A Place to Eat

This Weeks Meal Plan

Last weeks meal plan went ok, again apart from the slow cooker lamb curry which as I speak is in the slow cooker! I also have some naan bread, although I didn’t make it, I’m being lazy again, but although I love making bread it can be time consuming and you can buy it ready made so cheaply.

Also we swapped our tacos for Chicken Souvlaki which were really tasty. I didn’t make my own pitta bread though, I bought some flat breads from Sainsburys. I have made pitta bread before though.

Instead of the curry we just had burgers and that’s why the curry is on the list today.

Bread

I’m keen to have a go at making some bread in my breadmaker. I bought it a while ago and as with most new kitchen gadgets it got used all the time at first, but now it’s gathering dust. I’m thinking of maybe a nice desert type of bread, chocolate and orange maybe? I’m off to look for a recipe now.

Oh, and the freezer is nearly empty so I’m hoping to defrost it tomorrow 🙂

This weeks Meal Plan

  • Saturday – Slow cooker lamb curry
  • Sunday – Lasagna
  • Monday – Tacos (because we didn’t have them last week)
  • Tuesday – chicken and chorizo paella
  • Wednesday – chicken and chips
  • Thursday – pizza
  • Friday – Toad-in-the-hole

I hope it goes well. I’m also hoping to do just one shop this week. Last week I did a shop at Sainsburys, but there were some things I could only get from Morrisons, so I split the shop between the two, taking forever to see which items were cheaper. I believe that Sainsburys is cheaper than Morrisons for so much more!

I still spent less than £200 though…and not one single take out. yippee!

We did go out for my brother’s birthday last Saturday and the bill for six of us was £55, which I think is amazing. We didn’t order desert because my brother had his birthday cake (Which I made.)

Katykicker

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A Place to Read

Playgroups and Prosecco – book review

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction) (2 May 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1529103363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1529103366
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm

Playgroups and Prosecco by Jo Middleton

Jo Middleton is a lovely, funny blogger over on Slummy Single Mummy.

I’ve met her a couple of times now and she gifted me a copy of her book without any expectations of a review.

The book is available from many sources, including Amazon where you can get it in paperback, kindle and audiobook.

The Blurb

January 3rd
Jaffa Cakes – 7. Times I was forced to watch a small child do a dance involving a dusty piece of ribbon found under the sofa – 4. Inappropriate thoughts about Zac Efron – undisclosed.


Single mum Frankie’s whole life revolves around her kids. But when your toddler has a more active social life, something has to change. Forget ‘me-time’, Frankie would settle for some adult conversation, and watching something other than the Disney channel.
The local playgroup may be ruled by Instagram mums with perfect husbands but Frankie accidentally forms a splinter group of single parents. After all, Mummy really needs a playdate of her own. (Now pass the prosecco.)

My Review

I like to read a wide genre of books and sometimes after indulging in too many dark crime or horror novels I like to relax with something guaranteed to make me smile again. Playgroups and Prosecco is one of those books.

I could relate to the playgroups where you could feel left out sitting in the corner and wondering why your kids had more friends than you. I was so pleased that the main character of this book, Frankie, managed to make a couple of good friends at the group.

Following Frankie’s life throughout the year with diary type entries we can relate to so much of the stuff she goes through

The story is really well written (I wouldn’t expect any less) and flows nicely. I love what Frankie and her friends get up to and even had to check out @simple_dorset-life on Instagram. Jo captures perfectly the life of a mum with a teen and a toddler, I’ve been in the same situation myself so I could relate. I’ve also been a single Mum with a good relationship with the ex husband, so again, relatable. What I have missed in life is the good relationship Frankie has with her playgroup buddies and that’s what brings all the fun. I’m glad I didn’t get the ending I was expecting, that was refreshing. I really enjoyed this book and I so hope that Jo decides to write another, I’ll pre-order it, promise!

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A Place to Eat

This Weeks Meal Plan

Last weeks meal plan went well, apart from the curry which I didn’t make because I wasn’t well. I will make it this week instead.

No take outs this week, but we did go out for a meal. It wasn’t my fault, it was my brother’s birthday. We all went apart from eldest daughter, and although we ate at around 3.30pm we ate enough to keep us full all day. If you are interested in what we ate, two kids had fish and chips, one had gammon. Graham had a big breakfast (which was HUGE) and my son had a big pizza. I went for the vegan menu and had a gorgeous red pepper and aubergine bake with tomato sauce, it came with salad and garlic bread. Then of course there was birthday cake for desert.

This weeks meal plan

  • Saturday – Eat out
  • Sunday – pies and mash
  • Monday – Pasta based dishes.
  • Tuesday – tacos
  • Wednesday – lamb curry
  • Thursday – pizza
  • Friday – Freezer raid*

On Friday I’m going to raid the freezer for things that need to be eaten to give us some extra space. These will probably be things like chicken dippers, fish fingers, fish cakes, chicken pieces etc. I’ll see what everyone fancies so I’ll probably end up cooking three or four different meals. When they are frozen meals though it’s not much bother. The aim is to empty one of the freezers as it needs defrosting. The other freezer is self defrosting.

Two fridge freezers are a pain but we do have a big family so they are necessary. My hope is to replace both of them with one big double America style freezer, but that would involve moving one of my kitchen cupboards. We’ve already had some great advice on what freezer to get so it’s just a matter of time and money.

What are you cooking this week? Find out what other’s are cooking over on Katy Kickers meal planning linky.

Katykicker

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A Place to Enjoy, Crochet

Crochet – Baby Blanket

I love making blankets and I was thrilled to hear my niece was expecting a new baby. So of course I got out my hook and made her a baby blanket. I found the pattern in a booklet from Simply Crochet Magazine.

Baby Banket

baby blanket in shades of blue and cream
baby blanket in blue

The pattern was worked in squares which were then attached to each other without the need for sewing it all together. It’s a really simple and effective pattern. The original baby blanket pattern was in rainbow colours but I chose to do it all in blue because my niece is having a baby boy.

baby blanket hanging on the washing line
blanket drying a little on the line before blocking

I made the blanket in Stylecraft Special DK in colours, Cream, Royal, Aster, Denim and Cloud Blue.

I also bought my niece some baby books as it’s never too early to read to your child.

What I’m Making now

I recently joined KnitCrate and have received some lovely yarn and patterns. In the first box I had this gorgeous summary orange yarn which came with a pattern for socks. I didn’t want to make the socks so I found a pattern for a summer shawl and I think it’s coming along lovely. I really like the colours.

Shades of orange crochet summer shawl
Summer shawl

In my second box I have my favourite colour yarn, shades of purple. I’m going to make the scarf pattern that comes in the box.

box of purple coloured yarn
my next batch of yarn

It also came with a fabric covered tape measure which will come in handy. Although if I’m honest, I own about 12 tape measures already, I bought a batch from Ebay with the hope of crocheting some cover for them. I did make a Jammy Dodger biscuit cover. I’ll need to check out a few more.

You can see the jumper I made in previous blog post here. And you can find the bunny head baby blanket I crocheted here.

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A Place to Eat

This Weeks Meal Plan

Last weeks meal plan went pretty well. Apart from swapping the days around a little, we had everything on the list…and no take outs!

This week I’m writing this on Sunday despite getting the shopping early and starting it on Saturday. And guess what? I’m starting with a take out! So, annoyed. I was really poorly yesterday, practically comatose from lunch time onward. So when it came to dinner time it was suggested that we had take out so I wouldn’t have to cook. I would much have preferred for someone else to do the cooking, but I was too weak to argue.

  • Saturday – Take Out (silent grrr)
  • Sunday – Salmon en croute (ready made from Sainsburys)
  • Monday – Paella
  • Tuesday -Lasagne
  • Wednesday – fish or Chicken and chips
  • Thursday – Fajita pasta bake
  • Friday Slow cooked lamb with pilau rice from Joleisa

Fingers crossed there will be no more take outs this week. Shopping this week came to £160. Take out cost me £36. Puts it into perspective doesn’t it?

Katykicker

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A Place to Eat

This Weeks Meal Plan

Last week didn’t go to plan. We had the Pizza and the hot dog sausage rolls, we also managed a past dish, but it was not on the days I suggested…and…slapped wrists for me..we had two take outs.

To be fair it was a difficult week, after my hospital appointment I just wanted to sleep, and then we had a funeral which just left me drained. So that’s when the take outs were ordered.

I’m trying something new. I’m changing my shopping day to Friday instead of Monday. That means I’m going to have to substitute this week by buying meals up until Friday, but after that we’ll be on a weekly budget again.

weekly meal plan

This Weeks meal plan menu

  • Saturday – Curry
  • Sunday – Gammon and potatoes
  • Monday – Pizzas
  • Tuesday – pasta bake/mac and cheese
  • Wednesday – pies
  • Thursday – Sausages (maybe toad-in-the-hole, or just with egg and chips
  • Friday – fish

My Recipe for Mac and Cheese

I love Mac an cheese because it’s so versatile, you can basically throw in whatever you want. Here’s how we like it best.

Ingredients:

  • 200g macaroni
  • 100g cheddar
  • 50g mozerella
  • 50g butter
  • 1 tbs flour
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 300ml milk (or half milk and half cream)
  • toppings such as bacon, cauliflower, breadcrumbs

Method:

  • First step is to cook the macaroni with the packet instructions. I like to stop cooking a little sooner so it still has some bite.
  • Then melt the butter in a saucepan and add the flour to create a paste then slowly add the milk stirring all the time to prevent any lumps.
  • When it’s mixed smooth and heated up add the cheeses and stir in until smooth.
  • Season with salt and pepper and take off the heat
  • Add the macaroni
  • season with salt and pepper
  • place into oven proof dish and sprinkle on toppings. ( I always do two dishes for me and my daughter – she likes cooked and chopped bacon on hers and I like a little roasted cauliflower. Or we just make do with some breadcrumbs.)
  • Bake for around 15 minutes at 180 C

This week will be expensive because of doing two shops, but hopefully I’ll get it sorted by not paying out for take outs.

Katykicker
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