Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Recipe - Cheese & chive potato scones (#SlimmingWorld friendly)

I'm a great cheese lover and before I joined Slimming World I would just cut blocks off and eat it like that - naughty! I do still enjoy it now regularly as my Healthy Extra A choice, but I don't eat as much as I did before. When you're not counting the calories in it, it can easily add up! I would always get low fat as well but now I buy full fat and just have the lesser amount. When you want to use your HExA for something else though, these scones give a wonderful cheese hit and are great for snacking on. (Some may consider it a tweak but I've lost weight when I've eaten them - it's not like I eat them all in one go as the boys eat them too!).

Ingredients (makes 6 large ones, can divide smaller to make more bite size ones)
  • 1 packet cheese & onion Smash, not made up (can use plain too)
  • 300g tub low fat cheese & chive cottage cheese
  • 2 medium eggs
  • Fry Light

  • mixing bowl
  • baking tray

  • Preheat oven to gas 6/400F/200C.
  • Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Divide mixture into 6 portions, roll into balls and place on baking tray. Spray with Fry Light.
  • Cook for 20-25 minutes, until the scones are golden on the outside.
  • Enjoy! 

Monday, 4 May 2015

Little man N at 1 year 2 months old

My baby boy is fast growing up. It feels even more so because most of the things he's doing now, are before the age at which J did them so it's all a bit quick for me compared to last time! He just wants to be like his big brother really, but his antics are going to be the death of me one day - I've lost count of how many times already my heart has nearly jumped out of my mouth!

Since his last update he still hasn't been weighed, I think I'll go and get him weighed before his next update as I'm just intrigued to see how he's doing. I can tell he's leveling out though as the sleeves on some of his tops are a bit looser than they were with his mega chunky arms as I can actually roll them up now! He's still on one bottle of milk a day though, and I'm not sure when we will try to introduce a beaker at bed time instead, though he does drink from a beaker during the day time (we gave him one much earlier than we did with J as he kept stealing his - he still does in fact, and vice versa!).

I mentioned last time that he had started walking. His confidence has built up really quickly and now he walks practically everywhere (though he's still a bit wary of grass!). He loves to walk down the path to the car and he's so proud of himself when he does. Since his new found freedom he is into everything - inside boxes, standing on boxes to reach things or get onto things, and he's finally mastered climbing the sofa - oh joy! He loves climbing as you can see in my last Project 365 update, and because of this he's acquired too many bruises and scratches to count in the last few weeks!

He is such a little monkey and had an obsession with opening the kitchen drawers until we finally put locks in them. J was never really bothered so we never needed them before! Now he can't get in the drawers, he has a new found obsession with shoes - he takes them everywhere and I'm always having to sort the shoe rack out!

He's finally acquired a new tooth so now he has eight gnashers, though the latest one took absolutely ages to come through, poor little guy. He's now started the biting phase (as well as a smacking one!) and it flaming hurts, damn those sharp teeth. He has started giving such adorable kisses though, also using his teeth.. He opens his mouth wide and leans in for one and then gently nips your puckered lips - I really need to get a video!

Current favourites
Food - Grapes
Drink - Water
Toys - Wooden tool set
Books - Train!

New words

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Project 365, 2015 (days 116-122)

Day 116 / April 26th
Today the day has finally come where J wanted not one, not two, not three, but all of his nails painted like Mummy!

Day 117 / April 27th
J was at nursery today and N had gotten up early so he was shattered but wouldn't go to sleep, so I just decided (as usual) to lie on J's bed with him and let him drop off himself! (I did pick him up after I took the photo!).

Day 118 / April 28th
We go to play group on a Tuesday and all of the children love this big dinosaur. Now N is mobile he has taken a liking to it too and people were shocked at him just climbing it! I wasn't as he is all over the place nowadays, copying his brother!

Day 119 / April 29th
I'm trying to cut down on my coffee intake by replacing at least one with herbal tea. This was blackcurrant, vanilla and something else (it might have been ginseng).

Day 120 / April 30th
A visit to Grandad's today and J wanted to help clear the driveway - he's a proper little helper nowdays!

Day 121 / May 1st
I had a yogurt that needed using today so I had strawberries, raspberries, yogurt, and a hi-fi bar (as a healthy extra so all free!). It was a banana & custard yogurt though, and a salted caramel bar so it was a bit of a weird combo!

Day 122 / May 2nd
I always make a fruit salad the day after our fruit & veg delivery and this is this week's huge offering - it should keep me and the boys going for a couple of days! We have pineapple, melon, mango (I've actually learned how to prepare one properly at the ripe old age of 28!), kiwi, orange, grapes, and pomegranate seeds.

TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Slimming World weigh in #15 - the one where I don't quite make my Club 10

If you read my last update you'll know that I had been aiming for my Club 10 award and didn't quite make it so I was determined to get it this week. I've been right back on track, mostly under my syns with the exception of one day (Sunday) but it balanced out during the week and I only used 90/105 for the week so I was hoping for a good weigh in. One of the things that has helped me get back on track is one of these diaries. It's not an official Slimming World one but it's helped me as I've written everything down and it's in a uniform manner rather than just a load of scribbles on paper (!). I think I will get a different page style next time though as I think the one I have is more for EESP.

I've decided I'll start showing you some of my meals in these updates too, that I've shared on Instagram during the week (feel free to follow me if you don't already!).

Anyway, on to weigh in. I went to group feeling really hopeful for that 1.5lb loss to get my Club 10 award; I went for a pee before I left home and when I got there to make sure I was as empty as can be, ha! I really didn't want to look at the scales but I can't help it - I did and I saw that I hadn't quite made my Club 10, with 1lb loss again. I was pleased though as I thought even if I get the same again next week, I will finally be there!

I just noticed my consultant has written my total weight lost wrong as it should be 1st 4.5lb - I will have to change that!

Though I'm actually going for a 2.5lb loss next week so I can get my 1.5st award too - wish me luck!

My stats for this week (week 15):
  • starting weight - 13st 4.5lb
  • previous weight - 12st 1lb
  • current weight - 12st 0lb
  • loss this week - 1lb
  • loss so far - 1st 4.5lb
  • Club 10 target weight - 11st 13.5lb
  • final target weight - 9st 6lb

How did you get on this week?

Super Busy Mum


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