• Family 14.02.2014 No Comments

    It has been a long time since I last blogged here and many things have happened since then. Sadly, we lost my Dad at the end of last summer, a time of sadness, memories and change for all the family. My daughter moved to London for a new  job in October, my son moved out in January, I started a new job and I have been diagnosed with, and undergone surgery for, cancer of the womb. Fortunately I was diagnosed at a very early stage and the surgery was a complete cure, I just need to recover from the surgery!


    Whilst recovering I haven’t been cooking or baking and, worst of all, I haven’t been able to go to football matches! I have, however, been able to catch up with a few of my craft projects. I’ve been doing a little knitting  and made some cards but I’ve really been enjoying some hand sewing, brushing up on my embroidery skills as I create the blocks of a patchwork quilt. My friend made me a stunning quilt to keep me cosy during my recovery and I am a long way from achieving her standards but I am enjoying what I’m doing and I intend to share it with you in future posts.

    Until then here’s a quick peek at the quilt my friend made, I can assure you it is extremely warm and cosy as well as beautiful!



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  • Diet, Family 04.05.2013 2 Comments

    This is an entry for the BritMums/Special K “How I’ve changed Linky challenge.”

    I was sent a box of new recipe Special K to try. I used to eat Special K quite often, particularly the red berries version, but, preferring a wholegrain cereal, I haven’t had any for a while. The new recipe is a 3 grain recipe and contains wholewheat so it fills you up! No need for mid-morning nibbles! It is fortified with vitamins too but, most importantly, it tastes good. I enjoyed it with some skimmed milk and sliced strawberries and it really filled me up.

    Special K with strawberries



    Kellogg’s have changed the recipe for the first time since 1983 and this prompted the challenge to discover how I’ve changed since 1983.

    In 1983 I was working as a computer programmer and got engaged to my now husband. We bought our first house, a 3 bedroom semi, for £32,000! We had to do a lot of work on the house and most of our money went on that but we could still eat out and enjoy ourselves. I was a vegetarian and eating out wasn’t always easy, “we could make you an omelette” was a phrase I heard often! This meant that Italian food was often our choice so I could get a cheese and tomato pizza! There was one supermarket on the way home from work which we could go to occasionally but otherwise we shopped at local shops; a busy greengrocer, a baker’s and a grocer’s. Check out the shoulder pads in this picture of me in 1983.

    Me with Dad in 1983


    Things have certainly changed for me in the last 30 years. I now have 4 children and a granddaughter, I work very part time as a primary teacher and have recently completed a foundation degree in e-communication, I still have the same husband though! Our house is now a much larger detached, although downsizing is on the horizon. I usually prefer to cook at home than eat out, but the choice and quality of vegetarian food has changed beyond recognition! I still enjoy the occasional pizza but now I can have goat’s cheese, artichokes and rocket on it. Shopping has changed beyond recognition too. There are several supermarkets to choose from but the local shops are pretty much all gone where I live. A farmer’s market is a real treat and online food shopping quite normal. This new photo is a much more casual one of me with my beautiful granddaughter.



    Me with granddaughter in 2013



    On the whole I think I prefer things now and I’m not too nostalgic about the way things were in 1983. I wouldn’t mind being the same weight though and I could certainly do without the creaky knees! Maybe Special K will help with that!





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  • Family 21.01.2013 1 Comment

    I managed to keep reasonably well to my plans last week but had to make a few changes when I discovered I had planned a large cooked meal and there was only one person to eat it! This is often a problem for me nowadays; my plans and other people’s don’t always match up.

    I’m writing this on a train coming back from a weekend in London and don’t really know what is left in the fridge at home or how much snow I will have to contend with to get to the shops. I will have to do my best and go with favourites which won’t require much shopping!

    Monday Spanish omelette or steak if they didn’t eat it yesterday!
    Tuesday fajitas
    Wednesday home made pizza
    Thursday sausage and mash
    Friday Oh! It appears I’m off to visit my daughter in Madrid and won’t have to cook this weekend again! Think pizza and bolognese in the fridge will keep them going!


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