Tuesday, 29 June 2010

I Can't Believe I've Reached 100!!!

Yes, this is my 100th post and I can't believe I've made it when I struggled so much in the beginning! It took me a while to get into a routine that included blogging and to remember to take my camera around with me (still need to improve on this). But I'm determined to keep at it and maybe, one day, use it as a platform for doing a little selling of my stitchy items via etsy or Folksy. I'm loving the connections I'm making with all you lovely bloggers, at home and abroad, who have so much wonderful inspiration, advice, photos and glimpses into your worlds. I must also thank you all once again for your lovely support through following, reading and commenting here. I try to reply to every comment but sometimes there's no way to get in touch. Incidentally, thank you Marivel for your lovely comment on my last post. I have to say I AM ususally quite busy, as you say, but I can't take the credit for the lovely produce coming from our garden. That's all the work of my lovely OH!
Now onto this weekend's news. My 'to do' list, I'm afraid, didn't get finished. I got about half of it complete which included - Cleaning hairbrushes, changing guest bed, dusting/vacuuming our bedroom, finishing hand quilting block. What did not get done included - Cleaning make-up bag, washing curtains, machine quilted project and starting on revamp of shed furniture. Hopefully, I can do some of this in the week and finish it next weekend!
OH and I picked up our DD on Saturday on our way to Cardiff shopping. We made use of the Park and Ride facility which was really good value at £3 a car. It meant saving on fuel, parking charges, trying to find a parking space and traffic jams! Within an hour of arriving in the city we'd all bought what we went for and were wondering what to do next. We wandered around for another hour or so and then stopped for lunch followed by an ice-cream as we wandered a bit more. It's nice to wander once in a while with no particular place to go - something I don't do very often!
Why does it always seem to be 'the hottest day of the year so far' whenever I do the Race for Life? Luckily the route in Cwmbran is partly through trees which gave shade every so often, much to everyone's relief. I am the one in the white cap running with my friend Julie, in the white shirt next to me.

My OH came with us and kindly took the photos. Julie and I weren't together at the end - I have one leg weaker than the other due to a medical condition and am in danger of tripping up (only when exercising, not everyday activity) if I don't concentrate on lifting it properly. So at about half way I told Julie to carry on without me as I had to walk for a bit. Eventually, I finished in about 40 minutes. Once again there was a great atmosphere on the day and it was very moving reading the messages on runners backs about who they're running for.

Being vegetarian when the rest of the family are not usually means I end up as an afterthought where food is concerned. My meal planning consists of thinking what to make for the family and then deciding what to replace the meat with for myself, usually meaning adding a meat substitute like quorn. I'm trying to eat less quorn so last night decided to make a vegetarian dish for the whole family. I'd recently seen some recipes I fancied trying on Fuel for Body and Soul so I gave the Moroccan Filo Pie a go. I replaced the filo with puff pastry (couldn't get filo at the shop), used my own cooked green lentils out of the freezer, used sesame seeds instead of pinenuts and replaced the ras el hanout with other spices that I had.

I was pleased with the result (although DS and OH were looking for meat!) and had enough left to put 2 portions in the freezer.

While still in a cooking frame of mind I whipped up a batch of fruit and almond muffins because there was no cake left for sandwich boxes. They are definitely best eaten while still warm! :-)
Bye for now
Teresa x


wayside wanderer said...

Congratulations on 100! Muffins look delish and I had to look up quorn to see what it is. Interesting (she says skeptically). :)

Lis said...

Lots of congratulations - on your 100th post, on doing the Race for Life, on doing at least some of the things on your to do list and mostly for that gorgeous baking! Be proud, you sound like a wonderwoman to me and I'm glad you're sticking with your blog, I love it.

Anonymous said...

Ooh, I like the idea of sesame seeds in the moroccan pie! Glad you enjoyed it :)

I've (almost) decided that I'll do the race for life next year (the one here was last weekend as well so I've missed the boat for this year).

Peach Rainbow said...

Hey, Congratulations!

Yeah, you better remember to carry your camera with you 'coz i love to see your photos.

the pie and the muffins looks yummy mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

Vintage Girl/Marivel said...

congratulatioooo oons!!
wow ,I want those muffins.
You are awesome. ..
Best wishes