Friday, 13 November 2015

33 Weeks Pregnant where has time gone?

I wonder if I tell myself enough times I will realise that I am 33 very nearly 34 weeks pregnant and that means I only have 7 to 9 weeks max before the baby is born.

Physically I am very aware, the bump is growing at a rather an alarming rate and the kicking is more and more powerful. It is the stage where you watch your top move with a mix of wonder, amazement, shock and a little bit of horror.

The swelling has started, I already have my rings on a necklace, the lesson I learnt from baby number one. Do not leave trying to take your rings off until you are two weeks overdue and about to have an emergency c section, to put it politely it is the last thing you need. Think Dr and nurses in scrubs and soap!!!! I was beginning to wonder if the fire brigade would be called to cut the rings of my finger or worse still cut of my finger, I think you can sense the stress level at that point. Shoes are getting tighter and adding to the fun of trying to get them on and worse off I am starting to lose the ability to reach my feet.

Let's be honest the constant need to have a wee is a tad wearing, This means I am planning a trip out knowing places that have a loo, the advantage of having two small children is a detailed knowledge of such places. The night time is in fact to put it bluntly, annoying me. I hate having to get up for a wee.

I have a third trimester groan, which I let out when I do anything from trying to stand up, sit down, get in the car, get out the car, walk anywhere or in fact do anything.

Combine this with hormones, I am crying at anything, trying to stand up, sit down, get in the car, getting out the car and Christmas adverts one word Mog..... come on give me a break.

It's mentally I am not prepared, to the point that we have brought nothing for the baby other than change the car to a 7 seater, as we need to be able to fit three car seats across the back. This was also good fun for Mr MC&W and we knew there could be a potential wait. But we found one in the showroom and it was ready for us within two weeks.

With our first I could never have imagined someone could be, how can I phrase this nicely... relaxed? sounds nicer than totally disorganised. At this moment in time we have brought noting and I mean nothing, we have a base for the car seat in the loft but no seat to place onto it, no pram, nothing for the baby to sleep in, no clothes, no hospital bag packed in fact no items brought to put into said hospital bag. I think with baby number one at this stage I was bulk cooking and freezing!!!!!

This is only now starting to concern me, what if the baby was to come early?? The reality hit one evening when I had rather bad back ache and was a little concerned it could be the start of something more. Hubby would have to do some sort of emergency baby dash of epic proportions. As wonderful and supportive he is I am not sure what he would return with, not to mention him having to find breast pads along with other padded items (I do not need to go into details).

So my weekend will be writing a list of what we need and putting in some orders. The one upside of this being our third baby I know what I need and what I do not need. I have learnt a lot of lessons on the way but as it would turn out not how to be organised. 

Oh yes and names well that's another item for the list......
A Cornish Mum

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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Meal Plan catch up Monday September 21st to Monday 5th October

I have realised its been three weeks since I last managed to post a meal plan, it has been rather manic in the MC&W household. We are having building work, Mr MC&W has continued to be working away from home, we have all had the most horrid colds and I am now 28 weeks pregnant.

Shall we do a massive Meal Plan Catch up......

Deep breath and Lets go

Week commencing Monday 21st September

Monday - Chili I must admit I buy a packet of mix to do this with. Then stick it in the slow cooker and it's ready for me when the boys are asleep. They also had this and did seem to enjoy it as I chose a very mild one.

Tuesday - Roasted Vegetable Pasta for me, I had a mix of courgette, peppers, red onions mixed in with pasta and some cheese grated on top. Boys had pasta with tomatoes and broccoli

Wednesday - Chicken and Noodles for myself and the boys, I loved it but the boys hated it safe to say it was a total disaster.

Thursday - Omelette's and chips for me and the boys 

Friday - Fish, Chips and Peas for us all. Yes a few too many chips this week were consumed.

Saturday - A big bowl of spag bol with garlic bread for everyone

Sunday - ATM birthday lunch family get together so lots of party food

Week commencing Monday. 28th September

Monday - Gnocchi.... I have one recepie that I always use from the fantastic Jo Pratt Madhouse Cookbook which is with broccoli, mushrooms and some cheeky single cream. The boys had with a blitzed tomato sauce and broccoli on the side

Tuesday - The boys and I both had Jacket Potatoes cheese, beans and salad

Wednesday - Tuna pasta bake this was a use up meal of any left over veggies I had in the fridge, the boys had cheese pasta with peas on the side

Thursday - Milanese I have this with thick ham but its ideal for gammon left overs. The boys love this with spaghetti and is perfect to be put in the slow cooker

Friday - I got a couple of pizzas on offer I had one with Chips and salad. The boys had a Micky mouse one but we're not really that taken with it

Saturday - Piri Piri chicken I got a sauce from Tesco and marinated the chicken for a few hours the boys had chicken curry

Sunday - Slow roast Topside of Beef this was just lovely, I cooked it for 3 hours at 160 it was melt in the mouth we had it served with Yorkies, roasts, peas, spinach and lots of veggies

Week commencing Monday 5th October

Monday Caesar salad for me as all I wanted was salad, the boys had mash, chicken nuggets and peas

Tuesday - Sausage Casserole with jacket potatoes we tried the boys on this it was not a massive success 

Wednesday - I had left over sausages and mash potatoes the boys had Carbonara

Thursday - Cheesy pasta for us all with a side serving of green veggies

Friday - Jo Pratt Madhouse cookbook homemade pizza for the boys which they loved. I had the pizza from last week in the freezer

Saturday - Cheating tonight and its shop brought Lasagna with garlic bread and side green salad

Sunday - Roast chicken this is the boy favourite roast and I must admit mine

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Spring Bulbs and Wildlife

It is the time of year that bulbs need to be planted ready for spring flowering, though Tulips are best planted in November. This year I have got lots of ideas.....

As you're aware last spring I bought plants and made some displays in pots with differing levels of success, they did look pretty for example my Hyacinths looked stunning and smelt wonderful but fell over. I did not have the wow effect of spring flowers that I was looking for, one bluebell here with one daffodil there was not the result I wanted. 

Last Years Spring Planting

This year is all change and I have decided to go for bulbs and lots of colour. Part of the motivation is that the babies due date is the 1st January and it would be very lovely to have plants that would give us all some beauty with not too much effort.

I have been doing some research as I wanted to improve the wildlife aspect to the garden and what I have found is very interesting. The fact that bright, yellow, beautiful daffodils do not have much pollen for our bees and that we need single flower varieties, not all these adapted double flowers, I kind of like this "keep it simple" approach.

Keep out for the RHS Logo on plants that you buy to help choose ones that help our pollinators we can all do a little bit when looking for plants and these logos do help me.

These are a few flowers that have been noted for attracting bees are:

English Bluebells




The one daffodil to try is the Narcissus pseudonarcissus this is the wild daffodil.

Snake Head fritillary

This has given me something to work with and I shall be buying a mix of all the above but I will be mixing in with this Narcissus as I just love the yellow spring colours.

I will have pots by the front door packed with pretty yellow Narcissus these will be the dwarf varierties, so when we arrive or leave the house there will be lots of happy, yellow flowers.

In the border I will do a mix of crocus, bluebells, snowdrops, hellebore's, Snake Head fritillary and wild daffodils. We will be putting a membrane down and cutting out where the bulbs are going to go then covering with a layer of bark. As spring comes in I will buy some primroses and plant them up in the border.

The baskets attached to the walls will have a few different bulbs, maybe some small tulips, again not great for the bees, but hopefully my border full of wildlife bulbs will give a good mix.

I will also be buying myself a bee hotel, but that will be another blog.

So here we go on another adventure and I will of course post when these get planted and how we do it. 

Then we can see what has worked and what has not as I learn more every year and happy to share my successes and disasters!

A couple of links for wildlife gardening

RHS Guide to helping wildlife

Thompson & Morgan guide to encouraging bees

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Monday, 14 September 2015

Meal Plan Monday 14th September 2015

I am sat here as ever doing a last moment meal plan, honestly I have no idea where the time goes. The weather is wet and cold making every meal I want to cook be in the slow cooker or involve comfort in the form of cheese or red meat not the healthiest week.

Again Mr MC&W is away Monday night to Friday night so all meals are for myself and the boys.

Monday - sausage casserole with jacket potatoes for us all, this tends to be a mass use up of half tons of beans and chopped tomatoes or veggies that can be eaten up.

Tuesday - left over lamb Ragu I always search online and make a mix of three or four different receipts I find

Wednesday - Tuna Pasta Bake this is ultimate comfort food for me and contains lots of veggies like Peppers, mushrooms, sweet corn and anything else I have in the fridge.

Thursday - stuffed peppers using quorn mince, rice, carrots all mixed together and then finished off in the oven with Parmesan on top and sErvec with salad.

Friday - Fish and Chips with peas

Saturday - chicken Fajitas I get the box from Aldi and it's really good the boys will have chicken curry

Sunday - roast sausages, potatoes and red onions in a whole grain mustard and honey sauce with lots of green veggies. Boys will have chicken, roast pots and veggies

Monday, 7 September 2015

Meal Plan Monday 7th September 2015

We are a bit crazy in the Mud Cakes and Wine household, a few reasons, school and pre school are back, Mr MC&W is on a new work assignment he will be away from home Sunday night and returning late Friday night we only found this out late last week and it's for the next 8 weeks lastly we have a wonderful family wedding to get ready for.

Food has to be easy this week and that can keep warm either in the slow cooker or normal cooker so I do not eat too late

Monday - Jackets with baked beans and cheese for the three of us

Tuesday - a simple pasta and broccoli gratin I can prepare earlier and buy in a cheese sauce then pop mine in a low oven ready for when the boys are down. The boys love broccoli, pasta and cheese sauce so I hope a winner.

Wednesday - courgettes Mediterranean style this is one my mum made for us at home it's courgettes, haricot beans, chopped tomatoes all cooked and served with rice I will get pre cooked rice and pop the sauce in the slow cooker. The boys will have spag Bol from the freezer

Thursday - sausages, mash, beans and peas again this will be for all of us and will be a lot of simple warming things up for me. Ultimate cheat I am buying in mash. Think I need to be honest on these plans.

Friday - Puff Pastry Pizza or homemade pizza with salad I can pre make the tomato sauce and mine will take 20 mins to cook so not too bad

Saturday - PARTY time at the wedding all very exciting as my brother in law is marrying the most wonderful girl 

Sunday - We have invited my mother in law over as your aware she lost her husband only a few moths ago so Mr MC&W will bring her over on Sunday we will have roast lamb and all the trimmings and a good catch up about the wedding. I always get our lamb from our local farm shop it's amazing and truly yummy. I will do this with roast pots, roasted mixed veggies and lots of gravy.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Meal Plan Monday 31st August 2015

Again its late, this week I am mainly going to blame children going back to school.... not quite sure of my excuse for next week I am sure I can come up with one.

Cooking times are fun and games as Mr MC&W is on an assignment in London and we just never have any idea about when he will be home meaning we can be eating really late, not good for a pregnant lady.

Monday - Cheat night a ready made Chinese Meal

Tuesday - A roast veggie and pesto puff pastry tart - this is one made up by little old me and I have a photo as it was very nice. This will be accompanied by boiled new potatoes and lots of salad. The boys will have the same but its tomato and cheese

Wednesday - I really like the Birds Eye Fish in a Mediterranean sauce we will have this with rice and roasted peppers, Courgette, red onions. The boys are having jacket Potatoes with breaded chicken and Broccoli

Thursday - Gnocchi with a tomato sauce with chorrizo and baked in the oven with mozzarella on top. The boys will have the Gnocchi with a simple tomato sauce and peas on the side

Friday - Caribbean and Chicken Curry the boys will have a Chicken Korma


Saturday - 15 min Meatloaf Melts, the boys will have Spag Bol

15 min Meatloaf Melts

Sunday - Roasted Gammon steaks with potatoes and veggies

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Meal Plan Monday 24th August 2015

Sorry it's late again, but here we go

Monday - Bean and Rice Tortillas we were meant to have these Friday night last week but Mr MC&W had to work late so they were moved to this week.

Tuesday - Mushroom and Bacon Stroganoff. Boys will have mini roasts with homemade tomato sauce.

Wednesday - Vegetable Bake - mix of roasted veggies and pasta for us all.

Thursday - Caesar Salad, the boys will have Carbonara

Friday - Fish and Chips with peas for everyone.

Saturday - Chicken, Avocado and Bacon burgers. The boys will have chicken curry.

Sunday - Roast Beef with all the trimmings as entertaining the MIL