Saturday, 16 September 2017

Meal Plan Friday 15th September 2017

Where has the time gone? We are fully back into the school routine and have the joys of homework added into the mix now. Easy or slow cooked meals are becoming even more important.

Friday - Smoked Mackerel with roasted new potatoes, Beetroot and salad - I will be writing this one up

Saturday - Spag Bol with garlic bread

Sunday - Individual Chicken and Mushroom pies (homemade apart from the puff pastry) - the boys pie will not have mushrooms served with carrots and broccoli

Monday - Spaghetti Carbonara - we use mascarpone and not too much egg thanks to a recipe by Jo Pratt Madhouse Cookbook

Tuesday - Jamie Oliver 5 ingredients Pasta and Aubergines the boys will have tomato pasta and ham and peas

Wednesday - Treat Thai Take out for us, the boys will have Jackets and beans

Thursday - Crispy Chicken, Mash, baked beans and broccoli 
The Tactical Mummy

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Meal Plan Friday 8th September 2017

We have survived the first week back at school, only for the eldest to have a sick but we have managed to avoid hospital so we are counting that as a win.

Friday - Mr MC&W is in London so we have no idea when he will get back so he will have a microwavable meal and I am having jacket potato with beans and cheese

Saturday - Easy food boys will have pizza and we are having a charlie bigham chilli

Sunday - Boys are having mash, sausages and veggies. We are having from the Jamie Oliver 5 Ingredients Lovely Lamb hotpot. I am even using the neck fillet and for me that is being brave.

Monday - Smoked Paprika Paella 

Smoked paprika paella cod peas

Tuesday - We have some pesto left over so will be having. Boys will have ravioli.

Pesto pizza aubergine goats cheese

Wednesday - Omelets and Chips

Thursday - Roasted Chicken Breasts and new potatoes with Honey and Cumin for us all.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Growing Dahlia Plants from seed

The time c.ucf.Earlier this year I stumbled on a link called "Blooms for Bees", you would need to grow Dahlia plants from seed and then count the number of bees on the flowers and submit your finding. I am a huge fan of bees and thought it would be fun.

One morning a beautiful envelope dropped through the letter box containing three small packets of seeds. I was excited but also a little concerned as I have never really grown anything from seed. I have seen my Mum grow vegetables from seeds, we grew up in a house where in spring we were dodging plants on window sills in fact everywhere, but I had never really caught the bug. Maybe to do with the fact I worked in hotels and never had any garden or space to call my own.

First stop was the garden centre to buy a seed tray and seed compost. I happily sewed the seeds, placed them on a sunny windowsill and waited. I did not have anything to water them with so found an old baby cup, it tricked out the water perfectly.




Not all the seeds germinated but lots did, then came the question what do I do next? they looked way too big for the seed planter. In to the shed I went, knowing I had potting compost and plant pots left over from the hanging baskets I planted up last year. The seedlings new home was on the patio table, poor things got rather cold and were not watered nearly enough, I am not sure how they survived. Though on really cold nights they were put them in the children's play command den. They looked leggy and not great and I honestly felt rather sad and even like I had let them down.







Early June we bought some bedding plants, so I decided to plant them out at the same time. My thoughts were I would have given it a go and if they do not make it I will learn and try again next year. But these poor sad looking plants began to flourish. 





Now look at them, they are stunning and have grown so big. The best part is the pollinators they are attracting, the garden is alive. I am shocked, with only a small amount of knowledge they to grew and I must admit I have caught the bug.  

If I can achieve this giving some of the poor care these seedlings received, maybe it is worth a go, not giving up even when times are bad. My fingers seem to be getting a shade greener, along with my willingness to try things out. Maybe we can all have green fingers, if we give it a go, laugh off a disaster and just keep trying, when it works you feel rather proud.



Thursday, 31 August 2017

Meal Plan Friday 1st September 2017

It is here the week I have to get myself back into gear and think about packed lunches again and evening meals that can be prepared in advance or cooked fast. As the children will clear the cupboards on getting home.

Friday - Chilli Bean Wraps with avocado, Sour cream, Cheese and lettuce. The boys had Mcdonalds (again, as I said this blog is totally honest) on Thursday so will have fish and chips tonight instead

Quick chilli bean wraps

Saturday - Italian Style Burger loosely based on this but I have brought in the chicken burgers and will serve with a crispy green salad

Italian style chicken burger


Sunday - Roasted Sausages, Potatoes and red onion with honey and mustard sauce. Boys will have similar but not too much sauce or onion.

Monday - Cajun Chicken Gumbo

Cajun chicken gumbo

Tuesday - Cheats Pasta Bake

Cheats gooey pasta bake

Wednesday - Meatballs all homemade

Thursday - Tuna Melt Wedges with crispy salad

Tuna melt potato wedges

The Tactical Mummy

Monday, 28 August 2017

Meal Plan Friday 25th August 2017

Wow where has the summer holidays gone to. Can not believe next week I need to be thinking about packed lunches and quick evening meals again. This week Mr MC&W is on holiday so we are having a lazy one and not making any plans at all.

Friday - Gnocchi with a two cheese sauce. The boys had peas and changed the blue cheese for Parmesan. Served with crusty bread and a green salad

Gnocchi with two cheeses and bacon

Saturday - Mr MC&W passed a huge exam at work so it is treat of steak and chips for us. The boys will have homemade pizza

Sunday - Pork and dumplings. The boys are having a McDonald's as a treat for lunch so will have a picnic dinner.

Pork- goulash with herby dumplings

Monday - It is going to be warm so we are going to have a lunchtime family BBQ

Tuesday - Mushroom Stroganoff the boys will have pasta with a homemade tomato sauce

Mushroom stroganoff

Wednesday - Ravioli for the boys and we are going to have a treat charlie bigham meal, as we are on holiday.

Thursday - Southern Chicken (thanks McCain), Roasted new potatoes, Roasted tomatoes and Salad. The boys will have fish fingers, Chips and peas.

The Tactical Mummy

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Meal Plan Friday 18th August 2017

Wow the meal plan really is late this week, I apologise. I have been rather poorly for over a week now with Vestibular neuritis which means I have been feeling constantly dizzy. This has not been pleasant and I am not completely better.

Friday - Gammon, Egg and Chips for us all

Saturday - Cesar Salad and salad for the boys

Sunday - Fish cakes with salad and roasted new potatoes. Boys will have chicken, Mashed potatoes and broccoli

Monday - Ravioli (brought) mozzarella and tomato salad and garlic bread

Tuesday - Bhaji Frittata with mango chutney. Omelette's and chips for the boys.


Wednesday - Take away curry. chicken curry for the boys

Thursday - Sticky Chicken Tray bake

Friday, 18 August 2017

Annual Seeds Review

A little while ago I wrote a post, I was full of excitement because we had sewn a few packets of seeds on a small side border. I had visions of a border carpeted in the most wonderful flowers.

Annual seeds to update border

Sadly this has not been the case, we watered them and I did not even weed for a while as I was not sure what was growing weed or wild flower.

We are now mid-August and this is what we have.




Well, not a huge success is it? I have to laugh at how sad these two flowers look.


There a couple reasons I know they have not worked, my youngest son has turned into a plant destroyer. He has pulled off petals and whole flower heads, he stomps through the border snapping plants under his small podgy feet. Then factor in slugs and snails who think they were planted as a tasty treat.




We have had some success and they are very pretty just a shame not in abundance.





Will I try this again? yes, I will try this again and in the same place. Next time I will sew a lot more seeds, they are not that expensive. Also, sew over a longer period and hopefully next year I am only battling slugs and not the plant destroyer.

Sometimes things work and some things they do not, I will try again next year with as much hope as I did this time.
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