101 reasons not to go on a boating holiday

I recently posted about our annual holiday, this year to The Norfolk Broads. I mentioned that I would be writing a post about why a boating holiday is not for me. I don’t think I really need to give much introduction, so here goes (in no particular order):

  1. not having a proper shower (a trickily little thing, with not enough room to swing a mouse, let alone a cat)
  2. the toilet literally being in the shower – if you want a pee, you have to get wet feet if you also want to stay clean
  3. needing a step ladder to climb onto the bed, if you’re a short arse like me
  4. having to move out of the way to pass each other in the galley
  5. having a heart attack every time your toddler goes near the edge, even with a life jacket on
  6. being in a confined space
  7. not being able to just get up & go when you want
  8. no phone service in the middle of nowhere (not that it would usually matter, but I was expecting important emails)
  9. having to wait half an hour for the kettle to boil on the gas hob
  10. taking half an hour to dry my hair because the hairdryer is soooooo slow
  11. not being able to use hair straighteners because they’re too powerful (not good with a frizzy mop like mine!)
  12. having the smallest fridge ever
  13. the hot water is literally boiling hot straight away and you may come away with second degree burns
  14. if you bagsy the bed next to the window you may get really cold
  15. having a stinking toilet as it all stays in the tank
  16. having a rubbish TV signal (when you don’t have a lot else to do)
  17. having to pull the table out every time you want to eat a meal
  18. having a wardrobe the size of a broom closet
  19. not being able to swim! You know, it could happen…
  20. cups the size of a shot glass
  21. having to duck every time you go through the bedroom door as the step is too high.
Okay, so not really 101 reasons, but I think my reasons are plenty enough for me not to want to do it again! Give me a cottage home-from-home any day…

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Weight loss – week 6

After my big loss last week I wasn’t really expecting a huge loss this week, if any at all. Meal planning helped me get back into some form of a routine again, and eating salad again helped as I wasn’t eating so many carbs. I’m going to start sticking to more of a Gi diet now too as it will help a bit more because of the PCOS. I didn’t really use MFP again last week like i said I was going too, but I don’t think I did too bad as I’m getting back into the mindset of thinking before I eat what I’m about to. Though I did have a bad couple of days over the weekend as I felt exhausted and emotional which caused me to pig out a little.

I got back into walking too and headed to stay & play with the boys which is a good half hour walk there and back, though it’s more of a stroll on the way back as I get tired! I have a pedometer to review at the minute which is going to encourage me a little more too.

My week 6 stats are:

  • start weight – 203.6 lbs
  • target weight – 132 lbs
  • previous weight – 184.4 lbs
  • current weight – 183.6 lbs
  • weight loss this week – 0.8 lbs
  • weight loss to date – 20 lbs
  • weight loss to go – 51.6 lbs
So not quite a pound, but near enough. As I wasn’t expecting a loss, I’m pleased with that. And I’m nearly back at a 1.5 stone loss again – hopefully next week!

Meal Planning Monday – 22nd September

I’m enjoying being back into meal planning mode, and using up many of the items in my cupboard which I receive from my foodie penpals. Hubby even cooked one day last week – Wednesday! It mostly went to plan other than Friday & Saturday. We were out a little late on Friday and by the time we got home I couldn’t be bothered to cook so I just whipped up beans on toast for J (oops) and we had a cheeky takeaway once he had gone to bed (double oops). So on Saturday we had Friday’s meal as I’d already taken the fish out of the freezer. I’m also a little late posting this week as I’ve just been behind in general!

Meal plan w/c 22nd September:

Monday – Pie, homemade chips & beans

Tuesday – Chilli con carne

Wednesday – Chicken tikka masala (using a meal kit from one of my foodie penpals)

Thursday – Pasta (I don’t know what yet – possibly sausage & tomato)

Friday – We’re out for our monthly visit to my Mum’s

Saturday – Naan bread pizzas

Sunday – Slow cooker pulled pork with apples & onions

Linking up with At Home With Mrs M.

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A to Z of Family – K is for Kisses

I’m a few weeks behind on the linky now – I’ve just had other things come up, or I struggle to think of something for a certain letter, or I think of one then forget to write it down and can’t remember! I have gotten myself organised and now have a list so I will be playing catch up over the next few weeks. 

We all know kisses can be used for many reasons – to say hello, to say goodbye, to say sorry, to say I love you, to say thank you.

Little man J absolutely loves kisses. He will kiss anything – literally – humans, the floor, his toys, the door… He is a little odd!

When you have a family, kisses start from the very beginning. When you first discover you have made a little life; when your partner kisses your baby bump; the baby’s first kiss – such a magical moment; and then you just can’t stop kissing the baby.

The fuzzy hair. The silky soft skin. That baby smell that lasts for weeks that you just can’t resist kissing.

I was quite surprised when J kissed N on his first day in the world, just after he met him. I think he was a novelty at that moment as he didn’t hand them out for a while after that!

Now N gets lots of kisses from J. He kisses his head, his nose, his lips, his tummy, even his feet! It really is cute.

Often, J will just stop what he’s doing to give me a kiss too (and sometimes a high five) and then go right back to whatever it was that he was up to.

Children just give the best kisses, don’t they?

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Recipe – Pork, apple & sage pasties (#GreatBloggersBakeOff2014)

When I watched The Great British Bake Off this week, I did actually consider doing the technical challenge. Then it got to the weekend, I still hadn’t gotten around to baking, and I have felt exhausted. So I went with a good old pasty instead. I wasn’t organised at all so it all started going wrong straight away. First of all, I decided to attempt my own puff pastry, for the first time! Bad idea. I think it was the mixing that went wrong; I tried rolling it out – no, didn’t work. I couldn’t rescue it either so it went in the bin. Back to the drawing board and good old shortcrust pastry it was. Then I didn’t make enough. Then I wasn’t happy with the filling, as I discovered I only had mince. The only thing I am happy with is the outside look. I’ve half debated not even posting this week’s challenge, but then thought what the heck! (Hopefully only two people will read this then you can’t all see how bad it went – though I know I’m too critical of myself!). Anyway, here goes…

Ingredients – makes 6 pasties

  • 600 g plain flour
  • 330 g butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 6-9 tbsp water
  • 500 g pork mince (or you can use a cut of pork if you’re more organised than me)
  • 1 large cooking apple
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 8 leaves of sage, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • In a large bowl (or food processor [on the pulse setting] if you want to cheat like me), mix together your flour and butter until they resemble fine breadcrumbs, then add the salt.  
  • Slowly add the water to bind together into a ball. 
  • Wrap the ball of pastry in cling film and refrigerate for around 30 minutes.
  • Whilst the pastry is in the fridge, prepare your filling. Without using oil, cook the pork over a medium heat until it is just cooked (this is to get rid of the excess fat). Set aside to cool.
  • Peel & core the apple and chop into small pieces. Mix in the lemon juice (to stop the apple going brown).
  • Peel & chop the onion into small pieces and mix in with the apple. 
  • Add the pork to the apple & onion and then mix in the sage. 
  • Preheat the oven to gas 6/400F/200C.
  • Remove the pastry from the fridge and roll out to around 1/2 cm thick. Using a side plate, cut out 6 rounds with a sharp knife.
  • Split the meat mixture between the pastry rounds, placing it into the middle of each.
  • Brush a little of the beaten egg around the inside of the pastry on the edge, I did this on the bottom half.
  • Carefully lift the top edge and bring it over the filling, and line it up with the bottom edge, pressing down with your fingers to crimp & seal.
  • Brush more egg over the outside of the pastry, this will give it a lovely golden colour.
  • Place a sheet of baking paper onto a baking tray and place 2 or 3 pasties on the tray (so you will have to do it in 2 or 3 lots unless you have more than one baking tray).
  • Cook for 30 minutes until the pastry is crisp & golden, then leave to cool a little.
  • Enjoy!
This is my entry to the #GreatBloggersBakeOff2014, theme of pastry – linking up with Mummy Mishaps.

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