Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Afternoon thoughts


Having almost finished the huge job of getting packed and cleaning my home for when I go away next Sunday to England I have plonked myself with a cup of something nice and sparkling to write a few words. Firstly I truly believe we are all coming up to a really enjoyable part of the year. Its a time to reflect upon all the evens of the past year . The happy moments and the sadness, the unexpected surprises and the new things we learn about ourselves and those we love. It can also be a great time to look to the future and start to imagine what the next year will hold. What are we capable of if we just put aside the restricting 'I can't ' voices we all , at times have in our heads. I call upon YOU to write yourself a bucket list like in  the movie. I myself will be doing this whilst in the UK at Christmas and have a moment. Make a list of all the things you would love to do- no matter how silly ( bungee jumping, sky diving), places you would love to see, skills you would like to acquire and people you would love to meet. And make it your personal business to do as many of those things as you can within the next 4-5 years. And by the time you have done them your dreams will have developed so you will have a new list. The beauty of this list is in that  you can change it. Its not rigid so if you decide what you wanted to do 3 years ago has changed you can simply rip up the list and start a fresh. But it means you always have a powerful goal to work towards. So go for it and remember the only restrictions in life are the ones you have mentally made for yourself !!!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

A warming lentle soup

Morning mist viewed from my parents garden in Derbyshire.
 

 
Now this is a soup for those days when you want something quick and nourishing and also filling to eat whilst snuggling up on the sofa in the evening in your Pj's watching TV. Plus this recipe has no guilt factor yay as its really healthy.
 
 

Ingredients

2 mugs of red lentils
 
a white onion ( chopped small)
 
about 4 lemons
 
water
 
2 chicken stock cubes
 
 

Method

First pace the lentils in a bowl and rinse them about 6-7 times. Each time adding water to the bowl stirring the lentils round and draining the water. Then fill your pan of choice about half full with water and add the lentils and some salt. Bring to the boil and use a large spoon to remove the frothy white foam which develops as the lentils cook. After about 20 minutes or when the lentils are cooked check the water level. If the water has evaporated too much add some more until it becomes more soupy. At this stage add the onion and  chicken stock cubes and continue cooking until the onion is soft. Then put in your trusty blender and mix into a lovely smooth consistency. Squeeze your lemons and when serving add to taste. Some people love a lot of lemon and some just a little. And there you have it a lovely soup you can have with chunky bread and cheese or even flat bread and olives. See where your mood takes you!
 
 


Long time no speak

The truth is I am going to the UK over Christmas and have been running about like a headless chicken trying to prepare for going. As well as finishing some long over due projects and doing a great clean out of our family home. I am somewhat of a hoarder of material and notions. Much of which I never make anything out of . So I decided to get my new years resolutions started to 2014 early and do a thorough de-junking of my space.


I am trying to finish a rectangle recycled clothing rug for my sister in law, which is proving to be taking longer and more material than I first anticipated lol but it is really soft and cosy underfoot. Its for the doorway of her sons bedroom. My sister in law like many families here have stone floors with a couple of well placed rugs. However the cool stone which is so refreshing during the hot summer months can seem unbearable to walk on during the winter. So I thought I'd make her a couple of rugs to make her nest more snugly. :)

 
I am incredibly proud at the moment to have finished my first Knitted lace pattern and so have added a photo. Now this is to prove a point to you guys really and listen! I have spent most of my life not having a go at some of the things I would have loved to try simply because I thought I would not be able to do it. A wise person once told me that in every new project we try 90% of the whole 100 % is our attitude. That if we approach the unknown with the attitude of 'however this goes I am going to handle it and learn from it' you can never go wrong. Because even if I had tried the pattern and made huge holes in it or dropped stitches I could still unpick it and try again but try a different way and so succeed and learn from it how not to just as much as how to.
 
A last minute present for my sister in law for helping me out with packing my bags and generally being there when I was short of Nescafé 3 in 1s and the odd vegetable or painkiller or a friendly ear.
 
I am hoping to post some new recipes and project ideas during December while I am in the UK and defiantly will be posting some breathtaking pictures of the countryside where my home is so keep posted.
 

Just time for a cup of tea and and cake with Zak's lovely gang of friends lol. I have a small tin tea pot and some espresso cups and saucers which he loves to play with making sure everyone has their own cup of tea and plate and providing them with some music to listen to from his music box, singing to them or telling them a story. What a magical time it is now !