Sunday, 3 November 2013

Breaking the mould

Evening, lovelies. How's November treating you so far? I've had a nice little weekend here, but unfortunately I'm still not feeling tip top. Still, I've made the best of it and kept calm and carried on in true Brit fashion.

Let's take a look at what's been getting me through these dark days...

They now sell Chobani yoghurt in the UK! I spotted them handing out freebies at the Great South Run last week and sprinted over! They gave me a voucher, so I stocked up on Thursday in my lunch hour. It's like Greek yoghurt and comes with a yummy fruity layer. I've had blueberry and cherry so far and also ordered a big tub of plain. Overdoing it much?!

On Friday night Andy and I went for a nice long end of the week walk. Before we headed off I made this simple but super snack of banana and almond butter to power me through.

I also checked out my beautiful cyclamen which has about a squillion buds coming up. Hooray for Winter flowerers!

It rained on our little walking parade, but after a week spending so long cooped up indoors, I was loving getting lashed by the wind and rain on the seafront. I heart the colder, darker nights down at the beach. The world and his wife have packed up for another season and I get it to myself again.
I thought we should celebrate with the first mulled wine of the season, also a handy throat soother. We bought the ready bottled stuff from Tesco, which was okay, but I look forward to making some proper brew soon.

Saturday morning we were up bright and early with the morning sun to head to Southsea Coffee for the breakfast we'd been looking forward to all week after I saw it Tweeted. Toasted banana bread with mascarpone, banana and ginger infused maple syrup. Errr, HEAVEN. We had a yummy coffee to go with, too. What a great start to the weekend. And it kept me full until late afternoon. Cake for breakfast is always a win.

The day just got better as we met my lovely cousin and her husband in Chichester for a late morning drink at Bill's. Trying to up my vitamins, I went for carrot, orange and ginger juice. It was so good to catch up - I always feel restored after time with my family. We also had some QT with my Mum, aka the most wonderful human being on earth. Fact.

I was on a mission in Chichester, too, with regards to spending some birthday money. I got a Kiehls body scrub from Space NK and a yummy soy-based cinnamon candle from Homesense for £6 (can't function without a nice candle burning in the evening nowadays).

I also got round to spending another birthday voucher in H&M and bought two cute jumpers. I wore the blue one today. And I bought a 'handyband' from Seasalt to keep my hair out of my face for Real Military Fitness and travelling. I was pleased with my little haul.

Saturday night we went to Andy's sister's 40th birthday party. There was a gorgeous Chinese buffet. I particularly enjoyed the beef satay and sweet and sour chicken. Sadly I was feeling really rough again so we left around 11pm. Unfortunately I somehow set my alarm by mistake so woke up at 6am today! I tried to get back to sleep but gave up after half an hour and headed down to breakfast.
Andy bought some coconut yoghurt to try from our local health shop, Southsea Health Foods. At £2 a carton they don't stock it all the time but ordered some in for us to try. I added it to porridge with banana and pineapple. It was good - it was just like creamed coconut really, very rich. Good for an occasional treat. Thanks for the recommendation, Esther!

Another reason I got up early was because I could not rest until we fixed a little problem I noticed in our understairs cupboard yesterday. MILDEW! Ewwww! It had been smelling a little musty and then yesterday I noticed some mildew on a couple of our coats in there. Ick. So we cleared out the cupboard, washed and aired everything and threw a ton of stuff out. We realised the problem was we were storing too much in there and, with little ventilation, the air wasn't moving around. I feel soooo much better now it's sorted. Old houses are lovely, but not without their issues, and ventilation is a big one for us.

So, after getting the boring cleaning and de-moulding out of the way, we headed out for coffee and a treat. Andy bought these custard tarts from a place that's recommended locally called Casa de Castro. They were gorgeous! The pastry was really flaky and the custard perfect. Beats your usual egg custard tart.

We had a Moroccan crock pot stew for dinner with a bit of beef added in. I loved it but Andy wasn't fussed. Oh well, more for me. Full of goodness, which is what this girl needs right now. I hope your weekend was full of goodness, too.

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