Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Star Wars-tastic!!

I came across two beyond-amazing picture posts relating to Star Wars this week. I *love* Star Wars so much, and love nothing more than chuckling away as the awesome Lou Mongello makes ridiculous Star Wars references all throughout his awesome podcast during WDW's Star Wars Weekends!

First up - to all the princess-haters out there, here's something gorgeous from Bonnie Burton's blog

... And as a girl who named her Ford Ka Kitty, I just adore these from Hello Wars on Etsy

Unfortunately, my plan to buy enough stickers to cover our white Skoda Fabia (aka the Storm Trooper) has fallen flat, as it has failed its MOT and will be sold to the highest bidder for parts... *sigh*

If you were to sign up to one of the fan legions, would it be...

c) Star Wars? Is that like Star Trek?

Friday, 18 June 2010

The Last Word

Leonard P. Matlovich's gravestone - Leonard was the first gay service member to fight the ban on gays in the United States military. It would be nice to say "what a long way society has come", but really, is Don't Ask, Don't Tell much better?

Monday, 14 June 2010

Ack... The Dress, and The Final Hour

So... I tried on the dress on Saturday, and it's about an inch away from doing up. Oh the horror! 54 days to go, and let's be serious - I've kind of known about this day for almost 18-months, now. *Sigh*

Sometimes I think that maybe I just prefer myself cuddly, but I know that's not true - when I got down to a still-considered-obese-by-the-health-industry 12 stone after a week in hospital last summer, I loved how slim I felt! So, the military "get Becca into her dress" operation has been stepped up a notch. I have officially sworn off alcohol for the next fortnight, and the gym sessions are going to have to be longer!

Yummy lentils, spring onions, red peppers and apple balsamic vinaigrette for supper last night!

Thursday, 10 June 2010

No Love for Mail2Blog

Well, what a disappointment! I carefully constructed my images-and-
text post, only for this silly function to delete most of the text...
Ah well, peeps - I'll update it when I'm in front of a computer

Nighty night

Tasty, Healthy Food

I've subscribed to far too many healthy eating blogs lately, and they've inspired me to share my lunch with you!

Well, no, you can't have any, but the thought was there, at least.

I'm afraid to say that I'm a bit of a lettuce dodger, so what I tend to do is buy packs of vegetables intended for stir fries - cabbage, carrot strips and bean sprouts - and make a salad out of them instead. They're combined with my absolute diet staple - king prawns. There's something about the Co-Op ones; they're just so flavoursome.

Next layer is my favourite recent discovery - leek and alfalfa sprouts. They have just the right level of oniony pungency, without being so overpowering that you can't eat them at work! Also, some people do theorise that sprouting grains are magically good for you... Not sure if I buy it, but why not if they're tasty and cheap? All topped off with a tub of basic salsa. I've been having the most insane tomato cravings lately - thankfully they're a Weight Watchers *free* food, so I can snack on them as much as I like!

Want to see supper as well? Oh go on then...

Aubergines and mushrooms - Patrick hates them, so I'm dosing up while he's away - with asparagus in a tomatoey curry sauce. My favourite curry paste is Patak's Madras: it's so delicious. I've been known to put it in cheese toasties!

I added a bit of frozen chopped spinach to thicken out the sauce, and some frozen chopped green beans, just because they were there.

Pud, you say? Here it is!

One of the things I love about Waitrose is that they just stock nice things - even their economy versions of foods are ethically sourced, free range, British where possible... I love these frozen raspberries because they are delicious, and I can eat a tonne of them with minimal calorific damage. Yes, I am a greedy guts, and yes, I eat them frozen. I blended them once, making the most amazing sorbet, but it's too much like hard work, and it seemed like *everything* was pink!

So, with a healthy dose of Maldon Salt (oh come on - I'm over 300 days smoke-free, I've got to be allowed a vice!) I'm very pleased with my meals for today!

What are your absolute go-to diet foods? The ones that help you to feel like you're not depriving yourself!

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Things I have learnt today...

1. Men in white vans really love high heels!
2. Rain in June is super-depressing.
3. Spilling Lucozade down yourself will make your clothes crispy.
So, this is my first remote post using the email function! I hope it
works ok... Off for my singing lesson with lovely Jules - I'm planning
to be American Idol Experience-ready by June!

Monday, 7 June 2010

The Wonderful World of Wedding Blogs

We are in the thick of planning our wedding for August this year - terrifying how quickly it's sneaking up! - and the most useful tool throughout the process has been wedding blogs. In a world where publishers put out one magazine every two months for £5 a pop and more than half-fill them with adverts, the online community hits back and produces something, frankly better!

I stumbled upon this inspiring and heart-warming post on one of my favourite wedding blogs, Love My Dress and thought I'd share some of the sites (and their posts!) that are helping us make our wedding everything we dreamt it would be!

Savvy Chic Weddings - Becca in Wonderland

My dear friend, Steph was kind enough to put together a mood board for me on her wedding blog, which features all the style and sophistication of New England, along with so many excellent tips and hints on how to plan your big day!

Rock My Wedding - Sponsor... Liberty in Love Accessory Boutique

I have been searching high and low for the perfect necklace to complement my gorgeous, low-backed dress, and everything I found was just too flimsy or - let's face it - a little too Ivanka Trump's wedding budget rather than mine! Rock My Wedding introduced me to the gorgeous Liberty in Love website, where I fell head-over-heels for the Hayworth Vintage Necklace *sigh*.

Style Me Pretty

The Big Daddy of all wedding blogs, this American blog has inspiration in buckets - fully searchable, and oh-so-stylish. I couldn't possibly isolate one article, so I've just linked to the lovely Abby's page.

Happy reading!!

Thursday, 3 June 2010

New Shoes!!!

So, after days of bottling out, I finally braved it and broke in my new shoes!!!!

I'm so gutted - the red of the soles is just a coating and not all the way through, so they're not going to be red forever. But the *flash* of red isn't going to scuff, because it doesn't touch the ground, so it's ok. Also, I just can't get them to photgraph well - maybe due to my stonking great size 7 (US size 9) feet. I'm clearly not designed to drive a Lotus Esprit. And if you get that reference, you're awesome.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Look Away Now, Patrick!!

... because I am so buying these for his w-day present. How perfect for a poker addict and an Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding?

From Etsy seller, Crimson King

Walkers World Cup Crisps

I have a confession to make. It's a bit "out-there"; a bit unusual, especially for a girl. I'm really not that mad on chocolate. I know - I posted those delish pics of chocolatey nomminess on a previous post, but outside of my *happy place*, I just don't have a sweet tooth, so my go-to snack is... Crisps.

I grew up on Walkers, of course, and started out with Cheese & Onion, in the green packets as they were in those days! I remember the day I stopped eating them - a boy who lived on my street wandered over to where I was resting on my pink Raleigh Bluebird and demanded a crisp. I obliged, happily enough, but he sniffed the crisp and pretended to throw up into the packet. Nice. I haven't deliberately eaten a Cheese & Onion crisp since!

Nowadays, we are spoilt for choice - last year's foray into the world of the unusual was a bit of a flop - Chilli & Chocolate was disappointing to say the least, and Cajun Squirrel must have contained authentic squirrel flavours as there wasn't a hint of cajun about it! I bravely tried each one, but the only enjoyable flavour was the Hoi Sin Duck, slightly reminiscent of the delicious (and greatly missed!) Spare Rib flavour in their Great British Takeaways range, but nothing like that BBQ Rib nonsense they're serving up now.

Discovery of these various flavours is mostly serendipitous - stumbling upon something you've never tried before in a random corner shop or vending machine is a true delight. I'd like to take a moment to thank Kaplan in Bristol for the lime-green packets of Pickled Onion that got me through many a tax class, and McColl's of Walsall for being the first place to supply me with the heavenly Thai Sweet Chilli. What can I say, the life of an accountant requires snacks!

This time around, I'm particularly excited about their new range, themed around the World Cup - the Flavour Cup. Now this is a World Cup event that a girl like me can really get interested in!

Friday night's planned Pimmsathon was a bit of a wash - lots of Pimms, but all in one place... It was redeemed, somewhat, by the inclusion of a mass crisp-tasting session!
English Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding - this was tasty, but bizarrely creamy... Also, contained the rather ominous-sounding "poultry stock", so our vegetarian panellist couldn't partake.
Japanese Teriyaki Chicken - well, you really can't go wrong with a flavour like this. Full-bodied and tangy!

Dutch Edam - very cheesy, but very weird. Things that crunch ought not taste like things that squidge!

American Cheeseburger - this has been a forerunner on a couple of occasions!  Beefy and cheesy, with a delicious hint of gherkin!

German Bratwurst Sausage - so accurate that it was spooky! Lord only knows how those chemists rustled up such a medley of flavours, but we were left thinking of Violet Beauregarde... A proper, smoky sausage with a definite burst of sauerkraut and hint of mustard.

French Garlic Baguette - I am a garlic fiend - awaiting our trip to the Stinking Rose in San Francisco with great relish! - but this was just weak...

Argentinean Flame Grilled Steak - this tastes of not just beef, but grilled beef. Less freakish than some others - I could really see this becoming a regular flavour.

Brazilian Salsa - Oh yawn. A little tomatoey, a little spicy, but mostly blah.

I have yet to try the remaining countries' flavours...
Spanish Chicken Paella
Irish Stew
Australian BBQ Kangaroo
Italian Spaghetti Bolognese
Welsh Rarebit
Scottish Haggis
South African Sweet Chutney

Has anyone given these a try? Or are you too grossed out by the bizarre ingredients lists? What's your favourite crisp flavour?