I’ve been spending my mornings inspecting my garden veg patch and I take delight in seeing my produce grow. This morning was no different apart from my poor tiny cucumber plant had been munched by some little critter (slugs I expect). So with a quick question to my Facebook gardening community, I got outside dug it out of its little space in the veg bed and re-potted it. Turna out it was far too early to be planting a cucumber outside anyway. Lesson learnt! It’s now safely inside the propagator/mini greenhouse with the hope it might survive it’s near death experience.
Lettuce, kale and radishes are doing pretty damn perfect in the veg bed. The peas are peeping, the carrots have started to sprout, rainbow chard is popping up left, right and centre too. Leeks are few and far between with only about 4 sprouting so far but beetroot looks good at the moment. My chillie plant on the other hand is inside on the kitchen windowsill and it is thriving. It makes me ridiculously happy to see it all doing so well.
Today had been awfully miserable weather wise. We’ve been tuck inside our four walls, jigsawing and baking. Dee and I made some fruit and cherry scones and some homemade jam. Bit of a use it up/budget bake to be honest but after just paying for our new kitchen (doing a little dance) which has used up our savings entirely we should be watching what we spend so it’s not a bad thing.
The jam was easy. Frozen mixed berries I used about 500g from the freezer along with sugar to taste (about 2 tbsp) boil the heck of it. Mash the berries together a little Take it right up to 105c and then pour it carefully into a pre-serialized jar. We like the seeds in but strain it if you dont, but please be careful as it’s like molton lava when its finished cooking. But yum, how easy!
I’m in to preparing snacks at the moment, and following my recipe for energy balls yesterday I gave another couple of recipes the once over this morning. I managed to stock up my freezer and fridge with low cal snacks.
One of our faves at the moment is a peppermint crispy crunch bar. So easy to make and low calorie to boot. I used a loaf tin to make my crispy crunch in, but use what ever is good for you. I’m all about the improv here!
Ingredients (7 serves at 80 cals per serve)
50g Dark Chocoalte (I used 72%)
1 Table Spoon of Coconut Oil
1 Table Spoon of Honey
1 & 1/4 Cups of Puffed Rice
2 Table Spoons of Desiccated Coconut
Melt the coconut oil, chocolate and honey together in a bowl over a simmering pan of water (bain marie).
Mix together the desiccated coconut and puffed rice, then pour over the glossy chocolate combo. Coat all the dry ingredients thoroughly with the chocolate combo. Once mixed, put in to your choice of pan. For this I used a loaf tin lined with cling film with enough over hang to cover the top of the mixture. Press the mix down into the tin till the rice puffs crush slightly, this will ensure that it all sticks together. Set for a few hours in the fridge and cut in to 7 bars/chunks/shapes of your choosing and enjoy with a cuppa.
Thank me later.
In other news, we’ve just had a riot of sirens all around us and an air ambulance over head.
Source’s say that there has been a head on collision close to where we live. I believe it was a police chase with drug dealers. An entire section of road has been taped off. Ambulance, police and fire services are all at the scene attempting to cut a young woman out of a car. I’m hoping that no-one is seriously hurt, especially the victim. There’s another load of victims from what started out as a petty crime in our village. (Picture not my own).
The impact on the families surrounding this incident will be immense. Sending warm and well wishes to anyone involved.
Monday is my weighing day, and although I’ve lost inches my weight was the same as last week. I highly doubt that it is the same. I was bloated and have been all day and the only thing I can attribute this to is the hot chocolate I had last night which was made with cow’s milk rather than almond milk. So I’m disregarding cow’s milk from my diet in hope to resolve the issue. I hate being bloated.
The after math of no number shift on the scales was a bad mood. I’m truly behaving. I’m not eating anything processed or high cal, I’m drinking tons of water and herbal tea over anything caffeinated. So bloating can do one. I really don’t there are too many benefits from cows mill anyway. The more I read, the more I think it’s best to kick it to the curb. So here goes.
Under a mountain of washing and a building aneixty (family interferences), Delilah and I survived the day. I’m wishing those teeth of hers make an appearance and stop disrupting my happy go lucky girl. She’s being a right grump. Napping more than normal, off her food but drinking more milk again and just more difficult in general. Come on teeth, where are you?!
Here’s Aro, being a little angel. Daft pup. He is such a gentle soul.
I have to prep some snacks for the rest of the week. My choice is mint choc crunch and energy balls.
50grams of Oats
50g of shredded coconut
180g of pitted dried dates
Add everything to a food processor and blitz. The mixture will be crumbly but tacky enough to hold together when pressed in to balls. Divide the mix in to 6 balls, one ball is approx 185 cals.
We missed an afternoon out with man’s brother and sister in law. Due to the weather. We were suppose to be having a day out, but impending rain put a dampener on that plan.
Looking for something to do on a Sunday with two adorable miniatures (under one and one), is difficult when ‘out of season’. So we’ve postponed, and we will look forward to it.
Out of missed plans came meal plans. Every cloud! Man did the shop, and I’ve loaded up on ideas for an all week healthy meal plan with snacks included.
I made Weetabix Balls, Crunch Oat bars and some Honey & Nut Clusters which don’t seem to have turned out so well. I’ve also discovered this evening that my food processor is almost certainly due for the bin. It did not blend frozen bananas very well for my soft serve banana “ice cream”. And I’m not convinced by this version of ice cream, it’s just not ice cream.
Lurve all the exciting healthy food we are trying and I am so getting in that yellow dress. August is my goal.
Dela is enjoying food in all kinds of ways. Thankfully she enjoy a bath time just as much.
Firstly happy freaking Easter! From us to you, we’re sending each one of you warm wishes.
Our annual family Easter bake off came today. Always a pleasure to spend time in the company of family. Roast beef dinner with all the trimmings cooked by mum. Puds covered by us, the kids.
Ollie and Kristy made cheesecakes in Easter eggs – oh my goodness.
Amy and Charlie created a chocolate orange cheesecake. Which tasted divine with all is orangey chocolate goodness and the WINNERS of this year’s bake off. Well done guys. This was so good.
Then Lee bob, made some amazing protein bars. Lee is mega in to his health and fitness and I need to get the recipe for these bad boys because I’m going sugar detox tomorrow.
Man and I made the mirror glaze mousse cake. I’ve been dying to give a mirror glaze a go and I finally had an excuse. I was so excited to try out this idea I had butterflies when I got to the glaze part. How sad is that.
I used this link for the recipe. It was pretty good. I kept it in the freezer overnight and made the glaze the night before and heated it this morning to pour over.
So loved making this cake. Have a go. I urge you to try it.