I wanted soup…… So I made soup!

Published January 27, 2016 by theycallmemrstibbs

So I’m getting back to doing parts about food I made.
Sorry but it is a really tasty and easy to make soup.

So here goes.

Parsnip and Carrot Soup

This is a BBC Good Food recipe. Which shows it’s good.

Ingredients

2 large parsnips
2 large carrots
1 litre Vegetable StockCroutons and/or lardons

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Method

1) You can either peel all of the vegetables or leave with the skins and chop into cubes. Place in the pan.
As you can see I left the skin this time.

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2) Pour the stock into the mix.
3) Bring to boil and leave to simmer for 30 minutes.
4) Allow the mix to cool, once cooled it can now be blended. I used a stick blender but use what you have.

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It was nice and smooth with some lumps of veg still in it.

I had it initially for lunch on the Friday with since Italian herb bread.

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I finished this dish but had done bread left over.

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I waited until after the weekend to have the rest on Monday.

Below is the evidence that I finished it.

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The reason I make this is due to it not costing a lot. Even better when the veggies are on offer. The parsnips and carrots were a euro per pack. Also it makes 2 meals as you saw I actually only made about half of the recipe.

Hopes for 2016

Published January 20, 2016 by theycallmemrstibbs

We all have hopes every New Year of what we would like to happen throughout the year.

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I think I’m keeping mine simple.

I’ve got places I want to go to.
1) Rotterdam
2) Utrecht (I don’t know what’s there but it’s in this country)
3) maybe Delft

I’ve got places we need to go to. To visit friends from Pasadena.
1) Finland to see Essi, Mikko,Emmi and Milli.
2) Belgium to see Anna, Martin, Noah, Elliot and Lily
3) Glasgow to see Morgane and Matthieu

Things I want to do.
1) Go to the gym at least once a week,  once I start to feel settled it will be more than once.
2) Read plenty of new books for my Kindle.
3) Go to more MeetUp events, if they fall at a suitable time and in a good location.

It’s only 9 things so hopefully they will happen.

Watch this space

Christmas 2015. New Year 2016

Published January 12, 2016 by theycallmemrstibbs

This year we continued the tradition of going to the other parent’s house for Christmas. So this year we went to Christopher’s parents house in Northern Ireland.

We set off on 22nd December to get to Belfast International airport. It wasn’t too early for a change which we were happy about.

The flight went well and we didn’t get our bags checked at Belfast airport. Last time we had our bag checked and all of the luggage messed up.

As usual on the way back to County Tyrone we got food.

I had to adjust my tablet times due to changing time zones. So I would take it at 7.30 rather than 8.30, both am and pm. By the end of the trip I was getting up at 7.10 have breakfast then wait 30 minutes and take my tablet and go back to bed.
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The Christmas tree at my in-laws house with all the presents.

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Me with my little friend Pixie she loved my knee over the time we were there.

Christmas Day
On Christmas day I got up an actually stayed up as I want sure if what time other people would be up.
We actually did Christmas gifts a bit later than normal. But I was happy with all my gifts especially my one from Christopher, he got me a kindle paperwhite.

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I was really happy, I’ve already one full book on it.

We as normal in Northern Ireland went up to Granny’s for soup at lunch.

We then went back down to his parent’s house to relax until dinner time.
Dinner time came around and we had turkey, ham, potatoes both mashed and roasted, carrots, sprouts, peas, stuffing and parsnips roasted.
We were very full afterwards so we decided to wait until later to get some chocolate gâteaux. Which of course we got some.

New Years Eve
New Year’s Eve came around quickly enough.
Unfortunately I came down with a migraine so I went to bed to sleep it off. That didn’t happen. My hearing became even more sensitive than normal. After 2 and a half hours sleeping I thought I should get back up. To at least see the new year in.
I watched Monster’s University with Christopher and Joshua (our Nephew), it finished at like 5 to midnight, so we decided maybe we should go and celebrate with the rest of the family. We watched fireworks over parliament and then Bryan Adams played a concert.

We had a quiet new years day. We then had to get to Belfast airport on 2nd January, we set off at 3.50am. Christopher actually thought about why he’d booked such an early flight, but he didn’t know.
Oh well the road were quiet, of course we got the warnings from my family about the weather sure to England getting the flooding over Christmas. We hadn’t heard of any in Northern Ireland.
We got to the airport very early as expected, but it meant we could sit down and have a cup of tea and a snack so I could take my tablet before getting on the plane.

We got back to Amsterdam early enough. My day back want a case of go home and rest, it was go to the supermarket for food for dinner and milk then you can rest.

A great Christmas was had.

IT’S CHRISTMAS!

Published December 21, 2015 by theycallmemrstibbs

I know you all already know it’s Christmas, but over the past week I’ve been doing a wee wander around. To check out the Christmas things. The next feel things happened over a few days.

We decorated our wee tree.

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I went to the Christmas market 3 times. I didn’t buy anything but it’s great just to walk around 

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After the Christmas market I went to the supermarket and saw the cutest Christmas candies.

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Needless to say I was excited. So I went for tickets to watch Star Wars.

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After the movie we went out for a meal at a restaurant we’ve wanted to go to for quite a while.

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We really felt Christmassy as there were a lot of Christmas songs playing everywhere.

But IT’S CHRISTMAS ON FRIDAY!!! 

Tibbs Holiday to Rome

Published December 3, 2015 by theycallmemrstibbs

Yes that’s right we’ve finally gone to Rome on 23rd November 2015 – 26th November 2015.

Of course due to what happened in Paris on 13th November, we were advised that there would be a lot of security.

Day One

The journey to Rome was an early one as usual. But we were really looking forward to it.
Of course we both sat there with our iPods on listening to lots of music.
I then started taking pictures of what was underneath us.

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I took a small nap, then woke up and looked out of the window.
The view was magnificent.

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The above map is where we were at the time in Germany approaching Lichtenstein.

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We got to Rome airport then needed to get a train from the airport to Rome centre, this cost us €32 between us to get there.

When we got there we had to do a walk from the station to our hotel. We stayed at the hotel Traiano it said it was 4 star 🌟 but Christopher was not sure.

We were impressed that they actually allowed us to check in at 2pm, as I had read that it would be a 4pm check in.

Once we’d checked in we decided to go for a wee walk.

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The fountain in front of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. It was seen from the metro station that we had to get the train from on Tuesday.

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This is the Vittoriana, we were impressed at how grand it is.

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After our walk we looked through the tourist guide magazine to find where to eat.

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The food was great. Christopher had a spaghetti carbonara and I had a spaghetti with cream and peas sauce.

Any way we were that tired and only Italian tv, we put some music on and went to bed at about 9pm as we were getting up at 6am for breakfast and then going for a day at the Vatican.

Day Two

Like I said we got up at 6am we gave ourselves an hour to get ready before breakfast.
Breakfast came and Christopher said it was a typical Italian breakfast. It was bread, cheese, meats, cold boiled eggs, fruits, bread crisps, croissants, pan au chokolade, cake and fruit tart. Yes that’s right cake and fruit tart for breakfast. There was bacon and egg which we didn’t have.

We decided to go straight after breakfast and me talking my MS medication to set off to get the train.
We found out the day before that it would cost €1.50 each to get there.
We didn’t know up until a week prior to our trip that we could get a train there when Christopher’s uncle told us about it.
We got to the station and waited for the train, we had previously noted that throughout Rome there were armed forces at many tourist spots.
We got the train and we were like sardines in a tin. We’ve never been on a train so packed.

We got to the Vatican too early for the tour even though we had to meet 25 minutes early so we went across the road for a cup of tea. They brought us English breakfast tea and a teapot of water each. We sat there warming up and enjoying a cuppa.
We got the bill and were shocked. Our tea cost us €11! Yes that’s right 11 euros.

But anyway we queued up with our prepaid tickets and went in through security.

We were going to visit the Vatican Museums, to the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square.

We saw masterpieces by Raphael, Michelangelo and Bernini.

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Christopher at the Jubilee Gate at St. Peter’s Basilica.

When we had finished in the Vatican we exited through St. Peter’s Square where we saw 2 Swiss Guards. We were a little excited by that.

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After finishing there completely we decided to walk back to the hotel as it was easier than the train again.
From there we went to Castel Sant’Angelo, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain.

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There was a man giving out roses, the first thing I said was are they free? He said yes, then harassed Christopher for some money he took €5.50 if I’d have know I’d have given them back.

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After a very tiring day we decided it was time for going back to the hotel to rest before going out for dinner.

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I got a calzone with wild mushrooms in it. Christopher got a pizza with Spek on it.

We went back to the hotel and again due to the early start we went to bed early.

Day Three

We got up as usual at 6am and had breakfast and prepared for the day.

We were going to the Colosseum and then the Roman Forum. We already had tickets for this as you can buy the tickets in advance. It was a case of buy one and get the other tied in.

We got to the Colosseum very early and queued up and actually got let in early.

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Us outside the Colosseum.

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Two beautiful arches.

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We decided our day was done and we needed lunch. Like I said we decided to try a portion of the chips we tried so the walk began. But before that again we decided we needed a cup of tea or hot chocolate.

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Whilst we were there we noticed a policeman directing the traffic.

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We got there soon enough and ordered 2 medium chips.

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Yes I said medium but they were huge! But tasty.

We went back to the hotel for a rest before going out for dinner.
We hadn’t decided where we wanted to go yet. We knew of a few places so decided to go on a walk to see our choices.

We looked and were told of offers at some places but it was too early for dinner. So we decided to carry on walking around. In the end we decided to go to the first restaurant we looked at as it was near to the hotel.

We looked through the menu, originally I wanted seafood risotto. But after checking the menu I decided that I wanted another calzone with spicy salami, ricotta and mozzarella. It was huge.
Christopher was very excited as he’d previously had a pizza in Italy with meats and potatoes on it. Yes that’s right potatoes his dream pizza.

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They were great!

But I’d set myself the task of having 1 dessert in Rome. So I got looking through the menu for them.

I found the best looking one a chocolate soufflé. Christopher said he was too full and wanted non. So I ordered it.

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The waiter was lovely and brought us 2 forks and Christopher soon changed to”I’ll try a wee bit.”
It was gorgeous and the wee bit. It soon turned into nearly half.

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All gone. Obviously we were stuffed. So decided to head back to the hotel.

Day 4

Again we decided to get up early at 6 for breakfast.

We went for the train at 8am. We then got to the airport and went for another cuppa but they only had Early Grey, not nice. But we drank it.

Our flight went well, we were both falling asleep the whole way home.

We both had a great time.

My Bird Table

Published November 12, 2015 by theycallmemrstibbs

That’s right I’ve finally got a grown up thing.
I saw them advertised at my local supermarket Dirk for €9.99. So we couldn’t resist.

Christopher offered to put it together for me. So i sat down with a chai tea latte watching him. Hehe 😂

He’s actually reading the Dutch instructions. Yes DUTCH but it was mainly pictures. Hehe

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He put the table surface part together first. Well screwed it onto the upper part of the leg.

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A serious concentration face now. As it was a case of putting feet on the leg.

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From that he put the 2 sections of the leg together to make it taller.

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Hard at work there.

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Now it’s that ta-da moment it stood up. 

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His next step to add the little birds roof to keep them dry.

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This was a hard part, making it level as it was all screws with not all the holes.

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The screws were tightened up a lot.

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Christopher is having a wee pose with the table.

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I sat there for 3 weeks watching out for birds then we thought about this.

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Oh crap it’s not got 360 vision around for the birds.

So we moved it.

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And the result was A BIRD.

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I was like eeeeeeee. My dad, our bird expert, told me it looks like a female chaffinch.

The Hague – All On My Own

Published October 30, 2015 by theycallmemrstibbs

Yes, that’s right, after having a trip to the Hague last weekend to make sure my directions that I knew were right, I knew I could do it. Some of you might think oh big whoop, but for someone like me with MS it is a big thing. Your brain goes all mushy, as people like me say and your memory goes to pot.
So I thought it was a good idea,  however if I got lost I’d never do it again.

Anyway I left home in the morning to go and get the train to the Hague as it only takes 11 minutes to get there.

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A few picture of my journey up to the station.  I would have taken more but after the first 2 I thought, boring.

So anyway,  the train came and due to everyone going work I hadn’t really thought my time through properly. It was jam packed.

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I tried taking pictures on the way but couldn’t get many.

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These are in the train station at the Hague. Then my little trek started.

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This is directly outside the station.

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These were some the places which reminded me I’m heading in the right direction,  then I turn left at the Burger King across the road.
This takes me to Primark. I even did a little celebratory dance that I got there on my own.
After going for a Primark/Primarni browse I was going to a shop for a pair of trainers for Christopher.
Down this street.

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When I got to C&A they didn’t have any of them in his size. So I turned round and decided to go to the shops I’d just passed as I’d never been to Big Bazaar. It was really cool with some pretty little things in it 

So I started walking up to the train station and I saw a police car and van pull up to the Subway,  of course I thought you’re a bit early for lunch but nooooooo, they were arresting a guy from there. He was hurling abuse out of the back of the car then they just slammed the door on him. A group of us stood there too scared to pass.

After this passed I went across the road to a flea market.

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As you can see in the background there was also a protest to do with Israel happening. I didn’t stop and stare. I thought it was rude.

Anyway my legs were feeling horrible and tired,  as you’ll notice with a lot of people with MS.
So I went home for R and R.

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