Wednesday, 30 October 2013

The Gallery - Halloween

This weeks theme from Sticky Fingers is Halloween.

I'd like to thank the father in law for taking this picture and my husband for making the picture!

Monday, 28 October 2013

Weekly Meal Plan - October 28th

Monday - Salmon Risotto
Tuesday - Chilli con Carne from the freezer
Wednesday - Pasta with hidden tomato sauce
Thursday - Thai Green Fish Curry
Friday - Bangers and Mash
Saturday - Chicken Fajitas
Sunday - Sweet Potato and Chicken Hotpot

Kids dinners
Monday - Salmon Risotto
Tuesday - Nuggets, Waffles and Brocilli
Wednesday - Pasta with a tomato and hidden veg sauce
Thursday - Egg fried rice with peas
Friday - Bangers and Mash

Meal Planning Monday

Monday, 21 October 2013

Weekly Meal Plan - October 21st

Monday - Homemade pizza's with buffalo mozzarella and salami
Tuesday - Green Thai Chicken Curry and Rice
Wednesday - Schnitzel, veg box potatoes and veg
Thursday - Pasta with pesto
Friday - Jacket Potatoes with beans and cheese

Kids dinners
Monday - Homemade pizza's with buffalo mozzarella and ham
Tuesday - Pasta with a tomato and hidden veg sauce
Wednesday - Fish fingers, waffles and peas
Thursday - Sausages with homemade wedges
Friday - Spaghetti hoops on toast

I'm now childminding three days a week and have a seven year old to feed on Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's.  I hope he likes my menu choice this week!

No papa penguin on Tuesday so my friend is coming for dinner - hope she likes the menu!

Meal Planning Monday

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Reasons to be Cheerful

It was baby penguin's 1st birthday yesterday. I can't believe she is one already, where does the time go! Check out my post and her ladybird cake!

We are off to Chessington World of Adventures tomorrow to celebrate!

I had my mum to stay at the weekend! It was great having her here to help with baby penguins party and to help entertain the kids.  On Monday we went into town and stopped for a coffee.  It was very amusing trying to get a good pictures of grandma with her grandkids!

Haha sorry for all the pics but I'm lost for words this week!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Happy 1st birthday baby penguin!

Wow I can't believe my little girl is one today!  It seems like only yesterday that I was painting the hallway a week before my due date and pretty much ready to pop!

We had a little (rather big) gathering for her birthday on Sunday and as you can guess from the photos below it was ladybird themed.  I probably did go a bit over the top but the main thing is I enjoyed making everything.  

She was a very spoilt little girl and got lots of amazing presents.  She even got her first dolly, a baby annabel.  It seems weird that dolls and pink toys are now joining all the cars and dinosaurs in the playroom.  

We haven't got anything planned for today.  Toddler penguin will be a nursery so we'll go off to our usual playgroup and take the leftover cake and biscuits.  Papa penguin has been away this week so he is taking Friday off work.  We really want to go to Peppa Pig World (well I do) but it all depends on the weather.  We have Chessington passes so we may just go there! The main thing is we spend the day as a family!  

Happy 1st birthday little girl!

Monday, 14 October 2013

Weekly Meal Plan - October 14th

Over the weekend we had a little gathering for baby penguin's 1st birthday.  Thats a complete was a rather large gathering of over 30 people all squeezed into our mid terraced house!

Once I have found my camera I'll be uploading pictures of her ladybird themed party.  We had sausages in rolls, sandwiches, wedges, crisps and dips.  Then for the sweet side I did a big ladybird cake, ladybird biscuits, cupcakes topped with ladybirds and ladybird jelly! Can you see the theme?

Going back to the sausages I bought soooo many.  I think I went over the this weeks meal plan should be:

Monday: Sausages
Tuesday: Sausages
Wednesday: Sausages
Thursday: Sausages
Friday: Sausages
Saturday: Sausages
Sunday: Sausages

However having had sausages all day yesterday and having them again with mash and peas for dinner tonight I can't bear the thought of them for a while.  We have about 25 packs of sainsburys butchers choices sausages in the freezer which I think may still be there at christmas.

As always we spent quite a lot of money on baby penguin's party and as papa penguin has lots of late nights at work planned this week we are going to be living off items in the freezer and store cupboard.  I've had a rummage in the freezer and found lots of packs of meat so this is what I plan to rustle up this week with only a quick trip to the shops to top up our bread, fruit and milk.

Meal Planning MondayMonday: Bangers and Mash with peas - baby penguin and toddler penguin ate this too
Tuesday: Chicken Korma - using up a carton of alpro soya yoghurt and korma paste from the fridge
Wednesday: Spaghetti bolognase - all the ingredients are in the fridge or freezer - kids can eat this too
Thursday: Papa penguin is out so I'll eat with the kids.  Spaghetti hoops on toast is toddler penguins current fave so I think I'll have that as well.
Friday: Pork stir fry - will pick up a pack of stir fry veg from sainsburys and make the sauce.  Kids will have nuggets or pasta.
Saturday: We're out with friends for dinner
Sunday: I'm off to Thorpe Park so papa penguin will prob do him and the kids pasta.

Glad I've got our week sorted! What are you meal planning?

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Reasons to be Cheerful

I didn't write anything last week.  Its not that I wasn't cheerful for anything as I just have to look at my kiddies and husband to know that I am!  Its more that I wasn't inspired to write anything that would interest anyone!

So this week I'm cheerful because I am calm!  Calm?  Yes calm!  It is baby penguins 1st birthday next week and we are holding a little (well over 30 people) gathering on Sunday for her and I'm relatively calm about it!  Maybe its because my mum is coming to stay or that I have just finally got organised since my previous post and my new full time role as a housewife/mum and part time childminder.

I started work this week.  I pick up a 7 year old from school 3 times a week at 315pm.  We get home at about 330pm.  He has a snack at 4pm and is picked up by 5pm.  Its easy work and he is a lovely little boy. Its not bringing in many pennies but its the experience that counts!

I have been getting instagram happy the last few weeks.  Come and follow me!

I ventured out on Saturday night for a friends 30th surprise birthday party.  It was really great to have a night out, it had been a while!  I made the mistake of not eating before I got there so by 10pm I was feeling erm a little pissed and my belly was rumbling so can you believe it I got a macdonalds!  Haha it was actually really nice.....maybe that was the alcohol talking!  Anyway my present to the birthday boy was a cake! I think it went down well and turned out better than expected!

The Gallery - Sunday morning

This weeks theme from Sticky Fingers is Sunday morning.

I was lucky to have a lie in on Sunday after a night out (till 830am) and within minutes of being up papa penguin had left me with the kids and was out in the garden putting up our new fence.

Toddler penguin and baby penguin were given a biscuit each so I could have a few minutes peace with a cuppa and they sat by the back door watching.  So sweet!