Monday, 21 November 2016

Meal Plan Saturday 19th November 2016

November is hitting hard at the moment and the weather is miserable and we need comfort food.

Saturday - Mr MC&W is having a ready meal curry as I am lunch out with my Mum and little sister. Boys will have pizza.

Sunday - OB has a party in the morning and we have had a hectic weekend. Dinner for us all I have brought in Lasagna with salad and some garlic bread

Monday - Gnocchi with singe cream and Parmesan sauce with broccoli for the boys and mushrooms and broccoli for me. Taken form the Madhouse Cookbook by Jo Pratt

Tuesday - Simple tomato sauce with spaghetti topped with baby corn, ham and peas. I will be using up any extra veggies in the cupboard.

Wednesday - mini tuna fishcakes with salad

Thursday - Carrot and Lentil soup 

Friday - Boys have a disco so it's a quick meal of Jacket Potatoes with beans and cheese for us all.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Meal Plan Saturday 12th November 2016

Meal planning was a little better this week, maybe because the week was a little less hectic than it had been. 

All we want is warming winter meals

Saturday - Pirri Pirri chicken with red peppers, red onions served with chips and salad. Boys will have fish fingers and mash

Sunday - Toad in the Hole using sausages from the village farm shop. Served with lots of veggies and some roast potatoes.

Monday - I am trying the boys on satay chicken again but major changes. One I am not cooking the sauce it's being brought. Secondly rice not noodles. Lots of veggies. The sauce will be on the side for the boys.

Tuesday - Soup lentil, carrot slightly spiced served with rolls

Wednesday - Gnuddi with tomato sauce. I watched these being made in a programme on Good Food and they looked lovely.

Thursday - Jackets with Tina Mayo and salad

Friday - Homemade beef burger with chips and salad 




Sunday, 6 November 2016

Meal Plan Saturday 5th November 2016

I am rather shocked that we are into November and December is slowly creeping up on me. 

The meal plan for the last couple of weeks has been a bit of a chore. For some reason I am finding it hard to decide what to eat and nothing is appealing. 

Saturday - Our family favourite Spag Bol using mince from our local farm shop

Sunday - Roast Chicken, the boys just love this meal and normally clear their whole plates.

Monday - Sausage Casserole with Jacket  Potatoes

Tuesday - Chicken Curry

Wednesday - Tuna Pasta Bake

Thursday - Fish Pie

Friday - Homemade pizza

Planting LolliPop Trees Elaeagnus ebbingei

I can not believe the day had finally arrived, the trees we had put so much thought into were going to be planted.

We had the conifer and last shrubs removed and the whole area dug over and ready for the arrival of the LolliPop Trees Elaeagnus ebbingei.


Area cleared and ready for the trees

I was on the school run when they arrived. I walked round into the back garden to see five of the most beautiful trees in huge pots ready to be planted.

Mr MC&W had chatted to the team that the trees need to be the same height despite there being a slight slope.

Elaeagnus ebbingei all ready to be planted

It was great to see the tape measure out checking the spacing between each one, as this was such a crucial part of the design.

I can not believe how fast they got the first tree in and how polite they were when we suddenly realised it was overhanging the neighbours' boundary. They brought it forward no questions.

First Elaeagnus ebbingei in but had to be moved

All five went in under 4 hours, I honestly do not think we would have one hole dug in that time.

Then they were planted and we could not keep the smiles of our faces, they look stunning. The beautiful silvery green leaves of the trees allowing for the screen we wanted up high.

The team told us that the area was very sheltered and the trees would not need staking. The next job was to water them well. The trees that had been planted where the conifer had been needed more water as the ground was so dry.

Elaeagnus ebbingei all planted and looking beautiful


Our view from upstairs


It also still gives us the ability to plant under the trees and create a beautiful border. I Love it when a plan comes together and has taught us we can have the vision and make a bold statement. 

I will now be mainly watering these for the next couple of weeks and worrying as killing these would be rather expensive. 
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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Meal Plan Friday 28th October 2016

Sorry for the week away, we had a family holiday to Center Parcs. This meant a few days of ready meals and no cooking. We got back on Friday evening and had to do a very quick plan for this week.

Friday - Fish and Chips with peas

Saturday - Fajitas 

Sunday - Roast Beef with Yorkshire Puddings, Roast Potatoes and lots of veggies

Monday - Creamy Pasta with peas and ham. The sauce is made with Mascapone so is fast and easy.

Tuesday - Aussie Style Potato Scones with beans, sausages and broccoli


Wednesday - Oven Baked Risotto 

Thursday - Chicken cooked in a tomato sauce served with rice and green beans

Friday - Mini Burgers these will be handmade by me along with salad