When December concludes with an inflated Violet Beauregarde style waddle, January 1st follows with a hand banging forehead Homer Simpson intoned “D’oh!” at the sight of the scales.
Moreover if several fitness and dieting related companies approach you to talk about their products it’s time to bite the bullet – or the rice cake as the case may be – and cut back on the calories for a few weeks.
Despite aforementioned appeals to write regular dieting posts, I decided this is not the place and beyond the self flagellation you see today and two soon to be published reviews of a healthy eating book and a fitness gadget, normal service of cake, biscuits and goodies will resume later this month. All to be promptly packed up for my husband’s hungry colleagues.
That way you get to come here for iced cookies and chocolate puddings rather than navel gazing, pardon the pun, and I stick to my guns until at least Valentine’s Day. Everyone’s a winner.
Meanwhile several things are happening:
1. A two week blog break to sort out some back-end blog clutter, a chaotic house and a primary school application whilst drinking copious quantities of miso soup. A couple of posts are lined up ready to publish so you shouldn’t notice too big a gap.
2. 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways winners, gradually being announced on their respective pages. A huge thank you to all the brands who provided prizes for the 12 giveaways and massive thanks to all of you who took part and tweeted about it. I will publish a full list of the winners in a blog post later this month when all winners have claimed their prizes.
3. I’m hosting this month’s Breakfast Club for Helen at Fuss Free Flavours (further details below)
4. Entries for the inaugural edition of my blog challenge Forever Nigella are rolling in thick and fast. It’s loosely themed this month as “Seasonal Sensations” – have you done yours yet? It’s not too late, any Nigella Lawson recipe for winter comfort food will fit into the theme, Nigella’s not just for Christmas as we will explore in coming months!
See the Forever Nigella page for details – deadline Jan 16
Don’t forget folks… There are prizes!
Breakfast Club: Because breakfast should be more interesting
than tea & toast or coffee & cereal.
Breakfast Club is a monthly challenge celebrating exciting things for breakfast hosted by Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and Sarah at Fingers and Toes. The other Sarah is taking some time out whilst studying so I’m stepping into the breach.
January’s theme is YOGURT. We want to see lots of wonderful uses for yogurt at the breakfast table, whether you are making your own or doing something adventurous with a shop bought pot. Incorporate your favourite flavour of yogurt into something yummy and tell us all about it.
To take part:
Make something for breakfast according to this month’s theme and blog about it. Your post needs to include:
- a link to this post
- a link to main host Helen at Fuss Free Flavours
- show a copy of the new Breakfast Club badge shown above
Email me at Sarah DOT maisoncupcake DOT com with your name, your blog name, a link to your post and a picture.
Deadline: Friday 28th January, 5pm UK time
Round up: Sunday 30th January
Sanjeeta kk says
Would love to join your breakfast table, Sarah! And yogurt is one of my fave, food ingredients in my cooking.
Am excitedly going to be at Forever Nigella too , was sooo looking forward-)
Hah, the prizes are soooooo exciting too!
Am still choosing my recipe , i sure am:-)lol!Breakfast club sounds wonderful as well!
Wishing ya a brite super sunshine year ahead!
Loving the blue colour of your blog! That first photo of juicy mangoes left me drooling. I can’t get enough of them, but they are never sweet nor juicy enough here in London 🙁 In any case, Happy New Year to you and embrace the cakes!
The London Foodie says
Happy new year Sarah! Just a quick one to congratulate you on topping the gastronomy ranking on Wikio for January 2011, I posted the preview today but noted that it is also available on their site (duh!), not much of a preview I guess! Loving the look of your pics, hope you are well!
Luiz @ The London Foodie
Happy New Year to you Sarah! Normally i don’t eat breakfast cos i’m always rushing out in the morning..but looking at your gorgeous photos is making me re-think my no-breakfast routine… Maybe i should consider sacrificing my sleeping time for breakfast..:p
Happy New Year and good luck with all you’ve got planned. I like the Nigella idea and will be popping along now and again (use her recipes a lot).
Holly B says
I need to get back into eating a healthy breakfast. Can’t keep preaching to toddler son about it and not walk the walk. Maybe I should make some yoghurt to get me started?
Happy New Year dear girl. Sorry this is late but I’m running as late as can be! Missed Nigella but will try and get a foot into the yogurt door! Healthy breakfast … *nodding head* … why are there so many meals in a day?
wow love the idea of the breakfast club and happy new yr as well
Heather Davis says
That bowl of yoghurt with fruit looks gorgeous. Why don’t I eat healthy things like that for breakfast? Instead I go for the cereal. Full of sugar and oh so bland. See if I can find something yummy for brekkie with yoghurt in it? Somehow I have a feeling it will involve muffins! Happy New Year btw and hope are enjoying your two week break.
That breakfast bowl filled with deliciousness looks so bright and healthy. Perfect to nourish our bodies after slumber. Have fun with your mini blog break. We’ll all be here waiting 🙂
lovely theme will send you an entry soon
I just realized the last date for Forever Nigella is TODAY 🙁 well atleast I can still make the breakfast club! Breakfast is my favourite too! well I can have bfast food any time of day!
I plan to join you with this also. I meant to tell you that I love chocolate for our second Nigella challenge.
Keep up the good work.
Sarah, Maison Cupcake says
Umm Mymoonah says
I posted something for your event, but couldn’t mail you. It shows some error. So I have attached the link for recipe here.
Sarah, Maison Cupcake says
That’s strange. I will follow your link.
Hi Sarah.. Sent in my entry..
Blueberry Dates Smoothie
Priya Mahadevan says
What a wonderful event! Have sent in my entry – Hope this gets to you in time — Cheers!