Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 163 – Easter Vibes

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Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.”

Clarence W. Hall

It’s Easter!

Now, I am not Christian, but as a British born Sikh, living in the UK, I like to embrace all the festivals and significant dates that are celebrated here. After all, it’s all about integrating, isn’t it?

I’ve read the Easter story to my Reception class and talked about Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, Good Friday and Easter Sunday in child-friendly ways. I have let my Nursery class enjoy the tale of the Easter Bunny.

Both sets have had an Easter Egg hunt and polished off their chocolatey treasure.

My kitchen has a selection of eggs hidden, ready for gifting on Sunday.

On Good Friday, my children’s breakfasts consisted of croissants and mini chocolate eggs!

But, I do like to think about the philosophy behind the festivals we celebrate.

Resurrection.

New Beginnings.

A good time to reflect on the fact that Jesus died on a cross for the sins of his people. (This was actually quoted to me by a five-year-old as we were listening to their recall of the Bible story!). I hadn’t put it quite like that in my retelling, but she is from a church-going family, so kudos to her for remembering that from her church school!

But the above quote rang true as well. It doesn’t matter how deep you bury a truth, it will be unearthed soon enough, so best to try and deal with the consequences of a secret straight away, rather than brushing it under the carpet…

Now, let me lighten the mood with a couple of funny Easter quotes Spidey wanted to share too!

My mom used to say that Greek Easter was later because then you get stuff cheaper.”

Amy Sedaris

 

I lied on my Weight Watchers list. I put down that I had 3 eggs… but they were Cadbury chocolate eggs.”

Caroline Rhea

Wishing those of you that celebrate, a most wonderful Easter, and an abundance of new beginnings. And those of you who don’t celebrate religiously, enjoy the myriad chocolate eggs that are out there!

Stay positive 🙂

Happy Sunday Peeps!

#SoCS Mar 17/18 – Buns

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “bun.” Find a word that contains “bun” or use it as a word all by itself. Have fun!

Now Linda, you are quite naughty, giving us a prompt like bun!

BUNS!

I could go all American and talk about the merits of the sweet buns my Hubby Dearest has (it’s just peachy!) and the fact that this past week, I have noticed that my Lil Man has suddenly started filling the back seat of his pants in a similar fashion.

Not a bad bodily trait to have inherited from his father!

In fact, I have been enjoying teasing him a little (I know, cruel mummy, but what can I do?!)  about the fact that his cute lil tushie may just start attracting the attention of the opposite sex, but you know 12 year-old-boys – that is not really on his agenda of things to do just yet!

No, I won’t write about that.

So instead, I’ll go all seasonal.

In case it’s missed your attention anywhere in the world, it is Easter weekend. Celebrating the resurrection of Christ if you are Christian and religious, and celebrating the abundance of chocolate eggs, Cadbury’s Mini Eggs, Cadbury’s Crème Eggs, chocolate bunnies… (you get the gist?) and Hot Cross Buns!

Oooh, those sweet, spiced little-crossed buns of deliciousness!

I know you can get them pretty much any time of year now, but I do associate them with Easter, and traditionally, that is when they were made.

  • Way back in the twelfth century an Anglican monk apparently made them and added the cross in honour of Good Friday.
  • The superstitious English population of the sixteenth century thought they were medicinal, or magical even, so Elizabeth the First limited their production or sale of these sweet buns to funerals, Christmas and the Friday before Easter. Though that didn’t last as people would just make them at home.
  • Did you know the belief was that if you made Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday they would never go stale??
  • People even hung buns freshly baked on Good Friday to the rafters of their houses as they thought they would ward off evil spirits in the coming year.
  • Then there was the rather lovely belief that sharing a Hot Cross Bun with loved ones guaranteed friendship in the coming year!

Now, I could have written a haibun, but a limerick came to mind instead!

There’s nothing quite like the taste
Of butter melted in haste
On a toasted cross bun
That’s hot and just YUM
But too many aren’t good for your waist!

Ritu 2018

Going back to that last belief I mentioned, I’d love to share a virtual Hot Cross Bun with all of you reading, and may our Blog-Pal-Ship last a happy, long time!

Happy Easter Peeps!


Happy Saturday Peeps!

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Ritu’s Healthy Eating – Week 37 – #icandothis

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So I guess the important thing to tell you all is that I didn’t put any more weight on!!!

I’d be lying if I said I was really good, the tail end of the holidays, combined with the stress of going back, and the fact that I have a lesson observation hanging over my head means that I am neither eating well, or sleeping properly! (4 hours last night!)

But alongside the (extremely) naughty I was good too!

So here are some yummy pics!

And a quick recipe

Slimming World Friendly Spaghetti Bolognaise

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Ingredients

I shan’t put amounts as I don’t measure things out, but you use as much or as little as you want! Add any other vegetables if you want, it only bulks your Speed up!!!

Dry Spaghetti
Low fat Lamb/Beef/Turkey mince
Minced Garlic
Diced Onions
Chopped Mushrooms
Diced Peppers
Tomato Puree
Tomato Passatta
Dried Mixed Herbs
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cheese if you want (Can be taken out of your HexA allowance)
Frylight spray for cooking.

Method
  • Put your spaghetti on to boil as per packet instructions
  • Spray your pan with Frylight
  • Brown garlic and onions
  • Add mushrooms and peppers and soften. Add a little tomato puree
  • In a separate pan, brown your mince, with a tiny Frylight spray so it doesn’t stick.
  • Once browned, drain any fat and add to the softened veg.
  • Stir well then add the tomato passatta
  • Season with salt and pepper and add a sprinkle of mixed dried herbs
  • Allow to simmer on a low heat for 10 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Drain your cooked spaghetti.
  • Plate up and sprinkle cheese if you desire.
  • Serve with a large side salad, or if you’re feeling decadent, then a little piece of garlic bread! Make it SW friendly by using a wholemeal roll (HexB) and syn the butter!)

That’s my lot this week peeps! Have a wonderful week, I hope I get back on track properly by next week, but with this observation looming, I’m not sure!!!!

Enjoy!!!

Speed is the name given to certain fruit and vegetables that have a filling quality about them, and are easily digestible. They are great for weight loss! HexA and HExB are allowances for Slimming Worlders. HexA is calcium intake, so will include certain amounts of milk and cheeses, and HexB is fibre, so includes  certain amounts of wholemeal bread, cereals, nuts and any stewed fruits. If you are following Slimming World, make sure you stick to your allowances!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 113 -Easter Special 

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“Easter is the only time it is safe to put all your eggs in one basket!” – Anon

A short and sweet one today, from Spidey and me!

Wishing all those of you who celebrate, a wonderful Easter Sunday!

Go out and collect those egg, stick ’em in that one basket, but don’t go eating them all at once!!!!

Until next week Peeps!

 

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 58 – Easter Special

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Easter. The only time it’s okay to put all of your eggs in one basket!”
Author Unknown

It is a day to enjoy your chocolate eggs… (Well that is what the kids think anyway!) But also a time, for those who believe, a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

So why do we have eggs?

Eggs are said to be a symbol of new life and so they perfectly represent Jesus beginning his new life after resurrection.

I shall not profess to be an expert on the whole Easter topic, but suffice to say, having been born and brought up in the UK, going to a Church Of England school, I learned plenty about the religious significance!

Anyway, have a wonderful Easter all of those of you that celebrate, and if you don’t, enjoy the long weekend you got because of it!

And don’t forget to change your clocks if you are in the UK… we lose an hour, this time, remember!

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