Okay, so I know that it’s normally bacon that accompanies maple syrup, but hey, we like to mix it up as best we can and this is no exception, with our Slimming World Maple Chicken recipe. Though you can use thighs for this, we prefer chicken drumsticks. I know boneless thighs are all the rage at the moment, but I think they’re too fiddly and expensive for what you get. You just pick up a drumstick and sink your teeth into it. There’s something about the caveman eats that clearly appeals to me.
Seriously now, drumsticks are cheap, versatile and they are incredibly tasty. Eating them on Slimming World does require a bit of effort, with taking the skin off. Nothing a good pair of kitchen scissors won’t be able to handle though.
These Slimming World maple chicken drumsticks are awesome though and we like this recipe a lot. It’s simple, it’s relatively hassle free and you can make it in advance for those pesky taster nights at your local group. This recipe calls for sugar free maple syrup, which we have gotten from MyProtein (there are a bunch of similar ones out there) and there is half a syn for six tablespoons. We only use four, but we’ve added half a syn to the tally just to be totally on the safe side. If you wanted to make these more authentic, or if you prefer to avoid the sugar free syrups, you can of course use the real deal and add eight syns in total, making it four syns per serving.
Either way, I swear they are delicious.
They’re sweet, they’re moreish and you would never, ever guess that they are “diet food”. We can all agree that this is the best type of diet food. Speaking of diet food, you know you can have chocolate on Slimming World if you really want, right? Go and read our article on Slimming World – The Five Best Chocolate Bars For Your Syns and see which one takes your fancy!
I am a big, big fan of video games. It’s no secret, it’s been a fact since I was very young and it’s a hobby that has stayed fairly consistent throughout my life. Even now into my thirties, I find video games are my go-to entertainment. I’m not really into boxsets or binge watching (with a few notable exceptions) and we don’t watch a great deal of television. We have a three year old, we don’t really have control of our own things until around eight o’clock in the evening. But more often than not now, I find that I’m more drawn towards video games that help you relax and unwind, rather than the more action-based titles.
It’s easy to think that most video games revolve around violence, frenetic action scene and general ridiculousness. Don’t get me wrong; a lot of them are and that’s okay! They are fun and rewarding in their own way, but after a long day at work and when I’m in need of a break from reality, often I’m not in the mood to commit virtual atrocities in order to unwind. I need something a little calmer and simpler than that.
So a post went up on another site about the fact that they’ve decided not to promote formula milk on their blog. Of course, that’s their choice as to what they do and do not want to place on their part of the internet. I love that, I love that a blog gives you the freedom to talk about what you want and refuse to talk about what you don’t. I won’t be promoting dummies for example (not that I’ve been asked) – but way more blogs will, because they like them. Totally cool. This is not a “refusing to promote formula is incorrect” post. It’s really, really not.
However, I felt compelled to write something on the subject. An alternative viewpoint from someone who has decided to (and would totally continue to) promote formula feeding. One that I feel quite passionately about, because it explores the one part of my pregnancy experience that left a sour taste in my mouth. I don’t normally do these type of in-depth posts… I’m not really into baring my soul to the internet but this is an exception.
So today (Day 9! Jesus) is all about one thing that I can’t live without. I know a lot of people right here stop and say “My kids, my husband, my phone” yadda, yadda and fair enough I agree. I couldn’t live without Wes and Short Rib and would be a bit unstuck without a phone. As the cold nights are drawing in and it starts to get more wintery though, there’s another item I’d be pretty lost without. That, is my slow cooker.
Today’s Blogtober theme is sharing a secret about yourself. Mine isn’t a secret from people who know me, but it is a secret in terms of my blogger self. I haven’t ever shared anything about it until today so for day four of Blogtober, we’re talking about something that affects me massively every day, but I don’t know how to spell it without Google. This is seborrheic dermatitis.
And it’s awful.
It’s a skin condition… it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t even really harm me and I know I shouldn’t complain but I am. I’m complaining because it means that I can’t do things that I used to love: I can’t sit in a scalding hot bath for an hour and come out looking like a lobster. I can’t wear make-up anymore without looking like a snake that is part-way through shedding its skin. Wanna wear black Amy? Nah, mate, speckled white with flakes of your face. In the grand scheme of things, these things aren’t big and there are people going through way worse things than I am.
But this ‘disease’ is driving me up the wall.