Monday, 15 September 2014

Weight loss - week 5

After a major gain last week, I have to be honest, it didn't really give me a kick up the bum. I hadn't done a meal plan so that didn't help, but I don't think I even logged into MFP last week either. Nevertheless, I tried my hardest not to eat rubbish and I managed quite well. Now we have our fruit & veg box again after our little break, that's helping too.

I wasn't really expecting any more of a gain this week as I hadn't been eating anywhere near as much as the previous week, but I wasn't expecting a huge loss either. I've started this week fresh with meal planning and logging my food, and I must continue this time, I just needed something to spur me on a little bit!

My week 5 stats are:

  • start weight - 203.6 lbs
  • target weight - 132 lbs
  • previous weight - 191 lbs
  • current weight - 184.4 lbs
  • weight loss this week - 6.6 lbs 
  • weight loss to date - 19.2 lbs
  • weight loss to go - 52.4 lbs

So I had nearly a half stone loss again - but again I'm not expecting anywhere near that much next week!

Meal Planning Monday - 15th September

I am back after a couple of weeks away! Well, actually only one week but last week I just never got around to meal planning, and I actually struggled with all of our meals and we did have a takeaway one night... Which shows that meal planning really does work (mostly)!

Meal plan w/c 15th September:

Monday - Vegetable stir fry with sweet chilli sauce

Tuesday - Spaghetti bolognese with garlic bread

Wednesday - Reggae reggae chicken with rice & peas

Thursday - Jacket potatoes

Friday - Smoked mackerel with new potatoes

Saturday - Gammon with homemade chunky chips

Sunday - Garlic chicken with vegetables

Linking up with At Home With Mrs M.

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Recipe - Chunky chocolate kugelhopf (#GreatBloggersBakeOff2014)

First of all, I just want to say thank you to Jenny for awarding me Star Baker for my tart last week! See the badge over there, on the right?!

So this week was European bakes. It took me a day or two to make a decision on what I was going to make, then I finally decided on kugelhopf after looking through my recipe books. I was crossing my fingers all the way through that it was going to rise properly, and it was a complete success! The original had fruit in but I thought I would try it with chocolate...

Ingredients (serves 12)

  • 2 sachets fast action yeast
  • 250 ml lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 450 g plain flour
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 125 g butter, room temperature
  • 100 g dark chocolate, broken into chunks

  • large measuring jug
  • large bowl
  • ring shaped cake tin (I used a silicone one and it worked just fine)
  • electric whisk or stand mixer with dough hooks

  • Mix the yeast, half the milk, salt, 1 tbsp sugar, and 6 tbsp of flour in a large measuring jug and set aside somewhere warm to rise for half an hour, until it's doubled in volume.
  • In a bowl, mix the remaining flour with the remaining sugar, the eggs, and remaining milk.
  • Beat with a dough hook for a few minutes until you get a dough starting to get stiff.
  • Beat in the butter a little at a time.
  • Work in the yeast mixture, keeping the mixer going.
  • Add the chocolate chunks.
  • Beat for around 10 minutes, or until the dough is firm but elastic.
  • Prepare the cake tin by brushing with butter and dredging with flour, and shaking off the excess flour.
  • Place the dough into the tin and smooth as much as possible. It should come no more than half way up as it needs plenty of room to rise!
  • Leave the dough to rise somewhere warm for one hour.
  • Preheat oven to gas 4 / 350F / 180C.
  • Bake for around 35 minutes until the top is golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack.
  • Enjoy!

This is my entry to week 6 of the #GreatBloggersBakeOff2014, theme of European bakes - linking up with Mummy Mishaps.

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Project 365 - Week 37 (days 250 - 256)

Day 250 / September 7th
Little N sleeping with his hands on hips! (He has always slept on his front in his cot).

Day 251 / September 8th
Cheeky smiles from N!

Day 252 / September 9th
It was porridge fingers for N for breakfast today. He decided to swear at me too, cheeky monkey!

Day 253 / September 10th
Little treat whilst blogging and watching a movie.

Day 254 / September 11th
My first lot of new decor for this year! (Sorry!).

Day 255 / September 12th
A bit of heavy bedtime reading of a book from my author friend.

Day 266 / September 13th
Trying to capture N's giggles at his brother - not quite managing but there is a cute video of it on my Instagram!

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Our family holiday to Norfolk

You may or may not have noticed that we recently went on our annual holiday. May not have noticed because I had a post scheduled for every day that week so it was business as usual; or may have noticed when I posted my Project 365 and mentioned that we had been on holiday.

Our usual breaks tend to consist of a cottage, usually in Scotland (and then usually the Highlands) but last year we went to Wales. This year though, it was a completely different type of break for me and something that I just knew wasn't up my street (or boat...). We went on a weeks boating holiday on The Norfolk Broads. Now don't get me wrong, The Broads are beautiful, but just living on a boat for a week... not for me (that's a whole other post!). We were also holidaying with my in-laws...

We stopped off at a few places but as we were travelling across the expansive Broads, we didn't make a full day of anywhere. It was nice to relax though, and J did manage to stretch his legs and have a run around when we did stop - getting him back on board the boat was a whole other story though! We started at Wroxham and travelled most places from Beccles to Stalham before heading back.

We travelled The Broads, we waved at other holidaymakers, we ate out, we got food in, we visited a windmill, met donkeys, played at the park, went swimming, and J got flapped in the face by a fish...

Here are the highlights of our holiday in photos!

Glow on the river on our first night
Waking up to a rainbow
Captain J

Selfie time

The Wherry
'Southern Comfort' paddle boat
House windmill

A walk through the woods


Fun in the parks
Fun on the bouncy castle
Fun in the soft play bus
A walk with Daddy
Ice cream

Posing with Grandad and a fish
(Before and after - the fish flapped to get away and got J in the face - he was fine, he was laughing after this - maybe because we were all laughing at what had just happened! One of the highlights! (Mean Mummy)

Family portrait

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall
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