Friday, 13 November 2015

33 Weeks Pregnant where has time gone?

I wonder if I tell myself enough times I will realise that I am 33 very nearly 34 weeks pregnant and that means I only have 7 to 9 weeks max before the baby is born.

Physically I am very aware, the bump is growing at a rather an alarming rate and the kicking is more and more powerful. It is the stage where you watch your top move with a mix of wonder, amazement, shock and a little bit of horror.

The swelling has started, I already have my rings on a necklace, the lesson I learnt from baby number one. Do not leave trying to take your rings off until you are two weeks overdue and about to have an emergency c section, to put it politely it is the last thing you need. Think Dr and nurses in scrubs and soap!!!! I was beginning to wonder if the fire brigade would be called to cut the rings of my finger or worse still cut of my finger, I think you can sense the stress level at that point. Shoes are getting tighter and adding to the fun of trying to get them on and worse off I am starting to lose the ability to reach my feet.

Let's be honest the constant need to have a wee is a tad wearing, This means I am planning a trip out knowing places that have a loo, the advantage of having two small children is a detailed knowledge of such places. The night time is in fact to put it bluntly, annoying me. I hate having to get up for a wee.

I have a third trimester groan, which I let out when I do anything from trying to stand up, sit down, get in the car, get out the car, walk anywhere or in fact do anything.

Combine this with hormones, I am crying at anything, trying to stand up, sit down, get in the car, getting out the car and Christmas adverts one word Mog..... come on give me a break.

It's mentally I am not prepared, to the point that we have brought nothing for the baby other than change the car to a 7 seater, as we need to be able to fit three car seats across the back. This was also good fun for Mr MC&W and we knew there could be a potential wait. But we found one in the showroom and it was ready for us within two weeks.

With our first I could never have imagined someone could be, how can I phrase this nicely... relaxed? sounds nicer than totally disorganised. At this moment in time we have brought noting and I mean nothing, we have a base for the car seat in the loft but no seat to place onto it, no pram, nothing for the baby to sleep in, no clothes, no hospital bag packed in fact no items brought to put into said hospital bag. I think with baby number one at this stage I was bulk cooking and freezing!!!!!

This is only now starting to concern me, what if the baby was to come early?? The reality hit one evening when I had rather bad back ache and was a little concerned it could be the start of something more. Hubby would have to do some sort of emergency baby dash of epic proportions. As wonderful and supportive he is I am not sure what he would return with, not to mention him having to find breast pads along with other padded items (I do not need to go into details).

So my weekend will be writing a list of what we need and putting in some orders. The one upside of this being our third baby I know what I need and what I do not need. I have learnt a lot of lessons on the way but as it would turn out not how to be organised. 

Oh yes and names well that's another item for the list......
A Cornish Mum

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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Meal Plan catch up Monday September 21st to Monday 5th October

I have realised its been three weeks since I last managed to post a meal plan, it has been rather manic in the MC&W household. We are having building work, Mr MC&W has continued to be working away from home, we have all had the most horrid colds and I am now 28 weeks pregnant.

Shall we do a massive Meal Plan Catch up......

Deep breath and Lets go

Week commencing Monday 21st September

Monday - Chili I must admit I buy a packet of mix to do this with. Then stick it in the slow cooker and it's ready for me when the boys are asleep. They also had this and did seem to enjoy it as I chose a very mild one.

Tuesday - Roasted Vegetable Pasta for me, I had a mix of courgette, peppers, red onions mixed in with pasta and some cheese grated on top. Boys had pasta with tomatoes and broccoli

Wednesday - Chicken and Noodles for myself and the boys, I loved it but the boys hated it safe to say it was a total disaster.

Thursday - Omelette's and chips for me and the boys 

Friday - Fish, Chips and Peas for us all. Yes a few too many chips this week were consumed.

Saturday - A big bowl of spag bol with garlic bread for everyone

Sunday - ATM birthday lunch family get together so lots of party food

Week commencing Monday. 28th September

Monday - Gnocchi.... I have one recepie that I always use from the fantastic Jo Pratt Madhouse Cookbook which is with broccoli, mushrooms and some cheeky single cream. The boys had with a blitzed tomato sauce and broccoli on the side

Tuesday - The boys and I both had Jacket Potatoes cheese, beans and salad

Wednesday - Tuna pasta bake this was a use up meal of any left over veggies I had in the fridge, the boys had cheese pasta with peas on the side

Thursday - Milanese I have this with thick ham but its ideal for gammon left overs. The boys love this with spaghetti and is perfect to be put in the slow cooker

Friday - I got a couple of pizzas on offer I had one with Chips and salad. The boys had a Micky mouse one but we're not really that taken with it

Saturday - Piri Piri chicken I got a sauce from Tesco and marinated the chicken for a few hours the boys had chicken curry

Sunday - Slow roast Topside of Beef this was just lovely, I cooked it for 3 hours at 160 it was melt in the mouth we had it served with Yorkies, roasts, peas, spinach and lots of veggies

Week commencing Monday 5th October

Monday Caesar salad for me as all I wanted was salad, the boys had mash, chicken nuggets and peas

Tuesday - Sausage Casserole with jacket potatoes we tried the boys on this it was not a massive success 

Wednesday - I had left over sausages and mash potatoes the boys had Carbonara

Thursday - Cheesy pasta for us all with a side serving of green veggies

Friday - Jo Pratt Madhouse cookbook homemade pizza for the boys which they loved. I had the pizza from last week in the freezer

Saturday - Cheating tonight and its shop brought Lasagna with garlic bread and side green salad

Sunday - Roast chicken this is the boy favourite roast and I must admit mine

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Spring Bulbs and Wildlife

It is the time of year that bulbs need to be planted ready for spring flowering, though Tulips are best planted in November. This year I have got lots of ideas.....

As you're aware last spring I bought plants and made some displays in pots with differing levels of success, they did look pretty for example my Hyacinths looked stunning and smelt wonderful but fell over. I did not have the wow effect of spring flowers that I was looking for, one bluebell here with one daffodil there was not the result I wanted. 

Last Years Spring Planting

This year is all change and I have decided to go for bulbs and lots of colour. Part of the motivation is that the babies due date is the 1st January and it would be very lovely to have plants that would give us all some beauty with not too much effort.

I have been doing some research as I wanted to improve the wildlife aspect to the garden and what I have found is very interesting. The fact that bright, yellow, beautiful daffodils do not have much pollen for our bees and that we need single flower varieties, not all these adapted double flowers, I kind of like this "keep it simple" approach.

Keep out for the RHS Logo on plants that you buy to help choose ones that help our pollinators we can all do a little bit when looking for plants and these logos do help me.




These are a few flowers that have been noted for attracting bees are:

English Bluebells



Crocus



Snowdrops



Hellebors



The one daffodil to try is the Narcissus pseudonarcissus this is the wild daffodil.



Snake Head fritillary




This has given me something to work with and I shall be buying a mix of all the above but I will be mixing in with this Narcissus as I just love the yellow spring colours.

I will have pots by the front door packed with pretty yellow Narcissus these will be the dwarf varierties, so when we arrive or leave the house there will be lots of happy, yellow flowers.

In the border I will do a mix of crocus, bluebells, snowdrops, hellebore's, Snake Head fritillary and wild daffodils. We will be putting a membrane down and cutting out where the bulbs are going to go then covering with a layer of bark. As spring comes in I will buy some primroses and plant them up in the border.

The baskets attached to the walls will have a few different bulbs, maybe some small tulips, again not great for the bees, but hopefully my border full of wildlife bulbs will give a good mix.

I will also be buying myself a bee hotel, but that will be another blog.

So here we go on another adventure and I will of course post when these get planted and how we do it. 


Then we can see what has worked and what has not as I learn more every year and happy to share my successes and disasters!

A couple of links for wildlife gardening

RHS Guide to helping wildlife

Thompson & Morgan guide to encouraging bees

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Monday, 14 September 2015

Meal Plan Monday 14th September 2015

I am sat here as ever doing a last moment meal plan, honestly I have no idea where the time goes. The weather is wet and cold making every meal I want to cook be in the slow cooker or involve comfort in the form of cheese or red meat not the healthiest week.

Again Mr MC&W is away Monday night to Friday night so all meals are for myself and the boys.

Monday - sausage casserole with jacket potatoes for us all, this tends to be a mass use up of half tons of beans and chopped tomatoes or veggies that can be eaten up.

Tuesday - left over lamb Ragu I always search online and make a mix of three or four different receipts I find

Wednesday - Tuna Pasta Bake this is ultimate comfort food for me and contains lots of veggies like Peppers, mushrooms, sweet corn and anything else I have in the fridge.

Thursday - stuffed peppers using quorn mince, rice, carrots all mixed together and then finished off in the oven with Parmesan on top and sErvec with salad.

Friday - Fish and Chips with peas

Saturday - chicken Fajitas I get the box from Aldi and it's really good the boys will have chicken curry

Sunday - roast sausages, potatoes and red onions in a whole grain mustard and honey sauce with lots of green veggies. Boys will have chicken, roast pots and veggies

Monday, 7 September 2015

Meal Plan Monday 7th September 2015

We are a bit crazy in the Mud Cakes and Wine household, a few reasons, school and pre school are back, Mr MC&W is on a new work assignment he will be away from home Sunday night and returning late Friday night we only found this out late last week and it's for the next 8 weeks lastly we have a wonderful family wedding to get ready for.

Food has to be easy this week and that can keep warm either in the slow cooker or normal cooker so I do not eat too late

Monday - Jackets with baked beans and cheese for the three of us

Tuesday - a simple pasta and broccoli gratin I can prepare earlier and buy in a cheese sauce then pop mine in a low oven ready for when the boys are down. The boys love broccoli, pasta and cheese sauce so I hope a winner.

Wednesday - courgettes Mediterranean style this is one my mum made for us at home it's courgettes, haricot beans, chopped tomatoes all cooked and served with rice I will get pre cooked rice and pop the sauce in the slow cooker. The boys will have spag Bol from the freezer

Thursday - sausages, mash, beans and peas again this will be for all of us and will be a lot of simple warming things up for me. Ultimate cheat I am buying in mash. Think I need to be honest on these plans.

Friday - Puff Pastry Pizza or homemade pizza with salad I can pre make the tomato sauce and mine will take 20 mins to cook so not too bad

Saturday - PARTY time at the wedding all very exciting as my brother in law is marrying the most wonderful girl 

Sunday - We have invited my mother in law over as your aware she lost her husband only a few moths ago so Mr MC&W will bring her over on Sunday we will have roast lamb and all the trimmings and a good catch up about the wedding. I always get our lamb from our local farm shop it's amazing and truly yummy. I will do this with roast pots, roasted mixed veggies and lots of gravy.



Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Meal Plan Monday 31st August 2015

Again its late, this week I am mainly going to blame children going back to school.... not quite sure of my excuse for next week I am sure I can come up with one.

Cooking times are fun and games as Mr MC&W is on an assignment in London and we just never have any idea about when he will be home meaning we can be eating really late, not good for a pregnant lady.

Monday - Cheat night a ready made Chinese Meal

Tuesday - A roast veggie and pesto puff pastry tart - this is one made up by little old me and I have a photo as it was very nice. This will be accompanied by boiled new potatoes and lots of salad. The boys will have the same but its tomato and cheese

Wednesday - I really like the Birds Eye Fish in a Mediterranean sauce we will have this with rice and roasted peppers, Courgette, red onions. The boys are having jacket Potatoes with breaded chicken and Broccoli

Thursday - Gnocchi with a tomato sauce with chorrizo and baked in the oven with mozzarella on top. The boys will have the Gnocchi with a simple tomato sauce and peas on the side

Friday - Caribbean and Chicken Curry the boys will have a Chicken Korma

Caribbean-chicken-curry

Saturday - 15 min Meatloaf Melts, the boys will have Spag Bol

15 min Meatloaf Melts

Sunday - Roasted Gammon steaks with potatoes and veggies


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Meal Plan Monday 24th August 2015

Sorry it's late again, but here we go

Monday - Bean and Rice Tortillas we were meant to have these Friday night last week but Mr MC&W had to work late so they were moved to this week.

Tuesday - Mushroom and Bacon Stroganoff. Boys will have mini roasts with homemade tomato sauce.

Wednesday - Vegetable Bake - mix of roasted veggies and pasta for us all.

Thursday - Caesar Salad, the boys will have Carbonara

Friday - Fish and Chips with peas for everyone.

Saturday - Chicken, Avocado and Bacon burgers. The boys will have chicken curry.

Sunday - Roast Beef with all the trimmings as entertaining the MIL


Sunday, 16 August 2015

Meal Plan - Monday 17th August 2015

Not having fun writing meal plans as feeling very stuffed after every meal and busy with the boys, so finding a good moment to think about food is rare. But here we go

Monday - Large chicken samosas, the below is with Turkey but we have some cooked chicken, I am going to try the boys with a simple version of this, not sure how it will go down.

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/jumbo-turkey-samosas

Tuesday - a lentil and onion soup from Rachel Allens Easy Cookbook, have to laugh as it's rather a winters evening food but it's not BBQ weather. Boys will have cheesy pasta with broccoli on the side

Wednesday - My lovely sister and family are coming to see us, we need a quick and easy dinner lets  do jackets with tuna mayo for all of us

Thursday - A lovely cannelloni idea from slimming world I found, please I am not trying to loose weight I am just going for healthy ideas making food lighter. I again am going to try the boys on this

http://www.slimmingworld.com/recipes/baked-cannelloni.aspx


Friday - a spicy but light meal, we will have tortillas instead of the egg base. Should be a clean but tasty Friday meal. Boys will have Friday night fav fish and chips with peas

http://www.slimmingworld.com/recipes/bean-and-rice-burritos.aspx

Saturday - I have to be honest I am shattered by the weekend and we have SALT and shoe shopping so something pre cooked for us.

Sunday - Roast chicken with the trimmings though if the MIL is coming over we may pop to the farm shop and get a treat roast of pork or beef



Friday, 14 August 2015

Meal plan catch up - Monday 3rd August to Sunday 16th August 2015

I promise I have been doing our meal plans but with school holidays, the baby bump and not knowing were Mr MC&W was going to be based for work I seem to have lost track of writing it up. So here is a little update from the last couple of weeks....

Monday - A ready meal we had left over from holiday as it was catch upon all housework and Mr MC&W was in London

Tuesday - From the Madhouse Cookbook by Jo Pratt - Mushroom, Broccoli and Gnocchi we all had this but no mushrooms for the boys.

Wednesday - One my Mum always made us Milanese style sauce with spaghetti. This is a family recipe which we love, we all had this one.

Thursday - Homemade frying pan pizza, always a family favourite

Friday - Chicken Curry- I must admit I do buy the sauce, it will be Korma as they boys have got into curry

Saturday - Mr MC&W was on his brothers stag do so the boys and I had Jackets, Beans and Cheese as I had no idea how long it would take to get the boys down to sleep.

Sunday - Ready Meal - As hubby would be back late and shattered I decided it was simple to get in a meal I could pop in the oven and not think about

Monday - Hot Dogs with onions and salad - trying the new Tesco Finest ones

Tuesday - Jackets with Chili beans with added courgette, mushrooms and peppers. Boys had beans, cheese and egg again.

Wednesday - Baked Mushroom Risotto. The boys had a tomato risotto.

Thursday - Meatballs with a tomato sauce - I made this in the slow cooker and will be sharing the details, Boys had Spag Bol

Friday - Hallomi and Aubergine Burger from BBC Good Food the boys had Fish and chips

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2196638/halloumi-aubergine-burgers-with-harissa-relish

Saturday - I am on a girly afternoon to London so I have brought pizzas for everyone

Sunday - Chicken and Ham Pie with roast potatoes and veggies

Monday, 20 July 2015

Meal Plan Monday 20th July 2015

I am having to get a tad more organised  as it's the summer holidays and I am going back to online shopping, taking those two boys to do a weekly shop would not be fun in the slightest.

Monday - Cabbage, potato and chorizo  bake from the lovely Rachel Allen's Easy meals - I always pre  cook my potatoes so they go fluffy when roasting and cook this in the oven for time and allowing me to finish other jobs. The boys will have mini roast potatoes with a tomato sauce.

Tuesday -    From my slow cooker cookbook a Caribbean style chicken dish

Wednesday - I am going to do a quorn  Chinese meal I will be honest the sauce will brought in for this one as we need quick simple meals some days. However if healthier I may try this one as it does not take too long. The boys love noodles so I will do this for them as well.l

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/7769/chicken-chow-mein

Thursday - A lovely BBC Good Food meal that's healthy and tasty. The boys hate bits so they will have carbonara.

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1898644/tagliatelle-with-vegetable-ragu


Friday - Again BBC Good Food, this one is tasty and a little different to beef tacos. The boys will have this but rice and turkey will be separate they can build their ow,.

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1813640/turkey-chilli-and-rice-tacos

Saturday - Spaghetti Bol for dinner tonight. They love spag Bol so will be having the same.

Sunday - not sure going to see what's on offer and think a roast or cheeky ready meal.

Monday, 13 July 2015

All day morning sickness

As most of you are aware we are expecting our third child with the rather amusing due date of 01-01-2016, also I am sure you have been aware that the posts have dried up including the weekly meal plans. This is a short post to fill in some gaps about those first three months. 

The main reason for the lack of the food posts has been the joys of pregnancy sickness, please do not worry I am not going into any details. I know some poor woman get this very badly and can end up in hospital, I am lucky and no where near that bad. However I feel sick 24 hours a day, from the time I wake up to when I go to bed and can and frequently wake in the night still feeling ill. I have tried every form of eating to make this go away, I eat large meals and no snacking, I have tried snacking all day the test result's have revealed shock horror that nothing works. I also tried giving the bump a firm talking too, I am being ignored before the baby is even born.

Of course you do not like to tell people for the first 12 weeeks until the first scan, we have to tell close family as it's impossible to hide how poorly I become. Now there is the school run, the pop to the shops that all became missions. The only was through this was the humble polo mint, this simple little mint with a hole got me through bedtime stories, dropping of the children to school and many a shopping trip. I am sure they see a strange surge in sales with this my third baby, I have them in handbags, the car and all over the house. 

This has meant that the thought of food has not been pleasant, the meal plans have been quick and the cooking of food has been quicker. Too make it even worse smells have also come into play and can turn me from not doing too bad to running for the bathroom in a moment.

Though in some terms it has made us eat a whole lot healthier, I have gone off cake - sorry but what pregnant woman can not eat cake? I though it was the law that become pregnant you can eat cake. Oh no not this little one, even the though of cake makes me do the dash as I have lovingly called it. Oh yes and to add to the cake situation is that I can not drink tea other than first thing in the morning. No tea and cake this is just wrong.

We have always pretty much cooked from scratch but I would occasionally buy some pre prepared chicken in batter or fish and chips, the smell of those foods again cause the dash. All food has to be made from the scratch making homemade goujons and trust me no battered fish. Must be oven baked with no fat or the dash will return.

Lastly cream or creamy food, everything is now veggie stock or tomatoes I can handle a little low fat creme fraiche or low fat natural yogurt, too much and the dash would instantly return. Which means I have not really had a pudding in 13 weeks.

Then came the tiredness, this is where our poor garden has really suffered. My motivation and resolve had hit rock bottom, I would look at the mess and want to sort it out and get back into it all, I would start only to feel shattered after about five mins and just want a little sit, the little sit would tun into a little lie down all in the garden then followed by a sit on the sofa with a glass of water and dry cheese biscuit.

The mist is starting to rise and I feel my old self coming back again as the bump continues to grow, I think maybe some reading and planning of the garden will be may way forward. Though I am determined to get bulbs in this autumn and that should be a good post. I hope the meal plans will get back to being every week and that I can start to talk about the garden again.




A Cornish Mum
Mami 2 Five

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Monday 13th July 2015

Its been a while since I last managed to write a menu plan, I have been feeling so rough the little one that I have been eating but just not been able to blog about it.

Monday - Mushroom Stroganoff with Rice. The boys will have Spag Bol from the freezer.

Tuesday - Diet Coke Chicken this I found this one on the Slimming world website. I am going to try this on the boys.


Wednesday - Potatoes, Cabbage and Chorizo - I love this simple one pot meal from Rachel Allen Easy Meals Cookbook. The boys will have mini roast potatoes with a tomato sauce with broccoli.

Thursday - Roasted Vegetables with CousCous. The boys will have tomato risotto cooked in the oven. 

Friday - A homemade Chicken Schnitzel with new potatoes and a slaw made with fennel. I will do this for us all, though not the fennel slaw for the boys.

Saturday - Enchladas for everyone

Sunday - CookMeal as its our wedding anniversary I will get the boys a meal a long with one for us


Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Exciting times

As your aware the Mud cakes and Wine blog has been a bit up and with with posts over the last few months especially the weekly meal plan I would write. The reason for the meal pan not being around so much is that I have totally gone off food, I can not smell it or think about it with out feeling very sick and eating it has been even harder.

The reason for this is that six weeks ago we discovered we are expecting our third child.




We are thrilled, excited not to mention a little scared but I wanted to share with everyone and lets hope in a few weeks time I can eat again and feel less like I could fall asleep at any given moment.


Sunday, 21 June 2015

Toddler with Social Communication Difficulties Moving Forward

I wanted to write a short post about our experience of a child who is autistic and the ability to show someone that they care. All children on the Autism spectrum are different, however when talking with friends who also have children who are autistic we have similar experiences when it comes to the ability to show and understand emotions, it does not come naturally to our little ones.

Let me show you how far we have come in the last couple of years, when OB first started pre school and I would come to collect him, all the other children would run arms out stretched to their Mummy or Daddy. OB would sit on his 121 lap then look at me and get up to run of and play with toys. In essence OB had to be shown what you do when your collected . Well now, as soon as he sees either myself or husband come to collect him, he sprints down the corridor and launches himself into you for the biggest cuddle, a massive smile on his face saying Mummy/Daddy..... It was not that he was unhappy to see us or that had not missed us, its the fact that the way he works he would just would not think about it. We are still working on saying goodbye as school is far more exciting but I have a feeling we are not alone there.

Another huge step forward came this week, I had a doctors appointment, when I told him I was going to see a doctor his face fell and he looked very concerned, his big blue eyes looking right into mine (eye contact again has not come easily to him) "are you OK Mummy" came the worried little question with real feeling in his voice, of course darling I just need to have a quick check up. This is amazing because he showed that he was firstly concerned for someone and secondly the fact if they were OK. This is a massive step forward for him in understanding concern for others and voicing that verbally.

Then when I got back, he ran over with sheer delight shouting the words "I missed you Mummy" throwing his arms around me. Again this showing of emotion and care are huge steps forward for a little one with autism, when he noticed I had a blood test he asked if I was OK.

These small steps mean the world to us they show he is starting to understand emotions ans feel concern for others.

Below is a link that talks more abut the social communication this is an area OB really needs a lot of support with, as I mentioned above all children who are autistic are different and have different areas that they struggle with, these are our experiences and I hope will help others starting their autism journey.

You can see the real key words are small steps we have made, sometimes you may feel your not moving forward and sometimes your moving backwards then an event will happen and you will see how far your little one has come.


http://www.autism.org.uk/living-with-autism/communicating-and-interacting/social-skills/social-skills-in-young-children.aspx


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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Rambling Rector Rose

I can not put into words how much I love this beautiful rose. Its wild and crazy climbing, growing into any corner of the garden along with it being delicate and majestic. We have given this poor old rose a tough time over the last year, it was growing very happy around a willow we had at the back of the garden, but the willow was about to fall over at any point so had to be removed, along with two dead conifers the area was totally cleared and the rose was hard cut back. To add insult to everything we put up a shed.




I knew we had to do this work but at the same time had a sinking feeling we had done for my early summer delight, but there was no stopping this courageous rose as this year we have the most wonderful display of flowers.

As you turn the corner into the back part of the garden you are met with this heavenly smell along with the hummm of the bees. The whole plant is alive with bees, I was trying to count but it was impossible I ended up lost in the noise and the smell.





Here are a few more pictures of this spectacular rose, it may not suit everyone but it suits our rambling garden and I have to be honest me, I am a bit messy and all over the place, just wish I had its beauty.



I have looked on line for some growing tips on the Rambling Rector and lots of different advice is given, the common advice is

Soil - Well drained but moist - ours is growing in heavy clay

Exposure - Full sun and sheltered but can tolerate some shade - ours has quite a lot of shade

Flowers - July - September - ours is in June

Prune - September - October 

Here is a link to the RHS pruning for Rambling Roses - RHS Guide to Pruning Rambling Roses

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Meal Plan Monday 8th June 2015

Not sure what's happened but we have a meal plan ready to go on Monday, that's following a new post. Think I need to rest up now.

Monday - Falafel burgers in pitta bread with salad and coleslaw. Meant to have this Friday but Mr MC&W passed an exam so had a waitrose ready meal instead. The boys will be having cheesy pasta

Tuesday - Jamie Oliver Greek Chicken with Couscous and salad. The boys will have chicken in breadcrumbs, peas and mash

Wednesday - Frozen Fish with rice I will add courgette, peppers and mushrooms to. The boys will have plain fish and plain rice with peas on the side

Thursday - Jackets with baked beans and cheese for myself and the boys. Mr MC&W will have tuna mayo

Friday - Gnocchi with mushrooms, broccoli and cream sauce. The boys will have with tomatoes 

Saturday - I am going to cheat and buy in Pizza with lots of salad

Sunday - It's the Mother in Laws birthday and we are hosting, think it's going to be a lovely meal prepared by Cook.

Weeds, weeds and more weeds

It seems ages since I last sat down and wrote a blog post, we have had a lot going on over the last couple of months. Sadly something had to give and that seemed to be the garden, this is even more of a shame as as I use the garden time to relax and lose myself from the everyday stresses. The post is a very honest insight into where we are at the moment with the front garden, let me pre warn you it's not pretty.

But I want to share the realities of our gardening adventure, as I am sure many of you will understand the photos I am about to share with you. How easy it is to have a garden that can become untidy and look totally neglected after only a month or two of being unloved.

I did a lot of work on the front garden in the spring, it was looking lovely. I had spring flowers planted up, adding some lovely colour to the dull, cold grey skies.


I have been struggling to find time to get outside and this is the sorry state that now greets people as the come to the house.

The area I was going to put a membrane down and pots is now all weeds.



The spring flowers have died back and  the planters look sad and unloved, the once well dug border still has not been planted and is now growing weeds however on a positive note there are far less weeds than before.

The beautiful Primroses and Bluebells have now died back.

The Hyacinths have gone over and fallen over

The Wallflowers and tiny Daffodils are not looking happy.

This was full of Daffodils and Primroses now they have totally died back.

The border now rather full of weeds and not planted up.

I am sure I am not alone in finding it hard to keep up with the garden and wanted this to be an truthful  post to show how things can look when time is not your friend.

Though on a positive note the acer is looking amazing



I am wanting to get the front garden back on track, so will get some summer plants sorted and potted up. We also have a couple of hanging baskets I would love to give a go. As always it will be trial and error with my limited knowledge but spring went well I am sure we can make summer and success too and learn from any mistakes.

So I am hoping a new post will show the front garden getting back on track.
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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Meal Plan Monday 1st June 2015

Can not believe how fast time is passing and yet again I am late with the meal plan.

Monday - Greek Style Feta and Spinach Tart taken from Jamie Oliver meals in 30mins. The boys had cheese Filo Tarts with salad

Tuesday - Left over Lamb Shoulder made with a curry sauce.

Wednesday - Thai chicken bake this will be both for us and the boys

Thursday - Sausages in a Fiorentina baked pasta. Boys will have pasta and tomato sauce

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3220/fiorentina-baked-pasta

Friday - Falafel burgers in pitta bread with salad and coleslaw. Boys will have spag Bol.

Saturday - Crispy Chicken Tropicana - this is from the Ready Steady Cookbook from years ago but we love it. Boys will have a chicken in gravy with mash and peas

Sunday - Roast thinking pork but not sure.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Meal Plan Monday 25th May

Wow we have been busy and I am sorry I have not seemed to find any time to write up the meal plan so here we are for this week, I am going to try and write up the missing ones soon.

Craving spring flavours and colours at the moment but reading the menu plan it does not scream spring, maybe more next week.

Monday - Chili with rice and all the trimmings. Ha ha though not exactly spring food. The boys had spaghetti Bol.

Tuesday - Tagliatelle with tomatoes, bacon, peppers and mushrooms with lashings of Parmesan. The boys had just pasta and tomato sauce.

Wednesday - Quorn and blackbean stir fry. Boys will have homemade pizza.

Thursday - Courgette and Basil Pasta from bbc good food

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/749669/courgette-and-basil-pasta-with-pesto-crumbs

Friday - Battered Fish, Chips and Peas for the boys and Mr MC&W as I am out at a charity quiz night

Saturday - Tacos from the lovely people at Old El Paso 

Sunday - Roast Lamb from our fab local farm shop old spot


Monday, 4 May 2015

Meal Plan Monday 4th May 2015

This whole week Mr MC&W is in San Fransisco and not due back until Sunday afternoon after being awake for who knows how many hours.

While he is away I have the support of my lovely mummy coming to stay. So for a week I will have a clean house and drink far too many glasses of red wine during the evening and too many cups of tea during the day

Monday - Breaded Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Green Veggies both myself and the boys will be having this.

Tuesday - Spaghetti Milanese style for all of us.

Wednesday - Cauliflower Cheese bakes a lovely one from BBC good food it's a lot of work but very tasty

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/166618/cauliflower-cheese-and-spinach-pasta-bakes

Thursday - Spring Risotto filled with peas, courgettes, asparagus the boys will have a tomato one

Friday - Simple Quorn Curry (this will be coming from a jar) boys will have the same but with chicken as they are not too keen on Quorn

Saturday - Homemade frying pan Pizzas - mainly for the boys as they just love them. I will make a big batch of sauce so we can make ours later it will be served with lots of salad

Sunday - I must admit I will be seeing what Mr MC&W is feeling like during the week to plan this one! it's going to have to be light and simple as he will be shattered and just need his bed. I may well be tweeting for ideas









Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Spring Garden Plant Delights

The garden seems to be going crazy at the moment and needs some serious attention. I have discovered that my soil despite being heavy clay and at the moment resembling the Sahara dessert it can grow some seriously healthy weeds.



The mint seems to have come back to life and as strong as ever, it's now all over this border.



We have an wonderful selection of primroses and they are popping up all over the place, the variety of colour amazes me and I will be honest I have not planted one of them. But these delicate tucked away plants in the most odd places in the garden always makes me smile.









Our wonderful traditional rose the rambling rector I must admit I always want to call it the rampent rector maybe that's due to it being a beast and goes mental but I can not find the words to say how much I love it. This is a picture of last year.



Our pretty clematis has come into flower, it's over our back door and urgently needs some work to train better. It's a wonderful draw for the bees and the humm we hear by the back door is wonderful. They boys have gone from being scared to chatting to Mr Bumble bee.








Lastly some plants just about to bloom much to the bees delight





I am a little stressed by how already the garden is becoming out of control already and we are only just entering spring. I have not taken the photos of the mess this is another post that I will tackle soon along with the fact our garden is a spring colour garden and we need some summer flowers.



Mami 2 Five

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Meal Plan Monday 27th April 2015

We have another interesting week for cooking, as again Mr MC&W is working rather a long way from home leaving early and getting home late. The meals are mainly just myself and the boys. Saturday is OB birthday and Sunday Mr MC&W is flying out to the USA for a week.

Monday - Special Fried Rice I am going to try the boys on this one just keep it simple.

Tuesday - gnocchi with tomato sauce for the boys. I will have it with broccoli, mushrooms and a cream sauce from the wonderful Madhouse cookbook by Jo Pratt

Wednesday - I will be having roasted veggies with couscous and humus. The boys will have waffles, poached eggs and peas

Thursday - Massive salad for me with avocado, crispy bacon and a honey and mustard dressing. The boys will have Carbonara

Friday - Fish, chips and peas for us all

Saturday - OB birthday so it's family round and his favourite meal of pizza, chips, lots of cucumber, tomatoes, carrots and dips

Sunday - Just me and the boys something simple a Bologniase mince with jacket potatoes

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Meal Plan Monday 20th April 2105

We have had a hard couple of weeks since the sad passing of Mr MC&W father, our eating as you can imagine has been all over the place. But the meal plan is back and I have to juggle Mr MC&W working lots of strange hours.

Monday - It's just myself and the boys so we are having Jacket Potatoes with cheese and beans easy for me to pop in the oven when putting the boys to bed and simple to grab when I get downstairs.

Tuesday - Is the burial so there is no way we will want to cook so I must be honest with you I have gone for freezer everything. Steak Pies with Mash and Peas no real cooking. The boys we have got a ready made little dish meal

Wednesday - As it's little old me and the boys again, the boys will have a tomato risotto and I will have a mushroom risotto these are oven baked again allowing food I can just grab when I come downstairs.

Thursday - Tuna Pasta Bake for myself I will be using the slow cooker to keep the food warm so I do not have to cook once the boys are asleep. The boys will have Cheesy Pasta

Friday - I will have a spicy mince that will be cooked in the slow cooker served with pitta bread and Greek yogurt. The boys will have a Spag Bol using the same mince.

Saturday - Chicken burgers with crispy bacon and avocado for the adults and homemade pizza for the boys

Sunday - Pork medallions with Sage and Apple served with champ and greens. The boys will have a roast chicken breast, with plain mash and peas.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Dealing with Autism, a toddler and Death

You may have noticed we have been a little quiet in the MC&W household, tragically and very unexpectedly Mr MC&W father died in his sleep on Easter Sunday night. I can not put into words the whirlwind we have been living in for the last few days.

We as adults are coming to terms with the huge sense of loss, but how do you tell a 4 year old with autism, delayed speech and understanding and his three year old brother who both loved grandpa dearly that he would no longer be coming to see them.

Being the modern parents we are we turned to Google, this I must admit scared the wits out of us. We read advice stating be careful of talking about him being good so going to heaven as they may think I have been good I will die. Do not say he was ill as they may worry if they get ill they may also die. We ended up convinced we were somehow going to scare our children for life on giving them the news.

At this point common sense coupled with a glass or two of red wine prevailed, we have to be clear and honest with them so a plan was formed. We read that they may mirror our emotions and also that little ones with ASD will most probably not get any emotions at all.

So this is how we told our boys, this is just about us and how we dealt with this situation. It has worked for us with careful thinking about our children's personalities and may not necessarily be how other children should be told or how they will react.

We all cuddled up on the sofa the eldest had to be rather hugged and held, we told them we had some sad news, we have to talk about the emotions in very simple terms. That when granny and grandpa come to visit it would now just be granny, as grandpa had sadly died and that means we can not see him again, but he was now a star in the sky and very happy.  By this point tears were streaming down our cheeks and the youngest did mirror our emotions the eldest laughed and ran off.

But it's true children do not understand the concept of someone not coming back, they will ask all the time, when are granny and grandpa coming to see us and each time we have to calmly explain. Though when granny arrived our eldest did run to her with a smile and tell her grandpa was in the sky to which he got a massive cuddle as he had understood.

We have contacted pre school and school as it's necessary we are all saying the same thing to our boys, next is the funeral and that's a whole new set of worries.

We have learnt be honest and kind to our children, they then need a huge amount of reassurance. Especially as the routine of day to day life changes, hubby away for a day and night not knowing when he may come back home. We have witnessed our youngest behaviour not being great and yesterday he was sick and I know it was due to everything going on. Do not be scared of showing some emotion they need to see you sad and as I read do not expect to be a perfect parent, it's a tough time for everyone you will get somethings wrong xxx


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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Meal plan Monday 30th March 2015

I am very sorry I was not that well on Sunday and the eldest OB was ill a couple of days before that. I must admit thinking about food was not on the agenda. Adding to this Mr MC&W has an assignment meaning he is leaving early and getting home late, luckily we found out he can have a main meal at lunch times.

Monday - Mushroom risotto for myself and the boys

Tuesday - Tuna Pasta bake for me the boys will have cheesy pasta

Wednesday - this is a use up day as the shop is coming on Thursday so we are using up from the fridge and freezer

Thursday - Gnocchi with a homemade tomato sauce then finished under the grill with mozzarella. For me I will add peppers and mushrooms to the sauce.

Friday - Fish, Chips and Peas for everyone

Saturday - Fajitas for Mr MC&W and myself for the boys spag bol

Sunday - We are having the Easter Lunch from Good Food Mag. Potted prawns, leg lamb and cheesecake

Monday - Ready Meal for everyone as a rest from cooking

I added Monday as its a bank holiday werkendv

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Meal Plan 23rd March 2015

A bit of a busy week in our household and for once I have managed to get my menu plan written up

Monday - Coconut Quorn Curry for myself and Mr Mud Cakes and Wine. The boys are going to have  the same lets see how it goes.....

Tuesday - Aubergine Parmigiana the boys will have pasta with just a plain tomato sauce

Wednesday - Jacket potato with tuna for Mr Mud Cakes and Wine and baked beans and cheese for boys as I am out with my special needs mummy's

Thursday - Mr Mud Cakes and Wine is out tonight so I will be having a Jacket Potato with beans and cheese the boys will have a Jacket Potato with broccoli and breaded chicken

Friday - Taiwanese Style Chicken Salad the boys will have a mini roast dinner

Saturday - A treat of a ready meal for us and the boys to give me a little rest from cooking

Sunday - Beef In The Slow Cooker with mashed potatoes and veggies

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Always looking on the Green Side

Shhhhh this post is a confession that I feel I need to get off my chest. I used to be totally obsessed with evergreens, when I was looking at plants all I wanted was a green garden all year round. For some reason I am not even sure why this was all I thought about, will it give me year round green.

Please do not get me wrong I have always loved the turning of winter, we visit Sheffield park and wonder at the amazing and vast array of reds and bronzes. I drive along watching as the leaves turn and winter slowly takes it's grip. But for some reason I had it in my head that I wanted to keep my garden as some green oasis in a sea of plants that had died back for the winter.

Since I have become more interested in gardening I have taken a step back and wondered what I was thinking about, I want to witness the changes in the seasons in my own garden. This is the first spring I have ever really paid attention to, yes I am like most people ohhh the daffodils are starting to come through and oh my it's suddenly turning green. But watching the plants come back to life, the small green shoots forming, the first delights of the snowdrops sending us all a little giddy on twitter.






Witnessing as the spring plants I brought have slowly started to grow and show us their beautiful Pinks, Yellows and Purples. 






The beauty of the plants in their winter form, the thistle heads, the structure of the trees standing tall against the cold winter sky's. I have at last when looking at plants started thinking will this have beautiful winter structure or die back and come back in the spring.



Although I am still very new to gardening I hope that my new way of thinking and planning will mean when I choose a plant it will have some sense to it..... Of course if it's got a pretty flower I may just choose it anyway
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