Keeping busy plus random meals

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.

A while ago I mentioned that I fancied doing something to take up my time. In the end I ordered some patches of fabric (from here if anyone is interested) and they arrived the other weekend. So I have started sewing them together.

It was a selection of fabrics, but as they all had pink/ pale teal in them I thought they would look quite nice.

I had no idea how to do this so I started sewing them in pairs, then joining them together.

Anyway, since then I have read that it is better to sew them into strips and then join the strips together. Not quite sure how to turn it into a blanket once I have sewn them all together either! Really I don’t mind how it turns out because (to quote an early years teaching phrase) it is the process, not the product.

It is quite relaxing to sit with the radio on and sew, plus it keeps my hands busy so I can’t be tempted by chocolate the whole time.

I had aย scrumptiousย breakfast yesterday:

Pancakes made with half spelt and half peanut flour, topped with DCD and sliced banana. Mmm.

I also tried some real (caffeinated) tea- Teapigs chocolate tea. I have them on my facebook page and the photos were tempting me! (I am not against caffeine, but the cyst I have is pressing on my bladder, and caffeine tends to make it a bit worse sometimes which is why I have been only having herbal/ rooibos teas lately).

Plus, the latest sourdough loaf was a success!

I made some carrot, sweet potato and butternut soup, and had the leftover-leftovers (well, me and Andy had one lot the other day- this wasn’t reheated that many times don’t worry) for Friday lunch with a slice and my fave hummus. Yum.

It was fab for dinner with bean and veggie bake.

It was also lovely toasted for Saturday lunch (topped with almond butter/ almond butter and apple/mango jam). Even though the top looked burnt, it was really tasty inside. Phew.

Saturday Andy was out and I needed to use up a lot of veggie from our fridge that were a little past their best. I decided to make a lentil chilli, and also roasted some extra veg (carrots and sweet potato) for more soup.

I cooked some lentils:

Then mixed it all up in a pot with some passatta and some chilli.

Nice and warming on a cold night. Plus two more portions in the freezer. Although we need a bigger freezer- it was a real squeeze fitting the pots in there.

We had the soup today for lunch- it was so easy I really should prep stuff like this more often. I put the carrot and sweet potato in the pan, with some water, stock and this time chilli flakes, simmered for maybe 20 mins, blended and served. Easy.

It is half term this week so I am going to have lots more visitors- hooray ๐Ÿ™‚

I made the mistake of listening to an old Adam and Joe podcast on my walk on Saturday- cue me walking along laughing out loud like a crazy person. I think those ones are best listened to at home! I am running out of things to listen to. So which podcasts do you like to listen to?ย 

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15 thoughts on “Keeping busy plus random meals”

  1. Mmm, I don’t know which is more pretty: the patches or the pancakes. Obviously I’d rather eat the latter though ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I don’t tend to listen to Podcasts, but I’m intrigued to see what recommendations you do get!


  2. Oh! I love patchworks. That one you are making looks so pretty! I love the colours.

    Those pancakes also look amazing. I love that you topped with banana – something I’ll have to remember to do next time! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I also LOVE podcasts. I love them so so much. I tend to listen to a lot of radio programme podcasts: In Our Time from R4 is one of my favs, also the Guardian Books podcast, the BBC History Extra ones are really interesting, R4 Great Lives and the Desert Island Discs Archive podcasts – I love them so darn much. They are one of my favourite recent ‘inventions’ ๐Ÿ˜‰ (you can probably tell!) I do think it’s probably a little dangerous how absorbed I get though when walking – I completely zone out to the podcast. I have walked right past people who I know because of it. Ooops. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Those patchwork patterns are beautiful, I bet after you have researched a little you will be whipping those patches into the most beautiful patchwork quilt ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Jessica- I don’t think the patches would taste as nice as the pancakes ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Jessica- thanks for those- I love a lot of podcasts on radio 4 but have not listened to any of those I don’t think, so I think I need to expand my horizons.
    Lara- thanks- I loved the patterns too.

  5. Ah the meals you put together always look so colourful! And Im not really into podcasts, but if I was it would have to be something boring like Radio 1 =]

  6. Mmmm, gotta love good sourdough bread! I’m a real dork, and I listen to the NPR: Planet Money podcast. It’s really entertaining and takes important news and/or economics down to a basic level.

  7. That patchwork’s going to be gorgeous and so cool when you can use it knowing you made it yourself! Much better than a shop one.
    I’m glad the latest sourdough was a success and hope you have a lovely half-term… have you got a date for your op yet?

  8. Those patches are so pretty – I love the colours and the patterns. I always say I’m “dyslexic” when it come to sewing, so I’m full of admiration for anyone who can sew.
    I don’t really listen to podcasts, perhaps I should get into them. I started listening to a Marathon Talk podcast, which I really enjoyed, but my phone couldn’t cope. I need to actually download some.

  9. Will have to look up a few of those podcasts ๐Ÿ™‚
    Eleanor no date yet, but the deadline (depressingly) is middle of April- I am down on the cancellation list so fingers crossed.
    Laura the almond milk is lovely- I have had it on cereal and in porridge and it is not too sweet (whereas I don’t like the sweetened ecomil one as I think it is too sweet>0

  10. Wow a patchwork quilt! You’re so talented! I wouldn’t even know where to start with one of those and I have zero textiles skills. I’m impressed, Maria!
    Mmm lentil chili… now I’ve got a craving!
    Any news on your operation?

  11. Yes the fabric is so pretty isn’t it? It came in a pack like that (they did have other ones there too but I liked those colours and patterns the best)- although if you could see close up my shoddy and wonky sewing you might say otherwise!

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