19 Apr 2015

Shop, cook, eat #1

I had intended this to 1. Have a more in depth vlog on our food shopping haul and I filmed it and the lighting was shocking! And I was running out of nap time so a quick look at what we ordered it was. 2. I wanted this post up earlier in the week but it's been a shocking week of high temps, dizzy spells and general tiredness it never happened. So forgive me.
So here is our food shop. I usually only "plan" main meals for the week up until Friday as I found I was chucking stuff away as things would crop up midweek, plus on a Friday after school we visit my mum for the kids tea and we invaiably end up home later, or with a food parcel from my mum for me and the hubby. Then over the weekend we top up in another supermarket as we are not always home for both meals due to visiting family or being out for the day.

I do an online order on Tesco (love their app!! Makes it so quick and simple to add to order. Plus 1 hour slot delivery!!) which usually arrives on a Monday. I must say substitutes are usually pretty good and I've always had good service. Works for us. I'm not opposed to actually doing the shop but I find it easier online to keep track of the spending.

This week on our menu was:

M: roasted chicken (just a small one) on a bed of carrots and leeks with jacket potatoes and baked sweet potatoes. Kids had the same too!
T: RUSH DAY and I just do dinner for the adults as the kids eat elsewhere. We had beef stir fry with noodles.
W: unexpected day off work due to a poorly pickle with a high temp. The kids had fish fingers and chips. I cooked a "bang bang pork" recipe of pork mince, chilli, garlic, 5 spice, soy sauce and peppers pakchoi and spring onions. All on top of rice. It was so good and will be on the menu again.
T: another rush night due to after school Kung fu. Kids had little pork kebabs and rice. We had a chicken tray bake using skinless chicken thighs and added baby potatoes, lemon, courgettes, peppers served with salad and seasoned all with lots of pepper.
F: kids had sausages and mash and I whipped up a tuna pasta bake for the big fella. However it was not very slimming world friendly so I had some pasta, bacon and green beans with some eggs. Random but yummy.

On top of this food we have lots of fruit for snacks, yoghurts and crisps. The usual stuff. And turning ripe bananas and Easter chocolate into a cake. 

So that's what we had this week.


5 Apr 2015

Our Year // March 2015

Third month of the year is done!
And it was full of sunshine and happy smiles. 
We had my mums birthday, Mother's Day, park trips and coffee dates. 
M getting his red belt, world book day, lunch out, Red Nose Day, easter bonnet making and snuggles. Mummy still gives good cuddles even for a 5 year old. 
Posing selfies, dress up day at nursery, discovering Mickey Mouse, enjoying the freedom of outside and climbing on everything. 
I managed some scrapbooking (yay!! Waiting for my new tripod to actually do some filming in action) some crocheting and an amazing knitting afternoon out plus some kid friendly crafting with a gluegun. 
And we are good good. Still following slimming world and still making good progress. I will do a post soon about that. It's a difficult thing to type about for me. But I will try. 

March was awesome. Roll on April. 

3 Apr 2015

Kitchen Adventures // No Tomato Chilli

I attempted my first ever (I know I know) chilli type meal. The hubby had always been not so keen on a rice/mince combo plus trying to find a recipe type which does not involve a whole tin of tomatoes - another difficulty.

A little video of my recipe in action!

Ingredients list 

500g 5% beef mince
1 pack of Sainsburys butternut squash soup mix
3 peppers
1 large onion
4 cloves of garlic
1 packet of mild Old El Paso chilli mix
1 tin of peas and beans (we used a mix of kidney beans, black eyes peas and gungo peas)

And it's pretty much a throw it all together and leave to cook. Think it would work well in the slow cooker too. 

I served with rice and broken up taco shells as a topping/ dipping pieces. Everyone enjoyed the meal and the kids tried it no complaining. They may not have cleared the plates but the trying of the food, just as important. 

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29 Mar 2015

About me // the vlog edition

I did it. I took steps into the vlogging world. And man oh man was that nerve wracking. And weird talking to myself.

So if you ever wanted to find out about me who I am and what I sound like. (Which again is very odd experience listening to your voice back!) here I am.

Have a good Sunday!

Also here's my channel. If you fancy seeing what else I get up to.