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Garden Ready Winter Bedding Plants

This summer the large border we created was filled with summer bedding plants. These have all gone over leaving the border looking empty and sad, we needed something quick and easy for the winter months.




Then an e mail popped through from Thompson and Morgan who had a flash sale of winter bedding plants, even better they were garden ready. Pansy and Dianthus barbatus (sweet Williams) in a range of colours, we would receive 60 garden ready plants 30 of each for £10. We spent £30 and got a lot of garden ready plants that should grow over the winter and give us some early colour.

A couple of weeks later they arrived and when unpacked looked like this and then all you have to do is plant them out.




Here are a couple of tips from the lessons I lernt.

Remove the plants first and not as you go along. I was taking one out and then planting. This was a bad idea as it took forever.

When removing be careful, either do this with no gloves or very thin ones, the plants can easily break. I found that sli…
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Meal Plan Friday 24th November 2017

We have a manic week ahead of us with play dates, dentist appointments and the garden being finished. Lots of simple food is needed.

Friday - Hot Dogs for us all

Maple glazed hot dogs

Saturday - Thai Curry - Ready made meal. Boys chicken fingers, chips and salad

Sunday - Roast Beef

Monday - Roasted Gnocchi - never tried this before. We will all have this.

Roast mushroom gnocchi

Tuesday - Fish, Rice and roasted vegetables. Sausages and beans with jackets for the boys.

Wednesday - Chilli via the slow cooker. Going to try the boys on this one and we shall see

Chilli Marrakech

Thursday - Pie, new potatoes and salad. Nuggets, mash and peas for the boys.

Honey Roasted Cartot, Parsnip and Beetroot

I was given a lovely bag of soup vegetables from our local farm shop, Isfield Farm Shop, as part of a promotion. There was a leek, beetroots, parsnip, carrots, potato. Mr MC&W does not like soup so I decided to see what we could use the veggies in our meals that week.

Now you could easily increase the quantities and I am considering cooking this for Christmas, as it is a big bowl of tasty veggies cooked in one.

Pre heat the oven 

200 fan 180 Gas mark 6

1 Parsnip

2 Carrots

2 small beetroots - uncooked

2 teaspoons of honey

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Squeeze of garlic paste or two cloves of garlic

50ml orange juice

Peel and Cut the parsnips and carrots into batons 

Peel the beetroot and cut into quarters




Put the beetroot and carrots into a roasting tin with half the oil coat them well and roast for 20 Min's. 

Add the parsnip and roast for another 10 Min's. 

Take from the oven and mix in the honey, garlic, orange juice and oil and roast again for 10-15 Min's.




They ended up sweet, sticky an…

Meal Plan Friday 17th November 2017

We have Grandma MC&W down this weekend, so its going to be all rather busy, but lots of fun for us all. The meal plan got rather late and ended up being a bit of a rush.

Friday - Smoked Mackerel Salad with roasted new potatoes and beetroot. Boys will have a picnic dinner as it was fish and chips at school.

Saturday - Ham, Egg and chips for us all

Sunday - Roast Pork

Monday - Puff Pastry Tart topped with aubergine, goats cheese the boys will have one with cheese

Tuesday - Spicy Harissa Chicken. Boys chicken curry.

spicy harissa chicken and lentils

Wednesday - Tuna Pasta Bake

Thursday - Mushroom Risotto

Making Leaf Mulch

When the leaves start to fall from the trees you will hear a lot of gardening folk talking about making leaf mulch. From what I can gather, it is excellent for the soil, it can be used as top dressing in autumn and the worms will take it down into the soil over the winter, it is easy to make and free. So how easy is it to make? I decided to have a go.

We have a couple of trees in the garden and I spend most of this time clearing leaves and putting them in the garden waste bin. So I thought I would try to make one bag of leaf mulch.





According to the google searches, you need leaves, black bin bags, some water and a place to pop the bin bag full of leaves for a year or two. That is it in simple terms. But when reading more they kept saying the leaves needed to be shredded, hmm that is not as simple as I first thought.

So I have swept up my leaves, yes you read that correctly, I swept up the leaves. I do most of the gardening with the toddler and an outside hard broom means if he grabs it n…

Meal Plan Friday 10th September 2017

Yet another week has passed and I have no real idea where it went. The meal plan starts with ready meal after ready meal due to being rather busy. I always want this post to reflect the busy times we all have, the microwave will be working hard this weekend.

Friday - It is the school disco, the boys are having picnic dinner. Mr MC&W and I will both be having a microwave meal, both of us will be sharing the driving and getting various children to bed.

Saturday - Mr MC&W is going to the the rugby and will be no doubt eating burgers and drinking beer. The boys have requested pizza and I am going to have cannelloni via the microwave while watching strictly.

Sunday - Moussaka thanks to charlie bigham with a large Greek salad. The boys will have sausages, beans and jacket potatoes

Monday - Chicken Chow Mein

Chicken chow mein


Tuesday - Tomato, Mozzarella and spaghetti bake

Tomato and mozzarella spaghetti bake

Wednesday - Having a friend for tea so its pizza for the boys and Spanish rice and …

Meal Plan Friday 3rd November 2017

This week our local farm shop where I buy all our meat from started a promotion for 10% of vegetables when you brought your meat. This was started with a free soup bag, as you can see lots of lovely seasonal veggies. 





Now the problem is Mr MC&W does not like soup that much, even as a warming lunch. So I got thinking, treat this bag as a use up and see how many recipes I could use bits with and cam up with this

Friday - Scampi, Chips and peas, Boys had Fish and Chips at school so had picnic dinner

Saturday - Lasagna - shop brought, Pizza for the boys

Sunday - Roast Chicken served with honey roasted beetroot, Parsnips and Carrot, along with roast potaoes and broccoli

Monday - Chestnut mushroom, Fennel and bacon Pasta . Bacon and tomato sauce pasta for the boys

Chestnut mushroom fennel bacon fusilli



Tuesday - Mango Chicken with Spiced Rice. Curry for the boys.

Mango chicken with spiced pilau


Wednesday - Leek, Mushroom and Goats Cheese Strudel. Tortellini with salad for the boys.

Leek mushroom …