Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Apple dumplings and gym... the perfect partners...

Morning, all......

Oh the relief - Roger survived in Melbourne. (Tennis.) My mother can come out from behind the couch again. It would not be good at all if he was knocked out in the first week.

It is a beautiful day, but cold. Very cold again. So I fished out an old tin of croissants I spied in the back of the fridge, and decided to make Ree's Apple Dumplings . If you have not made them before, I suggest you try them now. Believe me, they are delicious. Ignore the fact that they contain 8576623545 calories. Each. And just savour the delicious-ness. And your house will smell like heaven too. Grannies should not be bony. They should be cuddly. I am working on that premise here. Bony is bad. Cuddly is good. I forgot to add the cinnamon before I baked them, but I sprinkled it on afterwards and they taste great. I know. I have already eaten that one there ....see? On the right.....

Here is the scarf I was crocheting last weekend. It is finished and I love it. I used Lucy's ripple pattern - the one I used to make my 2 lovely bright ripple blankets, because it is such a simple and soothing pattern to crochet. And the wool just happened to be in my basket. So there you are. Lovely! The ripple also looks very classy, people. And way more complicated than it actually is!The house in winter colours, without Christmas stuff. I love the red and brown combination with the cream. Warm. Cheerful. And easy to add a few details in February for Valentine's day too. I do love changing things about. Little things.

Tomorrow, I am going to see the King's Speech. So far, all I have seen are rave revues. Apparently it is wonderful, so I am really looking forward to that. I can't remember when last I went to see a movie at a cinema. I think it may have been Mama Mia, and how long ago was that?????? I need to get a life.

But....

With a movie on the list, singing again, and a few days away being planned, I most certainly am trying! I should join the gym again. I used to go 3-4 or more times a week before G died, and then I had to cancel my membership, but I loved going. Glynis and I were chatting about going recently - there is so much I could and should be doing which would be of huge benefit. They have aquarobics, yoga, pilates, hydro pools, and then the machines. Not to mention a huge list of other classes too. I loved the machines, and would run for ages, but even just walking would be good now. And cycling. Heaven knows I hated the cycles. My rear is not designed to sit on those piddling little seats. I need a big cushion. Hmmm. I can just see it....me + cushion + my son's old tracksuit pants, ancient T shirt....... But I HAVE the trainers!! (Shoes.)

I will pop along sometime soon and find out what it costs nowadays. I think you can join for a month at a time, which is more expensive than signing up for years, but more controllable. It would be fun to see what I could do and how far I can get. Another step back into my life, perhaps.

But before then, I do believe I need some ice cream to go with the apple dumplings. So I had better go and buy some, hadn't I........

The gym can be sorted in FEBRUARY.

9 comments:

Needled Mom said...

Your scarf is beautiful. I love the elegance of the ripples too.

YUM...that is a great recipe - one of my favorites. I love the smell of them cooking almost as much as eating them.

We have heard wonderful things about the Kings Speech too and are hoping to go see it. Like you, other than taking little ones to see Toy Story, my last film in a theater was Mama Mia.

Becky said...

You procrastinate about the exercising the same way I do. It's not good to encourage me in this way.

I love your scarf. Such a pretty pattern to it.

Becky said...

One more thing - I'm looking forward to sitting on that beautiful white sofa in your lovely living room.

Well, another thing: you will LOVE the King's Speech. We saw it last weekend and it was so good.

The Bookworm said...

I love the scarf!

Can you buy tins of croissants in the UK? I don't remember ever seeing them, but perhaps I just don't know where to look.

Hope you enjoy The King's Speech. We are planning to go on Friday (such luxury having a bit daughter who can babysit the little daughter!).

Dragonfly Dreams said...

That IS a beautiful scarf! As for that recipe...I saw it on your blog some time back and decided to give it a try. Since then, I can't count how many times I have melted two sticks of butter with 1 1/2 cups of sugar, etc., or how many times I have been asked for the recipe! Thanks Linds!

Dawn said...

I can almost smell it way over here! But I dare not fix it! Then all those hours at the gym would be for naught.

I need to know about that movie - we don't do that much, but have a gift card to go, with all the popcorn and pop we need (also bad for gym going!)

I am very blessed to have a gym that I joined before it opened and have a membership of $14.00 per month for life.

meghs said...

DH and I aren't great movie goers but we have two daughters who love movies and drag us along now and again to something they think we will enjoy. The King's Speech was one and we did enjoy it immensely, well worth seeing.
By the way, can you tell me how much your average movie is in the UK? It's around GBP9 (child/student/concession) to GBP12.50 (adult) in most of the theatres here in Canberra with a few exceptions (Tuesday movies).

SoulDragon said...

WHAT a wonderful blog you have! I could stay here & be totally engrossed with entertainment (have already switched of the teev!!) for quite some time! I would be interested to know what you thought of the movie - my sister loved it. Can't go to theatres as I'm having chemo - hanging out for the dvd...
regards
Kathleen

Janine said...

I did aquarobics for a few years and LOVED it. We had everyone from heavily pregnant ladies to those who had just had hip replacements in our class. Great way to exercise and loads of fun too.