What I’m Doing Now – A Meme

One of my most favourite things about being a blogger is that when you start needing a bit of inspiration there is normally someone on Facebook or Twitter asking if you want to be tagged in a meme. The great thing about memes is that they are a bit like a Blogging enema, yeah sorry about that picture I just planted. Basically though, a meme shakes you up and bit and normally after you’ve published you have at least twenty more things you want to say… so when Sally from Who’s The Mummy asked who wanted to be tagged, I volunteered. I feel a little like a Hunger Games tribute, but without the threat of death.

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The Tour de France and Bonne Maman #Competition

Since the Olympic Games were held in the UK in 2012, there has been what seems to me to be a resurgence in cycling in the United Kingdom. Luckily for me I can claim that we were ahead of the trend, as Daddy started cycling on the 14th July 2012 a whole 13 days before the Olympics started and I was out on my bike not that long after him!

PippaD having cycled 7 miles and looking exhausted!

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Dieting, Losing Weight and Why I’m Not Happy

I’m not happy.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still that big grinning loon that asks random questions on Twitter and Facebook. I’m still posting pictures of the kittens being undeniably cute and I’m still doing all the wholesome things you’ve come to expect of me, but I’ve changed and I’m pretty certain I’m not happy about it.

Selfie of me and Tops at Church

How have I changed?

Well, take right now for example. Right now I’m baking Kale Crisps. Why? Because they are tasty… well actually they aren’t that tasty. The Kale Crisps taste like Kale that’s been baked in the oven until crispy but that’s another story. The point is I think that they are tasty (despite knowing that they actually taste like baked Kale that’s gone crispy) and I’m making them as snacks for me.

Last night when my husband gave me a slice of Gluten Free Dime Bar Cake (and the Missionaries who were round for dinner had some too, nice guys and always a pleasure to invite them to our home) I cut a tiny piece off the slice he gave me and gave the big piece to my husband. I only ate the tiny slither and I didn’t lick the plate. And I didn’t mind.

The biggest shocker has to be the next one though.

Earlier today I saw a really great offer on Dr Pepper AND I DIDN’T BUY ANY.

That’s right. I didn’t buy any. I wasn’t even tempted.

I think that after the last few years of dieting and seeing very little success that this Paleo diet that I was “forced” into by my sister could have actually been the best thing I’ve ever done. Not only have I lost 3lbs in the last week (that’s right 3lbs over 7 days) with very little exercise (one thing and another meant just the usual walking, but none of the normal Wii U exercising) but my tastebuds have changed.

I don’t think that for me Paleo is a lifelong thing. I don’t even think that it’ll last me until I reach my goal weight (well unless the weight continues to come off at a rate of 3lb a week) but for now it’s working and that’s good enough for me.

Philadelphia Has Helped Me #lovelunchagain

I have a love of food. I mean, seriously I LOVE food. I could plan what to cook and spend all my day eating (which is probably why I’m not as slender as I should be!), which why when I was asked to create a lush lunch featuring Philadelphia I was salivating at the thought of what I could make. In the end I couldn’t decide which of the three lunches I made below was the best, so I’m asking you to tell me.
The first was inspired by Emma from Outmumbered, who had a Millionaire’s bacon and french toast sandwich. I decided if she could do it so could I, so I made a Millionaire’s Spinach, Tomato and Philadelphia sandwich.
Millionaire's Spinach, Tomato and Philadelphia sandwich.

To make this, I soaked two slices of bread in a whisked egg and then quickly fried them, to solid up the egg. I then spread the eggy bread with philadelphia, before layering on some wilted spinach and chopped mini plum tomatoes.


Yes, this is a treat lunch and one that has to be done where you have access to a hob but honestly this was a sandwich fit for a king.

The second lunch was inspired by what I had in the fridge.

Panini with Salad and Ham
For this Sandwich I made a “traditional” salad and ham sandwich, swapping out slices of bread for a Panini roll and of course instead of using butter I used Philadelphia, which I mixed a little mustard into. The sandwich was again one of the nicest things I had eaten for a long time and the Philadelphia being mixed with the mustard gave it that tang that we crave without being too overpowering.
My last lunch was what I had immediately thought of when set the challenge and it’s making me upset, but I’ll explain why that is in a moment. First of all the lunch that will make you fall in love.
Baguette slices topped with Cream Cheese, Avocado and Prawns.
Baguette slices topped with Cream Cheese/Sweet Chill mix, Avocado and Prawns.

I mixed the cream cheese up with some sweet Chilli sauce and spread it thickly on rounds of baguette before topping it with little pieces of avocado and King Prawns. A quick trip to the end of the garden had me picking some fresh Chives to add to the top and honestly if I hadn’t of been thinking about the challenge my sister has set me I could have easily have eaten this everyday for the rest of my life.

The challenge that my sister has set me is to go Paleo for ten weeks and I started yesterday. Honestly this is going to be so hard, especially because I’m drooling over all the lovely bread and Philadelphia in my photos above!

So which of these three sandwiches is the best? Which would you eat, or if you were set a challenge to make a lunch using Philadelphia what would you make?

I was giving vouchers to pay for the ingredients I used, although they came after I had purchased everything so I used them to buy dinner for the children. I was also given three packs of Philadelphia… which my children are using as a dip with their veggies!

A Picnic At The Lake

This week saw the children and I needing a little R&R and a little time reconnecting with each other. We have been so busy doing things that have to be done (chores and homework to name but two) and things that keep us apart from each other (Brownies and Beavers mainly) that we haven’t had time just to relax as a family. With the weather being as fine as it has been I decided what we really needed was a picnic, so we headed off to one of our favourite lakes and set up camp.
We had an absolute blast. The Children and I had popped to the Supermarket to buy some picnic type food and so we knew that everyone would love everything chosen and once we set it up on the blanket (facing the lake) and blessed the food we all tucked in.
Big Boy and Top Ender at the lake
I love these little animations that Google does to my photos!
Top Ender and I had told Big Boy that there was something on his head, and whilst he held still for a photo to be taken, Top Ender raised her fingers above BB’s head. Of course upon seeing the photo, BB cracked up laughing and whispered to me that he wanted to do the same to Top Ender.
Top Ender making shapes behind Big BoyBig Boy making Bunny ears behind Top Ender
Afterwards Tops looked at the photo and exclaimed, I look like a Teenager! To which BB replied, I was trying to make you look like a Rabbit and then he couldn’t understand why Tops and I spent the next five minutes laughing.
Top Ender and Big Boy at the lake

As usual we had a great time together, it was good just to chat and to relax, to look at the sky, the lake and enjoy each other’s company without the distractions that we sometimes find at home.

Top Ender and Big Boy being daftTop Ender and Big Boy being daft

I don’t think that my children will ever fully appreciate how great life is for them right now, I know that I didn’t understand as a child how great life was and it’s only now looking back that I realise that although evenings like this are fleeting moments that when I am old and grey or the children are parents themselves that we will remember how lucky we were to have each other.

Top Ender and Big Boy smiling

Can someone remind me of this the next time the children drive me crazy?!

Morphy Richards Compact Intellisteam Food Steamer #Review #GiveAway

In our house there are three days that you can guarantee what we’re eating. On a Sunday, we tend to have a Roast, on a Monday we tend to eat Veggie and lately on a Saturday we have a Curry. This has become a ritual because of the new Morphy Richards Compact Intellisteam Food Steamer that I was sent to review. In case you’re thinking oh yeah, steamers I remember when they were popular, know that I thought the same. I too had one of the multi tier steamers in my early years of marriage and countless times the timer would fail or I’d accidentally put it together wrong!

The Morphy Richards Compact Intellisteam Food Steamer box

This steamer is nothing like the ones you (and I) were thinking of. This one has a timer (which can be different times for different sides of the steamer), this one is a lot sturdier and it has some handy alarms for when it’s running low on water. Although apparently only I make it run low on water and Daddy the master Curry cooker, (well supervisor as the Steamer does all the hardwork) is the only one who knows how to do it properly.

The Morphy Richards Compact Intellisteam Food Steamer in action
As is normal after getting the machine, I read through the instructions and read the suggested recipes out loud to Daddy. As soon as I mentioned a Curry, Daddy stopped me and declared that to be the winner for the first meal to be cooked in the steamer. Thanks to other things I had on that day, Daddy ended up cooking that first curry. It was one of the best Curry’s that I have ever tasted and so we decided there and then that we’d make it again the following week. Daddy took control and cooked that Curry, and the next and the next… in fact Daddy is the only one that has cooked the weekly Curry!

Steamed Chicken Curry and Rice

I have cooked other things in the steamer though. I’ve made Salmon and Vegetables for the children and I, Couscous with Chicken, Noodles and I even hard boiled an egg, well steamed an egg until it was hard boiled… I don’t know what to call that.

To put it simply, the Steamer is genius and I’ve got one to give away so all line up nicely to enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

Top Ender’s Homework

It’s funny how blogs go through phases isn’t it? I mean, at the moment this blog seems to be a little Big Boy heavy, just because he is at the front of everything going on. Top Ender is more in the background, more like me, just watching and waiting ready for whatever comes her way.

And stuff is coming her way.

Top Ender has been given a Homework task at School (along with the rest of her Key Stage) that was practically written for her. Top Ender and the rest of her key stage have each been tasked with caring for another person for eight weeks, and to accomplish this each child was handed a newborn baby.

They have to make sure the baby is fed and comfy. That they get enough sleep, that they learn skills vital to growing up, that they get to have fun and explore. They have to make sure that the babies don’t get lost or get hurt.

It’s all about taking responsibility and taking care of others, with a few other major life skills thrown in.

And on top of all this care taking, they have to document it.

It could be a scrapbook, or a diary, or a baby book, or a blog, or a photograph album, or one of a million other ways. The one option that caught Top Ender’s eye though was the words a blog and so within seconds of being home from the day she was given her child she set up a blog all about him.

I’m so proud of Top Ender, that I said I would tell you all about her and her son and her blog.

Introducing Kyle Emmett.

Top Ender and Kyle Emmett
You didn’t think I meant a real newborn baby did you?! No, each child has been given a Lego Mini figure that they are to care for, take to School each day, to Dr’s appointments, on play dates, to after school clubs or they can arrange for a babysitter whilst they are out… which is why I currently have Kyle Emmett sitting with me as she is playing with her brother in the garden.
Top Ender is working so hard on her blog, and has only had a little help from me (I set up the header for her) and her School mates have said that they love her homework, but she is getting a little down that nobody else is visiting her blog or leaving her any comments, so could you do me a favour and go leave her a comment on a random post or two? It would mean the world to her!