-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/ Not well today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093359 Came on quickly last night, I have an absolutely rotten cold, my sinuses are so swollen, I cannot clear them, I can't smell or taste anything. I cannot even smell the Olbus menthol oil meant to clear it! <BR> <BR> Can't take any decongestants as I am still feeding my little girl, so I am stuck feeling all stuffy. <BR> <BR> I really hope it clears some by her party... can't bear to not taste all the wonderful food I have planned! <BR> <BR> Had to clean the house today, 2 hours cleaning and ... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:50:14 EST Busy couple of mornings coming up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091637 While my toddler is at nursery I have a BIG to do list, she only goes 2 mornings a week and I have to cram things in! <BR> <BR> Clean the whole house. <BR> Deal with the damp mold we just found. <BR> Bake two, two layer cakes (will freeze so they are easier to decorate) <BR> Make huge batch pot of vegetarian chili. <BR> <BR> Busy busy! Tue, 9 Feb 2016 09:06:04 EST This is the kitty cake I made for my Daughter's Birthday last year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086505 Realised I never had shared it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0902f15-3407-4bd9-a9c2-eb96ed1d1e73.JPG"> <BR> Wed, 3 Feb 2016 06:50:19 EST Preparing for making my Daughters birthday cake... fondant icing tips? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085644 I don't like fondant, but I am making a cake with it on top to create a picture of my little girls favourite character. It's quite a simple design, but I have never worked with fondant before. <BR> <BR> I have bought pre-coloured icing, ready to roll, but not sure how to stop it sticking without making the colours dull with icing sugar, or how to "glue" the bits together onto the backing fondant. <BR> <BR> One half of the cake will be chocolate/mint marble and the other end will be strawber... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 08:46:46 EST 5th Book in Cookery Challenge: Cooking The Middle Eastern Way, Christine Osborne http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085040 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4a378586-0ce4-4ad2-8a1a-c1c1f6ac210e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is another of my older cookery books, its from 1986, the author traveled widely and the recipes seem pretty authentic, rather than the ersatz "foreign cookery" some of my older books are. <BR> <BR> However I took some pretty big liberties with the recipe I tried as it was meant to be a lamb dish. What drew me to the recipe was that it had tahini to make the sauce, which sounded really ... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:23:15 EST 4th Book in Cookery Challenge: Slow Cooker and One-Pot Cooking and Casseroles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081217 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0d3a807-c3eb-4144-bd10-0112748b7fc7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.co.uk/Slow-Cooker-One-Pot<BR>-Cooking-Casseroles/dp/0754816222/ref=<BR>sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1453978968&sr=8-11<BR>&keywords=slow+cooker+casserole </link> <BR> <BR> I made a Pumpkin Peanut Thai Curry, one-pot recipe. <BR> <BR> Smelled wonderful, I made the recipe a lot bigger as I had a bigger pumpkin to use. This recipe was a success! <BR> <BR> Having some for dinner ... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 06:07:06 EST Very sad, my own Mum is not coming to my daughters birthday... by her choice. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078559 My daughters birthday party has been set in place for a while, my SIL is even flying from The Netherlands to attend. <BR> <BR> Yet my own Mum has decided that her and my brother are going to some stupid overnight sleep over at Alton Towers... a theme park... instead of coming to her party. <BR> <BR> I am so unbelievably hurt and she doesn't even get why. I don't understand what kind of monster chooses to ignore a 2 year old for a theme park. <BR> <BR> My daughter is aware of having a part... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:56:44 EST Busy morning cooking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075227 My little girl was at nursery, so I spent some time in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> I made 10 portions of a Butterbean and Herb Stew and 8 portions of a 3 Lentil Dal. <BR> <BR> I also prepped vegetables to roast for dinner, with extra for lunch tomorrow. <BR> <BR> AND I made the smooth peanut butter we got in Costco into crunchy by dry pan toasting whole red skinned peanuts and then bashing them with a rolling pin! Costco has a whole peanut, peanut butter, no sugar, no added palm oil. But it's o... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:00:37 EST 3rd Book in Cookery Challenge: Seasonal Vegetarian by Sarah Bounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074626 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1c169ca5-5357-454b-a0c2-0edf5cf72741.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another charity shop find, most of my books are, they are usually such a bargain. <BR> <BR> This book sets you out trying to use seasonal produce, I picked a recipe for Mushroom and Butterbean Stroganoff. <BR> <BR> I did change it a little, I basically swapped around the volumes of mushrooms to butterbeans to make it a lighter dish, we had a LOT of mushrooms! I got a pack of cute asian mus... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:23:42 EST 2nd Book in Cookery Challenge: Marguerite Patten's Slimming Cookbook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073442 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59d904ee-dd96-4565-b797-0665aa335ef2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Added a big red dot as the lady on cover is totally naked! I bought this book in a charity shop (which got a raised eyebrow at the cover) its from the 1970's. <BR> <BR> It actually has a lot of sensible advice, about lowering carbs from processed sources, avoiding sugar, that "crash" diets are not sensible and you will probably re-gain (but here are some anyways!). The recipes are slightly... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:28:39 EST 1st Book in Cookery Challenge: Classic Vegetarian Recipes by Rose Elliot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072489 As you might have read, my challenge for the year is at least once a week try a recipe from one of the hundreds of recipe books I collect, but the catch is my husband picks the book, to keep me on my toes! <BR> <BR> We already had this recipe last weekend when my in-laws came. <BR> <BR> I picked Smoked Cheese Shepherds Pie, but I refuse to call it that, Gardeners Pie perhaps? As Shepherds pie is lamb, only lamb! <BR> <BR> I made a few changes, added some more vegetables to the mix, did it... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:56:02 EST My cooking project for the year. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069963 Sadly we had to cancel our organic delivery box, in London it was good quality and very rarely anything bad (ugly yes, organic food can be!) but here we where supplied from another farm, but most weeks something was bad. Not happy with paying a premium price for something that is bad. <BR> <BR> But I liked the boxes to make me be creative with cooking, odd ingredients prompted me to try new recipes or switch around ones I had used before. <BR> <BR> So in order to not get stuck in ruts, I am... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:59:17 EST We have lost two heroes in a week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069131 Just heard the news that Alan Rickman has died. <BR> <BR> He had been suffering with cancer. He was only 69 <BR> <BR> Just days after the news about David Bowie, also lost to cancer, also just too early, the same at 69. <BR> <BR> It's a sad day. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:26:25 EST UK friends, did you watch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067462 My husband and I was just cringing at the crazy Doctor testing the Alli pills... poor poor man!! <BR> <BR> However I am interested in the 5:2 diet, it seems a doable way of managing calorie intake over a week, I just don't know what affect it would have on the fact I am still breastfeeding my toddler, I worry the low day would affect it... lowered daily calories have not seemed too. <BR> <BR> Has anybody tried it? Tue, 12 Jan 2016 09:06:56 EST Do you share your nutrition tracker? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064212 I share mine. I share it because, well perhaps I am somewhat proud of the effort in tracking I make, to help people see if they wonder what eating lower (not low) carb means and it helps me be accountable to myself, knowing it is public and I vow to be honest with myself. <BR> <BR> And have a delightful curiosity about looking at other peoples. <BR> <BR> I get to wonder about foods we don't have here, find new ideas for combinations of food, or even recipe ideas. <BR> <BR> And who doesn't ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 16:22:36 EST I shared a Secret Of Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061930 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=<BR>43576_making_water_easier </link> <BR> <BR> I have no trouble drinking water anymore and I really believe it's down to making it easy. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> drink up! Wed, 6 Jan 2016 08:35:10 EST Confessing? I suppose so... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060846 I pretty much gave up following my diet plan after our trip to Edinburgh... it felt like Christmas and for the last 6 weeks I haven't followed my plan at all really. <BR> <BR> I have ALWAYS drunk my water though, never miss that, so I do have some habits still in place. <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> But 6 weeks of desserts, chocolate, cookies, more chocolate and some more cookies and cake has done terrible things to the scale. <BR> <BR> I weighed in yesterday morning and changed my tracker, I... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 08:03:19 EST Stories and pictures that show 2015 wasn't so bad. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049268 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/2015-was-oka<BR>y#.sfyjE5lnZn </link> <BR> <BR> It's almost a shame that stories about acts of kindness can move us to tears because the world can feel like such a terrible place sometimes. <BR> <BR> I thought I would share, but please don't blame me if you find some tears, I know I have some right now! <BR> <BR> The world can be a wonderful place, lets remember that! Fri, 18 Dec 2015 08:31:32 EST Catching up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045485 It has been a busy couple weeks! <BR> <BR> We discovered water running down my husband's office wall... we had to wait over 3 weeks for a dry enough day and a day where the wind wasn't a danger, to be able to get up on the roof to find out what was going on. <BR> In the mean time we just had to mop up with towels and hope it didn't affect his expensive work computers! <BR> It's mostly fixed now, we had to rip down soaked and ruined plaster board and are waiting for the wood to dry out befo... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 15:28:49 EST This weeks organic fruit and vegetable box. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031616 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a59134f4-c249-4636-89f4-eec239d811be.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Aubergine, sweet potato, mushrooms, savoy, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, bananas, pear and kiwi. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:20:29 EST This is how I organise my freezer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027850 With only having a small freezer inside now with a chest freezer outside it's really important to keep a track of what's in there, this is how I do it... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d3d0f524-3137-41ca-9c4f-ac8b989c7020.jpg"> <BR> <BR> List everything with a circle next to it to indicate number in the freezer. <BR> <BR> Add a circle when new things are purchased. <BR> <BR> Put a line through when an item is used. <BR> <BR> So easy to keep a track of and know... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 16:52:49 EST Meal prepping photos... so organised and tasty looking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026495 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/sallytamarkin/conta<BR>in-yourself#.manMxZQA1A </link> <BR> <BR> I love this list! Wed, 4 Nov 2015 08:43:20 EST The cutest butternut squash in the world! This weeks organic fruit and veg box! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023816 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a85ac718-b210-4844-8b45-35afc98f9e0e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd2ec0dc-4752-4526-8400-d6ceb71dcbd0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our box with an extra addition of mini butternut squashes. Banana, grapes, pears, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, courgettes, savoy and runner beans. <BR> <BR> Isn't that just the cutest squash ever?? By a teaspoon for scale! Fri, 30 Oct 2015 17:42:29 EST Body Image Article... link I liked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023277 <link>offbeathome.com/2015/10/women-and-bo<BR>dy-image </link> <BR> <BR> We are bombarded with media saying we need to lessen parts of ourselves, get rid of things, lose things... this article interested me. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 17:47:47 EST SO cute! Spark Video link http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022430 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dailysp<BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=134 </link> <BR> <BR> This is just too cute... listen to those noises! It's like a cartoon! Wed, 28 Oct 2015 07:16:13 EST This weeks organic fruit and vegetable box... DINOSAUR kale this time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019936 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/240ab7e6-c061-462b-9314-6c525ae355f1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dinosaur kale (or cavolo nero), carrots, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, peppers, leeks, salad bag, kiwi's, apples, oranges. <BR> <BR> The dinosaur kale was too huge to fit in the picture, it's about 50cm long, it has to go diagonally across the shelf in the fridge. It's much more flavourful than the dull curly kale I mentioned last week. <BR> <BR> I make a lovely dish with the kale, onions,... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:02:49 EST This weeks organic fruit and vegetable box and mini kale discussion... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016117 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9793711-5e39-44c5-8a07-b009e3a9b7a2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Romanesco (so pretty!), onions, butternut squash, courgettes, curly kale, mushrooms, tomatoes, grapes, pears and oranges. <BR> <BR> I really do not get the hype about kale, I just compared it to greens, spinach and cabbage per 100g and the only thing it beats spinach on is Vit. A which isn't hard to consume at all, most vitamin and mineral RDA %'s where half of what spinach provides, and fr... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 15:48:03 EST Small Changes Challenge Day 17: Focus on the Good Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013835 Today's suggestion was... <BR> <BR> "It's often easier to dwell on the negative, so we're challenging you to write down at least three things you're grateful for today. Keep the list to read in the future when you need a pick-me-up." <BR> <BR> So I have decided to share my little list for today. <BR> <BR> 1) I am VERY grateful I was able to stay at home with my little girl today as enough of the decorating has been done for us to use the living room. It's been very stressful indeed. <BR> ... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 15:51:40 EST New chest freezer arrived today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007278 When we moved here, there was a huge and useless garage in the back garden, so we knocked it down and built a small utility room outside with the concrete panels instead, washing machine is out there as our kitchen is quite small. <BR> <BR> So we now have a lovely HUGE chest freezer out there! <BR> <BR> So excited to batch cook freezer meals for us, I did it just before I had baby, I cooked 50 meals in one day!! <BR> <BR> Need to plan out what I want to make! Thu, 1 Oct 2015 09:00:50 EST Very difficult week next week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005389 We have two reception rooms downstairs and a dining room. One is a family room and due to all the work on the house we have yet to use it as such, but it will be a space for all Toddlers toys, so the other one is a more grown up living room for us. <BR> <BR> But we want to strip the floor in the living room, so everything has to be stacked into the family room, sofa, 1000's of books (yes really that many) so the room will be inaccessible, and obviously the living room will be being decorated... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 08:17:15 EST Organic delivery box! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003838 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5419f92c-f39f-4ec1-89c0-addc5138a868.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b884a8f5-2272-4dc1-b7eb-cd4fe50b5089.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cauliflower, beetroot, savoy cabbage, butternut squash, spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, grapes, oranges, apples. <BR> <BR> And tomatillo salsa kit. <BR> <BR> And bonus picture of a little apple cruncher! Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:31:57 EST Waffles? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002842 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a241d65e-9eda-4dc3-a65f-c7b09ed9fdba.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Waiting for waffles! <BR> <BR> I got a waffle machine for Christmas last year. <BR> <BR> My little girl is absolutely obsessed with them! She made her own waffle machine from a box and bricks, bearing in mind this was when she was 15 months old, so we bought her a little plastic machine and waffles and washed out the oil spray for her to make them. She mixes the batter, sprays the oil and... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 16:28:49 EST OK, what ARE poppadoms? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001930 <link>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papadu<BR>m </link> <BR> <BR> I forget that in the US you don't have much of an Indian food influence or culture, we have a huge one here and eating Indian food is very common. <BR> <BR> Poppadoms are normally fried, so fatty and calorific, but microwaving them gives you that perfect crunch to complement a curry without those calories. <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:38:17 EST You can cook poppadoms in the microwave! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001546 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44026d64-24d1-4f3f-b43a-12b22a9b21b7.jpg"> <BR> (not my image) <BR> <BR> Instead of frying them, 30 seconds in the microwave and POP they are all done! <BR> <BR> Very exciting, only 40 calories in a 6 inch one, and its made from lentil flour, so actually has 2 grams of protein. <BR> <BR> I rest them on an over turned tea bowl and they are just perfect! Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:14:42 EST Our garden is getting towards finished! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995308 Our neighbour helped lay a new patio and path, this weekend we are going to pressure wash the wall and hope it comes up nice. <BR> <BR> Then we can clean the new utility room, order a lovely BIG chest freezer to keep outside in there, finally take all the garden tools that are lurking in the family room, making it unusable since we took the huge garage down to build to utility. <BR> <BR> Then, we are adding trellis on top of the walls to make it more private, going to do this soon, then whe... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 08:49:27 EST Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994660 With a toddler, I don't get the chance to do at home exercise like I used too once I had lost a lot of weight, so I have returned to walking. <BR> <BR> Honestly, I never really enjoyed high impact things like aerobics that much, I did enjoy swimming, but I cannot swim laps with my toddler! I did used to enjoy running, but I am still breast-feeding and there is no way I can possible find enough sports bras to support this and be comfy and safe from getting milk duct blockages again. <BR> <BR... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 08:58:48 EST Trying 2 recipes from my new book today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993987 From Everyday Super Foods by Jamie Oliver <BR> <BR> For lunch we had sweetcorn fritters, they where served with stuff I wasn't going to make in the book, we found them a bit bland, perhaps would have been ok with the full recipe... not sure I will bother with them again. <BR> <BR> For dinner I am making a butternut squash dahl, I make dahl a lot, so I think this will be a nice one. Hope so as we also have it for lunch tomorrow! Wed, 9 Sep 2015 09:02:47 EST A literary quote... a reminder we are all on a journey. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988972 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec265f85-3924-4734-aeae-70857c7977a7.jpg"> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 17:00:14 EST ooo tidy neat spice cupboard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987247 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e3ca0f61-4676-46b9-b577-1bb798194270.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day 3 of The Fit Food challenge was more organising. <BR> <BR> So I turned to my spice cupboard, I love cooking with herbs and spices, so much flavour for so few calories. <BR> <BR> So its ready to go! <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:12:05 EST Day 1 and Day 2 of "Fit Food Challenge" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986202 Yesterday was Day 1 and your task was looking at menus, I am not following the plan, its just not feasible for us, but have taken several ideas from them for the week to incorporate at some point. <BR> <BR> So todays task was to sort out your fridge, cupboards etc. <BR> <BR> My cupboards actually got done just last week, so I turned to the fridge and I gave it a good clean and tidy. <BR> <BR> Making a vegetable and chickpea curry tonight as we have a whole bunch of slightly sorry vegetable... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:30:22 EST Frugal Abundance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984347 <link>www.frugalabundance.com/health-diet/<BR>how-to-get-the-most-nutrition-for-the-<BR>least-cash/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is a link to a fairly long article I have just read. I have enjoyed this website for a while, she has lots of frugal ideas for healthy eating. <BR> <BR> One of my favourite money saving ideas is this... <BR> <BR> Cook LARGE amounts of dried beans at a time, and freeze in portions to suit you, we eat black bean breakfast burrito's 4 days a week, so I cook a huge pot... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:13:19 EST Freezer crockpot preperation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981961 <link>https://newleafwellness.biz/ </link> <BR> <BR> I love this idea! <BR> <BR> Freeze UN-cooked crockpot ready bags and then they taste lovely and fresh as they haven't been frozen while cooked. <BR> <BR> We are getting a chest freezer soon in our outside utility room, I can see this being something to do in the future. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:56:08 EST On the go egg based breakfasts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980724 Lots of people skimp protein at breakfast, for me personally that leaves me SO hungry mid-morning. I liked a couple of things on this list, take a peek... <BR> <BR> <link>www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/conv<BR>enience-is-eggcellent#.chkYbO8y6y </link> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 08:11:25 EST Cooking with ghee. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979011 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f987bdd-76ee-41ce-943a-b19411ad5039.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So what is ghee? Wikipedia says "Ghee is a class of clarified butter that originated in ancient India and is commonly used in South Asian cuisines, traditional medicine, and religious rituals." <BR> <BR> <link>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghee </link> <BR> <BR> We decided to use it after the research on cooking oils shows really just how badly vegetable oils stand up to high heat cook... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 15:05:21 EST Eating less meat... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978466 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/eat-<BR>less-meat#.dkQa4qZ8b8 </link> <BR> <BR> Interesting article. <BR> <BR> My husband is vegetarian, I am not, but cooking for us both at home means I either cook a dish where a meat and veggie alternative is separate or a dish is completely vegetarian. I am getting rather good at bumping up protein levels! <BR> <BR> It's also good for your pocket, meat is costly and its better to savour a good quality meat with plenty of healthy vegetables as a... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 15:05:17 EST Great British Bake Off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977101 So we just had week two. <BR> <BR> Leaving me so very hungry for biscuits or shortbread... then when I went out this morning I could smell the biscuit factory down the road! Not fair! <BR> <BR> <link>thegreatbritishbakeoff.co.uk/ </link> <BR> <BR> But I didn't buy any, got to pop to shops for milk this afternoon, I hope I stay strong! <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 08:46:28 EST Something simple... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973249 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/924bff85-0f2f-4b44-89d7-d23ae11fb2f7.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Some Simpson's fan might get this... <BR> <BR> Do it for her. <BR> <BR> A little reminder of one of my biggest motivators, I'm sad I need to keep reminding myself I need to be better so she doesn't grow up feeling the way I did (do?). Thu, 6 Aug 2015 16:21:40 EST Really interesting experiment with cooking oils. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969852 <link>www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3t<BR>902pqt3C7nGN99hVRFc1y/which-oils-are-b<BR>est-to-cook-with </link> <BR> <BR> I think a lot of people will be surprised at this. <BR> <BR> Today I got Ghee for use in our kitchen, and coconut oil, my husband is vegetarian, so no lard for us! Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:18:49 EST Just over two years ago, oh how the world has changed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954520 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4bceab38-6e47-4701-b8fd-6bdd57fd929a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just over two years ago we where politely fighting with the Head Registrar of Lancashire that it WAS legal to remove the outdated definition of marriage being only a man and woman from our vows. It offended us. <BR> <BR> We won the right to have it removed. It was never said in our ceremony. <BR> <BR> Now, its a moot point in a lot of the world. <BR> <BR> I wonder if my little girl will g... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 15:50:55 EST Link to "29 easy ways to eat better" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947848 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/shannonrosenberg/ea<BR>sy-ways-to-eat-healthy </link> <BR> <BR> It's hard sometimes to make big changes, but lots of easy little changes soon stack up. <BR> <BR> I want to get one of those oil misters in this list. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:02:51 EST