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Jul 30, 2013

It's happy hour SOMEWHERE!!!

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. 

When they wake up in the morning, 

that's as good as they're going to feel all day." 

Frank Sinatra 

Cocktails a la Capri-sun style.. Pluses... handy to have at home in your freezer.. and a damn sight cheaper than you'd pay in a bar in town... I've tried the berry one and its LUSH! in fact a little too easy to drink... *hiccup* 

Berry Daiquiri - 4 PP
Pina Colada - 7 PP
Citrus daiquiri - I'd point it at 4 PP same as the Berry one... 

I'll update this as soon as I have the correct value!

Drink sensibly!

Doll x

Jul 29, 2013

Spice... spice... baby...

Spice... spice... baby... (you totally sang that!)

I got side tracked in Superquinn... not my usual shopping haunt but I spotted these for those of a spicy persuasion! Keep your eye on the weights of the meals... some brands vary from 250g - 450g so I've put the full PP down as well as the value per 100g...

Homemade recipe at the end from the WW cookbook! its sooooo yum!

Doll x

Dees Thai Veg Pot per 100g - 3 PP
12 PP - 400g pack

Dees Tex Mex Veg Pot per 100g - 2 PP
8 PP - 400g pack Check out

Aruna Madras sauce per 100g - 3 PP
14 PP - 450g pack

Aruna Curry Sauce per 100g - 3 PP
14 PP - 450g pack

Also available in the Aruna range in 450g sachets:
Rogan Josh Sauce per 100g - 3 PP
Korma Sauce per 100g - 5 PP
Tikka Masala per 100g - 4 PP

Superquinn Chicken Tikka Masala ready meal with pilau rice per 100g - 4 PP
16 PP - 400g pack

Superquinn Beef Rogan Josh ready meal with pilau rice per 100g - 4 PP
16 PP - 400g pack

Superquinn Chicken Jalfrezi ready meal with pilau rice per 100g - 3 PP
12 PP - 400g pack

Superquinn Chicken Curry ready meal with pilau rice per 100g - 3 PP
12 PP - 400g pack

Superquinn Chicken Korma NO rice per 100g - 5 PP
17 PP - 330g pack

Bombay Pantry Chicken Curry per 100g - 3 PP
10 PP - 330g pack

Bombay Pantry Chicken Tikka Masala per 100g - 3 PP
10 PP - 330g pack

Bombay Pantry Chicken Biryani per 100g - 4 PP
13 PP - 360g pack

Bombay Pantry Chicken Korma per 100g - 5 PP
17 PP - 330g pack

Bombay Pantry Basmati Rice per 100g - 5 PP
13 PP - 250g pack

Bombay Pantry Pulao Rice per 100g - 4 PP
10 PP - 250g pack

Bombay Pantry Tikka masala Sauce per 100g - 2 PP
7 PP - 325g pack

Bombay Pantry Curry Sauce per 100g - 2 PP
7 PP - 325g pack

Bombay Pantry Rogan Josh Sauce per 100g - 2 PP
7 PP - 325g pack

CURRY SAUCE - 1 PROPOINT per portion
from Weight Watchers  - the complete kitchen

6 PP for the recipe
5 mins prep
25 mins cooking
V, will freeze, serves 8

1 large onion - chopped finely
600ml (20floz) vegetable stock
1.5 tblsp medium curry powder
2 garlic cloves - crushed
2.5 cm (1 inch) fresh root ginger - grated
2 x 400g cans of chopped tomatoes
50g (1.75 oz) mango chutney

Place the onion in a large lidded saucepan with 100ml of the stock. 
Cook, covered, for 5 minutes until starting to soften

Stir in the curry powder, garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, 
for 2 mins to bring out the flavor

Tip in the tomatoes and add the chutney, plus the rest of the stock. 
Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 15 mins.

Depending on your preference, the sauce can be kept as it is, slightly chunky, 
or it can be blended until smooth with a hand blender.

Divide sauce into portions, cook before freezing in labelled containers

and cause I didn't have enough time to type it out.. the fab recipe for Beef Rogan Josh from the WW 'Everyday Favourites' cookbook! all the noms... 

Jul 17, 2013

Are you salty or sweet?

Now I haven't tried these yet I'm saving them for the cinema at the weekend to share but I'll report back fear not! Note the bag weights .. although the same size physically! 

Metcalfe's Skinny Topcorn - Sweet'n'Salt  - 25g bag is 2 PP

Metcalfes Skinny Topcorn - Chocolate crackle flavour - 55g bag is 6 PP

Salty and sweet popcorn (6 pack) - 20g bag is 2 PP

Jul 16, 2013


Hi campers! Well firstly what about this weather!? Lots of water and suncream and keep it to ice lollies rather than ice creams for points! 

You all know that I'm a make it from scratch kinda gal but I thought I'd share these.. I always have a jar or two just to throw over some veggies and pasta and make a quick dinner.. and most of these are tomato based so they're all roughly the same ProPoint values... the thing to look out for on these are the sugar values.. some of the plain tomato bases have much more sugar in them but still point out lower.. just a thing to watch health wise! Also before you chuck a jar in.. check the volume of it, some big jars are 4pp others are 10pp.. Values for 100g and jars weight below... 

On the plus side I think my mojo is back I'm half a pound away now from that next mark and I don't want to jinx it ... thank's for all the love too... Its that kind of support that keeps you from stage diving off the wagon into a bucket of Ben & Jerrys! but you know when you have that sucky week and the last thing you feel like doing is bloody tracking...  I was having one or three of those.. Last week I was down 1.5lbs! YAY! after all the drama... *whispers* I MAY have had a lil' cry in the car .. happy 'snap-out-of-it' tears though!

Still my tiara is back up in its place and I think my head is back in the game.. 

Doll x

Dunnes tomato & garlic pasta sauce (400g jar) - 1 pp per 100g

Roma Original Bolognese (500g jar) - 1 pp per 100g

Ragu Original Smooth Bolognese (454g jar!) - 1 pp per 100g

Ragu Traditional Chunky Bolognese (454g jar!) - 1 pp per 100g

Dolmio Original Bolognese (500g jar) - 1 pp per 100g

Dolmio LOW FAT Bolognese (500g jar) - 1 pp per 100g I KNOW!!!

Jamie Oliver Tomato & Basil Sauce (400g jar) - 2 pp per 100g

Jamie Oliver Tomato, Olive & Garlic (400g jar) - 2 pp per 100g

Bunalun Organic Sweet red pepper sauce (350g jar) - 1 pp per 100g

Barilla Basilico (400g jar) - 2 pp per 100g

Dolmio Express - Sun ripened tomato & Basil (340g sachet) - 2 pp per 100g

My Dolmio Creamy Tomato Sauce (150g sachet) - 2 pp per 100g

Newmans Own Basilico (350g jar) - 2 pp per 100g

Newmans Own Diavolo (350g jar) - 2 pp per 100g

Dunnes Simply better Bolognese (420g jar) - 2 pp per 100g

Loyd Grossman Bolognese (660g jar!!!) - 1 pp per 100g

Jul 1, 2013

I got the blues...

today I got the sads ... there's a number of reasons for this..  I'm run down.. both doctor and dentist are on my case and my immunity is playing tricks on me again... I put my back out because of this, acting like superwoman when clearly I'm not ... a good friend needs a big hug and I'm not close enough to give the help that's needed.. and all the words I seem to say don't seem to come out right...  I've lost a friend ... someone I thought I knew well and now I'm questioning my judgement of character ... what if all my friends in that circle feel the same?!? Paranoia is rife! ... half of the year has gone.. and for the last few weeks I've been losing the same pound and a half over and over... my mojo has slipped.. AND its a monday and the forecast, shocker, is more rain! Its a sucky day in Dolltown ... :(

I'm a pretty positive person, despite what life has thrown at me... the glass is always half full.. I'm lucky I come from a family of similar thinkers, so positivity is always there to share... But sometimes trying to motivate yourself to stay on track can be SOOOOOOO hard... I envy those people who can eat what they like and be happy with their body image... I'd love to wake up one day and just throw on something and know it looks OK without all the drama that goes with it... the mental torture.. PLUS its a nightmare coming home after work to find your bedroom looks like down town Beirut after the mornings antics! I know I've lost a lot of weight... I feel much healthier than I ever have.. I know there's still a lot to go and I know I'm able to do it... but some days.. today.. I'm not in that frame of mind... and I don't want to slip back into bad habits...

Over the weekend I did some over thinking.. its one of my strengths! (does anyone else wish they could turn their brain off?!) and I discovered that I've surrounded myself with people who are just like me.. and are struggling too.. not that I want you all to suffer but when you're doing this journey.. it can sometimes get lonely and thankfully I was reminded that I wasn't alone... I'm not struggling alone... and I will get back on track... and my body needs to catch up with me... I need to get it better and it will with continued losses ... and I need to go a bit easier on myself... I've learned I'm quite the task master, I blame the catholic upbringing...  and the tears of anger or sadness towards myself won't actually help .. but neither will the 'suck it up' attitude.. sometimes you've got to be a little kinder to yourself.. and that's not with cookies!

If anyone sees my mojo can they let me know!

She looks like this.. >>>
Doll x