Friday, 7 March 2014
Hello Dear Reader,
The observant among you will notice, there are no kidney beans...................I didn't have any so I substituted for chick peas instead. If I had none of them either, then I would have used baked beans.
I've been soooo busy.
I'm preparing for a frugal food workshop tomorrow, where I am going to cook/demonstrate/teach one of my 'feed your family for £40' menus!! The whole menu!!!! Everyone gets to eat what's cooked and participants will also help me cook. Alternatively, they can cook and I'll watch/teach....we'll see how the day goes. It's a free workshop, funded by a local charity and I'm not charging or asking for a donation for my time for any of the workshops. I'll be running ten workshops over the year, all about budgeting, menu planning, writing shopping lists, stock taking and cooking from a store cupboard when funds are low.
I've been shopping, budgeting, calculating, writing recipes with costings and I've double checked. The participants also get a goody bag full of store cupboard staples.
If anyone wants the full menu, shopping list and recipes as a word document, please follow the 'Contact me' link above and I will send them out asap. Please title your email "feed a family of four for £40" so I can sift through as I get loads.
I served it with a dollop of mango chutney, one of the little treats from my Approved Food cupboard.
I will take photos of all the food tomorrow (no people in the photos) and show you everything that was cooked.
I'm off for a lie down and I will see you all tomorrow.
Love Froogs xxxx
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Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Hello Dear Reader,
Over the last five years of my life, I have done more to change my life for the better than I've ever done before. Previously, I thought I was doing OK but actually I was just shuffling along quietly. Now, I look at every way I can improve my life. If something isn't working then I literally bin it! I've not the time, energy or desire to do anything any more that doesn't enhance my life. I'm acutely aware at 48 years old that I've lived longer than I'm going to live. I've no time to procrastinate and now is the time to get things done.
I put off getting fit for years and year and now, it's part of my everyday life and there's no stopping me. It's proven that successful people do more exercise, eat more healthily, read more, move more, focus on achieving goals, volunteer more often and watch less TV. No one is ever going to achieve much in life sat on a sofa! If you're looking for tough love then you've come to the right place!
This may or may not be popular but I abhor laziness. I find great happiness in 'getting it done'. I like to start my day at five thirty every morning so I can leave for work with a clean and tidy house, the laundry put away, dinner made and the bed turned down. I like to wash and blow dry my hair every morning and leave the house looking my best in pressed clothes and with my makeup on. I get great pleasure in coming home and working on a quilt, recipe plans or writing projects. A good day is one that leaves me exhausted but feeling smug in the knowledge that I leave others standing.
I take the same philosophy into the gym. I'm there to sweat, work hard and there is nothing better than leaving aching. I no longer have my trainer (he went off to join the Met) but as he would say, you know you're working hard when you're blowing out of your arse! No one ever lost weight, improved their health, reduced their BMI or wore considerably smaller clothes by just chatting to the person next to them on a static bike whilst updating Facebook!
I was once someone who genuinely thought I couldn't do anything to improve my life. I was once at absolute rock bottom. We both earned minimum wage, neither of us could save and money just seemed to run away from us. It took a total change of our lives to begin to live the life we actually wanted to live. We now have that and it just gets better.
We now know that it's our good habits that create our financial stability. We now know that our choices cause the results of comfortable living. Luck has nothing to do with it and we've worked our way to where we are. None of it happened by sitting on the sofa. It happened because we were prepared to get our hands dirty.
This is my challenge to you Dear Reader. Ask yourself, what is holding you back? Why are you not earning more so you save or pay off debts? Why do you clear your debts only to create more? Why are you waking up at the last minute and getting to work in a rush? Why do you have no time for your family? Why is your house disorganised or cluttered? Why do you watch so much TV? Why are you promising to exercise and then you never do? If the reason is you: can't be bothered to do two jobs, can't be organised enough, can't be motivated enough..........then you and you alone are the reason that you are not making the changes that will move your life forward.
Over to you Dear Reader, leave a comment in the confessional and literally leave it there and walk away! Walk away from what ever is holding you back and move forward with your life. It's time to stop doing what ever is holding you back.
As ever, I look forward to hearing from you.
See you tomorrow,
Love Froogs xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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