Here is my week in pictures.

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We experimented with selfies and this is the one that makes me look least awful. Still awful but less so than on the other attempts.

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This photo is a bit of fun and celebrates some quality time together as a couple this week.

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Things were a bit icy on the school runs this week. Can you see the lady in this photo? Could it be Kate on Thin Ice?

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This photo represents me listening to two very good friends and a supportive husband.

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This was on the back of the train seat in front of me on the way home and made me smile considering what went before.

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I liked the patterns as we washed the car.

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My husband spied these snowdrops in the garden. My late Mum used to love their fragile yet hardy beauty. In a week where I sense things are finally turning a little for us, finding these felt like a message of hope.

I am joining in with the 365 Project.

Here’s a tempting omelette salsa recipe.

Soft flour tortillas are topped with omelettes and a lively salsa, then rolled up. Perfect for breakfast on-the-go or an anytime snack.

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Serves 4 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time 10 minutes

4 soft flour tortillas

8 Big & Fresh eggs

4 tbsp milk

2 tomatoes, finely chopped

1 small red onion, finely chopped

1 red, green or yellow pepper, deseeded and finely chopped

2 tsp finely chopped green or red chilli (optional)

2 tsp vegetable oil

80g mature Cheddar cheese, grated

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Lay out the tortillas on a work surface. Preheat the grill.

2. Beat the eggs and milk together. In a separate bowl, mix together the tomatoes, onion, pepper and chilli (if using), seasoning with salt and black pepper.

3. Heat ½ tsp of vegetable oil in a non-stick frying pan and pour in one quarter of the beaten egg mixture. Cook on the hob over a medium heat for a few moments to set the base. Sprinkle one quarter of the tomato mixture over the surface, then sprinkle 20g of the cheese over the top. Grill to set the egg and melt the cheese.

4. Slide the omelette onto one of the tortillas. Leave to cool a little while you make three more omelettes, placing them on top of the tortillas as you go. Roll up the tortillas, slice in half and serve immediately, or wrap in foil to serve later.

Cook’s tip: Use plain or whole-wheat tortillas; though remember that whole-wheat ones have higher fibre content.

Nutritional analysis per serving

1669kJ/399kcal

22g protein

23g fat of which 9g saturates

27g carbohydrate of which 9g sugars

2g dietary fibre

516mg sodium equivalent to 1.2g salt

This recipe was made using Big & Fresh eggs, for more information and delicious recipes visit www.bigandfresh.co.uk

Diary of an imperfect mum

I have had a disappointing week on the healthy eating front.

Due to being busy and a lack of planning it has not really happened.

I know it is important to acknowledge this rather than hide from the fact. This allows a fresh start.

I must focus on getting the house full of healthy eating options to prevent temptation striking.

One healthy thin I am enjoying this week is porridge – you forget just how filling, warming and comforting it can be.
The boys are loving it too.

In other news I wore a dress yesterday and thought I looked quite good in it. It also suggests I have not put on as much weight as I might have thought before.

That said, the trousers I am wearing today are straining to say the least.

Onward and upwards – the future’s bright and all that.

How was your week on the healthy eating front?

Here is an Eggs Benedict recipe. For myself, I can think of no nicer breakfast treat.

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How about treating your loved on to the perfect Eggs Benedict?

SERVES 2


Ingredients

4 happy eggs
125g butter
1 tsp white wine vinegar
Pinch salt
Pinch of black cracked pepper
juice of half a lemon
4 slices Parma ham
2 English muffins

Method

Hollandaise sauce
In a bowl, whisk 2 egg yolks, lemon juice and vinegar.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter on a gentle heat, the butter should foam as it burns-off the water. As soon as the foaming starts to reduce, pour it (in a slow trickle) in to the egg mixture, whilst whisking. Continue whisking until the butter is fully combined. Add a pinch of salt to season.

To cook the perfect poached egg
Poach 2 happy eggs. A great trick, to hold the egg together when cooking, is to place the whole egg (shell on) in simmering water for 10 seconds, then place it in cold water until it’s cool enough to touch. Next, crack it open and place into simmering water and cook for 3 minutes. Add a few drops of vinegar to the water too.

To assemble
Split and toast the English muffins, butter them and place on a plate. Arrange the ham on top followed by the poached eggs and a generous helping of hollandaise sauce. Top with a sprinkle of cracked black pepper.

For more recipes, please visit www.thehappyegg.co.uk

Are you a fan of Eggs Benedict?

The media tell us that today is Blue Monday. How can you get your groove back on days that are blue?

I have had a less than ideal week and sometimes felt distinctly like my groove was missing in action.

The key to being a groovy mum is not to accept feeling down but to take steps, even if tiny ones, to change things.

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Here are the little things I did that helped..

1. Held the #groovymums Twitter party on Friday even though I had not promoted it very well and was busy with less fun things. It was well attended with some really good points being raised. One that sticks in my mind was about perhaps not pining for who we used to be and instead deciding who we want to be right now and in the future.

2. Got out in the fresh air.

3. Visited a book sale. Sometimes just looking at book titles can make us want to try new things or remember interests we have not pursued for a while. I remembered my love of Charles Dickens, I recalled an amusing Twitter conversation with Gok Wan and also picked up a book for people who do too much. I think as mums we all do too much sometimes and my teenager son had mentioned my habit of doing so earlier in the day.

I also got a book of quotations and will share this with you today.

“My mother taught me that no matter how sad, scared or unwell I might feel, a good giggle works wonders. Even during the most challenging times, my mum is able to raise a laugh and make herself and everyone round her feel good”

Three Groovy Tips

1. Watch something funny on the television. Do whatever it takes to give yourself a giggle. Blog about what made you laugh this week.

2. Indulge your body in a little pampering this week – new haircut, spa day, sparkly nails or whatever. Tell us about it.

3. Investigate volunteering on the Do-It website. Wisdom has it that helping others puts our own issues into perspective and gives us the feel-good factor. Volunteering can lead to new skills, fantastic friends, training and employment. You have nothing to lose by checking what is available in your local area or further afield.

If you blog about the baby (or huge) steps you are taking to move forwards positively, link up below and I will promote your posts.