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Mayfield... Brunch Club #4

I have two words for you regarding Mayfield for brunch and they are 'breakfast' and 'pie' ... ALL the drools! Seriously though... BREAKFAST.. in a PIE!!!! Tangent - I'm going to try to make a skinny version, ya know turkey rashers etc stay tuned!

The menu states... 'Mayfield Breakfast in a pie, bacon, sausage, black pudding, scrambled egg & creme fraiche filling served with tea and toast"  it looks like THIS!!! I KNOW!

Yep.. breakfast ... in a pie! It's the best hangover cure I know! 

Mayfield is quirky eatery that's been in Terenure for around 4 years now... anyone who knows the Corner Bakery (CUPCAKE HEAVEN!) knows this place... I'm a regular as its close to Bushy park for the Sunday morning walk and if I'm heading into town... I'm half way there... 

My usual on a Sunday... Poached eggs with relish and yes... bacon! 

It's charming... totally charming and once you walk through the doors you'll be ooh-ing and aaahhh-ing at the layout and ephemera ... every table is different... no two chairs are the same... fancy crockery that you remember your grandma having, hang on the walls and delicate china sugar bowls are on every table... its just quirky and fabulous! 

The menu has all the essentials for brunch... homemade granola, french toast, eggs royale, eggs benedict which whizzed past our table and looks amazing! 

but the pictures speak for themselves... 

The wallpaper is for sale at the little front shop, yes... you can buy wallpaper there... but you can't help but stop and ogle all the unusual little trinkets and stationary they have and... AND they have a little dressing table full of vintage style jewellery that is FAB!  

The mirror in the ladies is an old style dressing table... 

...even the little 'waiting' area in the loo is cute! 

There is a baby grand to sit around and have your dinner/high tea ... 

there's seating outside on a sunny day and 
even doggies aren't turned away as long as they behave! 

My most recent stop was for lunch/dinner on the way into town but I needed to be fed enroute... for the starter I ordered the butternut squash soup which is amazing, you'd think I'd be sick of it by now... but the hero... the bread! Dear god its delicious! 

My dining comrade had the 'pork and leak sausages with crushed potatoes, pear chutney and jus' ... for 'jus' read AWESOME GRAVY!!! I 'stole' some because I have no manners when it comes to stealing food off other peoples plates but this gravy is what we call in our house 'dunkable'.. some bread and a bowl of this and it's comfort food heaven! 

I went for the goats cheese ciabatta with roasted beetroot and sun dried tomato pesto... it came with beautifully dressed side salad, all their lunch and breakfast plates do... brought half home with me... stuffed I was! 

It's definitely one to put on your 'to visit' list... the crowd is a nice mixture of hangover types *raises hand* and families ... the parking is free on a Sunday on the side streets... and the atmosphere is really relaxed... there's no pushing you out of your seat.. you can sip your tea in peace! Highly recommended! 

Balti house ready meals...

Balti House Biryani are stocked in the supermarket under ready meals in the fridges... These are 325g pots which in my opinion will give you two dinners if you bulk it up with veg as you're rice is included in these OR perfect for a Friday night take away at home without all the added bits!

I've tried the chicken one and its really yum! 

Veggie biryani - 12PP for the 325g pot

Chicken biryani - 15PP for the 325g pot

Forget the plan... Monday Motivation...

It will never go to plan... so don't give up because it didn't go the perfect way you thought it would... if everything was to go exactly to plan in life... I'd be a size 8 and an olympic ice skater, I'd also win XFactor but I'm not bitter... much!!! 

The plan will change... the path will lead you somewhere you don't want to go... it will piss you off... and you will want to give up... a birthday... a wedding... a good old girls night out... they're not set backs... they're you living your life...  you will have bad weeks... you will also have amazing weeks... the trick is to never lose sight of the goal... ultimately that's where you want to be... and if you have a bar of chocolate and a few gins on the way... at least you enjoyed the trip! 

Try walking in my shoes... Weigh In 4

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
in any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
You're the one who will
decide where you go.

Dr. Seuss

This week one of my favourite subjects... SHOES!!! Ahhh many nights have been spent drooling and perving online ... shopping baskets have been full only to cancel and delete because the Credit Union manager lives a few doors down and I can't risk him spotting the postman! 

Shoes make us feel good... cause our feet don't gain weight... or bloat... or get PMT'd... they remain consistent... like our earlobes! We can buy them KNOWING they will fit... and we'll feel good about ourselves... as the saying goes... Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she will conquer the world... 

The other saying.. never judge someone before you've walked a mile in their shoes... SO true... you don't know what's going on in peoples lives... the struggles they have... losing weight can be a real struggle for someone and a doddle for someone else... 
Instead of being all judgey... OH it's easy for him... She's down EVERY week... maybe ask what they did differently... 
A lady in my class got to goal this week... she's been losing the SAME 1lb since CHRISTMAS! This week she couldn't stay for the meeting but she was at the gate BEAMING when I arrived and I just knew she'd done it! I gave her the biggest hug! "we're celebrating next week 'cause I can't stay' he said .. and every single person who came in was thrilled for her... she was the hot topic in the queue for the scales...  we've been giving advice and wondering 'what if's' and 'maybe try that' for weeks and all she did this week was change her exercise routine... she's a walker... but instead of going the same route as usual... she got in the car and drove to a new spot and walked there... the hills were a little bit different... the pace was different ... it was a little bit longer but her body noticed the change and she lost that one feckin' pound! It can be as simple as trying something a little bit different... and out bodies get used to eating the same thing... and exercising the same way... try something a little different this week... if you live on porridge.. have weetabix for the week... drink green tea instead of normal tea at your tea break... have a bigger lunch and a smaller dinner... sometimes something very small can make the difference...  
It was like an ICA meeting outside in the car park... and everyone was delighted for her... because we all know the struggle... and it meant so much to her... 

So time to change your shoes ... be they fancy or practical... get em on ya! 

I'll start with the most common one.. your runners, trainers, sneakers... run, jog, walk, stroll... put em on... leave the house for 10mins, out the front door and you'll have to come back... 20 min walk DONE! Simples...

In case you dissolve in the rain or are a vampire... get your DANCING shoes on... now if you want to go all riverdance.. I'd recommend it... I went to a ceili last year and the sweat was dripping off me by the end of it and such great craic! 

But what about Salsa, Zumba, Bokwa, Hip Hop ... there's loads of classes out there to suit your tastes and have a boogie with like minded boppers!

By the way there's nothing stopping you from putting on these bad boys and turning up the volume and bopping around your kitchen for a few tunes! 

 No money till pay day... get yourself done to the bowling alley and burn off some calories... from laughing if nothing else! 

You might not have a boat but everyone lives near a park or by the seaside to stick on a pair of walking shoes and just enjoy the breeze... 
catch up with the gossip or just give the dog a treat!

Go for a HIKE! Be at one with nature... you can flake out on the couch when you get back but I guarantee you'll feel SO much better than if you never left the house ...

No laughing... I've seen these down in my local pool and it helps build muscles in your legs I'm told! But still they're 'shoes' and maybe snorkeling or diving is something you've wanted to get into... why not join a club over the summer? Or hire some gear when you go on your holidays... its all exercise... plus you get to see fishes AND maybe treasure!  

I only WISH I was cool enough to wear these... and have balance... and you don't need a Roller-rink... out on the footpath.. down the park... your abs will be killing you after one go just from trying not to fall!   

AND Roller Derby is becoming a big thing at the moment... its fun... fantastic exercise and plus you get all that aggression out!

OK so you will need a rink for ice skating but over the winter months you can get your skate on... if you're a bit wobbly go at the quiet times till you get some confidence and trust me you will not be the only person falling down! 

 Maybe a ski lesson or two... think Cadburys Milk tray man! 

For those who like to spin about... inside or out!

Soccer, tag rugby, rugby, GAA, football, basketball ... whatever you love doing... 
stick on your special shoes and do it! 

No one knows what struggles people are going through every day... Sometimes we just assume that everyone is doing much better than us, life is a breeze for them and we're the only ones struggling, that's not true... as Depeche Mode sang... "try walking in my shoes" ...  

Shoe logic... This also applies to gin! *coughs*

Nearly half way through the challenge and the loss to date is 5st 8.5lbs!!!! 
78.5lbs in total!!! Dear god you lot are only FAB!!!

Chart below... if I've missed you.. just shout you know where to find me! 

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