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Singing in the rain - Eric & Ernie Style...

Sunday, November 23, 2014

I think we all need a little sunshine and laughter to offset this gloomy weather...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mDTn-QvO9I

  
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RAINBOWCHOC 11/24/2014 8:57AM

    Hi Lexie, hope the sun is shining in Essex now. It's good in Kent

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Pink Team: Me and the Juggling Spy! *shhh*

Thursday, November 06, 2014



Spy is just to the right of the streetlight. Sorry for poor quality. It didn't like my camera shot so I had to use my phone.

As for my blogs...

Normal service will soon be resumed. LOL

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Lex xxx
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    I feel like Daffy some days!
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    Love Donald Duck!

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_LINDA 11/7/2014 6:41AM

    Not sure what you are on about here -new game? Pink team? So nice to have you back blogging!
Have a great day!
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Linda xxx

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Pink Team Healthy Recipe Blog Challenge

Thursday, November 06, 2014

OK, I'll share my basic Spaghetti Bolognese recipe, as it is dead easy, and I consider it pretty healthy and balanced, with a decent quantity of veg in it, and none of the preservatives associated with ready meals. If you don't want to use tinned tomatoes, you can always buy some fresh and peel and chop them instead for this recipe. You may need to add a small amount of water and a squirt of tomato puree if so.

I use:
(makes 6 portions)
Lamb mince - around 500g (I find lamb easier on my digestion than beef)
1 large or 2 medium onions
2 large carrots
1 large portabello mushroom (or equivalent chestnut, button or preferred choice)
2 large courgettes
1 red or orange pepper
2 tins whole plum tomatoes (tins weigh 400g each)
1 heaped tsp bovril or marmite
good shake of mixed herbs
Wholewheat pasta or spaghetti (50-75g portions)
Cheese for grating
1 tbsp olive oil

Prep the veg as you go.
1. Place the olive oil in a large pan. Chop the onion and add to the oil.
Apply a medium heat and leave to start cooking, stirring occasionally as you prepare the rest of the veg.
2. Peel carrots and chop into small pieces. Place in a saucepan with some water, and leave to come to the boil and cook on another burner.
3. Chop up the bell pepper and add it to the onion, stirring in as you go.
4. Top and tail the courgettes and slice them into quarted lengthways. Cut into small chunks and add to the onion mix.
5. Slice and dice the mushroom and add that to the mix.
6. Give the veg a few minutes more to wilt if necessary, and then add the lamb mince. Break the mince up with a wooden spoon and stir and shift it about with the veggies until the meat is browned.
7. Pour in the tomatoes and break them up a bit with the wooden spoon. Add a good shake of dried mixed herbs, and the heaped teaspoon of Bovril or Marmite. Stir well in.
8. The carrot is hopefully cooked by now, so drain that and pour the chunks into the bolognese sauce. Stir it in.
9. Turn the heat as low as you can, and put a lid on the sauce, then leave it for about 30 mins, checking and stirring occasionally to make sure it is ok.
10. While sauce continues to cook for another 20 mins or so, measure out the quantity of pasta you need, put it in a pan with some cold water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until desired al dente (or softer) consistency is reached. Drain pasta, and share between the plates.
11. Switch off heat under the bolognese sauce, stir, and them scoop a portion over each pasta portion.
12. If liked, grate a little cheese over the top of each portion.

Note: The left over bolognese sauce is ideal for freezing in individual portions.

Approximate nutrition of this meal:
450-600 calories depending on amount of pasta and cheese used.
Each portion has about 2-3 of your five a day veggies in it, depending on veg sizes.

There you go. :-)
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Lex xxx
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MAURIZIA 11/10/2014 1:47PM

    Now, if only I ate meat, this sounds delish!

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    Sounds very interesting, if a bit long of an effort for us fast food non cooks to be able to handle ;-)
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    I love lamb! I never thought to use it in sauce. Thanks for the recipe. emoticon

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CARLA-216 11/6/2014 9:26AM

    Sounds wonderfully delicious! Thank you for sharing! :)

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One Year Goal Accomplished! Next Goal is.... *drum roll*

Sunday, November 02, 2014

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I did it! I walked with Leslie Sansone for 365 days straight! Every single day that I have been Fifty, I have walked at least one mile with her.

EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.



So I need a new goal.

Hmmm...

Well, I plan to continue the exercise streak Leslie has started but by using the classic Spark Guy Ten Minutes of Exercise a day. I shall continue the count on from the 365, but it will mean I can vary my exercise a bit more. I'll still use Leslie's DVDs, but I will have more time for my Wii games, and for other videos, like the Boxercise stuff.

But the BIG announcement, and I must be insane to be thinking of doing this...

I have just signed up to do the Colchester Half Marathon on 29th March 2015!

A fitting way to celebrate achieving my Mile a Day Goal? I think so. :-)

I'm just trying to decide which charity to do it for. Headway benefits from some of my 25 sign up fee, but I would like to walk it to raise money for another charity as well.

Any shout outs welcome. :-)

Bry has just confirmed she will run it as well! Awesome! I thought she was out because of a pre-booked holiday! :-)

Oh well, onwards and upwards - literally, in the case of North Hill!

Roll on my birthday tomorrow.

The Birthday Highlight:

Lunch out with younger daughter and my fella. :-)

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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    woo hoo! you are doing great!

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CARLA-216 11/12/2014 3:36PM

    Have you decided which charity to do your half marathon for? I just had a thought this morning so I thought I'd throw it out there for your consideration...how about an animal rescue/welfare agency?

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MAURIZIA 11/10/2014 1:47PM

    Woohoo!!!! Yay!!! Celebrating YOU!!!

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DWSCHUYLER 11/5/2014 5:43PM

    Fantastic! The epitome of commitment. Have a great birthday! emoticon

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    Great accomplishment!

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Welcome to 51!
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CARLA-216 11/3/2014 9:45AM

    What a grand accomplishment! And a nice goal to work toward from here. Quite impressive!

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    Congratulations on reaching your goal! The BEST is yet to come.

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PAULALALALA 11/2/2014 5:09PM

    That is an amazing achievement to have walked every single day for a year! So glad you signed up, and that your daughter will be doing the event with you.

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ANNEMAC5 11/2/2014 4:09PM

    Great job. You have not had the easiest of years so this is quite an achievement. What a brave girl putting down for the half marathon.
Lovely that you have some one to enjoy your birthday with have a lovely day
Anne

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RAINBOWCHOC 11/2/2014 3:45PM

    Have a wonderful birthday tomorrow. Hope the rain holds off so you see the sun.

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YJNANA 11/2/2014 3:37PM

    NICE JOB LEXIE BOOYAH is RIGHT emoticon

I like your plans for the next 365 days of the year.

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So close to my goal I can see the finish line!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Some of you may remember my blog last year about my plan to walk at least a mile a day with Leslie Sansone through my fiftieth year:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Well, this is the countdown...

Today is Day 363 of 365.

I walked my mile today, and if this cold bug doesn't conspire to get me, I only have two more miles to walk - 1 tomorrow and 1 on Sunday, to achieve my goal!

It has been a tricky year. My health has been a royal pain, and I've had to scrap most of my Fifty things to do while I'm Fifty list, but I hope that in two days, I'll be able to celebrate a milestone, and the day after, to celebrate my 51st birthday.

It won't be an easy celebration, because we are mourning the loss of my Son-in-law's Grandma, who passed on Monday after battling cancer. Myra was a much loved lady I had the privilege of meeting at Bry and Rob's wedding. Her daughter, Sarah, and I have a mutual love of all things Druidic, which is how I got to know them better over time, and Myra is going to be greatly missed.

So very mixed feelings about the coming days.

For now, though, I'm off to use the Wii for a while. We got the latest Just Dance (2015) a few days ago, and I'm trying to learn the Macarena. :-)

*cough cough sneeze sniff*

Have a great weekend everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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    Happy Birthday !

sorry about the loss of your friend

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SHAWFAN 10/31/2014 10:30PM

    So sorry for your loss. Your goal is amazing and I'm sure you'll make it! Great dedication to it, for sure! emoticon

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LOPEYP 10/31/2014 6:36PM

    That's a great goal and I'm sure that come Heck or High Water you'll do it!
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    Inspirational to. Have that much dedication! emoticon

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CARLA-216 10/31/2014 1:35PM

    How awesome is that!? Great job, Lex!

PS: I love the background photo on your page!

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YJNANA 10/31/2014 1:05PM

    WOW Lexi, that's impressive Commitment.
Let us know how you like the new Wii Dance. I bought it for my GKs

Sorry for the passing of a family member. That's always a sad time to get through.

Has the FLEX motivated you more??

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_LINDA 10/31/2014 11:11AM

    So sorry about the passing of Myra :-(
Way to go keeping up the Leslie walks!
Enjoy the new wii Dance -always liked that song.
Feel better soon, sending healing thoughts,
Hugs
Linda xxx

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MACANBEFIT 10/31/2014 9:07AM

    emoticon You can reach your goal!
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ICECUB 10/31/2014 8:50AM

    emoticon LEX!! SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR SIL GRANDMOTHER. I KNOW SHE WILL BE MISSED. LOVED YOUR PICTURES.

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NEW-CAZ 10/31/2014 8:42AM

    emoticon Lex...........I've not forgotten your special day emoticon

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JACEYLEE 10/31/2014 8:28AM

    emoticon Big Congrats! ;)

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HMBROWN1 10/31/2014 8:22AM

    What a content kitty! Have a great birthday! Congrats on accomplishing your goal.

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