My week of being a zombie!

I’m actually pretty good at it, not that this is a surprise, when I get overly tired which can happen quite a lot I tend to go through life in a trance haha the week becomes a blur….and that’s pretty much what’s happened this last week!

 

So last Monday I got told that I can reduce my steroids, whoooopa, and as of tomorrow I’ll only be on 2 a day, 10mg! In 5 weeks time I’m back again to get started on some medication. Now, I’ve fought this for the last 3 1/2 years but I’m finally at the point where I want to give my body a chance to heal, to have some happy years in remission and a sense of normality so here’s hoping that it agrees with me. Oh, and that, apart from the many scary side effects, you know the usuals, liver damage, skin cancer, nausea, my bone marrow being affected there’s the whole staying out of intense sunlight. I always use factor 50 anyway but you try finding sunBLOCK over here in the UK, it’s like hunting for gold on a farm, pointless!! So hopefully factor 50 will be enough because my mum gets married in Cyprus in August, outside, at 12 noon. Yes. Midday heat and I’m a bridesmaid haha plus side, we know the photographer so any large red blotches appear then he can airbrush me up baby 🙂

 

Between hunting for sunblock, planning holiday outfits (yes, I know planning outfits 6 months ahead is OCD at it’s finest but positive thinking and all that!) we’ve been trying to sort out product labels, containers, oils, sorting the business website, I AM EXHAUSTED!! We had a nice meal out on Sunday though at The Red Hot World Buffet where my steroids could eat their little heart out, I was just a mere bystander haha seriously, I had 3 plates of starters, 1 plate of ‘mains’ which consisted of 3 different meals all seeping into one, bit gross to look at but tasted immense, and 2 plates of desserts!!! Yes, the all you can eat buffet was a HUGE success, so much so that we’re all looking to go back again soon for the night buffet, the sushi station wasn’t open for lunch and my mum and I are huge sushi fans so, it has to be done right?!

 

Oh, and lastnight I managed to lose a lense out of my glasses yesterday too, luckily I have contacts but my eyes are officially knackered. I feel like someone has blasted a hairdryer at them whilst holding them open with matchsticks. Ouch *whimpers*

 

That kind of takes us back to today, I’ve been a very bad blogger I know, I’m sorry but I have been very busy…..and feeling very sorry for my tired self haha but I’m back and currently full of chocolate frozen yogurt which I’m guessing may have more E numbers in that I normally find acceptable but I REALLY needed them (she say’s whilst getting ready to watch Obese: A year to save my life USA).

 

Anyway, ciao for now xoxo

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I left my heart in San Francisco

Genuinely, I think I did. And this is way back on 2009 *sigh*

This picture is my favourite picture of San Francisco, I have no idea why really, it just fills my little heart with joy whenever I see it.

This picture makes me happy too, I think it’s because these were some of the first pictures I took of our holiday there. We landed the afternoon before but you know what it’s like when you land, then you have to collect your car, navigate your way to your hotel without causing a 6 car pile-up because you’re driving on the opposite side of the road, then get checked in, then most importantly of all, EAT!

So, first thing the next day we were up at the crack of dawn ready for the 9am boat to Alcatraz. We’d already bought our tickets from these guys so we didn’t have to join the ever growing queue when we got there. Alcatraz is truly a place  that everyone must see, as soon as you step off of that boat you get a feeling inside that I can’t actually explain, it’s something eerie yet exciting. I would highly recommend you do the audio tour too, sends chills up your spine hearing the clanging of the cells and the wardens shouting.

Alcatraz

The view from the dock up to the prison

One of the cells

Can you imagine seeing this view daily and not being able to visit!

This was my second time visiting San Francisco, I went in Feb 2005 with my mum and her friend, this time it was August 2009 and glorious does not even cover the weather!! Well, until you take a trip across the bridge that is…..

You see that mist, coming across the bridge it makes every inch of your body hurt like hell it's that cold.

Cold or no cold though, I’d still do it all again…..but maybe I’d take a warm coat on the ride instead of a cropped thin jacket haha

Hehe I couldn't resist. Who does this?

Downtown

They do garlic ice cream!! GARLIC ICE CREAM! Next trip there I'm visiting the Stinking Rose!

This man is a legend! The Bush Man, he has his own Facebook page too

I really would happily move to San Francisco tomorrow if I had a lottery win, it’s such a special place, from Pier 39 and the sea lions to the Golden Gate Bridge, I think everyone should put this on their bucket list…..in fact, I demand you put it on your bucket lists, you’ll thank me for it, I promise!!

And with that, I’ll love you and leave you. I may not post tomorrow on account of the fact I’ve thrown myself under a bus from sheer depression at not being able to go back here anytime soon haha I joke, honestly, don’t panic if I don’t post tomorrow!!

XOXO

PS – San Francisco, I my heart called, it wants to come home now 😦

Fail-proof Blueberry Muffins

This recipe is based on a muffin recipe from PPK but I’ve never been one to exactly follow things to the letter, especially when I’m not a fan of a certain ingredients. Seriously, that would just be silly wouldn’t it, making something you couldn’t benefit from when your family are sat munching haha yes I am that greedy!!

I haven’t posted pictures from the prep because, there really is no prep involved that needs pictures, it’s not complicated at all, I promise 🙂

Oven: 375f/ 190c/ gas mark 5

Makes 12

Ingredients

2 cups plain flour

2/3 cup caster sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda/baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup cranberry juice

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients with a hand whisk, the manual kind! Doing this saves any messing around with sieves and mixes everything nicely.

In a jug, mix all of the wet ingredients.

Pour your wet ingredients into your dry and mix by hand. When the mix is just combined, but still lumpy, add in your blueberries, then continue to mix briefly.

Fill your muffin liners about 3/4 full and bake in a preheated oven for 23-27 minutes.

VOILA! For those of you with super beady eyes, yes, I had to use Christmas muffin liners because I’d run out of plain ones haha they look ever so pretty with their holly liners though don’t they!!

These muffins can be switched and changed to anything though, all you have to do is adapt the juice element and the berry element, so for example, choc chips and milk, orrrr blueberries and FRESH orange juice? That would be nice! The thing with this actual recipe is, I used Ocean Spray cranberry juice so you can’t actually taste the juice, whereas with fresh juice you can. But at least by using juice you’re not using excess oil for moisture, you still have a healthy element in there. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it anyway 😉

These really are the quickest and easiest muffins ever, totally fail proof and idiot proof to be honest. I can’t wait to try some more adaptions.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to feed my face with lots of baked goods!!

 

 

XOXO

I’m on a roll

I’m cooking on gas today people. Figuratively speaking of course, we’re actually all electric in this house, bit of a bind during a power cut to be honest but now I’m just babbling!!

 

So, today I’ve made blueberry and cranberry muffins (recipe up soon), I’ve been liaising with the designer for the labels for the cosmetic company that my mum set up and I’m now on board with, we’re so close to getting everything launched in a huge way, I’m so so excited! Even our logo makes me smile! Thursday we go to see the web designer, eeeeeeeeek! Of course I’ll be sure to keep you all in the loop because, well, I guess a shameless plug never did anyone any harm, and I genuinely love what I do and think it’s nice to share with the world 🙂 and, WE CAN SHIP INTERNATIONAL BABAAAAY!  We’re hoping to sort an Etsy shop out soon too. Whoop!

 

I’ve been hunting out cosy soup recipes too, you know the kind that makes you all warm and fuzzy inside. My mum made me the most amazing green lentil soup yesterday, which was red oddly enough, and I’d finished it by the time she’d sat down for hers haha next time she makes it I’ll be sure to post the recipe for you, I know you’ll all love it as much as I did. I had the blended version because I can’t eat the skins on things but mum had hers chunky.

 

Well, there’s no stopping me today, I have some energy from somewhere and I need to get as much done as possible before I crash haha

 

XOXO

 

 

Mini Emergency Kit

Now, we all know my now that I am a serious Pinner and also adore Lauren Conrad’s blog so this post is really dedicated to her post about mini emergency kits.

Before Christmas LC posted a blog about last minute stocking stuffers (see link above) and I thought it was fantastic! Such a simple idea really, extremely useful, and yet, I’d never even thought about something like this. This is certainly on my list of possible gifts to make a person that has everything!

This post got me thinking though, I think I should have an emergency kit of my own. What would you all have in yours? LC’s personal recommendations were in the pic she posted below…..

The exact list of her items can be found here http://www.laurenconrad.com/post/beauty-911-locked-and-loaded.

 

This basically is just an excuse for me to go out and buy a cute little beauty case and fill it with lots of supplies haha

 

XOXO

GOOD MORNING!!

Do you ever wake up some mornings when the sun in shining and think, yep, today’s gonna be a good day just because the sun is out! Sunshine makes me feel so much better about everything. I mean, the trees are blowing like crazy so I’m guessing it’s actually really cold out but, just the sun coming through my window made me happy!

 

Today is gonna be productive (she hopes!) I’ve been up an hour, had my breakfast, which was THE SHIZZLE by the way, taken my steroids, poured a pint of juice to have with my glucose powder (the docs want me to fatten up so I can fight the relapse), had a quick look on Pinterest ready to return again for recipe ideas, fed my cat and now I’m blogging! All before 9.45am! HIGH FIVE!

 

Now, because I’m on the steroids I’m eating like a monster, seriously, my mum says I’m just like Pacman when I’m on them, if its sat in my path it will be eaten. So yesterday we did the mother of all shops. £130 later, we have the fullest fridge and cupboards in the land. But how depressing is it that you have to spend so much money on food to be healthy. It was reading VodkaandMotherhoods blog this morning that made me think hell, healthy eating costs a s***load wherever you live. But, and I’m sure she’ll agree, why would you wanna eat any other way. She’s an amazing example in my opinion, too many people in the UK cop out and go buy really cheap and nasty freezer products, I’m sure it’s the same in the US. There’s enough diseases going round without adding heart disease/diabetes to your list. Just saying. So, I devised a plan to help me with my snackage issues, yes, I’m that lame, but it really helps me to make lists, I’m kind of a list fiend and like to check things off all the time, though this list may be the future if you ask me……

 

 

I also get really bored really easy with the same old boring breakfasts, so this morning I had a pot of yoghurt, a couple of tablespoons of blueberries, some agave drizzled on top, and, wait for it, 2 crushed ginger nut biscuits! The biscuits just added the crunch, texture and extra pizzaz if you know what I mean? And now I’m full without feeling stuffed, bloated or, heaven forbid, STILL HUNGRY!!

 

Shrimps and rice for lunch today, I’m off to Pinterest some possible dressing recipes, and probably Google too if I’m honest, though my Pinterest addiction is getting out of control haha

 

Wish me luck!!

 

XOXO

Quick and easy – 10 minute pasta

You’ve probably all realised that I have a thing for pumpkin at the moment. The truth is, yes I really do love pumpkin but I also have 4 cans sat at the back of our cupboard screaming use me use me!!

When I made the Pumpkin Muffins on Sunday, I still had half a can of the puree left so tonight I figured I’d make a quick pasta dish for tea. It was amazing!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • Dried Spaghetti pasta
  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 60ml single cream
  • 1/4 Cup grated parmesan (plus extra to serve)
  • 1 Tbsp tomato puree
  • Salt
  1. Boil the kettle, fill your pan and pop in your pasta. Portion sizes are usually mentioned on the side of your packet.
  2. In a small bowl, mix your pumpkin puree, cream, salt and parmesan with a fork or small hand whisk.
  3. Drain the pasta and place back in the pan.
  4. Empty your pumpkin mix into the pan then add the tomato puree and stir.
  5. Empty contents into a dish and grate more parmesan over the top.
  6. EAT!!

Excuse the poor quality pic!!

Now, I was greedy tonight and ate the whole pan of pasta. I wouldn’t really recommend eating so much pasta, I’m actually sat here typing barely able to waddle into the kitchen haha it was just too tasty to leave though.

 

Hope you enjoy this as much as I did

 

XOXO

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