A Happy Day

What is it that makes a day a happy day?  Sometimes it is the excitement of a particular occasion or going somewhere special.  At other times though, like today, it is the simplicity and ordinariness that makes it happy.

For me, the main ingredient of a happy day is the people I am with.  I am also happy when I have no agenda or schedule to stick to.  The nature of my work means my working day is about the schedule, agendas, meetings and deliverables.  So a real day off involves none of those things.   Much as I love my big extended family and friends, sometimes I like to have a day all to myself.   I am usually happy at home. So to wake up, knowing both my special people were under the same roof and that we had no itinerary today, put me in a brilliant mood to start the day with.

I began with a healthy smoothie.  I had a sore throat so was keen to bump up the nutrients to help my immune system.  I started with 2 old favourites; raw spinach and mixed frozen berries.

spinach and frozen berries

Plus half an avocado, Chia seeds, cacao nibs and Acaii powder.avocavo and bits in blender

Blitzed to a lovely thick and smooth consistency with some coconut water.Thick smoothie 15-3-13

When I was ready to go out, I ran some errands in Cranbrook with the little fella.  I am happy to support my local shops and very happy to tick some errands off quite a long list.  At Hartley Dyke we visited the Farm Shop and the Fishmongers.

Hartley Dyke fish shop and farm shop

We are so lucky to have a wet fish shop down the road.Fish display 3

I know all their fish is not sourced locally but the variety is superb.Fish display 2

And the owners are so helpful and friendly it is a pleasure to shop in here.Fish Display 1

Harvey wanted these 2 Red Snappers.Red Snappers close up

I didn’t know what to do with them but the lady behind the counter told me how to cook them and then proceeded to fillet and bone them 🙂Red Snappers

Lunch was nutritious, delicious, home made but took no time to prepare.  What wonderful inventions freezers are 🙂 .  I made this Black Bean Soup back in February 2012 and blogged about it here.  I had 4 portions in the freezer which was perfect for today as we are a 4 again :-).

Black bean soup and yogurt

Served with some Cheddar cheese and a dollop of Natural Yogurt.  It was delicious.  I managed to avoid the bread and ate a modest bowl full.Blcak Bean soup

After lunch we went shopping in Tenterden.

Tenterden picture

We stopped for an afternoon treat; I had a slice of lemon Victoria sponge and a small Cappuchino.Cappuchino and lemon cakeDespite the poor weather, Lara and I took the dogs for a walk.  Well, she ran and I walked and enjoyed listening to some music as she lapped me several times.

I really enjoyed sitting down later with a glass of wine, making notes and researching many fun things we need to do and to make decisions on.
SHE who must be obeyedI lay in bed this morning finishing a book set in Savannah, Georgia.  The book referred several times to fried chicken and I was intending to make some for supper.  Well actually, I was originally making a fish pie, as that is one of Lara’s favourites, but she was invited out for supper so we are having that tomorrow instead.  In my favourite local Supermarket I came across a box of seasoned breadcrumbed chicken that just needed baking in the oven.  Sold to the lady with the hankering for some Southern fried chicken 🙂  Another quick and easy meal and served with a simple salad and new potatoes.  Plus mayonnaise and some butter.  It was really good.

chicken, potatoes and salad

To round off this happy day, I am having a bowl of lemon sorbet and a bit later I will have a glass of red wine.  I hope yours was a happy Day too.

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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2 Responses to A Happy Day

  1. Charlotte says:

    Sorry I stole Lara from you this evening, we did have a lovely evening though.

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