Friday, 17 June 2016

Meal Plan Saturday 18th June 2016

The weeks are just flying by at the moment. Last weeks meal plan went ok, the cheesy broccoli, ham and pasta bake was great even though I changed the meal massively from that on BBC Good Food. I adored the Pea Pakoras the boys not so much,  we will give them another go. The toad in the hole was for Mr and Mrs MC&W tasty and for once I cooked it well, boys loved the Yorkshire puddings but sausages are still not going down to well.

This week is very busy so we are having a few quick and easy or throw it in the oven and leave to cook meals.

We also have baby ZAP beginning to wean so putting his first few tastes on the meal plan as well. Busy times ahead. I am using as I did with both the boys Annabel Karmels ideas to start with and then doing a combination of baby lead weaning. This dual way worked well with both OEP and ATM. This week it's all about a few first tastes as he has had a few days on baby rice now and it's time to move on a little. I will also be starting to build up freezer once the weaning takes off a little more. 

Saturday - Peri Peri chicken with chips and salad for Mr & Mrs MC&W. The boys will have chicken nuggets, chips and salad

Sunday - Out to Mr MC&W brothers house for a family BBQ to celebrate a couple of birthdays.

ZAP - Baby rice with a little apple 

Monday - Oven baked Thai chicken from BBC Good Good.

Oven Baked Thai Chicken and Rice

ZAP will be having creamed carrot.

Tuesday - Tuna Pasta bake for Mr MC&W and myself the boys will have cheesy pasta with veggies.

ZAP will be trying butternut squash

Wednesday - Jacket Potatoes with beans and cheese and salad

ZAP - Sweet Potato

Thursday - Brought in shop brought fresh pasta with a homemade tomato sauce

ZAP - Baby rice with a little pear

Friday - always a family favourite ham, egg and chips

ZAP - Parsnip

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Type 1 Diabetes A Parents Feelings

We have had type 1 in our lives for 2 years and these years have been filled with many emotions and feelings, but the main ones have been confusion and worry.

I shall clarify why these two words came to mind, let's start with confusion. This happened as soon as OB was diagnosed. It was the numbers people kept telling us, blood sugars readings, ketone readings, insulin dosages for long and short acting, working out food ratios. The main question we asked over and over again was "is that number good?" We simply had no idea what these numbers actually meant, they had no context.

Then came leaving hospital. This is your meter to test bloods and remember to change the cartridge in the clicker and order more test strips. Here is your insulin long and short acting, can you remember how to change the cartridge and always check your giving the right one. Remember to order more insulin and keep it cold. Ketone meter you will need this if he is sick. You need a sharps bin, speak with your local council. Here is your orange injection we hope you do not need this but if you do speak with 999. As parents our heads were spinning with information. Despite having a nurse on call 24 hours a day, we were a tad concerned if we could keep our little boy alive for the next 48 hours. We left confused and worried.

Next is carb counting yes carb counting. Scales were purchased and the weighing of food began, my phone calculator has been very useful. It was yet more numbers, reading packaging, finding packaging from the bin, looking up intimation online, swearing at packages that have nothing on them, staring at the carbs and Cals book for a miracle answer of a meal you have made and really not sure how to calculate the number of carbs. Finding out bread sends him sky high and takes forever to bring him down. I am now pretty good at looking at food and being able to judge the amount of insulin needed, but we are often still confused about food in general.

Now two years later we have nailed understanding all he numbers both good and bad. We have sharps bins and repeat prescriptions are sorted, though it did take a lot of phone calls.

The confusion now is the fact type 1 does not have a rule book. We could give OB the exact same meal two evenings in a row, when has the same blood sugar reading and it would lead to a different blood sugar results. These are some of the factors we are thinking about when considering his insulin.... is it hot or cold, is he stressed by something, is he coming down with a virus, is he growing, is he going out to play. Everything changes the levels you get. The dawn bloody rise, meaning his levels rise from around 5am not everyday either now that would be consistent. This means a whole load of extra insulin, so that the meter does not question our ability to manage his blood sugar. We swear it tells us off sometimes. They grow and have growth hormones you increase levels then hypo them you decrease the next day and send them sky high. Yes you get it confusion rules.

The next one is worry, we get this a lot as we have to manage OB type 1, he has a sever speech and language disorder and ASD. When we get the insulin wrong it breaks our hearts, if we send him hyper or hypo it's a worry, one way or another he feels pants. How could we get it so wrong we ask ourselves over and over again. We re read the book, check the levels we gave him, what lessons can we learn? what did we miss?. We worry that we are causing him long term health complications by not getting his numbers right. We worry he will not wake in the morning. We fight with him in his sleep o check his levels and worry if we correct or not if he is high or if he is low how do we get food into him. Any slight problem health wise we question, we over examine, could it be a complication, have we caused this by not managing his type 1.

These are not easy emotions to live with 24 hours a day but that's type 1, the blood testing and injections are not fun but you know your helping your child, it's the emotions behind their readings that can be very hard to cope with. When they get admitted into hospital for a simple virus, everyone else has a day sick, we are rushed via ambulance to hospital. They try to get a cannula in when he is screaming and here comes the guilt and worry in a huge wave, you wake every hour as they test, you argue with nursing staff and who do not understand his condition but will be very sure your wrong. Welcome to the world of type 1 diabetes it's a roller coaster.
Despite all this our little boy is amazing he copes so well, he has an active, fun and laughter filled life. We as parents take the worry, we make sure he will never miss out on anything due to his type 1, even if that's the queens birthday celebration with a huge slice of cake. thumbnailsize

Friday, 10 June 2016

Meal Plan Saturday 11th June 2016

OB was taken into hospital last week with due to his type 1 which was a very scary time for us as a family, he is home now and much better and we also have a lovely piece of Gammon in the freezer. This meant we had curry on a Sunday night which was very enjoyable.

This week we are trying some new food!! Not sure how it will go down but the boys are willing to try so let's see.

Saturday - Mr & Mrs MC&W are having a chicken salad with crispy bacon, avocado and a honey and mustard dressing with garlic dough balls on the side. Boys are having chicken nuggets, chips with peas and sweetcorn.

Sunday - We are out for the MIL 70th birthday lunch in a rather posh hotel, please wish me luck.

Monday - Calzones and salad, not sure how I will make this one but there are a lot of ideas online.

Tuesday - A Cheesey pasta, ham and Broccoli bake that I found on BBC Good Food

Cheesey Ham and Broccoli Pasta Bake

Wednesday - Pea Pakora Pockets I found these on BBC Good Food online, the boys love peas and curry so worth a go I think.

Pea Pakora Pockets

Thursday - Mini toad in the hole with mash and green veggies another BBC Good Food idea

Mini Toad in the Hole

Friday - Homemade chicken Fajita not too spicy for the boys with mini wraps

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Meal Plan Saturday 4th June 2016

This week has flown by, the lamb Ragu for Mr and Mrs MC&W was just lovely however, the boys did not like the look of it. They had an emergency freezer meal, but I managed to burn the chips then burn the chicken we putting new chips on. Not my finest culinary moment. 

Boys are back to school but OB lunches are mainly sandwiches so do not need to worry about clashing foods.

Saturday - Spag Bol OB has been asking for this meal all week and it's Mr MC&W special

Sunday - roast gammon the boys both love gammon we will have it with roast potatoes and the normal trimmings

Monday - Gnnocchi bake with a tomato sauce finished off in the oven with a sprinkling of mozzarella 

Tuesday - I have two meetings one at 10.30 over in eastbourne then at 7pm at school meeting with all the reception mums and dads. This will be potato bake using up the gammon from Sunday. I can make one for myself and the boys and one for Mr MC&W to have when he has got the boys to sleep.

Wednesday - Jacket Potatoes with beans, cheese and salad

Thursday - I am going to try the boys of a simple fish pie and see how it goes down.

Friday - Trying a griddled chicken dish that's in Annabel Karmel's weaning book for toddlers it's got honey and soy sauce which looks lovely. We will have it with chips and salad. 

Friday, 27 May 2016

Menu Plan Saturday 28th May 2016

We had some major food wins last week the mini meatballs, puff pastry tarts and shock horror the tuna fish cakes were all eaten and more was requested.

It's half term so I am not having to check lunch against dinner and Mr MC&W will still be eating all meals in London Town.

Saturday- Pizza and chips and this week, no not made from scratch but brought in. I must admit I do love a shop brought pizza. 

Sunday - homemade cannelloni filled with spinach and ricotta, I will be trying the boys on this. My gut feeling is that it will not go down well but I love this meal and would like them to at least try. It's also a lovely messy meal to make so try to get them involved which may help them eat it. 

Monday - roast lamb from our local farm shop (I have pre ordered), this will be a slow roasted leg of lamb with loads of veggies.

Tuesday - risotto I am a cheat and always do an oven baked one, with three children I can not be stirring a risotto for any length of time. We have ours with peas, sweetcorn, ham and loads of grated Parmesan  I add mushrooms to mine.

Wednesday- a lamb leftover dish. I love a lamb Ragu with balsamic vinegar, sweet and savoury all at once. Served with pasta and spinach.

Thursday- cheesy tomato puff potatoes this recipe I use from busy mums cookbook and I love it. Simple but tasty served with salad.

Friday- chicken curry the boys will have korma with mini poppadoms Mr MC&W and I will have something a little more spicy. I have to admit both sauces will be out of a jar and rice will be popped in the microwave. 


Saturday, 21 May 2016

Menu Plan Saturday 21st May 2016

Well it's been a while since I managed to find the time to sit down and write a meal plan. I promise you we have been eating but it's been very ad hoc and the meals were getting so dull.

Our main change has been that Mr MC&W has been working in London for the last few months. All his meals are eaten in town, I am eating dinner with the boys. Now trying to find meals that we all want to eat has become interesting. 

Saturday - Mr MC&W and I are having chicken breast burgers. Roast chicken breast with avocado, bacon and a lovely spicy mayo served on Ciabatta. Boys will have make your own pizza with a homemade tomato sauce.

Sunday - Sausages roasted with potatoes and red onions in a whole grain mustard and honey sauce served with lots of green veggies for Mr MC&W andyself. I love this it's adapted from the busy mums cookbook and is a wonderful throw in the oven meal. Boys will have sausages and mash.

Monday - A simple special fried rice using chicken and children friendly veggies.

Tuesday - Carbonara but I am using the madhouse cookbook version with mascarpone as I do not like the meal too eggy and will swap bacon for thick sliced ham.

Wednesday - Puff Pastry tarts, I love these, I will make my special tomato sauce which is very sweet in the morning and we can all choose the toppings from things like ham, cheese, mushrooms etc served with salad

Thursday - tuna fish cakes we have not had these in a while I am going to make the boys almost mini ones and bake in the oven. Served with peas and sweetcorn plus if feeling adventurous the boys can try some sweet chilli sauce.

Friday - mini meatballs for the boys and proper ones for Mr MC&W and I served on spaghetti. I now cook this meal in the oven and seems to work really well.

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Spring border review

Spring seemed to come and go in a bit of a blur of baby number three and work being done to the house. I thought I would do a little round up of the front border as its featured heavily in my pictures of weeds and I wrote a post about ideas for spring

Spring Bulbs and Wildlife



This border has always looked a total mess, the main problems are, it gets very little sunshine and our soil is thick clay. But it is at the front of the house so is seen by everyone who comes to visit, even if that is mainly the postman.

This Autumn we got a local gardening company to plant a whole load of Daffodils and Crocus through a membrane which in turn was covered with bark. 



Spring came along and we got lots of lovely daffodils but the crocus were to be honest rather a disappointment. They fell over very fast and looked rather sad and sorry for themselves. I also managed to fail in my attempt to make it bee and insect friendly which has been a huge disappointment.







But this is all part of my learning and discovering what worked and what did not. Also time is a huge factor, this October I hope will be easier.

So my lessons learnt are I need to do more planting I would love some hellebores which I will buy next spring and plant. I may also try some Muscari and maybe some English Bluebells. I am sure another post will be written nearer the time.


So now I start to think about summer and adding colour into a rather brown space...... Pass the tea and cake this is going to be a bit of a hard one, but I will have a go and you can follow my susess and of course failure or two or three
My Random Musings