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Meal Plan Friday 19th March 2021

The meal plan is a little late this week. I had my covid vaccine as I care for my eldest and it knocked me for six over the weekend. Though all is good now. Friday - Meatballs with spaghetti Saturday - Fish, Chips, and Peas for us all. My vaccine is today and I need easy food. Sunday - Pizza again just in case we need easy pop in the oven food. Monday - Pasta, Mushrooms, bacon and Pesto bbc good food Bacon mushroom pasta Tuesday - Slow Cooker Beef Carbonnade Delicious magazine Beef carbonnade Wednesday - Freezer fish with sauce, mash, and peas Thursday - Chicken (Quorn) mozzarella pesto parcels Bbc good food Chicken mozzarella pesto filo parcels

Meal Plan Friday 12th March 2021

Last week's meal plan went well, the fruity curry traybake was a massive success. The fishcakes were nice but a right pain to make. This week we have some more new meals to try. Friday - Saugages with caramlised onions in rolls. Vegaterian hot dogs for the boys Saturday - Mama Jerks Caribean Chicken. This is a small local company that supplies our farm shop and can not wait to try it. Boys will  have Tortellini Sunday - Mothers Day -  we have the MIL coming over so its a cook meal that can just go in the oven. I am not really looking forward to it as I have not seen my mum in over a year and counting now. Monday - Cod, Lentil and beetroot trybake. The boys will have Cod baked with mash and broccoli Real food tesco Tray bakes Tuesday - Caramliased Onion Gnocchi. The boys will have mac and cheese Gnocchi Real food tesco Caramelised onion gnocchi gratin Real food tesco Gnocchi mac-and-cheese Wednesday - Full English Traybake Real food tesco Full english traybake Thursday - Chicken Pas

Meal Plan Friday 5th March 2021

  I am so behind with the meal plan, the children are back at school and I am not sure whats happened. Friday - Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff for us the boys had that chicken Saturday - Chicken burgers and chips Sunday - Cola Gammon with roast potatoes, carrots, and broccoli. The boys love this and a treat before school Monday - Bacon and tomato pasta easy pasta as everyone will be tired Tuesday - Found this traybake and sounds lovely so will give it a go Delicious magazine fruity chicken curry traybake Wednesday - These fish cakes sound lovely if a little bit of a pain, I will be buying mash in as a cheat Delicious Melt in the middle-fishcakes Thursday - These looked interesting and will use up the bacon from Monday with salad Jusrol Croque monsieur parcels

Meal Plan Friday 26th February 2021

Wow, we are nearly in March have you noticed the days are getting longer and the sunshine has been so welcome. The last week of homeschool has started. This week is simple and food I know we like. Friday - Ravioli with salad and garlic bread. Nuggets, mash, beans, and peas for the boys. Saturday - Homemade Pizza for the boys. Charlie Bighmas Thai Curry for us Sunday - Homemade Chicken Pie with carrots, greens for us all. Monday - Sausage and pasta bake Tuesday - Breaded Fish, new potatoes, and greens. The boys will have fish cakes and salad Wednesday - Thai Style chicken noodles Thursday - Mushroom risotto for Mr. MC&W and myself the boys have Cheesy Risotto

Meal Plan Friday 19th February 2021

Half term was lovely and towards the end, we had sunshine and some warmish weather. The boys wanted to go outside and play, I managed a few hours in the garden and all felt well with the world. Though it's back to homeschool on Monday which I am not looking forward to. Friday - Fish, Chips, and Peas Saturday - Burgers for the boys and Mousaka from Tesco for us Sunday - Roast Chicken is the boys favourite and feel they deserve it. Monday - Mexican Style Peppers. Tortellini for the boys. BBC Good Food Mexican style stuffed peppers Tuesday - Ham and Mushroom bake BBC good food Creamy ham mushroom pasta bake Wednesday - Spiced Salmon traybake. The boys are having tuna cakes. BBC good food Spiced salmon traybaked sag aloo Thursday - Mushroom Stroganoff, the boys love the stroganoff sauce with pasta. BBC good food Mushroom stroganoff

Watering Container Plants in Winter

  This is a public service blog, please learn form my mistake.   Remember to water your containers in the winter.  This is the first year I have encountered this situation. It has been very very cold for well over a week but it has also been very dry. We have had snow but no rain. I was so busy feeding the birds and looking out the window to comment on how cold it is, I had totally forgotten about my containers. With cold and no rain this is what I suddenly noticed. My forget me not plants have really suffered in fact pretty sure I have killed them along with the very low temperatures for several days My violas have not been that successful this year anyway, then forgetting to water them along with the cold weather seems to have very nearly finished them off. I have watered them along with our trees in containers two days in a row now and tomorrow the weather is due to get warmer and rain. I will keep you updated to see if they have survived.

Meal Plan Friday 12th February 2021

The meal plan went pretty much to plan other than Tuesday, we had dominoes as a treat. Also the smoked salmon dish was lovely but I managed to slice my thumb on the mandolin which was not plesant for anyone, luckily it’s fine just taking a little time to heal.  We have Chinese new year, Valentine's day and Pancake day all in one week which is fun. Friday - Chinese for Chinese New Year. We are having sweet and sour chicken from a bottle I will admit. Saturday - Pizza for the boys with salad and we are having a vegetable lasagna again a ready meal. Sunday - I have found these cheese nuggets and the boys love them so those with mash and salad. We are having steak, chops, mushrooms, peas and peppercorn sauce flowed by our bod6 weight in cheese. Monday - Mr MC&W is off work so we are going to have a Charlie Bigham meal as a treat. The boys have asked for fake Mcdonalds so nuggets and fries it is. I may try and sneak some veggies in hahaha. Tuesday - Panckaes I am trying these Dutch

Meal Plan Friday 5th February 2021

The meal plan went well last week, we liked our katsu wraps and will be having them again. The weather is rather blah at the moment though there is a chance we may get some snow which is very rare for us. Friday - Pizza is brought in not homemade. As our eldest has his annual blood tests for his type 1 and he hates it. I need something quick and easy for dinner. Saturday - Slow cooker hoisin style chicken as hopefully, I can pull it apart like pulled chicken. served with rice. Sunday - Toad in the hole Monday - Prawn and pineapple Thai rice BBC Good Food Thai fried prawn pineapple rice Tuesday - Gammon, egg, and chips Wednesday - Vegan Bolognese BBC Good Food Vegan bolognese Thursday - Smoked salmon and celeriac Duplonise. This is real comfort food. BBC Good Food Smoked salmon celeriac dauphinoise

Meal Plan Friday 29th January 2021

Last week went well, we did not have the paneer curry as we had leftover beef so had a beef curry instead.  The weather is still pretty miserable and I have gone off cooking so meals are pretty simple at the moment. Friday - Fish goujons, chips, and peas for us all Saturday - Lasagna I have brought this in so it can just get put in the oven. Sunday - Roast Chicken with roast potatoes, carrots, and greens Monday - Mushroom Risotto  Tuesday - Smoked Mackeral Salad. The boys will have Quiche and salad. Wednesday - Katsu Chicken Wraps with wedges. Thursday - Pasta with a tomato and bacon sauce.

Meal Plan Friday 22nd January 2021

  We have some sunshine which is just lovely and managed to get a little bit of time in the garden. The bulbs I planted in Autumn are coming through which is just lovely. We had a couple of new meals last week one was a tofu rice dish which was lovely and definitely going to have it again.  Friday - Pizza and salad ala freezer Saturday - Peri Peri Chicken with chips, salad and coleslaw Sunday - Roast Beef we have not had a roast in ages thought this would be nice. Dessert will be this Olive magazine Bourbon biscuit brownies Monday - Chilli Salmon Noodles I found this one and it sounded really nice. The boys do not like spice so will have tuna fishcakes. BBBC good food Chilli salmon teriyaki noodles Tuesday - Chicken Kiev, new potatoes and greens Wednesday - Paneer Curry with rice and popadoms. This is the basic idea but no cardamon for us as I hate it. BBC good food Paneer korma Thursday - Gnocchi in a tomato sauce with pepperoni and served with salad and garlic bread.

Meal Plan Friday 15th January 2021

  Another week of homeschool has finished and we are still staying at home. This weather is not really helping our mood at the moment as here it is wet and miserable. I am counting the days till spring, but the days are getting longer which is nice to see. We have a week of more comfort food. We have a couple of ready meals this weekend as I am shattered and just did not want to think about food or cook. We do have a couple of new meals to try and not had Tofu for a long time so will be interesting to see how we like it. Friday - Charlie Bighmas ready meal curry. The boys are trying some cheese nuggets as sounds right up our street with salad and chips. Saturday - Spag Bol Sunday - Charlie Bigham Chicken in white wine. The boys are having mini roast dinner. Monday - Tuna Pasta bake for us all, a family favorite Tuesday - Chicken Arrabbiatab Bbc good food Baked chicken arrabiatta Wednesday - Veggie Rice Bowl Realfood Tesco Veggie rice bowl Thursday - Sausage and Fennel Casserole with ja

Bulb Planting a North Facing Border

This summer I was having great fun choosing bulbs for spring. I am looking at one border that we look right out onto, but it is north facing and does not get a huge amount of sunshine. I did a lot of investigation into bulbs I hope will work and give us some flowers in early to mid-spring. This is what I planted other than the daffodil and Narcissi all the flowers are good for pollinators which was a very important factor when I was looking into flowers. I have gone for white flowers as the area is not that light I am hoping they will stand out well.  Fritillaria meleagris Alba  Anemone White Splendour I got two sets of these by mistake. Galanthus Nivalis Single Scilla Siberica Alba Daffodil Actaea  Narcissi Jack Snipe  I have planted  Galanthus Nivalis Single before and they never flowered this is a bit of a plant and hope for the best.  This autumn I found myself having to plant them all. I was very pleased to have my kneeling pad, it took me about a weekend to plant them all. Althou

Meal Plan Friday 8th January 2020

This week is comfort food all week, the news is just heartbreaking, the kids are doing ok with homeschool but it is hard on us all. The weather is cold but beautiful. We are feeding the birds which means the garden is alive this helps us all. Friday - Fish, Chips, and peas ala freezer Saturday - Pizza and Salad again ala freezer Sunday - Toad in the hole with greens Monday - Found this new salmn dish I will use two salmon filets and add some lentils to the dish. The children will have salmon, mini roasts, and peas. Realfood from tesco Roasted salmon with beetroot and fennel Tuesday - This Mushroom tart looks lovely and we will have it with warm greens rather than salad. I found this pineapple and ham dish for the boys but will use puff pastry. Realfood Tesco Ham, cheese and pineapple twirls Jusrol Mushroom Dream Wednesday - I found this lovely sounding slow cooker chicken stragnoff to have a try with  Realfood tesco slow cooker chicken stroganoff Thursday - This will be a made up spicy

Meal Plan Friday 1st January 2021

  We have a new year and it seems like nothing is changing. The kids were meant to be going back to school but their primary has had to close which means we are back to homeschool and for how long we do not know. We are back to more normal food now as we managed to eat up all the gammon and turkey and had no food waste which was really good. Friday - Beef Pie, mash, and green veg the boys will have chicken pie. These are brought in Saturday - Canneloni for us with garlic bread and salad. The boys will have ravioli. Sunday - French Style Chicken BBC Good Food French style chicken peas bacon Monday - Risotto mushroom, I bake this in the oven Tuesday - Pasta, mozzarella and tomato sauce this is a very light dish BBC Good Food Pasta mozzarella mint fresh tomato sauce Wednesday - Chicken keiv, mini roasts, and greens Thursday - Thai Prawn and pineapple rice BBC Good Food Thai fried prawn pineapple rice