Back to reality

We had a lovely start to the week with an Easter egg hunt organised by the National Trust for Scotland at House of the Binns, it was a lovely setting and the kids had fun. We picked my parents and Gran up from the airport and although my Gran’s not been keeping well since she got back, she is on the mend and it’s good to have them home.

This is the tower at House of the Binns aka Rapunzels tower to the kids.

Tuesday was when reality kicked in, back to work, school and nursery, hey ho. I’ve spent the week catching up on emails and getting back up to speed.

Had a relatively quiet weekend as pay day is not until Monday which seems so far away!

Last week’s meal plan was a bit jumbled around but we had everything that was planned, just in a different order.

This weeks plan is:

Monday – Fish fingers & chips
Tuesday – Chilli
Wednesday – Veg box soup
Thursday – Sausage casserole
Friday – Yellow chicken curry
Saturday – Spaghetti carbonara
Sunday – Steak pie

The sausage casserole I do in the slow cooker, I grill the sausages first, chuck in a trivet of chopped onion, carrot, celery and leek. I then add a sliced apple and a carton passata along with a tbsp of sweetener and seasoning and about 1/2 a pint of stock and leave it on all day on low. I’ll add a picture next week.

The yellow chicken curry is another made up, chuck it together recipe and is quite low in fat. I dice onion, apple, ginger and yellow pepper and soften gently in fry light. I then add 1 tbsp of flour and 1 tbsp of curry powder and stir into a kind of paste. To the pan I add 1.5 pints of chicken stock along with my diced chicken and a tbsp of curry paste and 1 tbsp of dessicated coconut. I simmer for about 30 mins and I normally serve it with fat free natural yogurt to cool it down a bit for the kids along with basmati rice.

I will be linking in with Mrs M for meal planning Monday. Have a good week!


Fun can be free

I picked the right week to be off work. The weather has been glorious and I have really enjoyed spending time with the kids.

Nothing we have done this week has cost money apart from the odd ice cream or two from Kelly’s sweet shop, our local sweet tooth heaven.

The highlights were a walk to The Kelpies, an impromptu BBQ with friends and an Easter egg hunt this morning.

My meal plan went pretty much to plan apart from the BBQ. I’ve loved having time to make good, tasty food too. The pizza scrolls were an experiment which I would need to refine before trying again, I found them too doughy. Our roast lamb today was delish. Next week’s meal plan is:

Monday – Spaghetti bolognaise
Tuesday – Baked potatoes
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – Chilli & prawn linguini
Friday – Chicken fajitas
Saturday – Stirfry of some sort
Sunday – Eating out


I’ll be linking up with Mrs M at Meal Planning Monday’s.

Easter Holiday – 1st week done

This week has been a busy one. I was off on Monday and took my parents to the airport then the kids and I went to Gorgie City Farm in the pouring rain. That didn’t bother us and we got to see some cute wee lambs and kids.

Tuesday my mother in law took my eldest to Linlithgow Palace which is beautiful and where we got married, then down to Blackness Castle. It was a landmark day as the tooth fairy paid her first visit that night too.

Wednesday was another grandma day and was spent around the house and at swimming lessons. Thursday was an out of school club and nursery day including more swimming.

Friday I worked until 12.00 then we went to Beecraigs Country Park for some fresh air, fun at the park, exploring the woods and ice cream. We are so lucky to have so many things to do with the kids on our door step and many of them are totally free, including kids swimming during school holidays!

The weekend has been much more chilled and I am now off until the 22nd so happy days!!

Tonight’s dinner was Hungarian Goulash which I did in the slow cooker. It’s a recipe my mum gave me which I think originally came from an old Hamlyn or St Michaels cook book. I have it written in my recipe binder which as you can see was defaced by a little person!!


This weeks meal plan is:

Monday – Spanish Omelette
Tuesday – Lasagne
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – Pizza scrolls
Friday – Chicken & leek pie
Saturday – Chilli & prawn linguini
Sunday – Roast Lamb

Where I shop

In the last 5 weeks I have discovered a new business local to me called Hogan’s Fine Food Company. They are a greengrocers and sell lots of lovely fresh produce. They don’t have a website up and running yet but you can find them on Facebook.

For £10 they will deliver a mixed fruit and veg box, which is full of yummy organic goodies. Some weeks I just get a fruit one to top up and delivery is no extra cost. Because I work full time it is really convenient for me and if I’m not home, they just leave it on my doorstep.

I try to stock up on meat etc at the start of the month, mostly from a local butchers, Boghall Butchers. I freeze it, then plan my meals around what I have.

Everything else I buy in Aldi which has saved us a small fortune compared to what our weekly shop used to cost in Sainsburys.

Last week Hogan’s had some offers on Puddledub Pork sausages and bacon. I ordered some and made my first ever toad in the hole tonight using a BBC Good Food recipe. It was lovely even if a bit crispy. We had it with potatoes and cabbage from Hogan’s too.>


Got to start somewhere!

This is my first ever blog so be gentle with me!

It’s been a fairly normal weekend here for us. School finished on Friday for 2 weeks and I am really looking forward to some time off with the kids.

We had swimming lessons, haircuts and a couple of drinks with my neighbour on Friday night. Saturday we had lunch with my rents, ballet class and a birthday party then had a catch up with friends at night once the kids were in bed. Today has been a lazy day. It’s been dry so the kids have been playing outside for all day with their new pavement chalks, bargain. They wanted a picnic lunch outside but soon migrated in, probably just a wee bit cold for al fresco dining just yet. I really hope the weather is at least dry the rest of the holidays so they can get out. They definitely sleep better and I much prefer that to them sitting in front of the TV or iPad.

Meal plan for this week is as follows:

Monday – Toad in the hole
Tuesday – Slow cooked chilli
Wednesday – leftovers
Thursday – Pasta Neapolitan
Friday – Baked potatoes
Saturday – Salmon, potatoes & veg
Sunday – Hungarian Goulash

If I can work out the technical stuff I’m hoping to link with Mrs M’s Meal Planning Monday