Our New House

I referenced in my original post that I had recently 'half-moved' - well now I've fully moved! And let me tell you, it has been stressful!

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We sold our house in the summer and completed in early November. We had found a house but had a survey which was pretty damming and even the surveyor advised against purchasing it unless we had a large financial resource (which we do not!). So it was back to the drawing board of finding a new home, but we progressed with the sale of our original house and moved into my parents in the first week of November.

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In late September we found a gorgeous house in a great location that had literally just come on the market. We put in an offer after the second viewing and it was all go from there.

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After much stress and chasing of solicitors, we finally got the keys to our new dream home on 11th December 2015! I've put up some pictures of the empty spaces and will provide updates as we progress.

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Slimming World Spicy Meatballs

Slimming World Spicy Meatballs

This recipe is really easy, and is packed full of flavour – no-one wants to feel deprived when they’re watching what they eat!

Slimming World Meatballs in Chunky Tomato Sauce - Syn Free
Slimming World Meatballs in Chunky Tomato Sauce - Syn Free

 

For the Meatballs

5% mince - 500g

Mixed Herbs

Egg

Dried chilli flakes

Oregano

Black Olives

Sun-dried tomatoes

Red onion

White onion

Garlic

For the sauce

Chopped tomatoes

Beef stock

Onion

Red onion

Mushrooms

Red pepper

Black Olives

Garlic

Mixed Herbs

Oregano

Sweetener

Worcestershire sauce

Method

First, dice up the onion and red onion that will be used in both the sauce and the meatballs themselves. Put a small handful of each into a hand blender bowl. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, oregano, mixed herbs, some olives and garlic. Blend these up to make a fine paste.

Next, start the sauce. Dry-fry the remaining red and white onion, add a little garlic and lots of mixed herbs and oregano. Dice up some red pepper, some black olives and a few mushrooms - 3 or 4 will do. Add these to the pan and let them soften a little. Add the chopped tomatoes and the beef stock and let it simmer. Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce, a little salt and pepper and a pinch of sweetener.

Add the paste you made earlier to a large mixing bowl with the 5% mince. Mix together (by hand I find works best) and sprinkle over dried chilli flakes to taste and add an egg. Be careful at this point - dried chilli flakes go a long way!

Separate into 16-20 meatballs. You can either grill or dry-fry the meatballs for around 10-12 minutes. Cook spaghetti and drain, serve meatballs on top, and finish off with the chunky tomato sauce.

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Me

Me - The Unglamorous Girl

I've realised that while I would want people to flock to my blog and read what's there, how can I expect that if people don't know who the author is? I'm a little shy about my blogging so to begin with I think I'll keep it semi-anonymous but here's a little about me.

I'm a proud Scot living in exile in England, and have been for more than 25 years (majority of my life). I baffle people with my accent which seems to be a watered down Edinburgh accent when really I'm from the west coast. I moved to England with my two brothers and my parents and still live near my parents and oldest brother and his lovely little family.

My other brother sadly passed away three years ago. He was my world. Best friends since I could remember, we did everything together as children. He battled his disease with all he could and fought harder than anyone I've ever met. The gap left in my life is profound and I miss him terribly.

One of the many gifts he bestowed upon me was the realisation that you can do anything you put your mind to.

My brother wrote a novel, participated in a documentary, spoke in parliament regarding his illness and the treatments available, designed a stained glass window that was installed in a chapel in Hampshire, and got to the semi-finals of Mastermind.

Not only is that utterly amazing, but he couldn't use his hands. He couldn't walk. He couldn't breathe unassisted.

He was an absolute legend and I think quite a lot of my life lessons learned from him will feature in this blog.

There is a lot more to say, but think I'll save that for another post.

Unglamorous Girl

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