Monday, February 29, 2016

Meal Plan Monday

Its the last day of February...already!. This year is flying by...summer is the healthy eating continues. Its been fun looking for lower calorie meals..and tweaking existing ones. I have also discovered that hubby loathes brown white rice it has to be..but stick a stock or garlic cube in with the water and its a different flavour altogether. Have a great week 

Weekly Plan - February 29th

Monday             Peppered Steak, Baby Red Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole

Tuesday             Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Garlic Rice, Vegetable Kebabs

Wednesday       Vegetable Lasagne, Salad

Thursday           Herbed Chicken, Potatoes, Carrots, Broccoli

Friday                One Pan Salmon and Veggie Dinner

Chicken Club Paninis,

Sunday               Eating Out

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Dad...You Are The Best

Happy Birthday to the best...







 Car Mechanic..

 Tear Dryer


Maybe not the best...

Love you Dad
and Miss you always

Phoebe xxx

Friday, February 26, 2016

Sad Times...

What do you do when two people you love..decide they dont love each other anymore? I guess you try to be there for them...even though they are five thousand miles away!!

After two and a half short son and daughter in law are getting a divorce. There are a few reasons why...and its not my place to say what..but suffice to say it all came as a shock to me, They are both very upset. They tried.. but it wasnt to be.

I love them both...and being in the middle, trying to be objective, and giving them both support and encouragement has been upsetting and very tiring.. I have been there for them and night..and the eight hour time difference has been the killer. Im terrible at advice...but my shoulders are big enough to cry on

But...things have calmed down a little now. They have a lot of upheaval ahead. Divorce is never easy. But they are both strong. All I can do is continue to do what I have been doing..listening...and loving.

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Monday, February 22, 2016

Meal Plan Monday

Im still here! I know I have been MIA but I have been dealing with a few family matters back in the Uk. Its all very sad..but I will tell you about it tomorrow...well bits of it anyway.
Just to tell you that things this side of the pond are still very happy..and my weight loss over the last couple of weeks has been steady. So heres this weeks menu... all trimmed so they fit in with my diet plan

Weekly Plan - February 22nd

Monday             Mesquite Chicken Kebabs, Rice, Salad

Tuesday             Hearty Vegetable Soup

Wednesday       Chicken Stir Fry

Thursday           Honey Roast Turkey, Potatoes, Carrots, Broccoli

Friday                Steak, Dry Roasted Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole

Pizza, Garlic Potato Wedges

Sunday               Eating Out

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lucky Girl....

I have my new dresser......
I have my lovely china to put in it...
and hubby also bought me a matching cupboard unit to go with it

I am a very very lucky girl

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Thursday, February 4, 2016


 Happy Birthday to my dear cousin, who is six months older than me.

This is a photo taken of us many moons ago at our aunts wedding in the early 60s. She had been crying because she wanted a handbag like Grandma placated her with hers.

We havent changed much. She still has her sense of style...I still have the chubby cheeks!

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


I have said it before....and I will say it again....I have a wonderful, loving, thoughtful and supportive husband. I will now add sneaky to the list..

He arrived home early yesterday..surprising me when I was up a ladder cleaning on top of the kitchen cabinets..explaining that he was ahead of himself at work and something had been on his mind.

He then dragged me out to the car, opened the trunk....and there was the dinner service I had admired at the weekend. He had returned to the antique mall and bought it for me.

Not only that...he bought the dresser I loved too. We will get it on Saturday

I am a very lucky...and very spoiled girl

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Weighty Matter

Honesty time...

Two weeks ago, MrD and I decided we were going to eat healthier and lose some weight. He, I must say, looks fine to me, but he wants to lose about 10lb. Me on the other hand, well I have loads to get rid of.
Two Years ago....and  96lbs later
Two years ago, through unhappiness, illness and depression, I weighed an embarrassing 306lb. Before I moved to the US, I had lost and amazing 96lb in less than a year

But, unfortunately, married life agrees with me,,, so much so.. that in this the first year.., I have gained 26lb of it back. So, two weeks ago, it was time to take stock, and do something about it. 

Now....Im a great one for believing that, even when dieting, your food should be appealing to the eye and full of flavour. Im not one for cardboard food. I could never stick to a diet if thats all I could eat. So I have been eating 'normal' food, but tweaking the recipes so they are lower in fat and calories.,,just like the ones above 
Thats how I lost the 96lb in the first place...and it seems to be working now.. In the last two weeks I have lost 8.8 lb....and hubby has lost 3lb.
My previous wedding..and the happier one
The plan is...Im going to concentrate on getting back down to what I was on my wedding day..this my current one..not my last one... So 18lb to go. Then I will think about getting below 200lb.. Then I will take it step by step til I reach a comfortable weight.

I have a long journey ahead of me...but by the Summer..I shall be a much healthier..and.. hopefully leaner person

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Monday, February 1, 2016

Meal Plan Monday

Can you believe its February already...Spring is just around the corner. Mr D and I are watching our weight right now so we can feel a bit more comfortable when Summer comes. I still want us to eat well so all our meals this week have been tweaked so they are still full of flavour..but with fewer calories

Weekly Plan - February 1st

Monday             Herbed Chicken, Potatoes, Carrots and Broccoli

Tuesday             Mongolian Beef

Wednesday        Country Fried Pork Chop, Mashed Potatoes, Corn

Thursday           Chicken Ranch Flatbread Melts

Friday                Salmon, Baby Red Potatoes and Asparagus

Vegetarian Pizza

Sunday               Eating Out