Alphabet Photography Project 2 | J is for …


J is forGosh, J is a difficult letter to match a photograph to! I have really struggled with this one because I didn’t want to use “jump” again (I did that last time!) But I finally found this photo of a Moon Jelly, taken at the Horniman Museum a few years ago.

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Meal Planning Monday 16th March 2015

I’m late again! I really should be more organised and write this post up on a Sunday night! Never mind eh.. one day I’ll remember!

Last week was pretty good meal-wise. The fajitas went down really well and I did a last minute random spanish rice to go with them. We all loved it so much I am including it as a dish in its own right this week – disguised as veggie paella!

The one “oops” moment of the week came on Saturday when I realised I had no eggs left to make the yorkshire pudding for Toad in the Hole. A quick trip to the local Tesco solved that, only for me to discover I didn’t have enough sausages either! I’m not sure how I managed that but hey ho. To make matters worse I had already made the batter when I went to get the sausages from the freezer so I ended up cooking Yorkshire Puds and freezing them, and ordering in Pizza for our dinner!

So there are two meals sorted straight away and here is the rest of our meal plan for this week:

Monday – Veggie sausage rolls, potato waffles, beans, sweetcorn

Tuesday – Toad in the hole, either polenta or potato chips, veg

Wednesday – Macaroni cheese, garlic bread

Thursday – Veggie Paella

Friday – Pizza (I’m going out so its just hubby and the kids)

Saturday – Sausage casserole, potato wedges

Sunday – Quorn roast dinner


Alphabet Photography Project 2 | I is for


I is for

Whilst we were in Sheffield recently we went to Weston Park Museum. The kids loved the whole museum but especially enjoyed building the Igloo in Arctic World. They worked really well together and were thrilled when they managed to complete it!

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Meal Planning Monday 9th March 2015

Monday again! It comes round so quick! We had a good week last week. All meals went to plan and nobody complained (much) about anything. This week it is all fairly usual again although I have included fajitas which we haven’t had for a while.. I love fajitas!

Here is this weeks plan:

Monday – Spaghetti bolognese, garlic bread

Tuesday – Bean stew, rice

Wednesday – Pasta crumble

Thursday – Fajitas

Friday – Left over bean stew, potato wedges

Saturday – Toad in the hole

Sunday – Quorn cottage pie.


Alphabet Photography Project 2 | H is for…


H is forActually this photo could be any number of H words. It was taken on Haleakala, the volcano that forms East Maui in Hawaii. Gordon and I were on our Honeymoon. And it is High, 10,023ft high to be precise! As you can see, when we were there we were above the clouds!

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Meal Planning Monday 2nd March 2015

OK, so I have missed the last few weeks meal planning posts, and then somehow March has appeared.. How did that happen?! I know they say that as you get older the years seem to go by quicker but I seem to blink and a whole month has passed at the moment!

On the plus side, another benefit of meal planning is that I don’t have to waste precious minutes every afternoon thinking about food! Its all there, written on the calendar for all to see (well, for those who choose to look – mainly just me then!)

I’ve not tried anything new over the last few weeks. We seem to have several dishes now that we all enjoy so for the time being I’ve been sticking to them, and this week is no different.

Here is this weeks plan..

Monday - Quorn Korma with basmati rice

Tuesday – Tacos

Wednesday – Macaroni cheese and garlic bread

Thursday – Sausage rolls, new potatoes, veg

Friday – We’ll be in Eastbourne so nothing planned

Saturday – Satay and noodles

Sunday – Sausage casserole with mash.



Alphabet Photography Project 2 | G is for…


G is forWe went to stay with my parents in Sheffield for a few days recently and while we were there we went to Castleton, mostly to visit the caverns but we also walked up the old Mam Tor road. Mam Tor is also called the “shivering mountain” due to the frequent landslips that occur and the road, that was once open, closed for good in 1979 and is now gone. Gone, crumbling, down the hill!
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Alphabet Photography Project 2 | F is for…


F is for

Flowers, everywhere. All of a sudden the colour is returning and over the last week I’ve seen snowdrops, crocuses, primroses and even a couple of daffodils. We saw this beautiful field of snowdrops at Nonsuch Park today. Jasmine lay down with them to “listen to them blowing in the wind”! It is lovely to see the flowers returning.

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Alphabet Photography Project 2 | E is for…


E is forMonday afternoon is time spent just with Ben while Jasmine and Thomas are at forest school. Recently we have discovered Ham House and, after two years of going to Richmond Park, it is nice to have somewhere new to explore together.

This week I had planned on walking from Ham forest to Ham House, enjoying a hot drink (me) and cake (Ben) in the cafe and then walking back to collect the big ones, but as Ben was about to get out of the car I realised I’d left his coat at home! Now, while it was much warmer on Monday than the previous few days I wasn’t sure he’d manage a mile walk with just his fleece on! So back in the car we got and we drove over. Once there though we didn’t go straight into the cafe but spent over 30 minutes walking along the river path.. and you know what? He didn’t get cold! We then had our cake and tea but within about 15 minutes he was ready to go again and he spent the remaining time running around the gardens! He loves the formal lawns all laid out in squares and spends ages running along the gravel paths, round and round! I don’t know where he gets his energy from!
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Meal Planning Monday 9th February 2015

Last week was a busy one, with a day in London and a day at Chessington zoo as well as all the usual activities! It is weeks like that when I am thankful for the meal planning as I don’t have to think about food as we are rushing from one place to the next!

This week is looking much quieter at the moment. We will be celebrating Chinese New Year (early) on Wednesday with our HE group, with a Chinese feast and lots of children using chopsticks! Other than that I’m keeping it simple.

Here is our meal plan for this week:

Monday – Veggie sausage rolls, mash, beans & peas

Tuesday – Pasta Crumble

Wednesday - Chinese food

Thursday – Spaghetti, lentil ragu

Friday – Bean Stew with a Dorito topping

Saturday – Jacket potato, lentil ragu

Sunday – Quorn cottage pie