Saturday, 30 July 2016

Meal Plan Saturday 30th July 2016

Sorry about the lack of meal plans for a couple of weeks, the end of term was like a whirlwind and then we went straight on our holiday.

Now we are back to reality with a bit of a bump, it's the summer holidays and Mr MC&W is back working all day in London having both lunch and dinner away from home.

Weaning ZAP has been slow and painful at times. I always want to be honest in my updates, he has been weaned on packets and pots finally he is accepting food and I am able to start cooking homemade meals from scratch.

Saturday 30th July - Spaghetti Bol this was requested by OB the whole time he was on holiday

Sunday 31st July - Roast chicken with roast potatoes and lots of veggies it my and the boys favourite

Monday 1st August - I am trying the boys on a simple stir fry again I hope to have some left over chicken and I am trying them on whole grain rice. Let's see how that goes down

Tuesday 2nd August- Tuna Fishcakes with lots of salad

Wednesday 3rd aAugust - I am entertaining my BIL girls today so it's going to be a busy one. Simple jackets and beans for dinner

Thursday - Creamy pea and ham spaghetti

Friday - Homemade pizza the boys can choose their own toppings and make the dough with me

Mr MC&W is on a bit of a health kick and often gets hungry when he gets home from London so we are trying a few slightly healthier snacks.

For example oven cooked chickpeas in a spicy mix, a cottage cheese and red pepper toastie but I will pen a separate blog about this new adventure.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Reality behind the photos

Mr Mc&W and I are sat with a huge glass of red wine looking at our photos of today and laughing. If we had posted them on Facebook our friends would have thought we had the perfect day out, but that was not the case......

We had decided to visit Peterbrough for the day, we were rather excited at the thought of a cathedral, I was very excited about lunch out and then there was a steam railway.

On arrival, in fact on trying to enter the multi-storey car park we remembered the roof box was still attached to the car and had to preform a rather dodgy u turn in order to prevent being wedged under the barrier. We then found a rather interesting looking outdoor car park, complete with a fing and jeffing pensioner who could not work the NCP app.

The cathedral was beautiful and we made the decision we would come back to admire it's full beauty later, this proved to be a mistake. Off we went to find the steam trains.... 

We walk under a rather old and spectacular iron bridge, what we had not accounted for was an express train going over said iron bridge when we were underneath. I think we all nearly wet ourselves with fright, the boys hands on their ears and eyes on stalks, with Daddy and Mummy trying to hide our hysterical laughing as it was so funny (sorry kids we did jump as much I promise) ZAP however managed to sleep through this.

On arriving at said railway they had run out of family tickets in the office and were not sure if we could pay by card in the train. We did a mad frantic dash to the loos as the train was due in less than two mins, ten mins later the boys were demanding to know where the train was. The beautiful steam train arrived but no one could tell us if cards could be taken, Mr MC&W had a little chat wondering if anyone had been thrown off a steam train for not having a ticket. 

We walked around looking lost with the buggy, hoping a member of staff would take pity and help us get onto the train. This did not happen so we had the rather heart stopping moment of lifting the buggy on to the train, over what seemed like a grand canyon of a drop. We all sat down ready for the steam train to depart, but the train was just not moving and the boys were getting increasingly bored and excitement levels were fast dropping. We found out some local kids had emptied the water tower and it would be a while before the train could proceed on her journey. By this point we had one crying baby and two very bored children, OB in fact was starting to get very restless and we knew he was not coping with the whole situation, we did not want a meltdown. To top it off we still no idea if we could pay for our tickets so we took the hard decision to get off. Our pictures show a train and a happy family on the train, it's just we did not do the actual journey.

ATM planning our trip with his new best friend the map. This map now goes everywhere we do.

Instead we told the boys they could go in the car ride which they had seen earlier, they were more excited about than the train. We were even told we were the best parents ever!!!. Then we went to poundland and got a whole stack of garden toys.

As mentioned earlier I was rather excited about having lunch out. But we had to avoid the center as mummy had not brought spare clothes and a towel for a visit to a City, silly mummy as she dragged a screaming ATM away form the fountains. Apparently I should have known that there would be water play in the city and be ready for it. Bad Mummy Bad Mummy.

Lunch was a disaster, the boys are fussy eaters and we did not want a full on main meal. We read the menus of about five million places. We even wondered into macdonalds much to the boys delight but the queue was out of the door we turned right around and continued our menu tour of the center.

We finally had lunch at pret and it was lovely really lovely, Mr MC&W and I even shared a bag of kale chips and so romantic checked no green left I am sure you can guess where.

A trip to waitrose later with OB ramming a gentleman trolley saying its packman mummy finished the day.

On arrival home we unpacked the garden toys and had a wonderful time playing frisbee and running around and now with the children asleep we have a huge glass of wine and laughing at the photos and the image we could have shown the world.
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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Meal Plan Saturday 9th July 2016

It's a rather busy week coming up and Mr MC&W is working from home. Meaning a bit more thought has had to go into the meals this week.

Saturday - a huge plate of salad containing avocado, crispy bacon, blue cheese, loads of salad leaves and tomatoes with a sprinkling of honey and mustard dressing. It was meant to have roasted new potatoes, but I ran out of time,  so used the emergency crouton pack.... Every busy house needs one. The boys had the always popular fish and chips with peas.

Sunday - roast chicken breast, roast potatoes and fine green beans for the boys. We had chicken breast stuffed with blue cheese left overs from last night it was then roasted on a bed of courgettes, red onions, mushrooms and tomatoes served with roast potatoes and spinach.

Monday - pulled pork burgers with chips for us all. Not sure what the boys will make of this but it's worth a try.

Tuesday - Fish and rice for the boys this will be oven roasted cod with plain rice and peas/sweet corn on the side. We will be having a cheats meal of Mediterranean rice and cook in the bag fish, served with fine green beans.

Wednesday - Tuna Pasta bake for everyone with loads of veggies

Thursday - the boys are having mash , sausages and beans. We are having chicken Kiev with new potatoes and green veg

Friday - mini meatballs for the boys and normal sized meatballs for is. An easy to prepare meal that can be put in the oven.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Rescuing the Jasmine

It's proven to be very hard to keep up with the garden, three children and even harder to write about it. But I am rather determined to change this.

Last year sadly Mr MC&W father passed away, in his memory we all chose to plant a Jasmine in our gardens, his mum, brother and ourselves. With everything we had going on our poor Jasmine had become rather neglected.

Today I managed to get ZAP happily on a picnic blanket and the boys charging round on the trampoline. This gave me some time to tackle the area around the Jasmine. 

As you can see it was really quite a mess, surrounded by weeds and had barely any light getting to it. It took a lot of work to dig and pull out the weeds and rather too many nettle stings up my arms. 

When it came to getting close to the Jasmine I decided it better to use a small hand trowel as I did not want to disturbed the roots as the poor plant has had a tough old time already.

I also cut quite a bit of my beautiful rambling rector back to allow more sunshine to get in from above.

I need to get some manure dug into the soil as you can see my footprints became a real feature of the area. Our soil is thick clay and every area of the garden needs serious attention to improve the soil. I am looking around for the best soil improvers.

As you can see from the photos the top looks OK and the bottom there are real signs of growth but the middle looks very woody and to be honest a little dead. 

I shall report if we have managed to get the Jasmine a little healthier. Though the flowers are beautiful and smell wonder already.


Monday, 4 July 2016

Meal Plan Saturday 2nd July 2016

Not sure where the time has gone this week and what has not helped has been a total lack of inspiration for meals. I have decided that I am going to blame this weather as I do not want winter food but it's not summer weather.

Saturday - Family favourite Spag Bol

Sunday - Gammon with honey and mustard served with roast potatoes, carrots, broccoli and spinach 

Monday - Jacket Potato with ham and cheese

Tuesday - Chicken Goujons with mash, broccoli and baked beans

Wednesday - Homemade pizza with salad and maybe some cheeky chips 

Thursday - Jo Pratt Madhouse - Gnocchi with broccoli and mushrooms

Friday - Tortellini with homemade tomato sauce