Last week I was so ill with a migraine that I just couldn't bear to be on the computer so I didn't get to post my weekly recipe, I did cook something though. I made a gorgeous beef and red wine casserole, just what the doctor ordered in this horrible weather!
You will need:
800g lean beef
4 garlic cloves
4 large carrots
3 large leeks
4 celery sticks
800ml beef stock
100ml red win
400g can of chopped tomatoes with herbs
1 bay leaf
2 tsp dried mixed herbs
salt and pepper
Peel and crush the garlic, peel and chop the carrots in to large chunks, thickly slice the leeks and celery and cut the beef into bite-sized pieces.
Although the recipe said put all the ingredients into a casserole dish and put it in the over for 3 hours I decided against that and put it all in the slow cooker instead :)
And it was lovely, you can't see how lovely it was because after smelling it cooking all day I ate it before I took a photo of the finished product!
The leftovers went in the food processor and made a lovely soup ;)
The monthly challenge for January over on UK Scrappers got us starting the year nice and gently, we simply had the prompt "Twas the night before..."
I knew I had the perfect photos and the perfect story.
Over 19 years ago I made the above stocking for Maddie, everything was made by hand and I was very proud of it. Fast forward to Christmas 2012 when Alfie decided he wanted the chocolate from the bottom of the stocking and nothing was going to stop him getting it. We ended up with a holey stocking and a ruined Christmas :(
This year Alfie made it up to Maddie by apologising with a stocking of his own :)
Maddie loved it because she had a keepsake and double presents!
And I think they both looked beautiful under the tree.
So job done for the challenge and another funny story in the album.
Well week two of the New Year has whizzed by! Here are some of the highlights of my week:
I had the first full week back at work and it was good to get in to a routine again.
I tried another new recipe so I'm keeping on track with my New Year goals, yes I know it's early days but I do intend to keep this up.
The sun finally came out and chased away the rain clouds that have been hanging about forever!
My little car, Goldie, reached a milestone!
I finally got brave enough to set up the Selphy printer my mum got me for Christmas, I love it and if you take a lot of pictures on your phone then you'll love it too :)
I managed to lose the 3.5lbs I gained over Christmas and I won the fruit and veg raffle :)
This week's dirty pudding was a Krispy Kreme doughnut, I can't remember the last time I had one and I enjoyed every bite.
You see that crumb on his nose? That's the evidence that he stole a sausage roll! I couldn't tell him off though because it was the same day that one of our little doggie friends went to the Rainbow Bridge :(
I went to the first crop of the year and had a great time, I managed two layouts which I'll share on here soon.
And finally I had some lovely cuddles with Alfie, he fell asleep on my lap and I could barely hear the TV over his snoring!
Living life to the full with my daughter, Maddie, and pooch, Alfie. Dividing my time between Surrey and Bournemouth where my partner, Paul, lives. I juggle my hobbies, of which there are many, with full time work and I'm 3 years in to my Slimming World journey.