What is your favourite wartime recipe?


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Candy Apples- A 1940’s Halloween Treat? CLICK HERE for recipe

I have a FREE weekend (so far…except for Halloween and grocery shopping)

This means I get to catch up on a whole lot of cooking with at LEAST a few different recipes as for every lb I lose I’ll re-create a wartime recipe on my blog.

Is there a wartime recipe you’d like to see re-created? If so please leave your suggestions as a comment and I’ll try to tackle a couple- see what they come out like!

And now for something non- 1940s BUT tomorrow is Halloween! At work we have been busy putting together some fabby recipes and crafts for a useful Halloween page. My friend Jana brought in some Frankenstein Cookies to work yesterday (I do admit to tearing an arm off to taste it- it was the tastiest arm I have ever gnawed on)…

You can see the Franken Cookies, Candy Apples, Ghosty Cakes, Orange Jack O Lanterns and soups by CLICKING HERE

I wonder what treats they had in the 1940’s for Halloween?

C xx

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Week 12 weigh in – 3 lbs off!


Being attacked by dogs and high school children and rapidly running out of time before having to leave for work (and I still have to pluck my chin hairs) so just a very quick update for now..

A day late with my weigh in this week but it’s very good news- 3 lb off!!!

I’ll do all the full calculations later but I’m down to 282 lbs – can hardly believe it!!!!

C xx

Being less fat means you can do stuff…


carolyn350smallToday I marched for climate change…. if this event had taken place just three months earlier I would have had to have shown my support from just the confines of my home hooked up to my lap top computer.

I am discovering that being less fat gives you more choices. I may have only lost 30 lbs and realistically have another 120 lbs to go BUT just three months ago it was very painful to walk just the length of the garden as well as stand for any time period. In stores, because of the pain in my back, obviously caused by the huge amount of extra weight being carried around my middle (and all over) I would find relief in pushing a cart (shopping trolley) as this gave some relief by leaning on it ( I bet there are others that have discovered that trick too!) …..you kind of get used to those discomforts over the years.

So having lost 30 lbs I find I can now walk 1/2 mile and stand indefinately and today I was able to march for climate change as part of 350.org, in the cold, pouring rain……..Not even the weather could dampen my enthusiasm- it was a very happy day for me.

Please click here to check out the photos!


Week 11 weigh in – down another 2 lb!


Start weight: 315 lbs (22 st 7 lb)

Last weeks weight: 287 lbs (20st 07 lb)

This weeks weight: 285 lbs (20st 05 lb)

Week 11 weight loss: 2 lbs

TOTAL weight loss to date: 30 lb (Yay! 2 stone 2 lbs)

I admit to weighing myself earlier this week and I was already down to this weight- I was secretly hoping for more by the time I jumped on the scales this morning but I guess that’s not so bad..

Nearly 1/3 rd of the way there already!!

C xx

The big feed – invited to lunch.


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Eating away from home when you are trying to stick 100% to something like I am doing can be quite challenging, especially when you are invited to lunch..

This past weekend was VERY busy for me..and for once the children took a back seat. On Saturday I enjoyed a day helping Dave down at the Mahone Bay Marina with the office admin as it was annual haul out time and it’s literally all hands on deck. It is always quite amazing to see the boats hauled out of the sea with a crane and placed on the wharf on their cradles or trailers to spend the winter on land. Eating at lunch on Saturday was easy- I just brought sandwiches from home and enjoyed a homemade cookie that Margaret dropped over.

Sunday was an entirely different matter. I had been invited over to Dominik & Pheobe’s house to partake in Sunday lunch with John & Ina, Corey & Cheryl. As the smells wafted around their house I prayed silently that it would be something that I could gobble down without worrying about it too much..

The lunch was delicious…. minted peas, sweetcorn, chicken and roast potatoes.. the most yummy roast potatoes cooked to perfection (something I have never really managed to do). It goes without saying that Dominik (he who cooked the glorious spuds) was interrogated ever so politely until every single ingredient and method was stored away in the vicinity of my cranium, securely for future retrieval.

Pudding was frozen blueberries with a warm white chocolate sauce over the top. I don’t think there would have been white chocolate sauce in the 1940’s….Briefly I considered excusing myself from the table with my dish to the bathroom to run the blueberries under the cold tap to remove their coating but HELL that was about the most crazy idea ever. Anyway, it was just a fleeting one as one whiff of the chocolate sent me into an mmmmmm, mmmmmmmm frenzy as the pud was gobbled down.

Finally the homemade wine hit the table. John & Corey had brought wine from home and the temptation was just too strong and I enjoyed 1/2 a glass of each ( I was driving later)…..

I guess the choccie sauce and the wine deviated from a typical 1940’s diet and I did feel a little guilty afterwards but hey sometimes when pleasures fall into your lap you have to take them where you can. I think anyone in the 1940’s would have done the same…..

C xx

Getting rid of THE biggest black pants…


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I will remember today as a significant one..

October 16, 2009 was the day I cast aside THE BIGGEST BLACK PANTS (the ones that have been falling down) I have ever worn in my life and put on a slightly smaller pair of BIG BLACK PANTS…. I wanted to stamp on the pants to within an inch of it’s life and then cut it up for cleaning rags but decided instead that I would always keep these big black pants as a reminder just how BIG my bottom was (it still is actually but just not quite as big!)

Above all, when I have lost 100 lb I want to be in one of those photographs where the person fits inside just one leg of the pants and if I assassinated my pants there would be no doing this in 9 months time.

So the BIGGEST BLACK PANTS OF ALL have been folded, placed in a bag and labelled BIGGEST BLACK PANTS Oct 16, 2009 and placed in the closet.

In 9 months time we will say hello again and hopefully we’ll have a photograph taken together.

C xx

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The Story of the Wobbly Bits (part 1)


As a teenager I always perceived myself as chubby but in reality my weight of 145-160 lbs for a 5 ft 6 inch lass was pretty average. You know what it’s like though. As a teen you are full of insecurities..

Then about 18 years ago the weight started to increase significantly. I had already given birth to my eldest daughter and she was around 2 or 3 years old. I really don’t know what happened for sure around that time that changed (I have an idea but it would be unethical to spout it out) but something did as I began wearing pants all the time (and have done so ever since).

When you start to put on weight you initially notice subtle changes….. you start to wobble more and there is more of you appearing in places where it didn’t before. Gradually jeans no longer feature in your wardrobe but rather stretchy pants with elasticated waistbands… I knew leggings were invented for something.

(part 2 soon)…