Friday, 2 October 2015

Another Catch Up Week

On account of last week being a bit busier than usual, due to a day out with a friend visiting our aerobics instructor and her new baby and then a day in town to buy some stock, things began to pile up a bit around here and hence this week was another one where I was playing catch up.

On Tuesday, I got quite a few things done, mainly due to the internet being down, thus forcing me to start some of the jobs I'd been avoiding up until that point.  First off, I began by sorting some washing and hanging out a newly washed load on the drying rack.  I then decided to bake some muffins/buns. This was partly because I wanted to use up some ripe bananas that I had bought at ASDA at the weekend.  I couldn't quite believe my eyes when I saw the price tag.

Yes, that is 6p for the bunch, so I bought two.  I was tempted to go back, buy more and then freeze them to use in smoothies or baking, but didn't.

Anyway, I combined a couple of recipes from YouTube to make some Raspberry muffins.  I don't think I put quite enough baking powder in, or it could have been the bananas making the mixture heavy, as although they rose up in the oven, when taken out they flattened off.  In addition, I didn't use muffin cases, as I didn't have any, just normal bun cases.  They tasted fine though and will keep us in healthy sweet treats for the week.

Here's the recipe I used:

Three ripe bananas mashed.
One and a half cups of self-raising flour (wholemeal preferably, but I'd run out)
1 tsp baking powder
75g butter melted
1 egg
Two thirds of cup of sugar
75g frozen and defrosted raspberries
Splash of milk

Once mixed together, the mixture was spooned into cases and baked in a fan oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees.

Here's what they looked like.

I'm starting to enjoy trying my hand at a few new recipes.  Some work, others don't.  It's all good fun though and better than buying processed food.

Anyway, as the afternoon continued and the internet still wasn't working, I decided to get the hoover out and hoover through the house, as the dust and dirt had started to annoy me.  The hoover did a good job of annoying me too, as it didn't seem to be working as effectively as usual.  Nevertheless I persevered.

Anyway, after working up a sweat hoovering, I was relieved when the internet connection finally started to work again, but that didn't mean I got to take a break.  I carried on by sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor and then doing the washing up, all whilst catching up on a couple of YouTube videos.   It's good to know that being with or without the internet, can motivate me to get things done.

The afternoon was punctuated with some good news, as LB texted to say she had been offered one of the lead roles in her school's forthcoming production, which was very exciting. She hadn't been expecting to get such a large part.  I just hope it doesn't overwhelm her, as she's never had a large part in anything before. Needless to say, we're very proud of her and OH took us out for Pizza to celebrate.

Wednesday, amongst other things, I finally took the rest of the donated items to the CS and donation bank, banked some cheques and took some library books back. Then there was a meeting at the school.

By Thursday there was more washing to do and a major ironing session, whereby I managed to get the pile under some sort of control. A food order was delivered from Ethical Superstore, so I was able to restock my cupboards with staples.

Today, there's a bit more ironing to do and a bit of work, but as the week has progressed and more and more things have got done, life is feeling a lot lighter - just in time for the weekend.


  1. I've found that noting down tasks to do each day ensures that I do them as I have the satisfaction of ticking them off my 'list'.

    1. I agree, but sometimes, despite having a list, some things on it never actually get done, as I deliberately overlook them. Some things can stay on my list for months unfortunately.