It’s still been very cold this week , it even snowed in some parts of the UK but there’s a hint of spring in the air. Maybe it’s just the slightly longer days, arriving home from school and still having enough light to play in the garden for a while, or maybe the shoots of flowers I see pushing themselves through the earth or have I just had enough of winter? Probably, I have no idea how I used to last the months of cold in Folgaria.

Saturday was just the girls and me as daddy head off on his first stag do in Costa del Margate. We had a party to attend ourselves and the girls came home nice and exhausted making for an easy evening. Bessie polishes off all the milk from her cereal bowl and Alice shows off her new lip gloss found in her party bag.

Bessie and Alice

Sunday we were up at the crack of dawn to get to London, Leicester Square to watch a screening of Sammy’s Great Escape the new Warner Bros film in 3D. I must admit to being totally blown away by the 3D effect, it does feel like you’re swimming underwater with the fish. An amazing experience. The girls had a great time with all of the activities put on for them.

Sammy's Great Escape

Monday my cuff bracelet arrived from the Monsoon bridal collection (RRP £25). I tried it on and it’s quite tight but fits. I like the way it has a vintage feel to it. I had a go at playing with then light that bounced on the bed for my photos.

Monsoon bridal vintage cuff

Tuesday was dedicated to #TeamHonk and their trip to Ghana. I am so proud of these girls and so happy to be able to say I know them. I’ve met all of them and can honestly say they are stars, each and every one of them. I spent the day tweeting and waiting for my digital postcard to arrive which it did – fashionably late as it would do in real life too. Do check out little Desmond with his gorgeous mum at the Vaccine clinic and please share it to raise even more awareness of the #goodwork Comic Relief has done in the past 25 years. I also cooked Tex Mex Grill steaks for dinner and they were delicious to eat and easy to make

#Teamhonk Comic relief

Wednesday I had an appointment at the No 7 stall in Boots at Bluewater for a bridal makeover. I won’t be calling on a professional to do my make up that day. I’ve never been a full on make up girl and have always coped on my own but I was curious to see what she would do with me. Here is a shot and I shall write a post up next week of my experience which I thoroughly enjoyed and picked up a whole host of tips from her. What do you think? Too much? Just right?

bridal make up

Thursday a quick shot of the girls before they head off to school, I’m trying to encourage them to get themselves dressed of a morning and of an evening when they return from school. Alice is fine and being Little Miss Independant tries to do everything by herself but Bessie will just pout and moan and say she can’t do it. That’s our Bess on the left ;)

school uniform

Friday I posted our Kentish ceremony choices off to the registrar eek! That means the wedding is getting even closer and I have a whole load of things that still need doing. JUGS people I need jugs for the flowers! Off to do another search online for them

kentish ceremonies

 

tex mex grill steaks and spicy sweet potato wedges

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So my WeightWatchers efforts are beginning to show, it’s slow but I do cheat occasionally. I find the weekends are hardest for me as it’s the time of relax, of wine and chocolate and that’s when my points kind of go overboard *sigh* but on the whole I’m really liking this way of being aware of what you eat.

By counting your points you suddenly realise which foods carry more calories and therefore ask yourself – Is it worth it?

I didn’t know just how many WeightWatchers products there were out there until I started looking. So far I have tried the yogurts – only 1 point, I have tried the WeightWatchers wraps and I have some bagels for next week’s lunches.

The scales WeightWatchers sent have been a godsend, they show 1/4’s lb up so even though you should only weigh yourself once a week (does anyone do that?) you can watch your weight throughout the week. I find if I have a ‘bad’ day I’ll see it a couple of days later on the scales. I find by watching my progress every day spurs me on and by seeing my downfalls helps me to get back on the wagon. (RRP £29.95) I really should remove the stickers, you’re right!

weightwatchers bathroom scales

My favourite biscuit this week has been the ginger and lemon, two small biscuits individually wrapped for 2 points, they go down a real treat with my mid morning teabreak and I feel like I get a treat too.

Porridge has been the way forward for breakfast, it’s cold outside and this breakfast choice really warms me up PLUS it keeps me full right up to lunch time.

The weekly chocolate fix has been the WeightWatchers Jaffa Cake bars and I am giving a mighty thumbs up! Say with a french accent Deux points.

weightwatchers jaffa cake bars

Recipes tried this week are Pesto stuffed haddock for 8 points – absolutely delicious. So delicious I forgot to take a photo of it :)

Second up this week and VERY, very good was Tex Mex Grill Steaks. Husband-to-be also gave a massive thumbs up so I’ll definitely be doing them again

Tex Mex Grill Steaks

You’d never know you were on a diet whilst eating these delicious steaks and what’s more they only take minutes to prepare, an ingenious recipe that can also be adapted for only 9 points!

Ingredients – serves 4

500g extra lean beef mince
50g breadcrumbs (I didn’t have any and the recipe still worked)
2 tbsp chopped coriander (I didn’t have this either)
30g sachet dried fajita seasoning mix
1 red onion chopped finely
calorie controlled cooking spray

Mix together the mince, breadcrumbs, coriander, the fajita spice mix and the onion. With slightly wet hands, shape into four large patties.

tex mex grill steaks to cook

Preheat the grill to medium high. Place the patties on a foil lined grill tray and spray with cooking spray. Cook gently for 10 – 12 minutes turning half way through until cooked.

Adaptions – replace the fajita seasoning with a sachet of dried chilli con carne mix for the same propoint value

Tips – Steaks can be frozen and defrosted thoroughly before cooking so you could make double batch and have a dinner ready for future use.

Spicy sweet potato wedges

A long time ago we spoke about superfoods. Sweet potato is one of them.

Sweet potatoes – contain twice as much vitamin C and fibre as ordinary potatoes with high levels of beta-carotene warding off certain cancers and heart disease.

Ingredients

sweet potatoes
paprika
olive oil

Peel the potatoes and cut into long strips. Place in a pan and sprinkle paprika over them. Drizzle a little olive oil over and toss them so all sides are covered in the mix.

Pop in the oven at 200C / gas mark 6 for about 50 minutes turning them over half way through.

To make them even spicier you can add chilli powder, chilli flakes, black cracked pepper – how hot can you go?

spicy sweet potatoe wedges