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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Dementia Dodgers, Cake Pops & BeYOUtiful people raising money!

19th April 2015
Generosity is what keeps the things we own from owning us.

Wowsers! What a wonderful day at the end of an incredible week of generosity from my members.  Thank you so much to everyone who baked, donated or attended the centre yesterday & had a go on the Tombola or bought a cake, we raised £227.59, add that to the money we've raised in the meetings this week and sponsor money from the walk & that makes a grand total of £505.09 I've added that onto our  Justgiving page this morning and it's now an amazing £1,306.00. Just blooming awesome & still time to add to it if you want to by texting MOMS76 £1 to 70070 or online at https://www.justgiving.com/Mymom/.

WOW, just wow, how fantastic is that, people have been so generous, it just goes to show when you surround yourself with truly BeYOUtiful people, amazing things happen! Feeling blessed this morning.

My weight loss however will not be so promising this week!  Those cake pops and dementia dodgers were delicious, and the lemon cake that was baked from the latest Weight Watchers cook book, oh my days...... then we went to Nando's afterwards for lunch, I spent 35pp on food there!   

Today, I'm going to make a Fakeaway chicken curry, to stop me fetching a takeway later!  Just taken the chicken out of the freezer and I'll use a jar sauce and some of the Aldi stuff I've had on my front table this week.

I'm thinking the dementia dodgers went down well with everybody and apparently they are easy to make, this is the recipe, it's a Jamie Oliver recipe and I know he won't mind us sharing it as it helped raise lots of money for charity;

Dementia dodgers

makes 36 at 3pp each

• 250g butter, softened (53pp)
• 140g icing sugar (16pp)
• 1 tsp vanilla extract, or 1 vanilla pod, split, seeds scraped
• 1 egg yolk (2pp)
• 375g flour (36pp)
• 30g white caster sugar, for sprinkling (3pp)
• 170g seedless raspberry jam (12pp)

Put the butter and icing sugar in a large bowl and beat together with an electric whisk until very pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract or seeds and egg yolk and beat well with a wooden spoon. Sift in the flour and mix into a firm dough. Work the dough into a smooth ball with your hands, then wrap it in clingfilm and pop in the fridge for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5 and line 2 baking sheets with greaseproof paper. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out until about 3mm thick. Using a round 4cm biscuit cutter, or a slightly larger one if that’s too fiddly, cut out an even number of circles, then use a mini heart cutter or mini round cutter to make little circles in the centres of half of the biscuits. Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheets and bake in the oven for 10–12 minutes or until they are a pale golden colour. Don’t be tempted to overcook them or they will be too hard. 

Transfer the biscuits to a wire rack to cool. While they are still warm, sprinkle with the caster sugar.

Once the biscuits are completely cool, sandwich them together with a scant teaspoon of jam. Make sure the biscuits with a hole cut in them are placed on top of those without. Store in an airtight container.
Per biscuit 121 cals, 6g fat (3.7g saturated), 1.2g protein, 15.3g carbs, 7.2g sugars

To get her biscuits to 2pp, Kelly adapted the above recipe and made hers by doubling the ingredients to make 100 smaller biscuits with a smaller cutter - total double ingredients mixture = 208pp, makes 100 biscuits at 2pp each

She says use whatever jam you fancy, and her buttercream is 150g butter (32pp) to 300g icing sugar (34pp) with a dash of milk, but you won't use all of that, just pipe a thin circle on each biscuit base to hold the jam in

Anyway all this talk of biscuits needs to stop as there's some left in my kitchen and they CANNOT be my breakfast, I must stay on track today :)

Here's to a lovely day doing a bit of whatever makes you happy!  I'll be starting with work, then I may venture into the garden and then again I may not, I might go for a walk, I might not.  Sunday is the one day, I don't have to make a plan of action, I just do whatever I fancy, happy days BeYOUtiful!

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