Meal Planning Monday 4th May 2015

We seemed to have turned a corner this week and everyone is eating again! Its about time! I’m not going to tempt fate however so this week its another week of regular, favourite and simple meals..

Monday – Veggie Sausage rolls, home made chips, beans and sweetcorn

Tuesday – Macaroni Cheese, garlic bread

Wednesday – Quorn sausage, mash, onion gravy

Thursday – Quorn Tikka Masala

Friday – Green Veg Omlette, potato wedges

Saturday – Pizza

Sunday – Meadow Pie


Alphabet Photography Project 2 | P is for..


P is forWe’ve been feeding the birds in our garden for ages so are used to seeing all types of feathered friends, but until recently the parakeets hadn’t joined in. A couple of weeks ago however this one arrived and has stuck with us ever since. Its nice to see the splash of colour, although I would rather s/he didn’t squawk quite so loudly so early in the morning 😉

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Alphabet Photography Project 2 | O is for…


O is forIt is so lovely to be able to spend our days outdoors once again. The start of April saw our first proper beach trip of the year and the kids spent a good couple of hours playing in and around the sea. The water was cold but the sun was shining so they didn’t care!

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Alphabet Photography Project 2 | N is for…


N is forI love this time of year.. the flowers, the colour, the warm weather returning and, of course, the baby animals! A couple of weeks ago we went to WWT London and all the signs of Spring were there.. from Hawthorn blossom and butterflies to Mallard chicks and recently arrived Little Ringed Plovers. There were also of other birds starting to think about rearing young. We watched a pair of coots tending their nest. I don’t think they had eggs on it at the time but I bet if we go back in the next week or two we’ll see eggs or young.

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Meal Planning Monday 27th April 2015

Well, there has been a slight improvement in the kids eating over the last week .. yey! After our day at Brighton SeaLife Centre on Wednesday I have to admit to being a bit worried about going to a restaurant and wasting money on food that wasn’t eaten. We only went to Pizza Express but the kids were brilliant and ate dough balls, pizza and ice cream! It’s amazing what a pizza out can do to an appetite!

This week I’m still keeping it fairly simple. We’ve got a very average week so its a good time to keep food average too!

Monday – Taco’s

Tuesday – Pasta Crumble

Wednesday – Quorn sausage paella

Thursday – Spaghetti with lentil ragu, garlic bread

Friday – Gnocch Primavera, garlic bread

Saturday – Jacket potato, lentil ragu

Sunday – Cottage Pie



Meal Planning Monday 20th April 2015

SInce I started meal planning about eighteen months ago the kids eating has improved dramatically. From fussy eaters who moaned if their food had sauce on it I got three kids who will happily tuck into a curry, stew or casserole with hardly any moaning.. well until recently that is. Over the last few weeks we’ve had meals hardly touched, picky eating and moaning from all three kids at one point or other. Its driving me mad!

I know all kids go through phases of good and bad appetites but we’ve had such a long, sustained period of really good eating from all three that this latest phase has come as a huge shock. I’ve tried cutting out afternoon snacks to see if that makes a difference to dinner time but it hasn’t, and to be honest its not just dinner time they are picky about anyway.. it can start at breakfast! I know it is a phase and I just need to ride it out but, boy, is it annoying! I spend ages preparing and cooking each day to then throw the food in the bin half an hour later.. not good!

BUT, it is not going to stop me! I will still present them with healthy, home cooked food each day and wait it out until the day comes when they decide they are hungry again! So this weeks meal plan looks like this:

Monday – Quorn sausage casserole, rice

Tuesday – Spaghetti carbonara, garlic bread

Wednesday – We’ll be eating out as we are in Brighton until late

Thursday – Quorn Korma, rice, naan

Friday – Macaroni cheese, garlic bread

Saturday – Coconut Dahl, tortilla wraps (I’m going to try and make my own)

Sunday – Green veg omlette, potato wedges, salad


Alphabet Photography Project 2 | M is for…


M is forThe Box Hill Easter Egg Trail! It was rather muddy this year.. the kids loved it!

I frequently get asked how my three get wet and muddy even through their waterproof layers.. well playing and sitting in this much mud has quite a lot to do with it!

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Meal Planning Monday 13th April 2015

I missed last week.. again. But I am being ultra-organised this week and am writing this in advance! So while you won’t see this until Monday I am writing on Sunday night.. how organised is that!

It is back to our normal weekly routine today after two weeks off. I say two weeks off but we’ve managed to keep ourselves busy and I’m actually looking forward to getting back to normal if I am honest! I’m keeping meals fairly simple this week, to ease us back to normality without too much trouble.

Here is what we will be eating this week:

Monday – Bean Stew, rice

Tuesday – Pasta, tomato and veg sauce

Wednesday – Bean Stew, wedges

Thursday – Meadow Pie

Friday – Quorn Tikka Masala

Saturday – Veggie sausage rolls, chips

Sunday – Toad in the holemrsm

Meal Planning Monday 30th March 2015

Well yes, this first thing to note is that it is actually Tuesday today! But I didn’t blog my meal plan at all last week so I don’t want to miss two weeks even if I did miss Monday!

The last two weeks have been good food-wise. We’re tried a couple of new recipes and both have gone down well.. in fact so well they are both included on this weeks plan! The first was the Paella and the second was a simple hidden vegetable sauce to go with pasta. Nothing really exciting and to be honest I don’t really need to “hide” the veggies as everyone loves them here, but it was really nice and, if I cook it beforehand, it is a great quick sauce to add to pasta so perfect for days when we’re not in until dinner time.

Here is this weeks plan:

Monday – Macaroni cheese, garlic bread

Tuesday – Pizza

Wednesday – Quorn sausage paella

Thursday – Pasta, hidden veg sauce, garlic bread

Friday – Quorn tikka masalla

Saturday – Fajitas

Sunday – Quorn roast dinner