Chores Day

Every now and again a day off has to be put aside to do chores, chores and more chores.  All day long.  Yawn!

I made a smoothie for breakfast with strawberries, blueberries, almond milk, Lucuma powder, macca powder and protein powder.  It was delicious.

Strawberry smoothie 2-12-12

Now this is a good idea.  I made a chilli after breakfast and left it in the slow cooker all morning so it would be ready when we returned from a walk.  I used up various nearly past their best vegetables which included onion, garlic, celery, orange pepper and leeks.

mixed veg frying

When they were beginning to soften, I added the minced beef, flour and beef stock followed by Chipotle sauce, tomato puree and seasoning.

Red kidney beans puree and chipotle

Finally I added the red kidney beans and when it was back to the boil, I poured everything in to the slow cooker and cooked it on high for 4 hours.

I started working my way through my chores list and we then went off on a lovely dog walk.  We went to Hempstead Forest.  Harvey was a bit disappointed at the lack of ice to play with

Harvey in Hempstead

but he did find some.

H ith ice

Hey good looking!

H with ice

It was glorious out there.  I do like crisp Winter weather, especially when we are out in the woods or forests walking around.

When we came home, lunch was ready!  Such a good idea to have lunch simmering away in the slow cooker.  I served the chilli with fresh tomato, natural yogurt, grated cheddar cheese, chilli flakes and Doritos.  It was delicious and very enjoyable.

Chilli with tomatoes and yogurt

More chores, chores, chores.  My day was considerably brightened by receiving some flowers from Sally and Lucy R.  These were very unexpected and unnecessary but I was thrilled with them and they are perfect to start the festive decorations.

Flowers from S and L

I don’t normally eat as much meat as I did today but it is just the way things go sometimes.  We had roast chicken tonight.  I left it too late to dig up any potatoes or parsnips so we had the chicken with leeks, broccoli and peas.  Plus gravy.  It was good.

roast chicken dinner 2-12-12

So another weekend draws to a close.  Luckily I don’t hate my job and don’t dread Mondays.  I would prefer to have a longer weekend though.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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