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Lent (no sugar) recap

Happy Easter!

Benn far too busy for anyones liking but I thought Easter would be a good way to get back into the writing swing.

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Right, lent was interesting. I cannot say I was 100% processed sugar free all the time but it was a big eye opener. I thought numbered points might help with the recap (all of the following points are my own opinon or observation and not medically or scientidically proven in any way):

1. Processed sugar is in everything! – we (as consumers and producers) rely on it far too much and to really cut out all processed sugar I would have had to cook every little bite from scratch!
2. Processed sugar is the cause of a lot of the body issues I have. This may be the case for most people but I cannot generalise – processed sugar makes my skin oily and spotty; my overall skin condition is better without it; my mood is more consistent without it; colds feel easier to handle without it; and I seem to drink more water!
3. Everything tastes really sweet now. Fruit teas are lovely and sweet and I even have to water down my smoothies and fruit juice! Chocolate is lovely but extremely sweet – no choccy overload for me!
4. My mid morning or afternoon cravings have been reduced – either through less sugar or more fresh fruit and veg.

Those are the main points I could think of but overall I will definitely try and reduce my processed sugar intake on a daily basis as I feel so much better for it!

How did your lent go? And I hope you had a fun Easter!

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Bento (No.63)

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On a plate! A little unhealthy for Christmas – tomato pasta, french bread mini pizzas with two different cheeses, cucumber, grapes, pringles and hidden chocolate coins (can you spot them?).

My mum got me and my partner these plates last year sometime (he has a blue edged one) and they are so adorable and fun!! I am an adult I promise! These would be great for all those fridge raiding leftover lunches/dinners!

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Foodie Penpal Reveal Day

Today is Foodie Penpal Reveal day!!

I signed up to the Foodie Penpal thingy last month and it’s so good! If you’re in the UK or Europe, check it out on Rock Salt!

Anyway, this month I was paired with Anna from Plymouth (to receive a parcel from) and I was sending a parcel to Fay from Leeds.

This is what I received from Anna!

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The description of the contents of my package was on a cute little Puffin postcard!

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She included mini loaf cases, which I can’t wait to use! I love baking cute cakes and biscuits! Bite size and miniature is always more fun!

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The almonds are gone already! They were so yummy! They were roasted in Tamari (soy sauce) to with my blog theme!! The chocolate sounds tasty, and I may have to hide that from my Dad, he loves dark choc! I’m going to save it for when I start learning more programming stuff at work to help my brain!

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Sweeties!! I have never tried sweets like this before, my mum says they are too nice for me to eat πŸ˜‰ haha! I see what she’s getting at!

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To go show me the wonders of the miniture loaf cases, a homemade Chocolate, cherry and almond loaf!! I’m going to share that with the bf tonight!

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And mini cooky cutter/stamps!! I can’t wait to use these to make mini shortbread biscuits or gingerbread. They are adorable!!

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Thank you so much Anna for my lovely Foodie Penpal Parcel, I loved it all!!

Have you had exciting Foodie Penpal Parcels or other food/box subscriptions recently?

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Foodie Penpal Reveal Day!

Today is Foodie Penpal Reveal Day!!

I received a parcel from the lovely Gale and I sent a parcel to Rachel. It was my first time doing the Foodie Penpal thing and I loved both choosing what to put in the package to send and receiving more yummy stuff!!

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I think Gale had a sneak peak at my blog as the items she included in my package were spot on! It was Gale’s first time doing the Foodie Penpal too, and I think she did amazing!

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She included a letter outlining the reasons why she chose all the yummy things she did, as well as a recipe for her homemade gorgeous toffee bar (a taster of which was taking pride of place in my package!).

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Gale sent me some super cute stickers as well as the lovely food! These will go with my sticker collection πŸ˜€ How did she know I have a collection?

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I think the pancake mixes were the big hint she’d read my blog πŸ™‚ I love pancakes!! I have used both packs already πŸ™‚ With the maple syrup and nice crispy bacon for a weekend breakfast.

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Gale is American (located in Surrey however), so she chose Betty Crocker! You can’t go wrong with that!

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Maple is a huge treat for my house! Thank you so much Gale! Now I have to fight my parents and brother for it! πŸ™‚

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She also packed a HUGE bar of galaxy! Wow, that is going to last me aaaagggees!!

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Then came the toffee bars…

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The were phenomenal! Notice the past tense used. They are gone! I shared them as much as I could as I would have finished the whole box by myself! They have an amazing ‘secret’ ingredient and I have yet to try out the recipe for myself, but when I do, the world will love me.

I was so excited to receive my first Foodie Penpal Parcel, thank you so much again Gale! I can’t wait for next month!

If you like the sound of Foodie Penpals you should check out the scheme. It is run by the very lovely Carol Ann over atΒ thisisrocksalt, read more about itΒ hereΒ (UK and Europe only).

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Protein Balls

The other day, I posted a Bento that contained one of my newest creations!!Β Protein balls πŸ™‚

I have seen quite a few recipes around the interweb, most of which sound yummy, but I fancied just making it up as I go along, it’s much more fun that way.

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So for people who enjoy reading other peoples experiments and would want to make similar yummy protein ball thingies, here are the ingredients I used:

– Dates

– Raisins

– Unsalted Peanuts

– Peanut Butter

– Milled Flax Seed

– Oats (any type)

All I did was put the dates in a blender (with the chopper attachment) and ‘blended’ them until they were diced finely. Then I added all the dry ingredients to the same blender (excluding the peanut butter), blended again. Then a slowly added peanut butter and continued blending until I got the correct consistency for making into balls.

Not very precise measurements (sorry again!) but they were so good!

After making them into fairly small balls, I kept them in a sealed container in the fridge and they’ve lasted over a week. I try to ration them out because they are so yummy and would be eaten so quickly if I didn’t!

I might add protein powder to them next time as it’s usually the Bf who eats them before or after the gym πŸ™‚

What creations have you made lately?

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Bento No.19

Cheaty Firecracker rice for todays Bento πŸ™‚

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For the ‘side dishes’ I had Monster Munch πŸ˜€ pickled onion of course :), a chocolate Hello Kitty from Christmas, grapes and satsuma, with malt loaf (wrapped in foil).

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For the main was the cheat Firecracker rice πŸ˜€ All I did was mix plain cooked rice with soy sauce, a little sesame oil, mixed toasted sesame seeds and japanese 7 spice seasoning. Tasted almost exactly like the real thing πŸ™‚

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Here’s a close up of the adorable Hello Kitty chocolate πŸ™‚

Have you eaten all you Christmas chocolate yet? I still have loads!

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Cake!

I made cakes at the weekend! πŸ˜€ yay!

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Yummy cakes, for my friends christmas presents, a family gathering I wasn’t able to attend, the office, and general home munching πŸ™‚

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I made quite a few flavours, but the ones I’ve got pictures of on the computer today are the vanilla sprinkles cupcakes (top), chocolate peppermint cupcakes (above) and chocolate oatie cranberry cakes (the pink ones in the picture below).

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This picture is the plate that my parents took the family gathering I couldn’t attend. Apparently they didn’t last long!!

I wasn’t feeling the icing, so no swirling, but everyone said they were tasty πŸ™‚ yay!

Recipe:

– Basic sponge mix (family recipe – no can tell!) – any sponge mix will work

– Add chocolate peppermint hot chocolate and broken up candy canes for the choco peppermint ones, and ice them with peppermint butter icing and a piece of chocolate or candy.

– Add sprinkles and a little bit of yellow food colouring to the sprinkles cupcakes, and ice with plain icing and sprinkles!!

– Add oats and chocolate powder to the chocolate oatie cookies and ice them with icing sugar mixed with heated cranberry sauce!

I’ll post a recipe on here soon that I can tell you, I promise!!

What christmassy flavours would go into cupcakes do you reckon? I want to make some more!!

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