Becoming a Bit British and WIAW

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Before I share my eats from yesterday, let’s talk about the FUN stuff first…
Owning a pair of wellies is a MUST for London life.
It rains, a lot. 
I knew I wanted some Hunter wellies but finding them was a bit frustrating.
That was until this week when I discovered Hunter’s 1st Global flagship store on Regent Street.

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It just opened a month ago and it’s 3 floors of candy colored fabulousness!
Deciding on the color was the hard part…
But if you know me, you know that I love bright colors.
So, I had to go with the Bright Coral Tall Gloss.
They are pinker in person, this picture makes them look red.
Paired with my bright yellow pea coat, I’ll easy to spot in the grey/black/brown London crowd!

Bright Coral Hunter Wellies

Now that I’ve got my wellie situation sorted, I had to buy something else.
Something I’ve never had to buy before, ever.
Outdoor cold weather running leggings.
Baby, it’s cold outside…
Really cold and my capris are not cutting it anymore.
Especially since I got the green light yesterday to start my new training plan!
(blogging all about the whole experience, GAIT test, results and training plan tomorrow)

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I ventured into my local Sweaty Betty store.
Sweaty Betty has been around for the past 16 years in the UK, it’s basically like the lululemon of the UK.
Lots of great clothes and in lots of great patterns and colors.
I headed to the outdoor running section and picked up a pair of compression distance running tights.
This was also the first time I’ve ever tried on compression tights…
WOWSA, they are.just like my knee high socks, except these are tight all over.
I think putting them on is your pre-workout.
Once on though they feel fantastic, I’m all set for outdoor running now!

 

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Happy WIAW everyone!
Time to share my eats from yesterday.
Water intake was a bit lower than usual, so I’m planning on getting back on track today.
BS numbers were excellent all-day and I definitely got my veggies in…

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Breakfast -
2 egg whites, 1 egg w/sauteed leeks on top of pea shoots topped w/chia & sesame seeds, small piece of multigrain toast w/re pepper hummus, 6oz green juice, 16oz water, vitamins
Snack for low BS –
kiddie banana sauce from bag
Lunch -
Falafel wrap w/tahini sauce and glass of white wine
SnackMince Pie Cookies <– new recipe and a GIVEAWAY (enter today)
Dinner – Big green salad w/chicken and oranges, glass of red wine, 16oz water

 

What Color Wellies Would You Pick?

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Mince Pie Cookies

Last week I attended a Christmas Expo and while browsing…
I was asked to try a Micemeat Pie.
I responded with a hard NO, I don’t eat meat.
The guy smiled and told me “mincemeat” isn’t meat.
Really?!?
Yes, I realized at this moment, I looked like “the stupid American”.
So, I just had to try it.
I braced myself for a horrible taste but this bite sized pie was unbelievably delicious!
It tasted like heaven – a mix of tart and sweet and butter.
My enjoyment was soon drowned by the beeping of DEX, my glucose monitor.
It tasted SO good, I didn’t care that it required the same amt. of insulin as a bagel.
TRUST ME, it was worth it!
I looked up the ingredients of mincemeat for you…
A combination of  sugar, apples, raisins, sultanas, candied mixed peel, palm oil, currants & sunflower oil.
Obviously the ingredients vary from jar to jar but you get the picture.
YUM
So, in this past Sunday’s newspaper magazine…
I was surprised to see a Jamie Oliver recipe for Mince Pie cookies.
It took me all of 6 hours (due to sleep) to start making them.
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Now I know what you’re saying right now…
“But we don’t have mincemeat where I live!”
Well, these cookies are SO amazing…
I’m having a giveaway, I’m gifting 2 lucky readers with a jar of mincemeat.
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 The best part about this recipe is that it can be made in minutes.
And you can do what I did and freeze half of the dough for later!
Mince Pie Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 250g unsalted butter, softened (2½ sticks)
  • 140g sugar (1 and ¼ cups)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 300g flour (2⅓ cups)
  • 1 - 411g jar fruit mincemeat
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (370 f) and line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until creamy.
  3. Add the egg yolk and clementine zest and beat again to combine.
  4. Sift in the flour then fold through most of the mincemeat and stir until the mixture starts to come together – use your hands to make a dough, if needed.
  5. Pull off little biscuit-sized clumps of dough, space them evenly over the trays and gently press down slightly to shape into cookies. Dot a little of your saved mince on top of each cookie to make them look extra delicious.
  6. Pop them in the oven for 10 minutes, or till golden but still a bit doughy in the middle.
  7. Serve warm, or turn onto a wire rack to cool, then store in an airtight container.
  8. ***If you don’t want to bake the whole batch, you can shape the dough into biscuits then freeze. ly.

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Mince Pie Cookies

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Doggie Approved and More – Giving Thanks

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 Happy Monday,  the sun is out here in London and that makes me happy!
Yesterday it rained all day long.
So, I decided to make myself a Bloody Mary and start a puzzle.
The husband was sick all weekend, so I tried staying out of the house most of the time.
I saw the new Hunger Games movie.
It was good but i hate 2 part movies, now we have to wait a million months for the second one.
Ok, maybe not a million but you know what I mean…
Plenty to Give Thanks about this past week, #1 is my favorite.
(fingers crossed)

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10 THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR
 
1. A VERY successful home visit on Saturday, it looks like we’ll be doggie parents soon!  This little guy below might just be our new baby????
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2.  I hit 1,000+ amazing & uber sweet Instagram followers yesterday.  Are you one of them?
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3. Our fireplace, it’s been ages since I’ve had one and I adore it!  I use it every morning….
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4.  That tomorrow night I’ll be sleeping on our new mattress.  I cannot wait to wake up and feel refreshed instead of feeling like a 100 year old lady…
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5.  AppleTV.   While I have found a handful of British TV shows I enjoy, nothing beats Revenge, Blacklist, The  Vampire Diaries, Parenthood and Grey’s!
6.  Someecards.  I absolutely cannot get enough of this website, when I need some laughs, I head over and check out the hundreds of witty cards.  This one made me laugh, out loud.  
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7.  Finally feeling moved in and organized in our new home, only took me 3 months…
8.   Great blood sugar numbers this week!  I’ve been working very hard to keep a tight control on my sugar over the last couple months and it’s nice to see that all my efforts are paying off!
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9.  That I’m finally going to the foot specialist tomorrow, my apt. was cancelled last week.  This is the beginning of running again!   I’M SO HAPPY.
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10.  Our new life in London.  I love the weather (yes, even all the rain), our home, all the public transportation, the HUGE variety of things to do, the list goes on and on…

What Are You Thankful For?