Grilled chicken with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes - my tomorrows lunch :)

Yummy and healthy as hell ;) Chicken was just grilled until done - I even can't tell how long it took, maybe few minutes on fry pan? Although it is delicious and very flavorsome - I've used some fresh herbs and it paid back. We don't need recipes for meals like that - it's almost impossible to ruin something here, so you can have fun and improvise a bit :) 

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Winter holidays were all about horses - for the whole two weeks I've been riding for 4 hours per day. Those days were exhausting but also very useful - I learnt few new things and got to know more about the mistakes that I often make. That was quite hard for me and it cost a lot of emotions. Now we are going to have some time to figure out everything - my trainers went on vacations and I will be riding horses on my own. I hope it will be ok :)

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Yesterday I went to the hospital with Zuzia. We spent there few hours, visiting patients on floors 0-4. Actually, only the first two are ,,ours" - but when we've got more time, we try to visit as many as possible. It turned out that this time, only people from 3-4th floor needed assistance. We helped someone to pack, made groceries for others and spent over thirty minutes with retired teacher. She was lonely and it was clear to see that she needed to talk with someone. We got to know stories about her old pupils and friends. This was very inspirational! I don't want to talk to much about her personal experiences, but when we left her room I was almost crying. Emotions were overwhelming - joy mixed with sadness and grief deeply touched me. This visit showed me how important it is to listen - some people hide their treasures in themselves! 

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After few arduous hours spent on dressage, today we were finally jumping. My trainers wife decides that training will begin at 9 am... - for me that means getting up with the chickens (on Saturday morning!) :) Fortunately my horses were both jumping a-m-a-z-i-n-g, they were scopey, full of energy and very precise. We jumped few single obstacles and then a parkour made of twelve jumps, with height from 120 cm to 140 cm. For Countess that was enough - she was already very brave as she helped me in some touch and go situations. As for Lady, we decided to demand a little bit more - hence my pony jumped a line with a 150 cm obstacle and a 155 cm okser :)

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Maybe my todays meals weren't perfect (I allowed myself to eat an healthy cookie and drink fat milk, aaa!) but I'm quite happy with my cooking skills. I'm starting to feel good in the kitchen, create new recipes, experiment with spices, flavors and textures. Here is my dish from few days ago - balsamico chicken with sweet potato fries, spinach and tomatoes (quite caloric - something about 550 kcal, but healthy and guilt-free) 🙃

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As I've said before, I'm finally able to visit the patients in hospital. I went there few days ago with Zuzia and I completely fell in love with this work! All patients were really nice, they called us ,,little angels". I'm quite sure that never before so many people told me that I look lovely! We've been in hospital for about 3 hours and asked almost everybody if they need help. Some needed groceries, few people wanted to talk with us, and everyone, without exception, was smiling when we showed up! It gave us motivation!

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December gave me a gift! Few extra pounds ;) Because of that, I decided to start ,,meal prep". General idea is to count calories and prepare all your food a day before. I thought that this will be very time-absorbing but it turned out, that it drives me for the whole day! I'm no longer sitting on the phone in the evening - I'm counting, reading about healthy lifestyle and cooking :) Some examples of the meals I've made - salmon with lemon sauce, Mexican rice and zucchini-pancakes (they were delicious!). Here is the photo of my last lunch - turkey with beans and corn.

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Unfortunately, I was badly sick for another week - which means again a break from trainings. Luckily now I'm in good health and I can finally enjoy my rides. Today we have an interesting exercise - poles on the circle, with four strides required between them. Lady has her own view on that ;) We had some problems with the distance - she was making three steps in 18 meters (crazy, energetic pony). Because of that I decided to take the time and give her a moment of free canter - she really appreciated that and was much more concentrated afterwards. On the other side, Countess had the opposite trouble - she was making 5 strides. Canter helped here too ;) I gave her longer reins and let her run around for a few minutes. That gave her some courage and she started to reach the fences. This shows how different my horse are ;) Tomorrow - dressage!

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Another day, another Brownie :))

My chocolate cake has already gained quite a reputation, so I decided to bake it again, just for myself. (the recipe is already on the blog).  Fortunately, my friends told me that they will organize a charity bake sale in few days. As baking for others is always better then baking for yourself, I've waited the few days and made a cake for sale.

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Guess who's back in the game ;) After a month spent in the gym (muscles are on point, right, but why haven't you told me that I won't be thinner? :(( ) I'm finally back on horse back :)) Im in love with my horses and their progress (my trainer was riding them since Christmas, to prevent them from killing me on the first ride)! Now they are feeling better then ever, and even crazy low temperatures can't stop us from trainings (-18 degrees yesterday!). Of course, when winter is that hard we don't ride for too long. I hope that soon the weather will be more gracious and it will let me enjoy the full potential of my horses.

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