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Yeah. Yabba. It was a word that popped into my head before I’d thought of a title, so Yabba it is!

Anyway, how are you all?? I had my first free day today! It was INCREDIBLE. I slept in til….wait for it….8.33am! I cannot remember the last time I slept that late! I properly jumped out of bed when I did wake up – all I could think was ‘ohmygosh I’m late!!’ – it was a great feeling when I realised I wasn’t 🙂

As soon as I got downstairs, Poppy was going mad, so I ate an apple and 2tsp wheatgerm, and then took her out on a run (after a picture of course :P).

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We did a total of 3miles2.4running at about 8.30min/mile pace and 0.6 walking. It was good fun!! She was hardly tired though…in fact, for the first mile she was keen as!  I wanted to explain to her all about pacing, but she was having none of it. People are so resistant to change sometimes. Hurrumph.

When we got back, I had a fabulous Epic GM, with some blubes:

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And then it was time for some horseh-horseh action!! I had originally planned to go to a big county horse show today – hence why Horsey Humpday was postponed – but when I looked at the class list last night, the only good ones were at 8am 😦 I didn’t fancy a 6am start….so Chika got some action instead!!

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Beautiful mare 🙂 Her neck (from the allergic reaction) still looks pretty rum though:

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Alas. I’m going to have to dig out a different sort of healing cream methinks….ANYWAY. Chika and I went in the school quickly first, then hit the trails and were gone for about an hour. She was SO happy to be out!

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Hehe, excuse the slight blur – some of those photos were taken at speed! We had fun though 🙂 There’s nothing in the world as nice as a hack out with your best friend, in the sun 😀

Oh, and randomly before I forget, here’s a token photo of Tig, purely for my sister:

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There you go Hannah 😀

After I’d ridden, I set out on a mission: To Buy A Dog Bed.

It was quite the task. I went to SeaPets, and saw SO many cute bunnies:

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It was tempting to buy one of those instead, but alas, I just got the stinky dog bed. So far though, no-one has actually used it….again, HURRUMPH.

While I was out, I had suuuch a yummy lunch! I’d made a packed lunch last night, in prep for the show, but obviously I didn’t go….so I just had it in the car park 😛 It was tres similar to yesterday’s lunch: Part 1, a big slice of the lovely bread, with a cranberry chutney, spinach and tempeh:

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And part 2, a roasted veggie salad: finely chopped fennel, celeriac, parsnip, carrot and grapes, the rest of the tempeh that didn’t fit in the sandweeech, and salt and pepper:

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Both amazing meals!! Celeriac + parsnip is a match made in heaven!!

Post lunch and dog-bed shopping, I ate a pear before my mum and I took Poppy out for a walk. She’d got the afternoon off from work cos she’d had a training day, so it was SO lovely to spend some time with her 😀

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We speed walked/gossiped for one hour, so we probably did about 3miles again…Poppy was getting a bit tired on the way back thank goodness, so I think she’ll sleep well tonight!!

For dinner, I had planned on doing lentil burgers – but I totally ran out of time what with the long walk and the dog bed mission (it took longer than necessary – SeaPets is right by Tesco….I’m sure you can work out what happened!)! So I did the next best thing; lentils, mixed with chickpeas and cinnamon, nutmeg, garam masala, garlic, s+p, as well as parsnip, kabocha and celeriac:

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(That’s a 2kg pack of lentils, bought for just £2.25!! SCORE)

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Good times.

I don’t know about dessert…..last night it was muffin and yogurt MADNESS, but I’m running out of muffins so I really want to make them last :s

Talking of muffins, I have giant plans for a rhubarb baking extravaganza tomorrow! My gran gave us some rhubarb a while back, so provided it hasn’t rotted away or something, I should be able to whip up something tasty 🙂 I think that means Google and I have  discovery date tonight….

Question: Do you prefer websites, books, blogs or your own genius mind when it comes to recipes? I’m all about the blogs and websites myself 😀

Have a good evening!


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…except Horsey Humpday will actually be coming tomorrow. Why? You’ll have to wait and see! But I do have a specific reason 😀

So anyway, hello my precious people!! Something incredible happened today –


YES! I walked out of my last exam today (at least until next year), and by gosh was it a good feeling! It means that I can now participate in one of the following:

  • A Gossip Girl marathon with my sister ❤
  • Sleeping past 8am
  • Cooking proper real recipes
  • BAKING!!!
  • Going for long runs and walks with Poppy
  • Seeing my friends
  • Going to the cinema
  • Getting my hair cut
  • Going out for the day
  • Going FOOD SHOPPING!!!!
  • Wasting my time reading trashy magazines
  • Watching crap TV
  • R E L A X I N G!!!


What else exciting has happened today….

I started with…*drumroll* – an apple and 2 tsp wheatgerm, before a very pleasant 5mile run – my splits were around the 8.30 mark which was quite OK, and all in all, it took me 43minutes and 33 seconds 😀 Oh, and in case you were wondering (which you probably weren’t) – after 7.5hours of audio New Moon whilst running, it has FINALLY got interesting. Ish. Jacob just said to Bella that he loved her….and then I stopped the iPod 😛 what will she say!?

When I got back in, I had an Epic Green Monster – for those of you unfamiliar with this most amazing of combinations, it consists of:

  • a heck of a lot of spinach
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 very large frozen banana
  • a 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum
  • 1 tbsp cocoa-flaxseed
  • 1 cup of mixed cereal

Topped with dates, grated cacao, aunt-made jam and Lizzi’s Granola:

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See? It’s epic isn’t it? :p (Note how I did try and incorporate a little Horsey Humpday into today :P)

After breakfast, I drove to uni to do my LAST EXAM [of my 2nd year] – it was quite hard, but nothing I couldn’t manage 🙂

Just before the exam though, I had the most delICIOUS lunch! Part 1 was a big roasted veg salad: finely chopped and roasted fennel, beetroot, parsnip, aubergine and courgette, with seasoning, balsamic vinegar, a cinnamon spice blend and a drizzle of date syrup:

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Oh my days, that was SOOO GOOD!! I really have turned into a taken to beetroot; so purple and….beetroot-y.

Part DEUX was a luverly sarnweech – 1 big piece of the nice bread from yesterdee, spread with mashed avocado:

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And topped with a pizza-style tofu fillet and spinach:

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Again with the ohmydaysdelicious – so soft and flavourful and…super! I took tips from this lady in how to make a sandwich work – ie toasting the bread lightly – and it worked a treat. Thankyou Jessica!

When I got home, young/old/middle aged Poppy said she wanted to play – so we went for a just-over-2mile run (3.5k actually). Bless, we ran the first 4/5ths of the mile, then she said she was tired so we walked – hence a 9.30split – but on the way back she perked up again, so we ran all the way home 🙂 Overall it was 21 minutes of sunny fun 🙂

When we got back, I took pictures – the sun was out, my mum was out, Poppy was out, I was out – so why not!?

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I love my animals 😀

Snack wise, I totally wasn’t hungry, despite the fact that since lunch, I’d done an exam, driven an hour home, hung with my mum, gone for a run, and then hung with my mum some more! But I figured I should eat, so I had the same as yesterday, with some boobies blueberries:

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Very good.

For dinner, I decided I wanted a favourite meal to celebrate my newfound freedom – enter Banana, Peanut Butter and Maple Tempeh!!

  • approx 10g peanut butter
  • a tsp of maple syrup
  • a small chunk of banana (and inch and a half or so long)

Mash the banana, spread the peanut butter on the tempeh, put the banana on top, drizzle the maple over and if you want –as I do – add some cinnamon! Bake your tempeh for 20mins or so, and Bob’s your uncle!

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I served mine with sweet potato fries and my favourite veggies:

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Hurrah! Maple syrup, peanut butter, banana. Win, win, win!

As per usual, I don’t know what to do for dessert. Last night was this:

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But who knows for tonight….muffin maybe?


SO. Hello to all my new readers!!! I like to know the people who read my blog (because I love and appreciate you all very much!) so I thought I would ask y’all some questions! A get-to-know-you game 😛

  1. My name is —- and I’m addicted to —- (My name is Freya, and I’m addicted to kabocha squash. And parsnips. And spinach. And animals. And E.R…..)
  2. Tell me one odd or peculiar thing about yourself. (I have an unreasonably large crush on Arnold Schwarzenegger 😛 and I have double jointed hips!)
  3. Paris Hilton – Love her or hate her? (I used to love her, when I was young and impressionable – now, I think she is a complete DORK and I strongly dislike her! I want to tell her to GROW UP!!!!)
  4. Do you have any pets? If so, what are they? (My mum, sister and I have 5 – 2 horses [Chika and Tig], 1 dog [Poppy], and 3 cats [Obama, Kovac and Carter – see below!]

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5. Hmmm and a 5th question….favourite TV show? (Gossip Girl. ER. Grey’s Anatomy. Friends. Will & Grace. And a heck of a lot more which I shan’t list, for fear of sounding like a lazy bum :p)

PHEW! I just realised this has been quite the long post, so I’ll leave it there 😛

Have a good evening!! I’m going to go and relax with my mum, an animal or 2, and the new issue of Heat 🙂 BLISS!

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Poppy Power

Almost Humpday guys, almost…..

But first! Thank you to everyone who read and commented on my post on Caitlin’s blog yesterday – your comments all meant so much! I was, and still am, very touched.

Ok, now onto the sheer joy that always comes with a Tuesday!

Actually…how about a bit of Monday first, in the form of dessert?

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That brownie thing – I’d been really looking forward to it, and it was lovely, but oh-so-tiny! I had it in little nibble bites to make it last longer cos it was seriously small. I hate it when packaging is deceiving like that; you expect something to be one size and it’s something else entirely. HURRUMPH.

Ok, I really will talk about Tuesday now 🙂 6am start, 2 x wheatgerm at home, then an apple at uni:

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And a nectarine with 1 cup of cereal:

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And a most delicious smoothie – 1 cup milk, a banana, a big glob of peanut butter, a tiny tiny bit of spinach and a small spoon of pea protein powder (I need staying power to get me through an exam:p):

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Gosh darn, good smoothie.

Post breakfast, I had a nasty evil toughie exam; except it wasn’t too bad! It went better than I thought which was a relief, and there were only a few questions where, even with my bright shiny thinking cap on, I didn’t know the answer too. All in all, I came out feeling pleased. Plus, I have JUST ONE MORE LEFT!!!! At 4pm tomorrow afternoon, I will be FREEEEE!!! Can you sense the excitement!!?? I plan on an ER/Gossip Girl/Green Wing marathon when I’m done….


When I got home, I had another nectarine:

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And then did some DVD action. Afterwards, I decided to take Poppy out. I was prapper hungry though, but Poppy was dying to go – so I had my dessert first:

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Dessert first – I think ALL meals should have dessert first. As the girl said in ‘Remember Me’ – what if you die the next minute, and you hadn’t had dessert?? It’d be disappointing, to say the least.

Real lunch was pretty awesome too actually. I picked up some lovely bread on my way home today, so I had 2 slices of that. One half had mashed parsnip (with seasoning), as well as roasted and very finely chopped fennel (my mum did it the other night; I’m a fennel HATER, but how she did it was so awesome!! It didn’t even taste like fennel, it tasted brilliant!). The other half had a mushroom/sauce combo – for the sauce, I cooked 1/2 cup milk, with paprika, 1.5tbsp Noosh, tumeric and garlic:

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As well as 1.5tsp cornflour to thicken it up. When it was thickening, I added in the mushrooms I’d just stir fried. Alongside both of those beasties, I had some fresh edamame beans (Have I spelt that wrong!? I can never spell that word…..:p):

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Ah it was so good!! The mushroom sauce thing was DELIGHTFUL, and obviously I don’t even need to state my opinion on the parsnips…it was just really, really good 😀

Afternoon snackage was an apple and a piece of the lovely bread toasted, and topped with yogurt and cereal:

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AMAZING combination!!

I was a tad dull when it came to dinner – I had lots of ideas whizzing round in my head which were imaginative, but I’ve been cramming revision all arvo, so I just didn’t have time to cook anything amazing 😦 Alas, kamut spaghetti, with a homemade tomato, cocoa, thyme and cinnamon sauce, roasted veggies, and roasted beans, was the result of my hurried efforts!

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It may not have been creative, but by gosh was it good. Though I can’t even describe how excited I am about actually doing some proper cooking in a few days – so many recipes, so much variety….I’m hungry just thinking about it 😛

Dessert wise, I’m thinking it’s been a LONG time since I had a banana chocolate crunch pudding….maybe tonight will be the night!?



Despite only arriving yesterday, Poppy seems to have taken over the Kovac’s special bed:

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Bless 😀 He’s too self-absorbed to really care though – aren’t all cats!? But yeah, she’s doing really well! She hasn’t chewed the house to pieces and she hasn’t run away…good signs right!? 😛

I think it helps that I keep taking her for sprints – we sprinted round the fields twice today, and then in the afternoon – despite the pouring rain! – I took her for a run. We ran for about 13minutes, so probably about 1.3miles – she loved it! She’s SO good on the lead, and we appeared to have perfect pacing 😀 She’s going to love marathon training with me 😛 Poppy power!!

Barh, revision calls me now, so I must dash! Have a wonderful evening everyone 🙂

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