Spring Clear Out.

Recently I have been thinking about changing things in my life, now that I am retired I have plenty time to tackle the issues that I would like to change. The first thing I tackled was my wardrobe, I  had too many clothes and they were really unorganized, so I bought some staking boxes, assembled them and got on with the task of sorting out my clothes, at the end I had a few boxes for the charity shop, and a tidy wardrobe where I am able to find what I need. I used the same principle for my sewing machine, craft materials etc.

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Wheat free carrot cake

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This recipe works really well, even people who can eat wheat like it. This is the recipe.

  • 2 large eggs
  • 60 g sugar
  • 110 ml vegetable oil
  • 130 g rice flour
  • 10 g baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 large carrots grated
  • pinch salt
  1. Put eggs, sugar, vanilla essence and oil in a bowl, beat well.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, mixed spice and fold into egg mixture.
  3. Add carrots and salt.
  4. Bake at 180c for  40 to 45 mins.

The containers I used were what my frozen curry came in, an ideal free loaf tin.

 

 

 

 

 

Over thinking

 

Firstly I must apologize for not posting on my blog lately, but life has taken over. This post is not my usual , i just need to get this down on paper then I think i will feel more able to cope.

I am a very organised person, like to make lists etc, do not cope well when things do not go to plan, worry when I have not time to do the things I think I need to do. My main problem is overthinking , even when asleep, and more importantly when I cant sleep. Although my partner has some health issues,I do not think they are serious, but I still cannot stop myself worrying about what the outcome of the xrays tests etc will be.

Lately have been trying really hard to just let things go, using mindfulness, living in the moment, it works for some of the time.

My partner just takes things as they come, probably due to the fact that I do all the planning, he can totally sit down and read a book with no other thought than what he is reading, I on the other hand struggle to get through an article in a magazine without thinking what I should be doing.

One thing that has helped me is I set aside a time to do some dressmaking or cooking, both of which I enjoy, and because I have set this time aside I do not feel I should be doing something else.

Another thing is exercise has helped I go swimming most days, and do Tai Chi.

The problem as I see it is I have a real need to know or control what is happening in my life, and when I feel out of control I panic, and can make myself ill through worrying.

Lately it has affected my eating habits, I have been wheat intolerant for  a few years now but appear to have other food intolerance’s, which get worse when I worry.

Overall I am a very positive person, and know everything will be ok in the end.

If there is anyone out there who has any advice, that would be great or anyone who wants to share there story that would be great also.

 

IfoncheWalk

The 6th “Talk the Walk” to discover Tenerife’s Great Outdoors.

Carrying on the existing theme to raise money and awareness for En Pie, the   Canarian Mental Health charity and to bring together the Canarian and ex-pat communities and hopefully, to get each other speaking a little of the other ones language.

Another great walk with breathtaking scenery. Thanks to Andy Tenerife Walker our guide for a brilliant day out.

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Saving on waste

fruit-and-veg-family1I am not a fan of wasting anything especially food. I have found many tips to prevent waste, here are some –

  1. If I have more veg than I can use I chop them up and freeze for example spring onions, leeks and peppers. Put them in zip bags and freeze.
  2. Freeze all bones chicken, rabbit, even chop bones, just keep adding to the bag until you have enough to make stock.
  3. Freeze mushroom stalks to make soup at a later stage.
  4. Freeze skins off of veg like khlorabi, ends of carrot, outside of celery, to add to soup stock.
  5. Make breadcrumbs out of any leftover bread, then freeze. Can be used to coat meat or fish.
  6. Wash lettuce then dry and put into airtight container with kitchen roll on top, will keep for over a week in the fridge.
  7. Herbs can be dried in the microwave, then put into jars to use as needed, or you can chop them up and freeze in ice cube trays with oil or water depending how you want to use them.