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Meal Plan Friday 19th April 2019

Not sure where the last week went, it flew by and the sun has finally come out. We have spent so much time in the garden potting on seedlings and planting some of our own GYO veggies.

Friday - Scampi and Chips for Mr MC&W and myself. Fish and Chips for the boys each served with peas.

Saturday - Fajitas for Mr MC&W and myself the boys are having pizza and salad

Sunday - Roast Lamb but I am not cooking

Monday - Chicken with Peppers and Feta the boys will have this more as a roast. I do this with chicken breast and cook it for a shorter time.

Roast chicken with peppers and feta

Tuesday - Puttanesca baked Gnocchi for us all, I will be playing around with this as anchovies are not every ones first choice

Puttanesca baked gnocchi

Wednesday - Salmon with beetroot and lentils. The boys will have tomato soup as its back to school and haircuts

Mustardy salmon-beetroot-lentils

Thursday - Neapolitan Rice salad I am going to try a version of this with the boys and see how they like it. it is from Gi…

Meal Plan Friday 12th April 2019

We have survived the first week of the Easter holidays, a huge amount of snacks have been consumed but they so needed the rest. 

Friday - Ham Egg and Chips as we had a Dominoes on Wednesday

Saturday - Piri Piri Chicken with salad, warm baguettes and coleslaw

Sunday - Sausages, Mushrooms and Olives. The boys will have sausages both meals served with mash and green veg

Sausages with oregano mushrooms and olives

Monday - Taco Monday

Tuesday - Chinese Style Lemon Marmalade Chicken

Chinese style lemon marmalade chicken

Wednesday - Super Smokey Bacon and tomato Spaghetti

Super smoky bacon-tomato-spaghetti

Thursday - Spinach and mint Frittata from Ginos Healthy Eating Cookbook. The boys will have one with ham, cheese and peas.




Starting GYO 2019 - First Seeds

I love twitter and instagram, watching all the amazing and knowledgeable gardeners planting seeds and pictures of how well they are doing. I am still very new to growing flowers and vegetables from seed and I have a lot to learn. But decided it is time we start some seed planing here at Mud, Cakes and Wine

My mum came down and we planted some sweet peas, not sure it is the correct time to plant them but we decided to go for it anyway, they have all germinated and doing really well. I have transferred them from the propagator to the new grow house.





I will have also planted some Echinacea Pallida from the Sarah Raven collection and Rudbeckia Gloriosa Daisies from Mr Fothergills now that the Sweepeas have been moved, I really need another propagator. As I have lots more I want to start.






Building and lining trough style planters - Link to the post
We built our trough planters last year and I have learnt a lot, this year I will be planting more in succession, with that in mind and reading my s…

Meal Plan Friday 5th April 2019

We are back, last week was just a little crazy and I had no time to write up the meal plan. But things are more back to normal now

Friday - Warm Smoked Mackerel Salad this is with beetroot, roasted new potatoes and is s real comfort meal. Boys will have pasta

Saturday - Chili in the slow cooker

Sunday - Chicken Marengo with jacket potatoes and spinach

Chicken marengo

Monday  - Tortellini with pesto and broccoli

Tortellini with pesto and broccoli

Tuesday - Tuna Melt Potato Wedges. Boys will have tomato soup.

Tuna melt potato wedges

Wednesday - Gammon, Egg and Chips

Thursday - Chicken, Mozzarella and pesto parcels. Boys will have tuna tarts.

Chicken, mozzarella, pesto filo-parcels




Meal Plan Friday 22nd March 2019

This week is a little different as Mr MC&W is away on business for a day or two but we have Grandma MC&W staying with us which means the kids are happy and sad all at the same time.

Last week we had this smoked salmon dish for the first time and it was amazing 

Smoked salmon and celeriac dauphinoise

Friday - Sticky Chinese Chicken and rice this is quick and easy and tasty which also needs to be written up. The boys had school lunch so are all having tomato soup and bread.

Saturday - Taco Saturday

Sunday  - Roast chicken our favourite roast Sunday lunch ever

Monday - Tuna Pasta Bake for the adults lots of peppers, mushrooms and courgette added not so much for the boys

Tuesday - Super Smoking Bacon and Tomato Spaghetti

Super smoky bacon tomato spaghetti

Wednesday - Gnocchi with mushrooms and Broccoli this is from the madhouse cookbook by Jo Pratt and is a really good family cookbook

Thursday - Jackets, beans, cheese and poached eggs




GYO Second year and lessons learnt

I am very much still learning about GYO, last year was our first real go, we had some success and some failures. A lot of the failures were down to my not planning the space properly.

I have brought a lot of very similar seeds to the ones I did last year, but have a much clearer vision about how to plant them this year and more planning has gone into it all.







Cut and come again lettuce was a total failure last year, I have got a wine create I will drill holes in the bottom, line this and fill with compost and use this for them, if this works I will get another one. Another post to follow about this idea.

The tomatoes were massive but took up so much room so will put them in the smaller planter this time and then they will not grow over the other plants.





I also think the courgettes I will put into pots next to the beds, as although designed for pots they took a lot of space. This leaves the raised beds for the beets, carrots, chard, sweetcorn, peas and runner beans.


All the plants I chose ar…

Six on Saturday - Lawns, GYO and Flowers

Ever so slowly the garden is coming back to life and here are a few highlights of what we are up to and plan to do.....

1. New Lawn beginnings, our lawn has been a right mess then last year our gardener did some work with seeding, scarifying and laying a layer of soil on top and it looked so much better. So they have been again this year and we have this, I am sure it will get better. Though the amount of mud walked into the house is never ending.




2. Seed arrival, our GYO seeds have arrived and can not wait to get planting




3. Prepared the raised beds and cleared out from last year. Now need to get a little more compost and we are ready to go





4. Forsythia is starting to bloom, the only time of year I like the plant.




5. Foxgloves, they had died down and I cut them right back as you can see the new shoots coming through.





6. The Viola's are coming back to life I am so happy about this and the wonderful Gill you were right they did. They really do make all these grey and dull days a little e…

Meal Plan Friday 15th March 2019

We have been so busy this week with grown up things like mortgages and hospial appointments and work it has not been nice to us so i am looking forward to some comfort food

Friday - Fish, Chips and Peas for us all

Saturday - Meatballs with Spaghetti

Sunday - French Style Chicken with roast potatoes or mash if i am feeling lazy (yes from the freezer)

French style chicken with peas and bacon

Monday -  Bake in the oven Mushroom risotto with loads of cheese

Oven baked porcini and thyme risotto

Tuesday - Smoked Salmon and Celeriac Dish we have never had this before but it screams comfort food. The boys will have pasta

Smoked salmon and celeriac dauphinoise

Wednesday - Spag Bol

Thursday - Pizza and Salad - from the shop afraid we are not making our own this week




Rescuing Bargain Primrose Hanging Baskets

I love a gardening bargain and every now and again you can find a great one, I had to pop to waitrose as I was feeling rough so needed paracetamol and soup, as I was leaving I noticed they were selling these hanging baskets for £2.99. Despite my cold I went back into the shop with two hanging baskets to buy.




The reason I knew they would be OK was I could see the new buds forming and that would mean more flowers. I learnt this from the primroses I brought last year and was worried they had gone over so fast, but they had not and more and more flowers kept appearing.



This weekend I got out my snips, a pair of kitchen scissors would be fine, you just need to get into little areas and cut carefully. I cut back as close to the base of the plant all dead flowers, then carefully removed the dead leaves and one one a whole plant had died.





Now it is a wait and see and I am hoping these little primroses will give us some pretty flowers and then I will pop them in the garden and hope they will come…

Meal Plan Friday 8th March 2019

Time is just flying past at the moment and yet again I am late with the meal plan for this week.

Lots of simple and easy dishes for us this week

Friday - Easy Chicken Burritos. Boys having sandwiches as having quorn burgers at school

Easy Chicken Burritos

Saturday - Lamb Burgers for Mr MC&W and I the boys wanted pizza

Herby lamb burgers with beetroot mayo

Sunday - The Busy Mum Cookbook homemade lasagna for us all. Its a bit of work but amazing.

Monday - Smoked Paprika paella with Cod and Peas

Smoked paprika paella cod peas

Tuesday - Spinach and Courgette Fritata from Gions Healthy Italian. The boys will have omelets

Wednesday - Bacon and Mushroom Pasta

Bacon and mushroom pasta

Thursday - Thai Chicken Noodles

Child friendly thai chicken noodles



Meal Plan Friday 1st March 2019

The meal plan is a little late and last week did not go at all to the schedule. I ended up with a nasty virus that knocked me for six and only today did I even feel like thinking about food. 

Friday - McDonald's for the boys. Mr MC&W and I had fish, roasted new potatoes, homemade tomato sauce and roasted veg.

Saturday - Pizza and salad for the boys. We are having Peri Peri chicken with chips, coleslaw, corn on the cob and salad

Sunday - Sausages, red onions and mushrooms cooked in a beef style gravy served on a giant Yorkshire pudding boys will have sausages with gravy, Yorkshires and greens

Monday - Pasta with mozzarella and fresh tomato sauce for us all

Pasta with mozzarella, mint and fresh tomato sauce

Tuesday - Crispy chicken pancakes with creamy chicken and bacon as i can make this ahead of time and put together last min. Boys will have pancakes with ham and cheese followed by lemon and sugar

Crispy pancakes creamy chicken bacon

Wednesday - Spiced Salmon with tray bake sag aloo f…

Childrens Swing set to Border Edging

The children's slide and swing set was beginning to make some rather dodgy creaking noises, as they spend most of their time on the trampoline we decided to take it down.




Our first thoughts were, we would chop it down to manageable sizes and take it to the tip, then Mr MC&W had a rather good idea. The wood was not too bad, could we use it to make better edges to the garden borders? As you can see on the photo below, we had a sleeper that marked the border with the patio, we never really liked it as it was too big and there was nothing else between the border and the grass.




We managed to remove the sleeper and save some of the pegs then used 4 posts to edge the whole new border, Mr MC&W cut them to angles so they join well. We are really happy with the end result. We even had enough wood to make a border by the shed that needs a lot of work but at least it has a nice edge.








We also have this small patch under the clematis but it is really shallow so using a couple of the steps …