Mama OWL Blog: May 2012

What To Expect When You're Expecting [Movie Review]

Thursday, 31 May 2012

My sister and I bought some Groupon Odeon tickets when they were on offer recently, and then were delighted to discover that 'What To Expect When You're Expecting' had been released and we were able to use our tickets for a screening.

We decided to go last night to a late evening showing (forgetting it was Orange Wednesday and therefore packed to the rafters) after the kids were all tucked up in bed, and arrived at the Bath Odeon for 8pm for the 8.30 screening.

Settling in with our snacks & drinks, we sat through some trailers of upcoming movies (some look fab, such as 'Friends with Kids', 'Snow White & The Huntsman' and 'Magic Mike'... admittedly Magic Mike is appealing almost solely because Channing Tatum is going to spend most of it with his shirt off by the looks of things) and decided we would make it a regular thing to come out and have a girlie movie night without the husbands or children in tow.

'What To Expect When You're Expecting' (2012), or WTEWYE as I am going to refer to it from here on in to save time, is [from] "A look at love through the eyes of five interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn't always deliver what's expected".

Given some of the star-studded cast (Cameron Diaz, Chris Rock, Elizabeth Banks, Thomas Lennon) I was anticipating some good humour in this movie, and I wasn't disappointed. It isn't 'laugh-a-minute', and I think some may be expecting that and leave the movie disappointed, but it IS very funny in a way that almost every parent will relate to in some way no matter how small. I won't ruin the movie for anyone who has yet to see it and plans to, but the scene with 'Wendy' (Elizabeth Banks) at the Baby Expo was my absolute favourite and almost had me in tears of laughter. Fortunately, I didn't pee my pants... But it did make me laugh, a LOT.

There are also some more intimate, poignant moments in this movie that are quite touching, and also sad at times. But it doesn't detract from the general good nature or humour of the movie and actually makes it all the more relatable to real life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and would definitely recommend it... If you're a parent, then WTEWYE will make you laugh and have you nodding in agreement almost throughout. It's probably more of a "chick flick" but Chris Rock and the 'Dudes Group' will appeal to the menfolk.

And if that hasn't convinced you to go and check out this movie... Joe Manganiello takes his shirt off.

** Disclaimer : This is an honest & personal review that was paid for out of my own pocket and has not been endorsed by any agency for promotional purposes.

#R2BC - Reasons to be cheerful... 1, 2, 3

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

This day seems to roll around faster and faster. I can't believe it is June tomorrow, how did that happen? On with week 22 of reasons to be cheerful, please click the linky and visit the lovely host Michelle for her weekly round up of #R2BC.

My inspiration this week is 'the little things in life', as sometimes they can make the biggest difference to your happiness.

1. It's half term next week! We're looking forward to family weekend, having our own mini Jubilee celebration on Sunday and spending some quality time together. Tomorrow the boys have to dress in red, white and/or blue for the day and will be having a play day at school. It will be nice to be able to wind down from the flurry of activity we have had in the past few weeks, with me being away, and Joshua taking his SATs and then having a week away at Pencelli (which he came from with infected eczema on his legs bless his heart. A course of antibiotics is currently clearing it up very well). It's be nice to relax for a week together before the final stretch before the Summer holidays. After the half term holiday we have a few things to look forward to, Logan's first trip away with the school, the kids school sports days and Joshua's Leaver's assembly, as he will be staring Secondary school in September. Lots to look forward to!

2. I had a nice night out with my sister yesterday, we went to the cinema to see "What To Expect When You're Expecting" which I thoroughly enjoyed and will be writing a review on sometime in the near future. It was nice to have a girls night out to watch a good old chick flick.

3. Logan and Harrison are making fantastic progress with their swimming lessons. I am so proud of how well they are doing and how much effort they are putting in to their learning. I wrote a post about swimming lessons this week detailing my thoughts and feelings about them, and I have to say that this has been money well spent. They are having fun and learning a life skill, what's not to like about that.

#TheGallery : Sunshine

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

We have had enough sunshine here in the UK in the last week & a bit that you would think I would share a nice pic of being at home in the garden, enjoying the sunshine. And ordinarily I would, however I have a very cool picture of the sun I took in Lanzarote a few weeks ago. I promise, hand on heart, I will stop sharing my holiday photos very soon so I don't bore you all to death with tales of the Canaries.

Kath and I were sunbathing (obv) on a particularly hot day, and we happened to notice that everyone around the pool was rather intrigued by the sky and all looking up at whatever it was. So we looked up, and saw this...

There was a giant rainbow ring around the sun, and streaks of rainbow in the surrounding wispy clouds (I am sure there is a more technical name for 'wispy clouds' but you know what I mean).

Very cool, and something I have not seen before.

Sink or Swim

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

In my opinion, swimming is a necessary life skill. Life is literally sink or swim. If for whatever reason one of my children ended up in the river, sea, lake... wherever, I would want them to have the ability to give themselves a fighting chance at survival before help arrived. Outdoor swimming is very different to pool swimming I realise, however the ability to swim and to be water confident would of course be beneficial in any of those situations.

I'd not bothered with swimming lessons for my eldest two kids, we just sort of threw them in and let them figure it out (not exactly literally, I do not suggest or recommend doing this as you could end up doing a stretch at her Majesty's Pleasure). We took them swimming, and they swam. Now they throw themselves down the rapids at Center Parcs with wild abandon, it has all worked out well (no drownings, or near drownings is 'well' FYI). They are confident, competent swimmers.

With L and H, I have been compelled to enrol them in lessons at the pool (now that there is space) for a few, and quite different, reasons.

H loves the water, I firmly believe the child is part fish. I think he gets it from me, when I was growing up I spent all my time at the local swimming pool and for a while I had nearly convinced myself that I was indeed a mermaid. H would happily spend hours throwing himself off the edge of the pool, launching himself down water slides, diving face first in to the sea if we let him. But H cannot swim, and has absolutely zero concept of danger either. Swimming lessons for him are a must, to teach him water safety as well as the very important ability to swim. He needs the technique, the discipline, the understanding of the water, H definitely needs swimming lessons. He has been to a few now and I can see his form improving, he is paying attention, and he is beginning to grasp the rules. Although, he generally gets told off by Sara at least once per lesson for splashing someone or not listening, these lessons have done him the world of good, and I feel better knowing he has had appropriate teaching (Sara has the patience of a saint) and he is learning & understanding in his swimming group.

L, on the other hand... Not such a fan of the water. The times we have been swimming he has clung on to us for dear life, and just about loses it if water gets in his face, or if he is splashed, or if he was to go under the water unexpectedly. We understand that it is part of his difficulties, he has sensory issues as part of his Autism and while he enjoys water to a certain extent, he can find it unpredictable and doesn't really know how it makes him feel, the sensation of being surrounded by the water, floating, etc. Lessons for him have been an absolute must, to build his confidence and understanding, and to spend more time getting used to those different sensations. In addition to helping with his sensory issues, it will help exercise and strengthen his muscles in his legs.

In just three weeks, L has gone from being overly cautious and a bit timid, to jumping in off the side of the pool, and learning to float flat on his face (wearing his goggles) for a few seconds. He's learning to swim on his back beautifully, going on his front is a bit slower going but that was as expected. Yesterday evening he had a whale of a time and his instructor was very impressed with how much he has come on in just three sessions. We have opted for personal 1:2:1 lessons to start with, to build his confidence. Eventually he may be able to join a group like H but for now this is going brilliantly and we are very happy with his progress.

The Mister and I are very much looking forward to more family swimming experiences with happy, water confident children and I am particularly looking forward to teaching E to swim, and all of us having fun together.

@BritMums Blog Prompts : Self Portrait

Monday, 28 May 2012

I spend so much time thinking about my children that I rarely focus on myself. I don't think it is just me that does this, I am sure lots of mums (and dads, guardians etc) do the same thing. It's so easy to do, it's natural.

My world revolves around theirs, and so this blog prompt is a good way of taking a look at me for a change. To give anyone who is interested a little insight in to the world of me.

I've been lots of things to lots of people.

A daughter.

A sister.

A Granddaughter.

A schoolfriend.

A wife, and of course...

A mother.

Sometimes I forget to just be me. The rigmarole of daily life consumes me so entirely that I find myself getting to the end of the day and realising that I haven't even managed to go to the bathroom alone that day never mind give a second thought to anything else, particularly myself. A prime example being that last Friday morning I realised I had mixed up my Cardiology appointment time with one of Logan's numerous hospital appointments, and had missed my own check-up (which I now need to rebook through my GP - hurrah).

So let's take a look shall we...

I'm Julie. I like coffee, chocolate and cake. Also wine. I hate spiders, and wasps, birds, moths... generally anything with wings or that is creepy crawly-ish is a massive no-no. I am always tired and sometimes grumpy no matter how much sleep I get. I can be short tempered, unreasonable, stubborn, lazy, argumentative, sarcastic and impatient. I make mistakes, I have hurt peoples feelings (generally unintentionally although admittedly sometimes not), I have judged others. I am far from perfect. FARRRR. I have said and done things that I shouldn't have.

But I am also passionate, intelligent, open, caring, friendly, silly, funny (well, I have my moments), loving, fun, and a generally nice person. I can't please everyone all the time, or even some people some of the time. But for the people in my life that I care about and who care about me, I would move Heaven and Earth for. I have reached a time in my life where I know that I don't need to impress anyone. I am who I am, and if you like me then great, if not, then that's fine too. If you have time for me, then I have time for you.

My favourite quote is "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind" - Dr Seuss. I won't pretend to be someone I am not for the benefit of others. What you see is what you get.

My name is Julie. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is me.

Meal Plan Monday #mealplanningmonday

Monday, 28 May 2012

Monday 28th May - *Brinner (*breakfast for dinner)

Tuesday 29th May - Barbecue (or oven baked burgers indoors if the weather doesn't hold out!) with home-made burgers, sausages, mixed salad, coleslaw and corn-on-the-cob

Wednesday 30th May - Jacket potatoes with chicken kebabs & mixed salad

Thursday 31st May - Sausages, mashed potato and baked beans

Friday 1st June - Chicken Fajitas served with cheesy nachos and savoury rice

Saturday 2nd June - Ploughmans

Sunday 3rd June - Jubilee-inspired 'big lunch' with home-made mini victoria sponges and other yummy cakes & treats for dessert

#TheGallery : Picture Postcard

Thursday, 24 May 2012

I wanted to share my favourite picture of Weymouth, I took this from the top of our campsite one evening after dinner when we were camping back in 2006. I love Weymouth, it is fun and a typical British seaside resort... Punch and Judy, fish & chips, the arcade on the pier, fairground rides on the sand, bucket & spade shops lining the promenade.

But this picture is Weymouth in - literally - a different light. Calm, peaceful and serene, the sun setting over an inlet. I hope you enjoy this picture as much as I enjoyed capturing it.

#R2BC - Reasons to be cheerful... 1, 2, 3

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

Welcome to week 21 of #R2BC, as always don't forget to click the linky above ^ to check out the blog of the creator and host, Michelle at Mummy From The Heart, and then follow the links at the bottom to view all the other great posts joining in this week.

This week it is the SUNSHINE edition. After a week of glorious sunshine in Lanzarote it has been great to have a glorious week here at home too, yesterday was utterly lovely and I hope it lasts for at least a few more days (although it would be nice if it would last the whole summer long... not holding my breath though!).

1. Despite the challenges that Logan's ASD brought to the day, we were able to watch a piece of history being made this week when we went as a school to watch the Olympic Torch procession coming through our county town. We had a lovely picnic in the churchyard in the sunshine together with friends, and although I am not really one for the Olympics, I did feel quite proud. I was also very pleased for the torchbearer who carried it past our section of the route, as a few people I was standing with knew him and told me how deserving he was and about the work he does for charity in memory of his mum. We enjoyed a nice day with the boys school, it was a lovely atmosphere, despite its difficulties, and it is one that I hope the boys will remember forever.

My boys watching with some of their classmates
The torch coming past, carried by Wayne Palmer
Alicia's picture of the torchbearer leaving her school

Alicia got to see the torch close-up as her school was chosen for the rest stop at lunchtime that day. I'm just sorry that Joshua wasn't with us to watch it, as he is on his school residential trip in Wales this week!

2. Speaking of Joshua, he is away with his year six classmates on their residential trip and enjoying all of this beautiful sunshine for their outdoor activities. I am so glad the sun has come out so they can enjoy their week away and I am so excited to see him and hear all his stories when he comes home tomorrow. I have missed him so much this week, as have his brothers and sisters. At bedtime the boys tell me they miss him and wish he was home. Only one more sleep and he will be back! I can't believe this is his last adventure as a Primary schooler, in a few short months he will be beginning a new chapter of his life as a Secondary school pupil!

3. Yesterday I enjoyed a 'garden day' with my Erica, my sister and my niece and nephew. They arrived at lunchtime and we set up a blanket, chairs, parasol and paddling pool in the garden and the girls had a whale of a time. They started off prim & proper in their dresses sitting in their chairs eating ice creams, by the end of the day they were both naked and covered in grass and racing around the garden flinging jugs of water everywhere and having plenty of fun as only 2 year olds can. It was hilarious to watch and it completely exhausted Erica, she crashed out just after 7pm and only woke briefly at 2am for a drink, before zonking out again until 7 o'clock this morning. There is nothing quite like a sunny day to lift your spirits.

The little old ladies in their folding chairs

Cheese & Onion Pie #Recipe

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Tonight I made a deeeeelicious (if I do say so myself) classic cheese & onion pie from a Slimming World recipe. Actually quite quick and simple, and very filling. Lovely with a nice big salad, especially in this warm weather.

Serves 4
Ready in approx 1.5 hours (inluding preparation and cooking time)
Syns per serving: EE 4 Green 4 Red 9.5

600g potatoes (Desiree or Maris Piper), peeled and roughly chopped
200g carrots, peeled and finely diced
100g green beans, trimmed and finely diced
Cooking spray (Fry light)
3 large onions, peeled and finely diced
3 eggs
4 tsp dried parsley
200g fat-free cottage cheese with onions and chives
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
110g reduced fat cheddar cheese, grated
Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley to garnish

1. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan with enough cold water to cover well. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer gently until tender when pierced with a skewer, about 20-25 minutes.

2. Meanwhile boil the carrots and green beans in a large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water for 3-4 minutes. Drain and set aside.

3. Spray a large non-stick frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium-high heat. Add the onions and stir-fry for 10-12 minutes or until softened.

4. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 6. Spray a medium-sized pie dish with low calorie cooking spray.

5. Drain the potatoes and mash until smooth, using a potato ricer if you have one.

6. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, dried parsley and cottage cheese. Add to the potatoes, stir to mix well and season to taste. Add the reserved vegetables and onion mixture to the potatoes and stir well again.

7. Transfer the mixture to the prepared dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle over the cheese and bake for about 35-45 minutes until golden. Sprinkle with the chopped parsley and serve immediately.

(Tip: Make this into four individual pies and reduce the cooking time by 10 minutes.)

The flamin' Olympic Torch

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Firstly, I had a nice day. It was great to get out in the sunshine, take a walk, watch the Olympic Torch procession with the kids and see a piece of history in the making, to have a picnic in the churchyard... All of that, great. Lovely. Awesome.

But my word. Watching that flamin' torch wasn't half an effort.

To start, Erica and I missed the bus. So we waited (half an hour) for the next one. While we waiting, Erica had a meltdown because I poured some water in to her beaker instead of letting her drink it out of the bottle, so she flung it in to the middle of the road, I took my life in my hands to retrieve it before it got mashed. Then, I remembered I hadn't taken my heart medication, luckily I live across the road from the bus stop so I quickly ran across and took it, got back and made it on the bus. I had two bags and Erica, and thought I would collapse the buggy because it was bound to be busy on the bus, it's Olympic Torch procession day!!!

... It wasn't, so I had my arms full of everything for absolutely no reason.

Got to town, staggered off the bus laden with all my gumpf (er, and the toddler) and unpacked everything, and we made our way to the school to meet with them. Then we had to walk to the church where we planned to watch the procession. While standing in the playground and looking around at the other parents with their blankets and cool-bags, I realised I hadn't brought a picnic. Everyone else had a picnic. I'd brought drinks, I'd brought sun cream. But I had no lunch. The boys had their lunch boxes, and what they didn't eat Erica polished off so she managed a sandwich, a handful of crisps, half a cereal bar and an apple as well as her water. But me, I was hungry. Very. All day. Because I had also missed breakfast due to my faff with missing the bus.

We managed to grab a good spot by the wall so that the kids could see through the crowd, and I sat with Harrison's friend's mum & grandmother which was nice, the kids were all playing quite happily while Erica slept. At this point Logan realises that there is a park across the (very busy) road from the churchyard and then spends the next hour having a meltdown because he wants to go to the park. He doesn't want to wait for the procession, he wants to go to the park. It's enough that he has been taken out of school, and made to walk to somewhere unfamiliar, and then expected to wait for someone to run past with a flame, and now, he isn't allowed to do the one thing he wants to do. It was all just too much for him.

After that, it all went downhill. It alternated between me having to throw Erica at Sophie's mum so I could run (imagine this in flip-flops and a maxi dress that doesn't really allow leg room for running, dodging numerous children) across the churchyard to break up a fight between Logan and three other kids, stopping Harrison from pole dancing on a street sign next to the wall where we were sitting, and balancing Erica on my hip while trying to take pictures of the flame, while also trying to hang on to Harrison & Logan who were by now over the wall next to the road to get a better look.

When the procession had passed us, I gathered the kids up (sounds easier than it was) and headed to the train station so we could get home in time for Harrison's swimming lesson. Only to remember I had spent the only cash I had on me on drinks & the bus. So we walked in to town behind all the other millions of people who were now dispersing from watching the torch procession so I could get some cash out and we could get the bus back. While I was at the cash point, we watched the bus sail past.

By this point I was hot, sweaty, annoyed, had sore flip-flop feet and generally had just about had enough and so parked the pushchair out of the way of the street so I could call Adam. Who, by the grace of GOD had finished work and was driving through town. "COME AND GET ME BEFORE I SELL ALL OF YOUR CHILDREN" I said down the phone to him, and got some startled looks from passers-by, I probably should have assured them it wasn't some backwards ransom demand and they were indeed my children for selling, also.

We arranged to meet at Sainsbury's so he could pick us up, so I popped in and picked up some lollies. Logan spent the journey home verbally abusing me and telling me how awful a mother I am, before apologising because he remembered that I had ice creams. He was really sorry, but only if he could have a mars bar ice cream. Joy.

Got home and left Adam with Erica & Logan so I could take Harrison to his swimming lesson. Home, dinner, bath (that I sat on the edge of with my - previously washed - feet in while I was running it, ahh bubbles), and bed.

Peace. Quiet.

It is only now that I sit, after having had two glasses of wine that I was not really supposed to drink because of my medication, that I am calm enough to appreciate that I did have a semi-decent day.

Or at least... it could have been worse. At least it was sunny, right?

Meal Plan Monday #mealplanningmonday

Monday, 21 May 2012

Monday 21st May - SW Baked cannelloni

Tuesday 22nd May - SW Classic cheese & onion pie

Wednesday 23rd May - SW Caribbean lamb served with new potatoes and mixed vegetables

Thursday 24th May - SW Cheesy broccoli & penne bake

Friday 25th May - Chicken fajitas served with cheesy nachos

Saturday 26th May - Deli pizza for 4/5 children as my husband, Joshua & I will be attending Joshua's Football team's presentation evening

Sunday 27th May - Roast beef served with mashed potato, roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings, breaded onion rings, steamed mixed vegetables and gravy

#SatCap Saturday is Caption day!

Saturday, 19 May 2012

It's Caption Day... Here are my 'helpers' with their definition of helping...

Caption away!

#R2BC - Reasons to be cheerful... 1, 2, 3

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

I hath returned! I hope nobody missed me too much last week  ;)  but I had a lovely time and have lots to be cheerful about so without further ado...

1. I had a WONDERFUL holiday. I am so relaxed I am almost comatose and feel like a new woman. The dark circles under my eyes have reduced, my skin has cleared up (and I have a lovely sunkissed glow!), I am rested and relaxed and just feel fantastic. And of course, absence makes the heart grow fonder and I was thrilled to see the husband and the kids when I got back, I missed them all SO much. The break has done me the absolute world of good, and I am back on top form. I have my appointment with the cardiologist next week, and I am hoping that I get the all-clear, and the break will hopefully stand me in good stead for that too.

rest and relaxation
2. Logan's MRI went very well, and he handled it brilliantly. He was so brave and grown up, and it was over and done with in no time. He received a new Skylander for his bravery! He has his ultrasound next week (the same day that I have my echocardiogram in fact, it will actually be good for him to see me having to attend a hospital appointment too, so he knows that it's normal and it isn't *just* him that has to endure all these tests) and then hopefully we will have some answers soon after. I'm very proud of my brave boy.

3. The house is still standing, and none of the children were misplaced in my absence. It was hard to leave them, and to be away, but it is actually comforting to know that the husband can run the house, work and take care of the children without me. God forbid anything ever happens to me (and after my heart scare earlier this year, it has - naturally - crossed my mind several times) I know that he will be able to take care of things and everything, he, the children, life in general, would be just fine. It's a bit morbid I know, but you can't help but wonder, particularly after a serious health issue. It makes me happy, to know that.

Don't forget to go and visit the other blogs taking part in the linky!

And the winner is... *drumroll*

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

The winner of the WhiteStepUK Flexibath Baby Bathtub giveaway has been chosen (giveaway managed by Rafflecopter and winning entry generated by, and it is...



Congratulations Jill, please get in contact with me and I will pass your details on to the company. Enjoy your prize!

#TheGallery : Morning

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

I was so excited to see The Gallery's theme for this week! It is 'Morning' and couldn't be any more perfect, as when I was away we got up early and went to the beach to watch the sun rise (also because it was hotter than Hades in our apartment as there was a heatwave and neither of us could sleep).

And so here I share with you, morning breaking over the beach in Lanzarote. Enjoy.

(and Tara, I hope that you are feeling better now!)

#50BookChallenge - Books 10, 11 & 12 (Caitlin Moran & Jodi Picoult)

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

While I was on my travels I managed to read three books, detailed as follows -

HOW TO BE A WOMAN - Caitlin Moran

Recommended to me by my dear friend Kath, she brought this along on our holiday for me to read. It is hands down (& bras off) one of THE FUNNIEST books I have read, ever. I was eyed suspiciously by sun worshippers poolside after laughing hysterically at several key points through this book, and also disturbed Kath's reading at bedtime by gasping for breath after reading about the 'bat' incident. There were actual tears. If you are a woman, and even if you are not, you need to read this book, no question. Positively hilarious but also rather touching, it is an absolute must-read.

SING YOU HOME - Jodi Picoult

I am a massive Jodi Picoult fan and my bookshelf is dominated by her work, so you can imagine my delight when my husband presented me with two more of her novels to take away with me! Sing You Home did not disappoint and was everything I have come to expect from Jodi Picoult. She delves deep in to the world of baby loss and infertility and tells a very poignant tale of how it can push people apart, but also bring them together. Harrowing at times, and a real tearjerker, but a beautifully written and touching story which was very much worth reading.

KEEPING FAITH - Jodi Picoult

Thought-provoking and profound, I was hooked on this book from the minute I picked it up. It opens your mind and your thoughts to religion and spirituality, and tells the story of a mother's dedication and love for her child in trying times, including divorce and depression. Mariah's love for Faith shines through and you find yourself rooting for her from the word 'go'. Two thumbs up from me.

Meal Plan Monday #mealplanningmonday

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Running a little late this week as I only returned from Lanzarote yesterday evening, but here we go...

Monday 14th May - Takeaway on the way home from the airport

Tuesday 15th May - SW chips and home-made vegetable quiche

Wednesday 16th May - SW Chicken curry served with boiled rice & home-made spicy vegetable pakora

Thursday 17th May - SW Spaghetti bolognese served with garlic baguettes

Friday 18th May - Fajitas served with cheesy nachos & savoury rice

Saturday 19th May - Brinner

Sunday 20th May - Roast chicken thighs with mashed potato, roast potatoes, sage & onion stuffing, onion rings, steamed mixed vegetables, parsnips and gravy


Sunday, 6 May 2012

Have a great week everyone and I will *see* you when I get back from my travels, take care!

TTFN! x x

Meal Plan Monday #mealplanningmonday [a bit early...]

Friday, 4 May 2012

Posting this early as I won't be here to do it on Monday. These meals were chosen by the husband, as he will be doing all the cooking in my absence this week!

Monday 7th May - Jacket potatoes served with salad, coleslaw and cheese

Tuesday 8th May - Brinner

Wednesday 9th May - Spaghetti Bolognese served with garlic baguettes

Thursday 10th May - Mashed potato with sausages & baked beans

Friday 11th May - Fajitas served with cheesy nachos

Saturday 12th May - Deli pizza with garlic & cheese bread on the side, and vanilla cheesecake for dessert

Sunday 13th May - Roast chicken served with mashed potato, roast potatoes, sage & onion stuffing, breaded onion rings, parsnips, mixed vegetables and yorkshire puddings with gravy
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