Sunday, 24 July 2011

Missed Week - Catch Up Photos

Evening everyone! Bit of a late one from me as I've been helping Liam fill in a job application - the joys of technology meant he filled it in last night, managed to lose all the information, filled it in again this evening and is still having trouble submitting it!! Aaargh!! So I'm taking a break to blog and look back at yummy pictures instead! :) With the exception of yummy dessert recipes (Double Chai Cupcakes and Chai Cheesecake Bites incase you missed them!), this morning's post about yesterday was the first post I'd published since Monday! It's been a bit of a hectic week!

I'm not going to bore you with everything I've eaten, but here are some highlights...

First up, breakfasts. I wasn't doing too well with breakfasts at the start of the week, but on Friday I pledged on my Weight Journey page to eat breakfast every morning. This has been made easier by the start of the summer holidays - no school run to do makes for a much more relaxed morning routine! :)

Friday morning - a pineapple, melon and banana smoothie topped with Eat Natural muesli:

This was great, really refreshing. More muesli was of course added part way through!

Yesterday's breakfast you've already seen, and this morning was two lemon & raisin scotch pancakes, topped with nectarines, strawberries and much more peanut flour sauce than is shown in this photo!

I accidentally added too much milk to the peanut flour sauce, so then added more peanut flour to compensate...and ended up with way more sauce than I needed, which was still too runny for my liking! Still tasty though :)

Next, main meals. I don't really distinguish between lunches and dinners, although from the looks of the photos, lunches have mainly been of the poached eggs on toast variety, so I'll spare you the repetitive photos!

Tuesday dinner - Choosing Raw's Ginger-Lime Edamame Sweet Potato Burgers, served with grilled asparagus and guacamole...

This was amazing!! Easily the best thing I've eaten all week! Really easy to make too, and a good way to use up some of the quinoa flakes I have sitting in my cupboard! We'll definitely be making these again soon :)

Friday dinner - egg fried rice with curried cauliflower and frozen peas...

Quick to make, tasty, and a good way to use up some veggies. Just what we needed this week! :)

Sunday lunch - a messy but delicious quesadilla containing apple slices, a whole mozzarella ball (shredded) and grated cheddar...

Mmm, melted cheese goes so well with fruit!!

Sunday dinner - none of us had any energy so it was a cereal night! Honey rice Puffins with milk, peanut flour, strawberries and coconut butter for me...

I rarely have cereal for breakfast...much better as an evening meal/snack! Yum.

Now, desserts/snacks/drinks...

I have been drinking a lot of coffee this week! In our new coffee machine :-D I've been making a pot of coffee each morning, drinking a couple of mugs hot, and then enjoying the rest as iced coffee later on in the day...

So good, especially with lots of drops of vanilla stevia in it...I'm loving that stuff!!

Tuesday dessert - as if the edamame sweet potato burgers weren't great enough, we had a rare dessert that night too! Daughter helped me to make it - bread and butter pudding made with chocolate chips and grated orange zest (One of Liam's many dislikes is dried fruit in desserts, gah!)...

Not quite sure why it puffed up so much in the oven!! I couldn't get a pretty picture of this on the plate, but it was delicious. Comforting memories of childhood!!

I've eaten quite a few of these Waitrose snack bars - the seed one is my favourite I think...

I've also eaten lots of nectarines, melon, grapes etc this week - I've been on a bit of a fruit kick this week! And of course plenty of the chai cupcakes and chai cheesecake bites - I ate the entire batch of chai cheesecake bites (with the exception of one 'brownie' that was eaten Saturday morning) on Friday! So delicious!!

Final group of photos - no catch-up post of mine would be complete without a few family photos...!

Daughter's Teddy Bear Picnic packed lunch box on Wednesday - goat's cheese & grape sandwiches, satsuma, yoghurt, cheese string, Waitrose squashed fruit bar and a carton of apple juice - a few more treaty things than usual as it was her last packed lunch of term!

Plus a teddy of course! She chose the one she received in hospital. In the end, it rained so they ate their lunch in the school hall instead of the field. She still had fun though!

Oh what an easy life a toddler must lead...

He set the chairs up like that for himself one morning, it did make me chuckle when I came in the room!

And finally, daughter pleading to take her dolly to the fete on Saturday...

She didn't win. We're mean parents. Either that or we've had way too much experience of carrying her toys around while she runs off to play! She soon forgot about it anyway and had a great time at the fete! :)

And that is me up to date. It feels so much better knowing I don't have loads of photos that are going to be missed forever (!!!) I especially recommend those edamame sweet potato burgers - delicious!

How do you go about catching up if you haven't blogged for a few days? Do you just forget about the meals/photos/stories, or try to post them at a later date? I hate not posting certain things, as I then feel I have to keep track of what I have and haven't posted so as not to refer back to something and have you guys not know what I'm talking about!! I hope you didn't find this post too long-winded though.

Anyway, time to hit publish. I had a mini-drama this evening as earlier today my dressing fell of my neck and the stitches were getting really irritated by my hair without a dressing on. So I tried to put a dressing on without really being able to see what I was doing...bad hurt more than usual afterwards and when Liam got home from work he informed me I'd stuck the sticky bit to the stitches!! Eeek!! I was too scared to let him pull it off straight away as it was one of the stickier dressings (the hospital gave me no spare dressings so I've been having to use the random ones leftover from daughter's stay in hospital) but a quick 'forbidden' soak in the bath made it easier for him to pull off. My skin had been really irritated by the stickiness though so I've let it breathe dressing-free for a couple of hours. So the point of this extremely rambly paragraph? It's now time to ask Liam to put a new dressing on & then head to bed. Night all!!


  1. Ooh I love bread and butter pudding! Reminds me of my childhood too.
    I just put all the pictures off of my camera in to a post when I'm blogging, and if it's getting a bit long miss out some of the more repetitive stuff. I didn't think this post was long winded, my weekend posts are always super long.
    Eeek I hope your stitches are okay today! I would have been too scared to pull the dressing off too!

  2. I love the sound of those sweet potato burgers- yum. :)
    If I miss a few days and have taken photos, sometimes I add them in, and sometimes I save them for another post (because I will tend to eat the same thing again later on). :)

  3. I love cereal for dinner! So yummy and sometimes thats all I need when I'm tired. Of course green smoothies for dinner are always a winner too.

  4. Aww hope your daughter enjoyed her teddy bears picnic! I had one of them in school n just got all reminiscent hehe

  5. You bread and butter pudding looks absolutely amazing, want to yum it up right now enhanced because I may be having wheat withdrawal at the moment (I'm trying to cut back on it as it bloats me badly) ;-)

    I love that you post what you pack in your kiddies lunch box .... if I did that you would be horrified - my problem is exasperated by the fact that my kids won't eat sandwiches ... not even with just butter. Nope I lie they will eat chocolate bread sarnies!!!! AGH! :-)

  6. There's some really good looking food here - I love bread and butter pudding and that smoothie looks great!
    I don't always post all the photos I take. I keep them though, because they migth be useful in the future.

  7. Leigh - bread and butter is definitely a good childhood memory to have! I was such a wimp when it came to my stitches - almost passed out when the nurse removed them (although she did make it way more traumatic than it should've been!!) seem to be ok now though, thanks :)

    Maria - glad you liked the sound of the sweet potato burgers (& indeed made your own version, yey!)

    Jemma - I haven't had a green smoothie - for dinner or other times - in AGES, must have one soon!!

    Laura - thanks, she loved it - any excuse to take a teddy into school!!

    Lara - thanks, the bread and butter pud was great, must make it more often! I am super lucky that my kids eat anything (for now!) Not eating sandwiches must be difficult to deal with - that's my standard option when I'm in a rush in the mornings!! Daughter likes leftover quiche, pasta (cold) etc too though - presumably you've tried that? I think I'm going to "pay" for having easy-going children when they hit teenage years - I was terrible as a teenager!!!

    Sarah - see I keep all the photos I take too, but I end up with literally hundreds of folders (I seem to be creating a new folder each day lately instead of organising myself) with loads of photos in each, so I don't think I'd be able to locate old photos even if I wanted to!!

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