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
Sparkles & Stretchmarks Sunday Best

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

Mudpie Fridays
Sparkles & Stretchmarks Sunday Best

Meal Plan Friday 10th February 2017

This week has not been the most fun. All three children have had chicken pox and ZAP had it very badly. Then we had the worry of OB having a sick bug, with his type 1 normally means a stay in hospital. The meal plan has been a bit of a struggle.

Friday - Pizza and they are brought in this week not homemade.

Saturday - Gammon, Eggs and Chips

Sunday - Roast Beef with all the trimmings 

Monday - Boys will have mini tuna fishcakes. Mr MC&W and I will have fish with Mediterranean rice and spinach

Tuesday - Valentine's Day - no going out but a Charlie Bingham ready meal for us and jacket potato for the boys.

Wednesday- Chicken Burgers (cheating by using spicy chicken from Birds Eye) on ciabatta with salad 

Thursday - Spaghetti in a homemade tomato sauce with ham and peas. Have to thank my lovely sister for helping me with that idea.
Mudpie Fridays
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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Meal Plan Friday 3rd February 2017

I apologise for the meal plan being late, all three children have either had or currently have chicken pox. Then Mr MC&W was waiting to hear about his next assignment so we did not know if he would be at home or not.

We are still not exactly sure of his work plans, so the meals have been designed that I and the boys can have them or we can cook them for everyone at different times.

Friday - Fish, Chips and Peas for everyone

Saturday- Mr MC&W and I will have a Charlie Bingham Curry. ATM has a party so cheesy pasta for lunch.

Sunday - Sausages roasted with red onions and potatoes covered in honey and whole grain mustard. The boys will have roast potatoes, sausages and beans. All served with Broccoli.

Monday - Curried Potato Pasties. These are always a hit in this household and are easy to prepare ahead of time. Served with salad and coleslaw.

Curried potato pasties

Tuesday - Tagliatelle pasta with ham and mushrooms in a cheese sauce. This is a favourite of Mr MC&W and the boys love it with out the mushrooms.

Wednesday- Cajun Chicken Gumbo. I make this in two batches one slightly less spicy for the boys. It's a great recipe from BBC Good Food

BBC Good Food Cajun Chicken Gumbo

Thursday - Gnocchi Bolognese with Spinach again this is BBC Good Food and can be slightly modified for the children. Replacing the spinach with frozen peas and sweetcorn.

Gnocchi Bolognese with spinach
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