Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

I’ve been ill.  Sick to the stomach, unable to breathe, coughing up my lung, ribs feeling like they have been broken, headache, earache, sore throat, temperature the works.  Full blown man flu.  (It was pneumonia so possibly not as bad as man flu). There is only one thing for man-flu (apart from a cupboard full…

My Fitness Journey – Progress Report

Since being inspired to move my body a little more than walking and sleeping I have been tracking my progress. On January 7 2017 I did my first exercise class in so many years (I don’t include yoga in this) as I started my journey of fitness with HIIT boot camps with Helen Turrell of…

My Plank Challenge

Since I have been attending Helen Turrell’s BodyHIIT45 on a Saturday morning I have found myself feeling fitter and slimmer!  But I find myself needing to keep the momentum going during the week. Because I work I simply do not have the energy before or after to go to any other classes (I was trying…

Quick and Healthy Blackbean Chilli

I love chilli and have never considered making it with anything other than mince.  Until I discovered blackbeans that is.  I have made this several times, perfecting it each time until I felt it was ready for all of you and could be made simply, quickly and still be delicious! I make it the day…

Welcome to my world!

What is this all about I hear you ask? Well, this blog is about stuff and things mostly.  Things like recipes for great quick and healthy eats, my cats and hopefully things that will make you smile in this messy thing we call life. Mainly though it will be about my love of felt and crafting…

Quick and Healthy Saturday Night Rice with Bacon

This dish is influenced by paella, but since it has none of the traditional ingredients I can’t really call it a paella.  So, I call it rice and bacon, or for ease, “Anya’s paella”.  It is made using a normal frying pan or you can also use a wok, no special paella pan needed.  You…

Why I am suddenly inspired to get fit…

In no other time in my life have I ever, I repeat ever, had any desire, inclination or real determination to get fit or to regularly exercise. I have dabbled.  I hired a personal trainer once.  I only kept paying him because he was easy on the eye! I once tried to get into shape…

11 Things You Should Never Say to a Childfree Woman (or Man)

I am childfree and I am happy about it.  It is both a choice I made and something nature decided for me.  No hard feelings, no tears, not even a dummy thrown out of a pram!  (Ok there were some tears, and I still can’t explain why – I blame hormones mostly) But, people are…

Quick and Healthy Chicken and Avocado Salad

It may seem strange to have a salad in Winter, but this warm chicken and avocado salad is so yummy and quick, it is a perfect foil for all those stews, casseroles and pies we end up eating at this time of year! Marinade Olive oil Lime juice of a lime Lime zest of half…