Living Room Wishlist

September 9th, 2014, Posted in Life by Alexandra | No Comments

Now we are getting closer to our moving date, we have begun to look around shops and started making a wishlist for our living room as this will be the first room to be decorated. We have decided to go for a colour theme of green and creams in the living room and have picked out the colour paint we are to buy.

At the weekend we went to the house to take window measurements so we could begin to look for blinds and curtains ready for when we move in. After this we took a visit to IKEA, Next and a few home shops in Hedge End (Southampton). We managed to pick up some white blinds for our main bedroom for a bargain price of £18 at Ponden Home Interiors.NewPicture

From Left to right:  Small sideboard from Next, Green cushion from Next, Soft Apple green paint from Homebase, Bee Happy cushion from Next, Hideaway desk from Next, Throw from H&M, Cream rug from IKEA and Crackle Table Lamp from Next.

Hopefully we will be able to buy some of these items as soon as we have our house and have begun to decorate. Are there any items or shops you recommend us to view or visit that will fit in with our colour scheme?

Thai Green Curry- Slimming World Style

September 4th, 2014, Posted in Life, Recipes by Alexandra | 1 comment

I tried making my first even Thai green curry last night. I think it went quite successful. It was a little spicier than a green curry you would get from a Thai restaurant/take-away but it was nice to have a little bit
of a kick to it.

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Ingredients needed:

  • chicken fillets, thinly sliced
  • 600ml chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp Thai green curry paste
  • 200ml light coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp Thai fish sauce
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, halved lengthways
  • a pinch of sweetener
  • 8 spring onions, cut into diagonal lengths
  • 200g sugarsnap peas
  • 200g mangetout
  • juice of 1 lime
  • fry-light or a similar low-cal cooking spray

To make the Thai green curry, first of all spray a wok or frying pan with the cooking spray. Add the green curry paste and the coconut milk, stir and cook for a couple of minutes.

Add the chicken, the stock, the fish sauce and the lemongrass and the pinch of sweetener. Once brought to simmer add the mangetout and sugarsnap peas. Continue to let this simmer for around 6-8 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Then add the lime juice.

Then serve alongside rice.

This should serve 4 people.

Slimming World

September 3rd, 2014, Posted in Life by Alexandra | No Comments

I started Slimming World at the end of June 2013. So far on my Slimming World journey i have lost approximately 1st 6 lbs (although recently put 6 of that back on due to my holiday and eating all of the wrong things).

At the beginning of my journey i set a target to lose 2 stone. Although it has taken me a while i think Slimming world is a brilliant way to lose weight, you also get a chance to meet a network of people through staying to group; where you can talk  about any problems or challenges you are facing as well as sharing tips.
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The difference between these two photos of myself is 1 stone and  there is 7 months between the two photos.

As from today, I am going to get back on track, making sure i cook my own meals, starting with cooking a new recipe I’ve never tried cooking; which is Thai green curry.