Wonderful Wednesday Fifty Three

wonderful wednesday fifty threeAnother week, another inch closer to spring a whole lot more Wonderful. In no particular order:

Jamie Olivers’ Lamb Shank
Not a euphemism. I spent most of a cheeky Friday off slow cooking lamb shanks. As well as feeling all kinds of posh about it, they were completely delicious. Do the sauce and the browning on the hob, shove it all into a slow cooker and leave it to bubble away for the day. Serve over crushed new potatoes for extra pretentiousness points.

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I made birthday crepes, totally worth the washing up.

Snowy Birthday
Torbay has its own weird micro-climate so it’s been a long time since I’ve had snow on my birthday. That changed this year and I’m not saying it was just for me but… I did spend a little too long dancing around on a deserted beach a la Edward Scissorhands, what a cracking start to my thirty third (SOB) birthday.

It turns out I’m a person monumentally motivated by stats and targets (dear boss, this bodes well). I got a shiny new Fitbit for my birthday and I’m already hooked on the numbers. Yesterday I climbed the equivalent of 24 flights of stairs and did a whopping 13,000 steps – thankee spaniels. There is something incredibly addictive about trying to beat yourself. I probably need to stop this now but I’m LOVING the Fitbit in a way I never thought possible. Ask me how many steps I’ve done today, ASK ME.*

Pecan YumYums
Have you had one? Your arteries won’t thank you and steer clear if you’re a heartburn prone sort but oh sweet lordy are they the best things? Deep fried doughy goodness topped with butterscotch icing and pecan pieces. £1.00 a go in Waitrose, follow your nose.

Fresh Sheets
Fresh sheets should really make the list every single week shouldn’t they? One of life’s true pleasures. This week I managed to coincide clean sheet night with almond fabric softener, my birthday and fresh jimjams, what a time to be alive. Happiness is…that, basically.

Hula Hoops
My birthday night was spent watching the fabulous Kinky and Quirky’s 100th burlesque show, a highlight definitely being the magnificent hula hooper (hoopist?) who could do the most ridiculous things with a hoop. I’ve rarely felt so in awe or so inadequate simultaneously. She was sandwiched in between some cracking burlesque performers and incredible drag act.  I’ve said it before but if you’re Devonish get thee to a K&Q show pronto.

wonderful wednesday fifty threeMichael Bolton 
I’m as shocked as you are that he’s made this list but after openly mocking the Netflix special on every social platform there is, I then watched it. SO FUNNY. Remember when he hosted Buzzcocks that time and was a comedy genius? This is that but on crack. It’s weird. Really weird. But completely wonderful.

Travel Planning
We’ve got some big milestones in our little family over the next twelve months, is there any better way to mark those than with some mega hols? Nope! We spent a while over the weekend thinking and talking and searching for new adventures. The anticipation of an adventure is my favourite.

Past Michelle
She makes this week’s list for having the ruddy good nouse to freeze some blackberries at the end of last summer. They’ve made it into every smoothie I’ve had this week. I might even make a crumble. Good work Michelle from last year.

And all the lovely feedback I had on this blog post. Thank you all for reminding me why I do so love this blogging lark.

That’s that. Give me some of your own good stuff? I’m far too interested in the lives of others.

SallyKate, Helen, JoCatEmma, Sam, Laura, LynseyKerriPeta Sarah, ElJasmin, Debbie, Katie  and Mimmi are all also full of the cheer. >> If you’re in the gang and I’ve missed you off, please please let me know! There are so many now I lose track! 

Let me know if you decide to join in, there’s a hashtag and everything #wonderfulwednesday


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  • I loved the little note with your steps at the bottom of the post! It did make me almost guffaw at my desk. Desperately trying to keep it in so I don’t get any raised eyebrows. Sounds like you have had an amazing week and you are so right, fresh sheets and PJ’s are everything! S x

  • I really love reading your Wonderful Wednesdays 🙂


  • Helen

    THAT pancake 🙂

  • Yessss to the step tracker, I’ve got on too and I’m addicted to it! It really gets me moving 🙂

    Well done Past Michelle, you rock. I love finding little surprises in the freezer, especially ones perfect for smoothies.

    Have a fab week love,
    Peta x


  • I have a fitbit too – add me to your friends list! Not that i can compete with you of course but it will give you a boost to know you are smashing my step count hahahaha! xxx

  • I just want to hang out with you, Michelle – you seem like the warmest, most energetic, loveliest person ever. Like… let’s go for a walk and keep that step count a-climbing!?! 🙂



  • I absolutely understand what you mean with the Fitbit. Stats and winning yourself are definitely great motivators! I have a very bad cold at the moment so the only things cheering me right now are the endless cups of tea, new bouquet of flowers, chocolate and the big collection of tv shows on Netflix! 🙂


  • Yay happy birthday again! I do love my fitbit but sometimes it makes me feel bad especially when the weathers rubbish and I’m in an office all day then a car for hours but it definitely does a good job at making me walk more!

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Sounds like an amazing round up of things to celebrate! I’ve never been to a burlesque show, but I reckon it’s something I’d really enjoy – maybe I should give it a go! Alice xxx


  • Sounds a great week – Definitely need to give these lamb shanks a go!
    Emma & Alfie xox

  • Kel

    Fresh sheets really are amongst the best things in the world – I never sleep better or happier than in lovely clean bedcovers!

    Happy happy birthday!

  • Rosie

    Happy birthday! Some of my highlights: finding out my bestie is having baby boy, pub catch-ups with old friends and celebrating birthdays of sadly absent loved ones with pie and red wine. AND it’s already Friday again – yay!

  • Happy belated birthday! Lovely post, as always and that photo of you and your doggy is just the best! x

    Sick Chick Chic

  • Emma Fisher

    Well. Here’s some massive, slightly belated, hapay birthdays to you. Sounds like you had a pretty wonderful sort of birthday week. If I can give you knew fit bit tip, do not get into a league with anyone. You’ll find yourself running upefficiently stairs before bed to beat your mum’s holiday score and it’s not pretty. Big love. X
    P.s last year Emma froze some rhubarb that may or may not be slowly making its way back into her life right now. These ladies were SMART!

  • Cat

    Ahaha your Fitbit comments made me laugh so much – I’m EXACTLY the same! I get so competitive with myself and am also completely motivated by the stats! Well, if it makes me slightly healthier that is no bad thing at all 🙂 Glad you had a wonderful birthday, lovely one xx

  • Katie

    HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY TO YOU, excellent lady!! Glad to hear it was a good ‘un and the weather even put on a show. I love it when Past You does something brilliant (although Past Katie often screws me over by eating so many scones Current Katie can’t fit in her jeans…) xxx

  • Have you seen Michael Bolton on SNL’s “Lonely Island’s Jack Sparrow” song? If not, you have to watch it. (Also mildly NSFW due to language) x