One frosty morning.

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We woke up to the most beautiful wintery day today.  Jack Frost had done us proud and I wanted to make the most of every glittery, sunshiney moment before I start a set of night shifts tonight.  We headed to Crickley Hill, which is our favorite spot for nearby, easy countryside walking.  Maisy is just too old and blind to enjoy these outings anymore, so we just took Bertie.  And it was breathtakingly, heart-stopping exquisite.  I’ve always hated Winter but these types of days make me feel so differently about this season.

Continuing cosiness.

I had a whole weekend off this weekend – what sheer joy! And I had originally planned some energetic activities.  You know, the sort that would actually require us to get dressed and leave the house.  But after my Friday afternoon cosy-fest I decided on an indulgent, all out pyjama day on Saturday. BLIIIIIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSS!  In our defense, we have all been knocked sideways by various tummy bugs and coughs & colds, so (in my mind anyway) a PJ day was practically medicinal.

We baked…(using this recipe – the dough was LOVELY to work with and the results yummy!)

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and I crocheted little stars…(very cute – pattern found here)…

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and played with Hama beads…made homemade wholemeal pizzas using this recipe for the base, and topped with BBQ sauce, chorizo, peppers and cheese (I didn’t get any photos as they didn’t survive long enough!)…watched rubbish TV…had loooonnnnngggg bubble baths..read some of my favorite blogs (including 71toes, Posie gets Cozy, My Rose Valley….and took time to smell the lillies.

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Mark brought these home for me last week when I was feeling most sorry for myself.  He also brought Imodium, Sudofed, extra loo roll and a Greggs Custard Slice.  Who said romance was dead?  That man knows me so well.

Sunday continued in the same way after church.  Mark went to play golf, the kids went about their various indoor activities and I snoozed on the sofa.  We had the first rehearsal of our new choir last night and it was so lovely.  We are practicing songs for a couple of Christmas services.  I LOVE Christmas music and I came home having sung/bellowed/screeched my heart out feeling all festive.  Which added to my weekend of cosy beautifully!

November

I’ve been feeling very ‘Novemberish’ over the past couple of days.  But I decided that that is a GOOD thing!  I’ve always hated November.  And January and February, come to think of it.  But I found myself with a spare hour before the school run this afternoon so I filled it with some of my favorite things…

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…a lit fire, a hot chocolate, crochet, something tasty to eat (NOT slimming world friendly – ooops!).  And I decided I like the cosiness of November, more so because of rain and cold outside.

 

I’ve finished the bobble blanket and I LOVE IT!  Hopefully it’ll be going to it’s new home next week.

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But in case I want to make another one again I thought I’d better make a note of the pattern (taught to me by my Mum)…

chain row in multiples of 5, plus and extra 4, plus two for turning.

Row 1: triples across the whole row.

Row 2: 4 double crochets. Make 4 trebles into the next stictch then take your hook out of the stitch, insert it into the first of the 4 trebles and slip stitch it through the fourth treble (which makes the bobble).  Carry on with another 4 doubles, then repeat with another bobble, then carry on like this for the rest of the row.

Row 3: Trebles all the way back again.

Row 4: Double crochets with a new colour.

Row 5: Double crochets with the old colour,

then repeat from row 2.

I hope I can make sense of that if I need the pattern again!

 

I’ve got the urge to paint that blue wall green.  I feel a pinterest binge coming on to get some inspiration!  It’d be great to get it done before Christmas.

 

Memory dump – September 2014

 

It’s amazing how many of the photos I took in September are of food!  It’s easy to see how preoccupied I’ve been with sticking to my diet and feeding the whole family more healthily.

 

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This is my favorite Slimming World recipe to date.  BBQ pulled pork, done in the slow cooker.  Ridiculously easy to make but oh so good.  It’s been a big hit with the whole family.

 

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I took Lily for a back to school haircut and had a shock to see how grown up she looks. Scary stuff.

 

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A random boy and his dog photo.

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A regular pudding or night shift treat…sugar free jelly with chopped fruit and yogurt.  YUM.

 

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I really enjoyed this risotto that I cooked from a recipe I saw on Instagram.  Risotto is one of the ultimate comfort foods and you get to have loads of parmesan for a HexA.

 

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Slimming World Eton Mess – a crushed meringue nest (3.5syns) with chopped fruit and yogurt.

 

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The best use of 7. 5 syns ever.2014-09-14 06.48.28

 

And this was the month I discovered Overnight Oats.  35g oats mixed with yogurt and (optional) chopped or frozen fruit and left overnight.  I am seriously addicted to these oats…thick, smooth and creamy.   2014-09-15 10.16.30

I look forward these most mornings.

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Steak, slimming world chips and tomatoes.  This diet is no hardship!2014-09-16 20.52.13

The best of a lot of blurry photos of Spike, Patrick’s hamster.  He really is very cute and extremely tame.

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A little treat I shared with Mum while out for lunch with a friend (Eugene).  And I enjoyed EVERY LAST MOUTHFUL!

 

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More fruit, more yogurt (there’s a theme here) and sprinkled chocolate.

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I started a new baby blanket for a friend’s newborn.  I’m enjoying this pattern that my Mum came up with and I’m making good progress.

 

 

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I got my 1.5 stone award…2014-09-24 11.28.22

and was slimmer of the week again!

 

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5.5syns of loveliness!2014-09-26 10.26.16

 

SW cooked breakfast…all completely free.2014-09-26 13.10.29

 

Mark, my Mum and I went for a wonder around the churchyard on top of the hill one sunny Friday afternoon.  Beautiful.2014-09-26 13.16.17

Ta dah!

I finally finished it!  And I love it!  It has yet to be posted off to it’s new home and I’m hoping it’ll get there before my friend’s baby is born (any day now).

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I LOVE this pattern – it makes for easy and soothing crocheting.

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Unfortunately, because of the amount of different colours it makes for MANY ends to sew in.

 

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But I didn’t mind too much.2014-06-01 17.15.13

 

And I think it was worth it in the end!  I just hope my friend loves it as much as I do!

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Jobs a good ‘un!

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