Trying, trying, to be good!

I had a moment of weakness last night and ordered take away food. I was hungry, so I caved and got a chili cheese burger and chili cheese fries. Baaad me! I shouldnt have! I then decided that I wouldnt join my slimming world zoom chat tonight, because I was up of course when I stepped on the scales, I knew I would be. No surprise there. So this morning upon waking, I resolved to be totally on plan today. Which I succeeded at. I have to shift the 2 pounds I gained. I told my slimming world consultant sarah that I’d join the chat next week, I wasnt going to text her on my current weight, but she texted me to ask for it. Omg nooo. She wants to know and I have to tell her I failed, I gained. Ug sigh. But I was honest, I didnt lie. I told her I gained and that I’d be on the chat next week for definite. I went on our private fb group earlier and a few people had written in about their weight that they were up today. So then I didnt feel bad. But come on? I didnt need that take away. I had had dinner. I had fruit and yogurts and other healthy things in my house, I shouldnt have gotten take away food. All I can do now is try for a weight loss next week, hope for the best. I’m pretty sure if I work really hard I can knock the weight off. Fingers crossed.

Chocolate bread pudding

Chocolate Bread Pudding
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups loosely packed 1/2 inch bread cubes (use French, Italian or Vienna bread)
Scant 1 cup half and half or milk
1 envelope or
1 ounce square unsweetened chocolate
1 large egg
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Hard Sauce (see below)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For the pudding, use a small flat-bottom casserole or a 6 inch souffle dish. Melt butter in dish while preheating oven. Add bread cubes; toss with a fork to mix; set aside. In small saucepan, combine half and half with chocolate. Whisk over low heat until mixture is hot and thoroughly blended. In a small bowl, combine egg, sugar, salt and vanilla; whisk to blend. Slowly add hot chocolate mixture, while whisking. Pour over bread cubes; mix gently, but thoroughly. Set dish in pan containing 1/2 inch warm tap water. Bake until a rinsed knife inserted half way to center comes out clean, not milky, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove dish from hot water; cool about 20 minutes before serving. Serve warm with Hard Sauce or serve cool with whipped cream.
Hard Sauce:
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons brandy or dark rum
In a small bowl, beat butter and sugar with a fork until light. Gradually beat in brandy or rum until no more liquid can be absorbed. Spoon into 2 mounds; cover and chill. Set out about 20 minutes before serving on warm bread pudding.
Makes 2 large servings.

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A quiet morning with my P.A

We’ve had a very quiet morning, my P.A came at 9 AM. She just did some housework for me, and she went to the store to get me some coffee, I had run out of it and god forbid I run out of coffee, that would not be good. I let her take Nitro out for a short walk, I didnt go. She finished up with me at 11:30, and then I started making my calls for work. I got them all done within an hour and a half. I had some lunch and now I am bored. I’ve just taken a shower, and am about to turn on the TV to see if there is anything good on it. I went outside to talk to my neighbour for a short while. A big bumble bee almost flew into my hair, so I quickly made an exit and went back inside. As you all know I am totally nervous of any flying insects, but especially wasps and bees. I talked to my mom and she’s doing some gardening. The rest of the day here is going to be spent reading, watching tv and cooking dinner. 3 days into lockdown and I am almost going insane. My niece Lauren should have been making her confirmation today, but that was cancelled until further notice. Oh well, it is what it is, not much we can do about any of it. We just have to hang on, and hold tight.

Recipe of the day.. Turtle cookies

Turtle Cookies
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine, softened
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
Pecan halves
8 caramels, each cut into fourths
Chocolate Glaze (see below)
Cream together brown sugar, margarine, water and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt. Place 3 to 5 pecan halves per cookie on greased cookie sheet. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls around caramel pieces; press onto center of each group of nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Dip into Chocolate Glaze.
Chocolate Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat together all ingredients until smooth.

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We’ve got food, lots of food!

We were grocery shopping with our pa this morning! What an experience it was!
We went to the store, and we went during the 2 hour window that is set aside for elderly shoppers, or those who are vulnerable or disabled.
When we first went in we had to sanitise our hands, and there was disinfectant to wipe down the carts! We did that and then we went in, but there was a long line to go into the store to shop!
We finally got in there, and I got everything I needed.
I spent 100 euro! Now I have enough food to last me for 2 weeks! I am good to go! I certainly wont go hungry!
When we were done and on our way out to phone a taxi to go home, the lines were so long to get in, I said to my PA its a good thing we came when we did! There were two huge lines of people waiting to get in!
I certainly dont want to have to go through all that again unless I absolutely have to!
But I am grateful I was able to get everything on my list. I am also grateful for the store assistant who helped me find the vegetarian sausages, and I am grateful for the other store assistant who got me some change so that I could put it in the cart. Its 2 euro for a cart, but you get it back when your done shopping!
Some people are so helpful! I am glad to see that and it makes me smile!

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