Happy Easter from a wet and chilly Yorkshire!
Hope your tummy’s aren’t full to bursting from all the chocolate! This is the first year I’ve not had an Easter Egg of my own, but I admit to helping H out just a little bit when he looked to be struggling with his.
On Monday we had a cool, dry start to the week and I managed to get H’s white’s washed and dried so they’re nice and fresh for the start of the cricket season.
Tuesday I threw a chunky chilli together and left it simmering in the slow cooker and went to play golf. And I only went and won the competition!
Do you remember the Simplicity 1696 amazing fit trousers I made last year? Well, they’re now golfing shorts to be worn in Portugal for my holiday this week! They would be too short to wear at my home club but abroad the dress code is more relaxed.
On Wednesday my mum and I dropped H and his girlfriend at Flamingo Land and then had a day out round and about before picking them back up at tea time. We met Bertie in a garden centre who was very chatty, especially when we left him – he didn’t like to be ignored.
We resisted all cafes and cake shops in Malton and was super prepared with our own lunch. Unfortunately it was a bit too cold so we ate our picnic in the car.
And then the highlight of the day!
As Cathy from NanaCathyDotCom who won my recent Giveaway/Competition lives very close to Flamingo land I dropped her an email to see if she fancied meeting up for a coffee. She did so we did just that and met up in Pickering! We had a lovely hour chatting like old friends, AND resisted cake. And she absolutely loved her goodie bag!
Remember my standby point in Elland at the side of the river? The road it’s on is called Gas Works Lane and this old building used to be part of something to do with the old Gas Works. I have a feeling it used to be a social club. I took the picture the other day when stood by just to record what it’s like now and hope one day it will be renovated rather than demolished.
I fancied a change from an omelette so after dry frying some peppers, courgette and mushrooms I dropped a couple of eggs on top. After cooking them for a few minutes on a gentle heat I finished them off under a hot grill.
Round the back of the ambulance station is Brighouse Library and a stunning blossom tree. It really is in full bloom at the moment but the light doesn’t quite do it justice.
Today was supposed to be our first trip of the year to the coast with the jet ski. The forecast was terrible so we changed our plans and headed to nearby Butterley Reservoir in Marsden, Huddersfield.
Despite the miserable weather got wrapped up and kept smiling….
The thought of our pub lunch helped to keep spirits high….. and I resisted a pudding!
Only because the MIL was coming for tea and I’d be eating another dinner!
Chicken with peppers, spinach and feta cheese, and chips. All on-plan I must add for my diet!
And then I snuggled up on the couch with my 2 favourite fellas and we watched Bridget Jones’s Baby, which just finished off our week nicely!
And now on to Slimming News. I lost 1 1/2 pounds – that’s now 15 1/2 in total! Mum gain 1/2 pound, and the hubby lost another pound. So in total we’ve lost just this year almost 3 1/2 stone between us!
And now just a little recipe to share with you…..How to make a healthy dessert which is perfect for topping your favourite cheesecake base, or a meringue nest, or just have it on it’s own.
You will need for the topping:
Quark – for a dessert to serve 4 you will need a 500g tub (at least, more if you’ve can’t find your greedy switch to turn it off!!). This can be found at most ‘big’ supermarkets. I think just in the Uk – Del has not been able to find any in the U.S.
(Quark is a fat free soft cheese that is really versatile and can be used in sweet and savoury dishes.)
You will also need Begian or white chocolate options, or other low calorie chocolate drink to flavour the quark.
Fruit – I find raspberries work well with the white chocolate, and mandarin segments with the belgian chocolate.
- Mix 3 teaspoons of Options to the Quark. Add more according to your own taste.
- Add roughly chopped fruit and mix.
Add to your favourite cheese cake base – for a totally unhealthy treat I used 8 digestive biscuits and 50g of melted butter.
- Try to share out equally!
- Remember to tell your family you’re making this because once you lick the spoon you’ll want to eat them all right there and then!
Here’s the same topping added to meringue nests – this saves a huge amount of calories/syns/points depending which if any diet you’re following. I also added some broken meringue to the topping. Excuse H – he would’t stop eating for long enough for me to get a pic without him in it!
And here’s a chocolate orange version (you might remember it from my Mothers Day Sunday Sevens) with grated chocolate on the top.
And if you just want a snack on the go (like I did at work last night) you can buy single sachets of options and add them directly to the tub of quark so long as you have an implement which will double up as a stirrer and a shovel. Luckily I had a knife in my lunch bag otherwise I would have to use my pen or maybe a syringe!
I managed to mix a sachet of chocolate orange options just with the top half of the tub of Quark, and after eating that then mixed a sachet of mint chocolate options with the bottom half of the tub. Absolutely yummy and I didn’t feel I’d missed out on the whole Easter Egg shebang one bit!
Hope you enjoyed my foodie photos and maybe they’ll give you a few ideas if you’ve stuck what to make for tea. I think choosing what to have for tea is harder that cooking it!
My next Sunday Sevens will be a double bill in 2 weeks as it’s my girlie golfing holiday in Portugal in only 4 sleeps!!!!!!
Sunday Sevens – founded by the lovely Natalie at Threads and Bobbins.