Monthly Archives: May 2011

7 Good Things Vol 25

the shelves that Jim built

Yesterday was a bank holiday, so technically, I’m not late with this one! Thats my story and I’m stickin’ to it!

1. I just had a week off! It was glorious!

2. Outnumbered… I had forgotten how funny this show is and was pleasantly surprised to re discover it this weekend!

3. James is having a massive clear out of our house at the moment and I am ever so grateful to him for doing this!

4. During this big tidy out, James has created me a shelf on which to put my shoes, make-up, jewellery and generally stuff. I love that man! See above picture, its currently very neat!

5. Old vlogbrothers videos… they are just so addictive, just randomly clicking through old videos is endlessly entertaining to me!

6. Whilst writing this James went out and brought me ice-cream, just because. Reason 3007 why living with a boy is good!

7. My aunt, uncle and small cousin are coming to visit this weekend, and I am very excited! I haven’t seen them in ages and it will be so much fun!

I hope everyone else had a fantastic bank holiday weekend. How did you spend yours? I was at work for most of it, but I did spend Monday just chilling out. Oh and James and I brought a house plant (the height of excitement I know!)

Lindy xxx

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Haiku Friday 2

to spend time with you

is the greatest gift in life;

us rock’in it out

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Healthy Banana Bread

So yesterday I was tidying my kitchen and my living room (I know your fainting in amazement already) and I found that I had 3 rather mushy bananas that were most defiantly headed for the bin. I’m weird I only like bananas when they’re really yellow, and since I haven’t been at work this week I’ve not been having my daily banana snack break! Sometimes I realise that i’m such a creature of habit it astounds me!

So I thought I know, I’ll make some banana bread. My Mum used to do an epic banana bread when I was a kid that I could just inhale in an afternoon and I developed a lifelong hankering for the stuff. Now I don’t have my Mums original recipe and I’m trying to eat a bit healthier than usual at the moment so I decided to try and make a sugarless version. Considering that I live in the internet era and generally view google and being the oracle of all knowledge I googled it and came up with this recipe from the BBC Good Food Website. Fab I thought, its sugarless, vegan and looks pretty tasty. Then I looked at my food cupboards and discovered that I didn’t really have what the recipe called for, so I made it up and it turned out pretty good if I say so myself!

I was so pleased with the way this turned out!

Healthy Banana Bread

3 mashed bananas (yep me and the recipe agree so far…)

50g of chopped nuts (I used pine nuts and sunflower seeds because it was all I had, but I think walnuts would be scrummy)

150g sultanas (the original wanted raisins but I prefer sultanas so it was all I had in the house!)

75g oats (because I am a food philistine all I had was ready to make porridge so I used this, but if your going to be fancy, please follow the original and use rolled oats!)

150g of wholemeal flour (the recipe said wholewheat- I don’t know what the difference is!)

2 eggs (I un-veganised this recipe because I didn’t have any oil but i’m defiantly going to try it with oil instead next time)

1 teaspoon of baking powder (the recipe didn’t list this but the comments all suggested that it didn’t rise at all so I added some!)

1. Mix together the above ingredients in a big bowl…

2. Spoon in to a greased loaf tim (it should be moist but not sloppy)

3. Bake for 50-60 mins at 200 .c until a knife comes out clean

4. Eat. Then eat some more.

If your me, enjoy with large quantities of iced coffee!

I felt so kitchen competent making this because James actually like it instead of just me. (Normally its only me who can stand my attempts at cooking!) Anyway, if you do try this please let me know in comments how it turns out. I’m always curious about what other people  think things taste like, not just me and Jim!

Happy baking!

Lindy xxx

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London

James and I went to London on Monday. We visited the V&A museum and generally had a little adventure round the capital. Sometimes it nice just to spend a day together relaxing. I must say I can’t take credit for any of these photos (which you probably could have guessed considering how good they are!) James took them all!

the sculpture in the entrance hall to the V&A

these were so huge, I couldn't wrap my head around how they got them through the door!

this fabulous bowl was part of the glass collection

the weather was so nice we sat out in the V&A courtyard for a while

stuffing my face full of veggie sushi on the southbank... so good!

this was at Canary Wharf

then on the way home we were treated to this spectacular sunset...

All in all it was a really nice way to spend the day… a perfect start to my holiday in fact!

I hope your all having an excellent week thus far!

Lindy xxx

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7 Good Things Vol 24

I’m early today! Could it be because I’m on holiday from work? Or could it be because I’m off to spend the day adventuring around London with Jim and thought I should indulge in this thing called organisation and get this up this morning? Weird for me, I know! I’m having a pretty fab time at the moment so these are easy to come up with…

1. My second weekend off in a row! I’m feeling so relaxed at the moment and I still have a whole ‘nother week off work to go. How amazing is that?!

2. I found some amazing blogs recently that really help to lift my spirits as I read them on my way to work. Have a gander here, here and here.

3. Its been so nice to be able to spend some extra time with Jim recently, I can’t waiting until this becomes a more regular occurrence.

4. This version of possibly my favourite song. I don’t know why I like this song so much, but it just tugs at me. I could (and do) just listen to it over and over again! Such a heartfelt deliverance of the lyrics from the singer- perfect!

5. I made this salad for dinner last night it was just what I fancied. (Pea shoots, radish, bean sprouts, grated carrot, kale chips and parma ham dressed with balsamic vinegar… yum!)

yes I know my camera is out of focus, and no I don't know how to fix it!

6. I dyed my hair very dark brown a few weeks ago and the colour has faded out to a really lovely shade- I think I might keep it like this for a while!

7. I treated myself to a ‘Princessa’ chocolate bar yesterday. The only other place I’ve ever found these is all over the place in Eastern Europe. When I went as a teenage, I pretty much existed on them for two weeks and I’m so happy I’ve found them close by. They’re layers of wafers with hazelnut cream inside covered with chocolate, and they are just divine!  You can’t really get them in the UK normally, so I’m pretty glad that my corner shop stocks all sorts of random European brands!

I hope you have had a fantastic week my friends!

Lindy xxx

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Haiku Friday

this is a very old photo I just found... but I liked it!

gym you kicked my butt

hurt my knee, mocked my try’in

yet I come again

Two work out sessions in two days has not been kind to my injured knee, I really must learn how to pace myself! I’ve been writing little haiku’s all week for fun, so I thought I might share them on here from time to time. I enjoy writing little bits of poetry (no matter how poor!), haiku’s especially are just enough to give me a creativity top up in the middle of my day!

Have a fab weekend my friends!

Lindy xxx

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Flowers in the Window…

this filled my heart with joy...

So I saw this on the way to work yesterday. In my head it was a sweet gift left by one young lover to another. A reminder of how much he cherishes her as he leaves for work early in the morning. A surprise for her to find as she left the house. A memento to be pressed between the pages of a well read love letter.

... and then broke it...

It was still therre when I walked past this morning, there was no eagerly waiting sweetheart to pick up that tenderly left flower. I actually felt sad for that unknown boy so in love.

Then I remembered it was all in my head and I should probably check in with reality more often.

Dancing on the clouds of my dreams…

Lindy xxxx

ps extra points if you recognise the song!

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