Merry Christmas

Hey all!

Just wanted to post quickly  a Merry Christmas to you all and a happy new year!

I’m not going to be posting for the next couple of weeks due to more serious attempts at revision for my January exams and just to spend more time switched off over Christmas.

I’m happy to be back with my family for a bit, although it’s kinda weird coming back too…

The first term has taken more out of me than I realized – I slept so much in my first week back and I’m still sleeping well past my alarm even now!

I’ve managed to get everyone’s presents and a few extra so feeling proud, although my wrapping skills need some work!

That’s it for now then – hope everyone has a great end to their 2015!

 

P.S had a few sweet potatoes left over and decided to make Deliciously Ella’s amazing sweet potato brownies! They taste literally like fudge – amazing!! Here’s a link to the recipe on her site – she’s a really gifted cook 🙂

http://deliciouslyella.com/vegan-sweet-potato-brownies-gluten-free/

 

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2 ingredient super-easy waffles

Merry Christmas everyone!! I know this isn’t the most Christmassy thing but, well…. WAFFLES!!! I had to share it, it tasted so goooood!!! And the great thing is that because it has no egg you can eat the batter raw!

  

 Ingredients:

  1. 2-2.5 cups water
  2. 3 cups porridge oats (I used asda’s wholemeal)
  3. 1 medium ripe banana

*Having a waffle machine helps too!! We happened to be given one and it’s just been sat on a shelf so I thought I’d take advantage!!

  

Method:

  • Preheat your waffle iron griddle thingy. 
  • Blend the ingredients in a blender (I used my nutribullet and couldn’t fit the extra 1/2 cup of water in so mine were a little thicker but still tasted great!) 
  • When the waffle machine is hot and ready, spoon in enough mixture to cover the waffle shape. I used a tbsp for mine as my machine makes waffle fingers.
  • Close the lid and wait ~5-10 mins until they are browned and golden.
  • Serve with more banana or fruit and some maple syrup!!! 

Voila! 

  
 
It makes quite a lot of waffles, so I’m going to store them in the fridge. Put them in the toaster to heat up again 😉 

 
  

Bog roll

Yes be prepared to get through tonnes of it with your flat mates. 

 

Caption in the F3 chat: “I bringeth bog roll”. #F3banter

 
We’ve probably used half the Amazon rainforests’ worth of it in the last 12 weeks. It’s not helped by the fact that we hold so many parties in our flat – this means more people drinking, and then needing the toilet. It’s inevitable.

But hey buying more of it is a way of blessing people I guess! 

It’s almost the end of the week now, which means I’m almost home. The flash mob is tomorrow and I’m gonna go and rehearse with my b-girl Linh at 4 hopefully. So tired – but it was worth making it to my 8:30am lecture today – only two of us (me and Emily, plus Katherine, our teacher) have been to every single 8:30 this term! Record! 

I’m looking forward to the break (let’s pretend for a second I don’t have exams and there will be no revision – humour me!). 

But first things first…. I need to get my Spanish comprehension in ASAP! 

News

Hey all – nope I haven’t dropped off the face of the planet!

I’ve been working and competing and break dancing my socks off and I’m about ready to go home, although I know that this means revision will begin. So more work basically!

I didn’t win at my gymnastics competition – I did really well considering it was my first comp but I was against a load of other girls who’d clearly done gymnastics before but had a break and were entered at a level lower than their true ability. But oh well the journey there and back was hilarious – Jamie, another gymnast from the uni, pinched my Russian course book and tried to test me on everything, except he had no idea what I was even saying and if I was even right or not! Our coach just laughed at us the whole way 🙂 Jamie won in his division and brought home a medal.

  

To watch some clips of his routine go here: https://youtu.be/Y-_vR2H2DJE

The flash mob rehearsals are well under way – we have one every evening this week until the actual day, and even then we have one beforehand. It’s going to be so cool. I just wish I could find time to practice a bit more on my own!

The Spanish department sprung an assessment on us today which is due in on Friday so I am trying to work on that along with a formative I somehow missed for my Russian course… so, busy, basically. And I’m so tired – it has to be the end of term pack-it-in syndrome everyone gets!

Still, I’m powering it through on sweet potatoes, mung beans and tonnes of bananas and water!

Oh, and homemade raspberry icecream…. heehee 🙂 [Try out the recipe, it’s sooo good 🙂  ].

My flat is feeling appropriately Christmassy, hosting a flat Christmas meal (Although I had to bow out of this one due to communication errors and having promised a step up movie marathon with the other b-girls from break dance). This time I got to be in the photo though.

  

I’ve been reading a really interesting book called the Starch Solution which has really opened my eyes re nutrition and the way everything works. It’s a good read, and I really recommend it. It’s amazing how little effort is required to have good health, and how much the food industries deceive us about what’s ‘healthy’. This topic is close to my heart and I really believe that what you eat can have a massive effect on not just you but the world too. I don’t want to get into this too much now – It’s late at my end and I’m about to head to bed (as usual when writing these posts!) but I think we should all consider this sort of thing as its a new science being explored more and more today.

Anyway… I’m trying to gather my thoughts about what to take home over the holidays. Ha! I’m actually having a ‘holiday’ by going home. I haven’t had a holiday since the summer of 2014… I worked all the way through my 2015 summer.

First shift at the Ram Bar tomorrow… wish me luck! (and a good night’s sleep! I reckon most of this tiredness comes from the low impact cardio of walking up hills all day to get to lectures!!)

I’m going home this weekend 🙂

Raspberry and Banana “icecream”

Possibly one of my absolute favourites at the moment. I came home yesterday tired from a break dance rehearsal for our flash mob next week, and a blender full of this really hit the spot. It’s so creamy and delicious!

Yes I have literally labelled all of my property in this flat!

So…. How to make this delicious treat? Which could also be breakfast if you wanted – now there’s an idea! It’s cheap too as the ingredients don’t cost a lot so that makes it budget friendly 🙂

Serves…. As many as you actually want to share it with, if you’re that nice! 😉

Ingredients:

3 ripe frozen bananas*

1/2 cup frozen raspberries (I get mine from Aldi as it works out more cost effective)

1/2 cup water

Method:

  1. Put frozen bananas in the blender/food processor and blend for a bit until mostly broken up and starting to look like soft serve.
  2. Add the raspberries and keep blending.
  3. Add half of the water, still blending. Push any stubborn chunks down into the blades.
  4. Add the rest of the water, doing the same again.
  5. Eat!!! (All of it – I do!)

*I let the bananas go spotty on the outside and then peeled and chopped them into circular chunks before freezing so they blend better. It depends on the power and quality of your blender/food processor!

 

It’s almost Christmas!!!!

I honestly can’t believe today is the first of December. Where did all of that time go? My flat is planning on doing a flat Christmas dinner this Sunday to celebrate 🙂 We haven’t managed to get decorations up yet but we’ve seen how festive F1 (two flats below us) has already got tinsel and fairy lights in the kitchen so the competition is officially ON.

Speaking of celebrations – I am now finally free of the Magdalen Chapter Hotel, although I will miss some of my colleagues. I will begin at the Ram Bar (student bar on site) next week which I am so looking forward to! I also have been paid finally by the hotel, which means I can get Christmas presents, hopefully get a new laptop (my current one is old, slow and dying!), and possibly go on a weekend away with Grace church. Who knows??

I went to Zizzis last night with the girls from my flat (minus Ellen, who had a Christmas party to go to) and it was so special. 

  
We also got a whopping 40% off all of our meals with my NUS card which was AMAZING. Mine only cost £8.60 in the end and the others’ were around £11-15 each! I totally recommend them. 

  

  
We then went around town snapping some funny pictures with all of the Christmas lights and Christmas trees on display 🙂 It also turns out that I’m not the only one having difficulties with some of the guys in our flat – most of the girls admitted that they didn’t like them either and that they were sad to hear about all of the pointed questions and jokes they make to me about my faith etc.

It’s been sooo windy down here in Exeter recently – almost as bad as those funny strong wind videos in Norway I’ve seen on Facebook recently. It’s not been too cold, but we’ve had some bitter northerly winds. Amazingly, my Raynaud’s seems to have cleared up. (For those who don’t know, it’s a circulatory condition where if you don’t regulate your body temperature then the blood flow gets restricted to fingers/toes/extremities and then once it goes back they swell up/go white/red and it can get itchy and horrid. Or they go purple. It can go away naturally or it can lead to further problems such as gangrene if it worsens. Lovely.)

But I don’t seem to have it anymore. Which is amazing. Literally, at this time of year I live, breath and sleep in finger-less gloves and ski mittens to try and keep my fingers warm, and double or even triple pairs of socks.

But this year that hasn’t happened, and even if it’s not that cold down here, often when its cold, then warmer, then cold again that can be the worst time. I’ve been walking around without gloves on over the last week – ok maybe putting them in my pockets occasionally – but they are fine!

We’ve been praying for this to go away for a while in my church back home and my family. So it’s a bit of a miracle – and it means going to Russia in the winter months is a bit more inviting! I also think my diet has helped. I eat very plant based at the moment, especially as I can’t really afford meat, and this has been known to help clear up heart disease and other circulatory conditions etc. So wow. Wowee. 🙂

I’m being a bit cheeky writing this now as I have a lecture in approximately 13 minutes…. but fortunately it’s in the forum on the ground floor which is only 8 minutes quick walk away. I do love to push things!

Until later!