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A Happy Hooker

Yes I would class myself as a happy hooker.....No I'm not hanging around street corners looking to earn a few extra 'bob'

I'm a self taught crocheter. I first pick up a hook when we lived in Cyprus; because of my job I found it very difficult to make new friends and I just didn't fit into the 'Cyprus lifestyle' of drinking lots and sunbathing, the joys of having a completion of a Ginger and not tanning soon gets you down (thanks Dad!).

I love my craft. I can take it anywhere; I can often be found walking around with a random balls of yarn and hook in my handbag, you just never know when you are going to stuck in a traffic jam.

As my crochet skills grow so does my confidence, to the point where I have designed my own items. When I get a little better at writing patterns I'll attempt to share them; but for now I'm happy creating just for the joy of it.

If you would like to follow me on social media I can be found using the name 2 Little Dicky Birds Crochet x

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Slimming World Friendly Leek & Potato Soup

Now I'm back to work and in the gym I need something quick, easy and filling during my lunch break. Over the weekend I decided to make a large batch Slimming World friendly leek and potato soup in my slow cooker; I ate half and froze the remained for later use. Best of all it's Syn free!

Slow cooker leek and potato soup


700g potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 large leek
1.2 litres chicken stock
2 tbsp mixed herbs
Salt and pepper to taste


Chop the potatoes and leeks and add them to the slow cooker.
Cover with the stock and herbs and season to taste.
Cook on high for 1-2 hours or until the potatoes are soft, once the potatoes are soft bend using a hand mixer.

Hope you enjoy x

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Simple Chicken Curry - Slimming World Friendly

I've been off the Slimming World wagon for almost three months now, its my own fault. I took part in a charity hike in September and ended up with a trapped nerve in my back, resulting in a few weeks off work and being unable to drive. Feeling totally miserable I decided to wrongly drown my sorrows in food.

I decided to jump onto the weighing scale today, my clothes we feeling a little tight, so I decided to torture myself and see just how much I'd gained. Well enough is enough, time to head back to my trusty Slimming world.

Supper filling and full of speed foods, this curry is Syn free!


2 red peppers, deseeded and roughly chopped
4 skinless chicken breasts
½ red onion, roughly chopped

Half a packet of spinach
1 x 2cm cube ginger, chopped
5 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp turmeric
A pinch of cayenne


Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker, I add the chicken breasts whole and place on top of the onion, the remaining ingredients on top of the chicken.
Cook on low 6-8 hours.
Just before serving remove the chicken breasts and shred using two folks, once shredded add back to the slow cooker.
Serve with rice or Sliming World chips

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Listening To My Instincts

Do you ever have those moments in your life where you feel a little lost? Stuck at a cross roads, not sure which direction to take?

I've felt very much like this for the last few months, longer if I'm totally honest. I really didn't have a clue where i was heading, that's why I stepped away from blogging for a little while. 

I've felt; and still feel like everyone else has a goal, a sense of purpose. Where I was quite aimlessly drifting along.  

After listening to a very motivational speech today I realised I don't need a plan; I don't have to focus on an end goal. That I need to listen to my gut instincts more; something that I used to rely massively on in my youth. For whatever reason I've stopped listening to my inner voice and my instincts have become a little rusty and unused. 

So today is a turning point. I am listening to my instincts. I am grab the opportunities that life offers me, I'm going to grab the opportunities presented to me  and not waste a moment of the life I have. 

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Weigh In Wednesday & Meal Review

With my new Slimming World group I now have a new weigh in day; I'm finding getting weighed on Wednesdays works really well. If I have a little slip up during the weekend it allows me chance to recover and get back on plan before weigh in day.

As my regular followers will be aware I upload all my meals to my Instagram account, but for those who don't follow bellow is a quick photo of what I ate during the week.

I had a gain of 0.5 pounds, this was expected.  I have stuck to plan all week. However; I have now incorporated a lot of weight lifting in my training plan. I have lost inches in the few short weeks that I've been training hard. I'm really hoping that I will notice a difference on the scales at next weigh in.

Slimming World Meal
This weeks meals

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Tiny Dancer

Little Miss now attends ballet lessons once a week; her nursery also provide dance as part of the curriculum. This is fantastic for my little hyperactive daughter, giving her a chance to burn off a lot of energy.

Yesterday she had her first dance recital at the school. I couldn't be more proud of my outgoing girl.

Babay Ballet
Busting some moves centre stage

Baby ballet
Tiny dancer

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Free Crochet Hearts Patten

Anyone want a free pattern?!?!?

Today I'm sharing this really quick and easy pattern for a crochet heart, prefect for using up those odd bits of yarn you have lying around.
Free crochet heart pattern

Its time to grab your hooks people! Its quick, its easy and can be finished in under 15 minutes (my kind of project), Please don't feel you have to stick to this pattern - it's only a guide.

So if you fancy having a go grab yourself some double knitting yarn and a 4 mm crochet hook.

**This pattern uses UK crochet terms**

Start by making a slip knot and then work 6 chain stitches (if you want a smaller hole in the centre of your heart then chain 4).

Use a slip stitch to join your chain into a foundation ring (joining into the first stitch made).

Round 1:

  • Chain 6 (this will count as your first double treble)
  • Work 3 double treble stitches into the centre of your foundation ring.
  • Work 4 treble stitches into the centre of your foundation ring.
  • Work 1 double treble stitches into the centre of your foundation ring.
Free crochet Heart Pattern

  • Work 4 treble stitches into the centre of your foundation ring.
  • Work 4 double treble stitches into the centre of your foundation ring, chain 2.
  • Slip stitch through the centre of the foundation ring.
Free Crochet Heart Pattern

Round 2:

  • Work 2 double crochet and 1 half treble crochet into the first chain space from round 1.
  • Into the second chain space work 2 treble stitches.
  • Work 2 treble crochet into the next 2 chain spaces
Crochet Heart Pattern

  • Work 1 treble crochet into each of the next 4 chain spaces.
  • Work 1 treble stitch into the top of the next stitch (the very base of the heart).
Free crochet heart pattern

  • Work 1 treble crochet into each of the next 4 chain spaces.
  • Work 2 treble crochet into the next 2 chain spaces.
  • Work 1 half treble and 2 double crochet into the last chain space.
  • Slip stitch through the centre circle of the heart, this will give the heart a nice cleavage.
free crochet heart pattern

  • Tie off.

Hope I've not confused anyone too much. If you decide to crochet this pattern heart Id love to see a photograph of your finished heart.

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