Fed up – Weekly weigh in and another gain

Fed up

I’ve stuck to my menu all week again and still gained 1.5lbs. I’m fed up.

I haven’t come home and stuffed my face, though, which is an achievement because all I wanted to do when I left Slimming World was buy chocolate.
I went to Poundstretcher with the intention of buying something to eat but decided not to.
Instead, I came home, checked what was on the menu for lunch and stuck to it.

I’m doing SP this week. I’ll just have to stick to it again and see how it goes. I’m going to try SP with having my full syns (I’m allowed 25 because of my weight). If that doesn’t work, I’m going to try Extra Easy next week but cut my syns to 15 and see how that goes. The only other thing I can try if that doesn’t work is to do SP with 15 syns.

If none of that works, I have no idea what to try. All those things would have seen me have great losses in my first year.

 

fed up

Fitted office at home

Fitted office

When we win the lottery (that we refuse to play now since the price increase!) we’d love to make some changes to our home. Ant has his big garage that he calls his office (there’s no way his car will fit in there!) but it would be much better if it were a fitted office.

If we had the money, we’d get the builders (who very conveniently live next door!) to convert the garage. We would have a bigger kitchen and a utility room. Ant would have a nice big room so he could have a fitted home office. Lots and lots of storage would be great to help him get organised.
I’m sure if he had better storage solutions, he would have a tidier office.

At this point, I’d normally show a photo of his office but I’m not going in there! I would, if it looked anything like this:

fitted office

I tend to steer clear of his office (which I’m sure he’s very happy about!). If there were things in there I needed, I wouldn’t even know where to start looking.
Fitted modern hinged door wardrobes could be a perfect solution for his storage needs. It’s not only an office space, it has all his tools/DIY stuff in as well. He’s also got stock he’s going to be selling online and at car boot sales. It really could do with someone to come in, see what he’s got and design the whole storage solution for him, making the best use of the space.

fitted office

Seeing as we don’t play the lottery, though, it’s going to a be while before we can make the transformations we want but it’s always nice to window shop and dream, isn’t it?!

 

This is a collaborative post

Apple & Cinnamon Filo Tarts #GBBOBloggers2016

Filo tarts

star-baker-pastry-week-filo-tarts

Kaycee was delighted to receive Star Baker from Jenny this week for her filo pastry :oD

apple cinnamon filo tarts

Kaycee (11) had her heart set on making filo tarts for this week’s #GBBOBloggers challenge. We tried to talk her into making Danish pastries as we thought it would be easier for her.
She wasn’t having it and went ahead with the filo using Michel Roux’s Filo Pastry.

Ant helped her with advice when she had any questions but for the most part, she did it all on her own.

After helping her get started with the rolling, she soon got the hang of it and made six sheets. The recipe said to put plenty of cornflour between the layers and cover with a damp tea towel until needed. It also said to keep in a cool place until needed but we forgot about that and left it in the warm kitchen.

When she came to make the pastry tart cases, the layers wouldn’t come apart properly. They stretched and broke and made Kaycee a little stressed!
She wanted to start again but it was getting late. We decided not to try and separate the layers, we just cut it all into squares and put them in the greased tart tin.
Kaycee brushed them all with melted butter and put them in the oven.

To make the apple sauce Kaycee and her friend, Katy, peeled and chopped 6 eating apples, put them in the saucepan and added a dessert spoon of brown sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon.
They cooked them until the apple was soft and starting to break down.

apple cinnamon filo tarts

To make the tarts:

  1. Brush the tart tins with some melted butter.
  2. Cut a filo sheet into squares. It depends how big your sheets are as to how big you cut your squares. You need to be able to line each tart tin with the filo without stretching it. It needs to be gently placed in and allow folds to form round the sides.
  3. Brush the filo with melted butter before putting another layer of filo in.
  4. Layer about 6 sheets of filo, brushing with melted butter between each layer. Brush the last layer with melted butter.
  5. Cook for about 10 minutes at 200°C or until the filo cups are nice and golden.
  6. When the filo cups are cool, fill with the apple sauce

When they came out of the oven, they looked lovely but we didn’t know if the cornflour between the layers was going to affect the taste. It didn’t, everyone loved them (although I’m afraid I didn’t try as I’m sticking 100% to Slimming World this week!). I’m so pleased her first attempt at filo didn’t fail! She was really pleased with herself 🙂

apple cinnamon filo tarts

apple cinnamon filo tarts

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Flora healthy lunchboxes #FloraLunchbox

Healthy lunchboxes

I was happy when I saw the lunchbox builder that came with our Flora lunchbox; according to the advice, Kaycee and Ella already have healthy lunchboxes 🙂

Ella quite often makes herself a mixed salad with tomatoes, cucumber, sliced new potatoes, sweetcorn, and ham mixed with some lighter than light mayo.
She has a piece of fruit and small snack size bags of party rings or mini Oreos. Her drink is usually flavoured still water or weak squash.

The only thing we could change to make them healthier is moving from white bread to wholemeal. We all used to have wholemeal until Ant started making fresh white bread every day. Once they’d tasted that, the wholemeal bread went out the window! (except for me, I still have wholemeal). Mind you, if I had the choice, (I’m doing Slimming World and white bread is too many syns for me) I’d have the white bread as well, it’s totes delish, as Ant says!

For lunch tomorrow Ella’s made herself a tuna, sweetcorn and mayo sandwich with some cherry tomatoes, cucumber and a piece of peanut butter flapjack. She used the lunchbox builder which was included on the Lunchbox Tips and Ideas leaflet in the free lunchbox.

Flora healthy lunchboxes

 

healthy lunches

healthy lunches

healthy lunches

 

I’m lucky in that we don’t have picky eaters here (except for the white versus wholemeal bread thing!) but if you do, there are lots of ideas on the Flora website to help you make lunches all kids will want to eat. The link to the Flora site is below 🙂

healthy lunches

This post is an entry for the #FloraLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Flora. Check out their lunch planner and recipe ideas here.

Caramel apple upside down cake

Caramel apple upside cake

I had a really hard time resisting this caramel apple upside down cake. It was totes delish as the husband would say!

caramel apple upside down cake

Ingredients for the topping

Butter – 50g
Sugar – 100g
Ground cinnamon – 1/2 tsp
3-4 eating apples, peeled and sliced

Ingredients for the cake

Self raising flour – 220g
Butter – 220g
Sugar – 220g
2 eggs

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4
Grease a cake tin

For the caramel

  1. Put the butter, sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan over a medium heat. Stir well until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth.
  2. Pour into a greased cake tin and spread evenly over the bottom.
  3. Arrange the apple slices evenly on the caramel

For the cake

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl
  2. Whisk the eggs then add them slowly to the butter and sugar mixture, beating the mixture well.
  3. When all the egg has been added, add the flour and fold in gently with a metal spoon
  4. Pour the cake mixture over the apple and caramel
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean after being inserted into the middle of the cake.
  6. Serve on its own, hot or cold with custard or ice cream

caramel apple upside down cake

While everyone was eating their cake, I was resisting by cleaning the kitchen. Ant brought this piece in to show me. I thought he’d made it by using his spoon to make the mouth but he assures me that’s how it was! He noticed it just before he was going to eat it!

caramel apple upside down cake

 

Homework station makeover challenge

Homework station makeover challenge

Kaycee’s been given a budget to take part in a homework station makeover challenge. She was really excited when we took her shopping and got her to pick out all the things she wanted 🙂

homework station makeover challenge

We recently changed rooms around so we could fit a desk in her room for when she started secondary school. We scavenged some things from other parts of the house, like the desk tidy from my desk and a pot of coloured pencils Aiden no longer needed but her desk was a bit empty and boring.

homework station makeover challenge

Homework station BEFORE

This is what she bought

homework station makeover challenge

 

homework station makeover challenge

Homework station AFTER

homework station makeover challenge

homework station makeover challenge

homework station makeover challenge

homework station makeover challenge

homework station makeover challenge

homework station makeover challenge

She loves all her new things and seeing her desk has also made Ella more interested in doing her homework! She’s asked Kaycee if they can share the desk. Kaycee agreed as long as Ella promises to keep it as tidy as it looks now!

 

Thanks to Action Storage who provide lockers for schools.

Halloween garland #BostikBloggers

Halloween garland

Halloween garland

Ella took the reigns when it came to this month’s Bostik blogger’s craft challenge. Halloween is her favourite holiday. She loves it as much as I love Christmas and she starts planning her Halloween costume at the start of September!

She decided to make a Halloween garland with hanging ghosts.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Halloween paper chains
White paper or card
Halloween ribbons
Sticky dots
Glitter
Glue stick

Halloween garland

The girls decided not to use the spiders!

Method

Make the paper chains (if yours aren’t pre-glued, use sticky dots) and set aside

Draw some ghosts on the white paper or card and decorate with the glitter

Cut out the ghosts and make a hole at the top of each one. Thread a ribbon through each ghost and tie them onto the paper chain garland, or use sticky dots to stick the two sides of each ribbon together when its been put through a chain link.

 

Halloween garland

Halloween garland

Halloween garland

Halloween garland

Halloween garland

Halloween garland

Halloween garland tutorial in association with Bostik, Tots 100 and Craft Merrily

Good week but not a good result – Weekly weigh in

Half pound gain

It’s been a good week food wise but not weight wise. I’ve honestly stuck to plan all week. I’ve got an Excel book with my menus in and I’ve recorded everything I’ve eaten. I went over my syns by 1.5 one day. All the other days have been under my recommended amount for the week.
I’ve also been using a smaller plate to keep my portions down.

It could just be last week’s excesses catching up with me. I expected a far greater gain than I got last week so I’m not going to let it get to me.

I’ve got my menu planned again for the week and I’ve dropped my syns to keep them below 20 every day. My usual amount is 25 because I weigh over 20 stone so we’ll see if dropping them helps.

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Summer fruit muffins recipe

summer fruit muffins

Summer fruit muffins Kaycee’s usually the one who does any baking challenges we get but Ella really wanted to make these summer fruit  muffins. We were sent a doodle apron and some washable felt fabric pens along with a selection … Continue reading