I really ought to give up on this diet, I’ve been terrible again this month. In my defense I started off really well, especially as it was AF week but towards the middle, I started eating crap again and regained a couple of the pounds I lost. But this week went a bit better so fingers crossed for Month 3.
Week 1 – XStone4lbs
Week 2 – XStone1lbs
Week 3 – XStone5lbs
Week 4 – XStone2lbs!
So I’m getting there… probably a couple of pounds behind but still 7lbs down since January 1st! Come on March!
I had a bag of sweet potatoes that needed using up and because they’re sweet like parsnips I wondered if I could add a curry powder to “warm” the soup up and it worked out really well.
500g Sweet Potatoes (skinless weight) £1.00
1 litre of stock (I use 1 chicken cube and 1 vegetable cube)
1 Red Onion £0.25
1 Leek £0.33
2 teaspoons of curry powder of choice (I used tikka)
1 tablespoon of cream cheese £0.11
2 teaspoons of Sunflower Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Calories per portion: 187
– Sweat the onions and leek in some sunflower oil
– Prepare your stock, I find it easier to add my cream cheese and curry powder to the stock at this point
– Add the chopped up sweet potatoes and let them get coated in the oil residue then add the stock
– Simmer until the potatoes are soft and you can whizz it up with a hand blender
It’s so warming, and I could have stood to add more curry powder without making it too hot!
I found out about this box from Emma at A Blissful Life and used her referral code to get a free box to try out.
I ordered it with C the 3.2 year old in mind and used it when she came for a playdate to my house last week.
The activity featured a jellyfish and it had everything you needed to be able to create two jellyfish.
For this activity you didn’t need any glue which was a bonus and it sets out each step perfectly and with illustrations.
Sorry there’s no completed picture, C stole the jellyfish away before I had chance!
I really loved the idea and if I had a child of my own I’d sign up properly to receive a box every fortnight, but I couldn’t justify spending the money on my work children, however did pass on the details to my boss in case she was interested!
I received this box free as part of a referral program but generally it costs from £3.95 per box. See their website http://www.toucanbox.com/ for more details.
This is a review for the Family Fever Tried & Tested Linky.
Last week went terribly terribly wrong, I barely stuck to the plan as felt over the place with work and babysitting. But I’m feeling more settled now and am hopeful for this week. I visited our local butchers and picked up some delicious flavoured sausages and also found something new, a mince pinwheel. Looks so good!
But I did enjoy my Curried Sweet Potato Soup, of which the recipe is coming this week!
Monday: Lamb & Mint Pinwheel with mixed vegetables.
Tuesday: Veggie Curry with egg fried rice
Wednesday: Lentil Tandoori Curry with plain couscous
Thursday: Spicy Meatballs with egg fried rice
Saturday: Sausage & Lentil Casserole with plain couscous
Sunday: Mince pinwheel with vegetables
Last week at babysitting I had a cheeseburger happy meal (I felt it was much better than a Large Big Mac Meal!) It’ll probably be the same again this week so will aim to have something better than a happy meal!
I first posted this recipe back in 2012 but I was very keen to join in Gym Bunny Mummy‘s new linky; Sunday Sweets so here it is again!
Bero Sticky Blobs
225g (8oz) Self Raising Flour
100g (4oz) Butter/Margarine
100g (4oz) Caster Sugar
1 Medium Egg
pinch of salt
milk to mix
1. Heat oven to 200C and grease a baking tray
2. Mix the flour of the salt, rub in fat and stir in the sugar
3. Mix to a stiff dough with the egg and the milk
4. Roll into small balls and press your thumb into them to create a dip
5. Fill with jam or as we did below honey!
6. Bake for approx. 15 minutes until golden brown
One of my favourite things to bake because it’s so easy!
Goodreads: There is No Light in Darkness (Darkness #1) by Claire Contreras
This book started off really well, it seemed to have an intriguing story-line, with a bit of crime going on and I thought it was something that was going somewhere, but half way through it turned into poor erotica not dissimilar to a fan-fiction. I can appreciate a good sex scene, but I’m more for quality than quantity and it felt like they were all over each other every other page.
The underlying crime story was interesting and I wish there had been more about that than the present relationship between Cole & Blake. He seemed overly controlling and it was off-putting at times.
As it’s part of a series I don’t know what happens next but will definitely give the second book a go.
Rating out of five:
I subscribed to netflix about a year ago now and have devoured so many shows that I don’t know what I did without it!
Here are my top ten programmes that I’ve binge-watched in the past 12 months (in no particular order):
1: Pretty Little Liars; a great programme if not a bit confusing at times. It follows four teenage girls who lost a friend a year ago and they don’t know if she was murdered or what.
2: Gossip Girl; totally team Blair/Chuck! Also wishes I lived in the Upper East Side of New York and could sit and drink Cristal all day long.
3: Once Upon a Time; haven’t quite caught up on this yet but am loving how it features every character ever thought up by Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm
4: Prison Break; Wentworth Miller had me questioning my sexuality in this programme and the story is amazing, so well thought out.
5: Bates Motel; who’d have thought little Charlie Bucket would go so far! A great prequel to the well known Psycho movie.
6: Orange is the New Black; love this programme so much but hate having to wait a year to binge-watch the next 13 episodes. Who doesn’t love a prison drama?
7: The L Word; a bunch of gorgeous lesbians in LA, ’nuff said.
8: The Tudors; my favourite period in history and this tv show really did it justice!
9: 24; who doesn’t love Jack Bauer and his relentlessly exhausting life!
10: House; Hugh Laurie is ridiculously acerbic but hilarious, absolutely love him. Have also learnt a lot about medical things!
Praying some more oldie shows get added (Bad Girls anyone?) but for now I’m very happy with the selection I’ve watched and have so many more that I need to get round to watching.