Monday, August 6, 2018

A productive weekend...


After working Saturday morning, I got to and started bread rolls - the freezer is bare!
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While the bread dough proved, I made this WW Blueberry and banana bread. Very moist!


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Perfect chia Chadd’s bread rolls...
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I planned to make dried apricot jam on Sunday so I got it soaking overnight...
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Dinner Saturday night was Weight Watchers Italian style stuffed lamb cutlets.  I could only get teeny weeny cutlets which would be too hard to stuff so settled for lamb steaks.  That is a mix of low-fat fetta, basil and sun dried tomato in there.
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The salad had pre-grilled and chilled egg plant, zucchini and sweet potato ribbons in it with mixed lettuce leaves, fetta and red onion (added later).  Drizzled with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
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Not too shabby!
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Up and at ‘em Sunday morning, I made WW 3 ingredient pancakes...
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I got the apricot jam going...
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Bottled it...
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I was worried that it might catch on the bottom of the pan but it didn’t...
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Ta dah! All this jam cost $18 ($16 for the apricots and $2 for the sugar).  The little jars will be handy to take away in our  camper as I only have a drawer for store cupboard and breakfast items.  
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This is the recipe I use - I halve it as it makes a huge amount.
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I also bought some beetroot and pickled a batch. This cost me $6.80 for the beetroot plus 3 cups vinegar and some sugar, peppercorns, mustard and celery seeds which I had.
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The rest of the afternoon was spent sorting clothes and shoes.  I tossed out a garbage bag of shoes, destined for the op shop. They are all in good, clean condition - they just don’t fit me or hurt my silly, sore feet. Most had been worn only once. Many are years old.  I’ve been staring at then, lovingly stored in see-through shoe boxes, high up  on the shelf in my walk-in-robe...now they’re gone! Yay!
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I found a few more t shirts while cleaning out my wardrobe so I’m set for our trip.  I need to make a decision about what gets packed and what stays. Ugh! 
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I bought this rather ugly cross-body hand bag to take away. I need to down size what I carry and have my hands free for wheeling luggage. $70 down from $129...
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I bought this bag as my carry on bag. Large enough to fit my Air Mini cpap machine plus a few items needed on board.  Again, I got it on special for $70, down from $130.
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I use packing cells for my undies...
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Nightwear...
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This is my pile of woolies for the trip.  I am also taking two coats plus a shower proof jacket.
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When you travel, do you take all your remedies with you?  I like to have contingency plans in place for sore throats, headaches and um...loose bowels!  I always carry cough lollies, Panandol and Imodium...just in case.  I never forget my Vegemite!   I've got the necessary power adapters and a power board so we can keep things charged, my travel diary which I like to keep and stick things in (ticket stubs, postcards, stickers). I bought that novel but I think that can stay home.  I'm not the reader I used to be.  There'll be movies/tv etc on the plane to occupy me.
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Four pairs of trousers plus I’ll add track pants and a pair of active wear tights.
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This is the ‘summer’ wear pile...I have shorts and 3/4 pants, day tops and evening tops...
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...and more tops for day and evenings...
I’m going to have to cull somethings but at least I’ve got choices.  As you can see, most of my wardrobe is monochrome but that makes mixing and matching easy. So many combinations.  Now to squish it in my case!
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Cheers - Joolz xx





Thursday, August 2, 2018

Here’s August and the count down is on...


We’re off overseas in a months time so I’m starting to get organised. These are all my supplements I need to take...
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WW Chicken, sweet potato and spinach lasagne...
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We made another trip to Adelaide last weekend. I need a few things for the trip.  Bri has moved in with her partner so I was in invited to dinner on Sunday night at their place.  Michael has built a new home so they are now roomies together.  Bri always make a smashing pavlova so I thought I’d try this recipe for Rocky Road...
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WW Friday night pizzas loaded with veggies and a bit of pepperoni and salami - delicious and healthy!
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Here is Bri wearing the Oodie I bought her.  It’s an oversized fleecy top, so cuddly and warm.  Ideal for TV watching on cold nights.  Too hot for me, I’d self combust and you’d find me as a pile of ashes where I sat! Lol!
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On Saturday, after a successful morning (I got white and black summer trousers and a pair of boots and Sketchers sneakers), the girls and I had lunch at Fine and Fettle.  This is Kirby’s green curry chicken, which was blazingly spicy...her mouth was still burning when we left.
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I had the duck pastrami sandwich - so delicious!
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...and Bri had the corn and manchego cheese fritters. Very yummy food!
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Gus and I went on a date Saturday night...we don’t often go out in the city by ourselves as we like to catch up with the girls.  Both had other plans so it was just us.  We dined at Stones Throw, on The Parade.  Beautiful, fresh food...these are Gus’s oysters...which he declared superb!  We shared our dishes...
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Beef carpaccio
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This was king fish served in a tomato and onion bouillabaisse...the flavours were so delicious, we cleaned the bowl! 
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This was a lentil, tomato smash side dish but it didn’t take our fancy much.  We were too enthralled in the king fish.  We decided against dessert.…
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...but decided to have ‘one more’ at the bar before going home...we had two! This is a spiced rum espresso! 
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After recovering on Sunday morning, I got around to some baking.  I made these wicked Dark chocolate and salted caramel brownies...
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...then the OMG! Rocky Road.  Seriously, the best!

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I made two batches of bread rolls.  One plain and the other with chia seeds...
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The brownies were packed up for Kirby to take to her work buddies and the RR went to Michael and Bri’s...
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This was the magnificent roast lamb that Michael cooked for us! Fabulous!
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WW Turkey rissoles, surprisingly good with hand cut oven fries and Waldorf salad with creamy yoghurt dressing...
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Wednesday morning 1/8/18 weigh in...

76.3 kg for a total loss so far of 9.7 kgs 
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My morning espresso...
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WW Indian salmon curry...dinner last night...
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An omelette this morning for brekky...2 eggs, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, red onion and ham, seasoned with herb medley, salt and pepps...
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2 points for the ham in it...
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 I’m nearly at my 10kg goal, even though it’s taken me 6 months.  If you like cooking, I cannot recommend Weight Watchers highly enough.  We have eaten some fantastic food, all low in fat but full on flavour.
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That’s me up to date.  I might show you my packing situation and some of my outfits...

Cheers - Joolz xx