Thursday, 13 March 2014

Thankful Thursday

I'd like to thank all the lovely ladies who came to last nights class. We had a great time getting inky. I'm really loving the new class format, where the mini-kit for each card is pre-cut, there's printed instructions and my card sample. Everyone works at their own pace on which ever card, there's no right order to do them in and I'm on hand to help.

All the cards used the Fresh Prints DSP stack and the Petite Petals stamp set & punch.

Here's the complete cards...

We used Cycle Celebration and the Oval Collection Framelits for this one, with some Coastal Cabana Ruffled Stretch Trim.
 The 2nd card used a sentiment from Bring on the Cake with my favourite ribbon Whisper White Organza Ribbon. It's so easy to colour the satin part of the ribbon with any of the Stampin' Write markers, so you have which ever colour ribbon you need for your project.
 I love this card, using Best of Flowers and Sketched Birthday stamps. The sentiment form Sketched Birthday was cut out using Bitty Banners Framelits.
Possibly my favourite card from last night, using Hardwood & Hello Lovely stamp sets. The tag is a 5cm x 11cm piece of Whisper White with the top shaped and punched using the new Tag Topper punch from the Spring/Summer catalogue. The punch does make life a bit easier, with perfect tags any time and any length.
Lastly, our mother's day card. Again using Best of Flowers, the background was done using Positively Chevron.

Next month we'll be using the other half of the Fresh Prints DSP stack, so make sure you book your place early, as the class is limited to 12 people.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

What's New Wednesday...

Well this week, it's my March card making class. We'll be learning/reviewing the baby wipe technique, where you make your own custom, multi coloured ink pad from a baby wipe and re-inkers.

The cards we're making all use the brand new Petite Petals  stamp set and co-ordination punch, from the Spring/Summer catalogue, among a multitude of stamp sets.

And here's a sneak peek at what we're making...

I can't wait for tonight, with 6 brand new class members and 4 regulars.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Food-day Tuesday

I'm sorry I've abandoned you again! I do get every so behind blogging! 

On my last update I'd lost 1 stone 1 1/2lbs, well following that I lost a further 2 1/2lbs, but then put 3lbs on last week. Thankfully it was just a bot of jelly weight, and I got it off before it set! So a 3lb loss this week.

I've lost a total of 1 stone 4lbs, or 18lbs or 8.16kg in just 5 weeks!

Last week's gain did highlight my problem area, it's not being at work. When I'm working my day is scheduled, and goes the way of my last Food-day Tuesday post, but when I'm not at work it goes to pot. I either don't eat or grab something quick that's not quite right. I have trips to the sea-side where it's the law to have fish & chips, rather than a nice salad. So the only answer is to take no more holidays!

That is rather drastic, and seeing as I'm on a half-day holiday today, just isn't practical. I need to be just as structured with my food on days off and holidays as I am when I'm at work. I can come home at half 7 in the evening and cook a meal, but getting up out of my craft room to do the same on my day off is unheard of!

I have planned, that's so important, as the saying goes "If you fail to plan then you plan to fail." It's very tru for me. I've got a 4 week menu drawn up, and that's what we're sticking to. There are a couple of meals which need changing, as I didn't like what we had, but one thing that's on there twice is Slimming World's Tuna Pasta bake.

I was dubious about a pasta bake using Quark and fromage frais for the sauce, but oh my word, it's my favourite Slimming World meal.

Easy tuna pasta bake

Extra Easy: 2½ (syns)

350g dried fusilli pasta
1 small leek, trimmed and thinly sliced
100g frozen spinach
100g frozen sweetcorn
250g tub quark
175g fat free natural fromage frais
400g canned tuna chunks in brine/spring water, drained
75g reduced fat Cheddar, grated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the grill to its highest setting.
Cook the pasta in a large pan of lightly salted boiling water for 8 minutes. After 4 minutes, add the leek, spinach and sweetcorn, making sure the water comes back to the boil quickly. Drain the pasta and vegetables and place back in the pan.
Stir the quark, fromage frais and tuna chunks into the pasta with half of the cheese and some seasoning.
Spoon the pasta into a large ovenproof dish, sprinkle over the remaining cheese and place on a baking tray.
Grill for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and browning.

Some recipes has it with courgettes instead of spinach, or courgettes on the side. As long as your plate has 1/3 super free veg on it, it really doesn't matter if they are courgettes or something else.

It's Curry in a Hurry for tea tonight, another of my favourites, and I think it's lovely hubby's. It is the easiest thing you could make, and is delicious. Using fry light just fry some curry powder, garlic & onions until the onions are soft. Add a tin of chopped tomatoes, or passata and some tomato puree with cooked prawns, or other meat (I use chicken) and a tablespoon of Branston Pickle. It tastes like chip shop curry and is only a few syns, due to the Branston Pickle.

I promise to have some pictures with next week's post.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Food-day Tuesday

Wow, I can't believe I lost another 5.5lbs this week! That's 1 stone 1.5lbs in 2 weeks!

I'd say it's the planning & plenty of fluids that's done it. When I plan a menu and just buy what's on it I food optimise 100%, so just have to keep planning.

I'm going to do a 4 week menu that I just rotate through. I haven't done wk 3's yet, so I'm going back to week 1. That means diet coke chicken for tea.

I also drink about 3 litres a day. A typical day looks like this...

2 weetabix (healthy extra B)
Milk from 250ml allowance (he A)
Coffee with milk from allowance.

Get to work make a fruit or herbal tea and fill my 1l sports bottle with water.

Mid morning tea break:
Fruit or herbal tea

Graze on strawberries, blue berries, grapes or cherries

Left overs from last night's dinner
Can of Sprite zero
Muller light Greek yogurt (0.5 syns)

Back to desk and refill my 1L water bottle, make a fruit or herbal tea, graze on fruit.

Afternoon break:
Rocky road hi-fi (3 syns)
Fruit or herbal tea

Home have a tetly tea with milk from allowance and make dinner, today that'll be diet coke chicken, rice and superfree veg.

Evening treat, Mullerlight chocolate desert (5 syns). Snack on ham with pickled onions.

Have a good week everyone!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

February Card Class

We'll be concentrating on heat embossing, types of ink and two-step stamping tonight.

With our 1st card using Encore ink & gold embossing powder to emboss the poppy from Happy Watercolor, then colouring in with ink and an aqua painter.

The second card will be made using Stazon for the flower, so we can colour in with Stampin' Write Markers and the Stamp-a-ma-Jig, to place the sentiment.

The 3rd card uses 2-step stamping for stamping the watercolour block and stamping the flowers over. We'll also use Versamark to glaze the poppy head.

Finally, more 2-step stamping, to layer up the focal image.

I hope you booked in time to join us tonight!

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Food-day Tuesday.

I've decided I'm not doing anymore "count down to..." series as I end up missing for days!

Any way, weekly foodie and Slimming World update.

Weigh in last night, and I lost and amazing 10lbs! I couldn't believe. Yes, I did cry! So that's in a new number already, 21 stones 10lbs.

I've found it really easy to keep to it 100% this first week. My secret, planning! Plan a menu for the week, create a shopping list based on that menu with some superfree snacks and a few syns not used in the menu. Shop to just that list!

I'll do this every week. As I know it's when I stop planning and don't know what I'm having when I walk in the house from work, that all goes wrong.

So what have I had...
Diet coke chicken
Teriyaki pork stir fry 3.5 syns per portion)
Green chilli
Creamy coriander & mint chicken
Fanta zero chicken.

My favorite was the fantasy zero chicken;
Diced onions
Mixed peppers
Carrot batons
Portion of diced pineapple
Diced chicken
Can of Tanta chicken
Half a carton of passata
Teaspoon of vinager

Put the dry ingredients (except pineapple) in a pan and fry in frylight, till the onions and peppers are soft.

Stir in the wet ingredients and bring to the boil.

Simmer for about 15 minutes until the chicken is cooked and liquid is reduced.

I served it with rice and had leftovers for lunch the next day. Enjoy!

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Valentine Countdown - 2

So, our American cousins take most holidays to the nth degree, with Valentine's being the most obvious to us Brits. Here we'll send a Valentine's card to our partner, and those ladies with primary school aged children will likely get a handmade card. But in the US Valentine's isn't just for our other half to spoil us, it's to tell everyone who's important in our life how we feel. I like this idea, which is where today's card came from.

This card was made using the Decorative Dots embossing folder from Sale-A-Bration, using the inking technique. You ink the emboss side of the folder up and slide the card in. I just inked half, and only slid half of the card in. 

I also used Petite Petals bundle, and Hardwood stamp with the Tag Topper punch. The sentiment is form the Hello Lovely stamp set.

All I've got to do now is decide which lovely friend gets this card!