Friday, August 19, 2016

It's All Sports,

I just heard, on TV, that Lebron James signed a contract for $100 million. To me that's obscene. I know he will get taxed heavily but he will be left with more than most of us earn in a lifetime. When one is a pensioner, it really does annoy you, well me certainly.

Once again being a Thursday I bowled a really good game. I think I need a hypnotist to make me think league days are the same as non-league days. I bowled pretty well on Wednesday too now it
doesn't matter or affect anything.

I have just watched Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter or the fastest man in the world, win the 200 metre. He has now won the 100 and 200 metre races in the Games 3 times. Absolutely fantastic. However the Canadian, Andre Degrasse won the silver and this is his first Olympic Games. Wonderful effort. They seem to think that he is going to be taking over from Bolt. I haven't been watching a lot of the Olympics this year, not sure why, but I just had to watch that race tonight. The picture shows the heat in which  Bolt and Degrasse were exchanging smiles.

That was yesterday of course, today for me is my exercise class this afternoon. I am astounded that such gentle exercises as they seem to be, have, nevertheless, helped me a great deal. A lot of it is designed to give your muscles a memory of what to do when you stagger in the hope of preventing a fall.

This is different, but it looks delicious.

No-bake Snickers cheesecake

Source: Good to Know

Serves 8-10


For the base:
  • 200g peanut cookies, crushed
  • 50g butter, melted

For the filling:
  • 2 gelatine leaves, soaked in cold water
  • 500g mascarpone cheese
  • 200g full fat cream cheese
  • 75g icing sugar
  • 100g mixed nuts, crushed (we used peanuts and pistachios)

To decorate:
  • 4 regular Snickers bars, roughly chopped
  • 50g milk chocolate, melted
  • 6tbsp Carnation caramel
  • 1-2tbsp chopped peanuts and pistachios


  1. Line an 18cm loose-base tin with greaseproof paper. In a large mixing bowl crush the peanut cookies using the end of a rolling pin or the base of a wooden spoon. Stir through the butter and press into the tin to form the base of the cheesecake and chill until needed.
  2. Remove the gelatine from the cold water and add to 50ml of water in a small pan to dissolve over a gentle heat.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the mascarpone, cream cheese and icing sugar until well combined. Stir through the dissolved gelatine and the crushed nuts.
  4. Spoon the mixture onto the base and smooth over. Leave to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Once set, remove from the tin, spoon over the caramel sauce, top with Snickers, drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle over the nuts.  

 Have a great day



  1. I've never had a problem with how much folks make as long as they do it legally. Just wish one of my kids had been a star athlete, lol.

    1. These days, I think star athletes get way too much. Not that I don't wish I was one of course.

  2. Bolt is amazing. Winning three Olympics in a row is difficult, especially for runners.

    1. Isn't he Alex? Looks like deGrasse will be coming along though.

  3. I always thought professional athletes got paid too much, considering how little teachers and first responders get paid. I have enjoyed the running events that Bolt is in.


    1. I agree with you Betty. Me too, he is amazing. I figure he will be 33 next time, wonder if he will still be running.

  4. The Olympics have been amazing, but I've slacked off watching since gymnastics and swimming is over. Glad your bowling well, and that cheesecake, oh my!

    1. I haven't watched a lot Yolanda but Matt certainly has.

      Real diet food eh?

  5. I agree. I think athletes are WAY OVER PAID... But that what's been happening for decades now.

    Congrats on the good bowling and keeping limber is definitely good just in case you do have a fall...

    That cheesecake looks AMAZING... Off sweets for the duration. I have to lose the weight I gained. It's affecting my health....

    Have a great weekend!

    1. I know it has Michael, but as a pensioner I guess it upsets me more.

      Thanks, I do so enjoy bowling.

      You don't need to be off sweets Michael. I allow myself a little every day and more on a Saturday. I enter what I eat into and through doing that have lost weight.


  6. Agreed about the obscene amounts paid to professional athletes - and, for that matter to some CEOs of big companies. One local company paid its CEO over $12 million this year. I can't accept that anyone should earn that much.

    I know what you mean about gentle exercise improving your fitness. We do Pilates every week and it seems quite an insignificant amount of effort but it's enabled us both to increase our strength and improve our balance.

    1. I agree with you Helen about CEOs etc. I have a friend who thinks they are worth it.

      Never done Pilates, but I exercise twice a week and bowl twice a week. It does help.

  7. I've been glued to the screen watching the olympics (running several events simultaneously and just flitting between each on the computer). I'm particularly fascinated by the more obscure disciplines (taekwondo and modern pentathlon)I'm pretty sure these athletes don't get paid much money .... I do agree that professional footballers get obscene amounts and do little to justify them ... We also love F1 (Formula 1 Grand Prix racing) and the drivers also earn ridiculous salaries ... I think there should be a salary cap for sports people, and for CEOs/Government ministers.

    So many of your recipes make my mouth water, but they often use products I'm not familiar with and lots of brands/ingredients which we don't have in the UK so I have to improvise! Suex

    1. Matt has watched quite a lot Sue. I haven't. No enthusiasm this year. There was a sport today; Matt didn't know what it was - there seem to have been one or two new sports introduced this year.

      Sorry you find strange ingredients in my recipes. Mind you I am not familiar with all of them.

  8. I love that the exercises are helping.

  9. It's obscene what athletes are paid.

    1. It sure is JoJo especially when compared with what pensioners get.