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Meal Plan Friday 12th January 2018

We are still watching what we are eating which means the meals are around 500 - 600 calories. We have also been good and cut out the snacking and watched what we are drinking, there is no dry January in the Mud, Cakes and Wine household.

Friday - Chicken Kiev (brought in) roasted tomatoes, green salad and crusty bread. Pizza for the boys.

Saturday - Beef Stroganoff - Saturday is the one night I want a rest from cooking so this is thanks to Tesco Finest. Boys are having fish fingers, Mash and Peas

Sunday - Sausage Casserole with jackets

Monday - Pasta with mushrooms and ham 

Tuesday - Cottage Pie. I very rarely make food like this but this week feels like we need comfort food.

Cottage pie

Wednesday - I have a real love for the wonderful Ainsley Harriott and this is his Sweet Chilli Tart Tatin from his meals in minutes book. The boys will have tuna puff pie.

Thursday - Chicken and Chorizo Jambalaya. The boys will have the same but no chorrizo and only a few spices.

Chicken and chorizo jambalaya



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Garden Border Makeover

When it comes to the garden Mr MC&W and I are rather bold, we love a project and are not scared by making big decisions. This is the most dramatic job we have done so far.

This is how our back border looked.







This area was a total waste of space, full of shrubs that barely flowered, deadwood and a lot of brambles. We had about 5ft of garden going back to the fence lost and unused. So we decided it was time for it to go and to start again.







Look at all the space we have given ourselves now. We planted laurels for year-round privacy and had the whole area turfed. The plan is to keep it like this for a year, watching how much sunshine it gets then start making a veggie patch and borders again. The boys think we have made them the best area in the world for running around and playing and they were a little gutted when I told them it was not staying like this. However, when I said raised beds and veggies they were not impressed and want it to stay like this for their bikes. 


Meal Plan Friday 5th January 2018

Wow we have made it to January and the next few weeks the meals will all be lower calories, around the 500 mark unless it is the weekend. We put on a few pounds over the festive period so we are watching a little closer what we are eating.

Friday - Posh fish finger sandwich served on ciabatta rolls with iced gem lettuce and tartare sauce. Fish fingers, chips and peas for the boys

Saturday - is manic ATM is at a party and we have swimming again. Simple Spag Bol and garlic bread for us all

Sunday - Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks with roast potatoes, orange cooked carrots, broccoli and kale

Monday - Chickpea, tomato and spinach curry and the boys will have tortellini

Chickpea tomato and spinach curry

Tuesday - I got given the Gino Healthy Italian and its lovely we are having his folded pizza with salad

Wednesday - Another Gino dish - Lemon Chicken with honey and rosemary - will do this with no herbs for the boys. Served with green beans

Thursday - Smoked Mackerel and leek hash the boys will have a ham …

Meal Plan Friday 29th December 2017

The Christmas period flew by in a haze of us all being poorly. I have not felt so ill in a long time, to the point I had one glass of wine on Christmas Day  and did not want cheese until two days ago.

Friday - Turkey and Ham Pie. Made as individual pies for us all.

Saturday - Charlie Bighman Thai Curry. Pizza for the boys

Sunday - New Years Eve - canap├ęs and cheese. Picnic style bits for the boys.

Monday - Roast Beef from the farm shop, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, carrots, kale and broccoli

Tuesday - prawn laska for us All minus prawns for the boys

Prawn and coconut laksa

Wednesday - chilli beans with wedges. Waffles and thick ham served with peas for the boys.

Mixed bean chilli with wedges

Thursday - Chinese’s style rice, based on this idea for us all

Barneys Monday night rice




Meal Plan Friday 8th December 2017

With my birthday and ZAP birthday so close to Christmas combined with everything going on at school I slightly loose the plot early to mid December as my brain can not calculate every thing that needs to be done.

Friday - Roasted mushrooms topped with caramelised mushrooms and blue cheese served with chips

Saturday - Pizza and dough balls

Sunday - Roasted Sausages, Roast Potatoes, Carrots and Greens

Monday - Gnocchi, Mushrooms and Broccoli with a cream sauce

Tuesday - Lamb meatballs with roasted veggies and feta (to be written up)

Wednesday - Paella simple. Pasta and tomatoes for the boys

Thursday - Asia curry bag from Waitrose as it is my birthday. Tortellini for the boys.

Meal Plan Friday 22nd December 2017

Christmas week, I seem to have been thinking about this day for so long and this is what we are up to

Friday 22nd - Fajitas for Mr MC&W and myself. Sausages, beans and mash for the boys

Saturday 23rd  - I will be cooking our gammon in cola and we will be having gammon, eggs and chips. Picking up our Christmas box from the village farm shop

Sunday 24th  - It has always been Mr MC&W family tradition to have a curry on Christmas Eve and I must admit I love this so that's what we will be having. 

Monday 25th - Roast Turkey I am doing a rolled crown, roast potatoes, honey roast parsnips, red cabbage, sprouts with chestnuts and broccoli. With the usual extras pigs in blankets, stuffing etc. I must admit that I am buying most bits in for the extras, as we have three young children and cooking for 10. Pudding will be Christmas pud made by the MIL and chocolate roulade we have brought in from cook. Followed by a huge cheese board - as a family we do love cheese. A lot of the cheese is …

Meal Plan Friday 15th December 2017

Wow where has December gone? For us it has passed in a haze of birthdays, school activities and trying to get organised for Christmas. This week we are having treat meals for the lead up to Christmas

Friday 15th - Caesar Salad

Saturday - Picnic dinner for the boys as they had a McDonald's for lunch. We are having Charlie Bigham Moussaka

Sunday - Mine and ZAP birthday lunch so its a buffet and we went to Cook and got lots of lovely goodies.

Monday - Chestnut Mushroom and Fennel pasta. Boys will have picnic as they are having a party at school.

Chestnut mushroom fennel bacon fusilli

Tuesday - Sticky Chinese Chicken Tray bake served with rice for us all

Sticky chinese chicken traybake

Wednesday - Pizza and Salad for us all

Thursday - Meatballs for us all