Saturday, 18 February 2017

Molehill Trouble

Our garden wraps around our house so we have two areas of lawn. The lawn to be honest is pretty terrible, I use the term lawn loosely, I should really be saying our mix of moss, clover and various other weeds that make up the appearance of a lawn. To add to this we have a little friend who keeps popping up.

A mole.

This is the area of lawn just outside the living room in November, these are seriously huge molehills.

Molehills all over the grass

The molehills took a lot of work to clear

I took all the soil I could do off the grass and redistributed on the new border. I then brought some mole bulbs, we used them on the main lawn about five years ago and they worked. When they arrived I set about putting them in the ground.


The tools I needed note the hot chocolate was essential


Make a hole in the lawn using the planter
Pop in the mole bulb and cover




















The box gives instructions on how to plant the bulbs. I must admit I did not exactly follow these and put them in each corner and then one half way down each side and one in the middle. Meaning I used more than they would say you need.

This is how the lawn looks now....

Moles have stayed away

No more molehills on this piece of lawn. What has been even better is that molehills have started appearing on the grass outside the back of the kitchen, but so far none have come up where we put the new mole bulbs. So I am keeping my fingers crossed that they are working and have ordered some more for the other section of lawn.

Our next job is to get grass seed and try and repair the lawn in the spring.


New molehills appearing on our other section of lawn

Trying to clear the soil from the grass

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Friday, 17 February 2017

Meal Plan Friday 17th February 2017

Half term has come to an end, the weather on the whole was really quite pleasant. Its lovely to have some warmth in the air. We met up with friends and had lots of time in the garden. We are all rested after the chicken pox and ready for the new term.

The meal plan went well and I must write up the ham and tomato spaghetti dish we had it was very nice and easy to make.

Friday - Mr MC&W and I will have Portabello Mushroom and blue cheese melts served with french fries. I found this on BBC Goodfood and it looks really interesting. The boys will all have fish fingers and chips

Portobello and blue cheese melts

Saturday - Spag Bol with garlic bread

Sunday - Mr MC&W and I will have a Mango Chicken, Rice and Bean Bake. Again I found this on BBC GoodFood. The boys will have roast chicken breast and all the trimmings.

Monday - Mr MC&W and I a Mushroom, Ricotta and Rocket Tart. The boys will have a tomato and cheese tart. Both served with lots of salad.

Mushroom ricotta rocket tart

Tuesday - Curry Chicken Skewers - For the boys I will use Korma

Chicken tikka skewers

Wednesday - Fish Pie Fillets with lots of green veggies

Fish pie fillets

Thursday - Grilled Halloumi with spiced couscous. I will try the boys on the Halloumi but with more of a salad vibe.

Grilled halloumi with spiced couscous

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Bulb Rescue

Plants amaze me all the time, this morning I was tidying up and found a upturned pot. Under the pot I found bulbs that had fallen out but had started to grow leaves. They had no soil and still, these plucky little bulbs were wanting to grow.

No soil and abandoned 
Growing with no soil

So I have attempted a rescue mission using things I could quickly find. I found a little old terracotta pot and some stones.

Old Pot
Few stones

I had no compost (shocking I know) but I did have a huge molehill, so I grabbed some soil from that and filled the pot just over half full. The only worry I have is that our soil is clay and not sure how it wil work in a pot.will 

Huge Molehill

Some soil added
Then I put the saved bulbs into the pot, they were not easy to arrange, so they have a kind of haphazard look about them. I then covered them with more soil and gave them a good water.

Bulbs put into the pot

Soil added 
I am not sure if they will flower or even survive, but at least they have a fighting chance. I will now get back to the job I went outside to do in the first place. I had better keep on digging that border over.
Twin Mummy and Daddy

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Meal Plan Friday 10th February 2017

This week has not been the most fun. All three children have had chicken pox and ZAP had it very badly. Then we had the worry of OB having a sick bug, with his type 1 normally means a stay in hospital. The meal plan has been a bit of a struggle.

Friday - Pizza and they are brought in this week not homemade.

Saturday - Gammon, Eggs and Chips

Sunday - Roast Beef with all the trimmings 

Monday - Boys will have mini tuna fishcakes. Mr MC&W and I will have fish with Mediterranean rice and spinach

Tuesday - Valentine's Day - no going out but a Charlie Bingham ready meal for us and jacket potato for the boys.

Wednesday- Chicken Burgers (cheating by using spicy chicken from Birds Eye) on ciabatta with salad 

Thursday - Spaghetti in a homemade tomato sauce with ham and peas. Have to thank my lovely sister for helping me with that idea.
Mudpie Fridays
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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Meal Plan Friday 3rd February 2017

I apologise for the meal plan being late, all three children have either had or currently have chicken pox. Then Mr MC&W was waiting to hear about his next assignment so we did not know if he would be at home or not.

We are still not exactly sure of his work plans, so the meals have been designed that I and the boys can have them or we can cook them for everyone at different times.

Friday - Fish, Chips and Peas for everyone

Saturday- Mr MC&W and I will have a Charlie Bingham Curry. ATM has a party so cheesy pasta for lunch.

Sunday - Sausages roasted with red onions and potatoes covered in honey and whole grain mustard. The boys will have roast potatoes, sausages and beans. All served with Broccoli.

Monday - Curried Potato Pasties. These are always a hit in this household and are easy to prepare ahead of time. Served with salad and coleslaw.

Curried potato pasties

Tuesday - Tagliatelle pasta with ham and mushrooms in a cheese sauce. This is a favourite of Mr MC&W and the boys love it with out the mushrooms.

Wednesday- Cajun Chicken Gumbo. I make this in two batches one slightly less spicy for the boys. It's a great recipe from BBC Good Food

BBC Good Food Cajun Chicken Gumbo

Thursday - Gnocchi Bolognese with Spinach again this is BBC Good Food and can be slightly modified for the children. Replacing the spinach with frozen peas and sweetcorn.

Gnocchi Bolognese with spinach
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Saturday, 28 January 2017

Digging some me time

This afternoon Mr MC&W was playing FIFA and ZAP was happily playing. I felt a real need to get outside. So I wrapped up warm, put on my wellies with about six pairs of socks and grabbed my gardening gloves.

Last week I posted about the border we have created and the fact the soil type is pretty heavy clay. Being so time poor I decided to start giving it a dig over to see exactly what I am dealing with. I found the clay soil was as bad first thought and roots, so many roots, there are brambles, nettles, ivy and countless other weeds.



At first, this was very disheartening, I stood up and slowly look around at the enormous amount of hard work ahead. But when I started to dig I found it to be very enjoyable. We have a very busy life, OB with his type 1 and ASD is a constant worry. Blood sugar checks, carb counting, hypos and hypers. It is a emotional rollercoaster  that you can not exit. Mr MC&W has a very stressful job with long hours commuting. Combined with a toddler who is into everything and making sure ATM has the attention  he so desperately needs.. Sometimes it can  get a little  overwhelming.



But as I dug, pulled the roots out of the ground, nothing mattered, my head was in a gardening zone. I came inside not only refreshed from the fresh air but somehow mentally rested. The plan is to dig the whole border over, pulling up as many roots as I can. Then to dig in lots of manure. Really prepare the soil for the planting.

I have lots of digging to do and I am sure it's going to be rather good for me physically and mentally.

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Petite Pudding

Friday, 27 January 2017

Meal Plan Friday 27th February 2016

The Chicken Pox came to visit us this last week, it has been really rather hectic and yet dull at the same time. I needed a quick meal plan in between applying cream to spots (a life saver from a totally awesome mum at school), making drinks and trying to stop the toddler opening every cupboard in the kitchen.

Friday - I love the Busy Mums Cookbook and she have a wonderful Cheesy Tomato Puff Jacket. Even easier with ready made jackets.

Saturday- Lasagna with garlic bread and salad. The boys will have homemade pizza.

Sunday - Roast Chicken from our local farm shop. Can you beat roast chicken?

Monday - Madhouse cookbook by Jo Pratt - Carbonara

Tuesday- Cottage Pie

Wednesday- Corned Beef Hash for Mr MC&W and myself. The boys will be having mini roast potatoes with a tomato sauce and veggies.

Thursday- Oven Baked Fish, Rice and Roasted Veggies with a homemade tomato sauce.
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