Thursday, 5 April 2012

Annual Leave

I have been taking a short break from blogging; I think I had set myself a few too many deadlines that I couldn't keep to so rebelled against myself and gave up posting altogether.  Every time I sat down to type I just couldn't find inspiration and instead of writing rubbish I thought it better not to write at all.  Over the past few weeks struggling to keep to my diet, spending far too many hours watching TV or playing computer games and generally being tired from a long day at work I have felt very lazy and it's time for things to change.

Where do I start?
It seems like ages ago we planned a trip back to Munich to visit my friend Scott and the time is finally here, we set off tomorrow and I can't wait.  I'm going with Erik again which will be such a laugh and Graeme is coming too this time, he can't wait to have his first proper Maß.  So my next post is likely to be filled with lots of photographs from my travels, it will be good to get the camera out again, sometimes I think I don't take enough photographs (I'm not sure my friends would agree?).

See you soon!

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Pineapple Plant

I found a fantastic article on Stumble from Tickled Red about growing your own pineapples.  How could I not try this out!!

Now I don't know if we have quite the right climate for growing pineapples so I did a bit more research from the UK and found this article from Gardeners World saying all you need is a bright windowsill; which we have as all our windows and balcony face South (lucky us!).  So I'm going to give it a go, now this is not a quick process it can take 3 years to grow a pineapple, but I will try to keep you updated of all the exciting progress :oP

Here is my happy little pineapple before I start, all I need to do is cut the top off and trim all of the fruit away as we are not a hot country and it might go mouldy.  Sit it in a jar of water until it starts to grow roots, then plant it up in a fairly large pot as they can grow up to 1 meter wide.  I'm very excited but I won't hold my breath just yet.

Saturday, 3 March 2012


My best purchase so far this year has to be the Zuko Quick Pop Maker. This small contraption sits in the freezer until we are feeling peckish and then in under 10 minutes transforms a Muller light yoghurt, a splash of milk and squirt of agave into some very yummy ice lollies.  It is great for us, as we are both trying to loose weight so when we need something sweet and light quickly, we just make an ice pop.  So here are some pins of other recipes I have found to try out.

Homemade Fresh Fruit Pops from Dandy Sugar
Made from fruit, just fruit, from a bender, such a quick and easy pop!!

Rainbow Popsicles from The Family Kitchen on Babble
I love Rainbows, this would be easy with our Zuko!!

Zoku Quick Pop Character Toolkit from Apartment Theropy
This is not a recipe but a toolkit to make fruit pictures in your pops, so much fun!!

Frosty Margaritas Ice Pops from Hostess with the Mostess
Mmmm Margaritas!!

Layered Cheesecake Popsicle from Cutest Food
Cheesecake in a popsicle... WIN!!

Dirty Pirate Popsicles from Endless Simmer
All the 'Poptails' on this website are awesome, but rum and coke has to be my favourite.
Check out the rest here.