Tub on the Run


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Bread, Brownies and Bella

I find that I easily get frustrated on the weekends if I don’t feel like I have achieved anything.  This annoys Matt a bit, as he is of the opinion that sometimes you don’t need to do anything and the best thing to do is relax.  This was a pretty good weekend for relaxing I think.

Yesterday, I nipped over to my mum’s house, as I hadn’t seen or spoken to her much in the last week, which is quite unusual.  We’ve both been really busy, so it was nice to catch up and natter.  The winds were howling and the rain came down so hard that it looked like Mum’s car was actually steaming at one point.  I think Bella had the right idea curling up behind the sofa, next to the radiator.

Bella

I also started the next Game of Thrones book – A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold.  I am nearly up to where Season 3 of the HBO series ends and 4 starts.  I want to get to the end of this book so that I am ahead of the TV series.  It isn’t one of those books that I find easy to read, but I am thoroughly enjoying it.

Game of Thrones

Matt and I also started watching the Winter Olympics.  It’s probably the first time in my 28 years in this world that I have actually sat and watched any of the snow sports.  It hasn’t really been anything I have been interested in before – being Devonian born and bred, it isn’t like we get much in the way of snow here, and my experience of ice skating has been limited to being chaperoned at an incredibly slow speed by my more competent friends in either Plymouth or at Don Valley in Sheffield.  In fact, if you want a quick way to find out the southerners from the northerners, put them all in an ice rink – those born north of the Midlands will be able to lace up their boots and belt around at a good lick.  The southern softies, like my good self, will be easily spotted by their inability to leave the side, or by the fact they’ll have fallen over as soon as they stepped on to the ice…  Anyway, all things considered, while I don’t understand half of what is going on, I am quite enjoying what I have seen so far.

Today has been all about washing and baking.  I never seem to be able to keep up with the washing, but as I am out and about a lot over the coming week, I thought it best to try and get as much laundry done as I possibly can.  More importantly, I decided it would be great to bake.  I haven’t baked in an extremely long time, and my memory fails me as to what it was I baked last.  I go through spells of baking, but the problem is that I make quite a lot of mess, and the clean up operation takes the joy out of it.  Especially as one of the first times I baked in our kitchen, I managed to get icing sugar EVERYWHERE.  Everything was sticky for months.

Earlier in the week, while I was catching up on some of my favourite blogs, I saw that Maria over at Running Cupcake posted two recipes – sweet potato chilli and peanut butter brownies.  I need to do the chilli at some point (maybe next week, when I am home a bit more), as that really does look delicious.  It is a Jamie Oliver recipe, and there isn’t a recipe of his that I haven’t liked yet.  I loved the idea of the brownies – peanut butter and chocolate?  What’s not to love?!  I adapted the recipe ever so slightly and used honey instead of golden syrup just because I don’t have any syrup in the house.  I also didn’t do the white chocolate peanut butter icing, as I personally do not like white chocolate.  The taste test results are in, and they’re winners!

Brownie

I’ve made quite a lot, so I have boxed them up to take to work tomorrow to share out.  I am not usually a fan of my own baking, but these really are quite good – the peanut butter makes them!  They also get brownie points (har har) for being low mess.  My kitchen isn’t a sugary fog of baking aftermath!  I now have bread going in the bread maker – get me!

I will now take my smugness back out to the kitchen and pop the kettle on!

Happy Sunday!


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My name is Tub, and I’m an addict…

The bloody chocolate biscuits!!  They snuck out of the cupboard, scaled my desk, unwrapped themselves, and stuffed themselves in my mouth.  It was completely mindless.  I couldn’t even tell you how many I ate.  Ridiculous.

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That means that I worked extra hard at spinning tonight.  I really pushed myself, and I felt good for it.  Next week, for Comic Relief, we are meant to turn up in “tight and bright”.  I’m not sure if I want to wear any tighter than I already do, and I have to admit, the thought of crotch or butt crack sweat puts me off wearing anything but my normal black leggings.  I shall see if I can source a bright headband, t-shirt and other stuff so that I am at least bright (ish).

During my lunch break, I like to read other people’s blogs, and I have stumbled upon two recipes that I really want to try at some point soon.  The first is from Hayley at howtomakelifebetter (recipe is here).  I can’t express my love of cheese scones enough.  My gran is an excellent baker, and makes the most divine cheese scones – just the right amount of pepper, cheese and stodge.  If I can make a syn free version, I will definitely be a happy loser.

I also have a strong fondness for porridge, peanut butter, and grated apple.  My second discovery was in the form of Peanut Butter Oatmeal from Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers.  Rather than having this as breakfast though, I’m thinking it could be a pretty good post-exercise food – slow release carbs, calcium and protein.  I’m not entirely sure what chia seeds are, but I’m guessing that as long as the oats have long enough to soak, they should be fine.

Anyway, I have a long day tomorrow and my first run of Week 7, so I’m off to dream of cheese scones and peanut butter porridge… night all!