-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/ OK, so I have re-earned my 120lbs lost badge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338261 Goodness knows what my actual total of up and downs comes up with a total of. But it's a lot more. Such hard work to lose over again. <BR> <BR> In 4 lbs time I will also break the barrier I haven't seen since I was pregnant and put away my scales... being under 200 lbs again. <BR> <BR> Over the last weeks, I have managed to contain a weekly treat to ONE treat. Previously, I was terrible at an all or nothing attitude...the whole weekend would be lost, if we where going out to eat, then might... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:02:40 EST Cutest cheese! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337797 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8083bced-da31-4ad7-8240-8aa189c4703f.jpg"> This is real Gouda just stamped out in teddy shapes! Got in the Polish shop and it was cheaper than normal slices of cheese I get for our burritos. But my little girl is very pleased with her teddies! Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:34:28 EST 13th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Dal, my own recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337453 So, something went wrong with my shopping list week. I said at least twice to my husband that there wasn't enough vegetables on it, but blowed if I could spot what was going wrong! <BR> <BR> And I was right. <BR> <BR> So the dal recipe I had rustled up to use some suspiciously dated Indian spiced tomato sauce from the cupboard got edited into... whats left looking sad in the fridge because it sure isn't whats supposed to be in there!! <BR> <BR> And you know what? Frugal is delicious! <BR> ... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:17:24 EST Chris Pratt's snack videos... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336265 <link>www.scarymommy.com/chris-pratts-what<BR>smysnack-diet/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'll just leave this brilliant commentary on the hardness of dieting right here.... <BR> <BR> <em>35</em> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:52:59 EST Link: Breakfasts around the world! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335690 Think outside the sugar coated cereal bowl for inspiration for something healthier this week! <link>www.quora.com/Eating-In-your-country<BR>-what-are-the-foods-usually-eaten-for-<BR>breakfast </link> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:19:06 EST Zoo visit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335118 Blackpool zoo is a great zoo, they have a lot of ties with big conservation projects, responsible breeding programmes for endangered animals in their care, and they have recently spent a lot of money on new enclosures for their giraffes, a new group of penguins and the orangutans, and also they have the largest sealion pool in the UK, the only gorillas in the North. <BR> <BR> Still doesn't stop my twinge of conscious and, yes really, the near tears seeing the huge, beautiful male Siberian ti... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 05:30:20 EST Link: LOADS of neat healthy eating ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334874 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/sallytamarkin/cheat<BR>-sheets-for-eating-healthier?utm_term=<BR>.nfmpZLmOPY#.mhQvlbQmy1 </link> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:57:19 EST Planning a healthy picnic for the Zoo. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334178 We are going to the zoo tomorrow, we have prebooked nonrefundable halfprice for local residents tickets (say that fast) and the weather forecast is rubbish. Sighs. <BR> <BR> Packing a healthy picnic, counting the calories. <BR> <BR> Just please can we have some not-rain... Not even asking for sun... Just not-rain! Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:23:13 EST 12th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Preserved Lemons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333741 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1eeb68eb-1947-41e8-812b-bcb078c9b0f4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So after buying my Citrus Paddock, the week after they where reduced to 50p for 6 HUGE lemons, so I bought another paddock. <BR> <BR> (yes I read your comments informing that was the company... but BLAH to you!!... it's a Paddock for my citrus regardless!! No spoiling my cute Paddock!!) <BR> <BR> We had a HUGE jar of tiny preserved lemons from the Turkish food shop where we lived in London... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:16:58 EST 11th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: 50 Great Curries Of India http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333459 <link>www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Curries-India<BR>-Camellia-Panjabi/dp/1856265463/ref=sr<BR>_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1489607240&sr<BR>=1-1&keywords=50+great+curries+of+india </link> <BR> <BR> Firstly, I LOVE this book. I got it in a charity shop, the recipes are authentic and every one I have tried has worked. <BR> <BR> I made Pistachio Korma. <BR> <BR> Sadly you can't get super bright pistachio's here, so it wasn't a beautiful green. It's also not something you can do in a hurry, you have ... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:55:56 EST Results from Dr http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332312 As several people suggested, I asked for Vitamin D test (amongst a million others), and lo and behold, that's what I am significantly low on! Hence the tired sluggishness. So on high dose supplements to see how I get on! <BR> <BR> Nothing else is wrong, nice to put thoughts about thyroid or diabetes aside. <BR> <BR> So I need some sunshine! <BR> <BR> We live far enough North in the UK that the guidelines are that the quality of sunshine just isn't enough October to March, that we cannot ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:47:46 EST Kalettes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331734 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2df6d1a3-83a6-4bf5-bc50-9e5eae804e22.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.kalettes.com </link> <BR> <BR> Again inspired by a magazine article, then seeing in store, I decided we would try these. <BR> <BR> Yeah... well. <BR> <BR> I am not a fan of kale, it tastes worthy and self congratulatory for eating something that feels like an autumn leaf and isn't actually much more nutritious than spinach, and is less nutritious than watercress. I feel part... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:38:29 EST Pluot... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330690 Pluot. <BR> <BR> yes really, thats a word. <BR> <BR> It's also a fruit! A plum and apricot hybrid. <BR> <BR> <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluot </link> <BR> <BR> The variety I have (Flavour King) has a short season, I usually refuse to buy anything other than English plums, but as this is NOT a plum, and I was curious after reading an article about them in a magazine. <BR> <BR> So here they are! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/92ddab12-4384-4aab-8c23-476bf... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:00:07 EST 10th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Own recipe, using lentil lasagna sheets. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330165 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/65c863be-5bf8-4784-8915-605d7c03a5b2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This lasagna is only 370 calories for a big portion, and thanks to the lentil lasagna sheets (no wheat, made ONLY from lentils, no weird ingredients) its 38g carbs, 9g fat, 34g protein and 10g fibre! 3.5 servings vegetables per serving. <BR> <BR> <link>www.explorecuisine.com </link> link to brand I used, they are GREAT <BR> <BR> Not too shabby for something like lasagna hey? <BR> <BR... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 08:10:16 EST Been to the Dr today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329603 Our Dr's has an online booking system, so handy, and I decided to test out a new Dr today. <BR> <BR> She was absolutely lovely, took me seriously, asked lots of questions and wrote up for a set of LOTS of different blood tests for me. Various vitamins/minerals, thyroid, white count, blood sugars etc <BR> <BR> So I go to the desk to ask to make an appointment, wondering when and how to fit it in, and the receptionist said "Do you want to do it right now?" um... YES please! So waited about 3 ... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 06:32:34 EST Musings on the 10 a day servings fruit/veg... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329167 Health is not made in a day. <BR> <BR> Nor a week. <BR> <BR> A month of a changed diet will start having an impact on your health. <BR> <BR> So I feel that the getting a bee in our bonnets about DIFFERENT servings of veg every day is a little counter productive. <BR> <BR> As long as it's not only broccoli we ever eat, eating the equivalent of 3 servings broccoli at dinner today, 3 servings cabbage tomorrow and 3 servings cauliflower the next is pretty much going to boil down to the same n... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 09:04:09 EST 10 a day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328817 Recent hoo-ha in the UK about it apparently being necessary to eat 10 servings of fruit and veg a day. <BR> <BR> Reading the articles about this, I am shocked to read that only 30% of adults reach the 5 a day, and only 10% of 11-18 year olds do!! <BR> <BR> Thats crazy. <BR> <BR> If most people cannot even achieve a glass of juice, some baked beans, a banana for snack, and a decent serving broccoli for dinner... then what on earth is the point of spending money changing guidelines to the 1... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 15:09:34 EST Clean eating... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327606 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/08671776-543f-48d0-9ea1-02ceeb08bd62.jpg"> Sat, 4 Mar 2017 08:31:15 EST Citrus Paddock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323773 I bought a box of lemons in the supermarket, thought it was cardboard, but when I got home, it's a study wooden box... and the label informs me it's a "Citrus Paddock" <BR> <BR> Maybe I am too amused at this, but citrus paddock? <BR> <BR> It was only 1 pound for 6 HUGE lemons, loose they are 31p each! Total bargain. <BR> <BR> And it wasn't a marketing gimmick, it wasn't advertised as this, its a side sticker on the box, just what it is. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.co... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 06:15:44 EST 9th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Own recipe. + batch cooking today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323264 We had gift vouchers for John Lewis/Waitrose, and we bought some Apricot tagine paste, so this recipe was inspired from that, and I made it up myself. <BR> <BR> My nose is still blocked, and my sense of taste is lowered, so hope it's good! <BR> <BR> I also batch cooked a HUGE pot of vegetarian chili, which we just had for lunch. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/90ccfd6d-b71b-4585-8e43-1bdcbc019011.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ok ingredients.... lets go.... food processor fir... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 08:02:10 EST Fair enough.... *funny* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322718 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c1db6ccb-9497-4c04-9e50-04621de30a2b.jpg"> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:07:05 EST Have made a Dr appointment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322166 I am so very tired of being ill. <BR> <BR> Since end of November I have been having awful problems with sore, cracked and peeling lips, and the corners of my mouth have been really sore too. <BR> <BR> Then mid December I got a sickness but (Norovirus we think) that took several weeks to get over, totally ruined my Christmas dinner's at our families homes. <BR> <BR> And since then, I have not been right, terrible cough, asthma all riled up, blocked nose, on and off, on and off. <BR> <BR... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:03:33 EST Realised I hadn't shared cake picture from 3rd Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321236 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d3f91d3d-9b6a-44a2-ab04-a260232eccf4.JPG"> <BR> <BR> She loved him! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c1065113-9458-4d30-913e-3e2b3bf94bbc.JPG"> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:33:26 EST 8th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Fit only for bin. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320732 We watched a documentary on the BBC called "The Dirty Truth About Clean Eating", it was very good, they spoke to a man facing jail time over his spurious claims about alkaline eating curing cancer. They also spoke to the author of The China Study, who was brilliant, he was very modest about his work. <BR> <BR> Most people refused to talk to him, hmmm strength in your convictions or not? <BR> <BR> When I went to the library, I saw a book that had been mentioned regarding alkaline diet, so I... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:11:04 EST A beautiful rainbow of food for dinner! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320200 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e22ad699-7592-4f39-bee4-fa97112e0945.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f28f074c-6207-4908-ba44-557537868a0a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The close up is my daughters dinner, I do her's seperate so we can have some smoked chili flakes on ours, or if I use a mix with salt, she has salt free seasoning on hers. <BR> <BR> The other trays are Left: courgettes, red onions, yellow and orange pepper to roast and leave in oven as it ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:50:38 EST 7th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Asian Cookery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319665 Another charity shop find this book. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/87954651-c517-4897-8041-02ba55c012a9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a2235cb-fe04-4eb6-9eb0-c1e35964d6fb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well the recipe I was following.... went out the window in the end, as stores only had green peppers due to supply problems, so I got bean sprouts instead. Then in the ongoing issues with our fridge (which is currently living in dining room as... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:53:57 EST Whoops, day didn't turn out as planned! But still good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319230 So gathered together heavy bag library books, put on our swimming costumes, swim bag of everything, hands full getting into the car with toddler. <BR> <BR> Drive off... CLUNK CLUNK CLUNK... what on earth is that?? Crawl the car back round the block and dump it outside the house, strip off swim suits and we have to walk to the library instead. 75 mins round walk, plenty of exercise. <BR> <BR> My Dad comes round and the suspension spring has snapped, had I not been loaded down and rushing I m... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:26:23 EST Do I count this as a "day 1"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318912 Well if it was, then everything was on track. Went for a walk with my toddler and said we should do that every day, she likes that idea. Food fine. Feeling cautious against being pleased with the day. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:36:38 EST Re-commitment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318411 I have decided to temporarily remove a stressor from my life, hopefully enabling a 3 month space to recommit to losing the weight I am sick of buggering around with, unable to break that "magic number" of getting under 200lbs again. <BR> <BR> Without wishing to discuss further, this decision I have made has no small impact upon me, I have been under a lot of personal stress and pain over the last year, which in it's self has had a big impact on my ability to focus on myself and my need to lo... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:41:21 EST 6th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: A recipe from my Mum to make COOKIE MONSTER!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316335 I assume I have made these cakes with my Mum when I was little, but I have certainly never made them as an adult! So they count! <BR> <BR> This cupcake recipe was quite different from a normal cake recipe. <BR> <BR> You rub the fat into the flour, add the demerara sugar (which is also not standard!) and then add beaten eggs and a little milk. <BR> <BR> Makes for a denser dropping consistency batter which baked into a firm crusted, crumbly inside cake, had a lesser fat/flour ratio than most... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:40:38 EST Link: Everything about protein! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315319 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/sallytamarkin/heres<BR>-everything-you-actually-need-to-know-<BR>about-protein?utm_term=.sqK7wDXeK5#.df<BR>oG1b0KZV </link> <BR> <BR> <em>22</em> <em>496</em> <em>490</em> <em>492</em> <em>371</em> <em>498</em> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:01:28 EST 5th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Mushroom Strognonoff. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313224 Another slow cooker recipe, from a website. <BR> <BR> Not sure why this recipe had so much liquid added at the start, at the end of the cooking time, the mushrooms where just swimming. I ended up using a cup to take out loads of liquid before I could add the yogurt, else it would have been horrible. <BR> I kept and froze the delicious mushroomy liquid to use when I make chili or something next. <BR> <BR> I felt unwell last night, and didn't eat much of mine, but it was nice, we have some l... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 05:59:10 EST Birthday cake plans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311637 My little girl asked for another Bing Bunny cake, so I decided to make his face for her this time instead of a flat cake with him on it. I don't like fondant icing, but black fondant is all we can make him look good with!! So will be peeling it all off my bit! This cake will be for party at weekend with my husbands family (also my MIL's birthday on same day as my daughters). <BR> <BR> Also making Cookie Monster cupcakes to take to the farm park on her actual birthday. My Dad is coming with u... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 08:38:19 EST 4th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Lentil veggie sausage casserole. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309515 I can't remember where this recipe comes from! I think I made it up and put in recipe calculator a while back. Slow cooker recipe. <BR> <BR> But it was to use a Fry's vegetarian polony slicing sausage from the freezer, it's big, 500g, but comes frozen in one block, defrost it and you need to eat it faster than I think one vegetarian could! <BR> <BR> So sausage and lentil casserole. I had mine with huge pile savoy cabbage (meant to be cauli-mash, but somehow I didn't buy enough cauliflower t... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 08:34:06 EST SparkPeople article about reducing food waste. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308917 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=2144 </link> <BR> <BR> I loathe the term "hack" but there are still some great tips in there (see whats wrong with the word tips?). Wed, 1 Feb 2017 08:07:11 EST Weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307742 Not a good one at all food wise. <BR> <BR> You would think I would know by know eating away emotions doesn't work. But apparently I don't. <BR> <BR> Sad on Friday, stressed on Saturday. <BR> <BR> On Sunday for the first time, we left our Toddler with my husbands parents and we went to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I didn't get to see The Force Awakens in the cinema, my husband did thankfully, and I managed to avoid spoilers for it until I saw it at home, but we decided to see if she c... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:21:08 EST Brrr... cookery challenge recipe for this week postoned! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306104 It was a warm salad, and frankly it's WAY to cold to even think about a mostly cold lunch! <BR> <BR> So now I have a random papaya to find a use for! And will need to catch up if I want to try for 52 new recipes! <BR> <BR> Instead we had some Thai seasoned vegetables from Lidl as they have lots of Asian goodies for Chinese New Year, got prawns for myself and had with a tiny amount of rice and some cashews. <BR> <BR> They also had blood oranges, I remember eating these as a child, they have... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:51:41 EST Re-inventoried my outside freezer today, since the weather is freezing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305441 Yup, in my hat and coat outside in the shed!! <BR> <BR> Figured since it feels like -7 out there, today was a good day to re-inventory the freezer, stacking stuff outside for a while wouldn't hurt! <BR> <BR> It was a mess as when we discovered the inside fridge/freezer isn't working right, everything got quickly dumped outside, thankfully had enough space, but its so so annoying to have to run outside to get a few peas or something. I cannot wait to get my new fridge freezer indoors. <BR> ... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 06:20:06 EST My new cookery book shelves! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304887 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ff056d28-7f5b-499a-9550-51b90f63a677.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Dad built in these shelves for me as my cookery book collection was on a free standing and not big enough unit, not really meant for books either. <BR> <BR> I collect vintage cookery books, and adore the terrible things in aspic or with obscene amounts of offal, or minuscule seasoning amounts. I love to look round charity shops for them. <BR> <BR> Also enjoy some new ones, but at the pr... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 07:57:05 EST When you can't even spell but know you deserve respect *uplifting* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303841 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/people-ca<BR>nt-deal-with-how-this-cute-toddler-and<BR>-her-womens-m?utm_term=.unRgvPbK1k#.of<BR>GGWjN7DR </link> <BR> <BR> This is hope for the future. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:33:19 EST *humour* piece about the love of coffee. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302874 <link>www.scarymommy.com/love-coffee-more-<BR>husband/ </link> <BR> <BR> I woke at 5 today after an illness disturbed night of lack of sleep... a quiet coffee has perked me up enough hopefully to deal with a toddler I hear stirring through the monitor. <BR> <BR> Being ill as a parent is a whole new kettle of fish, it really is! <em>287</em> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:32:40 EST Lookie at the teenie weeeenie 'matoes!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301804 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d241b724-d986-4973-95ce-0f1de76ec73e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They are tiny plum tomatoes, so sweet for out of season tomatoes. <BR> <BR> I dry roasted them in a pan, then put balsamic vinegar on at the end to reduce and make them all sticky and lovely. <BR> <BR> The bread I have here is a soya and linseed bread, high protein, lower carbs... and still eating those Costco avocado's!! 3 left! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:57:26 EST Do you know? Batch cooking rice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301132 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/270cc849-1ec1-43e7-8546-f433ea6bd06c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's 19 bags of rice husband and toddler portion in each bag. <BR> (I try not to eat rice trying to do lower carbs) <BR> <BR> My huge stock pot type pot was FULL. But it still takes 20 minutes to cook. <BR> <BR> I have saved 6 hours+ of gas expenses. <BR> I have saved 6 hours+ of cooking time <BR> I have saved washing 18 sticky rice pans <BR> <BR> I think thats certainly a win. <BR> <... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:52:48 EST 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