Let the good times roll…

by Jemma on March 30, 2012

in EATS!

Hello lovelies!  m I hope you all have had a great week.  I have really been enjoying the sunshine on my week off from work and have really made the most of it.

On Monday we headed to Stratford-Upon-Avon for the day to have a look around.  Tuesday was dedicated to wedding planning and we secured 2 vintage cars which have been beautifully restored, they look like new!  We also visited our cake decorator to discuss our cake design. It was also our anniversary so we went out for a lovely meal.   After all of that running around we decided to take Wednesday as a rest day and just loafed around the house a bit and headed into town to look around.  Yesterday we headed to Sheffield to visit my brother for the day and got home quite late.  Today I have been just chilling and getting things done around the house.  I’ve also got some Wholemeal Banana and Coconut Muffins in the oven and they smell beautiful (recipe coming soon!).

Since I was having a week off I decided to take it easy o the exercise front too and took an extra rest day this week. I made sure to still get my strength in and a lovely morning run in the early sunshine too.

Monday: 3.5 mile run and 200 ab crunches (8 varieties, 25 reps each)

Wednesday: 30 minutes of high intensity intervals on the treadmill, cross trainer and bike, strength workout 1, 5 minute cool down on the bike.

Friday: High intensity intervals on the the cross trainer and bike (10 minutes each), strength workout 2, 100 ab crunches (8 varieties, 25 reps each)

I’ve also been getting on board with the green smoothie challenge:

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Frozen cherries, a banana, almond extract, almond butter, chocolate hemp protein powder, camu camu berry powder, rice milk and water

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Butternut squash smoothie with a banana, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger and rice milk topped with rice puffs.

I will have a full post of all of my smoothies as part of the challenge coming up soon!

Other favourite eats of this week have included:

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A mega salad of mixed leaves, pearl barley, haloumi cheese, butternut squash, tomatoes, cucumber and hummus…yum!

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Omelet with mixed vegetables, broccoli and smoked salmon

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Leek and potato soup with an organic wholemeal roll

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Snack plate of dates and sultanas, a chopped pear, Drogba blueberry and lavender dark chocolate and some vegan cherry, choc chip and sunflower seed cookies

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Vegetable Thai Green Curry

I really have had a great week off from work.  It it doesn’t stop there. I have a lovely weekend planned as I am going shopping for my wedding dress tomorrow with my mum and auntie, going to see the Hunger Games (jumps with joy!) and baking my cookies for the cookie exchange.  As you can imagine I am extremely excited!

What have you got planned for this weekend?

Have you seen The Hunger Games yet? What did you think?

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Maria March 30, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Sounds like you have had an enjoyable and productive week off. You chose it right with this fab weather too.
I think I must be the only person who will not be going to see The Hunger Games- the books do not appeal to me at all. Ah well, enjoy it :)

Lauren (@poweredbypb) March 30, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Sounds like a great week! I am going to explore Dublin a bit more this weekend, and we are planning on going to see a movie called “this is not a film” which is supposed to be really good. I am sad that the hot weather seems to have subsided for now :( I have seen the hunger games, I enjoyed it, and I might have to start reading the books now!

jadelovespat March 30, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Sounds like a really nice week :). Have a lovely weekend!!
I haven’t seen The Hunger Games yet :( – hopefully soon!!

Jentry Nielsen March 30, 2012 at 8:28 PM

I just saw the Hunger Games last night! SO GOOD! Can’t wait to hear what you think! Good luck dress shopping how exciting!!!
Those muffins should delicious, can’t wait for that recipe! :)

Hope you have a great weekend! Sounds like it’s going to be!

~Jessica~ March 30, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Well, by your Tweets you’re probably in the movie by now, but I liked it. The shaky camera work in the beginning was a little over-eager, and probably the director’s attempt to seem edgy and differentiate his movie from others of the ‘teen’ genre (ugh, Twilight, I can’t stand how people sometimes compare the two). But it all calms down in terms of camera work eventually, and I think they did a good job of transferring the book to a watchable screen version: obviously many things are omitted for the sake of time, but not necessarily to the detriment of the cinematic experience as a whole. I was particularly impressed with how the people in the Capitol were depicted, because it would have been all too easy for them to veer into the utterly ridiculous, and thus lose any sense of shock value/comparison to the poverty and want present in the outer districts.

Your salad looks like the epitome of summer – beautiful.
xxx

IHeartVegetables March 30, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Yummm I’ve never heard of haloumi cheese but it looks tasty!!!

eatinglikeahorse March 30, 2012 at 9:59 PM

What a perfect week to have had off, it sounds like you had a great time. Those muffins sound great, looking forward to the recipe, and that butternut smoothie sounds right up my street! Enjoy the film; I’ve got my mum hooked on the books too so hopefully will go to it with her over Easter :-)

nicole marie story March 31, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Frozen cherries have SO tempted me lately at the grocery! Do you buy them pre-frozen, or do you buy them fresh, freezing them via old style domestication recipes? Am so curious! :)

caloricandcrazy March 31, 2012 at 4:02 AM

oh wow! the salad and snack plate look fantastic! the smoothie looks amazing too.

Laura@keepinghealthy March 31, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Everything you’ve been eating looks delicious! I’m making some banana coconut choc chip cookies for the cookie exchange – your muffins sound yummy! Enjoy the movie I thought it was great!

LilyLipstick March 31, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Your smoothies look so good! I hadn’t heard of the Hunger Games until about a week ago, so out of the loop! I want to read the books before I see the films. x

Caroline March 31, 2012 at 10:47 PM

YUMMMM such great eats and workouts! Glad to hear you had such a nice week! :)

Tamzin April 1, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Yay to fab week! Haven’t seen that film yet, hope you had fun wedding dress shopping!!

jranolajoyce April 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

anything with squash makes me happy!

milkandspoon April 1, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Ooh i cant imagine a butternut squash smoothie..bet it was goodd! I really wanna see the hunger games! Havent had chance yet!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 1, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Butternut squash is great in smoothies, makes them really creamy.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 1, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Same here!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 1, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Thanks. I had a great time! :)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 1, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Thank you!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 1, 2012 at 7:09 PM

I think you will love it!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 1, 2012 at 7:10 PM

You cookies sound fab! The movie was awesome! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 1, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Thank you. :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 1, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I buy them frozen from the supermarket, easiest that way. :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 1, 2012 at 7:11 PM

You will love the film I thought it was fab!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 1, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Oh it’s lovely, especially grilled.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 1, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I really enjoyed the films and Twilight it is not. They transferred the book to the movie screens perfectly with great portrayals of the characters. I was rooting for Peeta the whole way through of course. I thought the camera action at the end was a little choppy and left me a little disorientated, but that is my only critique. :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 1, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I loved the film too…amazing!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 1, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Thank you. I hope you get to see it soon, it’s really good!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 1, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I hope you had fun exploring :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 1, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Sorry you didn’t like the books. I guess they are not for everyone.

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