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New cookery books

Friday, September 19, 2014

Over the years I have collected a lot of cookery books and used many of the recipes in them. All however are geared around families and contain recipes for 4-6 people.
I have reduced the quantities of many of the recipes but still seem to end up with more than I really need. I can and do add the extra portions to the freezer so I have meals ready for extra busy days.
I want meals for two people only for better portion control so the hunt was on and I found these.

The have all been dispatched so I should get them some time next week.
They will make a difference as I will be able to make meals that are for two rather than a family.
One way or another I will get this portion control sorted out and still have meals that we like.
I have found meals here on Sparkpeople that are for two but I need meals that DH will like as well.
So I will add some of the meals that we will try and see they work out here in my Spark Blog.
I am making changes for life and that means working on meals that DH calls ordinary, meaning not diet related.
I will put my other cookery books away and have the new ones to hand so they will be used rather than put in the cupboard.

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SYDLETZIII 9/21/2014 1:08AM

    Are they from scratch cooking, I find it to be a lost art. Have fun cooking emoticon

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OXYGEN9 9/20/2014 10:36AM

    Thank you for sharing! I find it very challenging to find recipes for two, so I usually calculate the recipes into smaller portions. I'll look into the books you posted! Go Cloverleaf emoticon

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TRUCKERSMRS 9/20/2014 6:02AM

    I love those BBC Good Food books and have a few of the including one that does meals for one, for when Dave is away.
The recipes are all noted with calories per portion too.
Enjoy your new books!

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L*I*T*A* 9/19/2014 11:21PM

    great share...
i love cook books too!!

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SPEDED2 9/19/2014 9:58PM

    Thank you for sharing the titles.

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ACHANSO 9/19/2014 3:31PM

    I love new cookbooks too!

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PATRICIA-CR 9/19/2014 3:19PM

    emoticon on your new books.

I wish I'd like cooking... I only cook to survive emoticon

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JAWATKINS 9/19/2014 3:05PM

    I can't wait to see what you end up making!!
You are an inspiration to me!!

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    Good luck with the cookbooks. Home cooking for less people is always a challenge as it's so easy just to get a fast food meal for one (or two).

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FORMYDARLINGS 9/19/2014 2:29PM

    I f you are short of space, you might think of handing them down to any children you have or donating them toa charity organization. They are great books, but will you REALLY ever use them again. Books are meant to be read and loved. Just an Idea.

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NASFKAB 9/19/2014 11:44AM

  hope the recipes work out for you

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SEWINGMAMACDS 9/19/2014 10:20AM

    Have fun trying out new recipes!

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Virtual Walk Number 4

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This walk is from St Breward in Cornwall to Jamaica Inn and then onto Launceston.

Cornwall is steeped in history and smuggling is part of that history. The author Daphne du Maurier wrote about Jamaica Inn and it has been televised as well.
Explore this site to find out more about the Inn and its history

From here I will be travelling to Launceston and going through the rural village of South Petherwin

This is the Church in the village and this is the countryside around it

Launceston is an old Market town that is dominated by the Castle ruins

This is the town centre

Now as we love Steam Trains no visit to Launceston would be complete with seeing and riding on the Steam railway.

Find out more on my blog

So I will use Leslie Sansone, Walking DVD's and Chair Exercise to get there using Mileage like this.
Leslie Sansone Miles as they are 1 or 2 mile walks
Walking DVD's 30 minutes brisk walking = 2 miles
Chair Exercise 15 minutes moderate to vigorous = 1 mile

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SYDLETZIII 9/17/2014 2:02PM

    Paula are there virtual walks and are there any from Italy. Where do you find them?

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SEWINGMAMACDS 9/17/2014 10:54AM

    Enjoyed "walking" with you and seeing the "Scenery" Thanks for sharing!

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TRUCKERSMRS 9/17/2014 10:34AM

    Love how you take us all with you for the walk and the great pictures you add.
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MAWMAW101 9/17/2014 9:32AM

    Beautiful walk, and a great idea to picture the trail!

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OXYGEN9 9/17/2014 6:23AM

    Great pictures, they reminded me how much I miss England!
Have a great 5% challenge emoticon

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MADMANSMAMA87 9/16/2014 10:27PM

    That is awesome, Paula:)
Keep up the great work!!!


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NASFKAB 9/16/2014 10:09PM

  thanks for taking us on this walk

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SIRIUS2014 9/16/2014 8:55PM

    Your blogs are fascinating. thanks for being an inspiration. emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIA-CR 9/16/2014 8:32PM

    Oh, Paula, what a beautiful virtual walk!! Thanks so much for taking us on such a soothing tour.


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USMAWIFE 9/16/2014 6:56PM

    you have great virtual trips

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MOONGLOWSNANA 9/16/2014 3:56PM

  Thanks for sharing your virtual walk. I enjoyed all the pictures and wish I was taking a ride on the steam locomotive! It all looks so pretty.

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Before Fall 5% Challenge photo

Monday, September 15, 2014

Okay this is not my favourite thing to do as I dread my photos being taken and always have. Even as a child I disliked my photo being taken so pictures of me are far and few between as an adult.
So I asked DH to take a photo, well several so I could pick the one I liked the best and this is it.

The idea is to have a picture that will act as a NSV ( None Scale Victory) as sometimes you have a victory with measurements rather than scales.

I will add it to my page as well as requested in the assignment. Not that I like looking at myself that much but I suppose it helps to keep what I am aiming for in view, a slimmer, trimmer me.

My Brother has been over today and says I look fine, why worry just be happy as I am.
Even DH says I am worrying over nothing that I look just fine and he loves me no matter what.
Well that is lovely and I appreciate the sentiment but I need to shed the pounds as it will help with my health and pain levels. I am doing this for me not for anyone else and not to be vain.

I will have another photo taken after the Challenge and see if there a difference.

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TRUCKERSMRS 9/16/2014 5:54AM

    Lovely picture Paula.
It is right that you are doing this for yourself and no one else. At the end of the day, if we are not at our best, how can we be there for the ones we love.
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LEANNARW 9/15/2014 11:34PM

    Hi Paula! I love your picture! You are so happy! I must have missed that assignment to post a picture. I'll bet you have a wonderful accent to go with your beautiful smile! Happy "travels" on our journey!

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SIRIUS2014 9/15/2014 9:34PM

    Hi Paula, emoticon on getting that lovely picture taken. There are so many good reasons to get rid of the extra pounds. No one can feel them but us. My brothers are all very accepting of how I look too We're doing this for us, right!

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PATRICIA-CR 9/15/2014 3:02PM

    emoticon You are lovely. Can't wait to see the pics after the challenge emoticon

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JAWATKINS 9/15/2014 1:42PM

    I think you are BEAUTIFUL!! I am so thankful to be on the Clover Team with you again this season!! You are such a faithful participant!! I wish we lived closer - I'd love to give you a big old hug for doing something that was hard for you!!
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LADYDL 9/15/2014 1:36PM

    Great picture!

emoticon Here's to you for upcoming challenge.

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KALISWALKER 9/15/2014 11:41AM

    You look great and it's nice to see you smile. I will post my picture too.

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BEATLETOT 9/15/2014 11:28AM

    This is a lovely photo!!!

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NASFKAB 9/15/2014 10:55AM

  all the best

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SEWINGMAMACDS 9/15/2014 10:55AM

    emoticon Loved seeing your smile! Have a great 5% Challenge!

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    Best of luck on your 5% Challenge! emoticon

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My Virtual Walk 3 Padstow to St Breward

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Virtual walk will take me from Padstow to St Breward and short walk of 11 miles.

In 2009 we had a wonderful holiday in St Breward it is in Bodmin Moor and really out of the way. Just what we wanted peace and quite in the beautiful countryside. We stayed at a cottage called The Lodge and it was perfect we even had a four poster bed.

So it is no surprise that I chose my virtual walk to include this place you can see more about it here

We stopped at the Newsagents when we arrived and had a meal there and learnt about the area fro the people in the Newsagents. They made us welcome and gave us directions to were we would be staying.

The Lodge was lovely and the people who own the cottages are really nice and went out of their way to help us. It was here that my Husband had his first heart scare and the people who run Darrynane Cottages could not have been nicer. They even picked us up from the Hospital and made sure we had a cooked breakfast when we got back at their home.

So I am walking to a place I love and would love to go back there but the cost prevents it but we have wonderful memories of our holiday and the people who were so kind.

This is the site about were we stayed

Yes it is that beautiful and we both loved it there.

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    Glad you had fun HAGD and Weekend

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L*I*T*A* 9/11/2014 11:27PM

    what a wonderful place..........

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SIRIUS2014 9/11/2014 6:39PM

    Such a lovely break for you both.

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NASFKAB 9/11/2014 10:57AM

  thanks for sharing your memories

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MORAVIANSTAR 9/11/2014 10:49AM

    Oh my gosh! This looks like the MOST ideal spot ever. What wonderful memories.

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USMAWIFE 9/11/2014 10:49AM

    Lovely place

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SEWINGMAMACDS 9/11/2014 10:39AM

    What a nice place!

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Prepare for Success

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

We were given this as an assignment for the 5% Challenge

Prepare yourself for success by having the words that will move you to action and keep you on track for the 8 Weeks of the 5% Challenge.

What can you tell yourself every morning that will give you a sense of purpose for your day?
My choices are making a difference keep going.

What can you tell yourself when you are thinking of skipping a walk or a workout?
Do I want to be fit and healthy and have less pain? Then get on with the workout girl you will reap the rewards.

Is there something you can tell yourself when you are reaching for that second helping or that cookie?
Do I really want the extra? I can have something healthier and still feel satisfied

I will add these and keep them handy in the kitchen so I can see them and add them to my computer as well.

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SPARKNB 9/13/2014 12:35AM

    emoticon Good ones!

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MADMANSMAMA87 9/10/2014 9:34AM

    Awesome job, Paula!!!
You are FABULOUS!!!


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