I’m Back! Oh yea, and it’s our 2 Year Anniversary!

Where do I start, it’s been a while since my last post, too long.  I bet you’re all thinking I’d lost interest, well that’s understandable, I’d had that thought on occasions myself over the last few months… but I haven’t and here I am again!

I haven’t posted since the end of March (actually not as long as I’d thought) but I’ve been oober busy in that time.  The last three months have been manic, don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining but that’s why I’ve been away not that I’d lost interest.

I joined the Labour Party some time ago and became friends with our local Assembly candidate Vikki Howells.  I had the pleasure of being part of Vikki’s team designing her website and meme’s and also overseeing her social media accounts during her campaign:

Some of my work for Vikki Howell's campaign

Some of my work for Vikki’s campaign

Vikki was elected on the 5th of May and has hit the ground running, together we’ve worked on two cases, both with positive outcomes although they’re not yet complete so ssshhh for now!  I’ll keep you posted on things as they go on, but that’s one of the reasons why I’ve been away.

W38 Media my social media and design company

W38 Media my social media and design company

As a result of my work for Vikki my profile has increased, now don’t panic I’m not getting ahead of myself, what I mean is more people have seen my web design/graphic design work and therefore my company W38 Media is busy too, we’re currently working on a number of projects including a website for D Hill & Son Builders.  For more information on W38 Media visit our website here.

My fun at karaoke the last two Friday's in May

My fun at karaoke the last two Friday’s in May

You’ll never believe it but I’ve also made a comeback from my karaoke retirement.  Now I know most of you won’t know this but at one point in my life I was a karaoke DJ, I don’t blow my trumpet often but I wasn’t too bad at it either!  I recently covered two nights at a local pub and I thoroughly enjoyed it, two busy nights and lots of great (ish) singers it was good to be back, will I do it again, who knows?

Our two year anniversary, it's flown!

Our two year anniversary, it’s flown!

Well the reason for this post is simple, Wheelie Good Meals is two years old!  It’s kind of flown under the radar this year but I’m going to celebrate it with not one, not two, not three but four posts by next Wednesday, I know, I know I’ve had trouble doing one the last few weeks but I’m back baby!!

Some examples of my no/low carb diet

Some examples of my no/low carb diet

I’ve been on a low carb diet for months, and while having a few weak moments have been pretty damn good at it   I gave up pasta, rice, bread and potatoes… yes I know potatoes for two weeks which resulted in me getting into a t-shirt the next size down from my normal size.  I’ve since reintroduced potatoes in my life, potatoes were something I ate with every meal, sometimes even for breakfast, three times a day seven days a week.  Now I may have them three or four times a week as opposed to the 15/18 times I would normally have had them.

My daily regime of weights backed with a bit of Johnny Cash

My daily regime of weights backed with a bit of Johnny Cash

I’m even doing my weights almost every day (twice somedays), why you ask yourself well I’m fat… duh!  And yes I know I’ve been fat for years but I didn’t think it would be this enjoyable to do something about it (oh and don’t judge my choice in music lol).  My family especially my brother have been nagging me for years to do it… well now I am.  As my businesses improve and my community involvement increases I need to be as healthy as possible… and to do that I need to lose weight.  Someone asked me how I was doing it the other day and it’s easy…. I’m not going without anything!

My family shelf in my office

My family shelf in my office

My lack of potatoes led to Vikki buying me Mr Potato Head, you can see here on my family shelf in work, along with (of course) Postman Pat, Hayleigh, and two of my beautiful Godchildren.  My attitude now is, if I want potatoes, I eat potatoes!  If I want Rice… yes you’ve guessed it I eat rice.  I have probably had pasta and bread no more than five times since I started this lifestyle change a few months ago.  I’ve learned that if you cut something out your body mind wants it more so the secret is don’t cut it out.  Deprivation is the key to failure in my mind!  I’ve reduced my alcohol consumption down, no I haven’t given it up, I’m not a monk and like a drink!

We’ve got a Time-Saving Tuesday post coming up later on in the day which will be a review of Weight Watchers Hunters Chicken.  We also have a recipe coming up on Friday which is Cajun Salmon with a Mediterranean Sauce.Wheelie Good Meals Social Networking

Later on in the week I’ll fill you in on my latest dinner parties, yep parties I’ve had two lol and also Greg, my mother and I are off to Caradog’s so maybe there’ll be a cheeky review coming up, can’t wait!  Come back soon for more tasty treats, you can visit us on Social Media, you can see the details above.  We’re going to be more active on these platforms now that the busy period is over.

Thanks for ready

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Post Mother’s Day Catch Up

Post Mother’s Day Catch Up - My Olympian, my mother!

Post Mother’s Day Catch Up – My Olympian, my mother!

First of all I’d like to wish everyone a belated happy mother’s day, I hope you all had a fab one and were spoiled rotten. I’m cooking for my mother (the wonderful Mags) tonight, I’m writing this at 03:46 and the planned menu looks like

 * Pan Fried Scallops with Smoked Bacon Crisps and a Cauliflower Pureé

* Duck breast, Sautéed Potatoes and a Balsamic Berry Jus

* Nutella and Oreo Cheesecake (my take on Nigella’s Nutella Cheesecake) 😆

 

The main course, I’ve got to say is work in progress but it’ll be fine I have faith, it’s the bacon I’m looking forward to as both my mother and I are developing a liking for smoked foods – if you follow me on facebook, instagram or twitter you’ll noticed that I shared a picture of a smoked cheese I’m into at the moment…. don’t worry if you don’t follow me on any of those social networking sites here it is.

Post Mother’s Day Catch Up - Seriously Good Smoked Cheese

Post Mother’s Day Catch Up – Seriously Good Smoked Cheese

I’m going to try and cook it between two baking trays to keep it flat and hopefully make it more crispy… stay tuned folks!

Don’t be fooled I’m not just cooking her a meal, I bought her flowers too, and a card (moonpig has it’s uses) 😀

Post Mother’s Day Catch Up - Mags' Mother's Day Flowers

Post Mother’s Day Catch Up – Mags’ Mother’s Day Flowers

I’m running low on ideas for Time-Saving Tuesdays, in fact I’m writing this post thinking what on earth am I going to do tomorrow…. any ideas? I could do with some suggestions. I did buy a tin of Chicken in a White Wine Sauce, that was quick and would have been ideal for #TimeSavingTuesdays but do you think I know where the pictures are of it…. do I heck! I have one image of it but that’s it and I know I took more I always take more 👿

Post Mother’s Day Catch Up - Chicken In A White Wine Sauce

Post Mother’s Day Catch Up – Chicken In A White Wine Sauce

I’ve been cleaning out my phone and my laptop recently and backing everything up on an external hard drive so should have all the photographs collated soon…. I did find a worrying pattern though, when going through my camera uploads on dropbox there was a large number of photos of one particular thing….

 

Post Mother’s Day Catch Up - I Like Wine Photography

Post Mother’s Day Catch Up – I Like Wine Photography

I have a problem with wine…. I take too many pictures of it. I know some of these are pants but that’s more my phone than my sobriety lol. What’s your favourite bottle, share it with me …… not literally of course! Well its 04:01 now and I think I should make some effort to get to sleep 😯 .

Post Mother’s Day Catch Up - Two Resteraunt Reviews To Come

Post Mother’s Day Catch Up – Two Restaurant Reviews To Come

There’s a lot going on over the forthcoming weeks with two long awaited reviews from my visit to The Hardwick and Caradog’s in the Ty Newydd along with more recipes and Time-Saving Reviews, not to mention another Guest Blog from Melanie.

Hope you are all well, remember to let me know your ideas and thoughts – are you receiving the updates because along with Melanies Food Adventures we’ve moved over to Cynon Valley Hosting now, as far as I can see everything is fine but only you know for sure.

Lastly congratulations to Wales for a fantastic performance against a strong Irish side and congratulations to Manchester United for a fantastic performance against Spurs… good sporting weekend for me all in all.

Take care and see you tomorrow for Time Saving Tuesday.

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