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Meal Plan Friday 30th November 2018

How did it get to the 30th November?? the next week or two are just full of school plays and events and meetings. So I need to be organised at least with the meals.

Friday - Pizza for the boys and myself. Mr MC&W will have a microwavable curry as we have the school disco and that means the two of us driving up and down to school approx 4 times in round 2 hours!!!! They have sweets at the disco and we will be trying to sort Ollie's levels out for the rest of the night.

Saturday - Fajitas for Mr MC&W and I. The boys will have fish, Chips and Peas

Sunday - Slow roast Lamb shanks for lunch with roasts and carrots and green veggies

Monday - Spice Honey Salmon with Couscous with roasted veg. The boys will have omelette's and chips

Spice and honey salmon with couscous

Tuesday - Gnocchi with broccoli and mushrooms for us all. This is from the Madhouse Cookbook by Jo Pratt

Wednesday - Shepard's Pie Jackets served with peas for us all

Shepherds Pie Jackets

Thursday - Oven Baked Thai …

Meal Plan Friday 23rd November 2018

It has been a long old week, Mr MC&W has been away in India since Saturday and I have been solo parenting. This is fine, the hardest part is all the type 1 decisions I am making on my own with out him to talk it over with. This week is not too heavy food as he has informed me all he has done is eaten three course meals for lunch and dinner.

Friday - Chicken Cesar Salad for us as it is a light and fresh meal. The boys are having fish and chips as last week they had McDonald's aster the eldest had an accident at school.

Saturday - Spag Bol for us all

Sunday - Quorn dippers, mash and veggies for the boys and we are having a fish and lentil dish this one is so simple and tasty

Braised peas with bacon lentils-and-cod

Monday - Spinach and Courgette Fritatta with salad this is from Ginos Healthy Italian. The boys will have tomato soup with rolls

Tuesday - Maple Glazed Sausages in rolls with wedges. The boys will have spaghetti in a homemade tomato sauce and cheese

Maple glazed hot dogs with…

Meal Plan Friday 16th November 2018

We have done very well on the food waste side this week and used up everything which is good.

This week is a little crazy with appointments and Mr MC&W being busy at work so the meals are simple to cook and everyone will eat them.

Friday - Scampi and Chips for Mr MC&W and I. The boys will have fish and chips

Saturday - Quorn Burgers and Salad

Sunday - Sausage Casserole and Jackets

Monday - Oven Baked Risotto, will be roughly based on this

Oven baked risotto

Tuesday - Taco Tuesday as the boys like to call it served with lettuce, tomatoes, natural yogurt and some cheese the boys can choose what they want to add

Wednesday - Ham, Egg and Chips

Thursday - Pizza from frozen as we have a hospital apt that PM




Leaf blowing and clay busting

It has been a busy time in the garden, with the leaves falling fast. Though this is now great fun as we treated ourselves to a leaf blower, I get to channel my inner ghost buster. As you can see I rock the glamorous leaf look.



The cosmos have completely gone over so they have been pulled up and put into the brown bin. I had some help from my middle boy, he loved pulling the big plants up which was a joy to watch and very helpful. He takes after his mother and likes destructive gardening.




We have increased the size of this border and added a fence to hide the oil tank. As it was just a space that was a pain to mow and serving no real purpose. We will add some stepping stones in so we can easily get behind the tank.



The now much bigger border is wonderful but the ground needs a huge amount of work. I will be off to the garden centre for lots of manure and clay buster so it can work into the soil over the winter months and hopefully be much better in the spring.

This is a lesson we have lear…

Meal Plan Friday 9th November 2018

We did well with the meal plan this week, though the slow cooker chicken somehow turned into a take away, but unfortunately they did not put the vegetable curry in so we wished we had stuck to to the slow cooker version. 

We have no left over pots in the fridge which is a great place to be. as you can see I am using pesto in two meals to try and avoid waste.

Friday - Pizza and salad for us all. Brought not homemade.

Saturday - Chili done in the slow cooker served with nachos and dips

Sunday - Roast Chicken

Monday -Bacon, Mushroom and pesto Pasta

Bacon and mushroom pasta

Tuesday - Stuffed peppers from Ginos Healthy Italian. Tomato soup for the boys

Wednesday - Toad in the hole

Toad in the hole

Thursday - Chicken, Mozzarella and pesto tarts - it says filo but i am going to use puff pastry and do the boys a puff pastry tart

Chicken, mozzarella and pesto filo parcels


Food Bank Advent

I have been thinking a lot about Christmas, the news headlines seem obsessed about how much was spent over Chritmas time and if it does not go up that is deemed as a failure, this has always seemed so wrong to me. Spending more each year is not what Christmas is about, this year I wanted to give more back. I was wondering how this was possible but then a tweet from katykicker popped up about #foodbankadvent and this was perfect.

I spoke with a couple of friends about it and we are going to do it together so roughly 6 days each, but we may do more if we want to.

We are going to hand it in early December Christmas so the food bank know what they have stock wise.

We will be putting in in lots of lovely treats for Christmas these are a few examples

Biscuits
Chocolates
Coffee
Tea - ours currently has plenty so will check this again
Hot chocolate and marshmallows
Sanitary products - ours currently has plenty so will check again
Shower gel, Deodorant, Shampoo and Conditioner
Gravy granules
Tinned fruit
S…

Winter Pots and baskets

This year I started a little experiment by planting some Autumn flowering bulbs in pots, they are now starting to flower. It made me think about trying some winter flowers in baskets and pots this year.



Firstly I decided to plant a hanging basket with some violas, I want bright pretty colours and loved the white and yellow. They were doing so well I thought it would be nice to do a few more.





I chose Violas as I am not a massive fan of pansies. I love the small delicate flowers of the viola and the wonderful colours.

I am not looking to do anything like I do over the summer but a couple of pots and baskets with some flowers would be very cheerful so I decided to give it a go.

Our local garden centre was selling 4 packs of violas for 12.00 so I could not say no could I.

I also picked up some wall flowers to try in one of the wall baskets, as I beleve they flower then stop and flower again in the spring.




We shall see how these do and if they lift our moods over the dark winter months.




Meal Plan Friday 2nd November 2018

I got a lot of people liking the sound of the samosa pie and I can confirm it was lovely. I was worried it would be too dry but the sweet potato ensured it was not. I also put the lamb mixture in the slow cooker and then finished of with the pastry in the oven. 

I am in shock it is November and I found planning this weeks meals really hard it too me ages. 

Friday - Fish, Chips and Peas for us all

Saturday - Spag Bol for us all

Sunday - Roast Rack of lamb for me and Mr MC&W and the boys will have roast chicken breast

Monday - Cauliflower Cheese and Spinach Pasta bake. The boys will have cheesy pasta bake with out the cauliflower and spinach but will try some cauliflower on one side for them

Cauliflower cheese and spinach pasta bakes

Tuesday - Slow cooker chicken curry

Slow cooker chicken curry

Wednesday - Tacos made with quorn strips will put they family style with lettuce, salsa, cheese and sour cream so everyone can choose what they want.

Thursday - Baked Potatoes with broccoli and Gorgonz…