I read in a book recently that it helps to make lists of things that make you happy in an effort to boost your mood. So I thought that as this blog is about things that make me smile, why not use it to boost my mood – your mood even.
Today is Thursday. For me Thursday was has been the day I treat myself. Twice in the last week I’ve seen the phrase of Cheat Day – I don’t think of it as cheat – more treat. All week long I’ve had a longing on me for a cream cake but I resisted, knowing that I would have it on Thursday. Had I had it when I originally wanted it, I probably wouldn’t have stopped at one! So as a reward for not going over the top – today I had a cream donut and it was delicious!
I wonder what will be next weeks reward…
Well it seems that I’ve picked the best week to be off. Again the busses are out of action so woohoo when I say no walk home! However even though I haven’t really been out and about I do have some soup on the go – I think it’s a weight watchers recipe but to be honest it is yummy.
Chop and dice a butternut squash, a large potato & a leek.
Chop some garlic and grate some ginger – this bit is mainly down to your own taste.
Heat the veg in a pot and then add 1.5L of veg stock.
Boil and then simmer. Soup is ready when veg is soft.
As I said it’s on the cooker as I type and I have to say the smell is absolutely fantastic!
My mother used to make the most gorgeous boiled fruit cake but unfortunately returning to work, time constraints and losing the recipe put a stop to that. I remember you would nearly have the mixture eaten from the saucepan even before the flour went in – totally yummy! So can you imagine my joy of joys when I bought a cook book that had a recipe for boiled fruit cake in it – and it looked vaguely familiar! Over the weekend I decided I’d give it a go and boy was it good. I’d have taken photos but I was too busy scoffing the lot – ok maybe not all of the cake but a fair amount of it. I found it crumbled a bit when I cut it but to be honest I’m not overly worried. I brought some in to work and it went down well or at least nobody was out sick 😉 Following hot on the heels of this success I’m eager to try more baking (I tend to go through these phases) so I think I’m going to retire to bed with a mug of hot chocolate and my copy of Cherry Cake & Ginger Beer by Jane Brocket. I have a feeling that my next two baking forays will be more boiled fruit cake and some banana muffins – I saw the recipe in this months Weight Watchers mag and remembered I really liked them.
I have a feeling I’m going to be dreaming of cake – bliss!