Sunday, 19 March 2017

Meal Plan Friday 17th March 2017

The meal plan I have to admit is a tad random this week. Normally is carefully planned and the food thought about to give a good mix of chicken, red meat, fish and veggie options. We have Grandma MC&W staying and Mr MC&W not due back till Wednesday so meals are a tad random.

Friday - Fish, Chips and Peas we all love this meal and the boys had packed lunch so they could have it at home.

Saturday- Spag Bol - OB has had a tough week at school and this was his choice

Sunday - We are having Lamb Shanks again. I gave Grandma a choice and she does not often have lamb and I love it so more than happy.

Monday - Meatballs again a choice for Grandma as she can never be bothered to make them

Tuesday - Homemade Pizza with salad

Wednesday - Tuna and sweetcorn slice from BBC GoodFood

Tuna and Sweetcorn Slice

Thursday - Chicken Curry korma for the boys and Mr MC&W and I will have something a bit spicier.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Meal Plan Friday 10th March 2017

This week is a little crazy in the Mud Cakes and Wine household. Mr MC&W is off to Vegas Baby for 7 days with a whole group of friends to celebrate them all turning 40. So Grandma Mud, Cakes and Wine is coming to stay.

Friday - Boys have a school disco so will have tortellini with salad. We will have oven baked fish, roasted veggies and rice for dinner as it's quick and easy.

Saturday - The boys have done really well at school so will have a McDonald's for lunch and cheesy pasta for dinner. We are having Fajitas.

Sunday - Slow cooked Lamb Shanks with roast potatoes,carrots and kale

Monday - Boys will have chicken fingers, chips, baked beans and peas. Mr MC&W and I will have Mushroom Strangnoff.

Mushroom stroganoff

Tuesday - Oven Baked Thai Chicken and rice, I use this one from BBC GoodFood and the whole family loves it

Oven baked Thai chicken rice

Wednesday - Jacket Potatoes with beans, cheese and maybe a cheeky poached egg

Thursday - Gnocchi with a homemade tomato sauce, grated cheese and broccoli

Monday, 6 March 2017

Meal Plan Friday 3r March 2017

I am not sure where this week has gone. Mr MC&W is manic with work this week so will be grabbing his own meals between meetings and appointments. I will be eating with the boys.

Friday - Mushroom oven baked risotto. The boys will have oven baked risotto with  pea, courgette and sweetcorn with lots of Parmesan.

Saturday- Caesar salad for myself and Mr MC&W the boys will have pizza

Sunday - I have to take OB to a party, the boys will have sausages, Yorkshire pudding, mash and Broccoli. Mr MC&W and I will have a lasagna (ready made and not by me 😂)

Monday - The Madhouse Carbonara that's made with mascarpone and not too much egg with ham on to brought from the farm shop

Tuesday - A simple chicken stir fry with rice using sweetcorn and carrots etc

Wednesday- Homemade Fish Pie with peas

Thursday- Meatballs with spaghetti
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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Meal Plan Friday 24th February 2017

The meal plan last week was full of new recipes found at BBC GoodFood. They were a real success and I will defiantly be cooking them all again. The only change was we did not have the ricotta tart as Sunday's ploughman type lunch left us so full we could not manage dinner.

This week is back to lots of old favourites, all are either quick or can be slow cooked. As we are not sure if Mr MC&W is working from home or will have to go to meetings. All the meals can easily be made smaller or ingredients frozen if not needed.

Friday - Fish, Chips and Peas

Saturday - Piri Piri Chicken with salad and a French stick for myself and Mr MC&W. The boys will have chicken curry

Sunday - Pork Schnitzel, mash potato and broccoli. Our fantastic butcher has already bashed the pork for me so it's nice and thin.

Monday - Sausage casserole with jacket potatoes

Tuesday - Gnocchi, Broccoli and Mushrooms I use a recipe from Jo Pratt the Madhouse Cookbook and of course pancakes for pudding.

Wednesday- Chilli  the boys are still not to sure about chilli but I will keep trying to see if they change their minds.

Thursday - Smoked Paprika Paella with Cod and peas found on the BBC GoodFood website

Smoked paprika paella with cod and peas

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Molehill Trouble

Our garden wraps around our house so we have two areas of lawn. The lawn to be honest is pretty terrible, I use the term lawn loosely, I should really be saying our mix of moss, clover and various other weeds that make up the appearance of a lawn. To add to this we have a little friend who keeps popping up.

A mole.

This is the area of lawn just outside the living room in November, these are seriously huge molehills.

Molehills all over the grass

The molehills took a lot of work to clear

I took all the soil I could do off the grass and redistributed on the new border. I then brought some mole bulbs, we used them on the main lawn about five years ago and they worked. When they arrived I set about putting them in the ground.


The tools I needed note the hot chocolate was essential


Make a hole in the lawn using the planter
Pop in the mole bulb and cover




















The box gives instructions on how to plant the bulbs. I must admit I did not exactly follow these and put them in each corner and then one half way down each side and one in the middle. Meaning I used more than they would say you need.

This is how the lawn looks now....

Moles have stayed away

No more molehills on this piece of lawn. What has been even better is that molehills have started appearing on the grass outside the back of the kitchen, but so far none have come up where we put the new mole bulbs. So I am keeping my fingers crossed that they are working and have ordered some more for the other section of lawn.

Our next job is to get grass seed and try and repair the lawn in the spring.


New molehills appearing on our other section of lawn

Trying to clear the soil from the grass

Twin Mummy and Daddy
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Friday, 17 February 2017

Meal Plan Friday 17th February 2017

Half term has come to an end, the weather on the whole was really quite pleasant. Its lovely to have some warmth in the air. We met up with friends and had lots of time in the garden. We are all rested after the chicken pox and ready for the new term.

The meal plan went well and I must write up the ham and tomato spaghetti dish we had it was very nice and easy to make.

Friday - Mr MC&W and I will have Portabello Mushroom and blue cheese melts served with french fries. I found this on BBC Goodfood and it looks really interesting. The boys will all have fish fingers and chips

Portobello and blue cheese melts

Saturday - Spag Bol with garlic bread

Sunday - Mr MC&W and I will have a Mango Chicken, Rice and Bean Bake. Again I found this on BBC GoodFood. The boys will have roast chicken breast and all the trimmings.

Monday - Mr MC&W and I a Mushroom, Ricotta and Rocket Tart. The boys will have a tomato and cheese tart. Both served with lots of salad.

Mushroom ricotta rocket tart

Tuesday - Curry Chicken Skewers - For the boys I will use Korma

Chicken tikka skewers

Wednesday - Fish Pie Fillets with lots of green veggies

Fish pie fillets

Thursday - Grilled Halloumi with spiced couscous. I will try the boys on the Halloumi but with more of a salad vibe.

Grilled halloumi with spiced couscous
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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Bulb Rescue

Plants amaze me all the time, this morning I was tidying up and found a upturned pot. Under the pot I found bulbs that had fallen out but had started to grow leaves. They had no soil and still, these plucky little bulbs were wanting to grow.

No soil and abandoned 
Growing with no soil

So I have attempted a rescue mission using things I could quickly find. I found a little old terracotta pot and some stones.

Old Pot
Few stones

I had no compost (shocking I know) but I did have a huge molehill, so I grabbed some soil from that and filled the pot just over half full. The only worry I have is that our soil is clay and not sure how it wil work in a pot.will 

Huge Molehill

Some soil added
Then I put the saved bulbs into the pot, they were not easy to arrange, so they have a kind of haphazard look about them. I then covered them with more soil and gave them a good water.

Bulbs put into the pot

Soil added 
I am not sure if they will flower or even survive, but at least they have a fighting chance. I will now get back to the job I went outside to do in the first place. I had better keep on digging that border over.
Twin Mummy and Daddy

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