What I did like about the time off was actually having the time to enjoy breakfast and try new things! I seem to be loving breakfast foods at the moment, its all I seem to post about!
First up: PANCAKES!
I finally got a chance to use the Buckwheat Flour I bought the other day. I also found this Maple Syrup in the fridge which I thought that my mum had bought on one of her trips to America/Canada. Turns out she'd bought it in Asda. Doh!
Regardless, I was looking forward to the maple syrup, cos I haven't had any in forever! When I was younger my family used to travel a lot to America (well they still do- I don't get invited anymore!). When I'm on holiday is usually the only time I get the chance to properly sit down and enjoy breakfast. My mum always comments on how she wishes we had the same kind of 'breakfast culture' as we see when we go to America. Over there we see friends and family meeting up for a leisurely breakfast, whereas in this country I can't say I've ever gone for breakfast with friends (maybe that's because I'm too lazy to get up early...?!). Oh well, at least I can MAKE my own amazing breakfast! Maybe I'll have to start inviting my friends over for breakfast!
I couldn't get my pancakes to look pretty like Alex's. Mine are pancakes splatters!
I added blueberries to my batch! I luuurve them! (It does make the pancakes difficult to cook cos they've got blueberry lumps in the batter!) I'm looking forward to trying new add ins!
I had my tea in a Shoney's mug: its one of the places we used to go to for breakfast in America!
50g Stoneground Buckwheat flour
100ml semi skimmed milk
100 ml Rice Dream
Whisk altogether, add any mix ins (i.e. BLUEBERRIES!), ladle onto a greased frying pan, wait until it starts bubbling, flip, wait a bit longer (yeah, I'm precise...), and then slide onto a plate and top with yummy maple syrup!!!
And on to the next one...
I Saw this empty jar, and I knew it was time...
The weather was gorgeous, so I decided to take my breakfast outside
My mum had been baking, so I found saw some coconut on the kitchen top, and decided it would be the prefect addition to my oats! They really were! I love nuts! It reminded me how much I love adding nuts to my breakfast! I used to add slivered almonds to my breakfast all the time! I realised that adding nuts to my usual breakfast of Total and fruit, would be the perfect way to keep me going for longer. It felt like such a 'DUH' moment! I also added two mini eggs. It was Easter Sunday so I was breaking lent and finally eating chocolate! (I may, or may not, have eating the whole bag that day...!)
The layers are so pretty!
The garden was also very pretty!
Unfortunately oats always seem to fill me up too quick! I was only about half way through when I started getting full. I think I managed to eat about two thirds, but I couldn't stomach anymore! This always happens with oats, I don't think its the portion size cos I always measure it out, I just never seem to be able to stomach a full portion of oats. Does this happen to anyone else?
Here's nothing to do with food, but I'd like to share something that I've been contending with recently: broken glasses! They fell of so many times while I was trying to eat my breakfast! My sister sat on mine about two weeks ago, and ever since I've been attempting to keep them together with masking, but it just doesn't work AT ALL! My Mums been saying I remind her of Jack Duckworth... not a person who's style I'm trying to emulate! I've ordered new ones, but with all the holidays we've been having, they're gonna be awhile! I'm so glad that I wear contact lenses most of the time or I''d be buggered! Do you wear glasses? Any glasses woes?
Right so heres a quick weekly round up, before your eyes go square from staring at the screen so long, that you'll have to go in search of your own glasses!
I really wanted this week to be the best week ever, but I have slipped slightly. I haven't exercised. I went and walked the way I'd usually jog, but it was pretty leisurely, and well under fouty-five minutes, so I don't really count it as exercise. I think the holidays kind of messed me up a bit. I didn't really have proper plans, and so I didn't want to go out and get hot and sweaty and then not have time to get ready or whatever. Stupid, I know as I'm sure whoever/whatever it was could of waited. It was also so freaking hot! I generally run about lunch time-ish, but obviously it was way to hot by that point. I know, excuses excuses. I've been feeling in a bit of a funk generally, feeling a bit down this week, I jut haven't had the energy to do anything. I'm trying not to dwell too much on not having exercised in an effort to get myself back on track faster.
As you all know I gave up chocolate for lent. I knew I'd find eating chocolate again hard, and that I did. I was going to treat myself to one piece of cake, or one really good chocolate bar, but I was given a Lindt chocolate bunny and a bag of Mini Eggs for Easter from Iestyns mum. Barely past midnight I'd tucked into half of the mini eggs, to be swiftly polished off the following day. The Chocolate Bunny met the same end on Sunday evening/Monday morning. I also went to my Nains house for Sunday dinner, which involved what I'd call a normal portion: not carefully measured and weighed, but not piled on in mounds either. Just what a 'normal person' not counting every morsel would have. I also had Apple Crumble with vanilla ice cream. The previous day I'd also been to Iestyns house for dinner, where we had vegetarian lasagna, but the sauce was homemade. With real cheese. And real butter. I did turn down the Cornetto that was offered after dinner. That was at least one point to me right? I've been super good the past two days, I just hope I've managed to even out the damage. I don't want to see that I've undone the work I did last week as I think its the only real progress I've seen in months.
I feel like all I do is moan about either eating what I shouldn't, or not being able to have what I want, and then praying to the diet gods.
I'd sacrifice a Lindt bunny in their honour if I thought it would help.
I guess that all shall be revealed when I step on the scale tomorrow!