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This morning we went to a local carboot sale and indoor market where I got a great deal on a dvd box set and we bought a side board / cabinet for our bedroom.

We’re going bowling and for food with some friends this evening so wanted a quick and easy meal for lunch. We decided on a chicken dish and this is what we came up with – chicken wrapped in bacon which we served with mash, spinach and pesto. It was lovely! Definitely adding it to our go to meal list.

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You will need
1 skinless chicken breast (per person)
2 rashers of bacon (per person)
2 cups of spinach (per person)
200g Mash potato (per person)
1tbsp Pesto

Method
Pre-heat the oven to 200C.

Wrap the chicken with bacon until completely covered, 2 rashers should do.

Roast in the oven for approximately 30 minutes until the bacon and chicken are cooked through.

Meanwhile, prepare the mash potato and spinach.

For the spinach we wilted it in a pan with oil for less than a minute, but cheated by buying ready made / microwaveable mash. 😉

Serve the mash topped with the spinach and add the chicken on top then drizzle with the pesto.

Enjoy!

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It’s not quite BBQ season, in fact it was snowing this morning. Yes, snowing in April! But this afternoon was very warm, the sun was shining and it was dry the rest of the day.

I wish the weather would make up its mind! I only just put my warm jumpers away.

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Excuse the blurry photo, I was in the back of the car at the time driving to town.

We went birthday present shopping, dad bought a load of dvds and blurays, some cheese knives and I came home with nothing! There was nothing I liked enough to buy clothes wise and couldn’t find any other things I liked or needed – not even a new mixing bowl as Lakeland had sold out of the one I wanted.

When we got home Ryan and I decided to have a quiet evening in together, made some homemade burgers as it wasn’t warm enough in the evening for a BBQ and watched Victor Frankenstein. It was a really good film and if you haven’t watched it, I’d recommend it.
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To make the burgers you will need :
500g lean mince **
1tsp Ground Garlic
1tsp Tomato ketchup
1 tsp English Mustard
1so Chilli Powder
1sp Cumeric
1sp Cajun Spices
1 tbsp Green Pesto
1 tsp Marmite
Salt and pepper to season

If you want less spicy burgers then omit the chilli powder and cajun spices.

Method
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together.

Shape into 4 patties.
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Place patties on a preheated grill or into a frying pan (with oil) for 4 – 6 minutes on both sides or until the burgers are cooked through. L
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Serve and enjoy!
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Optional serving suggestion: Fry bacon (or use bacon jam), add cheese slices and serve in a brioche roll.

** You can also use turkey mince.



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Recently I shared my wish/life list with some members of my family which was mostly met with laughter and comments of me needing to win the lottery, but it left me thinking – should you follow your dreams?

I like this quote by Joe Vitale —
‘A goal should scare you a little, and excite you a lot.’

Most of us are told at a young age to always follow our dreams but as we get older and things like bills and other responsibilities start to occur it seems to be more difficult to realise your dreams. Also dreams change. I know when I was younger I wanted to be a brain surgeon, I also thought my gran got a ride to school from a brontosaurus and wanted one as a pet lol – I was 5.

When I was with my ex he had a bunch of self help books to help you realise or accomplish your dreams, but no matter what the experts may tell you, it’s not always that easy to make money from some passions. For example you might love food and you might score a job as a food critic but unless you also like writing it’s not going to work out too well.

You might have some interests and strengths that are relatively easy to turn into a career, for example dress making, graphic design etc.

Often, these sorts of interests lend themselves to self-employment, I had a friend that went to two universities doing an art degree and is now a self employed seamstress and loves her job. Some people love to work for themselves; others find it very difficult to be happy without a steady paycheck and colleagues.

Having a ‘normal’ job

When most people think about jobs, they’ve got in mind a Monday to Friday, 8 – 4 or 9 – 5 office position, or at least something with sociable hours. Personally, my working hours are 8.30 – 5 most days with occasional overtime. You might have friends, family, neighbours etc who don’t like their jobs all that much or at least complain about them fairly regularly. But see their job as just one part of their life, a way to make a living while enjoying evenings and weekends. Perhaps working hard now to have an earlier retirement and there’s nothing wrong with that

Of course office jobs aren’t the only jobs out there and some people’s dreams are to have an office job. My friend especially is interested in getting into an administrative role; and not everyone has sociable hours. Ryan as a chef can sometimes be working 9 or
12 hours a day and not getting home until 11pm but it is his passion. His dream is having his own kitchen.

Everyone is different

There’s nothing wrong with a steady pay check, there’s nothing wrong with self employment and there’s certainly nothing wrong in using that steady pay check to help you realise your dreams.

For example, one of the dreams on my list is to meet Alyson Hannigan (Denisof) who plays Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Michelle in American Pie etc. That dream will become true at the Buffy convention ‘Prophecy’ this year which wouldn’t have been possible without my steady pay check and knowing how much I can save for it.

A few things to consider.

  • Would you rather have more freedom or more money?
  • How motivated are you to follow your dreams?
  • Do you like to switch off from work at the weekends?

I know a lot of what I’ve touched on in this post is work or income related but realistically most things will cost money to achieve. Would you rather have a dream job or career or the steady pay check enabling you to accomplish other things on your list?

I think there are no right or wrong answers.

If you want to pursue a dream carer – great! If you want to give up work altogether and go travelling – also great! If you’re happy with your “9 – 5” and use the money to accomplish dreams you couldn’t have done without a steady pay check – that’s great too.

For me? It’s not about the steady pay check, although that’s nice to accomplish some of the dreams on my list, it’s about enjoying the work that I do. Being challenged. Enjoying my social time.

If your current financial position isn’t great, work on building up an emergency fund, and cutting back on your monthly expenses. See my previous posts where I’ve talked about budgetting before – budgeting, food shopping on a budget , clothes shopping on a budget and monthly budget and finance recording – it really does help. I’m on track to be debt free in the time frame I gave myself. 🙂

I see so many of my friends and other bloggers compiling ’30 before I’m 30′ lists lately and have been thinking of plucking 30 items from my wish/life list to accomplish before I turn 30. Watch this space. 😉

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