-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/ Read this and try not to cry, then find out your local angel tree donation point... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431032 <link>www.scarymommy.com/things-of-my-very<BR>-own-inc-christmas-gift-tag-donations/ </link> <BR> <BR> I am welling back tears and explaining to my husband exactly why right now. <BR> <BR> Please find your local organisation for this, last year my daughter and I picked a little girl from the Angel Tree in our local supermarket, the same age as my daughter, so she enjoyed choosing something for her, and bringing the explanation as to why we where doing this. <BR> <BR> Please help. Childr... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:00:04 EST Christmas baking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429997 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7caa3c6b-f2c5-49ea-914b-8855b9824010.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97b60aff-f3bb-4e89-9285-428d4807b9b2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My little girl helped me make mince pies to freeze raw, to cook when we are ready over Christmas. <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> We also prepared the fruit for Christmas Cake this year, trying a new recipe, a Delia Smith one, and the fruit needs to soak and mature for a while before... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:08:08 EST 41st in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Jamie Oliver, Super Food Family Classics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429657 OK, this is another repeated book! But I don't apologise for re-using such a great book! <BR> <BR> Scuffy Winter Lasagne <BR> <BR> This recipe I picked had, well, several tweaks along the way, quorn instead of chicken and bacon, and instead of using my expensive lentil lasagna sheets, as this recipe isn't actually a lasagna... I just used high protein pasta as it's far more a pasta bake. <BR> <BR> And again with the little voice I should listen too... "thats not enough flour to thicken the... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 06:36:11 EST Re-inventoried my outside freezer today, since the weather is rubbish! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428976 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2aed212c-7f57-42b7-907a-8b701f9b26c2.png"> <BR> <BR> This is how I inventory my freezers, I have a mini one inside and a chest freezer outside. This image is from last time I did it, now the lists are hidden neatly inside my new cupboard for our boiler. <BR> <BR> Each item is listed with a circle to cross out when it's been used. It's SO useful. <BR> <BR> peas OO <BR> corn O <BR> beans OOO <BR> <BR> Different pages are different categor... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 04:39:22 EST Link: Easy lower carb dishes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428689 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/shannonrosenberg/de<BR>licious-lower-carb-dinners-for-busy-we<BR>eknights?utm_term=.iwV9b0Olqm#.ooy0lp9kL4 </link> <BR> <BR> I love doing pan roast veg and a simple protein. <em>550</em> Mon, 6 Nov 2017 08:12:12 EST Urgh a week past time change nearly and I am not adapting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427778 I think this way is harder! <BR> <BR> In Spring, you are forced awake earlier and just have to suck it up, and then you are so tired, you fall into the new bedtime ok. <BR> <BR> This way you "get a lie in" *falls around laughing as does every other parent or pet owner*... so no I didn't and then when bedtime comes, we normally go up around 10, then read for a while, wind down etc, until about 10.30- 10.45... now I can barely crawl up the stairs at 10 and I'm falling asleep before my husband... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 10:02:46 EST Tiger Who Came To Tea! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427382 <link>tigerstealive.com/gallery/ </link> <BR> <BR> We went to see the live stage adaptation of The Tiger Who Came To Tea. <BR> <BR> It was very good! We loved it, my little girl was so so excited by it all, the tiger was brilliant. <BR> <BR> It was the first time she had been to the theatre, Blackpool Grand Theatre is really beautiful and decorative, she enjoyed looking at the painted ceiling and such like. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b7bf2f4-60a1-47e9-8... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 06:50:41 EST We walked The Blackpool Illuminations tonight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427212 <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackpool_Illu<BR>minations </link> <BR> <BR> This is the town where I live! <BR> <BR> The promenade is lit with thousands of lights and you can walk or drive them. My little girl had an amazing time, she loved it. She wore glow-stick ears! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee706f98-b2d0-4a0b-90e2-d3feb08d8b67.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67ee79a7-6090-4d52-9e85-913130eff78e.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img ... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 15:27:15 EST 40th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Libby's Pumpkin Pie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426811 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/87564f56-480d-4a8d-a230-3f0417425134.jpg"> <BR> I'm sure this recipe is nothing new to a lot of people in the US... But we don't eat this here in the UK really. I made wholemeal orange pastry and topped the pie with vanilla flaked sea salt as a little extra! Had fun making it with my little girl! Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:56:14 EST 39th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Own recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425476 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b72252a-92ae-4039-8ed0-12bf5c8a63f4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Spiced red cabbage, with onions, spices and apple, we had half with ghee roasted brussel sprouts and bacon, and the rest with roasted pumpkin and salmon the next day. <BR> <BR> So good! <BR> <BR> Though why it's called red cabbage when it's purple from the start.... <em>284</em> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 06:38:28 EST 2 miles in the park... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424168 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/040475c2-7385-41a0-8a6c-2fd2c6f93f30.jpg"> As a reward for going to bed properly every night for a week, I took my little girl to the park to feed the ducks, geese and swans. The geese where a bit aggressive though and I had to push them away! We collected leaves for Autumn table display at home. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:41:37 EST So what happened to my eye? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422923 My Dad has been sawing all the wood for the new kitchen outside on our patio area, and now he is done, I used his industrial hoover to clean it all up, however the winds from Hurricane Ophelia where starting to gust as I was doing it and I got a face full of sawdust on Monday. <BR> <BR> My eye was extremely irritated, I dried washing it out, drops, and thought it might either have something in, or a scratch, but when on Wednesday morning it was still hurting I went to the walk-in centre. <BR... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:08:45 EST 38th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Green tomato chili http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422340 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b43a28d9-88c7-4d02-b954-a5e5622381a4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So this year our growing was... well, a disaster really. Very few strawberries, our cucumbers looked amazing but where inedibley bitter, pumpkins rotted when big as a walnut and our tomatoes didn't ripen! <BR> <BR> So green tomato chili with mung beans and Quorn "mince" was made today. Gosh I am glad to be cooking again! Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:45:43 EST Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421990 So for my birthday I cooked my own cake (more apple than cake, spicy and delicious) ad cooked a full roast dinner for my parents and husband, me and my little girl! <BR> <BR> I did NOT do any dishes!! Now thats a birthday treat! <BR> <BR> So I got to have a good run with my new cooker, I love cooking with gas...oh potatoes not crisping up? Turn up the gas = instantly hotter! Not like fumbling around with electric cookers. <BR> <BR> I got a steam cleaner, I did ask for it, but my husband wr... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:06:17 EST YAY cooker! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420697 ...and YAY kitchen <BR> ....and YAY dining room! <BR> <BR> Hours of cleaning this morning (still only 40 minutes walking according to my phone step tracker) and I have a dining room back, dry cleaned the carpet, then washed all the things off the plate rack round the room, still need to do everything off the built in dresser, but needed to do the rack first so we could put the table back in there! <BR> <BR> We can eat at a table again!! No more balancing on laps!! So exciting. <em>190</e... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:53:43 EST Sesame Street, helping children deal with this horrible world right now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419647 <link>www.scarymommy.com/sesame-street-tra<BR>uma-videos-for-kids/ </link> <BR> <BR> It makes me sad to imagine all this, but Sesame Street is helping parents and carers and teachers to help children deal with the things they might be seeing and hearing right now. <BR> <BR> It's heartbreaking but we have to be prepared to answer some tough questions and deal with emotions and feelings that are difficult in a sensitive calm manner. Newsround, a childrens news programme here in the UK, did... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 09:01:50 EST Link: 31 things to cook in October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419299 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/marietelling/31-del<BR>icious-things-to-cook-in-october?utm_t<BR>erm=.ipk6YMlzoG#.baeErYdDeW </link> <BR> <BR> I have so many things stacking up in my head I want to cook when I FINALLY have a finished kitchen. <BR> <BR> Cooker is supposed to be being delivered on Tuesday... gas fitters on Wednesday to change pipes... then we shall see! Sun, 8 Oct 2017 08:39:39 EST Wonderful new CBeebies programme about Autism. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418635 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de5beeff-35de-4fa1-97db-f54fe063faa3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My little girl has been watching this, a live action segment about a boy with mostly non-verbal Autism, who using a drawing, which then turns into a cartoon with animals all portraying various traits of some kinds of Autism, explores the problems his life is currently facing. (such as his mother being dressed up for a wedding and looking different, or going to a party) <BR> <BR> Each animal... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 08:13:49 EST Celebrated my Husband's Nanny's 90th birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417336 We all got together, Nanny, her 2 children with their respective husband and wife, then their 2 children each, one of each set with their respective wife as well, and one Great-grandchild (my little girl!). <BR> <BR> It's funny, I have the same initial as my husbands Mum, so when we married we are the same Mrs.same.same, and the wedding we went to a couple weeks ago, my husbands cousin, his wife has the same initial as his Mum, another Mrs.same.same! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 14:54:06 EST Link: Healthy AND quick AND easy recipes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415330 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/emmacooke24/healthy<BR>-meals-that-arent-exhausting-to-make?u<BR>tm_term=.sxkVBpGagq#.rivkYQ5eyo </link> <BR> <BR> I'm planning on the sweet potato curry, I'm not a huge fan of them on their own, but in things they are good, and they are certainly nutritious. <BR> <BR> <em>481</em> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:10:02 EST New team to challenge yourself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414819 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=68983 </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KA<BR>Y525 </link> <BR> <BR> KAY525 has just started a new team, to challenge YOURSELF. <BR> <BR> As a member who has been around a while, things can feel un-welcoming at times, I often feel a failure for being here, a failure for re-gaining some weight back, and not being the inspiration I was the first time.... but these are not MY problems, they are othe... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:24:30 EST Link: 32 Autumn meat and dairy free recipes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414435 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/whitneyjefferson/fa<BR>ll-vegan-recipes?utm_term=.jjPrLY0Pop#<BR>.nu0oX38Yay </link> <BR> <BR> I know a sheet pan with a selected mixture of things is hardly a "recipe" as such, but these two look SO beautiful and roasted vegetables is what I am missing so dreadfully without a kitchen! So planning on these...whenever Rangemaster call me and arrange a delivery of my new cooker! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0739b80e-3cd9-40d4-8c04-72c85b... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:43:14 EST Cucamelons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413893 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24b88ddd-836b-4f55-aecd-558a05492654.jpg"> <BR> We tried these today. They are like feisty somewhat sour cucumbery taste, not very melon-like. Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:58:36 EST Meridian Cocoa Hazelnut spread, all natural, no fake stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413415 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3bb2e644-c5c0-41ab-8c7f-9ff6fd29cc3b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba12d84c-997f-40e0-9275-ef8471a546e1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ok, so we know Nutella is delicious right? <BR> <BR> We also know that the claims of it being healthy are... well... bunkum! <BR> <BR> So this, oh this... Meridian Cocoa and Hazelnut spread is amazing. <em>476</em> <BR> <BR> 70% hazelnuts, 10% honey and 7% cocoa and a little un-tast... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:25:19 EST Random aside... Disposable tableware? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413198 We have been using it since, thanks to getting new kitchen, I had no sink for 4 weeks! And I have hated how much RUBBISH this has created, even if we bought eco friendly recycled and compostable things.... Its just awful. But my question is... I see disposable plates, plastic cutlery etc most days on the feed. Do people in the US often use them as an everyday thing? Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:32:09 EST Planning ahead, what do I want to cook when I finally have a kitchen... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412063 Cauliflower and Sweet potato Enchilada Casserole <BR> <BR> Creamy Vegan Bean Casserole <BR> <BR> Mushroom and Cauliflower Shepherds Pie <BR> <BR> Pinto Beans with vegetables <BR> <BR> Vegetarian Miso Mash Shepherds Pie <BR> <BR> Srcuffy Cabbage and Quorn Lasagna <BR> <BR> Autumn and Winter cooking are the best! Warm, filling, often able to be frugal and batch cook-able... <BR> <BR> .... if only I had a kitchen! <BR> <BR> I am preparing to phone tomorrow with all the things we have dis... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:01:05 EST How is the kitchen coming? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410331 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1cb6975e-1c87-453d-9df1-0607acc0a98e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They arrived to deliver Monday mid-morning, so far we have discovered 3 damaged parts, but you have to unpack the whole lot and complain in one go to get replacements/partial refund etc so not there yet... <BR> <BR> Some things are in, but it's slow going when walls are not plumb and floors are not flat and things need planed or trimmed to fit. Got to get it right, it's worth taking the eff... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:20:25 EST Link: 30 things to cook in September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408176 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/marietelling/delici<BR>ous-things-to-eat-in-september?utm_ter<BR>m=.ptq2r6Wl8A#.ttxxw75Po3 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm planning on making a version of the sweet potato enchilada casserole, but halving amount of potato and adding riced cauliflower instead and also adding quorn mince to up the protein... <BR> <BR> ....well, planning is totally the operative word, in a few weeks, when I hopefully have a kitchen! Wed, 6 Sep 2017 06:14:17 EST So the kitchen people messed up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407925 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9379f91-9b39-43fb-b74c-36027db2fac7.jpg"> <BR> It was supposed to be delivered this week to check it over, check it was all correct. But no. Apparently we ordered and paid for a kitchen and never gave a delivery date... Oh really? So now not arriving until sometime Monday when we had wanted to be getting started first thing, whole day will be wasted checking it over and unpacking now. My husband only has that week off to do anything as well. ... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 12:40:35 EST "All or nothing" great article about eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403332 <link>www.scarymommy.com/no-more-all-or-no<BR>thing-dieting/ </link> <BR> <BR> Really loved this, especially her denouncement of twee sayings about dieting. <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> <em>487</em> <em>194</em> Thu, 24 Aug 2017 05:07:30 EST Ok, here is a couple pictures of "kitchen" and chaos... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402784 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bbb23205-147a-4486-ac3f-a1c3d5ff6c36.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the hole that is currently my "kitchen"... <BR> <BR> And this is the noise of clutter my living room is, everything from the kitchen cupboards is stacked in here. I hate this lack of space... the microwave, toaster and kettle crammed in, preparing meals on a tiny coffee table. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df9755d3-22d1-4df3-813d-621ca53f59c5.jpg"> <BR... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:00:58 EST 37th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Own recipe in a mixed up week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395398 I clearly wasn't quite right when I went shopping and my list was wrong, so was missing things I needed for the planned recipe, then I came down with whatever this horrible bug is, and menu's where mixed up all over the place as well. <BR> <BR> So bunch of veg looking suspiciously un-busy, AWOL veg for the planned dish.... so what do I do? When in doubt with a situation like this.... make curry. <BR> <BR> Marrows...no idea if other countries eat these? kind of courgette (zucchini) but a dif... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 05:40:40 EST Link: 31 things to cook in August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394735 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/marietelling/31-del<BR>icious-things-to-cook-in-august?utm_te<BR>rm=.uopPY2Aqa9#.meyMjgoNxr </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Aug 2017 14:55:35 EST Instead of more illness whinging, here's a link to protein packed vegetarian dinners... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394148 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/jesseszewczyk/recip<BR>es-for-cheap-affordable-vegetarian-din<BR>ners?utm_term=.joj6njb2AP#.ykLGMd2N6Y </link> <BR> <BR> yeah, I'm still ill, but we went to the park to feed the ducks, exhausted now though and still mostly only eating fruit. <BR> <BR> But hey ho, look at the pretty yummy vegetarian dinners instead... <em>551</em> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:38:51 EST Feeling brighter in some ways, worse in others. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393888 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0e3d5874-5266-4247-a7de-458030b4336b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am a bit more alert today, but wow do I get crazy fever "dreams" or waking... don't know, delirium? So very little sleep again last night. I cannot believe my body didn't just crash. <BR> <BR> I have now pulled a muscle in my chest coughing so much though... all good fun huh? <BR> <BR> But feeling more "here" than yesterday. I have only really eaten fruit as nothing sounds good as I have... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 15:36:04 EST Well that escalated quickly.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393546 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/888ad289-6e3c-4172-b6a2-7b2af1ce79d2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thank you Leslie for an accurate description of how I feel today. This bug what was just on my chest, totally went in for me last night, not had any sleep, been dozing on and off all day. <BR> <BR> Even my gums sting... really? Whats that about? I think I have a summer flu, it's that bad. <BR> <BR> Managed to eat fruit today, despite no sense of taste, had to cancel going out for my husban... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 14:55:37 EST Chest infection! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392982 Well this was out of the blue. No cold first just suddenly a chest infection! Not complaining that I don't have a cold of course but its odd. Sore raw throat and cough and asthma is bad. No fun. Fri, 28 Jul 2017 06:36:25 EST 36th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Birthday cake for my Mum, from vintage book. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392585 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48025e07-9e4e-49e6-af44-208b724ae3cb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04801c41-7f14-47e8-a8e7-e81ed89b0d2f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I saw the recipe for "Party Pineapple and walnut cake" I wondered when we got access to pecans in this country as that was prime alliterative title material there... <BR> <BR> So I made a Party Pineapple Pecan cake for my Mum! <BR> <BR> (I am also allergic to walnuts... and fresh pin... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:12:08 EST Dinner ideas to help cut down on meat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391334 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/hannahloewentheil/m<BR>eatless-and-dairy-free-dinner-recipes?<BR>utm_term=.rcPx63MrWp#.caqzD5lNvq </link> <BR> <BR> As my friends on here might know, my husband is vegetarian and I am not. <BR> <BR> I was bought up in the countryside, owning animals we kept to eat, knowing full well where things come from. Which is why we get along just fine, he knows I absolutely respect the facts behind eating meat. And he isn't one of those vegetarians or vegans who delight in ... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:22:43 EST 35th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Flambe Baked Alaska!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390644 Ok, so absolutely NOT healthy eating, but for a competition for a game I play online. <BR> <BR> This is me using a FLAMETHROWER to toast the meringue!! <em>556</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2013e00c-b05c-4c8a-b816-ff50c482e7b8.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/63771310-7375-454b-b57b-4dfee64b521c.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I only made a mini ones, so if it went wrong, I had more mini ones to try again with but.... <BR> <BR> ...her... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:42:04 EST Voices to miss... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390144 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXYiU_JCYtU </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QU1nvuxaMA </link> <BR> <BR> So sad... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:03:39 EST Link: Salads beyond lettuce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389845 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/hannahloewentheil/d<BR>inner-worthy-salads-for-people-who-hat<BR>e-lettuc?utm_term=.rjBeJoWZzL#.yeY54DEzem </link> <BR> <BR> Grilled Halloumi Salad With Aubergine and Mint Dressing looks so good! Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:59:15 EST Wide open skies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389354 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fb9e05c9-605f-4322-8fbe-ac7659302ac5.jpg"> We are so lucky to live a few minutes walk from this... When the tide is out the beach is huge. When its in there is NO beach though. Have to check tide times before you go! Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:34:09 EST Will be catching up with friends soon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388502 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3fbd2fb1-ecef-4854-86ec-93acbedceb03.jpg"> <BR> Busy weekend, we celebrated our wedding anniversary with family and my sister in law is back from The Netherlands for a while and come to stay with us for a couple of days. We spent this morning on the beach. I will be catching up with you all soon! Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:32:13 EST Ebony update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387409 So Ebony had another blood test this week, she had been putting on weight, so we believed the double dose of thyroid medication was doing something. <BR> <BR> Previously her numbers had literally been off the charts, they had never seen numbers so high, the single dose of the meds brought her down to a level that was still insane but at least measurable! <BR> <BR> The double dose she has been on has further reduced the action of the thyroid, it's still rather high, but we cannot increase t... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:09:36 EST Our 4th Wedding anniversary today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386789 We have been following the traditional gifts (either UK or US to give more scope) for each year, and this year was fruit. <BR> <BR> <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_annive<BR>rsary </link> <BR> <BR> Considering my now husband brought me the first time we met, strawberries from his garden as a gift, it's not surprising we both went that way! <BR> <BR> And also not surprising we both thought of William Morris, the Strawberry Thief, the card I got him was a hand embroidered version of t... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 06:11:35 EST 34th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Eat a rainbow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386347 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c44ee6ae-fa3b-40a9-b5b1-a454e938ccfc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 5.5 servings of veg (more than the uber-conservative 5 a day we are recommended) in one colourful rainbow of a salad. <BR> <BR> Dressing made from... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/090abb83-9177-444a-85bc-508d403c5c3d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> cider vinegar and honey mustard, with plenty of fresh ground black pepper. Wed, 12 Jul 2017 05:08:44 EST A Sparkpeople quote that actually hit a target with me today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386339 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b0d3174b-ee1d-47d4-8fa2-d58f2661fc9f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is what it feels like I am doing in my life at the moment, and achieving neither of the "rabbits". Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:26:02 EST Who do you listen too? *funny* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385963 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2bdfd1f-5db0-4cca-9777-f2b5f166da1c.png"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a3e00430-8129-483d-87ca-817ad25ec650.png"> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 08:37:55 EST New tofu we tried, Tofoo, a UK company. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385514 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1bb292f8-409e-4596-81d6-9c75d3b87b8c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>tofoo.co.uk </link> <BR> <BR> This tofu didn't even need to be pressed, it was firm enough from the packet, we tried the smoked one to have in tacos, also tried new tortilla wraps, mini ones with coconut and black pepper, very nice. <BR> <BR> And the tofu was delicious! <BR> <BR> It is however more expensive than Cauldron, which I usually buy, but that does need pressed, the sm... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 07:49:56 EST