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I'm a celebrity...

Fame will go by and, so long, I've had you, fame. If it goes by, I've always known it was fickle. So at least it's something I experience, but that's not where I live.
Marilyn Monroe

no really.. I am!!! well "celebrity" might be pushing it a bit to be fair but I'm in with the fashion gurus!!! and compared to some of those "celebs" on TV I reckon I'm more famous than they are!

Check me out on Squidgy's fashion blog!

This gal knows a thing or two about what not to wear... our very own gokette! She asked me to do a guest piece for her fashion blog and I jumped at it.. (a blog where I don't have my ProPoint calculator out!!!) ... by writing what I've learned about dressing for your shape.. and having been several shapes on the way to goal, I'm talking from experience! Enjoy and follow this lady, she's a keeper on the blog circuit! AND follow her on twitter... she is fabulous! @SquidgeMundo

Yours fashionably
Doll x

PS: Normal service will now resume!

PPPOTD - to dunk or not to dunk ... ?

But with dogs, we do have “bad dog.” Bad dog exists. “Bad dog! Bad dog! Stole a biscuit, bad dog!” The dog is saying, “Who are you to judge me? You human beings who’ve had genocide, war against people of different creeds, colors, religions, and I stole a biscuit?! Is that a crime? People of the world!”
“Well, if you put it that way, I think you’ve got a point. Have another biscuit, sorry.” ~ Eddie Izzard

They are a huge temptation to many... and the fact that they arrive in a packet means once they're opened you can hear them screaming from the kitchen.. yep.. biscuits! Those harmless little discs of sugar coated in chocolate that visitors always seem to bring! They eat a couple then LEAVE them in your home.. and you don't want to be opening your weight watchers biccys... how inferior would they feel!! (save 'em for the tele later!)

So here are some of the regular dunkers that are out there... this selection is from Aldi.. and there's a list of all-time classics too! oh and I had a request to do a little explanation as to how the "half" points work for certain foods below.. Now... Kettle on.. Doll x

Bourbon Creams are 2 ProPoints each

Aldi fruits biscuits are 2 ProPoints each

Kimberleys are 2 ProPoints each

Giner nuts are 1 ProPoint each

Tesco digestive biscuit - 2 PP
Tesco rich tea biscuit - 1 PP
Mikado biscuits - 1 PP
Cadbury Chocolate Fingers 1 PP
Digestive – 2 PP
Digestive, Chocolate, Milk or Plain – 2 PP
Digestive, Low Fat – 2 PP
Garibaldi – 1 PP
Gingernut – 1 PP
Malted Milk – 1 PP
Rich Tea – 1 PP
Rich Tea, Low Fat – 1 PP
Water Biscuit – 1 PP
Jaffa Cake – 1 PP
Custard Cream – 2 PP
Tesco Light Choices Wheat Biscuits – 3 PP
Coconut Creams – 1 PP
McVite’s Gold Biscuit Bar – 3 PP
Cadbury Crunchie Biscuits – 2 PP
Cadbury Caramel Biscuits – 2 PP
Jacob’s Lincoln – 1 PP
Jacob’s Marietta – 1 PP
Jacob’s Polo – 1 PP
Jacob’s Lemon Puff – 2 PP
Weight Watchers mini cookies 1 bag - 2 PP
Cadbury Animal biscuits and mini party rings per bag - 3 PP
Choc Kimberley - 3 PP
Sainsbury's Rich Tea Fingers - 1 PP

1 digestive biscuit is 2 ProPoints, but 2 biscuits are ProPoints
1 choc digestive biscuit is also 2 ProPoints but 2 biscuits are ProPoints
(it's all to do with rounding and no half points any more!)

Here comes the science bit..

ProPoints values are rounded to the nearest whole number using standard rounding rules (.5000 and above rounds up).
For example, if the nutritional information for the food or drink is fed through our calculation and it comes out as:
1.4 - it is rounded down to 1 ProPoints value1.5 - it is rounded up to 2 ProPoints values
This means that you may find simply doubling the ProPoints value of one small portion, does not equal the ProPoints value of a larger portion. 

Look at these examples:• ¼ pint (142ml) of skimmed milk is 1 ProPoints value, whilst ½ pint (284ml) is 3 ProPoints values • 1 crumpet (60g) is 2 ProPoints values, whilst 2 crumpets (80g) are 5 ProPoints values. • 1 digestive biscuit (13g) is 2 ProPoints values, whilst 2 digestive biscuits (26g) are 3 ProPoints values.
Sometimes, the rounding effect does not make a difference to the total ProPoints values, for example:• 1 medium egg (45g) is 2 ProPoints values, and 2 medium eggs (90g) are 4 ProPoints values. Make any sense... carry on! x

PPPOTD - Push up bras...

As a savoury gal, crisps are my favourite things on the planet! Cheese n' onion! Salt n' vinegar... Balsamic vinegar... buffalo.. I swear I'm salivating as I type... They are my ProPoint downfall... I could live in Cadburys and not be bothered by the rivers of chocolate... but put me in the Walkers factory and you would never see me again! (If I go missing you know where I am!)

I do have tactics to distract me from them.. hummus and crackers, Vegemite and melba toasts.. Laughing cow dunkits... and these tricks do work but there are just times when the crunch and the flavour make me grab a bag...

WW sent me these to try out and report back (note - I didn't share these like the crossiants!) ... Chicken Flavour crisps.. they are very nice! Quite moreish so a six pack might not be the way forward .. but they will be available at meetings too.. so you can grab a bag and not feel so guilty.. considering most of the nice crisps (and you know the ones I mean!) are at lest 5 or 6 ProPoints .. these are quite a saving at 2 ProPoints per bag...

Although as with all good crisps... when you open the bag its half full! Now I know how guys feel about push-up bras!!!

Doll x

PPPOTD - Bonjour!

"Let's face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me." Audrey Hepburn


It's one of the things we only dare to dream about when pointing food.. CAKES and PASTRIES ... sigh.. I could torture myself but its Friday... wine day! WW HQ sent me these little darlings! Now as I'm a savoury gal.. I really didn't think I could do them much justice so I enlisted the boys and gals in the office.. croissants just remind me of butter... SIGH... so for the morning coffee round I heated them up and they LOVED them... Comments included "you'd never know they were WW" and "there's loads of chocolate" so at 5 ProPoints each for those who love em.. they are worth the investment... Considering your average croissant in Starbucks is 13 pp... They come as a pack of 4, the only downside I could see was they weren't individually wrapped.. in Doll-land that means open season! I mean they could go stale before my very eyes... Considering the competition (below!), if you really love 'em.. you can have 'em!

Pain Au Chocolat

Starbucks - 8 PP
Cafe Nero - 7 PP
Co-op - 6 PP
Asda - 5 PP

Croissant - 6 PP
Sainsbury’s Be Good To Yourself All Butter Croissants - 4 PP
Cafe Nero - 10 PP
Pret a manger - 10 PP
Starbucks - 13 PP

PPPOTD - Say Cheese!!!

Cheese - milk's leap toward immortality. - Clifton Fadiman

Its the one thing we ALL love but its one of the first foods to hit the "I can't eat that anymore" list! Cheese.... mmmmmm.... Being a savoury kinda gal I struggle with cheese... its a great love of mine... goats, brie, cheddar ... SIGH... I do still eat it albeit a little less often now as I'm of the school of thought, that a little of what you love is a good thing.... I'd rather use the Propoints and enjoy my food rather than be a grumpy little sod! Plus its always when you can't have something, you want it even more!

Often though I get caught out at lunch time... and don't want to use my ProPoints on the extravagance of cheese.. and when you're on the go its processed cheese or nothing to be honest.. cheese snobs look away now, but the processed cheeses are actually coming on in leaps and bounds and some are quite tasty! They are a great way to flavour food too, the Laughing Cow lights are particularly nice on pita bread and grilled as mini pizzas with loads of roast veg on top ... For those of you with little people in the house, cheese is one of the best ways of getting calcium in to them and you... plus they're portion sizes are smaller.. so you can have your fix without going overboard... It doesn't have to be all or nothing! Doll x

Cheesestrings - 2 ProPoints per portion

Cheesestrings Minis - 1 ProPoint per 10g portion

Cheesestrings Spaghetti - 2 ProPoints per 21g portion

Dairylea Dunkers - 3 ProPoints per tub

Laughing Cow Cheez Dippers - 3 ProPoints per tub

Laughing Cow - Light - 1 ProPoint per 2 portions

Laughing Cow - regular - 1 ProPoint per portion

Laughing Cow - Xtra Light - 1 ProPoint per 3 portions

Low Low Chunky Triangles - 1 ProPoint per portion

Low Low Chunky Triangles with ham - 1 ProPoint per portion

Charleville Wedges - 1 ProPoint per portion

Charleville Spreadable - 1 ProPoint per 20g portion

Charleville Spreadable with Ham - 1 ProPoint per 20g portion

Low Low Spreadable - 1 ProPoint per 20g serving
(This also comes in a Cracked Black Pepper Flavour for the same ProPoints)

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