Hi everyone thought I would start this blog to keep track of the bits & bobs I get up to each day. I am a stay at home mum with 3 children who are in their teens & twenties. I have had Chronic Lyme Disease for at least 14 years if not more. I am constantly trying to improve my condition. I am a great fan of moneysavingexpert.com and have discovered a few ways of upping my income without too much effort

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Chip Medley - Wednesday 31 October 2012

"When you come into the land which the LORD your god is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations.
There shall not be found among you any who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD"

Deuteronomy chapter 18 verses 9-12

Tonight the rest of the family are having chips so I thought I would try out the mouli and marrow to see what they're like.  Tonight I have a mixture of mouli, marrow & celeriac chips,  They are still cooking in the oven so will let you know how they turn out.

B: Fried egg and 2 rashers of bacon
L: Cauliflower & cream cheese soup.  Cashew nuts.
D:  Smoked haddock, 'chip' medley & roasted green beans.  Mug of cocoa.

Callanetics: 35 mins.

It is so cold and horrible tonight, really windy too.  Think I will do some ironing, that always keeps me warm.  Hoovered the downstairs today.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Fulfilling Day - Tuesday 30 October 2012

B:  Bakewell porridge
L: Sardines & fried cabbage.  Cashew nuts
T: Roast beef, mashed swede, carrots, cabbage.  Mug of Cocoa

Much better shop today, no problems getting through checkout with coupons.  Used the £30 giftcard compensation to get a few prezzies in for Christmas.

Yesterday whilst visiting Mam I took the opportunity to go to the Asian food store and got a tub of coconut oil, a mouli and a marrow so well stocked up for making chips now.

Scanned shopping, put it away, then just had time for lunch before it was time to light the woodburner and make Dinner.   Even managed to do a few surveys and catch up on emails.  Well pleased with what I've achieved.
Hoping to get some Callanetics done tomorrow, haven't done any for a week so it will be hard going I expect.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Happy Birthday Mum - Monday 29 October 2012

B: Blueberry 'cheesecake'
L: Chicken Curry & 1 Dosa. Piece of birthday cake!
T: 2 boiled eggs.  Peanuts.  Cocoa.

Spent a lovely day with my mum, my two sisters and their families.   Its a long time since we've all been together and it was lovely.  Even mum's great grandchild was there.  Didn't wander too far from the low carb diet.  Even the cake was decorated with cream cheese topping!

One of my sisters who is allowed on DD2's facebook told me she is starting to feel a little homesick.   Bit worried as not heard from her this weekend despite sending a couple of texts.

Popped into the Asian food store whilst there and got a mouli,  some sort of marrow and a tub of coconut oil.  That should keep me stocked up for a while.  Will try making 'chips' with the mouli.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Day of Rest - Sunday 28 October 2012

B: Blueberry 'cheesecake'
L: Roast beef, cabbage, carrots, broccoli, sprouts, parsnip.  2 squares 85% chocolate.
T: 2 boiled eggs.  Peanuts.  2 squares 85% chocolate.

Lovely restful day.  Made Sunday Lunch, wrapped a few presents and wrote a few cards.  Then settled down to watch Downton.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Working Girl Again - Saturday 27 October 2012

B: Bakewell Porridge
L:  Indian Omelette & salad.  Peanuts
T:  3 slices of Genius Gluten Free toast with lactofree butter. (was too tired to make anything else)

Fell off the wagon a bit tonight.  After my first ever MS assignment I am completely exhausted.  Was so nervous, I didn't sleep well last night and its now catching up with me.  Needless to say don't think I did a good job.  Clients sussed me out, I believe.  Nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one.  At least now I know what to expect and can improve my technique.  Its great to be working again!

Spent rest of evening filling in reports and submitting Shop and Scan receipts and barcodes.

Oooh, almost forgot I lost 3lbs Today, only 1lb more to go for my 1st stone!

Friday, 26 October 2012

No Interruptions - Friday 26 October 2012

B: Fried egg & 2 rashers of bacon
L:  Spam & salad.  Peanuts.
T:  2 chicken drumsticks, cauliflower cheese.   Mug of Cocoa.

At last a day without interruptions.  Managed to have a time with the Lord this morning, lovely and peaceful.   Isn't it strange that when we give everything to the Lord the day runs a little bit smoother.    I managed to replant the plants this morning all before 11.30 which is unheard of.   Normally I only get dressed around 11 am.   I am really pleased, as not only does the area in front of the fence look tidier, I even managed to transplant some strawberries out of the planters, even thought the space is much smaller than before!  Much colder today, felt really icy so will have to dig out the fleece and cover the strawberries to be on the safe side.

I spent the afternoon on the computer doing surveys, sorting Ebay stuff out and felt very organised, even had time to catch up on farmville!   Whilst tea was cooking I cut, peeled and froze 5lbs of apples!

Got my first mystery shop tomorrow, so feeling very nervous.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Frustrating Day - Thursday 25 October 2012

B: Fried egg & 2 rashers of bacon
L: Spam & salad.  Peanuts.
T: Pilchard curry, Indian style celeriac chips & spinach bhaji.  Mug of Cocoa

Day didn't start off too well.   Man arrived to replace fence in garden.  Opened the door to discover the plants I thought OH had dug out the night before were still there, was NOT impressed.   So before breakfast had to go out and start cutting down stems ready for digging out.  OH then appeared and dug them out.

After breakfast decided to discover why the printer was not printing correctly.  Took me most of the morning to find instructions for cleaning the nozzle and print heads as was not in the manual or on the Epson website.  Was going to get Ebay parcels prepared today but on double checking discovered the items had not been paid for yet  so was unable to do that.  

This afternoon I'm hoping to do some more swotting to qualify as a mystery shopper. Was hoping today would be less frustrating/stressful than the last two, hopefully this afternoon will be.

Indian Style Celeriac 'Chips' - Wednesday 24 October 2012

Its one of those days where I don't seem to be getting much done. Still haven't had a cup of tea this morning. Got work man in repairing/replacing a bathroom tap, Father in law has been to print something off as his printer is broken, window cleaner has been and cleaned the windows IN THE RAIN and I still haven't done any of the jobs I wanted to get done today. The main one is to dig out plants ready for new fence being put in tomorrow. Must get that done this afternoon.

Mr T's got back to me this evening and apologised for my experience. They are sending a £20 giftcard as an apology. They said that over the next few weeks they will be revisiting stores around the country in regards to coupon policy(that they do accept printed coupons) as they have had loads of similar calls this week. Said if it should happen to me again I have to request to see the Duty Manager.

B: Fried egg & two rashers of bacon
L: Spam & salad
T: Pilchard curry & Indian style celeriac 'chips' .  Mug of cocoa

Did not do Callanetics today as used energy for digging out plants.

Indian Style Celeriac 'chips'

Cut the celeriac into chip shapes.    In a bowl or if you prefer a plastic bag place 1 tablespoon turmeric,  a pinch of chilli powder and a pinch of salt.   Tip the chips into the spice mixture and coat them.  In a frying/chip pan melt lard or fat of your choice.  Add the spiced chips and cook as you would normal chips.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Trouted at T's - Tuesday 23 October 2012

Just had an horrendous shopping trip at T's. Over the last few weeks I have been using slightly more vouchers than usualas I'm stocking up for Christmas. Last week the checkout operator mentioned that she had been warned to make sure I had bought everything. This week I made doubly sure that every coupon and item matched up. As soon as I arrived at the checkout ( I always use the same one) the girl said she had been instructed to call the Supervisor over when I arrived. Two Supervisors appeared and started to check items with coupons before they even went through the till. They accepted some coupons and not others . Amongst the ones rejected were some for Heinz soup (which is on special offer) their reason 'it was a photocopy' yet it had been printed off the same computer and printer as other coupons which had been accepted. I pointed this out but they still refused. I told them I no longer wanted the soup and would complain to head office. When I got home I realised the soup had still been put through. I'm too tired and upset to take it back. I have just come off the phone, rather embarrassingly I burst into tears whilst explaining what happened. I explained I have ME and any stress exacerbates it. They gave me a ref number and said they will get back to me. It was really horrible.

B:  Bakewell Porridge
L: Peanuts (was too upset and didn't feel like eating)
T: Smoked haddock, celeriac 'chips'  1 tbsp peas

Monday, 22 October 2012

3 in 1 - Monday 22 October 2012

Apologies for not posting over the weekend but I didn't get much computer time.  To make up I will post all 3 days menu's today.

B: Scrambled egg & bacon
L: Peanuts (had late breakfast and so wasn't hungry)
D: Smoked haddock & green beans.  4 squares 84% chocolate

Was disappointed that Lidl didn't have any Celeriac in this week was really looking forward to 'chips'

 B:  Blueberry 'cheesecake'
L: Pork chop, mashed swede, cabbage, sprouts, 2 pieces of parsnip, carrots, broccoli.
T:  2 boiled eggs.  Roasted peanuts.  2 squares 84% chocolate

B: Fried egg & bacon
L:  Pork chop & salad.  Peanuts
T: 3 Sausages, mashed swede, cabbage, broccoli & carrots.  Mug of cocoa

After eating the 4 squares of chocolate on Saturday I really felt on a 'high'  couldn't relax, or concentrate on much.  Ended up getting up at 5 am on Sunday morning.   Think I need to  look at whether I should be eating chocolate at all.  Not sure what caused the adrenaline rush, whether it was the cocoa, the sugar or a reaction to the milk.  I do know I don't get the same reaction when eating sugar/dairy free carob, but I don't enjoy carob as much as chocolate!  I seem to be ok with mugs of cocoa made with lactofree cream.  I think it is when I eat so much chocolate in one go that it affects me so much .  Must be more disciplined and ration myself.

Yesterday morning I signed up to be a mystery shopper so have that to look forward to sometime in the future.

Today I need to do my callenetics and then clean the bathroom.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Ebay - Friday 19 October 2012

B: Fried egg and bacon
L: 3 sausages with vegetable bhaji.  Peanuts.
T:  Turkey steak with cheese & onion sauce, roasted green beans & cabbage.  Cup of Cocoa

Callanetics: 35 mins.

This morning I spent packaging Ebay items ready to post and  most of this afternoon getting things ready to put on Ebay tomorrow.  Also got a few surveys done.  Feels like a very productive day.

Hoping to get the Christmas cake mixture made tonight ready for baking tomorrow.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Restful Day - Thursday 18 October 2012

B; Bakewell Porridge
L: 2 roast chicken thighs with salad.  Peanuts
T:  Keema & Vegetable Bhaji.  Cup of Cocoa

Had a sleep in today and apart from a trip to the options to repair my specs and taking photos for Ebay I've done very little.  I was meant to be making Christmas cakes but decided there wouldn't be enough time to bake them with going out tonight so will do tomorrow.

 Got church quiz tonight.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Keema - Wednesday 17 October 2012

B: Fried egg & 3 rashers of bacon
D: 3 sausages with salad.  Peanuts & cashews.
T: Keema & Vegetable Bhaji

Callanetics:  35 mins.

Really looking forward to tea tonight.  It is the first time I've made Keema (mince curry) in years.  My daughters don't like it so it never got made but my son loves curry so we can have this again.  Whats more I've made enough for two nights so I don't have to cook tomorrow.

Don't know whats happened but I'm really organised today.  Perhaps its because I had a prayer time yesterday and committed everything to the Lord.   I've already got the tea cooked so now I can spend some time doing surveys,  son will be in late as he is going the gym straight after school so no rush.  Got House Group tonight.


(Mince Curry)

1lb Minced Beef                                                                         2 bay leaves
2 medium onions chopped                                                          4 cloves
4 cloves of garlic, pressed.                                                          2 small pieces of cinnamon bark
1 tsp Turmeric                                                                             4 green cardamon seeds
Chilli powder (I used just a pinch but you can add more)              1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp  ground cummin                                                                  Potatoes (optional)
1 tsp ground coriander
1tsp each of salt and black pepper
1 tsp ground ginger

Brown mince off in a large saucepan.  Add garlic, all the spices and onions.  Stir in the tablespoon of tomatoe puree.   Add potatoes if using them.   When the curry starts sticking to the bottom of the pan gradually add water until you have sufficient sauce for your curry. Simmer all this until potatoes are soft or about 30 minutes.  Serve.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Tesco Weekly Trip - Tuesday 16 October 2019

B: Fried egg & streaky bacon
L: Sardine Salad.  Cashew nuts
T: Pork loin with celeriac 'chips' & roasted green beans.

Did shopping, scanned it and put it away, had lunch and then  made the tea, that's all there was time for really!  Do feel really tired today.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Where Did the Day Go! - 15 October 2012

B; Fried egg and 3 rashers of bacon
L: 2 roast chicken thights with salad
D: Roast Beef, mashed swede, cabbage, broccoli & sprouts
Callanetics - 35 mins.

Decided I am going to try Monday to Friday without berries or chocolate to see if I can lose any more weight.  If I get cravings or peckish I will have a cup of cocoa instead.

Today has just flown by.  This morning was taken up with doing Callenetics and having a shower, and printing off coupons for tomorrow's shop..  Then it was lunch which was interrupted by a few phone calls and now it is already tea time and DS wants his turn on the computer.  Hoping to get ironing done tonight after tea.

Was hoping to do a few surveys but for some reason could not access my email, of course its sorted now I no longer have time to do any.

Burnt Offerings - Sunday 14 October 2012

B: Raspberry 'cheesecake'
D: Roast beef, mashed celeriac, cabbage, carrots, broccoli, sprouts & 1 roast parsnip
T: Cajun prawns with salad.  2 squares 84% chocolate.  2 squares of carob bar.

Snack: peanuts

Tried the mashed celeriac but unfortunately I let the pan boil dry and so it had a slightly burnt taste to it, also did the same with the cabbage.   Even with the burnt taste I thought the celeriac a good substitute for mashed potato and will be having it again.  

Saturday, 13 October 2012

'Chips' - Saturday 13 October 2012

B: Raspberry low carb 'cheesecake'
L: Sardine salad.  Peanuts
D: Spicy prawns with celeriac chips & roasted green beans.  2 squares 84% chocolate.

Tried Celeriac 'chips' tonight and ........ they're gorgeous! Definitely a favourite up there with roasted green beans. So nice to have something different on the menu. I can see them becoming a real comfort food. I just melted some lard in a roasting dish, placed the 'chips' in it, then sprinkled with salt and cajun spices but to be honest I think I would enjoy them even without the spices. Hmmm - think I might try some celeriac mash with my roast tomorrow.

Disappointed to see I'd gained 1lb this week but was comforted by the fact I'd lost another inch.

Finally Skyped DD2 and caught up with what she is doing.  Had not heard from her for 2 weeks.  It was lovely being able to see and hear her.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Footy Friday - 12 October 2012

B: Bakewell Porridge
L: Fried egg & spam.  Peanuts
D: Bolognese with cabbage & leeks.  2 squares 84% chocolater

1 mug of cocoa made with cream.

Callanetics: 35 mins

OH and DS are watching football making me a footy widow, but I don't mind as it means I get extra time on the computer :D

Got two Apple & Cinnamon cakes and a tray of muffins made today.

Having to eat more flax/oats this week as not enough things to make a cooked breakfast with until I go Lidl shopping tomorrow.  Its been a nice change, I must admit and at least the oats are gluten free ones.  Don't know what's happening lately but I keep feeling hungry in the evenings.  I think I'm still eating enough fat so don't think thats the problem.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Tempting Thursday - 11 October 2012

B: Fried egg and 3 rashers of bacon
L: Fried garlic spam & stir fried cabbage.
D: Bolognese on bed of pointed cabbage.  Peanuts. 2 squares 84% chocolate

Callanetics : 35 mins.

Very tempting day whilst doing loads of baking, managed not to give in!

Here is what I've made so far:

2 large Apple Pies
3 small Apple Pies
1 doz Mince Pies
Pizza straws

Got too tired today so decided to continue tomorrow.  I'm going to have trouble fitting all this in the freezer. Will have to concentrate on things that will store well outside the freezer after this week.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Weeding Wednesday - 10 October 2012

B: 1 sausage, 1 fried egg & 2 rashers of bacon
L: 4 cubes of Lactofree cheese.  Homemade Cream of Chicken & Leek Soup.
T: 2 boiled eggs. Cashew nuts.  Low carb microwave 'sponge'.

1 hours gardening.

Battled through the weeds at the allotment today and got the last of the potatoes and parsnips.  Also got last few bits and pieces.   OH and DS will go down at the weekend and bring back my storage container and that will be the end of the allotment. 

Last night had chat with neighbour about the fence and think we have got things sorted out.  Still have to remove my plants, hopefully only temporarily whilst the new fence is put in place.  Such a shame as some have only been in a few weeks and were just settling down.

Did a few surveys today, even had time to visit Maximiles, and was able to claim £10 from Swagbucks.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Tesco Tuesday - 9 October 2012

B: Low carb raspberry 'cheesecake'
L:  Cream of Chicken & Leek soup(homemade).  Cashew nuts
D: Pork loin, roasted green beans, cauliflower.  Cream Cheese & onion sauce.  Blueberries & cream.

Lunch was really tasty today, must make that again.

Saved over £11 shopping in Tesco today.  Aldi have got the turkey crowns in so need to stock up on those next week.  Don't feel so tired or stressed today. 

It may have been noted that I tend to eat nuts each day, one of the reasons for this is I want to make sure there is enough calcium in my diet.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Just Another Monday - 8 October 2012

B: Fried egg and 3 rashers of streaky bacon
L: Chicken leg, celery & peanut butter
D: Chicken casserole with mashed swede, roast parsnips(didn't get any yesterday as I burnt them) & cabbage. Low carb microwave 'sponge' with raspberries.

Had gas man round to repair boiler as we were without hot water yesterday.

Not too good today.  Feeling down, weepy and stressed.   Next door neighbour wants to repair a fence that borders onto the side of our garden.  She wants to move it 4" in line with the rest of the fence.  This means I have to remove plants which I have tried for years  to get established and have only just succeeded.  Really fed up with said neighbour and wish we could just move and get away but have to wait until DS finishes school in 3 years time.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Downton Day! - Sunday 7 October 2012

B: Low Carb raspberry 'cheesecake
L: Roast chicken, cabbage, sprouts, broccoli & carrots.  Blueberries & cream
T: 2 boiled eggs.  2 squares 84% chocolate
Snacks: 2 squares 84% chocolate.

Really looking forward to Downton Abbey tonight, it is one of the few programmes I enjoy.

Was feeling creative so made a few cards to sell at table top sale.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Sleepy Saturday - 6 October 2012

B: Bakewell Porridge
L: Fried egg and 3 rashers of bacon.  Peanuts
D: Roast chicken thigh with roasted green beans9 I love'em).  2 squares of 70% chocolate

Really struggling today.  Felt exhausted and at one point weepy, which usually means I've done too much.  Felt overwhelmed by the list of things I would like to get done.

 Did the Lidl shopping and got the ironing out of the way.

Had the munchies today, really craving sweet things. partly I think for comfort.  Took a lot of effort to cook meals today as I really didn't feel like it.  Managed to resist, so far.

Disappointed haven't lost weight this week, or inches, despite the extra effort it took me to exercise. 

Friday, 5 October 2012

Time Flies! - 5 October 2012

B:3 rashers of bacon and a fried egg
L: Fried cabbage with left over chicken curry (yum).  peanuts
T:  Pork loin, roasted green beans in a cheese & onion sauce.  2 squares 74% chocolate


Don't know where the time has gone today, don't think I've achieved much at all.  Was still having lunch when DS walked in from school (3.45pm!)

Spent quite a bit of time this morning promoting my Facebook selling page Newton Hall Buy,Sell, Swap and putting a new item for sale on it.   Also got something ready for listing on Ebay.  Was going to schedule it, and then adjust the time when a free listing weekend occured but I couldn't find the schedule button!  Waded through the few surveys in my email box but they didn't amount to much.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Baking Day - Thursday 4 October 2012

B: 2 sausages & fried egg
L: Lamb 'broth'  and 4 chunks of cheese
D: Chicken curry & vegetable bhaji.  Blueberries and cream.

Snack: 2 squares 70% chocolate

Callanetics: 35 mins

Had a lovely day baking.  I made:

1 large rhubarb pie
1 small rhubarb pie
1 rhubarb & ginger cake
1 rhubarb crumble
1 doz mince pies
4 cheese straws
1 doz chocolate crispy cakes.

The pies and cake are for Christmas hampers or table top sale, the crumble is for Father in law to enjoy, the mince pies and cheese straws are in the freezer for over Christmas time, and the crispy cakes are for DS packed lunches.  Its a long time since I've enjoyed baking so much, just as well as there's plenty to do.  Next time I bake it will be things with apple as Father in law brought round a large bucket full at the beginning of the week.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Callanetics & Curry - Wednesday 3 October 2012

B: 3 Sausages & scrambled egg
L: Homemade Lamb'Broth' . 4 squares lactofree cheese
D: Chicken Curry and Mix Vegetable Bhaji.   Blueberries & cream

Snack: 2 squares 74% chocolate

Callanetics:  35 mins

As you can see did Callanetics this morning and made curry this afternoon. It was great only having to make one meal tonight,  either daughter was home I'd have had to do a separate meal for them as they don't like curry.   Managed to take photos of stuff for Ebay.   Then tonight it was House Group.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Tired Today - 2 October 2012

B: Raspberry low carb 'cheesecake'
L:  4 chunks of lactofree cheese.  Lamb 'broth'
D: Smoked Haddock with broccoli in a lactofree cream cheese sauce.  Blueberries & cream

Was so tired last night I went to bed with a headache and still had it when I woke up.  So, apart from doing the shopping and a very easy meal tonight I will be taking things easier.

Saved £24.30 using coupons this week.  Got a few free cans of drink in ready for Christmas.

The lamb 'broth' I usually make with pulses but this time I omitted them and just thickened the soup with plenty of onions.

Looking forward to watching the Great British Bake Off tonight.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Busy Day! - Monday 1st October 2012

B: Fried egg, 1 sausage & 2 bacon
L: Peanut butter, pistachios & 2 squares 74% chocolate
D:  Braised Lamb with mashed swede, cabbage, broccoli & carrots.

Didn't sleep well thinking about all the stuff I had to do.   Started thinking of things to make which I can sell at the church table top sale or on ebay, if only I had the energy to make them!

Printed off coupons for tomorrow's shop whilst eating breakfast.

Did two hours gardening today.  Started off at the allotment where I dug up more potatoes and dug up some raspberry canes.  I then re-planted the canes in our back garden, no easy feat!  I was thoroughly exhausted by the time I'd finished.  Just two more stints at the lotty then I can give it up.

Had a quick shower and even quicker lunch, only had time for snacky stuff.   It felt like I'd just finished lunch and it was time to make tea. I also made some soup for lunches this week, whilst I was preparing the tea.  We went to a Sixth form open evening with DS so I had to start making tea at about 3pm so that we could eat it in plenty of time for 5pm.   Meeting started at 6pm and finished just after 8pm (included walking up three flights of stairs).    On the way home we had to call in at Father in laws to help him with something before finally getting home at about 8.45pm.  Made myself a cup of tea and have just finished sorting out Ebay parcels for the post tomorrow.    Needless to say I am absolutely shattered.  Think I may sleep in  for an extra half hour tomorrow.