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


Alphabet Photography Project 2 | K is for…


K is forSo this week I (re)learnt how to knit! I have been trying to teach myself to crochet for months now but just can’t seem to get it so thought I’d give up for a while and try knitting instead. This came to me much easier! I remember knitting squares when I was about 7 or 8 but haven’t picked up any knitting needles for a very long time, so I was pretty pleased with how my first attempts turned out. I know its nothing special, in fact it is just a random piece of knitted “thing” to be honest, but its a start!

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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.