Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Still here

Not posted much lately due to being on holiday and I probably wont be posting much over christmas either - but don't give up on me I will be back!

It was a great holiday, absolutely freezing cold - I couldn't feel my fingers for most of the trip - but it was worth it! Ate lots of good food and drank an awful lot of Vin Chaud from the Christmas markets!

I'll leave you with some photos from Paris!

This was the crowd taking photos of the Mona Lisa - it was a bit weird, the corridors leading up to the painting were filled with people just rushing to see it and ignoring all the other paintings around them :(

Our beautiful hotel room! Really handily right across from a Metro station - shame we didn't realise that the night we arrived until after the 20 minute walk with our luggage in the FREEZING cold from the previous Metro stop!

And here are a couple of shots of the snow in our garden that we came home to! It rained over night though so it's not so pretty today.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Smoothie in a Bowl

Foowing on from my new favourite snack I now also have a new favourite breakfast! Smoothie in a bowl! (thanks Mama Pea ;) )

I blended a scoop of cookies and cream protien powder (trying to use this stuff up so I can move onto something better, more on that in another post!) with a large handful of frozen raspberries, 1 medium frozen banana and 200ml of vanilla rice milk. I then added some plain yogurt, granola, organic dried berries and crushed yogurt coated brazil nuts - heaven in a bowl! well, almost, the smoothie needs to be thicker next time! By the time I get to work and am ready to eat it the berries and banana have melted and thinned it a bit too much.

Sorry for the lack of posting lately, with year end at work, preparing for Christmas eating and going to Paris, and several work nights out! I've been really busy and not particularly interesting or healthy! hopefully I can make up for it with some great photos from Paris!

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

New Favourite Snack!

Well, one of many favourites!

Banana Bread Nakd bar with a blob of crunchy peanut butter, another of hazelnut butter and one of almond butter - oh wow! This could be dangerous!

And, on the subject of Wow! Cherry and beer is a very, very good combination! I don't like any other bee but this stiff is fab!

Christmas Tree

We finally got our tree up when we got home on Sunday night :D I know it may seem early to some but since we are going away for almost a week we want to make the most of it!

Since our room has a lot of darker colours in it we went with a white tree this year and lots of bright and shiny decorations - I did think the white tree might be too tacky, in a bad way, but I absolutely love it! And we've only had to re-decorate it once so far. We were cooking dinner last night when all of a sudden the tree appeared on the kitchen floor! Jeff, our cat, had jumped on it, bent a bunch of branches and knocked a load of decorations off. He got the silent treatment and hasn't been near it since.

Anyway, this is Mr Tree

And some close ups of some decorations

And a garland-y thing I wrapped some lights around and added some left over decorations to

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The Road Trip

Was fun! No disasters, we didn't fall out, managed to see everyone, went to Ikea, didn't spend too much money... success!

Though I definitely failed getting in that blog post or two - we were just too busy and my bettery died on my iphone, I'd managed to pack some random white cable instead of the actual charging cable.

It really was great being able to do it on our own! It was too bad we didn't get to spend more time with everyone but I'm just so happy to have seen them. We were both pretty exhausted when we got home on Sunday night - I fell fast asleep face down on the sofa and woke up with drool all over my face and hair - oh dear!

We made some creamy, dark chocolate truffles with Baileys as gifts for everyone, fortunately there were some left over for us (I say us but I ate all but two bites really, oops!) they really were amazing and so simple to make. I'll be making another batch, or 2, or 3! And I'll definitely be posting the recipe and some pictures, they're so good I have to share!

There's not really much else to say about it, our stops were so quick it was pretty much a cup of tea and some catching up, and me taking hundreds of pictures of my little sisters!

Here are some boring driving pictures (it's my first road trip I'm allowed to be stupidly excited!)

Yes, I am a loser! To be honest I thought I'd get some really good photos, it's such a lovely part of the country but it was cold, rainy and miserable pretty much the entire time we were driving!

Essential Shopping

Tonight we went out to buy some essentials....

It's going to be a very merry christmas :D

Friday, 4 December 2009


I've been thinking a lot about the way I eat lately, well, the way I want to eat really! I'm going more and more off processed foods, not just the thought of what's in them but also the taste. I just find them too bland and disappointing and a waste of calories really! My preference for natural and homemade foods is constantly getting stronger, despite my junk food binges, each time I do it is less satisfying than the last which is certainly a good thing.

I've also pretty much given up on protein shakes - I used to have one before and one after each work out for energy to get through the workout and for a quick fix while I make some proper food after - as well as the whole muscle repair thing. After reading a guest post on the Fintessista blog written by Gena from the Choosing Raw blog I decided I wanted to tryout a more natural workout fuel so started making Green Monsters and having raw fruit/nuts either on their own or in the form of Larabars of gluten free Nakd bars.

Gena writesabout fuelling a workout with foods that "offer maximum nutrition while causing minimal bodily stress" ie. foods that are easy and quick for your body to digest - like fruits and vegetables opposed to animal proteins which can take your body hours to deal with. The protein supplement I use is vegetarian, but I'd still say my body is going to find it far easier to digest fruit and veg than a processed protein powder! She also mentions the acidity vs. alkalinity of the foods - acidic foods being more taxing on your body and another argument for fuelling with vegetables (amongst other things). I was particularly interested in what Gena had to say about protein - I do eat a lot more protien now and I do find I function better when I eat increased protein and fat with reduced carbs, I just generally feel 'better', happier, less tired and sluggish - and less bloated. I now make more of an effort to get some leafy greens down before and after a workout in the form of a Green Monster usually instead of the usual protein shake, I also have a hemp protein on my list of things to buy when I next get paid to add more of a protein boost to my juices and smoothies (though actually I will use up the last of my current protein powder first as I don't want to waste it) And I'm going to have a go at growing my own sprouts! It should be fun and I've always enjoyed that little packs I occassionally see in the supermarket added to salads and stir frys, I don't buy them as often as I would like due to the cost.

In the new year I'm going to get back into my regular gym routine and try some of Gena's performance-boosting recipes listed in her post as I have found the Green Monsters to be great but would like a bit more variety.

I've also had several thoughts of giving up meat altogehter or just eating fish and seafood - I'm mostly not that fussed on other meats, lamb i just cna't like, beef I could easily live without, though I do really enjoy the odd steak, chicken...well it's usually the herbs, sauce and/or extras that make me enjoy a chicken dish! Other meats I do enjoy - but eat them so rarely I really don't think I'd miss them! For some reason though, I just can't bring myself to give up meat, not yet anyway!

Then, as I started getting into making my own almond milk (desperately need to get another sack of almons as I've really missed this!) and finding yogurt was maknig me a bit bloaty in the afternoons I started thinking about ditching dairy - the only time I'd miss it is in tea and coffee, but I'm drinking a lot less regular tea these days anyway in favour of green tea and Tea Pigs red tea with winter spices, which I don't use milk in, so really it's just coffee but I'm sure black coffee is something I can get used to. I do eat yogurt most days but that's another thing that's more about what I add to it or eat with it, and there are dairy-free alternatives.

There's a part of me - the part that doesn't make a lot of sense - that thinks I'd quite like to follow a partly raw and partly vegan diet - but still eat fish and sea food and the occassional steak or bacon roll with lots of butter! This part of me also thinks it would help control the emotional side of my eating, if I can say to myself 'no I can't have that, it's not vegan' and I can say it to the people at work that try to force feed me sweeties and cakes! There's another part of me that thinks maybe vegan's might want to stone me for pretending :D I guess it's like saying "clean eating" it's just an easy quick phrase that kind of sums it up. As for raw - I do really want to make more of an effort to eat raw meals, I've been put off in the past due to the wanting to eat lost of protein and thinking the best way would be to have meat with my lunch, but know I know I really don't need to, I can't say it's something that appeals to me enough to do it exclusivley.

I suppose part of the reason I'm looking a raw and vegan recipes is variety - by limiting certain things it kind of forces you to either get really bored, or get creative and try new things - I want to get creative and try new things!

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Road Trip!

This weekend we get to do our first ever road trip!

My boyfriend passed his test a couple of weeks ago - first time with only a few lessons! Got his license on Saturday and we bought our first car on Monday!

Here he is:

He is called Gurg and he's very cure and shiny! :D I'm really pleased with him, he even comes with alloy's (lol!), a CD player and he gets really nice and warm inside, and he can go fast! He seems to be doing well despite my boyfriend trying to kill him on day two!

Sadly I can't drive him :( Driving seems like far too scary a thing for me to want to do!

So on Saturday we are spending the day driving around visiting our parents - it's so great knowing we can just drive down whenever we fancy now, we now longer need to rely on buses and trains and remember to plan and book tickets in advance to get a good price, we can just go!

It's going to be a busy weekend, we drive down from Aberdeen to see my mum and her.... partner, I guess - I never know how to refer to him, they aren't married but calling him her boyfriend just sounds ridiculous! They are down on the West Coast of Scotland, after a few hours we'll head further down the coast to see my boyfriends parents, then we drive all the way back up to Glasgow to see my dad, his 'girlfriend' and my 3 little sisters - we're gonig to stay the night, have some dinner, drinks, watch X-Factor, play some Call of Duty 4 player :D get some sleep and head home on Sunday - possibly via Ikea!

We have friends visiting next weekend and the one after that we are in Paris, then it's christmas!!! So not much time for visiting family and we like spending christmas in our home and we have our little Jeff too - can't leave him home alone over christmas, I feel mean making him travel, he's really naughty so I hate having him in other people's houses - I get so stressed! Plus my dad has a cat now too and he's a bit territorial, he's a pure breed siamese who spends his days roaming the streets looking for a fight and comes home battered, bruised and scratched every day, he even tried to take on a fox recently! He's still only a tiny kitten!

So anyway, it's great to be able to go see family now as we were worrying it would need to be after New Year. Also means we can drop off some presents and save on postage/worrying if things will be delivered on time, if at all!

I'm going to be a geek and take my laptop in the car with me so I can continue planning our christmas eats and food shopping list! I can also hopefully get a blog post or two in over the weekend.

I might be a bit quiet over the next few weeks as I have loads on with visiting people, people visiting us, employer and client christmas do's, year end at work (I'm an accountant) will be very busy, 5 nights in Paris, plus lots of food prep - I don't want to buy food in packets this year and I'm probably planning to do too much but I'm really looking forward to it! I'm not even sure I'll make it to the gym too much - then it will be mobbed in January with everyone who joins up after christmas and gives up after a few weeks - that used to be me!

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