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for CTUPTON food blog with photos(lots)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

this blog is for my spark friend chris better known as CTUPTON.she inspired me to do another food blog as it has been a while since i did one.to be honest with being alone at the moment though i have been cooking myself i have been doing very basic and simple food that can been made into differant meals just by a view touches here and there.the meatsauce i used in my midday meal was a left over from my chilli con carne and before i had changed the sauce to chilli con carne by adding kidney beans and chilli pepppers to my basic ground meat sauce it was used to make a cottage pie using a topping of 1/3 potatoe,1/3 kohlrabbi,1/3 carrots mashed together put on top the sauce with a sprinkle of low fat cheese and seasame seeds then heated in the oven till the cheese topping has melted and started to brown.

i love ground meat sauce as from a basic sauce you can make various other things just by adding a bit here and there.e.g.cottage pie,bolonaise sauce,chilli sauce,curry sauce,meat sauce for rice,topping for baked potatoe,meat pie/pasty,stew/soup,tacos filling,samoses etc,etc.

well today i made some flat bread
flour
pinch of salt
teaspoon of baking powder
natural yougurt

mix all together till it forms a ball.cover with clingfilm for half an hour then form into small balls


then roll the small balls out too a small pattie

once rolled out putin a plastic bag so it doesn´t dry out while you roll the others(this is for those who are not used to rolling out as to do it while cooking the bread it has to be done very quickly)

once done heat a griddle pan or normal none stick frying pan when you have no griddle pan

then take one of the rolled pattie using your clean finger tip,dip it in some olive oil if making bread but if using the bread to make samosas or fried patties or brick use a plant oil that you would cook them in.as i said just dip the tip of your finger in the oil(too much oil and the two bread patties wont roll at the same time and would slip away from one another.so cover the bottom pattie with the oil put another pattie on top and then roll them together(i only do this with two pattied but in lands like samalia etc they do 4 to 5 together.)so roll the two patties together till they are as thin as you canroll them

if you look closely at the photo you will see that there is a line where the one pattie finishes which is on top of the other pattie.this side you put down on the hot griddle first.it takes between 1-2 minutes when it is lightly brown in places turn over it will then look like this

if you look closely you will see the seperating line between the two patties.useing a fork gentla seperate the two patties then cook the uncooked side of the two.about 1 minute.put in a table/dish cloth to stop the bread going hard and to let the steam out so it doesn´t go soggy.here is the finished product.


this bread as i said earlier can be used to make samosas,brick,fried patties,wrapps,tacos.you could also cut them in wedges to bake in the oven to make like pitta crisps with them.you can alter the taste of the bread by adding various spices,thyme,sage,garlic,curry etc.you can add tomatoe mark or purried spinach with the yogurt to add an interesting colour and taste.this is how i served mine.


using my left over chilli concarne i added sliced advacardo and cottagecheese with chopped up chives in it.normally i would also serve a salad but as i plan to do a nice veggitable stir fry tonight(mung beans were on special offer in the local supermarket yesturday)i thought it was ok to skip the salad after all in my chilli con carne were mushroom,onions and kidney beans as well as tomatoes and garlic.

here is an added bonus zakariya took the photo this is what ayman wore to eid last month.zakariya and ayyub are at the age where they didn´t want thier photo taken.


so thanks once again chris for inspiring me and hope you all enjoyed this blog.thanks you all for taking time to read this blog and a double thank you for taking the time to reply.take care and keep smiling.

  
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DS9KIE 8/31/2014 8:51PM

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 8/31/2014 9:24AM

    Beautiful!

The food and Ayman.

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MILLISMA 8/30/2014 8:53PM

    Karen, that looks so good....the bread and what you put on it!!! emoticon The pictures really help to know what it should look like.

Can't believe how grown up Ayman looks. What a handsome young man!!!

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MICKEYH 8/30/2014 1:00PM

    Wha-oh! The bread looks amazing!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/30/2014 12:28PM

    Awesome recipe. And your son is totally handsome looking!!!!!

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 8/30/2014 11:04AM

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CIPHER1971 8/30/2014 10:16AM

    mmmm great looking food, I make a variation on naan / pita breads.

Ayman looks very smart

I hope you are recovering well.

Have a great weekend


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just had to share this poster

Thursday, August 28, 2014




take care and keep smiling

  
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RDEE22 8/29/2014 7:50AM

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MCJOYFUL 8/28/2014 9:55PM

    Now, that just makes me smile! emoticon

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MILLISMA 8/28/2014 9:54PM

    Love the poster and totally agree with the saying. Share a smile.....it can be contagious!!! emoticon

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MICKEYH 8/28/2014 8:42PM

    emoticon like you always said " keep smiling! " emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/28/2014 8:07AM

    Wonderful! Hope this finds you feeling better! HUGS

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TASNIM2014 8/28/2014 7:48AM

    True!
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SAASHA17 8/28/2014 7:08AM

    Take care Karen..hope ur feeling better..HUGS!!!

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sparkfriends

Saturday, August 09, 2014



this poster is one of the main posters on my spark page but today i want to highlight it in this blog to all my spark friends as a thank you for all the support you have given me over the years especially now when i have been letting the pain get to me.tomorrow will write a more detailed blog after lotfi and the boys have got off to tunisia but for now i wanted you all my spark friends to know how much i appreciate you all and how you all give me srength to continue on this our healthy lifestyle journey. emoticon take care and keep smiling emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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GODZDESIGN95 8/13/2014 1:53PM

    well said!

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    Thanks for sharing! Take care and wishing you good health! emoticon emoticon

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CIPHER1971 8/10/2014 6:12AM

    Concentrate on getting well.

Have a great day

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ALLYALLYT 8/10/2014 12:55AM

    Spark friends are the BEST! Have a wonderful weekend my friend. Hope you are feeling much better, Ally emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 8/9/2014 11:22PM

    Hello Love.
Hope you are feeling better today .. Glad Lotfi and your boys were able to go to Tunisia ...
Now it is time for you to get better and be able to rest ...
Thinking of you my special friend .. Much Love Susie ... emoticon emoticon

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MUSIC66 8/9/2014 11:05PM

    Wish I lived closer I could help u and look after u

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MILLISMA 8/9/2014 11:03PM

    Wish I could come and give you a big hug. Also, don't forget all the support you have given all of us through the years! That's what spark friends do. Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. emoticon

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KAYTIE22 8/9/2014 10:44PM

    emoticon You are always an inspiration to me and I wish you and your family the best.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/9/2014 8:38PM

    Wishing your DH and son a safe travel.

HUGS

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POCKETFULOFSUN 8/9/2014 7:11PM

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 8/9/2014 7:06PM

    Very Nice! Thank you for sharing.
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struggling and it´s signs so you know what to look out for

Sunday, August 03, 2014

sorry for not blogging sooner i am really struggling at the moment.not so much with my weight loss(though that too) but with life in general.i am in a lot of pain at the moment and dispite really strong painkillers it doesn´t seem to make muchh differance.the pain and lack of sleep is really starting to get to me.also the fact that i am not as much on the computer as i like or should i say need to be at the moment as i am notsuppose to sit for a long time.i am not only suppose to not sit for long periods but i can´t si for long because of the pain.on top of all this zakariya has been really ill.he ended up being in hospital a few days while i was at rehab and since i have been home(since a week last friday)we have had to go 3 times to ER with him.he is on really strong medicine also and the specialist wants to see him again tomorrow and he has warned if he is not better he will have to keep him in again.it woudn´t be so bad but lotfi and the boys are going to tunisia on holiday on the 10th.also tomorrow i have physio(which i am having 6 times a week) and in the evening have the dr for my bloods etc as my blood thinners tablets still haven´t righted itself since the op and i am still having to have two heperine injections a day which leaves me with a beautiful rainbow coloured belly,lol.all this made me think of things i have not been doing or have been doing on spark that will help you lead to the conclusion that i am struggling.

i am either late answering blogs or don´t reply at all.when i do reply it is normally with an emotioninsteed of going into detail.i think leaving an emotion when you are not up to a proper reply is better than nothing.at leaast i hope the recipiant feels that way anyway.

i don´t reply as often to the threads or reply with just emotion or keeping it very short

i don´t blog as much as i should

i don´t do my status every day.

basically i am not my usual chatty self.

also i don´t always reply and thank my spark friends for their comments.goodies etc.which i sincerley appoligise for.i sometimes haven´t got it in me to do personals.

anyway now you know where i am at the moment.thanks for taking the time to read my blog and a double thanks you if you reply.take care and keep smiling

  
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CRISTALITE 8/27/2014 8:42PM

    Hope things are better for you and the boys my luv, sending hugs and prayers your way emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIFECHANGZ 8/9/2014 12:57PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon (I so understand, take care as you can, it's ok, and I hope you'll be able to spark more as you'd like again soonest)

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GODZDESIGN95 8/8/2014 11:06AM

    You plate is very full. No worries about blogging or other wise. You and your family comes first. Prayers for total healing for you and your son, family. Is his allergies acting up on him. I know how hard it is managing allergies/asthma for the kids. My special needs son has allergies/asthma and so do I...I try and stay on top if it. HUGS

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    emoticon emoticon answer when you can

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NIKKICOLE83 8/6/2014 2:14PM

    You have to take care of yourself first, no apologies are needed. I wish you were not in pain everyday. I pray your pain and struggles are temporary.

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MUSIC66 8/4/2014 10:34PM

    Sorry ur struggling still waiting on the biopsy results from last Tuesdays surgery and still
Waiting on surgery date for tkr they where stupid to gave surgery booked for end of August but can't fit me in as all booked out so they said would be the minimum they could do op but trying to fit me in for September if not October but if not done then have to go back to preadmission clinic because they have to do the op a maximum
Is three months after preadmission so sick of knee pain

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MILLISMA 8/4/2014 9:13AM

    Oh, Karen! Please don't worry about responding, etc. Sure do miss you and wish there was something I could do to help. Was so glad when I finally logged in to see that you were able to post. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Big hugs to everyone!!! emoticon

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MARYBETH4884 8/4/2014 9:12AM

    emoticon I hope you and your son feel better soon!!!

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ALLYALLYT 8/4/2014 1:47AM

    I hope things settle down very soon and that you are feeling much better! emoticon

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SERENE-BEAN 8/3/2014 10:50PM

    I think you are FAR too hard on yourself! SparkPeople is here to give you joy and support, not to become a burden on you in hard times!

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MOLLIEJEAN2 8/3/2014 6:04PM

    Take care of yourself and your family, we all understand that right now it is hard for you to be on so don't worry about us. We all will be here when you can get on, please just get better so you can come back. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/3/2014 12:33PM

    My dear, you are definitely in my thoughts that things get easier for you. It's just plain hard when so much is going on and you don't feel good either.

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RAINBOWCHOC 8/3/2014 12:04PM

    take strength from all the love you will be sent via Sparkpeople. You give so much love, it is time to refuel the tanks, xxx

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 8/3/2014 9:29AM

    You are always in my thoughts and prayers - both you AND your family!!! Have you thought about setting your computer up where you can use it while standing??? Take one day - one hour - one minute at a time!

Love you!!!

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SAASHA17 8/3/2014 8:28AM

    Karen

Hugs..last thing for u to worry is abt spark n us...u take care n ur in my prayers..

Take care
Manasa

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SAASHA17 8/3/2014 8:28AM

    Karen

Hugs..last thing for u to worry is abt spark n us...u take care n ur in my prayers..

Take care
Manasa

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CIPHER1971 8/3/2014 7:56AM

    We all struggle sometimes, the trick is to ask for help - so.....

What can we do to help you through this tough time?

Sending good vibes and healing thoughts your way

M

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TRUTHNOW2 8/3/2014 7:02AM

    I am really sorry to hear how hard it has been for you and also with your DS... I so hope that soon you will be feeling much less pain and feeling so much better and that Zackariya is also quickly recovered...

I think the emoticons and even just clicking the "i liked this" button is a more than acceptable way to let people know you are reading and caring... anyone who has gotten to know you, realizes you would be writing novels as responses if you at all could...

but for now just try and take good care of yourself and don't be at all hard on yourself..

with care,
sharon

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SUSIEPH1 8/3/2014 4:08AM

    Hi Sweetheart .. I am so sorry to hear you are struggling ..
The pain must be awful ..I would have thought that your doctor would have had you on stronger meds .. You have been through so much ..
So sorry Zakaria is so very ill .. emoticon
It's awful having a child so ill and you not being able to look after him ..the hospital is probably the best place for him at the moment as you need your rest ..
Don't worry about Spark and catching up with everyone .. I am sure we all understand ..
Know that I am thinking of you and sending healing and loving Prayers and vibes your way ..
Love you xx Susie xx
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NOWISTHEHOUR 8/3/2014 4:04AM

  You are certainly being tried on earth dea4 friend. Keep putting one foot in front of the other.
You are in our thoughts and prayers, as is all your family.
No need to visit to thank me, I know you have said thanks in your head, that is enough for me.
hugs
sue

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hi,i am back on computer,did you miss me?

Saturday, July 05, 2014

hi everyone,sorry it took so lone was longer in hospital than expected but am now in rehab since yesturday,couldn´t post yesturday as somehow my computer wouldn´t work.had op on friday the 20th(at last)operation went well but as usually i had respirtory problems during and after op so had to stay in the recovery room for twoo whole days before being brought to normal ward.was at first in a two bed ward till monday the 30th where i had to go for another very small op to put in what they call here a smerz cathetater,basically it just putting a couple of cathertaters in to the knee so that painkillers can go direct to the source so to speak as my knee wasn´t bending as far as it should be and the painkillers were to help me when they forced the knee to bend on this machine.only trouble is they put too much pain killers in at first and i lost total control of my foot ect.i couldn´t move it so they had to take off the painkillers to see if the numbness was due to pain killers or a nerve being damaged in the op,luckily it was only because of the painkillers but that had me the most scared of all this as even after the knee replacement i could move my foot.painfully but i could move it.boy was i glad of the pain killers as despite them it was still painfull.i was put on this machine which basically moves your leg into a bend every minute or two six times a day an hour at a time.i am sure anyone without knee problems would have aching legs when doing the eqiverlent of walking up stairs 6 hours aday so you can imagine my pain,lol.anyway even though i only got to 85%bend and you should have at least 90% bend they sent me to rehab(guess they wanted rid of me lol)so i arrived in rehab yesturday.would have posted but for somereason computer wasn´t working yesturday.the worse thing about the smerz cathater was that i was bed ridden and had to use the bed pan etc.that i find demoroliseing.that and it was (still is)extreme painful but i m so glad i did it.

rehab was very exhursting yesturday as there are so many corridors etc.and after lying down all the time made it doubly tiring(got the smerz cathater and the stitches out of my knee out yesturday)we have to go down to the resturant for our meals(would you believe the resturant has a dress code,lol)it is like a hotel resturant and the food and service is very good.only trouble here is you have to pay for the water here in the hospital it was free.the rooms are for 1 which is very nice .it is very small but has a nice country charm.has sibgle bad with bedside table a normal table with two semi comfortable chairs,a small but adicate bathroom and plenty of storage place.has a nice little balcony with red begonias in a windowbox.a suberp view of the moutains.been given the theraphy workout plan and looks very intensive but at least the have put me down for swimming 3 times a week.would be better if more but beggers can´t be choosers as they say.
so how are you all my friends doing?i missed you all so much i can tell you.if i missed something important in you life let us know as it will be a while before i catch up as i had over 1.000 emails waiting for me.if you sent me goodies etc i thank you from the bottom of my heart i will try and get round to replying individually but can´t promise.thank you once again for taking the time to read this blog.take care and keep smiling,love karen

  
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NOWISTHEHOUR 7/28/2014 2:05AM

  Only just found this blog, sorry, for some reason it didn't notify me, I should have come to find you.
Hope you are coming on in leaps and bounds...so to speak emoticon

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DONEGIRL4LIFE 7/8/2014 12:41PM

    I'm glad everything went well. I missed you! emoticon

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ALLYALLYT 7/6/2014 11:37PM

    good to hear from you! glad to hear the operation went well. emoticon

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SERENE-BEAN 7/6/2014 11:08PM

    Don't worry about catching up. Just jump in where you are. So glad the operation went well!

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CIPHER1971 7/6/2014 8:54AM

    Great to hear that everything is going well. I wouldn't worry about catching up, move on from now.

Wishing you a lovely weekend

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GODZDESIGN95 7/5/2014 6:33PM

    glad you told how you are doing. I can not say I know how extended periods of hospital stays are these days. But as a young adult/teenager you lose all dignity ie no privacy at all. I am just glad at least I had my own room/. I've seen patients sharing rooms eekkkkk!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/5/2014 6:12PM

    Welcome back!!! Glad you're in rehab now. Keep on working. It's going to pay off. HUGS

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MICKEYH 7/5/2014 3:53PM

    Welcome back Karen. So glad your Op when well and you are back with us. Please take your time for your post op recovery. Best wishes my dear. emoticon emoticon

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MOLLIEJEAN2 7/5/2014 12:12PM

    So glad to hear from you and glad everything is going good. Was glad to see the update on the FBI team chat that you were doing good. Just so glad that you are finally on the road to recovery. emoticon emoticon

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JUDITH1654 7/5/2014 10:19AM

    So glad you were able to finally go through with the operation, as I know it kept getting put off. Rehab may be slow but know you will listen to the doctor and do what is best. When will your lovely family be back home? So they can help you. Take care and get all the rest you can. You work way too hard when you're "up and running". emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon m emoticon m emoticon m

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 7/5/2014 9:56AM

    So glad to hear from you! I was a little concerned as you had said a friend was going to let us know how you were doing and I had not seen that yet!!!

Continue to take care of yourself, my dear friend!!! I look forward to hearing about you running marathons shortly!!!

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SAASHA17 7/5/2014 9:51AM

    glad everything went well even though that knee episode must have been scary...

take care
Manasa

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MILLISMA 7/5/2014 9:36AM

    So glad to hear that the surgery went well and you're on the mend! Cheering you on from here. Looking forward to reading about your progress.

big hugs....Mary Anne

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POOKASLUAGH 7/5/2014 9:05AM

    I've been off Spark for awhile but I'm glad to hear you were able to get your op done finally! Hope you're healing well and will keep healing well.

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MUSIC66 7/5/2014 7:09AM

    Glad your
Op went well I spent 7,5 hours at preadmission clinic saw a whole
Team of people dr from hospital rang to say I gave a uti infection she contacted my gp he put me on antibiotics they have started to kick in straight a way I too missed u

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SUSIEPH1 7/5/2014 4:30AM

    Hi Darling ! .
So lovely to know all going well .. Don't bother replying ..just get better .. What ever you do ..don't try to get out of rehab to quickly .. Just enjoy being looked after ..
Love You xxSusie xx emoticon emoticon

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