-POOKIE-'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%2DPOOKIE%2D -POOKIE-'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Lots of avocados! and Costco http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300526 When we lived in London, we lived near a Turkish supermarket and honestly it is the ONLY thing I miss about living in London... and we seriously miss it. What I wouldn't give to get back in there! <BR> <BR> They used to have lovely fresh fruit and veg, so cheap, lots of exotic things and mostly organic and the avocados where so cheap, huge and always good. <BR> <BR> The ones you get from supermarkets here in the UK are often just nasty, browning, stringy inside, huge stones or just never r... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:52:30 EST Chart to help you make the best salads! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299854 <link>img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/sta<BR>tic/2016-12/12/11/asset/buzzfeed-prod-<BR>fastlane03/sub-buzz-29866-1481559948-7<BR>.jpg?no-auto </link> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:14:46 EST 3rd in 2nd Cookery Challenge: A recipe shared from MEWHENRYSMAMA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299341 CROCK POT Red Lentil Cauliflower Dal. <BR> <BR> When I asked if anybody had some vegetarian slow cooker recipes, MEWHENRYSMAMA, kindly suggested several for me! <BR> <BR> I made a red lentil and cauliflower dal today. <BR> <BR> I think in future if I am making a recipe with a high amount of onions in, I will fry them off first, as despite cutting them small and putting in bottom of pot AND cooking for longer/higher than suggested they still hadn't cooked to the point I would expect in a da... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:33:15 EST Pretty vegetables to roast. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296537 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/11583f11-bada-4346-8c0c-e94c4e4b2189.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dinner tonight, and an additional tray to roast to have cold for lunch tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Carnival squash, courgettes with spring onions, red peppers and a little yellow for tonight. <BR> Tomatoes and more peppers and courgettes for tomorrow. <BR> The little extra strip of multi coloured bits is my daughters, she gets oil on hers. <BR> <BR> I had to do extra roasted tomatoes as my daughte... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:19:48 EST 2nd in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Oat Cuisine by Pamela Westland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296092 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fd952fee-ada6-4ccb-ba17-957dcbd8f7b1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Oat Cuisine.... *narrows eyes* I see what you did there. <BR> <BR> Another charity shop find. <BR> <BR> I made the chili, with quorn mince instead of beef. It was supposed to have oat groats in it, but I couldn't find them anywhere, so used the rough crushed oats instead (not instant or rolled). <BR> <BR> I also added tomatoes and more spices, as a lot of older cookery books are woefully ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:43:41 EST Never thought this would be a comment of mine... I really like the current Pope! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295407 Again he has spoken out publicly to encourage breastfeeding. <BR> <BR> In the Sistine Chapel. <BR> <BR> The comments took place during an annual ceremony commemorating the baptism of Jesus, where the Pope baptized 28 children. "The ceremony is a little long, someone's crying because he's hungry," he said. "That's the way it is. You mothers, go ahead and breastfeed, without fear. Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus." <BR> <BR> If the Pope says it's ok to opening sustain the life of your... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:50:45 EST Losing my voice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294463 When I was a teenager, I had Tracheitis quite severely, which resulted in, with no exaggeration, losing my voice completely for nearly a week, with recovery taking several weeks. No now whenever I get chest/throat problems, my voice is eager to disappear! <BR> <BR> My daughter had a nasty barking cough, no runny nose thankfully, and she has now passed it onto me. I am asthmatic, so it's made my chest so raw and my shoulders hurt from coughing. And my voice is giving up! <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 09:18:50 EST On January 2nd.... Shelves full of Easter Eggs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293307 <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <BR> <BR> Really? <BR> <BR> Marks and Spencers had a whole set of shelves of full size and mini's... <BR> <BR> Happy Easter?? <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I know I buy Christmas gifts early, but who hoards chocolate eggs for 3 months before eating/gifting? Sat, 7 Jan 2017 15:33:52 EST Oh my goodness! Super excited what my Dad got for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291690 So, he comes to the house and says... come see whats in my van... <BR> <BR> Now this is a sentence fraught with a mild sense of panic... like the electric organ I felt I couldn't say no too, and in the end my Mum made him take it away again... but I digress... <BR> <BR> He opens the van and inside is a proper double gas range!! Two ovens, a grill, a warming oven, 4 gas burners, an additional burner with cast iron plate, and a halogen warming plate!! <BR> <BR> It's not new, it comes from a ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 06:31:16 EST 1st in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Good wholesome Cooking, Pamela Westland. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291238 Restarting my numbering for a new year. I achieved 46 new recipes last year! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82ca342c-193e-48ce-9699-31c76604cdab.png"> <BR> <BR> This is a charity shop find. <BR> <BR> I thought the dish I was making sounded good, a vegetable layer bake with a yogurt and egg "sauce" I suppose almost quiche like. <BR> <BR> But in making it I wondered where all the liquid from the raw/semi cooked veg was going to go when it was bake... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 14:08:42 EST And back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290161 Amongst the other back to reality posts... here is another. <BR> <BR> I haven't really been looking at what I ate since we went to Edinburgh. <BR> <BR> And I'm not guilting myself nor apologising. <BR> <BR> I'm reminding myself we, the collective we as in most of the world, have had a truly terrible year. I went through a period of depression over Brexit, including the coming to conclusion we may have to leave what is supposed to be our home and move. <BR> <BR> So in the grand scheme of t... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 08:03:00 EST Vegetarian slow cooker recipes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288772 We got a new slow cooker from my parents for Christmas as our old one kept cutting out, so I'd never really used it much. <BR> <BR> It's very easy to find many meat based meals for them, I mean, they are ideal for cheaper cuts of meat being made into lovely meals... but not what I looking for! <BR> <BR> I found a book I'm going to get from the Library, it's expensive on Amazon if it's not any good. Going swimming/library on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> But does anybody have any vegetarian slow cook... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 15:16:14 EST Eww pre-made cauliflower rice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286883 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d99d075-fb19-4cf5-b025-fa3e55fc977a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These packets weighed 200g and cost £2 <BR> <BR> 1 whole cauliflower costs £1 and weighs at least 800g+ <BR> <BR> Ok, so you have to put in food processor, but I can just imagine the terrible smell of shelf stable pre-cooked cauliflower would have a sulphurous stench hits with a punch! <BR> <BR> Not something I want to try at all. <BR> <BR> I think fresh or frozen pre chopped cauliflower... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:41:28 EST 46th in cookery challenge: Canadian Living, Muffins and Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284054 KITHKINCAID sent me some cookery books forever ago from the US/Canada and this was one of them. So a thank you to sparkfriendships for this book! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3b78b632-5b5f-4121-9515-201a57ae5eac.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm so sad though, I haven't actually tried the muffins I made as I have been ill. <BR> <BR> I made some special "sunshine" muffins for the solstice. Orange and Date Muffins <BR> <BR> They have a whole orange, peel and all, in th... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 05:58:51 EST 45th in cookery challenge: Best Of Baking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283281 This book is a charity shop find, it's from the 1970's and translated from German, so it has some lovely traditional European recipes in it, there are SO many delicious looking non-diet-friendly recipes. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5fd338bb-1337-4235-8b3d-123d3acc39d2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I decided to make this Onion "pizza" I think when the word pizza didn't mean what you think it means and just meant flat thing with stuff on *laughs* <BR> <BR> I finally got to u... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:24:35 EST 44th in cookery challenge: Waitrose December magazine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282912 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb09538f-7403-4709-a558-4ab4b548c25e.jpg"> My daughter got a bee in her bonnet about wanting to make Brussels Sprouts Mac'n'cheese. So we did! The nuttiness of the sprouts was great with cheese. I added nutmeg as its so good with sprouts. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:41:39 EST A repeat of a blog about SUPER easy way to get Vit. D in the winter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277910 The BBC last year ran a series of programmes about food and health here in the UK, some very interesting. <BR> <BR> I loved this incredibly easy tip about mushrooms. <BR> <BR> They contain the ability to create vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, and they retain it even when put away again in the dark. <BR> <BR> So leaving your new bought box of mushrooms on a sunny (or even just daylight if thats the best on offer!) windowsill for a couple of hours will create lots of vitamin D to consum... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 05:37:30 EST As requested, Yule and the Winter Solstice explanation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277429 The Winter Solstice is the longest night, after which the sun begins to creep back in. To our ancient ancestors the Winter was a long, hard and dark time, and to celebrate the beginning of the return to life was very important to them. <BR> <BR> And a celebration in the darkest times was certainly something to look forward too! <BR> <BR> It's believed to have been important since neolithic times, based on the stone circles which have points that directly line up to the rising or setting su... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 04:01:57 EST We made a star for our Christmas tree and my Yule log! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277068 I have a lovely gold star for my Christmas tree, but it's just too heavy, and year after year we have ended up trying to support it with chopsticks and all sorts! So year after year I have been looking for something else. <BR> <BR> And never finding it. <BR> <BR> So we made this from willow from my husbands parents garden and then decorations I collected together. Still a little heavy, we need a studier stand for it, but not sure what to use! <BR> <BR> And today I decorated my Yule log, ha... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:05:04 EST Feel good friendship story. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275202 <link>www.scarymommy.com/we-carry-kevan-ba<BR>ckpacking-europe/ </link> Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:53:02 EST Our trip to Edinburgh (and Moffat on the way home) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273744 Well that was a drive... I got NO sleep the night before, and it was freezing conditions with lots of salt spray from gritted roads, we had to stop 2 additional times (also stopped for breakfast, and a nappy change) to defrost the wipers and top up water, they iced up so they didn't work. <BR> <BR> but we arrived safe and we had a nice time, did some shopping Friday for Christmas gifts for family, went to Jenners to get my girls Christmas bear. <BR> <BR> Saturday we went to a toy museum, a... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:53:32 EST Productive morning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271007 Cooked up a vat of black beans for breakfasts, enough for about 6 weeks of breakfast burritos. <BR> <BR> Then made some cranberry sauce to go inside the sausage rollls I made to freeze raw to cook at Christmas. I didn't make my own puff pastry.... I'm not THAT productive! So made about 25 sausage rolls. <BR> <BR> Then I made 6 portions curry to use up all the sad and lonely vegetables in the fridge. <BR> <BR> THEN I cleaned the kitchen! <BR> <BR> Was listening to the 2nd album of the Beat... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 05:48:32 EST Food banks and Angel Trees. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270182 Several of our local supermarkets have food bank collections which the store tops up a certain percentage to whats donated and more are organising donation of daily nearly expired foods like bakery being donated to places like homeless shelters. <BR> <BR> Food banks donate to some of the people still stuck in poverty that shouldn't exist in these times, when I was left with debts from my ex running out and renting a too big flat without funds to move, the only reason I could afford to eat wa... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:54:01 EST News about Ebony the cat... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269284 So she did have cystitis, obligingly she peed in the plastic cat litter to be checked, she has antibiotics for that. <BR> <BR> She had a fasting blood test (much to the upset of BOTH kitties denied a timely breakfast) and has revealed she has an insanely over active thyroid, so she has to have medication daily for the rest of her life. <BR> <BR> I agreed with the first vet I saw, she is too old and frail for surgery, so pills daily it has to be. She should start gaining weight and getting... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:07:14 EST Now our 16 year old + cat is ill. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267684 Woke up this morning to find small puddles of blood and urine all over the place. <BR> <BR> Ebony is at least 16 years old, I found her... pitch black cat, sitting in a burnt out church in Ayr where I used to live... we joke she is the original evil... been through various reincarnations of evilness. <BR> <BR> She is an absurdly affectionate cat actually, patient beyond end with my daughter who loves her so much, but she can't half swear (Scottish, it's what you do) and curse and whinge, p... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 06:35:35 EST 43rd in Cookery Challenge: Chickpea and Peach Curry from "A Girl Named Jack" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267337 <link>www.amazon.co.uk/d/cka/Girl-Called-J<BR>ack-100-delicious-budget-recipes/07181<BR>78947/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=147923584<BR>0&sr=8-1&keywords=girl+named+jack </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bee1776f-7a2f-49fb-91e8-a9817ccff82f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This person's story is heartbreaking, and a huge highlight to the forgotten victims of extreme poverty the UK is still experiencing, people shouldn't have to forgo having lights on to be able to afford to fee... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:59:13 EST 42nd in Cookery Challenge: My own recipe inspired by spice mix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265573 Another spice mix from Lancaster Market, for an Indian dish, Karahi, and I made it with lots of mixed vegetables, red lentils to cook down and thicken. <BR> <BR> Fairly spicy mix, made 6 portions, ate 2 that night, 2 for lunch next day, and froze 2 for another day. <BR> <BR> I have enjoyed creating recipes to match the spice blends I bought, has been fun. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 07:59:14 EST All of us have been ill. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264731 Thank you first to Libelulita for checking on me when I hadn't been around for a week. <BR> <BR> My little girl got a vomiting and diarrhoea bug last Thursday, multiple changes of sheets, midnight showers to wash hair, over several nights, then I caught it whilst she was still ill, very difficult dealing with us both at the same time. Then my husband got it after us. <BR> <BR> Still not 100% any of us, it was a horrendous bug taking a while to recover. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:15:58 EST Yup... this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261249 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ea45e24d-2860-466c-9890-bc9b73654cf4.png"> Thu, 3 Nov 2016 06:24:26 EST "Our bodies are more than numbers on a scale" - Article. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260807 <link>www.scarymommy.com/value-our-bodies-<BR>more-number-scale/ </link> <BR> <BR> I liked this today. Wed, 2 Nov 2016 09:29:59 EST Milkman? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260249 Well they where supposed to start delivering today. <BR> <BR> It's 2pm and nothing. I guess perhaps they didn't get enough people sign up and decided not to carry through with it. <BR> <BR> Such a shame, got to schlep out and buy some from the corner shop now at some point this afternoon as I didn't buy any in the supermarket, and it costs a LOT more to get it in the corner shop. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 10:01:33 EST 39th, 40th AND 41st in Cookery Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257324 First recipe inspired by a non-vegetarian recipe I found online, for a German style lentil and sausage dish, so I made it vegetarian with Quorn sausages, we have this for dinner tonight. <BR> (So can't vouch for the recipe below, it was merely inspiration) <BR> <BR> <link>www.fivehearthome.com/2014/01/08/slo<BR>w-cooker-german-lentil-soup-with-sausage/ </link> <BR> <BR> Next up are two dishes I made up to use spice blends we got in Lancaster market. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosa... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:28:20 EST A knock at the door? Leading to a delightfully old fashioned joy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256460 Playing with my little girl after dinner this evening, we hear a knock at the door... my husband answers and comes back in and asks me to go to the door... <BR> <BR> ....because... <BR> <BR> MILK-MAN!! <BR> <BR> An actual real life local delivering milk man! <BR> <BR> They are a local farm, wanting to set up delivering milk again and paying fair prices to the farm for milk (BIG deal here in the UK right now). <BR> <BR> Right now they are only delivering Tues/Thurs/Sat which is fine wit... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:00:05 EST Online shopping from various UK Supermarkets. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254884 I have used online ordering for various reasons, when I had just had my baby I did full weekly shops from them, but now usually I get them to deliver a bunch of heavy stuff I can't be bothered lifting when they try to lure me with free delivery offers!! (hello 6 bags of cat litter directly to my door) <BR> <BR> I stopped Asda after two orders, the quality of the produce picked for me was atrocious. They also subbed a meat based item for a vegetarian item.... seriously? I did not order meat! ... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:19:05 EST 38th in Cookery Challenge: My own recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253815 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/83b054ec-1fdb-426a-bea3-c228ff35cbd8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Indonesian red curry, was going to be Thai green, but the inspiration for this dish... the guilty look half a jar of green curry paste was giving me.... decided to go bad in the couple days since I looked at it and decided it was fine! <BR> <BR> So a paste of Indonesian curry instead! LOADS of vegetables. Doesn't it look so bright? Has every colour in it of the groups you should aim to eat.... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:56:36 EST This article about a compassionate child taking extra food for a friend made me well up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253533 <link>www.scarymommy.com/josette-duran-pac<BR>ks-lunch-sons-friend-for-weeks/ </link> <BR> <BR> Please read it if you need to see some good in the world right now, the story just is wonderful. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:00:18 EST Yuk. On antibiotics. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252738 I hate taking antibiotics and don't do well on them. But 2 months ago I stopped breastfeeding and thought it was going ok, but I have an infection in the side I had lots of problems with when feeding. So now on a weeks course of horse size pills as I can't take any penicillin based ones. Feeling nauseous and just horrible. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:05:12 EST Weekend plans for my birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251364 Well tomorrow is my birthday and we did have some plans, but my little girl got her first invitation to a birthday party, so going to that! <BR> <BR> She is so sweet, I said about making a birthday cake and she decided it was WRONG... she informed me that she would make one with Daddy and "you stay in my room". <BR> <BR> So making cake, then going to childrens party, and my birthday outing has been moved to Sunday, we are going to Botany Bay Mill, particularly for the Christmas floor! <BR> ... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:45:34 EST 37th in Cookery Challenge: My own recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250504 Mostly due to the increasing guilt over a packet of Quorn Pepperoni frosting over in the freezer, I made up a recipe today using lovely Autumn vegetables and the Quorn so it would stop giving me looks. <BR> <BR> Pumpkin, Parsnip and Pepperoni Pot... using it as a highlight like using chorizo. (and the alliterative name amused me) it also had butternut, onions, celery, carrots and plenty herbs and some paprika. <BR> <BR> Was really nice, made 10 portions, froze 6, ate two for dinner and two ... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:46:11 EST Cute picture of us to share http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249787 In this, my little girl is wearing a dress of mine from when I was little! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f63e15f-3985-42d6-abe1-5ddb3307045a.jpg"> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:11:57 EST We visited "Liverpool Castle" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249206 The real Liverpool castle was destroyed and in 1912 William Lever (of Lever Brothers) decided this wasn't good enough and made a large park with a replica folly of the castle! <BR> <BR> So we went for a nice walk around the park and visited the "castle", it was fun! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/afedff04-8eb2-4974-a6d2-7ef1499b5042.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd0c75ae-5cd9-43c3-9ede-f35f8bdb2f60.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:09:34 EST Article: Pretty healthy and easy Halloween treats to make... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247751 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/eas<BR>y-to-make-healthy-snacks-to-try-this-h<BR>alloween?utm_term=.uqP5vDEwBM#.mqakEqOlvB </link> <BR> <BR> I think my girl would love the spider sandwiches, she has a book called that! Fri, 7 Oct 2016 08:27:19 EST I'm THAT person... Christmas shopping mostly done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247165 And how?? <BR> <BR> Because I am CHEAP!! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Over the last year or so when seeing a toy or somesuch my daughter would like for Christmas in a sale or special offer, I bought it then and there. I have a lovely collection of things for her, none of which I paid full price for! <BR> <BR> Just need a few bits for things like stocking and all done! <BR> <BR> Haven't finished my husband's gifts, and we go on a trip to Edinburgh in November and will buy our family presents ... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 06:30:39 EST And we have done our flu vaccinations for this year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246138 I got mine a couple weeks back, not too bad this year. <BR> <BR> My daughter got her's today, it was a liquid up her nose. She was SUCH a good girl, no fuss at all. Proud of her. <BR> <BR> She loves watching a CBeebies programme called "Get Well Soon" which has puppet figures visiting a (a real Doctor actually) Doctor with common childhood complaints, to help normalise the experience, so she wasn't fazed at all. She likes playing Dr's! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.co... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 08:51:06 EST 24 Delicious Ways To Eat Winter Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245578 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/marietelling/delici<BR>ous-ways-to-eat-winter-squash?utm_term<BR>=.na9kmlOMXK#.vworlAVR15 </link> <BR> <BR> there are a few on this list I fancy trying! <BR> <BR> I have a couple cute squashes on my Autumn table display right now! <BR> Mon, 3 Oct 2016 09:05:22 EST Fibre One bars available in the UK... and EWWW at the ingredients! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244065 I have seen these repeatedly mentioned on SP as a low calorie, fibre filled treat to replace a high sugar cake. <BR> <BR> I looked at the ingredients list and it's horrible! <BR> <BR> Firstly I am surprised it's allowed to be sold in the UK when all our brands and stores have already removed Hydrogenated fats from all products, when it's proven to be absolutely TERRIBLE for you. <BR> <BR> It's the amongst the biggest health mistakes ever. <BR> <BR> And the list is longer than.. well I do... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:48:51 EST 36th in Cookery Challenge: My own recipe and a website. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243484 My new recipes this week where the lasagna we had last night with the lentil lasagna sheets. I just made up a recipe for the filling. And used a Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond's, idea of a ricotta layer instead of white sauce. <BR> <BR> We where both impressed! I cannot remember the last time I made lasagna, must certainly have been before 2009, I did a Hairy Dieters Leek layers lasagna, but it was so far from lasagna I don't think I can count it! <BR> <BR> The lentil pasta was just fine, no ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:13:14 EST Productive morning despite feeling bit off. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243002 Had my flu vaccination yesterday, some years it's nothing, another year I had the most horrible ache across both shoulders and a pretty useless arm. They try to vaccinate against whats predicted to arrive this Winter! So thats why it varies how much it affects you. <BR> <BR> Woke up to stiff shoulder and tender arm and a general feeling of slowness. <BR> <BR> But this is a million times better than getting flu, which as an asthmatic, could be life threatening. <BR> <BR> So not really compl... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:30:36 EST "Family fruit fruit" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241982 My little girl gets "fruit fruit" as she has called it since she started talking, after she has had food. <BR> <BR> I practised baby led weaning with her, no mush, just real food in her tiny pudgy fists from 6 months old. Her first food was toast and banana, and 3 days later she was having fish, a week later she tried a beef burger and falafel! <BR> <BR> There is no plate clearing enforced, but she is usually so hungry she eats most things, she liked nearly all foods other than a consistent... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:14:10 EST Target Cashier Made Famous For His Kindness Proves Karma Is Real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241449 <link>www.scarymommy.com/target-employee-i<BR>shmael-gilbert-lands-new-gig-after-kin<BR>dness-goes-viral/ </link> <BR> <BR> needing a moment to find some kindness in the world, and managed to read this story. What a wonderful turn around in his life for him just being a good person. <BR> <BR> We need more good people. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:52:27 EST