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Meal Plan Friday 17th January 2020

We are still being thoughtful with our food, all meals are around 500 calories and being very careful about portion control. We have lost all our Christmas weight and doing more exercise.

For Christmas I got the book a pinch of nom after seeing lots of bloggers using it and I love it.

Friday - Cheeseburger Pizza Pinch of Nom for us all.

Saturday - Paprika and Mushroom Pork for us all minus the mushrooms for the boys. Lunch Falafel salad. 

Marys paprika pork pot

Sunday - Fajitas for us all. Lunch some kind of thai noodle salad.

Monday - Smoked Salmon and Broccoli Quiche for us all pinch of nom with salad and new potatoes. Lunch is a tuna and bean salad.

Tuesday - Cajun Dirty Rice for us all again pinch of nom. Lunch is pasta salad using the pesto from Thursday.

Wednesday - Loaded naans with salad for us all. Lunch is a avocado, chickpea and cauliflower salad.

Loaded naans

Thursday - Red Pesto Gnocchi for us all.

Speedy Mediterranean Gnocchi





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First Apple Tree Prune

Last year I pruned our standard rose for the first time, this is one of those jobs that strikes fear in most of us non gardeners. One you tube video later I had the basics and off I went and had a go.

Pruning standard rose post

This year I needed to tackle our apple tree. This apple tree was given to us by the owner of the company Mr MC&W worked for when we had our first baby. It is a small apple tree, it started in a pot, then we stuck it in the ground and pretty much left it for 8 years. Every year we commented on the fact it looks a mess and needs sorting. This year I took a deep breath and decided it was time to have a go at pruning.

Thanks to the amazing twitter gardening gang I got a huge amount of advice and there are two courses I want to go on. The main advice was dead, diseased and crossing over. But what came over loud and clear was have a go do not be scared.

So I grabbed my best and sharpest secateurs, a small saw and went to look at my apple tree. As you can see its a m…

Meal Plan Friday 10th January 2019

The weather is grey and dull and miserable, so comfort food is needed this week.

Last weeks meals were a huge success, the bean burritos I made up but ended up tasty and full of black beans and veggies. The Moroccan meatballs were brilliant and used less meat as so any veggies. This is something we did already but I am trying to cut down more of the meat we eat. 
Friday - Fish, Chips and Peas
Saturday - Is a odd day, the eldest has a party and Mr MC&W is playing golf. So ready meal for us thanks to Charlie Bighmas and the other boys will have pizza and salad
Sunday - Sausages in a big Yorkshire pudding with carrots, spinach and gravy
Monday - Leek, Mushroom and goats cheese strudel the boys will have tuna slices
Leek, mushroom and goats cheese strudels
Tuesday - Mexican pulled chicken. The boys will have this but less spicy,
Mexican pulled chicken and beans
Wednesday - Spicy Salmon tray bake. Salmon and mash and peas for the boys.
Spiced salmon traybaked sag-aloo
Thursday - Tortellini bake f…

Meal Plan Friday 3rd January 2020

So the first meal plan of the New Year and we need to be healthy, we have enjoyed Christmas but now we need to lose those extra pounds and to be honest feel a little better again.

I am going to try and put more of our lunches into the meal plans. Can not say this will happen every week but I keep forgetting and this would help me.

Friday - Harissa Salmon with zesty couscous for Mr MC&W and I. The boys will have baked quesadilla and salad. Lunch is Broccoli and feta pasta salad.

Harissa salmon zesty couscous

Saturday - Chinese chicken curry with rice for us and noodles for the boys. Lunch is Feta, beetroot salad with beans.

Chinese chicken curry

Sunday - Use of of roast beef we had on new years day as a slow cooked stroganoff for us all. Couoscous and feta salad.


Monday - Bean Burritos with salad. I am kind of making this up from various recipes I have seen but it will be veggie. Boys will have omelette's and jackets. Lunch is Roasted Cauliflower with tahini and hummus - i use frozen …

Meal Plan Friday 27th December 2019

The last meal plan of the year and the next one will be rather more healthy. We are lucky had had a rather indulgent Christmas, however we do not like waste and this plan is rather a use up one. 

Lunches are just using up the meats and cheeses with bread.

Friday - Gammon, Egg and Chips to use up the Christmas Ham

Saturday - Turkey Curry for Mr MC&W and I. The boys will have Chinese turkey noodles.

Sunday - Mr MC&W decided he wanted these posh sausages from the butcher where we got our turkey from but we did not need them for Christmas lunch. So we will eat them up in a sausage casserole as the MIL is coming round. The boys will have them with beans and mash and broccoli.

Monday - Lasagna for us thanks to Charlie Bigham as I wanted a break form cooking. The boys wanted tomato soup.

Tuesday - new year eve - We have a lot of cheese so it will be a cheese fest for us snacking on with apples and grapes. The boys will have pizza and salad.

Wednesday - Roast beef with all the trimmings for …

December Garden Review

It has been so long since I last wrote a garden update, I have been training so I can hopefully go back to work, combine this with the almost constant rain and children getting poorly I have not managed to get outside for ages.

Below shows how our clay soil is coping with the rain....




Today I managed to get outside, start to clear down and see what needs to be done. 

Firstly these grapes, what a mess. I did not have the time to do anything with the grapes we grew and the butterfly's and insects did love them late autumn when they needed the food, but this left over mess I really hate. I am thinking about if I want to keep the grape vines or look for something else. The vines grow fast and look OK but it is a plant I really have not grown to love.






A good hour of tidy up and the joys of a step ladder in the garden, it looks much better. I am not sure I should be doing this now but the plant was getting mouldy and I cut back to a node each time. So hopefully not too much damage caused.




Th…

Meal Plan Friday 20th December 2019

Well it has been sometime since I last managed to upload a meal plan. Rest assure we have been eating just very busy with training, Christmas, birthdays, school and everyone getting poorly. I can not remember a time I have missed so many plans.

So here we are coming up to Christmas and getting closer to another new year. I will be back to sharing my meals as I have missed it.

Friday - Sausages in rolls with red onions just sausages for the boys

Saturday - Caesar Salad for us and Chinese Chicken Noodles for the boys

Sunday - Spag Bol

Monday - Scampi, chips and peas. Fish Fingers for the boys.

Tuesday - Curry this was Mr MC&W family tradition and one I am more than happy to continue on. I will be cooking a ham in cola today and if any of it lasts we will be having it over the next week. Problem is we tend to pick at it on Christmas eve.

Wednesday - Well Roast rolled turkey breast with carrots cooked in orange juice and honey, roast potatoes, parsnips and everything else you would want

Thurs…