Trying to be healthy
A few months ago in a #WOYP post, I mentioned taking steps to eat more healthily – well I did that for three months and made good progress and it feels like I’ve just undone all that good work in a few short weeks!
What you too??
Yes you guessed it – Christmas, holidays, temptations galore – I fell off the wagon. I’m disappointed in myself in that I let go of the reins too easily and now need to start all over again.
Excuses Excuses Excuses!
The holiday feeling, the festive food, being away from home, being with family, not having a strong will, eating out – it was hard to continue my usual routines when out of normal surroundings.
But at least I know I can do it – again!
This month I’m just going to share some food photos that were a big hit over the holidays and say they were worth every calorie!
We’re home now and some routine has returned!
So for this month’s WOYP I’m sharing photos of what took my fancy while away on holidays. I even forgot to take photos of food I was too busy either buying it or eating it! We ate out a few times, cooked on the BBQ, cooked meals at our Airbnb and basically enjoyed what holidays are for – relaxing!
Jo’s Lemon Curd Pavlova
This was Jo’s Lemon Curd Pavlova, I’m sure she’s going to write about it and maybe even give you the recipe, but we were lucky to have her cook it especially for us!
News just in – Jo’s shared her recipe and the story of the pavlova here in her WOYP post.
Jo (And Anyways…) and her husband Grant, as opposed to my husband Grant, kindly brought some supplies for a shared lunch at our Airbnb, not that far from where they live. They also brought lactose free whipping cream (my husband is lactose intolerant) to decorate the pavlova shell but we couldn’t find any beaters in the well stocked kitchen!
My nephew who works with dairy items and actually produces said cream, stepped in and hand whipped the cream with a whisk – it didn’t take him long but I don’t think I could have done it – all that upper arm action! We had another pot of cream to use later and he whipped it for us too. Thanks Chase!
Jo and Grant set about decorating the pavlova with topping suggestions of raspberries and flake chocolate. Combined with the sweet lemon curd under the cream it tasted sensational!
How good does it look?
I love this photo I snapped of Jo and ‘her’ Grant.
Wagyu Beef Burger
We were driving home over the New Year long weekend so not a lot was open but we struck it lucky in suburban Canberra at a cafe/bar serving a range of Thai meals and other yummy things.
Among the offerings was this Wagyu Beef Burger with grilled bacon, beetroot (a winner for me), avocado, lettuce, homemade onion relish, rocket and BBQ sauce on a tasty crunchy bun. It was simply delicious, maybe the fact it was 2pm and we’d driven all day with barely any sustenance made it all the more yummy! I did take a photo 🙂 Grant had the Salt and pepper Calamari and enjoyed it too.
Oh I see there were chips on the side as well?? I wonder what happened to them?
Something else that landed on my plate – completely unrelated to food
I have been mentioned in Kathy’s post (SmartLIVING365.com) featuring her best websites and blogs for Retirement, Positive Aging and SMART Living! how cool is that? Kathy is a US blogger with insightful and thought provoking posts on a range of topics so it’s an honour to be included in this post. She’s broken her list into three sections – Blogs and Websites for a Positive Retirement, Positive Aging No Matter What Your Age and Other Favourites. My blog is listed in the Positive Aging No Matter Your Age section 🙂
In Kathy’s words:
It’s that time again! For the last five years I have considered it a privilege to scour the internet to find what I consider to be the best blogs and websites I can find. Like SMART Living 365, these are personal blogs and not commercially driven websites to make money. I tend to focus on the topics of positive aging and retirement but I decided to include all my favorites this year. Why not? And while my list certainly doesn’t contain all the sites available on these topics, I think that they are noteworthy and offer thoughtful, creative and provocative insights
Deb’s World A blog about midlife, travel, adventure – and all things in between. Enthusiastic, energetic and always seeing the positive, Deb’s goal with her blog is to make readers smile, inspire each other and connect.
The good thing is that I recognised many of the other blogs mentioned and agree they are fabulous! You can click on this link to read all Kathy’s recommendations.
I’m thrilled to be included along with Donna’s Retirement Reflections, Janis Retirementally Challenged, Suzanne’s Picture Retirement, Leanne’s Cresting the Hill, Terri’s Second Wind Leisure Perspectives & Deb’s The Widow Badass – plus many others! There’s always room for more blogs to follow isn’t there?
These empty plate photos are from a post in July 2016 The Cherry on top was missing and I couldn’t help but use the licked clean plate photo in my new header for all things What’s on Your Plate. I also sent the kitchen a message ‘Deb..Yum’ on my empty plate 🙂
Feel like joining in?
It’s always fun joining Canadian bloggers Donna and Deb for their What’s on your plate challenge series each month. These posts go live on the first Wednesday of each month and you can join in too with a food related post, just by adding your post to their linkup.
I’m also joining Denyse for her Wednesday’s Words and Pics – another fun linkup which makes its welcome return this week for the first time in 2023.
Hope to see you soon 🙂
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Everyone has a story to tell! Deb is a young-at-heart & active 60+ blogger/retiree, after being made redundant from her 22-year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre (jail). She now spends her time reading, blogging, riding her ebike and travelling. Deb was awarded a Bravery Award from the Queen when she was 17 after a tragic accident – a definite life changing moment! She is married with 3 grown-up daughters & has 4 grandchildren. She never imagined being Granny Debs would bring so much joy to her life! You can read more of Deb’s story here
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