Good morning, one and all. How can it be Thursday already? This month is just galloping away from me at the moment. Are you finding that too?
After some heavy rain in the morning yesterday, the sun came out and the rest of the day was really lovely. Today is predicted to be quite the opposite, starting off fine (not necessarily sunny) and turning rainy after a while. Oh, well, what will be, will be and there's plenty to do inside so no complaints.
I'm getting on with the sorting out! I tackled one shelf of That Cupboard and got it sorted - there was quite a bit of rubbish and now my bin is full so it's just as well collection day is today. I sorted out my knitted tops and the like - there were some I had almost forgotten about and let's just say I will have no excuse for not staying warm this winter. I had to be pretty hard hearted and Lindsey now has a good bagful to start things off.
Personal training was brilliant, really good fun and Lindsey is working me harder which is just what I need. I've got some homework to keep me going until Monday when it's circuits.
Apart from that, I got the ironing done and then chilled with crochet, Kindle Fire and Telly. That's the life!
Right now it is around 5:40 and I've been up for a while, bright and breezy and raring to go. Remember I said I had decided to buy the mince pies this Christmas. Well - I've changed my mind (and why not) so when I got up, I found the Cookidoo recipe for 'rich short crust pastry (it has butter, sugar and egg yolk in it - very naughty!) and this morning used Thermione to make a batch which is now chilling until I want to make them up. I have some mincemeat left over from last Christmas and, if it's a bit dry, I can add a glug of the Cointreau I am using to feed the cake.
Then, as I had an egg white going spare, I whisked up some meringue and that's slowly dehydrating in Nellie the Ninja - the dehydration function makes brilliant meringues.
You see, I have Dave and Anna round for dinner tomorrow. I'm going to make a couple of curry dishes so I have smoothed this meringue mix over the bottom of a small rectangular lined baking tray with the aim of making a small pavlova - I have some thick cream left over from making the veggie sausage rolls last weekend so it will use that up really well. It's not going to make a big dessert but I can pile nice fruit around it as well as on it. I just have to see what fruits Morrisons has later on today.
So that's what I do when I wake early!!
As it's Thursday, Chris is coming round and after that I'm popping to Morrisons to get what I need for tomorrow's curries. I think I have lamb already in the freezer and I know I have chicken, so it is just bits and bobs really.
I would like to get the curries made today and into the fridge - they do develop so much more flavour second day, I think.
On the sorting out front, today it is hanging tops (shirts, etc) and, perhaps, socks (which will NOT go to Lindsey!!), plus one more shelf in That Cupboard. Keeping it manageable seems to be working for me - I'm not employing avoidance tactics yet!
So - quite a busy day but a nice one too. Now I'd better pop out the the freezer to hunt for the lamb and get in the chicken so it defrosts. Also, a second coffee seems to be in order.
Have a super day, everyone. Stay safe and dry. xx
This month has gone by so quickly, it'll be December before we know it. Gosh you are so organised but isn't it a good feeling going through cupboards and drawers and finding things you no longer need or things that had forgotten you had. I've just done a kitchen cupboard and even that was satisfying.ReplyDelete
It really is, Sue, it is a most cheering feeling, as is looking into a tidy cupboard or drawer. xxDelete
You have been very busy, I get up early but rarely get very active before it's light!ReplyDelete
I so agree with you about homemade curries - always better the next day.
Dehydrating function in a Ninja? I'm intrigued.
Alison in Wales x
It's one of those dual zone ones and I love mine. xxDelete
I love a good 2 day old curry and lamb would be my meat of choice if it wasn't so blimmin expensive. Love the idea of meringue piled up with fruit. Hope the rain stayed away. It's lashing down here right now.ReplyDelete
Lamb is shocking, isn't it. This recipe took a couple of leg steaks and that was bad enough!Delete
It's been lashing down here too. It's stopped for now but seems to have turned much colder. I'm glad of my nice electric blanker on my bed. xx
Curries are definitely better on the second day! You make good use of the time when you get up so early. I wish I did the same but I don't and usually just read or play games on my phone! Well done on the sorting out, you're doing a great job xxReplyDelete
I've got into the habit of prepping as much of the day's meals as I can safely do. It helps later on and I'm more likely to stick to it. I guess it's just one more step to get on with other things too. xxDelete
Sounds like you have good things planned for today. Here in the USA it is Thanksgiving and so we will be celebrating that. Parades, football games on TV, lots of good food and, of course, giving thanks for our many blessings.ReplyDelete
Of course it is, Debbie - Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I hope it's been a brilliant day. xxDelete
You have inspired me Joy and I have spent the whole day decluttering fabric-bags and bags of it all sorted and ready to go to the upcycling charity where I volunteer. Some is new and will be sold on as fabric and the rest made into bags which sell for £1 to save on plastic. Hope this publishes today! CatrionaReplyDelete
Good for you - that sounds such a worthwhile thing to do. xxDelete
The older I get; the faster time seems to move. This month has just flown by. I want it to slow down just a bit.ReplyDelete
Good for you on the clearing out and organizing.
I'm striking while the iron is hot - the motivation will go and I'll be back to my usual, somewhat indolent, way! :-)Delete
Time most certainly is not a constant, whatever anyone says!
Well done on the sorting! I was going to tackle a cupboard that I know has some just out and out rubbish in it, but our bin didn't get picked up last week (due to weather) and even though the roads have been good this week, the bin people haven't emptied it still and when husband rang them they said it wouldn't be until Saturday! The recycle is already a week behind schedule and completely full. They missed their pick-up too and as that one is only every two weeks I suppose it will be another week before we see that one emptied!ReplyDelete
Yes, it probably will - how very annoying for you. I am lucky in that my friend, Chris, rarely fills her bin and is quite happy for me to pop any additional bags of rubbish in their bin, should it be needed. xxDelete