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Monday, 16 October 2017

See a grey sky as silver...

16th October 2017
You may not be able to control every situation and its outcome, but you can control your attitude and how you deal with it.

Lazy day yesterday, spent most of it in my kitchen pottering and cooking a roast chicken dinner, it was lush and I’m thinking bubble and squeak for breakfast.  The weather’s not looking great out there this morning, doesn’t make you want to rush out of the house, let alone out of bed.  I did have me a lie in, after Alfie woke me up about 5ish, I decided to try and go back to sleep and I managed it too. 

Right let’s think food, bubble and squeak for breakfast and I need to think of something to do with the leftover chicken, maybe fried rice, mmm yeah like that idea.   I’ve got a pack of pitta bread, I could use them with some of it.  I’m going to get playing in my kitchen again I think.

This is a recipe I’d forgot I had that I come across the other day, haven’t made this for so long and it’s delicious;

Chicken Fricassee
Serves 2, 8sp per portion

100g brown rice (10sp)
low fat cooking spray
2 x 165g skinless boneless chicken breasts (3sp)
300ml chicken stock (use 1½ chicken oxo cubes) (1sp)
110g carrots, peeled and cut into thick chunks.
150g button mushrooms, sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
75g low fat soft cheese (2sp)

Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the rice according to the packet instructions. Drain well and leave to cool. Meanwhile, lightly coat a deep, lidded, non stick frying pan with low fat cooking spray and heat until hot. Add the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes until browned all over. Add the stock and carrots. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes until tender. Meanwhile, lightly coat another small non-stick frying pan with low fat cooking spray. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes until the juices have been released and evaporated. Add the garlic and rice and cook for a further minute, until hot. Divide between two plates. Remove the chicken and carrots with a slotted spoon, reserving the stock. Place the chicken and carrots on top of the rice. Keep warm. Return the pan with the stock to the hob. Boil quickly for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Stir in the soft cheese. Pour the sauce over the chicken.
And another of my favs especially at this time of year when I’m craving comfort food is this one;

Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic

Serves 4

13sp per serving using thighs,
5sp per serving using breasts,
9sp per serving using legs

2 tbsp regular olive oil (9sp)
Use 8 chicken thighs (skin on, bone in) (42sp) or
use 8 skinless breasts for 8sp or
use 4 skinless legs for 27sp or

1 bunch (about 6) spring onions
small bunch fresh thyme
40 garlic cloves (approx 3-4 bulbs), unpeeled
2 tbsp dry white wine (1sp)
1½ tsp sea salt flakes or ¾ tsp pouring salt
Ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Heat the oil on the hob over a high heat in a wide, shallow, ovenproof and flameproof casserole (that will ultimately fit all the chicken in one layer, and that has a lid). Sear the chicken, skin-side down. This may take two batches, so transfer the browned pieces to a bowl as you go. Once the chicken pieces are seared, transfer them all to the bowl.

Finely slice the spring onions, put them into the casserole and quickly stir-fry them with the leaves torn from a few sprigs of thyme. Put 20 of the unpeeled cloves of garlic (papery excess removed) into the casserole, top with the chicken pieces, skin-side up, then cover with the remaining 20 cloves of garlic.

Add the vermouth (or white wine) to any oily chicken juices left in the bowl. Swill it around and pour this into the casserole. Sprinkle with the salt, grind over the pepper, and add a few more sprigs of thyme. Put on the lid and cook in the oven for 1½ hours.

I’m tempted to try that in the slow cooker actually, it’d be an easy throw it in and see what happens, yeah defo.

Not got much to say today as I’ve had a very lovely, quiet weekend and I’ve got up late and have stuff to do, so catch ya tomo, have a happy day BeYOUtiful, ignore the weather!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Chillin today, or and eating of course!

15th October 2017
If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose.  When you wake up, you can’t just wait to see what kind of day you’ll have.  You have to decide what kind of day you’ll have.  Joel Osteen.

Well it’s Sunday 7.18am and it’s still dark, I think that’s when I realise We’re well into autumn when I notice the darkness, all is good in my world though because I have a fully functioning kitchen, the only things that need doing now are the prettifying of it all, the floor needs replacing, the walls and ceiling need painting and just bits and bobs.  Oh and the glass doors need cleaning! Boo ;)

I had a lovely lazy afternoon yesterday, once I’d finished my meeting, I went for my massage, unfortunately they’re doing building work in the flat about and Karen asked if I was sure I wanted one but I thought yeah the massage is still good so I had a shorter massage and a full facial, the hammering and we think sanding was relentless and continuous but even I managed to drop off at one point – that’s how good she is at relaxing me and how tired I must have been.

After walking Alfie and making dinner using all the ‘use by today’ stuff out the fridge, I had beansprouts, gammon, pineapple and mushrooms with soy sauce – it was good too, I sat on my backside in front of the tv and did nothing, we were in bed for 8 – bliss. 

I’ve been up a few hours, tidied the kitchen, just got the floor to clean now and I’m going to sit and read the papers and enjoy another slow day, doing whatever I fancy.  I’ve sprained my wrist so I can’t do anything too active, no painting the walls in the kitchen unfortunately or maybe that’s a good thing, maybe I need to stop and breathe and give my mind time to be quiet and my body time to rest.

Ooo what to eat today?  I have a couple of M&S pizza’s might have them, might roast a chicken dinner though, proper gravy, Yorkshire mmm maybe.  We’ll see.  I fancy cooking properly in my kitchen, yeah it’s gotta be done.

Right I’m off Co-op opens at 8, go and get mom the papers so she can read them in bed with a mug of tea, see it’s all about the simple life.  Love it I do.  I need to get me a fold up table for my kitchen so I can do similar….

Make today a happy day BeYOUtiful, remember it’s a choice.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Be better...

14th October 2017
Stop aiming to be the best and simply aim to be better.

Think about it, once you’ve become the best – what next!  Do your best by all means but there’s only one thing harder than getting to the top and that’s staying there!  This is especially true for weight loss success, getting the weight off is one thing, keeping it off quite another and if put your efforts and success on too high a pedestal the fall will be awful!  Because once you get to the top of that mountain, it great to enjoy the view, but so many start slowly descending again. Lose the weight, feel great, get cocky, and regain weight.  Becoming a successful Weight Watcher doesn’t have an end, it’s a continual journey, once at goal the rules change but so much stays the same.

Life events will get in the way, feelings, emotions, hormones, situations, all of it, they’re like the hurdles in an obstacle race, however as long as each time you hit one, you ask yourself ‘What can I do here?’, you’ll come out triumphant. 

Don’t give yourself unrealistic expectations, these can cause you to give up before you even restart, so with that in mind, this morning and every morning, let me encourage you to stop aiming to be the best and simply aim to do your best.  When things aren’t going right, aim to be better, better than yesterday, better than last week. 

As you see your fantastic success, the achievements along the way, don’t get complacent, don’t get cocky and never give up because you don’t think success is achievable.  If you’re struggling, ask for help, reassess your long term and short term goals, but never, ever, ever stop setting those goals however small or however unreachable you feel they are. 

What can we do better today?

What are you going to do better today?

Today, I’m going to focus on me, well after half ten I am anyway, I did yesterday too, I was busy doing no a lot of much all morning yesterday and it was great, I got stuff done but at my own pace, played Candy Crush a bit, messed about, still got some jobs done but didn’t rush – I’ve rushed too much lately and it needed to calm down.  So today, I will enjoy my meeting, then my massage then I’ll go with the flow.  I made my chicken soup in the slow cooker that turned out well, today though I’m thinking maybe faggots, we’ll see what we fancy later.

Right Saturday, let’s have ya!  Enjoy your weekend BeYOUtiful, you know it makes sense.