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Healthy Eating…Eat Smart…Mealtimes with kids…

Welcome to this weeks…Healthy Eating…Today is my birthday and I am always grateful to see the morning as life is so very precious  I don’t know if it is me getting maudlin…haha…Birthdays do that to me…On the 1st Dec, it will be 19 yrs since one of my besties passed away…

We loved, laughed and cried together as our kids grew up…Life is a lottery, isn’t it…?

She died of cancer…Last week 2 friends and 1 family member died of cancer…A variety of ages not all old like me..The young lad I ranted about last week …Blind and deaf…My opinion failed by those who should have been protecting him…

I think a lot…I also do a lot of research…

What is the one common denominator in this…?

Well, their lifestyles were different…They were different ages…One is still living the others are not…What do they all have in common?

I know I am simplifying….BUT…They all ate and drank…

How many times do we have to be told …That highly processed foods and added sugars are bad for us…

A very funny but true and informative video about unhealthy foods and why they are harmful…

Eating healthy…doesn’t cost any more and keeps you fuller for longer…It does, of course, mean that you may have to spend a little more time shopping, meal planning, gardening but what price health?

After reading about that poor kid..Yeah I know I am banging on about him…It upset me and was avoidable…Proof of what a junk food diet can do…Extreme I know…How many more are like him?

It prompted me to start looking at all these different ways kids food could be jazzed up…made to look inviting…

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Image by Andrea Pangilinan from Pixabay

I did that for the kids birthday parties…I most certainly didn’t have the time to make pretty food every single meal time…Come on…Kids need to learn what they must be eating and that pretty food is a treat…

There are also fussy adults and that is the result of fussy kids…I mean have we time to make our hubbies food look pretty so he will eat it??? I couldn’t find a  picture…But I have a mental one…haha

Introduce different foods regularly…If they try them and don’t like them …That’s ok…Try again cooked a different way or leave it a while and then try again but if it is a vegetable for example and they eat other vegetables …Don’t make a fuss we all have foods we prefer…

But they must eat a balanced meal at mealtimes…

Yes, sometimes we have to say(and) mean it …If you don’t eat your dinner you get no pudding…

As parents and grandparents, we have a responsibility…

No ifs, No buts, Just do it!

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Image by THE 5TH from Pixabay

THIS IS  A TREAT…FOR BIRTHDAY PARTIES, ONCE A WEEK IF THEY HAVE EATEN THEIR MEALS…A TREAT…

Aston’s Cloud eggs...

Perfect, Astons cloud egg

 

Aston is my grandson...he loves eating and cooking…He also loves experimenting and U-Tube…I am always being shown the wonders of u-tube….experiments, natural phenomenon,  funnies(not) most of the time for Nannie….Our sense of humour differs…haha as it should…He is also my biggest food critic….mmmmm

Neither Aston or Lily liked their egg whites they would eat the yolk…a dippy egg and leave the white…Aston came across this recipe for cloud eggs…Nannie was woken at an ungodly hour for a Sunday to show him how to separate the whites from the yolks…

He then decided that just an egg wasn’t enough so he would make some mince ( Thai) style…

It was a success as both kids now eat the whites of the egg…and I don’t have to cook it …he does…We are working on the washing up…haha

Cloud Eggs Aston styleCloud Eggs Aston Style…..

Let the kids help and they will eat it….It always works…

Both Sally@ Smorgasbord Magazine and I work hard to bring you recipes and advice on nutrition…We cook from scratch using local ingredients where we can…

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As Autumn is here and Winter on its way for many of you …It is the cold and flu season or will be…We can prepare for that by ensuring we eat the right food…Sally wrote an excellent article on the immune system...No one likes colds and flu do they? I certainly don’t …An essential read …And don’t forget to get your flu jab …

I have also spoken about the need to get a good nights sleep...Vital to our good health…I came across this very easy and quite a funny way to know if you are sleep deprived…

That all for now…Tomorrow is Wednesday so join me for Whimsical Wednesday it is always fun…xxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year…It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…

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Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a lovely week  xx

Healthy Eating… No More Diets…The plan that works…It really does…BUT read what can happen when you really don’t!

Welcome to this week’s Healthy Eating…

To say I have read something which has just shocked me to the core is an understatement…

IF you don’t want to read my rant then please ..Don’t… go and read a post about growing roses because it seems to me that most people see the world through a pair of rose coloured glasses anyway…

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I mean what do I know???

Having raised 6 children, always worked and had to budget…Life wasn’t a bed of roses…My mother and grandmother taught me how to cook…I, in turn, passed that on…Some of my children embraced that early on …A couple not until they had a home of their own …They are now all great cooks…Home cooks …They know how to shop…The boys included…I made no distinction between the sexes…

They all had their jobs…Before they went to school…

Eating…I don’t do fussy eaters…My way was if they ate most vegetables and hated sprouts as a couple of them did…I didn’t give them sprouts…We all have foods we don’t like …However, as adults they now love sprouts…Our taste buds change and develop…FACT…

I introduced foods in many ways…In a stew, soup or stir fry…

I let them choose (sometimes)…What shall we have for dinner tonight??? Let them help me cook…But if you cook you also help clear up…Oh yes!

I encouraged them to grow some of the food… we only had a small garden but we used pots,  grow bags and raised beds…What they grow they eat..especially if they help cook…

We used to make amazing pizza topped with all sorts…and huge …Well, 6 kids eat a lot plus any stray friends…

My point…I always have one of those…Coupled with an opinion…Haha…Are you enjoying the post on how to grow roses or are you still with me???

I could never understand why my mushrooms didn’t grow? They were in a warm, dark cupboard in the kitchen…Jamie.!..He used to sneak in and eat them raw…Got you!…Haha

Who by the way is now an excellent cook…and shopper…

What did shock me today????

Teenager ‘first in the UK’ to go deaf and blind due to a junk food diet, a report reveals…

I checked the doctor out, the reports…as much as I wanted to…I am just appalled…

The 17-year-old lived off a daily portion of chips, crisps, white bread and processed meat for around a decade.

His poor diet, which resulted in a number of vitamin deficiencies, led to the boy developing a condition called nutritional optic neuropathy (NON). 

All these names and tags which kids are labelled with now just amazes me…My label Spoilt Brats!

So what was it that stopped me in my tracks…..?????

This is an excerpt from that article …

Dr Denize Atan, of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, who co-authored the report published in Annals of Internal Medicine, and treated the patient, said there is a lack of awareness among healthcare professionals and the public about the link between poor diet and sight loss.

My Question …Why?

“What’s unusual about this case is the extreme picky eating and the fact it had gone on for quite some time, that the diagnosis had been missed and the visual loss had become permanent,” Dr Atan told The Daily Telegraph.

My Question…Why?

“The link between poor nutrition and vision has been known about for quite some time, at least among specialists in neuro-ophthalmology. The problem is that awareness among other health professionals isn’t quite so high.” ….

My question…WHY?

Scientists have previously raised concerns that the majority of British diets are increasingly made up of poor quality, processed foods….

My other question …Why ???

That short paragraph raised and rung lots of bells for me…

  1. So health professionals don’t inform the public…Health professionals don’t share information between themselves…Scientists either don’t speak out or are not listened to…
  2. Governments are deaf or don’t listen to health professionals or Scientists …
  3. Manufacturers only care about profits and governments take handouts …
  4. Celebrities endorse lots of things for huge payments and no comebacks…
  5. Joe Public believes what they read, watch or just don’t care…
  6. Those that do care are not listened to…

Rose-coloured spectacles…once again…The result some poor kid goes blind and deaf…

This poor kid had B12 and lots of other deficiencies… Poor bone density…The list is endless his life is shite before it has hardly begun and all for a plate or carton of this! or similar for the past decade…

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If you want to read it all…Click here

Normal service will be resumed next week...I will tell you however that after my little Jolly…My weight stayed the same …I enjoyed the red wine and ate some lovely food and found some new foods…

Until then if you stayed with through my rant …Thank you xxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

 

Healthy Eating… No More Diets…The plan that works…It really does…

Welcome to this week’s Healthy Eating…

Cheat week this week as by now I am on my way to see a friend until Friday so I have copied a previous post one of my early Healthy eating posts…But I will be back as normal next week…With news of my exploits and hopefully, the scales won’t tell too much of a tale of any excesses…haha…Holidays are to be enjoyed are they not??

Now to an earlier post but the advice stays the same and all these months later tHe weight is still coming off…If you have read this before ..my apologises but it may serve as a timely reminder it did for me…and for my new followers or anyone who hasn’t read the following…It works! FACT!

My first sourdough loaf is cooked, eaten and was divine…I was so chuffed at the lovely comments I received…Of course, I had to sample it in the name of quality control and with proper butter as well…haha…

It was lovely I thoroughly enjoyed it…No guilt…Just pure enjoyment…It was healthy( wholemeal) grass-fed butter and my home-baked bread …I savoured every mouthful…

Hubby ate the rest either a sandwich or toasted…

Sourdough Wholemeal loaf

The rest of the week has been just normal healthy eating and walking which has increased due to 2 factors one is that our granddaughter is staying with us for 8 weeks( school ) holiday and two my smartwatch is keeping tabs on my steps…The daily recommended guidelines are 10,000 steps which sounds a lot but doable…

As you know I advocate eating healthy balanced meals I don’t believe in cutting out food groups like meat, most fruits or pasta/rice/potatoes…I do believe we should avoid or eat little highly processed foods, food with added sugars, we should choose good quality cooking oils, avoid excessive intake of high mercury fish like tuna…Alcohol enjoy just not in excess. 

For me, that is easy to follow and coupled with the 16/8 intermittent fasting and exercise I am seeing results.

That hasn’t always been the case...At this moment I am the lightest I have been for a good few years …I have also accepted I will never be the weight I was when I married… More fat on a chip my husband used to say…haha

Life happened, I got married, I had kids… I ate what they didn’t, I worked and shopped in my lunch hour and while queuing to pay eyed the strategically placed sweets by the till ( those stores) know how to tempt one don’t they? The mums and friends who mean well…Just have one…That won’t hurt…

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I feel your pain I know what you have been through or going through so does my friend Sally…Who is a Certified Nutritionist and knows the pitfalls and curve balls life throws at us …Both of us have struggled with weight at times during our lives …

It ain’t easy and while I may make it appear to be …I have eaten my share of what I shouldn’t and moderation did not come into it…I am now older and wiser…haha…Believe what you will…But I have realised I need to cherish this body as it is the one and only one I have or will have…Better late than never…

How to manage people…The well-meaning ones of course…

And remember…Losing weight is not a sprint, it is a marathon and your mental and emotional attitude towards the project is a key factor in your successful weight loss.

Sally’s posts are both informative with a little humour and she will tell you it is not easy she knows but I will let her tell you her story…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/16/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-before-you-get-started-managing-people-environment/

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Stuck for Recipes? Need some inspiration?…

Honey…Nectar of the Gods and so good for us…Sally will tell you the why and I will provide the recipes…Enjoy!

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/smorgasbord-health-rewind-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-honey-nectar-of-the-gods/

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Diets come and go...Faddy things aren’t they? Mostly a flash in the pan and not sustainable…A new one has arisen…A hybrid of the Paleo diet and the Vegan diet…All the good bits…The Pegan Diet…

I know it just had to happen, didn’t it?

The basics of the Pegan Diet…3/4 vegetables and 1/4 meat/fish @ each meal, the meat/fish from good quality sources…( no hormones and antibiotics)…It focuses on eating more fibre and low glycemic index fruits, eliminating sugar, dairy unless it comes from ( goat/sheep) products eating little or no highly processed foods thus avoiding foods produced using chemicals and pesticides…eliminating legumes except for lentils…

Great in theory and first glance and sounds similar to what I believe in however it is quite restrictive and would need some planning and the bottom line is we need a Healthy Balanced Diet…No eliminating essential foods… It seems to me that the people who market and promote all these diets think they have to come up with something new all of the time and I suppose celebrity endorsements don’t help that trend…

Frankly just because a celebrity endorses a product doesn’t mean it works…No one size fits all, no one’s lifestyle is the same as Fred’s next door we are all individuals with different needs, Stress levels, family commitments, work commitments so much factors into the equation…

Healthy Eating is a lifestyle choice and takes time to adjust…You will have blips or bad days/weeks but it is how you deal with it…

We just need to eat sensible, normal healthy foods and a balanced diet…Most of the time.

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Smartwatch Corner.

Smart phone and watch

I am still impressed with my new toy…I will say it keeps me focused…

So far I use the step counter…It does have other functions like running and workouts but I enjoy walking …The recommended daily steps are 10,000 which is doable…..Last Thursday I achieved 14,000 plus steps in one day…I was out and about doing kids things and shopping so although tired it was a revelation as to how many steps I did do that day…An average day for me is 6-7000 I am working on getting to 10,000 more often…

The other function I love is the sleep function...

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It shows 3 levels, Deep sleep, light sleep and Rem sleep plus gives you the normal range and tells you where you are in that either normal, high or low. Plus it gives your overall hours of sleep, how many times you woke up with an explanation of your total hours of sleep and how long you were in the stages and what happens to your body while you are in each stage of sleep…

It also offers an explanation as to what causes any changes and how you can remedy it with links to other sites for further info.

I am finding this really interesting as I am gradually seeing a pattern forming and am realising which factors are influencing my sleep for example what I am doing prior to sleep or what I have been drinking as I don’t eat after 8pm.

It also tells me my heart rate …An explanation can also be found on heart rates.

What I do find amusing is the little green man who buzzes and waves at me when I have been inactive for a while…

It also has other functions which I don’t use yet or may not as I purchased this mainly to keep a little eye on my health. Which while it may not be exactly spot on but accurate as these can be but as the watch is on your pulse give or take a few beats it is accurate enough for me…

Thank you for reading and please tell me in comments your thoughts if you have a smartwatch…x

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Jalapeno rolls, Environmental travel, East meets West and much more…

Just in case you missed any posts this week…Or you like to do what I do and that’s snuggled down in my favourite chair and have a read…They are all here in one post so grab your favourite chair and a drink, settle down and enjoy…There are recipes, music and more…You could even add a healthy snack of popcorn, your favourite music and read…Personally, I love weekly roundups as I am a busy lady like most of you and I don’t always have time to read posts daily…Life or writing just get in the way…Don’t they…Especially if you have a deadline or a plan…Enjoy!

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Monday: Where do the weeks go they just seem to fly by…Again lots of good news on the environment and the waste food side…This Mondays post will not be quite the same as although I will have good news there are some concerns …Like the fires in the Amazon…so sad but I digress and I hope you enjoy this post for all its good news bearing in mind life isn’t all good all of the time but I am sure you know that…Travel or alternative forms of travel was the main theme last week…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/19/the-latest-news-on-the-environment-and-recycling19th-august-2019/

Tuesday: Always confession time for me and diet fads although of course I always slip in a recipe or two…A glass of water with clay mixed in is definitely not my drink of the day…I mean who would or who does…Well, celebrities always do no doubt lured by a big fat cheque…Commonsense is the name of my game and my weight is dropping very nicely..Although I am off to Pattaya for a few girlie days today so let’s just say I will be partaking and enjoying my break and when I get home ..Ahhhh Mrs commonsense will be waiting…haha

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/20/eat-smart-eat-healthily-and-lose-weightfads-out-common-sense-in/

Wednesday: This is my favourite post of the week at the moment to write as anything goes …Music, food, a bit of history and either a world day or a National Day…It was World Seniors day last week or dentures and the tooth fairy…haha…Next Wednesday and I didn’t plan this…haha..Is National Red Wine Day…well it would be rude, not to..wouldn’t it??? Pattaya here I come…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/21/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-9/

I was also over at Sally’s for my resident Food column…where it was East meets West …or pasta and noodles…Phad Thai or Chicken Meatballs…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-east-meets-west/

Thursday: Travel and traditions…Monkeys galore, beautiful views and beaches…A very pretty town and some glorious Thai food…

Not forgetting the traditional Thai dancing troupe those girls were lovely…

Friday: The week is drawing to a close…It has been a warm, wet week here…It was also time for me to let you peek into my kitchen and see what I cook during the week…It won’t be much next week as I am away so maybe just some chatter or if my son cooks then it will be his food and he is a hell of a cook so you may be in for a treat or two…

Those little jalapeno rolls have proved to be popular..lots of shares and the Coconut flower sugar was one of my finds …

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/23/carolcooks2-this-week-in-my-kitchen-chicken-cashew-nut-lemongrass-jalapeno-rolls-and-frogs/

Saturday: Is that time of the week when we bring a touch of seriousness to the blog…When Sally tells us how to look after our major organs and what happens when we don’t…I find it very interesting and if I had to visit the doctor I would be happier knowing what questions to ask…I think that is important…don’t you? I like to know but if I go knowing how things should work I can tell the doctor my symptoms and hopefully get a fuller answer…A good read and one we all should be reading and be aware of as without the good health of our major organs we may not be long for this world…I for one have so much more to do so I am listening, Sally…x

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-digestive-system-part-five-pancreas-gallbladder-and-intestines-sally-cronin/

That concludes my week …I do hope you have enjoyed it and found something that you loved or was helpful or you just liked…I thank you for each and every one of your comments they truly make me happy…I love them…If you enjoyed something please share and spread the word…Have a great Sunday wherever you are …x

N.B….Saangchai here…She forgot…my mistress forgot…Good job I was checking what she has written …Don’t tell her when she comes back….woof… she has just gone to check the dinner…woof…I was over @ Lillies this week…You know Tori..Her little furbaby…She had me over to play…Thanx Lillie, it was fun…I do hope my mistress doesn’t forget she is letting me have a monthly spot…woof…She is so pleased to be going to see her friend that she is thinking of nothing else…Humans…Woof…Laters…Saangchai …

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https://ziglernews.blogspot.com/2019/08/friends-of-furkidfriday-saangchai.html?

Saangchai….Sorry…xx…

See you tomorrow with my weekly recycling and environment updates post …x

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all having  a great weekend xx

Eat Smart, Eat Healthily and lose weight…Fads out… common sense in…

Good morning everyone…I think after all these wacky diets and yes I have another one for you today…Just so it highlights the lengths some people go-to for a quick fix…Quick fixes never work…All of us here are in for the long haul…It stays off…FACT…We love our food…FACT…We limit but not exclude completely some food…FACT…I  ♥ Fudge… A DEFINITE FACT…

In answer to the question about substituting coconut oil in a recipe…This is what Victoria or Tori as I know her said…

I know I’ve heard rapeseed oil can be used in place of coconut oil in some recipes. I don’t know from personal experience, but I’d definitely say it’s an option. Don’t know if that helps, but just thought I’d put my two cents in, in case it does help.

Thank you, Tori…Tori also has recently converted to a Vegan Diet and made this plea…

By the way, I’m making a point of cooking most of my food myself, and have recently moved to a vegan diet from a vegetarian one. I’ve found plenty of meal inspiration, but am always up for more, so if you ever make things that are vegan-friendly, I’d really appreciate those recipes.

Although I am not vegetarian or vegan I do make meals which could be eaten by either…I love vegetables and do make meat-free dishes BUT if anyone has some ideas please share as I know Tori would be grateful and I will give you credit as always…x

Die(t)…Is a word we don’t use here…I believe that everyone is entitled to eat and choose their food as they like …I do however believe we need balance in our diets and need to fulfil our bodies needs to ensure we run at optimum health…

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We wouldn’t put petrol in a diesel engine, would we??? The car would splutter and then quite frankly come to a halt…It would stop…It would not work…

All these faddy eating plans are the same …Some may be a quick fix…Most are not sustainable they are too restrictive and many long term are downright unhealthy and will cause us problems…

Interestingly Sally posted an update on diets and one of the most popular eating plans at the moment came under fire it is not healthy …It is not proving good for our long term health…Ricketts is back…Many preventable diseases which I thought because of increased nutrition were gone…Because of these silly restrictive diets, many people follow are back!  This should not be happening…

There have been some studies that have identified that there is an increase in nutritional deficiency in the diet and here are three articles that are worth reading.

So please if for nothing other than to prove to yourself that the eating plan you are following is good for your health long term…I don’t know about you but I would like a few more years on this earth and be as healthy, happy and mobile(ache-free) as I can be given my advancing years…x

Recipe Corner:

Let’s Cook!

Onions stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes and cheese…Yep, this is one of my meat-free days…If you are following a vegan diet then swap the feta for vegan cheese and an egg substitute.

STUFFED ONION

Ingredients:

  • 4 large onions.
  • 150 gm goats cheese or Vegan cheese.
  • 50 gm fresh breadcrumbs ( I use olive oil breadcrumbs)
  • 8 sun-dried tomatoes in oil chopped and drained. I am lucky that I live somewhere nice and sunny so I can sun dry my own tomatoes please click here to see how.
  • 2 tbsp oil from the sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 small egg, beaten
  • 3 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 Tsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste.

Just reading that list of ingredients makes my mouth water….I am salivating.

Let’s Cook!

Add the onions in their skins to lightly salted boiling water and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the onions from the boiling water, drain and cool. When they are cool enough to handle cut in half and remove the skin.

Using a small dessert spoon scoop out the centre leaving a thick outer layer.. 3 layers is sufficient.

Reserve the flesh for later.

Pre-heat your oven to 190C/375F

Place the onion shells in an oiled ovenproof dish.

Add all the other ingredients except for the tomato oil and pine nuts to the scooped-out onion flesh and season well. Stir in the pine nuts.

Divide the mix between the 4  scooped out onion shells and cover the dish with foil.

Bake for 20 minutes, remove foil and drizzle with the sun-dried tomato oil cook uncovered for a further 25-35 minutes until bubbling and cooked.

Baste occasionally during cooking.

And smell…. your kitchen will be filled with such a lovely aroma and even those who are not onion lovers will be salivating…I have had many a convert to this dish.

It is lovely just served with warm bread or as a side to some lovely grilled sardines.

Now all of those ingredients have amazing health benefits.

Some lovely variations to this recipe include using Feta cheese instead of goats cheese and substitute mint and pitted green/black olives instead of the other ingredients for a real Mediterranean taste. Just stir into the scooped onion mix, you could also add some currants or sultanas.

If you don’t want sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts use 75 gm chopped walnuts add them to the scooped-out onion mix add 115 gm chopped celery and cook in a tbsp oil until the celery is soft and put in the onion shell.

Experiment by substituting your own favourite ingredients that is what cooking is all about.

Enjoy!

Wacky Diet Corner…Clay Eating…

Clay eating is a culture in some parts of the world…But when Celebrity’s start endorsing such eating habits to me it starts down a slippery slope…

Drink 1/2 tsp of clay in 8 oz of water a day…Why? It supposedly binds other materials in the body and gets rid of negative isotopes…This is a bogus medical claim…Our kidneys and liver do not need help processing toxins…

This is what people thought…

Personally…Would you? Do you?

My healthy eating is going fine…It seems like I hover and on average lose about 1lb every 10 days…I do think cutting right down on alcohol has made a huge difference to me…I sleep much better and feel much better even my son told me to slow down when out walking the other day…haha…these young ones can’t keep up…But then I can lay claim to having completed a marathon in my younger days he can’t and for those of you who are not sure…That’s 26.2 miles…

Next week bets are off in this house as I am going on a girlie few days to Pattaya…My other half and son think I will be going on a binge…I have been away and only last week met up with some friends for dinner and a drink and boy can they drink…I am not righteous I couldn’t what I wanted to drink so stuck with water…It doesn’t bother me any more …But I did have one sundowner last night…I just pace myself and I did find…

Confession time peeps…Lindt makes a dark chocolate bar with mint creme…The first time I have seen it where I shop and probably will never see it again so I succumbed without a struggle…haha…I had the last two squares yesterday…Bliss…Dark chocolate with mint…x

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this and that it proves helpful to you in your healthy eating journey xx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead x

 

 

Eat Smart, Eat Healthily and lose weight…No gimmicks just common sense.

Good morning everyone…I think after all these wacky diets and yes I have another one for you today…Just so it highlights the lengths some people go-to for a quick fix…Quick fixes never work…All of us here are in for the long haul…It stays off…FACT…We love our food…FACT…We limit but not exclude completely some food…FACT…I  ♥ Fudge… A DEFINITE FACT…

I also have a great success story…I love it when you guys feel comfortable enough with these Tuesday posts to know that there is no blame and shame here…Just good days and bad days…But hey…That’s’ life …

Whoever you are rich or poor, privileged or under privileged …Life has its ups and downs…We are the master of our failure or success…Just us…

Life has the habit of throwing a curveball at us or just getting in the way…Sometimes it is just not the right time we need to be kind to ourselves…We need to know it is ok to start again tomorrow…

I will now hand you over to Pete Springer...Retired Teacher and Author who will tell you how he succeeded…eventually …The up’s and the down’s told with honesty…   

So please pop over and read Pete’s story and leave a comment as he deserves a big congratulations...

Well Done… Pete.

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Thank you for sharing your story with us, Pete … I chose this image as we all need a helping hand and I  had this fleeting thought about adding a rousing rendition of Climb every mountain at the Last night of the proms….But I thought that was taking it a tad too far and showing my age just a bit too much…Haha

Image by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay

If anyone else would love to share their journey up’s or downs. successes or failures we are all in this together….Don’t be shy…I look forward to hearing from you…x

A question???

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Last week I posted a recipe for snack bars…One of the ingredients was coconut oil which not everyone likes or may have an allergy to …

The question from Michelle at macjam47… Was…

Your snack bars look delicious! I plan to make them, but my husband doesn’t like anything with coconut or even smells like coconut. I will trade out the coconut oil for another healthy oil. Any suggestions?

I suggested olive oil which I have used when cooking (brownies) Two other healthy oils are grapeseed or avocado oil neither of which I have used in snack bars I don’t know if any other readers have…?????

Can anyone advise on this, please???

Recipe Corner…

It does seem that sunny days are happening around the world and if they are not and you want soup then give shout and you shall have soup but for now some light summer recipes…

This recipe was just sort of made up ..we had a friend staying with us from England and decided to steam some fish the Thai way but it was too big for our steamer so instead we baked it in the oven covered with foil and just removed the foil 5–10 minutes from the end of cooking and it was very nice. Ideal for a summer evening or brunch with salad…

Sea Bass with Lime, Ginger and Fennel.

Fish with Lime and fennel

Ingredients:

  • 2  Sea bass/ Bream or Carp – whole, scaled and gutted
  • Bunch fennel fronds or you can use while fennel sliced we just stuffed the cavity with the fennel fronds.
  • 3 Shallots – peeled and halved (for fish cavity)
  • 1  Bulb Garlic – unpeeled, halved (for fish cavity)
  • Thumb of Ginger – Sliced finely (for fish cavity)
  •  Lemon or Lime, (remove the skin because the skin makes it bitter) this was a tip I picked up after we had made ours… from my  Thai daughter in law…. Always something to learn about cooking…

For the Sauce:

  • Dark & Light Soy Sauce
  • A splash of coconut oil  or a splash of Chilli Oil
  • Sugar
  • Lime
  • Fresh Chilli

Garnish (optional)
Few sprigs Coriander chopped
Spring Onions – sliced longways

Let’s Cook!

Preheat the oven to 180 C.
Place the fish on a baking tray.

Prepare the vegetables and stuff inside the fish and around the tray. Make some diagonal cuts across the fish and push in a slice of lime… Drizzle with some olive oil and cover with foil.
Bake for 40 mins, then remove the foil and turn up to 250 C for a further  5-10 mins till skin is golden brown and crispy.

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Rest for 5 minutes…Serve and enjoy!

Minimal fuss and time in the kitchen and delicious…

Wacky Diet Corner…The Sirtfood Diet…

I must be living in a bubble as I have never heard of half of these supposedly great diets…So here goes this is what I have deduced from my research…If anyone has tried it and disagrees and finds it a positive diet plan which works long term then please spill the beans…

For the first 3 days, you drink this green juice 3 times a day and eat a sirtfoods dinner…The aim is you consume no more than 1000 calories for the first 3 days…The juice drinks are 90 calories each which is 270 calories so your evening meal should be no more than 730 calories and not to be eaten before 7.30 in the evening…

To make the juice you need a juicer, not a blender or Vitamix as apparently, it then tastes like green sludge…A blender and you must purchase the diet book for the Sirtfood recipes…No guesses to where my thoughts are leading me…

Sirtfood Green Juice

  • 75 grams (2.5 oz) kale
  • 30 grams (1 oz) arugula (rocket)
  • 5 grams parsley
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 cm (0.5 in) ginger
  • half a green apple
  • half a lemon
  • half a teaspoon matcha green tea

Juice all ingredients except for the green tea powder and lemon together, and pour them into a glass. Juice the lemon by hand, then stir both the lemon juice and green tea powder into your juice.

Now matcha green tea can be expensive..kale you may only be able to buy in season and the buckwheat noodles for your evening meal may also prove to be hard to find and expensive…

There are no long term studies to back up these thought processes and excuse me for being the sceptic here but I have to buy a juicer, purchase a book and if I don’t already purchase foods, not on my everyday shopping list…that is another expense…

This smacks of trying to include foods we all know are healthy for us and foods which most people like to indulge in ( clever)…It also smacks of exclusion which is not healthy long term, profiteering..hush thy mouth, Carol…And to top it all a diet no one could sustain for any length of time and if they did and then resumed normal eating would then pile on the lbs…

Thoughts anyone???

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That’s all for this week I do hope you will read Pete’s remarkable story of weight loss success by just eating sensibly and increasing his exercise…

It is sustainable and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg…It is just healthy eating and some exercise…

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this and that it proves helpful to you in your healthy eating journey xx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead x

 

 

 

 

Eat Smart, Eat Healthily and lose weight…No gimmicks just common sense. …The Mono Diet…

Good morning everyone…I think after all these wacky diets and yes I have another one for you today…Just so it highlights the lengths some people go-to for a quick fix…Quick fixes never work…All of us here are in for the long haul…It stays off…FACT…We love our food…FACT…We limit but not exclude completely some food…FACT…I  ♥ Fudge… A DEFINITE FACT…

I so enjoyed my break to Phuket I came back feeling invigorated so much so I am off to Pattaya in just three weeks time to see my bestie…She who by her own admission is too lazy to walk and exercise… Is now sending me delicious pictures of steamed seabass and prawns with a little message saying I walked there…haha…Barbara, I just knew sooner or later I would enthuse you and she hasn’t seen the new slimline me yet…Pattaya here I come!

I have lots for you today and my thanx go to Dolly, Pete, Peggy and Sally for their contributions… Pete has done so well with his weight loss but he couldn’t find a way to contact me Ooops…Me bad…I struggle with the techie bits but now fingers crossed and teeth gritted my contact page works…So no excuses you can send me your stories…Just in case…my e-mail is carolcookstwo@gmail.com if you would like to email me your success/failures…

We will not judge we have all been there …With so many luscious foods on offer screaming…EAT ME! from magazines, social media and TV it’s no wonder we fail…

That’s not forgetting the alcohol of course...Me and my daughter we found a guy right next to our hotel who did the most marvellous takeaway cocktails…It would have been so rude not to…Now for the kicker…I only had two…I don’t know if my healthy eating regime kicked in and threw it out…If so a girl is entitled to some little treats…or whether it was the sun, sea and excitement of spending a few days with my daughter but me and the pan…You get the picture became good friends for a wee while…I threw up…

Too much info I know…I am just trying to say…Most of the time I am good…I am also not perfect and I have a little treat now and again…That’s Life!

Right back to business enough of my chatter…

Sugar...

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Something I am trying hard cut down on all these added sugars...Are in everything we love but we need to get cute and find alternatives…We can and I have …It was a comment from Peggy about the recently released film 2040 which while searching for that I came across this little clip about sugar…Thank you, Peggy x

 

What doesn’t help us is those cravings …You know when we just have to eat it…You should know that…I cover most eventualities here…We want to be fit and healthy…Right?

But and there is always a but…No worries…Just pop over to my friend Sal’s place and she will tell you all you need to know about that little devil, that nagging voice called craving…

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Not only do we have cravings but many of the changes we make to our diets cause havoc with our digestive system...Nought is easy, is it?

Wacky Diet Corner…The Mono Diet

My dear friend Dolly shared her experiences and she is a wise woman…unfortunately, where diets are concerned we throw all caution to the winds at times and we want to be a size smaller we want to fit in that dress…

The mono-diet (also known as the monostrophic diet) has become one of the most heavily searched diets on the internet. If you’ve heard of it, you’ve probably read the claims that it can lead to quick and simple weight loss. But the claims are not based on scientific evidence and there are sound reasons to avoid this risky program.

People who follow the mono diet eat only one type of food (like bananas or potatoes) to try to lose weight. There’s no scientific evidence supporting this type of diet.

Dolly said:-

For three weeks I have been playing weight yoyo. I felt fine; in fact, I felt a bit lighter and better by Friday of every week. I felt no discomfort caused by severe food restriction of a mono-diet. Eventually, I had no sustainable weight loss or gain, coming back to the same 30 lbs extra and facing the necessity of extra expenditure on clothes that fit. So, dear Carol, my lovely and free-spirited blogo-friend and culinary genius, this is one for your collection of Wacky Diets!…

Dolly’s story told in her own way and with her usual pizzazz…A must-read…Thank you, Dolly it is always nice to read a real personal experience of some of these diets xx

After all this talk about food, we need to eat…

Recipe Corner…

Cereal bars…again why would you? But no accounting for taste and many of my friends and family love them…Check the labels or make your own…I did!

I know many people eat them as a snack, when exercising etc ( they fit in your handbag ) and can be eaten on the go… so I thought I would make some using my favourite ingredients and then maybe I would get to like them and of course, they wouldn’t be like these shop brought ones full of sugars with that boring bland taste…

Carol’s Snack Bars:

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1/4 cup nut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey, proper maple syrup or agave
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/3 cup of dried fruit chopped I used Apricots
  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted nuts I used walnuts.
  • 1/2 cup coconut ( optional)

Let’s bake some snack bars…

Apricot home made snack bars

With the oven on 350 degrees put the oats on a baking tray and cook for about 12 mins or until they are lightly browned( not burnt like my first batch) Remove from the oven and leave to cool down.

In a small pan add the nut butter, honey and coconut oil and warm gently add salt and vanilla essence and whisk until smooth, add the egg white and whisk again.

To the cooled oats add the nuts and fruit stir to combine then mix in your butter mixture, stir well until the oats are coated.

Line an 8-inch baking tin with parchment paper.

Pour in the mixture pressing down well so the mix is packed tightly or the bars will crumble when you cut the bars using the snack bars into pieces.

Bake on 350 degrees until the mixture is lightly browned around the edges about 20 mins depending on your oven.

Cool the pan on a wire rack for about 15 mins then lift the mixture out using the parchment paper.

Cool completely and cut into squares or oblongs.

Enjoy!

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this and that it proves helpful to you in your healthy eating journey xx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead x