Saturday, 30 November 2013

Not One But Two

When we buy something for one of our sons we have to buy the same for the other, Oh! We actually have three sons, but for those of you who don't know, our eldest son who is 27 years old has his own home and children, whom we love SOO very much! But because we still have two sons at home, aged 18 years and 13 years (14 in a few days time) we still have to often buy the same for each of them.
So today we bought more Christmas presents for Adam and James. It is something they had both seen in Costco earlier this year and both wanted, so at the time we told them that if they still wanted it when Christmas arrives then they will get one each for Christmas, and they still did want one of these each, so we bought them today. What are they? Oh! Yes, they are a Homedics Shiatsu back massagers with heat. They also wanted office chairs each for when they are at their desks in their bedrooms which we bought a few weeks ago and these massagers will fit perfectly over their new office chairs. I want a Homedics Shiatsu massager now...looks so relaxing!

Well that is nearly all Adam and James' Christmas things in, just a few more to get for Adam and our grandchildren and our eldest son, Michael.

Apart from buying the boys massagers and a few groceries nothing else has happened today, not even the Christmas cleaning....SHOCKING! :) it will still be there tomorrow when I really must get on with it because the boys want the Christmas tree put up tomorrow. it is always nice when the tree etc is put up for when Michael and our grandchildren come along.

I would also LOVE to get some things into my dehydrator, so I will see what I can get done tomorrow :)

Back tomorrow :)

Friday, 29 November 2013

Cuisnart, Cleaning & Christmas

Last night I made a batch of the protein balls, but first I had to make some cashew butter and because I was only making a 1/4 C measure of cashew butter I used my little Cuisinart mini food processor and as usual it worked great. After use I washed and put it back together and pressed the button...NOTHING, ZILCH, NADA...BooHoo it isn't working and no! It doesn't have a clock on it!!....HeeHee
I bought it from Costco about 2 years ago and they are still happy to exchange or refund. I wanted an exchange but they don't have them now. I will buy another very soon.

Well, I have cranked up the Christmas music....I'm a bit of a heel like that...:) and I am cleaning the kitchen blinds. I use strong bleach water and they clean up lovely as always. I have the livingroom vertical blinds in the washing machine, I have also taken down the livingroom curtains and they will be cleaned.
I am having a break from cleaning the kitchen blinds, I am only halfway through cleaning the kitchen blinds which are huge, so I suppose I better get back to it.

It took me most of the day to get those kitchen blinds cleaned.
I asked my hubby to pop into Tesco this afternoon to buy a couple of bottles of bleach for more deep cleaning, and some sweet onions because I am wanting to make some onion rings in my dehydrator, so I have those now.

Oh! I have had to start steaming my sinuses again today because when I sat up in bed this morning the blummin dizziness was back and as you know, unless I nip it in the bud asap it can last about 7 weeks and 7 weeks of being dizzy is not my idea of fun and it HAS lasted for 7 weeks before, but most of the times it has lasted for around 5-ish weeks. It makes me feel sick and generally unwell all the time, so this morning after my shower I immediately steamed and I steamed again tonight. I will keep steaming until my sinuses are easier and the dizziness has gone/doesn't come back......until the next flare up that is :/
When I get sinus trouble it tends to ache my gums/teeth so I am going to buy some Sudafed in the morning and make an appointment at my dentists, just to make sure. The Sudafed usually stops the discomfort but dental checks are always an extra safety precaution.

I have cleaned the kitchen venetian blinds and the livingroom vertical blinds today. I also managed to do about two loads of laundry, so not a bad day. More cleaning tomorrow :)

Well that is me for today.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

It Is Kale :)

WooHoo.....I am so pleased that the bag in the back of my photo on yesterdays blog post is kale! I will be making organic cheesey kale chips with that...YUM!

Here is the list of goodies that were in my Organic veg bag/box this week/yesterday:




brussel sprouts



I am having a little bit of difficulty typing this because when I started grated carrot I also grated my forefinger; I removed quite a chunk and it bled for quite some time and is still bleeding actually...OUCH! I know, I have several machines that grate but of course me being me thought I would just be quick and instead of pulling out a piece of electrical equipment I just quickly grabbed one of my microplane's, AND I was too lazy to use the little guard attachment...another live and learn I feel :/
Coleslaw and other things will be maybe happening tomorrow once my finger feels a little more comfortable.

A lot of extra cleaning in on my agenda this weekend and I might, just might put up the Christmas tree on Sunday :)

Back tomorrow :)

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Second Organic Vegetable Box

I got up at 6.00am , showered, ate a banana and caught up a tad online, and then I got to one of the living room blinds, windows, sill and window frame. After cleaning the living room windows and blind I then tackled the front door blind, door panes and door. I then gave my Tassimo drinks machine a good cleaning and I then started the laundry. I really feel like I have accomplished something today.
I am not feeling tired so much over these last few days...YeeHaa.
I wanted to get some cleaning done before I set out to the farm to collect my second veg bag/box. I wanted to be there for 1.00pm which is also the time from when we can collect our veg.
Here is my second veg bag/box:

I haven't got the list of everything that is in this weeks veg bag/box because the farm haven't updated their website yet for, 'what's in your bag this week', although, most of it is pretty obvious, but I have to say that I'm not sure if the bag at the back is kale, it looks like it.
I got a pumpkin in this weeks bag but I am not sure how to use it in raw...time to google, unless anyone has any idea's?
I am so pleased I have given some of you a giggle with my previous post, 'HAHAHAHA', oven post!! I still keep thinking how SOO pleased I am that it is working and how mad that was that it was working all the time and that I was just too dopey to even check the clock....crazy!! We live and learn and BOY! Have I learnt from this! :):)
My hubby and his work colleague's often say to my hubby that I should be a blonde, well, I am getting that way, a natural blonde....yes siree, a nice silvery, grey type of blonde :) I don't mind, I'm happy which is all that matters!!
Okay I am doing more cleaning tomorrow and maybe a raw sprout salad recipe. I am also wanting to make a coleslaw using the cabbage and carrots....YUM!
I will be back with photos of what I make.

Friday, 22 November 2013


This is SOOO funny!! :)
It all started an easy 12+ years ago.
I have a double oven and about 12+ years ago I went to use it one day..........nothing!.......zilch!......nada!! fan! noise! light! nothing!.....AH! BUT WAIT!....WooHooo the bottom oven still worked.....ummmm - okay I can use the bottom oven.....AAARRGGGHHH!......IT HAD STOPPED WORKING.....A BIG FAT NOTHING!!......SCREEAAM :( Okay, until I can afford to buy a new oven or get it fixed I will use the little convection bench top oven for a while...GREAT! And saves on energy.
Over the years I have needed the bigger oven and I have been rather restricted when the family have wanted me to cook something in particular, don't get me wrong those bench top ovens are FANTASTIC! And over the last 12+ years we have used them so much that we have actually gone through about 4 now and I am currently using a round halogen bench top oven that my Dad bought for us for Christmas 2011 before he passed away in the January 2012. That was what my Dad was like, despite him being very ill and dying he would still make sure he didn't miss Christmas for anyone.

Right, after grumping at my husband over the last so many years to google as to how to test the oven to check if there is power still going to it, I finally got fed up and googled it myself this afternoon. I left the page on and asked my husband again to just take a look. He then started watching a video about the clock/timer on ovens. We both sat and watched it and then got up and went into the kitchen to....well, just check....WE COULDN'T BELIEVE IT! I turned the clock and VOILA!! My double oven works, both ovens and grill, the LOT!! IT ALL WORKS!...WOOOHOOO - after all these years and all it needed was the clock altered...can you believe it? We both just burst out laughing, how could I have been so dim over these years and never give it a thought to just check the clock/timer.
I am now going to have to make my husband his home made sweet mince pies on Christmas Eve, he hates the bought ones...I have just given myself more work :)

I have cleaned a cupboard in my kitchen today, so that is a tad more done.

I have once again had All Bran for breakfast this morning and I am happy to say that it is still doing the really wanted to know that now didn't you?...*Snigger*

Well, time to make the family their evening meal, they want curry and rice and my little James has already told me that I can now bake him some scones, now that we have our ovens working again....he is just too quick that little man:)

Might get back later today but if not then I will be back tomorrow :)

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Grey Skies

The sun just isn't going to come out today, that's alright though because there is a huge amount I need to do in the house especially as I didn't get any cupboards sorted and cleaned yesterday...oops!

All Bran with Hazelnut milk this morning for breakfast, this is truly working for me! :)

I am going to start exercise next week because I really want to make a difference on the scales by Christmas.

Back later today :)  Ooops! I got lazy! Back tomorrow

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Organic Vegetable Box

I am off to collect my first organic vegetable box/bag in an hour or so, can't wait! I will pop back with photo's later to show what is in it.

I am going to get some of my kitchen cupboards sorted and cleaned today. I usually pull everything out of my cupboards every year and sort and clean them and it is amazing just how much they need a sort out by the next year, of course I sort and clean things like food cupboards a couple of times a year, that is a must!!.

I have had my All Bran this morning which is not my favourite but if it works then I'm happy!

Back later today with pics!!!!!!!!!!


My veg bag this week.

What was is in my veg bag this week?





brussels sprouts

leaf Beet/Swiss Chard

I also requested 1lt of organic apple juice, pressed at the farm and a jar of local honey.
I have NEVER had Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke), Celeriac or Mizuna before so by buying these veg bags it is going to encourage me and us to try new things...BRILLIANT!!
I have bought celeriac before but it has ended up being thrown away but there is NO WAY ANY of this is going to end up thrown away..NO WAY, NOT NO HOW!!

I have had to google how to use the Jerusalem Artichoke and Mizuna. I am going to try the Jerusalem Artichoke a little at a time because apparently it can give us wind....Pffft :) I don't want that!! It is apparently a cross between a potato and a jicama; we don't get jicama here in the UK. :( The Jerusalem Artichoke is nutrient dense and has prebiotic properties.
About Jerusalem Artichokes.

Feel free to give me any recipe links or idea's for using the celeriac, Jerusalem Artichoke and Mizuna etc.

We have been having thunder and lightening here this afternoon and it blackened right over...cozy :)

Back later today but if not then I will be back tomorrow :)


I sliced the organic onion and gently fried them. I roasted a sweet potato that I bought from Asda a few days ago for myself and I washed and roasted the three organic potatoes for my husband and sons. I grated one of the organic carrots and added raw cashews and cranberries and mixed those for a carrot salad. I sliced the remaining organic carrots and gently boiled them for my family.....should have steamed them...umm. I cooked up a few sausages to serve up with the veg.
I served up gently boiled sliced carrots, sausages, fried onions and the jacket potatoes for my family and I had the meal below....YUM!!

Back tomorrow people :)

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

5 Weeks Left Until.....

Christmas...Oh my goodness, how quick is that?! So, as of tomorrow I am going to do as well as I can between now until Christmas and aim to lose 10lb or better still, my 10% goal, now that would be GREAT!!

I am unable to eat a raw breakfast for the foreseeable future because of constipation. I am completely fed up with being constipated all the time which in turn makes me feel rather unwell all the time which feeling unwell could be down to a build up of toxins in my body....I AM SICK AND FED UP WITH IT!!! So I have been having All Bran in the mornings and it is making things more regular and SOOO much more comfortable. I would much rather not have a raw breakfast and eat All Bran than rely on Senocot or some other laxative, All Bran is the lesser of two evils as far as raw food is concerned. I know I could take psyllium every day, been there, done that and it didn't make any difference. The only thing that is making the difference up to now is eating one bowl of All Bran daily. I sometimes have a sliced banana with it and one morning I poured on coconut milk.
Eating raw does help regulate things but it only seems to do that for so long and then it becomes difficult for me again but the All Bran seems to be doing the trick daily at the moment.

I had my lady test last week and I was telling the nurse all about the hot flashes and missing my monthly's which I missed again last month and she too told me that it is the start of the menopause. So the doctor and the nurse are telling me that I am definitely peri-menopausal. Apparently the menopause is not complete until I have missed a period for 1 year and then they call it done. She told me that if I am having trouble with it all that I can be prescribed medication for it but there are side affects, I told her that I will just persevere with it and that I would rather not be taking any more medication than I already am for other things, so on I go for the next however many years. I sort of don't mind because at least if I wanted I could still have another baby...NOT that I would but it is just nice knowing :)

I have signed up for a weekly vegetable box and tomorrow (Wednesday 20th November) is my first box...WooHoo....and all organic. I have opted to collect my box direct from the farm which will give me something to do and somewhere to go ANNND I get a £1 reduction for each veg box collected...that'll do me, thankyou! Every penny helps :)

I am starting my deep Christmas clean around the house this week, a tad earlier than last year I think, but all good!

I made a few naughty treats last week but first I had to make some raw cashew butter which I whipped up in just a few minutes using my dinky little Cuisinart mini food processor/chopper.

This was a recipe that Jason Wrobel AKA J-Wro made on his You Tube.
Here is J-Wro's recipe below. J-Wro is SOOO funny and he has loads of raw recipe's on his You Tube.

I used vanilla Sun Warrior protein powder and plain cereal. They tasted great! And I will make them again!

Back tomorrow! :)

Monday, 4 November 2013

How Time Flies

How time flies eh!
Well, what has been going on with me/us over this last month! Well, We have been very busy with the conservatory which is pretty much done except for buying and laying new tiles for the floor, installing a socket and a few other internal finishing offs which we are doing ourselves. We need to give the outside a good clean also. We then need to lay new patio flag stones in front of the conservatory but all this is going to have to wait until early next year, we have Christmas to think about now.
The guy who we got to erect the conservatory has dragged out the conservatory build, something that should have taken a week or so has taken weeks ANNND we have all had to pitch in, he is the one we are paying. He is supposed to come back and do another job on the conservatory but my hubby has done it instead...not happy with the guy, we've had enough now. I was saying the build should have taken a weekend but I suppose longer because he did have to lay a whole new floor for the conservatory and to be built on.

Here are the photo's of the conservatory to date.

I found a new fruit a couple of weeks ago that I have NEVER seen in the UK before. Custard Apple.

I bought 3 packs :) yum!!

That is all for today and yep, I will get back tomorrow.