Sunday, January 16, 2011

plodding along

Life is plodding along around here. I think I'm finally mostly better from the nasty lurgy that I've been suffering with for over a week. It started with a horrible sore throat, and went on to be a high temperature, dizziness and coughing to name a few things.

Sophia is growing taller and wiser every day. She says so many words now. I can't believe how time has flown.

I've got some photos that I need to upload, so I'll try to do that soon.

Mind's gone blank, so I'll leave it there, but I'll try to be back soon.

(I don't know if I mentioned that if I'm not around here you can trying hunting for me at my other blog, Can Big Change to Beautiful? - link on the sidebar)

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

God is Good

A lovely afternoon was spoiled by my purse being stolen :(

I've cancelled all the card and starting fraud proceedings to claim back the money they got on my credit card and debit card. And just been ringing/on-lining to get replacements for all the loyalty cards.

Most frustrated that i was carrying all Sophia's Christmas money (cash) that i was going to pay in to her account, but hadn't yet. Oh and the parking ticket for not moving my car in time (cos i was in the banks getting stuff sorted out)

But, God is good. Sophia and I are safe (they just took the purse from my bag. And my bank caught the cash withdrawal on my credit card super quick and called me right away, so i got them cancelled within maybe an hour of it being taken)

And when i got home the silly car that's been parked in what i consider my spot was gone and my space was free. And the buzzer on my car (when the engine is off and you open the door) told me I'd left my lights on so i could turn them off and not get a flat battery.

And "He that is in us is greater than He that is in the world" - that's a verse I had on a card in my wallet.

And now most of my loyalty cards will now finally in my married name. And I discovered that for one store i actually had two cards, so they're combining them and that's some free money i never knew i had!

And the bank lady was lovely when i cried on her, and so were the ladies in the other bank and....
basically i have so many reasons to be thankful.

God is GOOD!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Winter Cannellini Bean Soup

(as found on the back of the dried cannellini packet. I made it with most of the ingredients in the recipe, just not necessarily with the exact ratios!)

Serves 6-8

1 tbsp Olive Oil
4 Shallots, diced (I used onions)
2 Garlic cloves, crushed
3 Celery sticks, sliced
2 Leeks, sliced
140g Streaky bacon, diced
1 1/2 litres Stock (I used some I'd made as per earlier post)
2 Bay leaves
2 tsp Oregano
2 tsp Flesh parsley, roughly chopped (I didn't have this)
500g Cannellini beans
Salt and Pepper to taste (I didn't use any)

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the shallots, garlic, celery, leeks and bacon. Cook over a medium heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned.

2. Pour in the stock, add the bay leaves (I didn't have any!) and oregano and bring to the boil. Cover the pan and simmer gently for 15 minutes, add the cannellini beans, cover and simmer for a further 5 minutes or until the beans are heated through.

3. Stir in the parsley and serve immediately.

This soup is yummy. I used less beans and less stock, cos that's what I had, but I think it tastes great. I used dried beans that I'd previously soaked and boiled, but you could use tinned beans instead.

Saturday, January 01, 2011


New year, new resolutions.....
I will blog more!