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Sunday, August 04, 2013

I only have one question...

What are Russian Twists? :-)





In a country like England, where the weather is so changeable, this could actually work! LOL

However, certain parts of the world are going to get bored very quickly!

Hope you've had a good weekend!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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GRACIEC 8/9/2013 12:31PM

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    Can't help with defining a Russian Twist!
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    Eh the weather changes every 5 minutes here,it would work emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHAWFAN 8/5/2013 6:07AM

    Cute! Thanks for sharing!

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POLSKARENIA 8/5/2013 2:49AM

    Very imaginative!!

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_LINDA 8/5/2013 2:40AM

    Russian twists -you sit in a V sit hold, leaning backwards with a straight spine and legs bent at the knee but feet not touching the floor and you take a weight (or medicine ball) or something heavy in your hands and twist from side to side. I used a medicine ball in a bootcamp once -they were HARD!
Is there that much of a difference between cloudy and overcast? I think they should specify partly cloudy ;)
This would work in my rapidly changing climate too..
Have a Marvelous Monday!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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SHEENADEE 8/4/2013 10:36PM

    Sounds like a fun way to pick your workout.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 8/4/2013 8:11PM

    I think they are seated twists with a medicine ball.

Oh I know.

Google it!

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Storm today. Awesome clouds!

Friday, August 02, 2013

Got loads of photos, but these are a couple of my favourites:





And this is my fave shot of the recent full moon...



That will have to do because my camera's pics are quite large and Spark struggles with them.
Hope you had a great day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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GRACIEC 8/9/2013 12:37PM

    Great photos!

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CARLA-216 8/6/2013 1:38PM

    What gorgeous cloud and moon photos! Your camera did a wonderful job with the moon. Wow!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 8/6/2013 11:21AM

    Great blog all the way around!

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MAURIZIA 8/4/2013 5:14PM

    Beautiful photos! I love the laundry shot - the white against the dark sky. Intense!! Thank you for sharing them!

Hugs.

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 8/4/2013 12:18AM

    WOW So dark, I hope the weather cleared up

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2ABBYNORMAL 8/4/2013 12:14AM

    Awesome pictures. I love the storm clouds and dark sky when storms are rolling in. I love the pictures.
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POLSKARENIA 8/3/2013 2:20PM

    Love the photos! And the cartoon especially!!

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GARDENCHRIS 8/3/2013 10:10AM

    nice!

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_LINDA 8/2/2013 10:12PM

    Wow! Awesome!! Love these photos! Cute funnies!
I use Windows Live to download my camera photos now because it lets me edit them and resize them, that is so frustrating Sparks always used to refuse them..
Have a Super Saturday!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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    Love it!

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SHAWFAN 8/2/2013 6:46PM

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing!

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All behind like a cow's tail...

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The title is one of my favourite sayings, and as far as I know it is specifically of Cornish origin, where I woz brought up. Of course, if you know different, I'm all ears. :-)



I use it a lot, which gives you some indication of how well organised I am these days. LOL

Anyhow, that was yesterday, and I gave up playing catch-up and losing, so went to bed blogless.

But this is now. :-)

Am I the only person who is finding the days shooting past faster than the speed of light?

Yesterday was cool and delightful. Today is sticky and very much not delightful.

Aside from the tasty noms from Waitrose.

They are very delightful! :-)

I came home with doughnut peaches, and sliced melon, and all manner of tasty freggie treats, and for lunch I popped some cold smoked rainbow trout fillets on my plate, along with some beetroot, and I baked little courgette buns to go with it. Yummy!

Ok, hold the phone...

Courgette Buns?

That's what I said, yes. :-)

What are they? Well, they are sort of baby baked omelette buns really.

You simply set your oven to 200C, 400F, gas 6, and lightly grease four sections of a fairy bun tin or a muffin tin. Then you grate up a medium courgette (or about 4 or 5 of those baby ones) to about 100g or thereabouts, pop it in a bowl, add one egg and about 25g (more or less, your choice) of grated parmesan or other Italian cheese (I use a blend of Italian cheeses already grated so dead easy to measure out) and stir it all together with a fork. Spread the mix between the four greased sections, packing it in and gently firming it down. Then you pop it in the oven for 15-18 mins until the edges are golden. Pop on a plate and they are ready to eat. Really delish! And they have to be one of the easiest things I've ever prepared. Didn't even take five minutes to sort out.

I'm loving being back on Spark more regularly. I've even started to organise my team challenges so that this month I might actually manage to keep up with them! There is a lot of walking involved, what with the Step to the Beat team and the Leslie Sansone Team :-)

Well, better brave the heat and water the veggies. They must be feeling parched!
Hope you are having a great day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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_VALEO_ 8/3/2013 2:37AM

    OM OM... Your courgettes' recipe sounds lovely!

I had never heard the saying before, and I find it very visual. According to my research (was trying to see when/where to reuse it), it seems that the saying is much older, and it is originally found in Petronius' work.

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BOVEY63 8/2/2013 4:09PM

    I am happy to see you blogging more too! They always cheer up my day!
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_LINDA 8/2/2013 12:33AM

    That is a new saying on me for sure.
The days are zipping by too quickly. Seems like we barely had much of a summer and there are signs of fall already!!
So glad you are back Sparking and blogging! You were missed!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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MAURIZIA 8/1/2013 4:33PM

    Lexi, I love reading your blogs so I, too, am glad you are blogging again. :)

Courgettes (or zucchini, as we call it) is one of my favorite veggies and in an omelet with eggs, onion, and cheeses is my favorite way to eat it. I have even made it calzone style.

Your weather sounds much like ours. Wonder if that is why this region is called "New England." :)

Enjoy your day!

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2ABBYNORMAL 8/1/2013 2:49PM

    Same here, nice day yesterday and hot and humid today. I love the pictures, your humor and your recipe. You made my day.
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CARLA-216 8/1/2013 2:11PM

    Sounds tasty, the courgette buns! My courgettes went kaput; I think squash beetles got them like happens every year after several weeks of giving me more than enough. Too bad they all come in at once and then...nothing.

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Jog in the rain? Me? Yup! And with Photo Proof to boot!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Coming back...





See? Told you! I got Tara to take a couple of pics as proof, and Twink came along for the run. I was so energized by the drop in temp and the rain that after walking with Leslie Sansone for 3/4 of an hour, I was still feeling wired, so I decided to give the neighbours a thrill and jog three times down the garden, round the veg beds and back again. Hey, gives them something to talk about. LOL

Look at the nutty neighbour jogging round the garden in the rain!!!
Hee hee!

I do love the rain! :-)
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Lex xxx
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GIVWIG 8/9/2013 1:32PM

    As long as you have fun, who cares what the neighbors think!!

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GRACIEC 8/9/2013 12:47PM

    Now, that's what I call a "cool down"!

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    Great job.
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THE_SHAKESHAFT 8/1/2013 12:35AM

    Looks like lots of fun!

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MAURIZIA 7/31/2013 10:40AM

    Lexie! Lexie! Lexie!!! You are an inspiration, woman!! WOOHOO! CONGRATS!

I, too, love the rain...even the flooding rain has a rhythm to it that can be calming, as long as I'm not driving in it.

Your garden reminds me of the Garden of Hope the Foundation for which I work built in my late friend Laurie's backyard...so beautiful and serene!

Hugs.

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2ABBYNORMAL 7/31/2013 12:42AM

    Great story with the pictures. I love your yard. It looks beautiful.
Glad you had a good time.
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SHAWFAN 7/30/2013 9:08PM

    Thank you for the smile. Glad you had a good run. :)

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    You do make me smile. You look great, glad to see you so motivated, your garden is looking good. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 7/30/2013 2:58PM

    Looking sharp! I don't mind being out and about in the rain. Just wish my eyeglasses came with wipers :P
Keep up the great work!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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3016DEBRA 7/30/2013 2:33PM

  I've given my neighbors something to talk about more than once!!! You look like you were having a blast!!! emoticon

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CARLA-216 7/30/2013 1:36PM

    Look at you! So awesome! I bet it felt amazing, huh? Have you not had rain for awhile, I take it? (What kind of cobbed up sentence is that? LOL) I know it's been hot, so I'm assuming that it was dry as well.

And I gotta tell ya...that garden is a sight to behold. It is so very gorgeous...brings a tear to my eye.

xoxo
Carla

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Took me a few seconds to realise what was going on, but when I did I laughed so hard that I just had to share!



I think this is as good as any Spark Motivational Poster, don't you? *grin*

In other news...

I have made a veggie chilli in my slow cooker today. It has over 2400g of veg and beans in it. This means that split into six portions, each portion has all five of my five a day in it! Can't be bad, eh?

Going to throw a portion over a baked potato tonight. Yummy! Hope I don't miss!
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Actually, I'm calling it chilli but it doesn't have any chilli in it. Just cumin, cinnamon, and lots of fresh coriander. Not a chilli fan really. :-)

The plan was for a meat free Monday, but as all great ideas I have these days, if not immediately written down to remind me, it stays in my head for all of two seconds and I had ham and chicken satay on my lunch platter. It was only as I was writing this blog that I remembered. Doh! Menopausal memory! Fun!!! LOL

I know, I'll try Freggie Friday instead this week. :-)

In not so good news, I'm back baking my own cakes, but when I added up the ingredients I realised that a small slice of my victoria sponge is 350 ish calories! Big Ouch! So I'll make small butterfly buns instead from now on. They are about half the calories of that cake slice! The fun thing with fairy cakes or butterfly buns is that you can make a one egg quantity, and that is enough for a whole week of treats. It also means that I can make one egg's worth in my fave flavour, and another egg's worth in Tara's fave flavour. That way we are both happy. :-)

One egg basic fairy cake recipe? What's that, I hear you ask...

What you do is weigh the egg in its shell, and whatever that weight is, that is the weight you use for the rest of the ingredients, so if the egg weighs 65g, you weigh out 65g each of butter or marg, caster sugar and flour. Cream the butter and sugar together than mix in the egg and flour alternately, and you have enough basic mix for 6 or 7 fairy cakes. Add fruit or whatever you fancy to the mix before splitting it between the bun cases and around ten mins or so at gas 5 and there they are. Delish buns!

Hope you've had / are having a great day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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GARDENCHRIS 7/30/2013 7:26AM

    like the picture it is funny....

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    I love the Spark Motivational Poster. It made me grin.
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MNOT2THICK 7/29/2013 7:57PM

    I am with Carla on the fairy cake. I must try that. Thanks

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SHAWFAN 7/29/2013 6:57PM

    Great blog!

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SASSYJAY 7/29/2013 4:26PM

    You always send me to the (imaginary) Yank-Brit dictionary, Lexie. Your 'caster sugar' is our 'powdered sugar.'

Nice try, though. You will NEVER turn me into a cook...even if I do have the (new) knowledge, I'm not about to put it into practice.

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CARLA-216 7/29/2013 3:50PM

    Oooh, I like that idea, the fairy cakes. I shall try that. I do love my sweets, and homemade is best.
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