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April, 2012

  1. Siesta

    April 19, 2012 by admin

    *yaaawn* I miss naptime. My son used to be a good napper. From the age of 1 to 2.5 he would nap for almost 3 hours a day. This meant I could get some house work done, have a little read, but more than anything, I could have a nap.

    Napping is so great, particularly after lunchtime. I was reading up on post-lunch-drowsiness, this is what Wikipedia says

    Post-prandial somnolence is a normal state of drowsiness or lassitude following a meal. Post-prandial somnolence has two components – a general state of low energy related to activation of theparasympathetic nervous system in response to mass in the gastrointestinal tract, and a specific state of sleepiness caused by hormonal and neurochemical changes related to the rate at which glucose enters the bloodstream and its downstream effects on amino acid transport in the central nervous system.

    When I was first diagnosed I always used to nap for 30 mins or so a day to help me go out in the evening. This was back in the days of commuting and pre-children. When I was on mat leave I used to try to lay down and breastfeed at any opportunity I could to get some rest, I can’t really recommend it enough for any sleep deprived and tired mums!

    Nowadays I don’t get very many naps sadly. But today I manged to get one in whilst Mr T was sleeping in the buggy, I think the boring weather and a carrot cake made him very sleepy on the walk home. So when we got in I wheeled him in and curled up on the sofa for 20 mins. And I feel so much better.

    Napping rules! We should all be like the Spanish and obey the siesta!


  2. Flowery Nyan Cat

    April 17, 2012 by admin

    Look a brown flowery nyan cat appeared on our stairs. *nyan nyans  for a long  good hour until head explodes*


  3. Best cake evah!

    April 17, 2012 by admin

    As some people do party tricks, I have a cake, that I am almost famous for (ermm well yes…). The photo in my about page features me and the cake. It may look like a shepherds pie on picture, but it is devilish delightful. Whenever any baking is needing to be done, I keep on getting asked about this cake. It has followed me around in a few places I’ve worked now, and as it isn’t mine to start with I found it on this page, but as it is in Swedish I thought I’d translate it for you.

    Tosca-coconut cake (also known as Crack-cake)

    200 g butter
    4 eggs
    5 cups granulated sugar
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 pinches of salt
    1 dl cocoa
    3 dl flour

    Glaze:
    200 g (5-6 dl) desiccated coconut
    1 dl syrup
    2 dl granulated sugar
    1.5 dl whipping cream
    75 g butter

    Start by turning the oven to 200. Melt the butter. Line a roasting pan or baking dish, about 25×35 cm with baking paper.Quite important to do this, as it tends to get stuck otherwise.

    Beat eggs and sugar, mix in vanilla, salt and cocoa. Mix in the flour and the melted butter and stir until smooth. Spread the cake in the lined pan. Bake in oven at 200 ° C for 15 minutes. Meanwhile make the coconut tosca glaze in a saucepan.

    Pour the coconut flakes, syrup, sugar, cream and butter in a saucepan and put it on medium heat and stir in the butter so it melts into a smooth batter. Then let boil and simmer about 5 minutes.Don’t be tempted to leave it alone for to much as it can burn.

    When the cakes 15 mins are up, take it out and spread with the glaze and bake another 10 minutes in the oven until the cake is golden golden brown. Be careful so it doesn’t get blackned.

    When the cake has cooled, cut cake into squares with a sharp knife. Personally I think it takes better after being stored in the fridge over night.


  4. MS Life Exhibition in Manchester

    April 16, 2012 by admin

    This past weekend was spent at MS Society’s MS Life. We had a stand there for work, filled with all our lovely publications and our ever popular work-out DVD with Mr Motivator. It was very very busy filled with people with MS from all over the country. Well not just people with MS but family or friends too, coming for information to help them understand the condition better. It was great to meet so many fantastic people, and I was amazed how positive the whole event felt like.

    Slightly ironic I guess that my own MS symptoms started flaring up a bit towards the end of the Sunday, when my leg started feeling a bit wobbly. I guess with myself working part time these days, the travel up to Manchester and working full time for 2 days might have been a bit much for the system. But it really was worth it.

    As well as manning the stand I got to go to some lectures, I attended 3 of them, one by the MS international federation about MS in the world, one called “MS is a headgame about positive thinking, and the last one about Children affected by MS. Last one is a sensitive one, as MR T clearly will grow up affected by my MS, but hopefully that doesn’t need to be a bad thing all the time. I grew up with my granddad having MS and I hope that thought be something about the condition, and the fact that life in a wheelchair (as he had) clearly wasn’t anything horrible. I shared a story about my granddad on our website.

    The talk about MS in the world was very interesting, it had people telling us what it is like living with MS in Egypt (where their version of the MS Society came to life after the Arab spring), India (where they think the hidden number of people with MS might be as high as 200 000), Argentina (where all decease modifying drugs are free) US (where as we know you don’t get much help at all unless you have health insurance) and Sweden (where they have government paid rehab for 4 weeks). As I am rather fascinated by stats, I can spend ages fiddling around in google analytics, I thought it was interesting that in Argentina a country of over 41 million they only have about 7000 with MS and in Sweden with a population of 9 million there are 17500 cases.

    The MS is a head game talk, sounded kinda cheesy to me at first, I guess coming with the snarky, sarky attitude I mostly view life with. But actually it was really interesting, all about how people always hone in on the negative and spend far too much time grumbling and thinking about things we can’t do anything about. Later at our stand I recommended that session to a girl who wasn’t sure about what sessions to go to, and later I ran into her at the children affected by MS session and she shared my opinion about the head game one. Will try out some of the tips and try to grumble less.

    Happy I took today off, I spent half of the day sleeping. But like I said, it was worth it, and I felt very proud to be apart of what we do at work as so many people came up to us and told us how much thy loved our publications and how much we had helped them. It was also great to meet some people that I have “met” only on twitter and facebook in the past.

    I would recommending going along again next year if they arrange one, it was great!


  5. Kallops

    April 12, 2012 by admin

    For Christmas last year I got a new beautiful friend, the slow cooker. After hearing lots of my friends raving on how great they were I decided I wanted some of that too. So I jumped on the slowcooker wagon and boy is it a great ride! I pretty much have instated the tradition of slowcooking sunday in the house, when I cook a large portion of something that either can go in the freezer, or feed us for a few days. The fact that you just chuck things down there and leave it too stew for hours is great, it can’t really get much easier.

    My Swedish family were always very keen on casseroles of all kinds, so I have carried on that by trying out a lot of childhood favorites. I guess fashionable they are not, but they are pretty god darn tasty anyway. So let’s share one with you, known as Kallops.

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    Kallops

    You need;

    Beef of the cubed kind

    An onion or two, chopped

    Carrots (I often go with frozen ones), chopped

    Bay Leaves 2 or 3

    Flour

    Allspice

    Cooking really can’t be much simpler, you brown the meat, put it in the slowcooker with all other ingredients, If you have 1 kg of meat, sprinkle with 4 tablespoons of flour and add 5 dl of water. You may have to add more water later on.  Then put on high and leave to cook for I’d say atleast 4 hours, the best version of this I had when I’d left it alone for 8 hours, the meat just melted in the mouth then. Serve it with gerkins, boiled poatoes and lingonberry sauce, you know that red berry sauce you bought at IKEA after eating it with the meatballs in the restaurant and thought “oh I’ll have some of that” and then when you got home it went in the cupboard because apart from meatballs what else would you serve it with?  Well here is lingonberries turn to shine, a dollop  on the plate and you are ready to serve. Tasty tasty!

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