We so love our constant sunshine here! emoticon By Tuesday, it will be back to normal! Yippee!
Glad you are having a marvelous time with family and friends!! Make sure to go to Gatorland, if you have never been there. Seeing an alligator is a really special thing to me and still is to this day after being here for 9 years! They are so fascinating! It is close by, so it wouldn't take long to get there. Also, if you like The Titanic there is a permanent display in Kissimmee.
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Florida :)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

I'm having a lovely holiday. I'm enjoying the warmth of the sun, it's great to be back in Tshirts and sandals. I have friends back in Belgium who thought we were bonkers going to the sun for the holiday - that somehow, it isn't Christmas unless you're shivering in the snow! I'm spending precious time with my family, something I don't get to do often enough these days. The house we've rented is lovely. All in all, we're relaxing and unwinding and having fun.

As far as sticking to my new healthy lifestyle is concerned, well I'm walking plenty! Even the kids were complaining this evening that their feet were aching! I've decided to deploy "damage limitation" as far as food is concerned. If I lived here, I'm sure I'd weigh 300lbs. Surrounded by temptation, so much choice, so cheap compared to Europe. I'd be fooling myself if I thought I was going to lose weight on holiday over Christmas. So I shall aim to not put more than a pound or two on. Usually, I pack on a good 7lbs plus on a 2 week holiday.

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LIS193 12/24/2012 11:08AM

    I gained 10 pounds the first year after moving to the U.S. :(
Way to go on all the walking and family time.

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 12/21/2012 8:10PM

    Enjoy it for me, too!

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-VIXEN- 12/21/2012 6:49PM

    So glad you are having a good time. It sounds like it is just perfect for you. Merry, merry Christmas. :)

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PLANTAGO 12/21/2012 1:34PM

    Merry Christmas to you! Enjoy the sun. I'm from Poland, living in the US. So easy to lose weight in Poland, so easy to gain in the US emoticon

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ANDY_54 12/21/2012 1:29PM

    Lovely! Sounds like you're having a great time. And being sensible about the eating thing, too. LOL Have a wonderful vacation and Christmas!

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WILSONWR 12/21/2012 8:20AM

    Glad you're having fun! That's also a sensible approach to weight control - no since losing weight, but missing out on the chance to really enjoy your vacation and try new foods. Those pounds will come off quickly when you get back!

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UNSWEETMAMA 12/21/2012 12:34AM

    Sounds perfect. emoticon

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DETERMINED_ME 12/21/2012 12:19AM

    So glad you are having a good time. Hope you are going to take some pictures and share when you return home. emoticon

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JACKIE542 12/20/2012 8:36PM

    Really happy you are having a great vacation. Keep on walking and having a good time. emoticon

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/20/2012 8:31PM

    Sounds wonderful! I would love to spend the holidays somewhere sunny and warm. Walking should help offset the extra calories. That has been my experience on vacation, anyway. Have a fun, refreshing, and lovely Christmas!

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