Monday, 23 September 2013

Meal Planning Monday

Just a short post from me today - as the little man is at preschool and I want to make the most of my very precious hours alone!!

So last week we had...

Monday - Satay Chicken Pittas, Chips and BBQ Beans - a bit of a mish mash of leftovers and a panic as there weren't enough pittas to go around!!

Tuesday - Sausage and Mash as the husband was off work sick and I didn't want to waste meatloaf as he had no appetite

Wednesday - Chicken One Pot (I forgot to get the beef out of the freezer for the casserole!)

Thursday - Chilli and Rice

Friday - Takeaway Kebabs (I KNOW!!!)

Saturday - Fish, Chips and Mushy Peas

Sunday - Sausage and Mash again - this could be a favourite!! lol!

So onto this week and I have the following planned (it's getting close to the end of the month so it's a case of using up what I have and making meals with as little expenditure as possible):

Monday - Healthy Ham Egg and Chips - as I have some ham and tomatoes that need eating and loads of eggs

Tuesday - Fish in Breadcrumbs, Wedges and Veg

Wednesday - Beef Casserole

Thursday - Roast Chicken

Friday - Mac and Cheese

Saturday - Chilli and Rice

Sunday - out

Have a good week everyone :)

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Wardrobe clear out

Another thing I'm working on at the moment is a serious clear out of my wardrobe. And me being me I'm doing it in a very methodical way!! Each weekend I sort through a section and then eBay what I've decided to get rid of.  This may sound ever so anal but actually it's turning into being a fab way of sorting things out.  For example this weekend I've been looking at jumpers, cardis and jackets. Now I was convinced I didn't have many of these but look.....

Quite a pile eh?!!! 

It's so useful doing it this way as you can clearly see how many of each type of item you have and it's much easier to decide what you do and don't want to get rid of.  In my case - quite a lot!! Am so bored with most of my clothes so am having a serious cull.  I hope to use the proceeds from eBay to buy some classic pieces.  And its really nice not having that much stuff in my wardrobe - I can actually see what I have now.  So it's all good...apart from the ebaying - that's really dull!!!

Friday, 20 September 2013

Autumn appears to have arrived!!

Am sitting here at 8pm and it's dark!!  How did that happen?!  We were still in short sleeved tops and playing with the house after dinner only a few short days ago surely!?  And brrrr it's cold!!

Having said that I'm kinda looking forward to autumn (not winter - never winter!) - it's all cosy and I love the idea of snuggling up with my men, eating lots of stodgy comfort food and crafting in the evenings in front of the telly.  Sounds good doesn't it?

And also we have Christmas to look forward to!  As you can see from my previous post - I've made a start on my decorations for Chives Design much to some peoples disgust I imagine but we do like to be prepared don't we!!! hehe!

And I've been working on these this week too


 These little chapess are Patricia the Penguin and Sofia the Snowoman - aren't they cute!!

 And for those of you not quite into Christmas yet (I'm talking to you mum and hubby!!) I'm also working on this lovely autumnal garland.  I really love the retro feel of this and with some funky buttons sewn on I think it's going to look fab.  

And yes for the eagle eyed amongst you - you will have noticed I've started reusing Instagram!!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Chives Designs - New Makes for Halloween and Christmas

Boris Bat

Claude Cat

Ghouly Ghost

Percy Pumpkin

Boo Garland 

Gingerbread House


Christmas Tree

Collection of coordinating decorations 

Monday, 16 September 2013

Meal Plan er....Monday! And a big long catch up!!

Oh my dear - haven't I been slack in updating my blog. It's been a crappy few weeks with lack of sleep and various other things going on.  I was hoping to find my cooking mojo in September but I haven't so finding meal planning a bit of a struggle and my very lose plans are subject to change dependent on mood, weather and energy levels.

Although things have been a bit tough... and this has been a regular nightly occurrence once the little man had finally gone to sleep.... 

Things have been happening so here are a few pics to show what I've been up to....

I managed to get two big bags of tomatoes off the market for 30p each and there was nothing for it but to make chutney.  Love chutney!! 

Also managed to make a banana cake with some grungy bananas from the market and some more scones my summer time obsession!!

Cheese Scones and Banana Muffins from the BLW cookbook for the boy who's not overly keen on sandwiches for lunch.  And some left over BBQ beans from this recipe here with a jacket potato

I've hardly made any bread which I'm sad about - I really need a mixer so I can make it more often!  But it's sourdough September so I'm having another go at Cecil.  And he's in the fridge resting but between you and me I really don't think sourdough is for me!!  seems such a faff!

I decided that the little man and I should make gingerbread people after finding the recipe in my book.  I didn't however read the method properly only the ingredients and it turned out not to be the best recipe for a two year old - heat sugar and marg together till it boils!  Mix it all in a hot saucepan!  Then leave it to cool for 30 mins!!  Oh and I had no ginger.  And then when they were cooked they were too hard for the little man to eat!! hehe!!  #mummybakingfail!

The other pic is of this - Italian Drunken Noodles.  And Oh My wasn't it a lovely dinner!! That's another to try again.  I also made this - One Pot Chicken Pasta and that was another fave - even the little man ate a whole plate full and that rarely happens!!

The garden has produced some veg this year - we have lots of ickle pumpkins on the way!  And this is our carrot haul - although we really need to space them out next time.  I picked up a veg book at the car boot the other week so will have a read of that over the winter and make better plans next year.

A bit of a random but after a particularly stressful day I managed to pick up these flowers for £1.32 in tescos one evening.  The roses lasted well over a week and really brightened my kitchen.  I also bought this lovely milk jug and cup from the local jumble sale at the weekend for 50p. I think they are so cute and was a shame they didn't have the other cup but think this will be my new milk jug and sugar bowl.  

And on the craft front (more on another post) I've been thinking a lot about Christmas and had a bit of a splurge in the lovely fabric shop in Felixstowe and bought these lovely fabrics - the dino ones are for the little mans Christmas present and the others are for decorations for Chives Designs

I spent all one evening in front of the Great British Bake Off (are we all watching?!!?  Isn't it fab?  Although a little faffy for me in places) sorting out my wool.  My collection is going down! 

Have become slightly obsessed with crocheting hats!  Might put some up for sale in Chives Designs - watch this space! 

So onto this weeks mealplan (which is what you all came to see!!)

Monday - Satay Chicken Pittas
Tuesday - Meatloaf and BBQ Sauce
Wednesday - Beef Casserole
Thursday - Chicken One Pot Pasta
Friday - HM Pizza
Saturday - Fish, Mash and Veg
Sunday - Roast Chicken.